HABITS TO FORM FOR WHITER TEETH



Hello readers welcome to another blog post, so today we are going to talk all about whiter teeth. Normally it is recommended to see a dentist at least three to four times yearly and part of the things dentist do is help you with teeth whitening.

Things are pretty hard in Nigeria and the fact is that the average Nigerian can't afford to go to a dentist that's a fact. There are certain measures you can take even though you don't have the luxury of visiting a dentist as often as you would like just to make sure your teeth remains healthy.

Today the focus will be on the measures you can take for whiter teeth, I of course am not a dentist but these are just measures I found works for me and others I know.

STAY AWAY FROM DARK DRINKS AND FOOD(PREVENTION): This I was actually doing sub consciously because I just never liked dark drinks ever. What I mean by dark drinks are mostly drinks with dark colors like black tea, coke, coffee, beverages e. t. c, so basically anything that contains caffeine. The dark colors in these drinks tend to cause yellowing your teeth. People who drink a lot of coffee if you notice have really yellowish teeth.

BAKING SODA: Baking soda has really good way to whiten your teeth over time, it is a good abrasive agent and wipes off surface dirt really well, for best results I will recommend mixing it with your toothpaste and use maybe twice a week, or if you are in a country that has access to toothpaste infused with baking soda like the one that arm and hammer makes you could just use that. You tend to see changes over time.


HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: This is a really good way to whiten your teeth, hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, and mixed with equal parts of water is a good way to help whiten your teeth, over time. You could mix your hydrogen peroxide with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and form a paste, leave in your mouth for a few minutes and rinse out. In Nigeria you can readily get hydrogen peroxide at places that sell chemicals, I am a microbiologist and I use hydrogen peroxide all the time and so it is readily available here. The best part is that if you can get a hold of the Arm and Hammer toothpaste, they contain both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and is guaranteed to whiten your teeth over time.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Research showed that when ACV was used on the teeth of a cow it acted as a bleaching agent and whitened their teeth. It contains acetic acid which is a good anti bacterial agent and that's probably why it is great for teeth whitening. 


ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal is not only good for you pore cleansing face and nose mask. This is a really great teeth purifying agent, it attracts dirt to itself and as such is great for teeth whitening over time. Activated charcoal is also readily available in Nigeria.


DISCLAIMERS: These things I mentioned are great but they are no toothpaste, none of them contain fluoride which is great for strengthening your teeth. Brush your teeth daily and you can incorporate these things maybe once to twice a week, as they could weaken your enamel if used too often. 
Prevention is always also better than cure, so if whiter teeth is really your goal and going to a dentist is something you can't afford to do as often as you should or would like, please adhere to the very first tip I gave on this post. Also see your dentist as regularly as you can for deeper cleansing of your teeth.

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PROS AND CONS OF TEXTURIZED HAIR


If you are here you are probably wandering what texturized hair is in the first place, you can find that out here. So while I strongly recommend texturized hair, just like anything there is always an advantage and a disadvantage. Today I am going to share some of the pros and cons of texturized hair which I have noticed over time.

I also have to add that if you do decide to texturize your hair here are some texturizers that worked for me.




CONS OF TEXTURIZED HAIR

  • Over processing is the first con of texturized hair, no matter how careful you are, a few pieces of your hair will be more processed than the others. There are measures you can take while texturizing your hair to greatly minimize over processing.


  • Next will have to be the fact that even though texturizers aren't as harsh as relaxers, you are still putting a chemical on your hair.
  • Next con for me will be the fact that you run the risk of getting your hair lighter, i. e if you do not go the extra mile of always using a neutralizing shampoo after you are done with your texturizer application to balance out the acidity you just applied to your locks. If you don't you will run the risk of getting your hair lighter than the natural color over time.
  • New growth, yes with texturized hair you have to deal with new growth, and even though it is easier to stretch out your next texturizer application because the both textures are so close, unlike when your hair is completely relaxed and you have totally different textures to work with. You will still find it a little harder to deal with your hair when your new growth becomes a lot.
  • You have to spend money to buy texturizers quarterly every year.

PROS OF TEXTURIZED HAIR




  • Your curls are looser and easier to manage.
  • You spend less money on products to maintain your hair, for instance my hair is 4c type and before I texturized my hair, I had to spend money on more expensive products just to help me properly detangle my hair but now many regular conditioners can easily detangle my hair, even the regular VO5 works great for me both as a regular conditioner and a deep conditioner on days when I can't afford a proper deep conditioner. But when I was completely natural, I used way more products both in terms of quality and quantity.
  • My styles aren't as stressful to achieve, because yes I still have curls but they aren't so tight, so basically I achieve good results still but without stressing too much.
  • Wash days take lesser time.
  • Detangling is easier and takes lesser time too because my curls aren't so tight.
So basically, I think so many people get super frustrated with their natural hair but still don't want to relax their hair, texturizing is a good alternative, trust me many people wouldn't even know the difference unless you tell them. It's just hair and yes you are to take care of it but you shouldn't be a slave to it. 

