Wednesday, 24 August 2016

DIY - Crochet Twist Wig

I've wanted to have a braids wig for some time now and making my own seemed like the best option. Then came the wahala of getting a good wig cap. Y'all know the normal wig cap is too light/weak/soft and can't take the weight of braids or twists. Another cap known as dome cap is usually used. It comes in a pack that says Dome cap. I went searching for this cap in the market here in Akure and couldn't find it.


I was now left with option B. Option B was using that net cap we used back in the day and still use (satin cap or scarf is better for your hair though). Using this cap meant I would first crochet the extension to the cap before braiding or twisting. I went with twisting.

I used two packs of Expression Rich Braids (the big pack). I had a little left though. Guys, I have to tell you it's a lot of work. The cap has a lot of holes and I tried to make sure no hole was visible. I think I succeeded. The thread used in knitting the cap however, was another thing. A few couldn't help peeking through the twists. But it's okay because it's the same colour as my hair underneath and the extension on top it's barely noticeable. The wig is really full too.


I made it fuller in front so I  could part it without holes. To know where to part I tacked a little white thread to the band at the point I wanted the part.


Even though I've been enjoying my wig so far, you'd get better results if you used a dome cap. I hope to get my hands on some of these soon.


There, you have it. Are you going to be trying out this DIY? What do you think about the wig?  Let me know in the comment box :-). See you soon.



Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Age is Really a Number

The other day,  in the process of filling a form in a public office I was asked for my age. I was like "errrm...I was clearly wracking my brain, trying to remember my age. One of the officials said, "you don't know your age?",staring at me in surprise. I quickly gave what I thought was my age and she promptly wrote it down but on a second and deeper thought I realised i

Friday, 29 July 2016

Hair, There, Everywhere!

Have you guys seen the movie, War Room? Well, I've seen it and it's an amazing movie. In case y'all don't know, it's a faith-based movie, produced by Kendrick Brothers of the Fireproof fame. I totally recommend it to every Christian.


However, today I'm not talking about the movie. Well, except to say ; can people stop recommending the movie to everyone who complains about a cheating husband? They are totally missing the point of the movie. That movie is about the power of prayer. Think James 5:16b - ".....the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". So, it irks me when I read about someone complaining that her lover is cheating and another person says "go and watch war room". Seriously? I am really happy about the publicity this movie is getting but I don't know how someone can watch that movie and only thing they'd get from it is that if your significant other is cheating,, prayer will put them in check. I'm not saying prayer won't or can't do that. I'm saying, how about all the other important issues addressed in the movie? Why narrow the movie down to "cheating husband or boyfriend"? Boyfriend! If your boyfriend is cheating, you better take a walk. Yeah, I said it. Instead of watching War room over him, girl you better walk. If you stay you'd just be setting yourself up for heartaches. Plus, how do even have sex with a guy you are not married to and then pray to GOD to stop him from cheating? Really hilarious something. Girl, don't kid yaself.



See how all those people made me derail this post now :-). Anyway, now that I got that outta the way, let me go where I was going. For those whose have seen the movie, did you see Elizabeth's( Priscilla Shirer's character) hair?! Okay, so after seeing the movie(which I need to do again), I could not stop wondering what she had done to get the hair like that. I thought that can't be her hair. How can one person's hair be so full.  It had to be crochet twist outs. Mind you, whatever it was, I loved it already. So, off to google I went searching for any possible way to achieve Priscilla Shirer's hair in War room. Guys, imagine my shock when I find out it not crochet anything but all her hair in twist outs! She is officially my very first hair crush!



Twist outs are her go-to style. She twists her hair with leave-in conditioner and gel to achieve the hairstyle she had in War room. So, in addition to spiritual inspiration, I got some beauty/hair inspiration. Judge me if you want guys, I just love hair laidat! 😛


Source All that hair! 
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Until next time, enjoy some pictures of Priscilla Shirer. And check her out on her website- goingbeyond.com and YouTube. She awesome and her messages will change your life.
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

I Want My Sleep Back





Who needs an alarm clock when you have a baby? Waking up whenever I want went out the window the day I had my baby. I miss sleeping. I really do. Sleeping these days is a luxury. Oh the days of sleeping through the night. Sleeping any time I wanted. Sleeping till my head ached! Ah! I miss sweet, uninterrupted sleep.


You see, more often than not my baby wakes me up in the morning. She would wake up before me and start to play. When she gets tired of playing by herself, she'd pull at me(we still co-sleep). You'd think she'd let me sleep a bit, considering she didn't let me sleep through the night. How do new moms cope? Some nights I can't count how many times I wake up to nurse her. It's no wonder I've lost most of my pregnancy weight. Hubby thinks I should at least be grateful for that. Haha.


I just wish she would start sleeping through the night already. I have not had one night of uninterrupted sleep since she was born. Guys, not getting enough sleep is......... arrrrgh! This thing called motherhood ehn? Ko easy rara. But..... I am grateful to God for the opportunity, the privilege. I am grateful to God for making me a co-custodian of a beautiful little person:-). She's growing really fast though. It will get easier, right? Somebody please tell me it gets easier.


