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My Journey, In Pictures

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

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length check on natural hair

Natural hair

Natural hair

Finger combed natural hair can be style with ease

Finger combed natural hair can be style with ease

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Nicole Ncube 4 August 2013 - 19:18

I am totally INLOVE with your hair!!!!! Oh my Gosh your hair is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I surely envy your hair!!!

Ruth Mafupa 5 August 2013 - 07:26

lol. Thanks Nicole

Anneniky 10 August 2013 - 10:00

wow! Ruth your hair is breath taking. You have beautiful hair

Ruth Mafupa 12 August 2013 - 07:41

Thanks Anneniky

Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 - 06:42

nice hair Ruth, what do you apply on your hairline for it to remain intact?

Ruth Mafupa 15 November 2013 - 07:57

Thanks 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.

Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 - 08:08

Thanks hey!

Ruth Mafupa 15 November 2013 - 08:15

Only a pleasure! God bless you.

Gwineth Gezha Masasa 15 November 2013 - 08:28


Bianca 8 January 2014 - 20:36

Hi 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.

Ruth Mafupa 9 January 2014 - 05:39

Hi Bianca. Thank you for the kind words. You can buy Jamaican Black Castor Oil at http://www.natmoisture.co.za

Nomsa 30 December 2013 - 16:03

I 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?

Ruth Mafupa 2 January 2014 - 12:22

Thanks 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.

Nomsa 2 January 2014 - 12:59

Thank you

Tsakani 9 January 2014 - 16:39

Happy 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

Ruth Mafupa 10 January 2014 - 07:10

Happy 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.

Zinhle 8 April 2014 - 07:06

hi Ruth does Hercules castor oil from Picknpay with no ingredients work??? ,to grow /retain hair line,my hair line is finished.

Ruth Mafupa 8 April 2014 - 07:28

Yes 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.

thato 9 April 2014 - 09:44

is the a difference between Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and regular Jamaican Black Castor Oil ? which one should i get for my hair ?

Ruth Mafupa 22 April 2014 - 09:55

Hi 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.

Dinaeza 29 August 2014 - 08:35

Hi. 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

Ruth Mafupa 29 August 2014 - 10:07

Hi 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.

Dinaeza 15 September 2014 - 07:38

Thank 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.

Tsakane Hlongwane 13 November 2014 - 14:40

Ruth How are you ? Amazing hair beautiful I luv it to bits .

Ruth Mafupa 13 November 2014 - 15:25

HeyTsakane. I am well. Thank you so much.

LINDILE 20 November 2014 - 12:04

Hi 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

Ruth Mafupa 11 December 2014 - 09:54

Products 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.

Nomsa 10 December 2014 - 16:22

Dear 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?

Ruth Mafupa 11 December 2014 - 09:47

Hi 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.

Vimby 2 February 2015 - 16:58

Hi 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!

Ruth Mafupa 3 February 2015 - 08:49

Hi 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.

Nzwaki 2 July 2015 - 14:29

Wow i like what i see in Ruth head i would allso like to stay with my natural hair

Tumi 11 July 2015 - 10:29

Hi 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.


Tumi 13 July 2015 - 21:08

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Nzwakie 22 July 2015 - 13:20

Hi 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 help

thank you

Ruth Mafupa 23 July 2015 - 07:10

Hi 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.

Siphokuhle 31 July 2015 - 11:27

Where can i get your products in Capetown?

Ruth Mafupa 31 July 2015 - 12:47

Hi Siphokuhle. You will have to order online on http://www.natmoisture.co.za We do not have a distributor in Cape Town yet.

Hi Ruth 17 August 2015 - 09:35

Hi Ruth!
Yhooo sana your hair is very beautiful im inspired, keep up the good work sisi

Ruth Mafupa 18 August 2015 - 08:34

Thanks. Will keep on keeping on

Nosipho 8 September 2015 - 09:28

Hi 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…..

Ruth Mafupa 8 September 2015 - 09:37

Indeed 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.

Precious 4 July 2016 - 07:08

I am in love with this site and would like to stay updated.

Nozi 19 October 2016 - 19:55

Your hair makes me want to cry lol.. Struggling to get my off the roots healthy.

