My Journey, In Pictures length check on natural hairNatural hairFinger combed natural hair can be style with ease April 2015March 2015March 2015DecemberOctober 2014September 2014September 2014 August 2014June 2014 Second wash n goMay 2014 February 2014 January 2014January 2014December 2013November 2013September 2013September 2013October 2013 My Journey, In Pictures was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Eve Share Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest61 comments Nicole Ncube 4 August 2013 at 19:18I am totally INLOVE with your hair!!!!! Oh my Gosh your hair is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I surely envy your hair!!! Reply Ruth Mafupa 5 August 2013 at 07:26lol. Thanks Nicole Reply Anneniky 10 August 2013 at 10:00wow! Ruth your hair is breath taking. You have beautiful hair Reply Ruth Mafupa 12 August 2013 at 07:41Thanks Anneniky Reply Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 at 06:42nice hair Ruth, what do you apply on your hairline for it to remain intact? Reply Ruth Mafupa 15 November 2013 at 07:57Thanks Gwineth. How one handles the hairline is more important than the products used I think. I try not to pull them too much with tight hairstyles. I also apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil for extra strength. Reply Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 at 08:08Thanks hey! Reply Ruth Mafupa 15 November 2013 at 08:15Only a pleasure! God bless you. Reply Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 at 08:28🙂 Bianca 8 January 2014 at 20:36Hi Ruth your hair is really beautiful, where can i purchase the Jamaican Black Castor oil and would you know of a hood gel i could use for a wash and go? Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. Reply Ruth Mafupa 9 January 2014 at 05:39Hi Bianca. Thank you for the kind words. You can buy Jamaican Black Castor Oil at http://www.natmoisture.co.za Reply Nomsa 30 December 2013 at 16:03I recently came across your site and I must say your hair is not just good, its great. Mine has been natural for about 2 years now and it looks beautiful and strong but it seems to have stop growing in length – its the same length for a year now. Some suggest including a leave-in conditioner to my regime. Im not keen on mixing up my own at home – is there a store bought product you can recommend? Reply Ruth Mafupa 2 January 2014 at 12:22Thanks Nomsa for the kind words. Indeed adding a leave-in conditioner helps to increase the moisture on your hair and the one I am using is Leave-In Liquid Hair Mayonnaise by Ultimate Organic therapy. You can find it at Jumbo and Africa Cash & Carry in Johannesburg. All the best to you and your hair. Reply Nomsa 2 January 2014 at 12:59Thank you Reply Tsakani 9 January 2014 at 16:39Happy New year Ruth. I just love your hair. It is looks very healthy. I have natural hair too and I want to start using leave in conditioner. I am mixing one for myself but I am short of coconut milk. Where can I buy it? Thanks Tsakani Reply Ruth Mafupa 10 January 2014 at 07:10Happy New year to you too Tsakani. I normally buy my coconut milk at pick n pay. But I think Dischem also has it. Please share your coconut milk leave-in conditioner. Would love to try it as well. Reply Zinhle 8 April 2014 at 07:06hi Ruth does Hercules castor oil from Picknpay with no ingredients work??? ,to grow /retain hair line,my hair line is finished. Reply Ruth Mafupa 8 April 2014 at 07:28Yes it works very well. You will have to apply it daily. May be slower in effectiveness than the black Castor oil but it surely does work. For your hairline, applying castor oil only will not work. You will need to stop what caused the problem. Reply thato 9 April 2014 at 09:44is the a difference between Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and regular Jamaican Black Castor Oil ? which one should i get for my hair ? Reply Ruth Mafupa 22 April 2014 at 09:55Hi Thato. The Extra dark JBCO has more ash added to it than the regular JBCO. Most people prefer the extra dark but it depends on what you want it for. If it is for serious hairline issues, then I recommend the extra dark one and if it is for thicker hair, the regular one should work just fine. Reply Dinaeza 29 August 2014 at 08:35Hi. I’ve just gone through another chop down in an attempt to go natural. What products can I use on my now natural hair to help it grow and stay strong and healthy? I am hoping that the products you will recommend I can find in South African store. Thank you in advance Reply Ruth Mafupa 29 August 2014 at 10:07Hi Dinaeza. Thanks for commenting. Going for natural products which do not have too harsh chemicals normally works wonders. You will need a lot of conditioning products to keep your hair soft and moisturised. Deep conditioning regularly is recommended and using oils and butters to seal will help your hair stay healthy. What comes to mind is African black soap for washing your hair? Tresseme conditioner for conditioning, olive oil or grape seed oil or any other hair oil can be added to conditioner for deep conditioning treatment, oils can also be used to seal moisture or oil