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Suffering with Acne

If you've followed me for some time, then you know acne and I are fake friends!

Acne is always hanging around, trying to be buddy buddy with my skin, and i'm always the one to say "girl bye!"

Based on my previous acne post back in February of this year, I started using topical medications along with other recommended skin care products.

To say the least, it hasn't been as effective as I thought it would be.

Through my trials and errors I've realized that my acne is simply present because of my hormonal imbalances.

Many females experience hormone imbalances, some involving increased estrogen levels, while others deal with increased androgens and testosterone levels.

I haven't had proper blood work done as of yet to really pinpoint which levels are higher than others but I am trying to take natural androgen and DHT blockers for the time being.

I discovered that my skin produces a lot of oils, more than most people, and the only thing that seems to naturally work is increasing my water consumption.

Though my skin has seen better days, I am sharing with you some of the vitamins I am currently taking to help decrease my oil and acne production. I shot this video back in August, and I still currently take these vitamins. It isn't doing much harm, nor is it giving me DRASTIC results but in a way it eases my worry about not taking action on my acne.

I will have an in depth update on the progression at a later date, while I try to sort out my acne and hormone imbalances.




Products mentioned:


Zinc: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avc/
Vitamin A: http://amzn.to/2fGMSS6
Ole Henriksen for hyperpigmentation: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avg/
ProBiotics: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=585...

Suffering with Acne- Update

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Suffering with Acne

If you've followed me for some time, then you know acne and I are fake friends!

Acne is always hanging around, trying to be buddy buddy with my skin, and i'm always the one to say "girl bye!"

Based on my previous acne post back in February of this year, I started using topical medications along with other recommended skin care products.

To say the least, it hasn't been as effective as I thought it would be.

Through my trials and errors I've realized that my acne is simply present because of my hormonal imbalances.

Many females experience hormone imbalances, some involving increased estrogen levels, while others deal with increased androgens and testosterone levels.

I haven't had proper blood work done as of yet to really pinpoint which levels are higher than others but I am trying to take natural androgen and DHT blockers for the time being.

I discovered that my skin produces a lot of oils, more than most people, and the only thing that seems to naturally work is increasing my water consumption.

Though my skin has seen better days, I am sharing with you some of the vitamins I am currently taking to help decrease my oil and acne production. I shot this video back in August, and I still currently take these vitamins. It isn't doing much harm, nor is it giving me DRASTIC results but in a way it eases my worry about not taking action on my acne.

I will have an in depth update on the progression at a later date, while I try to sort out my acne and hormone imbalances.




Products mentioned:


Zinc: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avc/
Vitamin A: http://amzn.to/2fGMSS6
Ole Henriksen for hyperpigmentation: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6avg/
ProBiotics: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=585...

It’s that time of year again! As the holidays approach you many feel a bit overwhelmed, because let’s face it, you never want to be that person who gave a lame gift.

Some people plan their gifts a head, making sure they have enough time to scope out the best deals both online and in stores. Then you have those last minute folks who get an instant jolt in the middle of the night that confirms their realization that they have totally forgotten to purchase a gift.


Gift giving can become one long 12 days of Christmas headache. And if you fall into the later portion you may just end up with that lame gift you were trying to avoid. However, have no fears I have compiled a list of fan favorites that will warm the heart of any beauty obsessed junkie! I’ve even added some options that will allow you to get the items shipped overnight if you’re in that kind of sinking shipping.


So let’s breathe, take a deep breathe and starting sifting through this amazing gift guide.


2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz


If you are a youtube junkie like myself, then you know that every beauty thriving mama out there has this easy glide brow pencil! Some girls can’t leave the house without applying lipstick but hunny, you should never leave the house without your eyebrows twinning either!


Fenty Blotting Powder


I honestly had no idea the strength blotting powders carried until I blotted my face with this beauty. It had so much love for my oily face that I even started using it as a base powder.



Deva Curl B-Leave in Curl Pumper




I threw my ecostyler in the trash long ago because this gel had me at Hello! And for my tightly coiled ladies out there, if you aren’t using this…what is life right now?

Black Opal Invisible Powder

Black Opal 14.99
Before I know anything about makeup this was my tried and true. It left my face fresh and even while sucking up my oil!

Denman Brush


Denman Brush  9.99
You will never “catch me outside” without my hair being detangled. This brush has been a staple for me, since day one!

