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Style is individualistic to a particular personality – Adekelu Ogunleye

Adekelu Ogunleye is the principal consultant of KIC, an image consulting firm that specializes in providing unique and exquisite services to individuals: like image styling and first class advisory shopping tips at an affordable rate.

Adekelu Ogunleye is the principal consultant of KIC, an image consulting firm that specializes in providing unique and exquisite services to individuals: like image styling and first class advisory shopping tips at an affordable rate.

Kelu as she is fondly called discovered her passion for fashion and style several years ago. While in college, she helped friends with picking out and matching pieces of clothing, applying stunning make-up, delivering unbelievable make-over and is always giving out advice on looking and feeling good. After graduating from college; she birthed the baby of her dreams KIC five years ago and since then she hasn’t looked back. In this interview with Esther Onyegbula she talks about her career as an image consultant. Enjoy!

What would you say has kept you going, since the concept is really new in the country?

I am going to do this for the rest of my life; when you are passionate about something regardless of the challenges that you face, that passion keeps you going. I can almost do fashion styling for free, that is how much I love it. And there isn’t a career or disciple that does not come with its own challenges.

Adekelu Ogunleye

Fashion styling can be fun but if you work with certain people you might be weighed down, but it is the joy of what I do that keeps me going.

What is fashion to you?

Fashion is very individualistic; it is a way of life, it doesn’t appeal to clothing alone, it is how you live, it is how you express yourself; that is what fashion is.

What is the difference between fashion and style because most times people refer to both as same?

There is a big difference between fashion and style, fashion is a trend; fashion is something that flows around. But style is an identity, a niche, a separation between what makes you wear a dress on a flat shoe, and what makes me wear a trouser pant on a 4.5” inch high heel. So style is individualistic to a particular personality. It is what identifies and separates you from the crowd.

You have been doing this for several years now, how has it been, in terms of challenges?

In Nigeria image styling is yet to be fully embraced. Sometimes people mistake me for a costumer and I keep educating them that I am an intermediary between a fashion designer and an individual who wears an out fit, I am a professional, I am an image consultant, I just don’t go out there and pick clothes and put it on you. I have to understand your body type, body shape, where you are going to and find out if the outfit suits the occasion. It has been crazy but we thank God we are getting there.

What fashion item can’t you do without?

I love dresses, I love shoes, and if I were to choose I don’t know which one to choose. I find myself wearing dresses and shoes all the time, and I have tons of them I can’t live without them.

What is your beauty routine like?

I hardly wear makeovers, but one thing I can’t do without is my cleansing facial wash, it is in my bag, sometimes when I get irritated because of my very sensitive skin, I use the nearest convenience and wash off every makeup I have on my face. Once I do this I feel clean again. I can use powder latter if I have to, if not I just leave my face bare. I love my lip gloss as well.

What is one fashion item you can’t be caught wearing?

You will never find me wearing a short top on leggings.

Why?

Because when you wear leggings you are suppose to wear a top that covers your bum. For goodness sake leggings are like panties, you can as well just wear your g-string and wear a short top and walk the street of Lagos.

What does it takes to become a professional image consultant and fashion stylist?

Well the basic things are: you need to have an eye for beauty; you need to be able identify what is beautiful and what is not. Also you need to have the ability to combine unusual colours, not the regular things everybody does. You need to be innovative and different as a stylist. You can need to keep updating your skills by going for professional courses. Like: colour analysis, wardrobe styling, personal shopping, fashion styling etc.

Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I update myself by doing short fashion related professional courses. I also do research online; this helps me to be on top of my game.

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My collections are ethnic and western – Sharon George

By Esther Onyegbula
Sharon George is the creative director of “Olaedo” a unisex clothing outfit that specializes in making exotic clothes and fashion she has been in the industry for about three years and recently she showcased her 2012 collection at the City Beauty and Fashion awards. In this interview, she talks about her inspirations, designs, challenges and dreams. Enjoy!

Professionally, how long have you been in the industry?

Officially three years.

How would you describe these years?

Frankly speaking, it has been very stressful but I love it. I have this strong passion to do it. Otherwise I would have quit. Of course, you know that it can’t be easy. Every business has its own stress and challenges, mine is not different. As a designer, the challenge of electricity supply tops the list.

