DURBAN DAY ONE - TRAVELLING, FOOD AND DRINKS


Touchdown in Durban (Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
Hey Loves,

So if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I landed in Durban, South Africa yesterday thanks to South African Tourism. I'll be here until the 20th of July seeing what this beautiful city has to offer and also covering the MTV African Music Awards (MAMA) for TW Magazine. This is my first time in Durban and my first music awards show so I'm very excited to be a part of this trip. I'm here with about 15 other representatives from different media houses and you know me, I can be a little shy but so far it's been great getting to know everyone.

We left Lagos yesterday evening (on the 15th) at 10.30pm. We flew South African Airways straight to Johannesburg and had a 2 and a half layover before boarding our 50-minute flight to Durban. Both flights were pretty smooth and spent trying to sleep (which never works for me sigh) We're staying at the Southern Sun Eleganiand Mahrani Hotel and I wish I could have shown you a picture of my room before I unpacked but honestly, the first thing I did when I got to my room was shower and sleep! I was EXHAUSTED! But I can tell you the rooms are nice and the beds are super comfortable. Maybe I’ll show you a picture after room service comes in today lol.
Spotted D'Banj at OR Tambo Johannesburg (Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
Spotted Seyi Shay at OR Tambo Johannesburg (Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
Waiting for our flight to Durban - Tired (Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
After a power nap, our group walked onto the Durban Beachfront for our welcome lunch at Circus Circus cafe. They’re right on the beach and the set up was amazing, I ordered the Grilled Baby Calamari with crème fraîche and chili jam (yum!) starter and Thai Fish Cakes for my main. Unfortunately somewhere in between our arrival and the food being served, the weather took a sudden turn and our beach party quickly turned into a blanket-fest. It was so cold! I quickly gobbled up my food and retreated back to my hotel room, where they graciously provided my with a mini portable heater -#africanproblems lol
Me & Fade
(Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
(Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi) 
Circus Circus Menu
After a quick catch up on work and emails we reconvened for dinner. And we were off to experience Durban’s hub for nightlife – the infamous Florida Road with over 2km of restaurants, pubs, clubs, art galleries and eclectic little shops. I will definitely will be going back there again during the day.

We went to Butcher Boys Grill restaurant where we were greeted with warm bread rolls (if you know me you know how I feel about warm bread rolls lol), salads and a platter of chicken livers, fried calamari and local South African mini sausages called Boerie Bites. I ordered the Sirloin and Prawn combo for my main and their garlic prawns and mashed potatoes were LIFE. Everything was so tasty and the service was amazing. I was even able to order a dessert that wasn't on the menu, a warm brownie and ice cream (not pictured as it was instantly devoured lol). Oh and let me just tell you about my cocktail! I can’t remember the name but it’s basically a long island made with Red Bull instead of coke aka "deep conversation" serum because after a glass of this we were all talking about our belief in God and miracles lol.

Dinner Table (Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
(Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
(Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
(Photo Credit - Kola Oshalusi)
After dinner we walked down to Velvet Lounge, a whiskey, wine and cigar lounge on Florida Road. The decor was very Victorian-influenced with plush, thick couches and gold-framed, oversized paintings. I love South African house so the music was right up my street but I guess the DJ got wind of the fact that some Nigerians were in the building because soon after we arrived, the music switched to Wizkid and Davido. Am I the only one that gets excited to hear Nigerian music outside of Nigeria? After a few drinks, I dragged myself (or rather Uber-ed myself) back to my hotel at about 1 o'clock in the morning and got into bed #rockstarlife lol
I have to give a shout out to the South African Tourism reps tomorrow because they're honestly the sweetest people. They’ve organised every single thing since we got here from our sim cards, to where we ate and what we did, to even getting us blankets on the beach. They're really thoughtful and I can't wait to see what they've planned for us today!

TRANSITION LIKE A BOSS

 

‘Transitioning’ is one of those natural hair buzzwords a la ‘deep conditioning’ (saturating your hair in conditioner and/or oils and using heat to encourage absorption into your hair), ‘pre-poo’ (pre-shampoo oil treatment), and ‘dusting’ (trimming your ends). If you’re new to the community the lingo can often times be confusing but don’t worry we’re here to decode it for you! 

If you’ve made the decision to go natural after chemically processing (with relaxers or texturisers) or after heat damage, you have two choices:
  • The Big Chop: cutting off all your hair off at once
  • Transitioning: a more gradual process where you just stop processing your hair and gradually trim off the ends as your natural hair grows out

The decision to transition is becoming more popular amongst ladies for a variety of reasons.  For instance, they don't like how they look with short hair, they worry that they won't be able to style their short hair while it grows out, or they're afraid of negative feedback from others around them. While going for the big chop is often seen as the easier way to transition, ultimately, it really comes down to personal preference. But if you would like to transition, here are a few things to note.

