What's In My Bag Tag

May 23, 2015 Naija girl next door 9 Comments

    Hello people,  I hope things are going better for you because heh, things are less than ideal here o. *Launching rant*
   I was supposed to have had this entire week free before starting my next posting in Internal medicine. I had planned to put up a lot of posts as I am presently BURIED under pending posts, and I was supposed to rest, unwind and put on a little flesh so I could give my next assignment my best.               Unfortunately we're being held back until our replacements resume, which means I've given of myself for an extra week. It also means I'll be on call on sunday, the third extra call duty I'm doing in this department. The first extra was the reason I missed the Kinky Apothecary Natural Hair and Beauty Show on Saturday. Who went? I heard it was mad fun.
         In the midst of all that, fuel scarcity. I drive with one eye on the fuel gauge. No light, now no water because there's nothing to power the pumping machine. God help us.
     On to the reason for today's post- the 'what's in my bag' tag. I was tagged by AB of thekinkandi. Thank you! :* I liked reading AB's and Meemee's.

    I sifted through a whole bunch of paper scraps with scribbles on them- drug dosages, shopping lists, other lists, receipts... to bring you a saner version of the stuff in my everyday bag.
L to R, from the top
1. Lipstick of the day- and sometimes those of previous days because I forget to take them out. Right now I have up to four in my bag *facepalm*
 The day I took this pic it was Black up in 38M and Mac Flat out fabulous. I adore them.
2. Phone charger- a necessity.
3. Extra battery kit- yes. Dead phone make happy Sandra sad, mad Sandra. Hulk smash.
4. Notebook for all those scribbles.
5. Work id on top of notebook.
6. My stethoscope. Once in a while when Lagos goes wild, I hang it up in my car eg during the elections. Make way, coming through, lives at stake.
7. Headphones aka lifesavers
8. Portable speaker. I like to move it it.
9. Chewing gum- especially during call duty. Gotta stay fresh even if you've been drooling from exhaustion.
10. Pen- An essential. Especially in the bank. You don't want to be that irritant in the bank.
11. flash drive
12.wristwatch and earrings- um, probably took them off on my way home and forgot to take them out. Sometimes I have up to 3 pairs of earrings in there.
13. Hand sanitizer. Duh.
14. Paediatrics handbook. For those times I need to remind myself/make sure.

Not pictured: my wallet and my phones. My Samsung took this picture. The other is a small Nokia that goes missing a lot.

I'm going to tag...
1. Uju Lilian Ikegbune of ethniques.blogspot.com
2. Yvette of hardmashonatype.blogspot.com
3. Bee of glamlushhair.blogspot.com
4. Moby of mylifeasmoby.com
    Many people have already done the tag so I'll leave it here. If you've not and would like to, please receeeeive this tag! I would love to read it. Mwah.

P.s. Have you marked June 7 on your calendars? Please refrain from dulling and do so. It is not a joking stuvvs, it's the Naija Hair can Grow Salon day out. Don't let somebody tell you about it.
It's just N500 to get in, and you can redeem that 500 bucks at the Savvy & Chic stand so essentially, entry it's free.  I can't wait to see you there.



Wash Day Files: prep for Ombre kinky twists

May 13, 2015 Naija girl next door 11 Comments

Hey you guys, how are ya? Happy hump day.

    My wash days have been going mostly according to my regimen since I took out my box braids (here and here).
I did an egg treatment after the braids came out, just to add strength. Honestly I didn't notice much difference in breakage. It seems like a battle between my relaxed ends and my natural hair- the natural faction is growing in size and its forces are stronger; while the relaxed ends are being massacred and getting no reinforcements.
Breakage is at fever pitch now. Ain't no stopping it till I chop, and I might have jumped the gun with my big-chop-at-24-months announcement.
    Anyway, the week after that was the usual all-in-one wash & condition with Shea Moisture Purification Masque.
  Now this week, I had a fantastic wash day and I just had to share...

   Protective style prep
Yes I was ready for another protective style barely two weeks after my last. This two-texture business is not akara.

   Pre-pooed with Olori Deep Conditioning treatment after misting my sections with water. It was my first time using it as a prepoo and I'm going to review soon but there are spoilers in this post.
    Covered with a shower cap for, I would say 3 hours. My hair was baby soft when I took off the shower cap and my curls was clumping in a big way, especially my looser texture at the back.
The relaced hair also clumped... into strings

   Shampooed with Africa Naturalistas Black Moisturising Shampoo on some sections and a new purchase- Bobeam shealoe shampoo bar on other sections, just to compare. More on that in a later review post but by and large, my hair was still oh-so-soft.
Deep conditioned with Aubrey's GBP conditioner, twisted the sections and kept under a plastic cap + a towel for a little over an hour *tingle tingle*, then did a final rinse with the twists still in place.
Wrapped in my Earth Therapeutics Quick-dry hair towel for about 10- 15 minutes.
Sealed with a mix of coconut and jojoba oils and called it a night.
My hair was soft, moisturised and happy the next day and I couldn't stop touching it.
I put it in a bun and went out.

