Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Hair Update - Protective Style Install

I finally got my hair done by someone else this weekend. It was a struggle though getting my hair done. Here's what happened...

*Backstory time*
I had booked an appointment at Kinky Curly using the Whatsapp platform for Saturday after 1pm. I had planned to get "The Lot" so I had no need to wash my hair earlier. I finished work at 12.30 and raced over to Mt Pleasant in the rain. Only to get there and be told I hadn't been booked. I was as mad when I heard that. To her credit, the girl in the salon offered to do my hair after she had finished the two clients who were there. I refused as I did not want to spend my few weekend hours sitting around at a salon waiting to get my hair done. So I ended up going to buy henna. I mixed about 100g of henna with lemon juice, castor oil, tea tree oil, honey and water until it formed a thick paste. I left it to sit for 2 hours to let the colour release

Wash Day
1. I first braided my hair into box braids so that I could reduce the tangling while washing.

2. Then I shampooed three times using Palmer's Conditioning Shampoo, which is sulfate free.

3. After shampooing, I slathered henna onto my box braids, covered it with a plastic bag and let it marinate for 2 hours.

4. After the two hours were up, i rinsed out the henna. In hidnsight, the box braids were a bad idea as I did not manage to fully rinse out the henna.

5. I conditioned using the Hask Macadamia Oil hydrating deep conditioner. It brought moisture back into my strands so fast, I didn't even keep it on for the recommended 10 minutes.

6. I rinsed out the conditoner and t-shirt dried my box braids for an hour. I then applied my leave in (Dark and Lovely Au Naturel moisturising butter) and sealed with my shea butter mix before threading each section.

7. The next day, I got my hair braided. As you can see, my hair took the henna nicely, as it has a brownish tint. Hopefully, it will deepen into a red with repeated henna applications.

I am going to keep these braids for about two or so months, and take them down then. Hopefully, I will retain length.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Patience & Consistency - The Key to Growing Hair long

The most common question asked by people trying to grow their hair longer is "How can I make my hair grow faster?"

Unfortunately, hair growth rates are predetermined by genes. Most ''miracle" growth aides are just a clever way used by marketers to get your hard earned cash. The only things that help one to get real length is patience and consistency.

I'm sorry if I bummed you out, but that's the honest truth. I have been on a healthy hair journey for the past 6 years, and it is only when I have been consistent with my regimen, I have managed to retain length and get longer hair.

For example, when I was younger, my hair never got longer than my shoulders because I was never consistent with my hair care. But when I started being consistent with my hair care in 2013, my hair grew from neck length to armpit length in one year. When I stopped focusing on hair care after having my son, I stayed at armpit length for that year, because I was constantly trimming off damage and my hair kept breaking off.

What you want to do in order to gain length is to retain every single millimeter that grows out of your scalp. That's why you hear all of us talking about deep conditioning, moisturizing and sealing, finger detangling, handling hair in sections. We do all this so that we do not lose length to breakage or split ends.

In conclusion, there is no magic potion that instantly grows your hair from your neck down to your booty overnight. Its all about patience and hard work, especially if you have kinky coily hair. Don't get conned ladies.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Hair Break Through

I had been having issues lately with dry roots, and blamed it on hard water. But this weekend, I had a wash day that took my hair from dry to super moisturized. Here's how I did it...

1. I shampooed my hair using Palmers Coconut Oil Conditioning shampoo. I only shampooed my hair once. This got rid of last week's shea butter and started my hair on a new slate this week.

2. I deep conditioned overnight using my longtime Holy Grail conditioner, ORS Replenishing Conditioner.

3. I rinsed out my hair the following morning and wrapped my hair in an old t-shirt to absorb the excess moisture.

I then bunned my hair in a hurry as I was late for work.

4. After work, I took down the bun, moisturized my hair using Dax Black Hair Grower, and sealed with my shea butter mix before detangling and doing African Threading.

All this was done on Saturday. Today is Tuesday and I have not had to remoisturise my hair. I think I will keep doing this to see if my hair benefits. The only change I will make is to wash my hair in braids so that I won't have excessive tangling. My hair is now too long to wash while its loose.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

FAQ - Is Your Hair Natural?

I usually get asked this question a lot. This is not helped by my frequent flip flopping between natural hair, transitioning and texlaxing.

But since November 2017, my hair has been relaxed. I texlax it which means that when I relax it, I don't get it bone straight, I leave a lot of texture in it. And since I am a type 4 head, when I texlax, my hair looks like blow dried natural hair. And the fact that I normally stretch my relaxers for a minimum of 16 weeks, means that I also have a lot of growth. So 99% of the time, my hair behaves like natural hair.

Do you have a question to ask me? Drop it in the comments below, and I will respond to it in a future post.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Simply Shea - My New Shea Butter Mix

Lately I have been lurking on Long Hair Care Forum. It's a good source for getting hair growth strategies and techniques. And as soon as I can pay the membership fee, I will join, as my former site Hairlista is no longer around :(.

So, as I was lurking, I noticed a lot of the ladies discussing shea butter and how it featured in every long haired black woman's regimen. This was very intriguing, and I have been following the Shea butter thread on there since.

2018 for me is the year for serious growth and retention. I decided to try shea butter in my regimen and bought my unrefined shea butter at Evenhand Cosmetics (Linquenda House in Harare). I whipped the shea butter. Here is my mix and method.

Ingredients (no measurements)
Shea Butter
Coconut Oil
Avocado Oil
Tea tree oil

1. I left my shea butter in a pool of sunlight for a few hours so it could soften up
2. I whipped mixed all the ingredients together in my stand mixer and whipped them for 5 - 10 minutes using the whisk attachments until the mixture became creamy in colour and light in texture.
3. I put the shea butter mix into two jars.

I whipped this batch of shea butter in November, and I am still using it. It smells a bit strong thanks to the tea tree oil. I use it when I moisturise and seal, and after I wash my hair. My hair keeps more moisture for longer and I definitely seem to be retaining length. I am also experiencing less shedding, less knotting, and fewer split ends since I started using it.

I am planning to incorporate castor oil instead of coconut oil in my next batch.

Have you tried using shea butter? How is it working for you?