Protective Styling Check in: Week One ( June 17- 23)

I finally finished twisting my hair, YAAAAY me !!!! I didn’t take any pictures of how I wore my hair this week simply because I didn’t go out much and I didn’t like how my hair looked (It needs a wash), the other reason is that I wanted to share the products I used while twisting my hair. Hopefully I’ll find this helpful in future

I used the LOC method before twisting, I only moisturize this way when I’m super busy and I know that I won’t have time to moisturize my hair, or right before a protective style. My final rinse being the liquid and any kind of oil then followed by shea or cocoa butter. In detail the LOC method is:

  • Liquid:

The first step would be to hydrate your hair (in an undertone: HY-DRAY-SHH-ION), what better hydrating “product” than water to perform this task? Water is afterall the first product you find in moisturisers -there’s a reason for that, not that you didn’t already know- in the liquid stage I basically used my hair tea spray (read more here) . For this first step you can always use a water based leave in conditioner

  • Oil:

You need something to seal in the first step with, right?! Right, okay we all know that we need something to seal the moisture in with. It’s best to use a penetrating oil for this step, for double “moisture” in a way. Penetrating oils would be coconut, olive, avocado, palm oil and argan oil.

  • Cream:

The final step should be a thick butter based cream, that’ll sit on the hair shaft prevent moisture loss… By butter based I mean the first 3 ingredients should be a butter, with water coming in last, I with my cheapness use a whipped butter. Depending on the, I’ll choose between Shea, Avocado or Cocoa butter.

This helps lock in moisture for a couple of days, say about 3-4 days, some people moisturize their hair using the LOC method once a week. As always peace, love and prosperity to all

Homemade Gherkins

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I’m a gherkin loving fool, honestly I am….. So when I saw these mini cucumbers at our local Woolworths, I knew it was time to learn how to pickle my own cucumbers. Don’t worry you can pickle regular sized cucumbers just as easily as mini cucumbers.

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Before we begin let me start by saying, you can make refrigerator gherkins or processed gherkins.. Processed gherkins are the one’s you buy at the store, they placed in boiling water for 5 minutes, the downside is that the cucumbers will be slightly cooked. Whereas the refrigerator gherkins have a shelf life of a couple of weeks instead of a year.

I didn’t use dills. I used what I had and I had onions, mustard seeds and dried chillies oh and of course vinegar and salt, anyway here’s what I did.

You’ll need:

0.5 large onion
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 dried chilli pepper
1 large pot
1 medium sized pot
Glass jar with lid
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 cup vinegar (White or Apple Cider)
1 cup water

First thing I chopped up my onion

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  • Secondly I chopped one dried chilli
  • Then I added the mustard seed to the onions and chillies

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  • Thirdly I added a litre of boiling water to a large pot with my glass jar (to sterilise the jar) and brought to a boil

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  • I then washed and dried my cucumbers
  • Cut off the stems, the stems contain enzymes that can make your gherkins limp

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  • Next I brought the vinegar, water and salt to a boil

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  • Add your onion and spices to the jar and then tightly pack in your cucumbers
  • Once the salt has dissolved, let the brine cool and then pour over your vegetables (well technically fruit)
  • Gently tap the jar on your countertop to release air bubbles
  • If you want to make refrigerator pickles just tighten the lid and leave for  at least 48 hours (The longer you leave them, the more flavourful they’ll be)
  • For a longer shelf life then process the gherkins, by placing the jar in a pot of boiling water, when the water comes to a boil again, wait 5 minutes then remove Image
  • Let the gherkins cool at room temperature, leave for at least 48 hours or longer before opening. processed gherkins will last about a year on the shelf and several weeks once opened
  • Refrigerated after opening

 

 

 

Protective styling Check in

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This is the first day of my protective style challenge, today marks the first day although I’m still not finished with the first protective style… I’m still busy mini twisting my hair, I only mini twist at night and that’s only because I have things to do during the day, the reason I’m not finished is because there were some nights when twisting was the last thing on my mind, anyway here’s my hair during the week.

    Monday:

I started off with a faux blow out, that I wore on Monday pictured above. My hair was cleansed the previous week and detangled with some oil.

    Tuesday:

Not much was done by Tuesday, I had just completed a small section on the left side of my head and this is how I wore my hair out that day. I have to admit that it was a hot mess dot com

the right side of my hair

the right side of my hair

The right side of my face

The right side of my face

And this is how it looked in the front, can you tell how pissed off I am in this picture?

And this is how it looked in the front, can you tell how pissed off I am in this picture?

    Wednesday and Tuesday:

I was half way done on the one side on Wednesday and my fingers were hurting already, there’s nothing worse than a mini twist cramp lol, anyway I was able to style it better on Wednesday.. I didn’t twist my hair on Wednesday night, so I wore the same updo on Thursday

The left side of my head

The left side of my head

The front

The front

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    Friday

I didn’t go out on Friday, I just stayed home doing my hair and reading a book

    Saturday and Sunday:

I wore it in a bun, it looked cute. I didn’t do my hair Saturday and Sunday night. but I did on Monday night

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The Bun on Monday

So this was suppose to be up on Sunday, but I had an assembly to go to and I only arrived home round about 5:45 pm
and I fell asleep at 7 pm so I only got to type this Monday night. I’ll be checking in every Sunday or Monday from now onwards

Find your future favourite natural hair blogger

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I have done you guys a great disservice,  by only writing this post now but please understand my brain has been scattered everywhere thanks to my exams, I’ve told you guys before I get blinding stress during exam time. Anyway here’s my post!

I’ve been listed on the Natural Hair Blog Directory  (theNHBD) for the past 2/3 months… I want to share it with you guys because it’s an awesome site, it’s basically the phone directory for natural hair bloggers. if your on the lookout for that perfect natural hair blog, check it out, all the blogs are listed by hair types making it easier for you to find your next favourite natural hair blog.

Now that the exams are over (I know, I keep saying this, but I’m just so excited!!!) I can’t wait to be more active on theNHBD and keep an eye out, I have so many good natural hair post ideas I’m bursting at the seams with excitement. the next couple of months are going to be good for this blog

Check it out ladies!!! As always peace, love and prosperity to you all

30 Day Challenge/Day 12

Bullet my day:

      • 12:20) Got up, wrote in my appreciation journal
      • 12:35) Brushed my teeth and switched on my kettle
      • 13:00) Had oats, jasmine green tea with lemon while reading the bible for the day
      • 14:20) Took a shower
      • 14:40) got dressed and did my make up
      • 15:30) Had a job interview
      • 17:00)  light up an incense stick and laid in bed (to watch the smoke)
      • 17:30) prepared dinner
      • 19:something) watched youtube videos
      • 22:00) took a hot bath
      • 00:30) wrote down my highlight of the day (finding the perfect everyday make up) and placed in my appreciation bowl

 

Obviously I did things in-between everything gee like eat, pray etc.