Genevieve Beauty Awards 2016: Ajali, Tresses, Shea Tribe are finalists for “Emerging Beauty Entrepreneur” category

Ajali, Tresses and Shea Tribe have emerged finalists of the ‘Emerging Beauty Entrepreneur’ category of the Genevieve Beauty Awards 2016.
The lifestyle magazine set to hold her first ever beauty awards; Genevieve Beauty Awards only recently unveiled different categories with contenders from the Nigerian beauty industry up against each other to win €5000 from the Cointreau Creative Crew.

Out of the ten nominees in the category, three brands; Ajali, Tresses and Shea Tribe were selected based on entrepreneurial prowess, talent, innovation and passion.

L-R Ifeyinwa Ojekwe of Ajali, Kanyinsola Demola-Seriki of Shea Tribe and Kanyinsola Vera-Cruz of Tresses

Meet the 3 finalists as released by Genevieve Beauty Awards team:

  1. Ifeyinwa Ojekwe, Founder of AJALI, an  all-natural,  completely handmade  cosmetics  brand established  in  2013  to  promote local  industry and create awareness for living a healthy life.
  2. Kanyinsola Demola-Seriki, Founder of SHEA TRIBE, a skincare brand that uses locally sourced, organic and eco-friendly ingredients.
  3. Kanyinsola Vera-Cruz, Founder of TRESSES, a healthy hair treatment salon and trichology consultancy (hair and scalp science) that uses modern technology and healthy hair products to provide solutions for various hair care, hair loss, hair damage and scalp issues.

The first ever Genevieve Beauty Awards is poised to celebrate innovative brands, products and services within the beauty and wellness sector in Nigeria. The winner will receive €5000 sponsored by the Cointreau Creative Crew.

This event is supported by the following media partners: Guardian Group, Vanguard Allure, Bella Naija, Kamdora, PulseNG, Style Vitae, 360Nobs, OloriSuperGal, OnoBello, YNaija & September Standard.


Katy Perry Stuns in Champagne Gown at Star-Studded Children’s Hospital L.A. Fundraising Gala

Katy Perry looked like a million bucks at the star-studded Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Once Upon a Time Gala on Saturday, where the stunning singer performed for a good cause.
Perry shined in semi-sheer champagne gown adorned with beaded flower embellishments while walking the red carpet at the L.A. Live Event Deck.

She also stopped and smiled for the cameras alongside Frozen star Josh Gad and Drew Barrymore, who looked classically elegant in a long, black ensemble.

ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Perry at the gala, where she opened up about why she felt it was important to come out and support the hospital.

“I had a life-changing experience of my own when I got to visit the Children’s Hospital in December,” Perry, 31, explained. “I got to see their music therapy program, which is basically where a bunch of musicians come and play to patients. They play to premature babies in the NICU up to adults, all of it.”
“I had such a profound personal experience that I was like, ‘Of course, whatever you need. If I can help you raise money or funds or get eyeballs to the Children’s Hospital, I’ll do it,'” she continued. “So that’s why I’m here.”
Perry didn’t just lend her presence to the event, she also sang live for those who came out to the annual fundraiser. Donning a frilly, light-pink gown, Perry played a short set, which included her hits “Roar,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “Dark Horse.”

After wrapping up her performance with an emotional rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Perry was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a young boy named Caiden Moran, who is deaf. Perry gave Caiden a kiss on the cheek and used sign language to say, “I love you.”

Perry, Barrymore and Gad were among many big-name guests at the event, which also included Jessica Capshaw, Jamie Lee Curtis, Katharine McPhee, Eric Stonestreet, Holly Robinson Peete and Luc Robitaille, among others.

Back in June, Perry traveled to Vietnam in her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, where she fought to raise awareness about the plight of economically disadvantaged children who are left behind even as the country’s economy grows.


Natural Hair Salons in Nigeria

Growing healthy, natural hair requires a lot of care, but most hair stylists do not take into account the fragility of kinky hair, they just want to be done with it in the fastest time possible so they can move on to the next “customer”, leading to a lot of damage to hair and scalp. This has led most naturalistas into making their hair themselves.
There are however times when you want that special hairdo for that special occasion, and that’s where a professional could help out. While there aren’t too many salons that specialize in natural hair care in Nigeria, below is a list of some of them. To book an appointment, simply call the telephone number attached to the salon.

 Hopefully, with time, new ones will spring up.


  • Lumo Naturals

Suite G8, Mbouty Plaza, Marcus Garvey Street, behind Emirates Hotel, 5th Avenue, Gwarinpa.

Tel: 08094823173

  • Snow’s Purely Naturelle Salon

35, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Opening hours: 

Monday-Sunday: 9am to 6pm

Tel: 08180006464

  • Natural Nation Hair Studio

Suite A8, Sysak Plaza, 5213 Road, off 1st Avenue, opposite the Redeemed Church, Gwarinpa.

Tel: 09-2914841, 08166126390, 07054362534


  • Femme Fatale Salon

Shop B9, Frances Plaza behind Mobil filling station, Oby Okoli Avenue, UNIZIK temporary site, Awka.