Cordless Deep Conditioning Cap



Plastic bags are cool, but heated caps really help to penetrate the product you need to condition your hair follicles.



Laura Mercier Loose Dark



This was the best decision Laura Mercier has ever made. I use this dark tone setting powder just as a quick dusting if I want a nice even finish.

Taliah Waajid Curly Cream


Looking for a soft lustrous hold on you braid outs, or twist out? This product has you covered!

Taliah Waajid Hydrating Hair Shine




If I want to revamp an old style, I just spray this on my hair and it gives a great shine!


Olehenriksen Balance Control





I've talked about it before, and Ill mention it again. This has been the best moisturizer for oily skin ever




This nail company has saved many of my occasions including my birthday trip. Best of all, it's cruelty free! Shop their nail lacquers and nails sets. 


NaturalAnnie Essentials Whipped Body Scrub



I'm so in love in with natural products and NaturalAnnie Essentials has one of the best body scrubs for those who enjoy natural products! (use code CIA10 for money off)


Leave a comment below and let me know which of these products will save your holiday gift conundrum. 

Ultimate 2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


It’s that time of year again! As the holidays approach you many feel a bit overwhelmed, because let’s face it, you never want to be that person who gave a lame gift.

Some people plan their gifts a head, making sure they have enough time to scope out the best deals both online and in stores. Then you have those last minute folks who get an instant jolt in the middle of the night that confirms their realization that they have totally forgotten to purchase a gift.


Gift giving can become one long 12 days of Christmas headache. And if you fall into the later portion you may just end up with that lame gift you were trying to avoid. However, have no fears I have compiled a list of fan favorites that will warm the heart of any beauty obsessed junkie! I’ve even added some options that will allow you to get the items shipped overnight if you’re in that kind of sinking shipping.


So let’s breathe, take a deep breathe and starting sifting through this amazing gift guide.


2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz


If you are a youtube junkie like myself, then you know that every beauty thriving mama out there has this easy glide brow pencil! Some girls can’t leave the house without applying lipstick but hunny, you should never leave the house without your eyebrows twinning either!


Fenty Blotting Powder


I honestly had no idea the strength blotting powders carried until I blotted my face with this beauty. It had so much love for my oily face that I even started using it as a base powder.



Deva Curl B-Leave in Curl Pumper




I threw my ecostyler in the trash long ago because this gel had me at Hello! And for my tightly coiled ladies out there, if you aren’t using this…what is life right now?

Black Opal Invisible Powder

Black Opal 14.99
Before I know anything about makeup this was my tried and true. It left my face fresh and even while sucking up my oil!

Denman Brush


Denman Brush  9.99
You will never “catch me outside” without my hair being detangled. This brush has been a staple for me, since day one!

Cordless Deep Conditioning Cap



Plastic bags are cool, but heated caps really help to penetrate the product you need to condition your hair follicles.



Laura Mercier Loose Dark



This was the best decision Laura Mercier has ever made. I use this dark tone setting powder just as a quick dusting if I want a nice even finish.

Taliah Waajid Curly Cream


Looking for a soft lustrous hold on you braid outs, or twist out? This product has you covered!

Taliah Waajid Hydrating Hair Shine




If I want to revamp an old style, I just spray this on my hair and it gives a great shine!


Olehenriksen Balance Control





I've talked about it before, and Ill mention it again. This has been the best moisturizer for oily skin ever




This nail company has saved many of my occasions including my birthday trip. Best of all, it's cruelty free! Shop their nail lacquers and nails sets. 


NaturalAnnie Essentials Whipped Body Scrub



I'm so in love in with natural products and NaturalAnnie Essentials has one of the best body scrubs for those who enjoy natural products! (use code CIA10 for money off)


Leave a comment below and let me know which of these products will save your holiday gift conundrum. 

Cia Edwards

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Although putting on fancy dresses and wearing lemonade braids down my back was great for social media likes, I wouldn’t be able to post these pictures without the confidence I’ve learned on my self-awareness journey.

Like most, it was an immediate struggle finding my own image within a society filled with high profile elites and high end brand commercials constantly telling you your beauty lies within the brand you wear. As I reflect on my past journey I have become very thankful for 4 reasons in particular.


