It was an exciting time for ‘Naturalistas’ in Lagos on Sunday the 4th of June 2017 at the Natural Hair workshop hosted by the Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute.

Nigeria’s first and largest hair Institute, Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute hosted another edition of its Natural Hair workshop with ‘Naturalistas’ in attendance. This event featured a general discuss on Natural hair trends, how to care for it, maintenance and the politics of wearing natural hair in the workplace. In addition to this was a Q & A session where guests had the opportunity to ask the Institute’s lead Trichologist questions that border around how to take care of their natural hair. This session was a major eye-opener for guests present on appropriate Natural Hair care regime.

The workshop was created by the Institute to further live up to its vision of empowering individuals through education and knowledge sharing. It is a platform designed to support Nigerian women who choose to wear their natural hair, to meet other fellow ‘Naturalistas’, to commune and support one another on this journey of natural hair.

“The Nigerian Kinky natural hair is beautiful when it is well taken care of. On the flip side, it can be difficult to manage when you do not know what to do. Creating a platform for women to share their natural hair stories as well as gain knowledge from hair experts can make a huge difference in ensuring that this natural hair journey is smooth and enjoyable” said Anita Anosike, Brand Manager of Natures Gentle Touch

There will be an upcoming edition in the nearest future which will be open to more Nigerian women outside Lagos who are natural, transitioning to natural, and those with chemically-treated hair that are considering a journey into natural tresses.

The event ended with ended with a networking session.

 

Does bad hair mean bad health? Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health? Maybe. Some conditions and medications affect your body as well as your hair. In other cases, you may just need to take better care of your hair or scalp.

Dandruff isn’t contagious. So how do you get it? this may be due to an overgrowth of a fungus. Other possible risk factors include oily skin, stress, obesity, cold, dry weather, and having eczema or psoriasis. Although it’s embarrassing — and the itching can be bothersome — dandruff isn’t harmful.

Hair loss otherwise known as alopecia areata may mean that your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out , often suddenly. Most people will have one or two bald patches, which can be treated easily with injections but in some cases all body hair falls out. Alopecia areata isn’t harmful or contagious, but it can be tough psychologically. Hair may grow back on its own, and treatment may help it grow back more quickly. Unfortunately, some people may experience alopecia areata repeatedly.

Baldness is also another hair state. Though hereditary, the trait may be more influenced by your mother’s family than your fathers’ according to research. Male pattern baldness often starts with receding hair at the temples, then on the crown, leaving a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the sides of the head. There are available treatments for baldness.

Lastly, help keep hair shiny by eating salmon and walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids; spinach and carrots for vitamin A; nuts for selenium; and oysters and cashews for zinc. All help maintain scalp and hair health, as do low-fat dairy, whole grains, and vegetables. Double the results: Foods good for your hair are also good for your heart.

Dandruff is characterized by flakes and annoying itching. It can be very embarrassing. Apart from the constant scratching of hair in public places, the flakes falling from  your hair can make you appear very untidy and not presentable.

Almost everyone gets dandruff at some point in their lives;  Dandruff can also be described as the shedding of dead skin from the scalp, and is not to be confused with simply a dry scalp.  Dandruff comes in two types – dry and waxy; many people are not aware and either over treat or under treat the condition.  So before you self diagnose whether you have one of these types of dandruff and not just a dry scalp, we will share 3 signs that shows you that you are definitely suffering from dandruff.

  1. Flakes – If you have a whitish, oily-looking flakes of dead skin dotting your hair and shoulders on a constant basis, then you are most likely suffering from dandruff. These flakes of skin range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow.
  2. Itchy Scalp – Itching is another red flag for dandruff.  Flakes are preceded by itching. Usually, the first symptom of dandruff is itching. The itch sensation happens when receptors on the surface of your skin are triggered by some irritants. Your nerves send a signal to the brain via your spinal cord, which then causes you to scratch your hair. Itching is another red flag for dandruff.
  3. Dryness and Irritation – When you suffer from dandruff, you will have dryness of hair and scalp and many times, the irritation will occur from constant itching on an already dry scalp.

If you are experiencing all three or at least 2 of the above, it is time to treat your dandruff before it starts to embarrass you.

For a dandruff treatment solution that has worked for over 20 years, click here.

It was a blast at the Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute, Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday the 28th of April, 2017.

The Institute celebrated its hair stylists with a grand event in corroboration with the National Hair Stylist Appreciation Day that is celebrated around the world every 30th of April.

This event is the first of its kind in the Nigerian beauty industry with Natures Gentle Touch always leading the way with innovations and beauty solutions in Africa.

The event was graced with the presence of some of the members of management of the brand and other members of staff; with all the institute’s stylists present at the event. There were presentation of awards to distinguish the most committed stylists and members of the management also gave encouraging speeches to stylists and everyone present.

The event ended with photograph sessions, socializing and lots of eating, drinking and merrying.

See pictures below.

Natures Gentle Touch  is Nigeria’s number one beauty brand in Nigeria providing beauty solutions for the African woman.

All work and no play, you know the rest of the story.

Fridays are fun and even though some of us work round the clock, it is a time to relax, evaluate what happened in the course of the week, retreat and gear up for the next week. There are several fun things you can engage in this weekend and you don’t have to break a bank to do so.

See a Movie 

Who doesn’t love movies? Go out and see a movie by yourself or do it with friends after all, the more the merrier.

