Thursday, 26 June 2014

Weird Hair Growth Strategies

If you are reading this post, its probably because you are like me; you are looking for ways to grow your own hair long and healthy. Now most people look for a ''quick fix''. In our Millenial culture, we focus more on instant gratification. And the hard work a healthy hair journey involves is not appealing to most. So here's my rundown on some of the weirder hair growth techniques out there. If I have ever tried it, I will mention. But try these at your own risk. I'm not sure if some of them are healthy and/or legal.

1. Cayenne pepper/chilli sauce/hot sauce - Yes, my fellow Zimbabwean ladies. That cheeky chilli your significant other or alcoholic friend has is rumored to help boost hair growth if you apply it to your scalp. Now before you rush off and finish all the chilli sauce and get in trouble with everyone else at home, let me tell you that this method does not have any significant evidence backing it up. Most scientists think that eating the chilli will benefit you more as capsaicin helps improve blood circulation in the body. But if you do try it out, let me now so I can spread the good news to everyone. Just make sure you don't get it into your eyes...

2. Yeast infection cream (AKA Monistat in the hair world) - This is actually a thing too. Using fungal cream to help with hair growth. On the blogs and forums, you can see ladies talking about using vaginal yeast infection cream as a growth booster. Well, this method has side effects, the use of the cream may cause headaches, so if you want to go for this be very careful and monitor your health. The reasons for the anti-fungal cream to work make sense, since fungal infections on the scalp can stunt your hair growth, so using the cream kills the fungus allowing your hair to grow freely. I personally wouldn't try this since there are other alternatives to clearing scalp fungal infections than using vaginal cream. If you do decide to use this cream, make sure you consult a health profesional and tell them exactly where you will use the cream so they can tell you whether its advisable or not.

3. Inversion method - This is a very popular method used by quite a number of ladies, myself included. It simply involves massaging your scalp with a warm oil before twisting yourself into a position like this

or in my case, lying on my bed with my head hanging over the edge for up to four minutes. This will be done every day for seven days and you will get your inch. There is plenty of evidence online of this method working, and even I can vouch for receiving a centimetre or 2 of growth in a week. However, this method is not recommended for pregnant women, or people suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure). And if your head starts aching while you are in an inverted position it is suggested that you immediately come out of that position although slowly. More information on the inversion method can be found here. Please read the entire post on the inversion method before attempting it.

I will be back with some more weird hair growth strategies.

Peace and love,

Monday, 23 June 2014

Wash Day Saga - Clarifying in Box Braids

Another wash day has come and gone, and another wash day post is here. This wash day, I decided to focus on cleaning my scalp thoroughly and getting mineral build up off my hair, and I think everything worked out the way I planned.

This week in the #washdayexperience linkup, the theme is "Power of the Pre-poo" and I did a pre-poo to give my hair all the benefits of a pre-poo. I did a pre-poo to ensure that my hair won't get too stripped by my shampoo, and to prevent hygral fatigue.

1. I first heated up my coconut oil to do my hot oil treatment/pre-poo. I massaged the coconut oil onto my hair and into my scalp and let it sit for 3 hours.

2. I shampooed using ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo, I shampooed my scalp twice to get rid of all the build up before running the shampoo onto my ends at the end of the second shampoo application.

3. I wrapped my hair into a t-shirt to absorb the extra water while going through the rest of my shower routine. Then I applied my DC (ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner pak). I let the conditioner sit for 4 hours under my shower cap and heat process cap.

4. I rinsed out the conditioner with warm water, and did a vinegar rinse after. Then I wrapped my hair in my Turbie Twist until bed time. I put my satin scarf on my pillow and slept with my braids spread out on it so they could fully air dry.

5. The next morning, I moisturized with VO5 Moisturizing Leave In conditioner and sealed with Hot 6 oil before wigging it to church. After church, I started redoing my box braids as well as getting all the shed hair out. I now have bigger and fewer box braids which will be easier to rebraid as time goes by.

