2014 : MY NATURAL NIGERIAN HAIR....PRODUCT FREE

By Hadassah Agbaps - January 12, 2014

Hi people, what's been on!

I've been reading your helpful feedback and I agree that I need to blog more, do more DIYs and talk more on hair care. 
So I decided that I will start afresh for the new year on a clean slate! 

I will try as much as I can to post how to pictorials of easy peasy hairstyles you can do for any length or texture. 
I've still not gotten the hang of video stuff and to be honest I'm quite shy! I tried making some videos and when I showed it to some friends and family members, they said I was looking really anxious and too serious...lol! 
It's called video fright...but I'm working on it.

To begin a year of 'consistent' blogging, I decided it will be a good idea to show what my hair is like freshly washed without products or manipulation to give y'all an idea of what I've been working with. 

Before I do, I'll like to share some styles I've been able to achieve with my Nigerian natural hair in this our humid Nigerian weather...where it's like summer all year except for brief periods of cold, very dry and dusty harmattan. 
Well, come rain..come shine..come dust...our fros will persevere!!! Amen!

So here are my hairstyles throughout the years...these are my go to styles....nothing really elaborate unless I'm in the mood...lol!

A few of my natural hairstyles through the years.
My lazy day constants are the twists and the good ole bun.


So here's  what my hair looks like today without any products or curl defining manipulation. I henna-ed (please this should be a word!) my hair to strengthen it for the year then washed and conditioned.



This is what my product free texture is like....
This is what a lot of it looks like close-up. No products. Someone remarked upon seeing this picture that it looks hard and 'uncombable'. Truth be told I wouldn't dare comb it in this state to avoid breakage. This is the reason why I really can't rock an afro (most people think this is the default hairstyle of a naturalista)

This is what it looks like at the back. You notice how frizzy and fine my strands are....
This is what it looks like in all its shruken glory. 

This is the same section (as from the close-up above) well moisturised with water and NappyGirl Pudding. Notice how it is less frizzy, has well defined curls and the clumping of the curls? This helps stretch your curls and makes it less prone to breakage and dryness. Like they say 'together we stand, divided we fall'

Here's my unstretched hair braided. I admit, I'm really pleased with the length retention achieved using the Indian oiling method. Compare with the picture below taken several months ago with heat straightened hair. Yes there are fewer braids but the length gain is awesome.

Heat straightened hair several months ago.

So that's my hair now. The braids I may take down in the morning for a braid out....which I may eventually bun...but let's see how it goes.

So, what are my current products?

Shampoo:
- Keracare Cleansing Creme ( It's sulfate free. I'm surprised how this has lasted long since Sept/Oct last year and it's been used by three naturals!)
-Aussie Moist Shampoo ( I love my Aussie!! The coconuty scent is just divine....even with the sulphates....yeah...even with the sulphates...lol!
- ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo ( yes...I opened up three shampoos....)


Conditioner
- VO5 Strawberry Milk Conditioner (perfect for a co wash, smells yummy and doubles as a leave-in on lazy days)
- Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Conditioner ( Now my hair is longer and the ends get older and more brittle, this conditioner is useful in keeping my ends tip top....and that's why I need the Aussie Moist)
- ORS Replenishing Conditioner ( Love the citusy smell, the slip for detangling and it doubles as a deep conditioner on days when I don't have time to prepare a protein deep conditioner or use Cantu seperately).

Leave In Conditioner
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Creme
- Natural Nigerian Moisture and Shine Detangling Leave In Conditioner ( Perfect for dry styling and you don't need to add oil for shine. This was gifted to me by Natural Nigerian at the last meetup).
- Elasta QP Mango Butter (to soon to say)

Stylers
- NappyGirl Ubermoist Pudding ( go to for the perfect well defined twistouts, braidouts and afro...if I ever do it again this year. It moisturizes my situation without poofiness)
- Beautiful Textures Bouncy Curl Control Defining Pudding (to soon to say)

Gel
- FOTE Aloe Vera Gel (multipurpose everything!)
- Ecostyler Gel ( tames the most stubborn stubborn frizz. Sleekness without hardness for days. Best part...a little goes a long way and it comes in a big tub...so I can share share share...lol!)

Oil
- Coconut oil ( staple...pre poo...post poo....)
- Castor oil (just in case I do braid or twist extensions. It preserves my hairline and I like that it has a little hold too for smoothening my edges).
- Olive oil

Heat protectants
Alterna Bamboo Sleek and Shine
Biosilk serum

Do I need to list the products in the back burner...erm...not yet. Let me run out of some of these first before sneaking in new ones. I've promised myself...no using new products until I've run out of old ones.....can't wait to share though!

Okay.....that's about my hair and the products I currently work with. Thanks to Nigerian online vendors, most of these products can be delivered to your doorstep in three days or less. For those who prefer brick and mortar stores, the ORS and VO5 range of products are available in good stores near you.

About the suggestions of DIY and more haircare posts, I've decided to start at the beginning with simple, no long grammar posts under the following natural hair care topics.

-How to detangle your natural hair
-How to wash and condition your natural hair ( inspired by Rubynnia)
-How to do simple styles on your natural hair etc....

I'm open to more suggestions......

To new beginnings!

Till I spill again,
Live Beautifully.Naturally.
Hadassah.

P.S. If you haven't entered for the #NNGiveaway, please go here to win Nigerian hair friendly products and more!!!

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