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Dark and Lovely Au Naturale – My Honest Review 

Hi guys! 

Last week I received a gift hamper from a well known South African brand, Dark and Lovely.

Goody basket from Dark and Lovely
Goody basket from Dark and Lovely

It might interest you to know that Dark and Lovely products (Relaxer, Shampoo, conditioner, etc) were a staple back in the days when I still had relaxed hair. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that all four products in my hamper had been specifically formulated for Afro textured women. 

Moving on, the content of the hamper included but was not limited to a shampoo, a conditioner, a plaiting pudding cream and, an Afro moisturizing butter…All of which I had the pleasure of experimenting with this past weekend and, just like any other experiment, I’m here with my report, better known in this premise as, a review,  and this review promises to be honest, transparent and, unbiased. 

L-R: Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo, Knot-Out Conditioner, Plaiting Pudding Cream and Afro Moisturizing Butter. 
L-R: Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo, Knot-Out Conditioner, Plaiting Pudding Cream and Afro Moisturizing Butter. 

The Good:

  • The shampoo lathers pretty well (a little goes a long way)
  • The knot out conditioner has great slip and the ingredients constitute a majority of hair friendly alcohols. Read more about alcohols in hair products here
  • The Plaiting pudding cream is impressively hydrating and it neither left my hair dry nor flaky
  • The Afro moisturizing butter has great creamy consistency, is non-sticky and can be used to tame frizz in the hair, around the edges and along the nape.

The Bad:

  • The “moisture-replenishing” shampoo performs the exact opposite of replenishing moisture. I found that my hair was dry and very dull after washing. This could most likely be due to the high percentage of Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)  in the shampoo. Read more about alcohols in hair products here

The Ugly:

  • Nothing yet

My Verdict:

Although the shampoo left my hair dry, an easy way to work around it would be having to do a pre poo either with pure honey or even with the Afro moisturizing butter since that contains honey also and is super moisturising.

Rating each product on a scale of 10: 

Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo (4/10)
Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo (4/10)


Shampoo Ingredients
Shampoo Ingredients


Knot-Out Conditioner (10/10)
Knot-Out Conditioner (10/10)

Conditioner Ingredients
Plaiting Pudding Cream (9/10)


Pudding Ingredients

Afro Moisturizing Butter (9/10)

Moisturizing Butter Ingredients 

Did I mention that these products have a uniting factor?!

Well, due to the presence of Mango seed oil and Bamboo milk, they all have a pleasant mango scent that soothes the senses, with the exception of the Afro Moisturising butter which clearly contains guarana root and honey. 

Products at a glance
Products at a glance

In all, I enjoyed experimenting with the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale mango oil and bamboo milk line and I recorded the complete process of how I used all four products mentioned in this review, so if you are not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, please  click here to subscribe so you don’t miss the styling tutorial video when it goes up. 

Turns out the Knot out conditioner was my favorite from the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Mango Oil & Bamboo Milk line. I’m not sure why I held onto the Plaiting pudding so lovingly. 

Click here to watch the complete video of how I used all four products (from washing to styling) 

Have you tried any product(s) from the Au Naturale line? Please share your experience(s) below.


3 Reasons Why I Prefer Tapered Hair

If you missed the last post, read it here 

I’m still yet to meet anyone (male or female)  who does not love a tapered hair cut but as a natural sista, I prefer my hair tapered for the following reasons:

Saves Time & Energy: there is no denying that styling a head full of kinky hair can be quite tasking but in a case where your hair is tapered, you automatically have less hair to work with and by the time the tapered sections grow out, you would have gotten used to dealing with your own hair.

Hair Grows With Shape: a tapered hair remains a tapered hair unless altered. Even when your hair has grown out into a massive fro, it maintains the taper shape and you won’t have to worry about your hair being blown out of shape by the wind when you don’t have a mirror handy.

Stands You Out From The Crowd: everyone knows there is something extraordinary about people with tapered cuts and fades (especially when the person under observation is female). Be it a fresh cut or a grown out fro, a tapered hair shape singles you out from the crowd and places you right at the center stage. And oh! If you have some great color highlights  in your hair, you just may have won yourself a barrage of Ah!-Ten-sion (attention).