So that was my wash day, simple, to the point but still effective. And my pre-poo didn't make my wash day more complicated. All, in all a good one.

Peace and love,


Friday, 20 June 2014

Hair Journey Advice - What Works and What Didn't Work

So when you start a hair journey, you get bombarded with all this information online about what you should and shouldn't do. There are so many rules that people say must be followed to the letter if you want to see any progress with your hair. Well, some of them worked, some of them were blah and some didn't work at all for me. This post will hopefully help anyone else starting a hair journey to experiment, and always take what bloggers say with a pinch of salt, since what works for one person obviously doesn't work for someone else.

What Worked
1. Texlaxing - When I was still relaxing, I retained so much length from texlaxing compared to when I relaxed bone straight. It kept my hair much stronger, and having textured hair looked way better than limp, lifeless bone straight hair.

2. Wide tooth combs - A total lifesaver. They can get through my thick hair with out any issues, and I don't experience as much breakage as I used to. I now need a seamless comb and I'm sure my breakage will be so minimal

3. Deep conditioning frequently - When I deep conditioned twice a week, my hair grew like a weed. And I retained a lot of length. Right now, I retain most of my length thanks to doing a DC once a week. When we get into summer, I will get back to deep conditioning twice a week, just to boost my growth rate, and retain my length.

4. Stretching my relaxers - I have always been a stretcher, but stretching my relaxers for longer (16+ weeks) helped me to retain more length. Simply by avoiding overlapping relaxers, I avoided unnecessary breakage.

5. Wigs as a protective style - This is the best PS I have done so far. My hair is in box braids under so I don't manipulate my hair too much. But I can take off the wigs and wash my hair and moisturize and seal. Its a protective style that help me still keep up with  my hair care, which is a win.

6. Using oils on my hair - I have used coconut oil as a prepoo, castor oil as a sealant and some oil mixes as sealants and one word for all of them... AWESOME!!! I don't have as many split ends, my hair stays moisturised for longer, and it just feels soft. Oils are the best thing to ever happen to my hair.



What was Meh

1. Tea rinses - They did reduce the shedding, and conditioned my hair a bit, but they were too much of a fuss, and when I stopped doing them, my hair had a massive shed. They are not bad, but not something I will include in my weekly regimen.

2. Inversions - I do get a tiny growth boost (the June series I got almost a centimetre). But as I said too much effort and just remembering to do them is too much. I end up not doing the full week of inversions after some time.

3. Co-washing -  My hair cannot survive on co-washing alone. I can co-wash maybe once, but the next week, I would have to shampoo. Its a good way to reintroduce moisture for me, but as a wash day thing every week? No, my hair and scalp will go on strike.


What Failed

1. No sulfates/silicones - My scalp needs sulfates and my hair needs silicones. The sulfates clean my scalp well, and reduce my itchies, while the silicones help in giving slip so I can detangle my mane. Not having either of these makes my life miserable. However, I am going to try the Dudu Osun black soap and see if it works as a replacement for sulfates.

2. Strictly finger detangling - I am giving it a go again, but the last time I tried this I ended up having hair that was forming dreadlocks at the root.I just have to follow up with a wide tooth comb. But like I said, I'm giving it a go again in my transition. Who knows, I might end up exclusively finger detangling.

3. No mineral oil - I like mineral oil in a detangling (prepoo) conditioner, it adds slip. And since I do use sulfates more frequently, I am not affected by build up. The slip is what makes me keep my detangling easier.


So remember, a hair jourmey is exactly that, a journey. You have to find things that work for you to make your journey more enjoyable. Don't just do some things or stick to what isn't working because it worked for someone else. Your hair may want something totally differnt. And that's the beauty of being on a hair journey, learning what works best for you, your hair and your schedule.

Peace and love,

Yvette

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wash Day Saga - Lazy Wash Day

Hey everybody,

I have been suffering from writers' block lately. I don't want my blog to be just a stream of wash day posts only and I also want to keep posting here as well. So if you have any ideas for the blog, please put them in the suggestions and I will do my best to incorporate them.

