HAUTE Hair: Sexy Bob

All over social media, our favorite celebs and socialites are rocking this sexy short do.

Here are some of our favorite looks!

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Beauty Blogger, BeautybyJJ, rocking a chic Bob
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Bridal gown retailer, Liz John Black, rocking an edgy Bob, very pretty!
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Television Personality, Toke Makinwa, rocking flipped curls with her Bob
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Tania Omotayo rocking highlights with her bob
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Nigerian Singer, Tiwa Savage, looking sultry in this side part bob

Braided Beauties

Hello Readers,

Sorry the blogging has been sporadic, been busy on a big project. To fill the gap I decided to showcase pictures of beautiful braided divas.

I got my hair braided 2 weeks ago and I’m LOVING it! feels good to let my scalp breathe.

If you thinking about a new hair do, hopefully this post will inspire you.

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Nigerian Actress, Damilola Adegbite rocking the box braids effortlessly
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Nigerian Television personality, Stephanie Coker rocking jumbo Twists
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Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Buruss rocking super long braids.
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Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Nelson, looking stylish with chic cornrows
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Former America’s next top model/Actress Eva Marcille rocking micro braids in a chic updo
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Former Miss World/Supermodel Agbani Darego looking effortlessly stylish in lengthy twists.
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I seriously think Damilola should just rock braids, she looks very pretty even in simple cornrows
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Singer Brandy is back in her signature braids, this time Jumbo Twists! Gorgeous updo
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How pretty, Stephanie making cornrows look girly and edgy at the same time. Love it!

What to TRY for Body Acne and Body Rashes

Let’s talk about Body Acne or BACNE..

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Since I have a bad habit of experimenting with my skin, I decided to try a “herbal” soap I saw in the market. After a week of using this soap, I noticed that I was developing body rashes on my arms (Photo below) and Acne on my back (not pictured).

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Red areas are where the rashes are..

I immediately tossed the soap because it was the only addition to my already solid skin regimen.

That experience got me thinking, how do you treat and heal body Acne? Luckily for me I have a huge list of Skincare Mercenaries, so I began experimenting!

So what is Body Acne, what causes it and how do you treat it?

Like previously stated, I developed acne on my back, but rashes on my arms. The rashes, like most rashes developed after using a new product is called “contact dermatitis” it is a form of skin inflammation resulting from exposure to an allergen, in this case the soap.

But what surprised me was the back acne, which I’ve never had.

According to Acne.org:

Most people with facial acne have some amount of body acne as well. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne. However, the skin on the body can be thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores, making for more severe acne lesions at times.

Acne can develop anywhere on the body except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. That is because these are the only two areas which do not have sebaceous follicles where acne is formed. If you’re wondering if the pus filled red marks on your check, shoulders, arms, legs, buttocks, or elsewhere are acne, chances are they just might be. If you are unsure, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis.

As with any type of acne, the exact cause of body acne remains unknown. However, we do know that irritation can make it worse. Anything that rubs against your skin can cause irritation. Damp, sweaty clothing combined with irritation tends to further aggravate acne.

My treatment for Body rashes and Body Acne.

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Then I mixed equal parts (50:50) Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil in a new bottle and applied to my skin after drying AT NIGHT only. I call this my miracle oil mix, why? Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic oil with the same fighting power as Benzoyl peroxide, while Jojoba Oil is a lightweight Oil that acts like the skin’s NATURAL SEBUM. So together, they moisturize while fighting germs and controlling excessive sebum production.

So my Regimen was as follows:

Morning: Wash Body with Neutrogena + Exfoliating Gloves AND moisturize with CUE SPF 30 Sunblock.

Nighttime: Wash Body with Neutrogena + Exfoliating Gloves AND moisturize with Tea Tree Oil + Jojoba Oil.

I did this for a week, but the rashes were gone within 5 days. Finally this is my skin now (NOTE: disparity in skin color is because of Lighting!)

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Back acne (I don’t have a picture of this) is STILL healing, but I’m happy with the results.

Do you have a regimen that works for combatting Body acne and Rashes? if so SHARE WITH US! myHairmyBeauty@Yahoo.com

Get to Know: INVIVO BEAUTY

When I was in Undergrad in America, I spent 80% of my pocket money in CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Sephora and basically every black beauty store around me.

Why am I telling this random fact about me? so you understand how obsessed I am with Hair and Beauty stores! lol!

