Wednesday, 30 November 2016

I'm leaving Blogger

Hey curlfriends so for preferential reasons, I am leaving Blogger for WordPress and will be posting there from now onwards. I will however leave this log up and running for the next few weeks or so for my readers to see that I have shifted over, and to go through old content if needed. But my old content have been moved over, so no need to worry. I will be officially deleting this blog on January 29th, to give myself enough time to set up my WordPress blog. Sorry for the inconvenience. My new blog is:

with love and care Stay Beautifro

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Hair Update Part 1

Hey, curlfriends, so it's been a year and a month since I big chopped and I've got to say it has been a hell of an adventurous and experimental year.
So I started off like this:
23 October 2015 
✂October last year was the beginning of my natural hair journey, here I was a complete newbie starting off with a TWA. As much as I always wanted my hair to grow longer and still want it to, the TWA stage was the easiest part of this journey. I could wake up, spritz it with my Daily spritz, and walk out the house without any stress but as my hair started to grow, damn then all the styling had to begin.✂

30 December 2015

I did a lot of experimenting during my TWA days to figure what products worked for me, but I noticed that as my hair grew it became more coarse and I had to change products quite a few times. I always made sure I gave my hair all the TLC it needed, but don't let me fool you I've had  my share of lazy days too. 😔  There were times I'd skip moisturizing, or washing my hair. There were times when I was too tired to put on my satin scarf.  😴😴 But I made sure not to neglect my hair, even when in a Protective Style. I love styling my hair and my go to style was and still is the HIGH PUFF. But unfortunately this hairstyle put tension on my edges, and they started thinning. So I went to a protective style to give my edges a break.

                                

                                     
January-April 2016

Thankfully this protective style along with a biweekly castor&olive oil mix massage, my edges thickened again, unfortunately I lost a patch of hair right in the middle of my scalp. I panicked thinking I had Alopecia. Word of advice: Never use the internet to diagnose yourself. I started massaging a mixture of shea butter, castor oil, and olive oil daily on the bald patch and I'm glad to say my hair has grown back. 
I took the picture myself , the bald patch is
 the round area right above this text.
Let me not make this post too long so this is My Hair Update Part 1.  Hair Update Part 2 coming soon. Once again Stay Beautifro 😘😘😘

HAIR UPDATE TO BE CONTINUED...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Massage Those Edges Back


Hey curlfriend's, with thinning edges, ever got home and thought "Gosh I need a massage, well you were right that's exactly what you need to do.

My naturalista's don't worry there's a solution to every problem.  Massage your hairline, with any of the following carrier oils to regrow edges:


  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil 
  • Almond Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil, etc
                • or a mixture of all.

These oils can be found at pharmacies, Indian spice shops, etc. Do this every 2 days for a month or two. Massaging an area of your body results in better blood circulation to the area.
The following essential oils help stimulate the scalp and clear the scalp to promote growth:



  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Oregano
  • Lavendar
  • Lemon, etc





There are many testimonials online from people on how they edges back, unfortunately I don't have pictures of my own, but here's an image of the before and after of how YouTuber: 
HealthyHairJourney72  grew her edges back using the JBCO treatment.



Wishing all the best through the journey of growing your edges back. It's not easy sticking to a routine but one day you'll get the hang of it. Just keep the results you want in mind, and you'll make it through. Thanks for visiting my blog, with Lots Of Love, Stay Blessed and Beautifro. 




Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves

>>Satin bonnet/sleep cap/head wrap and/or satin pillow case – This aids in preventing the hair from breakage and tangling and also protects the hairstyle.
>>Sulfate Free Shampoo – Sulfates and other chemicals can be harsh and dry out the hair, moisturizing shampoo is best.
>>Moisturizing Conditioner –  You will likely need a lot of this!
>>Wide tooth comb – Using a wide tooth comb or even your fingers to work through the hair and tangles results in less breakage and damage to the hair.
>>Water based moisturizer (petroleum/mineral oil free) – Water is the key ingredient to moisturized hair, you want to start with applying a water based moisturizer to wet hair and then seal with an oil or butter, this is known as the LCO Method. Or you may find that applying oil to your wet hair, then sealing with a cream moisturizer (the LOC Method) works better for you.
>>Oil – To seal in moisture  (coconut, extra-virgin olive, castor, jojoba, grape seed are examples of good natural oils. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter are examples of butters).
>>No-metal cloth hair bands (like Goody or Faded Glory) – These don’t snag and rip the hair out or cause breakage like the elastic bands with metal.
>>Detangling Product – You may find that you need a detangler or leave in to aid in the detangling process.
>>Moisturizing Styling Product – You will want a product that provides hold but doesn’t dry the hair out.  Creamy holding products and moisturizing pomades usually work well and don’t leave the hair stiff, crunchy and dry.
http://www.untrainedhairmom.com/natural-hair-care-must-haves-beginners-checklist/


