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Supplements… Part 1

Supplements... Part 1
Evening lovelies,
I’ve decided to finally dare the controversial topic of taking supplements to aid hair growth/health. I was on the edge because the topic is just like Marmite! You’re either for it, or totally against it…
Either way i’m real comfortable with taking supplements. Don’t be fooled though it took me a while to get to this stage! Lets dive right in…

Supplements are formations in the form of tablets, powders or liquids. They are formed in order to supplment your diet and contain vitamins and vital minerals that may in some cases be missing in your diet or that you do not have a sufficient amount of in your body. With regards to hair supplements, supplements such as Biotin, MSM, Cod Liver oil etc contain many vitamins that enhance hair health and growth.

Personally i believe in dietary enhancement via food. However my first point of call is vitamins and minerals using real food, e.g fruits and veg that are jammed packed with the good stuff!

On the other hand supplements work great during those times when you haven’t fulfilled your daily vitamin intake, and you need or want to do so without having to cook up an entire meal.

My take on supplements is, they are fine as long as they do not replace food. For example one of my sisters does not drink milk, therefore her taking calcium supplements would be justified… ya dig! 
…All in all there are several things to consider when taking supplements…
* Vitamins and minerals can help protect your body from disease and are great for those who do not consume enough nutrients on a daily basis. They help to reduce the risk of vitamin deficiency.
*Be aware of the strength of the supplements you are taking. In most cases if you use more than one type of supplement they should all be of a lower strength. This is because many hair supplements contain similar vitamins/nutrients and therefore you do not want to take too much of what your body doesn’t need. This because this can lead to many issues, one of which i have experienced… Skin breakouts.
* Never use supplements to replace food.
*Observe your skin, hair and body when taking supplements before engaging in everyday consumption.
x edF

The Truth Behind #Stretching

Before I start…NO This is not me or my hair! But it works just perfect for my rant to come!!
The life of a re-grower!
I have OFFICIALLY decided to end my 6 month stretch and be happy with the 18 weeks (4months n 2 weeks)  I’ve already done.
Given up already???…no thats not it! In fact the decision is due to saving my hair rather than thinking that stretching will always bring a positive result.
So… a few things for u to think about.
Does stretching grow your hair faster….No…..But it has MANY benefits
  • 1# benefit of stretching relaxers is healthier hair on your head….. (I have seen ) 
  • Some notice thicker hair/ because it avoids over lapping ( Yep my hair feels thicker)
However…. ( scratchin invisible beard 😉
Stretching can also do more damage than good!


When stretching… your relaxed hair is weaker than your new growth which is stronger because its natural. When these 2 hair types meet this can be a dodgy situation! Combing, brushing and even washing all have to be done very carefully in order to cater to the different textures. Stretching your relaxer takes serious dedication…You really need to do your research so that u avoid breakage.

SO!!! Why am i stopping?

1) My new growth is extremely coarse and in need of constant moisture whilst my relaxed hair is fairly week and needing protein. If i use protein to cater to my relaxed hair this will strengthen my already STRONG new growth which so far has equalled TROUBLE!
2) I’m beginning to experience breakage….not because I’m not looking after my hair but because my hair is talking to me…and its about time I listened.
SO peeps…moral of the story! Listen to ur hair…stretch because its good for u but also do it right…and stop when ur hair begins to fight the stretch 🙂
Plus +++  once u’ve stretched for so long u can handle anything…nappy can never have a hold on me! I carried it for 4 months! Muhahaha
x edF x

