Preparing & Maintaining Braids/Twists Extensions


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From the start of my natural hair journey, my favourite protective style has always been box braids. Especially in the summer when I’m on my holiday break, box braids are definitely my go-to style. They’re a great way to protect your strands, help with growth and of course gives you more time in the morning/evening. Come on, who wants to waste time detangling, twisting and styling when they’ve got a holiday to enjoy. Not me that’s who.

Braiding has many benefits but lets not forget about the downsides to this protective style. Braids can cause damage, breakage and in some cases alopecia. To avoid making the common mistakes, so many women make when wearing braids. I’ve listed some helpful tips on getting the most out of you style.

 

// BEFORE

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Deep Condition

Before you consider installing braids/twist extensions, please ensure that your hair and scalp are healthy enough to handle the extra weight and tension from the braids. 

In preparation I would suggest doing a protein treatment followed by a moisturising deep condition, at least twice before installing your braids/twists.

It’s also important to solve any scalp issues such as dryness, dandruff, itchy scalp, any fungal infections etc. These may weaken your hair and lead to damage and breakage.

Mo's Deep condition routine:

Apply your deep conditioner evenly throughout wet hair after shampooing, place hair under a plastic cap/plastic bag and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair.

// DURING

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Moisturising

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Please don’t forget that the hair underneath your braids still needs love and attention. The same way that you moisturise your hair when they’re out, you need to ensure that your hair is moisturised whilst in your braids. To keep your hair from getting too dry, use a liquid moisturiser or braid spray twice a day.

Mo’s moisturiser of choice:
I tend to use my homemade moisturiser spritz, as it’s a great way of penetrating the braids and getting to my actual hair. It also helps to prevent build up on my braids, especially at the root.

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Cleansing

Washing your braid/twist extensions is a must. It’s important to the health of your hair and scalp to remove product build-up, residue and sweat. There are so many different ways to wash your braids but I’ve found the following regime to be the most successful for me…

  • Section braids into four sections
  • Find a plastic container/jar, add your favourite shampoo then some water until it’s watery enough for easy application.
  • Within each section, apply the diluted shampoo to you scalp and rub gently to lift the dirt from your scalp. Make sure you use your finger tips and NOT your nails.
  • Pour the remaining diluted shampoo over your head and squeeze your braids to ensure that the shampoo penetrates and cleans your hair inside.
  • Once done run your head under the water until it rinses clean. 
  • Apply your leave-in conditioner of choice. Alternatively if you feel your hair needs extra moisture you could use your conditioner/deep conditioner. Use the same method as the shampoo and mix your conditioner with water in a plastic container/jar. Rinse thoroughly as conditioners/deep conditioners tend to be thick and could cause build-up.
  • Whilst your braids are still banded, use your towel to remove the excess water. Once they’re about 50% dry, remove your bands and then gently finger detangle if you have loose/feathered ends. 

Mo’s leave-in conditioner of choice:

Creme of Nature Argan Oil - Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

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Take Down

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When taking down your braids the key if to ensure that you hold on to as much of your new growth as possible. I find the easiest way of getting the hair out of the braids to make sure that the hair is as slippery and moist as possible. Try the following method for making your take down as stress free as possible…

  • About 15 minute’s prior to take down, spritz your braids (focusing mainly on the first few inches) with a water, conditioner (you probably won’t want to waste your favourite conditioner for this) and oil(s).
  • Once you have cut your braids,  remove the remaining braids by using your fingers to minimise breakage.
  • To remove the block of dirt, spray your conditioner mix on that top area where the braid first meets your hair, to loosen up the dirt.
  • Take your time and slowly pull the hair apart, little by little to remove the dirt from the hair.
  • Once the dirt is out, detangle that section of the hair right away to avoid tangles.
  • Then follow up with a shampoo and apple cider vinegar rinse (this is optional) to ensure that your hair and scalp are thoroughly cleansed.
  • Oh and of course a deep condition is a must.

