New website… Farewell WordPress!

Hi peeps!
Just to let you know that this will be my last post on my WordPress account… But not to worry, I will still be blogging, only now it will be from my BRAND NEW WEBSITE! 

I have moved over my web address and all of my old posts so you can still find everything at www.africanremy.com. Please do check out the new website and let me know what you think!

If you have subscribed to receive my posts by email, your subscription has also been migrated to the new site automatically. However, if you subscribe via WordPress, you will have to subscribe again – not to worry. It only takes 10 seconds!

I have also uploaded a new video showing 13 different ways to style your braids, so check that out whilst you’re there!

As always, love love

Lola (African Remy)

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO: My Trip to Dubai (Vlog)

Hey guys!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that following my final exams (yay!), I’m currently in the Middle East doing some traveling and visiting some family.

As part of my travels, I flew to Dubai last weekend to visit my friend, Louise. I thought it would be fun to vlog during the trip (it was) and show you guys what I got up to. Check out the video and let me know what you think!

I’m also quite pleased to announce that I’ll be posting videos more regularly (weekly) going forward, so please do subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already.

Thanks for reading (and for sticking with me throughout my exam hibernation).

As always, any questions let me know.

Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

Me at Kite Beach, Dubai
Me at Kite Beach, Dubai

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NAZURI CURLS: Afro Weft Hair Review including DISCOUNT CODE

Hi guys

Hope you’re all doing well!

Really quick post today. Just to let you know that I’ve finally gotten around to editing my review video of the Nazuri Curls afro weft hair that I’ve been wearing.

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I’ve been getting so many compliments on the hair (which I’m obviously loving) and LOADS of questions, so I’ve made a video to answer everything.

Full details are in the video but in short, I would definitely recommend the hair and even better, the lovely ladies at Nazuri Curls have set up a discount code for African Remy subscribers. Simply use discount code “REMY10” at the checkout to get 10% off Nazuri Curls hair until 30 September 2015!

Have a watch of the video and let me know what you think. If you have any questions I didn’t answer, feel free to drop them in the  comment section.

I’m hoping to make videos more frequently going forward so look out for more of these. If you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know.

Thanks for reading peeps. Please don’t forget to like, comments, share and subscribe

Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

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TGIN Review and GIVEAWAY!

Hey peeps!

Really quick post from me – Just to let you know that I finally got around to editing my TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask review video…

The video also features a GIVEAWAY! I am giving away one TGIN Moisture Range travel pack, containing travel sizes of the following products:

– Moisture Rich Sulfate-free Shampoo
– Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
– Honey Miracle Hair Mask
– Buttercream Daily Moisturiser

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is subscribe to my channel (if you haven’t already) and comment “enter me” under the video!

The giveaway closes for entries on Friday 7 August 2015 @ 11.59pm

Winner will be picked at random on Saturday 8 August 2015 and announced shortly after.

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Best of luck guys. Please don’t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe ❤

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Lola (African Remy) x

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My (Four Day) Faux Loc Experience!

Hey ladies

It’s been too long! Exams have actually been killing me, but we thank God it’s over! These are my last ones (if I pass), so I’m gonna need you guys to send all your prayers and positive vibes towards me and whoever marks my exam papers.

Ok, so let’s get into it – Q&A on my very short lived faux locs.

Why did I get faux locs?

If you know me personally, you’ll probably know I love locs. I would love to have them at some point but not permanently for now. So I guess for me, faux locs are a nice, non-committal alternative.

I also needed something low maintenance for my holiday to St Lucia and the exam period.

(FYI – My St Lucia trip was amazing and I’m going to put up a picture post very soon).

How long did they take?

Honestly I don’t know. I really lost track after 12 hours but let’s estimate 14 hours – LONGEST!

What hair did I use?

I used a brand of hair that I have used to do a few kinky styles before called Afro Natural by Soft N’  Silky in a colour 1B.

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How many packs did I use?

Again, I can’t say exactly. I started with six packs but we actually ran out and had to get more. So let’s just say too many.

What method did I use?

My stylist used the method where you twist your own hair without extensions and then wrap the extensions around your twists. There’s a bunch of different ways to do it but I chose this one on the basis that it was supposed to be the least heavy. Just have a search in YouTube if you want to see a few different ways.

What did it look like?

You’ll have to forgive me because I don’t have many photos but here are some selfies I took with them in. I actually really liked the style on me.

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That leads nicely onto the money question – Why did I only have my faux locs in for FOUR DAYS?