1. I am thankful for the naps that I had to struggle through

My kinky tightly coiled strands have taught me patience. I can’t possibly achieve a great style without time. There are some mornings when I just want to throw my hair in a ponytail and race out of the house, but my hair does not permit me to do so. There were times earlier on in my hair journey where I wanted my hair to reach past my ears but of course that wouldn’t happen overnight. Like anything else that you want to flourish and grow, it takes times. Thank you naps for granting me patience!


2. I am thankful for the bad hair days

Sometimes we rely so heavily on appearance. Guess what? Appearances don’’t hold nearly as much value as attitudes! On my worse hair day my attitude has to make up for my appearance which in turns brings out the best in my personality. Some may say, I’m “overcompensating” for a flaw, but I say it’s the girt in my smile and blossom in my voice that makes my attitude shine brighter than anything else!


3. I am thankful for the decision I made to cut out relaxers

Though I only had a relaxer for about 4 years of my life, those four years I really neglected the health of my hair. It was in those four years where I noticed I had fell victim to a chemical addiction. An unhealthy addiction at that. Though relaxers, if applied by a professional, can be quite safe, in the overhaul, the chemicals and fumes you may accidentally inhale during the application can be horrid! After I decided to cut out the relaxers, my lifestyle choices changed as well , and it was then that I was able to life a holistic healthier lifestyle. Or at least try!

4. I am thankful for the new friends and communities I have built on the road to happiness

During this natural journey, please trust me it was not easy. From the harsh stares, and the confused glares, it really takes a toll on a person’s psyche. Thanks to CurlyNIkki forums and a few trips to New York City, I was able to build a network of women who also took pride in their natural hair. They were so supportive and to this day I know I can always call on them to talk about the highs and lows in life. The thing about networks and communities is not the exclusivity based upon your characteristics but instead a place for individuals to feel included when the rest of the world tells you you're different.

Being thankful shows gratitude to not only others, but to yourself as well. Please share your thoughts of Gratitude below! Or send me a tweet at http://www.twitter.com/nearlycia

4 Reasons I am Thankful This Season

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cia Edwards

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Although putting on fancy dresses and wearing lemonade braids down my back was great for social media likes, I wouldn’t be able to post these pictures without the confidence I’ve learned on my self-awareness journey.

Like most, it was an immediate struggle finding my own image within a society filled with high profile elites and high end brand commercials constantly telling you your beauty lies within the brand you wear. As I reflect on my past journey I have become very thankful for 4 reasons in particular.


1. I am thankful for the naps that I had to struggle through

My kinky tightly coiled strands have taught me patience. I can’t possibly achieve a great style without time. There are some mornings when I just want to throw my hair in a ponytail and race out of the house, but my hair does not permit me to do so. There were times earlier on in my hair journey where I wanted my hair to reach past my ears but of course that wouldn’t happen overnight. Like anything else that you want to flourish and grow, it takes times. Thank you naps for granting me patience!


2. I am thankful for the bad hair days

Sometimes we rely so heavily on appearance. Guess what? Appearances don’’t hold nearly as much value as attitudes! On my worse hair day my attitude has to make up for my appearance which in turns brings out the best in my personality. Some may say, I’m “overcompensating” for a flaw, but I say it’s the girt in my smile and blossom in my voice that makes my attitude shine brighter than anything else!


3. I am thankful for the decision I made to cut out relaxers

Though I only had a relaxer for about 4 years of my life, those four years I really neglected the health of my hair. It was in those four years where I noticed I had fell victim to a chemical addiction. An unhealthy addiction at that. Though relaxers, if applied by a professional, can be quite safe, in the overhaul, the chemicals and fumes you may accidentally inhale during the application can be horrid! After I decided to cut out the relaxers, my lifestyle choices changed as well , and it was then that I was able to life a holistic healthier lifestyle. Or at least try!

4. I am thankful for the new friends and communities I have built on the road to happiness

During this natural journey, please trust me it was not easy. From the harsh stares, and the confused glares, it really takes a toll on a person’s psyche. Thanks to CurlyNIkki forums and a few trips to New York City, I was able to build a network of women who also took pride in their natural hair. They were so supportive and to this day I know I can always call on them to talk about the highs and lows in life. The thing about networks and communities is not the exclusivity based upon your characteristics but instead a place for individuals to feel included when the rest of the world tells you you're different.

