Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Wash Day Saga - Clarifying Wash

Another wash day came, and I actually washed my hair. I really need to work on being less lazy.

Since I hadn't washed my hair for 2 weeks, I decided to do a clarifying wash, with my hair loose to get rid of all the build up. Here's what happened...
The #WashDayExperience
1. I did an overnight deep conditioning treatment using a mix of ORS Replenishing conditioner and ORS Curls Unleashed Take Command Curl Creme. The curl cream first 5 ingredients are mostly butters and oils, and I figured that would be an excellent conditioner boost.

2. I rinsed out the conditioner with warm water and applied shampoo to my scalp. I wanted to use up all my teeny hotel shampoos so that's what I used. After lathering my scalp, I also lathered my hair to get rid of build up. I rinsed out the shampoo and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess moisture

3. When my hair wasn't dripping anymore, I applied castor oil to my ends and did a quick ponytail. I let my hair airdry in this for the rest of the day.

4. When my hair was dry, I massaged my scalp with miconazole nitrate and did the inversion method. I also did my protective style of the week, which is two huge cornrows.

Side note: Its interesting to see that people think my hair is natural when I am in these braids. I have to tell them I am very lightly relaxed. Hmmm, maybe I should process my hair more when I do my touch up in September. Or maybe not, I like my hair like this, and I enjoy having thickness. I don't want a stringy ponytail just because I'm so obsessed with showing length, I overprocess my relaxer.

Anyway, how was your own wash day?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Hair Survey - Why Ladies Wear Weaves/Braids Non-Stop

Today on my Twitter timeline I saw this tweet, and had asked about it:




When I saw the first tweet, I thought that maybe someone had said evil things about natural hair and was getting ready to wage nuclear warfare. Then I saw its about weaves and braids. What Hugh Masekela said about weaves and braids wearing students can be found here.

Now I proceeded to ask why people wear weaves and braids non-stop. Like no breaks at all. You take out your weave today and get a new one installed that same day or the next day. 

Quick confession: Before I started my healthy hair journey I used to do this. Why? I believed that I looked better in long weaves than with my own shorter hair, and I was embarrassed about having my own raggedy looking hair out. 

Answers I got on a Whatsapp group I'm in were:

''Well hair, I could just leave it like that if it weren't house rule that I keep it plaited. After each undo though I keep it crazy for 2 days then do something after. I prefer going bald, but not allowed''

and

''Because my hair is natural. Its kinky. Shrinks and tangles of its own accord if not tamed. If combed daily it hurts in addition to breaking. Ndosara nema (translation: I will be left with) tufts of uneven painful hair''.

Answers I got on Twitter:

''I think it's a matter of choice, not a matter of not being proud. for some, natural hair is just a hassle'' (by natural hair this contributor meant hair that grows out of your scalp, regardless of whether it is chemically processed or not)

and

''i guess most people don't know what to do with their own hair. I was like that as well before my . back to back in weaves''

Answers I got on Facebook:

''Because we don't know how/want to deal with our own hair''

and

"I'm just nervous about showing my hair. I see pics of nice dos and tell myself this time I'll show it but eh laziness isn't a joke''


So if you are a former doer of this, or you currently do this, why do/did you wear weaves/braids with no breaks?


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Liebster Award

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I got nominated for the Liebster award :) over at audacitytobeyou.com. Its an award given by bloggers to encourage one another, and also to help you discover new, and interesting blogs. I feel honored to be nominated.

Here are my answers to the questions I was asked.

1. Why did you choose the title of your blog?
I chose the title of my blog because I have very typical type 4 African hair, which is referred to in my home country as "Hard Mashona Type". The stereotype about this hair is that its short, and can never grow to great lengths. I ended up picking this name in order to turn the stereotype upside down, and show that ''hard mashona hair'' grows as well as any other type.

2. What got you interested in blogging?
I have always been interested in writing, and blogging was just the next step. My blog started as an online hair diary, but I am hoping to develop it even more.

3. What is your greatest accomplishment in life thus far?
Hmmmmm, hard to say. I think I will pick having had the opportunity to work for a big brand. It showed me skills I never imagined I had, and I got to work with awesome people and travel quite a bit.

