Thursday, 27 April 2017

Throwback Post: Bridal Shower


Hey guys! How have you been? I hope your week has been awesome so far.

This post is about the last bridal shower I went for. It was such a pretty bridal shower so I was happy I took my camera with me.

The event planner of the shower was "Showersbyjustweddingsng". 


I liked the table setting but I especially loved the flowers and the colours.





The cocktails were really lovely. I think I had like 3.





  
The beautiful bride 
Candy floss :D

Ekene and I made this toilet paper dress for the Toilet paper wedding dress game. I think we did really well considering we had like 15 minutes.


 
Ekene :D


This was just the 2nd bridal shower I had been to but I thought it was really pretty and well planned. 

I hope this post gives you a few ideas if you're planning a bridal shower anytime soon. 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week! 

Oyime :D

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

When It Feels Like Your Hair Just Isn't Growing


Hey guys!! How have you been? My week has been okay so far. How is it still Wednesday though?? I really can't wait for Friday.

So guys, I've been feeling like my hair hasn't been growing for a while now. Obviously I know everyone's hair grows and if your hair stays the same length, it just means it's breaking at the same rate or a faster rate than your hair is growing.

I've been natural for almost 5 years but my hair is even shorter now than it was 2 years ago. I know my hair broke a lot last year because it was constantly in braids and when it wasn't, it was in puffs and I dry combed it.

This year, I've stopped dry combing and though my hair hasn't really been in braids, it's been in wigs or a low bun. I decided to get braids done 2 weeks ago and before I started my hair I looked at my hair and I was like why does it look like I haven't retained any length this year??

Here's what I think I need to do to finally start retaining more length again:

1. Change my regimen: My current regimen is clearly not working for me. I'm going to go back to the regimen I had 2 years ago when I retained more length and if this doesn't work, I'll come up with a new regimen. Lucky for me I blogged a lot 2 years ago so I can see exactly what it was I used to that helped me retain more length then.

One of the things I used to do was steaming my hair every time I deep conditioned but I hardly do that now. There are a few other things I did like having my hair in natural styles like mini twists or goddess braids. I haven't done those styles in a while because they make me look even younger than I already look and I'm not sure I want to look that way at work.

2. Eat healthy & exercise: I don't really eat healthy and I know this is one thing that affects hair growth and healthy hair. I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat healthy and start doing some exercise not just for my hair but my health in general.

3. A big trim: I think my hair needs a big trim. I was thinking of doing a 2nd big chop and starting all over again but I've decided to just get a big trim instead. When I take out my braids, I'll get my split ends and knots trimmed at a salon.

I hope after doing these things I'll actually start seeing some changes.

Have you experienced any challenges with length retention? How did you deal with it?

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Oyime :)

Monday, 24 April 2017

My Favourite Natural Hair Products Without Coconut Oil



Hey people!! How have you been??

I've really missed blogging and I can't believe it's been over 2 months since my last post. I wanted to blog but I don't know if I was having writer's block or I was just being really lazy, but the more time that passed, the harder it became to just get back into it. 

Oh well, I'm back and my first post is about my favourite hair products without coconut oil.

If your hair is protein sensitive then you know how hard it is to find products that contain no coconut oil or proteins and actually keep your hair moisturised.

If your hair feels dry or brittle when you use products with coconut oil or any form of protein like keratin, collagen and doesn't respond well to protein treatments, then then it's probably protein sensitive.

It took a while but I now have a regimen that has no coconut oil and as little proteins as possible.



CLEANSERS

1. Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is a favourite for so many people for a lot of things. I use it to cleanse my scalp and hair once a month or once in 2 months. It removes impurities without drying out my hair. You can ready my post on how I use it here.

2. Rhassoul Clay: Rhassoul clay works like bentonite clay but it's more moisturising and a bit more expensive. I mostly used rhassoul clay till I started using bentonite clay again last year. However, even though it's more moisturising than bentonite clay, it doesn't get my scalp as clean as bentonite clay does.

3. ORS Olive Oil Shampoo: I got this shampoo a few weeks ago and I've only used it twice so I can't say much about it. It seems good so far but I'll do a proper review on it after I've used it a few more times.

RINSE OUT CONDITIONERS

1. Yes to Carrots Rinse Out Conditioner: This is one of my favourite rinse out conditioners ever. I used it as a rinse out conditioner and also as a deep conditioner. I ran out of the one I had a few months ago and I haven't been able to get a new one which is quite sad. You can read my review on it here.

2. ORS Olive Oil Conditioner: This conditioner has been my replacement for my beloved Yes to carrots conditioner and it's been doing quite a good job. It has a lot of slip and it makes my hair feel really moisturised. It's also a favourite of a lot of people. Read my review on it here.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER 

1. Kinky Curly Knot Today: This is the best leave in conditioner ever. I've tried a lot of leave-ins and for my hair, this conditioner has been the best. It gives my hair so much slip and keeps it moisturised. For it to work for me though, I need to use it with glycerine or aloe vera juice, and castor oil or shea butter. It's also quite expensive especially now with the way the exchange rate is set up.

