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Short Afro Hero Series: How To Hide Your Thin Afro Hairline With Accessories

Last Saturday, I kinda struggled with what to use as a title for this post- do you ever have that issue guys? Basically, I had intended to use the headline that you can see but then let’s just say before doing my blog shoot, many things went wrong.  To name but a few: I couldn’t open some very important files that contained vital footage of my fashion show which I needed to edit, the friend I was supposed to be doing the shoot with cancelled, my intestines felt like they were being strangled as I’m recovering from a bout of awful food poisoning and the pièce de résistance? Being in Lagos, I didn’t have my tight peeps to shake it off with…in a nutshell: my woe is me and yes there were tears.

But then, I bitchslapped myself and said: ‘Nope, Biki, get over it’, and so I did.  In full #MakeLemonadeOutOfLemons mode, I called my ma’s driver and said, ‘You’re going to make some extra cash this morning by taking pics of me!’  Truth be told, I didn’t have to pay him pip diddley squat, as his ‘Madam’s Daughter’, but that’s not how I roll. So I gave him enough money for a hearty lunch.  He had no idea how to use a camera, so in between teaching him, playing ‘model’ and wiping colossal beads of sweat: these pics were taken.  With all this Olympics-worthy hurdle jumping, I was tempted to call this post something along the lines of: How To Overcome Obstacles Bla Bla Bla. But I stuck to my original idea and made the title hair related,so let’s get to it shall we?

HOW TO HIDE YOUR THIN AFRO HAIRLINE WITH ACCESSORIES

Peruse the web and you are inundated with great tips and advice on the best ways to regrow your thin edges/receding hairline.  That’s all well and good, but what about the in between stages?  What of the times you don’t want to cover your head with wigs, extensions, turbans et al? What Then?  Then my Brothers and Sisters of the Congregation, you make nice with your headband, like so:

How To Hide A Thin Afro HairlineWhen you have a thin hairline, you have to turn into the sneakiest and craftiest motherfucker alive, you have to learn how to disguise your misfortune, how to create an illusion that ‘Everyting Irie’.  Or at least, these are the measures I’ve taken to disguise my thin hairline whilst I do my damndest to grow it back.

This is my left side:

How To Hide A Thin Hairline With AccessoriesAnd that’s my right:

How To Hide A Thin Afro HairlineTIPS WHEN BUYING & USING YOUR HEADBAND

  • The thickness of your headband is eeeeeverything, so gauge the extremity of your hair loss and go from there. E.g. if you’ve suffered a minor loss of hair on your sides/front: a thin headband will do.
  • You are trying to pull attention away from your receding hairline remember? So distract with razzle dazzle aplomb by getting headbands laced with statement detailing like sequined embellishment, beading etc.
  • When placing your headband, do so, so that it artfully covers your problem area.
  • When it comes to where I buy my headbands, Claire’s Accessories has had my back each and every time! The headband I’m wearing is from there. Enough Said.
  • Ladies and Gentleladies, headbands do tend to put a varying amount of stress on the hairline.  So this is not a ‘disguise’ you are to wear too often or for too many hours in the day.  Remember your edges need to be relaxed and ‘set free’ to grow.

Now let’s spend a moment on my kimono, which happens to be one of my favourite purchases this year.  So much so, I have 2 of them: 1 for each continent I reside in. Bien sur! I got it from Miss Selfridge, yes at my grand ol’ age, I pop there from time to time because once in a pink moon, they stock Vintage-Esque Beauties like these.

Black and pink floral print kimonoIn this dress I’m ready to be transported back to the 70s and placed in some hedonistic never-ending part-ay in a fading actor’s iconic, ranchstyle pool house in LA.  For this shoot, I made my kimono appear pretty modest as 1) It was daytime. 2) I did not want to put on a freak-a-leek show for the Driver by showing him mega leg and clevage. But guuurl, lets just say with mild alterations, I have been known to entertain in this number in my boudooooooir.

Floral Print Kimono067My god it was too hot that day, how do personal style bloggers in Nigeria manage to look so cool and collected?

Floral Print KimonoAnd back to you: what kind of hair issues have you had or are having?  What do you do to disguise that or make your hair look better? Do you like Kimonos? How do you wear yours? Aaah Questions, Questions….

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Short Natural Afro Styles & Tips

During summer as my hair and hairline had noticeably improved, I rocked this cornrow hairstyle twice and then did a different style for the filming of my TV show.

