DIY: How to make a lace closure for your braids wig (Threading method).


Hey guys.. How’s the country treating you? I hope it’s not so bad.

As the title of the post suggests, I’m sharing a much easier method of making your own lace closure for your braids wig like I talked about in the first tutorial post I did. If you haven’t already read that post, you should check it out as I won’t be repeating the basics here but just showing you how you can make the lace closure for your braids wig in a much faster way while still getting the same result.

Naturalgirlonabudget.comThis method is an affordable alternative to using a ventilated human hair lace closure for your wig and will guarantee a neat looking closure. Although there are other methods such as the latch-hook method which I might be sharing soon. So keep reading to find out how. Continue reading

The 10 commandments for Beautiful healthy hair..


Hey guys.. I hope the new month has been going great for everyone? I came across this post and I thought to share it with you all.. As the title of this post suggests, these are 10 things that every natural must know and practice. Doing these will make your hair journey go smoothly for the most part..

NaturalgirlonabudgetAlthough my hair will be one year next month (whoop), I have been natural for over 2 years now so I can definitely relate to these rules. You can find out about my second big chop here. So let’s get to it. Continue reading

Product Review: Nilotiqa ‘the Shea & coco collection’ Hair products.

Hey guys.. Happy new month yay! My birthday is actually in 3 days but this isn’t about me so I’ll move on lol.

So I received these Nilotiqa hair products from ‘the Shea and coco collection’ range from the amazing people at Afri Beauty Hub (@Afribeautyhub) on Instagram over a month and was supposed to do a review on them. Since I wanted the review to be as detailed and accurate as possible judging from my experience, I had to take my time trying out these products so I could give you guys the right information coupled with the fact that I’ve been a little busy lately but it’s all good. Quite a number of times, some readers have asked me to talk about products I use and stuff but I try not to because I realize that everyone’s hair is different and what works for you may not work for me and vice versa. So my review of these products is totally based on my experience using them. So let’s get to it.

I received four Nilotiqa products from Afri beauty hub. Afri Beauty hub is a brand that focuses solely on sales of ‘Made in Africa’ only products. How cool is that? It’s really dope considering that we have all we need right here in Africa and don’t need to go looking elsewhere.
These products were made with love from South Africa and my box contained the following items:
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Product Review: Cro-Havanna Twist from FREEDOM collection.

Natural girl on a budget

Natural girl on a budgetI had no intention of blogging about this hair but since I posted it on my Instagram page @ellamedupin, I’ve been getting questions non stop about it. Questions and compliments too so I decided to make a detailed post reviewing the hair for those who have questions. Since this post wasn’t planned, I don’t have the necessary pictures but I’ll do my best to be as detailed as possible. Plus I threw in some pictures showing you some ways you can style this hair so please keep reading.

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Tips: Ghana braids for natural hair


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Hi loves.. I’ve been meaning to put up this post for a while but life happened. Most of the time, ladies on a healthy hair journey especially Naturals are restricted to wearing certain hairstyles so that we don’t cause damage to the hair we are trying to care for and that’s very reasonable. But asides from the fact that I don’t do well with restrictions lol, I also lust over some hairstyles and it’s just weird that I don’t get to do them. This is actually not because it’s wrong to make them. It’s just because when these hairstyles aren’t properly done, they set you back in your journey. One of such hairstyles for me has been the Ghana braids. I mean I see the various styles and I keep wishing but my edges are so fragile that I wouldn’t dare — until very recently. I took a leap of faith lol and did this style, wearing it for about two weeks and my hair did just fine. So I’m going to share a few tips on how I did this incase you ever find yourself in my shoes.

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Experience Xpression + hair details


Just yesterday, I hung out with the team at Xpression as in Xpression that makes all your braiding hair and all the other stuff. Lol sounds cool right? Yes it was.. I thought it would take longer for the recognition to begin but what do we know? Lol we thank God.
Anyway you know how crochet braid is all the rave now, Xpression has introduced and are still introducing quite a number of said products to the market. And you know the best thing about Xpression is that their products are really affordable although they are mostly synthetic. But most of this crochet braids products I’m talking about come in a very similar texture to our natural hair i.e. the Afro kinky kind so basically that’s a win. Some of their crochet braid products include: Continue reading

How to shop on a budget


Hey boooos..

