Sooo.. I haven’t posted in a really long time because (yes, I have the same excuse) I have been busy guys with being a student, working odd jobs at campus and everyday life. I’m still learning to juggle all those things – time management is a scarce skill!
So enough complaining.. I told you guys I will be posting about my braids soon ay and the day finally came although it is 2 weeks later!
I absolutely love them guys they allow me to make so many styles. I decided on the box braids and had them done by a woman whose passionate about braiding so she took great care of my hair.
Before I had them done I done the LCO method to lock in moisture and protect my hair while in this style. I have them in for 2 weeks now and will be keeping them in for a few more weeks because they still look very good.
I will be posting about my hair regimen while it’s in this protective style and how I sleep with them.
So keep an eye out for that and no not in the next 2 weeks.
‘I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within <3’
I am so overwhelmed because of the prizes that I’ve won. I still can’t believe that I’ve actually won them! I always thought that I can’t win anything I’ve entered so many competitions and I’ll never win them I’m not only talking about natural products but in general. Thought maybe I’m just bad luck.. And stopped entering any competitions. 😣 As you all know it can become demotivating. I’m actually getting emotional talking about it. But I’m here to tell you guys keep supporting and keep entering those competitions because soon you well get your chance. 😊 😌
I won double tickets to the My Hairstory ZA 2017 event on Saturday in Cape Town! 😍 I will be sharing some pictures about this event that I will be sharing some pictures about that event on here. My camera will definitely be charged over night for that day 😅
I also won a Tropical Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hamper valued at R 700!! 😱 😱 😍 Saying that still surprises me so much thanks so much to Style Studio in Cape Town! The key is to tag/mention as many people as possible in the comment section, and share as many times as you can! And oh, make sure they like and share as well! That’s what I done and it actually worked! 😁 Check out their page and just see how many people I tagged 😅 (I thought I was being a nuisance 👀).
Basically the purpose of this post was to let you guys know that I will be sharing the experience with you all. How the JBCO works for me, since I’ve always fantasized about using these products! 😁
P.S. Sorry to the bad picture quality.
I asked my friend Ruwaan Adams whose a graphic designer / illustrator / digital artist / concept artist to create an animated image for me with my big chop so I could use it as my avatar for amongst other things my blog. I thought he forgot because he was so quiet about it so I reminded him yesterday. While I was busy with some school work I got this picture! I have absolutely no words its beyond what I expected! It illustrates my hair so perfectly, my eyes are really that big and everything about it is just absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks Ruwaan! I have always known you were an amazing artist but ay with this one you outdid yourself!
Please like his Facebook page (Ruwaan Artwork) if you guys want to get into contact with this local and amazing artist! Support local talent!
Soooo… I have to concur with the other naturals that tried the egg and mayonnaise!
Okay, so I cheated a little bit I didn’t use real mayonnaise because I felt abit anxious about putting it on my hair afraid that it would smell sour. So I substituted it with my Ultimate Organic Therapy Leave-In Liquid Hair Mayonnaise (mouth full I know). It plays the same role as the organic mayonnaise and it doesn’t smell sour.
The egg and mayonnaise mixture is really amazing it does something to my hair that nothing I have tried has done before! Its super soft, shiny, the elasticity is insane and it just bounces right back when I stretch it! Shrinkage is a sign of health and shrinkage is on overload here, girl!
Okay let me track back on how I prep’d my hair.
I washed my hair Friday using Palmer’s Conditioning Shampoo and then conditioned it used the Repairing Conditioner of the Palmer’s range. 💁💆
Okay, I let that sit for a while while I mixed the egg and mayo mixture.
1 x egg
1 tbspn of Hair Mayonnaise
1 tspn Coconut oil
1 tspn Olive oil
1 tspn Placenta (just for that extra something something)
I mixed it in a bowl using a fork lightly whisking it.
Alright, I put all that on my hair after rinsing the conditioner. Put on a shower cap but that didn’t stop the mixture from dripping so I used wrapped cling wrap over the cap and rocked my Doek!
I had to go to youth so yeah the smell of mayonnaise wouldn’t have been pleasant.
I kept it on over night rinsed it off and LCO’d my hair. As you all know the LCO method is ideal for dry and low porosity hair! So its drying now for the braiding process
Even touching my hair now it feels like a lamb its just so soft I have to stop myself touching it every time!
I have to admit in terms of growth I don’t see any. So I don’t fully agree with the 1cm or more growth over night. Or maybe its because I didn’t use the organic mayonnaise. 😳 I’ll definitely use it next time when I’m not on my way to youth.
I’ll post some pictures for you of my protective style soon.
Thanks for reading ladies I hope it helped guys!
Being natural has changed the way I look at people and life in general. It may seem cliché but honestly I have noticed this for a while. I see the beauty in women more so who accepts themselves. I may be biased but its a blessing, more so its courageous to be natural.
