October 27, 2014 § 9 Comments
Hello gorgeous people,
I know it’s been eons since my last post. So much has been going on in my life- juggling too many things at the same time. The juggling ends when November begins *fingers crossed*. I’ll get to the point already;
I am a natural hair carrier/ enthusiast and I decided to do a series of posts on what works for my hair since I get asked a lot about what I do to/for my hair. Click here to view my previous post. I have met some natural ‘sistas’ that have agreed to also give you their tips as well. I will state that I am not a Biochemist/ Chemist/Pharmacist or Microbiologist, I simply try products on my formerly ‘Tough Nigerian hair’ and see how/if they work for me.
I have been using coconut oil for years; I could not find pure coconut oil in Nigeria until recently. I usually buy/bought the coconut hair oil by Indian hair brand ‘PARACHUTE’…this is mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t find pure coconut oil anywhere, parachute oil also tends to have other amazing ingredients such as almond oil and hibiscus. Dabur Vatika also has coconut oil that has added ingredients such as Henna, Lemon and Amla (amazing oil, for another day) PARACHUTE Coconut oil, Dabur Vatika Coconut oil and Pure Coconut oil are all available at REENE MALL on Cameron Road, Ikoyi. Grand Square, opposite 1004 Estate, Victoria Island should have a couple.
The Price Range:
NGN 500 – NGN900
PURE COCONUT OIL (bottle; PRIDE brand ) 250ML for NGN500
VATIKA COCONUT OIL- SMALL-150ml for NGN500
PARACHUTE OIL- SMALL –NG 400 (about 150ml), MEDIUM 450NGN, BIG 900NGN (about 300ml)
Facts about Coconut oil:
-Coconut oil penetrates up to 3 times more than most other oils
-Coconut oil helps to repair damaged hair; it contains Lauric acid that improves hair health and fatty acids that bind to the protein in hair and prevents both root and strand from breakage
-Coconut oil has a strong/potent smell
-Coconut oil makes hair thick, strong and healthy. ‘Thick’ and ‘strong’ are not to be confused with ‘Tough’, it just means the hair strands are not brittle/weak
-Coconut oil tends to solidify at room temperature; it can be dissolved by heating the oil up in a microwave or placing the bottle of oil in a bowl of hot water. Alternatively, you can melt the coconut oil with your hands by rubbing it between your palms.
-It is best to apply the coconut oil while it is still warm as it penetrates the hair shaft deeper and faster.
– The amount of coconut oil you use depends on the length and thickness of your hair, the longer and thicker your hair, the more oil you should use. If you end up using more than required, don’t worry, it will all be washed out at the end of the day.
MODE OF APPLICATION:
Coconut oil tends to get a little drippy when applied, so it is best to have old clothes on, do the conditioning treatment in the bathroom and have a hair covering that will stay in place all through the night, if you are planning to do an overnight treatment. Plastic shower cap, food wraps and so on can be used to keep the hair and oil in place- A roll of plastic food wraps is available for NGN250- NGN350 at malls such as REENE, Park ‘n’ Shop, Ebeano, SHOPRITE).
Massage warm oil into hair making sure to coat the hair tips. Some prefer to apply oil to damp hair. Comb through hair with a wide tooth comb to ensure even distribution of oil. Cover hair overnight or for 2-3hours. The longer you keep the oil in your hair, the more conditioned it will be.
Shampoo/wash hair till it no longer has an oily feel then apply conditioner to hair as usual. It is vital to always condition your hair after washing/shampooing.
OTHER USES OF COCONUT OIL:
- Cuticle oil
- Eye cream
- Body moisturizer (if you like the smell)
August 19, 2014 § 4 Comments
Hello Beautiful People,
So, this is the first look of the birthday marathon, the second look ‘SEEING RED’ was published earlier. This look was done right before I did my weave.
For my hair, I did a blow out and packed it into a pony tail/ afrotail. It was a slow day at the office and I realized I had brought my camera, so I put on the smile and took a few photos. The lighting was pretty poor but hopefully you guys can see my face. I love my Bobbi Brown ‘soft rose’ lipstick, It’s just right…not quite nude and not quite pink.
White dresses are refreshing, elegant and summery but there are a few things to keep in mind when wearing white:
– Choose a shade of white that suits your skin tone. Nigerians are really lucky seeing as Ebony skin tones are more versatile and work with most white shades and go with both silver and gold accessories.
-Thicker white fabrics tend to look more expensive and professional. Thicker/opaque fabrics reduce the ‘see-through curse‘. Before buying a white dress, place your hand under the fabric and hold it against light. If you can see your hand clearly, the dress will show EVERYTHING.
-Never wear white underwear under white. Wear black or a nude that’s really close to your skin tone. Avoid lace and printed underwear too.
-Apply makeup AFTER and perfume BEFORE putting on white to avoid staining.
– When wearing white, stick to pieces that have a cinched in waist or pieces that are paneled, as white reflects light and tends to make people/things appear bigger.
– Accessories should be kept simple as white is elegant, do not overwhelm the white canvas. Choose wooden, straw, beaded or feminine accessories. Click here to see the beaded clutch in my previous post.
Remember that a white dress is always in style. You will need to replace white seasonally as it tends to yellow.
Neckpiece and earrings: Sybils Jewelry House (SJH)/ Shoes: L.K. Bennet/ Watch: Folli Follie/ Ring: Max store at The Palms Mall,Lekki.
I would love to hear from you. What are your tips for wearing white ?
Click below for a few white accessories that can be delivered to Nigeria.