article from:http://www.untrainedhairmom.com/natural-hair-care-must-haves-beginners-checklist/

Monday, 26 September 2016

Amla Oil

Amla oil is a natural substance often used to promote hair health. Some people also use amla oil to fight hair loss and prematurely graying hair. When used as a hair treatment, amla oil is typically applied directly to the scalp.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Hairdration Tips

The Most Important Tip I'll give you especially for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere that re going into Spring, and Summer is to keep hydrated. Drink enough water, not only is it great for your health but it also plays a very major role in the growth of your hair.
For those of you that have trouble hydrating yourselves I'll be posting a few ways to improve it, and create a good habit.






In the previous paragraph I mentioned keeping yourself hydrated as one of the most important tips for healthy hair growth. So for those of you who struggle with keeping hydrated here are a few tips that should help you.

1) Always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, and fill it up as soon as it's EMPTY, so you can keep track of how much water you're drinking.
2) If you're not a fan of plain tasting water, shake things up by add flavour to your drink. You can add lemon slices, cucumber slices, lime slices or even a little bit of sugar.
3) Add ice cubes to your water, so you feel more refreshed as it'll hydrate and cool you down. You can also get the best of both world by placing the slices mentioned above in the ice cube tray, fill with water, freeze and add to your water.
4)Replace most of your soft drinks with water, or sparkling water. This way you get to be hydrated and drop the calories.



5) Not a fan of drinking then you can also increase your water intake with water based-foods. Watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, celery, you name it
6) Have a habit of having water with your meals either, before or after, but not too much if you'll be having it before a meal.


7) Download an app that reminds you to drink water and helps you keep record of how much water you're taking in. and stay true to yourself. I've got an app and it really helps me. I'll leave the link to the app below:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…














STAY BEAUTIFRO & HYDRATED 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Do's & The Dont's of deep conditioning


Do:

#1 Consistency- Deep condition regularly eg. every 2 weeks and stick to it. Have a routine that conforms to your daily life. Don't decide to deep condition twice a week and you busy 24/7.

#2 Start with the end-You need to keep in mind that our ends are the oldest parts of our hair strands so  start by applying the deep conditioner to your ends  and work your way up from there. Starting with your ends first gives it more time to absorb the moisture and necessary nutrients from the deep conditioner. 

#3 Rotation- rotate between protein treatments and moisturizing treatments. Protein treatments don't need to be done as much as moisturizing treatments but still have to be done. Some people need more protein (high porosity) and some need just enough protein.

#4 Enjoy the hot stuff- The warmer your deep conditioner, the better your hair absorbs it.(Should not be hotter than 37 degrees Celsius). A warmer condition will be absorbed into your hair more effectively, than a normal deep conditioner. You can heat it up in the microwave for less than 1 min, or place your  bowl/ container in hot water to warm it up. 

#5 Greenhouse Effect- Use a heat-retention cap, hooded dryer, a steamer what ever will lock in the moisture. This will help with moisture retention. So if you forgot to heat up your deep conditioner this helps as well. Heating up your deep conditioner while it's on your head shortens the time needed to deep condition, and has the same benefits as the previous point.

Don't:

#1 Exaggerate- Too much of anything is never good for you even deep conditioners. Every 2 days that's a bit too much,  and heavy on your budget. As mentioned before just do it as much as you need it. High porosity hair needs it more than normal and low porosity hair.

