Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner Review

00:25 Naija girl next door 1 Comments

This is a long overdue review of the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. It's a product from one of their earliest collections and it was one of the first Shea Moisture products I ever used.

If you didn't already know, I'm a bit of a Shea Moisture collector. Over time I have bought and used a lot of their products and I owe you guys A LOT of reviews. I figured we'll start with an oldie.
This is a good time to mention that I bought this with my money, though I will always give my honest thoughts on any product I review regardless.

IMPORTANT: I usually copy and paste ingredient lists directly from brands' sites for my reviews. It was in this process that I discovered that there are two different Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioners from Shea Moisture. One of them is the one I used, pictured below. Under the name, it says "Dry, Damaged Hair. Heal, Grow & Strengthen". It's free of protein.

The other one on their site in exactly the same container says "Damaged, Transitioning Hair. Moisturize & Fortify". It is a different product with a different, longer ingredient list that includes silk and soy protein. You can see it all here.

This review is for the former, pictured below.

Packaging: Transparent pump bottle with orange label

Price and Availability: Varies wildly.,, carry it, as well as (the official Shea Moisture distributor in Nigeria) but they all seem to be sold out now. I can only find it on Konga and Jumia for N6500. I was fortunate enough to get this months ago from on sale for N3000.

Smell: Mild, floral. I love it.
Colour and Consistency: White, thick.

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IngredientsDeionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii ( Shea Butter)*, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil*, Behentrimonium Chloride, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Sea Kelp Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica ( Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil 

       Clean, awesome list.

How I used It
The directions said it can be used as a rinse-out, a deep treatment and a leave-in. I used it in all these ways and as a co-wash conditioner.

My Assessment
Holy grail product!

As a pre-poo: It softens my hair on contact. Just melts right through. If my hair is dry and matted, this is what I reach for and it tames the wild creature ( I love my wild creature, don't get me wrong).
For a deep treatment in my pre-poo step, I leave it in for longer under a plastic cap and my hair feels like SO hydrated, soft and detangled when I take it off. When I do this step, the rest of wash day is a breeze.

As a rinse-out: After shampooing it helped soften and detangle but once I rinsed, it felt like I had wasted the product. It completely rinsed out. That's a good thing if you want a rinse-out conditioner that leaves no residue, but I missed how it made my hair feel. I no longer rinse it out.

Co-wash: Didn't work for me as a co-wash. I found it too rich to cleanse anything.

As a leave-in and hair moisturiser: This is the conditioner's purpose in life. Kaiii. I'll say it again. Holy grail. I have experienced consistently soft, moisturised, can't-stop-touching hair with this conditioner. When I use it as the cream step in my LCO method, there's a clear difference. I can go days without re-moisturising. Since I've been using it consistently, my moisture levels have gone up and my hair looks and feels healthier. It's also not greasy.

I'll stop gushing now. A picture is worth a lot of gist:
I will scrape out the last of this product any way I can. Don't worry, I have a full bottle now
A reminder: My hair is thick and kinky coily or type 4.

Cons: You need some elbow grease to keep using the pump mechanism. It's a bit too flimsy for such a thick product and sometimes even stops working (I just unscrew the cap. It's inconvenient but...)

Verdict: I highly recommend.

Will I repurchase? Already have and will continue to.

Have you used this product before? What was your experience?



Natural Nigerian Moisturizing Deep Conditioner Review

22:29 Naija girl next door 4 Comments

   Hello my people,

Today I'm reviewing the Natural Nigerian Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment with Shea Butter and Herbs.
When Natural Nigerian launched her new products, I couldn't wait to try them.
Because deep conditioners are my favourite thing, this had to be first.
 This product is made in Nigeria. (Yay #BuyNaija)

Quick note about Natural Nigerian: she is VERY particular about living a very natural life- all the way from food to self care to cleaning products. No gimmicks. It is a life I am committed to (still on this journey) so I trust the quality of her products even before I buy.
Whether or not her product will work for my particular need, I can afford to skip reading the label and know that I'm not using anything that could potentially harm me. Of course if you have specific allergies, read labels and avoid your triggers, natural or not.

Packaging: White jar, green label on the cover and the body. Clean and simple. I like.

Price: N3800 (about 10 USD now)

Smell: The only thing I can compare it to is plastacine. I loved playing with it as a child. I googled and found that plastacine gets its smell from flaxseed (aka linseed) oil but this product doesn't contain that so I guess something similar? Dunno. There's also a slight herbiness to the smell. On the whole it's mild enough and doesn't linger.