Honestly, I felt like it was killing my hair. I hadn’t realised whilst it was being done (perhaps because it was a gradual process), but they were WAY too tight and too heavy.

I like long hair and I wanted the locs thick but I really don’t think I appreciated how heavy they would be and how heavy that many packs of that particular brand of hair would be on my scalp.

It was awful. The next day when I woke up, I noticed for the first time how heavy they were. The locs were stiffer than expected and my neck felt like it might snap under the incredible weight of the hair, but most alarmingly, the hair felt tighter than I remembered so I went back to my stylist to ask her to redo the problem locs. She has done my hair before and is always really careful to check its not to tight and happy to adjust.

It felt better after that, but over the next few days, the overall feeling was still that of pain and reduced neck mobility. The straw that broad the camel’s back was when I felt tension bumps on my scalp. I knew it really didn’t feel right and this was confirmation to me. I took some photos and as soon as I saw what was happening up there, they had to go.

Photo of my horrendous scalp :(
Photo of my horrendous scalp 😦

Of course, I thought about the money I paid and the time it took, but I also knew that I’d rather be slightly out of pocket than very very bald. So after seeing this on the fourth day, I took them out.

This is what the back of my hair looked like after. As you can see, there were clear signs of damage and hair loss there. The silver lining is that I’m happy to report that the bumps went down and hair loss in other parts of my hair was minimal.

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It’s been just over a month now and I’ve been giving my hair lots of extra TLC and it’s doing great. This is my nape today. I’ve been using some St Lucian black castor oil that I bought on holiday and it’s doing wonders. Still a way to go but I’m confident it will be looking even fuller in a few months. I will most definitely keep you updated.

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As a result of this saga, I had to take my hair to St Lucia in its afro form and it was actually great. I tried these new style for the first time and my hair was loving the weather.

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Final question – Would I do faux locs again?

I probably would. I would just take extra care to make it shorter, use a lighter more flexible hair and not have it so tight. Saying that, I won’t be doing it anytime soon.

But that’s it guys. That was my short lived faux loc experience. I guess this just shows that I’m still learning and that I need to be more mindful of what I do to my hair sometimes.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’ve ever had any similar hair styling disasters.

As always, thanks for reading. I really do appreciate it and to prove it, I’m doing a giveaway. Details will be uploaded in the next few days (i.e. as soon as I finish editing the video). Until then my loves…

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Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

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My Top 10 Natural Hair Essentials

Happy Easter people!

I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend!

I’ve spent the weekend at my brother’s house away from the hustle and bustle of London. I’m heading back into study mode, so have mostly been studying but did manage to spend some time with my nephew (he’s a cutie) and record a new YouTube video.

(Apologies in advance for some of the quality issues. My memory card failed me:( )

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After consistently hearing the same questions around (usually confusing and expensive) products/items you allegedly must have to maintain your natural hair, I have put together a list of my top 10 essentials.

The idea is that this list can be used as a starting point for anyone looking to start their natural hair journey or looking to refresh their current arsenal, and hopefully these things alone will be enough for you to maintain healthy hair (and a healthy bank balance).

Ok, so in no particular order, here’s my list!

  1. A good shampoo
  2. Good conditioner (wash out, leave in and deep conditioner)
  3. Moisturiser
  4. Silk scarf
  5. Oils (e.g. Coconut oil, tea tree oil, olive oil, etc.)
  6. Plastic caps
  7. Spray bottle
  8. Bobby pins
  9. Ouchless hair bands
  10. A wide tooth comb

Voilà – There you have it!

More information on the items listed above (including the benefits of these items, the brands I’m currently using and their prices) is available in the video, but please let me know if you have any questions.

And of course, I’m keen to know what you think. What would be in your top 10 essentials? Have I made any glaring omissions? What are your experiences? Drop me a comment, and let me know.

As always, thanks for reading! Please don’t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe – always appreciated.

Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

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My recent travels – Picture packed post – India!

Hey party people!

I hope you are all feeling good and enjoying life wherever you are in the world. The weather here (London) has actually been acceptable to me this weekend. The sun has made a rare appearance, the clouds, cold and rain have been banished (although I’m sure only for a short time) and I’m feeling quite good.I always tell people that I’m not made for the cold at all, a large part of why I love to travel to hot countries – which leads me quite well on to the point of this post.

From my last post and comments on Instagram and twitter, there seems to be some appetite for a post on my travels – especially India… so here we go.I decided the best way to do this would be a picture post and a Q&A in the comments section for any questions you may have.

