If you’re “hip” and keep up with latest beauty trends (if you’re not, don’t worry I’m struggling too), you might have noticed that DIY activated charcoal masks made with glue are the new thing right now. I don’t know who launched this trend but I would never use glue on my face or advise anyone else to. I had to look for a better alternative to glue and share my experience before we all got dragged under. There are numerous benefits of activated charcoal including teeth whitening and underarm lightening but we’ll be focusing on the skin benefits in this post. Continue reading “DIY: Activated Charcoal Mask”
When I chopped off all my relaxed ends, hair-typing was one of the things I found totally unnecessary until I tried certain styles and products that my 3A YouTube sisters were raving about but was an epic fail for me. After extensive research, I finally concluded that I have 4C hair even though I wanted 4A hair with all those baby curls. Don’t know your hair type or not sure what all I just wrote means? Check How to Know Your Hair Type
1.) I swear I have long hair, let me just pull these strands real quick
a.k.a Shrinkage. I’m tired of explaining to people why I still have “short” hair after nearly four years of grooming and caring for my natural hair. Take away all the color jobs and inevitable big chops that followed them, I still have a good 10″ in length. But will my shrinkage allow me show it off? No. Will I cry about it? No Will I accept said shrinkage and just allow my hair flourish? Yes!
2.) What is even a “dime-sized” amount?
Forget it, there’s no such thing as a dime-sized amount for doing anything with 4C hair; styling, washing, nothing.
Let’s say you finally managed to get that Bantu knot out or twist-out right and you already did ten back-flips internally because oh, such joy! Fast forward to two hours later, you’re going about your business of the day and mistakenly pass by a mirror but your reflection doesn’t mirror what you saw earlier in the morning, yup, hello humidity. Basically, what humidity does is draw moisture in the air into your hair strands and ruin your perfect twist out but hey! now you have extra moisturized strands.
4.) Why won’t my curls and twist out come out like the YouTube video I watched?
Because you probably do not have the same hair type as the person in the YouTube tutorial or your hair just doesn’t want that particular style, leave it. Jk. Sometimes it takes more than one try to achieve a particular style. With the right technique, products and patience, you’ll become a style guru in no time. I personally don’t like manipulating my hair plus I have styling restrictions in school right now so wigs are the go-to for me.
5.) Why are my strands so in love with each other?
a.k.a tangling. I can’t wash my hair and just go or leave it without doing cornrows or twists to keep the knots at bay. My hair doesn’t tangle as much but any semblance of knots literally drive me crazy. If your hair tangles badly, a detangling conditioner and styles that keep your hair stretched should be your best friends.
Personally, my hair has broken only one comb and I was weirdly happy that my thin, fine 4C hair could break a comb, never mind that said comb was already weak. I have a friend that has given up on combs and is now a pro at finger-detangling. I mean one would think that we would have anti-breakage combs by now.
Can you relate to these struggles? Are there others you would like to share? Leave a comment!
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When Cassie and I were in Ghana, we tried to do as many tourist-y things as possible and visit as many places in Accra as we could in 2 full days. Now, you’re not going to find anything about Ghana jollof or food in this post because either the one place we tried it were having a bad day on that particular day or it’s just not worth talking about, you choose. These places were my absolute favorites, we visited other places you might not find on this list but must have seen if you follow me on Instagram
1.) Independence Square
Also known as The Black Star Square, it is famous for being the second largest city square in the world. Funny story, we got here after having a long, tiring day, we wanted to take our pictures and go but we stumbled on a group of Ghanaians having a photoshoot, after going back and forth, they agreed to vacate a spot for us if we granted them a few minutes. We gave them over an hour and ended up taking pictures with an overly flirty man by their official photographer.
2.) Makola Market
This is one of the popular markets in Accra and is very similar to Balogun market in Lagos. But unlike Balogun market, you don’t have traders pulling and tugging you to buy their wares or calling you colorful names. As expected, some of the items were unreasonably overpriced, perhaps because it was written on our foreheads that we were foreigners, I’ll never know. We managed to score a few items and always had to convert the prices to Naira and compare with prices back home to know if we were getting a good deal or not.
3.) Fishing Village, Jamestown
We initially went to Jamestown because of the magnificent Lighthouse but upon our arrival, we met a nice tour guide who just happened to be my namesake, he offered to take us round the fishing village in Jamestown. The fishing village is made up of close knit families on a large expanse of sea front, the common language in the area is Ga, we learnt a few words I can barely remember now but it was a fun experience.
4.) Arts Centre
We came across this place while going through a magazine at the hotel and after asking the receptionist for directions, we made a trip there. It’s similar to the Lekki arts & craft market, you get to choose from different art pieces made of wood, leather and fabric. You could peruse the items or buy a few pieces as souvenirs for family and friends back home which I did.
5.) The Republic Bar, Osu
If you’re looking to explore nightlife in Accra, this is a good place to start. It’s a typical bar with an outside seating arrangement, the interior of the bar is filled with different memorabilia ranging from the old coal iron to pictures of the late Fela Kuti. They’re big on Nigerian music here and in no time, you would find yourself moving to one or two familiar beats. The drinks are decently priced and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch them on one of their karaoke nights or enjoy a live performance by popular Ghanaian artistes
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I was invited by TheBloggerPoint alongside some other amazing bloggers for an afternoon of food and networking at Bibi’s Grillhouse and I knew it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t share my experience and more importantly food pictures with you guys. I’m always teasing my Snapchat and Instastory fam with pictures of amazing food so I’ve decided to finally bring that here, you can check the food section of the blog for regular updates on restaurants I would be visiting.
While writing this post, I realized that all the products are under 5000 Naira ($10), it got me wondering why people are always complaining that “having natural hair is expensive”. Once you find the right products for your hair, you really do not have to break the bank to maintain healthy hair. These products are my absolute favorites that have been of great help on my natural hair journey and I’ve gone through at least 2 tubs/bottles of each. I use the Liquid – Cream – Oil (LCO) method to moisturize my hair and Leave-in conditioners are the creams I use. So far, these are my favorites: Continue reading “My Top 5 Leave-in Conditioners For Natural Hair”
I love face scrubs, masks and basically any opportunity to just indulge and have a mini pamper session, you can check out some of my favorite masks and scrubs here and hereI got this scrub at an event earlier this year and kept it all the way at the back of my products drawer, I’m glad I finally and it’s a Made In Naija product too
It’s my birthday!!!!
Argan oil is one of my top 2 favorite oils, the other is Rosehip Oil. My first experience with Argan oil was when I used the Creme of Nature hair dye and they had those sweet smelling
overprocessed argan oils in the cute vials. A year later I bought original Argan oil and my disappointment when I found out it wasn’t sweet smelling was palpable.