Readers’ Q&A

Hello Everyone. How was the weekend? Mine was busy with lots of traveling thrown in between and it’s great to be back. So it’s time to answer your emails.

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Q: What has made the difference since you commenced your hair journey?
A: The biggest difference has been regular deep conditioning. Without deep conditioning, it would have been impossible to retain length and achieve thicker hair. Nowadays, I abide by the principle of ‘less is more’. The only thing I add to my deep conditioning staple is a cap of Roux Porosity Control. Adhering to a consistent hair regimen has aided growth as well.

Q: When should I apply my tea rinse?
A: Your tea rinse must be applied after washing your hair prior to deep conditioning. The essence of using a tea rinse is to minimize the incidence of shedding.

Q: How long will it take me to grow my hair from BSL to MBL?
A: if you’ve achieved bra strap length already, you’ve done a darn good job. Timelines for hitting particular length goals are different for each individual based on your monthly growth rate. The most important thing is to stick to what has brought you this far and hopefully, you’ll reach mid back length soon. Just do it at a pace you’re comfortable with and take care of your ends.

Have a great week ahead.

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First Impressions: Naturellegrow Intense Deep Conditioner

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Over the weekend I loosened my braids. I’ve been itching to try out the Naturellegrow deep conditioner range as I wanted to have another staple moisturizing deep conditioner besides Hairveda Sitrinillah. This deep conditioner range is available in 16oz jars and its filled to the brim. It’s a lot thicker than Hairveda Sitrinillah and a little goes a long way. From the ingredients listed, you’ve got a mix of herbal extracts such as Marshmallow roots, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint water e.t.c.

I had gone to the salon I use regularly for relaxer touch up sessions to wash my hair and it’s always a pleasure when stylists listen to instructions. Once I was done washing, I applied the tea rinse and waited for the rinse to dry out before applying the ‘Intense Deep Conditioner’. I applied in sections and upon application, I could feel my scalp tingle which must be due to the peppermint infusion. I covered my hair with a shower cap and sat under my heat cap for 45 minutes. Once time was up, I waited for an extra 15minutes to allow the heat cool down before rinsing out.

The results were fantastic. My hair was soft, fluffy and moisturized. The guy who handles my hair regularly kept taking second glances at the deep conditioner asking if these are the products I’m using regularly as my hair is thriving. Detangling was a breeze and I rollerset using my staple combs from Hercules Sagemann. What products did I use for rollersetting? Oh it was a mix of lotta body and Chi Silk Infusion which was my leave in for the day. It was fantastic and the combo resulted in sleek, bouncy curls.

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Today is Tuesday and my hair is still soft and fluffy. Naturellegrow is a keeper.

Readers’ Q&A

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Ladies! How’re you all? Trust everyone is doing great. I’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks on some other matters. I also needed a break to rest as this is summer and we all need some time away on vacation. To ladies who’ve been asking if the Hairveda product samples have arrived. No we are yet to receive and you’ll be the first to know once it arrives.

So back to the question for today..

Q: Why can’t I use essential oils alone on my scalp and hair?

A: One thing that you must remember about essential oils is not to use them undiluted! They are usually very strong and, if overused, can cause serious skin burns as well as other health issues (such as high blood pressure, headaches and so on). People with high blood pressure should avoid using rosemary oil.

Now, for hundreds of years people have been using EOs to treat hair loss. Most people either mix 1-3 drops of their favorite EO into shampoo/conditioner or add some to their pre-shampoo oil treatments.

Another thing about EOs that seems to come up time and time again is that they work best when used in conjunction with other oils. Moderation is key when using essential oils. You must take care.

Easy, Breezy

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I have decided to switch things up by investing in Satin Pillowcases. There are days I simply can’t locate my satin bonnets and I’m so done with searching. This pair of satin pillowcases comes in various colors and practically keep my protective styles intact. I got 2pcs for N2,800 and it’s proven useful nowadays.

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I’ve had fun using this comb attachment to blow dry my hair. The longest parts of wash day is waiting for your hair to air dry. Now, I really don’t have to wait that long, I simply use this comb with my dryer adjusting the setting to ‘cool shot’. To get that sleek look, I divide my hair into small sections applying Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum OR Chi Silk Infusion resulting in easy, breezy hair.

Wash Day Diary

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1. Commenced prepoo session for an hour with Vatika Frosting. Once time was up, I washed my hair with Ion Smoothing Shampoo and applied Ion Smoothing Masque for 5minutes before rinsing out.
2. Applied a green tea rinse, spraying directly to my scalp and entire hair. Waited for the rinse to dry out before applying Sitrinillah Deep Conditioning Masque. Plopped down to deep condition with my heat cap for an hour. Once time was up, I waited for an extra 5 minutes before rinsing out.
3. Wrapped a cotton towel for 20 minutes and proceeded to seal with Vatika Frosting, Giovanni Weightless Leave In & Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.
Finally, I laid my hands on the Hercules Sagemann styling comb to kickstart my roller setting sessions going forward. It was a breeze to use at the salon and my curls turned out well.

Enjoy the week ahead.