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.
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.