Thursday, January 29, 2015

3 SheaMoisture HACKS that will Save your Natural Hair

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There are times when our favorite products do not seem to work like we wish it would. Here are some ways you can get these SheaMoisture products to work for your hair.

Combine SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and your favorite gel, such as Eco Style gel in a separate container to create your own hair custard.
To test if this will leave flakes in your hair, watch this demonstration.

 Mix Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque to boost the slip factor of this product. Click here to find out what SLIP means.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion makes your hair feels dry??  No worries! Spritz your hair with a little water, apply the SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk as your leave in, and then use the styling lotion. You'll get moisture for days.

What other product HACKS do you have? Share below.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Natural Hair in The Netherlands

Watch as Naturally High shares her experience having natural hair and living in The Netherlands

The 5 Minutes Rule

How Do I Do It All Collaboration
Here is what you missed from DNVlogLife last week
We had our first collaboration with 9 ladies. Learn about the 5 Minutes Rule tip and watch the other ladies videos.

Also, Lil Sis had a spelling bee, see how she did ... and watch as I share my new parenting technique to a happier child...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wash Day with African Naturalistas | Wash Day Diary

Wash Day with African Naturalistas

Today, I decided to start testing the African Naturalistas products that was sent to me. I am a weekly blogger for the African Naturalistas blog, so it was wonderful to be able to test out their products on my hair.
 Since this is a new product line, I tested the pH levels so that I can have an idea of how my hair will react... To learn how pH affects here, visit this CurlyNikki blog post. 

I started off by deep conditioning my tangled up hair with the African Naturalistas Deep Conditioner Mayonnaise (pH 5). My hair felt strong and after rinsing it had a soft feeling to it.
African Naturalistas

African Naturalistas

After applying the product to my hair, I put my hair into bantu knots and covered with a plastic bag for an hour and a half.

African Naturalistas


African Naturalistas
Post wash

Then I shampooed with the Black Moisturizing Natural Shampoo (pH 7) and followed up with a 5 mins conditioning with the Moisturising and Detangling Conditioner (pH 2). The shampoo was a bit strong for my hair and my hair felt a bit stripped and tangled after use. The detangling conditioner helped a little but the softness that the deep conditioner put in was gone.
African Naturalistas

I proceeded by oiling my scalp which has been acting up!! Argh !!
Applied the Leave in Conditioner (pH 2) and then twisted my hair with the Twist and Curl Pudding (pH 9). I had to apply some oil to my hair after using the leave in to give it more softness. I wish the consistency of the leave in was less liquid.

African Naturalistas

African Naturalistas

Here is the result:

My hair did feel soft but it was a bit frizzy, so I had to put in in this style for the rest of the day:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

I get asked so many times for low manipulative work appropriate hairstyles. Here is one that is both classy and takes less than 2 mins to do.

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Quick Natural Hairstyle for Work : Tucked in Pompadour

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Popping Curls | Wash Day Diary

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I always do a deep conditioning after I cleanse my hair, however, today, I decided do it before and see if I notice any difference. At this point, I did not. My hair felt as soft/conditioned as it did when I do it after cleansing.

What I used:
I applied SheaMoisture African Black Soap Purification Masque on my scalp and my hair. My scalp has been quite dry these colder days.
SheaMoisture African Black Soap Purification Masque

Covered my hair with a plastic cap and my thick knitted cap.

Let it on for 1 hour.


Cowashed with Eden Bodyworks Cleansing Cowash.

and results....

soft hair... clean scalp... and curls pOpPiNg!
Cowash Natural Hair

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Lately, my curls have been more defined. Hmm... the only change to my hair product is my DIY Flaxseed. Maybe that is it.

After wash, I used my sample size Karen's Body Beautiful Leave in Conditioner (Sweet Ambrosia) that I got at a meetup.
Karen's Body Beautiful Leave in Conditioner (Sweet Ambrosia)

Twisted up my hair for stretch..

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nigerian Cooking: Moyin Moyin and Dodo

How to Make Moyin Moyin

In case you are not subscribed to our family vlog channel, DNVlogsLife, you probably missed all the delicious cooking and family adventures.

Here is a recap of this week.

I showed how to make a simple Nigerian bean cake, also known as "Moyin Moyin". This recipe can be made vegetarian or filled with all sort of delicacy.

A couple days after making the Moyin Moyin, Big Sis and I were craving "Dodo". Join us as we go shopping, act cray cray and cook the meal.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Twistout on Natural Hair using Flaxseed Gel

I'm sure you can tell that I have fallen in love with Flaxseed Gel! I decided to use it on my twistout.

Watch below for some tips on how to get defined, shiny and soft twistout using this gel.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Natural Hair Bun with Flaxseed Gel

I've never been a big fan of gels until I met Flaxseed gel. My hair loves it, and so do I. It mixes well with all my existing products, so that is a plus.