I just want my sleep back.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Hair files - I'm hair again

I'm back again.  Today I'll  be talking hair. Again. I know I've been talking a lot about hair lately.  Make una no vex. Better hair than nothing,  abi? Plus,  I really love hair, and talking about hair.
So I want to confess. A few months ago I grew really tired of my hair. It has not been easy. From suffering setbacks to postpartum shedding to a lack of good stylists and hair products, to not having enough time.... I almost threw my hands up.
I even considered relaxing. Then I remembered the reason i went natural. Straight hair no longer appealed to me. I considered texlaxing. At least I'd have some texture. Then i saw what freshly washed texlaxed hair looked like. Nah ah. Plus,  I'd still do almost everything I do as a Natural? Finger-detangling too? Just add a texlax that I'd have to do myself(cos i can't trust anyone here to do it), every few months. Mbanu.
I contemplated getting a hair cut. I went to google and really liked what saw. Then I visited Ifycynthetic and saw that she just got a haircut. I was so sure it was a sign. Went to Hubby for encouragement and moral support and got the opposite. Showed him pictures of really cool shaved sides cut on natural hair but dude was not having it. He called it "Onome Aganga hairstyle". I wonder who Onome Aganga is. By the way, fast-forward a few weeks, my sister-in-law was rocking Onome Aganga as I  saw from her facebook profile pic. I laughed so hard at Hubby. I love my SIL, she's  so cool.
Anyways,  I've  put any permanent or semi-permanent alterations to my hair on the shelf. I've  decided to go with little or no manipulation. Found me a go to style.
Jumbo twists.  Why isn't there a enough rave about those things? They're a life saver. So picture this,  I put my hair in jumbo twists,  rock them for a few days. Unravel to reveal bomb twist outs. Rock for a few days. Throw 'em in a bun or two for as long as I want. Guys, I think I found me a keeper.
No more worrying my head over long-term protective styles. They've been doing more harm than good,  anyway.
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My twist outs,  before and after humidity



Till I  come again, stay safe. Loads of 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

My Miracle Baby - Part 1

 A few months after my wedding, I started to have pregnancy symptoms. I had basically all the symptoms, even implantation bleeding. I was so sure I was pregnant. After watching myself for a while, I told my husband I thought I might be pregnant. I remember the look on his face. It was a look of pleasant surprise/disbelief/shock. We had just started trying to conceive that month.
I forgot to say that I had every other symptom except the most popular one. I had not missed my period yet. Well, my research showed a pregnancy test strip could determine pregnancy even before one missed their period. So, off I went to get a PT strip. I read the instructions on how to use it but I didn't quite understand them. I  left it in the urine for more than 30 minutes, giving me inconclusive results. Haha, hope I don't sound like INEC. Despite the inconclusive result, I was still certain I was pregnant. I went to babycenter.com and registered as I very impatiently waited for the date of my period to come and pass.
I just had a few more days to go, about 5, when the unexpected happened. I started to spot. Again? First one, google said was implantation bleeding. Which one is this again? Off I went, again to google. Google had a lot of things to say, but they didn't make sense to me. You see my period usually came like clockwork. I had a very regular cycle. The days in my cycle were the same every time and I KNEW this was not my period. The only explanation that made sense was......chemical pregnancy. Boy, was I heart broken. I cried. If you've ever gone through a miscarriage, you might understand the pain I felt. My heart goes out to anyone reading this who has experienced any kind of loss.
You guys are probably thinking, "she was not even pregnant" or "the embryo was barely formed", so I shouldn't have felt any loss. Trust me guys, it does not work like that and you do not want to be in those shoes. It was not funny. What I did? I went to my Father, God. I think I even asked why? Why Lord? I prayed and cried and then I felt peace. It was alright. It was going to be alright.
My period later showed. Right when it was supposed to. I saw a ray of light through the cloud that was my period; another opportunity to try again. And try we did.
         
To be continued......
 That face though, like I knew something wrong was happening. Found out I was spotting when I got home from making this hair.

Peace after the storm. I could now smile 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hair Files - How to Make Your Own Length-check T-shirt

For the longest time i wanted to have a length-check t-shirt. I hadn't gotten round to getting one when Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow started taking entries for her 'six inches in one year challenge', which I wanted to be a part of. One of her criteria was that you had to send a 'before' picture with a length-check T-shirt. Deadline for submission was close, did not know how I was going to get one where I live. So I decided to improvise. You know how they say necessity is the mother of invention....

I dug out one white T-shirt I had used during NYSC. I know, I really need to dispose of some cluster, sigh. Anyways, I got a marker, ruler and a measuring tape and got to work. I first marked the inches as dots at the back of the T-shirt. One dot on the left, another on the right, then I joined them using a ruler(makeshift). Then I numbered it. I continued till I got to the hem of the T-shirt.

I wish I had pictures to show every step but lost the ones I took. Below are pictures of me using the T-shirt in my last length-check.



This is actually the second length check T-shirt I made. First one didn't quite work out. It hugged my body, so I couldn't see the numbers at my lower back. I had to use a bigger one. After all the trouble sef I couldn't gather liver to send my entry :-). At least, I have a length-check T-shirt.

Alright guys, that's it. See you soon.