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As first Hairdressers’ Conference holds in Lagos

By Morenike Taire

Hairdressing business is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world, Africa and Nigeria. This is because the numerous beauty needs of women have the health and beauty of the hair at the top of the list.

Several options in hair styling has made the beauty choices of women simpler, while hair concerns such as hair loss, split ends, dandruff and others continue to be general challenges.

For this reason, over 1000 hairdressers, hair care providers, manufacturers and marketers of hair products, bankers, models and producers of general women’s products last weekend converged on an events Centre in the Adeniyi Jones area of Lagos for lectures, exhibitions, sales, networking, motivational speeches, refreshments and lots of entertainment.

Powered by Hair Media and partners too numerous to mention,, the hair conference was a full day event that had as chairman  dr. Mrs. Osisanya, JP, OON, MD/CEO Elegant Twins school of cosmetology; and the deputy governor of Lagos State Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulure as the special guest of honour.

Among the speakers was mike Chris, owner of a beauty academy in Lagos who gave a talk about the protection of the natural hair even with the fixing of weave-ons or braids. He decried the trend whereby ladies ignore their own hair in favour of attachments, while their hairdressers tend to support them in this rather than  advising and helping them to culture their own hair.

While describing the scientific structure of the hair, he talked about hair loss in women and various causes and treatments for the condition.

According to him, the more common type of hair loss is Alopecia Ariata, which occurs when the immune system, turns against the hair which is distinct from hormonal hair loss that usually occurs during pregnancy and other seasons of hormonal change.

He described Alopecia Ariata as shiny bald patches with normal surroundings. He bemoaned the fact that 70 million black women suffer from over processing of their hair, revealing that they lose an average of 100-150 strands each time. He also enjoined  hairdressers to differentiate between lace week glue and bonding glue, which are often used interchangeable, albeit wrongly. Mike Chris closed by identifying lace wigs and Ghana weaving as the biggest culprits in hair loss and condemned hair business operators who persist in doing these hairstyles for clients who showed evidence of Alopecia.

Another industry speaker shared findings from a research in which samples of water used in various salons were tested and most was found to be full of germs. She said this was also true for tools used by make up artistes, and cited the example of her daughter who caught herpes from a make up brush.

Other ailments that can be caught in the salon apart from HIV/AIDS includes hepatitis and Ecoli, which can be caught from infected towels. She enjoined practitioners to practice with the ethics of the profession in mind, including keeping all combs and brushes sparkling clean, keeping nails short and hair always packed back. She also enjoined practitioners to always wear aprons and avoid low necked tops and bushy armpits.

Sponsors included Power Horse, Kanekalon, Diamond bank, Amigos, Nestle, Black Opal and Maggi amongst numerous others. The Diamond Bank representative Ogechi Altraide said the bank was proud to be part of the Hairdressers’ conference.

Addressing hundreds of hairdressing business operators, she said the conference will empower hairdressers and beauticians as well as providing networking opportunities. In addition, it provides the bank the opportunity to further demonstrate its commitment to grow Nigeria, having given out more than 65billion naira in loans to more than 35,000 businesses across the country.

Stressing further, she said: “We continue to support these businesses as SMEs (Small and Medium Scale Enterprises) are engine rooms of the economy, and there is no doubt the beauty industry will significantly contribute to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product”.

Relationships: Spot a Psychopath before you give your heart to him
As Laila Jean St. Matthew Daniel (the biological mother of Funke Kuti) last week walked alongside celebs against  domestic violence as one of the different activities organized by her ACTS Generation against the scourge, it is heartening to know that it’s not so difficult to spot a man who is likely to hit you before you jump the broom or commit to a long term relationship. The event which took place last weekend, was tagged ‘Stomp Out Domestic Violence and Abuse’ awareness walk, and had entertainers such as  Funke Kuti, Weird MC, The Engager, Kate Henshaw and Funke Akindele walking with other women and men.

The majority of abusive men have psychopathic tendencies and there are a number of “if you see this, get the hell out” qualities that everyone should be on the lookout for, according to experts .

Lying: The lies can start out rather innocently, but can then snowball into full-blown attacks of deception aimed at manipulating the other person. There is reflexive lying (“they’ll just come up with a story), and predatory lying, which is more aim-based.

Abuse: Physical abuse is an obvious red flag, but verbal abuse is often just as big, if not a bigger indicator. Insulting and demeaning comments can often be aimed at preventing a partner to grow within the confines of a relationship.

Blame: Not accepting responsibility for one’s actions demonstrates the social detachment often found in psychopaths. Look out for excuses such as, “ I was late because someone screwed up at work…” That whole pattern of blaming other people for their own mistakes and problems.

Meanness: Meanness to you, to a clerk at the store, to the waiter…a callousness and indifference to the feelings of other people.

Lack of Remorse: It’s easy to tell when someone truly feels sorry for something. Empty words aren’t uncommon amongst almost psychopaths, but they are often simply that.

Perception of Right and Wrong:  Blatant disregard for what is right and wrong  relative to the decision that benefits them. Even if the situation deals with something outside the confines of your relationship, it can only be a matter of time until the same thought processes applies to something involving you. This is perhaps one of the more telling signs.

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