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

Crochet Braids Using A Bobby Pin

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As you may know, we are right in the middle of winter and I chose to do a protective style that will not only be a low manipulation style but also hide my hair to protect it from the harsh winter cold and the excessively dry indoor heating. I chose to do the style myself and need I say, it took me 8 hours to do and I am not doing it again on my own. Never. I have learnt my lesson. And because I did it myself, I also did not tie the synthetic hair quite enough at the back section so they were busy pulling out quite often. Although I loved the style to bits, I could not keep it fro longer than 2 weeks. I had to remove it and now I am back to my chunky twists aka Havana twists. I have learnt my lesson.  Continue reading

A Nelspruit Naturalista: Meet Lindokuhle

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Although I have not been to salon for just over 3 years to get my hair done, there are many who are not as DIY advocates as I am and have all or part of their hair care needs satisfied by hairstylists at a salon. Finding a good and reliable hairdresser is the best step to have a hair journey close to Lindo’s journey.  Continue reading

Best Products For Natural Hair In Winter

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It is winter time now in Southern Africa and with the cold weather, comes with the need to alter a hair regimen. This may include how you wear your hair most times, the products you use and the number of times you wash your hair. This may be confusing for some, especially if you are still new to the healthy hair journey or it just slipped your mind and you are not sure what to do. Here, I want to focus on the choice of products you need to be making to have great hair every day this winter. Continue reading

7 Winter Anti-breakage Tips For Natural Hair

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Winter is upon us folks and for a girl like me who knows how much havoc these dry winter months can wreck on her strands, I know, it is time to switch things around and make sure my hair stays healthy throughout winter and beyond. For some us, great, healthy hair doesn’t just happen. We need to invest some time and effort into it. But for some people, knowing what to do is the key point. They are not lazy to put in the hours, but knowing where to direct their effort sometimes is the real deal. So here are my & tips which are going to be expounded in later posts. Continue reading

We’ll Keep Bananas In The Smoothie Compartment: Meet Agatha

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What’s your name and where are you from?

Hi everyone my name is Agatha, I’m originally from Kenya but I’m currently based in South Africa.

What is your hair type?

I’m not an expert but I would put my hair in the 4b – 4c range. I have course thick strands with a low porosity that require a lot of moisture.

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A Natural Sister: Hazel

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They are real beauties in Africa and more so if that beauty is not distracted by so many unnecessary add ons. Then the real beauty  is given a chance to really shine and show its fullness. I received these pictures via email and thought I should share them with you for inspiration.

Hazel is a natural sister from Harare, Zimbabwe. She wrote me the email below. Her email gave me so much encouragement to keep the blog going and help even more naturals on how to maintain their natural hair and realise the full potential of their hair. She is blessed let me say. To have so much hair and not really follow a hair regimen. That is why, or maybe you noticed, it is not the usual Q&A but just a feature on a natural sister in Zimbabwe who is about to start her healthy hair journey with so much hair already. Continue reading

Mini Twists With Short Hairline

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Hey hey hey. Hope you are well. I told you. I said I told you. I can’t stay away from mini twists for too long. I thought I would not be doing them too soon when they were just looking so untidy because of my hairline when I did them last time. For those who don’t know, my hairline was badly affected by post-partum shedding and although the hair is growing in, it is significantly shorter than the rest of my hair. This is making my twists look so untidy and unkempt. If you know what I mean. Which is the reason I opted for extensions in my last protective style. But you see, extensions come with a whole lot of things with them. One of them being, they can be heavy when saturated with water when you wash your hair. This depends on the extensions one uses of course. The other thing is, I am not that good with installing extensions in my hair. So having to ask someone to do them for me just puts me off. You see, I have become so accustomed to doing my own hair such that most times I don’t feel comfortable to have someone handle it. So my hands being the best, mini twists being my favourite, I ended up doing them again. But, I had to find a way of  making them much more presentable and that is when I saw this (the picture below) and I was like “that looks cute. I will do that style soon” And I did. Kind of.