I came across an ad for this beautiful Hair and Beauty store located in Surulere, and decided to go and check it out. I have to admit, I was curious to see if this beautiful store I saw in the ad really existed in Lagos.

The answer to that is, Yes it does! When I walked into this store, I was dumbfounded.

I immediately grabbed my wallet, because I was Home! (lol..)

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OMG This place is BEAUTIFUL!

If you are a Hair and Beauty fanatic like myself, this post is for you!

To avoid being kicked out because I immediately brought out my Iphone, I went to find the manager to ask for permission to take pictures. One of the Managers is this really nice beautiful Lady Banke, who told me that the Store/Salon will be officially launched this year, so HAIR and BEAUTY fanatics of Nigeria, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

So about the store. It is called INVIVO BEAUTY and it is located in 77-79 Eric Moore Road, Surulere, Lagos. If you live in Surulere, I am seriously envying you right now..

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When you walk in, you see their state of the Art Hair Salon and Barbershop. Ladies your mouth will drop! it is so beautiful and neat.

Then to your left is their BIG retail outlet selling everything under the HAIR and BEAUTY umbrella. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!!

I have to commend them on their skincare selections. They stock an extensive list

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They stock hard to find products, ORIGINAL products at affordable prices!! Products like Clarins, Clinique, L’oreal, Garnier and many more. They also stock makeup brands like IMAN, SLEEK, Maybelline NY amongst others.

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This store is a ONE-STOP-SHOP for Hair items because they stock everything from Premium Hair extensions like Brazilian and Peruvian weaves, in addition to your everyday synthetic hair items like Xpression. They have reasonably priced wigs as well.

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They even stock Hair EQUIPMENTS! Things like curlers, hair dryers, shaving clips for men.

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If you are too busy during the work week to shop at INVIVO BEAUTY, you can SHOP ONLINE and Shipping is FREE for orders over N10, 000!

Yes! Simply visit http://www.InvivoBeauty.com and sign up!

To find out more on all the brands they carry, visit their website for an up to date list.

Overall this has to be HANDS DOWN the BEST HAIR and BEAUTY store in LAGOS! Yes, Ladies, you heard it here first!

If you are going in for the first time, please mention that you read their review here on this blog!

Keep reading and following us for a chance to win N7,500 to SHOP at Invivo Beauty from myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com!

Cote D’ivoire goes Natural

I came across this fabulous article on Yahoo about an “au natural” hair movement in the Ivory Coast.

Please read…

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Remember the afro, the natural hairstyle forever synonymous with the “black is beautiful” movement championed by African-Americans in the 1960s?

A group in Ivory Coast is trying to persuade black women to turn the page on their expensive hair-straighteners, extensions and wigs and go natural instead.

Blending “natural” with “happy” to produce “Nappy”, the group calls itself Nappys de Babi — Babi being a nickname for Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s bustling economic capital.

Founded more than two years ago, the support group now boasts some 2,400 members, meeting every two months in Abidjan’s trendy Cocody district to share advice, tips, and practical help about keeping their hair natural.

Nappys de Babi bucks a deeply ingrained belief all across Africa that straight hair conforms best to an ideal of beauty.

In Ivory Coast, most women were teenagers when they began renouncing their naturally kinky, frizzy hair.

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As a result, most do not know how to care for it and “make it beautiful”, says Miriam Diaby, one of Nappys de Babi’s founders.

“Society frowns on ‘afro’ hair overflowing all over the place,” she said, lamenting that women have to opt for “conventional” styles involving straightening or using false hair in the form of extensions or wigs.

The little knowledge on haircare is evident in some questions posed at the group’s meeting, with one participant asking: “How do I know if my hair is hydrated?”

“Well, when they are stiff and dry, that means they aren’t hydrated at all,” replies Bibi Gagno, who created a motivational website, omgiloveyourhair.com.

-Like a Pariah-

The African sisters of the 1960s American “Black Is Beautiful” advocates need to emancipate themselves from the dominant white model, the Nappys say.

“When I arrived in Abidjan (after growing up in the United States and Europe), I noticed, and it struck me, that all the advertising showed light-skinned women with long, smooth hair,” said Gagno.

The fair skin — achieved in the Ivory Coast mainly through constant application of carcinogenic whitening products — is “synonymous to success”, the businesswoman said.

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Going against the grain is deemed provocative.