017When I loosened my hair the first time, I noticed my hairline had been affected. I was unbelievably gutted because I had worked so hard to get my hair in this condition.  For about a year I believe…

obehiFrom then on common sense dictated I had to leave my hair well alone but I had my TV promo images to take, as well as the filming of the show.  I didn’t feel like rocking my natural hair for both gigs or wearing a wig for a plethora of reasons.  Proving vanity is woman’s greatest vice, I did the cornrow hairstyle again and then fixed a different cornrow style for my TV show. And now, erm, my hairline, well…it’s NOT good…

Luckily, I’m in Nigeria,  Port Harcourt specifically.  And in The Land That God Forgot, I can now give my hairline and hair some major TLC.  Doing that means leaving my hair well alone and more than ever, I need to see images of women with teeny short Afros who look stylish.  Because I am majorly unhappy with how my hair looks at the moment.  The Natural Movement may be going from strength to strength but more often than not, I either see dark models sporting major TWAs with killer cheekbones armed with legs from here to Calcutta or I see women with full and long thick Afros…this does nothing for my confidence.

So now I’m even more motivated to keep up with my Short Afro Heroes series, but if you follow my blog,you’ll see I’ve rejigged it a bit.

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Short Afro Stylish Women

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Short Afro Grace Jones Style

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Aren’t these ladies fab? Which Short Afro Hero gets your vote?  For me its Oromo Elewa: the Glamazon getting out of the cab.

Short Afro Beauty Tip

Get your eyebrows ‘On Fleek‘: When you have an incy wincy Afro, having tidy and well-shaped brows shaping your face is as important as getting the right frame to encase your favorite picture/painting.  As the pictures above show, with hair this short your face and its features ain’t got nowhere to hide.

Ensure you head to your local beauty salon or if you have a good and steady hand you can DIY, whatever path you choose to follow: get your eyebrows in order.

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Makeup & Me: Golden Glimmer Or Disco Fever?

I love having my makeup done and experimenting with different looks.  I feel that makeovers make my posture noticeably better: I walk away from the makeup chair with my head held that much higher, my back straighter…

With the pre-production work of my TV show currently ongoing, its come to the time when I must prepare for my TV Promotion Images.  These will be the images that Silverbird TV uses to promote the program’s airing date and time on TV, as well as for teasers,  press releases, social media etc.  So Guuurl, my makeup has to be OnPoint.com.

Over this summer period, I have practiced two possible looks with Berlin-based makeup artist, Yohanna Van Der Pool.

Look 1: Golden Glimmer

With the first look, I stayed firmly in my Comfort Zone and used my favourite eye colour palettes: Gold Shimmer Shadows, Bronze, Mahogany Browns rimmed with lashings of black eyeliner and mascara.

006With this look, I forgot to cast my eyes downwards, so you’re not able to soak in Yohana’s great eye shadow blending techniques: Darn It!

069I just adore the luxurious molten look of Gold/Bronze/Brown eye shadows, I feel the hues look so luminescent on dark skin tones like mine.  With my sister’s warning ringing in my ears to lay off the ‘RuPaul, Drag Race Look’ after many a makeup session, I asked Yohana to not go all out on the Contouring, but honey, I still kept my Extravaganz-A Fake Eyelashes!

068I’m wearing: Jumpsuit (Peekaboo Vintage, London), Silver Shoes (Faith), Necklace and Rings (H&M), Belt (Port Harcourt Boutique), Bracelets (Lagos Airport).

Look 2: Disco Fever.

This time around I gave a nod to 70s GlaMORE! and experimented with a harder eye look: Purple Glitter.  I love 70s Makeup and Fashion: If Your Shit Didn’t Shimmer, It Didn’t Make No Sense.

153160Makeup aside, I have to give a shout out to the jewellery team at H&M (Yet Again!!!) Both my necklace and earrings are from there and this Spring/Summer season, I can just visualize their Design Studio Moodoboard full of travel images from around the globe: Africa, India…Art Deco Jewellery clippings….

164165The final makeup looks I decide on for my TV Promotion Images will depend largely on the clothes I end up wearing, so I’m going through my wardrobe bearing in mind that I need to appeal to a Nigerian audience whose Fashion Approach I take as, More Is More!!  PS I can’t wait to get to the stage where designers are lending me their clothes for these shoots…tsigh…

Speaking of which, next week I’ll be heading to a LDN designer studio to try on some looks which I will be ‘modelling’ for the TV Show Program to show how ‘Real Women’ can wear the brand’s clothes… I’m excited and nervous as hell!

167I’m wearing: Bustier (Wyldr), Skirt (Peekaboo Vintage, London), Shoes (Tamaris), Necklace, Earrings and Rings (H&M), Bracelets (Lagos Airport), Belt (Port Harcourt Boutique).

