Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Things They Did Not Tell You about Going Natural

Alrighty!

I’m natural (as the title has given away). In my personal opinion, all being natural means is that I’ve have ceased to used relaxers, allowing my hair to grow out in its natural texture

Okay, when I went natural, there wasn’t really much info on what to do. I made it up as I went along. Now however, YouTube and Google are you best friends for whatever information your heart desires.

Being natural for a few years has taught me a thing or two which I’ve decided to share with you all below;

1.You get out what you put in – while I wont argue that genetics determine the type of hair of you may have in terms of curl texture etc, I refuse to accept that genetics means you can’t have long hair, if that’s what you want. There are loads of external factors that impact of your hair and its growth, e.g. how much your hair grows a month, how often you wash your hair and so on.

2. Your hair may not look exactly like the Vlogger you follow on YouTube – Youtube is an amazing tool for learning about natural hair and all things related, but Youtube is someone’s opinion (in my opinion), it’s NOT always fact. The information on YouTube ,especially related to hair growth is not always backed by science, but tends to be taken as gospel. I think its important to do your own research and support you doing things with grounded evidence, not just what someone on you tube said. Thats like jumping off a bridge because someone said to.

3.Afro hair is NOT a different breed of hair. Hair is hair, full stop. Everyones hair shrinks when they wash it. Everyone’s hair gets dirty. Everyone’s hair can do with being conditioned regularly. While I love my natural hair I don’t think it means I’m suddenly in a superior elitist group.

4. People who relax their hair are NOT evil, they have a free choice. Some people will all but crucify you if you aren’t on the bandwagon. It’s not all that serious. The hair that grows from your head is not alive once it grows out of your scalp. That means you can theoretically do whatever you want to it.

5. If you cut your hair or trim it,You won’t die. Sometimes a trim can be good for you, though is doesn’t make you hair grow faster. Not much else to say really

6. Blowdrying your hair will not cause it to all fall out. Let’s be reasonable here. If you are blowdrying your hair on the highest settings everyday, expect a problem but otherwise a little heat every now and again should be ok.

I hope you’ve managed to see the humour in some of the stuff I’ve put on my list. Are there some you’ve noticed? Comment them below!

Until next time ,

Memoirs.Of.A.Yoruba.Girl
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What the UK Football Premiership Teaches Us About Life

Well , it’s the time of year where the race for premiership cup glory reaches a head.

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As a semi football novice (which means I get the game and how it works but I’m not a die hard fan), over the past two/three football seasons, I have learnt some rather interesting life lessons from the beautiful game which I shall share below.

1.People only want you when you have something to offer – two seasons ago, I’m sure many an arsenal fan (and other clubs too) were quick to call for a replacement for the long serving Mr.Arsene Wenger. Fast forward two seasons later, I’m sure the same few are now worshipping the ground he walks on.

2. A real friend sticks closer than a brother – arsenal fans suffered a lot of torment at the hands of other club supporters. They choose to rough it out and stick by their team, through the thick and thin. That’s what a real friend does.

3.You can never predict tomorrow – this time last year Man.U were basking in glory, thinking they were undefeatable. However , it seems the mighty may have taken a tumble as they have lost to clubs they wouldn’t have glanced at previously (from a football semi novice, that means something). Take a chance, tomorrow may just be your day.

4. The people that don’t like you are happy to bring up your mistakes if you are doing well – again arsenal fans may know a little about this though I think Man.U are on the receiving end this year.

5.You know your real friends by the people that stick around when things get rough – I believe this is applicable to all die hard football fans who wouldn’t dream of switching sides, no matter how terrible things get. Real friends will be around when life gets ugly (well they should be)

These are simply observations from a semi football novice and I think I’m pretty close to the truth.

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Do you agree?

Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
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Why I Stopped Buying Face Cream

I stopped buying face cream in the summer/autumn of 2013. Yes, I said it. Boots, Tesco and other supermarkets no longer get money from me in return for face cream. But why, I hear you ask. I have a weird thing about being holistic if I can be. I decided I had enough of slavering unknown chemicals and other things I could not pronounce on my face once or twice a day.

Quick science lesson, the skin is the LARGEST organ in (or on) your body. Anything you put on your skin potentially ends up in your BLOODSTREAM. This is also one of the reasons I gave up relaxing my hair, though that is another can of worms entirely for another day.

So I have a tried and tested recipe which I make at home, by myself (holistic life out here) which has replaced my previous store bought cream. (Note: when I say tried and tested, I mean tried and tested by myself, I’ve made more than 5 times now, which I would say is a fair amount of times to try it out).

Anyway, in case you were wondering, I will share the guarded secret of my facial cream. Being the African I am, I don’t weigh anything as I can judge the quantities by eye. But I’ll give a rough estimate of how much I use for your benefit.

What you will need

1. Shea butter – 3 teaspoons, (be generous) – from the shores of Nigeria, though you can pick this up in any decent black hair shop in London and the UK 

2. Aloe Vera gel – 1 and a half teaspoon – Holland and Barratts

3. Vitamin E oil – 4/5 drops – Holland and Barratts again

4. Glycerin – 1 teaspoon – any black hair and beauty shop

5. Sweet Almond oil -3/4 teaspoon – Asda

6. Extra Virgin Olive oil – 1/2 a teaspoon – Asda

7. Water – a few drops, the amount of water you add dictates the consistency of your cream. I would say roughly 2 teaspoons. You can add more, just don’t overdo it on the water otherwise it may end up a bit weird.

8. Container – to keep it in (in case you forgot) – I used an old face cream container

9. Lollipop stick or hands – to mix it all together (obvious hands or lollipop stick should be clean)

This is what mine looks like

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So this is my day cream and night cream. My facial routine consists of

Washing my face with Ose dudu osun black soap (which I have lovingly raved about here https://memoirsofayorubagirl.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/product-review-dudu-osun-black-soap/  in case you were wondering). I sometimes use Olive oil soap instead of the black soap as well, which I picked up in Holland and Barratts. I don’t use it all the time and sometimes I can use both the Olive oil and the black soap together.

After I have washed my face and patted it dry, I apply my homemade face cream. And that is it.

If you try it, tell me what you think of it and hopefully I will be back with some more natural recipes (something for those dark circles under the eyes?)

Disclaimer: If you have a nut allergy, please feel free to tweak the recipe. I am not a chemist or a scientist (at least not a formally qualified one anyway, ;-))

2017 UPDATE – I do now use a store bought cream but an all natural one by Weleda

Until Next Time

MemoirsOfAYoruba Girl

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