Lyt 12 days of Christmas Haircare Charity Special : Day 1

Lyt 12 days of Christmas Haircare Charity Special : Day 1
October is usually a month when we remember Breast Cancer and go the extra mile to raise funds to support such an amazing charity.
I’m not one to post about anything too personal but a personal experience has made me want to make this Christmas about awareness and the need to understand and appreciate the pains of strong people who are connected to haircare in their very own way.
This time 6 years ago I have memories of the usual Christmas preparations in my house in London. My mum would make several trips from North to South and East to West just to makesure that just about every 100 members of the faimily had their very own Christmas present! Those times I was a teenager, too cool to care and mouthy! O did I have a mouth! I did everything I could to dodge the boring Christmas shopping trips and would groan for days at the thought of doing it, so much so that my mum as sweet as she was would leave me be and carry all of the bags by herself. Who would know 2 years later those memories would never relive themselves and that, that would be the last Christmas she shopped.
My mum’s diagnosis was a complete shock. Yes dad was present, but she held everything together, the perfect neck of an equally strong man. With 2 younger sisters my fear was of their lost memories and the pain they must have felt at seeing this beautiful woman change so drastically.
Fast forward 3 years later and the memories of what a beautiful upbringing I had will never fade.
So how does this relate to haircare and this blog? Well it’s no surprise that cancer patients lose their hair, which comes as an exceptional shock for someone with long luscious tresses. I can’t imagine losing my hair or having it made so short without my consent, and the ignorance of so many people and their hair is so disheartening to me.
This month rather than just host giveaways, I’d love for you to make that conscious effort to appreciate and look after what you have.
Make haircare about love this season and stay tuned for tomorrows charity of the day!!!  x
Avec amour…

Henna gloss treatment : In action

Henna gloss treatment : In action
So the day finally comes when my weave has reached its 8 week landmark, so of course i take it out!
As usual, after unravelling the weave i’m left with what feels like the lightest airhead ever!
I skip to part 2 and begin to undo each cornrow using some conditioner and detangling after each cornrow has been taken out. Approximately an hour or two later and i’m fully detangled, so of course it’s time coat my hair with the fab henna gloss treatment.

Ingredient Re-cap

100g BAQ Henna powder
1 cup of Giovanni smooth as silk conditioner (review to come)
1 cup Queen Helene cholesterol Deep Conditioner
20g Neem powder
2 tbsps Shea butter
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Coconut oil


  1. Get a plastic bowl and pour the henna powder into it.
  2. Add water to henna (approx 200ml or enough to make the mix a thick but runny consistency)
  3. Measure out 20g of Neem powder and add to henna mix
  4. Add cup of QH cholesterol DC and cup of Giovanni conditioner
  5. Mix all and then add melted Shea butter and melted EVCO
  6. Part hair into sections and apply henna using gloves
  7. Leave Henna gloss treatment for one hour or longer depending on the outcome you want (longer= deeper conditioning + more visible colour effects)
  8. Rinse hair in sections and commence with hair washing 
  9. Deep condition with moisturising Deep Conditioner
  10. Style as wanted
Tip: Only use a towel you don’t mind getting dirty 

Scalp Massages

Scalp Massages
Another post on massages! What is the addicition you ask?! I’m a feind for them honestly. Got a new thai massage place ‘Bua Siam’ for anyone living in Munich (i wish!) It’s my new fortnightly hot spot. In fact no lie i’ve been spending too many dollar dollar bills there, perhaps i should consider shares… 
But yes if you’ve been for a good old massage you’ll know how amazing they can be at easing and relaxing your muscles plus unblocking those stress nerves. I took a friend when she visited and she feel asleep during the massage! For those who don’t know… thai massages aren’t easing going…how do you sleep when someone stands on your back!!! Anyway point is massages are great and work just aswell for your scalp. I know i go on and on about it, but they really are fab!

