Wash Day Diary

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1. Commenced by dividing my hair into 4sections and detangled with the Hercules Sageman Rake Comb.
2. Prepoo with NJoy Prepoo & Seal Moisture oil as depicted in the picture above. This oil is jam packed with all kinds of essential oil and the tingles I experienced was awesome. It was like being under my heating cap or steamer.
3. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it on for 5 hours. I wasn’t faithful with my regimen during my long vacation. So I thought to myself, this will be a nice way to get back on track.
4. Washed my hair with my staple – Ion Keratin Smoothing Shampoo (I’m clarifying next week) to start off September on a fresh note.
5. In a small bowl, I mixed Aubrey Protein balancing conditioner, Roux Porosity, a drop of pure unrefined jojoba oil (Dr Adorable Inc. has got fantastic range of essential oils) and 3 drops of peppermint oil and mixed together. Sectioned my hair into four and proceeded to apply.
6. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it on overnight.
7. Rinsed it out this morning and wrapped my hair with a cotton towel. Left it on for 30minutes.
8. Applied my leave-in which is ‘Biolage Matrix Advanced Fibre strong(this product is full of ceramides which fortifies the hair strands). I bought this at the TGF Salon within Walmart when I went for a deep conditioning and straightening session. It was used on my hair and I loved how it made my hair silky.
9. Sealed my hair with jojoba oil and applied Njoy Sulfur growth oil to my scalp.

How was your wash day?

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A dreamboard for your hair journey

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What is a Dreamboard? A dreamboard is a place where you put all your dreams on a board. Your dreamboard can consist of either popular quotes you identify or a collage of pictures.What a dreamboard does for you is to project your innermost desires which keeps you motivated and inspired.

My dream board usually keeps me happy anytime I see it and its’ kept in vantage points where I can see it (ranges from my closet to my living room and on my ipad as well). A dream board brings together visual collections of your life’s dreams whatever they might be. It’s a board you should frequently glance at to help you achieve whatever dreams you might be aspiring towards. However, your dream board is not a place to incite envy or berate yourself for things you don’t have currently. Your dream board must consist of your dreams alone and no other person. It’s about you and not the next person if you catch my drift.

For my hair journey, I’ve got different collage of hair lengths I want to achieve from different hair bloggers I admire. For me I want to pursue health so that I achieve length. By having a dream board, it reminds me of how far I’ve come and shows what the future of my hair will look like.

What’s your dream board like?

Readers Q&A

Q&AQ: How often should I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil?

A: To avoid product build up, use JBCO 3 times a week. You should know that this oil is thick and it might weigh your hair down if you use it a lot. Always remember a little goes a long way. You can mix it with a lighter oil like Grapeseed oil. I often use my mix of JBCO & Grapeseed oil as a prepoo and sealant.

Q: How often should I steam my hair with JBCO?

A: Depending on your wash or co-wash routine, steaming your hair with JBCO is the same as a hot oil treatment which you can do once a week. Now I’ve got a heat cap, my prepoo on Friday night usually involves using my heat cap for 15minutes.

Q: How do I take care of my demarcation line?

A: When applying your leave-in conditioners, always divide your hair into small sections and apply the leave-in beyond the line of demarcation. It ensures your new growth stays soft and it becomes more manageable. Taking care of your demarcation line prevents hair breakage. Remember to use water based leave-in conditioners such as Komaza Care Califia Moisturising Spray, S-Curl Activator (only apply to the your roots), or my ever dependable Mane N’ Tail Detangler cos it’s got moisturizing elements as well and it delivers.

Q: How do I grow my hair fast?

A: This is the most frequently asked question I receive from readers every week. Your hair grows continually but bad practices deprive us from length. You need to change the habits you’ve subjected your hair to and start taking better care of your hair if you want to see growth happen. Because your hair grows on a daily basis, it is your responsibility to retain the growth you have by incorporating weekly deep conditioning, moisturizing and sealing, using sulfate free shampoos and adhering to a healthy hair regime. Once you do this consistently, you’ll begin to see length.

Q: Can I leave rosemary oil on my scalp overnight?

A: Rosemary oil can either be used as part of your weekly deep conditioning or prepoo. Due to its potency, you only need 3-4 drops which you can add to your JBCO or any carrier oil you currently use (such as Almond, Grapeseed oil e.t.c). If you’re pregnant, it’s advisable to seek your doctor’s advice as Rosemary oil is known to induce labour.

Q: How long does it take for my African hair to be repaired and grow?

A: Your length goals is dependent on you but due to the bad practices you have subjected your hair to in the past, you need to regain a healthy mane before you can retain length. Like I stated earlier, take responsibility for your hair and stop leaving it to hair stylists and you’ll begin to see healthy growth.

 

 

Update

My 5 month old stretch ends by Friday and clearly, it’s been a learning experience. I never thought I could manage my new growth effectively with my relaxed ends but I did this successfully. I learnt the art of proper detangling, washing in sections, weekly tea rinse and using it as a daily leave-in.There were times when I thought to myself ‘what’s the whole point of this journey thingy anyway’? ‘what if I never reach my desired length or retain it’? The motivating point for me has been the number of hair inspirations I’ve read about online and the success I’ve achieved seeing those close to me achieving their hair length dreams and it’s kept me focused on my journey. Hope you’re inspired this morning with these quotes:

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My scalp has been itchy of late and this is as a result of not clarifying last wash day. I finally got my hands on travel sized containers for my upcoming vacation and I’ve been setting aside what I’ll need on this trip bearing in mind that I’ll be purchasing more products. I’ll be going for a touch up at the salon on Friday.

If you’re currently stretching and need more tips on how to handle your new growth, I came across this video from Shimahair21 who’s got gorgeous hair by the way and you can learn one or two things.