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by Evenes Ruth Mafupa


Hey. My name is Evenes Ruth Mafupa and I am the main writer and editor of this blog. I am a Christian, a mother to 3 boys, wife to the most amazing man and a founding Director of Natural Moisture (Pty) Ltd. I have a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and I’m a free lance draughtsperson to help pay the bills. I am a D.I.Y junky, self taught clothing designer, self taught hair stylist and I love everything healthy and natural.

Finding a way to manage kinky curly/coily hair was so liberating for me and the information that I found in books, magazines, friends, family and the web have taught me not only to embrace my hair texture but also to celebrate it, nurture it and enjoy it the way it is. Kinky hair. I am just another sister who loves hair and healthy living and has taken the task to research, try out specific products and styling methods to put it all in writing and encourage, warn, help and inspire others along the way. I am still learning as I walk along this journey.

As I grow on this journey, I found out that, I’m not just about hair. I have many other passions as well and only writing about hair has become more and more difficult for me. I am about other things as well. I love making clothes, I am a DIY junkie, I love gardening, travelling and all that kind of stuff. So I share about my experiences on this platform as well.

Feel free to write me on ruth@naturalsisters.co.za



s a smith 19 March 2013 - 04:56

bless ur work

Ruth Mafupa 19 March 2013 - 10:26


Atta Hanson 28 March 2013 - 10:51

Thanks for the good work you are doing. God bless you.

Ruth Mafupa 16 July 2013 - 09:06


Luyanda 16 July 2013 - 07:42

So excited to find another SOuth African natural hair blog. I’m well on my way to learning all the different techniques and love love my hair 🙂

Ruth Mafupa 16 July 2013 - 07:46

Thank you.

berv'lee 8 July 2014 - 08:32

I have gone natural for the past year and my hair got to coarse to point that I could put a comb in it. So I used Step one to soften the curls but my hair started falling off this year in may and am not sure how to get it back. Can you recommend a mixture I can use, my hair is currently braided. Thanks

Ruth Mafupa 13 November 2014 - 15:31

Sorry for such a late reply. I am sorry to hear that your hair was falling out. I hope I am not too late to help you. Either way someone with the same help can get some relief from my answer I hope. The first thing you need to do is check if your hair is shedding from the roots or just breaking. For more in depth process and recommendations, let me put this question on my to do posts. Till then, blessings your way

Tsakane Hlongwane 13 November 2014 - 14:27

Hi there
I just found this blog today , I am so excited you don’t know . I went natural way back and I don’t have or know how to style my natural hair . this blog will be more of help to me and the other thing that bothers me its my hair line I did braids in winter and my hair line is gone . What product to use for a speedy recovery of my hair line.

Ruth Mafupa 13 November 2014 - 15:34

Welcome Tsakane. I hope you will love it here. For a speedy recovery, trusting you are not still stressing your hairline, you can use Castor oil. It has helped restore many a hairline before. Massage on the affected area every night before bed. Don’t rub it in. Just massage. I hope this helps and please let me know how it goes. Blessings

LINDILE 20 November 2014 - 12:16

Hi Ruth,
Can i get clearity on this, can i braid my hair for it to grow?

Ruth Mafupa 24 November 2014 - 10:15

Braiding your hair will help it to grow in the sense that it is low manipulation and if you do not style your hair daily, you will be able to retain more length because your hair becomes stronger.

laetitia 16 November 2015 - 18:10

I read your answer above, I have a short afro and I want it to grow so I can twist it, what else can I do so that it grows aside from braiding it? because its too short to do anything else with it

Ruth Mafupa 17 November 2015 - 13:19

You can just make sure it is well moisturised and your scalp healthy to promote healthy hair growth and just let it be. No need to braid or twist it.You can also accessorise using hair bands, flowers, head bands.

Blessings 5 May 2020 - 16:32

Hi, love your work and your work. What a recommended hair food oil to use for natural hair growth. For long time been using Vaseline product hair was growing well but the smell was not easy to handle when is hot. Changes to same product but with avocado, and now moslt of hair just falling is there anything that u can recommend please

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 May 2020 - 21:13

Hello. Thank you. That’s very kind of you. I would say try castor oil but then, it smells quite a lot as well. Most of the good hair foods and oils I know smell quite badly. But you can try them. Shea butter is quite good, hemp seed oil, castor oil and any hair food that has sulfur in it.

morleen 17 February 2016 - 11:46

hie….I have natural hair for 5 years now but it has stopped growing, can you please give me recommendations on what I should apply on my hair so it can grow again. I love your hair its beautiful and im inspired by you. but im in KZN so…

Ruth Mafupa 22 February 2016 - 13:15

If your scalp is healthy, there is nothing you need to apply for your hair to grow/retain length. II’m sure your hair is still growing but it is breaking off as fast as it grows. Making sure your hair is moisturised and is not breaking helps a big deal to see the growth. Less hair handling, combing it less also helps. Otherwise, check my hair regimen page.

Lee-Anne 8 May 2016 - 21:34

Hi Ruth,

I am so pleased to see that I am not the only one who is super delighted and excited to have found your blog!!!

My name is Lee-Anne and I have thick coarse hair. I have stopped relaxers for approximately 7 months now and it has been tough recently…my hair is going out of control. I find that it is coming out quite a bit when I comb or even brush and the middle just don’t not seem to cooperate .
I am in search of good softening and maintenance products for transitioning hair.
The problem is that my hair is a bit long…which is causing the bottom parts to be straight will the roots are slowly becoming very curly and coarse again and it always gets tangled very badly due to that. I really really don’t want to do the “big chop” .

