January 7, 2015


Today's beauty wednesday is dedicated to our hair struggle..the struggle is real,even in 2015,lol.
We have been trying out the whole natural hair route for a while, it is definitely not easy because there are very few options for haircare of natural,kinky hair out in the market. 
The good news is black girls can have healthy, kinky, curly, coily, LONG hair!!! Our hair does grow, heck everyone hair grows and generally at least 1/4th to ½ inch per month, but the key is GROWTH RETENTION. Grow retention simply means taking care of your hair while it grows,keeping it healthy. This means you have to take care of your ends which are the oldest part of the hair making it easier to break. 

It is a shame that even in predominantly black countries,there is everything from a perm to a wig and everything in between but nothing that caters for natural black hair!
And when you do find it,the sales people really don't know how to sell it to you.
For example,I went to a popular hair retail store in Swaziland few weeks back looking specifically for products to help nurture my own natural hair and there was only one product on the shelves that catered for natural hair and the sales assistant really didn't even know what it did,she then proceeded to look at my hair and ask why I don't get a relaxer (a perm).

We tested out a D.I.Y given by other natural hair enthusiasts which we originally used some of the ingredients to repair and grow back our hair edges we then mixed them all up to make one big bottle. The main ones that we have been using are:

* Olive Oil
* Castor Oil
* Coconut Oil
* Rosemary Oil
* Pure Almond Oil
* Avocado Oil

These oils have amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, D, and E. They're excellent for moisturising, improving hair strength, deep conditioning and boosting shine.

TIP: Pour equal parts of each oil into your big bottle and mix.

Of course with the above, you have to follow a few basic steps to ensure better results;
Shampoo or Co-Wash at least once a week or every other week 
I used to believe this was wrong and would dry my hair out but that has proved to be false.

-Deep Condition your hair with a protein or moisturizing conditioner 
To prevent breakage and to keep your hair moisturized a weekly deep conditioning is a MUST!!  You can deep condition your hair with plastic cap under the dryer for a 20-30 minutes or without heat for at least one hour; again this should be done at least once per week. A protein treatment is also another recommendation.

-Detangle the hair after applying conditioner 
This a very important step, we often just condition and wash and that causes a great deal of frustration trying to comb out your hair after.           

-The final rinse of hair should be with cool water                                                   
-Always Keep your hair moisturized!          
-Air Dry or Limit the use of direct heat.
The use of direct heat will at some point result in heat damage. Always remember to apply a heat protectant such as grape seed oil before using heat. 
- Wear protective styles more.
Protective styles are worn to protect the ends of the hair which are the oldest and are more prone to breakage.These styles include two strand twists, flat twist, braids, buns, up-dos, weaves, or any style that helps to protect your hair. Protective styling is a good way to maintain growth retention.  

If the above mentioned D.I.Y is a little to much to try on its own, there are several well recommended haircare lines that are currently out in the market and are receiving good reviews, one in particular that we are eager to get our hands on is Afro Botanics range   even though it is still a baby in the industry- it has had glowing reviews.
Other products include Carols daughter ,Curl Junkie , OBIA and Miss Jessie's. The list is endless.              

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1 comment:

  1. I think this will help my natural hair as i would like to retain natural but manageable hair... Thanks Glam Chic ;)