Hair Love

The topic of hair is fast becoming a must-include-in-discussion-topic among women today. Thus, Afara Leadership Centre was not left out of this as it organized a seminar on hair care on the 5th October, 2015. The facilitator of this was Ifeoma Nnewuihe- a 300 level Mass Communication student of University of Lagos, Nigeria.

The seminar began with the facilitator going round to find out each person’s expectation from her presentation. The expectations were more or less the same-tips on how to grow long / short healthy hair.  Then the session began proper. She started by telling us that the secret to healthy hair was hard work and patience. This was followed by steps to growing healthy long hair.

The first step was moisturizing which comprises of spraying or applying adequate amounts on water to one’s hair on a regular basis and locking it in with hair oil and hair cream – the amount of water and oil being dependent on the particular requirements of the hair at that time.

The second step was washing the hair regularly in a non-aggressive pattern. This step was followed by deep conditioning which she advised should be done every time the hair is washed.

After this step came the fourth step, something which is not too popular with the ladies-trimming. She was of the opinion that trimming should be done often to get rid of split hair which if unattended to could lead to hair breakage.  One can either do the trimming herself or go to a hair stylist to do it.

The fifth step was protective styling which is “any hair style done with one’s own hair or with additional hair that keeps the ends tucked away”.

After this step came researching which entails reading up about helpful hair care regimen or asking the advice of friends whom we notice have long and healthy hair.

The step before the final step was goal setting. But she strongly warned that in doing this, one should beware of setting unrealistic goals which could lead to harmful disappointments.

The last step but not the least step was exercise which facilitates blood circulation to the hair follicles encouraging hair growth; and good nutrition to supply important vitamins and proteins required for hair growth.

The subsequent part of her presentation was on hair properties-density, porosity and strand thickness and how to identify the properties of one’s hair.

She ended the presentation by thrilling the audience with a list of affordable hair care products and where they can be purchased.  Most of the participants found this very helpful and thoughtful. She also played a video and a song which had things about hair.

Guess which one?


Published by Afara Leadership Centre

Afara Leadership Centre was set up in 1987 to provide an enabling environment for total personal development as well as growth in leadership skills and values for young women in their years of secondary and tertiary education. It is located at 25 Thorburn Avenue, off Montgomery, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is a project of Women’s Board of the Education Cooperation Society, a Nigerian not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The spiritual formation given in the Centre is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church

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