Thursday, 23 June 2016

Additions to my hair stash!!!

Bentonite and AVC
Hey,
I am getting a hang of having a blog so some weeks I forget to post really, I apologize. I hope you are having a blessed week, so am I.

On to the hair stuff, I recently bought some new things to add to my hair regime and I have done some DIY stuff as well, stuff stuff stuff(lol)... 
I bought Apple Cider Vinegar , Nature's Choice ACV, R 18.95 at Dis-chem and Bentonite Clay also Nature's Choice Bentonite Clay at Dis-chem R 32.95 and then I made some onion juice. I am going to incorporate these products into my regimen as I have mentioned and some I have already started with.

ACV:
It smells very strong, phew! Close your nose if you have sensitive sniffers, I have braids and it is quite a mission to stand in the shower and wash them, so I am doing a light cleanse with this product. I mix it in water -1 part ACV and 2 parts water- you can research mixes to your liking or use as it is. I researched and mostly bought it to relieve my itchy scalp and you know how it goes in the hair community if more than one person is attesting to something you are bound to try it. Another extra thing about this product is that it can work as a skin cleanser/toner which I have been using it for on my face as well and I love the feeling, it kinda gives me a glow. I applied it on my scalp.

Bentonite Clay:
I have to be honest about this one if you are a YouTube junkie like me then you would know Nappy Fu which is where I learnt about this. I am going to use this once a month as a mask for my hair following a similar mixture to the one she does here, let her know that you were lead there by me (side eye)! And of course I read more about it and found that it has very good benefits for skin and body, so why not. I have only used it on my face as a mask, it left a clean feeling, so I think it also works as a cleanser, if my skin loves it then I am looking forward to seeing what it will do for my hair. I was battling between this and Henna, since Henna has colour, I am opting for this.

Onion juice:
Home made Onion juice
Another confession :(, oh well this one I got from Osa another of my favourite YouTube channels, I just love her personality something about the Nigerian ladies. She loves this! I have been using this for a week, spraying it on my scalp from every 2nd night and then massage it. In the morning I would spray my other spray which is a bit scented to mask the onion scent. I will be washing my scalp this weekend with a shampoo and continue with the juice. I  can't wait to see the results. I will write about how I did this juice on concoctions page.

I forgot to add that I have also bought castor oil which I will be using it on my scalp and edges.
I am giving all of my experiments 2-3 months , I think that is good enough time to scout for differences and to see how my hair and skin feel.

I am leaning on the natural way of things so this is why I bought these products and made the juice because I want to use less chemicals on my body as a whole, the best thing about that brand is that it organic and the ACV is non GMO, hurray!

I enjoyed writing this post,  I hope you do too. Until next post God bless...

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Braids Protective Style

Hey there,

GRWM to work
Yes protective styling, I am using that term because it is used everywhere with people who have hair like mine which is called 4C.
So yeah I have decided to get braids done for the winter, because I am lazy and it is ideal to protect my hair in this harsh weather.

The Installation:
I was looking for someone to do my hair for a long while and when I found this lady I was very skeptical because I can do my own hair but since I was lazy I had to trust her to do the right thing. I told her I am a very difficult person and have a sensitive scalp. 
She took 5.5 hrs and we used 7 packs of Frika Braid Hot Fibre 1B Rich Black(Clicks R27.75) I bought them on special 3 for 2.
She does not grip too hard and it was not sore, only one braid has come off from the back after a week. 

The Fibre:
The hair is very light after 7 packs of it on my head, I can not feel it at all, I am not sure whether it is the way she installed it or what but I am loving it! 
After it gets dipped into hot water it becomes soft and flowy, does not have that stiffness of the just got braided look.
One thing I am not happy about it is the way it made my scalp itch for a week long, it was terrible. Apparently the hair has some chemicals on it to preserve it so when you about to install it you have to wash it first and I did not, my scalp took the heat a week long, no spray helped. Next time I will be prepared though!

The Maintenance:
Easy and light to tie back
I spray my roots with water day and night, at night I apply oil(olive oil) on my scalp, then apply castor oil on my edges.
I also spray along the shaft of my hair on the braids with water to keep it moisturised.
I do an A.C.V (Apple Cider Vinegar) rinse once a week( I have done it once), pat my scalp dry and then spray with water. I do this at night and in the morning I spray with water again then apply oil to mask the smell that is left.
I plan on including onion juice in my regimen, spray it every odd night.

Tips:
To wash the fibre before using it, your roots will look fresh for longer because you wont be itching so much.
Keep your scalp clean and moisturised.
I put a bit of serum on the fibre to give it some luster and shine.
Mostly just enjoy the break you are getting, and have fun.

Thank you for reading, until next post God bless...

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Always searching for a solution

Hey hey,

Why are we always searching for a solution? Aren't we satisfied with the current routine that we have for our hair?

The hair community has so many methods of taking of care your hair, to make it healthy and long and some of us always fall for this many many methods endlessly.
We are constantly in  search of what is working, instead of what is working for your hair. Blogger hopping from one site to the next, you might be doing more damage than good but if this is what you enjoy doing then don't let me hold you back.
It is allowed to do research( I am still researching) and a bit of experimenting, and continue keeping up to date with your favorite blogs.
For as long as you will have your hair you will experience something new, at least that is what I have notice with the blogs that I follow and my own hair, now that it is longer the process of taking care of it is different from when it was short, meaning that now I have to find something that will help it at the stage it is on.

I understand it can be a little frustrating when you are new at this and you are looking for the quickest way out, well there is one, it takes a lot of patience to allow your hair to do what it wants. So when you are trying these methods give yourself some time in between to give your hair a break and to see how it is reacting. It is good to try something out for longer than a month.

There will never be a strict solution for everybody, it is okay to experiment and find what works for you. You don't always have to be looking for what is trending and new. Be happy with what is working for you right and when it is time to switch things up, your hair will let you know.

Until next post, God bless...

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Leaving my hair alone challenge

Head wrap week for me
Hey Rockstars
I have been doing this challenge for about a month now. Currently this week I am on a head wrap challenge to keep the above mentioned challenge going, I don't have enough scarf though but I will pull it through. The other weeks I was wearing wigs and I spoke about them on my previous post.

What is this challenge for? Apparently our hair (kinky hair) likes to be left alone or it cannot take daily manipulation very well and I want to put that to test. To retain length and moisture leaving your hair in a style (flat twist,twist, braids) for a week to two weeks should help. 
How have I been doing it?The first month doing this was a mess because I had my hair in twists and I was doing my washes on weekends and midweek co-wash with them on. My hair ended up matting with a lot of single strand knots. I switched to doing braids on it and it made that a lot better, I had less knots and my hair did not mat so much I think it is also because I kept them for a week and not two weeks. Nice thing is you can get a well define twist out or braid out at the end of the week. 
What is my verdict? The mornings are nice and easy, I just spritz my hair lightly seal it and then wrap it or wig it and go, same as the evenings but I just spritz it. My co-wash is more like a water wash only cause I barely use conditioner I just go under the shower and rub my scalp under the warm water and squeeze the twists or braids and I am done, I do put in leave in conditioner after. I cannot say I have noticed any new length, but my hair is retaining moisture and has become soft. And I also notice that it does not like the braid or the twists, it likes flat twists, I am not sure if the flat twist will survive the midweek wash.

As I am wrapping my hair this week I would advice that you first wrap it with the satin/silk scarf to protect it from the cloth you will be using on your head.

Until next post, God bless...