welcome to Beauty field guide, a series that explores the best beauty treatments and wellness experiences a place has to offer, through the prism of our favorite cultural insiders. This week, Christina tegbe, the founder of 54 Thrones, a clean African beauty brand, gives us a taste of the must-see spots in Lagos, Nigeria.
For Christina Tegbe, the goal was to create an authentic African skin care brand. Tired of seeing the same old tales on the continent, Christina set out to develop 54 Thrones, a clean brand that showcases African beauty, tradition and innovation. The range, which includes butters, oils, soaps and masks, is all natural and ethical from cooperatives and women-led entrepreneurs in African countries. There is shea butter from Ghana, baobab oil from Nigeria, argan oil from Morocco, marula from South Africa, jasmine and neroli from Egypt. By infusing her personal travel experiences into her skincare line, Christina is able to give strangers a glimpse of the Africa she knows and loves.
Below, Christina gives the five places to check out our list of beauty and wellness things to do when visiting Lagos, Nigeria, her hometown.
Photo: Courtesy of Avant Fitness
âI love to start my day with movement, so I start my morning with a yoga or spin class at Beyond Fitness. It’s the hottest indoor cycling and fitness studio right now, and I always leave feeling the best, both physically and mentally. After my workout I have a smoothie at the house smoothie bar and catch up with my friends if they are in my class, or check my emails if I’m single. If I lived in Lagos I would absolutely be a member in this amazing studio. “
Photo: courtesy of My Wash & Go
âThis lovely afro-vintage themed salon is co-founded by my friend Bolanle Olukanni. They only offer washing and weaving services focused on healthy hair techniques. It is easy to book online and what I do. the best part is that you won’t be in the living room all day – they get you in and out in about two hours. Make sure to add a deep hydration treatment. “
Photo: Courtesy of Oriki Spa
âI’m obsessed with this spa and wellness brand owned by a woman known for massages and facials. ORÃKÃ is an all-natural farm-to-skin brand, and they use their products in the spa. feel good with the products they are use on my skin when I visit, and love supporting local Nigerian beauty brands when I’m here.54 Thrones body butters and brush them on afterwards while my skin is soft and smooth. soft.”
Photo: Courtesy of Maison Lagos
âThe house is a must visit in Lagos – I always suggest meeting up here with my friends and family. The food and drinks are amazing, and depending on your mood you can dine in their dining room or courtyard you relax living room or patio. I am also obsessed with landscaping – it has a relaxed social vibe and the community it attracts is inspiring. I always end up conversing with someone new which strengthens my relationships Lagos. Co-founder Tobi Hamilton is bright and lovable to always catch up. “
Photo: Courtesy of the Wheatbaker Hotel
âOne of my favorite boutique hotels in Lagos and is located in the heart of the city. It attracts a diverse crowd and is always a great meeting place in the hustle and bustle of the city. They have all the perfect amenities a traveler can take. could need or want – excellent restaurant and bar on site which is perfect if you are too tired to venture out after a day exploring the bustling city I always book a pedicure and manicure at their spa and take the time for a dip in their pool while I was there. ”