My bottle of grape seed oil is as old as my natural hair. I remember buying it at Nitc(Naturals in the city) 8 in July 2014. I just had my big chop the night before and I was excited to be part of the natural hair community. I had never been in a place with so many natural haired people, too many hair products and I was ready to spend money. Continue reading
Happy new month chicas!
If you decided you like the natural hair movement and you started making some research on blogs and youtube videos, you’ve probably come across some words that made you confuzzled.
Whatever do they mean by No poo, Pre poo??? Poo? It must be a joke. Then you come across terms like “Pineapple your hair”, Dusting, “Search and destroy”… Hol up! Search and what? lol. These natural people be high on something special. That’s what i thought when i first came acrosss pre poo. Lets learn the community lingo before you become a full member. If you’re one already, there just might be something you didn’t know.
ACV: Apple cider vinegar. Very good for rinse outs and for balancing the hair’s pH.
ALS: You probably thought you knew this…. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. This is a common ingredient in Shampoos. Try to avoid Shampoos with it.
AVG: Aloe vera gel.
Baggy method: A deep conditioning method where freshly moisturised hair is wrapped with plastic shower cap and left overnight or all day.
Banding: A heatless method of stretching the hair with the use of hair bands.
BC: This means Big chop. This is the major haircut you have when you decide to go natural and cut off all relaxed hair.
Braidlocs: A method of starting locs by plaiting the hair into braids and it is maintained by palm rolling, use of latch hook or just left to free form.
Braid out: Freshly washed or damp hair is put in braids(locally called Calabar) or Cornrows(plaits) and it is unraveled when dry to reveal a defined curly pattern.
Buds: First stage of dread locs when a knot is formed.
Build up: This is the build up of residue from hair products over time since last wash.
Carrier oil: Oils derived from nuts or seeds and are used to dilute essential oils. They “carry” essential oils into the scalp or skin. E.g. Coconut oil, Castor oil, Jojoba oil etc.
Cones: Silicones. These are ingredients in some hair products that are not water soluble and tend to weigh down the hair strands and cause build up.
Cornrows: A braiding style where the hair is braided very close to the scalp.
Co wash: Conditioner wash. The hair is washed only with conditioners instead of Shampoos. It helps to retain hair moisture.
DC: Deep Condition.
Detangle: A method of getting kinks and tangles out of the hair.
Dusting: Trimming off 1/4 of an inch off the ends of the hair. It is usually so small they appear as dust on the floor.
EO: Essential oils. Derived from leaves, stem, bark or roots of plants. They contain the essence of the plants i.e. the fragrance and should not be used directly on the skin or scalp. e.g. Lavender oil, Lemongrass oil, Peppermint oil etc.
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Humectants: These are Ingredients in hair and skin products that prevent loss of moisture thereby preserving the hair’s moisture. Some actively attract moisture from the atmosphere. Examples are Glycerol, Sorbitol, Honey, Aloe vera gel etc.
HIH: Hand in hair. Most people including yours truly have this syndrome. I try. God knows I do but I can’t stop touching my hair. It’s not a good habit though. It causes frizzy hair.
HHJ: Healthy Hair Journey.
Hair type: This is a hair classification according to the natural curl pattern.
Type1– Naturally straight hair . You do not fall into this category just because you permed and straightened your hair.
Type 2– Naturally wavy hair.
Type 3– Naturally curly hair. Most times the curls fall into a S pattern.
Type 4– Kinky springly tightly coiled hair.
JBCO: Jamaican black castor oil.
Leave in conditioner: This is a conditioner that is meant to be left on the hair without rinse. It adds moisture and bounce to the hair.
LOC: A method used to moisturise the hair whereby Liquid is applied to the hair for moisture,then Oil and Cream to seal in the moisture. There are other variations like LCO, LOCO, LOCC, LOCS. We’ll talk about them later.
Line of demarcation: This is the point where your natural hair and relaxed hair meet. This applies to transitioners. Its a very delicate point and should be treated with a lot of care.
Low manipulation: A hairstyle that doesn’t involve constant combing, brushing, touching the hair for a while. It prevents breakage and encourages length retention.
Nappyversary: The anniversary of the day you become fully natural. It helps to keep track of growth.
No Poo: This is when you use other cleansing agents like Conditioners, Baking soda, Acv or clays to cleanse your hair except Shampoo.
pH: Degree of acidity or alkalinity.
Pineappling: This is a way to preserve your curl style by putting your hair up with a scrunchie or satin/silk scarf such that it looks like a pineapple before you sleep.
Product junkie: A person on a “mission” to find the best hair product so buys every product available. I dont mind being one though. Only I would need a person to volunteer their purse.
Plop: A method of wrapping wet hair in a t-shirt or microfibre towel to dry.
Poo: This is short for Shampoo. Gotcha!
Pre poo: This is usually a mix of oils applied to the hair as a treatment before shampooing to prevent the shampoo from stripping the hair of all its natural oils.
PS: Protective style. A hairstyle that tucks away the hair for a while to prevent hair breakage and hair loss.
Regimen: This is your daily hair and wash routine.
Search and destroy: This is a hair trimming method where you search for individual hair strands with split ends and single strand knots.
Transitioning: The stage between having relaxed hair and becoming fully natural. At this point, you are no more getting relaxers and your natural hair is growing beneath the relaxed hair. Your transition period can go as long as you want.