So my last wash day was very simple. My mum recently moved back home and she had us cleaning the house the whole weekend so it can be up to her standards of cleanliness. I love that woman to bits but I do think she has a form of OCD or something. Anyway, since I didn't have tthe time to do a full blown wash day, I decided to focus on the most important bit for me which is the DC. I deep conditioned on dry hair with ORS Replenishing conditioner and since my hair is in box braids fr my wig regimen, the application of the DC was easy. I let it sit in my hair for quite a few hours before rinsing out with warm water. I didn't manage to get all the conditioner out of my braids, in fact it looked like it had congealed in the box braids together with the oil I had been using for sealing during the week. (eeeewwww!!!). But I decided to just let the conditioner be, since it was on my hair, not my scalp, and the hair would be covered in a wig anyway if I'm out in public.

I t-shirt dried as usual, applied my leave in and fully airdried and that was it for my wash day. Simple, quick and to the point.

I have been redoing a few of my box braids recently, and it seems like keeping my hair in a protective style and hidden has stopped both the breakage and shrinkage. I get bored with hiding my hair away like this, but I guess I will really have to do this until winter is over. I am thinking of getting box braids with extensions in July that I will keep in until the end of August to minimize manipulating my hair.

I also just made it to 7 months post!!!! I have been tempted here and there to get a tub of relaxer and texlax, but I am happy I have made it this far. 29 months left in my transition....

Don't forget to join in the #washdayexperience linkup.

Peace and love,


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Setback!!!

I really have been embarrassed to post this online, but I decided what the heck, maybe my experience might help someone. Also, it will remind me to take action the next time this happens. As most ladies on a HHJ say, every setback is a setup for a comeback, and I will definitely do that.

So here's my last length check pic (31 March 2014):

Current Length










I was pretty happy being on line 5, it meant that I was on track for BSB (line 6) by June right? Sadly, I started slacking on my hair routine.

I didn't protective style enough, I had massive breakage because I didn't do a protein treatment for a while, and I had major shedding as well. Which meant I retained zero length in the past two months coz on my last length check (5 June 2014) my hair was here:





Yep still on line 5. Whatever length I gained in the past 2 months was not retained at all. I am really mad at myself for letting this happen. I should know better by now. The only consolation I can give myself is that my ends on line 5 are thicker than they were at the end of March. Most likely because I only have texlaxed hair and NG there. But it still sucks. I might not reach my revised goal of grazing MBL by the end of the year after all.

But I am now on it like white on rice again. No more slacking. I am back under my wigs, and I am now not going to leave my hair loose for 2 weeks at a time. I am quitting using my combs, I want to try exclusively finger detangling in the meantime. I am moisturising and sealing more, and doing my inversions. I also want to get a hair, skin and nails vitamin supplement to just boost my nutrient levels. I am also getting onto that nail rubbing thing, anything to just get my growth rate up and running. To retain, I am boosting my DC sessions. And I will look for a way to add more heat when I DC.

BSB and BSL I am still coming for you this year...

Monday, 9 June 2014

"Being Me" Blog Tag

So the lovely Naturally Sammie over at Growing Zambian Hair Long tagged me on the "Being Me" blog tag. So, I am doing the tag, sit back and enjoy learning more about me...

Are you named after someone?
 Yes, a saint. The joys of being Catholic

When was the last time you cried?
3 weeks ago. Hormones. That's all. 

Do you have any children?
no

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? 
Definitely. I am awesome like that :P

 Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Anything sweet, I have a crazy sweet tooth. Also maputi and a freezit (boarding school habits die hard).



 Do you like handwriting?
Nope, typing is fun

 What's your favourite cereal?
(in no particular order) Cerevits Corn and Chocomalt, Coco Puffs, Honey Nut Flakes 

What's the first thing you notice about people? 
Hair... I am obsessed. And outfits. Whether it suits the person and occasion and if the colors go well.  

