Relaxed hair vs Natural hair


I made the decision over a year ago and honestly, I don’t regret it. I prefer my look now than then. Seriously, ‘natural hair’ is healthy!

AfroRiri Haircare

Written by Freda Lukoh

Howdy ladies. I get this feeling each time this so called topic pops in my mind. I will love us to read with open minds today because this may not go down well with some of us. Lately, there has been this controversy on hair textures although, few religious sects have always been particular about the wrongness of this practice by we ladies . The so-called argument has been the rightness or wrongness of relaxing hair which today has crept into fashion or I will say, ‘hair fashion’. This write up is not to promote any product, discriminate nor criticise anyone and their belief or to alleviate any selfish reason but simply to help some ladies who have found it difficult to take bold steps pertaining to their hair and also clarify issues bordering some ladies on the topic ‘hair’. It is gradually doning on a…

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Christians and Beyoncé


I’m more than one hundred percent sure that the title of this post enticed your interest and brought you here. That’s good. Now, I’ve bit my tongue for a very long time concerning Beyoncé and other big performers and musicians in the industry for several reasons. I won’t highlight all of those reasons today, however, I will let you all know why I’ve held off for so long even commenting on certain artists. The reason is that before, my motive in even commenting on people like Beyoncé, Kanye West, and others, was to prove a point to those who didn’t seem to “get it”. However, today, that is not my intent. I am only writing this because I felt led by The Lord to. After watching last night’s VMAs show, it was like The Lord told me, “Ayanna, you’re in a good place. It’s time.”

So, without further ado, let’s…

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Bringaraj Powder and Hair benefits


Hey Naturalistas,

The first time I saw Bringaraj Powder (BP) was at Olori. This was a couple of months ago when I was searching for a good leave-in conditioner. I saw lots of powder and wondered which one to go for. So, I did a little research online and…boom – BP! BP was the one I thought would meet my hair needs, so I placed an order (along with perm rods – which I am yet to use, anyway). You can read more about Bringaraj Powder (BP) here.

I was a bit skeptical to use it while I was on ‘my ultimate Castor Oil Challenge’. The reason is that I wanted to find out (without the use of castor oil) if BP is working for me or not. But after I read that BP has conditioning benefits, I thought it would be worth the try. Here is what it looks like…

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 For now, I prefer to use this powder for my hair ONLY and this is how I use it:

  1. Mix BP with water to make a paste,
  2. Section hair into parts and then apply paste to my scalp.
  3. Gently massage (I usually do this while protein/deep conditioning)
  4. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave on for at least one hour
  5. Wash out using Dudu-Osun soap and warm water.

I’ve used this for 3 months now and I know my hair has grown. I don’t have any pre- or post- pictures to share but I will share pictures at my nappiversary which is around the corner…

So Naturalistas, has anyone been using this product and do you have testimonies to share?



DIY: Scalp Treatments


True…our scalp deserves treatment.

Black Zulu

Scalp TreatmentsI have been natural for 1 yr 5 months now and not once have I stopped to consider my scalp. I mean, I exfoliate my face twice a week and my body once a week or once every other week. Why have I not shown my scalp the same love and attention as it pertains to exfoliating?

I just came across this image via Pintrest and decided to look at the benefits of exfoliating the scalp at regular intervals. Here’s the down low on this extra step in your hair regimen; extra but by all means beneficial *-*

Info via Curly Nikki

It may seem obvious that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. But as many of us now shampoo less frequently to avoid drying out our hair, that translates to serious buildup of oil and dirt. Just like you exfoliate your skin to remove these from your pores, you…

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Third & Final Update – My Ultimate Castor Oil Challenge


Hiya! This is the third and final update on this season of ‘my ultimate castor oil challenge’. I know this is coming very late…I’m saying this season because I plan to go into another challenge after my nappiversary. Here are photos of the journey so far…

Summary - My Ultimate Castor Oil Challenge

Summary and lessons learnt:

Hair grows! All you need to do is take good care of it. If we take good care of our hair, it will grow. I think the consciousness of the challenge is what forces one to take care of the hair that is why we see the changes. So, if you want your hair to grow:

  1. Research and find the right product for your hair,
  2. Have a regimen and stick to it.

I must confess that during the last month of the challenge, I wasn’t as consistent as I was in the first month (probably that is why I didn’t notice much growth). But I’m pleased that my has grown and I know that Castor oil is good for my hair!

Benefits of Shrinkage


Since I started my natural hair journey I have been struggling a lot with shrinkage. I always wondered what the benefits were since it didn’t help to show that my hair is growing, that is, the actual length wasn’t showing.  After reading this post, I feel much better and I thought it would be nice to share…Enjoy!

A Woman’s Worth



Black Zulu


I was attempting to do a mini photoshoot with myself to get a new profile pic and for some reason, this image spoke to me. I see the very essence of a strong black woman – passion, self-respect, self-acception and pride. If only we can all see that what men sees us as worth is a fair measure of the value we place on ourselves.

Have a lovely weekend Curlies xx

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Welcome Home Jesus


…and He did just for me! Amazing.

Afrophire Magazine

he-is-risen-webToday’s Scripture: When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 NIV)

I vividly remember the day he left home. The time had come for him to fulfill is priestly duties. His time of service had arrived just as the priests of old whose lot had come up to serve in my courts. In my heart I knew that he was well prepared to fulfill the mission I had given him. As he slowly walked to the door, he took a glance back and smiled. I could see the look of both passion and courage in his eyes as he lovingly said his goodbyes. It all seemed quite strange because we had never been apart since the beginning of time until now.

One day while teaching his disciples, I heard him say, “If you have seen me…

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