Back to the Maximum Hydration Method


Hi,

So it’s been a while since I followed the MHM method after having the twists, weave, more twists etc. One thing I like about the method though is that it’s nice to have a fixed regimen, I know exactly what i’m going to do and how often I need to do it. Whether I do exactly what i’m supposed to do is another thing entirely.

One thing I noticed about MHM is, my curls are always more defined than before, no matter what I did to my hair in between. I used to think that combing the hair would reverse or slow down the clumping, which it probably does to an extent but I still see better results every cycle.

After taking down my twists.
After taking down my twists.
Before the clay step
Before the clay step

My current method/products, do differ slightly than before but it doesn’t seem to have changed my hair in a major fashion. My current method is:

  • Cherry Lola: Liquid aminos, conditioner or yoghurt, honey and olive oil. I do this for at least an hour.
  • If i’m not doing the Cherry Lola I use a mix of water, conditioner and baking soda (I find that this mix is nice and slippery for detangling) rinsing immediately after the section is detangled.
  • Bentonite clay mix: about half a cup of bentonite clay mixed with aloe vera gel, olive oil, honey and conditioner. I leave this on for about 30 mins.
  • Deep conditioner: This I leave on for another 30 mins or so, sometimes the bentonite can be a bit drying so I only use this to soften it back up again.
  • Warm water, olive oil and conditioner: This mix really defines my curls and allows me to separate the clumps to create more volume whilst preventing frizz. This is a new find that i’m sticking to.
  • Gel if I find it necessary. After using the mix above, I don’t need to use gel because it stays soft for a few days, but I find gel reduces the shrinkage so I do use it sometimes.
Second to last cycle
Second to last cycle
last cycle
last cycle

The difference isn’t really that much from cycle to cycle, mainly because I don’t follow it 100% and I also don’t always use recommended products, but what it you can’t see is how much smoother the hair gets each time, or that there are less tangles than before. Also I tried using my blow dryer on cool once or twice to reduce the shrinkage, I find my hair tangles if i don’t wash it under 3 days if it’s too shrunken, the blow dryer helps with this. I don’t have pictures of after the hair dries because I’m only vain when i’m washing my hair, afterwards I seem to forget that pictures are needed haha.

Simi

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Back to basics: small twists


Hey curlies (and non curlies )

Twists and its many variations are like the poster style for every type of natural girl. You’ve got mini twists,  rope twists, flat twists,  large twists,  small twists,  the strand twists etc.

I think that the reason they’re so popular is that  they can be really simple like large twists or really intricate like flat twisted styles
So they’re perfect for the beginner whos not so good at styling yet but also for the long term naturalista who has been there done that. Twisted styles can also be considered protective styles and can  keep your hair tucked away for a few  days or even up to a few weeks.

This week, after wondering what i could do to keep my hair out of the way, i decided to do some small twists. Now, i define ‘small twists ‘ as twists smaller than your average chunky twists, but definitely larger than mini twists, think about 15-50 twists.

I’m currently in a situation where i dont have access to my normal hair products so i didnt use anything special.  But sometimes I like to be simple and not overcomplicate what I’m  doing and the results are even more satisfying.

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After co-washing my hair with Elasta QP Intense conditioner,  i sprayed my hair lightly with a concentrated mix of aloe vera juice and water. Then, on the individual twisting sections,  i applied a bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and  twisted the section up into a tight two-strand twist and thats it! No fuss and no nonsense.

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I actually enjoy wearing my twists in, which is why I make them small and i’ve kept them in since then, except from a small section at the front that I untwisted. First I left it as a side fringe (or a bang for my American readers) but I got caught in the rain and had to pin it into some pompadour/quiff mix, you like?

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Simi

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Natural Hair Myths Busted: Is Scab Hair Real?


Hey Curlies,

Today, I’m going to focus on something that was a big issue around the time I first decided to go natural (wow, so long ago!) scab hair. For those who don’t know, scab hair is termed as the hair that grows after you decided to stop using chemicals on your hair, what we would call “new growth”. Some people have noticed that after growing their hair for years or more, the texture on their head changes from what it used to be at the beginning of their journey.

 

Because of this change, curlies around the world have hypothesized that the chemicals that had been applied to our scalp in the past had been absorbed, causing the new hair to be coarser and drier than it should be. The amount of time that goes by before the hair starts reverting back differs greatly with some saying it took almost three years for a change to be seen. Others feel that it is because after beginning the hair journey, we tend to take better care of our hair, and it is the increased moisture that improves the texture of our hair.

Started from the bottom
Started from the bottom…

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Are you ever coming back?


