Friday, 23 December 2016

Hair Challenge done, goodbye 2016!

Hello lovelie,

It has been a minute, and we are about to end the year can you believe it? I hope 2016 has not been as blue as it has for most people and I surely do hope you will end it with a bang!

So many things to say and so little time? Whatever I forget I will tell in the coming year, I think this is gonna be my last post for the year. Have a merry blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! Now back to hair.
Remember my hair challenge? Yes that one! It is done, a little bit early I know but I had missed my hair so much I could not wait another week longer, hope you forgive me. I took off the hair a week early and boy was it a struggle, I was taking advantage of the long weekend since it was a public holiday on a Friday.

I might go back and forth with you, telling you about the journey. First up the routine was simple and I spoke about it in the previous post how I maintained my corn rows. I continuously did that for the whole of 7 weeks! Congratulate me please, I stuck it out. Taking down the hair took me 2 days, detangling included. I feel like King Kong the way my arms are so sore still a week later.
To unravel the corn rows I saturated my hair with my oil mix(olive oil, castor oil and avocado oil), and wore a plastic cap for 2 hours. Then I put more oil on my fingers before touching the hair, as I was unraveling the hair, whenever I hit a knot or a matted area I added more oil to lubricate the hair and make it slippery. I would immediately detangle the hair with my fingers in detail to take out all the shed hairs. If you have me on Instagram I posted a picture with the hair that was shed on it. I repeated this process for the entire head until it was all tangle free(at least).

My hair at this stage did not feel dry for those three days to my surprise, I expected it to dry up as the days went by because I was avoiding to sprits and have it tangle again. I washed my scalp and hair with the medicated shampoo and did an overnight conditioning treatment with Palmer's Protein Pack mixed with the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale conditioner. I was disappointed with these two together , they had no slip whatsoever. I was struggling to detangle (I detangled again with a comb), maybe they work better separately I don't know, and my mistake here as well was not adding oil to the conditioners. Immediately after rinsing the conditioner, I applied oil to my hair and then wrapped with a cotton shirt to dry.

My verdict:
My hair feels amazing! I am definitely continuing with this challenge and with the castor oil. I am considering to buy the one from Native child, after I finish the Super growth cream from Afrobotanics.
Ok Ok,let me be detailed. I did not have a lot of shedding like I expected, I  have seen worse and I am sure it looks bad to other people as well. As I have mentioned earlier on, my hair was not feeling dry, when I washed it, it soaked up water even after I shampooed it, it did not feel dried out. I should continue trying to saturate it with water twice a week where possible. Here are the things that I am definitely going to continue to do:

  • Prepoo with olive oil if your hair does not like coconut oil like mine. My hair was saturated with so much oil that it did not get dried out after I put on shampoo twice.
  • Baggy your hair at least once a week, or a day after wash day with an oil that aids with growth, I used castor oil.
  • Spray hair with plain water everyday, preferably night, unless you want to keep it stretched.

My hair has grown 4cm longer, from 15cm to 19cm I was a cm shy from 20 but hopefully next time. However I will be trimming the hair that has colour on it, because it has a lot of knots. I also realised that a lot of tangles were caused by shed hairs and finger detangling helped a lot with dragging them out, trimmed hair will help release shed hairs much better when detangling because the ends will be smooth and knot free.  During the hair break I will be trying to retain moisture, I bought afro botanics leave in conditioner and super hair growth oil to do the LCO method, where I will be using the conditioner as a cream and the oil as the oil and water as liquid.

My hair feels very strong and very thick, I hope you try out the 2nd leg with me of the protective style, which will be commencing the first week of January. I am thinking about taking the weeks down to 6 weeks, to avoid matting , though I dealt with it very well but I would rather not have it. Stay tuned on my Instagram where I will be updating if I am keeping the hair in for 6 weeks or not.

Until next post, have a lovely end of year and God bless...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Protective Style Challenge Update 1 30days

Hey you,
I tried though right?

On the 31st of October I decided to sit and do my corn rows till midnight lol, my arms were sore the whole week that week but I am happy with the outcome!

In case you are wondering what I am talking about, I have come up with a protective style challenge where I will be keeping corn rows on my hair for 8 weeks which should be 60 days and you can read more about it here. So it has been officially a month now and I miss playing with my hair lol, I really do though so another 4 weeks is a long stretch *tear drop*.

