Showing posts with label hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hair. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 August 2015

7- Week Faux Locs Diary: My personal experience, advice, maintenance tips and what to expect.

I promised to share with you all my faux locs experience. Let's just say this style helped me grow some more PATIENCE! I guess I had seen enough pictures of faux locs on ladies (see some examples below) and they looked amazeballs. I had some Noir kinky hair with me but the stylists had to use more. It also took about 5 hours in total even though 2 ladies were working on my hair. I had done a mild protein treatment some days before to strengthen my hair a bit. A scary part was when the girls began running a flame through my locs to burn off the hairs sticking out. I kept telling them I didn't think it was necessary but they wouldn't listen (#eyeroll) so I just told them to stick to the lower half of the locs where my actual hair did not reach.

So here is my "Faux Locs Diary" and some maintenance tips and observations.

Day 1 of installation:
Tight. Stiff. Painful. Difficult to sleep. Regret.
I mean from the looks of it, it looked like I had African threading on which was DEFINITELY not the look I was going  for! Someone even asked me if it was threading I had on. I really hated the way it looked and if not for the pain I may have taken it all out. And yeah because the girls had to grasp the hair really tight, it felt painful to touch my scalp and style the hair. For 2 weeks all I could do was pull it loosely to the back. Even sleeping was difficult for days.
Day 3 of installation:
Sleeping is easier now. Still tight and uncomfortable on my head. Oh and it is heavy! Not surprising with 7 packs of bulk weave eh? I had to go online to do research. This was when I learnt that I was not the only one who freaked out at the beginning due to the stiffness of the locs, but that it would soften over time. I doubted that very much every time I felt through a loc. It felt as rigid as steel! Online some ladies had dipped the locs in water to soften it, but I was scared the water would make the hair even heavier and Berry seconded this (yes I panicked so much that I had to ask her how her faux locs experience went, though hers were the "instant" ones that come pre-loc'd).
Then the burnt hair that was still attached to the locs kept shedding on my pillow case.

Week 1 of installation: Still shedding tiny burnt hairs. Doesn't hurt anymore but I still can't style the hair at all. Hair is still stiff and I still hate it.

Week 2 of installation: I can now push some strands about gently and the locs are a bit softer. Shedding has really reduced.
Week 3 of installation: I'm beginning to finally see the beauty of this hair. Locs are softer and I can do more styles now. It looks more like dread locs every day and less like African threading praise God!

Week 5 of installation: I love my faux locs! No more shedding. It's soft and malleable now too. I can do ANY style with it, even high buns. It thrives when wet and dries quickly.
Week 7 of installation: Still in love! Now I see why they say faux locs should stay on for as long as even 4 months. I can't do that though because I have a wedding to prepare for soon and I am honestly worried about my natural hair locing or getting matted when I take out the weave. But we'll see. Apart from the cover pic here's another pic of me styling the locs. There are about 2 other pics of me wearing the locs on my IG page.
Me again
I don't even make a bun when I get into the shower, the locs seem to love water and once I blot it dry it's fine. I also co-washed it once and all went well. I use a leave in moisturizer, and sometimes oil my scalp.

The hair generally looks nicer and softer the older it gets. It could be styled anyhow at all and I hardly use bobby pins, just a thick, strong rubber band. The hair likes to pick up lint though! So you may find yourself picking out tiny bits from the hair particularly from the burnt ends.
 Note that white speck right there!
In summary, I think every African lady who isn't already on dreadlocks should try the faux locs at least once in a lifetime. Just be ready for some weirdness for the first 2 weeks!

Ever tried the faux locs? What was your experience like?

Friday, 7 August 2015

I got featured: Mane Matters on African Naturalistas

So I got featured on the African Naturalistas site recently! Elizabeth of contacted me abut the feature on "Mane Matters"- a naturalista feature section on the site.