Ombre kinky twists
    By 7pm I started my ombre kinky twists. I used big sections and wasn't very meticulous because I thought I'd only keep them in for a week.
I used kinky/marley hair in three colours ie
33 at the roots: length quartered. (Can't remember brand)
Supreme Kinky in 30 for the middle: length halved
Janet Collection Afro Marley hair in M27/613 for the tips: length quartered.
I just added as I went along for the ombre look.

Rolled the tips on grey perm rods and dipped in hot water.
Kept them in overnight and by morning:

I'm in looove with this style omigosh. *cue hair toss and dumb blonde pout*.
Now I want to keep them for longer than a week and will redo if I need to.

How was your wash day chicas? You should totally join the wash day experience over here, it would be totally amazing if you did. I will be speaking in this "blonde" accent for a while :p :p (which to me is how Kim Kardashian talks).
Ok bye. Lol



win 100k worth of hair products + Cash at the June Salon Day Out!

May 11, 2015 Naija girl next door 6 Comments

Have you heard about this year's Salon Day out? Save the date on your calendars, it's June 7th.

The Naijahaircangrow blog is about to turn five and Dabs is set to celebrate in a big way, which is good for all us awoof lovers *wink wink*
    About that heading, yes you can win.
There's going to be a fun battle on stage and you only have to be a Hairlista to do it ie you like caring for or styling hair. That's all. To participate, just send Dabs an email: Daboju@yahoo.com with "I WANT TO BATTLE" as the subject, between now and 20th of May.
There'll be two teams of 4 and if you win, you EACH get 25k worth of hair products plus a cash prize!
Read more about the June Salon Day out here.

Meanwhile, I'm involved in the Hair Journey series :D :D
I even got my own poster to share...

Who's giddy with me?

I hope I see you all there. Dabs is great at organising stuff like this. Remember the Savvy & Chic garden party?
Don't go and dull.



4 Interesting ways to style your box braids

May 02, 2015 Naija girl next door 10 Comments

Hola fam!
My braids made it to four whole weeks. *silly dance*
They made my life a whole lot easier since I didn't have to wonder what to do with my hair, especially for work.
They definitely had a good run as I got to do these ghen ghen styles in addition to the usual boring ones.

So today, I answer ze call for how-to posts and I bring to you (read this in an accent from Aladdin) zese 4 interesting styles which you can do wit ze box braids or ze twists! *cymbals*
[I did not use bobby pins for any of these styles but please feel free to anywhere you need some extra hold.]

The braided bang
Very easy and takes like a minute to do.
Take a medium section front and centre and plait forwards in a single braid.
Take the braid over your forehead and immediately to the back, gather with the rest of your braids in a ponytail and secure with a band...
 Extra tip: I don't like to leave the band exposed so I wrap it in braids. Just leave some out of the ponytail at the nape, use them to wrap around, then tuck the ends into the band. 

 Turban Queen
My braids were over 3 weeks old and my edges were not as neat. This covered them up so well and I loved the look.
Gather all the braids in a ponytail at the very front of your head.
Make three two-strand twists. I braided the ends to secure the twists. 
Gather them firmly as one (it helps to twist as if you're wringing out cloth), move across your forehead then to the back, then tuck under the band.
   I kept tucking over and under the band until it was secure. Don't worry if it's messy. The scarf will cover it.
     Take a square scarf, fold into a triangle and drape over your head with the pointy end of the triangle at the front, covering the band.
      Now tie the sides over the pointy end. Tuck tuck tuck so it looks neat...


The 90's-inspired high ponytail
Ha. I had fun swinging this one up and down. I remember feeling like Brandy in a similar high pony as a kid. 

Take a large section front and centre, leave out a few at the back of the section to wrap around the band.
Gather into a ponytail at the top of your head (not the very front as the previous style), secure with a band and wrap the free braids around it. Tuck the ends under the band.

Flip the ponytail to the back, spread around to frame your face. 

Forehead gang!

The messy top bun
I prefer my buns messy instead of perfect. For me it says "I got out of bed this fabulous" aka "I woke up like this" 
Gather all your braids into a ponytail at the very top of your head. 
Spread it around. 
Starting from the front, wrap the braids around into a 'doughnut.
Twist the ends as you go to prevent flyaways. Tuck under the band.
Here's the fun bit: dig your fingers into the bun gently and loosen it up a bit. Not too much, you don't want to scatter the whole thing cha cha.
Denim shirt, red lips and a chunky necklace gave me the exact look I was going for...

Get it!

So what do you guys think? Would you try any of these? Which one is your favourite?
Talk to your girl.