26 9 / 2012
I took the little plaits out after the hot oil treatment when my hair was relatively dry.
My hair felt soft and moisturised, yet not too greasy.. and FLUFFY. Like light, unlike its usual thick feel. I even managed to get a comb through a section with it dry. I loved it :)
I wanted a protective style to keep as much of this moisture in as I could. I was inspired by a video I watched on youtube. And this is what I came up with!
Im quite proud because I did it myself! lol but may need more practise with making the lines straighter and the braids neater
I used extensions with this btw.
26 9 / 2012
WHAT? - A hot oil treatment involves adding warm oil to your hair and scalp.
WHY? - Ensures retention of moisture in your hair, especially after a wash. Can be done on dry hair too but more effective on wet hair because of all that good moisture youv brought out the shower with you obviously. Good if you have dry hair/scalp normally
HOW OFTEN? - depends on your hair type, if you have dry hair, once a week is good, otherwise every two weeks, alternating with a deep condition for example
WHAT I DID:
- Ran out of shampoo/discovered all I had left contained dreaded sulphates. So i washed my hair with my organics conditioner in sections.
- Came out with hair dripping wet. (Nice and shrunken to like half its length *sigh*) Then I prepared my hot oil bath. You can use any of castor oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil and many others.
- I used olive oil. I heated a cup of water in the kettle. Then poured the hot water into a plastic bowl. Then i poured a bit of olive oil into a plastic bottle and inserted the plastic bottle into the bowl with the hot water. I left it to heat for 5 minutes.
- I then proceeded to rub the oil throughout my hair sparingly. It was warm so comfortable to do.
- I combed through my hair with my wide toothed comb. Not too difficult since it was wet and drenched with oil. Plus, after combing through my entire head of hair I was so impressed at the teensy hair I lost in the comb. Yay
- I covered my hair with my shower cap and left that on for 30 minutes. Washed dishes and read a bit in the meantime. Talk about multitasking/good use of time ;)
- Rinsed my hair with just warm water. 2 showers in an hour is the not so exciting part!
-Rubbed in leave in conditioner, then my natural shea butter to seal all that good stuff in, put it in plaits then left to air dry
I’ll let you know my thoughts when it is fully dry!
26 9 / 2012
I found out today that both my shampoos are infact NOT sulphate free. I was fooled by the names on the bottles that I didnt check the labels at the store: Organic, Olive Oil, Aloe shampoo.. Can you blame me?
Whats the issue with sulphates in shampoos anyway??!! Iv done some research and found the following:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a strong detergent found in many beauting products commonly shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and other ‘foamy’ products.
- It is a strong irritant, shown to cause skin and eye irritation and worsen already present skin conditions. Tangled hair, scalp irritation, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair have also been reported with consistent exposure to sulphates
- it is commonly contaminated with a chemical, dioxane, which is a known carcinogen
- It is found in so many shampoos mainly because it is CHEAP.
- its effect on hair?? In the same way a detergent dissolves grease, sulphates dissolve the natural oils on our skin and in our hair, making it more prone to DRYNESS. Which is just THE Enemy of natural hair
- It denatures skin proteins which causes irritation and allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, more sensitive layers of our skin and scalp
- it is absorbed into our body from skin application. Once in our body, it mimics the activity of a hormone oestrogen, which has health implications (WHAT!)
Okaaaaaaaayyyy so enough of the gloomy stuff.. WHAT DO I USE INSTEAD???
Luckily there’s sulphate free alternatives. Iv definitely been 100% put off sulphates now :( Alternative sulphate free shampoos can be found from the following brands apparently:
-Back to Basics
And lots more. Just make sure you read the labels and rule out anything with ‘sulphate’! Say NO to dry straw like hair
Ew ew.. and yes to succulently moisture retained healthy happy hair :)
20 9 / 2012
I had my 2 day twist out today still. Last night i put it in bigger twists and took those out this morning.
Having my hair out for so long during the day though dried it out. I read an article on treating dry hair and decided to try one of the remedies called “hair bagging” as a means to relocking in some much needed moisture! Here’s what I did…
- Poured in tons of leave in conditioner.