Have a great weekend you all and let it be known that everything is not for everyone. Taper or no taper, you rock! ❤

Hair still in shape
When I colored March-April 2015
July 2015. Notice how the shape remained unaltered

How A Taper Cut Can Up Your Natural Hair Game

The word ‘taper’ means a gradual diminution in the thickness of an elongated object so that the ends of the object  are thinner or narrower than the top.

Exactly one week after I scissored my hair, I made for the barbershop to get a more stylish cut. I know say my shakara don too much but a gal gotta do what a gal gotta do (in Mercy Johnson’s voice).

Before taper.. Please I can explain the flask 😃
After taper

So moving on to the taper level, I personally do not always feel too good with conventional everyday stunts and I believe that a little tweak to a TWA might just be all that is needed to give one that ‘away from the crowd’ look.

Also, you need to consider your head and face shapes to enable you opt for a style that would suit you. A taper cut that would accentuate the contours and angles of your face can leave you looking more gorgeous and feeling a lot more confident than just a normal low cut.

Normal low cut hair
Tapered cut

If you feel the need to funk up your tapered hair (whether TWA or big fro), do not hesitate to add a little bit of color if you so desire.

Normally your hair should come out as a regular Afro when your barber gets done, after which you can now style as you choose. 

Below are a few tapered natural hair cuts but keep in mind that they were styled after the hair had been tapered. Enjoy the view and let me know if there is/are any you would love to try. 






3Ps for Choosing a Natural Hairstyle

Hey lovely! How are you today?

If you regularly visit social media sites, you’ld have come across loads of cute natural hairstyles and most times, you just don’t know which ones to wear or not wear.

In the past, I’ve had to go an entire week with my hair in a puff just because I couldn’t decide on what style to put it in.  Now, to help narrow your options, here are a few factors to consider before you style your hair;

  1. Profession: nine out of ten times, because style has a language of its own, your appearance speaks volumes about you more than any certificate(s) and/or skill(s) would ever do. If you’re a doctor for example, you don’t want to style your hair in a way that would make your patients second guess your professional ethics.
  2. Personality: like a mirror through which people can see without having any direct contacts, your hair style can affect your personality in so many ways and whatever message you send out there is totally on you.
  3. Preference: in my opinion, a person’s preference should override every other factor because there’s a good reason why they prefer certain hairstyles to some other hairstyles, especially if it makes them comfortable.
  4. Occasion: an inappropriate hairstyle could alter one’s appearance if it doesn’t suit the occasion for which it was made. I mean, who wants to rock chunky twists out on their wedding day? Anybody 🙋 ? Lol..I thought not.

Just a few pictures for you below;









In your choices of  hairstyles, make your comfort a priority because multi personality is NOT a disorder.

Stay flexible!



Is “Going Natural” A Trend Or A Revolution?

Hey cupcake!

Welcome to the first episode of our natural hair series.

The question today is “Why did you go natural?”

You see, back in college, I studied veterinary medicine for about a year before making a transit to electronic engineering.

As adventurous as I’ld like to think I am, I can be a tad jittery when it comes to taking risks. But then again I ask “how does one get ahead of their fears without delving into risky ventures?”

Often times a risky adventure is all that’s necessary for you to make a difference. Nevertheless, the kind of risk you choose to take solely depends on the situation at hand.

I’m of the belief that there are calculated risks and impulsive risks. While the former follows a particular thought process, the latter does not.


Once upon A Relaxed Hair

Like many other naturals in the natural hair community, my hair used to be relaxed and permit me to say “it was quite healthy” but not as healthy as I wanted it to be. So I took the risk, it was a calculated one though because I made sure to thoroughly research before ever considering to go natural.

Below are a few pictures from my relaxed hair archive




Why I Went Natural

For me, going natural was born out of sheer curiosity and maybe a little bit of self rediscovery.  I wanted to:

  1. know how i’ld look with short hair on;
  2. find out if my hair would be capable of doing some of the things I had seen other naturalist’s hair do (curl, coil, shrink, etc) on social media sites;
  3. take a break from my relaxed hair;
  4. prove to myself that there was more to me than just hair;
  5. regain confidence, step up my values and self worth.