I have been washing my hair twice a week and sometimes 3 times a week depending on my scalp. I started washing with the vegetable soap once a week for the first 2 weeks and the 3rd wash would be with shampoo. Then for the past 2 weeks it has been water wash twice and then the soap once which would fall on the weekend.

posted this on my instagram
After washing my hair, I thoroughly rinse it, I run a good amount of water through the hair so that no soap or shampoo is left and then I seal with oil(avocado oil, olive oil and castor oil), or sometimes apply some leave in conditioner and seal. But mostly I have been just sealing with oil after washing. I baggy my hair the night before wash day which is the day in between wash days. For example if I wash my hair on a Monday then I would baggy Tuesday night. If this happens before wash day, I oil my hair and then baggy all night.
Bagging the hair has been amazing! Bagging hair is wearing a plastic bag or plastic shower cap on your head, it creates a greenhouse effect and helps your hair with moisture retention. That is moisture galore, I can feel the hairs that have freed themselves are very soft. When the hair is in corn rows, there is hair that is hidden in between and this helps the moisture reach that hair.

The first week I was wearing head wraps, looking all submissive. Then the second week I was wearing a wig, the one that I created on this post. For the past 2 weeks I made a new wig, check it out on Instagram, the people are loving it! I might just get into business soon. I will be wearing it for the next 2 weeks and then maybe head wraps again on the final week and take down time! I can’t wait to see the results, I can feel the growth already and my inner naturalista is jumping up and down (the corn rows are hidden now).

hiding the corn rows underneath this lovely wig

That's it from me. Let me know how far you are, if you have joined or if you are still considering to join me. The time is moving fast, but not for the hair. Patience is key ladies and I am learning this in every aspect of my life. Most important thing is to enjoy the moment you are in.

Until next post, God bless…

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Local Hair products to support 2

Hello lovely,

Just though I should do a quick post for you, so that you don't forget about me.

I am ever so tempted to go buy the next product at my local Clicks or Dischem (Dark and lovely is not making it easy hey) and then I remind myself there are willing South Africans out there who are in need of my support and this platform is also another way of getting them known and spreading the love. I am sure some of them you have heard of and some you have probably seen on TV.

If you have not seen them on TV then you are seeing them here. This brand has been flooding my timeline on Instagram since I am following a natural hair movement and I have been hearing good things about it. And as usual I am always on the lookout for local brands. I just wish they were readily available in Cape Town. I have also been eyeing their detangler, can't wait to get my hands on it.

Nature's Wishlist
They claim to be the "Providers of affordable shea butter in Johannesburg, South Africa", judging by their prices I think they are for raw shea butter also considering I buy mine for R80 for 100ml( I don't know the diff between 1ml and 1g, so theirs is 250g),judging from the site it is still a lot compared to what I get and what I have seen. They also have a whipped shea butter which is mixed with other oils like castor oil and the likes which is only for the hair. I found them while trolling on Instagram and went to check out their website.

True Curls
They have mainly two products in adults and kids range. A spray/spritz and a butter/cream. I like the fact there is product separate for kids. I have not heard much about the product from my circle of people, but as I was in search for local production I found them and you can also check out their testimonials page and be the judge.

I can't wait for the day they open a salon in Cape Town so that I can take my baby there for a treat. They are a no heat no combs salon in Joburg. I am eyeing their clay cleanser for kids as my daughter's scalp is not fond of shampoo. Their prices though! Sigh! They too have a separate line for adults and kids. You can go ahead and check them, maybe visit them when you are in Jozi.

Rockin Naturals

I don't know how did I bump into this, life of a blogger! But I could be saving a head of hair out there. I think I was interested in the wedding pictures in the blog part and then checked out the store. What is different here is that they have gels, aloe vera and flaxseed. They also have a shampoo and butters of course.

Almost every product line has a butter in it, so that you would have to be on some experiment to test the difference. I could be wrong to assume that every natural loves a good conditioner, cause I sure do and not all of these products in today's list have conditioners.
One thing I think I have an itch about is the pricing, gee, the cost plus shipping eish! Rockin Naturals seem to be fairly priced and Nature's Wishlist, but to each their own. And on that note, if you want to make some extra cash while helping our local brands you can contact True Curls, Nilotiqa and Nature's Wishlist to be their distributor, this helps sharpen some entrepreneurship skills.

