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So far, we have lusted after the floor-length hair of the Mbalantu women of Namibia and greatly admired the bouncy curls of the Afar tribe of Ethiopia. Today, we will check out the Mangbetu Tribe of Congo & discover their world of beautiful intricate protective hairstyles. Who are they? The Mangbetu are a group of people live in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This group consists of the Mangbetu, Meegye, Makere, Malele, Popoi and Abelu. The language of the Mangbetu people is called Kingbetu. – Source . They are known for their head elongation practice called Limpopo. It was a status symbol among the ruling class of the people before it was outlawed by the Belgians who colonised the country. They achieved the head elongation by wrapping the head of newborns tightly with cloths at birth to give it the elongated look. How do they achieve the weaving hairstyle? In adorning their elongated heads, the Mangbetu pay a great deal of attention to the intricate weaving process. The American Museum of Natural History describes the process as follows: Sticks used for arranging the braided string over the hair. Not all women use it. I took a photograph […]

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Last year, we enjoyed a variety of hair trends, from Fulani braids to crochet braids & many more. This year we can already sense a new trend in hairstyles and this time it’s the low cut. Want to catch on the new trend on just want a different look, we’ve got you covered with our top selection of low cut hairstyles. Blonde Low- Cut: Spice up your low cut with bold colors like blonde. However, remember to find out all you can about the best hair color to use & how well it sits with your skin tone. 2. With Side parting: A side parting like this one adds some edge to your overal look . 3. Colour + Popping Curls: With this, you can switch up your style as often as you want with the curly top. You can achieve the curly top with either bantu knots out or twist outs. 4. Blonde with Intricate Side Patterns: Bold & expressive, deviate from the norm with a touch of colour & well designed side patterns. 5. Straw Curls with Side Shavings: Popping straw curls with an intriccately done side shaving is a perfect match for the bold look you want […]

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These days, there seem to be one fast-hair-growth product everyone is always talking about. At the beginning of the year, it was Hair Wonder, then it became Hair now-now. Currently, Chebe powder & Karkar oil are trending. These hair care products widely used by Sudanese women have become a hit in Lagos, Nigeria amongst naturalistas. The Sudanese women have long lust-worthy hair, hence you won’t blame people for seeking out the products that they use in their hair care routine. In case you missed it, here is the post on Chebe powder. Today, we will find out the components of Karkar oil & its benefits in hair care. What is Karkar Oil? It is a hair care product from Sudan that consists of a variety of ingredients. According to allafrica.com, Karkar oil is a combination of Sesame oil which is heated and then bee honey wax, animal fat and perfume are added to the mixture. This mixture: is believed to thicken the hair, remove dandruff and stop hair fall. The Sesame oil in Karkar oil has an abundance of fatty acids that are good for your hair. They include the linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. It is also […]

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The harmattan is a very dry & dusty weather. Not only do you experience excessive dryness of your skin, but your hair is also prone to this dryness if care is not taken. Here are a few tips to keep your hair healthy & avoid the harmattan hair breakage. 1. Moisturise as often as you can: During the harmattan, the weather is so dry that a cotton cloth washed & spread to dry in the harmattan can get very dry & crispy in under 30 minutes. So imagine how this dryness of the weather can affect your hair. You will need to moisturise your hair more than you will usually do. You might moisturise day & night using the LOC or LCO method depending on which works for your hair. The LOC method is a way to moisturise your hair by applying a Liquid(eg, a leave-in conditioner), a natural oil and then a cream (eg, shea butter) on your hair. LCO method is the reverse of the aforementioned. 2. Use the right Shampoo: Because the weather is so dry, you don’t want to make it worse by using a shampoo that will excessively dry out your hair. I’d suggest you get a sulphate-free […]

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For quite a number of ladies, box braids are the go-to style when they want a new look or want to give their natural a break. Also, box braids are very versatile. You can style them in so many beautiful ways to achieve a different look each time. Depending on how you style them, box braids hairstyle is perfect to wear to your formal and casual outings. What to do before installing box braids? Check your hair to make sure it is healthy. e.g, you don’t want to get box braids if your hair is experiencing extreme breakage Clean and deep condition your hair at least 3 days before installing them. This strengthens your hair & protects it from excessive damage that might happen because of the manipulation involved in installing the braids Detangle your hair properly by yourself. Many stylists are usually too impatient to do this as they are always in a hurry to finish the box braids in time. Choose a good stylist. Do a background check on the stylist you want to patronize. Many of them are now on Instagram. There you can really see if they can achieve the look you want or not. Box Braids Styles to […]