Being thankful shows gratitude to not only others, but to yourself as well. Please share your thoughts of Gratitude below! Or send me a tweet at http://www.twitter.com/nearlycia

5 Ways to Stay Cheerful During the Holidays


celebrate the holudays
The most wonderful time of year is upon us. It’s a time for laughter, great food, and social gatherings. You can also be easily overwhelmed and stressed due to holiday obligations. Friends and family, office parties, and gift exchanges can result in feeling drained and emotionally overextended. However, the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year don’t have to be cumbersome. There are several ways to gain and maintain a cheerful mood during the holiday season. Krystal from Simply Being Kryssie and I created a list to ensure your happiness.


1. It’s okay to Say No 


It’s easy to get caught up in attending one event to the next. The schedule can fill up quickly during this time and you may find yourself having little down time in between work and your other obligations. It’s important to set boundaries and let others know your expectations for the holiday season. If you don’t want to go to that family member’s house, then don’t or limit the amount of time you will be there. Let people know if you can or cannot be involved in a holiday event (including Secret Santa, cookie exchanges, parties etc) and relieve some of the pressure to be involved in everything. Picking one or several events you will partake in allows you to have some control and also let’s other people know what to expect from you. You ultimately control your decisions, don’t let the holiday season rid you of that power.


2. Engage in gratitude 


With all of the marketing during this season, one would think it is strictly about getting gifts. And while getting and giving gifts can be happiness inducing, the result is short term. One helpful way to remember the reason for the season is to create a space of gratitude. This can involve taking five minutes to bring awareness to your environment with mindful breathing or meditation. You can also
holiday fireplacedesignate a physical space in the home where you feel peaceful such as a sitting room where you can add aromas from essential oils and candles. Creating a list of things you are grateful for and reviewing the list daily will surely assist in increasing feelings of gratitude. The list could include items as simple as, being grateful a good night's rest, or being grateful for having time to read a good book. Often times we become stuck in routines that disengages us from really feeling present. Having time to really engage in gratitude resurfaces our awareness and brings attention to our many blessings.

3. Be mindful with your time


There are only 24 hours in a day, you cannot be everywhere for everybody. The holidays hustle and bustle can cause us to neglect ourselves. It is important to maintain a self-care routine. This involves taking an inventory of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions each day in the form of a check-in, just as you would with your best friend or spouse. Being mindful of what you are doing with your time helps improve productivity. Be sure to schedule time to rest and recharge. You aren’t useful to anyone or yourself if you are depleted. Challenge yourself to take at least 10 minutes daily to engage in positive self-care.

4. Check in with others


We’ve all been there. Mom wants dinner at her house, your cousin wants to bring his new girlfriend, you have several dinner invitations on the same day. Ugh. It can seem as if everyone has their own idea of what they want to do during the holidays. One way to help ease tension is to communicate your vision for the holiday season. Coordinate with others to have a collaborative vision of how the holidays should go. If you are on a budget, then set a budget limit for gift exchanges. If you enjoy hosting, volunteer to have dinner at your home or bring supplies to the designated dinner place. It is important to feel empowered to share in the holiday as you wish without all the pressure. Let others know your vision and check in with them to create a sense of togetherness.

holiday bells

5. ‘Tis the season to give


Typically around this time of year, most major corporations push for donations to aid those in need. There are over thousands of children and families who don’t have a warm dining room to sit and enjoy dinner. Nor a tree to share gifts under. As we are preparing for the holidays, let’s try to remember those who less fortunate. Giving back to those in need instills a sense of altruism within us. This doesn't mean that you have to always donate physical items to charities, you could in fact help those in need by volunteering at a local food pantry, or cooking a hot meal for a family that you know is struggling. Remember that your presence holds value, and just showing up to help is worth millions. Put a smile on someone else’s face this season, and I guarantee you will smile back in return.

How do you stay cheerful during the Holidays? Drop a comment below 


Visit Krystal's Blog:
www.simplybeingkryssie.com

5 Ways to Stay Cheerful During the Holidays

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5 Ways to Stay Cheerful During the Holidays


celebrate the holudays
The most wonderful time of year is upon us. It’s a time for laughter, great food, and social gatherings. You can also be easily overwhelmed and stressed due to holiday obligations. Friends and family, office parties, and gift exchanges can result in feeling drained and emotionally overextended. However, the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year don’t have to be cumbersome. There are several ways to gain and maintain a cheerful mood during the holiday season. Krystal from Simply Being Kryssie and I created a list to ensure your happiness.


