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#HTL Hair Challenge Week 1 Update

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

Hey Loves. This is an update of my first week of my #HTL hair challenge. Firstly I want to thank the people who have emailed me or commented on my past posts and videos especially those who have encouraged me, cheered me on and suggested remedies for my scalp issues. Thank you so much. My first week of the main #HTL challenge was great. My hair is not complaining at all because the air is quite humid and the moisture levels are fine. No dry hair issues. 

Washing my hair

I did a pre-poo first with a mixture of garlic and castor oil. Wore a plastic cap for about 30 minutes, before rinsing the treatment out, I applied a Rhassoul mud wash to the shaft of my hair. As for my scalp, I cleansed it with African black soap. When my hair was cleansed I conditioned it and then did an ACV rinse and I was done. I know. The process seems long but I will soon explain in later posts why I had to do each and every step. It is all good to my hair so why not. I applied leave-in conditioner, a bit of coconut oil then unrefined Shea butter (LOC) to seal my moisture. Put my hair in chunky twists and hit the pillow. Wore my hair in the chunky twists to work on Friday.

As I said in an earlier post, on Saturday my family and I went for a photo shoot so I wore my hair out in a twist out on Saturday. Although it was not pouring with rain in the morning, the air was still quite humid so my twist-out was not the best of twist-outs.


My twist out after the photo shoot. My hair already looks mushy. Eish humidity issues

My hair is in twists right now. I intend on wearing my hair out a lot less during this 12 month #HTL hair challenge. You know, trying to do protective styling. I will try and keep these in for 3 weeks. Will refresh the front weakly though because my edges are still too short and they unravel after every wash.


The shrinkage

The shrinkage




My hair is growing in already as I have noticed a lot of new growth. It is much denser at the roots now and it is a very good sign. I attribute the new growth to revived follicular activity brought about by the garlic in my regimen which I incorporated some three months back . I will dedicate a post on garlic treatments soon. Trimming my hair down to the length of my new growth is not an option so I am more like transitioning again. Only this time I am not dealing with two textures which is great. I am positive about where I am on my hair journey. I am glad my edges are filling up as well. I managed to do some flat twists in the front and my hair is not looking as bad. Almost forgot to mention that, I am rubbing my edges with a bit of castor oil every other day and I think this is helping quite a lot.

That is all for today and remember, love and nurture your hair. It will grow to its real potential. All hair is good hair.

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Tumelo 13 March 2014 - 12:31

I love the style and your hair is looking very good. You obviously have time sister, which is not what I can say for myself these days; your hair washing regimen is extensive, I would literally take no more or less 8 hours doing all of that. But also our hair textures differ and I’m a bit slow. I’m trying to get a good regimen that is quick and easy. Keep up the good work, you’re doing great.

Ruth Mafupa 18 March 2014 - 12:24

Thanks Tumelo. Yeah I wish I could cut down on the washing time as well. The ting is I do not want to take chances and just want to go all out in pampering my hair.

Cassie 29 March 2014 - 19:25

I stumbled across your blog while looking for garlic remedies. You, my sister, are a breath of fresh air. You are so beautiful! It is good to see ladies embracing their natural hair. I find myself on the same journey as you and going through the exact same things at the exact same time as you. Coincidence? I think not. We are all connected. My fingers are my comb too. Your hair has grown by leaps and bounds since you have gone natural, or back to self.

You stated you were looking for a remedy for dandruff. You can use an apple cider vinegar rinse and it will disappear forever.

Your up-do style was fabulous. I love two-strand twists and finger coils too. My hair thrives in these two, no maintenance needed, styles. Keep smiling. You brought tears of joys to my eyes. I’m off to finish reading the rest of your informative blog. Much love!

Ruth Mafupa 31 March 2014 - 09:40

Wow Cassie you are so kind. Thanks for the encouragement. I have tried ACV rinses and they seem to work for some time and become ineffective. So I stop for a while and go back to them periodically. I have not tried finger coils. maybe it’s time I give them a try. Thanks hey.

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