4. What places would you like to travel to and Why?
Rwanda and Burundi, so I can say I have been all over East Africa. And I hear they are beautiful countries. 

5. What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating junk food while reading ebooks or watching historical series like the Tudors.

6. What are five random facts about you?
- I was enrolled in boarding school from age 10 to 18
- I was a radio presenter in university on the campus station
- I used to dream of being a supermodel
- I can play the recorder
- I hate Math. And yes, I majored in Accounting with a Finance minor. No, it doesn't make sense to me either

7. Who or what inspires you?
My mother is my number one inspiration. Don't tell her I said that 

8. Do you have any unique talents?
Does the ability to eat my own weight in junk food and not gain weight count? Otherwise, I remember really random facts and store useless factoids in my brain. I actually have an excellent memory 

9. If you hit the lottery, how would you spend your fortune?
I would first buy a house, invest half of the remainder, then travel for a while and buy gifts for my family. And buy some shoes :)

10. What are some of your pet peeves?
People who are always late, people who walk really slowly and take up the entire sidewalk, people who drive in the wrong lane for slow traffic, people who don't respect personal space.

11. What goals have you set for yourself for the next five years?
I hope to have my Masters degree by then, as well as halfway through a professional qualification (either to become a Chartered Accountant or Chartered Financial Analyst).


Now the rules for the award are:

1.Tag the person's blog who nominated you in your post.
2. Nominate 11 bloggers with no more than 500 followers
3. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.
4. Let your nominees know they have been chosen.
5. Post your answers to the questions you answered
6. Don't forget to comment on this post with your link so I can see how you answered the questions

And my nominees are:

1. Sandra at Naija Girl Next Door
7. Kangopie at Kangopie
8. Decepticonz Mobilize (I love her name) at Anything and Everything Hair
9. WeaveItUpToMe at Weave It Up To Me
10. Fatimah at Hairequest and last but not least,
11. Phoenix at The Random Phoenix

My questions for these lovely and inspiring ladies are:

1. Who/what inspired you to start blogging?
2. What has blogging help you to achieve?
3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you want with you?
4. If given the opportunity, which country would you like to live and work in for a year?
5. What is the one thing you love most about your home country?
6. If you had $50,000 to give to charity, which charity would you donate to and why?
7. Can you tell us 3 random facts about you?
8. If you were on an episode of Come Dine with Me, which celebrities, alive or deceased, would you want to compete with?
9. Book version or movie version?
10. What do youlove most about what you do (work or school)?
11. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Monday, 20 April 2015

Mini Length Check - 7 weeks post

Thanks to the rain this weekend, I did not feel tempted at all to wash my hair even though it has a lot of build up. I'm just going to bun it until next weekend when I will do my clarifying shampoo. Instead this week I am bringing you a length check picture.

I wanted to see if I had been fantasising about my hair feeling longer lately, so I dug out my length check tee, undid my braids, and got a cousin to do the camera honours. I am not straightening my hair any time soon, as I really want to retain every inch I gain.

Drumroll please............................................................................................



Thank you, thank you, its such an honour and priviledge. 

I have managed to gain AND retain 2 inches of growth in less than 2 months. How did I manage this? Well mainly by doing the inversion method and GHE at the same time. I also started taking multivitamins , and massaged my scalp with miconazole nitrate when I did my inversions. 

What's really making me happy is that I ammanaging to retain length while texlaxed now. My reason for ending my transition and going back to texlaxing was because I simply wasn't retaining any length in my fully natural spots. So my gamble paid off.

I am also on track for my goal of APL by June 2015. APL is on line 4, and I am an inch away. I am so excited with the way my journey is going now. Can't wait to get to my first milestone in my rebooted hair journey :)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Off Topic - Random Musings

I haven't been able to say this out for a while, but I have been depressed lately. My life has been stuck in a rut that I seem to get out off.

My most major disappointment is the university one. That's the thing that got me down the most. As anyone who has known me since I was a toddler can tell you, I pride myself on my academic achievement. There's a time I actually cried in primary school when I was 3rd in my class, instead of my usual first or second. Yes, I am that intense. I became slightly more mellow in university when I let myself graduate with a magna instead of a summa cum laude, but not too much.

