Citizens plight : Episode 1

I stood under the scorching

heat of the sun. It was early March and

everywhere in the country was usually hot

by this time of the year, but Gwagwalada

seemed to have taken the biggest share of

the heat. My friends often joked that

Gwags was N50 Okada to hellfire. I often

wondered how true it was, sometimes the

heat was so much that you wondered

which of the gods you offended. I

remember my first time coming from the

village. How elated I was when my Aunt

told me that I could come and live with her

in Abuja. I dreamed for days imagining the

beautiful scenery of the prestigious city

though I didn’t know much, but I pieced

the little I had seen from Nollywood. Abuja

would be as beautiful as Lagos, perhaps

better with tall buildings and numerous

cars on the street, always in a hurry. Little

did she know that their sojourn wouldn’t

excede the intro of the city.

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Length check: 8 months post BC!

Hi guys!
Long time no post eh?

Compliments of the season and I hope you’re having a beautiful Easter?

 

 

 

My hair’s 8 months already whoop whoop! Only 4 months left in our first year. This is my first length check, I was going tô wait till a year before doing a length check,but then again, why not now so here goes:

 

Front length roughly 3.5″

 

Side/middle: same

 

Back length 3.7″

For the first time in forever my hair’s is longer at the back . I don’t have a problem with it, but I wonder why hmmm?

 

 

 

My regimen has been simple as promised:
I wash and condition weekly except when in a protective style. Deep condition at least once a month and a protein treatment once in 3 months. After every wash I do the LOC method and spritz with water then seal with oil every other day. My staple oils are olive oil, peanut oil, palm kernel oil and sesame seed oil which I use separately. I intend to add coconut and castor oil to the team cos your girl needs some thickness in her hair.

I have trimmed once, at 6 months and will do another in July unless my hair demands otherwise. Oh I sleep with a satin bonnet almost every night LOL, but it really help and I’m sticking with this regimen as long as my hair keeps responding. This is what we look like in mini twists,my current hairstyle.

 

 

 

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A Day Away!

Dedicated:

-To Ezeigwe Chioma Juliet, CEO Da Jules World.

If zeal and passion were communicable diseases, hers would infect the whole world!

-To every woman who has been abused physically, emotionally and psychologically, you’re not alone. Stay strong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m standing on the balcony of our apartment watching my younger brother Dozie play with his friends from school. Our house, a 1970 green and yellow colonial was a two bedroom flat on the second floor of a three storey building owned by a Yoruba man known to everyone as PA Egede for he was a driving force for peace in our community. Mama said that was why she chose the house. The rusted brown of the roof and the worn out exteriors reminded me of UBE schools in Port Harcourt and sadly of Papa. Dozie was the only excited fellow when we moved. He always wanted to live in ‘upstairs ‘ and his exuberance on the day we moved in was quite exhilarating that it made Mama laugh so hard I thought she would cry.

Mama seldom laughed now, she didn’t seem to have the time, perhaps she doesn’t want to. Being an early riser, Balogun market welcomed her with open arms where she sold foodstuff, women’s clothing and accessories . Iyabeji, our neighbor downstairs sometimes joked and called Mama a jack of all trades,to this Mama always smiled and replied “you only live once “. Maybe Mama would come in any moment now and Iyabeji , in between measuring garri and calling the twins to order would joke with Mama again and ask her a thing or two about the day’s sale just so that I would see her smile in that manner she was with outsiders, her crease perfectly disguised.

I was drawn back by an incessant tugging at the hem of my dress. China, our youngest and my son was awake, barely a year and clueless about our reality. He was a product of Papa’s untamed libido. The toddler opened his arms to me and I couldn’t fight the tear that slipped. Mama wouldn’t come home till dark not for the love of her trade,but because she couldn’t bear to look upon her grandson fathered by her husband, ex husband.

” I’m sorry Nne” she said that night. It was the last time she cried. Bays of ice born,maybe time will heal.

The end.

 

 

It’s my birthday!

        Merry Christmas !  How’s the year ending for you? Beautiful I hope! 

 

 

Today is my birthday and I am excited to see this day.  2017 wasn’t easy all through, but it was a tremendous one for me because I have learnt alot, grown and I’m better than I  was yesterday, standing strong.

 

 

I initially wanted to do a #20thingsI’mgratefulfor post,but when I put it all together I realise that there is only one thing I’m  truly grateful for and that’s my #life. Because I have this life I can dream, I can hope,I can become better, I can grow, I can be successful,I can be happy and above all I can love.

