I’D RATHER BE LUCKY THAN BE GOOD

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Yesterday, I watched the Woody Allen Movie ‘Match Point’ for the Seventh time which is certainly a time too many. I noticed that there was a vital part of the movie (which I had viewed six previous times)  featuring  the handsome actor Johnathan Rhys Meyers (Lead) and Scarlett Johansson ( a favorite of mine), was missed because I was too wrapped up in the story-line, acting prowess and on-screen drama.

The movie began in the narrative voice of the lead character who said:

“The Man who said I’ll rather be lucky than good, saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how a great part of life is dependent on luck. It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward and you win, or maybe it doesn’t, and you lose.”

This statement got me pondering for a while and raised some interesting questions about the role luck has to play in the sequence of our lives, if truly anything such as luck existed. Was the Universe designed or are we here by mere chance and a series of blind intertwined events?  What causes good luck and bad luck? Why are some people luckier than others? Is it possible that one can tip the scale in their favor by always having good luck and totally avoiding bad luck? And the questions go on……

I woke up this morning with all these confusing thoughts running through my mind and  still don’t have my answers, but one thing is for sure, if anything like luck did exist, then I will certainly rather to be lucky in life than be good.

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HOW I GREW WAIST LENGTH RELAXED HAIR IN 4 YEARS

Many of you may-not be  conversant with the term “Relaxer”. A relaxer is a  process that involves the application of a chemical cream substance to curly, coily and kinky hair to give it a straighter appearance. Relaxing is a common practice among Black people but is also practiced by people from other ethnicities.

A number a health experts and hair care professionals have advised that relaxers be used discreetly as there can be many negative effects from relaxers. These negative effects include scalp burns,breakage Alopecia and stunted growth to name a few. However, it is possible to maintain healthy relaxed hair if you know how to care for it as you will gather from the interview we had with this wonderful woman called Lade and her impressive waist-length relaxed hair.

Please read more about Lade’s  relaxed hair journey below:

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Please introduce yourself :

Hello, My name is Lade and I am proudly Nigerian.  I lived in the UK for over 10 years and moved back to Lagos, Nigeria in September 2012.

How did you begin your hair transformation:


I began my hair transformation about 4 years ago.  I stumbled on a few black hair care videos on Youtube and decided to give it ago.  I spent three months researching and learning how to care for black hair before officially starting my hair journey in October 2009.
Over my four-year hair journey I have successfully transformed my hair from a damaged shoulder length to a healthy waist length.

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What made you realize that you wanted longer hair and you could grow it out?
When I started my hair journey it honestly wasn’t about long hair.  I started my hair journey in fear of permanent hair loss because my hair was breaking severely and I did not know why.  I didn’t know what I was doing right or wrong.

I watched women on Youtube who transformed their hair from extremely damaged to healthy so that was the main goal of my hair journey.  I learned that healthy black hair could grow to lengths I previously thought was impossible.

When my hair stopped breaking I definitely caught the length bug and aimed to grow my hair to Armpit Length.

People’s reactions to your current length:
It varies, some refuse to believe it’s my hair, some stick their fingers in my hair looking for extension tracks (this isn’t nice because it feels really invasive when it’s a complete stranger), some just assume I have got a weave and some decide to start their own hair journey which makes me really happy.

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Your Hair Routine
I relax my hair every 20 weeks.  After relaxing my hair, I wear it out for about 8 to 10 weeks.  During those weeks I follow the hair regimen below.

  • Shampoo once a week
  • Deep condition with heat for 30 minutes once a week
  • Use leave in conditioners once a week after deep conditioning
  • Air dry after every wash
  • Moisturize and seal daily
  • Wear protective styles 90% of the time
  • Sleep with hair covered with a satin scarf every night
  • Comb on my wash days only which is once a week.  Rather than combing daily, I use my fingers to detangle and remove knots 3/4 times a week

 

From weeks 11 to 20 I wear wigs and follow the regimen below.

  • Hair kept in 20 Calabar (Pigtail) braids under wigs.
  • Shampoo every 3 weeks
  • Deep condition with heat for 30 minutes  after washing (moisture and protein conditioners used)
  • Use leave in conditioners after deep conditioning (moisture and protein leave-ins used)
  • Air dry after every wash
  • Put my hair back in 20 Calabar (Pigtail) braids and carry on wearing wigs.

Any product recommendations?

In recent years, so many great products for black hair have been created.  There are too many to list however I am happy to share the products I use on my hair.
Shampoos
Elasta QP Crème Conditioning shampoo
Organic Root Stimulator Uplifting shampoo (used to clarify every 5/6 weeks)

Deep Conditioners
Moisture:- Motions Moisture Plus Conditioner
Protein :-Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise or Aphogee Keratin 2  Minute Reconstructor.