Colour and Consistency: Beige. Not too thick: it'll flow nicely if you tip the jar.

Product Description:
"A medley of herbs, juices and vitamins make Natural Nigerian™ Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment a super nourishing, moisturizing, strengthening treat for hair. It contains ingredients that repair damage as well as prevent damage. It also sixteen amino acids (building blocks of hair) and contains an ingredient that is scientifically proven to improve hair combability and increase hair shine."

 Aqueous extracts of Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Arctium Lappa (Burdock root), Ulmus Fulva Bark (Slippery Elm) and Yucca Schidigera (Yucca Root), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-11, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Seed Protein, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic acid, Neem Oil, d-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride.

Guaranteed no added: Artificial colours, fillers, preservatives, Additives, Synthetic fragrances

          Great ingredients. Now let's get to the tea.

How I used it  I used this product like I would any other deep conditioner. I put it on my damp hair after cleansing with shampoo or clay, covered with a plastic bag +/- a towel so there's some heat; then rinsed after 45 mins to an hour. Sometimes a lot longer.

My Assessment
When I applied it, it didn't sink in immediately but as I continued to work it into my hair it did easily. 
It has a fair amount of slip but this probably won't dethrone your favourite detangling conditioner. It didn't immediately soften my hair like some other deep conditioners I've used but I was willing to wait.

One thing, it's not greasy at all. You may feel like you want to pile it on, but don't. You'll waste it. 

When I rinse off a deep conditioner that is moisturising, I expect my hair to feel very soft, lush, hydrated.

If it's strengthening, it should feel strong. Not hard and and difficult to work with, but strong so that it feels like it can handle some manipulation without breakage. I get this after a protein or an ayurvedic hair treatment.

If it's a balancing conditioner (strength + moisture), it should feel soft and hydrated, as well as strong. It's something you'll understand when you feel it.

NN Moisturising Deep Conditioner definitely fell into the strengthening category for me. When I rinsed and touched my hair, I went back to read the description and ingredients. It could be the 16 amino acids, the quinoa and baobab protein; it could be the yucca or any of the other plant extracts; or it's a combination of everything... but it was for sure a strengthening treatment for my own hair.

I also noticed more shine. Even when my hair was wet it seemed shinier that usual so I know this product did some work of filling in gaps and patching up my strands.

 I got the nourishing and strengthening parts of the product description, but I didn't get the moisturizing part with that 'Hair like Buttah' feel.

 I was a bit let down the first time because I was expecting fluffy cloud hair and I wasn't due for a protein treatment. But looking back I should have read the ingredients before using and since I know my hair, I would have known when to use it.

I have type 4 hair, normal to high porosity, not protein sensitive but will readily be strengthened when I apply protein. 
If your hair is like mine, I'll say treat this product like a protein treatment. Save it for when your hair needs one and follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.
 Orrrr just mix the two together for a balancing deep conditioner. I used it up before I got this idea but it's a thought. I might have to buy again to try this.

If you have fine hair, this product might be balancing enough for you on its own (I should get my sister to try it). Also, even if your hair looks like mine it could respond entirely differently from mine.

I haven't seen any reviews yet on this product, but NN shared a video of this product on her daughter's hair and it really looked like it deeply moisturised her hair.

Verdict: Quality ingredients, great for strengthening and shine. Not as moisturising as I've come to expect.

Will I repurchase? Maybe. If I'm looking for a strengthening conditioner. If you read my blog often you'll know I use eggs for strengthening but I'm getting more interested in veganism so I might pick this up again.

You can get it online at, I bought mine at Yellow Sisi salon in Lekki. Some stores in Lagos and Abuja also carry her products but I couldn't find a list. She posts them on her Instagram though. 

Thoughts? Talk to me in the comments.



Budget Curly Crochet Hair

17:14 Naija girl next door 11 Comments


  Crochet is my favourite way to protective style. It's so easy, versatile, and it can be as expensive or as pocket friendly as you want. I prefer pocket friendly; girls can't just be spending lau lau on hair that we will throw away. We have dreams.

 You can do pretty much anything with crochet. If I can imagine a style, there's a way to achieve it with crochet and on a budget too. Latest in my imaginings: Big curly crochet hair. 

Now I'm in Nigeria and the variety of crochet hair isn't exactly overwhelming. I mean, there are all sizes of braids and twists but what about the loose hair? You can't just walk into the market/supermarket hair aisle and find a variety of curls or even straight hair to choose from. If there are online vendors, cost will be a factor. 

