Good Morning Yummies 😀
How did your weekend go..
I had a very powerpacked church week and weekend (if you know what i mean)…
I’ve been getting a lot of messages on Facebook from girls in my area that are inspired by me and have gone or want to go natural and need advice on products.
This post is to expatiate on the knowledge of natural hair products for newbie naturals especially for those in remote and not so remote areas(like where i stay) who can’t seem to get hold of these products.
Today, I’m coming back home..to where i live, Ikotekpene.
Ikotekpene is a small town in Akwaibom State, the South South Region of Nigeria.
It is known throughout Nigeria
as “The Raffia City”, or locally as
It’s a bustling place with so many trade centers and potential even though small.
It is the first Local Government Area in West Africa as it dates back to 1972 or so 😀 (I’m not an historian)
It has two main markets, one larger than the other.
The smaller market, Urua Ator, is where the majority of people in Ikotekpene usually converge especially,on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays.
A lot of buying and selling takes place here ranging from foodstuffs to clothes(okrika; second hand clothes) and many other things excluding natural hair products.
I mean, who even cares about natural hair here. The mentality they have created about natural hair is thread and soul mate hair cream(my naija girls should know this brand of hair grease) 😀
But that’s a no..no!
A naturalista can live in Ikotekpene and still use good products.
You don’t have to order online…personally i hate ordering online because of the cost of shipping..damn!
It costs a lot more than what you are even ordering 😀
I buy my products at Shop n’ Save in Uyo or at Nteps in Ikotekpene or one supermarket along Umobot.
I make most of my products tho! 😀
So here’s how to find good products:
– Make use of shea butter as your hair cream and sealant..instead of grease:
Raw shea butter (Ori,uli or udi) is being sold almost every where in urua ator and even in markets in Uyo.
Mix it with some coconut oil or groundnut oil with honey.
Whip it till you’ve got a thick creamy mixture..then you store in a container.
This can take you for up to 2 months.
You can get coconut oil from Nteps Supermarket(for those in Ikotekpene)
– Use Simple DIY Deep Conditioners:
Using Mayonnaise (Bama) as your deep conditioner is one good option you shouldnt ignore because there’s no good second in Ikotekpene.
Check Shop n’ Save in Uyo for Olive Oil hair Mayonnaise or better still Nteps in Ikotekepene for Organics Hair Mayonnaise.
– For your Leave-in :
Check out Nteps…i was surprised when i saw a leave in conditioner by Beautiful Textures but it’s quite costly and if you don’t have such money,your spritz bottle will do.
For a DIY leave in mixture..mix 80% water with 20% of any oil you choose.
Put it in a spray bottle and spritz on your hair daily..it will keep your hair soft and moisturised.
– Your Co-wash Conditioner
You can check Nteps or The Supermarket by Umobot street. They have good brands of conditioners for co-washing. Gentelle, Vo-5, Head and Shoulders, palmer naturals, etc.
You can also check Shop n’ save in Uyo.
I buy majority of my hair products there.
(Co washing is the act of using conditioner to wash your hair instead of shampoo).
– Sham wash
Dudu Osun or any black organic soap will do for this purpose..a good substitute for shampoo.
We try to stay as far away as possible from shampoos because majority of them are filled with sulphates which are not good for natural hair. You can get this soap anywhere in Akwaibom.
Get Castor oil,Amla oil,Coconut oil,Olive oil from either Nteps or Shop n’ save. They are great for natural hair. Massage your scalp weekly with either of them.
That’s it for now.
As a newbie natural, Less is more 😀
ARE YOU A NEWBIE NATURAL IN AKWAIBOM? DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GET PRODUCTS? HOW DO YOU GET PRODUCTS?
ARE YOU HAVING TOUGH TIME WITH YOUR HAIR? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS OR DROP AN E-MAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org AS I AM EVER READY TO HELP 😀