#2 Overspend- They all do the same thing so start with what you can afford, it doesn't mean cause it's expensive it'll work for you. Don't follow the trends, I know at times we may have someone we look up to and when we see them using something we want to try it too, but that's not how it works. When you find something that works for you stick to it.

#3 Use As An All-in-1 -Don't neglect your hair's need for other products such as a leave-in and essential oils just because you're deep conditioning. Deep conditioner does what it's supposed to do, which is restore lost moisture, and strengthen hair. We can't expect one product to do it all, cleanse your hair, work as a leave-in, and an essential oil. Give it a break!

#4 Work overtime- It should start to work immediately, and achieve it's full potential by 20 or 30 minute(shorter if you're under a hooded dryer, etc.). Keeping it on longer than it's supposed to be on will cause over-conditioning. Over-conditioning has it's consequences just like over-watering a plant withers it away, over-conditioning weakens your hair and causes build-ups.

#5 Hold on to the past- Once used it's safe to keep for a few days afterwards it needs to go in the trash. A deep conditioner that has been store for too long loses it's goodness and becomes useless or hazardous one of the two. Deep conditioners that have gone off actually contain bacteria in it, so you're going to be putting that into your hair. And you wonder why your scalp is itching???

I hope you've found this post very helpful comment your favourite conditioner below. Stay Beautifro.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Hair Makeover Disaster

Good morning curl friends, so for those of us who don't live under a rock we have all seen, the disastrous 60 seconds make over that was done on the Today show, that everyone is talking about, if you haven't seen it. There you go, comment what you think off it.




Friday, 29 July 2016

Facebook Page

Beautifro World facebook page has daily updates so to keep up with me and daily post like, and follow my page. I've posted tutorial videos by other naturalistas on the page for you to view.


Go and check out my Facebook, page don't be silent followers please like to show that you are active, It's feels great when we get a response from our readers it's a form of encouragement for us. Don't keep good thinks for yourself invite your friends to like and follow the page too.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Single Strand Knots aka SSK

Whatever your natural hair texture/curl pattern is there's a very high chance of you coming across every natural's biggest enemy, Single Strand Knots (SSK’s) aka fairy knots. You can't get rid of every ssk in your hair but you can reduce the number of ssk's you have. There are many causes of ssk's, one cause being your hair curling on itself, another being because of the type of hairstyles we do. Before to deal with something you have to know what it is so here we go. 

What are SSK’s?
A single strand knot is when your hair curls/knots up on itself. SSK's tend to occur towards the ends of our hair since they are the oldest and most manipulated, and since it's the end it's easier for it to curl/ knot itself up.



How to get rid of SSK's:
  1. Proper detangling: Detangling is something we naturals know is a task that shouldn't be rushed, take your time when detangling your hair. One of the best advice I could give you is to section out your air into at least 4 sections when detangling to make it easier to work with.
  2. Protect your hair at night: One of the major causes of single strand knots is the way we sleep. Many women just go straight to bed, without protecting their hair. Wrap your hair in a satin scarf, seal your ends, and go to bed.
  3. Trimming ends occasionally: Trimming your ends on a regular basis decreases your chances of large numbers of ssk's. A method called dusting is a great way of getting rid of ssk's, trim of bit by bit to, this help's get rid of split ends and ssk's.
  4. Moisturize that fro: Moisturized ends are less likely to curl up on itself as the strand will be slippery. To lock in the moisture in you hair you need to seal you hair with  an oil, or a butter.
  5. Protect Ends: Many naturalistas will put on a protective style yet their hair is not protected. When wearing wigs ensure that your hair is braided or twisted underneath. Wear protective styles which has your whole hair protected.
  6. Necessary Wash Days only: Wash your hair when necessary only, avoid regular wash and go's. Cleansing your hair more than required will strip your hair from the natural oils it produces. Your hair needs the natural moisture it produces.
  7. Stretch your ends: If your hair isn't in a protective style it is advised that you stretch your ends, to prevent it form tangling up at night. You can stretch your ends using rollers or the African threading method.






Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The T-Shirt Method

When drying your hair squeeze out as much of the water as you can before "towel" drying; as much as possible, avoid rubbing your hair with your "towel "—especially if you’ve chosen not to braid or twist your hair in sections. This will help to prevent tangles. The reason why the word towel is in inverted commas is because it's just the term used for it, but in actually fact it's not recommended to use a towel to dry your hair but a Cotton T-shirt.