I’ve seen all the posts about how ladies are discriminated against for embracing their natural hair, and I want to share this with you. I too have been discriminated against on two occasions (some people just don’t have the guts to ask), I’ve been asked if I’m coloured. I will post the blog post on this topic soon. I am coloured but I am also African and is it not okay too look like an African Queen that I am in my home land? This question can bring up an array of questions that I don’t want to delve into now.
It’s important for us as naturalistas to support one another. You may be the one reassuring voice that that lady wanted to hear. Telling her she’s beautiful, her hair is beautiful, she is welcome to be herself. It goes deeper than just a voice.
I brightened a beautiful girl’s day up like that. I am an introvert by nature but I was just obsessed with her kinky TWA. I was hesitating to tell her but the smile she gave me thanking me warmed my heart.
I’m not saying go out there and constantly compliment girls on their natural hair but if God puts that urge in you to say it do just that. She might just need it.
Finding your ‘Holy Grail’ product is not easy. I’m not proud of all the money and time I spent on all these products. However, its all part of finding a product that works for your hair, because after all we all different ay.
I have two brands that I’m trying out at the moment they both work amazing for my hair. However, since my hair is so short I’m only wanting it to be moisturised and tamed. Both these brands help me in doing just that. They make my hair super soft and manageable. However, I didn’t have a decent detangling product and I bought this ‘Knot On My Watch” by Auntie Jackie’s to see if it will help with the detangling process and minimise my hair loss. I’ll post the results on here after I do that in a few since I’ll be washing my hair later on.
A few hours later…. (Spongebob commentator voice) XD
I’m back with a review on the ‘Knot On My Watch’ detangling therapy.
When I applied it on my hair it felt very light, which is not ideal for my dense hair. Thus I used a generous amount which it stipulates on the product anyway, the comb didn’t ‘glide’ through though as it states on the product but it wasn’t as tangled. Only the very tangled parts which are the sides of my head which I sleep on that was a bit of a hassle as usual.
One bonus of the product that I loved was the little hair that was left on the comb after I detangled! That was one of the ways I could see that it helped with my detangling. I loved it so much made my hair soft, I’m sitting with it on my hair now after I applied AJs All purpose oils. I’m about to pull out the massager to massage my scalp!
Since it was Father’s day this past Sunday I would like to speak to father’s of little girls and ladies. Who can argue that regardless of age you still your father’s little girl??
I am a young strong woman thanks to my mother because my father wasn’t there for most my life. I always and still do long for a father figure in my life. No man, uncle or brother can fill that void other than your own father but I am content that he will never do that because his tried umpteenth times but the things of the world is more important to him.
Okay, let me bring you guys to the reason for this post. Few days after I big chopped my father came to visit and he didn’t like this new look at all. He, like many other fathers like their girls to look like girls (apparently they don’t look like I do ). He asked why I did it and I told him I had to, my hair was damaged and I want my hair to be healthier and he looked at my hair and then changed the subject.
I am sure this won’t reach many men but those that it does reach I want to say you are doing a good job and continue doing so.
You, father’s of little girls, I’m sure not even you have found yourself, your identity, your YOU. People are designed to ask questions so we will continue looking for ourselves in all ways. Little girls look to their father’s for that identity. Many people told me that a father determines what a woman looks for in a man one day. Makes sense right because you are the first example she has of that in many ways, this is true however it’s up to them if they didn’t have a good example.
Anyway, when they make big decisions like I did which was to big chop they look for reassurance that it’s okay but sometimes father’s don’t reciprocate the happiness that she needs during this big time of her life.
It’s very important to show her that she’s beautiful even though she has no to little hair, essentially it will grow back. Support her in this journey and show that you support her it will definitely boost her confidence because you agree.
Educate yourself on what it means to go natural, and show that it’s okay for her to love herself enough to take this big step.
From my own experience with my father and also the reaction of my mother when I big chopped led me to write this because it is what I hoped they’d say to me. I’ve heard from many girls like my friend who by the way has what is called type 2 hair when she cut her long hair to shoulder length her father ignored her when she came home because he believes ‘girls should have long hair.’ As aforementioned it’s just hair it will grow back and for now until then just support her.
To the ‘little girls’ if you in such a situation educate your family you can have natural friends and groups galore, but you have to go back home. Having that negativity will affect you so speak to them tell them why you do it and what it really means to you so you can feel that support from them.
So, Winter is here and hopefully the rain is on its way as well. South Africans would know just how much we yearn for that rain! I would love any form of moisture for our country may it be rain, mist, fog ANYTHING just to quench the thirst.. but unfortunately my hair doesnt! 😦
As we all know pure rain water is very good for our hair its known as “soft water”, treating our hair with such water would be amazing just the sound of it makes my hair curl! Okay lame joke, but anyway. Rain water is not as pure as we all think it is. It contains alot of metals, chemicals, basically pollutants that can strip your hair and promote everything a naturalistas does not want for their hair.