General Opening Hours

Mondays-Saturdays: 10am to 9pm

For natural hair consultations and treatments: Fridays and Saturdays: 10am-6pm


  • Bisi Natural Hair Salon

Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9am-7pm

Tel: 08023161126

  • Kl’s Natural Beauty Bar

29c, Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Tel: 08063650977

  • Good Hair Limited

Lush Mall, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Tel: 07013355555

  • Pride&Joy Salon

1, Niyi Okunubi, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

  • Apples&Oranges Spa

10, Balarabe Musa Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9am-8pm

Sunday: 1pm-8pm

Tel: 08171099966, 08171099967, 08171099968

  • Bollywood Hair Salon

23, Allen Avenue, next to Oshopey Plaza, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tel: 08125782009

  • MyHair Limited

10a, Victoria Arobieke Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Tel: 08099453599

  • Savvy Chic Hair and Beauty Hub

30, Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-5:30pm

Tel: 08090613325

  • Mods Salon and Beauty Supply

Samit Mall, Plot 4B, Block 69, Admiralty Road, Kelly Phase 1, Lagos.

Tel: 08077077771

  • Tunmise Natural Hair Salon

147B, Ogunlana Drive, Alhaji Masha Roundabout, Surulere, Lagos.

Tel: 08039138342


  • IBIOJU Hair Salon

3/5 Harbour Road, 1st floor, Rachael Hotel, Port Harcourt.

  • Fro Nation Natural Hair Hangout

No 45, Evo Road, GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt

Opening Hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 8:30am-6pm

Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Tel: 09099050450

  • Yellow Sisi Natural Hair lounge

House 7, Close B, off Second Avenue, Federal housing, Agip, Port Harcourt.

Tel: 08090111157

  • Havilah Salon and Spa

Suite B6, 1st floor, Okah Daniels Plaza, No 36, Old Aba Road, Port Harcourt

Tel: 07065047601

Help update this list by suggesting other natural hair salons in Nigeria I might have missed out.

OMF2016 Lagos – Open Mall Fashion Show

On the 19th of November, 10 Fashion Designers will exhibit on the runway at the #OMF2016.

10 Amazing Nigerian Music Artiste would be performing alongside the 50 Models that would be walking the runway…
The most amazing part is… This event is open to all… meaning no gate fee! Although the organizers have plans for some special VVIP area reserved for some of you!
Venue: CityMall, Onikan (Opposite Muson Center), Lagos
Also: you have the chance of buying discounted products from our table exhibitors during the event.
For more details on how to participate as designers, exhibitors, volunteers – visit:
For constant updates and slots to be on the runway as a model, follow: @omf_lagos on Instagram.

This event is jointly produced by H&M Nigeria, Bleu Nigeria, Gara Modeling Academy and Femilovin Photography

13 occasions when you shouldn’t wear thongs

Jill Rabin, MD, ob-gyn professor, points, that a tiny strap of fabric on the back of the thongs can rub sore your anus and vulva, when you walk. It can result in infection. So, if you buy thongs, make sure that they fit perfectly.

Here are 13 occasions, when thongs shouldn’t be worn at all.

1. When you are going to wear tight fitting clothers all day long

We mean most sportswear, like spandex leggings. It is made of unbreathable fabrics, which means more sweat and heat, a perfect environment for germs. Don’t wear thongs on a workout!

2. Thongs made of man-made fibres

Cotton is breathable. It gives access to oxygen for healthy acidity in female genitals, while man-made fibers don’t.

3. When you are wearing a mini skirt

Think twice, or even thrice, before putting on thongs and a mini skirt when you are going to use public transport or go to a café. Your skirt will always slide up, leaving the skin in your most private parts exposed to bacteria.

4. When you are prone to infections

We mean yeast infection and others.

5. When you are pregnant

Pregnancy challenges your immune system, so you risk catching vaginal infection. It can harm the fetus!

6. When you skip a shower

If you don’t take a shower at least once a day, you risk catching a vaginal infection. Thus, thongs are no good for you.

7. When you change tampons rarely
You’d better wear slips to avoid leaks. Thongs will surely fail you.

8. When you use pads
Again, it’s better to wear slips to avoid any discomfort.

9. When you use intimate deodorants

Doctors strongly recommend not to use them. They threaten your immune system. So, if you want to get rid of any undesired smells, wear slips.

10. When you have leaks

It can be not only menstruations, but also vaginal discharge and drops of urine in case of a bladder disease, that causes leaks. It’s obvious that wearing thongs with these conditions is a totally bad idea.

11. When you don’t use condoms (and have a lot of partners)
But where is the connection? Lack of condom means unsafe sex, which makes you exposed to infection, while thongs irritate the skin and makes it more vulnerable.

12. When you are sick
Your immune system has already been attacked by bacteria and viruses. So, why should you risk your health even more? Thongs enable new bacteria to penetrate into your body and aggravate your condition.

