Its been too long, where have you been? hahah just playing wit ya, Lagos life has got me in a tizzy, so little time to work, play, blog and do hair all in 24 hours. Ah well, i’m trying.
So today i’m talking about my favourite accessory, I realised I don’t really have one, though I like to wear scarves and the like, I don’t really feel anything for them, so instead i’m showing you a wish list of all the accessories i’d like to have.
1. A Bow
I actually have one of these but its in a colour that makes it hard to wear on most clothes.
2. A head scarf
Technically I have scraps of fabric I could make this with, but technically, I suck at DIY sewing.
3. A hair band
I love pretty hairbands like these, but really nice ones are quite hard to find. The best part is that you can put them over almost any hair style and it won’t mess it up or get caught in between.
There you have it, some of my favourite accessories, are there any hair accessories on your wish list?
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!
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
not detangling (thoroughly) enough
detangling too much
not protective styling
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.
To my hair….LOL. Today marks two years of fully natural hair, no relaxed or heat damaged ends. Just thick, kinky and healthy curls! The journey has not been easy, there have been so many times that I felt like giving up. So many failed products, failed hairstyles, money spent on tools I could have done without. I’m just glad i’ve lasted this long, and have even converted people over to the natural side (or at least given a helpful nudge). Special shout outs to Wendy, Henrietta, Missy, Ivy and all other people who have joined me on this journey (I cut Missy and Henrietta’s hair myself).
Since I didn’t do a one year anniversary post, i’ll show pictures from my BC till now just so you can see the difference in hair length.
Now the picture i’m about to show you is of a bun, it’s not necessarily fierce, but I love it because it’s probably the first bun picture i’ve taken with my hair. I have no idea why because my hair’s been bun-able for a while. In the pictures, my hair is in twists because I hardly ever leave my hair just out. I still haven’t washed it after taking down the twists from hell, maybe i’m still traumatised from the whole experience.
I apologise for the bad quality of the pictures, but i don’t have my trust camera with me at the moment, so these will have to do.
If you currently know me, or have gotten to know me withing the past 2 years you would know that I have 1 style that I wear most of the time, that I could wear forever! MY PUFF!!!!!! It just so happens that i’m wearing one today after my awesome three strand twistout ( review soon come) got a bit too wild for work.
The humble puff has saved me from many failed twist-outs, bantu-knot outs old wash-n-goes, and other various styles that look soooo much better on other people than on me. If the style still has definition to it, I just slap a large band or a scarf on it and call it a night. If the state of my hair is just wack, then I just spray a bit of water (the joys of springy hair) and it reverts back to a big fluffball, perfect for my signature poofy puff 😀 It’s so easy to achieve and can be done in under 30 seconds, why do any other style?
Here are pictures of my other puffs:
Toooo many pictures, i chose one a month for the past 6 and there are still loads more to show maybe in another post?
It’s been almost 8 full weeks since I got these waist length box braids installed. At about 5 weeks, which is a lot later than usual, I started to get a bit itchy about letting my hair free and being able to touch and play with it again. But that happened to be right near the end of my exams, I had reached the home stretch and I couldn’t imagine spending valuable time doing my hair when I had a degree to finish! So, I threw all those urges away and focused on my exams. Soon after my exams, I was due to go on a holiday to Spain and again I fought the urge to take them out, I had a low luggage allowance (15kg!) and I couldn’t afford to use precious space and weight on my hair products.
I’m glad I kept the braids in for my trip, the maintenance was a breeze, and for some reason i felt more comfortable going into the sea with braided hair than loose hair, I don’t really know why. A reason I think I got the itch again was the whole build up fear again, especially as I had to remove some braids around my edges and experienced huuuuggggeeee fluff balls and alarming hair loss. I was kind of scared for the rest of the hair, and hoped I still had hair left. This is the amount of hair I lost during the whole washing process..
Spain was so good! I had so much fun, so many laughs, so much sun, so much food 😀 (i like food). I really enjoyed being with my favourite girlies and it was so amazing being with them as it marked our graduation from university, so it was also tinged with a bit of sadness. Two days after I was back I started on my braids and took them down the exact same way as I did in my Kinky Twist Takedown blog post a while back. The only difference being the oil I used, to be honest I used a random mix I found in my room which probably consisted of jojoba, grapeseed and a bit of rosemary oils. Here you can really see the difference between that time and now, my hair has grown a bit in the past 6 or so months.
I missed my one year natural length check because my hair was in braids, so instead I may do a random 15 month check or something, just because I don’t have any. And here you can see my hair calmly twisted into around 20 twists, it looks so peaceful here. Seeing this picture gave me an idea, since I don’t have a name for my hair, why not switch it up and give her a name depending on her state of being, and since my name ‘SIMI’ means rest in my native language Yoruba I thought i’d call her the Japanese word for rest, Yasumi (休み) I guess that’s her name when she’s in a protective style like the twists I have in now.
So i’ve washed and deep conditioned and i’m wearing these twists to stretch my hair for a flat twist and curl i’m planning to have in tomorrow night, but I got the inspiration for this process from naptural85’s youtube channel and her results were pretty nice so I may not flat twist it just yet, i’ll show you the results tomorrow.
One of the main problems with transitioning is the obvious difference in textures, the natural hair tends to be darker and curlier and the relaxed hair tends to be lighter and straighter. So the best hairstyles for transitioners are those that disguise the difference in curl pattern.
Exhibit A- Bantu knot out
To do a bantu knot out is fairly simple once you get the bantu technique right. You part the hair into medium to small sections depending on your hair length. With each section you twist the hair round and round itself until it stays put. You can do this on wet or dry hair and for maximum results its better to sleep with the knots overnight, or if you did it wet, wait till the hair dries.
Then you gently unravel the knots, separating them until you have a light fluffy, curly fro:
Exhibit B- Braid out
It’s as easy as it sounds, braid your hair into 5-30 sections depending on your length, thickness, and desired style. You can either do this on wet, damp or dry hair. Leave it to dry/overnight and un-braid in the morning and voila! Braid out!
Exhibit C- Twist out/Flat twist out
Exactly the same as the braid out, except you can have purely flat twists, two strand twists, or a combination of the two.
Exhibit-D Flat twists
In this style, instead of taking the twists out you flat twist the hair into a lovely little style and leave them in for everyone to admire/drool over.
And there you have it, 4/5 different styles for transitioners or naturals. Aren’t those flats twists gorgeous?
Today I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my hair, but since I was a bit late for class I decided to do my hair in class. When I did the style though, my friend Ify (the special guest from yesterday) told me that she had something a bit more exciting for today. So I allowed her to create my hairstyle for today, from the row behind me, in the middle of our lecture room, thank goodness the room was half empty. This is what she came up with:
I went to a new church this morning so, you know, I thought I would make a bit of an effort and dress up a little bit. Unfortunately I was running a bit late, so I couldn’t take pictures of when I had freshly done my hair. I got inspiration from a friend of mine: