Wash Day Diary

20130723-094427.jpg1. Commenced my prepoo session with NJoy Prepoo Oil on my scalp and JBCO on my entire length. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it on overnight. In the morning, I rinsed it off and washed with Ion Smoothing Shampoo; applied Ion Smoothing Hair Masque and left it on for 5minutes before rinsing out.

2. I’ve discovered that black tea rinse works effectively for me on a long stretch as it minimizes shedding. However I only use a bag as this is much better than using 2bags and it does the job. I’ve got 2 weeks more before I go for a touch up and I’m counting down cos I can’t wait to run my hands through my hair.

3. Proceeded to use Kanechom Acai deep conditioner, a dash of peppermint oil, Roux Porosity & JBCO since I was all about moisture this week. Covered my hair with a shower cap and sat under my Gold N Hot Heat cap for 30minutes before leaving it  to cool off.

4. Rinsed out and wrapped my hair in a cotton towel for 10minutes; applied NJoy essentials on my scalp and Jojoba oil on my length. Applied Biolage Advanced Fibrestrong and finished with Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. I was thinking of blow drying but decided not to.

5. My hair is currently back in corn rows and wigging is on till I touch up.

 

Taking care of your daughters’ hair

photo(7)If you’ve got daughters’ or nieces’, one of the frequent things you battle with on weekly or daily basis is their hair. Based on the success I have achieved with my own niece, I will be putting up regular posts to help moms out there on how to take care of their daughters’ natural hair. Most female kids nowadays have to contend with relaxers, weave-on at a tender age because their mothers are completely clueless about natural hair maintenance. I’ll be giving out tips today to help you overcome that.

1. Invest in a quality deep conditioner (moisturizing) and use it on a weekly basis before she goes to the salon to install new cornrows. Weekly deep conditioning will ensure her hair stays soft and supple making it easier to comb or manipulate.You can also add a bit of peppermint oil as well. My niece loves the mix and always insists on adding chewing gum (that’s what she calls it) to her deep conditioners.

2. Make use of sulfate-free shampoos to get rid of dust and dirt that accumulates due to the use of pomades which block their scalps on a weekly basis. Remember to wash the scalp not the hair cos that’s what’s dirty.

3. Stay clear of pomades that contain mineral oil and petrolatum cos they block the scalp. Rather start using natural carrier oils like Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Grape seed oil (we used this mix of oils consistently once my niece was born and it’s part of her hair regimen).

4. Oil natural hair once a day and remember a little goes a long way.

5. Avoid using rubber bands on your daughters hair as it leads to breakage, hence no retention.

6. Don’t let her wear the same styles week after week as it puts a lot of strain on her edges resulting in breakage.

7. Arm yourself with a good detangling product like Mane N Tail as it aids manageability during the week.

8. Remember to moisturize and seal her hair 3times a week. Cover her hair with a satin bonnet or invest in satin pillows.

9. Invest in large seam free combs to make the combing process less painful for her. Also comb when her hair is wet rather than once its’ dry. Start combing from the ends and gradually work your way up to her roots.

Liebster Award

I’m so darn blind atimes and didn’t realize Tasia of Smooth Cuticles had nominated me for one till I read her post and saw my name blinking right back at me. Apologies about that and here we go.

Liebster Award

11 facts about me (can’t say how interesting that will be and hope I get to number 10)

1. I love my privacy and I guess that’s why I’m a bit reluctant about showing my face on social media. It’s weird and people ask me why I bother to blog if I’m not willing to show the face behind the name. I’m loving my privacy that’s why. For readers of this blog who’ve met me one on one, they know the face behind the name.

2. I love to travel and I can be a bit obsessive once it’s time to plan and pick the destination. My brain virtually goes into an overdrive.

3. I studied Economics though a lot of people think I studied Law because I am outspoken and not afraid to kick against convention (can’t say that’s bad).

4. For a long time, I found it hard to sleep without music (often blues) playing in the background. I still indulge in it occasionally when on vacation.

5. I’m an avid Pilates fan and this is my go to workout when I need to tone and sculpt my muscles.

6. I’m a big lover of dresses and this constitutes 80% of my wardrobe (bright and colorful…no dark colors for me and my shoes also reflect that as well). The hub would love to see me in native wears but it’s dresses all the way baby!!

7. I can be sarcastic atimes and during my undergraduate days, I had a BFF and we were known as the sarcastic pair.

8. I’m an avid fan of muffins, Agatha Christie (it’s got to have Hercules Poirot in it) and John Grisham’s novel anytime, any day.

10. I’m a creative person and not a day passes without thinking about new ideas and solutions.

11. I get a lot of mails from readers always asking to meet my 2year old niece (I say she’s the star on this blog). If you have any idea about the mind games we play regarding her hair, meeting her will be a tall order.

Tasia’s Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging? This blog actually started as a personal finance blog because I am passionate about women taking charge of their finances and charting their course in life rather than leaving it to chance or time. Along the line..it transformed to a hair blog cos I was seeing great results with my own hair and I’ve never been shy about giving free information to people who need it so long as its’ relevant.

2.What inspired your hair journey? I wanted to share my experiences with Nigerian ladies to show them that we can grow our hair to great lengths and maintain it.

3. How long do you keep post in draft before you post them? A day

4. How do you feel about readers asking for product recommendation? I’m a bit cautious about that cos each hair journey is personal and different. Stating one product is not good is alien to me cos I know what works for someone might not work for the other and its’ relative. So if its’ good, I often speak about it (you can deduce that from my love affair with Mane N Tail Detangler). I’m consistently gushing about it every time.

5. What is the best hair advice you can give someone? Just do what feels right cos your journey is personal. Be consistent with your regimen and exercise patience.

6. If you could get free offers from a company for a year, what company would you choose and why? This is a tough one cos I’ve got a lot of companies on my mind but it would have to be the makers of Roux Porosity Control as it has made a difference in my hair since I commenced usage.

7. Which is better: Cakes or Cookies? Cakes all the way.

8. What inspires your post? My readers

9. How do you feel when products do not live up to the hype another person loves? I give it away to someone else cos experience has taught me that what did not work for me might work for someone else.

 

Readers’ Q&A

20131020-142918.jpgQ: How often should I texlax my hair?

A: How often you wish to apply relaxers to your hair absolutely depends on you. However, to ensure healthy mane, it’s advisable you texlax or touch up every 3months to avoid overlapping. Texlaxing ensures thicker hair as the process does not process your hair texture completely.

Q: Should I use a sulfate free shampoo for human wigs?

A: Yes you should as it keeps the integrity of your human wigs.

Q: Can you use JBCO on children’s hair?

A: Yes you can. It’s completely safe for kids as this is a consistent part of my niece’s hair regimen and we have grown her hair to bra strap length for a 2year old kid by incorporating JBCO.

Q: How do I prepoo with Hair Trigger Elixir?

A: Simply apply to your scalp and massage. You can then proceed to apply either a conditioner of your choice to the lengths of your hair concentrating on the ends or use JBCO instead.

Wash Day Diary

20131020-144447.jpg1. Prepoo’d overnight with a mix of Aubrey GBP Conditioner & JBCO.

2. Rinsed out in the morning and proceeded to shampoo in sections with Suave Daily Clarifying and used Ion Smoothing Conditioner for 2 minutes before rinsing off.

3. Skipped the green tea rinse as I forgot to boil the tea on Friday night.

4. Deep condition with Kanechom Acai, Roux Porosity & Peppermint oil, covered my hair with a shower cap and used my Gold N Hot Heat cap for 30minutes. Left it on for an additional 5minutes to cool off before rinsing out.

5. Wrapped my hair for 15minutes with a cotton towel. Sealed with Grapeseed oil, Biolage Advanced Matrix Fibrestrong & Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum.

6. Proceeded to bun my hair to stretch the dense growth I’ve got going on.

On a lighter note, I’ve been engrossed in a series of short films currently airing on Channel 158 DSTV. These films are produced by M-net and they are quite interesting. Watched a recent one about this male banker who’s a gigolo due to the monthly targets set for him by his boss. It was really hilarious watching how he became a pawn in a game set up by his own boss.

Have a splendid week ahead and Compliments of the Season. Yeah..I’m in that mood already and slowly winding down for the year. I’ve got this huge white Xmas tree in the corner of my living room all lit up and rearing to go. I’m dedicating this favorite Xmas song of mine to you all.

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Detangling on a long stretch

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Detangling sessions can be tiring and exhaustive if not handled well especially when you haven’t done much with your hair save for keeping it under a wig all week. I swear I’m becoming more lazy with my moisture & sealing routine ever since I commenced wigging. My go to hair savior is none other than Mane N Tail Detangler. It’s always saved the day and has become a staple in my product stash.

From the pictures above, 1/3rd of my hair is texlaxed while I’ve got nearly bone straight relaxed ends. You can see how thick my roots are and to ensure my line of demarcation does not suffer, I commence by dividing my hair with my fingers in sections. No combs for dividing due to the dense growth I’ve got to wade through. So I divide my hair into small sections, grab each section and spray the roots liberally with Mane N Tail while using the pads of my fingers to massage the Detangler into my roots up to my ends. Once I’m done massaging, I pick up my hercules Sageman rake comb and comb my ends down to the roots. By the time I’m down to my roots, Mane N Tail has done its magic and combing is a total breeze. I proceed to use my seamless shower comb to make sure I remove every shed hair strands.

I always know detangling is a success and my line of demarcation has not suffered by checking the hair strands on the comb. No breakage…only shed hair from the roots. Wash day is about to commence and I’m prepooing with a mix of Aubrey Organics GBP Conditioner & JBCO.

Goodnight ladies!!!