Okay, so I came up with the idea of writing about this because a few days ago on my way to varsity (yes, I experience alot of things while walking to varsity XD ) it started drizzling and I had my umbrella with me. Me being EXTRA I had my hoodie on and my umbrella over my head, guys it was only drizzling. Since going natural I am VERY concious about my hair to the point where it annoys my family 😛 . For some reason I knew subcionsiusly that I need to protect my hair from the rain. I got to varsity and done research to unpack what the effects of rain might have on my hair.
In our modern world loads of development is taking place, and this directly and indirectly affects us – if you think it didn’t isten to this! As we all know pollution such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide is emitted by cars, buildings, etc. and this is absorbed by the clouds producing Acid Rain (a.k.a “hard water”). Okay, so you see those old yet beautiful buildings in Cape Town city they usually have those brown lines on them caused by rain. If that’s what rain does to buildings imagine what it could to your beautiful fragile locks!
The hair shaft is made up of scales that should naturally lay flat, and hard water makes them lift. Resulting in you loosing moisture faster, your hair being more tangled because its becomes rough, it attracts more dirt because it would be difficult to rinse all the product out of your hair since it gets trapped in those scales. It strips out all the natural oils that makes your hair shiny and promotes hair growth.. and this leads to other problems that leads to other problems.
So how to you repair your hair? Well, the best answer would be to use soft water to counter act but since that is awfully scarce, we could use distilled water (need I say more?). Oil treat, oil treat, oil treat and replenish those natural oils. Furthermore, you could also use apple cider vinegar in order to counter the alkalinity of the rain water and close those scales girl. ❤
Prevention is better than cure. So cover up your beautiful locks this winter! 🙂
“A girl who cuts her hair is about to change her life” – Coco Chanel ❤ :*
It’s been more than a month since My Big Chop: A preview of my “Big Day! 😀 Throughout this month I have learnt so much about what people think of natural hair in general. Especially, black natural hair ‘it’s not neat’ or ‘it’s not normal’. I have a very short TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) and I love wearing it, I never put a doekie on it throughout this month at varsity, or even when going out I proudly wear my afro I love it. ❤
However, there are some people who don’t love it as much as I do. Yes, this is expected when making such a big change to your physical appearance and doing something out of the ordinary even if it means colouring your hair purple! Well, they make it known to me because of the looks they give me and the things they say to me. On the other hand, thanks to those people on the street and my friends and family for all the sweet words means a lot ❤ .. Just what I need during this big change in my life.
From the get go on the day I cut my hair my mother came home and told me that my hair doesn’t look nice and I asked her what you mean as she said she’s just being honest I laughed it off and said I don’t care lol but she has since accepted my hair (she didn’t know I was going to cut it – maybe that’s why she was so surprised XD ).
Family members, on the other hand, keep asking me why I did it even though it has been a month now and that I have a ‘korrel kop’. Now, don’t get me wrong I know they mean it as a joke but now younger ones heard this and have been calling me it and I must admit it does hurt but then I just remind myself why I’m doing it.
On another occurrence, I was walking about 3 weeks ago to university, along
the road construction is taking place and the guys working there are always kind and greets me and I obviously greet back it’s just in my nature. However, on this day I was walking with my head down and one of these guys greeted me and said: “Morning” I looked up and greeted him back you won’t believe what he asked me: “Oh are you a coloured?” I asked him: “What??” and he repeated his question I said: “Yes, why you asking me that??” and he said: “Your hair is so short so I thought…” I just walked on I couldn’t believe what that man said. I don’t know how to feel about that incident but it’s just another depiction of what people think of women. They have this perception of what a woman should look like before they talk to you or get to know you they make inferences about who you are by looking at your physical appearance and it’s really sad.
I cut my hair and now have an afro and now I don’t physically ‘qualify’ as being myself, as being my own culture??
As a young woman, I made a decision that was for myself which is not what most woman can say at this age. We are pressurised and wanting to be like this and that one because it’s what society and guys like. That’s all good and well (if it’s what you prefer) but if a guy doesn’t like you for who you are then he doesn’t deserve you girl, don’t try and be something that you are not.
‘Pitte kop’, ‘korrel kop’, ‘brush your hair it doesn’t look right’, is why I damaged my hair with a flat iron for more than 15 years of my life. No one wants to hear these words every day it definitely dampens your self-esteem and makes you feel like you don’t belong, you doing something wrong.
Think before you talk ‘Words Are Powerful’ when it is uttered it can’t be taken back.
You don’t have to change a thing the world should change its heart ❤ – Alessia Cara
This song motivated me to do this and whenever I get a look, a stare or a harsh word because of my hair I listen to it and it makes me realise that I’m beautiful just the way I am. ❤ 🙂