My day with Felicia Leatherwood - PART TWO

In my last post, I talked about the things I learned from the natural hair event with Felicia Leatherwood in Lagos, Nigeria. The post was too long and I wasn't anywhere near done, so I decided to split it into 2 posts. And here is the continuation...

Let's face it. We have natural hair and because it's coily, it WILL SHRINK! There are ways to minimize shrinkage though, according to Felicia. After washing your hair, blowdry it (on cool or warm) until it's dry. Be sure to use a Heat protectant if you blowdry your hair. If you don't have Heat Protectant, you can use Leave-in Conditioner. NEVER USE OIL because the oil will heat up and FRY YOUR HAIR! When the hair's dry, put in your styling products (creams, gels, whatever) and style your hair. 

Felicia mentioned the Pineapple Method as a way to ensure your hair stays stretched/styled through several nights. See the picture below for steps, which can be used on mid-to-long hair. If your hair's shorter, make as many "ponytails" as necessary. When you wake up in the morning, just fluff and go! This also ensures that you don't have to retwist every single night.

Felicia is of the belief that trims are not for everybody. You should trim only when you feel the need to. How do you know the need? When your hair starts to snag on your clothes, styling tools, etc. If you're going to trim, do it maybe 4 times a year, and trim off between 0.5 to 1 inch at a time. You can trim in two ways - go to a GOOD stylist and blowdry first OR put your hair in twists and DIY, trimming only the ends. 

There weren't that many transitioners at the event, but Ms. Leatherwood did say a few things about it. There's no best way to transition. BC if you feel like it, Transition if you feel like it. If you're going to transition, some styling options for you would be Straw curls, Twists/outs or Bantu Knot-outs. This will give your whole hair a similar look. Because hair grows about an inch a month, when you're trimming off the ends, trim the same length of growth. 

The only reason Felicia is into hair types, is simply because different hair types need different types of products. Gels work better on Type 3 (Curly) hair, whereas creams and oils work best for Type 4 (Kinky) hair. 

Henna's one of the more popular ways to color natural hair, however it goes up only to Burgundy. She mentioned another dye, Naturtint, which is a vegetable dye and goes up to Blonde (I don't think it's available in Nigeria btw). A note in going blonde - you should never go from black hair to blonde hair - as it's too drastic on your hair health. You should do it stages, from Black to Brown to Red to Blonde, and do these in intervals of 6 to 8 weeks. If you're going to color your hair, make sure you DC at least twice a month, because dyed hair is usually drier and needs more moisture/conditioning. 

  • Of course we all know to use satin scarves, bonnets and/or pillows to sleep.
  • Coconut, jojoba, and argan oil are good for hair and can be used on both the hair and scalp.
  • Tea tree oil and Peppermint oil are good for itchy scalp and dandruff.
  • It typically takes 5 to 6 months to see the FULL benefits/results of proper hair care. Don't do a treatment and expect your hair to change in 3 weeks!!!
  • Your hair might get used to a product after you've used it for a while. Therefore, you should have an arsenal of 3 products that your hair absolutely loves, so that you can switch it up when need be.
  • Styling products should NOT go on your scalp. So gels and holding products, etc should be applied on your hair only.
  • Dandruff can be contagious - ENH???????????????? If you have dandruff, check to see how much sugar you consume cos that could be a trigger.
  • TREAT, DO, STYLE, WASH, TWIST, BRAID, ETC your hair WITH LOVE!!! A lot of us dread doing our hair and only have stress on our mind. While doing your hair, have loving thoughts and send good energy to your hair. Treat it with kindness!
As I said, I'd share some pictures of the event and different styles that I saw. Us ladies are CREATIVE!

Felicia Leatherwood

Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow. Her hair is looong and pretty!
See her polarizing event post here, that triggered the response from TMC

The picture doesn't do her hair justice! Her twistout was PERFECTION!

Blown out natural hair.

Side 1

Side 2


She owns a natural hair salon in Dolphin Estate - 29C Ikorodu Crescent.

Felicia Leatherwood at work on a Transitioner

Transitioners can have natural hair styles too!

Berry and Felicia!
Whew! Thank goodness the writing is over! I learned quite a bit, and I hope you picked up one or two tips. Have a beaaaaaaaaaautiful weekend!


  1. I am not happy that this Felicia series has come to an end. I must say that I learnt some new things, especially in this second part, such as not using oil as heat protectant, even though I don't use heat

    Also about the colour stuff. I am learning about that too. And the gels vs oil, on the diff hair types. My hair is not really kinky like that, so no wonder oils and butters don't twist it. In fact, this part 2 is really beneficial to me.

    Thanks for sharing Ma'am.

    1. IKR!!. I don't want it to end either. It's so enlightening.

    2. Lol, sawryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Maybe I should find another event to go to :D. There's something in California tomorrow. If you buy my ticket, I'll write 10 posts about it :P

      You're welcome.

  2. I love to colour my hair so the dye discovery was def for me :)

  3. Love Dabs hair. OMG love the lady with the perfect twist out. Wondering if its because her hair is long. Really lovely.

    Thanks for the tips on coloring, been considering it. My hair journey can get a bit boring so been thinking of some way to jazz up its life :-D

  4. This post has been so much fun to read I do hope you will share some tutorials on how to get some of those hair styles especially the one done on the transitioning hair. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This post has been so much fun to read I do hope you will share some tutorials on how to get some of those hair styles especially the one done on the transitioning hair. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! This is an amazing event! I'm pretty sure everybody had fun and had lots of new ideas! Thank you for sharing your experience!


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