To create this bun, I moisturized my hair with the Obia Natural Hair Care Curl Hydrating Spray. I got this when I went to the Nzuri Hair festival last December.

After that, I applied some of my oil to my hair, and moisturized even further with the SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk.

Then, generously added some gel to the top of my hair and my ends to create amazing ringlets.

Using a snappee hair tie, I pulled my hair into a low bun, similar to Big Sis's.

Tied my hair down for 5 mins... and that was it!

Here is my simple Flaxseed gel recipe:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Flaxseed and Flexirods : Wash Day Dairy

It's really cold outside and the last thing I wanted to do was to wash my hair. However, I needed to get a fresh look since my Wash and Go using my DIY flaxseed gel had run its course.

I started by washing my hair with Naturalicious Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment , which helped me skip Deep conditioning my hair since this product does it while cleansing my hair.

While in the shower, after rinsing the clay off, I sectioned my hair into 4 chunky twists. I then covered my hair with a t-shirt for about 10 mins.

On each section, I followed these steps:
  • Massage scalp with my oil mix
  • Apply SheaMoisture Yucca and Baobab Thickening and Growth Milk for moisture
  • Use oil mix to seal in moisture
  • Working in smaller sections within that big section, applied SheaMoisture JBCO Styling Lotion and flaxseed gel
  • Twisted hair

Once done twisting my entire hair, I used smaller flexirods (red) in front and larger flexirods (grey) in back to give more bouncy look at the back. **crossed my fingers ** and sat under the dryer for an hour and a half.

.... and after all that... my hair was still not dry. argH!!!

I decided to let it dry for about 8 more hours (all day).

I loved the results. My hair was super duper soft and shiny!! Also, the front bangs, I did a flat twist instead of my rope twists to give the roots more definition.

At night, I pinned up my hair in a loose puff and tied my scarf around the perimeter of my head. LIKE THIS:

Flexirod set on Natural Hair- Night Routin
The next morning since I needed to go to the gym, I used a mesh head wrap to secure my hair
Flexirod set on Natural Hair- Workout hair
After the gym, all I did was remove the wrap, remove all the pins, and shake...and go.
Flexirod set on Natural Hair- Next Day

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Evolution of Wash and Go on Natural Hair: What I used

Wash and Go - January 2015
I have always had a love-hate relationship with Wash and Go styles. This type of style can be quite deceptive because by just reading the name, you think all you do is just wash your hair, and .. yeah  go. Well, my friend, that is not so.

The first time I dare to try this style was when I was transitioning. OK.... you can laugh now. Yeah, I know, wash and go works best when your hair is all natural because of the major change in texture.
December 2011
Fast forward to a week after I big chopped, I attempted my wash and go. For this Wash and Go, I used Tresemme Natural Conditioner and Eco styler gel. The crunch was unforgiveable. But I loved it. Click to watch Video of this tutorial.
November 2012
The next time I tried my wash and go was using Giovanni Direct Leave In conditioner and Eco styler gel. I loved it, my hair was not as crunchy. Click here to watch.

December 2012
 The same month, I also tried the style using the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In and Curls Cashmere Curl Jelly. Click to watch.

December 2012
I took a short leave from doing wash and go and tried other styles like twistout, braidouts, and flat twist outs. However, in April 2013, I decided to give the style another try. This time, I used SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Eco styler gel. For me, this was the final time I would try the style... well until my hair got a little bit longer. Click here to watch.

April 2013
I stayed true to my words and a year later in May 2014, I did another wash and go. I decided to use a full product line just to see how it will work in my hair. I used the Jessicurl line. For more details, click here. Let's just say... well... just click the link and read about what happened.

May 2014
In July 2014, I found Xtreme Wet Gel and decided to tweak my Wash and Go technique. Instead of shingling, I decided to twist and then unravel while my hair was wet. I did not use any conditioner, curling product, I only used castor oil and the gel.  Click to watch.

July 2014

Now, to the present Wash and Go. Yesterday... oh.. yesterday, January 5, 2015. I came to the conclusion that there is really nothing to be afraid of with doing wash and go styles. Yeah... the tangles can be crazy.. but I find that some products combination gives me more tangles than others. I also keep the tangles at bay by doing twists after applying the gel, then unraveling when done. I did not band my hair as I did in the July 2014 wash and go. For this wash and go, I used SheaMoisture Yucca and Baobab Milk and my DIY Flaxseed Gel. My hair was not crunchy and it felt soft. This was the best wash and go I have far.

Still wet...
Once dry...

Will I be doing wash and go in the future? YEP!!! But at night, I will put my hair into chunky twists rather than pineapple. Just helps minimize the tangles.

How do you wash and go? What do you use??