Hey folks. I am loving how my hair appears fuller in this all-week-raining going on in Johannesburg. At least today there is some sunshine but the air is quite humid and my tresses are loving it. Oh forgot to mention, I was in twists, kind of medium twists for about a week and a half. I took them out last night and am wearing my hair out today. What I loved about the twists I had this time is they took me about an hour to install and less than an hour to take down. Because I only had them in for a short period of time, it took less than 30 minutes to decently detangle using a leave-in conditioner. Yes I was really sad to take them down so soon. I will explain later. First, this is how I am wearing my hair today. Kind of love the body and how my hair feels in this humid weather. My hair feels soft, well moisturised, healthy and everything just feels so good. This is the love part of my relationship with humid weather Continue reading
When you set off on a journey, you have a goal set as well which will guide you to keep on track and motivate you not to give up along the way. One of the benefits of documenting one’s journey is the availability of records which inform you on how much progress you are making in getting to your desired goal and if you are still on the right path. On my hair journey, upon visiting these records, I noticed that my hair needs some extra TLC thus the need of a Healthy, Thicker, Longer hair challenge #HTL. When I went natural, my goal was healthier hair, thicker hair to give me some big hair and longer hair. My hair was doing fine earlier in 2013 but towards the end, I noticed I did not have much of the thickness anymore, I did not retain much length and I was inundated with dry split ends. I have attributed the condition of my hair to post partum shedding, wearing my hair out a lot and not managing stress in the best of ways in 2013. I want 2014 to be different and although there is nothing I could have done about post partum shedding, there is a lot I could have done to minimise its effects by doing more protective styling, washing my hair often and keeping my scalp clean and healthy. This will therefore make up the core of my hair challenge. I am going to be a bit more committed to the health of my hair, listen to it more and keep true to good hair practices. I am to be on this hair challenge for 12 months starting in March 2014 all the way to February 2015. I will do periodic length checks and let you know what I am up to on this challenge. Continue reading
We had a fabulous time you guys this last weekend of the 22nd of February 2014. Yes I know, guilty as charged. I did not share with you guys on this blog that I was going to go to the very first Healthy Hair Indaba which was held here in Johannesburg. I should have hey? I however shared on Facebook and on Twitter. Anyway, I went and I really did enjoy myself. The things we discussed were so valuable. We went through quite a lot of stuff although there was not much time to go really deep on each topic. I tell you, there is never enough time when it comes to talking about hair. There were questions asked and the 5 organisers who were, Wissal, Carise, Aisha, Tendayi and Kavuli tried to answer most of them , with some help from the floor ofcourse. One can never know everything. Continue reading
Hey guys! So, I was asked to do a review on T444Z when I attended the AIHE in Johannesburg on the 31st of August 2013. I am not big on basing my scalp and the DIY thing has gotten into me so much. So when I was asked to do the review, I kind of thought twice about it and when I read the ingredients, with the likes of Shea butter and other natural products in it, I ended up taking the offer. Wasn’t I glad to do a review on this wonderful product. Continue reading
Hey loves. Hope you are well and loving your hair. Today it’s Q&A. I get a lot of emails from readers of this blog all the time. Some of the question I would have already dedicated a post to the topic in question but the other questions I have not. One of those questions is below and it is from Valery.
“Hi. I wanted to ask about Shea butter products. I have very soft baby hair and it has a lot of slit ends. Is the product going to help me with this problem?” Continue reading
Hey loves. I hope I find you well. I did this updo hairstyle on my mini-twists some time back and it is by the way my go-to style whether I am wearing my hair loose or it is in braids or twists. This is how I wear my hair 90% of the time. Even though my hair is in twists which a low manipulation style on its own, I usually also wear it up so that I can also protect my ends. Remember the ends are the oldest part of the hair and tend be dryer and prone to split ends and breakage, rendering any long hair effort fruitless if they are not babied and taken care of properly. SO in this video, I take you step by step on how I create this updo with mini twists. Don’t forget to subscribe and thumbs up the video to show support. If you find my videos helpful, go on, share them on your social networks and spread the knowledge.