This was nice and short for me. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next post, God bless...

Saturday, 12 November 2016

African Extracts Rooibos Classic Care Range**

Hello lovelie,

Classic Care Range

I was given the opportunity to try and test these products for 2 weeks by Beauty Bulletin and I though why not share the review with you guys. Best part about this is that it comes with a video, lol scroll down below you will find it. BB should make me do more reviews so that I can get over my video phobia.

How you doing! It is the weekend baby!

Without further ado, here is how it all went.The one thing that stands out for me is the Cleansing lotion. I have been pumping it day in and out. I am not one to follow the instructions written at the back to the T, besides using it twice a day. I will go ahead with the regimen and explain in detail how I felt about the individual products afterwards.

Wash routine
I would apply the lotion on my face, like I am lathering it up and leave it on for a few seconds and then rinse it off with warm water. My skin is very sensitive, so I am not a fan of wiping off with cotton wool or anything. Then I would pat it dry (damp rather) and then use the Classic Toner which will be at night and on areas I feel I need it. I would then apply the Classic Tissue Oil, just one squirt and rub it on my skin until absorbed. At night I finish off with my shea butter as they do not have a night cream and then in the morning I would apply the Classic Day Cream in circular motions like they suggest. Now that you get the gist here is my breakdown of each product.

Classic Cleansing Lotion
It smells amazing. I think they all smell the same except the tissue oil. It feels like a lotion, consistency of a lotion and texture. It applies well, considering I smeared it on my face lol. It does not dry it out at all and rinses off well as well as cleanses to my surprise. I love this.
Cleansing lotion

Classic Toner
I am not a toner fan as my skin dries out very quickly yet it is oily. It smells the same as the lotion, does not dry out the skin or leave it feeling tight like they say. I would change the packaging of both the bottles (lotion and toner) because of screwing the top on and off, sometimes I have lotion all over my hands it would be nice to just pop it back. That is the only set back I have thus far. I now use it twice a day as I have noticed that it helps maintain the moisture balance bt I limit it on my forehead.

Classic Day Cream SPF
I am not sure how I feel about this one lol. Well I like the fact that it does not make my skin shiny and does not feel heavy. So it is not greasy. The cream is a bit on the thick side but applies well and smells like the other two. I like the packaging as it gives control over how much you can squeeze out. I realised that if I use it before the oil it absorbs very fast, don't take too much of your time on one spot doing circular motions.

Classic Tissue Oil
Another of my favourite in this range, comes second after the lotion. I love tissue oils and if it moisturises my skin without grease then it is a keep. That is exactly what I got from this oil. When you read the box, they tell you that it can used for the whole body from head to toe and I have been doing that. I have been using it to seal my hair and oil my scalp and moisturise my body! The consistency is a bit thick for my liking but I get by with it. I like the herbal scent and the pump /spray bottle, makes life easy. I would definitely stock this for the price.

Overall I have enjoyed using these products, my skin feels more plump and hydrated. I wish I had this throughout winter it would be a good regimen minus the toner, the toner for me is more useful in summer. I also noticed that my blackheads were coming out which I doubted would happen. Marks wise, I have not noticed a difference maybe in the long run I will. I like the ingredients in all of the products, no parabens or mineral oil, this meant a lot to me and it is endorsed by beauty without cruelty meaning that they don't do animal testing. This is a good example that products in the same range are formulated to work together. Nothing beats these prices, especially the tissue oil, so the pocket won’t get hurt here. The whole range costs abot R250 with each product priced at
  • Classic Cleansing lotion R60
  • Classic Toner R60
  • Classic Day Cream SPF R65
  • Classic Tissue oil R65
, you can find them at your nearest Clicks or Dischem.

Here's the video review of the lotion and tissue oil.

I hope this was informative. Until next post, God bless...

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Wet/Dry de-tangling!

Hey lovelie,

How you doin'?  I am alright, pushing the hustle on this side of life. 

So wet or dry de-tangling? First of all what is to de-tangle? Our hair tangles(hugs itself or other strands) when it grows out, and tangling tends to happen a lot when the hair grows longer. De-tangling is separating the strands so that the hair does not end up locking but it grows out singularly. I hope I am making sense!