13. When you are going to choose a swimming suit
So you go swimming suit shopping? Great! And now imagine how many women have tried on that swimming suit before you. You can easily catch the bacteria, that might stay on the cloth, when your private parts are scantily covered with thongs.

So small panties and so many risks. Be careful, dear ladies.

Why is GTBank Organizing a Fashion Event, and Why Should I Attend?

The GTBank Fashion Weekend may seem novel for a financial institution, but it is part of the bank’s long history of supporting the local fashion industry.
Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, last week announced the debut of the GTBank Fashion Weekend, set to hold on the 12th and 13th of November 2016, at the GTCentre, Oniru, Victoria Island.
With the bank being the first financial institution to pioneer such initiative, it is important to understand its motive for organizing such an event and necessary to know what guests will gain from attending.

is GTBank Organizing a Fashion Weekend?

Perhaps the short answer is: To promote enterprise in the SME sector of the Fashion industry. The not-so-short answer would begin with the fact that GTBank actually has an extensive footprint in fashion that goes back several years. The bank has sponsored two of the country’s leading fashion events, The Arise Fashion Week and The Lagos Fashion and Design Week, for a combined period of five years.

The bank has also contributed significantly to raising the international profile of African fashion through collaborations including the Ndani Installation at Selfridges and the “Double Club” Collaboration with PRADA.
The GTBank Fashion Weekend is thus an extension of the bank’s long tradition of supporting the local fashion industry and African fashion in general.
However, the Weekend extravaganza is much bigger than whatever the bank has done in the past to support Fashion because it not only aims to celebrate African fashion but to directly boost both the expertise and exposure of small businesses and create a platform that will truly serve the stakeholders in the fashion industry.
As Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of GTBank, puts it, “[it is all about] growing SMEs in a sustainable manner that is not driven by profits but focused on empowering our customers and growing our economy collectively.”
At the core of the Weekend are fashion MasterClasses, where entrepreneurs will have the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from global fashion industry leaders, and Retail Exhibitions which will showcase the wares of dozens of SMEs within the fashion industry for patronage from guests.
An example of how effective retail exhibitions can be is seen in the very successful GTBank Food and Fair held in May where over 25,000 guests helped over 100 SMEs achieve record sales of their products.

Why Should I Attend the GTBank Fashion Weekend?

Again, the simple short answer: The Weekend will provide the ultimate fashion experience that anyone intrinsically interested in Fashion cannot afford to miss.
For the longer version of that answer, think of the GTBank Fashion Weekend as a perfect blend of the glitz and glamour of fashion with the vibrancy of trade fairs and the enlightenment of workshops.
Attending the event will not only get you thrilled, but also leave you thoroughly entertained and greatly empowered, all of which will cost you absolutely nothing.
Given that the Weekend is positioned as a sequel to the GTBank Food and Fair, one thing that you are sure to be treated to is an awesome atmosphere dense only with a spectacular array of top personalities and industry leaders.
Just as the Food and Drink fair brought together critically acclaimed international chefs, the GTBank Fashion Weekend will pack a punch of fashpacks – from world renowned fashion personalities to globally recognised brand owners, trend setters and designers.
These fashion aficionados will all join together to make your experience of the Entrepreneurial and Fashion MasterClasses, Retail Exhibitions, and glamorous Runway Shows a memorable one.
At the fashion MasterClasses, you will have the direct opportunity to interact with and learn from local and international fashion industry leaders. With the MasterClasses themed Promoting Enterprise, expect to learn a lot about how to make a profitable business out of fashion.

As well as being treated to a sizzling series of Runway shows featuring collections by renowned Nigerian and international luxury brands, expect also to enjoy an amazing showcase of a diverse range of affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items, and much more from budding indigenous SMEs.
Ultimately, the GTBank Fashion Weekend is one that you cannot afford to miss not only because of the fun-filled and memorable it will be, but also because of the significant boost that it will give to SMEs involved in Fashion and the fashion industry in general.

The Weekend


Experience the best in shopping

Providing fashion entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to learn from global industry leaders

Runway Shows

The Runway Shows will offer spectators artistic insights into the modern world of Nigerian and global fashion design

Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2016

Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is a multiday fashion event platform that aims to drive the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria.
As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LFDW leads the way with initiatives that supports, strengthens and develops the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

Lagos will play host to the fashion event that features:

LFDW Runway Shows and Presentations featuring new season collections from designers in the African fashion industry.

LFDW Showrooms featuring fashion products, textiles and accessories.

Fashion Focus supported by LFDW Fashion Hub – workshops and master classes that facilitate knowledge transfer, information exchange and networking opportunities across board.

Fashion Business Series to facilitate conversations with key players from the Nigerian and Pan African fashion industry as a useful tool for exchanging ideas, networking and developing the fashion industry.

Lagos, the LFDW host city is an attraction itself. A metropolitan island that features an interesting mix of people, cultures and is fast becoming the melting pot for business in Africa. Participants, designers and visitors alike can expect a diversified and interactive platform to maximize their exposure within and beyond their industry circle and open gateways for more business opportunities.