1. It’s okay to Say No 


It’s easy to get caught up in attending one event to the next. The schedule can fill up quickly during this time and you may find yourself having little down time in between work and your other obligations. It’s important to set boundaries and let others know your expectations for the holiday season. If you don’t want to go to that family member’s house, then don’t or limit the amount of time you will be there. Let people know if you can or cannot be involved in a holiday event (including Secret Santa, cookie exchanges, parties etc) and relieve some of the pressure to be involved in everything. Picking one or several events you will partake in allows you to have some control and also let’s other people know what to expect from you. You ultimately control your decisions, don’t let the holiday season rid you of that power.


2. Engage in gratitude 


With all of the marketing during this season, one would think it is strictly about getting gifts. And while getting and giving gifts can be happiness inducing, the result is short term. One helpful way to remember the reason for the season is to create a space of gratitude. This can involve taking five minutes to bring awareness to your environment with mindful breathing or meditation. You can also
holiday fireplacedesignate a physical space in the home where you feel peaceful such as a sitting room where you can add aromas from essential oils and candles. Creating a list of things you are grateful for and reviewing the list daily will surely assist in increasing feelings of gratitude. The list could include items as simple as, being grateful a good night's rest, or being grateful for having time to read a good book. Often times we become stuck in routines that disengages us from really feeling present. Having time to really engage in gratitude resurfaces our awareness and brings attention to our many blessings.

3. Be mindful with your time


There are only 24 hours in a day, you cannot be everywhere for everybody. The holidays hustle and bustle can cause us to neglect ourselves. It is important to maintain a self-care routine. This involves taking an inventory of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions each day in the form of a check-in, just as you would with your best friend or spouse. Being mindful of what you are doing with your time helps improve productivity. Be sure to schedule time to rest and recharge. You aren’t useful to anyone or yourself if you are depleted. Challenge yourself to take at least 10 minutes daily to engage in positive self-care.

4. Check in with others


We’ve all been there. Mom wants dinner at her house, your cousin wants to bring his new girlfriend, you have several dinner invitations on the same day. Ugh. It can seem as if everyone has their own idea of what they want to do during the holidays. One way to help ease tension is to communicate your vision for the holiday season. Coordinate with others to have a collaborative vision of how the holidays should go. If you are on a budget, then set a budget limit for gift exchanges. If you enjoy hosting, volunteer to have dinner at your home or bring supplies to the designated dinner place. It is important to feel empowered to share in the holiday as you wish without all the pressure. Let others know your vision and check in with them to create a sense of togetherness.

holiday bells

5. ‘Tis the season to give


Typically around this time of year, most major corporations push for donations to aid those in need. There are over thousands of children and families who don’t have a warm dining room to sit and enjoy dinner. Nor a tree to share gifts under. As we are preparing for the holidays, let’s try to remember those who less fortunate. Giving back to those in need instills a sense of altruism within us. This doesn't mean that you have to always donate physical items to charities, you could in fact help those in need by volunteering at a local food pantry, or cooking a hot meal for a family that you know is struggling. Remember that your presence holds value, and just showing up to help is worth millions. Put a smile on someone else’s face this season, and I guarantee you will smile back in return.

How do you stay cheerful during the Holidays? Drop a comment below 


Visit Krystal's Blog:
www.simplybeingkryssie.com
It's friday again, and that means it's time for this weeks Friday feature! This young lady has truly been an inspiration to me on instagram. Her intelligence and poise is compelling and I just had to share her with you all. It always excites me when I find other natural hair beauties on the interwebs doing amazing things. Enough of my jabbering, 

Let's meet Anita! 




Hi there, my name is Anita Ginigeme


I'm actually African-American, born in Georgia, Atlanta, though currently based in Nigeria. I hail from Anambra State, Nigeria.

My blog and interests are linked as my blog was borne out of my interests: beauty as a whole including natural hair.
I've grown to embrace the essence of natural beauty in all its glory.

Getting rid of the 'creamy crack' wasn't a straight forward decision. Growing up in a strict home, a number of wrong doings led you to finding yourself beneath the barber's clipper.
Henceforth, I decided to tread the natural path and discover what it had in store for me - I knew that returning natural would be a page turner for me, and it was! This was in 2009, when natural hair appreciation wasn't what it is in this present day.


