Haven been fully natural for almost three years, as a natural hair blogger, I’m armed with a wealth of information that would help you navigate the deep waters of natural hair.
If you’d like to talk to someone about your hair, get at me! But before you do, take a look at my natural hair journey so far!
A couple of years ago, I made a personal decision that would affect my lifestyle. I decided to stop the use of commercial products[ which I’m not so much of a fan of ] for my skin, hair and overall wellbeing and replaced them with naturals. I began to look for alternatives and started with my hair.
I made up my mind to go natural hair wise first of all ,not because it is fast becoming a fad or I didn’t have money to go to the salon[you’ll be surprised with the things people come up with] but because I was tired of my unhealthy damaged chemically-treated hair that seemed to be stagnant. Every time I visited the salon for a relaxer touch-up, I would expect to come out with some length but I didn’t and it became a cycle I became tired of. My BSL(Bra Strap Length) dream was slowly dwindling. I suffered badly from breakage, split ends, uneven length[ I had no idea what trimming was then thanks to my
very efficient hair stylists] and whatnot . I didn’t even explore the possibility of returning to my roots as I was always at the mercy of weaves(which I gradually began to detest) and braids.
So far it’s been an amazing journey, I decided to go through the longer route of transitioning because I couldn’t accept the fact that I would become unattractive again if I had opted for the shorter, quicker and easier way of big chopping[ thanks to the 6 years of compulsory big chop in high school]. Nonetheless, it’s given me an opportunity to study and take proper care of my hair. It’s sort of a pre-natural phrase you know. I’m going to be transitioning for about a year or so, just before my next birthday in June. By then, my hair would have gone past a TWA(Teeny Weeny Afro) to a mini ‘fro I can rock effortlessly.
As for my hair products, I started out with the basics;
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
As a girl on a budget, I didn’t have so much money to lavish on hair products so the issue of product junkism was totally out of the question. Notwithstanding, I like to try out new and affordable products from time to time which is why I’m currently using African Naturalistas range of products[One of the perks of working with a team of amazing natural ladies] LOL.
I have a simple regimen which I’ve tried to follow religiously up until now.
Pre-poo with honey [when I feel like]
Co-wash twice a week
Deep condition weekly
Shampoo bi-weekly or when absolutely necessary
Moisturize with leave-in or hair spritz (combination of water,glycerine,EVOO, honey, aloe vera and leave-in)
Seal with Shea butter/moisturizing butter from AN/Oils (Glycerine,EVOO, and Castor oil)
Cover hair with satin scarf @ night.
Protein DC treatment once/twice a month.
Palm oil DC Treatment or any other concoction for the remaining part of the month.
Deep condition biweekly
Moisturize daily with hair spritz
Seal with butter/oil
So that’s pretty much all that has been going on these past few months. I must admit it’s been quite challenging. Growth tends to go at a very slow pace so I try as much as possible to always hide my hair in protective styling most of the time so it’s not totally daunting.
Natural Hair In Nigeria: The Cheap And Available Products.
When I went natural, I was a broke student and I couldn’t afford a number of products. Two years down the line, I’m still a student but employed so I can afford to buy certain products according to my budget. To be honest, I still can’t afford some products but that’s a discussion for another day. Anyway, overtime I’ve received a number of emails, particularly product recommendations. Most times, I just give whatever comes to my mind.
Well, I’ve decided to resurrect this page in order to help young naturals especially students to navigate this journey. Naturally, I’m going to start with products I’ve used and have worked well/done a decent job for my hair. Don’t forget that everyone’s hair is different. The products that worked for me might not work for you.
Let’s get down to business. I don’t need to remind you to work according to your budget. I really don’t expect you to buy shea moisture products except you can afford it.
P.S: DON’T BUY PRODUCTS ONLINE! THEY ARE USUALLY INFLATED!!
Shampoos And Conditioners
The Vo5 brand is the best, cheapest and the most affordable option for natural hair. Don’t think. Just buy it. It retails between N300-N800. Check your local supermarket.
If you’re feeling very fancy or you have extra money to spare, you could settle for ORS Aloe Shampoo and Replenishing Conditioner. Costs about N900-N1000
I haven’t used that many leave-ins except African Naturalistas Leave-in Conditioner and my hair is so over it. Plus it’s not exactly affordable for the quantity. So, I recommend Profectiv Mega Growth Daily Leave-in Strengthener which I’ve been using for about a month now plus it’s a good investment quantity/price wise. About N900-N1,200.
I’ve used a number of deep conditioners and currently still experimenting with price and quality.
– Organics Hair Mayonnaise (N800 – N850)
– Emily Millionaire Coconut And Herbs (N200 – N250)
– Motions CPR Conditioner (N800)
– Profectiv Mega Growth Deep Conditioner (N1000 – N1,200)
– Organics Cholesterol And Tea Tree Conditioner (N850)
– Queen Helene Cholesterol Conditioning Cream (N800)
I’ve never really used moisturizers as I prefer to use water/aloe vera juice, leave-in and oils to moisturize. Organics Carrot Oil is a good one for N800.
Shea butter is possibly the cheapest around. You can get it for as long as N50 from your local market. If you have extra money to spend, you can buy Cocoa Butter from Fresh factor on Jumia. I know what I said but that’s the cheapest I’ve seen so far both online and offline.
Now, this varies from store to store but the most available are Extra Virgin Olive Oil for N250. You can get Coconut oil for as low as N500. Again, depending on where you get them.
Sweet Almond oil for N700 – N950.
Glycerine for N200 – N1400
Eucalyptus Oil for N500
Castor Oil for N400
In big supermarkets, you can get Sunflower oil, Sesame oil (750), Soya oil, e.t.c at cheaper prices.
You can get the big jar of Eco Styler Gel for about N1,000. Don’t let them give you the small size for that price. Open your eyes. Organics Twist and Loc Gel goes for about N800 or thereabout.
Okay, I think I’ve covered the basics.
Next are what I call alternatives. There are times when you get bored with your products. Trust me, you will especially if you can’t afford to buy new ones are the moment. This is where these alternative products come in. Overtime, you can incorporate them into your regimen. Also, I’ll add some tools you need.
Black Soap – Dudu Osun goes for about N120. Just make sure you make a liquid mixture before using it.
Apple Cider Vinegar – That build-up and itchy scalp will not clarify itself. The cheapest is from N400.
Spray bottle – Its easier to apply products with a spray bottle plus a hair spritz is absolutely necessary.
Satin Bonnet/Scarf – A scarf is relatively cheaper and readily available. Satin bonnets are mostly found online from N650.
Fruits – Ranging from avocados to bananas. Throw them in a blender, blend until it’s a smooth paste and apply. Your Deep Conditioner is ready.
Honey – When every other thing fails, honey and olive oil never fails.
Eggs and mayonnaise – Great for protein treatments every six weeks.
Wide Toothed Comb – For detangling. Throw those rat-tail combs to the bin.
What else? If you have anything questions,please feel free to ask.
Oh, and you don’t have to buy everything at once. You could easily buy one at a time.