Aaaand back to you: which is your favourite makeup look: Golden Glimmer or Disco Fever?  If you could have a makeup session, what look would you go for? Retro, 70s, 80s, A Character From A Movie, A Pop Icon…? Do tell, I’d love to know.

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My 'Lagos Makeover' @ The Kinky Apothecary Pop Up Salon

A few weeks ago, I watched this YouTube clip from a Naij Media Big Wig over here, Toke M.  It had me in hysterics, but underneath the humour was a huge dollop of truth. There is a Lagos Look and for the most part, if you want to play with the Big Boys and their Toys,you just have to get jiggy with it.

That’s why when I learnt (via The Kink and I) that The Kinky Apothecary was having a Pop Up Salon at The White Space last week Saturday; where amongst many Beauty Treats, I could get my make up done: I knew I had to book an appointment.

Fast forward to me sitting on my make up chair, heart beating with eager anticipation- I was so excited, FINAALLLY My ‘Lagos Drag Queen(esque)’ Make Over!!

Let me pause here to say that I was extra joyful because moments earlier, I bought a fab Raffia top courtesy of GREY, as they were having a sale at the Pop Up event!  Ps GREY is fast becoming one of my favourite Nigerian fashion brands.  I already bought a jacquard skirt of theirs last week, that I’m saving for New Years.

Ok, so back to me being on my chair- my make up that day was done by the Sacred Beauty team, specifically, Aremu Kazeem Yayah.

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When he asked me what I wanted, I replied with great gusto that I craved the Big She-Bang, I wanted to look like one of the Bella Naija Wedding Belles.  Subtlety Was Out and In Yer Face was the way to go!  At the end of the day as Toke said, My Eyes Had To Be Speeeeeeaking!!!

Initially, Areemu wanted to go this route with my lippy, but I wasn’t for it-

So he changed it to this-

029(Make Up used: MAC Foundation NW47, SACRED Concealer (for contouring and highlighting), SACRED Mineralize Powder, SACRED Eyeshadow Palette (Gold, Purple and Black), MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder, SACRED Eyebrow pencil and Red Cherry Eyelashes)

The Make Up cost N7,000 with N1,000 of that for the lashes.

After my make over, I dashed around the space to capture what was going on-

047The lovely Uche from GREY (on the left)wearing a GREY ensemble. I’m loving that Tangerine Orange bag and her footwear.048052I am considering dying my hair but I’m holding back till I’m armed with all the info I need as my hair is super sensitive. The cutie on the right told me she used a random bleach in a hair store in the UK, that was actually meant for Caucasian hair. And luckily her, none of her hair has fallen out! 053I loved the art work and photography I saw-

056The fab Nibi in GREY. Ps my Raffia top is in the same design as the ensemble she is wearing- J’adore!

055059061Needless to say, I had so much fun getting my make up done. I did feel a twinge of discomfort as I don’t normally shovel so much make up on, but that soon melted with all the compliments I received. I must admit, when I looked into the mirror, I did feel very Drag-a-licious and ready to feature on RuPaul’s, Drag Race. Ladies, Start Your Engines!!

???????????????????????????????I had initially planned to have my Big Madame outfit and accessories to match this look, but I ended up running late for my appointment, so grabbed this dress from my Mama’s wardrobe.  I’m all about the colourful beading on the neckline.

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072075All in all, it was a great concept and event. Being relatively ‘new’ in town, I really enjoyed the experience and it was also my first Pop Up event in Lagos.  I hope to go to more of such, at a similar standard.  Well Done Team!

On a separate note, its 2 days to Christmas- AAAAAHHH!! Where has the time gone?  I wish all of you a joyous Christmas. Hope you have lots of merry moments with your loved ones!

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Short Afro Heroes

It would be more accurate to say Heroines as opposed to Heroes, but who wants to be perfect?  So what is a Short Afro Hero?  Quite simply, like any hero these people inspire.  Whereas super heroes or mortal heroes are renowned for making sacrifices to save humankind, Short Afro Heroes although exempt from this daily burden, can inspire us to make the necessary hair changes or adopt regimes that can indeed rescue us from the edge.  Think I’m being dramatic?  Then you have never looked in the mirror and wanted to pull your own head off because after years of hair abuse, your hairline decides to take a vacation away from your head. Permanently.

Short Afro Heroes without having to use super powers but by simply wearing their hair short and naturally with pizzazz can force you to take a good hard look at yourself and make the necessary hair and diet changes.  And without further ado:

Let’s start with a fiery bang.

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Put a ring through it.

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Uber Short Hair + Uber Long Legs = Uber Sex Appeal.

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Love those lil’ spirals.

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So who is your hair hero? It can be a friend, relative, celebrity: who inspires you to take better care of your locks or seduces you into staring endlessly at their manes?

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