Treat Yourself 

If you don’t give yourself a treat, who will? It could be going for a swim, a shopping spree or whatever you consider as your guilty pleasures and while you are at it, make sure you don’t go bankrupt.

Hang out with Friends

What would life be without friends? We think it will be an empty boring place. Go out with your friends this weekend and catch up on old times.

Get your Hair done

Look beautiful, be confident, be happy. Visit the salon and get some hair pampering.

Meditate

Always reflect on life itself. Meditate on what makes you better and stronger.

Have a great weekend!

 

Hair is part of what makes you look beautiful. When it break at the ends, it makes your hair appear dull making it appear frayed and frizzy, thin or ragged. If your hair is breaking, it may be the result of frequent hair coloring or perming, heat styling tools like blow dryers and hair straighteners, or swimming in chlorinated water amongst many other things.

Hair Feels Gummy

When healthy hair is wet, it should feel smooth and glossy. When damaged hair that is prone to breakage is wet, it can feel gummy or sticky to the touch. Hair that feels gooey is damaged and may break off. Individuals with sticky-feeling hair should not dye or perm their hair, swim in chlorinated water, or use heated styling products. Sticky, gummy hair will break if much more damage is done.

Hair Gets Tangled Easily

Hair prone to breakage may feel frayed or like straw, and these coarse strands can get tangled more easily than hair that still contains sebum, the natural oil in hair. Although hair may become tangled, brush hair only when it is dry, because hair breaks more easily when it is wet. To avoid hair breakage while brushing or combing your hair, use a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing and spray with a detangler before brushing hair out when it is completely dry.

Hair Elasticity

Hair breakage may occur in hair that’s brittle when dry and stretchy when wet. To determine whether overprocessing has compromised the strength of your hair, pull a piece of hair from your scalp and submerge it in water. After removing it from the water, pull gently on each end of the hair. It will either break, stretch or stay intact. If hair breaks or stretches, it is unhealthy. If the hair stays intact, it is strong and healthy.

Hair Dries Slowly

Hair prone to breakage may not dry as quickly as hair that is healthy, due to lack of protein and and moisture in the hair. Hair will try to retain moisture, making it stay wet longer. Even if your hair takes longer to dry than usual, avoiding blow drying or using heat to prevent it from becoming more damaged. The healthiest way to maintain damaged hair is to avoid styling products and hair color until hair grows out completely.

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Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, a fascinating mystery in the history of mankind.

Although pregnancy can be such a fulfilling experience, it however comes with its own baggages. Pregnancy can affect hair in many different ways. It will shock you to know that this is often the case during pregnancy  and this can be largely owing to increased stress, hormonal changes and changes in lifestyle when expecting a baby.

In a study conducted with women, 40% of women reported that their hair looks better than ever during pregnancy. In fact they claimed it felt thicker and fuller by their 2nd trimester. Another 30% claimed their hair became more problematic than usual, it became drier and needed extra moisture especially in their 2nd trimester. Others barely noticed any difference.

So this begs the question, could it all be in the mind?

The conclusion is this, Hair changes will be as a result of hormonal changes which varies in each individual and during different pregnancies. Also, the sensitivity of hair follicles to these changes is different. It’s impossible to estimate in advance what these effects will be. Your hair can be great during a first pregnancy and be quite the reverse in the second – or vice versa.

Rest assured though, if you do experience hair issues, it’s very rare for a woman to have problems with her hair all through the 9 months. The last 3 months would normally become better.

FIRST TRIMESTER

Perceived thickness happens because pregnancy immediately increases oestrogen levels and reduces the circulation of androgens (male hormones). This causes your follicles to produce less sebum – oil – and so you get bouncier roots and more body. However, less sebum can also make your hair feel drier, so make sure to moisturize and hydrate your hair.

HAIR BREAKAGE DURING PREGNANCY

In general, very few hairs are shed during pregnancy, so your hair will often be much thicker and fuller towards the middle and end of your pregnancy. This is because raised oestrogen levels keep your hair in the growing (anagen) phase for longer than usual.

However, post-partum hair loss can occur a few months after giving birth due to oestrogen levels dropping back to normal.

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR HAIR DURING PREGNANCY

A foetus requires a huge amount of energy to grow, and so do your hair cells. However, your body will quite rightly prioritize your baby’s needs over that of your hair. To help keep your hair healthy, make sure you follow a healthy hair regimen. Who says you can’t be fabulous whilst pregnant.

Your hair may appear drier than usual during pregnancy. To combat dryness, treat your hair to a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment such as the 3 step solution, which consists of shampoo, cholesterol, leave-in conditioner and castor oil. This will help regularize your hair and scalp whilst boosting volume and body leaving your hair fabulous during your pregnancy.

For hair breakage not related to pregnancy click here for detailed information.

Are feeling stuck or overwhelmed? If yes, you are definitely not alone. Life can come with its own baggage and at one time or the other, we all have experienced this level of stress where all motivation is gone and we just feel literally stuck.

Follow these 3 steps to get your groove back.

  1. Recall how you got here

How did you get to this point? Events must have led to this and you need to recall your daily stressors and write them all down

2. Rediscover new ways to ease the stress

Take some time out. Go on a vacation if you must. Rest is very important to live a balanced life

3. Relish in your new found style

Now that you are back on track, enjoy it and don’t hesitate to repeat the steps if you ever get back in a rut