*Sharon George

The environment is not conducive for us to work. Finding the right staff is a problem so also, sourcing for quality fabrics. And if you want to create a fashion brand in the industry, you need to have a showroom and that is capital intensive. It requires real money, to set it up.

What really inspires your designs, I see you work with a lot of Ankara Fabrics?

My designs are inspired by God basically, but I must tell you that a lot of things inspire me. For instance,  people around me, the colour of the sky, even the colour of my car, and the people I meet everyday inspire my designs. Inspiration is something that comes naturally to the mind and as a designer; you replicate it in sketches and fabrics.

How would you describe your collections?

My collections are ethnic and western; I infuse ethnic and western styles into my designs.

The industry demands creativity, how creative are you?

I am creative; you are looking and talking to the most creative woman on the face of planet earth.

How would you describe the Nigerian fashion industry?

Most Nigerians I must say, are beginning to realize that fashion is part of entertainment. Nigerians are waking up, they are appreciating our own Ankara. They are appreciating our own indigenous designers. Gone are the days when a Governor would want to attend a red carpet event and he would order his outfit from London or Paris.

Today they are proud to wear what our designers make. Now you see our designs on the red carpet. This shows that they are appreciating what we are doing.

Do you consider the average Nigerian woman fashionable?

Oh my God! Nigerian women are fashion conscious. They are really fashion forward, and things are beginning to change.

Most people feel that the Ankara fabric is restrictive in nature, what is your opinion?

On the contrary, you can wear your Ankara to a red carpet event. You can wear Ankara anywhere; it all depends on the style and the finishing. Frankly speaking, there shouldn’t be restriction on Ankara. I do a whole lot with Ankara fabric. I make slippers, jackets, men’s shorts and evening dresses with Ankara fabrics.

In the next couple of years where would people see the fashion Label Olaedo?

I don’t know where God will want to see Olaedo. The question is not for me to answer, because I don’t know what tomorrow holds. But I want to be where God wants me to be. And I believe God who started this journey with me, will see me through.

What is your message for upcoming Nigeria designers?

The thing is that if you don’t have the passion for fashion, there is no point, because there are challenges that you will definitely meet that would force you to want to quit. The first thing an upcoming designer should do, is find out if you have the passion for fashion. If you don’t, forget it. Also, you must be hard working and dedicated to your work.

With the saturation in the industry, how have you been able to cope with the competition in the industry?

In fashion there shouldn’t be competition.

Why?

Because what you treasure as good clothing might not appeal to Genevieve Nnaji. What Charly boy wears or what appeals to his dress sense might not appeal to Ramsey Noah. So there shouldn’t be competition.

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My hair is annoying – Waje

By Opeoluwa Akintola
A
lthough she made her debut into the music industry not too long ago; she’s however been one of the female singers to be reckoned with. Ranging from the energy she puts into her songs, to her strong voice—you could never walk away ,but pay attention to her melody.

Here is Waje’s hair experience on today’s Hair & Style. Enjoy.

What does your natural hair look like?

My natural hair is full but short. It’s tough too and I think I have the most annoying hair ever.

And why did you make such comment about your hair?

Because it takes too long to relax and it’s really stressful. I don’t know how to explain it but my hair is really funny. In fact, I had to cut it low and it’s just growing now.

Does it mean that you can’t wear your natural hair to events?

Of course,  I can. In fact, I’ve been wearing my natural hair for the past four days. But because my hair is very tough, I had to stop using the normal relaxer and switched to moisturizing relaxer so that my hair can be softer. Then, I’ll be really happy to wear my hair to events most of the times without looking weird.

Which type of extension do you like most?

I love human hair because it allows me to leave out some of my hair and still look natural. But most times, I prefer not to leave out my hair so that my hair wont cut.

Can you wear crazy-coloured hairstyles?

I wish I can but my fans wont like it. If I start wearing such, my fans will start wondering if I’ve gone crazy. So I can’t because I still want to be relevant to my fans and still win more fans. Nevertheless, I have some golden hair at the middle of my hair but most of the time, I dye it.

Which hairstyle can’t you be caught wearing?

