Friday, January 23, 2015

Hello 2015! Here’s a flashback to 2014 at The Kinky Apothecary.

Since we’re almost at the end of January 2015, this seems like the perfect time for my procrastinating self to wish all our customers, readers and Kinky Apothecary family a very Happy New Year, and all the best for 2015!

So I was absolutely horrible at posting on the blog last year. There has been a phenomenal amount of growth and change at Kinky Towers over the last 14 months or so, and in that time, blogging unfortunately fell pretty low on our ladder of priorities.

However, I’m sure most of you would have noticed by now that The Kinky Apothecary has had an Instagram account for a little over a year, on which I personally am very active and have managed to document all the important highlights of 2014. 

So for those of you who for some reason are still not following us, or who might have only just started towards the end of the year, or for anyone who just wants a recap, here is what (according to Instagram) has been going on in the world of The Kinky Apothecary … and most important of all, my hair!

We kicked off 2014 with me trying my hand out at erm, "modelling" for an as yet unnamed campaign that is as yet unpublished... but launching soon. Yes. Cryptic. But we had a blast working with photographer Reze Bonna, Aderonke Adebanjo, Lola Maja and Odun Ogunbiyi as our creative director.

In February I was invited to onto the set of Moments with Mo with Dami of Neriah Naturals and Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow, to talk about natural hair. Spreading the healthy hair message, and defending the natural hair corner (where the need arises) are matters that are very close to my heart, so it was great to get the invitation. Presenters Dolapo Oni and Bolanle Olukanni really made us feel at home too. Great times!

Also in February, Ngozi Opara, the creator of the Heat Free Hair movement reached out to me to let me know she would be in Lagos. I think her company idea is phenomenal, and I'd always admired her as a business woman (especially a Nigerian business woman), so I was really pleased to discover she was just as lovely in person as I had hoped. Her visit happened to coincide with Social Media Week, where I was speaking on two panels: the first was organised by Ore Somolu-Lesi of the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre. The second was specifically focused on natural hair, and so when I mentioned to the organiser, Kathleen Ndongmo of Natural Ever After, that Ngozi was in town, she leapt at the opportunity to bring her onto the panel, and what was originally intended to be a discussion on how naturals have been able to expand their reach and connect with others globally through social media quickly turned into a natural hair seminar with the panelists fielding hair-related questions and offering tips and advice. 

In March, I jumped at Felicia Leatherwood's invitation to meet her at the Natural Hair Academy in Paris, which was a real experience where I got to meet some amazing people, such as Eva Obasuyi and Rene Daniella, the beauties and brains behind DieseMag and Own By Femme! If you're in Paris this March, get a ticket!!!

We also set the wheels in motion for Felicia's next trip to Lagos. Announcement coming up soon...

In April, we were focused on our next steps, so decided a protective style would be the best way to free up some time. Back came the marley twists! 

More networking in May, first at the Woman In The Jungle Show in London
Wunmi, founder of Woman In The Jungle
Where I got a chance to see Miss (now Mrs and Mummy) Fizzy from Leave In The Kinks again!

And then at Curlvolution, also in London, where in between the workshops and shopping, I had the chance to witness this excellent panel of speakers: Felicia Leatherwood, Taren Guy, Natural Belle, Deborah Blake of Curlformers, and Emma Dabiri, aka The Diaspora Diva, who took the hair conversation well beyond the usual issues of styling.

During the course of the month, we also added a bunch of new brands to our range, including Obia Natural Haircare, SheaMoisture, Karen's Body Beautiful and Namaste Organics. We also expanded the existing ranges we carry, adding more products. Apparently you love them, and we're not surprised!

Also in May, Berry Dakara and a bunch of other Instagrammers kicked off the #31daysofkinkz challenge: everyone had to post a different hair style a day for 31 days. Of course I crashed and burned after day 5, but here were a couple of my favourites:

June saw my return to TV after receiving an invitation from Spice TV to appear on Style 101.
On Style 101 with Hauwa Mukan of HRM sneakers, Pepper Chikezie of Retrospective and host Tallulah Doherty

By this point, Lagos humidity had started to get out of control and drive me nuts, turning a braidout from this:

To this, in a matter of minutes:

In June, I also got invited onto NdaniTV to film an episode of Beauty Beats which you can watch here! 

