ORS Win And Drive Finale Winners Event

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(This is a sponsored post, courtesy of ORS™ South Africa)

Hey loves. Hope you are doing this festive season and keeping safe as much as possible. And one person who is enjoying this December with what it brought her is Prudence Tshabalala who won an Alfa Romeo Guillieta on the 10th of December 2014. Natural Sisters attended the finale award afternoon held in Midrand  and those who follow me on twitter @natsis27 got insights on what was happening as I tried to live tweet as much as I could. It was a well organised event with a lovely atmosphere. Nice food as well I must say. And the goodie bags, I love them. A nice choice of products to put in a goodie bag. We got an edge tamer, ORS signature hair spray, shampoo and conditioner with a pamphlet about how to care for our hair at home. How cool is that. This is stuff that I will not give away but will use on my hair. Will let you know how it goes. Once I got a relaxer in the goodie bag at a hair event. I did not even know what to do with it. Ended up giving it to someone although it was against my ethic. I can’t be seen giving away a relaxer and discouraging relaxers at the same time.  Continue reading

Scalp Psoriasis And Natural Hair

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Hey loves. I hope you are doing great. Today I thought of discussing psoriasis or more particularly, Scalp Psoriasis. This is a topic of interest to me considering, I have very itchy and sensitive scalp and on trying to find out what was wrong with me, I found a lot of information about scalp psoriasis and thought to share with you guys. I hope it helps another sister or brother out there. Continue reading

Stretching My Hair With Chunky Twists

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Hey folks. I noticed I had never done a video on how I stretch my hair using chunky twists so here it is.  This time I did an oil treatment, more like a moisture treatment the night before and bagged my hair. I used coconut oil and Afro Botanics conditioner. I then washed my hair the next morning using my trusted black soap (I did’t get the Afro Botanics shampoo) and then applied the same conditioner and detangled in the shower using my fingers first and then followed with a wide toothed comb. I then used Afro Botanics  leave in conditioner and Twist & Shine Shea butter to twist my hair. I was not going for a high definition twist out but just twisting my hair for a good stretch. Because of my thinner ends, twist outs are not looking great so a pinned up do is normally the final style. In this case, I was preparing my hair for some mini African threading.

I hope it helps out someone, even one person will be great and if you have any questions for me, please put them in the comments section on the video. You can also request other videos that you would want to see there. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate the video. I will be posting a video on my review for Afro Botanics products that I used. Make sure you subscribe so that you can receive my videos straight to your inbox.

Otherwise, enjoy your holidays and many blessings to you and yours.

Durban Wedding: Awesomeness

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Hey folks. Met one of Natural Sisters’ readers at a wedding in Durban. I had come all the way from Johannesburg and she was coming from Cape Town only to meet in Durban. How cute life presents itself sometimes. I thought I had lost the photos I was taken with Nicole in Durban so I was not going to be able to share with you. But then, some time last week, I noticed I had  already saved them before my handbag was stolen in September. I was at the wedding on the 30th of August. Real awesome time. Continue reading

My Best Wash ‘N’ Go Ever On Natural Hair

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Hey guys. So I have been doing a bit more wash ‘n’ go’s lately and have grown to love them. When I started the maximum hydration challenge, it just seemed normal to do wash ‘n’ go’s because they are so quick to do and you can go about your business soon afterwards without waiting for the hair to dry and re-style. Who says type 4 kinky hair can’t do wash ‘n’ go’s? In this video, I share with you how I do my wash ‘n’ go’s for the best results. Continue reading

Big Flat twist protective style Tutorial

Check my hand at short term protective styling on straight hair. I am not used to dealing with straight hair at all since I am always in twist outs and mini twists. Anyways, a skill can always be learnt considering I cannot really do much of twist -outs or mini twists because of my pitiful ends. Life has to move on right. I think this style came out really cute and I am proud of myself big time. Not bad for a novice. So here we go…

Big hugs to you!!

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P.S this video was published some two weeks back. I just neglected to share on the blog.

Jozi Natural Hair Meet Up

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I also can’t believe it that the Jozi Natural Hair Meet up is done and gone. I was so busy in the past weeks preparing for this meet up and you guys it is a lot of work. Thanks to those who came for indeed my efforts and those of other members of the organising committee did not go to waste. We had a fabulous time. There was so much to talk about. Hey, there is always so much to talk about when it comes to hair. Continue reading

Rhassoul Clay, Benefits and Side Effects

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You have probably heard about Rhassoul clay and its amazing benefits to both hair and skin. I will however still introduce you to it none the less. In case this is your first time to hear/read about this clay.