I wouldn't say I had a support system because there wasn't much rave about natural hair at that time like there is now. I would see ladies flaunting long, natural hair and just knew that someday and somehow I'd get to my desired length. 
I didn't know what to do to my hair as I kept jumping from protective style to the next!
While in my low-cut stage though, I hid my hair under scarves and caps to avoid questions like, "Oh my! Why did you cut your hair?" When I discovered threading and the wonders it did for my hair, I got a better understanding of my hair and then the compliments started rolling in.

Although my mum kept saying one thing I've held unto all these years, "You've got good hair, just like your mother and your grandmother." You know what, it turned out to be true!



Everyone has their goals and an idea of what they want their hair to look like - So do I. Some natural hairlistas that inspire me are Cisca Omoja (@ciscakinks on Instagram) and Adebanjo Tomiwa (@adebanjotomiwa on Instagram). Most importantly, my hair inspires me to be better to it each and everyday.

Oh no sister! I don't joke with my leave-in and here's why: It triples for me as a detangler, moisturiser and leave-in all in one! You better believe it because it's true. I'm talking about the Aunt Jackie's Instant Detangling Therapy. I've been hooked for months on end.
Of course it's one thing getting that moisture in there, and another getting it to stay. So to keep that yummy substance locked into my strands, I opt for Grade A Organic Shea Butter.
Unlike some naturalistas, I don't pour oil all over the entirety of my hair. Rather, I use it lightly for "sheen" and of course good 'ol "hot oil treatment."

It took 7 years -no joke- but I can proudly stand tall and proclaim how much I love my hair and every individual strand it constitutes of. I've stopped longing for other textures and envying others with laid edges - the headaches I was left with after tying those edges down with scarves to get that Eco Styler working was enough to discourage me. Most importantly I've learned to be artistic and authentic, thanks to my hair.





Now let me get very real with you, it is quite intimidating - especially in the beginning - but the important thing is that this space belongs to you. It's yours to do as you please, to dispense information, to make your thoughts heard and voice your own opinions. Allow me to tell you a little story...
Before I owned a blog I was a contributor to a well known beauty blog (@beautygeekng on Instagram). I wrote my first pice and it felt amazing beyond expression. I took a little break which turned into months (a mistake on my part) and when I came back, it took the editor -in- chief almost a month to review and criticize my next piece. Upon correction, I still hadn't heard from her. I took that disappointment and channeled it into starting my own blog,and I did launch it with a bang baby!
So, yes, it might be intimidating, but never underestimate the power of consistency because it puts you out there, it gets you noticed, it separates you from invisibility and then the growth becomes noticeable.

"No man is an island," said a wise man once. He was indeed wise because if a man was an island, where would he derive inspiration from? Again, who would he inspire? We need to surround ourselves with people bearing a certain kind of energy we wish to attract.
I have a circle of friends and acquaintances who inspire me everyday with the great things they do and the big dreams they have. Seeing the people around you thrive will make you want to strive.
Most importantly, thinking of how bright my future is, I'm inspired by my dreams each and everyday to do whatever it'll take to get me closer.

Apart from blogging and blogging, I do own a business - I retail hair care products at the best,
unimaginable bargains. Alongside that, I create hair regimens tailored towards a person's specific hair needs and goals. I also promote hair care brands and so I'm a brand influencer as well.
The biggest challenge initially was creating awareness and getting customers. I had the best prices and naturally, I assumed I'd get a flock of followers and sell out in no time. It wasn't that easy. First off, if you arent humbled, you need to be - this will show in your tone during a conversation.You also have develop a spirit a communication which will come in handy in customer service - no man is an island; it takes two to make a transaction. Another thing is engagement - e.g. you're scrolling through Instagram and you see a comment whereby someone is asking where they can get a certain product they probably saw in a tutorial or in a review; Lo and behold! You have it in stock. Quickly engage that customer not only informing them of the product in stock, but convincing them why it would be in their best interest to shop with you. Apart from social media, never be too shy to approach whosoever you seem a potential client face - to - face. It's your career and since you wish to succeed, you can't sit pretty waiting on the flick of a wand to do the job for you.
Last thing is consistency - you have to keep at it and keep giving your audience something tangible. Give them knowledge worth value alongside advertising products of value, and they're bound to be glued.
All these are bound to pay off eventually.