People usually put in crochet twists and then unravel them after a few weeks for a bomb twist out right? Idea! 
I can just unravel it before putting it in. That way I can control the size of the curls and how they are arranged. 

I went to the supermarket in search of really soft crochet twists. The softest I found was by some brand called Glow. After I got over the bias from being shown pepper by Glo network, I was very happy (Glow has no affiliation that I know of to Globacom o).  It's called Glow Bouncy Mambo Twist. This had "2X Value Pack" on it.
 Careful now, Glow has another crochet twist hair that isn't nearly as soft as this. I think it's Jumbo. Make sure you get the Bouncy Mambo.

 I wanted 12" but they only had 18" in this brand. It was the best so I decided I'd cut it. At least it was in Colour 2 which I wanted.

And then I discovered they only had two packs. I bought them for N1650 each. I went to other places, even a natural hair salon in search of at least one more, but no one had. I went back a couple of times after that to see if they had restocked but nope, nothing.

Eventually, I convinced myself I could make two packs work. One midnight, nervous, I got to work.
My cornrows were basic- straight back with 8 in front, joining a couple to make 6 at the back. Fewer cornrows means you need less hair to fill them up. I joined the two that made the centre parting and the two that made the side parting.
Something similar.
Source: Breanna Rutter

I cut the twists in half and unravelled. So I was working with 9 inches.
If you want perfect curls, don't divide.

 I like messy curls and you can get that look with curls of different sizes. So most at the back were divided into three, and some into two, some into four.

At the front, most were divided into four, and some divided even further.

The crochet process with a latch hook is easy, YouTube has tons of tutorials.
Also look up how to do an invisible part with crochet.

Centre part

All done with the main hair. Now the part I really pay attention to: the hairline and the cut.
 Most people naturally have shorter, wispy hair in front to frame the face. I like to make my crochet have a natural look so I mimic that.
I halved two again so I had 4 pieces, 4.5 inches in length. I divided them into small curls and crocheted them to the very front.
Side part. Notice the little pieces making up the hairline?

They're small and light so they won't do any damage to your edges.
 Biggest surprise, I used only one and a half packs!
Then I cut all around with scissors carefully to suit my face until I was happy with the shape.
Next step, go outside and shiiine. But it was like 3 am or so at this point so I carried my fine hair to bed.

It was time to shine

  • I pack it up at night in a pineapple and wear a satin bonnet that frankly doesn't cover the whole thing.
  • In the morning I take down, fluff the curls and push them into shape, and cut off any matted ends. Over time, it loses some volume and length from this process so I add a little more if I want it bigger again. I still haven't used up the second pack.
  • I haven't needed to use any product on the hair. I used Shea Moisture mousse one time but nothing really happened. Maybe a serum might add shine or something but I don't care much for those.
 My hair is 11 days today and I'm going to wash my scalp. If the curls are affected too much, I'll try a braidout and do a hot water set and see what happens. If I do, it'll be on my Insta stories.

Total cost : N3300 for two packs of hair. That's less than 10USD now.
Thanks for reading! Thoughts? Hit me up in the comments.



How to Get Goddess Locs For Cheap

16:55 Naija girl next door 7 Comments

Goddess locs took faux locs to another level. They are faux locs with curly ends and tendrils all over, like Lisa Bonet's gorgeous hair. I had never seen faux locs look so soft, so curly, so sexy...

Some time last year, I saw goddess faux locs on Megan Good and got instant I-gotta-have-it! syndrome. So I went searching. Saw it on Tyra Banks and Eva Marcille and went on to discover that a Dr Kari Will created this look. Great, where can I get it? Well, you'd have to order the loc kit from her website for $477 (Cue me getting up off my naija behind and taking a walk) and that doesn't even cover the cost of installing the hair.
It is human hair so that's understandable, but also the hair is not reusable.

If you can afford this without breaking a sweat, awesome. I'll get there one day. But if like me, you're here for the (most) inexpensive option, lookee what I did.

I used synthetic kinky hair. Only. Most people use curly-wavy hair to braid/twist first, then wrap with kinky hair. That's a great way to achieve the look, but I personally think the curly hair looks a bit too silky compared to the kinky hair it is matched with. So I thought, why not curl the kinky hair instead?

I did single braids with my own hair.

Because I wanted the hair as soft as possible, I used the same Bella Crochet Twist hair from my most realistic crochet ever, in red ombre this time. I loosened and separated the hair.

With a crochet hook I pulled a piece of hair through the root of a single braid, keeping one end longer than the other. Then I used the shorter end to wrap my hair together with the longer piece. I hope the pictures help this to make more sense. We need that longer piece to curl later.

