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Not everyday DIY 

Happy new year 

Hope christmas and new years celebrations have been enjoyable and a fun time with family.

I am the biggest DIY advocate ever. In the era of YouTube and Google, what do you need a professional for? I have used YouTube for a number of things most especially related to hair. That includes styling, reviews, tutorials and a host of other things.

That was until I went for a professional hair consultation. I learnt so much in the few hours I was with the hair consultant I saw. Although she told me a number of things I already knew, because I saw her, she could actually look at my hair and assess it in a way I just couldn’t have done alone. 

This I guess may not be applicable to everyone as some people are more hands on than others but we can’t be experts in  everything. It’s impossible to be equally good at everything. The focus, time and practice it will take to be a pro in one particular area cannot be replicated for all other areas. It’s actually impossible 🙄. Why not then go to see someone who has the expertise in the area you are not so strong. Remember the saying “jack of all trades, master of none”. That being said I am still a DIY diehard, but I’m not afraid to ask for help.

Until next time 

Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl 

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I will never comb my hair again 🙌🙌🙌

Hi all

As the title states, it’s been a while since I combed my hair last 😅. Quite a long while. I am not attempting to loc my hair and become an “onirun dada” (also known as Rastafarian).

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I fiercely resisted giving up the comb for a long time. A really long time. I used to think people that didn’t comb their hair were crazy. It was also a bit of laziness on my part because my previous experiences with finger detangling took forever (as if natural hair doesn’t take long enough already).

I kept realising however I was always dealing with split ends. It was extremely frustrating. I played wth the idea of shaving everything off and starting again. Then I realised I didn’t think my face could carry that style and I quickly changed my mind.

I FINALLY realised that my hair craves being handled gently, so I had to bite the bullet and give up combs. Suprisingly it has not been that bad.

It is still early days but I would say I am retaining a bit more length and I’m seeing the dreaded split ends a bit less. Please also note I have become friends with the scissors and have done more trimming/dusting than I had done previously. I don’t think I will leave combs forever, depends on how this “experiment” goes.

If you have 4c hair like me, maybe finger detangling is for you too! ✌

Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
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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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Feels Good To Be Back

Hey everyone

Feels good to be back post exam! University is done, we thank the Lord God

So in light of my new change in status, I’ve decided to bring a few new things to the beloved blog

Firstly, I’ve decided I will start reviewing products, especially hair products (woop woop!). As a natural haired person, the world of hair products can be a little hard, confusing and even downright dangerous (LOL) if you don’t know what you are doing. Product reviews can be really helpful when deciding what products to buy and which to steer clear from. I have resorted to Google many a time myself in search of product reviews, sometimes finding them and other times having little luck. As I said, they will be mostly hair product reviews, but expect reviews about other things too!

I’ve also decide to start some book/program/film reviews, just because I can, 😉
I feel it’s nice to be able to get another persons view on a book they have read or a programme/film they watched.

I am also hoping to start a little series on the history of the beautiful country that is Nigeria. I’m somewhat biased to Nigeria and very patriotic, but sometimes, I’ll admit there can be gaps in my knowledge of Nigerian history. So I hope to educate both myself and you guys through this.

Lastly (for now) I will hopefully be writing a little about body/hair and food products from a health perspective. A lot of our mainstream items contain ingredients that we can’t even pronounce, talk less of deciding on what they are, so I hope to shed some light, for both myself and you guys on this.

And of course, the random posts shall remain, 🙂

This is plan for now; I hope you guys will join me for the journey that will no doubt educate both me and you

Stay Blessed
MemoirsOfAYorubaGirl
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