What's the colour of your eyes? 
Brown

Scary movies or happy endings 
Scary movies

Favourite TV show?
Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Glee

Winter or summer?
Summer, so i can wear my short skirts and shades :)

Hugs or kisses?
Both, especially from le boyfriend.

Special talent?
excellent memory, and humor (ok, not sure about this)

Where were you born? 
Harare, Zimbabwe

Hobbies?
Shopping, baking, reading, listening to music, playing Candy Crush

Do you have any pets?
Yes, a cat called Whisky (lol, I am on Cersei Lannister levels of alcoholism)

Favourite movie?
 Final Destination, Wong Turn, Pitch Perfect, Titanic, Hunger Games, 

What colour is your car?
Silver

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a chartered financial analyst, and open up my own healthy hair salon

 I am tagging: 

Curly Eva at curlyeva.blogspot.com
Sandra at naijagirlnextdoor.blogspot.com
Kundayi at tellinghairstory.wordpress.com
Hunni at effortlesslyhunni.blogspot.com
Robin at therandomphoenix.blogspot.com

Wash Day - Back to Protective Styles

Yet another wash day has come and passed. I was tired of seeing my hair so I wanted to protective style for the rest of the month. I really wanted to get crochet braids done, but everything just went topsy turvy... Sigh. Anyway, here's how my wash day happened

PS: (I put in a few pics Sandra, as you requested)

1. Friday night: I finger detangled using African Pride Dream Kids Olive Detangling Conditioner (I never get the name of this conditioner right). The slip in this product is amazing, due to the mineral oil in it most likely. Anyway, it made my hair very easy to detangle and each section I detangled got braided into a box braid. I ended up with 7 box braids. I covered my hair with 3 shower caps and my woolly hat and went to bed.
Box braids after detangling with conditioner

So while I was detangling with my conditioner I saw my hair at the nape clump into curls. I never knew my hair could clump into curls, being hard Mashona hair (any Zimbabwean can relate to this hair type). I think not treating our hair right is what makes being natural a pain. I am definitely going through with this transition just to see what else my hair can do with proper care and love.

That's almost fully natural hair, I played with it and the curls fell apart but it clumps!!!

2. On Saturday morning I shampooed my hair using some conditioning shampoo my mum stole took from a hotel. It had SLS but it wasn't really stripping, almost like using an SLS free shampoo. I concentrated on my scalp and then cleansed my ends.

3. I deep conditioned using ORS Replenishing conditioner. I love this product, it smells great, has slip and makes my hair get extra moisturized. I let the conditioner sit for 3 hours under shower caps + woolly hat to let it all really get in.

4. I rinsed out the conditioner using warm water and t-shirt dried for 30 minutes

5. I applied my leave in (VO5 moisturizing conditioner) and sealed with Wild Growth Oil. I then blow dried lightly to stretch my new growth and texlaxed hair. Then I started braiding my pattern for the crochet braids.

6. I started to crochet the hair in using a bobby pin. Yup, I definitely had the wrong kind of hair for this. It was just too silky and the wrong texture for what I wanted to do. So I took them out and did box braids so I can start my wig regimen again.

So as of yesterday I am wigging it again until the end of the month. This might help me retain length better after the breakage fiasco...

Duck face selfie at church in my wig



Friday, 6 June 2014

Bunaholic T-shirt Giveaway

So my birthday giveaway came to an end at the end of my birthday. This time I was giving away an exclusive Bunaholic t-shirt, which only one other person (me) has. Rafflecopter has done its magic and the winner is......

*drumroll*

Sarah Muchenje.

Congratulations Sarah, I am emailing you so that I can arrange getting your prize to you.

Have a great weekend everyone

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Review of May Goals, June Goal Setting

Hiya!!! It's almost my new year (my birthday is on tomorrow, the 5th ) and I remembered I haven't reviewed my May goals and set my June goals. So here I am doing that review of how well I stuck to my resolutions...