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Summer Natural Hair Care

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I love summer. No more layers of clothes just to feel warm and my hair flourishes in the humidity of rainy weather. So me and my hair are happy. But wait a minute, summer brings much more than that and our hair may suffer damage instead of flourishing if certain precautions are not taken. In the midst of the beautiful hot African sun, plenty weddings and end of year parties, you want to still take care of your hair to make sure breakage is minimized as much as possible. Continue reading

You Are Invited to Jozi Natural Hair Brunch

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So many people have emailed me, messaged and even called me requesting a hair meet up for local naturals. Because of my studies, which I have finished, or at least for the time being, I could not host any events earlier in the year. Hosting is a lot of work and trust me, the brain works even more trying to think things over and over on how best to do it. Anyway, I and 3 more ladies managed to arrange one for the 22nd of November 2014 and the tickets are only available online at Quicket. It is going to be a brunch at a local Cafe, Thrive Cafe on Vilakazi street in Soweto to be precise.  Continue reading

Heatless Blow Out On Natural Hair

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In this video I show you how I use African threading aka amaphondo aka mabhanzi to stretch my natural kinky hair.

I used Shea butter, Extra Virgin Olive oil 4 Hair to make my hair soft and retain moisture for longer. I don’t stretch my hair often but because of my thinner ends, I am doing it almost once a month now. I still stay away from heat still so that is why I prefer to use this technique to stretch my hair.

Many blessings to you and yours.

Choosing the best hair straightener for coarse and frizzy hair 

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Let’s face it, your hair requires some after hours maintenance. Coarse and frizzy hair is always thought to be one of the most difficult hair types to manage and style. But in this day and age there’s nothing that can’t be done. With the right knowledge, that is. Let me show you how the pros pick their hair irons for this hair type. We’ll go together through all the steps and make this article as comprehensive as it can possibly be. Our ultimate goal here is teaching you how to choose the perfect hair straightener to make your hair more flattering than you could have imagined. Getting to know your hair There are two terms that need some explaining here: Continue reading

AIHE. What A Blast.

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This time I told you before hand about the AIHE. Yes, this time I really did and for those who came to say hi, it was really nice to see you ther. It goes without saying, this year’s event was a lot different from last year’s one and I think it was more biased to natural hair care than last year’s one. That’s my opinion. You know what, the tide is really changing and many African women are taking charge of their hair and making sure they don’t cause unnecessary damages to their stresses. Natural hair was really like trending at this year’s event and I loved it. Before I go on rambling, let my start from the top. Right. The  AIHE was split into 3 distinct events and I was privileged to be able to attend all 3. The first one was the Hair conference, then the Awards Evening and lastly the Expo. Continue reading

Flash Back… Transitioning Hairstyle

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Kind of. These are not pictures from when I was transitioning but the state of my hair right now is kind of where I was some 2 years ago when I had hit the 12 month mark in my transition.

For those who don’t know yet, I had a major set back in my hair journey and I experienced excessive shedding some time last year. I am not sure when though. You know when you are losing hair, sometimes you don’t know how serious the issue is until maybe there is hardly any hair left. Well for me, fortunately there was still a lot of hair on my head. However, as my new hair grows in, it makes my longer, older hair look kind of funny, if I allow it and I will not. So in my second transition, I remembered this hairstyle. Continue reading

Oh How I Wish I Had Your Hair…

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…Would you want my type of hair? These were the words of what I call a beautiful girl whom we shall call Mpho for now, as she played in her Indian friend’s hair. I had gone to collect my boys from school one sunny but slightly chilly afternoon and as I waited for them to be called from the play ground, I happened to over hear the above one sided conversation. I say one sided because Mpho’s friend did not answer back. She did not seem to mind Mpho playing with her hair though. Mpho looked about 10 years old, somewhere there and had a beautiful afro. A full head of kinky hair, combed out. I wanted to approach her and ask her why she preferred her friend’s hair to her own. I stopped short of  gathering her in my arms and whispering to her that her hair is indeed beautiful. Because of the school policy governing the conduct of parents and learners which are not their children, I could not. I just looked hopelessly and walked away wondering what must have been going on in Mpho’s mind.  Continue reading