treatments, Shea butter or avocado butter can be used for sealling moisture as well and to give hair better manageability. I hope I have answered your question enough. Reply Dinaeza 15 September 2014 at 07:38Thank you. It’s not easy but definitely worth it. As I’ve mentioned before, in 4 years I’ve chopped my hair about 4 times but this time I actually see good results and I’m very much inspired by people like you and I’m also learning to love my hair, to listen to it also and be patient.. thank you once again. Reply Tsakane Hlongwane 13 November 2014 at 14:40Ruth How are you ? Amazing hair beautiful I luv it to bits . Reply Ruth Mafupa 13 November 2014 at 15:25HeyTsakane. I am well. Thank you so much. Reply LINDILE 20 November 2014 at 12:04Hi Ruth, I’ve also embarked on a natural hair journey two months ago, and seeing your hair has made me want to grow mine. Please recommend products and tips on healthy and strong natural hair. Thanking in you advance Reply Ruth Mafupa 11 December 2014 at 09:54Products are not easy to recommend because to find the right product for your hair is through trial and error. However, I can say try and use base products which do not have too many additives to them like coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, Shea butter. You also need to make sure they do not irritate your scalp because if they do, you are bound to scratch and scratching will cause hair loss and possible scalp infections. Make sure your hair is well moisturised and your scalp and hair free from build up. Low manipulation hairstyles like wash n go’s and plaiting or braiding will also help to keep it from breaking. I hope this helps. Reply Nomsa 10 December 2014 at 16:22Dear Ruth. I really appreciate your honesty around challenges of growing hair. The last time I had lots of hair, I was nine years old. My mother used to plait it once a week. She used coconut oil to grow it. I hardly have hair now. I cut it short but I want to my confidence of having a head full of healthy hair. What regimen would you recommend? Nomsa Reply Ruth Mafupa 11 December 2014 at 09:47Hi Nomsa.I really think a regimen would depend on the state of your hair now. i.e. dry, thin, scalp issues and the like. The basic one I can recommend is making sure your hair and scalp is clean and does not have build up, moisturising regularly with water and then sealing with butters and/or oils. This can be done after washing your hair or every second day or so. Use products that do not irritate your scalp. I hope this helps. Reply Vimby 2 February 2015 at 16:58Hi Ruth I was looking at your journey in pictures and i noticed your hair was sooo long in May 2013. It doesnt appear to be that long anymore. Did you cut it or have any setbacks? Your hair is so beautiful! Reply Ruth Mafupa 3 February 2015 at 08:49Hi Vimby. Thanks for commenting. Indeed I had a major set back and I have mentioned it in many posts already. I had postpartum shedding and my hair became way less than it used to be. So my hair is not as long as it should be though it is longer than how it was in May 2013. Now my hair is slowly recovering but then hair grows from the roots so what I have now are thick roots and very thin ends. I did not cut my hair. I basically dust my ends off once in about 3 months to get rid of split ends. So my hair is a bit longer than then but does not look long. I hope that makes sense. Reply Nzwaki 2 July 2015 at 14:29Wow i like what i see in Ruth head i would allso like to stay with my natural hair Reply Tumi 11 July 2015 at 10:29Hi Ruth, im very inspired and short of words too,thanks for inspiring us. i just discovered recently that i have scalp psoriasis due to the irritating itchiness and dandruff on my hair, i have been going natural for years but i just did not seem to manage growing my hair that long as it would shed and i feel the need to cover it by plaiting it, so now with my condition its worse my hairline is really fading, how can i come back out of this one without hiding with fiber plaits and keep my hair less hard without going to the salons.kindly, Tumi Reply Tumi 13 July 2015 at 21:08Message * Reply Nzwakie 22 July 2015 at 13:20Hi Ruth I came across your site and I must say your hair is not just good, its great. can you please help me with good products that i can use in my hair/ i have weak lifeless hair and i’ve lost my hairline please helpthank you Reply Ruth Mafupa 23 July 2015 at 07:10Hi Nzwakie. Thanks for the compliment. I can only recommend the brand I use which is my brand, Natural Misture and you can get the products online http://www.natmoisture.co.za and as for the information on how to grow healthy hair, you can check my regimen on the site and search for any other topics in the search bar. Reply Siphokuhle 31 July 2015 at 11:27Where can i get your products in Capetown? Reply Ruth Mafupa 31 July 2015 at 12:47Hi Siphokuhle. You will have to order online on http://www.natmoisture.co.za We do not have a distributor in Cape Town yet. Reply Hi Ruth 17 August 2015 at 09:35Hi Ruth! Yhooo sana your hair is very beautiful im inspired, keep up the good work sisi Reply Ruth Mafupa 18 August 2015 at 08:34Thanks. Will keep on keeping on Reply Nosipho 8 September 2015 at 09:28Hi Ruthy….I came across your site and I must say that your hair really looks fabulous…..I am currently transitioning, I cut my hair 4 months ago…..I want to keep my hair braided to grow it…..do u think that is wise?