 I wrapped up until a few cm below where my own hair stopped, then made a knot. This left some hair hanging free.
Extra tip: With faux locs of any kind, I wrap the hair looser than most people do because it looks more authentic to me. It means the hair isn't as secure and won't last as long, but I don't like keeping in styles for any longer than 3 weeks anyway.

So I completed my whole head, then curled the ends and lower 1/3 of the wrapped part with flexi rods in two different, but close sizes. Same-sized curls all over do not look as natural in my opinion.

I dipped in hot water and the next day, I took out the flexi rods.
Et voila;

I absolutely loved this hair. I did it in December last year and will do it again soon.

The curls gradually lengthen out so you can curl again if you want to. I didn't though. I liked the chill vibe.
over a week old

Taking out the locs took less than an hour. All you need to do is cut the knot, separate your hair from the synthetic hair close to the root and cut that. Then you just slide it down and out.

Cost: N3000, the price of the extensions only


Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo Review

15:21 Naija girl next door 0 Comments

Hello people, it's been a minute.

I tried the Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo and I had to review it. I don't expect much from shampoos. There's only one way to use them: to wash. I only ask that they clean my hair and scalp and not cause any problems. When a shampoo steps out of this job description, then a review is necessary. See my glowing review of this Creme of Nature shampoo.
Packaging: Short, plump squeeze bottle, olive green label.
Price: N5800 - N7500, depending on where you're buying. Kinky Apothecary has the best price and it is currently on sale there for N4930. It's $10.99 on the Shea Moisture website.
Smell: Smells like a powder. Perfumey. Hard to describe but it is pleasant enough and not overpowering, at least to me.
Colour and Consistency: Cream. Pearlescent like many shampoos. Viscous enough to pour in a thin stream.
Ingredients: Free of nasties: no sulphates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde or propylene.
Contains: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycol Stearate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Stearamide AMP, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Yucca Brevifolia Root Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Extract, Plantain (Musa Paradisiaca) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protei n, Glycerin (Vegetable), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

My Assessment
So how did it perform? My hair has never received such a shock in its life. See, my hair was oily and detangled before I started. I saturated with water and it felt soft and normal. As soon as the shampoo touched my strands, they froze. My hair suddenly got hard and tangled; and even working in the product felt like it was going to break my hair. I was alarmed but I hoped a deep conditioner would fix the mess.
It lathered very well and rinsed out well. My scalp was clean but my hair felt like steel wool.

The consolation for me was that I didn't buy it. My sister did. I'd never have bought myself a shampoo that said "Strengthening". If my hair needs strengthening, I know where to find it. I used it because it was there and I thought why not?
My hair did not feel much better after deep conditioning. The story of that deep conditioner is one for another day.  My leave-in step started to make things a little better but it wasn't enough to fix it.

My hair hated this shampoo but to give this review a fair chance, I used it again with the exact same results.

Now I'm not saying it's a horrible shampoo, period. This was just my experience. You might use it and love it. There are mixed reviews for this shampoo. Some gave it five stars. That could be you. My sister has softer hair with finer strands and her hair didn't respond like this to it, to the best of her knowledge ( she gets her hair washed at a natural hair salon). It might be useful for people with thinner strands, limp hair, straight hair. Just a guess.

Will I repurchase?
Heavens No.

P.S: I'm probably the most inconsistent blogger ever but I deeply appreciate you guys who help me clear the cobwebs on here whenever I post again. I luuuuh you.


Deep Conditioning Heat Cap Review

10:21 Naija girl next door 10 Comments

As I promised on my Instagram some months ago, here's my review of that Deep Conditioning Heat Cap; also known as Thermal Cap, Electric Heating Cap or descriptively, "That pink heat cap that is everywhere".
This hair care tool seems to be the most affordable way to finally start deep conditioning with heat.

A quick note about deep conditioning with heat:
Deep conditioning with heat is great because it helps your deep conditioner penetrate better.
 Low porosity hair especially benefits from deep conditioning with heat because normally, the hair cuticles are shut so tight that products end up just sitting on top of the hair and getting rinsed away. That is just a waste of time and precious product. What heat does is it lifts up the hair cuticles so that your product can get where it needs to go- into the cortex, which is the core of your hair strands.

I have medium porosity hair, so most products sink into my hair pretty easily. Before I got this cap, I used my own body heat. That usually means covering my hair for a few hours with a plastic cap and a towel wrapped over that. My own body heat is trapped and does the good work. Nevertheless, using an external heat source can cut down hours of deep conditioning to 15 minutes, 30 minutes tops.
Cut down time spent on wash day? Yesss please.
The heat you are looking for is indirect heat from a steamer, a heat cap or a hair dryer while your hair is covered by a plastic cap.