A little context…

I did 4 trips of varying lengths in just under 3 months. This post will focus on India but to add a little more context, the table below gives a little background into each of my trips. I will condense the remaining countries into my next picture post.

Destination Length of trip Reason for trip Highlights First trip to country
India (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur) Just over a week I had never been to Asia but have always been interested in Indian culture as I see quite a lot of similarities between Indian and Nigerian culture. Then I saw a deal online and I’m all about bargains! Too many to mention but number one and two would be seeing the Taj Mahal and elephant riding to the top of Amber fort. Yes (but not my last)!
France (Paris) Long weekend I’m learning French, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice. It also worked quite well as I could fly straight from Paris to Nigeria. Going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Disneyland Christmas parade (yes, I’m a big kid). There were lots of others but these were first time things. Nope. I’ve been to Paris a couple times but not since 2012.
Nigeria (Lagos) Couple of weeks To visit friends and family. Not really a sight-seeing holiday, hence not as many pictures. Seeing friends and family and getting my hair braided for a fraction of the price, super high quality and half the time. #Winning Nope. Fairly regular trips for the last few years.
Italy (Rome) Long weekend One of my best friend’s birthdays. Vatican museum tour. It’s so beautiful and lots of amazing Biblical artwork – especially learning about the creation and process of painting of the Sistine Chapel. Yep

And now photos!

Ready for take-off. I went on the trip with my lovely friend Bunmi.
Ready for take-off. I went on the trip with my lovely friend Bunmi.
We flew Oman Air (fantastic airline) and stopped over in Oman. Bunmi couldn't resist buying some stuff even though the holiday had barely begun!
We flew Oman Air (fantastic airline) and stopped over in Oman. Bunmi couldn’t resist buying some stuff even though the holiday had barely begun!
Welcome committee at our hotel in Delhi.
Welcome committee at our hotel in Delhi.
Hotel room in Delhi
Hotel room in Delhi
Ready to explore but first lemme take a selfie :)
Ready to explore but first lemme take a selfie 🙂
Jama Masjid - largest mosque in India. Had to cover up in these robes for respect. I think we made it work
Jama Masjid – largest mosque in India. Had to cover up in these robes for respect. I think we made it work
Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.
Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.
Raj Ghat - Burial place of Mahatma Gandhi
Raj Ghat – Burial place of Mahatma Gandhi. This was the first day my hair attracted a crowd. People kept trying to take my picture and touch my hair. It was strange and at times annoying, but I got used to it.
Humayun's Tomb - I used a scarf to cover my shoulders when i was in public.
Humayun’s Tomb – I used a scarf to cover my shoulders when I was in public.
Feeling like - I'm in India!
Feeling like – I’m in India!
Getting some mehndi (henna) done on the streets on Delhi
Getting some mehndi (henna) done on the streets on Delhi
Loved it! So intricate and both hands only took 20 minutes!
Loved it! So intricate and both hands only took 20 minutes!
Qutub Minar - Delhi
Qutub Minar – Delhi
After Dehli, we headed south to Agra - Settling in to the Hotel
After Dehli, we headed south to Agra – Settling in to the Hotel – I had discoved bindis by this point.
The view was am!azing
The view was am!azing
Proof = View of Agra from the our hotel. Some rooms were overlooking the Taj Mahal but not our unfortunately (still amazing).
Proof – View of Agra from the our hotel. Some rooms were overlooking the Taj Mahal but not our unfortunately (still amazing).
I thought I liked Indian food, but the Indian food in India confirmed that I actually LOVE Indian. Definitely came back a few pounds heavier but was worth it.
I thought I liked Indian food, but the Indian food in India confirmed that I actually LOVE Indian food. Definitely came back a few pounds heavier but was worth it.
Tried on a Sari in Agra - Loved it but didn't buy it as realistically I have nowhere to wear it to. What do you think?
Tried on a Sari in Agra – Loved it but didn’t buy it as realistically, I have nowhere to wear it to. What do you think?
Cultural difference <3
Cultural difference ❤
Cheeky monkey at the gates of the Taj Mahal waiting for an opportunity to steal food from the bins! I stayed well away. took this from distance as I quite like my face.
Cheeky monkey at the gates of the Taj Mahal waiting for an opportunity to steal food from the bins! I stayed well away and took this from distance (as I quite like my face).
The Taj Mahal - took 22 years to complete and now I understand why. The detail ,not just on the main building but EVERYTHING, was just extraordinary.
The Taj Mahal – took 22 years to complete and now I understand why. The detail, not just on the main building but EVERYTHING, was just extraordinary.
Favourite photo of 2014.
Favourite photo of 2014.

