The Ankara fabric is a versatile African fabric that can be rocked with any style. To create this shoe, the materials I used includes gum, Ankara fabric, a black rubber shoe, pen case, scissors and blade. I used a rubber shoe because I feel it is a better surface for the gum to bond the Ankara fabric than any other shoe material.
Hair grows from the follicle, or root, underneath the skin. The hair is ‘fed’ by blood vessels at the base of the follicle, which gives it the nourishment it needs to grow. Between starting to grow and falling out years later, each hair passes through four stages: anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen. Every hair is at a different stage of the growth cycle.
I have been rocking my ‘fro for about two years now. And it’s presently below shoulder blades length. As I wrote in the previous hair post, water is basically my hair secret. Drinking lots of water and moisturising. However, it is not the only thing I use for my hair.
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.
I drew and painted some Ankara designs for my friend’s collection some time ago, and I decided to put it up after much consideration. She wanted an artistic rendition of her works for an exhibition at the Eko hotel and suites in Victoria Island, Lagos state. She is Valentina Ekeleme, a versatile designer who designs bags, shoes, Jewellery, swimsuits, and lots more using the Ankara fabric as her main medium and other African fabrics too. She is super talented, don’t worry I will interview her someday.