Till then, blessings to you and yours!
This is what I have been upto with my flat-ironed hair (looked more like blown out hair though). I created this updo style just to get my hair off my shoulders. It worked and I thought let me record myself doing it so that I can share it with you. That way, I would not just show off my hairstyle but also show you haw I created it so that you too can achieve the same hairstyle, length and other factors allowing. I think it is a classic, elegant and cute hairstyle that you can wear to any formal event, wedding, church, work and even for an interview. Go ahead and watch the tutorial and tell me what you think, if it was helpful and if you are going to try it on your hair. Continue reading
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” ~Henry Ford
“Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating.” ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
These are wise words from renowned men on this amazing fact that as human beings, we will always continue to learn more, unless one is too old ofcourse. I have found that, although I have been taking care of my hair the best way I can especially these last three years, I have continued to research more on natural hair care and have learnt a lot about my hair from dealing with it. There have been challenges like post partum shedding and issues with chronic dandruff and I have had to research more and more in order to deal with these issues and more so that I can keep on track with my hair goals. I have tweaked my regimen quite a lot especially towards the end of 2013 to suit my hair needs and thus the need to update you on my current hair regimen on my natural hair. Continue reading
So I have been on this journey round about 3 years now and let me say, as any journey has them, there were highs and lows, twists and bends but I do not regret ever going natural. I am now comfortable with my hair and even on days when it decides to be stubborn and just wants to pick a fight, I know how to go about calming it down now. Just like a couple that have lived together long enough and have come to know and accept each others personalities. Anyways, to celebrate my 3 year mark, I straightened my hair. Yes I used heat on my hair. This is something I have done once before at my 2 year mark and I thought of repeating it this year. No I don’t think I will get heat damage and as you will see in the video, I am a real chicken when it comes to using heat on my hair. I really played it safe. Too safe actually and my hair looked more like a blow out than a flat iron. Let’s get into how I went about it. Continue reading
So, 3 years ago today, the 8th of January, I slapped that relaxer on my hair and I knew even then, it would be my last relaxer. I had read enough blogs on natural hair and I knew my mind was ready for it. I relaxed my hair again for this last time and even with straight hair, I told myself I was now on the road to natural hair. I could not even toy with the idea of cutting my hair for personal reasons so for me, a long transition was my only option. I was geared up for it. And now, three years later, I am so so glad I decided to grow my hair natural Continue reading
Hey. Hope you had a restful holiday and you are ready for 2014. Mine was very restful and I kind of shut down all functions related to work, the blog and the online shop. So here I am, well rested and full of energy for the new year. I however did not neglect my hair during the holidays. I continued to give it the best care I can possibly give to it and I would remember this blog and the need to share the stuff I was doing to my hair so I still took some pics and recorded a few videos. One of the things I did was wear my hair in a wash n go. Yey, I finally did it. Continue reading
As you may know, Natural Sisters hosted a hair meet-up on the 7th of December 2013 together with Fatsani and Serati. It was a blast and The Lord blessed our quest to meet each other and share the knowledge on our natural hair. It was an unexpected success with all the glitches and time changes and all. However, some wonderful ladies managed to come and we had lot’s of fun and we discussed everything hair. The food, though not over the moon, was okay. Maybe I was expecting too much with the way Boston BBQ gets so filled with people and it is so difficult to find a booking. Anyway, we had a wonderful time and a Big Thank you to all attendees. Continue reading
Hey folks. I hope I find you well. Who thought of using clay as a cleanser? Is it not supposed to make anything it gets in contact with dirty? This seems not to be the case with bentonite clay. I finally tried bentonite clay and I am really impressed. Why I waited this long to try it out, I am not sure. Maybe it’s because I had a regimen that seemed to be working so trying out new stuff was not really top priority. But now, I am glad I took time to try it. It is amazing. Continue reading
My answer to this one will be YES, YES and YES. I also thought it was not that important to use a leave-in conditioner after washing my hair and little did I know that was the deal breaker to my quest for longer healthier hair. Need I say more? Continue reading
