AfroRiri WCW: Lydia Forson

At AfroRiri Haircare , our Wednesdays are dedicated to naturalistas we admire and love. Hopefully, by seeing our WCW you are encouraged to continue your natural hair journey.

Our WCW is Ghana’s own Lydia Forson. She was born 24th, October 1984. She is an award winning actress, writer, and producer. She was born in Mankessim, Ghana.

Lydia Forson received her early life education at Wilmore Elementary school in Kentucky, US. At the age of nine, she relocated from the United States to Ghana where she continued her formative education at Akosombo International School. She also attended St. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi where she completed her senior secondary school education. She graduated from the University of Ghana where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Information Studies.

She starred in hit movies such as A Sting in a Tale, Phone Swap, Masquerades and a letter to Adam. Lydia Forson has been rocking her natural hair for more than eight years. She feels very happy and comfortable with her hair. Her makes her stand out and is happy to have discovered herself. She rocks her natural hair on red carpets, interviews, movie sets and photo shoots.

“Do not let the world define who you are.Tell the world who you are and they will accommodate you. So it’s not just hair. It goes beyond the hair. It’s me telling people this is me. Take me as I am or leave.” said Lydia Forson

She is the definition of a true naturalista who looks naturally fabulous!

So you see that having and wearing your own natural hair does not make you less successful.

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Quick tip for deep conditioning

Ingredients

  • Avocado
  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Amla Oil

Procedure

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Part hair into four sections.

3. Apply a generous amount to each section, starting from the roots.

4. Cover your hair with a shower cap (you can tie your hair with a scarf also) to make sure the heat is locked in.

5. This step varies from person to person. It can be left overnight, for one hour or less but the longer the better.

6. Wash your hair (no shampoo needed) just wash until all the mixture is out.

7. Style as desired.

Hope this was helpful. xoxo

AfroRiri WCW: Muna Abii

At AfroRiri Haircare , our Wednesdays are dedicated to naturalistas we admire and love. Hopefully, by seeing our WCW you are encouraged to continue your natural hair journey.

Our WCW is Nigeria’s own beauty queen, Munachii Abii. She has never stopped looking beautiful.

Munachi Abii (born Munachi Gail Teresa Abii Nwankwo). She was born on 5th, November 1987. She is a Nigerian rap / hip-hop artist, songwriter, pageant winner, television presenter and model who performs under the name Muna. She was born and raised in Port Harcourt. She is from Owerri. Muna was encouraged by her family to pursue her passion for music and arts. After obtaining her O’Level qualifications from Federal Government Girls College Abuloma, she studied International relations and Diplomacy at the Benson Idahosa University. During her second year at University in 2007, Muna won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant. Her platform as reigning queen was Polio and Sickle cell Awareness and she represented Nigeria at Miss World in China later that year. In 2009, Muna worked with MBGN 2000 winner Matilda Kerry on a project to raise awareness on cervical cancer. Muna had performed as part of Port Harcourt-based rap group the Specimen A. As a solo rapper, she performed as Babyrella before changing her stage name to Muna, she has written songs for artistes such as J Martins and Waje, and has also appeared in several music videos, most notably in P Square’s “Ifunanya”. In 2011, Muna signed an endorsement deal with Unilever as a model for Lux and featured in commercials for the brand.

Muna looks younger and graceful rocking her natural hair….She is the definition of a true naturalista who looks naturally fabulous!

So you see that having and wearing your own natural hair does not make you less successful.

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Aloe vera and its wondrous effects on our hair

The use of Aloe Vera juice helps hair cuticles to stay closed sealing in moisture. Once you start your natural hair journey and transition from relaxed hair one of the things you will notice is that moisture is the lifeline of growing longer stronger hair and retaining length. Some of the benefits of Aloe Vera Juice is that it can be mixed with your favorite leave-in conditioner as well as part of your daily diet. Just add a few drops in a glass of water, in a few days you will see  your hair looks much better and will start to grow as well.  Adding Aloe Vera to your daily hair routine and diet will be the best step towards reversing the damaging effects of the sun, wind, and hard water.