…..what products do you recommend while I have braids on….and how long do you think I can keep my braids for….please help me Ruthy….. Reply Ruth Mafupa 8 September 2015 at 09:37Indeed you can use braids to grow your hair out. I have written a post on braids/twists and you can access it here I may just add that you will need to add moisture on your hair in braids all the time. Use a water based hair spray at least once a day. Reply Precious 4 July 2016 at 07:08I am in love with this site and would like to stay updated. Reply Nozi 19 October 2016 at 19:55Your hair makes me want to cry lol.. Struggling to get my off the roots healthy. Reply Ruth Mafupa 20 October 2016 at 08:27I am so sorry. I hope the tips on how to take care of your hair you will get here will help you have the best hair that you can have. All the best Reply Nozi 19 October 2016 at 19:57Where in the vaal can I get your hair products Reply Ruth Mafupa 20 October 2016 at 08:28You can order online at http://www.natmoisture.co.za and your order will be delivered to you Reply Kgabi 22 November 2016 at 13:42Hi. My hair at the back is too soft and does not grow. I cut it in August to start over thinking it would start growing but it stayed the same. Its also very light on the sides and my hairline is very stubborn. Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Reply Ruth Mafupa 28 November 2016 at 07:33You can email me dear so we can specifically talk about your hair Reply Bonga 5 December 2016 at 06:27Hi Ruth, when did you start growing your or how long did it take you to grow your hair to this point Reply Ruth Mafupa 5 December 2016 at 11:37My last relaxer was in January of 2011. I transitioned for two years and I have been natural since then. My hair broke so much when I had a baby in 2012 due to post partum shedding and that lasted until 2014. So since 2015, I have been trying to grow my hair out. It’s a journey my dear. There are ups and downs along the journey. Reply Sis Lee 13 January 2017 at 10:51Hi Sis’ Ruth, happy new year and complements of 2017 and everthing good in betwee. may I kindly request your assistance. Eish, My hair line is a problem, I am struggling to grow it and the breaking of hair and also the itching scalp shoo, any products you can recommendations I will highly appreciate. thank you in advance and God bless you Sisi. Reply Ruth Mafupa 16 January 2017 at 13:27Hey Sis Lee. Compliments to you too. I have posted on how to re-grow the hairline on this blog. http://naturalsisters.co.za/2012/07/receding-hair-line-traction-alopecia/ and this one as well http://naturalsisters.co.za/2013/04/stopping-the-cycle/ I hope it helps with the hairline issue. As for dandruff, My most recent post and many more are on dandruff. I can only recommend the products I have used and you will find the details in the posts. Just search for dandruff in the search bar. They are too many to list here. I am currently on a journey to get rid of dandruff and you may want to subscribe to my email list so that you don’t miss any of the posts I write. God bless you! Reply Thembie 21 March 2017 at 14:34ooh my God, this is so interesting sis Ruth, pity am cross boarder to buy your products but thank you for sharing. i have just cut my dreadlocks after 7 years to natural and discovered your site. hope to get more on how to maintain, honestly i got inspired. well please tell…does hair dye have an effect? have been using inecto hair dye Reply Thembie 21 March 2017 at 14:51would like to hear more on this Reply Thembie 21 March 2017 at 14:51would like to hear more on this Reply fikile 26 May 2017 at 10:03hi Ruthavezi zinhle izinwele zakho , nami nginenkinga ye hair liner kanti futhi azikhuli izinwele. ngingasebenzisa ini ukuze zikhule Reply Pretty Phaladi 15 June 2017 at 11:03Hi sesi. I have been blow drying my hair for ages and I want go natural. Where do I start ?I also have two girls aged 3 and 5 and I want to grow their hair naturally. The 5 year old has got weak thin hair that breaks easily with no volume. Reply Eve 15 June 2017 at 19:27That’s great to hear. Blow dried hair is still natural hair though. However, growing your hair in its beautiful curls is also great. If your hair is damaged, you may want to trim the damaged ends off or you can also deep condition every time you wash it which should be at least once a week. Otherwise, you are holding on to your length so you don’t have to deal with short hair. All the best. And for your daughters, use mild products that don’t make their hair dry. If it’s moisturising and is specific for kids, mostly it’s fine. You can also opt for natural products like Shea butter. I hope I’m of some help. Reply Pretty Phaladi 15 June 2017 at 11:04Love your hair to bits Reply Eve 15 June 2017 at 19:27Thanks Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Yes, add me to your mailing list.