 

Happy braiding

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How do you prepare and maintain your braid/twist extensions?

 

UK Natural Hair Events


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Looking for a natural hair event in the UK?

Check out these upcoming event's...


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Event: Curls 

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015

Time: 2.00m to 4:00pm

Location: Beauty by Zara, 20 - 24 Clarence Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6QJ

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Event: Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2015

Date: Sunday, 12 April 2015

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB United Kingdom

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Event: National Hair Week 2015

Date: 2nd - 9th May 2015

Time: - 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London

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Event: Curlvolution

Date: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Location: Leeds / Manchester / Nottingham / Bristol / Birmingham / London

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Event: The WITJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo London 2015

Date: 13th June 2015

Time: 10.30am - 6.30pm

Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP, London, United Kingdom

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N.B. Events are subject to changes for which I cannot be held responsible. 
Please contact the Event Organiser(s) for detailed confirmations. 
This can be found by following the 'Click here for full details' links.

 

Feel free to share any hair events that you know of by posting the details in the comments box below.

10 Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Autumn is officially here, so it's time to protect your strands from the change in the weather. Check out these helpful videos on how to style your hair in cooler weather conditions.

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1/ Pump It Up Pin Up

Description / Make one big cornrow going up from the nape of the neck to the crown. Braid the section at the front to your hairline then gather loose hair with a rubber band and roll to create a pompadour.

Tools / Comb + clip + bobby pins + rubber band.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Date Night/Evening out/Partying

 

2/ Curly Fro Updo

Description / Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair while leaving the curly afro unleashed in front.

Tools / Perm rods + afro pick + bobby pins

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Great for /  Work

 

3/ Half Up Bun, Half Down

Description / Half up half down hair tutorial for naturally curly hair which features a top knot bun with the back hanging down.

Tools / Hair band + hair pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

4/ Cornrow and Twist Updo

Description / French braid (cornrow) to create an upward braid in the back and a two strand twist at the top/front.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Your fingers only

Great for /  Every day

 

5/ Easy Pinless Updo

Description / Easy updo style for locs using a hair band only. 

Hair Length / Long

Tools / Hair band

Great for /  Every day look

 

6/ Simple, Chic & Retro Style

Description / Using a low pony tail, create a donut bun. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Hair band + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out/Partying

 

7/ Double Sided Braid/Cornrow

Description / An easy protective style which is created with two braids/cornrows, one on either side of the head.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Comb

Great for /  Every day 

 

8/ Simple Up-do

Description / A quick and easy, low manipulation hairstyle which is created with high bun and front twisted pompadour.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins + hair bands

Great for /  Work

 

9 / Stylish Updo for Locs, Twists and Braids 

Description / This is a cute and simple protective hairstyle that can be done on locs, twists, and braids

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out

 

10/ High Pompadour with Style

Description / A simple but stylish hairstyle with a difference.  Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair to the crown. Take small sections of the front of your hair and create 3 two strand twists. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Tools / Wide tooth comb + bobby pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair this autumn? Share your comments below.

Lush Natural Hair Event


On Thursday 21st August Lush hosted a Natural Hair VIP event for Women of Colour at their Regent Street store. The aim of the event was to inform girls with curls of all the products that are available from the brand.

I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with other UK based natural hair bloggers and It was great to see all the wonderful products that Lush had to offer for natural hair.

Hair products 

Room full of UK based natural hair bloggers

Employee at Lush, Regent Street. Amazing colour and style.

Beautifully styled locs

Naturalist Shereen of Natural Notions by Shez with her sassy TWA

On the evening they had the lovely Wendy Millington treating some of the ladies to hair treatments. Monique their in-house hairdresser was available for styling using some of Lush's products. Unfortunately my hair was in braids, so i totally missed out :-(

Wendy Millington applying a hair treatment

Monique -  Lush's in-house hair stylist.

