Thursday, 27 November 2014

Wash Day Saga - Simple and Straightforward

These days, my philosophy towards my hair is Keep It Simple, Stupid. And it has been working out pretty well since I do not get stressed out by my hair too much.

Here's how my wash day went...

1. Overnight DC using ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner pak. This was my last pack so I need to replenish my DC stash soon. I rinsed out the conditioner using cold water.

2. I washed my hair and scalp while it was loose using Dudu Osun Black Soap.  I also did a nice deep scalp massage and rinsed out the soap first with warm water, and did a final cold water rinse.

3. I wrapped my hair in my t-shirt and left it like that while I did my chores. When I took my hair down it was about 70% dry.

4. I applied my leave in (African Pride Shea Miracle) and sealed with baobab oil. All my teeny tiny curls were popping and I was feeling them (and myself) :). So I decided to style in 2 afro puffs like a nursery school kid, and went to party with my friends.

5. I have been wearing my hair in a bun for the rest of the week, although today I decided to save my hairline a little by doing milkmaid braids in the front and bunning the back. Tomorrow I might have to pull out the ecostyler gel since I have a job interview, and on Saqturday, I have to try rock a bantu knot out or braid out because I am going to be all dressed up for a night out in Harare.

So how did your wash day go?

Don't forget to check out the rest of the wash day experiences over at JustGrowAlready or SavingOur Strands

Thursday, 20 November 2014

One Year Post - Transitioning Update

Oh happy days....

Yeah, I am so happy alright. I need confetti, popping champagne bottles, all the works to celebrate being one year post relaxer.

My last relaxer was on the 16th of November 2013. What was initially supposed to be a 6 month stretch became my long term transition when I realised I really didn't feel like spending an entire day on my hair while relaxing it, and also when I noticed that I couldn't see a difference between my texlaxed hair and new growth.

The first 4 or 5 months of the transition went smoothly, my go to hair style was the sock bun. I could easily detangle and put up my hair in a few seconds. My hair was still friendly with glycerin and other humectants. It was just like my usual relaxer stretch, no issues.

Then month 6 rolled about. I had a lot of new growth thanks to the inversion method.My hair could get laid enough for the sock buns anymore. And I hadn't really learnt how to do anything except bun. It was a struggle. I almost went back to relaxing at this point. But a few people talked to me and persuaded me to back away from the relaxer kits, and wait for a while before deciding on something this drastic. This is the point when I started wearing wigs with a vengeance. I would do box braids, and wear my wig over them. The relaxer urge passed, my hair stopped rebelling, and the transition continued.

I did not even notice months 7 to 12. My routine went like clockwork. The only major change that happened here was that I moved to finger detangling exclusively. I also stopped shampooing weekly, and now washed my hair with African black soap, and only clarified once a month. Style of choice: milkmaid braid + buns.

So what did I learn about my hair and its personality over the past year? Well:

1. My hair now hates anything with a humectant as one of the first 5 ingredients. I have stopped using glycerin or honey since it makes my hair feel strawlike.

2. Shea butter, mango butter and heavy oils are what my hair craves. Any product with heavy butters and oils in the first 5 ingredients is what my hair demands. Give me castor oil, baobab oil, coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, jojoba oil or cocoa butter and my hair is a very happy camper. Olive oil just has my hair go crunchy.

3. Water will always be my hair's first love. If my hair feels weird, I either baggy or do the GHE overnight. The next morning, I just seal with an oil and we are good to go. And since the rainy season is here, my hair will enjoy the extra moisture from the skies too :)

4. Heat is a definite no no. I ended up chopping off 1'' to 1.5'' off my hair thanks to heat damage after my last flat iron in August, despite using a heat protectant. I had a lot of breakage and split ends, and I had to do something fast in order not to lose all my retained length. Before my setback, my hair was BSB (below shoulder blade)length. I had to cut back to APL because of that. I am now on an indefinite no heat challenge.


Now I am not sure how long my transition will last. One thing is for certain, I am not big chopping yet. My hair is APL and with full shrinkage, I cannot ponytail it. So I will wait until I can do a proper ponytail with full shrunk hair before I chop off the rest of the relaxer.

Onto length stats. Last measurement (with a tape measure) was done on 20 October 2014. I am grazing APL with the following measurements:

Front: 10''
Crown: 9''
Left: 8''
Right: 8''
Nape: 7''

The nape is fully natural at the moment. The front has about 3'' of relaxed hair still to be chopped off.