Twa: Teeny weeny afro . As the name implies.
Twist out: A protective style that involves putting damp or freshly washed hair in twists then unraveling when dry to reveal a defined curl pattern.
Phew! I tried to gather the most important words and acronyms I could find. I really hope this comes in useful. You don’t have to memorise everything all at once. Take it slow and you would be a guru soon.
If you feel this post has helped you learn something, feel free to let us know. And if there is something you think I missed, you could drop it in the comments box and I would update the list.
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I feel bad saying dearies after writing no post for a long time. Forgive me. I had so many topics to write about i just didn’t know where to start from and i just kept pushing it. This probably happens to newbies. It would get better.
By now you’ve sang my post title like 3 times already. I know! Its catchy right? I kept singing while writing too. Now if you know the song, you know what the coco is. My coco isn’t that though. I wouldn’t even write bout that coco. Too much controversy. *shudder*
My coco is Coconut oil and Its absolutely wonderful. You know those drugs some people sell and say it works for a lot of diseases, well Coconut oil is my “gbogbo nise”(translation: performer that does all). I hope I got that translation right. It doesn’t treat a lot of diseases per se maybe few infections but it does many wonderful things. It’s like magic.
Ever since I went back to natural with my hair, I’ve been trying to incorporate the natural lifestyle all round. I’ll admit its not been that easy. But I’ve been making some progress. One of my baby steps was to try coconut oil as a body lotion and boy do I love my skin! It has wonderful healing properties and softness that just soak into the skin and make me feel ooh la la la. Thanks to the proteins, saturated fatty acids and vitamin e that heals the skin, makes it soft, protects it and retains moisture content. I prefer using it when my body is still fresh from having my bath and massage it into my skin. The tropical scent is a plus that makes me feel edible until I get under Lagos sun and you know how the struggle goes.
Coconut oil can be used as a make up remover. This works like magic. I’ve tried it myself. Once I had carnival make up all over my face and tried coco. Bye bye make up.
During service year, i was in a rush to work one day and had no polish. 😒. I remembered a little Olive oil can be rubbed into leather. I tried coco instead and you should have seen the big smile my shoes had. No grease so it doesn’t attract dirt. It moisturises leather too! And hair. This post would be incomplete if I do not mention hair. Coconut oil can be used before wash as a prepoo( apply to hair and let it soak for a few hours before shampoo. That’s why its called prepoo. *pre shampoo. It helps to protect the hair during wash from mechanical damage and being stripped.),during wash as a deep conditioner by applying it to hair after shampoo and leaving for about 30 minutes or more depending on your hair texture. Its great because it doesn’t just sit on the hair but penetrates the hair shaft, gets past the cuticle and repairs and restructures the hair preventing protein loss and increases shine. Coco can also be used as a sealant. For sealing moisture into hair after washing or moisturising. It also helps to combat frizz, to detangle or even treat dandruff.
I’ll just list some of the other benefits of coco
– Massage oil
– To reduce scars
– As sunscreen (SPF 4)
– To treat fungal infections ( read somewhere a woman swears by this to treat candida. No more itchy. Oops! 😯)
– To lose weight. It boosts metabolism and curbs appetite when spoonfuls are taken before a meal. Take it easy on this though. Too much can be upsetting.
– Diaper rash
– Shaving cream.
– Alzheimer’s disease. There have been some studies that show it slows the progression of the disease.
– Homemade lotion creams
– Stretch marks.
– Healing oil. It helps the skin heal faster after an injury or infection. Also to heal the perineum after birth.
– To relieve bug bites
– Reduces the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically.
– Personal lubricant.
There’s something for every one. Its not greasy and gets absorbed easily.
Your comments keep me going and I appreciate them. Like always, drop them below. God loves a cheerful giver and I love you too.
Until next time, Imisiayo.
Some of us know this past Saturday was the AMVCA (African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards). Well. If you didn’t know, you know now. Oh! The same day was Naturals in the city 10. Its a hair meet up where naturals meet up and get to talk about natural hair, skin, living natural and truthfully “hair ogle”. I went for the 8th edition the day after my first haircut with Chioma of that igbo girl and her sister and it was fun. I learnt a lot and got to meet natural nigerian for the first time. She’s a lovely woman with a truly natural heart. Somehow, I was destined not to attend this edition and got to watch the amvca’s red carpet on TV.
It was so good to see a lot of celebrities rock their natural hair in different forms confidently on the red carpet. Most of them were gorgeous. Well, almost all. There was this one I didn’t quite get.. You should see for yourself.
I personally think O’naturals natural hair salon outdid themselves. I follow them on Instagram and their services are amazing.
In case you want to pay them a visit, they are located at 54 Ogudu road, Ogudu, Lagos.
Here’s a lil something for you. Guess who this is.
Happy love month to you. How did your valentine’s day go? There is still a lot of love in the air so I’m guessing this post isn’t too late.
I thought i should share a little inspiration from my bottomless heart to you. After the munchy munchy of valentine’s day, the chocolates in hearts, restaurant dinner, take outs, gifts we enjoyed from our friends with boyfriends (this was me once), cakes, ice cream and all, somebody should remind you about somebody you should love more. Yourself!!
This little inspiration is for you because you have to First Love Yourself. Who wouldn’t want to be F.L.Y. and of course everything should fall in place.
“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.” ~ Sanaya Roman
“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine”. – Melodie Beattie