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Save the Date: Naturals in the City 2 on March 10!

Meet-Up Flyer

 

(Some of you might recognize this from the email I sent out tonight.)

Hi there!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months since our first natural hair meet-up. We’re so happy you were able to make it to that November meet-up. You made it so much fun! We promised to bring you quarterly meet-ups and are therefore happy happy happy to invite you to our next one:

Naturals in the City 2
Saturday, March 10, 2012
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
17, Maduike Street, off Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

I’m so excited!

After the November meet-up, Natural Nigerian and I got a lot of questions about hair care, with most of them leading to one particularly frustrating topic: hair loss. This will therefore be the main theme of this March meet-up. Despite what we were taught as kids, our African hair is delicate; preventing the frustration of breaking hair is must-have knowledge for all black women who want fabulous hair.

– We’ll have such fantastic and well-respected professionals as nutrition consultant Sherese Ijewere, “Hair Whisperer” Aislynn Adewale, esthetician Rita Aiyeniko, and image consultant Ifeoma Williams as speakers for the day, in addition to your blog girls Natural NigerianNatManeO’Naturals, and me, Screwy Haired Girl, either speaking or doing demos (see next highlight). Each presenter will attack the topic from a different angle and we hope that you’ll benefit from this. The day’s activities will be M.C.’d by the lovely and funny Chigo Otefe-Edebi.

– We’ll also have how-to styling demonstrations by some of the aforementioned marvelous naturalistas who know how to work their ‘fro.

– Organic hair & body products and healthy refreshments will be on sale.

– A giveaway pack is waiting for the lucky winner of the raffle draw.

– And all this will happen at a beautifully green venue.

Lots of hair talk, love, and fun will be yours that day, so circle the date on your calendar (or set a reminder on your phone calendar) and invite a friend to Naturals in the City 2! And yes, we’ve repented and will definitely start on time. No more African Time :-)

The meet-up flyer is attached. Feel free to forward it and this post to everyone you know :-)

If you need any other info on the event (or have ideas or suggestions for this or future meet-ups), do email me or Natural Nigerian (screwyhair@gmail.com or naturalnigerian@gmail.com).

Take care now. We hope to see you there!

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2 comments on “Save the Date: Naturals in the City 2 on March 10!

  1. IB
    March 13, 2012

    Had a lot of fun on saturday… need a bit of advice..at the first naturals in the city, you gave some tips on how to take care of children’s hair. I have 3 nieces, and 2 have been blessed with my type of hair, which is the type that breaks combs.

    One of the mothers is threatening to use relaxer on her daughter’s hair as soon as it is legal enough so I need tips to give to her to stop her from this. I understand her fustration and actually feel for the poor child. What do you use that is quick and easy on your girls?

    Cheers

    • screwyhair
      March 13, 2012

      Glad you could make it and even more glad that you had lots of fun!

      First of all, their moms should know that taking care of natural hair is quite different from taking care of permed hair. You can’t just yank a comb through it, especially when it’s really coily (like mine). I don’t have daughters, but YouTuber AfricanExport (http://www.youtube.com/africanexport) has one. A few tips, some from one of her videos:

      Do her hair at home: Nigerian salons tend to rip out your hair. If you want your daughter’s hair to thrive, do it yourself.
      Soak with oil and detangle prior to washing: I started doing this a few months ago and it helps my hair shrink less and, therefore, tangle less during a wash. I work in tons of olive oil into small hair sections and then gently comb each with a wide-toothed comb. Twist up each section as you finish.
      Try co-washing: Afterwards, rinse with apple cider vinegar to get it really clean, close the cuticle, and nourish the hair shaft. Make sure her eyes are tightly shut or they’ll sting. Don’t worry about the smell; it’s all gone once her hair’s dry. Use soft water, i.e., pure water, dispense water, or bottled water.
      Don’t forget to deep condition: I wash my hair every couple of weeks (…or something), so I deep condition each time I do. Find the right natural or store-bought conditioner and feed your hair.
      Always work in sections: Don’t comb all of her hair at the same time or wash all of it at the same time if she’s got some length. Divide her hair into sections like she’s getting a perm if she has long hair, or smaller if she’s got a budding TWA. It saves conditioner, hair butter/oil, and mom from frustration.
      Toss out the fine-toothed comb: Or use it instead of a brush for her edges. Our hair (and scalp) don’t like it anywhere else.
      Be gentle and manipulate her hair only when it’s wet (or soaked in oil): Instead of putting in tiny plaits, tight cornrows, or braids in her hair, try keeping her hair in medium-sized plaits (calabar) while it’s still wet, right after washing. (My best friend in primary school and her younger sister always had their hair this way and it was the longest in our class. Their mother never did anything else with their hair.) Make sure to first work some leave-in, hair butter and/or oils into each section properly–imagine you’re working relaxer into a section of hair–then comb the section and plait it. Please please please keep the little ones away from weaves! The amount of traction alopecia I see in girls under 5 is frightening.
      Don’t snag her hair: Don’t use hair clips, pins, bands, or decorative hairpieces that aren’t smooth. (Forget those teeth in the plastic clips we had on as kids.)

      You can find more tips at African Export’s vlog. Watch her wash her daughter’s hair at http://youtu.be/3rNm8a0bREw–a great resource for moms. Don’t dismiss her methods just because her daughter’s hair is curly and not coily. I learned a lot from her. (The only thing I wouldn’t do is use the Denman brush on coily hair. I don’t wash my hair in twists because it’s not long enough.)

      Hope that helps!

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