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Horse and carriage ride through Agra with my travel buddy <3
Horse and carriage ride through Agra with my travel buddy ❤
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
I dread to think of how many people took my photo on this trip without my consent. He's one i managed to capture
I dread to think of how many people took my photo on this trip without my consent. Here’s one i managed to capture
Blend in for what?
Blend in for what?
Poolside chilling - Regretted this the next day. Mosquitoes came and enjoy my body very well.
Poolside chilling – Regretted this the next day. Mosquitoes came and enjoy my body very well.
Pre-dinner dancing - her hips don't lie
Pre-dinner dancing – her hips don’t lie
Dinner is served
Dinner is served
On the way to Jaipur, we stopped off at Chand Baori - one of the oldest stepwells in Rajastan
On the way to Jaipur, we stopped off at Chand Baori – one of the oldest stepwells in Rajastan
Our hotels an Agra and Jaipur had these really weird peeping tom blinds between the bathroom and bedroom lol
Our hotels an Agra and Jaipur had these really weird peeping tom blinds between the bathroom and bedroom lol
Amber Fort - Jaipur
Amber Fort – Jaipur
Elephants!
Elephants!
Ride an elephant - now off my bucketlist!
Ride an elephant – now off my bucketlist!
Our lovely driver
Our lovely driver
A banana for the hard-working elephant
A banana for a hard-working elephant
Wearing some of the practical clothes I bought in Agra.
Wearing some of the practical clothes that I bought in Agra.
Our tourguide and professional polo player, Bhupi
Our tourguide and professional polo player, Bhupi
Snake charmer!
Snake charmer!
View from the top of Amber Fort - Rajastani beauty
View from the top of Amber Fort – Rajastani beauty
Of course there was lots of shopping!
Of course there was lots of shopping!
Textile factory - This guy was hand-weaving carpets and he was going SO fast. John Lewis retails some of the carpets made in this factory.
Textile factory – This guy was hand-weaving carpets and he was going SO fast. John Lewis retails some of the carpets made in this factory.
Bunmi looking very zen in a sari
Bunmi looking very zen in a sari
Stop off on the long ride back to Delhi wearing something else I bought in India.
Stop off on the long ride back to Delhi wearing something else I bought in India.
Hotel room for the last night :)
Hotel room for the last night – The end

I hope you enjoyed this (slightly off topic) post. Please let me know if you have any questions on my travels to India and I’ll be sure to answer them as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to check out my latest YouTube video. I will be putting the next one up shortly and can confirm that it will include a GIVEAWAY!

As always, thanks for reading and of course likes, comments, subscriptions and shares always appreciated.

Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

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I’m back… and with a new video!

Hi my lovelies

Happy New Year (if it’s not too late to say that)! Long time no blog.

My social hiatus is over

It’s been a busy few months and if you read my last post you’ll know that towards the end of last year, I had ACCA (accounting) exams that monopolised a shocking amount of my time.

But I’m pleased to announce that exams are over and, good news – I found out yesterday that I passed! Two more and then I’ll officially be a chartered accountant and freeeeee…

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve also done a quite bit of travelling since my last post – India, France, Nigeria and most recently, Italy! I’m considering writing a post on my recent travels. What do you think? Yay or nay? Anyway, here’s a few snaps from my travels.

Agra, India
Agra, India
Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
Paris, France
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

New video… 10 minute hair

As this is my first post of the year and in an effort to start the year as I mean to go on, I have (finally) uploaded my first styling video.

The video features the flat twisted updo seen below and is the first in what will be my 10 minute hair series. Please do check it out and let me know what you think.

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As always, thanks for reading and of course likes, comments, subscriptions and shares always appreciated.

Love love

Lola (African Remy) x

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Examination hybernation – African Remy update

Hey guys

Long time no blog.

You’ll have to forgive me for my shameful absence from the blog. I’ve really missed blogging and interacting with you guys (and I hope you guys have missed me too). So as you may have guessed from the subject of this blog post, my next set of exams are looming.

As you may be aware, I’m a tax consultant by profession and this is sadly one of those professions that requires you to have professional qualifications to progress. On top of that, I’m also studying ACCA (an international accounting qualification) in my own time which I’m not loving right now at all. And yes, I do often ask myself why I would inflict such a thing on myself. Unfortunately, this coupled with my full time job has taken over my life.