Research has it that those who have more massages/visits etc are less prone to stress related health issues/ illnesses. 
So once a week/ whenever you oil your scalp/ before studying and even just to give yourself a quick treat …massage your head with a fair amount of pressure in a circular motion. This increases blood circulation to your scalp and works a treat at night before bed. If your lucky..a.k.a you got it like that, get gsomeone to do it for you- its sooooo much better.
Here’s some info I found on scalp massage benefits
  • It provides deep relaxation to the head and scalp which allows blood circulation to flow more easily to the hair roots.
  • Improved circulation, which results from scalp massage, provides hair roots with nourishment to help trigger hair growth.  Why? When the scalp or head it constricted or tight due to stress and tension, it blocks adequate blood flow to the hair roots.
  • When scalp massage is repeated on a regular basis, it will help to actually strengthen the roots of the hair which will help hair growth.
  • When a good moisturizing oil like jojoba is used as the base, it can help add moisture and conditioning to the scalp and the hair enhancing natural textures and making it move vibrant.
  • Moisturized hair is less likely to split and break, which is a wonderful benefit of the oils used for scalp massage.
  • Scalp massage adds natural luster and shine to the hair.
  • In some cases, scalp massage can relieve itchy scalps, prevent flaking and help with chronic dandruff.  Of course this is dependent on other factors but is a possible benefit.
  • Regular scalp massage can help protect hair from environmental toxins and other weather conditions by helping to strengthen the follicles.
  • It can help eliminate depression or other stressful or negative emotions.
  • Scalp massage can also help alleviate chronic insomnia and provide restful sleep.
  • In some cases, scalp massage can slow hair loss conditions.
  • The benefits of scalp massage also help provide a glow to the complexion of the face.
  • Regular scalp massage has proven to help in some cases of chronic headaches or migraines.
source: http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip000425.htm

Greenhouse effect Regime-Real Queens

Greenhouse effect Regime-Real Queens

Word on the street is the new way forward is via the Real Queens regime a.k.a Greenhouse effect.

Before you watch the video, I think this is a fantastic method to try and include in your regime. I’ve just started to incorporate it and can happily say my hair is super soft…like for real for real!

Here’s a breakdown of the ‘Greenhouse effect’ as stated on the ‘Real Queens Regime’ site


  • On damp or dry hair apply a generous amount of JBCO or EVOO throughout your hair (or how ever much you can tolerate) making sure to coat the ends in the oil to create a protective barrier against pollution, fabrics, dryness ect.
  • This regimen works well with various protective hairstyles such as bantu knot outs and braid outs, so once you’ve oiled your hair you can prep it accordingly depending on how you plan to style it the next day.
  • Place shower cap or plastic bag over your hair to lock in the moisture from your scalps natural oils and heat from your head. This creates a green house, steam effect during your sleep which is the best time for your hair growth in this case.
  • Place a head tie/scarf over your head & shower cap making sure that it’s nice and snug; for best results also wear a winter hat over your scarf to help produce more heat.
    In the morning you may find that your hair is a bit damp from the moisture the steam effect created.
  • You can either blow dry it on cool setting, let it air dry a bit (about 15 mins) before styling, or go ahead and style it while it’s still damp and let it dry as the day progresses.
* if you don’t really care for the JBCO smell, you should definitely try the Shea Oil with Mango & Papaya it will make your hair smell amazing or you can simply use EVOO from your local grocery store, it’s much cheaper!’


The whole point of the entire Real Queens Regimen is to eliminate the process of using hair products that contain chemicals and start using the natural things that God created to help grow your hair…as you can see from my progress pictures, the green house effect helps to promote hair growth by creating a natural warm steamy environment that enables the natural oils from your scalp to come out and help your hair grow…it’s also great for dryness because of all the moisture produced


Baggying involves using a moisturizer (which contains chemicals) and a plastic cap to help retain moisture and hydrate your hair. The green house effect is mainly to help promote hair growth in a natural way as well as restore moisture.


The whole point of tying your head after putting on the plastic cap is to trap the heat that your head produces to create that “green house effect”. I don’t sweat very easily so I find that for me I get the best results when I tie my head with my scarf then I put on my warm hat, but you can do whatever works for you. someone mentioned that they use their satin bonnet then they put their beanie (hat) over it, and that worked for them. The main goal is to get your head to sweat a little, and you’ll know if you did it right if you wake up in the morning and take the plastic cap off and see little drops of water in it and your hair is a little damp.


no, you don’t…the point is to not wash out the oil. It’s not like a hot oil treatment where it needs to be rinsed out. simply style your hair as usual and repeat the green house effect as often as possible.