Promoting Hair Growth

Aloe vera can be used as a safe and natural treatment to prevent hair loss. It is great for both men and women to promote new hair growth in places that have experienced hair loss or significant thinning. Aloe vera stimulates the production of new hair and may even lessen the effects of Alopecia.

Nourishing Shampoo

The aloe vera plant is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that aid in restoring hair’s strength and beauty. When combined with coconut milk and oils, such as wheat germ oil or jojoba, aloe vera gel can make a revitalizing shampoo that not only works to prevent hair loss but also promotes new hair growth. Aloe vera gel can be added to favorite shampoos to deliver nourishing benefits. When combined with herbs, essential oils, and plant extracts, the nutritive benefits of aloe vera are multiplied exponentially.

Reducing Dandruff

The natural enzymes found in aloe vera can soothe and moisturize the scalp, helping to eliminate the scaly dryness that causes dandruff. It also helps to increase blood circulation in the scalp, which works to stimulate the production of moisturizing oils. Aloe vera reduces the dry, itchy feeling that accompanies dryness or oiliness. It keeps the hair’s natural oils in balance to prevent excessively oily or dry scalp. Aloe vera also brings a refreshing and cooling sensation to the scalp.

Natural Conditioner

Aloe vera acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair’s sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness. It naturally combats frizz but does not have the greasy buildup that many hair care products leave behind.

Regardless of the scalp or hair’s condition, whether too oily or too dry, aloe vera can restore the proper balance. It has amazing results for promoting hair growth as well as staving off hair loss. Say goodbye to expensive and often ineffective hair treatments. Try aloe vera, nature’s own remedy for restoring health and beauty to hair. Try Aloe honey black shampoo, our black goodness… xoxo

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Your Brazilian hair might be Goat hair

Source: BBC News

In China, hair extensions, wigs and weaves are big business. Buyers in hair salons and shopping malls are often told they are getting real human hair – but when you look closely, sometimes things are not as they seem.

Mannequins wearing wigs and hair extensions

In a tiny village in Hunan province, central China a man dressed in a white vest and shorts rides around the dusty streets on a rusty bicycle, shouting and ringing his bell.

I stop him and ask what he’s up to. “I’m collecting hair,” he says. “When I ring my bell women come out and I cut their hair. I make hair extensions.”

I ask him how much he pays women for their hair. “I offer them a good price, but I need to make a profit,” he says with a smile.

The streets of the village are covered in hair drying beneath the scorching sun. Some of the hair is definitely human hair, yet the number of shaven goats wandering the streets suggests otherwise.

After collecting the hair, he takes it to a small factory where ten women weave it together into hair extensions.

Looking on, I can see that some of the hair being woven together is human and some of it definitely is not. He then sells it to larger factories where it is treated with chemicals before being sold to shops around the country.

I left Hunan wanting to see where the hair went next. So I visited the megacity of Guangzhou. The city – formerly known as Canton – has always been one of China’s most important trading hubs and wealthiest cities.

Massive hotels and office blocks dominate the skyline close to the vast and murky brown Pearl River. The tops of the skyscrapers are hidden amid the thick palpable pollution.

Beneath the smog is where I met Lily. She owns a shop selling wigs and hair extensions in Guangzhou’s enormous beauty exchange centre in an area known as Sanyuanli.

Here you can buy anything from nail polish and night cream to foot spas and foundation. The lower floor of the market however is dedicated to hair – terrifying mannequins sport wigs and weaves of every colour the rainbow has to offer.

Lily sits on a stool in her shop, bunching the recently delivered hair together into fringes, curls and metre-long straight extensions.

The hair is held together with labels which supposedly tell us their country of origin. Here, apparently, one can buy hair from Peru, India and Brazil.

There are no Chinese customers here though – every buyer seems to be from Africa. Nigerians, Ghanaians, Congolese, South Africans, Angolans and Ugandans scour the impressive hall for the best-priced hair extensions available. They tell me they can triple their money when they get home.