Plans for the coming year:

1. Do inversion method for entire year
2. Start doing clay washes
3. No heat or trims. Only S&D (search and destroy) will be done
4. Start doing henna applications
5. No length checks until I am 2 years post.

Let the transition continue!!!!!


Cheers

Monday, 17 November 2014

Wash Day Saga - 2 Washes.

I hope you all had a great weekend, I definitely enjoyed mine.

I had to do a quick wash day, since I had plans for the rest of my day, and I also needed to clarify my hair and do a protein treatment (of sorts). Here's what happened...

1. Overnight prepoo using coconut oil

2. Shampooed (using cold water) with Dark and Lovely After Relaxer Neutralizing shampoo. I also finished this product which means my stash is finally shrinking.

3. I did a 30 minute DC using ORS Hair Mayo, and rinsed off, first with warm water, and finally with cold water. I didnt bother to do a moisture DC since my hair seems to treat ORS Hair Mayo as a light protein.

4. I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt and finished off my shower routine.When my hair was damp, I applied my leave in ORS Curls Unleashed Curl Creme and sealed with coconut oil. I damp bunned since it was the quickest way to stretch my hair, as I had to go swimming with my friends.

5. Before swimming I had applied a lot of conditioner to my hair hoping that it wont get too affected by the chlorine. After a lot of splashing and screaming, I co-washed my hair and damp bunned it again since we were going to a party. Unfortunately, my hair shrunk a lot, and got really dry because I hadn't sealed my hair. So on Sunday, my hair was a shrunken, dry feeling jungle. I ended up finger detangling section by section and doing African threading to stretch the hair again. My hair feels better now, but I need to do intense GHE sessions to get my moisture levels on point again

I am finally one year post. Transitioning update post coming soon :)


That was my washday experience. How was your wash day?

Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award



Sandra at Naija Girl Next Door nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Now the rules of this award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer their ten questions.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees
5. Nominate 10 bloggers

So Sandra had a single question instead of the 10 Her question was:
"Tell us about a part of you that you struggled with (maybe a habit, nose, shape, leg etc) and how you overcame the fear."

This question is supposed to help with developing self love and accepting ourselves the way we are. I also think this was an awesome idea, so the bolded is my question to you.

Well, as a teenager, I was insecure about a lot of things. My eyesight, being extremely short sighted is so not cool. My height, I hated standing out in a group of my peers (and I was almost always taller than the boys too) when all I wanted was to fit in. My lisp, even up to now, I still don't feel comfortable speaking in Shona (my mother tongue) because the lisp always seems worse in it. My skin, I wished for clearer, less acne covered areas of skin.

What helped change this was realising that even with these flaws, I still have good points that most people around me could kill for. I can eat obscene amounts of food and not really gain weight, my height means I have nice legs, I have a great speaking voice, I have not had any major academic problems, and I have had some really awesome, cool and funny friends. 

What really helped me was coming out of my shell in uni. Before uni, I was very quiet, hardly let anyone in, and that used to annoy some girls so much that they would try to tear me down by talking up my flaws so I can seem inadequate. When I went to uni, I had to come out of my shell since I went to uni in another country, and I only knew one person there. I had to open up, be friendly, and grow confident in myself and my abilities. And once this process started, it was now hard to hold me back. I knew with the right attitude and focus, I could be anything and do anything I wanted to. Which led me to do random stuff like campus radio (I was an Accounting major), organising campus events, joining AIESEC, working for some time in marketing and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. And I am going to do even bigger things in the future so watch this space :)

This turned into a longer post than I anticipated. So my nominees are:

1. MaKupsy at makupsy.wordpress.com
2. Curlyeva at curlyeva.blogspot.com
3. Rae at crazyawesomerae.blogspot.com
4. Hadassah at nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com
5. Fatimah at hairequest.blogspot.com


I do not have the required number of nominees, but that's all I have. So go ahead ladies. You have been nominated


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Save The Date - First Annual Healthy Hair Experience

So CurlyEva over at her blog, has decided that Zimbabwean hair lovers should not be left out of this trend of hair meet ups and discussions. She was inspired by her experience at the Hair Indaba earlier this year to bring a similar experience to us ladies in Zimbabwe.

So on 6th December 2014, if you want to learn more about how to grow your relaxed or natural or transitioning hair to its maximum potential, and keeping it healthy, make sure you come to Travel Plaza On the Roof Restaurant. Tickets are being sold in advance for $10, and you can get them on EventBrite.You will also get to meet the ladies here in Zim who have been doing this hair journey thing, learn their secrets, and have a good time talking hair, hair and more hair.