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Good to have you here! In the past, we have discussed the Basara women with waist length hair as well as the Yao women whose hair strands reach the floor. Today, we are going to meet the native Americans whose long black hair is lust-worthy. Both the men & women have waist length hair. So what then are the secrets of the long black hair of Native Americans? Native Americans are often known as the indigenous people of the USA and Canada. More about them here. In the Navajo tribe, one of the tribes of Native Americans, they would cut the hair of their children on their first birthday, after which it would be left to grow uncut for the rest of their lives. There a lot of studies that reveal some of the secrets to the long hair of these native Americans. They include: 1. Scalp Massages: They have regular hair exercises including scalp massages to stimulate their hair growth. Science has also proven that scalp massages actually work for hair growth. A study in this report revealed that participants in the experiment with just four minutes of scalp massage a day showed increased activity of hair genes known to promote hair growth.  In […]

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You have finally decided to go natural & instead of transitioning, you preferred to do the big chop. Your short hair stares at you & you are just confused with where to begin. Don’t fret, we’ve got you today. Tweeny Weeny as short hair is popularly called is also very versatile & you would be amazed at the exciting hairstyles you can pull off with it. See our favorites short natural hairstyles. 1. Curls with side shave: Add some swag to your look with the side shave that can be on one side or both sides. 2. Finger Coils: This style works well with short natural hair. It gives a stylish & glam look to your entire outfit. 3. Curls with Color: You can either do twist outs or use perm rods to achieve your curls. Also, you can add a bit of color to it for a different look. 4. Close Shave with Parting: Give the usual low-cut a twist by adding a side parting to it like this one. 5.Blonde Side Shave: Aside from the beautiful blonde color of this style, the various parting lines add to its elegance. 6. Natural Afro Cut: This style showcases your natural curls […]

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A lot of naturalistas are always on the lookout for the next product that will make their hair care routine even easier. So when the benefits of rice water went viral, a lot of people flocked to it because we all heard it gives shiny hair & also strengthens the hair. Another thing that helped in spreading the virality of its use for the hair were photos of the Yao women whose hair length reached the floor. Amazing right? It is important to know that these Yao women have been using it for centuries. So then, let’s see what is in rice water that has earned it a huge following of naturalistas around the world. Rice water for Hair Elasticity: Elasticity refers to how well your hair will stretch & return to its normal state. It is what gives your healthy hair the bounce it has. According to this research which examined the use of rice water (also known as Yu-Su-Ru) in the Heian Japanese era found that: Yu‐Su‐Ru exhibited hair care effects, such as reducing surface friction and increasing hair elasticity. For Repairing Damaged Hair: Furthermore, research conducted by Spring 8 discovered that Inositol, one of the major components found in […]

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You might be thinking, but I thought protective styles are actually meant to protect, how then can they cause hair loss? No need to worry. It is important to know that protective styles are good but how you install & take care of them will decide whether they protect your hair or rip out your edges. Let’s find out how protective styles can damage your edges. 1. Braids: This includes the box braids & Senegalese twists styles done with extensions. If these are done too tightly especially around your edges, it will cause a strain on those edges. Most of us are familiar with the small bumpy rashes that appear on our edges when the braids are too tight. More often than not, the strands of hair there end up falling out. -Do these instead: If you are not making your braids yourself, speak to your hair stylist to be firm but not pinch the hair too tightly. When you feel some pain on any single braid, please take it out & have it redone. Don’t leave your braids in for more than 4 weeks without cleaning & deep conditioning it. 2. Wigs: I love wigs! I can change my look with the […]

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You and I might prefer to use hair extensions & wigs when we want to do protective styles like braids, twists & more. But in some parts of Africa, where their traditions have been barely undiluted when it comes to beauty routines, they have unique ways of styling hair, making it beautiful & also protected from the environment. Let’s find out together how the Mumuhuila women of Angola are able to protective style their hair. Who are they? These beautiful women are a semi-nomadic ethnic group living in the Haumpata Plateau and Huila Planato of south East Angola. They speak a dialect of Nyaneka Bantu language. How do they protect their hair According to Trip Down Memory Lane, Mumuhuila women often coat their hair with a red paste called, oncula, which is made of crushed red stone. They also put a mix of oil, crushed tree bark, dried cow dung and herbs on their hair. Besides they decorate their hair with beads, cauri shells (real or plastic ones) and even dried food. The chunky brown plaits are called nontombi. These number of nontombi a person has on has a meaning attached to it. They usually have between four to six done, […]

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