What is the difference between dry and wet de-tangling?
Dry de-tangling is separating the hair strands while the hair is dry, you can use oil, it is advised to use oil so that there is lubrication for the hairs to slip from each other without breaking. This is usually done with fingers, so in essence dry de-tangling goes with finger de-tangling to avoid snagging that a comb brings with. Dry hair snap very easily so this needs very gentle and delicate hands.

Wet de-tangling is quite the opposite, your hair would be wet when this is done. I would recommend using a conditioner to aid with it, helps the comb slide right through and if you swear by finger de-tangling only , I think this makes the process faster. You can either saturate your hair with just conditioner or add water then condition and then de-tangle. 

My opinion:
My favourite is wet de-tangling, I tried to do dry de-tangling but half way through washing then I would have to de-tangle again, and I found that my hair responds to wet de-tangling much better, maybe it is because it is close to the end of my wash. I dry de-tangle when I have had a long term protective style with warmed oil just to remove shed hairs, and then I would de-tangle again during my deep conditioning. I use a comb when wet de-tangling , I don't experience any alarming breakage, the trick is to be gentle. It has taken me a while to be gentle though. I would comb from the end and work up to the roots.

I find that they are both beneficial, I am lazy and would love to finish doing my hair quickly hence I prefer the wet de-tangling with a comb. I also find that the comb will take out hairs that I may have missed and it keeps my roots from matting, I am not sure how to explain that. When my hair dries my roots become very compact if they were not combed and it would be hard to part the hair when styling, but if combed first then I don't encounter this. I think this is influenced by the angle the hair grows from the scalp so combing it helps lift it up.

I hope this has been helpful. How do you de-tangle your hair? and what tricks do you have that has saved you and your crown?

Until next post, God bless...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Taking care of my daughter's hair

Hey lovely,

when we have managed to get the hair done, small rubber bands are my new bffs

This post was created on the 5th of April. Can you imagine *Nigerian accent* lol. Yes and till this day I have not figured this out guys. I don't know how are other moms doing it out there but for me it is a real struggle. 

How are you doing?? I care about you, comment down below how you are doing and hopefully help me with this struggle lol. 
My daughter has beautiful hair, more than mine I think. I love my hair, don't take this the wrong way! I am sure any mother would say that about their child though. but really she has beautiful thick hair with different textures , dark in colour. I just love playing with it whenever I can.

Hair breakdown:
Yes, her hair has two textures. The middle hair has loose curls and the rest of the head has tight curls. It is more curly than it is coily.  She has high porosity hair where the curls are tight and the middle part is more like normal porosity since it takes longer to dry than then rest.
Her hair loves thick heavy products. Light oils and moisturisers don't do anything, it looks thirsty within a minute lol, and this I noticed at an early stage thankfully. It is still short.

  • High porosity and normal porosity
  • two textures
  • thick
that sums up all I need to know to be able to take care of it for now. And boy does it tangle and knot, I know this happens because she does not sleep with a head-wrap and it would not stay put because she is spider-man when she is sleeping.

LO' hair on wash day!

I wash her hair with shampoo every 2 weeks, her scalp gets dried out very quickly. Then I condition her head with the Johnson's conditioner and co-wash every other week that I am not shampooing. Then I seal it with either olive oil,castor oil and/or shea butter, whichever is the closest at the time. Wash day is a fight, I think she does not like the water running down her face, so I am looking for that cap that stops water from running down her face when we are washing her hair. I am really hoping it will help. oh, I also spritz it with water and oil everyday at night lol.
I have tried doing a mud wash on her using Bentonite clay and her hair  like it just that it so messy with boss lady also trying to play with mud! I only kept it on her hair for about 6 minutes and then rinsed it out and conditioned the hair afterwards. But I intend on using it more than shampoo.

I am still struggling to put moisture in this girls hair, yoh!! I am really trying though, at some point I was using Afro-Botanics kids hair spray and it was doing something so I am going to purchase it and see where it takes us. Her hair is currently in twist and I sometimes leave it in puffs which attracts a lot of lint(thinking about this frustrates me). Any helpful advice and tips would be appreciated.

Until next post, God bless...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Ever heard of Vegetable Soap?

Hello there,

Soil Kenyan Shea Butter and Kalyan Neroli Patchouli Natural Cleansing Bar

How you doing? lol, I can't help but think about Wendy Williams when I say that. I hope the week has been blessing you.