I cannot believe we are almost at the end of 2013. This year passed so fast if you ask me or maybe that’s what happens as you get older. Throughout this year, one thing I wanted so much was to have an opportunity to meet other naturals for some hair talk and fun. And before we welcome 2014, I am glad the chance to meet you is here and we are having a hair meet up. Woohoo!!! Continue reading
One thing I love about providing natural products for hair to you is the fact that it puts me in a space where I can meet some incredibly wonderful people who come to our small office time and again to collect their products. Although this is not always possible, on this Friday afternoon, can I call it being in the right place at the right time as I am not always available at the office for these opportunities. Mary came in on this day and may I say I was the least prepared for anything. I gave her what she was there for and we just started talking and talking. Just to mention, she has beautiful hair (am sure you can see that from the pictures already) and has a wealth of knowledge on natural hair. I mean could I resist? So I asked her if she could give me an interview and she agreed. But then we just went on and on talking about hair and the natural hair community in South Africa. I took her some pictures and since she had time on her hands, we sat in my lounge and the hair talk just went on. Immediately, a thought went through my head about recording our conversation because the information this girl has has is so valuable. She agreed and I took out my camera and from memory asked her a few questions that were articulately answered. What I loved most on Mary is her hair of course, her energy and passion for natural hair and the confidence she exhibits wearing it.Mary is a zoologist, teacher, a commercial model and part time presenter. Let me not go on and on about this. Watch the video and you too will agree with me. Continue reading
I went to the coast for a break this past weekend and I really enjoyed myself. However, before leaving Johannesburg, I knew I wanted to get wet in the ocean. I have not swam in a long time but this time, it was going to be an exception. I wanted to feel the ocean waves and just be in the water. “So what am I going to do with my hair?” was next on my mind and this almost blew my bubble. Being on holiday, a very short one as it may, I also needed to look good for dinner in the evenings while enjoying the ocean during the day. I did my research on my options and what I needed to do and this is what I found out and did as prescribed. Continue reading
Consistency is the key to success whether you are studying, trying to lose weight by exercising or eating healthier. Doing the same thing regularly will get you to your goal much quicker than being all over the place and not knowing where you started, what you are doing and not clear on what you want achieve. The same applies to caring for our hair. One also needs to be consistent with methods that work to get good looking healthy hair that really grows.
Hey my friends. I am super duper excited today. I am so happy that the Natural Moisture Team of which I am a major stakeholder, has finally managed to make your shopping experience on Natural Moisture much much better. You can now order online, enter all the details and complete everything online, and no more need for to and fro emails. Yey! Go on. Check it out here and enjoy your shopping.
God Bless you richly
Hey naturals. Our first hair feature is Faith Lovemore Pemba from Malawi. Enjoy Continue reading
There are a lot of DIY hair treatments around and after being natural for over two years, I thought I had tried them all. I am quite a junky when it comes to trying these home made treatments and once I read about them and the benefits, I always want to try it out. apparently, I had not tried the black tea rinse until recently. And the reason I tried the black tea treatment or rinse rather for my hair was because I felt that my hair was still shedding from post-natal effects. So in a bid to arrest that, I saw on a number of blogs about the benefits of doing a black tea rinse which included just “what the doctor ordered” and who was I to deny these benefits to my mane. So I tried it out. For those who do not know the benefits yet, let me dwell on that just a bit. Continue reading
It is a Saturday morning and I am at Woodmead Shopping Center in Northern Johannesburg. I have a number of errands I need to do and quickly go home and be with my boys. I have just left Dischem Pharmacy and I am rushing down towards Ackermans to get some playing clothes for the boys. I pass by Debonair’s Pizza and right there through the window something amazing catches my attention. I stop. Yes a complete stop. Could that be it, yes it is. It is hey. It is her hair. I am like wow! So much hair, so thick, so full. I tell myself I am going to have to go and speak to her. Or maybe just to say “Hi.” Just then, she stands up, clutches her handbag and walks towards the exit. Continue reading
Hey friends. A reader of this blog requested me to do a video on how I do my twists. I recorded this piece as an after thought while I was twisting my hair and so I have posted it for the time being. It is not comprehensive but it will give you an idea on how I actually twist my hair. A more comprehensive one coming soon. Any questions and/or requests? Put them in the comments section and I will do my best to reply to you.