What is the T-Shirt Method?

The T-Shirt Method is when you dry your hair with a t-Shirt instead of using a towel.

What are the Benefits of the T-shirt Method?

Our hair is most fragile and vulnerable to breakage,when wet, and towels are made to absorb the moisture from your hair and body. Using a towel can cause YOU to OVER-DRY YOUR HAIR and cause unnecessary BREAKAGE. This is where t-shirts come in, their made of a softer fabric then towels and prevent unnecessary breakage and over-drying.

Picture from:
http://www.hairliciousinc.com/


How do you do the T-shirt Method?

It's quite simple while your hair is wet/damp, place the T-shirt on your head (make sure it's hanging down covering your hair), wrap/twist it around the length of your hair, then bring it forward to your hairline, and tuck it in the front (under the T-shirt) to secure it(Like the picture) and That's it. Leave it on for 15-20 mins. Remove the wrap and your hair will feel soft and smooth.

Monday, 2 May 2016

PS doesn't mean negligence

Many naturalistas think that wearing a protective style means neglecting, their hair routine. A protective style is there to give your hair a break from all the styling, not from your hair routine. Your hair still needs to be moisturised and given all the TLC it needs. If you're wondering "How the heck will I care for my hair if it's in cornrows or braided in within hair extensions?" Well here's how:
Spray your scalp with a daily spritz everyday, and massage for 30 sec to a 1 min. If your hair is enveloped in hair extensions spray the strands and rub them to make their way to your natural hair.


Here's a link to an alternative daily spritz recipe:

Friday, 29 April 2016

Hair Routine

This post was meant for Monday but due to really bad Internet Connectivity, the post was delayed. 
I hope you've checked out my Facebook Page if you haven't here's the link:
Don't forget to give it a thumbs up

Friday, 8 April 2016

Now on Facebook


Did I say the Facebook page was COMING SOON????
Well guess what???
It's already out, I published the page this morning. 
I'm so excited, can't wait to interact with my readers.
Here's to new experiences and a great natural hair journey. 
🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸


Here's the link to the page:

Cheers!!!


Monday, 4 April 2016

Facebook Page and Coming Soon




Some of my readers requested that i create a Facebook page for easier access, greater audience, and more exposure. I thought it was an awesome idea and got started with it right away. The page will be up soon just making sure it is ready to be published.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Are you suffering from Hand-In-Hair Syndrome?


My inspiration from this post came when I realized how much i play and fiddle with my hair. I knew this wasn't good for my own hygiene and neither was it good for my hair.

What is Hand-In-Hair Syndrome?

Hand-In-Hair syndrome is the inevitable desire to play, fiddle, or touch your hair. It's when fiddling with our hair becomes a normal habit, and you don't even realize you're doing it.

Yes! playing with your hair may seem like a lot of fun, especially when it's not shedding that much. But it's not good for the health of your hair. Your fingers aren't as innocent as they look. You may be asking How do I know if I've got Hand-In-Hair Syndrome? Well if you identify yourself of any of the following behaviours then You've got it:

  1. You can't go a day without playing with your hair.
  2. You redo you hairstyle for no reason
  3. Fiddling with your hair becomes a part of your subconscious 

How do i deal with it?

1. When indoors cover it up:

If you know you'll be staying indoors for the day, keep your hair in a hairnet or wrapped in a satin scarf. When your hair is covered up you're less likely to touch your hair. Just make sure your scarf or net is not too tight around your hairline as this can be deadly for your edges.


2.Do what only can your hands ca do to your hair:

Since you want to have your hands in your hair all the time make sure it's at the right time at for the right reasons. Only touch your hair, when it's time to re-moisturize or fix something that's out of place.



3. Style your hair wisely:

You're less likely to fiddle with your hair if you've got a hairstyle that easily gets messed up when touched. Such as curls, sleek bun, bantu knots, etc. 