I don’t think I can wear fringe. Although some of my friends think it looks nice on me but I think otherwise. There’s also this hairstyle that I made sometime ago-one side was long and the other was short. I liked it and really wish I can still make it but my fans think it makes me look more like a rap artiste instead of an R & B which  I am.

But really, I can’t be caught wearing the 3 in 1 weave-on because it wasn’ t made for Africans but Chinese.

5 bad habits that contribute to hair loss

As shown by the etymology of the word, genetic male-pattern hair loss is due to an inherited redisposition of the hair follicles of the head (or even only the parietal region and the temples) to show increased sensitivity to normal androgens, androgens are, affect the hair root and lead to progressive atrophy and ultimately a total loss. So it is understood that any therapeutic intervention should be done as there is even the least fluff, because when it is lost completely, there is no reversing the damage.

The life cycle of our hair

All our hair goes through three phases of development. The first is the anlagen, which lasts from 2 to 6 years during which the hair grows. The second is Catagen, which lasts about 1 month. Within this time the hair is weakened and “prepared” for the fall, followed by the final stage the Talien during which (approximately 5 months) the hair falls out but the root is still there so after some time under normal circumstances, hair reborn.

Though the hair texture vary in the human body, the straight or curly hair to the cloth nearly invisible person, the development cycle is the same everywhere. This cycle consists of two phases, Anagen, during which the hair of his head grow long, about 1,5 cm per month and Telogen, during which they stop growing and rest. The first stage lasts from 3 to 5 years, while the second only 2-3 months. Once the cycle is completed by hairs are in telogen phase fall within the next 2-3 weeks and replaced by new ones if the enclaves remains active. It is perfectly normal to lose in this manner 50-100 hairs daily, which can be observed, because staying on the brush after combing. At any time, under normal circumstances 85% of our hair grows, while the remaining 15% falls.

When they fall together?

Often it can happen to spend a lot of hair in the phase simultaneously with the result that all fall together. This phenomenon is called molt and is threatening the future of our hair, since it is reversible if something addressing the causes, which may be as follows:

* Childbirth: – During pregnancy, women do not lose any hair. So about 2-4 months after birth, the hair does not lose all this time all come together in the phase leading to fall together. This case, you need to make women are just waiting to grow the new hair.

* Taking drugs: – Guilty of the deluge molt are some medications such as contraceptives (pronounced hair loss usually occurs after discontinuation of use) and some drugs given to treat thyroid problems, etc.
* Diseases: – Some chronic diseases such as lupus erythematosus and the thyroid gland, iron deficiency anemia (though disputed by some) and anorexia nervosa can also lead to increased hair loss, but check with the appropriate patient management.
* Poor nutrition: – The proteins (egg, fish, chicken, etc.) play a key role in hair growth for this and their absence could lead to temporary loss of our hair. Role but appears to play a zinc deficiency (seafood, nuts, etc.) and biotin (beef liver, peanuts, etc.). Therefore it is obvious how good nutrition can save our hair.

* Stress: – This is one factor that can affect our overall health and certainly the state of our hair, which normally intercepts leading us to .massive losses.

Culled from Health And Medicine Blog

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I once wore a skin cut – Lara George

When it comes to inspirational/gosple artistes, she’s one of the artistes that cannot be ignored. Lara George has paid her dues as a gosple singer, having made many hit albums with lots of awards to her credit including: Voice of The Year, 2008, at the Nigerian Music Awards, as well as Song of The Year, 2009, Nigerian Gosple Music Wards amongst others.

She’s our celebrity guests on today’s Hair & Style.

How do you feel about your natural hair?

The truth is that I love my natural hair. It’s very soft, light and at the same time it’s full as well as long too. But in all, it’s still an African hair and I love leaving my natural hair long.

Lara George

It’s just that I recently took a decision to let my natural hair rest for a while and I’ve been wearing more of extensions.

So who did you take after in terms of hair?

I think I took after my mum. In fact, when I gave birth to my son, his hair was straight for the first six months and it made him look like a Chinese. And whenever we were on the streets, people would turn and look at me as if I stole him

How do you  take care of your natural hair?

Whenever I take off my extensions, I relax, condition it and use lots of hair treatment so that it can be fuller. Then, I weave it to prevent breakage. And any time I visit a new climate area, I apply much comditioner so it wont break. I also visit salon every one and half months.

