Welcome Back Post Ft. Coils on Campus 2017!!

Heyyyyy. Remember me?! Of course you do.

My sincere apologies for being gone so long! This is coming from the bottom of my heart you all.

Firstly, no one got lost and there hasn’t been a shortage of ideas for posts. The problem has been that I haven’t been my total self over the past year. Let’s just say I was going through some tough phase in my life and it has taken a great deal of self realization and discovery to understand that these things happen. Life happens. It’s normal. the most important things in life is overcoming those challenges we constantly face.

After going through that phase, I figured I had to begin the second phase of the year on good notes. Hence, I’m channeling my Coils on Campus Blog Features into something more memorable and physical! The Meetup- Coils on Campus 2017!

 

 

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So What’s Coils on Campus?

Coils on Campus is a youth-oriented, annual Healthy Hair Meetup that seeks to create educative yet exciting conversations between young women in their own immediate environment for the purpose of addressing these issues relating to achieving an easier and rewarding healthy hair journey.

This unique experience would be beautifully wrapped by engaging the guests with:

An exciting photo-shoot session to help create more awareness about the natural hair community,

An interactive open forum discussion between dynamic speakers and guests,

Hair styling demonstrations by Speakers,

A short musical Interlude by a reputable artiste.

A fun and eye-opening Q &A session

At-the-Door Prizes and Multiple Giveaway sessions

Hair Products Shopping Session Distribution of food, drinks and take-home bags

 

When?           Saturday August 12th, 2017

Where?         Faculty of Environmental Science (FES) Auditorium  (Opp. Wema Bank) UNILAG Campus, AKoka.

Time?            1pm to 5pm 

Tickets-         N1000 (Single), N3000 ( Group of 4)

Coils on Campus 2017 is one hair meetup you cant afford to be missed. It is not a hair meetup, it is an experience. There are lots of exciting new things be learnt, lots of beautiful personalities to mingle with and of course lots of giveaways by our dynamic range of sponsors.

 

Have you reserved a sit? Yes? No? Still in doubt? What are you waiting for?!

To book register and reserve a sit, Please contact 08175337142 (Calls/ SMS/ WhatsApp).

I can’t wait to see you there! Tell a friend to tell a friend now!

 

Coils on Campus 2017 is proudly sponsored by the following Nigerian Natural Hair & Skincare Brands

Afro by Nature Hair Vitality,

KUI Care,

Mida’s Natural Beauty,

Arami Essentials,

Aralewa,

ZebelleCurls Natural,

Zapi Botanics,

Hairapy By Ohana,

and also by

HUSH Magazine Ng

Ejide Makeup Artistry and more!

 

 

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Few Things I Learnt From Hosting ‘Coils on Campus’ Natural Hair Meetup in UNILAG!

Yayyy!!! Saturday is here!!

A beautiful Saturday afternoon to you ladies!

I’ll be discussing a couple of things I learnt from hosting my first natural hair meetup , Coils on Campus, in the University of Lagos Campus. I was able to pull this off in conjunction with my friends and fellow natural hair enthusiasts, Onyinye Olunfunmi and Alleuia Oredugba!! Love you guys!

 

Before I begin to unfold them, I want to give glory, honor and appreciation to God Almighty. I couldn’t have gotten this far without God’s grace and presence in my life.

I would also want to say a big thank you to an amazing sponsor, the CEO of Afro By Nature Hair Vitality, a Made in Nigeria Natural hair care product brand for her unbelievable commitment and support before and all through the event. I couldn’t have accomplished as much as I did without her. She has been a great helper and adviser to me. Thank you for putting so much trust in me and into something so new and for believing in me. Thank you for putting your 101% percent into making Coils on Campus a truly memorable experience.

A big thank you to my sister, Olayemi Rukayat, Adeoba Abiodun (CEO of HUSH Magazine ) My friends, Onyinye Olunfunmi (Founder, Africansim Today), Tolu Adeniyi, another amazing friend like a sister, Ibrahim Musa-Bello, Alleluia Oredugba, Chigbolu Uju , Sabina, Simisola Sogbesan, Wunmi Bamiro, Sandra Ike, Lolade, Gbemi, my fellow Architecture course mates and others I haven;t mentioned for putting in so much effort into bringing Coils on Campus alive. The early hours of the show when I couldn’t get myself together and I wanted to do was tear up. I really can’t thank you guys enough.

And all the guests that tuned up. Thank you all!!

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Left To Right: Yours Truly, Alleuia Oredugba, Onyinye Olufunmi and an attendee!

Coils on Campus was created in spirit of my Coils on Campus Feature on my blog. I had to channel this feature into something more physical and memorable. It was also a way for me to give back something for the ”Natural Hair Students” community. I believe this category of naturals are the least enlightened about Nigerian natural hair care opportunities like:

1))Natural Hair Meetups by Natural Nigerian, Naija Hair Can Grow, Kinky Apothecary,  Natural Hair Rocks, etc.