Till then! Be blessed
You have probably heard of grape seed oil (GSO) which comes from pressed grape seeds. You already know that it is odorless, colorless, has a non-greasy texture, relatively cheap and can be found in supermarkets and health stores wherever you go, well, today I want to share with you the wonderful benefits this light weight oil has to our hair. Continue reading
So Winter is finally over and we are well into spring. Is your face looking all dull and ashy with totally no glow to it? What with this hypocritical weather? One day it is all sunny and lovely and the next day wakes up cloudy and windy. Anyway, no need to dispare. Today I want to share with you an easy recipe that will help your skin to recover from the harsh winter weather and this windy September we are having. It’s a facial scrub. Yey! Now let’s get on with it. Continue reading
I went to the 2013 AIHE that was held on the weekend of the 30th at Brightwater Comons in Randburg, Johannesburg. I know l did not mention l will be attending. I thought I would be in Zimbabwe for a wedding on this particular weekend only to find out a week before the wedding that it was going to be held on the 24th. So l ended up quickly getting my act together going for the wedding and then the AIHE the next weekend. The other thing l was a bit skeptical on attending the AIHE and was not really sure if it was really worth going. Ain’t l glad l went. Had a jolly good time. Continue reading
As I promised, I will be doing videos time and again to show you how I do certain things like home treatments, hairstyles and other things concerning my hair and skin as well. I am not an expert on these areas but I have learnt quite a lot of things along my journey and I really want to share them with you. There are some things, techniques and practices that I feel you will grasp better once you watch me do them and thus the reason for these videos.
Below is a tutorial on how I mix my protein hair treatment. I have been using this treatment for almost three years now which means I started using it even on my relaxed hair with amazing results. I introduced it to a few friends who are also now hooked on it and the body and shine is just awesome. Hair also becomes stronger leading to less breakage. I also noticed less shedding using this treatment. I have posted a recipe for a protein treatment before but it did not have any avocado oil and this one has. Works the same and am sure you can add other oils of your choice as well.
I met Tumelo personally some three weeks or so back and she is such a lovable, adorable and friendly person. Did I say very helpful too? And once we started chatting about hair and products, it took a lot of convincing to stop. *wink* lol. I sent her some questions to look at before the interview meeting (I was also handing her some Natural Moisture products) so that she could prepare for the answers and she actually managed to answer them and send them back to me the night before the meet up. And wasn’t I so glad because with the little time we had, both of us having family business to take care of on this particular Saturday, we spent it talking about our hair and just appreciating it and each other.Yes meet Tumelo, a Natural Sister! Continue reading
Hey you all. When I was styling my hair for the birthday giveaway video last week, I recorded it so that I can show you how I did the style. This easy updo can be done on medium length to long hair. By medium length I mean hair that is no longer a TWA. They are a few variations to this twist and tuck updo which has become my go to style on old twist outs and I will try and do tutorials on them soon.
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Hey! Did you know what relaxers do to your hair to achieve the straight hair look? Let me let you in on some nuggets of information that I found from my research and put together for you. Now I do not hate against relaxed heads. What is on your head is yours and you can do what you want with it depending on your convictions. What I am doing is putting the information out so that when you do relax your hair, you are informed of what is happening. Continue reading