Check out the link here and get to know a bit more about me!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Bunmi

Bunmi's current hair length
I have another relaxed hair crush to feature today. It's been about a year since I featured a diva with healthy and feature-worthy relaxed hair-it's just so difficult to find them! So when Bunmi kindly and promptly sent in her answers and pictures I was elated. Hair is hair; whether it's natural, texlaxed or relaxed, and if it is healthy and lengthy, then it's feature-worthy. Hope you learn a thing or two from Bunmi: :)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi! I am an assistant buyer at a fashion company and a lifestyle blogger.
Are you fully relaxed or texlaxed? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?
I am fully relaxed. Considered going natural but not brave enough to cut my hair. I stretch my relaxer for 4 months.

What is your current hair length?
My current hair length is bra strap length and I am determined to get to waist length.
 What’s your regimen and staple hair products (including relaxers)?

My regime:
1) Wash my hair twice a week with sulfate free shampoo (Argan Oil Shampoo) and co wash weekly with Aussie conditioner.

2) Deep condition with protein and moisture conditioners every 2 weeks. This gives my hair a nice balance. But I deep condition with protein only a week before relaxer day. Products are Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner and Aussie conditioner

3) Stretching out my relaxer.I have decided to relax my hair 3 times a year now. This was one of my drastic changes. Before I knew better, I relaxed my hair every 2 months. Only relaxer I use is Olive Oil.

4) Less heat. On wash and co washing days, I air dry my hair. Hair feels so soft and full afterwards, love it! I use hair dryers with a low heat setting once a month.
Protective styling: Box braids
5) No more weaves. I found that with weaves I constantly straightened my leave out which was destroying my front hair and hair line. Hair under the weave was not getting the TLC it required. Strictly wigs now.
I love braids. With my braids I can wash, co wash and moisturize easily. My hair growth is great when I have braids in.

6) Moisturize and seal daily & nightly. I use both moisture and protein leave-ins (Tropical Isle Living and Olive Oil Moisturizer) & oils mixture- olive oil, castor, tea tree, rosemary & coconut oil. Shea butter and aloe vera gel from the actual plant are great as well.
Protective styling: Wig
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE! I can not say this enough. Also know what works for you and stick to it!

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
To work I let my hair breathe so usually have it styled in a bun. To occasions, I wear my wig

Do you have any foreign ancestry in your family?
None that I am aware of

Where can one find and follow u on the web?
I blog at

So for those of you who have issues with keeping your relaxed hair long, you can steal some tips from Bunmi! Apparently, protective styling is one of her main secrets as well as moisturizing. Sounds very much like what is mostly recommended by naturalistas for maintaining natural hair. I guess African hair is fragile as they say, and requires not only constant but the right kind of attention to keep it healthy and lengthy.


Do you know anyone with relaxed and healthy hair? Let me know if they would love to be featured!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Yvette Ndumanya

Hi guys!
Let me get right to it. I have a hair crush feature. And she is also my personal hair crush. And she is so damn pretty too! Lately my hair has been thugging like cray. I realize that I have not been taking good care of it as much as I should, particularly as I coloured it about 6 months ago- the dye seems to have compromised the moisture levels of my hair. So I have been looking for a revamp strategy for my now dry hair and I think I will adopt Yvette's routine and see how it goes. But enough talk, check out this feature and let me know what you think!

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi. My name Yvette Ndumanya and I work with Diamond Bank.

Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I decided to go natural for lots of reasons and I will state a few; I got tired of relaxing my hair, moving from one relaxer to another and also suffering from burns most times I relaxed my hair. I'm proud to be an African lady and I also love the texture of an African hair which is unique in its own way. I have been natural for a year and six months now and I'm amazed at my hair growth.

What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

My hair type is 4C. Well I use Shea Moisture and Tresemme products for now (shampoo and conditioner). I deep condition once every 4 weeks. Please find below some recipes for my deep conditioning:
Here are the two methods I use: avocado pear, honey and olive oil OR mayonnaise(Bama), egg, honey and olive oil. I mash my avocado then add honey and olive oil mix them together OR i mix my mayonnaise with egg, olive oil and honey. Rub on my hair then wear my  plastic cap for about four hours then I rinse with a little shampoo and then do my LOC method. LOC method (L= liquid (water or liquid leave-in conditioner) O= oil (coconut oil or castor oil or emu oil or grape seed oil) C= cream ( Shea butter) then I either twist my hair or I do a corn row then I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf to sleep. The LOC method helps to retain moisture to the hair. 
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
* I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf it helps prevent your hair moisture from being robbed.
*After washing my hair I don't use a towel to dry my hair. Towel drying frizzes the hair either I air dry or I use a T-shirt
* If my hair feels dry I wet it rub some oil before I comb so it doesn't break.
* Protective styling helps retain length (twists, weaving etc)