Enter Le Heat Cap.
I got mine from Jumia. There are many sellers that carry this stuff so prices usually range from N3000 to above N6000. I got mine for N3000 I think, plus N500 shipping. However I just saw this one on Konga for N2500.

Details: It came in a cardboard box that had seen better days so I tossed the box without taking a picture, but it was obviously from China.
It consisted of a cap with two layers; one with concentric circles of plastic-coated wire on its inner surface. It is this wire that heats up. The next layer was the plastic cap that is in contact with your head. It is detachable to allow you wash it.

The cap functions were pretty obvious and straightforward: An off button O, and two heat levels I and II. You plug it in, choose between I (barely warm) and II (quite hot) and plop the cap on your head.

The cap fit over my head properly so it's safe to say it would fit most people because I have a big head.

The Experience

I used it for both deep conditioning and hot oil treatments. Heat level I was a joke so I moved up to II and it was great. In fact after about 10 minutes I'd turn it off and allow the heat already there to continue to do its magic. If I want to stay longer, I'd crank up the heat again after a few minutes.
I did a video call with my mom and she asked, "What's that on your head?"
Me: "It's a heat cap Mommy, for deep know, steaming"
Mom: "Is it electric?"
Me: "Yes"
Mom: "Don't go and electrocute your head o"
          See me laughing at my mother. If only I had shared her mistrust of that cap. Children, listen to your parents... Let me explain.

So the first couple of times were great. Heat really helps make wash day short and sweet; In 30 minutes my hair would have properly absorbed my deep conditioner, to the point that there was barely anything to rinse off. No kidding. When I use only body heat, I would have to leave in my DC overnight to get that result.

Then after I think 3 uses, I noticed when I took off the cap that the hair at my crown felt rough. I put it down to not using enough product there. Next wash day, same thing. Same area felt rough and a little crispy. That was when I examined the cap.
 FAM... the wire in the area of my crown had melted through its plastic coating and had melted streaks through the second layer: the detachable plastic cap. The only thing that had protected my hair from getting singed off was the shower cap I had on.
 I can't even think about having hot burning wire in direct contact with my head, which is what could have happened if I hadn't examined the cap.

I moisturised that area more diligently and thankfully averted heat damage. That rough, crispy area now feels just as soft and healthy as the rest of my hair.

As for the cap, I chucked it with the quickness. If I had known then that I would do this post, I would have taken pictures. I am not saying all of the heat caps are bad. Many women own them and haven't complained. In fact the one I linked on Konga has all good reviews so I dunno.
 The cap did a great job of helping me get more out of my deep conditioner and wash day, but I went on to have a really bad personal experience with it. I might replace it and give it another try with caution.

UPDATE: I found the cap in a bag of knick-knack outside the house waiting to be disposed of, so I got pictures:

Nah brah, I will not be repurchasing.
It looks like I will be saving up for an expensive tabletop steamer or perhaps one of those microwaveable caps.




My Method for Hair Breakage and Shedding that Always Works (for me)

14:06 Naija girl next door 17 Comments

             Breaking and shedding are very common hair complaints. I have an easy hair treatment I do that solves it for me every single time and that's what I'm sharing in this post. Before you try it, let's figure out first if it is what you need.

 Many times, the answer to breakage is moisture because dryness is very common with our afro hair type (even if your hair is relaxed), and dry hair will break. But, if your deep conditioning and moisturising game have been on 100 and you're being gentle, sleeping with a satin scarf/bonnet and still your hair is rebelling; you may need to look deeper than moisture.

1. You might need a trim
 I talked all about the signs your hair needs a trim in this post, based off of my own experience. Seriously, read it. When your hair needs that trim, it doesn't matter if you use your holy grail product, a concoction of all the grocery items in your kitchen or some magic potion from the other end of the world; there will be no escaping the blade. Nothing can repair tattered ends. They just have to go.

That is why I started my last wash day with a much needed trim. I posted the process on my Insta story. It was a spontaneous decision; I didn't wake up that morning knowing I would trim my hair, but all the signs were there so I did it. It's just easy to pick up my phone and share on Instagram, so please follow me @naijagirlnextdoor if you aren't. And you really should read that post about the trim.