Lorene Rhoomes of Akhu Designs was also present and styled the ladies with beautiful african style head wraps. And lets not forget the talented Harriet of Harriet Parry Flowers who showed us her superb flower arranging skills.

Akhu Designs - Head wraps

Harriet Parry Flowers - Hair flowers

Head wrap styled by Akhu Designs and flowers provided by Harriet Parry Flowers

Food and drinks were available throughout the evening and I took a particular interest in the rum punch. It was good ladies :-)

Lovely cocktails, fresh fruit juices and food.

I was also lucky enough to go home with lovely gold eye shadow (thanks to the make up artist) and a goody bag containing a great selection of their natural products. 

  • Roots / Hair Treatment 
  • R&B / Hair Moisturiser 
  • Trichomania / Solid shampoo
  • Jungle / Solid conditioner
  • Zest / Hair Gelly
  • Cream Eyeshadow / Happiness 

I've tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and R&B Hair Moisturiser, so be sure to look out my reviews which are coming soon.

I hope you enjoyed.

Mo

Live Life. Love Plenty. Laugh Hard.

xx


Have you tried any Lush products on your natural hair? Share your thoughts below.

Hair Talk / Noémie Dufay


Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Noémie Dufay, I’m 20 and I live in France.  Both my parents are from the Caribbean. I’ve been natural for over a year now and it's been an awesome journey!

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural for one year and 2 months exactly! 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

I decided to go natural when I realised that I didn’t like the actual look of my relaxed hair. What actually made me relax in it in the first place was the convenience. I thought it would be easier to take care of my hair when relaxed (it happened to be the exact opposite lol). So I started checking out blogs and I fell in love with a couple naturalist's and I big chopped in April 2013. It’s the best decision I’ve taken so far. 

What is your hair type/texture?

I’m not sure what my hair type is. It seems to have difference textures; I would say either 4b or 4c. 

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

For my frohawk, I simply apply some leave-in conditioner and gel to my hair. I then wet it a little, use a brush and then put a hair band on. I also use bobby pins to fix it and then I’m done. For my wash and go’s, I just put my favourite leave-in conditioner on damp hair and then I’m good to go. 

Describe a typical wash day

I usually do wash and go's. I also deep condition my hair once a week, using my favourite deep-conditioner Hair Mayonnaise by DOP. I like to add some olive oil and then I leave it for about an hour. Then I co-wash it, as I don’t use shampoo very often because I’ve realised that it dries out my hair.  I co-wash every 2 days.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

I love doing wash and go's. It’s so easy to do and it looks cute! I also like frohawk's and putting my hair in a puff as well. 

List your top 5 products

  1. Palmers Conditioner (olive oil)
  2. Palmers Olive Oil
  3. DOP Mayonnaise Deep Conditionner
  4. Garnier’s Leave-In
  5. Olive Oil Anti Frizz

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

I would recommend Alyssa Forever, she has a channel on YouTube and her tutorials are very nice! Also, I would recommend Beautiful Naturelle, she is French but I think some of her videos are translated in English! ;-) 

 

Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

 

 

 

10 Natural Hair Tips For The Summer


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The UK is finally heating up, so now it's time for some outdoor activities and fun. Whoop whoop!

Here are some handy natural hair tips for the summer, which will help to keep your hair beautiful, reduce frizz and avoid damage all while protecting it from the sun, heat, salt and chlorine.

  1. Moisturise Moisture Moisturise
  2. Spritz and seal
  3. Wear protective styles
  4. Clarify hair and scalp
  5. Use a leave-In conditioner
  6. Oil protection
  7. Don't forget to deep condition
  8. Wear a hat
  9. Avoid heat
  10. Hair detox

 

Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise

When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturising enough. Your moisturising routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. 

Our bodies contain from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration; the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.

Water is good internally and externally for hair. Internally a well-hydrated body means that there is sufficient moisture for hair function, externally it means that the hair can maintain elasticity and suppleness. 