-A bit of this glycerine revitalising water spray I have
-A bit of argan morroccan oil
-A bit of shea butter
-Some of this virgin hair oil my aunt promised would grow my hair
I rubbed everything in and massaged into my scalp, then I wrapped a plastic grocery bag, then my cotton scarf over that.
I have this on now, I’m going to leave it covered for over an hour. Covering it allows my own body heat to penetrate and open my hair follicles and allow the moisture go in. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it.
Im a bit bored of the twist out now, maybe I’ll try a blow out tomorrow. I blow out my hair just to show off my afro oh yeah :) Here’s what you should look like..
Photo courtesy http://www.naturalnotts.com/1/post/2012/09/bagging-for-dry-hair-moisture-retention-growth.html
Thats the link to the article btw
19 9 / 2012
- I had my hair in 4 sections, as i always do. Then section by section, I began doing little twists, till my whole head was covered in twists! I did this yesterday afternoon.
- I rubbed in some shea butter throughout my hair when I was done. Using the shea butter while twisting may make them more defined but my hair was already a bit greasy so I didnt do that. You could use gel also but I didnt do that either cos my friend took my gel away (1 minus point for natural hair friends)
- Slept with my satin scarf as usual. Morning after, I had a shower before taking the twists out. This way cos if i had taken them out theen had a shower, the humidity from the shower would probably have shrunk them even more. And i dont like shrunken hair!
I usually prefer braid outs cos I think they stretch my hair out more but I’m happy with this I’ll see how long it stays for!
18 9 / 2012
…. I made a deep conditioner mix with eggs, mayonnaise, banana and honey.
…..I didnt use a blender, I mashed up the banana with a spoon…
… And i spent 2 hours and about 5 shampoo washes trying to get banana bits out of my hair. That was not a good time.
Bananas are good to use in your hair because of their high fiber and vitamin content, but always use a blender. Learn from my mistakes lol
18 9 / 2012
Iv found this to be like the simplest least time consuming hair style for natural hair. Its good if your hair is at that awkward length where it’s too short to tie up but too long to be left as a TWA (teensy weensy afro)
Id rather leave my hair out to be honest, but this is definitely neater for like work or school.
How I did this?..
- My hair had been in 4 plaits from overnight. I took down each section and moisturised with leave in conditioner followed by shea butter. I combed through too when it was moist with the leave in
- To tie it, you can either cut a length out of some old tights. Tight fabric is stretchy so that usually works well. I couldnt find the piece I had used last time so i just used a short length of black wool
- I tied the length of string (wool) around my forehead, and slowly advanced it upwards to hold all the hair together. You can adjust this depending on how high you want your puff to be.
- I then tied a scarf around my head for 10 minutes to flatten it.
- Took scarf off, used an afro pick to puff the hair up a bit and ta da. Easy isnt it? (My friend taught me to use the afro pick afterwards to make it look extra fluffy. I like having natural hair friends lol)
17 9 / 2012
1. SILK SCARF! Or silk pillow. But i find silk bedding slippery and annoying. so whatever floats your boat. Either way, just say NO to cotton pillowcases. They strip moisture out of your hair and that means breakage! and that means you will NOT look like pocahontas at the end of the year. Boo
2. Dont comb hair when its dry. Or you will see all those months of effort come out on your comb in form of broken strands
3. DO use lots and lots of leave in conditioner. I rub a coin sized amount of leave in every morning followed by an oil (olive oil or shea butter) to seal moisture in
4. DO not shampoo every day. Shampoos contain sulphate apparently which dries out your hair. I use shampoo every other week. Otherwise I CO-wash. Just with conditioner
5. DO moisturise/oil hair everyday, especially at the ends. DRY hair is just a big no. Itll break!
6. DO keep hair in protective styles. Cornrows, braids, twists.. especially at night. These styles protect your ends
7. DO NOT pay attention to people who hate on your natural hair haha
…If only i could remember 3 more then it would make it a nice round figure of 10.. lol
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