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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Why is my Hair Not Growing Series: Episode 3 Beginning the journey


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Hi guys, this is the third episode in the WIMYNG series. This one is about hair regimens/ journals and what could be causing your hair to break off.

I wrote about creating a hair regimen in some posts I did ages ago Creating a Regimen and Creating a Regimen II In these two posts you can really get a good idea of what it is to have a routine. Some things I didn’t mention in those posts are actual ready methods that you can tweak to suit your lifestyle, because I didn’t want to speak for your hair. However, I think I have a good formula for you to follow:

Start off with cleansing/clarifying (note: if you’re co-washing you can skip to the next step). You could use a shampoo, ayurvedic herbs or a cleansing/normal conditioner for this step. As I am following the max hydration method, I use a conditioner/baking soda mix.

Next off condition/ detangle, this is the step where you could deep condition/ protein condition or which ever type of treatment you like to add to your hair eg clay and henna. If i’m planning to wash my hair in the morning I do a deep condition over night otherwise I deep condition until I can be bothered to rinse it out/I finish my chores. In my current regimen this is is where I condition, then deep condition and then do a clay rinse. This part is where you can really run wild and discover all sorts of new ways to give your hair that extra oomph!

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Temi has henna on her hair

Then comes the moisturise and seal. Since I do mhm I use my conditioner as a leave in and seal with gel for a wash n go or with oil for a set style like a twist out. There are many methods of sealing LOC, LOG, LCO, LCOC etc its up to you to find out which work for you. Sometimes the method you choose may be reflective of the current products that you have on hand, So its always good to have a bit of knowledge of different methods in case you find your self stranded with just water and some groceries, lol.

This is where hair journaling comes in. Once you decide that you’re about to do something to your hair you could write down all the products you have used and write in as much detail as you like about how your hair reacted to the products you used in the combination you used them in. Sooner or later you’ll find a pattern. Maybe your hair feels drier when Glycerin is nearer the top of the ingredient list. Maybe you shed more when you use gel, and maybe you see flakes if you mix certain products together. It’s up to you to put in the work, how much do you want your hair to be healthy?

Now i’ll briefly touch on some reasons why your hair is breaking briefly before we get deep into them in the next episode.

For my own self while I was relaxed and since I have been natural these have been the biggest stealers of my length:

  • Being scissor happy (over-trimming)
  • hair being dry
  • not moisturising enough
  • being lazy
  • not detangling (thoroughly) enough
  • detangling too much
  • not protective styling
  • overmanipulation
  • leaving protective styles in too long
  • too much tension in styles
  • too much heat

And the list goes on….so many ways to lose length!! In the next episode i’ll show you how to negate all of these issues. and some health hair care practices you need in your life.

Till next time!

Simi

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Natural Hair Myths Busted: I Don’t Wash My Hair Daily *GASP*


Helloo my little munchkins,

I got the inspiration for this post whilst talking to some of my cheer friends (you know who you are). My cheer team is composed of a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds and so we all have different opinions on various things. So we were on our way to a competition, when we started talking about hair (who would have guessed?). The general gist of it was wash day; the frequency, what products we used and how long it took.

My hair was out in a puff at the time and I explained that due to the kinky and dry nature of my hair, in winter I didn’t wash my hair more than once a week, even if I sweated more than usual that week. See some people just wash their hair everyday, and they forget that the main reason for washing so often is to get rid of excess grease in their hair. Continue reading

Creating A Regimen


You’ve now decided to go natural or on a healthy hair journey, but you’re stumped. Where do you go from here? The next step is to create a hair regimen. A regimen is basically a rough guideline of what you do for your hair, kind of like a hair timetable. Knowing exactly what you’re going to do is really essential to getting the most out of your hair and it’ll stop you from going back to bad habits. The main points to consider are:

  • Cleanse
  • Deep Conditioning (Protein/Moisturising)
  • Moisturise
  • Detangle
  • Condition
  • Sealing
  • Frequency of above steps

So lets start with the first point.

Cleanse:

Cleansing simply refers to how often you wash your hair and what you wash it with. You may or may not have heard of something called co-washing, which is washing with only conditioner. People (including me) do this because shampoos can be damaging and drying if used too often, how often ‘too often’ is depends on your hair and your lifestyle. Some shampoos also may have damaging ingredients such as Sodium Laureth/Laurlyl Sulfate which have been proven to cause skin irritation in some people and parabens which have been linked to cancer. I’ll do a post later in the series which shows the worst offending ingredients you should avoid. In general most people alternate between co-washing and shampooing to retain maximum moisture.

Detangle:

Detangling is a highly debated topic, from our youth it’s been instilled in us that the only way to get knots out is to comb them, and if they’re still stubborn? Comb them harder! Now, common sense should tell you that if you pull at something that’s slightly elastic…it’s going to break! And break is what it does, that’s why some people only have about 1-2 years worth of growth on their head at any one time. To retain as much length as possibly you need to take time detangling your hair. Patience is key! Whether you prefer to load you hair up with oil, conditioner or nothing at all be fore you start. Or whether you prefer to use a comb, brush or just your fingers, you really need to take time to gently separate all the knots and your hair will love you for it!

Deep Conditioning:

Deep conditioners give your hair life! The essence is to restore what has been lost from your hair from daily styling and just normal activities. There are two type, protein and moisturizer. Protein conditioners give your hair strength and make sure it doesn’t just break off. However, mostly a lot of protein isn’t needed and so protein treatments are not needed very often. Moisturising treatments are needed more regularly depending on the properties of your hair and how well moisturised you keep it. There is such a thing as over-moisturised hair so you need to beware. These treatments tend to be kept on the hair for a while some people say overnight or 12 hours, whilst some use heat and reduce the time they spend, either way it’s up to you and your lifestyle. Continue reading