I made a final attempt at a braidout before the humidity got too much for me. This combo of CURLS milkshake and Obia Naturals Curl Enhancing Custard held up quite well:

But I gave up the charade pretty soon after, and went into my next protective style: waist-length box braids!

June also saw us participate at Naija Hair Can Grow's Salon Day Out, and Nigeria's first Loc Appreciation Day organised by Locitude!

Our stand at Naija Hair Can Grow's salon day out

Ade Balogun of Locitude and organiser of Loc Appreciation Day, with host Bassey Ikpi 

Also in June (yeah, busy month!) we launched two more concessions on the Lagos mainland!

Sacred Beauty. Maryland home of The Kinky Apothecary
In July, I got a chance to act as Creative Director for the day, when Pride Magazine allowed us to take over their beauty pages with a natural hair special. It was a real challenge, but loads of fun, and I can't wait to see the finished product!

As part of the shoot, I also got to style actor Najite Dede's locs

In August, I got a little bit of time off, and while in the States on holiday, got the chance to go for what is now becoming my annual mini-chop. I generally keep my hair long, but find it easiest to manage when it is somewhere between APL and BSL, and no longer.

Also while in NYC, I happened to run into Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks, who we had an event with in December 2013!

Stay tuned, we've got something else in the works...

We spent September fine-tuning things in-house and preparing for what was going to turn out to be an extremely active final quarter of the year. I also spent it totally enjoying my new hair shape!

October was when it all kicked off for us again! First of all, we joined the Freedom Park family, where we set up a temporary home for Felabration

And debuted our new pink stand!

That weekend, Locitude organised a loc styling workshop and styling competition. It was amazing to see the creativity that went into coming up with looks doing the styling competition, in such a short space of time, and we were so happy to sponsor the winner, Olisah of Me & You salon, on an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai!

In October, we also held two bootcamps over one weekend at our two mainland concessions. Our bootcamps started a couple of years ago as a way of providing a intimate setting (of not more than 30 people) for people to ask one-on-one questions and tackle their hair issues. We decided to bring them back to get to know our mainland customers, introduce you to the concessions and give you the chance to have any burning questions answered.

In October, we were also very busy preparing gift packages for two of our favourite designers: Maki Oh and Grey at Lagos Fashion and Design Week, where we brought back our favourite product: The Kinky Apothecary Whipped Batter

In November, we took part in Lost In Lagos Live. It was great to meet customers old and new, as well as all the other vendors!

And finally, December! We kicked off the month at the block party which marked the beginning of Big60 at A Whitespace Lagos

And ended with our one-day Pop Up Salon- still part of Big60 at A Whitespace, Lagos

With a bunch of people getting involved, such as Sacred Beauty, Grey & Cointreau, I can't think of a better way to have ended the year! A full write-up is coming soon, but for now, you'll just have to be content with a photo of my last hairstyle of last year- a loose twist updo- as I took a few minutes off from proceedings for my last interview of the year, with Spice TV again.

It was our busiest year yet, but an extremely rewarding one, and I am so excited for what we have planned for 2015! Incidentally, our 5th anniversary will be coming up during the course of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for some major announcements and changes, all of which are going to come in quick succession! You are not going to want to miss a thing…

Nibi xx

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Kinky Apothecary Pop Up Salon - Saturday 20th December

We can NOT believe we're almost at the end of the year already! As always, no idea where it went! However, rather than lament the passing of time, we're just very excited about the Christmas Season, and getting glammed up is one of our favourite things about it. So this year we've decided to make an event of it. We have teamed up with A Whitespace Lagos and as a collaboration for their annual BIG60 festivities, we will be bringing you the very first Kinky Apothecary Pop Up Salon next Saturday, December 20th!