Leave-in Conditioning
Protein:-Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer
Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning cream
Moisture:- Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator moisturiser

Daily Moisturizers
Mixture of Cantu Shea Butter Conditioning cream and Lusters S-curl

Oils/Sealants
Nutiva extra virgin coconut oil (sealant)
Extra virgin olive oil (sealant)
Jamaican black castor oil (scalp oil)

Peppermint oil ( few drops added to castor oil)
Rosemary oil  ( few drops added to castor oil)

Extras
Mane n Tail detangler

Advice to women who want to grow their relaxed hair long

The first advice I would give to women with relaxed hair is that they should be aware that their hair is weaker than healthy natural hair.   However it is still possible for relaxed hair to thrive with proper hair care practices.
The second advice is to encourage relaxed women to have a healthy hair regimen and to be consistent with their hair regimen.  It may seem a little tasking or much at first but with time taking good care of your hair will become second nature.

Where can we find you?
You can find me on my website REHAIRDUCATION, I have a very detailed guide on my website on how to care for black hair.
PLEASE FILL THE CONTACT FORM BELOW IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE FEATURED:

Hellofood.com.ng brings delicious meals to your doorstep

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Ever wondered how to get the best cuisines from your favorite restaurants in Lagos and Abuja without going through the stress of driving down and waiting in line? Then think HELLOFOOD.COM.NG

Hellofood.com.ng is an online food order and delivery service that offers a range of 40 delicious Nigerian, Asian and Continental cuisines as well as Sandwiches, Pizzas, Burgers, Sharwarma etc from 100 of your favorite restaurants in Nigeria.

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Here’s how to order from HELLOFOOD.COM.NG in 4 Simple Steps:

1. Enter your Location by selecting the City and Area you live.

2. Pick the restaurant as well as the cuisine of your choice.

3. Wait for food to be delivered

4. Pay on delivery.

You can now get the meal of your choice delivered to you in the comfort of your home or office absolutely hassle free, and with a team of well-trained customer service reps that watch your order,  to have your food delivered in time and at the lowest possible cost.

To learn more about  HELLOFOOD.COM.NG please visit their WEBSITE, find on FACEBOOK  and  follow on TWITTER or by simply downloading the ‘Hellofood in Your Pocket’ App now available on the APP STORE for Apple devices and GOOGLE PLAY for Android.

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CHRISTIAN DIOR SS14 READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION

The Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2014 collection is the picture of tailored sophistication and understated elegance which we refer to as ‘Rebellious Minimalism’. The collection plays around restrained sexiness with just the right amount of skin or colors to make you stand out but not look vulgar.

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The fabrics used in this collection include brightly flowery silks, chiffon and soft laces in yellows, blues and oranges and with just a hint of make up, the look is pulled-off beautifully.

The pieces in this collection are ideal for the stylish career woman and conservative but daring socialites, either way, we are totally smitten by the Dior Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

VISIT DIOR.COM FOR MORE

ARTISTIC THEMED CHANEL SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION

The Chanel collection this season, inspired by an antique German paint chart is filled with texture and character with elements of Ivy League Preppiness and rebellious non-nonchalance thrown in the mix.

The collection featured well-worn cashmere knit, tweed and acid-wash denim fabrics with just a hint of lace. Colors adopted in this collection include varying pink shades, navy, as well as muted tones of gray, black and white combos.

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The accessories in this collection also carried the antique artistic theme and were clear in the spray painted rucksacks, perspex bags and artist’s portfolios.

The artistic quality  and uniqueness of this collection which combines retro and modern in a new and exciting way makes it an interesting fashion moment in history and who better to thank than the eccentric fashion King, Karl Lagerfeld.

VISIT CHANEL.COM FOR MORE.

CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING-SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION

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FASHION DESIGNER: CAROLINA HERRERA

Carolina Herrera certainly surprised us with her ‘Kinetic Art Movement and Graphics’ inspired collection this season which featured softer more feminine fabrics that accentuated the beauty of the feminine form combining sheer organza overlays with more natural fabrics such as cotton.

The collection which included themes of veiling and layering also embraced prints, monochrome, pleats and paneling to name a few.

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Although not as fashion forward as her industry partners, Carolina Herrera focused on the wear-ability of her pieces off the runway making her one of the better designers this season in our opinion.

Would you covet any piece in Carolina Herrera’s collection? We sure will!

VISIT CAROLINAHERRERA.COM FOR MORE

22 YEARS OLD FASHION ILLUSTRATOR, HAYDEN WILLIAMS, IS THE NEXT BEST THING

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Aspiring fashion designer and illustrator Hayden Williams is definitely one to watch with beautiful sketches that depicts the ideal woman as an amazon who is bold and fearless.

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Hayden’s passion for illustration manifested at the tender age of three (3) because he was obsessed with animated Disney characters and would often draw them up to suit his standards. All those years of drawing the idealized female form made for a natural progression into fashion illustration and design.

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Hayden’s extraordinary talent was brought to the limelight by Rihanna who put up one of his illustrations as her official profile picture on Instagram. Since then, Hayden has garnered a vast following of over 500,000 fans on Instagram, which include fashion houses such as Net-a-porter, and Vogue and celebrities such as Oprah, Beyonce and Naomi Campbell.

This amazingly talented young man has certainly caught our eye and we believe he is one to watch out for.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE OF HAYDEN WILLIAMS’ WORK