So, I recently was trying my hand at going to do my Masters in Sweden. I had picked my Masters programs, I got placed on the reserved list for my first choice degree (I had a slight moment of shock) but was accepted into my second choice program.

Then came waiting for the scholarship results. I needed the scholarship to fund at least my tuition, I could manage to swing the upkeep money somehow. But unfortunately I failed to make the cut for the scholarship. Not even to the group of 16 stage (yes, I'm treating it like its the World Cup).

So I am back in my little rut trying to climb out before I sink in too deep. I need to find other ways to improve myself academically/professionally before I sink into complacency.

OK, I am done with self-pity. Into the breach once more dear friends...

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Wash Day Saga - I'm Sensing a Theme... Lazy

Hey everyone!!!

Brrrr, its chilly here. Winter is coming. And I have been adjusting my regimen for winter by going to bare minimum hair care AKA benign neglect... Or just being plain lazy. Anyway, I figured that the less I manipulate my hair by too many steps in my wash day and daily styling, the more I will be able to retain length, especially when its colder. And I have a new length goal. I have to be BSL or close-ish by end of November, so I can rock long hair to my cousin's wedding in early December. Is this doable? Hopefully it is.

My wash day was a simple overnight DC.
The #WashDayExperience
1. I applied ORS Replenishing Conditioner to loose hair, focusing on the left back section that seems to be not retaining length. I then applied some castor oil on top of the DC, covered my head with two shower caps and a scarf and let all the goodness get absorbed while I slept.

2. The next morning, I rinsed it all out with warm (not hot) water.

3. After rinsing, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess moisture.

4. I then sealed my hair with baobab oil, and air dried my hair while it was in a bun.

5. That evening, I did my two cornrow ''faux crown braid''. I am really enjoying the convenience of this protective style. Its easy on the edges, and its quick and simple to do. Definite keeper, though I can't wait to try KLP's swirled crown braid. Maybe when I get past APL I can do it #APLBucketList

That was all for my wash day. I am now going to start thinking of a winter regimen that will encourage maximum retention. Any idea about what I should do?

Have a great day....

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Wash Day - Lazy Again

Well, I am going to up my blog posts next week. I suddenly have more time on my hands and I can blog again :)

My most recent wash day was very lazy again. My hair felt waxy and I had a lot of build up from so many weeks of only DCing or co-washing that I had to break out the shampoo bottle. Here's what happened...
The #WashDayExperience
On Good Friday, I did a water rinse to just up my moisture levels. And I was going to do the Way of the Cross in scorching heat, so I had to give my hair a little love. After the water rinse, I sealed with a little coconut oil, and damp bunned.

On Sunday, I decided I couldn't take it anymore, and decided to shampoo my hair. However, I didn't have time to deep condition, so I decided to hunt around the house for the most nourishing oil around. I ended up kidnapping my mom's oil.

First I shampooed using ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo. This shampoo also chelates, so I killed two birds with one wash :). I washed my hair while it was loose, to cleanse it thoroughly. I mainly focused on cleansing my scalp, although I also lathered my ends to get rid of the build up. I only did one lather, to prevent stripping my hair, snce I didn't have time to deep condition.

I skipped deep conditioning (which I really won't advise anyone to do). I felt like I could afford to skip the DC step because:

1. my hair wasn't stripped after my shampoo
2. I was going to use a nourishing oil to seal, and
3. I wasn't going to wear my hair out or manipulate it much this week.

So after washing, I simply wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb the excess moisture. And while my hair was still damp I applied the Shea Oil I had lifted from my mom's room. This oil has shea butter, coconut oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil, so I figured it will nourish my hair enough for my next wash day. I let my hair airdry loose for a while, before braiding it into my faux crown braid (2 cornrows around the edge of my head). I am keeping this style in until my next wash day.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my hair's health at the moment. I am experiencing minimal breakage, and retaining length well. My hair is also retaining moisture well, which is very important as we go into winter here. I need to start thinking about how to winterize my regimen this year. I already bought my castor oil, but I still need something else to use as a growth aid.

So how was your wash day?