Check out the flier below for details, and I hope I will see you there.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wash Day Saga - Usual Business

My wash day this last weekend was just the usual. Although I seem to be switching my regimen again *hiding face in shame*. Here's what happened this wash day:
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1. Overnight DC with the last of my Elasta QP DPR 11+ Conditioner. My hair was in 4 box braids. I rinsed out the conditioner the next morning using warm water.

2. Washed my hair while it was loose using Dudu Osun African Black Soap. I focused on scrubbing my scalp again since I had a lot of yucky build up going on.

3. I rinsed out the soap, and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt (still loose) to absorb the water.

4. I applied my leave in (ORS Curls Unleashed Curl creme) and sealed with coconut oil before airdrying in African threading.

Now the most annoying thing for a transitioner/naturalista is for someone to surprise you with tickets for an event at the last moment. My mum really annoyed me (I still love you mum) when she gave me tickets to go to a concert. I had to get my hair into a decent style and fast. I ended up using a lot of Ecostyler gel to get my hair to lay down and behave in a bun that night. I did end up having fun there though and helped my nephew celebrate his 24th birthday (Happy birthday Sean!!!)

Unfortunately, the gel is now making it hard to get moisture into my strands (I used a lot of gel). So every night htis week I will be baggying to get my hair a bit moisturized so it does not snap. This will hopefully get my hair to stay satisfied until wash day this weekend when I will clarify.

Guess who is almost 1 year post relaxer???? I can't believe I have made it this far into my transition.


How was your wash day?

Fitness Program

Honestly, since I moved back home, I haven't been working out like I used to.

Last year I was very active, jogging every evening after work, yoga or Nike Training Club sessions in the morning. My diet was very healthy, I drank a minimum of 2 litres of water daily, ate a high protein, high vegetable, low carb diet. I was very fit, and I weighed 70kg, most of which was muscle weight.

Since I moved back home, my diet hasn't been the best. Its very high carb, not enough veggies and protein, I haven't been able to work out as much because of my commute. I get home at 7pm, and its not really safe to go jogging in the streets at that time. I lost 10kgs in a really short period, and honestly weighing less than 65kgs  doesn't look good on me.

I have been lately thinking of a fitness plan that will help me get toned, and help build up my muscle bulk again, and gain weight.

Here are my stats:

Height: 1.77m
Current weight: 61.3kg
Goal weight:    66kg
Fitness Program goals: tone legs, arms and abs, muscle flexibility and adopt a healthier lifestyle

Fitness Plan:

Monday to Friday (early morning): Nike Training Club program for 30 minutes, finish with squats reps

Saturday (afternoon): Yoga

Sunday evening: cardio (jogging/skipping)

Diet:

Diet will be a big problem to control while I am living at home. Mainly because with my grandma around we eat a lot of refined food (she does not like anything wholegrain) and our house help hasn't really appreciated the power of vegetables. So all I have control over is my weekday breakfast and lunch since I prepare these myself. My main priority is to make sure that my meals will be very high in protein, fruit and veg, and low in carbs. This might also help with my nails which haven't been really healthy this year. I will also have to start incorporating a multivitamin, since I am not sure I am getting all the necessary nutrients from my meals. Of course, I will drink at least 2 litres of water daily to help with my skin and hair too.

To keep myself accountable, I will start keeping a food and exercise diary. I will update weekly here on the blog, just to get the internet's help in keeping myself focused


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wash Day Saga - after a while

hey everyone...

I haven't recently taken part in the #washdayexperience because I haven't had access to the Internet and things have been busy on my end. I am back now for a bit, and here's how my last wash day went.

On Friday night, I took down the box braids I was wearing under my wig, finger detangled and applied ORS Hairepair Nourishing conditioner, and then braided up the section again. I ended up with four sections. I did an overnight DC.

On Saturday morning, I took down each section, and washed my scalp and hair using Dudu Osun soap. My hair felt weirdly sticky (must be product build up) and I ended up washing my hair while it was free. This is the first time I washed my hair loose since I officially started transitioning I think. After washing, my hair still felt moisturized so I didn't bother to instant condition. I just wrapped it in a t-shirt to absorb the excess water

I applied my leave in (Shea miracle) and sealed with coconut oil before drying my hair in African threading. When my hair was 70% dry, I took down the threading and did another set of box braids that I am wearing under my wig at the moment.

That's my wash day in a nutshell, how was your washday?


Don't forget to check out the other washday experience posts in the linkup