Which is your preference when it comes to hair extensions?

I like the Brazillian hair because it holds curls and makes me look natural. It’s also easy to manage. And basically for any lady who’s into such prefession as mine, it’s good to always keep up the appearance and invest in good hair that wont stress you at any time one attends an occasion.

Can you tint your natural hair into colours like red, yellow?

I’ve actually considered it but I don’t think I can because it wont look nice on me. I know what soothes me best. So, I’ll rather settle for hair with colour 33 or gold highlights than go to the extreme.

What about cutting your hair?

I had cut my hair twice before. The first time I did it was in the university. At that time, I got tired of my hair and patronising salons because they were located far from where I stayed. So one day, I just got tired of it, went to the barber’s shop and had it cut. The second time was six years ago when I was carrying my son’s pregnancy. I found out that no matter how cold it was, I usually felt hot. So I pleaded with my husband to allow me cut it but he would not allow me. One day, on my way back from an occasion, I felt uncomfortable with it. So I just stopped by a barber’s shop and had it cut off.

So how did your husband react to that?

I had to beg him and he understood when he saw how horrible I felt with the hair. So after I cut it then, I was very happy.

What about shaving all of your hair?

Because I have a round face, if I shave my hair, it’ll fit me well. Actually, the last time I cut it, I had it all shaved off.

So how did shaving your hair made you feel?

For me, shaving my hair was the craziest thing I could do to my hair. But I wasn’t ashamed to wear it because it suited me. And because I’d just put to bed my boy, I looked fatter and shorter. In fact, as at that time, I wasn’t as popular as I am today. So I enjoyed the anonymity. I’ll love to do it again if I’m permitted.

Home haircare tips

For Dandruff•Massage the Scalp with pure coconut oil. This will also help growth of hair.•Apply coconut oil which has been boiled with small onions for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with a mixture of green gram powder and water drained from cooked (boiled) rice.•Apply a mixture of almond oil and gooseberry juice with finger tips on the scalp.•Apply the warm mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and coconut oil.

Do a steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes and wash the hair with a mild shampoo.•Apply a paste of fenugreek and mustard to the scalp.

•Mix Shikakai powder with the water drained from the cooked rice and wash the hair with it.•Crush the leaves of five petal hibiscus flower and take the juice. Wash the hair with this juice.

•Heat oil with a little camphor. Apply the oil in the scalp and massage for 10 minutes. After 30 minutes wash the hair with a herbal shampoo. Do the steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes.
For Healthy and Shiny hair•It is better to apply castor oil for a healthy growth ohair•Wash hair with tea once in a week.•Apply besan in the hair and wash it with water drained from the cooked rice.

•Soak a handful of gooseberries in a cup of milk for two hours. Make a paste and apply on the hair.•Apply the mixture of an egg white, 2 spoons of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin, in the scalp and hair. Wash it after some time.•Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Let it soak. Cover your head with a hot towel and wash your hair after an hour or so.

•Boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter and use this hair oil to control hair loss and thinning. •Do a ‘steam-towel-wrap’ once in a while, if your cuticles are damaged, as this steaming opens out the pores and absorbs the oil.•Soak 1 teaspoon fenugreek in curd and keep it for a night. Apply it in the next morning.

•Boil coconut oil with the juices of curry leaves, basil, hibiscus flower and gooseberry. Apply on hair, keep it for sometime and rinse.•Take a cup each coconut and mustard oil. Soak half a cup of curry leaves in the oil mixture and keep it for a night. Next morning, heat on a slow fire till the curry leaves turn crisp.

Remove from heat and add two to three camphor balls. Allow oil to cool and then strain. Apply oil to hair roots using cotton wool along the parting and massage in circular movements. Leave the oil overnight and shampoo the next morning. Repeat twice a week.•Add a lemon peel to a ‘shikakai’ and ‘amla’ mixture while washing your hair.

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Normal is boring – Bouqui

She strikes you as weird because she craves to be different. Her hairstyle contributes to her strange look. Yet, she is one of the top Nigerian artistes.
On her debut, B.OU.Q.U.I as she’s more fondly called by fans and admirers, had made her intenti…