Not just a hair salon (where you can choose from a variety of quick hair styles: two strand twists with or without added marley hair, twistouts, braidouts, updos or even crochet braids), we'll give you the opportunity to take care of every aspect of getting ready for a wedding or night out with beauty treatments like threading, lashes and even gele tying from Lola Maja and the Sacred Beauty team

You can also get a mani-pedi or even a henna tattoo, all while you enjoy a complimentary cocktail (or 4) courtesy of Cointreau! And of course, no BIG60 event is complete without a quick trip to the photo booth on the way out to show off your new look! Oh, and did we forget to mention that product prices will be discounted all day?

Now pay attention to the important bit: all hair and Sacred Beauty services must be booked in advance, so drop us an email to or call us on 017654546 for information on all services offered on the day and prices, and to secure your place.

See you there- we're very excited!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Bootcamp" returns at our two mainland concessions!

We keep getting questions on when our next workshops are going to be held, so here we go, finally! Two in one weekend!

Join us as we officially celebrate the launch of our two Mainland concessions with two bootcamps with Nibi at the following locations:

SATURDAY 25th OCTOBER, 1-5pm: INVIVO, 77/79 Eric Moore Road, off Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.
SUNDAY 26th OCTOBER, 1-5pm: SACRED BEAUTY, 2 Abiola Close, Shonibare Estate, Maryland, Lagos.

The events see the return of The Kinky Apothecary's much loved bootcamps, and include:
Talk & demo on creating the right regimen for you
Product consultations                                   
Questions and answers
Complimentary glass of champers on arrival
All registered attendees automatically qualify for a free prize draw.

Entry is free, but registration is mandatory on Eventbrite:

See you there!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Felabration, Locitude Loc Workshop & Stylist Competition...and other chances to hang with us!

Hi all!

We're huge Fela fans here at Kinky Towers, and most of you will know we're smack bang in the middle of Felabration, a celebration of his birthday. Well we've decided to get involved, so we're setting up camp at Freedom Park (Old Prison Yard, Broad Street, Lagos) from tomorrow (Thursday October 16th) until Sunday (October 19th). If you're heading over to see one of the many tributes to the father of Afrobeat, do make sure you take time out to look for our little stall...and while we're there, we'll also be at Locitude's Loc Workshop & Stylist Competition this Friday (October 17th), and we're in fact sponsoring an all expenses trip to Dubai. Yup, you read that right. You definitely do not want to miss this one!

Tickets for the workshop are available at:

The Kinky Apothecary @ L'Espace,
19a Olosa Street,
Off Karimu Kotun,
Victoria Island, Lagos


The Kinky Apothecary @ Sacred Beauty
2 Abiola Close,
Shonibare Estate,
Maryland, Lagos.

For more info on this, and other events over the coming weeks (including 2 free bootcamps at our Surulere and Maryland concessions), click here to read our October newsletter.

Look forward to seeing you!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Join the challenge to help fight Breast Cancer!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as is the case for many people, breast cancer is an issue very close to our hearts. That is why we are very keen keen to support organisations such as Run For A Cure Africa

Head to their website to find out how you can join in the #31 for 31 initiative to raise money for women fighting breast cancer at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

For the month of October, a percentage of proceeds from ALL sales at The Kinky Apothecary will be donated to this cause.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Kinky Apothecary's new Mainland concessions.

Good morning Loves,

As many of you know, this has been in the works for a while, but we are extremely proud to announce the launch of two more The Kinky Apothecary concessions: this time on the Mainland!

Naturalistas in Surulere and Maryland, you can now pick up your favourite products at Invivo and Sacred Beauty. Of course we're not going to let an occasion like this pass without ceremony, so look out for details of our housewarming events at each of our new homes.

We have also started stocking some new brands, including SheaMoisture and Karen's Body Beautiful. Check out the shop page for details on all the above. Hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Obia Natural Haircare products now available in Nigeria at The Kinky Apothecary!

By popular demand, Obia Natural Haircare products are finally available at The Kinky Apothecary!

Click on the shop tab for details, and call or email us to place your order, or alternatively pop in to our concession at L'Espace.