So I’ve had this post in my draft for a while but due to this and that, didn’t put it up. We should be well rounded on all things ‘budget beauty’ yes? Anyway that’s how I see it. Most people like me, want to slay all around be it hair, clothes, shoes and what have you but sometimes your pocket wouldn’t permit. I know about that so I’m going to share some tips that could help you out if that is you. And if it’s not i.e. you see what you like and get it without thinking money money, please let’s be friends *sobs*. Here goes: Continue reading

The Leibster award – Yay I got nominated



Yay I was nominated for the Leibster award by Dami the fabulous creator of Seriously guys, I just have a feeling that when Dami and I meet, we’ll just click hehe. Anyway, thanks Dami for the Nomination. So I’ll get right to it.
The rules for the award are:
* Thank the blogger who nominated you.
* Display the Liebster Badge on your site.
* Answer the questions you were sent.
* Choose 5 (to 11) blogs to nominate.
* Send 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
She asked me to answer the same questions she did so I’ll get right to it..

What inspired the start of your blog?
– To be honest, I can’t remember. I do not recall the exact moment I decided to start this blog. So let’s just say God put the idea in my mind.

Got any Pet peeves?
– Being touched by people I’m unfamiliar with. People that chew with their mouth open – STOP IT!


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How I washed my hair withOUT Shampoo and Conditioner

How I washed my hair without shampoo and conditioner

Hi guys..
Sometime last week, I travelled and didn’t plan to stay as long as I ended up staying but as enjoyment will have it, I was in no rush to return. But then wash day came and I had no product with me except my Shanyi Organics moisturizing hair milk that I use to moisturize my hair daily (I try my best lol). This stuff melts my hair like butter to be honest. Anyway, I planned to postpone my wash day but then I got tempted by my friends to get Ghana braids installed and I knew I had to do something about my hair before putting it said braids. It’s been almost 4 years or more since I did this hairstyle and I really just wanted a different look. Did I just say Ghana braids? What of my edges? How did I manage it being natural and all? Lol don’t worry, I’ll give you guys the full gist on how any lady on a healthy hair journey can rock Ghana weaving/braids.. After much pondering and pondering, I came up with a plan. Continue reading

Get to know a reader tag: Serah Kassim


I think the Internet has been really great in bringing and connecting lots of people from all over the world and to an extent, I see my blog as a small village or community. It’s basically me narrating my stories or giving out tips to my readers and you absorbing them, encouraging me and making me want to do better. I know that if I hear that something bad happened to any of my readers or to some of the people whose blog I read, I’ll be genuinely concerned even if we’ve never met. The blogosphere has just become such an important part of my life. You get my vibe? That’s why I’m introducing the ‘get to know a reader’ tag on the blog. So let’s talk about this tag.
Although it’ll be a pleasure for me to get to know my readers, this tag would focus mainly on the brands of said readers. I know the blog focuses mainly on hair related subjects but that’s why this isn’t about me. I’ll like for other readers to get to know each other, your upcoming brands, blogs, your passions and things like that, hair related or not. Its a show of support and it’s totally free by the way as any sponsored post will be tagged as such. It’s just a way for the people of this village to interact and grow. You can be part of this by sending me a mail at

I’ll be kicking it off this week with a reader and a brand that’s very dear to my small heart. This post would be very bias because it’s about someone I’ve known for years and years. Without further ado, meet Serah Kassim.

Lets meet you..
Serah: My Name is Serah Kassim. I’m the creative director for SKbyserahKassim, a growing fashion line in Nigeria. Birthday is March 28 (incase anyone still has a gift in store for me). I am a graduate of Botany from the university of Lagos (University of first choice lol). I’m from Ogun state (Ijebuode to be precise but I’m nothing close to stingy). I am an Amala lover, very playful and I love sleeeeep tooo (really hope there is a national sleep day).


We bond over our love for Amala and sleep among other things.. If you were to describe yourself in one sentence what will it be?
Serah : I’m pretty easy going.

I agree with that. Everybody that knows Serah loves her! She never forgets a birthday and is always there for the ups and downs. Tell us about your brand and what it signifies.
Serah: Officially I started out this year and its been pretty cool. Skbyserahkassim is a women’s wear brand made in Nigeria. It is a reflection of what I am, playful yet stylish.

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