A Familiar Itch

So I'm getting that itch again. I feel like now would be a good time to straighten my hair. Only, after the epic fail of my last attempt at doing it by myself, I'm not sure I want to try it again😄. Check here for more on that. I do not know of any place I could do it here in Akure, so I'm stuck with me😥. You know, I get tired of doing my hair by myself, alllll the time. But what else can I do. My hair never fared well in the hands of others.

Right now, I do not even have the right tools to embark on the task. However the guys over at Review.com put together a great resource on getting the right tools. It's really informative guys. You should check it out if you plan to own a Hair dryer.

So, how do I scratch this itch? I will let you know in the next post😊.

2017 Hairstyles

Hey guys, I have come again o. I told y'all I'd be regular in 2018. So this post is basically a photobook of some sort, comprising the styles I made in 2017. Enjoy.

Happy New Year

Hey guys, how are you doing? Before I continue, HAPPY NEW YEAR!😁. How has the new year been?

    Great huh? I know😊. This will certainly be an amazing year for us all lagbara Jesu, Amin🙏😀.

The year is already starting off on a great note for me. "Behold, I will do a new thing" He says. And won't He do it? He will.....and even more. He is already doing it for me. He will do it for you😊.

So, last year was the year that I started a new business. Yup! I started a business called Mane Hairven. We make and sell hair products. Y'all know I'm passionate about hair😀. We also make skincare products too but our name is Mane Hairven😄. We make lotions, body butters, hand-made soaps, black soap etc. For hair products, we make Leave-in, Shampoo, Hair Butter, Hair Growth Stimulating Oil etc. We also sell some carrier oils and essential oils. We really got you covered when it comes to haircare and skincare😉😀. Check out some of our products in this post.

Clearing The Cobwebs

Eissh, you guys have no idea how much I have missed you 😊😳😱. I can't believe I stayed away for so long. Guys, I'm so sorry. I don't know what happened. I mean, I was busy but I still should have made out time to blog. How could I just abandon blogging, my very first love 😳.

Oh, well....what's happened has happened. We just have to move on. And do better, be better. Especially, since a new year is just around the corner. So, here's to active blogging in the new year😊.

I really did miss you guys. Y'all forgive me right? Well, thank you!😘😍

I promise to be back soon. See you!

My Experience With Pre-eclampsia


Hello guys. Today I'll be doing something long overdue ; share my experience with pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a condition that some pregnant women develop. Some of it's symptoms are high blood pressure, blurred vision, headaches, fluid retention, etc. It mostly occurs in pregnant women but what a lot of people do not know is that it could develop even after the baby is born.

After I had my baby, I noticed my feet were really swollen. In fact, it was not just my feet. Even my face, legs and hands too. However, my feet were swollen to the point of feeling very heavy. So much so that lifting them took some real effort. When the swelling did not seem to be going down, I went to the hospital where I had by baby. After I told the nurse my complaints, she took my blood pressure. If I remember correctly it was 135/100. She then asked me to wait for the doctor along with some other people who were there before me. I waited and waited but the doctor did not show up. I had gone with my mom, husband and baby. We decided to go to another state-owned hospital. We went to see a doctor who had been very helpful in the early stages of my pregnancy before going to see our doctor. She suggested I did a urinalysis which I didn't do because I did want to stay too long in the hospital. I'd done tests before in the hospital and the results took forever to be ready. Besides, our doctor checked me and prescribed drugs that were supposed to bring down the swelling. Thus, we went back home. When we got home, my mom called our family doctor who also gave some prescriptions. I was still taking the medication about a week later when I started to have this incapacitating headache. Took paracetamol, then panadol extra but it persisted. That's when I knew it was time to go back to the hospital.

 At the hospital, they checked my blood pressure and it was 150/something( I'm not good with remembering figures) .The nurses said it's because I wasn't getting enough sleep. They asked if I usually got up to feed my baby everytime and I said yes. They said I should nurse her lying down instead before I kill myself. By the time I went in to see the doctor I couldn't hold back tears. My head was still pounding. It felt like my head was a gong and someone was hitting it. She prescribed medication that I took immediately and asked me to go do an X-ray, and other tests. X-ray results came in and the doctor diagnosed me with hypertension. Hypertension kwa! I can't even begin to explain all the things that rushed through my mind. One doctor asked me if was sure I was not hypertensive before my pregnancy. She said from the X-ray, my heart looked like it belonged to someone who has been hypertensive for a long time. I was sent over to cardiology.

