I am not a fashionista.
A lot of my friends seem to think I have great taste – but I always direct them to these other lovely friends of mine Romski (fashion editor, Haute Fashion Africa) & Damz (Fierce & Modish)…Yewizzy (rock-tastic blog) has contributed to helping resolve my skin-tone-befitting lipstick saga. If I seem to be a fashion-pro, it’s because of their goodwill in sharing a few tips here and there. Okay maybe I now do a bit of research to back it up, but I assure you I am not a fashionista, I just want to look good.
All through undergrad days, MsModish sat on my head to pay attention to clothes. Her line was always, “Tee spend this money ahn!”.
However, what I know I am good at, is making sure my fashion needs don’t clash with my real BUSY needs, which is primarily my research a the moment. At the same time, I don’t want to be the “smart but scruffy professor” – so it’s all about finding a balance.
What do I do?
If my make up is going to take an hour to get right, I sacrifice from the hours allocated to sleeping. Note that I am very generous in that sleep department. I love my sleep. Hence, if it means forcing my head to hit the pillows at 9pm so I can lock down 8 solid hours of sleep ( 8 is indulging) and still arise at 5am like a good girl, I would.
Thankfully, the nuder my make-up, the prettier I am, so 15-minutes does the “hmm-she’s-a-fine-girl” trick, and 30-minutes does the “turn-around-and-check-her-out-again” trick. What else do I want – spending an hour on makeup??! Girl, it has to be my wedding day, all for colour-colour on my face :s
Research students and any serious student at all, keep off Brazilian hair. That hair is cost-intensive and time-intensive, shanda! Maybe you can handle it though… I tried and failed with the Braz. How can I have to be rolling hair every night before I sleep, just to get the curls of life for the following day? Biko*, pass me the thread let’s do “eko bridge” so I can sleep well (if my “bridge” doesn’t hit the bed post and have me wincing in pain at midnight, lol).
The best time-saving hair styles I have come to learn are: Kinky braids and normal box braids.
Kinky braids are the best.
It is no wonder I have become a pro at packing my hair. I can work different styles for an entire week without repeating one.
If you run out of creative ideas to change your looks with your braids, YouTube is your friend.
Another option is to invest in WIGS – natural-looking ones o, not ayamatanga-incarnate. Human hair wigs are a worthy investment, they pay off.
I bought one for £40 last February, it’s still sitting gingerly atop my dresser – tangle free and no shedding.
Wigs are a convenient way to change your looks, whilst treating your natural hair with the gentleness it deserves. They are great time-savers. I tried going natural… that’s a story for another day.
Nails, Legs, Eyebrows, facials:
Nne, is it your wedding? Every week, “I need to fix my nails” , “oh my eyebrows are bushy” (after a week, are you from the lineage of Tarzan?).. “ah I need a pedicure”.
That time you would spend in a parlour, you could have read one journal article o. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating. But seriously, how can you afford to do weekly beauty therapy at the salon as a student.
Research stuff you can do on your own – haba you can maintain your God-given natural nails without fixing those talons that will make you press the “shift key” instead of the “enter key” when writing that course work. There are loads of resources on natural everyday ingredients you can use on your face (the products at the drugstores also come handy)…better don’t kill yourself (literal translation from Yoruba, “oje ma pa ara e”).
Anyway these are MY current style tips, MY opinion… and they can change – so don’t judge me if you catch me fixing my nails later o, I will shred you with the words of my mouth… lol (i kid).
Okay, so how do you manage to stay stylish despite your busy schedules?
How DID you manage to stay stylish as a student back then?
Please share, let’s learn.
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