1.  Think about a time frame: Once you make the decision to transition, think about how long you want your process to last. Whatever you decide at this point doesn't have to be a firm commitment. You may think you want to transition for a year, and after six months, get tired of dealing with two different textures and simply cut all your relaxed hair off. It happens. It's good to have a tentative plan in place if you can, especially if you're the type of person who likes to have goals and milestones to work toward. Do you want to transition for half a year or one year? Or would you rather transition until you have three to four inches of new growth? It's up to you.

2.  Start with a good trim: This means you need to get rid of all those dead, thin and split ends.  The longer you transition, the more brittle they will become so you might as well let them go now because they will break anyway. It’s also recommend to trim about an inch off every month to get rid of damaged ends and prevent more split ends from forming. (Tip Always use hair-cutting scissors.  Paper-cutting or dull scissors can cause split ends.)

3.  Stay away from heat: When you're only used to dealing with straight hair, it can be hard trying to understand the curls sprouting out of your scalp. About one or two months in, you'll probably notice that your hair looks like it has two competing texture and you may be tempted to flat-iron the new growth to make it match your relaxed hair. Remember: you're growing a chemical out of your hair in order to enjoy your unique kinks and coils. Don't make the new growth match the old; instead, wear styles that make your relaxed hair more closely match your natural hair. Nazuri Curls extensions were created to blend with your natural-textured hair and with our weftted extensions, clip-ins and custom wigs, they are a protective styling option for transitioners.

4.   Say no to texturisers: Although texturisers are designed to only slightly relax hair instead of completely straightening it, these are still chemicals and will only make your transition to truly natural hair even longer. Don't believe the hype that texturisers are more natural than relaxers. They contain the same chemicals. The biggest difference between them is the amount of time you leave them on your hair. A texturiser won't make your transition "easier." It will hide your true curl pattern and only delay the process.

5.  Two words: leave-in conditioner. Technically that's three, but seriously, you will want to moisturise, moisturise, and then moisturise some more. Curly hair tends to dry out really easily, so throw out your rinse-out conditioners and invest in a really good deep-conditioning treatment. Don't be afraid to deep condition for 30 minutes at least twice a month. The chemically treated ends of your hair are extremely fragile, so you'll want to deep condition to prevent breakage and keep your hair nourished. 


This content is provided by Ifeyinwa Ojekwe for Nazuri Curls. Nazuri Curls was launched in 2013 with one vision to bring beautifully-textured premium quality, virgin human hair extensions, clip-ins and wigs to ladies who want to embrace their hair texture whether that’s natural, transitioning or relaxed. Our hair extensions are made from the finest quality premium virgin hair that has been steam processed to achieve curls that blend seamlessly with Afro and curly textured hair. We are a UK based company but we ship internationally and also have an official distributorship in Nigeria. Please visit www.nazuricurls.com for more details.

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NAZURI CURLS BRIDAL INSPIRATION

It’s June and it’s officially raining weddings! (See what I did there? Hehe) Most naturalistas struggle with the decision to embrace their hair or rock a slick, straight weave and I can’t say I blame them, your wedding hair is a huge decision. Well never fear ladies, we’ve got some hairspiration to help you today. And you don’t have to have natural hair (or even be a bride-to-be for that matter) to try out any of these hairstyles. With Nazuri Curls extensions you have the versatility to play around with textures, volumes and lengths that are completely different to your own hair.

Afro
Our best-selling Afro texture is the most similar hair texture to type 4b/4c natural hair. It is a low lustre, coarse texture, perfect for the bride that dares to be unapologetically wild for her Big Day. 
Afro Half Updo - Achieve with 12" and 14" Afro clip-ins or U-Part Custom Wig (Photo Credit: Cheri Pearl Photography)
Afro Short Puff - Achieve with 1 x 10" Afro clip-ins centred at the crown of your head. Leave your own hair out around the perimeter (Photo Credit: Munaluchi Bride)
Short Afro - Achieve with Afro 2 x 12" Custom Full Wig with Fringe. For this definition, wet the hair and use a styling gel to clump the curls together. (Photo Credit- Munaluchi Bride)
Afro Asymmetric Updo - Achieve with 2 x 14" Afro clip-ins. Leave your own hair around the perimeter of the clips and secure with bobby pins to frame your face. (Photo Credit: The Right Hair Styles)

Kinky
This medium-lustre, softer hair texture is the perfect choice for Type 3c/4a natural hair and transitioning hair. Its slightly looser texture makes this hair type easier to manipulate and take care of when compared to the Afro.
Kinky, Wild & Free - Achieve with 1 x 18", 1 x 20" and 1 x 22" Kinky Custom Wig. Leave your own hair out around the perimeter and brush the curls out gently for a less defined, messy look (Photo Credit: Pinterest)
Kinky Fro with Cornrows - Achieve with 1 x 10" Kinky clip-ins. Cornrow the front of your hair and add in the clips for added volume. (Photo Credit: Essence)
Kinky Half Pony - Achieve with  2 x 18" bundles installed at the lower half of your head. Slick the top of your hair down with gel to blend. (Photo Credit: The Style News Network)