 What reactions did u get when u first went natural and what reactions do u get now?
Omg! When I cut my hair hmmm! My friends where like I'm crazy and why would I do that just to go natural. Some said I was gonna get tired and relax my hair. But now that it's all grown they are like "Awww!" They are jealous (in a good way), some decided to go natural too and they came to me for products and methods on how to take care of their hair.

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
I go on Afro sometimes, I also do twist outs, I style my hair the way I feel more comfortable in and in a way that suits any occasion.
What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
 If you are fearful of going natural because you think you will be stuck with one hair style, forget that. I actually came to embrace my natural hair because it gives me some nice and gorgeous looks. I can go from a Mohawk to an Afro to twist outs. Please note that your natural hair doesn't stop you from fixing your Brazilian hair and co lol. I have some pics of my looks both on natural hair and on weaves.

I love being natural and I get a lot of compliments each time I go on my natural hair- from church, to my work place, to hangouts etc. Also, I have also motivated some others ladies who were scared of going natural.  I'm African, I embrace my African nature and I'm proud of my African natural hair. Are you proud yours?   
Where can one find and follow u on the web?
My facebook: Yvette Ndumanya 
Instagram : Yvette_Gudhart
If Yvette's hair isn't pure gorgeousness I don't know what is! I need to lay my paws on some Shea Moisture products, restock on my original shea butter and possibly get Cantu shea butter leave-in as well.

Friday, 13 March 2015

My last weekend- Naturals In The City and "The Sisters" at Terrakulture

Thank God it's Friday, even though it's the 13th lol!
Anyway one of my goals for this year is to go out more, and be more involved in events, and also promote my blog brand a bit more. So I just had to be at the Naturals In The City (NITC) event last Saturday and I am really glad I made it.

I hooked up with the lovely Liz (here's her blog), and we got there and because the event was yet to begin, we browsed through the gallery and checked out the hair and skin products on display.
I met a few bloggers- I really hoped to meet more, but I wasn't that lucky- I met Ekene, Natural Nigerian, Naija Girl Next Door and the quirky Titi of Postarant!

Saw many new Nigerian brands on display......
I even saw some natural-based nail polish (also water-based), also Nigerian made! Very impressive.

I enjoyed some of the talks-there was a talk by Naija Girl Next Door, about transitioning, a talk by another lady about homemade skin care, a talk by detox and nutrition specialist-Sherese Ijewere and another lady spoke about being confident rocking your natural hair.
I was very surprised at how my hair turned out that day (and I got a lot of compliments) because I honestly had no clue what to do with it earlier that morning. It's funny how you manage to pull something off so well when you didn't even expect to, or when you are in a big rush and can't be bothered! I basically wet the hair thoroughly, blotted it dry just a tiny bit with an old tee, slathered on my two newest bestie conditioners (Tresemme and Aussie Moist), sealed with a little oil, combed it, brushed it, then I just let my inner "goddess" (haha) do her thing and I came up with a coiffed look inspired by my cousin- Janelle Monae. Yes in Berry Dakara fashion, I have claimed Janelle Monae as my cousin. She is my cousin. Just accept it.
Natures Gentle Touch, Titi goofing around at the photo booth, Liz and I
I had fun, though the event started a bit too late for my liking and I wanted giveawaaaaays!, but it was still fun. There was even a photo booth where Titi really enjoyed herself posing and making us laugh. Nature's Gentle Touch gave free hair and scalp health checks, and there was a product swap section. Liz got some really nice products from her swap.
Namaste Organics (met the CEO-lovely lady), Titi&Liz, Sahara Sunrise
So on Sunday, Mr. Man (boo's name on the blog henceforth) took me to see a play at Terrakulture titled "The Sisters". If you read one of my former posts (here) about the play I watched at Terrakulture you would remember I really enjoyed it. "The Sisters" was OK, but I didn't really enjoy it. I guess I am just a sucker for big-time humour and wit when it comes to plays and this particular one was quite lacking.
I liked the Naija concept of the small chops I got for us from a vendor outside- quite different from the same old same old don't you think?