So these are pretty much the major reasons why I decided to go natural. Usually when there’s no purpose for a particular venture, the progress diminishes everytime it’s faced with an opposition.

Find a reason why you want to go natural and let it spur you on. Also, if you know anyone who’s been wanting go natural, please refer them to this blog so they don’t miss out on any of the ongoing series.

I’ld love to know why you went or want to go natural. Do you think the natural hair thing is a trend that’ll be phased out soon or a revolution that has come to stay?


Ziny Olaedo.

4 Steps To Deal With Tangles

Hello there!

How goes it? If your hair has grown past the TWA stage, it most likely should be in its awkward stage now. Just as the name implies, the awkward stage is that stage where you constantly wish your hair didn’t exist at all simply because it has graduated from a patterned array of curls that you once found easy to deal with at anytime of the day, to a messy forest of knots, tangles, snaps and splits.


Don’t lose it just yet! Now relax, grab a glass of your favorite drink, sit back,  sip easy and let us get through the tangle taming process together.

  1. Watering: spritzing some water (or water mixed with a leave in conditioner) on your hair few minutes before manipulation makes it a lot easier to handle because working with dry hair that’s already tangled, is an open invitation to headaches and anxiety.inshot_20160115_122522.jpg
  2. Sectioning: putting your hair in sections before combing, washing or styling helps dissuade the fears of dealing with an afro texture. That way, you can focus on one section at a time.  inshot_20160115_123118.jpginshot_20160115_130737.jpg
  3. Tell A Friend: you can even get help from someone close by, so you don’t go pulling and tugging at your hair in a frantic effort to get rid of tangles.inshot_20160115_132113.jpg
  4. Take Breaks: if the hair is about to kill you, please run away from it by going in for a protective style as this would ensure you don’t lose your sanity and like a soldier, come back with a better strategy for dealing with the hair.

In the next post, I’ll be reviewing my detangling conditioner and how it has greatly influenced my washday. Until then, Stay Queening/Kinging!

PS: I just posted a short video on instagram showing you how to properly detangle before styling.



A Chat with The Biochemical Dancer.



Hello beautiful! Can we meet you?

I’m Onyinyechi Alexandra Maduagwu, a Biochemistry finalist cum dancer in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

When did you discover how much you loved to dance?

That was in junior secondary school. Prior to that time, I couldn’t dance to save my life *chuckles*

What does dance mean to you?

Life. It literally keeps my body alive.

Which dancers inspire you?

Kaffy, Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra.

What’s your favorite TV show?

TV show!..err I don’t really watch TV.

Do you also dance at your leisure?

No, I go on social media sites so as to keep up with trends and all.

What social media sites are you most active on and how can one find you page?

Instagram and twitter. My handle is @reddancerchick for both sites.

Any celebrity crush?

Currently obsessing over Artist and Model “Toni Mahfud.”

Do you dance in a group?

Yes, I belong with ‘Thrillaz Dance Crew’ here in UNN and I do solo acts as well.

During the last K-pop competition, you were spotted rocking your TWA, what’s your take in the natural hair revolutionary?

I think it’s amazing and I love that African women are beginning to love the hair that grows outta their head and to understand what being truly African should represent.

Seeing that you’re a busy finalist in school and a dedicated dancer, how do you find the time to care for your hair?

When i’m not rocking a wash and go, I have a protective style on. Also I pay regular visits to afrizinynaturals and kinkychicks on instagram except that the latter doesn’t provide step wise instructions for one to follow.

So far, what’s been your most embarrassing moments?

The day I had to do a high jump in secondary school with no undies on. Worst day ever *covers face* It wasn’t a unisex school after all.

What are the three things your close friends don’t know about you?

  • I love the pain that comes with a good workout (makes me feel like I really did something)
  • When I don’t know a person’s name and I have to greet, I just throw compliments “hey! You look great!”
  • I’m terrible at remembering dates, the absolute worst.

If you had a soundtrack to your life, what song(s) would have to be on it?

“Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield. That’s all I’ve got for now.

Do you have a word or two for someone who wants to start dancing?

Dance is not difficult at all and like every other thing, it just takes practice. Keep at it and you’ll be fine.

Happy birthday Alex, thank you for your time!

Thanks for having me, I’m honoured.