Monday, 21 December 2015

Curls

    Defining your beatifro curls


Living in an African country I thought it would be easy for me to find products for natural hair, but it took me forever to find suitable products for my hair and I'm still in the process of trying to find even better products, don't mistaken me I'm not a product junkie, I'm just trying to find the most organic hair products. The more natural ingredients the better.

So I had a problem because most of the tutorials I've watched on YouTube on defining curls they'd use Eco Styler Gel which I'm yet to find here. To my luck I found  a gel that defines my curls really well**
So because we're all in different parts of the world I'll place the substitute for what i use on the right

What you need:                                              Substitute:

  1. Tingle's Daily Hair Spritz                                            Your own daily spritz
  2. HairLine Curl Activator Gel                                        Curl Activating Gel
  3. Long & Lasting Activator Cream                                Curl custard/ cream
  4. Ultimate Organic Leave-in conditioner                        Leave-in conditioner
  5. Wide Tooth Comb
  6. Hair Clips
  7. Hair accessories to style

Method:

On dampened hair, generously apply leave-in conditioner. Section out your hair and pin it down with your hair clips, the smaller the sections the more defined your curls will be. Apply the activator cream to the section, get rid of all white residue. Apply curling gel to you hair. Repeat the last two steps for each section and style hair as desired.

WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS METHOD DEFINES CURLS IT DOES NOT CREATE CURLS. SO IT ONLY DEFINES YOUR CURL PATTERN.


These are the type of curls 










Recipe


              Tingle's Daily Spritz Recipe

So you decide to skip out on styling your hair today because it can be timely, but you still have to moisturise your hair, before you walk out that door. So here’s a quick method to moisturise your hair in the morning or to dampen it before styling.


Recipe:

  1. 1/4 cup of previously boiled water
  2. 1/4 cup of leave-in conditioner
  3. 2 tsp castor oil
  4. 30 ml coconut oil*
  5. 2 tsp olive oil

Method:

 In a small container mix all ingredients, mentioned above, thoroughly. Pour the solution into your spritz bottle.

Directions:

Spray the solution on your hair everyday with your daily spritz. When spraying start from the root of your hair going up to the tip, to ensure complete moisture. Style hair as desired.

*My coconut oil contains glycerin in it, so if yours does not have glycerin in it you can add 30 ml of glycerin.




Thursday, 17 December 2015

Weaves as a PS (Protective Style)



I like to give my hair a break from all the styling, gel and sometimes perm rods. So once in a while I'll have a PS on, just to buy time and to shake things up.


For the month of November, now that I'm natural, I rocked an 8 inch (for the side bang) and 16 inch virgin Brazilian body wave weave. I tried to have it in different styles so as not to be boring, but there wasn't much that I could do because I already had a set style. Before i went natural I  left out my hair so I could tie my weave into a high ponytail, but I no avoid leaving my hair out, to prevent heat damage from using a straightener and its less work trying to blend your natural hair texture with the silky weave.



This is after I had straightened it.
I live in a city that gets really hot, and i have to give up my love for long hair. I also love short weaves for those hot days so here are a few pics of me rocking a 12 inch virgin Brazilian straight weave PS.
I was still transitioning here so my hair wasn't
as kinky as it is now so i left out some hair. Set it with some bendy rollers over night and get a different style.
        
The most important thing o remember when putting on a PS is no to neglect your hair. That is why  I prefer virgin hair weaves because I can continue with my weekly washes and deep treatments.Continue to moisturize your scalp, give your hair all the TLC, (tender loving care), it needs.



                         



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Swap


         Time 2 Swap            
Many women decide to transition or big chop, and join the party of naturalistas, but forget to do the item swap. They continue using items that they would normally have used on relaxed hair. Items which don't promote length retention or hydration. Read on and find out which items you should drop.


Swap this
For this
Swap drying your hair with a  cotton towel. Damages hair by causing frizz, split ends and breakage.

For a soft t-shirt or 
microfibre towel.

Swap your normal cotton pillow cases causes serious hair damage. As this dries out your hair and causes breakage.

For the more lady like satin pillow case which does not absorb the moisture from your hair. Keeping your hair moisturised  during your beauty sleep.

Length retention's biggest enemy, the fine tooth comb which pulls out a lot of hair that would've remained intact to your scalp.

Swap your fine tooth comb for the wide tooth comb which is gentle on the hair and doesn't affect your curls, or even better yet opt for finger combing.

Your ordinary non-silk ladies sleeping hair bonnets. These hair bonnets or hair nets can cause a loss of moisture to your hair. Make it useless for you to moisturise it before bed. if all that moisture will just be lost.


Does not absorb the moisture applied unto your hair. it keeps your hair moisturised all night long. allowing for healthier hair.
Drop off all hair products containing harsh chemicals such as sulphates. Discontinue the use of any dehydrating hair products.

Opt for hair products with more natural hair ingredients like aloe, olive oil , coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc. These type of hair products promote hair growth, hydration and reduce breakage.




So don't forget to do the swap for better length retention, hydration and strength, and remember ROCK THAT FRO.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

My TWA

Many women that go natural have issues with how they style their TWA's. Here is how I styled my TWA, after I big chopped.
 Bows and ribbons can be of good help when styling your TWA, but you need to keep in mind that even the accessories we use should not damage our hair in anyway. That is why I used an ouchless headband to push my hair back.
Some women prefer placing the ribbon or bow in the middle and some like it on the side. It's up to you to experiment what suites you best, or what you like the most.