Got any fun plans for this weekend? :)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Almost 2 years natural- length check

Just wanted to share my hair length progress with you and how I gained about 3 inches in the past 11 months since my last length check. In my last hair progress post (click here), I wrote about my goals and plans for the hair. Well here is what my hair has been up to since then:

1. I finally coloured my hair! I have always wanted to and I got it done at a salon, and coloured it a burgundy-wine colour. I had tried to colour it myself with a Dark&Lovely kit but it was a total fail! The wine dying was not professionally done, so it wasn't exactly how I wanted it to look. Also, some parts of my hair did not take in the colour at all. 
Blow-dried hair, about 4 months ago
Blow-dried hair, about 4 months ago
2. I trimmed my hair and took off almost an inch-the tips were frazzled and weak so it was necessary.

3. I kept my hair under weaves or wigs for the most part of the year and deep conditioned monthly.

Length Check: Almost a year ago, this was my length check pic:

This is how long my hair is now:

My regimen:  Most times, my hair is under a weave. I wash every 4 weeks with Pantene Repair & Protect shampoo, or co-wash with either VO5 Herbal Escapes Strengthening conditioner or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Anti-Breakage conditioner.
I deep condition after washing using a mix of any conditioner, shea butter, olive/jojoba/almond oil and coconut oil , for at least 1 hour. I rinse off and use a light hair moisturizer like the Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion. I seal with any oil I like.

When my hair is out, I style by doing twist outs or wash-n-gos. Every few days, I moisturize with water or a leave-in product, and then seal with an oil. Every night I use a silk scarf, and sometimes I moisturize at night too. (I moisturized much more often when I was in the UK and it was very cold and dry).
My recent buys: I used Tresemme Cleanse & Replenish conditioner and Aussie Moist Conditioner as a leave in some days ago after washing and deep-conditioning my hair and it was wonderful! These are actually rinse-out conditioners but I used them as leave-ins. I sealed with jojoba oil. My hair was soft for days! I could not take a pic of my hair unfortunately, but I promise to do so soon and do a post! Also, I bought perm rods, which have really helped my keep the twists tight and the ends frizz-free.

My hair goals for the next year and how I plan to get there: I feel like my hair should be healthier and longer-I definitely did not take care of it as much as I did in my first year of going natural. So I have decided that in addition to co-washing and deep-conditioning every month, after 2 months, I will leave my hair out for 2 weeks and deep-condition weekly, and moisturize and seal often. This way I can give the hair a bit more TLC.
For the naturalistas, how has the natural hair journey been for you in the past year? Any length-retention tips you would like to share?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Alberto Balsam Conditioner and Pantene Repair & Protect conditioner

I promised to do a review on these cheapie conditioners and because I like to keep my promises, here we are. 
I had bought these two conditioners months ago and have been using them consistently ever since.

Alberto Balsam Conditioner (Strawberries and cream)
How I use it: I was intrigued by the strawberries and cream part of it and felt it would be great as a cowash conditioner and a leave in conditioner. I use this majorly as a cowash conditioner.

What it does for my hair: I have type 4C (tightly coily) natural hair. Well it did a better job as a cowash conditioner than a leave-in-although if you are looking for a conditioner with a lot of slip, this conditioner will fail you. It has no slip in my opinion, and other than the pleasant fragrance, it is not something I would recommend as a wow product.
Price: About N1000, at Oasis Supermarket, OPIC plaza, Ikeja.

Packaging: OK packaging. Semi-transparent plastic bottle that helps you monitor product levels.

Summary: Best as a cowash if you are not after slip but just need something to do the job quickly. Good strawberry scent too.

Will I repurchase?: Most likely not. Would want to try something else.

Pantene Repair & Protect Conditioner
How I use it: I use this as both a cowash and a leave-in conditioner spritz (mostly for my weaves). I basically squirt some dollops in a spray bottle, add water, shake, and voila.