I've been putting off buying it but compared to the other leave in conditioner's I've wasted my money trying I'm getting a new one soon. You can read my review on it here.

2. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Pudding Perfection: This leave in conditioner has been a good substitute for my KCKT. It's not as moisturising but it's quite good and it smells really great. One problem I have with it is that it made my hair flake a bit twice when I used it. I haven't figured out exactly why that happened but it didn't happen the last time used it at least.

SEALANTS

1. Castor Oil: Castor oil has been my favourite oil sine I went natural. I've tried a lot of other oils over the years but they don't make my hair feel the way castor oil does. I use it after using my leave in conditioner and sometimes in my spray bottle. I don't use it directly on my scalp though because it made my scalp itch the few times I tried it.

2. Shea Butter: Sometimes I mix it with my castor oil or I use it alone for sealing. It does a wonderful job of keeping my hair moisturised.

I hope this helps if you're thinking of getting products without coconut oil or proteins.

Have a wonderful week!

Oyime :)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Restaurant Review: The Foundry


Hey people! How have you been and how was your weekend? 

My weekend was quite good. On Saturday, I washed and deep conditioned my hair and on Sunday, I went for my friend's birthday lunch at Casper & Gambini's. You can read my review from the first time I went there here.

Last week, my friend and I wanted to go for lunch and I asked my cousin What Dami Did for ideas on where we could go for lunch. She recommended The Foundry in VI.

It's on Ajose Adeogun beside Skye bank and in the same compound as 'Fuud' and Garment Care. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and a pool.


I like that the menu was different and looked like a newspaper.



The ambience is really nice and cosy and it would be good for a date or a small birthday dinner or lunch.




One of my friends got calamari as a starter and it was pretty good. 


She also got the jerk chicken but she said it tasted really nasty and she couldn't eat it. 


I got the "Surf n' Turf" and it was soo good. It usually comes with pomodoro sauce but I was able to get it with cream sauce. It wasn't too creamy so I didn't get tired of it fast like I would have with pasta that's too cream. 


Another one of my friends got the "Foundry Special" which came with a half chicken, potatoes and this really lovely sauce. The chicken was actually a half chicken like the menu said which is unlike many restaurants that say you're getting a half chicken and you just get a quarter. I'm going to have this the next time I go. 


I got the Foundry Special Mojito and it was just as awesome as the food. My friend liked her Virgin Strawberry Daquiri too.


My food was about N5,000 and my mojito was about N2,000.

I really liked my lunch and I'm definitely going to go back to The Foundry again. 

Have a lovely week guys!! 

Oyime :)

Monday, 30 January 2017

Washday With Afrinaptural Crochet Braids


Hey people! How have you been? My plan was to put up 3 posts last week but last week was something else. Hopefully this week will be much better.

I had my Afrinaptural crochet braids for 3 weeks and while I had it, I washed and deep conditioned my leave out every week. Because of the amount of gel to make my hair stay flat-ish, I had to shampoo and deep condition so that my hair didn't get too dry or start breaking. 

My sister has had this style twice so I asked her to give me a breakdown of her washday process while she had the style.

First, I put my leave out into 5 chunky twists. I should probably have prepooed but I was being lazy and I didn't. 


After putting my hair in twists, I unraveled each twist and shampooed with Jason Thin to Thick Shampoo. 




After using the shampoo, I used my ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner to deep condition and put my hair back in twists.



The first 2 times I deep conditioned, I didn't cover my hair with a shower cap. The third time, I used a plastic bag to cover my hair. After about 30 minutes of deep conditioning, I rinsed it out with conditioner.

To moisturise, I used a mixture of Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in conditioner, aloe vera juice and castor oil. The last time I moisturised though, I didn't use aloe vera juice and my hair was not as flat as the first 2 times. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with it.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week! 

Oyime :)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

First Impressions: ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner



Hey guys! How's your week going? 

I'm sure everyone has heard about or seen this ORS Olive Oil Conditioner. The reason I've never tried it is because, when I first went natural and I tried olive oil my hair didn't really like it. This product also has a few proteins and because my hair is protein sensitive, I never bothered trying it.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Glycerin, Polyquaternium-37, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Orange), Quaternium-80, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Dimethicone Peg-7 Isotearate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Anthemis Nobilis Extract (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract (Rosemary), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Achilea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow), Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Juice (Kiwi), Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, CI 15985 (Yellow #6) , CI 19140 (Yellow #5). 

As you can see from the ingredients, it has some proteins like hydrolyzed collagen & silk amino acids. However, it doesn't have coconut oil so I wasn't too wary about trying it out. 

The first time I tried it was about 2 weeks ago when my sister got back. I was deep conditioning and I decided to try out her conditioner to see how it would make my hair feel. I had used my Yes to Carrots for about half of my hair and used the ORS for the rest of my hair. 

The texture of the conditioner is not too light but it's also not too thick. It feels very creamy and it gives my hair a lot of slip when I use it. It also smells really citrusy which I like.

How I've Used It So Far

So far, I've used it to deep condition thrice after shampooing my hair. It claims to be a penetrating hair conditioner that helps to increase moisture & repair damaged hair. It definitely helped in increasing moisture when I used it. The first 2 times I used it, I used it alone but the 3rd time, I mixed a little Jamaican Black Castor Oil with it.