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Protective styling; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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Protective styling is a method of protecting the ends of your hair (the oldest and most fragile part of your hair) from rubbing, splitting, and being damaged by the elements. When you leave your hair out every day the ends dry out, they rub against your clothing and you manipulate your hair daily causing damage and breakage. This breakage could be the main reason why your hair isn’t retaining any length. There are 2 types of protective styles; complete protective styles and low manipulation styles. Complete protective styles include wigs, weaves and braids, while low manipulation styles include buns, twist outs, braid outs and roller sets. Continue reading

Mother’s Day: Being A Mum To Boys!

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Don’t get me wrong. I love my boys so much. But I still miss being a mum to a little girl and somehow, my blessings didn’t come exactly packaged that way. That does not stop them from being blessings does it? The reason I miss this is because I have been blessed with several talents like, sewing, baking, hair dressing and more.  These would have been put to better use if there was always a girl around. My younger sister on the other hand is not particularly gifted in all these and guess what? She has two girls. (We always laugh about it) And that’s alright because I have them as my nieces and my creativity is mostly spent on her girls and other nieces from my husband’s family. But me being in South Africa and most of them being in Zimbabwe, Malawi and abroad, that does not help any matters because I rarely see my nieces and when I do, be guaranteed I will ask to do their hair. Continue reading

Meet Serati Maseko

image (3)Today we have Serati Maseko in the house, giving us a glimpse of her natural hair journey and regimen. Yaay!! I have known Serati for some time now and she has such a sweet presence and a real pleasure to be around. She is so humble, easy going, very friendly and so beautiful. So is her hair. Read on and enjoy, comment, share and like. Share the love. Continue reading

#HTL Hair Challenge Month 2 Update

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You know I have been on a Healthy, Thicker Longer hair challenge since the beginning of March 2014 and I have been posting weekly updates that became fortnightly and now I think once every month is more sustainable as I have other stuff to post on besides my hair escapades. So, I am going to round up April which is my second month on the #HTL hair challenge in this post and my next update will be towards the end of May 2014 with a length check as well. So far so good I can say although there are a number of frustrations and setback here and there. However, my hair is improving quite a lot and I have a lot of new growth which is much thicker and healthier. Am so excited already for how my hair will be like after 6 months or 12 months. For some background on this hair challenge, please read, #HTL Hair challenge. As I said my hair is improving and my edges are growing in as well. It kind of feels like transitioning because I am dealing with two different textures already, as in one which is massively thick and the other quite weak and fragile. Although this development brings joy to me, it has brought with it some challenges which I will discuss in a bit. I am not doing any length check this far.  I will only do at the end of May which will mark my end of month 3 on this challenge. Not sure if it is some placebo thing going on, but I do feel my hair is indeed growing thicker and longer. Continue reading

Back And Running

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Hey loves. Hope you are well. There have not been new posts on Natural Sisters and believe me, it was not my fault. Yes I will put the blame on my site theme or WordPress updates or on anything. But yeah, we have been having problems with getting into the dashboard to post anything onto Natural Sisters. Thankfully the rest of the website was okay most of the time and was not affected by this down time. We are back and running now (of course, that’s the reason you are seeing this post) Otherwise, there is quite a lot that I need to update you on so let me get onto it.

Later, see you in the next post

Heaps of blessings

Deep Conditioning On The Go

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Do you often find yourself short of time to give your hair some deep conditioning love, there are several ways you can deep condition your hair on the go without eating up too much of your precious time. For all the methods, you will use the bagging method or greenhouse effect to deep condition your hair before washing it.  Here are some ways to deep condition your hair on the go. Continue reading

Undoing Mini Twists On Natural Hair The Easy Way

In this video, I share with you how I undo my mini twists on my natural hair. I use a leave-in conditioner to add slip to my strands so that they can glide past each other without knotting and causing unnecessary breakage. The method I use here to take down my twists is fast and painless while moisturising my hair all at once.