Curly
This medium lustre, loosely curled texture is perfect for accomplishing a whimsical and romantic look for your wedding and blends best with relaxed and straightened hair.
Free Curls - Achieve with a  1 x 18" centre-part closure, 1 x 18" and 2 x 20" Custom Wig (Photo Credit: Feedly)
Half Updo - Achieve with a  1 x 18" centre-part closure, 1 x 18" and 1 x 20" Custom Wig (Photo Credit: Naturally Curly)
Curly Side Ponytail - Achieve with a  1 x 18" centre-part closure, 1 x 18" and 2 x 20" Custom Wig (Photo Credit: Pinterest)

Straight
Our Straight extensions mimic straightened or blow-dried natural hair and is the perfect choice for ladies that want a sleeker look without compromising on texture.
Straight Waves - Achieve with a Straight U-part Custom Wig from 2 x 20". Style with a chunky twist-out or bendy rollers 
Beehive - Achieve with 2 x 20" Straight clip-ins centred on the crown of your head or U-Part Custom Wig and style (Photo Credit: Creme De La Bride)

Straight Twisted Updo - Achieve with 2 x 16" Straight Clip Ins inserted in desired locations for volume and length.  (Photo Credit: Essence)
Straight Updo - Achieve with 2 x 18" Straight clip-ins centred on the crown of your head and style (Photo Credit: Creme De La Bride)

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This content is provided by Ifeyinwa Ojekwe for Nazuri Curls. Nazuri Curls was launched in 2013 with one vision to bring beautifully-textured premium quality, virgin human hair extensions, clip-ins and wigs to ladies who want to embrace their hair texture whether that’s natural, transitioning or relaxed. Our hair extensions are made from the finest quality premium virgin hair that has been steam processed to achieve curls that blend seamlessly with Afro and curly textured hair. We are a UK based company but we ship internationally and also have an official distributorship in Nigeria. Please visit www.nazuricurls.com for more details.

PROTECTIVE STYLE TIPS FROM NAZURI CURLS


If you’re new to the natural hair community, protective styling involves putting your hair into a style that involves tucking your ends away from the atmosphere to protect them from damage whilst your hair grows. The premise is that if the ends of your hair don’t break and your hair continues to grow, then you will achieve longer hair. I hear the phrase from a lot of people that they like to ‘put their hair away’ this usually translates as either purely protective styling (wearing their own hair in buns, twist and up-do’s) and for others this means putting on a wig or weave for a little while.  For those who prefer the latter, there can be a tendency to neglect your hair while it’s “away”. So make sure you remember these tips to ensure you reach your hair goals.

It Starts at the Roots
Is your braid pattern protecting your hair?
  • Look after the perimeter of your hair as this will be where the most amount of pressure is being applied – try and use a horizontal ‘anchor cornrow or plait’ at your nape to hold your wig or weave in place.
  • Do not wear cornrows that are too small – you’ll need to access your scalp when washing / moisturising your extensions
  • Do not wear cornrows that are too tight! This pressure could pull on your scalp, break your hair and prevent the growth your trying to achieve
  • If adding extensions (particularly synthetic kanekalon like Expressions) to your cornrows bear in mind that these may remove additional moisture from your hair

What’s in your spray bottle?
It’s essential that you keep your hair underneath your extensions hydrated!
  • Water is of course the most important thing to use for moisture and we recommend accompanying this with a leave-in conditioner. You can also add a light oil such as coconut oil or almond oil to the spray mixture.
  • Try not to use heavy butters or conditioners / creams that have silicones on your scalp on a daily basis – you do not want to clog your scalp / create build up as if this accumulates under your extensions you will stifle your hair growth.
  • Don’t forget to look after your leave out if you have any. Spraying a water-based mixture or using a cream on your leave out regularly works well with textured extensions but for other styles, using an oil based product will avoid your hair reverting to its natural state whilst still allowing you to add some moisture.

Let’s Keep it Clean
If you’re wearing your protective style for a long time then washing your scalp cannot be avoided
  • This is the make or break of protective styles – build-up on your scalp can stifle growth and also reduce the longevity of your style. This is where wearing a wig has its main benefits as you have full access to your scalp. If wearing a weave, we recommend co-washing using a spray bottle and gently rubbing your scalp with your fingers to cleanse the scalp
  • If using a shampoo to cleanse make sure you rinse out all the product, residues of shampoo on your scalp can dry out your hair
  • Make sure that your hair is completely dry, do not walk around with a damp head it could cause mold! We recommend air drying or sitting under a hooded dryer with the temperature on cool or using a blow dryer on a cool setting. Alternatively you could wear your hair up to reduce drying time whilst air drying


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This content is provided by Yasmin Kamara for Nazuri Curls. Nazuri Curls was launched in 2013 with one vision to bring beautifully-textured premium quality, virgin human hair extensions, clip-ins and wigs to ladies who want to embrace their hair texture whether that’s natural, transitioning or relaxed. Our hair extensions are made from the finest quality premium virgin hair that has been steam processed to achieve curls that blend seamlessly with Afro and curly textured hair. We are a UK based company but we ship internationally and also have an official distributorship in Nigeria. Please visit www.nazuricurls.com for more details.

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