So I bought a natural soap(am I allowed to say that?), handmade soap, yes a handmade soap, I checked,it is natural. Initially I was out to buy the African Black soap and then I stumbled upon this lovely smelling block and it was priced very well so I thought to myself how about we start here first.

I had read countless times that African Black soap can be drying to the skin and I am trying so greatly to avoid that as my skin gets dry quickly, but still curious enough to try a handmade soap hence I opted for that option. This soap smells amazing( I love Patchouli!). I have read as well that the black soap helps with eczema but just to be on the safe side I am trying this one out.

Here is my verdict thus far.
I am not sure what colour is that
  • I have used this for over a week and cannot get over the smell. It is very strong and woody. I cannot explain any further. Go to your nearest natural health store and find patchouli essential oil, have a sniff at it and you will get an idea.
  • The soap is made up of vegetables oils(mmmh yes) and it is handcrafted, it says on the package 'a natural vegetable oil  soap' and on the website they mention that it is handcrafted. 
  • The oils are olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and castor oil and various essential oils. I have Neroli & Patchouli fragrance. It also contains distilled water and lye.
  • It is very square lol, you gonna have to smooth the edges out with usage.
  • It has a creamy texture to it and colour.
  • It is wrapped in recycled paper , extra brownie points!
  • It has no preservatives, artificial fragrances, parabens and no animal fat.
  • It comes with instructions on how to care for the soap and they add that "As our soap contains no preservatives and no artificial fragrances or parabens, discoloration and dissipation of fragrance may occur if left unused for an unusually long length of time". I am glad they had the instruction because I was nervous that it is going to melt in a week.

I love the way it lathers, I was not expecting it to lather because I have not used a vegetable soap before, so that was a pleasant surprise. I have only been using it on my face and it does not dry it out. I don't pat my face dry after I wash it, I just rinse and let it air dry.
I could not keep still , my hands shake.
I have also used it as a shampoo bar, once! And I can safely say I am keeping this soap. My scalp was clean and the roots of my hair did not dry out, as I have observed that is what usually happens when I wash my hair with any shampoo. I will try to do a pictorial(picture tutorial) for you to show you how I achieved this. By the way I bought the soap at Simply Natural in Canal walk for R23.50.

I took to their website and saw that they have soaps for sensitive skin as well, which I will be trying soon. I am sharing this with you because I have always wanted soap with a few ingredients that I recognise and use daily. I use all those oils for my skin and hair. If you are interested here is their website kaylanherbal.

I also use this on my daughter's skin and hair.

There is nothing new about shea butter that I am going to share with you that you have not heard, but I am happy about this discovery and I think someone out there will be too. I have problematic skin -blemishes, eczema(apparently!),blackheads- to name a few, I have an oily skin that prefers oils than something drying(claps once!).
I have recently started using shea butter again on my face and I have noticed that my dark circles around my eyes are going away, my face has evened out to an extent and hopefully using it in conjunction with the soap it will get better with time. It just makes me very shiny though, I should have stuck to this in winter but oh well! I also bought this product from Simply Natural for R78.oo 100ml.

I am still going to buy the African black soap and see for myself. Here is to living naturally!

Until next post, God bless

60 Days Protective Style

Hello there,

I have been thinking about having a long term protective style for a while now, when I say long term I mean a protective style kept on for more than 4 weeks. Oh look at me getting right into it without asking about you. How you doing? Been a minute , ain't it? I hope all is going good by your side, having a fab mid week!

What brought me to finally deciding to do it? I bumped into a blog AfroMoriri lol, I had to go through it because it had Moriri in its name. I mean I could relate! On Daffodil's blog I saw that she had a 6 month protective style challenge and like me she mentioned that she was procrastinating when to start. This was not a coincidence finding this at this time, because she started hers in November and that is next month, HELLO protective style! So this puts me at the right spot to start this challenge. I am hoping there will be some people who will join me along the way.