“People are uncomfortable about it. When they see you wearing natural hair, they look at you like you are a pariah, like there is a problem, when actually, it should be normal,” said Liliana Lambert.

Lambert, a 27-year-old half European, who adorns her naturally frizzy hair with flowers, said people “want to touch such hair all the time” because they don’t know what it is like.

“It’s just ignorance,” she said.

–Continue reading Article HERE ——

Beauty MUST-HAVES Blogger Edition

Hey Readers,

Hope you’re having a Fab week,

If you are a Beauty Newbie and want to know anything about Makeup and Beauty products, ASK a BEAUTY BLOGGER!

I asked some of my favorite Nigerian Beauty Bloggers about their Beauty Must-haves via Twitter, and they all agreed on 1 vital product; LIPGLOSS!!

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For Funmi Ogunja of http://www.FunmiOgunja.com her 3 beauty must-haves are: Tinted Moisturizer, Lipgloss and Eyelashes

BlogThis2Makeup artist and beauty blogger, Precious of DazzleBeautie.blogspot.com, says her 3 beauty must haves are: Lipgloss, Sunscreen, and Eyeliner!

 

BlogTHis3Model and Beauty Blogger, Ezinne Alfa of BeautyinLagos.com, says her 3 must have beauty products are: Eyeliner, Tinted Moisturizer and Lip gloss!

 

As for your editors on myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com, our 3 Beauty Must-haves are:

Eyeliner, Lip Balm, and BB cream!

So tell us what are you 3 Beauty Must haves?

The Downside of Wigs and Weaves

I absolutely LOVE my wigs, but I’ve realized it is stunting my hair growth. I was planning on braiding my hair this weekend to give my hair a break from weaves when i came across this video and Article.

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Countess Vaughn, an actress who is best known for her roles on “227,” “Moesha” and “The Parkers” recently appeared on “The Doctors” to discuss her horrifying experience with lace front wigs.

After a five-year long love affair with the hair pieces that require constant application of wig glue to stay in place, Countess realized that she had developed a severe scalp infection. But because she couldn’t accept that a wig could be causing such damage, the actress let the oozing and hair loss that resulted from the infection go on for six months before consulting a dermatologist.

“It’s crazy how one day everything’s fine then the next thing, the simplest thing, can mess up your life,” Countess said while taping the CBS show.

Now the 35-year-old star uses eyeliner to fill in her diminished hairline and discolored skin, which many people assume is caused by vitiligo.

And Countess isn’t the only celeb we’ve seen suffer a follicle fail. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and superstar athlete Serena Williams have also experienced similar hair loss issues thanks to the prolonged use of hairpieces. Furthermore, there have even been reported instances of death connected to the high toxic levels of hair glue.

“I was embarrassed, you have to be at home, and be bald,” Countess said while holding back tears. “I had to go through this to teach my little one that you have to love yourself before anyone else will.” (Article derived from HuffingtonPost)

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Deconstructing….La Mer

Hello BEAUTY lovers,

This post is for ALL you Skincare enthusiast.

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As a Skincare therapist, my favorite thing to do is advise clients on the right products to use for their skintype. Over the weekend, while at the Salon I got into a friendly argument with a client about how 80% of the products out there are mostly HYPE.

She was dumbfounded, I went on to tell her that too many Skincare companies focus on product packaging, and marketing and not enough on the active ingredients and its efficacy.

So while talking with a Cosmetic scientist friend of mine, I decided to create bi-weekly blog posts dedicated to deconstructing popular SKINCARE items in a bid to educate our readers.

Today’s Skincare Item is La Mer.

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Before I start here are a few facts.

1. Did you know that the cosmetic/skincare industry is focused on catering to its Viable Demographic which happens to be the Baby Boomers, meaning Caucasian women above 50.

2. Did you know that La Mer was created to treat Wrinkles? Dry Skin? and Fine Lines?

3. Did you know that 1oz of La Mer Cream will cost you $155?

The success of La Mer should serve as a case study  on the effect of properly branding and positioning your product.

I know some of you La Mer fans will not like this post, but I’ve said this a lot on this blog, there is no reason why a skincare product should be more than $150 or N25,000 except if it’s an Elixir or Serum; but NOT moisturizer!!!

why? because most moisturizers contain a lot of very cheap emollients.

So what is La Mer?

