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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Current Fav:  Scars to your Beautiful by ALESSIA CARA

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Hey lovelies,

How’s your Sunday going? Mine is pretty relaxing and kind of a lazy day so far…

I thought I’d share this post with you guys because I spent the most of my life thinking less of my self … I had this huge inferiority complex. But I’m all grown up now, I’ve learnt to see the beauty within me ( I hope that makes sense). You are not allowed to feel less of yourself, you are not!

“Beauty like Style has no one definition, we all represent a form of beauty” Know this!
But we live in a society that not only defines beauty but also makes sure that majority do not make “the cut”

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Society will tell you what size, height, skin color, hair type is beautiful, a description that is impossible to meet and if ever met only by a very few shaming the remaining majority.
But who made those rules? Who is society? What makes a size 6 “sexier” than a 16? On what bases is one skin color better than the others?
My definition of beauty is you and me. I believe God made us in different shapes, sizes and colors so we can appreciate many forms of beauty. You are beautiful, you should feel beautiful in your skin
Do not let society define you, you are beautifully made.

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You are not only beautiful, you are a unique being. After all, you were created in God’s image.

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I hope this helps someone fee better, in the near feature I’ll be sharing with you how I got over my inferiority complex.

Till next time. xx

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Q&A: MY HAIR

 

Present Jam: Eko Miami by MALLEK BERRY

Few months after big chop
Few months after big chop

Hey beautiful people, happy weekend! Today’s post is about hair, I know a thing or two about hair so…

First of, all hair types are beautiful!! The reason why there is a sort of formula for identifying hair types is not to shame any hair type, it is just for identification as that will make management of various hair types easier!

Before big chop 🙈
Before big chop 🙈

Below are some of the questions I get about my hair and the answers

  1. How old is your hair? 

I had my big chop last week of July 2014, I cut my hair because it was a mess!! It was severely damaged from over relaxing it.

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2.  What is your hair type?

I have 3 types of hair on my head, yes 3! It is almost impossible to have the same texture of hair all over the head, towards the front of my hair, I have looser curls, the back of my hair has tighter curls and the center of my head has really tight curls. I have 4b, 4c and 4d (yes, there’s 4d) I haven’t had a professional check my hair I just used the curl pattern description I saw online

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3. Have you ever sneak relaxers in your hair?

No!! The front part of my hair is slightly softer than the rest, so it might seem relaxed. I am a bit terrified of relaxers, I had bad experiences with them.

4. How long is your hair?

11″ in front and 8″ at the back.

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5. Have you ever trimmed your hair?

Yes, once and I did it myself. I cut about an inch all round. My hair felt so good afterwards!

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After trim
11 months ago
11 months ago

6.  Is your hair growing?

Yes, yes it is! type 4 hair grows!! a lot, because of the amount of shrinkage it  gets, it always feels like it isn’t growing. Take pictures to document your hair growth. You might not know how much your hair has grown until you see an older picture.

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14 months ago
shrinkage!
Shrinkage

 

7.  Do you use hair growth supplements?

No I don’t

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8.  What products do you use?

I am on a very tight budget guys, very tight!! I basically use Shea butter and coconut oil, and occasionally Olive oil. My everyday hair care is the LOC method.

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These are some of the questions I am asked a lot. I am often challenged about my hair.

I hear plenty things like my hair is not all that natural (like that’s a thing 😒) or my hair should be longer than it is… Health over length!! Or why my hair looking relaxed, well I keep it stretched most of the time (in African threads) so it’ll be soft.

How I stretch my hair
How I stretch my hair

Dear girl, take time to learn more about your hair natural or relaxed.

Till the next post. xx

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Have you ever been queried about your hair? What hair type do you have??

OUTFIT: DAD’S BUBA

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Present Jam: Airplanes by B.o.B & Hayley Williams

Happy Friyaay!!

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For this outfit post, I wore my dad’s buba top as a dress and I absolutely loved it, it felt so comfortable!!

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Kinda of a dress I’ll wear to a wedding because of the #foodie that I am, I won’t have to worry about my tummy bulging out 😂

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I paired  the dress with a pair of heels to give it a feminine touch.