I know exactly how I want this to go since it has been pondered upon for months. The plan is to keep my hair in a style for 8 weeks and here is what the first leg is going to look like

  • medium sized corn rows on for 8 weeks
  • during the 8 weeks I will be continuing with my normal hair regimen but with a slight change
  • I will be washing hair twice a week, with products that don't cause buildup(more oils, less conditioning)
  • Will be doing a lot of greenhouse effect with oils
  • Spray hair daily with my sprits(water,aloe vera juice, avocado oil)
  • Daily scalp massages and basing my scalp with castor oil

After the 8 weeks I will carefully take down the hair style by firstly saturating it with a warm oil(available at the time), let it sit for an hour and then take down the rows and finger de-tangle them thoroughly. A moisturising protein treatment will follow as my hair will need to be strengthened.
I will give my hair a 2 week break and then get on to the next style that will also last for 8 weeks.

I would prefer to stick to corn rows as my hair grows better without tangling when it is laying flat. So styles like crochet braids will be favourable, but I plan on having jumbo braids along the way. I will also be wearing wigs, to hide my corn rows underneath. Yes they are going to be hot since it is summer but I prefer something I can take off at the end of the day than permanently stuck on my hair, and I would also love to access my scalp freely.

I will starting this challenge on the first week of November which will end around Christmas and then the next challenge will be on the 2nd week of January and will end at the beginning of March and then I will do a length check to see how much length I have retained. At the moment my hair is 15 cm long, realistically I hope to gain around 6cm and in a fantasy world 10 cm lol( that would be cool though). I expect to see a lot of shed hairs, and if you are going to join me on this, don't be alarmed by the shedding when you take down your style. All in all this will be from November till March and we will see from then on if I want to continue.

If you are keen on joining me on this challenge, please comment down below, let me know on my Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. So that we can give each other some support.

Until next post, God bless...

Monday, 17 October 2016

A piece of my heart to you

You know when you are feeling blue somehow you become most creative. Thinking about the most creative poetic pieces ever?

I want to talk to you. I want to talk to a girl, a woman, whatever you identify yourself as. As long as you are female.

I have noticed that us girls don't have support, towards each other, from each other, for each other. And I know that this is gonna come as a surprise to you especially on this blog but in all honesty this is the direction I set to take from the beginning to talk about more deeper things. We always have to find a way to attract your attention first.

I woke up thinking of how we are marvellously made. How our body is a gift to the world. I am a very spiritual person if I have already thrown you off then I guess this marks the spot for you, I would love for you to hear me out though.

So yes, we are marvellously made! And this is all in appreciation of our physique. Not how it is, sexy it is or other superficial marks we focus on. We are more than just the pretty-ness of our bodies. I am that one weird girl who gets excited to see her period( I have never missed one, except when I was preggies).

Our body knows more than I could ever comprehend. It knew it's cycle before I had to pin it down lol. At the moment I am going through that phase where I don't want any invasive things on this precious ornament. Like tampons,contraceptives, botox(example) etc. I am not speaking against them, I have had my share of all there is, at least I would like to think so. I want this piece of art to do it's functions without being disturbed,to balance itself and not let my selfish intentions throw it off guard, but living in the world of 'self' makes this a real challenge.

Your body is marvellously made. Bearing it's scars and all, deep inside it knows to repair itself. It knows that a scar does not define it's functions of survival. I hope to peel off the superficial veil over your eyes with this piece. But who am I kidding? I am trying to gain weight. I am trying to clear the scarring on my face. I am trying to grow healthy less brittle nails, some days my eyebrows are on fleek. But I could never be bothered though because I know my value does not lie in those things.

If you are a mother then you know the magic of giving birth and taking care of your baby.You are amazed at this marvelous gift(your body) God has blessed you with. All the worrying goes away when you see your own breast nurture your child. You have never had to trust your body this much before until that moment. You have never had to trust your body to help you push and let you know it is time. I share this to you who have not had a child to bask in this joy with us. Not to exclude you but to know that your body is marvellously made. It is a gift to the world,to your child, to your husband,to your mother and to the girl next door.

Younger generations are our hope of a better future as people all together and you bear that gift.

You are marvellously made. Next time you look at yourself in the mirror, admire what you see. It has endured a lot, that skin is soaking up vitamin D from the sun, appreciate that ( with the spots!).

Knowing that you are marvellously made, let the other girl know. 

I love you. God bless...

