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Basics of natural haircare


7Having all natural hair was a norm in the early days of man’s existence and with the emergence of relaxing products, this trend faded. However, in the last few years, this trend is gradually coming back even among young women.

This was the thrust of the Nigerian Natural Hair and Beauty Show organized by the Kinky Apothecary, owned by Nibi Lawson, recently in Lagos.

According to her: “This is a celebration of natural hair, lifestyle and beauty, to give inspiration and advise. People have always asked for advise for their natural hair when my company was still a blog, I was getting too many questions I couldn’t meet up with, so this event is an opportunity to meet with these people and give them advise.

“The natural hair grows straight out of our hair and who else has this than the black people, it is unique and no other race has this.”

She added that maintaining a natural hair requires a consistent regimen, “wash every seven to 10 days, get all the moistening needed, steam when necessary and do protective styling too.”

Gaelle Prudencio, a plus size influencer noted that living in Paris was not so good for natural hair, “it is better in Africa because of its humidity and so what I do is a lot of masking and adding moisture.

“The hair is like flowers, you need to constantly talk to them so that you are always confident with it. I am always learning how to take care of them; I also drink a lot of water. Many people put oil on their hair when it is dry which is wrong, you don’t drink oil when you are thirsty; you drink water. If you use oil, use it in your water.”

Founder, Women in the Jungle, Wunmi Akinlagun noted that in maintaining natural hair, a proper understanding of your environment and product selection is key. “Look at what your hair likes and doesn’t like. You can keep a log of the products you have used and how your hair reacted to them. Also trimming is necessary, at least every three months.

Founder of Klassy Kinks, Ijeoma Eboh, in her view said: “You should make sure your hair is moisturized and soft, use products with water as its main ingredient. Shea butter and glycerin works with humidity. Once you figure how to have your hair soft, you can then think of products for styling. I think the mistake a lot of people make is looking for products that will reduce shrinkage which is wrong, making it moisturized should come first before products that give elongation.”

Celebrity stylist and founder, Loving Your Hair With Natural Care, Felicia Leatherwood, added that having natural hair is a beautiful experience which gives an opportunity to know yourselves from the inside. “You need to develop a regimen to take care of your hair, find three hairstyles that work for you.”

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