Ruth Mafupa 20 October 2016 - 08:27

I 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

Nozi 19 October 2016 - 19:57

Where in the vaal can I get your hair products

Ruth Mafupa 20 October 2016 - 08:28

You can order online at http://www.natmoisture.co.za and your order will be delivered to you

Kgabi 22 November 2016 - 13:42

Hi. 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.

Ruth Mafupa 28 November 2016 - 07:33

You can email me dear so we can specifically talk about your hair

Bonga 5 December 2016 - 06:27

Hi Ruth, when did you start growing your or how long did it take you to grow your hair to this point

Ruth Mafupa 5 December 2016 - 11:37

My 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.

Sis Lee 13 January 2017 - 10:51

Hi 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.

Ruth Mafupa 16 January 2017 - 13:27

Hey Sis Lee. Compliments to you too. I have posted on how to re-grow the hairline on this blog.
and this one as well
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!

Thembie 21 March 2017 - 14:34

ooh 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

Thembie 21 March 2017 - 14:51

would like to hear more on this

Thembie 21 March 2017 - 14:51

would like to hear more on this

fikile 26 May 2017 - 10:03

hi Ruth

avezi zinhle izinwele zakho , nami nginenkinga ye hair liner kanti futhi azikhuli izinwele. ngingasebenzisa ini ukuze zikhule

Pretty Phaladi 15 June 2017 - 11:03

Hi 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.

Eve 15 June 2017 - 19:27

That’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.

Pretty Phaladi 15 June 2017 - 11:04

Love your hair to bits

Eve 15 June 2017 - 19:27


Kgothatso 9 October 2017 - 09:44

Good day Sesi
I need help my scalp is a factory for dandruff i wash once a week and deep condition bt still have dandruff especially when i do protected styling it dose not last for a week before dandruff start showing on my hair.
What can i do pls help. i use to relax my hair in the past but the relaxer always burn me soo last year i cut it off and was left with afro but i still have dandruff.

Eve 9 October 2017 - 16:42

I have written a post on dandruff that may help you. You can check it here http://naturalsisters.co.za/2017/08/all-you-need-to-know-about-dandruff-an-in-depth-study/

Kgadi 22 January 2018 - 11:28

OH My word….YOUR Hair is just AMAZING!!!!!

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 29 January 2018 - 15:16

Thank you

Lindokuhle 2 March 2018 - 15:39

Hi I don’t know if you can help. 2 years’ back I shaved my head because the hairline was damaged. I have grown my hair but my hairline is not that healthy what more can I do. I wear a doek 95% of the time.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 16 March 2018 - 11:47

You can come to our hair studio for an assessment and recommendation on what you can do. Contact sales@natmoisture.co.za

Galaletsang Rampai 22 March 2018 - 08:30

Hi… Can you please assist me, I have a problem with my 6 years old daughter’s hair is not growing. What could be the reason for this?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 28 March 2018 - 09:09

She will need a proper examination to assess the hair. You can write an email to sales@natmoisture.o.za so we can see if we can help you or refer you to someone who can.

Maleshoane 26 July 2018 - 18:09

I’m interested. Can I get your email address,please…

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 30 July 2018 - 16:34

Please visit the contact us page for details

Ismail A . Isse 8 March 2019 - 14:14

I want to know when i’mUsing Indigo and Henna it to Cover Grey Hair only
Or it Treats the Grey Haor to Naturally ?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 11 March 2019 - 11:34

Henna is also a hair treatment which makes hair thicker and stronger. However, it does not treat grey to naturally not be grey anymore. It only dyes the hair. Indigo on the other hand is just a dye to make your hair darker.

Loe 14 June 2019 - 20:23

Any products you would recommend to lay down the hair for a freeze like effect found in local southafrican shops

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 25 June 2019 - 19:46

I have tried Studio gel. The one sold by Dischem.

GAIL 9 February 2021 - 02:17





Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 March 2021 - 11:58

Hello Gail. I am sorry to hear that you have been trying to grow your hair for the past 18 years. Anyways, chebe powder helps you to retain length and not to grow it from your scalp. If you need a product that actually helps to grow your hair, check the Nashe organics Hair Grow Scalp balm. It is applied on the scalp and really does increase the growth of your hair. You can then use chebe butter to moisturise your hair so that it does not break easily due to dryness. You can also email me for more personalised help on how to grow your hair.

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