Thursday, 13 October 2016

How is October looking

Hello lovelies,

spring in my yard

Been dragging to talk to you this week, it's not you it's me lol. What could you have possibly done to me beside come here and have an occasional read? How you doing(in Wendy's voice)... I surely hope that this month has brought you some lady luck

It looks like this post is always gonna be late, it should be the first to greet you when the month starts but oh well let's get on with it. I am going to give you an update on my last month's regimen and what this month's plan has been so far(I'd rather not because I have not been a good naturalista).

If you are new, welcome, last month I posted a plan for the month here, and I carried it out quite well throughout the month. There is also an update about how I kept on with it here

SO my take down about the routine 
  • my roots came out very thick, and it could be because of a lot of factors (frequent water, scalp stimulation, castor oil with scalp massage)
  • my hair was moisturised
  • I did end up doing twists that I keep for 2 weeks
  • my last week was disturbed, i did water only washes and did not get the chance to do a third wash because I had to travel.
  • So my hair really enjoyed the attention lol
check the shrinkage after washing

The take down of the twist was a mess, I was in a rush and had no time. Instead of leaving it for another day I rushed through and my hair is recovering from that I bet. I blowed dried my hair(tension method) after washing last Saturday and put on flat twist for the week.

SO on to the plan for this month which has not started. I had originally planned to do corn rows which I would keep for 2 months, I am still going to do it. The original plan would go like this
  • wash hair and do protein treatment weekend
  • Corn row my hair(medium size)
  • spray every night and seal
  • wash hair during the week
  • and the cycle repeats for 2 months.
  • use products that don't cause buildup
However that is not the case, I have flat twist and I will be taking them down this coming Saturday and do my protein treatment, my hair is a bit weak. Then I will be wearing it out or maybe in updo's next week to give my hair a break from the wig life lol and then commence this plan after.
I would love some support from you to join me on this challenge I have made for myself, maybe we could achieve same goals.

wearing the fro stretched here

The reason I want to do this is to see how much does my hair grow a month(so that I can have realistic expectations), and to retain length undisturbed. I have seen it work for someone and I am willing to try it for my hair. 

Until next post, God bless...

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wig Slayage!!

Wig Slayage!
What is up?

 I can't stop laughing at my post's name, yes wig slayage. See that pic there, yes girl that is a wig that I made. And I am going to tell you all about it. I hope you are having a blessed week thus far.

Since my days of camping on YouTube, wig making tutorials are one of the most videos  I watched because wigs can be so darn expensive. I meditated on it and now I am on my 2nd wig and I am gonna keep going! 
On my first wig I did not have a mannequin head,so I made the investment to buy one and that was a good decision. It made a huge difference with how this wig came out.

I have been wearing this wig for about a week while my hair is in a 2 week old twist underneath. Like I mentioned I plan on making more to keep hiding my hair while looking good. This is a good way to keep your long term protective style hidden when it start to look fury!
If you are interested in making your own wigs, these are the tools I suggest you buy:

  • mannequin head R100
  • latch hook crochet R60
  • net wig cap (closed top) or open R20
  • and hair of your choice(cheap for first time) R60

If I exclude the cost of the head and the crochet which I bought a long time ago then this wig cost me R80, can you believe it??

Here is Dora lol, her name changes all the time, sometimes Fiona, this is my mannequin head.
The hair is by Darling, Pick & Drop Vogue

I really want to start making a braid wig like this , probably will be my next attempt. If I am brave enough I will make video tutorials for you but I am not promising anything. I won't make any sense trying to explain how to get through the wholes and using the crochet, it's best you YouTube the videos and this one would be a crochet wig.
This is the wig net, with a closed top.

This is how the hair looks, I combed it first before I picked to avoid tangling

Please let me know what you think, and what are your cheapest options for wigs?

This is during the making of the wig, big knots on the sides and the back.

And this is Dora looking pretty, yes girlfriend!

Until next post, God bless...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Bentonite Clay Wash(GOLD!)

hair fully covered with clay
Hey you,

I have been waiting too long to share this pot of gold with you guys. I hope you are doing well and happy October to you.
I really think every person with curly hair should try this. Bentonite clay or clay washing (I have to try other clays) is the bomb! If you have never heard of it just read here I will wait.

I decided to do this wash out of curiosity because all the naturals (blogs and YouTube) rave about how your curls clump and hair gets so soft after washing with clay. And I attest to that, my hair even absorbed the conditioner much better than when I just normally shampoo.