Now and then, people come up to me and they go, " You're Anita? I love what you do. You're doing such a good job. Keep it up. I'm so proud of you."
The first time this happened I was dumb struck because I felt I wasn't even making the impact I desired, but guess what, I was impacting some people without even knowing. This is what gets me filming those tutorials and creating those interactive and catchy content you all love.

My Signature hairstyle is my signature faux bun (tutorial on my Instagram @nitarrh)
As for writing style, I try to get as personal as I can with the reader and try to connect with different chracters (readers) in one piece. After giving my view on a certain concept or product, I list other possibe views that at least varying readers can relate to. In the end, there's something for everybody.


I'm already making waves by God's Grace and I see myself (and blog included ) making bigger waves in the years to come. I've come from being nominated as one of Nigeria's Top Bloggers to being recognised as a one-of-a-kind influencer. Grace is evident in all my works.


I'm everyehere hunnay!

Instagram | @nitarrh
Twitter | @nitarrh
Snapchat | nitarrh
Email: anita.ginigeme@yahoo.com
■ Blog | https://kinkycoachng.wordpress.com

I know, I understand. You don't want to dive into a space that seems saturated but you have to believe that you can stand out and you will succeed darling! You are unlike any other. So what are you waiting on? Own that blog! Disperse that information!

I have learned so much but it would seem that I have learned the most in this my 8th year since returning natural.
I've learned :
• To tweak whatever new knowledge I gain to suit 'MY HAIR' .
• To be content with my hair and accept it is as good hair.
• To nurture my hair as good as I want it to be and that it shall be!
• Most of all, my hair journey has made me into an ARTISTIC and AUTHENTIC WOMAN who is ASSERTIVE about her hair.

Would you like to be featured? Send an email to inquire@nearlyhair.com

Afros & Artisans: Anita Edition

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's friday again, and that means it's time for this weeks Friday feature! This young lady has truly been an inspiration to me on instagram. Her intelligence and poise is compelling and I just had to share her with you all. It always excites me when I find other natural hair beauties on the interwebs doing amazing things. Enough of my jabbering, 

Let's meet Anita! 




Hi there, my name is Anita Ginigeme


I'm actually African-American, born in Georgia, Atlanta, though currently based in Nigeria. I hail from Anambra State, Nigeria.

My blog and interests are linked as my blog was borne out of my interests: beauty as a whole including natural hair.
I've grown to embrace the essence of natural beauty in all its glory.

Getting rid of the 'creamy crack' wasn't a straight forward decision. Growing up in a strict home, a number of wrong doings led you to finding yourself beneath the barber's clipper.
Henceforth, I decided to tread the natural path and discover what it had in store for me - I knew that returning natural would be a page turner for me, and it was! This was in 2009, when natural hair appreciation wasn't what it is in this present day.


I wouldn't say I had a support system because there wasn't much rave about natural hair at that time like there is now. I would see ladies flaunting long, natural hair and just knew that someday and somehow I'd get to my desired length. 
I didn't know what to do to my hair as I kept jumping from protective style to the next!
While in my low-cut stage though, I hid my hair under scarves and caps to avoid questions like, "Oh my! Why did you cut your hair?" When I discovered threading and the wonders it did for my hair, I got a better understanding of my hair and then the compliments started rolling in.

Although my mum kept saying one thing I've held unto all these years, "You've got good hair, just like your mother and your grandmother." You know what, it turned out to be true!



Everyone has their goals and an idea of what they want their hair to look like - So do I. Some natural hairlistas that inspire me are Cisca Omoja (@ciscakinks on Instagram) and Adebanjo Tomiwa (@adebanjotomiwa on Instagram). Most importantly, my hair inspires me to be better to it each and everyday.

Oh no sister! I don't joke with my leave-in and here's why: It triples for me as a detangler, moisturiser and leave-in all in one! You better believe it because it's true. I'm talking about the Aunt Jackie's Instant Detangling Therapy. I've been hooked for months on end.
Of course it's one thing getting that moisture in there, and another getting it to stay. So to keep that yummy substance locked into my strands, I opt for Grade A Organic Shea Butter.
Unlike some naturalistas, I don't pour oil all over the entirety of my hair. Rather, I use it lightly for "sheen" and of course good 'ol "hot oil treatment."

It took 7 years -no joke- but I can proudly stand tall and proclaim how much I love my hair and every individual strand it constitutes of. I've stopped longing for other textures and envying others with laid edges - the headaches I was left with after tying those edges down with scarves to get that Eco Styler working was enough to discourage me. Most importantly I've learned to be artistic and authentic, thanks to my hair.