 

I know that the journey might not always be smooth,but where there’s life there’s hope and where there is a will, there’s always a way.

 

 

That being said, coming up right after this is a story I ought to have posted a while ago,but didn’t due to unforeseen circumstances.  It’s my gift to you. I hope you like it

PS : It’s a very short one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you!

😅😅

4 Ways to keep your skin moisturized during the harmattan season

A typical Nigerian would understand how hard it is to cope during the dry season because of  the dreaded harmattan,for with harmattan comes cold and dryness and brittle skin and chapped lips. Growing up, I hated harmattan,I do have dry skin and the season only made it worse. My skin cracked, it was painful and I don’t like cold weather so harmattan is still a no for me.

 

If you can relate to this or have dry skin, these tips should be helpful:

Just cute!

  1. Up your water game

There is no better way to hydrate your skin than from the inside. Water flushes out toxin,boosts the immune system and improves skin complexion, so why not drink more? Whatever quantity of water you drink  per day, add a litre to it. You would see rapid changes and feel more energized.

 

  1. Some more oil

Oils are really good moisturizers and  they contain healing properties as well. They provide a good balance for your Ph level and constant use would blend out harsh lines and reduce wrinkles. This is a really good one for me as it nourishes my skin, olive and sesame seed oils are my favorite,but you can use whichever suites you. I’ve been doing this regularly with step 1 and I don’t need to do 3 anymore.

 

  1. Try the LOC  method

LOC stands for Liquid-Oil-Cream in that order.  The LOC method is widely known in the natural hair community and is effective in combating dryness and retaining moisture.  My hair thrives on this although my hair recently has been favouring OLC(oil-liquid-cream) and LOL(liquid-oil-liquid) method.  I’m yet to understand it, but that’s story for another day Lol.  LOC is a simple process, leave your skin damp with water after bathing,massage skin with oil of choice then seal with a cream or butter( shea butter) or a lubricant as well(eg petroleum jelly). This would leave your skin moisturized all day long.

  1. Use a mild soap

Number 1 to 3 would be in vain if your bathing soap contain harsh chemicals.  They strip your body of nutrients and leave your skin dry and could cause long term damage. Ingredients like parabens, sulfates, fragrance, triclosan etc should be avoided.  Embrace natural based ingresients,they would soothe, refresh and leave your skin moisturized and nourished.

 

Thanks for reading and I  hope this was helpful, till next time.

🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

 

Krystal!

 

 

 

Dandruff Saga: salt as an exfoliant !

I’ve  had dandruff for as long as I can remember and it has been a constant struggle for me with the flakiness and itchy scalp.  Dandruff  is the shedding of  dry skin cells from the scalp. There are two types, wet(caused from oily scalp)  and dry dandruff (from dry scalp).  I have dry dandruff and I used to treat it with medicated creams  basically grease which  temporarily soothed my scalp, but in the long run caused damage to my hair because it was clogging the pores and drying out my strands.

 

 

 

After my cut I decided to sort out natural and healthier ways to treat the dreaded condition and I came across salt. Since I was gradually going crazy with the itching, this caught my attention.  It is said to help loosen flakes,cleanse the scalp thereby getting rid of built up dead skin cells. My my, isn’t this what I need? Plus it’s super affordable and other benefits inlude:

 

  • Hydrating skin cells
  • Excess sebum removal

-Relieves hair disorder

  • and is a natural antibiotic.  Yup I was definitely going to try this.

 

 

How I use?

 

 

                  There’s  more than one method of application,but I prefer this since its actual exfoliation.  First I prepoo with olive and coconut oil for 30 minutes,spray hair damp with water(to ease the scalp massage) then I generously apply salt on my scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Salt is already coarse so there’s  no need to apply too much force when rubbing, it should give a soothing effect if done right. Afterwards I shampoo thoroughly and condition. 

 

Results!

The first try relieved my scalp immensely and I’m grateful for that.  I repeated this procedure once a week for 3 weeks and once in 2 weeks after.  My hair has improved considerably  with minimal itching though still has a little debris, but I expect that would go completely with time.

I now do this once a month as my hair doesn’t itch anymore and I’m careful not to oil my scalp too much.

 

Braids by Moi !

There’s a strict warning not to use salt if there’s a wound or skin damage and not to apply on dry hair cos it might injure the scalp and provoke more breakage.  Trust me you don’t want to do any of those.

 

That’s it, I’ll catch y’all next time!

😘🙌

Krystal