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So, my photographer suggested we took the pictures in front of old houses, and I loved the idea, so on this day, we went old-building hunting 😂 it was quite exhausting but fun!

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The buildings are over 100 years old guys!! Thinking about what those old buildings have survived thrills me!!

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There isn’t really much to say, I was clearly happy and comfortable in my outfit.

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Dear sisters, get comfortable in your clothes or your dad’s 😂

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Till the next blog post, xx

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What do you think of this style? Would you rock this style? Do you have a thing for old things like myself?

WASH DAY ROUTINE #2

 

 

Happy New year lovelies!!

Present Jam- Problem by REKADO BANK

I recently washed and deep conditioned my hair, I made some mistakes that helped me gather some tips, so I thought I’d share them with you guyss.

Hi, how have you been??
I washed my hair the DUDU OSUN soap, I have a post where I talked about the pros and cons of using the soap as a shampoo if you haven’t seen it yet click here and enjoy..
I had never made a DIY conditioner with fruits or any edibles, so I thought I’d give it a shot, I opted for the banana mix because banana is known to soften the hair and allow for easy manageability. Below are the things I used  for the deep conditioner and their benefits.

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1. Banana- Softenes the hair, allow easy management by loosening curls.
2. Egg(s)- For healthier hair also gives the hair shine also assist growth.
3. Coconut oil- For moisture (olive oil can be used instead).
4. Honey- For hair growth, prevents lost of moisture and softens the hair.
5. Plastic caps- To trap in heat.
6. Knee length socks- To prevent dripping of the mix down your neck

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Step 1.
Blend the bananas till it reaches a fine consistency, I didn’t blend the bananas I cut and mashed them that was the first mistake I made.
Step 2.
Break in egg(s) and blend well. I used on egg, depending on preference your can use two. If you don’t like the smell of eggs use just egg white. The second mistake I made was putting in yolk, I was nauseated half the time.
Step 3.
Measure into the mix 4 tablespoons of honey and coconut oil and blend for few seconds.
Step 4.
Sieve the mixture, using a fine sieve. This is very important. You don’t want to have banana caught in your hair, it is a very painful experience. I was in the shower for over 2 hours pickiing out Banana bits out of my hair.

After making the condioner, I finger detangled on wet hair (to reduce breakage) and I washed my hair in sections. My hair wash squeaky clean then I applied the conditioner to the washed sections. I wore 2 plastic caps to trap moisture then I tied a knee length sock round my head. I left the conditioner on for an hour (nauseated by the smell of the egg)
Then I washed it out, I then put my hair in African threading (not fully cocooned) to stretch my hair, you can style as preferred after washing the conditioner out, make sure you use a cream base products to moisturize your hair while styling, I usually use my Shea butter mix.

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It shouldn’t look like this, it should be smooth, no lumps

After I took down the threading the next day, I hair felt so soft, it was very easy to style it. I wore my hair out for over 8 hours and it was still very soft and shrinkage was very minimal.

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I will definitely suggest this DIY CONDITIONER if you haven’t tried it before.

This conditioner is not restricted to naturals, relaxed haired girls can use it too.

I hope this post was helpful, and I hope to hear from you. Till the next blog post. xx

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What do you think of DIY conditioners?? Have you tried them?? Which condioner mix have you tried and how was the experience??

DAILY HAIR TIPS

 

 

Current jam- Don’t save her by J.COLE

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Heyy guys (this is getting old, I know)

So, I recently posted a picture on my instagram (@mikunstyles) and I asked if you’d like a post on how I keep my hair moisturized daily and I got a few Yess. So here it is…

First of, natural kinky hair type is naturally dry, the implication of this is that the natural state of us #fro girl’s hair is DRY, having said this I hope you can breathe… its not you girl, its your hair *inserts laughing emoji here*
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There are various ways to keep your hair moisturized, but in this post, I will start with the very basic that you can easily achieve daily.