  • Here is how I went about it: I washed my hair with my medicated shampoo, sorry washed my scalp, we don’t want my scalp to have excess oil on it or else it will act up.
    This is how it looks
  • Then I put on my clay mix which I made runny in an applicator bottle to make application easy and less messy. I applied per section on my hair making sure that it was well covered. I had more of the mix left to use for a face mask or wash.(you’ll find the mix here)
Just giving you more view of how it looked, this is after applying the clay
  •  I then covered my head with plastic for 20 minutes or more(had to play with baba) and rinsed it by the sink, most people suggest to rinse in the shower to really get it all out but I got it all out and I rinsed until the water ran clear.
This my head wrapped with plastic and it so happens to be the Spar one lol
  • After that I put on my Tresemme Conditioner (which is almost finished now thanks to this challenge) and waited for 5 minutes, my hair was eating it all up gulp, gulp! LOL, seriously!
This is 20 minutes after cooking in the plastic, some of it was dry at the back but I rinsed it off.
  • And that was it, obviously followed an immediate application of avocado oil while the hair is still wet and some good air drying time. BTW my hair dries in 2 hours (high porosity? I am still investigating)

curls so defined
Please share these good news with fellow naturals out there, this is a good way of clarifying your hair, my hair felt so clean but yet soft and not stripped. I am going to include this in my monthly routines or weekly I don’t know.

 Have you tried clay washing? Will you be willing to try it? Let us know.

Until next post, God bless…

Friday, 23 September 2016

Monthly hair update!


I apologise for being quiet for a bit , I have been under the weather but worry not I am here an ready to mingle with you lol.
practising my hand at photography

As you know I put up a P. O. A for this month and I just wanted to let you know how it has been going. So the plan was to wash my hair 3 times a week like the doctor ordered and I have been successfully doing that for the past 3 weeks. Yey! It has not been easy though be warned.

The first week I was struggling with styling my hair for the following day because then I would have to wait for it to dry and by the time that happens I would be exhausted and would go to sleep. So I would rock the fro in the morning to work. I did not like it, my hair was tangling and knotting too much. 

The first day I would wash with the medicated shampoo, 2nd day wash it would be with moisturising shampoo and 3rd day wash would be an ACV rinse and then I would still add some rinse-out conditioner for about 5 minutes. Rinse all that out and seal with avocado oil. When the hair completely dry I would then apply castor oil on my scalp, which it is loving by the way. I also discovered that castor oil does not irritate my scalp at all. Note that I apply avocado oil on my hair and try by all means to keep it out of my scalp.

The second week I was dragging this one a bit because I was lazy to twist my hair which meant I would have to wear it out again. Which meant more tangles and knots and that is not good, I discovered that my hair dries quick and feels crunchy until at the end of week two when I decided to do a Bentonite clay wash and my hair was so soft. I will be doing a post on this so I don't want to spoil it for you. I steamed my hair this week when I conditioned it and I actually used the medicated shampoo the whole week. My hair was much softer thanks to the Bentonite clay.

Third week and I am still going strong, this week I went back to the first week's routine of medicated shampoo, moisturising shampoo and then ACV(my hair loves this). My hair is in twists this week, thank goodness! And it has been a breeze. What I did differently this week was putting my conditioner on first and then washing my scalp with the shampoo then rinse everything out all together. Then I won't have a lot of conditioner stuck on my hair as the shampoo rinses it off. And my hair has been responding well to this method. I seal it up with avocado oil while soaking wet( a bit towel dried) and then put some on my scalp after it has dried.

My take down:

Washing my hair in twists has made a huge difference, I should have done this from the beginning. The Bentonite clay helped my hair absorb products. Steaming it helped with the conditioning as well. But the hair(twists) will look freezy after washing. I noticed that my roots are more thicker, maybe I am dreaming , it could be the castor oil and massaging my scalp 3 times a week while washing. I noticed that I don't like playing with my hair and I have become more gentle with it literally, I don't want to hear any snaps at all. I also noticed that I have to seal the moisture immediately after I am done rinsing, I blot my hair to remove access water and then seal, when it dries it becomes less crunchy, which kind makes it high porosity! and this is where I give up with porosity. 
My hair loves ACV and castor oil, stick to what your hair loves.

Let us know what your hair feels like after you wash it and how is your month going.
Until next post, God bless...