Now let me get very real with you, it is quite intimidating - especially in the beginning - but the important thing is that this space belongs to you. It's yours to do as you please, to dispense information, to make your thoughts heard and voice your own opinions. Allow me to tell you a little story...
Before I owned a blog I was a contributor to a well known beauty blog (@beautygeekng on Instagram). I wrote my first pice and it felt amazing beyond expression. I took a little break which turned into months (a mistake on my part) and when I came back, it took the editor -in- chief almost a month to review and criticize my next piece. Upon correction, I still hadn't heard from her. I took that disappointment and channeled it into starting my own blog,and I did launch it with a bang baby!
So, yes, it might be intimidating, but never underestimate the power of consistency because it puts you out there, it gets you noticed, it separates you from invisibility and then the growth becomes noticeable.

"No man is an island," said a wise man once. He was indeed wise because if a man was an island, where would he derive inspiration from? Again, who would he inspire? We need to surround ourselves with people bearing a certain kind of energy we wish to attract.
I have a circle of friends and acquaintances who inspire me everyday with the great things they do and the big dreams they have. Seeing the people around you thrive will make you want to strive.
Most importantly, thinking of how bright my future is, I'm inspired by my dreams each and everyday to do whatever it'll take to get me closer.

Apart from blogging and blogging, I do own a business - I retail hair care products at the best,
unimaginable bargains. Alongside that, I create hair regimens tailored towards a person's specific hair needs and goals. I also promote hair care brands and so I'm a brand influencer as well.
The biggest challenge initially was creating awareness and getting customers. I had the best prices and naturally, I assumed I'd get a flock of followers and sell out in no time. It wasn't that easy. First off, if you arent humbled, you need to be - this will show in your tone during a conversation.You also have develop a spirit a communication which will come in handy in customer service - no man is an island; it takes two to make a transaction. Another thing is engagement - e.g. you're scrolling through Instagram and you see a comment whereby someone is asking where they can get a certain product they probably saw in a tutorial or in a review; Lo and behold! You have it in stock. Quickly engage that customer not only informing them of the product in stock, but convincing them why it would be in their best interest to shop with you. Apart from social media, never be too shy to approach whosoever you seem a potential client face - to - face. It's your career and since you wish to succeed, you can't sit pretty waiting on the flick of a wand to do the job for you.
Last thing is consistency - you have to keep at it and keep giving your audience something tangible. Give them knowledge worth value alongside advertising products of value, and they're bound to be glued.
All these are bound to pay off eventually.

Now and then, people come up to me and they go, " You're Anita? I love what you do. You're doing such a good job. Keep it up. I'm so proud of you."
The first time this happened I was dumb struck because I felt I wasn't even making the impact I desired, but guess what, I was impacting some people without even knowing. This is what gets me filming those tutorials and creating those interactive and catchy content you all love.

My Signature hairstyle is my signature faux bun (tutorial on my Instagram @nitarrh)
As for writing style, I try to get as personal as I can with the reader and try to connect with different chracters (readers) in one piece. After giving my view on a certain concept or product, I list other possibe views that at least varying readers can relate to. In the end, there's something for everybody.


I'm already making waves by God's Grace and I see myself (and blog included ) making bigger waves in the years to come. I've come from being nominated as one of Nigeria's Top Bloggers to being recognised as a one-of-a-kind influencer. Grace is evident in all my works.


I'm everyehere hunnay!

Instagram | @nitarrh
Twitter | @nitarrh
Snapchat | nitarrh
Email: anita.ginigeme@yahoo.com
■ Blog | https://kinkycoachng.wordpress.com

I know, I understand. You don't want to dive into a space that seems saturated but you have to believe that you can stand out and you will succeed darling! You are unlike any other. So what are you waiting on? Own that blog! Disperse that information!

I have learned so much but it would seem that I have learned the most in this my 8th year since returning natural.
I've learned :
• To tweak whatever new knowledge I gain to suit 'MY HAIR' .
• To be content with my hair and accept it is as good hair.
• To nurture my hair as good as I want it to be and that it shall be!
• Most of all, my hair journey has made me into an ARTISTIC and AUTHENTIC WOMAN who is ASSERTIVE about her hair.

Would you like to be featured? Send an email to inquire@nearlyhair.com
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