Creme de La Mer or Cream of the Sea is a moisturizer infused with a miracle broth created by an aerospace scientist Dr. Max Huber. The story behind the broth is that Dr. Huber suffered horrible burns on the job and needed something to heal and regenerate the skin, after years of experimenting came up with the Miracle broth that healed him. He sold this miracle product and after his death, Estee Lauder purchased the rights to manufacture and distribute it.

Great Story right? But what is in the Creme De La Mer currently in the market?

Ingredients in Creme De La Mer

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus amygdulus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum)
For those that are good at reading ingredients, you can see that the top 10 ingredients are items that can be easily found in other less expensive beauty items.  Various independent cosmetic chemists have listed a majority of the ingredients as petrolatum (the contents of Vaseline), glycerine and eucalyptus leaf oil, all of which are in your everyday over the counter beauty products. However there is a notable RARE ingredient in this moisturizer which is the Californian sea kelp, however other than that you can get a majority of La Mer’s benefits from less expensive brands, like Nivea. Read this Article on LaMer vs. Niveaarticle-2418153-1BC42915000005DC-747_634x664

Should you be working in BEAUTY?

Hi Readers,

Hope you’re having a productive work week.

I recently got an email from a reader asking me to share a post about working in the Nigerian Beauty Industry.

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As a Blogger and Skin therapist in this industry, I understand that there is a lot of growth in the future, if you are a beauty, hair, skincare lover it is really important to start thinking about how you can be a part of this amazing viable industry.

But I wouldn’t advise to immediately quit your day job, it is important to understand what your skills, passion and interest are and if this industry is REALLY for you.

To help you understand how to succeed in this industry, it is best to understand WHERE your natural talents lie. To help you with this, we’ve created an easy 5 QUESTION quiz for you.

 

BEAUTY CAREER QUIZ

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1. You’re with your girls getting ready to head out for the night. Which role do you fall into?

A. You are the go to person for Hair fixing

B. You start “contouring” after showering, and everyone lines up for you to give them that Kim K. look

C. You decide to give yourself a mini-facial before getting ready

D. You already have picture of what you are going for, so getting ready is a breeze.

 

2. When shopping for makeup, you usually go for:

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A. Just refill on makeup items that have finished. You know what you like, you don’t experiment.

B. You try everything to make sure it matches your skintone, you must try before you buy.

C. Flip products over to read the ingredients, are they comeodogenic?

D. the latest, trendiest makeup items

 

3. You have a big RED carpet event, what do you do first?

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A. Book your Hair appointment First, it determines what you’ll wear that night.

B. Rush to instagram and stalk your favourite celebrities for  that makeup look.

C. Book a spa date, your skin must glow that day.

D. Google “How to get Red Carpet Ready”

 

4. Your Bedroom right now is?

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A. There are pieces of hair, rollersets, hair cream, etc.

B. Just messy

C. You have more beauty products than you can count

D. Your wall has lots of pictures of family and friends, quotes and inspirations.

 

5. Your personal style is?

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A. Trendy, if it’s trending right now, you’re wearing it.

B. It’s all about individuality for you, you have to stand out.

C. Anything that shows your skin, after-all you are proud of it.

D. Sexy and Sophisticated, it’s all about dressing for your Body type.

 

Now tally up your results.

* If your answers are mostly A’s

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Congratulations! You should be a Hair stylist are work in the Hair industry. You firmly believe the HAIR comes first, it is the woman’s crowning glory, it sets the pace for all other things including makeup and clothing.

 

* If your answers are mostly B’s

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Congratulations! You are a Makeup artist in the making! You’re a creative young woman who loves to experiment with new things, including makeup! You have a unique sense of style that seems to just come naturally. You see makeup not as just a cover-up, but a way of expressing yourself and helping others to do the same! You are very lucky because the Nigerian Makeup Industry is growing in leaps, learn some skills by enrolling with House of Tara, BMPRO, Maybelline, or MUD cosmetics. 

 

* If your answers are mostly C’s

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Congratulations! You should be a Skin therapist, You are all about DIY’s experimenting with beauty products, body scrubs and the likes. You are all about glowing skin and helping others achieve it! What are waiting for? enroll in beauty school now!

 

*If your answers are mostly D’s

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Congratulations! You should be a Beauty Editor or Blogger, you love discovering and learning about the Beauty Industry. You are always checking out beauty blogs (like http://www.myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com :)). You like giving your opinons on new products and services. What are you waiting for? Start WRITING!