2. You need a Hard Reset
  That's what I call this because it gets my hair IN LINE no matter how crazy it tried to act before; like taking the battery out of a Blackberry and putting it back in. I've shared a whole wash day before featuring this method, but let me simplify it. My Hard Reset is two-pronged approach:

Caffeine on my scalp and Egg in my hair.

The caffeine stops shedding at the roots and the egg strengthens the hair shaft to stop breakage.
Usually I'd use instant coffee on my scalp but I was out so I used green tea which also has caffeine in it. My hair responds terribly to black tea but if your hair is fine with it, that's good too.
My hair was already sectioned and twisted from trimming.

 I just let the green tea brew like I was going to drink it, let it cool, then I put it in a spray bottle, and generously sprayed my scalp.
I let it do its thing while I cooked, then I beat an egg with a tablespoon of olive oil and applied it to my hair. My hair was still in twists so I scrunched the egg mixture in to make sure it got into every strand. 
With egg in my hair
Then I left it in for thirty minutes and washed out with Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Tea (you can read my review). After that I took out my twists to properly apply my deep conditioner and replenish moisture. I used Hairveda Deep Conditioning Masque.

 Let's talk about eggs for a minute.

The science says that the protein molecules in egg are too big to penetrate and bind to the hair shaft and that you need products with hydrolysed proteins for that. I agree. I'm all about science. You can read the Curly Nikki article

On the other hand, I started using eggs in my hair before I got to know about the size of their protein molecules, and I am glad because I would never have tried it, based on the science.
I cannot argue with the results I get from eggs, whether the molecules penetrate or not. I have used products with hydrolysed wheat, soy, keratin, collagen e.t.c. proteins and they're good, but none has given me the dramatic results of a N50 egg. Also, for all their penetrating and binding, protein treatments are temporary fixes just like the egg treatment. That's why they all need to be repeated every 4-6 weeks or when you assess that your hair needs one.

 Let me stress that everyone's hair is different. Some people have used the egg treatment and like me are die-hard fans. Others get a hard, tangly mess with eggs. It happened to one of my friends and I've read a few blog posts about the same thing. So I always tell people to test it on a small area of hair FIRST. 

 If your hair hates eggs, or you'd rather use something from a bottle, or you're vegan, or can't stand eggs or don't believe the hype... you can try the popular Aphogee. They make protein treatments with all the science-backed hydrolysed proteins. The girls of The Kink and I love them. Meemee had a testimony with the Aphogee two-step and AB loves the Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor.

 I have never used either because the ingredient lists don't comply with my hippie organic/natural life. If you don't care about all that though, this could be your own Hard Reset.
 Always follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.

Alright, back to my wash day. I rinsed off the deep conditioner after about two hours and my hair was singing. The trim, the hard reset, the deep conditioning all came together and blessed my strands. I could cry...
My leave-in was Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake (also reviewed), and a dab of Special Me Organics Mint Burst Shea Butter Souffle to seal. 
 The next day I took down my twists and fluffed them out, It was hard to stop touching my soft healthy hair but I had to tuck in my ends for a quick updo. No way am I exposing my brand new ends to the elements. For now.

   Do you have a fail safe hair treatment you swear by?


There's a giveaway going on. Read my previous post for details.


Shanyi Organics Product Review and GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

07:00 Naija girl next door 9 Comments

Hello people, my blog was three years old in March!
              I'm really happy but I'm too aware that I need to do better. There's a giveaway at the end of this post so read through and see how you can win free hair products from Shanyi Organics.

Product Review

Shanyi Organics just did a relaunch with new improved versions of their existing products, and some new additions. They sent me two sets of two products: Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea and Moisturising Milk Shake. I couldn't wait to try them out and compare with the old versions which I had used for up to a year. Out of curiosity I bought a third one: the Anti-frizz Conditioning Yoghurt.
By the way, team #BuyNigerian.

Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with green labelling. Very handy compared to the large size and pump mechanism of their old shampoo (but the old one could hold a lot more product).
Smell: The stimulating scent of tea tree. Very nice and mint-like.
Colour and consistency: Dark and watery.
Comparing the old and the new shampoo. The new is watery but I prefer its performance


I'm very pleased with this ingredient list. It really is a tea. All-natural and herbal except for one preservative to keep it from going bad.

My Assessment
This shampoo is one of my favourite things ever for my hair. It lathers up real nice, cleans my scalp and makes it tingle gently which I LOVE because it feels really refreshing. It does not make my hair feel dry or stripped and one lather is enough. The first time I used it, I lathered twice and it was totally unnecessary because my scalp was already clean. My hair didn't fell stripped then but it did feel a little drier the next day. After that I stuck to one lather and it's been perfectly fine since. Generally you shouldn't lather up too much with curly/kinky hair.