What it does for my hair: I have type 4C (tightly coily) natural hair. I had more luck with this conditioner compared to the Alberto Balsam one, as it has more slip, which helps to detangle knots way faster and easier. I have used this as a detangler, and as a leave in when mixed with water. I used the spritz to refresh the curls of my human hair curly weave as well.
Price: N1080. Also purchased at Oasis Supermarket, OPIC plaza, Ikeja.
 Packaging: Sturdy bottle. Slightly transparent plastic bottle.

Summary: This to me is an average, cheapie conditioner. Highly recommended for cowashing and for a light moisturizer spritz. It can also be used as a deep conditioner in conjunction with oils and other moisturizing products.

Will I repurchase?: Yes, though I am still on the look out for a better cowash conditioner. So it's a soft yes, not an emphatic one haha!

What cheapie conditioners are your favourites?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Hair Crush Features: Fiona!

Here's hoping the weekend was a good one for y'all! So today I have another absolutely beautiful naturalista-Fiona, of the blog! I always get excited when a girl with natural 4C hair is able to rock cute styles and manage her hair well because it gives me hope that my hair would look good when it grows longer as long as I do the right things. I was searching for how to tie headwraps on Youtube when I found Fiona's channel and just fell in love (#nohomo). Check out her interview below!

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi, my name is Fiona, a London born and bred Nigerian who works in the world of finance by day and blogs about hair by night.

- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I have been 100% natural since November 2013, so just under a year. My decision to go natural was inspired by three things: the first and most important being my younger sister - the only natural representative in our household at that time. I wanted to inspire her and show her that natural hair was beautiful. I figured the best way to inspire her was to lead by example i.e. be natural too!

Secondly, at the point of my decision to transition I was active on the hair forum Hairlista. I came across so many pictures of naturals with long, thick and healthy hair. I had never known natural hair to be so beautiful, and was immediately inspired.

Finally, I decided to relax my hair after an 8 month relaxer stretch, only to find that my hair did not fully relax. I thought it just had to be a sign from the big guy upstairs that it was time to go natural! Two years of transitioning later,I cut off my relaxed ends and voila! I became fully natural!
- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?
In the hair typing world my hair for the most part would be considered as '4c', however there are some areas which have a looser texture.
My regimen consists of a weekly wash day where I prepoo, shampoo and then deep condition my hair. This is followed up with midweek moisturising and sealing or better yet the LOC method.

The biggest lesson I've learned over the years is that when it comes to hair, simplicity always wins. My staple products are the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme, (I can't live without this), and my moisturizer - the Keracare Naturals Buttercream. My full list of staples can be seen on my blog.

- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?

For me length retention boils down to two things: keeping my strands but especially my ends moisturised, and also frequent conditioning. Conditioning all in all keeps my hair in a healthier state. It means hair that is less tangled and therefore there is less chance of breakage caused by frequent efforts to detangle. It also means that my hair is less dry and therefore less affected by environmental factors that can cause it to be dry and therefore more prone to snap off or split at the ends. It sounds easy but it makes the world of a difference. I condition once a week at the very least and moisturise pretty much everyday.

- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?
When I made the decision to go natural the reactions for the most part were very positive or at least supportive. My family were somewhat expecting it and teased about spending even longer doing my hair than I had when relaxed!

- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
To work I wear absolutely any hair style! It took me a few months before feeling confident enough to rock my fro but the minute I did there was no stopping me! I wear twist outs or a wash and go fro 90% of the time and I also love my low buns. The same goes for formal occasions.

- What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
Going natural is about confidence. After so many years of wearing straight hair it can take some time to feel just as beautiful natural as you did with chemically treated hair. The first step is the renewal of your mind. Your hair should not define your understanding of beauty or self worth. If it does it's time to search within and learn to truly love yourself. Once you've got all of the 'serious stuff' out if the way find some natural role models and see how they've gotten through their journeys. The world of YouTube is a natural Haircare academy in itself. There are so many tips and tricks you can take something from. Finally be patient, it's a new journey and you can only learn as you go, keep heat at a minimum and enjoy your hair in all of its "beautifulness"!

- Where can one find and follow u on the web?
The best place to find me are on my blog and also on Instagram @loveyourtresses and Facebook.

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Have a fabulous week ahead guys. xxx