Year End Verdict

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending to my niece’s hair. Both of them had been hounding me to wash and deep condition since my sister had been too busy. I commenced with the younger one by detangling and once we were done, I was amazed at the results we had gotten for the past 4years since we started taking care of her hair.
See pics below:

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Suffice to say, we spent 2hours ogling and taking pictures of this huge Afro.

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She’s excited about her length now and wants to wear it out. Prepoo was done with Aubrey Organics GBP for an hour. Nowadays, it’s important her hair is braided in 10sections to make it easier to wash. Applied green tea rinse, allowed it to dry and applied Silk Dreams Shea What to each section; covered her hair with a shower cap and left it on for 2hours before rinsing out. Wrapped her hair with a cotton towel for 20minutes before sealing in sections with Giovanni Weightless Leave in & Trader Joe’s Jojoba oil.
She’s at mid-length now and the thickness and length is simply amazing.

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Wash Day Chronicle

Apart from Lauren Mechelle whose hair I absolutely adore, I’ve got a hair crush on Kimberly Holden as well. She makes these fun quirky and engaging videos. If you’re thinking of trying on clip in extensions for the holidays, you should also know how to wash them as well. If you’re in the mood for a messy bun tutorial, check the videos below:

 

Credit: YouTube

Reader’s Q&A

Q: Jamaican Black Castor Oil matts my hair. How do I prevent this going forward.
A: Let me start by saying that Jbco is quite thick. I’d assume you’re using it to seal your ends. Unless you’ve got thick hair strands, it might be okay to use. The key to prevent matting when using this oil is to use it sparingly (pea sized amounts as a little goes a long way). One other option is to use it as a growth aid for your scalp only while you can seal with coconut oil; grapeseed oil, avocado oil or any other natural oil.
Using Jbco to seal for ladies with fine hair, results in matting and it weighs your down giving your ends that stringy , weak look.

Q: How do I prevent breakage during harmattan?
A: There are two options you can consider:
– Protective styling such as braids, wigs and weaves. It’s important you do not leave these styles beyond 4weeks max. If you’re going the wig route, make sure you’ve got corn rows installed underneath. You can wash and deep condition your hair on a weekly basis (assuming you’re opting for wigs). Maintaining your hair during this period is key.
– Second option for ladies who’d like to carry their own hair for the festivities is to incorporate weekly hot oil treatment as your prepoo (keeps your hair lubricated and in top shape, preventing dryness which often leads to breakage. Also make use of heat during deep conditioning sessions on a weekly basis. This you can do with a heat cap or steamer as it ramps up moisture for your hair strands.
These are some of the things I do once Harmattan arrives.

Have a great week ahead!!!

Update: NAHCO finally called off its recent strike. For Ladies who wanted to place an order for the following products, you can now do so.

- Hollywood Beauty Mayonnaise Moisturizer

- Hollywood Beauty Creme Brulee

- Hairveda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer

Mid-Week DC

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This is what my new growth looks like 12weeks post relaxer. I commenced on Sunday with inversion. I start by boiling water in an electric kettle & once the switch indicates it’s hot, I pour out into a cup and immerse my Roots Only Applicator Bottle for some few minutes till it’s warm and I bring it out.

20130706-153649.jpgMy mix consists of Rosemary Oil, Jojoba Oil & JBCO as I want a darker shade of hair (over the past few months with consistent use of Rosemary Oil, my hair has grown darker). I divide my hair into 4sections and braid before applying the warm oil to my roots. I massage and proceed to lie down on my bed while ensuring my head is hanging out by the edge. I set the timer on my phone for 4minutes and that’s it for inversion. I’m on day 3.

Today I plan to deep condition overnight once I’m done with inversion. I will mix a spoon of Silk Amino Acid (using Chi Silk Infusion) with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner & apply to my ends alone to protect my ends with protein while I apply the moisturizing conditioner to the roots and mid-length.

This ensures my hair remains moisturised for the week. My younger sister will be posting a video of her bantu knot tutorial over the weekend as it’s become such a huge hit with her colleagues at the office.

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Readers’ Q&A

20131020-142918.jpgQ: What should my dilution ratio be when using Peppermint/Rosemary Oil?

A: It is important to note that essential oils are potent and it is advisable to use them in small quantities. I often advise ladies who have purchased these oils to obtain an empty plastic bottle; pour 3 capful of Peppermint/Rosemary Oil & also pour in 1/2 a bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Shake the bottle and leave it in the darkest part of your cupboard for a week so the oils can blend together before you commence usage.

To other news, I will like to thank and appreciate all the ladies who participated in the Import Window – African Edition. I am humbled at the trust you have all displayed without meeting or knowing me personally. Your orders have shipped out and tracking numbers have been sent to all the ladies to personally track their shipments. I am tracking as well….you need to see how excited the ladies were once they were able to track their shipments. I share that joy as well and can’t wait to see your pictures once the items arrive.

Thank you & enjoy your weekend.

Why You Need To Clarify

paul mitchell skinny shampooIf you have observed that your hair is weighed down, not responding to treatments, extra greasy or it’s not just behaving, then it’s time to whip out your clarifying shampoo.Product build up is a common occurrence due to the kind of products we use on our hair. Deep conditioners, moisturizers, carrier oils¬† can leave product deposit on our hair over time. This build up can cause your hair to be greasy, dull, heavy, limp and non-responsive. What a clarifying shampoo does is to remove this deposit giving your hair the fresh start it deserves.

How often should you clarify?

If you use a lot of hair products like hairspray, hair gels e.t.c you might need to clarify on a weekly basis but if you are not heavy handed with the hair products you use, then you can restrict use to once a month.

How do you clarify?

Start with a quarter sized amount of clarifying shampoo and work it into your scalp with¬† a light massage for 60 seconds. Depending on the amount of oil and product build up on your hair, it might not lather much, but that’s okay. Rinse very well. Take a smaller amount of shampoo (the longer your hair, the more you’ll need to use) and work the shampoo into your hair. You will notice lots of lather in your hair. Let the shampoo sit on your head for 2minutes (you can use that time to shave your legs cos that’s what I do). It’s important to let the shampoo sit for the recommended number of minutes to allow product build up release. Once time is up, rinse very well.

You can now proceed to use your regular deep conditioning treatment (however be generous with application) since the clarifying shampoo does not contain moisturizing elements that regular sulfate free shampoo has.