Towards the end of a busy day I ask shop owner Lily how her business is doing. “It’s ok, we used to sell to Europe and America, but now nearly 100% of my clients are in Africa,” she says.

Lily shows me a list of the nationalities of the traders she sells to – of the 39 countries on the list, 37 are in Africa, reflecting the large African community in this city.

“It’s good business for me, but the problem is we pay more for the hair now, as living and production costs in China are higher now.”

Lily then describes, how in order to make her business profitable, she has to use fake scales when weighing out hair to customers and buy a mixture of human hair and synthetic or goat hair to lower costs.

“We say it is Indian hair or Brazilian hair, but in fact it is normally Chinese hair or even goat hair. They never realise. This is the only way we can keep things cheap,” she says, adding that her customers always drive a hard bargain.

Before we can finish our conversation Marie from Uganda comes in, demanding: “I want Brazilian hair, only Brazilian, give me your best quality and best price.”

The negotiation goes on for hours under the watchful eyes of the wig-wearing, angry-looking mannequins. As the sun sinks and the moon begins to rise over Guangzhou’s polluted skyline, Marie leaves empty-handed.

I run after her as she leaves the shop to ask if she knows that some of the hair isn’t human. “Of course I know. The Chinese think we’re stupid. I come all the way from Uganda and they think I don’t know hair,” she says.

Marie pauses and then lets out a huge, hearty laugh before coming close to whisper in my ear: “I laugh a lot when I go home and I know that the beautiful women of Kampala have goats on their heads.”

AfroRiri WCW: Dakore Akande

At AfroRiri Haircare , our Wednesdays are dedicated to naturalistas we admire and love. Hopefully, by seeing our WCW you are encouraged to continue your natural hair journey.

Our WCW is Nigeria’s own Dakore Akande. Dakore Akande (born Dakore Omobola Egbuson) is a Nigerian award winning actress and musician.She is an ambassador for Amnesty International, Amstel Malta and Oxfam of America. Dakore was born in Bayelsa state as the first child of her parents. She attended Corona School and Federal Government Girls’ College in Lagos and Bauchi respectively. She studied mass communication at the University of Lagos. She has acted in more than 50 films like Journey to self, Unconditional, Men do cry, Play boy and Silent tears. When you meet Dakore, you are stunned by her beauty, carriage and amiable disposition. These are the attributes that have pulled Dakore Egbuson through as one of Nollywood’s finest actresses. She is a beautiful and talented actress, a singer and a Television presenter. Dakore, is a very spiritual person who loves herself. She knows what she wants and gets it. As she says, God has been on her side all the way. Dakore  loves African stuff.” I have emancipated myself from the mental slavery that comes with the western way of doing things. I’m an amalgamation of those two. Seeing that I’m contemporary young and I am African inside.” she says. Her hair was not growing well and she was tired of perming it. She decided to cut it and keep dreads. Since it was less stressful and didn’t want to be going to the salon everytime. She had dreads 12 years. Now she has cut off the dreads and is rocking her natural hair. She rocks her natural hair on the red carpet, movies and photo shoots.She is currently married with 2 kids. So you see that having and wearing your own natural hair does not make you less successful.

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I am in love with my Natural hair

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I love love being natural. I am so in love with my natural  hair that I hate it being in a protective style. I wish people could see how beautiful it is through my eyes. I wish people can stop making comments to me to go and relax my hair like and they say it with disgust. We have to re-evaluate this standard of beauty in the world. Am content and happy with my decision. Respect my decision and keep your opinions to yourself. Frankly, I just think that natural hair is straight up beautiful. I mean, of course, I have my bad hair days but I just love how awesome natural hairstyles look. Whether it’s braids or fros or everything in-between, natural hair is straight up cool and nobody should ever feel ashamed of it. My hair is a reflection of me , my family and heritage. Call me curly, textured or kinky I want my hair to be big, curly, healthy and full of character. My hair being natural does not mean am of a lower class or I have no money to maintain relaxed hair. I just want my hair to be fun and different from everyone. My hair is me. I am so in love with my natural hair.

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