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Spritz and Seal

Spritz and seal is a great way to moisturise daily and to prevent breakage.  A moisturising spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice/gel, and a penetrative oil such as olive oil, avocado oil land/or argan oil will keep dry hair hydrated.

Moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant. Heavy oils such as jojoba, castor or almond oil, or even thick butters like shea butter are great natural sealants. Shea butter is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.

You may have to experiment with different hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturise without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you). Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that.

Try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair.

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Wear protective styles

Braids, buns, cornrows, up-dos, twists – all of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or your neck, but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, you'll retain that length.

Whether you’ll be protective styling throughout the summer or just a few times this season, check out these styles for inspiration:

Up-do / Pompadour

High Puff (great for transitioning/short hair )

2 Sided Braids/Cornrows

Box Braids

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Clarify hair and scalp

With the temperature hotting up you’ll probably find yourself sweating more in the sun, at the gym and on your scalp. This will be the time to start cleansing your hair more frequently to remove the sweat and dirt build-up. To avoid spending money on new product, a mid-week apple cider vinegar rinse is sufficient to gently remove scalp build-up. Just be sure to use your fingertips (not your nails!) to massage the scalp and clarify.

Try my Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser.

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Use a Leave-In Conditioner

After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in conditioner that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while reducing frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector are two of my favourites.

Since there tends to be more humidity in the air, products with glycerin or other humectants are great during this time of year as a leave-in. Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment at least every two weeks to rejuvenate your locks.

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Oil Protection

While on the beach put a barrier between your hair and the sun’s damaging rays, which may fade colour and leave tresses feeling like straw. Oils seal in moisture and provide high-gloss shine, so ensure that you apply an oil-based treatment or create your own oils mix. 

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Don't forget to deep condition

I currently use Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque and Sof n' Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask, which intensely moisturises, aids in reducing breakage and supports healthy hair growth.

Apply your deep conditioner evenly throughout wet hair after shampooing, place hair under a plastic cap/plastic bag and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair.

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Wear a hat

Rock a sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from bright UV rays, as well as protecting colour and moisture. This is also a great time to get stylish and sport a colourful scarf /turban on your hair. 

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Avoid heat

The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. Reduce the use of blow dryers and try to air-dry your hair overnight. Avoid using curling irons and straighteners as they can stress your hair and cause breakage.

Check out these examples of how to stretch your natural hair without using heat HERE

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Hair Detox

After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo or use one of my favourite natural hair cleansers, apple cider vinegar. Both will help to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading colour. Plus these will gently wash away product buildup for healthier tresses.

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair in the summer?

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Need Help With Transitioning to Natural?


My natural hair journey hasn't been easy but I have no regrets. Now that I've chopped the relaxed ends off my hair (blog post coming soon), it feels great to have made it through to the other end.

I thank god for my family, friends and the Internet, because my transition from relaxed hair to natural hair would have been a complete and utter nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments where I want to just wrap my hair and jump into bed. But having the freedom of working with my own hair and getting to a place where my hair is healthy and wasn't dependant on the white, creamy, addictive stuff. Was waaaaay more important to me. 

I often get asked the following questions...

  • What did I do with my hair whilst I was transitioning?
  • How did I deal with two textures?
  • How did I combat breakage/shredding?
  • What styles did I use?
  • What products work best for transitioning hair?

So I thought I’d create this post for all those lovely ladies who are losing hope and need to be reminded that getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

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KEEPING YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Keep your hair hydrated

The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to damage and dryness. Do what you can to keep your hair hydrated by drinking lots of water. It's also important that you keep your hair moisturised by using a moisturiser/leave-in conditioner on a daily basis. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line (the point where your new growth (natural hair) and relaxed hair meet). 

Before washing your hair, try a pre-poo this will help to keep moisture locked into your hair. 