It depends, some peoples hair absorbs oil more then others. I find that sometimes (when i do the regimen every night) my hair still has a good amount of oil in it from the previous night so i don’t need to reaply and i just skip the oil and put the shower cap on and tie my head.


No. The green house effect causes your scalps natural oils to come out so you want these natural oils that God created to do the job. There’s no need to oil your scalp directly just put the evoo on your hair


because i only use natural products in my hair I moisturize with water and seal with evoo


your hair won’t be WET just a little damp because of the moisture…when you apply a moisturizer in your hair the key ingredient is water so your hair feels a little moist…same concept…your hair will feel moist. I use water when doing the green house effect because i prefer it that way so my hair usually air dries in 15 minutes. you don’t have to use water though that way your hair won’t be as damp when you take the cap off.
let me know what you think…will you be trying this?

Starting a Hair Regime Part 3/3 : You’ve made it!

Starting a Hair Regime Part 3/3 : You've made it!
When I think about regime building, i’m often reminded of the preparatory process for the first day of secondary school. Mum has packed the biggest and brightest lunch bag, your hair is as fly as you can remember it ever being, and it’s time to enter the big world on your own. 
Well it’s all the same for starting a hair regime, you have all of the info you need to get started and it’s up to you to enjoy it, embrace it, and succeed at it. Of course there will always be guidance along the way, but your fave hair advisor/ blogger etc can’t fly across the world to help you wash your hair on wash days!
Before you finally embark on your journey, here are a few more top tips that will help and guide you along the way!
P.s i’ve included an extensive list of go to hair products which you can apply to 
‘Starting a hair regime part 2’ 

Heat reduction

Not always the easiest aspect to deal with, especially for sleek straight hair lovers, but heat reduction is vital. Heat breaks down the protein bonds of our hair strands and fizzles out any moisture that was previously there. A few ways to reduce heat damage, in the case that you want straighter hair are:
1| Use a heat protectant – it creates a protective film which coats the hair strand in order to reduce damage caused by heat
2| Lower your heat settings – often we are tempted to apply heat on the hottest setting so that we have straighter results, however, often enough lower heat settings can also give sleek results without you having to re-straighten that segment of hair. This also applies to blowdrying, if you are blowdrying try a lower heat setting. Moreso if you straighten after blowdrying, try and blowdry on cool air so that you use less heat all in all.
3| Natural: If you know you’ll be sporting a curly do, try and achieve it through air drying e.g in twists or braids. Relaxed: If you’re still rocking freshly relaxed hair opt for air drying. As soon as your new growth begins to peek through, use a headscarf to help flatten your edges.
All in all it is a good practice to reduce heat usage. You can challenge yourself to no more than one heat application per week, and in good time you’ll notice healthier hair.

Protective Styles

Weave, braids, wigs – you’ve heard of them all! Protective styles work a treat if done properly. As stated in the name, they are used to protect your hair e.g in times of extreme weather conditions, on holidays, during exam periods etc.

Hair Appliances/ Tools

[by no means compulsory but most certainly recommended]
– Seamless wide tooth comb
– Silk/satin headscarf or bonnet
– Shower cap for deep conditioning (+ steamers and hooded dryers)
– Soft bristle brush
– Bobby pins/clips (always come in handy)
– Rollers for rollersetting
– Adjustable setting straighteners/flat iron
– Hair scissors for trimming
Have fun, haircare should never be a burden. Invest in a hair diary and best of all get sassy and take those pictures! You’ll be shocked at how much you can achieve in a few months! You can also get yourself a snazzy length check t-shirt to make your journey that tad bit more exciting!!!
Here’s a list of go to products you can try to get your journey on the go!
[the list could go on forever so I’ve just added the one’s I love and others that are highly spoken of, that came to mind!)


Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme


Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Shampoo, Anita Grant shampoo bars, Hair One Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner, Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo, Nexxus Aloe Rid Shampoo, Aveda Detox Shampoo, Eluence Moisture Benefits Shampoo,  Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Shine Shampoo, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, As I Am™, KeraCare Products etc


Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care Treatment, Kerastase Nutritive Nutri-Thermique Masque,
ORS Replenishing Pak, Queen Helene Cholesterol, Nexxus Humectress, Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Conditioner, Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft Intensive Mask, Keracare Humecto, Elasta QP DPR, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Aphogee 2 Min Reconstructor, Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner, Roux Porosity Control, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner, As I Am Products, Kera Care Products etc


Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Giovanni Direct Leave In, Joico Daily Care Leave-In, S-Curl No drip, ORS Olive Oil Moisturising Lotion, AtOne Botanicals Leave In, Cantu Shea butter Leave-In, Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Cream, Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, As I Am Products, KeraCare Products etc


Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Carrot Oil, Neem Oil, ROOT2TIP Energizer Scalp Tonic, Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic, KeraCare Products, Unrefined Shea Butter, Rosemary Oil*,Tea Tree Oil*, Peppermint*, Lavendar*, Ylang Ylang*, Eucalyptus* etc
(*- must be diluted in a carrier oil, NEVER use alone)
Avec amour…
edF ❥

Wednesday’s Words… Mineral Oils | Are they really that bad?

Wednesday's Words... Mineral Oils | Are they really that bad?
Generally just about every healthy hair lover does the ‘Get thee behind me satan’ eye roll when it comes to Mineral oils. The so called “pore clogging nasty” is usually frowned upon the more FOR healthy hair care we are, but what happens when one of your staples so happens to endorse Mineral oils as the 4th main ingredient AND to top things off no other staple/product has yet to work wonders on your hair like it does? Do you bail and avoid the dredded ‘Oh no she didn’t’ glares, or do you stand your ground and buy a ride or die t-shirt?
I began re-using my AtOne with nature Leave-In Conditioner this year when I needed something with super slip to caress my confused transitioning tresses with, and since then as you know and I keep on saying; wash days have been blissful. It was only when after looking at the Paul Mitchell Foaming Pommade ingredient list [received in my Amitee PS Beauty Box], that I decided to also look at the AtOne ingredient list because it was on my desk staring straight at me!
I won’t lie my heart sunk at the sight of Mineral oil in position 4 [haha overexaggeration]! I’m not one to say that Mineral oils are outright bad for you but I do believe that a more natural product with just as much slip, which mind you I plan on formulating, will be more beneficial for the overall health of my strands. 
So what’s a girl to do? Right now I simply ensure that I give my hair some ultimate lovin by going the full mile when washing my hair. I co-wash 3 times a week now but always pre-poo beforehand, and follow up with a quick 10-15 minute DC after washing. All in all I won’t be getting rid of my AtOne just as yet!
I have several review products that are coming my way, and are all Leave-Ins hoping to boot AtOne out of my fave Leave-In Conditioner position, so who’s to say I won’t find something in no time! 
Stay tuned for my official ORIGINAL MOXIE PRODUCT REVIEW SHOWDOWN which I will dish the goss on tomorrow.
What are your thought on Mineral Oils… ‘Heck no!’ Or ‘A girls gotta do right by her [current] Leave-In?

Curlfriends Day Out | A Hairlover’s Memoir

Curlfriends Day Out | A Hairlover's Memoir

Saturday just gone I experienced one of the best hair events I have yet to attend and be a part of. The day had already marketed itself to be phenomenal, but of course actions speak louder than words, so expectations were sky high!

I cannot for the life of me give the event the praise it’s due without writing an essay on it, so hopefully my quick summary will paint the Picasso moment it truly was.

There was a different kind of buzz in the air at the Curlfriends Day Out, one which was definitely created and motioned by Motivational Speaker Action Jackson- whose enthusiasm and passion for haircare and natural hair was ludicrous. The event started off with a mini ice breaker session and then went on to the first part of the day; the bloggers Q&A/ ‘Speed date’. I absolutely loved the interactive nature of the Q&A, and once nerves from speaking were out of the way, I could have gone on for days! 

The day continued with lunch and a marketplace session where you could buy some hair products from several vendors or also get your nails and eyebrows done, once this was over the real juicy second half of the event began!

