Thankfully, the natural hair community has evolved and we have lots of women deciding to proudly rock their God-given hair. However like with every community, there are myths, stereotypes surrounding our hair.
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Drinking milk is good for the health because milk contains important nutrients which are beneficial. However, apart from its health benefits, milk also serves as a beauty ingredient as well. It hydrates and replenishes the skin making it glowing and radiant.
Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin. Exfoliation is done for not just the face, but it is necessary for the body. To get a healthy and glowing skin, exfoliation is an important process not to be skipped. Doing it properly will result to a soft, younger looking skin in the long run. Exfoliating also means there is less dead skin to clog pores, which makes for fewer break-outs and blackheads.
For this style, I decided to bring out my inner child, with a touch of Fulani. The middle was sectioned first, tied and rolled up, then banded together. Notice the middle is a flowery style. The side that falls down to my face has straight and zigzag braids. It has no name, it’s just awesome creativity!
I stumbled upon Okhai Ojeikere’s work online and I liked it. I saw some of the beautiful and inspiring vintage Nigerian hairstyles he captured. Okhai Ojeikere is a late Nigerian photographer. He is best known worldwide for capturing beautiful and unique Nigerian hairstyles. He pursued a career in photography when it was not popular and generally accepted in Nigeria. He is the forerunner of documentary photography in Nigeria. He worked for the Nigerian ministry of information as a photojournalist in the 1950s. He was born in 1930 and died in 2014.
Didi is an ancient Yoruba braiding style. There two types of didi, didi adimole and didi ologede. I recently did the didi adimole and the hairstyle I chose for is suku. Suku is a hairstyle where the hair is braided up. Suku looks like a braided bun or pineapple. So the hairstyle is basically suku didi adimole. Previously (last year) I did the other type, didi ologede and choosing suku as well, however, this type is called suku didi ologede popularly known as suku ologede.
I actually don’t know the generally accepted name for this hairstyle, hence the title but the important thing is that it is locs. It’s made of yarns (owu in Igbo and Yoruba). The yarns were zipped, almost like fishtail braids, only tighter and stronger. I used seventeen packs of wool, sixteen black and one red. It took me two days to make, with two people making it because my hair is very full and a bit long, also the zipping of the yarns is hard and time-consuming. It was worth it, it can be styled in so many ways and it is unique, unlike twists almost everyone does with yarns. I’ve wanted the Bohemian chic look for so long and this was the perfect way for me to get it and protect my natural hair.
The harmattan season is here again and that of this year is particularly drying and cold. I was watching the news yesterday and saw that eastern part of the U.S.A is freezing too. It’s not just a Nigerian problem. The inspiration for this post came from a man I saw with very dry skin (which may have been caused by harmattan).
I was looking for new ways to style my hair, and my friend, Henrietta Nonye Anuforo suggested Bantu knots to me and I decided to make it although I was sceptical at first. I agreed when she told me she will make it. Nonye is very creative and she is someone I can trust with my hair. I washed my hair, deep conditioned it, moisturized and sealed it. She sectioned it randomly because she wanted to create a full look and I will be rocking the knots out not the Bantu knots itself.