Hi curlies,

In my last post I talked about perm rod-ding the weave I had. The Curls were soft and bouncy the whole day, and people complimented me a lot. To preserve the curls, I put the hair into a pineapple and put a silk scarf over it. However the next day, The curls had fallen flat and the hair looked kind of frizzy and dull. I managed to get it acceptable state but I didn’t really think that it looked half is good as it did the day before. This may or may not have been a result of me not using any product to set the girls so the next time I am going to try with either a Styler or maybe an oil, just to see how the hair reacts.

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Now, this is the third week with the weave and a lot of people have asked me whether I am not going to stay natural anymore and they’ve asked me why I decided not to stay natural. This surprised me because most of the people asking these questions are relaxed or guys that seem to have a preference for a straight hair. Most of the guys then went on to say that they preferred me with my hair in natural looking styles. So my Marley twists, wash n goes and my three strand twists are what they thought I looked best in.

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Natural is hawt!!

To be honest, this really boosted my confidence in wearing natural hair here, I almost got the impression that people didn’t really like my hair apart from people who were already natural. But now that I’ve gotten this verbal affirmation that it suits me I feel like I’d be a lot more willing to rock a lot more styles.

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Apart from the perm rods I have tried curl formers in the weave and I noticed that the curls were a lot more elongated and not as tight and they lasted a lot longer. I had the curls for about four days until I washed it and did the perm rods. Curl formers definitely take a lot less time to dry, I’m talking about two hours compared to overnight with the perm rods. In both cases I did use a dryer at the end but not longer than 10 minutes.

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Simi

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Perm Rod-ding it!


Hey curlies!

I had started to notice that my hair was looking dull, and was breaking off near the bottom. If I’m supposed to get more than one use out of it, then I can’t let it happen for much longer, so i decided to wash only the weave on the weekend.

I started off by sectioning the weave int two sections, left and right. I then put them up into two buns, to keep them off my face while I was washing.
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To wash the hair, I diluted about a squirt of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap in approximately two cups of water. Castile soap needs to be diluted before use, but how much you dilute it is up to you. When I washed the first section, it didn’t lather up enough for my liking, but the dirt was still coming off. When I had rinsed both sections with water, I decided to dilute another squirt of soap with only a cup of water. This lathered up a more and the water ran clear when I rinsed.

 

Tools I used
What I used

After this I used my to deep condition the hair for about 10 mins. To be honest, I don’t know whether this had much of an effect on the final hair because, the hair has been long cut off from nutrients and the like. However, it did feel better and smoother than it did straight after washing, so the deep conditoning must have helped.

With the deep conditioner in
With the deep conditioner in

After deep conditioning, I was about to use curlformers to style the hair, but I couldn’t find them in my rush. So, instead of curlformers, I opted to use perm rods. Something I hadn’t used in years! I didn’t use any product to set the hair before starting, as I didn’t want the hair to be weighed down. I used two different types of perm rod, the smallest and second smallest types available. I tried to use the bigger ones at the bottom but sometimes I just used whatever I had in my hand. The whole thing from wash to finished style took less than a football match to finish (I was watching Liverpool but didn’t really time when I started). Continue reading

New Year, New Hair: What To Do After Your Big Chop


Happy New Year to all my Curlies!!

I hope you have all gorged yourself silly during the Christmas and New Year festivities! I tried not to, but the chicken just looked too good haha. Just like millions of people all around he world, one of my main resolutions is to eat healthily and lose some of that darn tummy weight.

A few friends of mine have decided that the new year marks a new chapter of the hair journey, signified by a big chop. Most of them have transitioned for a few months or weeks and so have a cute lil fro, that isn’t hard to manage, but they have no idea how to care for. A lot of us have grownup with an African mentality when it comes to our hair, especially in regards to wash frequency, products used and de-tangling methods. By following these methods, we succeeded in making our hair low maintenance and ‘pretty looking’ but ultimately very unhealthy. This unhealthiness is a major reason a lot of us have decided to go natural, and so i’d like to shed some light on how to completely overhaul your journey and make your hair ‘easier to manage’.

 

Moisture is Key!

The first thing people say when they go natural is how ‘hard’ their hair is. Maybe they’re expecting soft baby curls or something but HELLO! African hair is naturally dry and the only way to soften it and make it behave the way you want to is by moisturising. Moisturising does not mean slathering various oils and creams and the like, NO it means using specific products (water based) to put the moisture in you hair, and then to keep the moisture in your hair, sealing the hair with an oil or butter. Things like oils and silicones sit on top of your hair, keeping moisture from getting out, but also stopping moisture getting in. So it’s important you ensure your hair is getting the moisture it needs and that it stays moisturised.

 

moisturised hair holds styles best.
moisturised hair holds styles best.

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Phew That Was Close: Salon Mishap


Hi there!

Hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas holiday so far, and are gearing up to celebrate new year! My Christmas ‘holiday’ has been uneventful but fun this year, been catching up with long lost friends, going out to eat and all that jazz. Unfortunately, I don’t get holiday at my workplace, so i’ve not had as much rest as I could have, but its not been too bad.

Well, everyone and their mother has been getting on my back about doing a ‘proper’ protective style, and I just sat looking at them like ‘huh??? but I just took out some Marley twists?’ Apparently, they weren’t in long enough (wondering why people care so much?)  but I felt like giving my hair a proper break too, so I went for it.

I got some hair from Ali Express, and even though I am wary of buying things like hair online where you can’t see the quality, I have heard nothing but good things about Ali Express and so I bought a closure for a curly weave that I already had, and also a wavy 4 bundle pack with a closure.

The hair feels really good, it’s soft and silky and hasn’t shed at all yet, but it’s only been a day so any comments are a bit premature. Anyways, I washed and prepped my hair, using African Naturalistas Twist and Curl Pudding as my leave-in before I African threaded my hair. I woke up the next morning and my hair was DRY, dryer than week old bread, it was horrible! I decided to undo all the threading and re-moisturise and twist my hair into two strand twists using shea butter.

The shea butter didn’t help much, my hair was still quite dry but felt a bit better. I couldn’t go to the salon that day, but two days after, I managed to spare some time. Usually, I wouldn’t go to this salon as it is a relaxed salon, but my mum told me that there was a particular person that could do natural hair and that he was really good, so I went. I untwisted my hair before I got to his chair and the first thing he said was,’ Your kind of hair is a war to blow dry.’ Now I was thinking, hold on? Why are you fighting with my hair, if you know how to handle it. That was my warning sign, but I felt like I should just give him  a chance, little did I know that I should have run as fast as I could. Next thing he brought a medium sized comb and started to comb my hair DRY. He just got stuck in and started tugging my hair, and I could feel my poor strands breaking and being ripped out of my scalp. After the third time I was like NO, stop, i’ll de-tangle it myself. So he left to attend to someone else while I attempted to de-tangle my hair.

Looking like a mad woman after trying to detangle my hair dry :'(
Looking like a mad woman after trying to detangle my hair dry 😥

Then I thought to myself, Simi, You never comb your dry, its such a no-no, why are you doing this to yourself? And that’s when I snapped, I got up, grabbed my things, and walked out the door, the ladies looked shocked when I started walking out and asked me why I was going. I just shook my head and kept going. I felt so angry that I had allowed that guy to damage part of my hair, and immediately decided to wash and prep my hair again so I could do it at another salon.

I sprayed on a mix of conditioner, castile soap and water, and started clarifying all the product I had used, and just by raking the product through my hair I saw the breakage that had happened. Clumps and strands of my hair were falling out, I was so angry!

 

Some hair that fell out, without further de-tangling.
Some hair that fell out, without further de-tangling.

Thankfully I managed to de-tangle my hair without losing too much more, and after I washed it, I put shea butter in my hair and put it straight in twists. I had to go out that night so I untwisted the twists, but only the back was dry, the rest was poofy and undefined. I twisted the front into a kind of side pompadour and put up the rest in a head band.

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The next day I went to the salon I originally intended to go to, Mods Salon in lekki Phase 1 if anyone is interested, you can find the details here.

Its a small quiet salon, and I was impressed with the service. The lady who did my hair was very gentle with it, and even though I had to ask her to loosen her grip a few times, she didn’t do the hair too tight. My closure was nicely sown on, but she had a bit of a problem laying my stubborn edges flat, all in all it was good, and I don’t feel like I lost hair.

 

Me at the beach
Me at the beach, duck face!!!

I’m glad I had the balls to walk out of the salon before I left there bald, it’s not something I ever thought I could do, but i’m also pissed at myself for not following my gut. Ah well, i’m lucky it was only a bit of hair that fell out, I’ve seen horror stories that were much worse. Do you like my new look?

 

How te hair properly looks
How te hair properly looks.

Simi

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New Facebook Page


Hi there,

So we just opened up a new Facebook page, just to get our name out there a bit more I guess, please like it ;). Since we don’t have an instagram (way too much effort) we’ll most likely put our daily pictures on there instead. My lil sis seems to be back on board…we’ll see how long that lasts but she’s going to add a new dimension to the blog in form of beauty.

Now, we know that this blog is meant to be a hair blog, but I think a lil sprinkle of beauty here and there will be a nice change from the norm. I don’t particularly wear a lot of makeup, and neither does she, but we were appalled at just how much make-up some black women put on just to look a few shades lighter. One diva put on 9 different eye shadows, for a ‘neutral’ look…9!!! That’s ridiculous, so we’re going to focus on looking good, without caking it on.

tnac

 

Hopefully, you’ll like it and any tips and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. 😀

Simi

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