Mo's leave conditioner: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector

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Use a deep conditioner regularly

Deep conditioning treatments take adding moisture to a new level. Although they are typically only used once a month or so, transitioning hair needs extra conditioning and can handle the treatments more frequently. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment from your local beauty supply store, and apply it to your hair once a week. Alternately, you can also choose to visit a salon and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

A great alternative to a deep conditioner is mayonnaise. Although this may sound a bit crazy and unappealing, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
 

Mo's deep conditioner:

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Stay away from heat

In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the demarcation line. 

If you absolutely must use hot tools, limit there use to only one day a week at most. It's also important that you use a heat protector before applying any form heat in order to avoid heat damage. Please remember that healthy hair should always be your ultimate goal.

Mo's heat protector: ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

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Give yourself a hot oil massage

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Waiting for your hair to grow out is often the most frustrating part of the growing-process. Rather than waiting idly by, you can promote new hair growth by giving yourself frequent scalp massages. Use a bit of oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.) warmed slightly to massage your scalp. This will stimulate the hair follicles and help the strands to grow a bit faster. Hot oil massages can be done as frequently as you would like, but should be done at least once a week for the best results.

Mo's hot oil treatment: How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

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Promote hair growth with supplements

Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can speed up hair growth and strengthen your hair extra fast. Some doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal - supplements specifically used for hair and nail growth - to increase the speed at which your hair is growing. Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D, B and A will help your hair out as well.

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Purchase new hair products. 

As it turns out, not all hair products are created equally. With a huge variety on the market, it can be difficult to find products that will work with your hair and your wallet. When transitioning your hair, it is vital to get transition-friendly hair supplies. Look for sulphate-free conditioning shampoos, as well as other hair treatments advertised specifically for use in transitioning or dry and damaged hair. Although these won’t necessarily change the appearance of your hair, they will work hard to prevent further damage and reverse current damage in your hair.

Mo's favourite products: 

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Avoid adding chemicals to your hair.

Try and stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

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How to keep relaxed ends moisturised

Cleanse your hair at least once a week. If your hair tends to be dry, co-wash (wash with conditioner or co-wash product alone) instead of using a shampoo. When you shampoo, use a sulfate-free product.

Weekly washes help to prevent relaxed hair from becoming too dry. Daily or as needed, apply a water-based moisturiser to your ends then seal the moisture in with a natural oil. Do NOT use hair oil/grease products made with petrolatum/petroleum or mineral oil. These will actually cause or worsen hair dryness and breakage.

Mo's cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Mo's shampoo: Creme of Natural Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo 

 

CHANGING YOUR STYLE

Consider the ‘big chop’

It is common for people transitioning their hair to go ahead and do the big chop - that is, cutting off all the relaxed hair, leaving a short amount of new growth near the scalp. This is certainly the best option for creating healthy growth, but not everyone wants to start their journey with short hair. If you’re bold enough to try a new look, the big chop is an excellent choice for immediately getting rid of all your relaxed hair and creating an immediate full transition to natural hair.

Check out these beautiful TWA's (teeny weeny afro) for inspiration...

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Try using braids or twists

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Braids/Twists outs are a great way to add interest to your hair without damaging it. Mastering each style can be tricky, so spend some time finding which works best with your hair and personal stylistic preferences. Try not to do them too tight as to avoid stressing the strands of hair. Your hair is most fragile at the demarcation line, so be particularly gentle when styling it around this point.

Check out these transitioning styles for inspiration: 

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Trim your hair regularly.

Relaxer's are permanent, so whatever parts of your hair that has been in contact with a relaxer will never grow back naturally. Therefore, at some point in time your hair must be cut off to above the demarcation line. If you’re not willing to go for the big chop, the next step is to do regular trims of your hair. Over time you’ll have removed all of the damaged, relaxed hair to above the demarcation line, allowing your natural hair to grow more strongly.

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Avoid dealing with your hair too much.