If you decide to texturize your hair and you do it properly, it really shoudn't be such a big deal, and for me personally the pros are better than the cons but obviously it is just my opinion.

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HOW TO DRESS {FOR KNOCK KNEES}


So, welcome to another blog post, you can drop your email so you don't miss out on future blog post. Today we are going to discuss something very common and nothing to be ashamed of, we all didn't create ourselves. Knock knees are really common amongst tall people and people on the fatter side and while there are very minor ones which are barely noticeable there are others which are and those are mostly who this post are for.

Knowing to dress for your body type is important, while I am an advocate for people wearing what they want, the fact remains that knowing your body type and dressing accordingly helps you look better, and boasts your confidence more because you can cover up what you are not so comfortable with and extenuate what you really like about your body.

DOS AND DON'TS FOR DRESSING WITH KNOCK KNEE


DONT: Wear short things no matter how really tempting they are, especially those really short gowns and skirts. They have a way of shortening your legs and making your knock knees more obvious.





DO: Wear things instead that cover up your knees but still show some skin and sexiness, opt for midi and maxi dresses instead That hug you in the right places and whenever you want to show some skin you could wear the ones which have slits at the sides.

Personally, I prefer the slits being at the sides rather than the middle , it just looks better on knock knees. If you do insist on wearing really short things, I would say that shorts look better on knock knees than short skirts, they show off the full length of the top part of your legs better and if you have boots it makes your bottom appear wider there by balancing out your top part(If that makes any sense)

If you are on the taller side

If you aren't so tall and also good for tall people too.
DON'T: Wear leggings or pencil aka skinny jeans under any condition, just forget it. The whole purpose of leggings and skinny jeans is to show off your legs and extenuate it. If you still insist on wearing them just wear em with high waist boots that are really wide at the top.






DO: Opt for more wide legged pants, palazzos, boot cuts and straight pants rather than pants that are tight from the knee down.
Instead of showing off your legs when you wear these types of pants, show off something else. 


Show off your flat belle and chiselled abs in a number like this, you can opt for a wide legged pant with a cropped top or brallet. 



Even if you are on the fuller side and aren't comfortable showing off your belle, you could always wear a high waisted pant with some kind of body suit to show off your curve.

DO: Show off things instead about yourself that you love, weather it is a little cleavage or the smoothness of your skin with those off shoulder numbers.

DO: Accessorize, take the attention away from your legs with accessories and bold colors. Dare to wear bold pieces and colors.

I hope this helps someone, If you have any thing to add you could drop a comment and I will be happy to respond. 





PRODUCTS TO RETAIN YOUR NATURAL HAIR STYLES NO MATTER THE WEATHER



So I just made a post about natural hairstyles and I figured this will be a good follow up to that post. Natural hairstyles are cute and all but the wrong products could make your hair come out wrong and also make it not last as long as you want it to.

In today's blog post I will share with you certain products and tips that has worked for me when it comes to achieving a good natural hairstyle that last.



HAIR MOUSSE: Hair mousses or the magic foam like I like to call them are the top on my list when it comes to styles that hold. When it comes to natural hair styles the lesser the amount of water content in the product used to style the better. A good quality hair mousse will hold your hair style in place without making your hair hard and ashy looking. This one from Cantu is a really good one and it helps that it is readily available in Nigeria.

TIP: Because of the effect of  the holding effect of hair mousses, please make sure to apply a leave in or some form of hair moisturizer prior to applying your hair mousse just so your hair has moisture in it. If you are also struggling with hair dryness a hair mousse may not be for you.



Hair gels are another good way to retain your curls, I really like the aunt jackies' don't shrink gel because they get the job done without making my hair overly hard and unmanageable or sticky, the effect of the gel fades off on its own too and I don't have to re wet my hair just so I can de tangle it and style again. Just like the mousse apply some leave in or moisturizer first. If you are also have really dry hair don't make this a habit. The popular eco styler is also a good alternative.


Curling custards are the next on my list. They are really thick and have little water content and as such help your style come out beautifully while retaining it. Personally' I mostly like using some kind of curling custard or a really thick hair lotion when it comes to styling my hair, It doesn't hold my styles as good as long as a hair mousse or gel would but it does hold and it always leaves my hair moisturized at the end.