The 2 live big chops were without a doubt the best part of the event for me and actually brought myself and Pelumi of CareforYourHair close to tears! It was definitely a forecast into my soon to be big chop of 2013, and made equally nervous and excited about it!

All in all the day was great and I felt like I spent it with a room full of people I had known for years! I most certainly wouldn’t have spent my Saturday anywhere else and look forward to next years event!

– A huge thank you to Bukky for such a fulfilling and wonderful day –

Here are some of the fab pics…

Bloggers Q&A/ ‘Speed date’ Session

Vendors [Meen Clothing, Nickys Nail Bar, H9]

Stephanie from Black & Brown, Ronke Ige representing BeUNIQUE & Social Entrepreneur Junior Ogunyemi

P.s. I’ve had a few questions about my bf’s views on my transition and how I feel about his initial [huh?!!!] reaction to it! Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish my comment on the panel about this, but if I did I would most certainly have shared with you that he has swayed over to my side and is supportive about my confidence and decision to transition. I wouldn’t be with him otherwise!!! 

Avec amour…

Diary of a Transitioner | The decision to go Au Natural

Diary of a Transitioner | The decision to go Au Natural
So here it goes, my first transitioners diary entry. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but couldn’t quite figure out what to write a.k.a major bloggers block!
If you’re a frequent reader it’ll be no news to you that I am transitioning! Yes that’s right i’m joining the natural crew! I decided to transition in November when after my relaxer I was in complete shock at how curly my hair and roots were, it was as if I hadn’t relaxed at all!
That, however, was not the only reason for my decision to go natural…
1| First and foremost I love both relaxed and natural hair, but having spent a lot of time with my 8 year old sister during the summer holidays and right through to September – I started to notice how ‘not‘ into her hair she is. She would always make comments about wanting to be my age with straight relaxed hair, in fact the way she spoke about it was as if relaxer was her long lost love! Moral of the story, I want her to be able to see how beautiful natural hair is through my hair journey. They say vicarious learning is the bees knees!
2| I think i’m entitled to a change! 11 years with a relaxer has been fantastic, but I want to try something new! You may call me naive but I truly believe that the straight look which most people look for in a relaxer can also be achieved when natural. It may take a good hand and fantastic pair of straighteners, but I don’t feel like I’ll be missing out on much, except the longevity of straightness of course!
3| Perhaps the most important reason has to the loss of a loved one to the big C. Before you raise your brows, I know good and well that the healthiest vegetarian can get cancer just as quickly as anyone else – but i’m at stage in my life where I’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle and scrapping another chemical friend from my habits list- just doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. I’m not saying i’m a health guru or advocate of all things cholesterol free, because truth is as a Nigerian that’s simply impossible! I just feel like this is an area of my life I want to explore for now, who knows when I’m 40 I may decide to relax again!
How I plan on transitioning
I will be transitioning for two years because i’m a long hair lover and refuse to big chop. Hair grows on average 6′ per year which means after 2 years I should be back at neck/shoulder length with 12′ of natural hair before I cut off my relaxed ends. As for other methods I have embraced and plan on continuing to take me through the 2 year transition…
1|Co-washed buns – Following my recent no heat airdrying bun success, I will chose [on some weeks] to co-wash 2-3 times, and simply put my hair into a damp bun. As ever my trusty ORS Edge Control will provide a sleek finish on my edges.
2| Protective styles – I tend to have at least one weave installed on a yearly basis, so there’s no doubt I’ll get bored and will have another one installed.
3| Braid-outs & Twist-outs – I still have a lot to learn with regards to natural friendly hairstyles. My first 2012 attempt at a twist out wasn’t so bad, so I’ll be trying my hand at more of these kind of styles. I’ll throw in the occasional rollerset too of course!
A few weeks ago I expressed my inner rants and concerns with ex transitioner and new natural Laila from Fusion of Cultures, so look out for that in my second diary entry, till then…

Avec amour…
edF ❥