2) Natural Hair care Solutions by Afro By Nature, Hairapy by Ohana, Ajike Ologe, Mida’s Natural Beauty, Zapi Botanics, Aralewa, KUI Care, Arami Essentials, Zebelle Curls Naturals, African Naturalistas, We naturals, amongst Others.

3) Natural Hair Stylists like: Yellow Sisi, Natural U Beauty, O’ Naturals Beauty, Game of Fros, amongst others.

Hence, There is great need for me as natural hair enthusiast who can relate to ”this community”  to help them through their own hair care journey because a lot of young ladies in Unilag do not know the basics a natural hair care, they don’t really know what to put in their hair, how to protect and retain length. A lot of them are into this just because natural hair is in vogue and It is very important to plant the right mindset into them.

Here are a few things I learnt from hosting my first hair meetup in UNILAG.

  1. Planning requires Time and Commitment:

Planning is not as easy as you think: Planning this very first meetup wasn’t as easy as I thought. Getting in touch with multiple possible sponsors, speakers, etc is not an easy task for me as a student. I had to juggle between making enquiries, following up, and attending classes and my final year project. A lot of effort was put into making these brands believe in the meetup.

2. Anything can go wrong:

The truth is, the end result wasn’t what I had planned for. I had a whole lot in my head for the program, however I wasn’t able to actualize all these intentions due some circumstances. At that point the program was delayed. I was in the middle of trying to keep calm and not loose composure. It is really important to plan way ahead for time and stick to the actualizing those plans on time.

3. People will disappoint:

This is quite obvious. I wouldn’t say I didn’t see it coming. Some possible partners may disappoint by kindly declining your proposals or putting you on hold for too long. Likewise during the program, some guests who has pre-registered for the meetup may fail to show up. But this is pretty normal.

4. Unilag students are bound to free stuff ALL THE TIME:

This is a sad brutal truth I hate to share with you but to be honest, you cannot put a good show in unilag without adding item No. 7 to the list. I really don’t know why goody bags, refreshments, small chops and the likes are of more value to educated undergraduates than great hair care information. Putting in so much effort as getting a goody bag for every attendee, complimentary notepads, snacks and drinks was an essential part of the program.

5.You cannot please everyone:

I am always in support of customer’s feedback. Few minutes shortly after the show, I sought feedback from some of the guests and as expected, I had mixed feedback. Apparently  a lot of the students believed a super rich goody bag was the ultimate compensation for their registration fee of N750- N1000!!! This is a very wrong mind set towards educative events like this. However, I got positive feedback from other attendees as well who are honestly looking forward to another one next year. Quite surprisingly for me, a hair care vendor at the meetup, Seun, C.E.O. of Ajike Ologe, is really looking forward to bringing Coils on Campus to Ibadan!

 

At the end of the day, these things are very normal and are bound to happen. Planning and hosting this event wasn’t an easy task but I thank God for helping me put up a great program a lot of people are looking forward to next year!!!! yay!!!

I cannot over emphasize how thankful I am to the above mentioned people for making my plans and goals a reality. To my amazing sponsors, Afro by Nature, Mida’s Naturals, Hairapy by Ohana, Nappy Haired Wigs, Zapi Botanics, Aralewa, Hush Magazine, Ajike Ologe, Kui Care and Arami Essentials . I cannot thank you all enough. My sincere gratitude goes out to them all!

 

If you were at Coils on Campus 2017, kindly drop your feedback and suggestions below. Lots of Pictures coming SOOOON!!!

I look forward to seeing more faces at the next one. Thank you!

Until Next time,

Nafisat.

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#ThrowBackThursday: My Twist and Curl Adeventures in 2014!

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My flat-twisted updo

Hello great kinkitizens! How’re your manes doing? I hope your moisture and length retention levels are giving you all joy. As for me, not exactly.

For the past month, my hair has received the greatest level of neglect known to be received by manes owned by sane people. I lost 2 of my spray bottles and I didn’t have the strength and time to get a new one, my old leave in(which was actually doing nothing for my hair) got exhausted and I was making plans to get a new one(for a whole month!!). My laziness no get part 2! My hair care regimen for that period included; Shamwashing with local black soap, Cowashing with V05 conditioner(because I could get this at a supermarket close to my house) and sealing with Shea Butter dazall!! I know some naturals swear by water, black soap and Shea Butter as the only products that get into their hair and keeps their hair very manageable, but it’s not for me! My hair was staging protests left, right and centre.