LOC- yes the infamous Liquid, Oil and Cream method

This method is super easy and fast, whenever I am wearing my hair out, I opt for this method… I will normally section my hair (to work in the LOC properly)

  • My liquid is water (not too much because too much water shrinks my hair), I spray water on my hair making sure I work the water into my hair strands (this can be tricky especially if you have low porosity hair) and also making sure the water gets to my scalp, it is very important that your scalp gets water too, your scalp is just as important as your hair if not more important.

P.S Aloe vera juice can be used in place of water.

  • I grab my Oil which is usually Coconut oil or sometimes Olive oil apply it to my hair in a very small quantity, I do this because too much oil in the hair attracts dust, and I don’t want that, but if you like your hair to shine, you can go overboard with the oil, just make sure you wash your hair when needed.
  • My cream is Shea butter; it acts as the sealant that is it locks the moisture from the water and oil into the hair strands. I prefer the shea butter cream because it is affordable and easy to work into my hair. I apply just a little cream to my scalp to avoid dry scalp and prevent product build up on my scalp. Then I style as desired which is mostly an updo.

Note, the ends of your hair should get so much love, they are the oldest and need more attention. You should also get a trim when needed. I have only trimmed my hair once, I cut about an inch all round.

My hair stays moisturized for a few hours after the LOC method after which it goes back to its natural state ‘DRY’ this is where my Spray bottle comes in.

When I feel like my hair is dry, I just spray it with water, just a few pumps and I will immediately I see my hair come back to live, my curl pattern will become more visible and my curls begin to pop looool

The content of my spray bottle varies.

  • Sometimes its just water
  • Other times it is water with a small amount of oil (for a little shine)
  • Or water mixed with a leave-in conditioner. I use this dark and lovely leave-in,
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    this mixture leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized.

I mostly just spray my hair with water, but if I’m feeling a little extra, I go extra *inserts laughing emoji here*

The journey to a moisturized hair is not achieved in a day; you have to add it to your routine, think of your hair as a plant that cannot flourish without water. On this note, I end this natural hair care story. Till the next blog post.

Xx
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What do you think of this post? Will you like me to post on how I care for my hair when it is in a protective style or when I am not wearing it out??

Please leave a comment down below. I always love to hear from you. It literally makes me grin

WASH DAY ROUTINE #1

Present Jam- Sample you by MR EAZI

Hey beauties,

Howzit going? Going good? Remember how I talked about how most people wash their hair weekends here, well I am one of those people, I don’t have money to have my hair washed professionally (by a professional) yet, so I wash my hair myself. Today I will be sharing one of my  wash day routines with you with a simple DIY conditioner I used, it took me about 4 hours to wash my hair yesterday *in Kevin Hart’s voice* ‘Let me explain how’. So lets dive in

I section my hair first and detangled (this took about 20 minutes), I do most of my detangling outside the shower, then I washed each sections with the DUDU OSUN soap making sure I wash my scalp properly (get that product build up off) I also took the time to massage my scalp, this took me like 45 minutes ( I know, too long! 😖)

After washing each sections, I soaked my hair in my DIY conditioner concentrating on my tips then I cover it with 2 plastic wraps, to prevent the conditioner from dripping down my neck which can be very disgusting I tied a knee high soak around my head like so

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This will prevent the dripping-down-my-neck-thing. I was supposed to leave the conditioner in for like an hour, but I slept off (don’t judge me please)…. So I ended up washing it off like 3 hours later, then I applied my leave-in (shea butter) and weaved my hair into 4 giant cornrows and allowed it to hair dry.

P.s Shea butter is a good and affordable leave-in conditioner. How? it CONDITIONS the hair (allows easy manipulations) and you can LEAVE it IN hence, it is a LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

DIY conditioner

I mixed a cheap conditioner (that has plenty of slip) with honey and coconut oil easy peasy 😁

Have a wonderful week 💕💕

Hassie

What’s your wash day like? How frequently do you wash your hair? How do you deep condition?

