Health & Beauty

I Was At NITC 13, And It Was Pretty Awesome

Since I went natural two years ago, my hair has hated me and shaken itself at me repeatedly. It’s not like I don’t care about my hair or want it to look pretty – I just don’t like to stress. However, I have recently had a change of mind. After scrolling through possibly thousands of pictures of natural hair beauties on twitter and instagram, I’m finally ready to put in the work to get my hair to its true potential.

When I saw the tweets about Naturals in the City, I knew I had to be there. I’d heard about it once or twice from some people I know who had attended past editions, so I knew this was my personal “coming out of the closet” moment. One of the best ideas I’ve had yet!

One reason why attending NITC 13 was a brilliant idea!

Firstly, all these Lagos people on Instagram have made me really itchy about Cafe Neo. Like, I’ve been wanting to go there even before I arrived. It was just my luck that this edition happened to be holding there ^_^. I went to cafe Neo, and I had a caramel macchiato. Obviously, I had no idea what I was doing and I expected it to be sweet. WRONG. But, this isn’t a review post. I’ll definitely be going back there when I know a little more about coffe and such.

NITC 13 was all about going organic

We all know a majority of Nigerians are all about being natural now. Not just with their hair, but with their food as well. The almost ridiculous number of natural food providers that have popped up on Instagram can attest to this. NITC invited three amazing speakers to the meet on Saturday and I can honestly say I learnt a lot from them about what to eat, what not to eat, and that natural isn’t necessarily organic – who knew?

NITC speaker 1

Ezenwa Onwugbenu of Creative Juices speaks on Nutrition and Fertility

 

NITC speaker 2

Vanessa Banigo shares her natural hair journey.

NITC speaker 3

Sisimi Blog (Ope Farms) speaks about Organic Farming

Yes, the talks were pretty dramatic and all very entertaining. I highly recommend you catch the blow-by-blow of the NITC 13 talks provided by the lovely Uzoma (thank a whole bunch).

NITC guests

NITC guests

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I thought it was WAY awesome that everyone was really attentive and interactive throughout the talks. I love it when peple actually want to learn stuff and aren’t just sitting around passive aggressively. Which brings me to the other reason why attending NITC 13 was a brilliant idea – amazing people. Everyone was so friendly and happy and it was an awesome atmosphere to be a part of.

Hairlights from NITC 13 (see what I did there? :D)
afro

Afro!!

afro-puff

Cheesey Puff ^_^

early-dreads

I think these are early dreads..love!

color-pop

colour pop!

dreads

absolutely adore the styling

bow-envy

bow envy

blonde

blonde afro

happy

cheesing!

red

RED

ringlets

Very adorable ringlets

love

more-styles

twa-and-protective-style

thekinkandi

twist-out and bantu

souls-sister

short-and-curly

TWA with a great cut

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updo-2

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updo-5 updo-6

I noticed a bunch of people had up dos though, so I felt awesome because that’s like my default style. I felt like I was home ^_^. I will definitely be making some lifestyle changes as a result of my attending this meet. I feel like I could do a lot more to make my hair healthier and also improve my general health. I eyed some stuff on some of the stands by Natural Nigerian and Namaste Organics and Nubian Roots and  will definitely be reaching out to them for help.

Natural-Nigerian

I can’t wait for the next one!

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