As most of you know, I’ve never really been a fan of braidouts. Twists and twistouts have been my go-to style from my transitioning days. I just could never imagine why i would take extra time braiding only to have not-so defined curls the next day. The few times I tried it, something always went wrong and I ended up throwing my hair into a textured puff. Eventually, I decided that braidouts were not for me.
Fast forward to late last year, I had been wearing a full wig with a closure and underneath I had done my hair into six braids (which only worked because my hair is thin, and the braids were nice and tight). I had successfully worn the wig for almost two weeks, when on the last day of my second week I FORGOT THE WIG AT HOME!! Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened to me, and it serves me right for not sleeping on time or getting my stuff ready the night before. But this time, the method I had used (wearing a scarf) was not available. Alas, what was I to do? I had to take down the braids, to my utmost despair.
Luckily, I had some Shea Moisture Smoothie in my car to aid in the take down process. So, I took each braid down with some smoothie on my fingers and fluffed up each section till there were no parts left. Would you imagine it came out flawlessly! You’d never imagine that I hadn’t planned to do the style.
And that, my friends, is the story of how I decided that braidouts weren’t so bad after all!
Today, I’m talking about where I go to get my products. As a former product junkie, I’ve learnt to control my impulse buying and whittled my products down to a small but powerful stash. Because I’m so stuck on particular products (with a few exceptions) it’s important to know where I can get my next bottle. A list of my current products can be found on My current regimen page which shows a list of the things I currently use, here’s where to buy them :
Olori is an online hair and beauty mega store that sells almost every popular natural hair product under the sun. You can find a good number of the most sought after products including henna and clays. Here are the products they sell that are in my current stash:
These are the products that you can pretty much get in any grocery/health/natural hair store. There are so many brands and types that i’d rather let you make your own choice.
Whipped shea butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Jumia is an online department store selling everything from baby toys to kitchen ware and car accesories. There’s a lot to choose from in this site so you may get lost, but they do have quite a comprehensive naturalista-friendly section that you could check out. You can buy the products below straight from the links underneath (I get some commission if you do, so get buying pretty please :D)
I have had bad skin for years, from when I was about 11 to as recently as last week and I would definitely say that it’s genetic. Amazing skin doesn’t run in my family, and I’m not expecting to get to that level, but what I have achieved at least is clear skin. On a good day, when I’ve been consistent with my regimen and I’m not experiencing any hormonal difficulties my skin tone is even and my face is soft, smooth and free from (obvious) blemishes. On a bad day, I’m breaking out in rashes spots and blackheads, my skin is dry and rough to the touch and no amount of face cream can soften it up.
The skincare business is worth billions of whatever currency you fancy, various companies trying to convince you that their ‘natural’ not-so-natural products are the best for you and will help you achieve xyz. However, a lot of the chemicals in their products are not good for you and can actually end up hurting your skin. I try not to use the products have drifted towards more natural ingredients for my face which i’ll discuss in another post. The points below have helped me maintain the texture of my face and keep it mostly spot free:
1. Get a routine, be consistent with it
This step is pretty simple, even if you’re only doing the barest minimum to your face, if you’re consistent with it you will see results. Resolving to wash your face every day/night and moisturising after is a good place to start. After you get used to this, you can then add another step like using toner/exfoliating.
2. Make sure you’re taking care of all of your facial needs
The Koreans are famous for having a 10-17-step skincare regime. This may seem a lot to those of us who can barely manage to take off our make-up before bed, however they carry out all these steps with good reason. Each step is not carried out every day, but is tailored to what they feel their skin needs on any given day. Take the steps you think are necessary for your skin and put then into a regimen These are the most common steps taken in no particular order:
Oil based cleanser
Foam based cleanser
3. Dilute it
I am currently transitioning into using mostly natural products for my skincare routine. Unfortunately, the last time I bought products, I stocked up so I have a whole lot to go through. The way I try to minimise any negative damage is by diluting the products before I use them. For example, for my face wash, I dilute it to a ratio of 1 part soap to 3 parts water. Doing this means I get a quarter of the normal amount with each pump and I find this is still more than enough to get my face clean. This also works if you’re trying to make your products last a lot longer.
4. You are what you eat
We hear this all the time so I won’t bore you with this. eating healthy food means healthier looking skin. As well as this, you may notice that your skin reacts when you eat certain foods. I am lactose intolerant, and my face shows it’s displeasure anytime I eat dairy by breaking out in spots or a rash. It’s definitely worth taking the time to note these down and restrict your diet from items that your body doesn’t agree with.
5. Natural is better
I agree with this statement maybe 80% or so. Yes, natural products are more likely to be good for your skin, but just because a product is ‘natural’ doesn’t necessarily mean that your skin will like it. Substances like henna and pure essential oils can cause major skin reactions and even burns on your skin if care is not taken. Always do a patch test 24 hours before you plan to use a new ingredient on your skin. Better safe than sorry.