Verdict: New favourite. Clean, non-stripped hair, tingly scalp, ingredients that make me happy and it costs N2500. No points for guessing if I will repurchase (heck yeah).

Shanyi Organics Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt
This is their rinse-out conditioner.
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with red labelling.
Smell: Mostly raw honey
Colour and consistency: Beige; not too thick, flowy


Again, I'm so happy with this list.

My Assessment
Sinks right into my hair on application and softens it. It has some slip which helps with detangling but it is not the slippiest (bear with my neologism) conditioner you ever encountered. It completely rinses out with no residue and I'm left with hair that feels nice and soft, but once my hair dries it feels regular; like I can't tell that I put anything in it. So I still need to use a good leave-in after using this as a rinse-out conditioner.
On the other hand I like my co-wash conditioners to rinse clean, so I tried it as a co-wash and this is now my preferred way to use it. I put this on my hair with a little water, leave it in for a bit then use some more to work my scalp and hair. I rinse it all out and make sure to deep condition afterwards or at least use a favourite leave-in.

Verdict: Not a holy grail product for me but it's a nice co-wash. It also costs N2500 so I might repurchase. Shea Moisture ain't cheap.

Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake
This is their best selling product.
Packaging: White spray bottle with red labelling
Smell: Coconut milk and something flowery. Scrumptious.
Colour and consistency: light pink, runny. More liquid than the previous version hence the spray bottle.
Comparing old and new: The new one is thinner, pinker, more yummy smelling 


You already know I'm a fan.

My Assessment
First of all, it smells divine. I was spraying it on my hair one day and my friend who's a guy actually stopped me to see what I was using and said he wanted to eat it. Down side: the spray mechanism failed from the first day. I had to pour it into another spray bottle.
As for performance, I noticed that the way this product works for my hair depends on a couple of factors.

  • When I have just used my favourite deep conditioner and my hair is damp, moisturised and soft as clouds, the Moisturising Milk Shake is perfect. It sort of potentiates the DC: sinks in, softens further, adds no grease and generally feels like a sweet dream. Then I seal in all that goodness with shea butter, and I know the next day gon be lit.
  • If I just shampoo or co-wash and I'm too lazy to DC, this is not the product to reach for. It's so light that it is just not enough. It will disappear into my damp hair and the next day, there's no evidence I used a leave-in. Definitely need something richer for this.
  • For dry hair, it's a wonderful refresher. It's a step up from using plain water because it softens and it works on tangles. It's not oily so I can use it everyday without annoying buildup. I do have to repeat daily.
Verdict: Really good light, non-greasy daily moisturiser that smells yummy. I will most likely repurchase.


I will be giving away these three products to two lucky winners on Instagram. Each person gets either the Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea or the Moisturising Milk Shake courtesy of Shanyi Organics; and one of these two persons gets my Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt as a bonus because I used a little bit of it (it's still almost full).
To enter: Follow @naijagirlnextdoor and @shanyiorganics on Instagram if you are not already.
               Leave a comment below the Insta giveaway picture that I post.

That's it! The giveaway will be on for two weeks and winners will be announced. You can also enter for someone else. Get your friends to enter too, then you can steal the stuff if they win. All's fair in love and war. *shrugs*



Soft, Natural-looking Crochet on a Budget

15:00 Naija girl next door 9 Comments

Hey guys!
I had a crochet breakthrough last year. I found long kinky hair for cheap that looked and felt close to my natural hair. I wanted a leave-out, so it was important to me that it blend with my real hair. I probably spent hours at Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki, looking at and feeling all kinds of hair (Don't ever agree to do any kind of shopping with me).
There were a few bulk hair extensions, but they were either for an afro look or very defined, silky curls (Freetress) that would never blend with mine.
 The logical option was to get crochet twists and unravel them.
You already know the variety of crochet extensions available;
 Havana, Krochet Kulture and some lesser-known ones were too silky for my natural texture. Noble, Xpression and Naomi Boom felt tougher or just different to my natural hair. So there I was having a Goldilocks moment, looking for porridge hair extensions that would be juuuust right.

I had never heard of Bella Crochet Twists before I found it.
The twists were really tight and firm so I thought the texture would be hard until I unraveled one and ran it through my fingers. It felt closer to my natural hair than any synthetic hair I'd ever used before. No wait, Janet Collection Noir is really good too. It wasn't there though, and because of the exchange rate it costs a lot more than it used to.

Price of Bella Crochet: N1500 each. I bought two. I also bought a detangling brush to help me brush out the hair.