The Professional Beauty Johannesburg 2014

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Being MIA for most of September meant having quite a back log of posts that I would like to share with you guys. There are events I went to and things that I have been doing to my hair. So I will be bombarding you with post after post for some time to get everything out of the way. Besides, I am in this full time now so I can really do it more. One of those events I attended is the Professional Beauty Johannesburg show which was hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre on the 31st of August to the 1st of September. Continue reading

How to apply the Cherry Lola – Caramel Treatment

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Hey folks. So I managed to record how I apply the Cherry Lola – Caramel treatment which is used as a first step in the MHM. This is my third time doing it and I absolutely love it. With my extremely frizzy crown, I really need a boost of moisture and this treatment is basically what it does to my hair. I really love it and plan to do it once a month or two from now on. The ingredients included in my treatment are not all that are mentioned on the MHM website so I would advise if you can, to get the whole batch of products. I just use what I have and don’t stress about what I don’t have. My mixture works just fine for me though.

Ingredients of my mix

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What I have been up to…

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Hey friends. I am so glad to be back to blogging again. I mentioned I would be MIA for a while so I could attend or rather concentrate on other aspects of my life. The thing is I have been studying for the past 4 years and this is my last year of study, at least for now. Yaaay! I am so excited and relieved as well. I was growing tired of it and since I was also working and studying only part time, it had taken longer than originally planned and I did not even have any social life for some time. Work and studying were really ruling my life and I could not do anything else without feeling guilty that I had stayed away from my books for too long. So, I am so relieved that is over now and I can do the things I love more. I have also decided to go into business full time so I quit my Engineering job so I could concentrate on Natural Moisture, my hair care business for now. I will tell you all the details on how I did that and the reason I had to do it in later posts.

Hair Update

Since I was so busy, more like close to insanity busy, my hair suffered quite a lot. You know hair and stress do not go well together and although the damage is not much, my hair made zero progress in the last 4 months or so. Not sure if the excessively dry winter we have just gone through is also to blame but I know I did not take care of my hair very well. As for the #HTL challenge, that train derailed together with my social life as I concentrated on my studies. I will just have to pick up from where I left off from and try and nurse my hair back to health again.

I have already started washing my hair every second day, inspired by the Maximum Hydration Method so that I can increase moisture levels in my strands. I am also wearing more wash n goes for the time being which I believe has a lot less manipulation than any other form of styling especially since I can’t seem to be able to keep a protective style for longer than 2 weeks. I will let you in on the details on how I am doing my hair in later posts and videos.

Thank you for coming by and if you have any questions or things you would like me to address, please put them in the comments below and I will do my best to attend to them.

Many blessings to you and yours

 

 

What Is Hair Typing?

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So I have been asked this question several times and many also wanted me to tell them what their hair type is. A lot of work and posts have been done by others but because of those who may still need the information, I put the information for you to check for yourself and if it matters to you, to figure out what your hair type is. First and foremost though, I will concentrate on the well known or most used Andre Walker system or this post may become too long. It is not comprehensive but it gives you somewhere to start from especially for new naturals. Continue reading

Win Tickets To The Upcoming AIHE

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Hey guys. Just checking in for a bit to give you guys some tickets for the upcoming Africa International Hair Expo. This is the third time running in South Africa and after attending the one held last year, I would not miss this one. Did a video about the one held in 2013 here.  Continue reading

4c Naturalista: Meet Boitumelo from Randfontein

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As per promise, Boitumelo’s full interview below.This is a follow up post from this one. Enjoy and please comment, like and show love. 

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Ntswaki Mrouledi, aka Boitumelo. I’m from Randfontein (Gauteng) but now resides in Potchefstroom (NW).

What is your hair type? eg. 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c etc.

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Making the modified Cherry Lola Treatment

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So I am planning on some MIA for a while. Yeah sometimes we have got to put on hold certain things in order to focus on other aspects of life and that time is now for me. I will be checking in here and there but not much of the in depth topics that I normally post. Hopefully I will able to be with you more very very soon. That being said, I will leave you with this video on the modified Cherry Lola treatment that I did and applied to my hair. My hair is quite low porosity so it really liked this treatment. Some people call it a natural relaxer but after applying it only once, I cannot say it relaxed my hair. It basically allowed my hair to curl more especially at the top of my head and that is another post for another day already for when I share the video with the results which I hope to post really soon.  Continue reading

And the winner is…

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It has been an eventful week, Natural Sisters was hacked and oh I was even scared to access the site. So many regrets about having a blog crossed my mind and I truly was not eager to write another post. It has all been fixed now and I suppose I have to move on and do what I do best. Blog. If you were spared the being “redirected” every time you wanted to access the site, well good for. And those who had to go through the ugly ordeal I really am sorry you had to go through that. A big thank you to those who alerted me once they noticed the mishap. I really appreciate your concern and taking the time to look out for me. I do not intend on going on and on about this week’s happenings here. The post is on the announcement of the winner of Natural Sisters’ 2nd Birthday Giveaway.