Just pushed the fro back using an ouchless head band and picked to make a bit of a puff at the back.



Sometimes you just need to let your fro be, keeping in mind that your fro needs to be newly washed and properly moisturized to pull off this combed fro look.


Accessories such as hats can be great way to accessorize your hair, in the pic above i used a combination of a bow and a hat.


This will definitely not be the last time I post pics of how i style my TWA. As the days go by I'll continue to  post pics, and tutorials of how i style my TWA, as I'm still in  the TWA phase. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Cut it off: The Big Chop


                       
         

"That's it All this relaxed hair has got to go!!!". Are you tired of dealing with textures of hair? Are you tired of constantly trying to blend your straight ends with your natural hair? Are you frustrated from not knowing what your real curl pattern is?. If you've reached that point then, keep on reading to find out all you need to know about chopping of that chemically damaged part of you. If you feel you're still unsure whether to transition or big chop you can check out my post Transitioning vs. Big Chop

Firstly I'd like to say well done,✊✊ you've just made a huge decision. Decided to cut off some hair isn't a joke the truth is we are emotionally attached to our hair so thumbs up.

The Big Chop can turn into a complete disaster if not done carefully, and cautiously. I know you're full of excitement and can't wait to see what you look like with 100% natural hair, but you have to control that excitement and have some patience, take it easy, no stress. 

What you'll need:


  1. Spray bottle, you can even use an empty
    spray bottle from old hair products. Fill 1/2 of the bottle with water.
  2. Leave-in Conditioner, I use Ultimate Organic Therapy,
     but you can use your ow brand.
  3. Wide tooth Comb
  4. Hair Scissors or Barber Scissor
  5. Towel or anything else that you can use as a cape
MPL Hair Oil Coconut 125g
Any hair oils that you've got I used MPL Coconut Oil, 
but this isn't a 100% coconut oil its just infused with coconut oil. 
You can go for the real deal if you like.

What to do:


Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the water in your spray bottle, and 2 tablespoons of leave-in conditioner. Shake well, and spray the mixture unto hair. This mixture can even be used as your daily spritz. This helps to dampen your hair and soften is for combing, and also makes the two different curl patterns more visible.



 

Terrible lighting but anyway that's me a few minutes before i grabbed the scissors.
                
NB:

  • You cannot big chop dry hair as your line of demarcation will not be very visible. 
  • Never comb dry hair.


We're so used to having a painful combing session, but fear no more. The mixture you've just sprayed on your hair will make you hair easy to detangle. So grab your wide tooth comb or you can also finger detangle. Get rid of all knots and tangles.


And the moment we've been all waiting for. Remember be calm don't get too excited and cut off you natural hair. Take small sections of hair and using your scissors cut on the line of demarcation.
                               
The line of demarcation is very visible because the hair is damp.


Relaxed hair has fallen
Scan your hair for and signs of straight ends, and trim off any left over straight ends. Finger comb your hair to give your new TWA some volume.



After my Big Chop, my brand new TWA.
Many women are disappointed because they already had a certain expectation, and that's the worsting that you can do to yourself. Just let your hair be, give it some TLC and before you know it, it'll be beyond you expectation. Rock that Fro.

For more info on the different hair products or tools you can see my post Hair Me Out
From one naturalista to another have a beautfro day. 😘😘😘😘




Friday, 20 November 2015

Grow it out VS. Cut it out

                              

Have you recently decided that YOU want to go NATURAL and you don't know which way to go?
One of the biggest mistakes we make is to listen to what others think is best, but it's all up to. 
So I'll just present the different arguments and you can decide what your fate will be.


Transitioning??????

Transitioning is basically growing out your relaxed hair, and gradually trimming your ends till you're 100% natural. This means discontinuing the use of relaxers, chemical products that damage your hair decreasing the amount of times you expose your hair to heat e.g. hair straightening and blow drying.



Advantages of Transitioning:
  1. You get to maintain your hair length and don't have to suffer getting used to a TWA.
  2. You gradually learn how to manage natural hair, as you have enough time to experiment with your hair.
  3. You have a variety of hairstyles to choose from.
  4. you have enough time to be comfortable with your natural hair
Disadvantages of transitioning:
  1. You have to deal with two textures at the same time. (Relaxed hair and undergrowth).
  2. Straight ends don't blend with your natural curl pattern.
  3.  You'll be  unsure of your curl pattern  due to the mixed textures.
  4. Relaxed hair needs to be trimmed regularly otherwise breakage might cause damage to the natural hair as well.
  5. Longer period to wait to be 100% natural, which could tempt you to relax you hair.
If you've decided to transition then you can got to my post on Transitioning

The Big Chop (BC):

The Big Chop is literally taking a scissor and cutting or all relaxed end. It can be a painful process not physically but emotionally as you watch you hair go from a tree to grass.


Advantages of the Big Chop:
  1. 100% natural immediately, you don't have to wait
  2. You don't have to be trimming your hair all the time, only to remove split ends.
  3. Get to know what your true curl pattern is.
  4. You only have one texture to deal with.
Disadvantages of the Big Chop:
  1. Have to deal with the shock of the sudden change in hair length.
  2. You have to immediately adapt to your new hair texture
  3. You don't get enough time to experiment with different products
  4. People who were somehow attached to their hair, suffer from regret, frustration and sometimes anger.
If you've made up your mind to take the big chopping route then you can read my post on Big Chop
Never choose to do one because someone else is pressurizing you or feels it is the best method for you. At the end of the day it is you that is going to have to rock that hairstyle.