Monday, 30 March 2015

Quick Update

Hey everyone,

I won't be posting as much for a few weeks. A lot is happening right now.

First, my gran is sick, and that's less time during the weekend to prepare posts. I normally draft my posts during the weekend, but right now, life at home is pretty busy, so I won't have as many up. And the few I will have will be very short and to the point.

Secondly, I am applying for my Masters. I have been admitted into my first choice university, but I still need to get a scholarship. My brain can't focus on anything except praying for a scholarship (fees of US$6,000 per semester (excluding living expenses) is not a joke). I just hope things work out on the academic front.

Then we are moving offices at work. So now added to my usual workload, I will have a lot of disruptions thanks to the move.

Regular posting will resume after Easter, when everything is more or less settled.

On to my hair...
The #WashDayExperience

I DC'ed my hair overnight with ORS Replenishing conditioner, and then shampooed my scalp only the next morning with ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo. My hair feels very oily, but I'm going with the flow and just keeping it oily. My scalp is clean, which is what matters most. I have done a faux crown braid as my protective style this week, just two cornrows on the sides of my head and then tucking in the ends. I don't feel like fussing much with my hair, and I needed a PS that wasn't a bun and that didn't involve fake hair. Since I am now able to cornrow my hair so that I can go out of the house with it, my new go to will be a faux crown braid, until my hair is long enough for a proper crown braid.

Have a great week everyone...

Monday, 23 March 2015

Wash Day Saga - Lazy Girl Routine

Lately I have been going lazier with my hair care routine, which is why I will not be posting regular wash day posts anymore. My weekly washes will now be an overnight DC, and a cowash the next morning. I will clarify once a month, but that's about it. I am starting to adjust my reggie for winter and I am not willing to spend a lot of time with a wet head.
The #WashDayExperience
Last week, I did an overnight DC with ORS Replenishing conditioner, which my hair loved. I did a scalp wash with Dudu Osun African black soap and it dried my hair out. So no more using black soap as a shampoo bar, my texlaxed hair is not happy with that.

This week I simply did an overnight DC with Silkness Nutrition and Repair conditioner (finishing that bottle). After rinsing it out, my hair felt so good that I didn't bother with a leave in, I just sealed my hair with coconut oil and did 8 box braids to air dry my hair. I also started the inversion method this Saturday. My technique consists of a scalp massage using miconazole nitrate every other day, inverting for 4 minutes and an overnight GHE treatment. Hopefully, this will help me get the 1'' this month.

Alrighty then, time for pictures :)

Side swept bangs + Bun for church


don't mind my grumpy face... inversion starting length

Thursday, 19 March 2015

My volunteer experiences + Call for Help

I have spent about 9 or so years of my life at academic institutions that placed a lot of emphasis on helping the less privileged in society.

In high school, every student organisation held fundraisers every term to sponsor their pet charities. We also had a major fundraising every Lent (I went to a Catholic school) where students gave up their favorite snacks and donated their pocket money to the appeal. The money raised would buy school uniforms, books and pay school fees for children in the surrounding community.

In university, giving back to the community around the university was an even bigger event. Every year on the Vice Chancellor's birthday, students would join faculty and support staff, and would go some intense physical labor at the primary schools (elementary schools for my US readers). We also did 90 hours of community service in our junior or senior year.

My community service was done at Victorious Joy Children's Home in Kahawa West, Nairobi. I did it during the spring break, and it was intense. The jobs volunteers were expected to do where anything and everything the home wanted you to do for them. So I hand washed laundry, cleaned the kids rooms, helped cook lunch, play with the kids as well as teach at the school that was affiliated to the home. Those were busy but fun, and rewarding weeks. I improved my sheng (the urban Kiswahili), learnt how to teach and also how to cook some typically Kenyan dishes (chapati and githeri).

Even after university, volunteering didn't stop. I even climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (and endured horrible altitude sickness for a school). So when I moved back to Zim, I have been looking for a non-profit to volunteer with. I have found one, which brings me to my appeal...

I am currently fundraising for Kidzcan Zimbabwe. Well, not really fundraising but gathering together certain items. Kidzcan is an organisation that helps children diagnosed with cancer and their families with getting treatment, education within the hospital as well as giving them material things that their families can't afford. I am trying to create what are called ''admission packs''. These are simply little packs that can be given to kids as they get admitted into hospital. Often, their families don't expect that their child will be admitted, so they will not  have them on hand. These include bathing soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, vaseline/lotion and a small toy or some candy. If anyone would like to donate these please email me on y.muzonzini@gmail.com and I will definitely be in touch. I have currently managed to create 12 packs using my own cash, and some items donated by my mum too. My target is to create 30 of these packs and hand them over to Kidzcan on the 11th of April.

Your help will be appreciated. Even spreading the word to your friends and family will be a great help.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Back to Basics - Self Relaxing

Since I have started relaxing again, I decided to do a back to basics post for those ladies interested in self relaxing. In 2013, self relaxing is what really helped me break through my shoulder length plateau, and start retaining serious length. This happened since when I self relaxed, I made sure I never overlapped my relaxers, and I also consistently texlaxed (leaving hair with some curliness or waviness after relaxing).

Pros of Self Relaxing

1. You get to oversee every step of the process yourself

2. You are sure of the quality of the products being used in your hair (no risk of having relaxer mixed with hair remover, yes this really happens in salons)

3. You add in a few steps that a regular stylist wouldn't bother with (such as a mid-step protein treatment, coating previously relaxed hair with some sort of oil)

4. Your hair is your priority, you won't be rushed to make space for another client

5. You will try by all means to avoid overlapping your relaxer (applying relaxer to already relaxed hair)

6. You can be gentler when detangling and applying relaxer


Cons of Self Relaxing

1. It's hard to determine if your hair is now processed to the right degree

2. It takes a lot of time, and can be painful (aching arms, anyone?)

3. You have to invest in excellent products and tools


My suggestion is, if you find that stylists around you always over process and overlap your relaxers, maybe you should look into self relaxing. If your stylist can relax your hair without overlapping and over processing, stick to that stylist. And if you do self relax, make sure you read the instructions that come with your relaxer. You do not want to take chances with a serious chemical process like this. Chemical burns and/or melted hair are not something to joke with.