Well now your style looks good and can hold better even when in a humid atmosphere but you still have to make sure you cover your hair with a satin bonnet and if for any reason you have to get under the rain  always take both your satin bonnet and your shower cap.


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NATURAL HAIR STYLES TO TRY THIS SEASON.


I am honestly getting so bored of seeing so many people with natural hair out here on these streets with one constant natural hair style which is the high puff.


There are so many other styles you could rock as a naturalista or curly hair girl and one secret most people don't know is that these styles stretch out your hair and separate your coils as well, this prevents more breakage and also stops that top knotting that we 4c girls get a lot. In essence most of these styles actually do your hair more good that harm, as a matter of fact I will advice that you do them more often than you do your high puffs.

So Even if you have really short hair you could still try opting for styles like Jerry coils once in a while, you know just to switch things up.


TWIST OUTS: 

The first will be twist outs, weather it is the three strand twist or regular twist outs they are a good way of styling your hair while stretching it out and preventing top knots as well, therefore reducing breakage.

three strand twist out






Regular twist outs


FLAT TWIST OUTS:

FLAT TWIST OUTS are honestly my favorite when it comes to natural hair styles because to me it stretches out my hair really well and I just get more curls that way with lesser amount of work, also instead of my hair going upwards it settles more downwards after I take my twists out (if that makes any sense). 


I especially love the ones with the BANTU KNOT COMBO at the end as seen below, it always comes out really pretty.




BRAID OUTS:

BRAID OUTS are like twist outs but obviously you braid it instead and the curls do come out tighter, it is also a really good way to style your hair, personally I find it to be too much work so I hardly opt for braid outs.




BANTU KNOTS:

The BANTU KNOT OUT is another way to achieve a really beautiful hair style. I love the bantu knot outs because it can be stylish enough to carry out as a bantu knot alone.



and it also comes out beautifully when you loose the knots out as well.

Bantu knot out

HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR PROTECTIVE STYLES

So now you have done that protective style and it is night time and you are wandering how you could preserve your style.

The first way is to just wear your satin bonnet and to just re fluff your hair with your Afro comb when you wake up.


Another way is something called the pineapple method and this is mostly for those who have really full and long hair. Just pineapple your hair like seen below with a satin scarf making sure you cover your back and sides well especially if you aren't sleeping with a satin pillow case.

HOW LONG WILL MY PROTECTIVE STYLE LAST.

These protective styles could last you anywhere from 3 to 6 days depending on the products you used to style them and also the width of the style i. e the smaller your Bantu knot for instance the tighter the curls and you also get more number of curls so it will last you longer.

TIPS TO PREP YOUR NATURAL HAIR BEFORE GOING TO A NIGERIAN SALON FOR YOUR NEXT PROTECTIVE STYLE APPOINTMENT


So today's post was inspired by a recent salon visit I had, I honestly hate going to salons in Nigeria and this is because most of them focus more on the hair styles and not your hair itself. 

The whole reason I finally decided I was going natural was because I had spent almost a year trying to grow and keep my relaxed hair healthy, it had grown really long and for some reason I was just too tired to relax my hair myself and even though I was scared I still went. 
My hair was so damaged that I decided I won't relax it again or at least will never go to a salon to do it.

I hardly do long term protective styles honestly, I mostly really enjoy rocking my natural hair styles but once in a while, especially when I know I may not have the time to properly look after my hair, I do opt for long term protective styles or just wear wigs. I personally am not a huge fan of wigs, I just don't like the idea of someone seeing a hottie in the morning and seeing someone else later on and be shocked, so I rather be the same person all day. That being said wigs are honestly the best way to go when you want to give your hair some rest.

If you are like me however and you like braids and sew in hair extensions, please there are certain steps to take before you go to the salon for that next braid appointment or sew in appointment in Nigeria.

N. B: I ADVICE NOT MAKING THIS A REGULAR THING IF YOU ARE ON A HEALTHY HAIR JOURNEY, HONESTLY I HAVE SALON VISITS LIKE 4 TIMES IN A YEAR, MOSTLY CLOSE TO MY NEXT TEXTURIZER APPLICATION TIME.