For styling, I simply cornrowed my hair after every wash and wore a face cap on my way out Everyday for a month. This didn’t look as weird as it sounds because I’m still a student and we just resumed so a greater part of my neglect month was spent at home. Also, in school, I don’t get to dress up a lot, a pair of jeans and a top and I’m out! On Wednesday, I got bored. I had a lecture and I wanted to dress up a bit, I realized my ‘outfit’ would not look good with a face cap on so I asked my girl, Ruth to hook me up with any updo she could think of and she quickly created this look. Ruth doesn’t have a lot of experience in natural hair styling even though her hair is beautifully natural so I was really amazed at how fast she could come up with something really pretty.
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Everyone really loved it and we struck a deal, Ruth will be hooking me up with updos whenever she’s free and my hair is not in a protective style. Also, I ordered some products and tools for my hair yesterday and I’ll be getting them today, I’m so excited! In a latter post, I’ll be discussing how this style was achieved.

Till next time, Oge.

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How To: Make Your Hair Look Good In Every Photo

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We all have those days when we would have to take a billion photos over and over again just because we don’t ever seem to look good in enough in them and we end up getting frustrated. Most of the time the problem isn’t how we look or how our hair look; infact we can take amazing photos with even day 7 hair! The problem is mostly with our lighting and surroundings and the solution simply requires us to apply quick easy fixes to get the best hair-flattering angle from your camera. Here are quick and easy ways to better looking hair!

 

Your Camera Device and Settings: This is an obvious long term solution. There’s no point complaining your hair doesn’t look great enough if your camera has only 5 mega pixels. . That doesn’t mean you should go all the way to get professional cameras that would tear your pocket. Your hair can look absolutely fabulous in photos using a good camera as low as 8 megapixels to take great shots of your hair.

Also editing your pictures just to add a touch of professionalism goes a long way. No I don’t mean all those secondary school days editing with so much color and contrast. adding so much color and contrast defeat the purpose of taking the picture because we can’t see the focus object clearly. The use of light subtle moderate filters that won’t take focus off your hair or face is really essential.

Most of the  time, I make use of a 14.1 megapixel digital camera to take great shots. If you are low on a budget, then hook yourself up with a 14mp digital camera for as low as N12000!

 

Lighting and Surrounding:

I think the is probably the most critical and essential factor to note down. It is highly important to always face the light rather than back the light. Facing the light reflects the light on your face while backing it would only create a shadow on your face and hair.

Even the most beautiful hairstyles taken in the a low- light indoor setting can looka hot mess on camera. I can testify to that. It is always best to take close up shots of the face and hair in an outdoor environment where there is sufficient natural lighting. If you are the type that finds herself indoor most of the time, places like your balcony, varenda or compound offer the best natural lighting.

Another point to note is that your surrounding does matter a lot in how your hair turns out on camera. A brightly colored/white background with good lighting is often preferred to just any background/surrounding. I think this explains the reason why a lot of us take bathroom selfies a lot! Because it is one of the smallest rooms in the house with a bright surface that admits the greatest amount of light.

This is something I notices too with me because the place I used to stay lacked sufficient lighting and ventilation so I always found myself going straight to the bathroom or balcony.

So next time you want to take a great selfie, Move out to your balcony or simply go to your bathroom!

 

Find Your  Best Angle: Everyone has a particular face orientation that suits them the most. Be it sideways chin up or chin down, directly facing the camera or over head shots. Most of the time, I like to take sideways shots, or slightly tilting my hair sideways because personally, that’s the orientation that suits my profile the most.

Shooting angle may also depend on the hair style your wear. Some hair styles require overhead shots that shows all the details of the hair style. styles like bun and puffs, require side ways or direct shots, textured hair like braids and twist require sideways shots, straight hair requires direct shots, etc.

Finding your best angle may take no more than five minutes. simply do a quick review of your selfies and highlight your favorites ones. How did you orient your face in those pictures? Was it an overhead shot, or direct or tilted or side ways shots?

 

Make Your Hair Look Good:

Well, sometimes, using the best of the best devices and filters may not give us a great shot. When this happens, maybe our hair is just the problem. A dull, stiff and dirty looking hair can ruin a great shot. So it’s always best to showcase pictures of newly or freshly washed/made hair. But ”reality” won’t permit us to wash our textured hair every single day. So It is essential to protect our hair at night, keep our hair moisturized and avoid using too much products. all these help in preserving our hairstyles for a longer time So yes, A well managed day 7 hair can still look just as great as day 1 hair.

 

Show Texture: Hair or styles that show texture like natural hair ( curly, wavy , coily, kinky) will tend to look more attractive and interesting than plain straight hair. For us natural girls, styles like twists, braids, cinabuns, rollersets, textured buns, twist outs that are well executed always make great shots and generally enhance the beauty of the hair.

 

Black and White Effect:

The black and white effect. When all else fails you; lighting, background, dull hair, naked face, etc. then try out the black and white effect. You can never go wrong with black and white. It simply makes your face and hairstyle look a lot more sophisticated and lush.

 

Pamper Your Face and Smile:

There’s nothing more attractive in a photo than a genuine smile. Though this would not automatically turn your hair from ”I just woke up” hair to dinner date-ready hair, but it would definitely save that picture and make you look better and more attractive. A little make up on your face or well done brows can also take the shot from zero to amazing!

Until Next time,
Nafisat!

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