I got to see a consultant who prescribed other tests. Nobody was mentioning pre-eclampsia. I was placed on B.P medication. I would go for routine checks and be the only young person there. They usually assumed I came with a family member. I kept telling myself "I don't belong here". One time I went off my meds. I was just so tired of swallowing pills and threw away. Maybe that was not a smart move. I literally thought I was going to die. My husband went searching for the meds in the trash late that night to get them. Thank God he found them. See, this story is long and..... to be continued.

Who Send Me Message?

I visited a salon recently and I was reminded all over again why I hardly ever go to salons. Kai! My hair suffered. I don't even know if it will recover. In fact, I'm contemplating a cut.....or a trim. Just anything to try to salvage my hair. I think I might have lost one-third of my length and volume over all that combing. Who send me message? I kept asking myself if it was worth it? Should I get up and go? Na wetin I do myself so?

You see, I tried avoid the above scenario. I properly detangled my hair. With a comb sef. And I rarely use a comb.... for obvious reasons. I went on to put my hair in an African threading style, just to stretch it. My hair was stretched. Detangled. But Madam Salon-Owner still insisted on combing. I told her to use her fingers. She said it won't be neat. It won't be neat?! If I didnt make hair myself I'd probably believe that crap. I even make my own hair and it is always neat.  Just cos I wanted a particular style I felt I couldn't do myself, you will now come and go and finish the hair I've spent 5 years (5 years!) growing because "it will not be neat".

I bet y'all will be thinking it's one hot style now. Mba o. It isn't. Ordinary adimole (corn rows) na im wan finish my hair. I'm done guys. That's it. That's the last time I ever go to get my hair done in a none-natural-friendly salon.

I have been talking about what my hair suffered. How about what I suffered? The trauma I went through seeing my hair breaking off like that. All the talk I listened to. How I should relax the hair. Ha, Fegin hair! Ko ti fo'se si? How the hair is too plenty. How they would have charged me more had they seen my hair first. How they would not have agreed to do it sef! They almost convinced me I was crazy to be keeping natural hair. The words were just creeping into my mind small small. I started to contemplate relaxing. I began thinking, "maybe they are right. I should relax it". How not every hair stylist can do my hair. They sure were right about this one. They proved it even. Kai! All the negativity and discouragement. Trust me guys. You don't need them in your life. I certainly don't. That's why I'm not going back there. If you're natural and you make your hair in the average Nigerian salon, how do you do it?

My people, thank you for listening to my rant. This has really been therapeutic. I may recover from the trauma after all. Thank you for always being here. Thank you.

But...... who send me message?

I couldn't even force a smile

DIY - Drawstring Ponytail

Hey guys, how you doing? So I recently made a drawstring ponytail. I've since gotten questions on how I made it. What weave I used? So here I am answering those questions.

I had a pack of Miss Rose faux locs weave lying around and didn't know what to do with it. I then decided to make a drawstring ponytail with it. So off to YouTube I went. Well, the video I found was old and only slightly helpful. But I went on with my plan anyway.

Here's how I made it. Using that 100 crochet cap as my wig cap, I sewed the weave on it, passed a string round the perimeter of the wig cap and Viola! However, there was one small or big problem. Since I used just one pack, it was pretty scanty and the holes in the cap were visible. I thought to my self, " chai, what have I done? So I've wasted my time and wig cap just like that ". I tried to convince myself I could still wear it. I'm not sure I succeeded sha. I just kept it in a corner.

Months later I stumbled on it and decided to take another look at it while lamenting my "failed" DIY attempt. And out of the blues, a thought popped into my to head. "unravel it", the thought said. " No way! You'd just ruin everything ", my head replied as my fingers decided to do their own bidding and start unravelling. By the time I unravelled a few locs, I couldn't believe my eyes. What! It worked! I proceeded to unravel the rest happily. The more I unravelled, the bigger the hair got. It was no longer scanty. And the curls? They were just beautiful. I mean I've had people asking me what weave I used, even in the market. I got the weave for 500 naira last year, guys!

So that's how I unintentionally ended up with this beautiful drawstring frotail😊.

I'll see you guys on the next post. Bye for now.
PS: I worked with what I had but there are better alternatives. Yours might turn out better if you got them.

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