May Goals

1. Stretch relaxer to 28 weeks 5/5, I am still relaxer free despite temptation (I see you Curly Eva)
2. Do hot oil treatments before every wash day 4/5 I did hot oil treatments for most of May, but I stopped after one hot oil treatment went bad. Too much of a good thing I guess
3. Learn one new hairstyle (not a bun variation) 0/5 I tried to do a flexirod set and it was a major fail. 
4. Drink at least 2l of water a day 1/5 I haven't been drinking as much water as I would want to because of the cold weather. 
5. Spend 90% of May under wigs 4/5 I spent 3 weeks of the month wearing wigs. I didn't give myself full marks because I only wigged it for 75% of the month
6. Do full week of inversions 4/5 I managed 6 days of inversions. I didn't manage the full week because of exhaustion. 
7. Host a giveaway :D 5/5 The Bunaholic t-shirt giveaway is currently running and will end tomorrow. So enter it now...


June Goals
1. Learn one new hairstyle (not a bun variation)
2. Protective style for at least 75% of the month
3. Do full week of inversions
4. Exercise for at least 15 minutes each week
5. Drink at least 1.5l of water daily

And happy birthday to me :)...

Monday, 2 June 2014

Wash Day Saga - Clarifying + Protein

Hello everyone!!! I hope you had a great weekend filled with wash day goodness, and all that jazz.

I had a great wash day. I decided to clarify, and do a protein treatment to try stop the breakage I have been experiencing for the past few weeks. Here's what happened:

1. Friday night, I decided to scare my boyfriend by telling him I wanted to shave off all my hair. The look in his eyes was just priceless, I wish I had taken a photo of him looking all scared when I said I wanted to be bald. Not a real wash day step I know, but a hilarious moment anyway.

2. On Saturday morning I finger detangled my hair in sections using Africa Prode Dream Kids Olive Oil Detangling conditioner. I would pick off a section of hair, apply the conditioner, and then detangle gently from ends to roots before braiding that section and moving on to the next. I ended up with 8 sections. I covered my hair with my processing cap and let everything marinate (my brother's term) for 3 hours.

3. I rinsed out the conditioner and shampooed with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo, focusing mainly on the scalp before lathering up the ends. I rinsed out with warm water. My hair felt clean, but not stripped. I dried my hair with my turbie twist for 5 minutes.

4. I applied Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructer onto my hair, focusing mainly on my two lines of demarcation (straight/texlaxed, and texlaxed/natural). I let the treatment sit in my hair for 2 minutes before rinsing out with warm water. My hair felt soft, but I decided to kick up the hair TLC another notch.

5. I DC'ed with ORS Replenishing Conditioner. Its a light protein, but I didn't feel like it would cause protein overload since this time I mainly applied the conditioner to my new growth. And also the fact that I hadn't done a serious protein treatment in a while. I DC'ed for 4 hours while I helped my mum unpack.

6. I rinsed out the DC with warm water and t-shirt dried for 2 hours.

7. I started taking down the box braids I had washed my hair in, and applied my leave in (VO5 moisturizing leave in conditioner) and detangled with my wide tooth comb before threading that section to stretch my hair. I slept with my hair in threads. As I combed my hair, I realised I had cut down on the breakage and shedding (*big grin*). And my mum was in utter shock when she saw my hair stretched in the threads. Her words (translated from our home language) were "Are you colored (bi-racial), because that is not African hair". Yeah, my own mother said I have bi-racial hair (lengthwise) even though she knows I have no racial mix in my genes.

8. On Sunday morning, I took down the threads, and oiled my hair with Wild Growth Hair Oil and finger combed each section. I styled my hair into a low ponytail for church.

Overall, this was a good wash day. No dry hair after the wash, minimal shedding and breakage. Maybe I need to incorporate protein a bit more often than the once a month I have been doing. I keep forgetting I have 3 textures on my head and that makes my hair more fragile than it was when I was texlaxing.

So how was your washday? Join in the #washdayexperience linkup with KLP (Saving Our Strands) and Jen (Just Grow Already).


And also don't forget to enter my t-shirt giveaway. The giveaway is ending this week :)

Ciao,