4. Keep your hair outta your face:

Keep your hair outta your face, you're less likely to touch your hair if it's out of you face. Styles such as fringes/ bangs cause you to touch your hair even more. You'll be trying to keep the fringe in place or smooth it down. A puff is also a good idea but most of us tend to want to fluff it up all the time.

Monday, 28 March 2016

YouTube Channel Revamped

 As you would have noticed the blog name  and design has changed. Not only have I revamped the blog but I've also revamped the YouTube Channel. I'll try my best to post videos regularly but only time will tell.


So I hope you like the changes and remember to:

        Stay Beautifro

Saturday, 5 March 2016

My New Favourite Product





Hey guys, I know it's been a while, but I've just made a new discovery. I've taken my co-washing seriously and replaced my shampoo with rinse-off conditioner. A few days ago, I was at a local wholesale store, restocking my hair products and searching for a rinse-off conditioner (because the range I use doesn't have one, or maybe I just haven't found it yet). 

I managed to find a rinse off condtioner by Glyco-Lemon a proudly South African Brand. They've got a whole range of hair shampoos, conditioners, and perm rod sets.

Haircare

I came across their rinse off conditioner and decided to try it, I must say it's a gift from heaven. You'd expect the Curly Girl Method to be a long process but just after one wash, my curl pattern  became visible. Especially the center of my hair. It worked magic in just one wash. I'm definitely recommending this product to you. My hair was not dry after washing my hair, and it had a visible curl pattern. I absolutely loved it. The conditioner is pH Balanced, and better news I didn't find any Sulfates listed in the ingredients. It's a 400ml container so it'll last a while and I only got it for R14.99 what a save.

I've just discovered this product so I'm not sure where it can be found but as soon as I find out where else it is sold, I'll be sure to let you know.

Stay Beautifro



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Poll

As I said before I'd like more interaction from the readers so I've put up a poll, This poll can only be answered on a laptop/ computer or tablet, and some smart phones. This poll is about essential oils.


As you can see in the screenshot above the poll is on the right side bar of the page. Looking forward to many votes. May the battle of the essential oils begin.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hairdration

It's that time of the year where half, the world is going through winter and the half is going through summer. These are the harshest weathers for your hair. During these two seasons our hair experiences a lot of dehydration, and we need to keep the fro moisturised. Here are a few things you could do to keep your hair moisturised.

  1. Daily Hair Spritz
  2. Essential Oils
  3. Leave-in Conditioners
  4. Avoid products that usually leave your hair feeling dry
  5. Organic is the way 
During this period you should use the products mentioned above more than you usually do, your normal amount of moisture will be insufficient.

Daily Hair Spritz:


If you don't already have one then you can use my RECIPE or create your own daily hair spritz.
Daily hair spritz is used in the morning before to style your hair, or at night before bed, depending on the user and time availability. But during such periods I advice that you spray your hair in the morning and at night before bed. So your hair can seal in the moisture during the day and at night.

Essential Oils:


Even if it's not wash day or you're not doing any kind of treatment, you need to seal in the moisture. In times like this your hair easily gets dehydrated and needs all the moisture it can get. Feed your scalp generous amounts of essential oils, be it coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or even olive oil it's up to you. Hot oil treatments are the best.

Leave-in Conditioners:


This is a product that you should already be using everyday. If not, then at least 3 times a week. But I recommend that during such harsh weathers that it be used daily, to keep you hair hydrated.







Avoid Product that dry your hair:

STAY AWAY!!!!! from products that make your hair feel dry after using it, such as sulfate-shampoos. We've all got different hair textures and just because a product works for a fellow naturalista sometimes it won't work on you. Find products that work with your hair, just don't become a product junkie. 

Organic is the way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flRxV9vYyY0
By Chelsea

Always remember that organic products made by you can be better than store bought products, as you are 100% sure that it is all natural. You can make your own leave-in's or deep conditioners, there are plenty of recipes on the internet why not put your creative side to work. You'd be surprised with what you can do.



Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Have You Seen My New Page: Naturalistyles

This page allows for you, the reader to send in a pic with a short description, and details about themselves. Which will then be posted on the Naturalistyles page. The pic can short how you've styled you fro, or your current protective style. Looking forward to receiving pictures. Pictures will be posted once in a while. I've already started posting.