Please if there is any advice at all you could give, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks for this!!! SOUTH AFRICA needs its own natural hair guru.


Ruth Mafupa 9 May 2016 - 10:14

Hi lee-Ann. Transitioning is quite hectic but smile, there is lot’s of light at the end of the tunnel. I also transitioned for 2 years so you don’t have to big chop. Please check my post on transitioning for tips that may make your journey much better.

Sharon 13 May 2016 - 11:59

Hi There

I’m so glad I found this blog, I’ve been reading up on hair management tips and I’m finally ready to chop of the relaxed portion of my hair and my 6yr old daughter’s hair. Wish me luck 🙂 Going natural has always been my dream and after noticing how rich my daughter’s hair is after going 4 months without any chemical processing, I’m excited to see it.

Ruth Mafupa 18 May 2016 - 13:22

Great! I am sure you will not regret going back to natural hair. All the best hey and if you need help, please just shout and there will always be a sista to help you out.

Karin 4 June 2016 - 08:09

I would to go too a workshop on how you go from relaxed to growing out you natural hair and where do I find those products and equipment in Pretoria,please assist me.

Ruth Mafupa 6 June 2016 - 10:25

Hi Karin. Please subscribe to our newsletter and will let you know when the workshop is.

Ruth Mafupa 6 June 2016 - 10:30

Hi Karin. You can subscribe to our newsletter and get updates from Natural Sisters and info of when we have events.

LadyT 29 June 2016 - 10:51

What would you recommend from Nat Moisture range for dry hair?

Ruth Mafupa 4 July 2016 - 12:01

Hey LadyT For dry hair, Natural Moisture’s Shea butter range works well in sealing the moisture and encouraging your hair to stay moisturised for longer. Natural Moisture is also working on a water based formula for daily moisturizing of the hair.

fikile 26 May 2017 - 07:35

hi there

Hi lady T am new on this blog what would you recommend to use for my afro?

simphiwe 6 October 2017 - 16:50

What does co washing mean please explain

Eve 9 October 2017 - 16:41

Hi Simphiwe. Co washing is using a conditioner to wash the hair. So, co is short for conditioner.

Nolu 16 October 2017 - 07:25

Hi there Ruth

I am growing my natural hair and i want to keep it like that,but i have a problem with dry scalp and dandruff.Can you please help me to what i can use.
Thank you.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 18 October 2017 - 20:25

I wrote a detailed post on how to battle dandruff and dry scalp. Just search for dandruff on the blog. It will come up. As to what you can use, I cannot recommend without seeing your hair in person. So if possible, visit our hair studio for a consultation.

Thobeka Shozi 24 April 2018 - 18:03

I’ve been trying to find South African natural hair blogs. so glad i found this one. keep up the great work.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 1 May 2018 - 19:13

Thanks dear.

Thando 30 November 2018 - 14:14

Oh my goodness I had been looking too. Very happy to find your blog. Will be following all your posts!

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 19 December 2018 - 12:53

That’s great.

Vicky 30 January 2019 - 08:17

Have I been looking high and low for this!! Thanks Ruth. It’s comforting to find someone who will relate to our hair issues 🙂

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 6 February 2019 - 11:46

Only a pleasure

MMELA SIKHOSANA 5 September 2019 - 11:32

Hi Ruth,

I am excited to know that we can do natural hair in Mzansi! I am battling with alopecia and have since done the big chop! Now am all natural, following the LOC/LCO method and learning to handle my hair less. Am looking forward to this journey! Thank you!

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 17 September 2019 - 14:35

That’s great. Only a pleasure.

PALESA 23 September 2019 - 09:42

Hi I have been trying to grow my hair natural but is to working out, I keep on cutting my hair or put on relaxer creams on my hair. at this moment my hair is very short and I have been trying lots thinks. I know that I shouldn’t be manipulating it a lot , but not sure of how long should I keep my protect style. most time not good with products to use and the l. c. o Method. I don’t want to cut it anymore , but need to know the right products to use and the correct way of using chebe powder and how long should it stay on my hair. PLEASE HELP ME.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 23 September 2019 - 11:17

Hi. If you stay in Gauteng, you may want to come to the salon so that we can assess your hair first so that we can advise accordingly which products to use. Otherwise, difficult without examining the hair first. We are at 22 5th Avenue, Edenvale.

Bee55 4 November 2020 - 15:04

Good day
What is the good hair products I can use for my always dry and breaking hair. A friend of mine recommended I try AUNTIE JACKIE’S products are they any good

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 16 November 2020 - 16:46

A product may work for others and not work for others. So, not sure about Auntie Jackie. It does not work for me. You can try Shea Argan moisturising leave-in conditioner. And then top that with the twist & Shine butter. It helps with keeping the hair moisturised for longer. You can get both at http://www.natmoisture.co.za

Kudzai Emma 7 January 2021 - 15:46

Hi Evenes,

Came across your blog, I’m loving it! Do you have any tips on how to maintain natural dreadlocks during this lockdown without having to go to the hair salon? I’ve been twisting it with gel but my twist hardly lasts a week!

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 15 January 2021 - 12:37

Thank you. You can try and get a latch hook so that you can do the interlocking method on the locks. It stays much longer.

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