Although it can be tricky not to, the more you touch and style your hair, the more likely it is to break and become frizzy. Try not to brush your hair too often, and avoid styles that put strain on your scalp. 

I hope this helps ladies. 

xx

 

How are you finding transitioning to natural hair? What advice would you give to some transitioning? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser


Whether you're a naturalist or transitioning, you've more than likely heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent.

When I first heard about ACV as a hair cleanser, I thought it sounded pretty weird. But as you all know I've used all sorts of ingredients from my kitchen that has done wonders for my hair, so surely this can only do good. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I'm so glad I did. This stuff leaves my hair super soft, smooth, and very shiny. Plus my scalp is left feeling really clean and healthy.

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it's supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. 

Benefits

  • Removes product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp
  • Natural hair loss treatment
  • Home Remedy for head Lice
  • Smooth the hair's cuticle which help to prevent split ends
  • Locks in protein and moisture 

My ACV Cleanser Mix

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

How I Make My ACV Cleanser

  1. Pour 1 part ACV and 1 part water into a water spritz bottle
  2. After shampooing, part your hair into 4 sections. 
  3. Within each section spray the mixture onto hair and scalp. Focussing mainly on your scalp. Make sure you place a towel around your neck so that you don't get too wet.
  4. Then gently massage it into your scalp.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 3  minutes before rinsing fully with water.
  6. Then condition as usual.

 

Have you tried ACV on your hair? What natural hair cleanser would you recommend?

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How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

The Women In The Jungle Natural Hair Show


If I could sum up the WITJ natural hair and beauty show in one word, it would be…inspirational. The lovely Miss Vaughan (natural hair & beauty Vlogger ) said to 'Be fierce at every stage'. And I can confirm that the ladies on attendance were most definitely fierce at every stage. I’m talking stylish TWA’s, long bouncy curls, funky shaved tapered haircuts, colour blocking and of course the classic afro were all on show.

Natural ladies in the audience

It was so nice to see the different hair textures, hairstyles and the versatility of having kinky, coily, curly hair. But nothing topped the confidence that these ladies (and the odd gentleman) carried. It was inspirational.

Natural ladies in the audience

I also enjoyed seeing the variety of hair and beauty products on show and being the shopping junkie that I am, i wanted to try a bit of everything. But my purse wouldn’t allow it, so I just enjoyed the view. 

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We also had the pleasure of hearing from Valley Fontaine (BBC Journalist), Colleen Harris (business woman) and Helen Mitchell (BBC Journalist). They discussed the subject of hair in the workplace (more so the corporate world) and shared their different experiences. 

I’ve worn my hair straight for the past 15 years, so I've never thought about how my natural hair would affect my chances in a job interview or promotion. It was really interesting to hear everyone’s experiences and how they dealt with their hair whilst working in the corporate world. 

Fortunately now that i'm natural i don't tend to worry about my hair at work.  I do get the get the odd questions and comments but they're generally positive, so this just fuels me to being myself. So I just want to encourage you ladies to be happy and confident with your natural hair when going for a job interview or promotion, and don't forget to use your common sense. We all know that dying your hair bright pink before you go for a role as Barrister for example, probably won't get you that job. The focus should be on your skills and not your hair.

Valley Fontaine and me

Valley Fontaine and me

One of the highlights of the show was listening to the beautiful Ms Vaughan talk about her journey from the big chop to long shoulder length hair (in it’s curly state). She shared photos of each fierce stage of her journey...rocking a TWA (teeny weeny afro) with colour at the short stage, and at that time she had no online hair support (thank god for the support now). To looking fly with her frohawk at the medium stage and then feeling confident and content at shoulder length stage.

Prior to the show I felt that once I gained a considerably amount of length, I would be able to rock any style I wanted with confidence. But Ms Vaughan message reminded me that regardless of the stage that you’re at, you should always wear your hair with style, confidence and of course fierceness.

So don't forget ladies...BE FIERCE AT EVERY STAGE!