Dry Hair Horror

Let me just start off by saying, I reached my 2014 hair goal! YASS! My hair is now Bra-strap length at the back and armpit length on the sides and crown, it now rests past and on my shoulders, without being stretched. GLORY!!!

With all that being said, I committed a huge natural hair faux pas I kept my Marley twists in for 9 weeks and only started moisturising it during the 7th/8th week, bad I know and trust me I’m paying the price now. I don’t regret keeping it in that long, only because the older it got the more real, relaxed and natural it looked, I only regret not moisturising it sooner. I was just lazy, I guess .

The first week my hair was bone dry even after I did a hot oil treatment using wheat-germ, olive, and coconut oil. It got better in the second week after I used my DIY bentonite clay mask, but it still looks dry and sounds dry (SOUNDS?! Yes, dry hair has a crunch/crackling sound to it).

I honestly don’t know what to do, but I know I want the sound to go away. I can’t stand doing my hair, it’s always in a bun till I have to moisturise it at night. I’ve been bagging my hair twice a week now and co-washing once a week but nothings helped. If you have any tips please let me know, I’m willing to try anything, I’m planning on using a protein treatment this coming Sunday ( I’m  researching Keratin treatments, if I don’t like what I find I’ll do a egg-mayo treatment)

Anyway I want to share my Marley twist pictures, can’t wait to install these again. As always thanks for reading

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Glycerine the good, the bad and the ugly

Clere BP Pure Glycerine

Clere BP Pure Glycerine

Each and every single one of us have hair goals. All being different from the next, from length to thick healthy hair goals. Many naturals have found glycerine to be very effective in reaching their goals, this post will explore why that is.

firstly lets consider what glycerine is! Glycerol (another name for glycerine) is a polyol compound, it’s colourless, odourless and very sweet. Glycerine is water soluble and hygroscopic in nature (that means it’s able to attract and hold water from surrounding areas). It attracts moisture in environments of over 70% humidity or higher It is soluble in water and easily added to hair-care products.

There are two types of glycerine, one naturally derived the other synthetically derived. Natural glycerine can be obtained from animal fats or vegetable fats, whereas synthetically derived glycerine is a by product of petroleum.

    Animal Glycerine:

Cheaper to make
Usually not purified (100% glycerine)

    Vegetable Glycerine:

Doesn’t go rancid
Doesn’t fry as quickly as animal glycerine
It’s a food grade product so it has many uses

    Synthetic Glycerine (BP):

Considered a potential health hazard by many
Typically produced from epichlorohydrin as a starting material, which is a toxic chemical.
The concern arises from the fact that the final product has traces of epichlorohydrin

    All Three:

Softens hair by binding water to hair
Believed to dry hair (only when used undiluted) in low humidity, this can be overcome by applying with water.
In humid weather puffs up your hair cuticles partly removing semi-permanent colour.
Prevents breakage while combing (only natural hair)
Should be added in small quantities to liquid
It’s water and alcohol soluble
It is insoluble in oil, but can be used to emulsify water and certain oils

All in all moisturised hair helps it grow, stay healthy and look good, so consider adding glycerine to your regimen and reap the rewards. Love now and always, thank you for reading

Hydrating Honey Deep Conditioner

My hair was pretty dried out from that Dr. Miracle deep conditioning  which left me unimpressed and hating my hair ( well the feel of it not the look) so I needed to find something that would bring the moisture back and now that  Winter is coming to an end  and the weather is getting warmer, what better time to start using humectants again? 

Now which humectant to use? I decided on honey because of it’s antibacterial and astringent qualities, I needed this because my scalps been flaking. If I had banana’s I would have also added them, I’ve read somewhere that the potassium in bananas can rid your scalp of dandruff, oh well.

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Ingredients:

                  4tbs of raw honey

                  8tbs of olive oil

                  4tbs of any cheap conditioner

 

Directions:

  1. Whip out a bowl and a spoon (preferably one you’ll use exclusively for DIY hair and body projects)
  2. Add olive oil  (if your honey has crystalized consider warming your oil first) to the bowl followed by 3tbs of conditioner
My bowl is stained from hair dye

My bowl is stained from hair dye

      3.  Mix the conditioner in then  add the honey one spoon at a time

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  4. Add in the fourth tablespoon of conditioner and that should make your mixture nice and creamy

This is what the final product looked like

This is what the final product looked like

I didn’t use up all of the deep conditioner, so I decided to mix up the remaining mixture with some cocoa butter and I love the smell of this whipped butter.

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Thanks for reading!

Product review: Dr. Miracle’s Follicle Healer

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I’ve seen Dr. Miracle products in the True Love magazine (it’s basically in every issue) during my last Dis-Chem trip, to restock my arsenal of natural hair products I came arcoss this sample pack and I knew I needed to get it, it was below R30 so it was worth a try..

The ingredients are: Water deionized (aqua), Polysorbate 20, Aloe Vera Gel, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Polyquaternium -10, Allantoin, Wheat Germ Protein, Panthenol, MenthoneGlycerin Acetal, Menthol, Isopulegol, Menthoxypropanediol, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil (Tea tree oil), Biotin, PEG- 40 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E, Thiamine etc….

What the product claims to do: “My follicle healer nourishing packet is your weekly treatment to feed, stimulate and energise your hair follicles. this is a vital step for having healthy growing hair and a healthy scalp. Nourishing treatment turns dry lifeless hair into soft shiny manageable hair. Energizing Complex continues to work after you stop feeling it.”

From the active ingredients (the first five) I only recognised two off the bat, that being water and the aloe vera gel, the other three ingredients didn’t really impress me much, Polysorbates, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose are used as emulsifiers and I don’t know what Polyquaternium. I’ve used 100% natural products in my hair, that I’ve made myself and that worked well, so I was excited to use this and see the result!

Product instructions: I’m too lazy to type them up so I’ll just summarise it, for best result use one of his shampoos, then apply the Deep Conditioner (DC), cover hair with a plastic cap for 30-45 minutes without heat and 5-10 with heat.

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My crazy hair

My crazy hair

What I did: I used the dark and lovely oil shampoo on my scalp, rinsed it out thoroughly then applied the DC to my hair followed by a plastic bag, after an hour I rinsed it off, applied my cheap conditioner because my hair felt dry

My thoughts: Mmmm, I’m not a fan instead of giving me “soft shiny manageable hair” it gave me dry to the touch lifeless hair…. Now my hair has been f=dry here and there but never so dry that it was crunchy, I couldn’t bear to touch my hair.

I will say this although my hair was dry it looked fuller, the individual strands looked bigger than before, now they weren’t thick but they honestly had doubled in size, I actually had to double check because my thin strands tend to “cuddle” up with one another making them appear thick.

Styles I rocked: I was going for a twist out at first but it came out so dry they I had to twist my hair up, The following week I soak my hair applied some olive oil and rocked a wash ‘n go, which looked dope due to the fullness of my hair, the wash ‘n go later turned into a twist out… The hair was more manageable after a week of doing nothing to it except spritz it with water and seal it with olive oil

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Would I use it again: I would, I’m not crazy about it but I loved the way my hair looked once I got over the crunchiness of it, I certainly will not be using it anytime soon, maybe next year sometime or even December this year.

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