In other news…

My hair

My hair, blog and YouTube channel (along with my social life) have taken a backseat and it is definitely a case of whatever involves least time and effort. Protective styling has been my very best friend and has kept me going.

I’m not going to have much time to blog until my exams in December but what I will be doing is posting photos of my protective styles as and when I do them. This is an old photo but this is the protective style that I have been rocking for the best part of this week… not the best photo lol.

Not the best photo but you get this gist.
Not the best photo but you get this gist.


Flat-twist out on fleek (I hope I used that right)!

Social activity in my life has been scarce but a good friend of mine hosted a white party for his 25th birthday last weekend. It was made clear to me that my attendance was mandatory and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world even if it hadn’t. Six hours before I was scheduled to leave for the shindig, I was absolutely knackered (tired) and my hair was in four large braids, two of which had turned up so that I resembled a chocolate Pipi Longstocking.

My hair wouldn’t have enough time to dry if I tried any sort of wet styling so I attempted a dry flat-twist out. When my hair was shorter, this was my go-to stretch style but as my hair grew longer, it became less appealing and I never felt it looked as nice. However, having recently been inspired by some of my favourite Instagram pages, I gave it another go.

One of my main problems with twist outs is getting them to stay twisted. I didn’t have any time to waste this time, so I headed for my stash of small black rubber bands. I used to the bands to secure the end of the twists and made sure to put them on carefully so that I could slip them off later with ease. Best decision I could have made.

I absolutely loved this twist out! Regrettably, I didn’t take many photos of it but I was very pleased with the body and definition which was undoubtedly aided by the rubber bands. I received so many compliments on the hair and I felt like about a million pounds. It was really lovely to take some time out amidst my exam woes.I'm ready(ish) for my close-up :)

You know we be up in the clurb (8)
You know we be up in the clurb (8)

Wanderlust… I’m going to India!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a post about an Indian visa. No I didn’t just feel like getting this. I am going to India in a few weeks to do some much needed travelling. Although the thought of losing a week’s worth of revision time gives me a terrible feeling in my stomach, I am very much looking forward to it. I am trying to frontload my revision as much as possible so that I can feel free whilst I’m out there.

I will be going out there for 8 days with a beloved friend and doing the Golden Triangle tour. First to Delhi, then Agra, then Jaipur and finally back to Delhi. We will be doing a guided tour and as you can probably guess, I will be staying in nice hotels as opposed to backpacking and hostels. Each to their own I guess.

India's Golden Triangle
India’s Golden Triangle

Needless to say, whilst I’m out there, I will be buying all manner of things and number one and two on my list are a Punjabi suit (or possibly a sari) and a nose to earring chain. One of my friends and fellow YouTubers will be doing my hair in marley twists before I go, so I hope to share that with you then.

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Needs me one of these
Needs me one of these

So look out for touristy photos of me standing outside of the Taj Mahal and/or riding an elephant.

YouTube

I have shot a few videos but have been struggling to find time to edit and upload. Please bear with me. I hope to get some stuff up shortly. If you haven’t already subscribed and watched my “Welcome to my channel” video, you can watch below and subscribe here.

Thank you!

Finally, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been reading and sharing in my absence. I haven’t been posting but I have been checking the blog stats and I am always amazed by the number of people reading and sharing previous posts. Merci beacoup!

That’s about it for now. As always, please subscribe, comment, like, share, and all that good stuff. ALSO, I now have a Facebook page so if you like me, Like me (get it)!

Until next time, my sugar bananas.

Love love!

Lola (African Remy) x

 

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I’m featured: The Kink and I!

Hey Guys!

Just a quick one to let you know that I have been featured on The Kink and I!
 
I absolutely love the beautiful Ekene and her blog and I am so grateful to have been able contribute as the weekly “Hairspiration” feature ❤

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Head over to The Kink and I to check out the post. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love the blog and I highly recommend that you subscribe!

On a slightly separate note, I am hoping to edit and upload my second video this weekend. I will of course let you know when it is up.

In the meantime, check out my “Welcome to my channel” video.

Massive thanks to those who have already watched, subscribed, commented and liked. If you haven’t yet, do watch and let me know what you think. And of course, please SUBSCRIBE, like, share and comment.

Until next time my sweet potatoes.

Love love!

Lola (African Remy)

 

UK natural – Me and my Nigerian hair :)