DUDU OSUN AND MY HAIR

 

 

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Present jam- Angels by CHANCE THE RAPPER and SABA

Hey guyyysss,

So the weekend is close and I’m guessing most people wash their hair during the weekend especially natural haired girls like myself that need a good 30-45 minutes to wash our hair minus deep conditioning (the sectioning and all, you know…), so I thought I’d do a review on the DUDU OSUN soap (meaning Black Camwood) and my hair, the pros and cons.  Having talked about my go-to tools and leave-in conditioner (shea butter) here I thought I’d tell y’all one of the things I use to wash my here. The DUDU OSUN soap is big, lathers well and relatively cheap, I got it for #200 (it used to be cheaper than that, sigh).

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The ingredients are honey, shea butter, camwood, parmkernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, Aloe vera, lime juice, water and fragrance. It doesn’t have a beautiful fragrance, but for some reasons I like what it smells like.

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Pros

  • It is big and latters a lot so it lasts me for a long time.
  • Some of its ingredients are very good for the hair at least I know  Aloe vera, honey and Shea butter are great for my hair type (tightly packed kinks)
  • It washes my hair amazingly well, my hair feels super clean after I use it… squeaky clean! And my scalp too, if you have product build up in your hair, this soap will take care of that well!!

Cons

  • It dries out my hair, I’m guessing because of the lime juice in it.
  • It really hurts when it enters your eyes, really bad!
  • It dissolves very fast.

Overcoming the cons of this soap is easy, to solve hair dryness I deep condition after use and moisturize regularly and I try to prevent it from entering my eyes… try. Also, I keep the soap in a dry place, no wasting here guys!

I will normally use the soap every other hair washes making sure I deep condition after use, I really like the soap because it is budget friendly, lathers well, and leave my hair clean and squeaky *inserts grinning emoji here*

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However, using the DUDU OSUN soap as a bathing soap is a totally different story that I will be talking about someday soon.

xoxo

Hassie

Do you use the DUDU OSUN soap for your body or hair? What are your experiences with the soap? What do you use to wash your hair and how well does it work for you?

MY NATURAL HAIR SUPERHEROES

Present Jam- Up and Up by COLDPLAY

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Heyyy,

It’s the weekend yaaay!! This week was super fast, yh?. I thought I’d share my everyday natural hair heroes as I get a number of questions about my hair. When it comes to my hair, I keep it minimal (I’m on a tight budget). I am a 4b/4c haired girl (kinks and curls) and I don’t load my hair with too many products. I believe in technique, healthy maintenance rather than products, not to say products are bad, but if you can’t afford so many products like me… don’t beat yourself over it.
There are a 100 and 1 natural hair product brands today, and a 1000 and 1 products. Even after over 2 years of being natural, I still don’t know my way around these products. You do not NEED a 1000 and 1 products, what you need is techniques. You need to know what styles works for you, like your go-to style (mine is a twistout). Thanks to naturalista on YouTube, these styles can be learnt easily. I suggest you should look up @naptural85, she is my naturalista icon, she will hook you up good.

Below are my Natural hair superheroes, they are very pocket friendly and always saves the day

Water
The way our hair is built, it is naturally dry, so you need to always keep it moisturized, you should spray your hair with water as frequently as possible.

Shea butter
This will lock in moisture, they are number of DIY shea butter mix, I personally mixed mine with coconut oil and olive oil.

Oils
For moisturizing, there are plenty of oils but 2-3 will do just fine. Oils also gives your hair shine

Combs and Brushes
Wide tooth if you must use them, as combs can be very harsh on the hair, brushes helps to lay your edges.

Bobby pins
Get as much as you can. You will be surprise how they keep reducing; this will help to style your hair.

Spray bottle
Or just get your empty perfume/deodorant bottle and wala!! Spray bottle (that is what I did for 2 years, I recently got an ‘actual’ spray bottle). I usually carry it around with water in it to moisturize my hair.
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Gels
(Optional) If you must use remember to also moisturize your hair beforehand, as they can be harsh.

Bands and scrunches
For styling your hair and holding them in place.

Lastly, but not the least, Patience. It’s just hair, no pressure!

Have a lovely weekend

Hassie

What are your hair superheroes and why? What is your go-to style and how long does it take you to achieve it? What oils do you use and why?