This Personal Style, Hair & Lifestyle Blog started out from a personal need and I will give you the full details here on the story. My African Hairitage Style (MAHS) derives its name from this interests and starts of with me. Actually *pause* it starts with my faith believing mother who studied Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in the Ancient City of Ile-Ife and it was related primarily to our African culture and Heritage. She reflected this in the food she cooked, her sense of style (from the simple kaftans to the colourful ‘boubous’) to the business ventures she went into like decorating hotels using indigenous arts & crafts to her shop at Federal Palace Hotel (Victoria Island). In many ways this childhood memories stuck with me and fuelled an inbuilt passion which you can say is the Genesis of MAHS! We can call this period Mum’s African Heritage Style when there was no internet or blogs lol.
Now back to me, I am purely Nigerian as my dad is an Ijaw man whilst my mum is an Urhobo woman. I studied International Relations for my first degree and then International Business Management for my second degree. It became apparent that it was necessary for me to start a blog not just because my family & friends constantly put requests through for one and it meant I could direct them to one resource with my answers. But most importantly the vision is driven by my faith in God including the fact l am proud of my African Culture and Heritage which in many ways influences my own sense of style and passion for healthy hair advocating the use of natural products in our hair/skin care routines. I am inspired daily by strong Nigerian (African) women & men in my life, childhood, natural resources, life and even my hair journey.
I see this ‘blogmosphere’ as my arena to express myself through my faith, my sense of style, love for writing and help each other in our journey being youths in this modern world. The vision is linked largely to women but not exclusive as there are many areas it converges. I personally feel that more emphasis should be placed on character, values, self-esteem, confidence and speaking up for what you believe in. I get fulfilment being the woman God has created me to be by living with a purpose here on earth and hope I inspire you in some way.
One quote I like and agree with is
“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it” – Marilyn Monroe
The Lifestyle area is an avenue for me to showcase beauty, culture, art, opinions, food, nutrition, fitness, personal development and travel. Please feel free to contribute your own 2cents and experiences. So, ladies and gentlemen let’s help each other help ourselves! In essence, Mum’s African Heritage Style has evolved into My African HAIRitage Style! Infact, Our African Heritage Style because this journey is also yours and it goes beyond race as everyone can enjoy the richness of African Culture.
I have dedicated an area to talk about Hair because it gets the most questions and it is very close to my heart. I believe we can all attain and maintain healthy hair and it all began because being Nigerian (and surrounded by a lot of Nigerians) I always wondered why Nigerian ladies (African women) with afro textured hair never seemed to have long hair like our European and Asian counterparts. In 2008, I began researching online, reading books, watching shows and asking questions to know what some of my Caucasian and Asian friends were doing that I wasn’t. I began changing bad habits, learning new hair handling techniques, experimenting with products to find what would work for me, eradicated chemicals and stopped using heat tools for a long time. September 2009 marked the start of my new hair journey and me cutting of my hair as it had been damaged from hair dying and texturising. I only left just about enough for it to be plaited and protected styles like fixing weave extensions. For almost a year my friends and family did not see my hair when they finally did they realised I had cut my hair. When I straightened my hair in December 2012 my hair had reached bra strap length! I have since maintained this length till date.
I end with this, my main message to anyone curious about hair growth is that WE (YOU) CAN GROW OUR (YOUR) HAIR with proper care. Follow me through this journey as you discover your ‘hairnemies’ of progress! Lol. Enough about the MAHS Story, if you want to know more about the thought process behind this blog contact me or watch our 1 minute video. Check out the first post ‘In the Beginning‘. Cheers to being Happy, Fit, Healthy, Balanced and Living purposefully in our modern times.
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