So far, I like this conditioner and I'll keep using it as long as my hair keeps liking it. I'll definitely let you guys know how I feel about it when I've gone through the bottle or in a few weeks. 

Have you used this conditioner before? How did it make your hair feel?

Oyime :)

Monday, 9 January 2017

What I Did Last Weekend: A Burlesque Class & A Birthday Party

Hey guys!! How was your weekend and what did you get up to? I'm going to try not to complain about the fact that it's Monday again because that's not a good attitude to have towards the week lol. But how is it always Monday? 

There was a lot of traffic getting home on Friday night and I was tired so I didn't get up to much and I ended up sleeping early. 

On Saturday, for my friend's birthday she booked a burlesque chair dance class with Feso of Red Caramel Dance & Fitness. I've wanted to do this class for a while so I was quite excited about trying it out. 



We first started with warm ups. I knew I was unfit but wow. I was panting at a point.


She showed us parts of the routine little by little and after we practised, those of us that brought our heels changed to heels to do the routine. 



Feso of Red Caramel Dance & Fitness
I had a lot of fun at the class and it was good exercise. It's always nice to try something different and I'll definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to do some exercise while having fun. Feso is a really good teacher and everyone enjoyed the class. You can follow her Instagram page: @redcaramelng.


The classes are every Saturday and you can call her to book a class in advance. 

After the class, I caught up a bit on Walking Dead.

On Sunday, I washed my hair. I shampooed and deep conditioned the parts of my hair I left out for my crochet braids. I had to shampoo because of all the gel I used to keep it flat-ish. I'll put up a post this week about this. 

In the evening, I went for my little cousins birthday. It was also  my cousins mum's birthday a few days before, and another one of my cousin's birthday on Saturday so it was like 3 birthdays in 1. 

What did you get up to last weekend?

Oyime :) 

Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 HAIR CHRONICLES & HAIR GOALS FOR 2017

Hey guys!! Happy New Year!! 2016 was a good year but I hope 2017 will be our best year yet.

I decided to do this post a few weeks ago, when I was looking through some of my old pictures and I saw this picture of my hair from November 2015. 


For a while, I had been feeling like I wasn't retaining much length but seeing the picture confirmed it for me.




This was also in November 2015. Now, my hair is just close to my upper lip when I pull it :'(.

I basically want to talk about the styles I had my hair in in 2016, and what I think I did wrong. 

JANUARY 2016




I started off the year with goals of having healthy hair and retaining 5 inches of growth lol. I mostly had my hair in twists or braids when at home, and had it in a puff when I went out. 

FEBRUARY


These were my first braids for the year. I had them for about a month before I took them out.

MARCH 

I gave my hair a break for about a month and I put it in mini twists for about 2 of those weeks.



APRIL


In April, I did my 2nd braids of the year. I was feeling proud of myself for getting braids done every 2 months as opposed to every month like I used to. I really loved these purple braids. You can check out more pictures of them here


This was when I tried bantu knots. You can read all about that here.

MAY 


My 3rd braids of the year..
JUNE 


I decided to try something different from normal box braids and I gave crochet braids a shot. After a few days with them, I had to take them out because the woman that did them clearly didn't want me to have any hair left. 

Okay I'm exaggerating but it was really bad. If you haven't read about that experience, you can read about it here.

JULY & AUGUST

I got braids done twice in July & August.

SEPTEMBER


My first time doing Ghana weaving and actually liking it. I had this style for 2 weeks. I've been thinking of trying it again but it made my hair feel really dry.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 

In October my hair was in a wig and in November, it was back in braids. 

DECEMBER 

Crochet Braids

You can read about my 2nd attempt at crochet braids here.

My plan going into 2016 was to do braids less. I still got braids done 6 times but that isn't really much compared to how often I used to get braids done. 

So, What Did I Do Wrong? 

I think one thing that caused a lot of breakage for me was dry combing *covers face*. Everyone knows that you're not supposed to comb your hair dry. A lot of naturals don't even comb their hair  at all (which I tried to do at the beginning of the year).

Whenever my hair was out and I was going out, I had it in a puff and I would comb it out a bit without spritzing it because I didn't want it to shrink too much.

I also don't think I took my time to detangle my hair whenever I was taking out my braids.

The last thing I noticed after getting braids done was that the hair stylist was also trimming the ends of my natural hair. She first denied it when I asked her till I asked again.Then, she said she wanted it to be neat *sigh* (I don't know where I always find these people). At that point I was tired and told her to stop because I didn't care if it wasn't neat. 

Hair Goals for 2017

One of my goals is for my hair to first of all get to where it used to be a year ago. I also want to retain at least 4 inches of hair growth. 

I'm definitely going to take better care of my hair so I'll stop getting sad looking at old pictures of my hair. This means no combs, no styling of my hair when it's dry and being careful when detangling.

Wish me luck guys! I hope in December I won't come back and start lamenting again lol.

Have a wonderful year!!

How did you do hair-wise in 2016? Any hair goals for 2017?

Oyime :) 

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