Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shakara Meets WIZKID!

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This is WizKid & Skales first time to Canada. The press conference though slated for 7.00 p.m. did not start until 9:15 p.m. but it was well worth the wait!

Clad in a red T-shirt [with a small animal print patch pocket] and a pair of blue jeans; Wizkid looked both casual and CHIC. His signature shades, no surprise, stayed on all night.

He confessed that he'd been looking forward to touring Toronto and made sure to thank his fans for his continued success.

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid, is an incredibly talented artist from Nigeria. Since the release of his debut album Superstar last year, the 23 year old has won a MOBO award, BET award [Best International Act, 2012] and signed with AKON’s Konvict Music!

He is also the official brand ambassador to Pepsi in Africa, as well as Nigerian Breweries along side Tuface and D’Banj.

Since I only had 5 minutes with him to talk one-on-one these where the questions I asked... 

Shakara Natural Tips: What was the first album you ever bought?
"Superstar.” WizKid replied. Maybe he thought I asked: What was the name of the first album you ever dropped.

Being a hair & style blog, I also had to ask if his music inspires his haircut and fashion style. The young star politely replied,  “Not really, I like to be comfortable so I wear mostly hoodies.

In any case, we think he has the complete package...youth, voice, looks,  and HAIR! and depicts these effortlessly.

Peep pictures and US/Canada tour dates below:

Wiz kid tour dates:
July 21 – Vancouver, Canada – presented by Microbell Entertainment
July 28 – NYC (Banky W/Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi) Presented EME and Audacyti Ent
July 29 – Providence, Rhode Island – A charity event presented by HP Family Entertainment
Aug 10 – Mpls (Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi) presented by AQ2 Ent
Aug 11 – Calgary (Wizkid/Skales) presented by Microbell Ent
Aug 17 – Oakland, California (Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi) presented by Royal Entertainment. **NEW!!!**
Aug 18 – Atlanta (Banky W/Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi/XO) presented by EME, Konvict, Mr DeJaVu.
Aug 25 – Washington DC (Banky W/Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi/XO) Presented by EME
Sept 1 – Chicago (Banky W/Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi/XO) presented by EME and Afrobeat Productions
Sept 2 – NYC/NEA (Banky W/Wizkid/Skales/Rotimi/XO)[Source]


Sheryl Marcil & France Brisson of Xclusive Entertainment, Shakara, and OzeethaBoss [2012 AE Award Nominee]

Skales & WizKid

Microbell Media Group

Skales & Shakara & Wizkid, posing with Himba bracelets courtesy of Nharo!

Shakara & WizKid
Check out the autograph Wizkid signed for my cousin Tokie Adebiyi!
Much appreciated.

Photographer: Kokumo Olajide

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

All Natural Products

Coko Butta: Whipped Butterscotch Smoothie is a 100% all natural hair & body cream for extra dry skin & flaky scalp. Its retail price is $10.00 for a 4oz jar.

This cream is yellow in colour and heavily perfumed. The scent may be too strong for some people, but if you love sweet things tell your sweetheart to get you this! It is not greasy which is great! And soaks in right away. 

Things we loved:
Deep Hydration & Non Greasy: It has a nice rich consistency, leaving your skin feeling moisturized and hydrated.
Shelf life: The estimated shelf life is published on the website! Most all natural products do not put an expiration date on their products, but Coko Butta does! We absolutely love this!!

What we didn’t love:
Packaging: The ink comes off the label after a few uses.

100% Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Organic pure pressed coconut oil, Grape seed oil, fragrance oil and organic carrier oils.
Rating 3.9/5

Whipfinity: is white in colour and has a light creamy consistency. It is a Shea butter based whip for both your hair & skin. 

Whipfinity comes unscented, as well as in 5 different scents: Citrus Blossom, Sweet Cinnamon, Relaxing Lavender, Candy Cane (Peppermint), Kingsmen (Frankincense and Myrhh).

There are 4 sizes to choose from:
2 oz travel size $5.00
4 oz medium size $10.00
8 oz large size $15.00
16 oz extra large size $27.00

Things we love:
Hydration: When used as a daily moisturizer, it kept my skin moisturized all day long!
Non-greasy: It is light and particularly perfect for summer months.
Light scent: It is gently perfumed, pleasant and does not stick around for long.

What we didn’t love:
No shelf life on the container: neither the container or label had a shelf life symbol nor expiration date.
Also, apart from the Shea butter on the ingredients list, none of the other oils are noted as unrefined.

Unrefined Shea butter, Argan oil, Grape seed oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Castor oil, Rosewater, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Essential oil.
Rating: 3.9/5

Hand dry hair towel is super soft, super absorbent micro-fibre that instantly absorbs water for a frizz free natural styled look.

Hand dry comes as a towel and hair glove! You can get either in a choice of pink or black.

Retail price:
Hand dry hair towel: $20.00 CDN [18’ x 26’]
Hand dry hair glove: $24.99 CDN

USA & International Distributors also available

Things we love:
Absorbs moisture quickly
Does not damage hair
Reduces frizz, and less tangles
Speeds up drying time

Rating: 4.5/5

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Best Hair Detangler


The first ingredient in detangling hair is patience.

Our fingers are next and probably the most ignored tools!

When we use our fingers to detangle [unlike a comb or brush] we can feel the knots and tangles easily. So always begin with your fingers and then follow with a comb or a brush.  Like any other styling tools, hands must be kept in good condition. Your fingernails should be smooth and snag free, and your hands should be soft, moisturised and callous-free to prevent hair damage.

Follow your finger detangling with a wide tooth comb and/or a brush [with a rubber base and wide bristles].

The Denman and the Tangle Teezer are good examples of these types of brushes.

Remember when detangling: separate your hair into 4-8 sections and always begin at the ends, then gradually work your way up. Tresses must always be moisturized with water and/or lubricated with a moisturizer or oil to reduce unnecessary breakage. Once you have detangled each section, pin it up or re-braid it out of your way.

I know I've hinted at this already, but keep in mind: curly hair must always be detangled with great care

After thoroughly detangling, you can proceed with regular styling or move on to the low manipulation hair-cleansing techniques.

1. Davis-Sivasothy, Audrey. The Science of Black Hair. Texas: Saja, 2011.
2. Henshaw, Precious. The Basics of Natural Hair Care. Preciouscurls.com. Web. 08 July. 2012.

Do you follow any of these rules when detangling?