My braid pattern was pretty basic. I left out hair for a centre part, side part and all around the perimeter so I could put my hair up or take it straight back.The rest of my hair went back in simple cornrows.

It was so big when I was done, I trimmed off uneven ends and shaped it up, then took a bunch of happy pictures tossing my head about. It was the best time to have all this hair because I had to be in England in late autumn and I don't like cold at ALL.

  Maintaining it was the same as you'd do for your own hair. If I don't moisturise and braid or twist my own hair before bed, I'm risking tangles and dry hair that's difficult to manage. It was the same with the extensions. I did it along with my leave-out and had the best results. Braiding/ twisting at night also helped tone down the volume in the morning. Big hair is cute but it's a lot to handle. I'm sure human hair would be easier to manage, but this hair was really good and at an unbelievable price.

My favourite thing was my big messy bun!

I had so many women complimenting me on my really long hair and I felt compelled to tell each one that it wasn't all mine. My friend Alex couldn't believe it. "Just say thank you! Must you tell them?" I don't know guys, I couldn't help myself. What do you think? Simply take a compliment or clear things up?

I had this hair in for 4 to 5 weeks I think. After the first two-and-half weeks I didn't want to bother with a leaveout anymore so I cornrowed by leaveout to the back, retaining the centre part. the braid at my nape was hidden so I let it be, then crocheted more hair to the front.

So ladies, whatcha think? Try or pass?


P.S My blog is 3 this month! I'm collaborating with Shanyi Organics for a giveaway. Meanwhile, you can check out their newly launched site: and on Instagram, @shanyiorganics


Wash Day: Stretching my 4C Hair with Flexi rods

00:59 Naija girl next door 11 Comments

 My last wash day with flexi rods was fantastic guys. It had a lot to do with the products I used, especially my new deep conditioner, but I'll get to that.
            Up until mid last year, my favourite method for stretching my 4c hair was threading. The problem was that even though it stretches my hair very well, it also makes it feel drier than usual and I end up having to do detangle all over again too. Flexi rods on the other hand leave me with hair that is not just stretched, but airy and bouncy as well. The kind of airy and bouncy that makes you record a slow mo hair commercial video. Not saying I did, not saying I didn't. Just keep reading, I'll show you how I did it (the flexi rod thing, not the video).

I wasn't kidding when I set my hair goals. Moisture is everything for my hair, and moisture was the plan for this wash day. I started with hair that had been in a protective style for weeks. It was dry so I spritzed with water + a little oil and worked it in to soften my hair enough to part into sections.

Pre-poo: I warmed the oils I used over a bowl of hot water. Hair trigger on my scalp, extra virgin olive oil on my hair. I actually massaged my scalp for up to five minutes. That's an improvement. I covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for a few hours. Normally I do 30 mins to an hour but it was a busy day. When I took off the cap, my hair was moist and soft so I detangled first with my fingers, and then with a wide tooth comb. This was one of those rare occassions when I actually use a comb. I needed to get out over a month's worth of shed hairs.

Shampoo: Diluted black soap. I've been experimenting with it. Two lathers got out all the oil I had in my hair, which was a lot. Perfect canvas for testing a new deep conditioner.

Deep condition: Hairveda Deep Conditioning Hair Masque. First impressions: Not much slip to aid detngling, but it sank into my hair immediately and softened it. It was already late so I kept it in my hair overnight and rinsed out the next morning. My hair was SOFT like buttahhh.

post rinse
 I'll save the rest for the review after I've used it a few more times. Meanwhile, it's currently on sale on for N2900 which is a steal in this economy.

Leave-in: Hairveda Whipped Creme Leave-in on damp hair, sealed with whipped shea butter. That just reminded me of desserts. I cut out all sugar from my diet after the first week of January and even though I'm not craving badly, there's Maltesers in the fridge tempting me, taunting me.

Stretch: flexi rods.
It's not the same as doing a flexi-rod set where you want actual curls. This one is easier because it's less precise, and you use fewer rods so it's better for sleep.

Instead of smaller, round sections, mine were long and thick.

Keeping the hair stretched and flat against my fingers, I wrapped it down and around the flexi rod.

Secure the top and bottom by bending the rod against itself. That's it. Repeat all over

My hair was so stretched and soft that it took no effort and no extra product to gather it into a low ponytail and braid it.
Flexi rods are my new favourite way to stretch, at least until another method comes and sweeps me off my feet. I'm romantic like that.

 I've really missed wash day posts. What have you been up to with your hair?