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Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan Couldn't Find Products For Their Hair, So They Made Their Own

For the naturalista's reading this, does it ever feel like the world is against your hair greatness? From the struggle of actually finding good products to the stress of being asked by nosy Nigerians, "when are you going to make your hair?" – and by "make" you know they mean drown in relaxer.

When you go to a salon with your natural hair and they tell you to relax it:

(Source: GIPHY)

(Source: GIPHY)

In 1998, Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan met at university in the UK, and immediately bonded over beauty tips for their natural hair and skin.

With a considerable lack of products targeting black women at the time, Oyepitan and Okunniwa began creating their own moisturizers and black soaps, using natural ingredients – and in 2014, their own beauty line, Liha, was born.

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(Photo: Liha)

While speaking with CNN about their inspiration and their connection to their Yoruba culture, Oyepitan said:

"We are super inspired by the diaspora and ancient Yoruba culture, which is why we put the image of Queen Idia [The First Queen Mother of Benin] on our candles.

No matter where the Yoruba culture has traveled, there has been a wellspring of beauty, creativity, music and ideas. We want everyone to know the Yoruba beauty secrets too."

With plans to add facial products to their range as well, Oyepitan and Okunniwa are only just getting started.

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(Photo: Liha)

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(Photo: Liha)

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By Nescafé, published on 01/12/2016

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