August 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hello Beautiful People,
This is going to be my first post on Posh International Nigerians -PINs. PINs are basically Nigerians that are making a difference, being creative and doing positive things. Don’t you get tired of all the negative connections people make with Nigeria, not just in life but also in series and movies – Lost, Castle, X-men, Leverage…do I go on?
I came across an article by Sunday Akinlolu in Tuesdays Guardian, ‘Esther, the Nigerian dress, makes history at the Smithsonian’. At the risk of sounding rather ‘un-posh’, I didn’t know what the Smithsonian was. I have done my research now and apparently, The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, located in Washington, DC , United States . Don’t say I never taught you anything.
The Esther dress has found a new home at the world’s largest museum.
The Creator and The Dress
piece of art dress is called Esther, It is an absolutely beautiful, hand painted silk ball gown brought into existence by Ms. Torlowei of Patience Please – Nigeria’s first registered lingerie manufacturer.
What do you think about the dress- worthy of the Smithsonian Museum or not?
If you have Posh International Nigerians (PIN’s) you would like me to feature, please contact me below/or drop a comment above.
Have a great week.
August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hello Beautiful People,
This week, ‘Loosing you‘ by Solange has been playing in my ears, it’s not a new video but I came across it early in the year on DSTV Soundcheck. I absolutely love the video – she’s so fun, fresh, colorful and vibrant. I also love the concept. I’m guessing natural hair lovers will love this too. This video makes me want to get Ankara trouser suits and get down on the streets of gidi.Who knows where I can get ankara pant suits?
Feed your eyes and have a great week ahead.
Affirmation for the week: Great and positive things come easy to me.
July 31, 2014 § 1 Comment
Hello Beautiful People,
I have been getting a lot of questions about my natural, unrelaxed hair- Products I use, how I get the ‘tough Nigerian hair’ soft, how I retain my curls etc.
I don’t do as much as I would want with/to my hair. I would like to do a hot oil treatment once a week or twice a month, but I never get around to doing that. I would love to use purely natural products to wash my hair- like apple cider vinegar or baking soda but I find the task daunting, besides living in Lagos makes your ‘ gotta hustle, no time to wait/waste ‘ button turn ON.
Somehow, what I do works for my hair. I’ve decided to do a series on hair products I use and possibly the styles I achieve with the products. I would love it if all the hair lovers around, male & female, Relaxed & Unrelaxed tell me about their tried, tested and loved products.
Today, I am focusing on Organics TEXTURE MY WAY curl keeper moisturizing hair lotion. I stumbled upon this product by accident, and I have loved it ever since. This product adds moisture to my hair and leaves it easy to comb/manageable. It retains my curls when I do a lock and twist (I also use mousse for that, that’s for another day) and when I loosen my braids, twists, knots, locks, it gives my curls a bit of definition.
I use it after I shampoo, condition, lightly towel-blot and comb my hair with a wide tooth comb. Sometimes I lock it in/seal it with olive oil. Click here to see a look I achived wih this product. I shampooed+conditioned my hair, patted with a towel, combed through with a wide-tooth comb and then applied a little of this product.
It’s affordable, NGN850-NGN950 depending on the store. I’ve spotted it at Prince Ebeano Supermarket for N850.
What are your tried, tested and loved hair products?
Have an amazing evening.
July 24, 2014 § 10 Comments
Hello Posh International Nigerians,
I had a hell-ish week, last week. Monday morning started with the craziest taxi driver, followed by a long day of data collection and being screamed at by a nurse. Thankfully, there was no traffic on my way home.
On tuesday, I realised by crashing my hard drive, I had lost all my pictures. Remind me to always back up pictures. Squabble with the brother on Wednesday, Ordered a dress off a vendor on Instagram, this vendor turned out to be extremely rude, unreliable and the spawn of the devil…she sent me a different colour of the dress I ordered, at first she would not accept a return, then she insisted I pay her more than half the cost of the dress for ‘shipping costs’ and delivery…do I continue? I found these gems and they managed to cheer me up. I couldn’t get a front picture of the shoes but the pictures are available on the website/link. Please let me know what you think about the pieces. Have a great long weekend.
July 9, 2014 § 2 Comments
Hello Posh Nigerians,
If you know me, you will know that I have always had a queer, no scrap that, I have always had a unique music taste. I remember coming back for summer in 2009 and being the only one amongst my Nigerian cousins and friends that LOVED house music. Fast forward to 2014….all Nigeria clubs play it, most Nigerians claim to like it. I thought I would be please about these facts, but it is super annoying that when house music comes on people just take a chill pill, why tho? what’s the point of everyone pretending they love it when they really don’t?….is it just a fad/trend? Please let’s go back to the good ol’ days – when we knew the genuine ‘house’ lovers.The one’s that would hear Fish Go Deep’s ‘Cure and The Cause’ or Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey, Hey’ and jump up and seriously move to the music.
I digress, I came across this song ( To Binge by Gorillaz Feat. Little Dragon) last weekend, when I was watching ‘The Family’. ‘The Family’ is an awesome movie,I highly recommend it, here’s why:
Mafia movie: Check
Amazing actors- Robert De Niro: check, Michelle Pfeiffer : check, Tommy Lee Jones: check
Never thought Tommy Lee and Robert De Niro would work together.
Great Story line: Check
Entertaining: double check
Do I go on?
I’ve put up a trailer for ‘The Family’ and a ‘To Binge’ video. I warned you that I had a unique taste in music. Enjoy: