Medusa meets Goldilocks

So, i have a lot of people that ask me about my hair regimen. I decided to do a write up..you can tweak it and make it your own. When you decide to transition to natural hair, you will find that building a hair regimen will take time and will change often. If you are going crazy trying to figure out a natural hair routine, i am going to give you a complete rundown on what to do daily, weekly, and monthly to create a hair regimen.
Daily Moisturize or Co-Wash
I moisturize my hair every day. The best moisturizing products contain water and oil. The other option is to co-wash. If you are a fan of co-washing, you can wash your hair every other day. If co-washing affects your scalp in a negative way than partially moisturize your hair between washes. I love the co-wash because it allows me…

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Baggying

To baggy you apply a small amount of a water based moisturiser to your hair and then place a shower cap over your hair for a few hours to overnight.  The shower cap adds moisture to your hair by trapping in the heat.  Once you take off the shower cap your hair is moisturised.  Moisturised hair leads to less breakage as well as length retention.  You can also baggy just the ends of your hair.  This is done by gathering your hair into a ponytail, applying moisturiser to the ponytail and then covering the hair in the ponytail with a shower cap or a plastic sandwich bag (hence the term baggying).

Some tips for baggying:

  • Use a small amount of moisturiser.
  • Use a shower cap, sandwich bag, cling wrap or even a plastic bag from the supermarket.
  • Do not baggy too often as your hair can become over moisturised.  Begin with baggying for a few hours and see how that goes.  Remember the aim is to keep your hair, in particular the ends moist and hydrated.
  • If you do not like the sound a shower cap makes while you sleep, use cling wrap.  It is silent!

If you are suffering from chronic dryness with your hair maybe you can give this a try.

My hair regimen

I wash my hair once a week and deep condition my hair once every two weeks.

When i deep condition I generously apply put the product on my hair. I then wear a shower cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. On a hot day, i sit in the sun and save power.

I use Tresseme conditioner and i mix it with a 100% coconut and olive oil. Also i use lavender for my scalp. With the Lavender what you want to do is boil some water , throw in a few sprigs and allow to simmer. Once its cooled down..use as a rinse. I do this once a month.  Lavender is an anti sceptic so it helps with dandruff and other bacteria from all the stuff we put in our hair…

I developed my hair regimen to help me keep track of what i use on my hair and this helps me see what works, what doesn’t . Also, this way i am forced to listen to my hair..(yes, we have a relationship). Hair does speak we just dont listen… For those of you who are product junkies like me, this is very helpful. I now know what works for my hair and my skin and this helps me save quite a neat sum.

PRFERED PRODUCTS

Shampoo

*Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo for dry / damaged hair

OR ANY OTHER TRESSEME”S SUITABLE FOR MY HAIR

*Motions shampoo

*Carol’s Daughter

*Cantu complete conditioning co-wash

 

Deep Conditioner

*Organics hair mayonnaise

*Tresseme

*Motions

*Carol’s Daughter

*Giovanni deeper moisture

Extras

honey

coconut oil

castor oil

avocado  oil

grape seed oil

jojoba oil

rosemary

lavender

eggs

carrot oil

scarfing it up..

So I don’t know how many of you lady’s wake up sometimes and just are too lazy to do absolutely anything to your hair. I have these moments almost everyday. I remember the day i discovered the art of head scarves. O what blissful joy washed over my senses…

The beautiful upside is scarves come in all shapes, sizes and colours. I usually just get cheap ones from any Chinese store and i am good to go.

Here are some ideas….

Headscarf : How to wear it over your hair?

Many people have scarves but they don’t use it that often. It is because they only think that scarves are only intended to make you warm on winter season. Actually, scarves are practically the most versatile fashion accessory there is. You can use it in any season, occasion, or with any kind of outfit. It will instantly turn a dull outfit into something trendy and stylish. One of the ways to use yourscarf is by making it as a hair accessory. In fact, it is also one of the best solutions to beat bad hair days. Here’s how to do it:Headband

Keep hair away from your face by using your scarf as a headband. Fold any kind of scarf into a strip. A Place the center of the scarf over your head. Gather the ends of the scarf at your nape and tie both ends together.

fashion headscarves

Ponytail wrap

Replace ordinary bands with a scarf when you ponytail your hair for a more stylish look. Tie your hair into a ponytail. Gather a scarf at the center and tie it over the ponytail covering the band and let loose the ends of the scarf. You can also twist the ends of the scarf around the loose hair of the ponytail.

head scarves by ciara

Bandana

Look bohemian with this style. First, tie your hair into a ponytail. Fold a scarf into a triangle and place the widest edge of the scarf on your forehead, just above your eyebrows. Put the ends at the back of your head just under your ponytail and knot them together. Let your hair loose. You can also try this method even with your hair down. Just tuck other loose ends of the scarf under the knot at the back of your head and let all the ends of the scarf loose.

The Kelly scarf

This scarf head-wrapping style is named after Grace Kelly, an American actress who became a Princess of Monaco. This scarf wrapping method is great to keep the hairstyle while traveling. You need a square scarf for this. Fold the scarf diagonally into half to form a triangle. Put the widest part of the scarf over your head. Bring the ends under your chin, cross them and bring the ends at the back of the head with each end at each side of the neck. Tie the ends at the back and tuck the other loose corners of the scarf at the back of the head under the knot. Put on a big pair of sunglasses and you are good to go.

vintage head scarves

Crown

This style is elegant looking. It is named as such because the scarf actually forms into a crown over the head. All you need is an oblong or rectangular scarf. Drape the scarf over your head and hand the ends down the body with one end longer than the other. Meet the two ends at the nape and cross them just behind your head. Now twist the longer end so that it will look like a rope. Then lay the twisted end at the top of the head approximately 1-2 inches from the front edge of the scarf. Meet the twisted end to the shorter end of the scarf at the back of the head and make a knot. You can tuck the ends under the scarf or let the ends loose to drape at the shoulders.

talk to the head scarf

Precious Kofi

So, this lovely young lady is Mrs Precious Kofi-Schamel. She is from Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Precious Kofi is a South African television presenter and actress. She is widely known for her love for Africa which led to her creating the popular 14part documentary series, PRECIOUS AFRICA. After working in the tv industry from childhood (Hip2b2, Summer Games, Divers Down, Life is Wild, EMS Volume1), the young star took a 2yrs hiatus from television. The 24yrs old is now back with a bang on the Mgongo Show!

She is managing director of Kofi Productions.

I just absolutely love her hair!!!

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head turning hair…

I don’t know how many of you have the same problems i do when it comes to hair care and maintenance.

Firstly, i don’t like to spend money on my hair. In as much as i really want beautiful hair, at the end of the day it is just hair. So, for the past year and a half I have been on a mission to find cost effective ways of taking care of my mane. Yes, i said mane. what i have are not tresses, i have a full on mane and it is as unruly as they get. Now because my hair is natural if i go to any salon to get it done they always charge me more (i do not get their logic). And as if that isn’t bad enough I do not know who told hair dressers that heat is their best friend. They jump at every opportunity to use anything that has heat on my hair. I have learnt that heat is my worst enemy.

To cut down on costs and hair breakage & damage (from heat exposure) i have started doing my own hair. It was scary at first, but now i have a handle on things,well somewhat. The first thing i stopped doing was exposing my hair to unnecessary heat. That is, i don’t blow dry it if i don’t have to and i have found alternative ways to straighten it with using a flat iron.

What i do is, after washing my hair i plait singlets using wool. This helps straighten it somewhat. Also, every time i was (at least twice a week) i always deep condition, this helps soften it.

Also, i have learnt that most of the shampoos on the shelves are not really made for natural hair (at least not in Botswana). So, i use shampoos that have few harsh chemicals (at the moment Tresseme is working for me). Now black hair is usually naturally dry. To try and keep my hair oiled up i have started using 100% natural oils. What i do is i mix my conditioner with 100% almond oil and coconut oil. Coconut milk is also very good for conditioning. Now, this got me thinking, why not just make my own hair products.

And this brings me to problem number 2, MONEY!! Hair products can get very expensive. SO, i have started making hair products with ingredients from the kitchen. I even have a small herb garden out back where i grow some herbs just for my hair.

Ok, so here is my receipe for one of my many conditioners:

*this conditioner contains de-frizzing, re-hydrating and protein enriching ingredients and a lasting shine.

WHAT YOU NEED:

-1 can coconut milk

-i ripe avacado

-2 0r more tablespoons of honey

-2 or more tablespoons of olive or another natural oil.

HOW TO MAKE IT:

Honey creates sheen and olive oil will hydrate your dry scalp. these ingredients can be amended according to your hair needs.

add all the ingredients to a blender. Mix at a high speed until concotion reaches a smoothie consistency. divide your hair into four segments and apply conditioner generously, from roots to ends. Make sure you drench the ends of your hair, this is where the splitting and damage happens most often. Put hair into a protective style like a single braid and wear it like this for an hour before rinsing it thoroughly.

The mixture can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up the hair smoothie before next application but not too much.

GREAT TIPS!!

*look for essential oils. Rosemary encourgaes growth, lavender and tea tree are anti-septic and help fight dandruff.

*if an ingredient is safe to eat,it is PROBABLY ok to apply it to your hair as well. Mashed fruit, honey, apple cider vinegar, etc.

*homemade mixes for hair coloring are NOT recommended.