  1. PICK WELL: First rule is go to a stylist that listens to you and you feel is easy to talk to.
  2. PLAN AHEAD: keep in mind that the preparation for your salon visit will require some time to make sure everything is in place. I like to plan a week ahead so I am not overwhelmed, so you do not use one day and destroy six months of haircare.
  3. DIY: Do your regular WASH DAY routine at home, It is honestly never advisable to take your natural hair for washing at most salons, except you are going to salons that specialize in natural hair. Most salons in Nigeria don't have that patience or time to properly treat your hair well to minimize breakage. So make sure you shampoo your hair well firstly, In fact when I know I am going to be braiding or doing a sew in, I pre-poo (even if with a hair oil), shampoo, condition (just to enable me detangle) and then deep condition, basically the whole shebang.
  4. STRETCH OUT: Next will be immediately after deep conditioning and drying your hair damp . You need to start sectioning your "damp" hair in small pieces (use a SPRAY BOTTLE to reapply moisture if it your hair starts drying out), apply a leave in or any moisturizer you have, seal in with an oil and make something that will stretch out your hair. This could be a bantu knot or single braids or twist, just anything that will stretch out your hair. Personally I prefer bantu knots and single  braids or flat twists. Please always sleep with a satin bonnet so you don't waste all that moisture. I will advice you give your hair a good two days to completely dry out or dry your hair on cool  heat with a blow drier. The goal is to get your hair stretched out and still moisturized in the most healthy way possible.
  5. DOUBLE CHECK: Even after you have adhered to this still take your detangler/leave in to the salon and tell the stylist to use it whenever she gets to sections that feel a little challenging to detangle, (my favorite right now is the tangle and taming leave-in from beautiful textures, it gives my hair so much  slip). This is where the first rule comes in handy. Make sure you go to a stylist that actually listens to you and doesn't feel like they know your hair better. 
  6. ONE STEP AT A TIME: A good tip is also to tell the stylist to loose only the sections they wanna walk with and leave the rest to avoid shrinkage.
  7. GIVE YOUR HAIR A BREAK: Last but not the least, do not make this a habit, give your hair space to breathe ever so often.
  8. ENJOY

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REVIEW ON NIVEA EVEN AND RADIANT SPF 15 LOTION AND COMPARISON WITH NIVEA NATURAL FAIRNESS LOTION.



As we all know Nivea came out with a new lotion which is called even and radiant spf 15 lotion, I am sure most people are wandering if this is better than the natural fairness or if it just as good but with a different name (we don't want to be out here wasting our coins) and that is exactly why I bought it, out of curiosity.


This lotion cost 1800 Naira at my local beauty supply store. It comes in the same packaging as the natural fairness lotion but obviously with a different name.


WHAT IT SAYS ON THE EVEN AND RADIANT BOTTLE.


Try NIVEA® Even & Radiant Body Lotion. With regular use, NIVEA® Even & Radiant Body Lotion, specially formulated with a combination of NIVEA’s Deep Radiance Serum* and skin’s own co-enzyme Q10, helps to repair dark and uneven skin patches for visibly radiant, smooth and even skin tone that you can feel. NIVEA’s effective SPF 15 helps protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays that cause skin darkening and damage over time.
  • contains SPF 15 and Vitamin C
  • with Deep Radiance Serum
  • Skin compatibility dermatologically proven





LIST OF INGREDIENTS



Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Myristic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Arachidic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, Citric Acid, Malpighia Glabra Fruit Juice, Benzoic Acid, Trideceth-9, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Bisabolol, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, parfum.(this was gotten from the nivea site)
INGREDIENTS IN THE EVEN AND RADIANT LOTION.

This lotion first of all smells really good, I love how quickly it sinks into the skin. It is really easy to blend and is really moisturizing without leaving any greasiness on the skin.

Just like the other Nivea lotions, I believe the the price range to the size is very reasonable. I also love how very easy it is to find Nivea products in stores. 

In conclusion, it is a really good lotion, especially to help you in maintaining your skin tone as it does have spf, I would say though that if you are looking for a toning lotion this isn't for you, but say at night you use some exfoliant or toner, you could use this during the day just to protect your skin from the harmful effect of the sun rays and also help in evening out your skin. 
I give this a 4 star


In comparison with the Nivea natural fairness lotion

  • They both have sun protection, the only thing is that I believe that the spf in the even and radiant lotion is more because they actually went ahead to state the exact amount of spf contained in the product (spf 15), unlike the natural fairness where they just stated that it has uva/uvb sun protection.
  • They kind of smell similar but the even and radiant smells a little more fruity and sweeter(if that makes any sense).
  • The even and radiant is more expensive than the natural fairness by I believe 300-500 Naira depending on where you buy yours from.
  • Honestly to me it feels very similar to the natural fairness but I guess that if you have extra cash to spare there is no harm in buying this hence it has a larger amount of spf in it.
  • Basically if you are like me and loved the Nivea natural fairness you will love this product a lot.
As always I do not apply my body lotions on my face as I do have very sensitive skin and easily break out.

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