My self relaxing method can be found here:

Relaxer at 18 weeks post

The half and half method, is very popular with most self-relaxers.

Ms D at 6footlonghair has this post on how to self relax

If you are a more visual person, Jen from JustGrowAlready has this video on how she does the half and half method

Next week, my Back to Basics post will be on stretching your relaxer.

Cheers!!!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Wash Day Saga - Chelating Wash day + Bonus Mid Week CoWash

Last week, I ended up doing two washes. A midweek cowash to boost my moisture levels after my relaxer, and a chelating shampoo day to remove any mineral deposits that may have been left in my hair after my wash day.

Here's my wash day experience...
The #WashDayExperience
Midweek CoWash

On Tuesday night, I did an overnight DC with the Silkness Nutrition and Repair conditioner + coconut oil. I rinsed it out with cold water on Wednesday morning, and t-shirt dried to about 60%, before sealing with baobab oil and damp bunning for work. My hair looked extra sleek on Wednesday, a co-worker even commented on how my hair looked extra sleek.

Chelating Wash day

1. On Friday evening I did the GHE overnight using a tiny bit of baobab oil. My goal was to boost the moisture levels of my strands and move sebum down my hair before my shampoo use. I also finger detangled and braided my hair into 8 sections.

2. On Saturday morning, I shampooed (while in braids) with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I first thoroughly cleansed my scalp, before working the lather onto my ends. I rinsed out the shampoo with warm water, and let the water drip before applying my DC.

3. I DC'ed with ORS Replenishing Conditioner. This is one of my Holy Grail products, I love the slip of this conditioner. I deep conditioned for an hour using body heat under 2 shower caps.

4. I rinsed out the 50% of the conditioner with cold water. I then wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess water.

5. When my hair was damp, I would take down a braid and apply my leave in (ORS Take Command Curl Defining Creme) before sealing with coconut oil. I then detangled using a wide tooth comb, before rebraiding that section. I left my hair to fully air dry.

6. I decided to try to straighten my hair for an official length check. I wanted to use my mom's flat iron which is better than mine, but it was broken. So I just settled for one pass (with lots of heat protectant), and my hair really didn't get straight. I ended up doing the ''pull a bit of hair'' length check
Starting Length for my fully texlaxed journey

My hair is currently sitting just under line 1 in the pic, but its actually at line 2 (this method of length check is really painful, esp if you're snapping your own pic as well, fyi). Short term length goal is line 4 aka APL by the end of June.  Year end length goal is line 7, which is grazing BSL.

My next length check will be in September when I do my touch up, so I don't get too obsessed with achieving length goals at the expense of health.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Wash Day Saga - Relaxer Day

The relaxer finally happened. After 68 weeks of no relaxers and attempting to transition, I went back to what I know better (for the time being).
The #WashDayExperience
I self relaxed at home, using the ORS Olive Oil No Lye box kit for fine to medium textures. Here's what I did...
My relaxer kit + additions

1. On Friday night, I based my scalp with Vaseline and thoroughly detangled my hair using my wide tooth comb. I divided my hair into 4 sections, and braided it to prevent tangling overnight.
How I braided my hair overnight to prevent tangling

2. On Saturday morning, I prepared my mid step protein treatment. I decided to do a gelatin treatment. I mixed 75g of flavoured jelly powder with 125ml of warm water and stirred it until the gelatin dissolved. I then left the mix to cool.

3. I mixed the relaxer with the activator. When it was properly mixed, I added a tablespoon of coconut oil since my intention was to texlax and leave my hair with a lot of texture. I took down the braids, lightly finger detangled, and applied coconut oil to the entire hair strand before clipping up the hair into 4 sections. I also coated my ears with Vaseline

4. I applied the relaxer first to the roots, starting from the back sections and ending with the front sections. I then applied relaxer to the ends and smoothed. Application and smoothing of relaxer took 10 minutes.

5. I rinsed out the relaxer from my hair. As I was rinsing out, I could see that my hair still had a lot of texture. #win

6. I then did my mid step gelatin treatment. I applied the gloopy jelly onto my hair, making sure I got every strand. My hair immediately felt hard so I quickly rinsed out the jelly.

7. I neutralized using the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo pak that came with with the relaxer. The pak was enough for 4 neutralizing shampoos. I left in the last 3 shampoos for 2 minutes before rinsing out.

8. I deep conditioned with a mix of ORS Replenishing Conditioner pak, Silkness Nutrition and Repair conditioner and coconut oil for 30 minutes using body heat (under 2 shower caps). I rinsed out with cold water and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess water.

9. When my hair was damp, I applied my leave in (ORS Curls Unleashed Take Command Curl Creme). I wanted to do a flexi rod set, but unfortunately we had just had a power cut, and I was late for choir practice. So I simply sealed with baobab oil, and detangled with a wide tooth comb before damp bunning.

Results: Very wavy texlaxed hair. But the beauty is that I can now easily bun without using a lot of tensio unlike when my hair was mostly natural. I also ended up trimming off some ends, bringing my length to line 2 of my length check shirt which is collar bone length. No pics yet, but hopefully will do one with my length check shirt soon.

My short term goal is to retain, retain and retain to APL (which is 2 inches away) by bunning consistently and deep conditioning twice a week. I hope to be APL by June.

So how did your wash day go?