The announcement took place on Saturday the 2nd of August as specified in the Giveaway video.

Thank you so much to all those who entered. I really appreciate your support.

Many Blessings to you and yours.

The Maximum Hydration Method: My Take.

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Thanks to a mini informal meet up with a couple of naturals one Saturday morning in Johannesburg, I learnt there was this Maximum Hydration Method aka MHM and the Cherry Lola Treatment for low porosity hair. My hair was feeling quite dry and lacked vibrancy. I will thank winter blues for that. Anyways, when I heard about it, I once again availed myself to try it. Of course I did a bit more research on it and I resolved to trying it out. Not the proper way though and you will find out why in a bit.

What is the MHM and how does it benefit kinky hair?

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2014 Birthday Giveaway!

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Hey Lovelies. So excited. It is Natural Sisters 2nd birthday. I did my first blog post in July 2012 and now, two years down the line, Natural Sisters still lives. Thanks to you.

It has been so much of a pleasure to be blogging on Natural Sisters, answering your questions and sharing the knowledge that I have acquired on natural hair. I am still learning and educating myself on natural hair. I believe the journey has only started and with determination, knowledge and willing to do the work, we can make the journey worth the while. Thank you of being part of the Natural Sisters Community.

To celebrate Natural Sisters’ second birthday, we are doing a give away. This is all explained in the video below. Entries close on the 31st of July 2014.

Here is to many more years of blogging

 

Many blessings

 

 

COMPETITION CLOSED ON 31 JULY 2014

 

 

 

Awesome Email: PATIENCE Is What I Need Most…

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I received this email from a fellow natural from North West, South Africa and wasn’t I warmed. Especially because she sent some pictures as well. How I love seeing pictures of naturals all over. You know, there is something about natural hair. I can’t explain it and I can’t get enough of it either. I love natural hair with all its vibrancy of health and strength. So pictures of natural hair will obviously melt my heart and because her pictures were so awesome, I asked her for permission to share them with you. You see, I will not share any pictures or personal information without asking for permission first. So here they are. the email she wrote to me and the pictures. I have sent her some questions to do an interview feature on this blog so look out for it soon. Here goes… Continue reading

Grow to love it… Meet Jane A Nyanga Naturalista

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For some people, having long hair does not involve a lot of do’s and don’t’s. They do not do numerous DIY sessions just to keep their hair still attached to their scalp and rely entirely on a stylist (tried and tested I think) at a trusted salon. I wish I was one of those because it seems I have developed  a phobia  for someone handling my hair. I really hope I will grow out of it because I really do believe there are a lot of stylist who really care and know how to deal with natural hair out there. Finding one can be the first step. Will be working on it. Any how, Jane happens to be one of those extremely blessed ladies and she sent Natural Sisters photos and shares her natural hair journey as she is our Natural Sister Feature for today.

What’s your name and where are you from?

Jane Tendesayi Nyamandwe.  I’m from Nyanga but currently living in Beitbridge,  Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Will Biotin Grow My Hair?

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The jury is still out on this one and my answer will always be, “There are many factors involved in growing healthy hair and retaining the length and these differ from person to person” Could Biotin be what you need to boost your hair growth? Let’s find out.

But what is Biotin?

Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin and is also known as Vitamin H and is responsible for several metabolic reactions in the body. It helps in the breaking down of fats and carbohydrates for use as energy, breaking down of proteins to urea and helps in the conversion of amino acids from protein into blood sugar for energy. Biotin is available to our bodies from the food we eat and most of us get enough to keep us healthy. Biotin is found in foods like milk, egg yolk, nuts, yeast, dried peas and mushrooms, cheddar cheese, cauliflower, fish and avocado. If not getting enough of these foods in your diet, there are Biotin supplements on the market as well. Continue reading