Wednesday, 24 September 2014

IM A RECOVERING PRODUCT JUNKIE

Hello all you naturalistas.

Im sure that we can all agree on this one.  in the beginning of my natural hair journey (or should i say, when i started caring for my hair.  i have been natural for about 5 years but still straightened my hair regulary which caused extensive heat damage) i spent countless hours on the net, in my search for the perfect hair products.  and believe you me i have tried ALOT.  Ive spent thousand of rands on products, products that to date are collecting dust and havent been touched in months.
My now staple hair products are my essential oils listed in my previous blog and water.  I have not shampooed my hair in two months now and just co-wash with Tresseme cleansing conditioner and my kinks couldnt be more happier.  In the evenings i shower without a shower cap and let the steam hydrate my hair and  i co-wash every morning.
So if you are newly embracing your natural kinks, take it from me........dont bother damaging your bank account with all those so called natural products on the market, just essential oils and water will do.  YOUR HAIR WILL THANK YOU FOR IT

Till next time.....LOVE THY KINKS

Monday, 25 August 2014

LOVE THY NATURAL LOCKS



GONE are the days when Afros were part of the "Soul Sister" subculture. Sales of chemical hair relaxers are showing a steep decline as more black women are embracing their natural manes.
Even international hair brand ambassador and award-winning style star Minnie Dlamini sports a thick natural head of hair when she is not wearing a weave.
A new report from global marketing research group Mintel shows that natural hair might be the new normal in ethnic haircare. According to the report, the US relaxer segment will reach $152-million (R1.52-billion) this year, down from $206-million in 2008.
Mintel's research also found that in the past year, 70% of black women say they currently wear or have worn their natural hair, meaning that they haven't used any chemical relaxers or had perms.


*UNTIL NEXT TIME....LOVE THY KINKS*

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

ACHIEVING THE PERFECT WASH AND GO




Step 1
Start with freshly co-washed and detangled hair. Co-washing will ensure the optimal level of moisture has been infused into you strands. Rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle locking in moisture, shine and minimizing frizz.

Step 2
With your head upside down scrunch your favorite leave-in and oil into soaking wet hair. Scrunching distributes the product evenly without disturbing or stretching out the curls. Applying the oil and moisturizer together means you touch your hair less which results in less frizz and the extra moisture from leaving the hair wet creates shine.

Step 3
Using a silk scarf or microfiber wrap create a pineapple with all of your hair on top of your head. DO NOT TOUCH until hair is completely dry.

Step 4
When you are ready to leave take your hair down and shake your head. You can use your hands (no tools) to arrange your kinks but remember the more you touch the more you frizz.

Friday, 25 July 2014

SIX MONTHS NO HEAT CHALLENG DRAWS TO AN END




So 6 months back I decided that was going to go completely natural.  Even though I was already natural for about 5 years (no chemicals ) I still regulary straightened my hair with a ceramic iron.  Over time I noticed that my strands were heat damaged and I had no curl pattern at all.  And so my no heat challenge began. 
I have been having sleepless nights as I drew closer and closer to D day, BIG CHOP DAY.  The salon of my choice Candi & Coi and they specialize in natural hair. 
Stay tuned for the update on my experience…….


Till then:  LOVE THY KINKS

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CURL CARE; SOFT HOLD CREAM

I've been using this for wash n go styles and really like it. It doesn't take much of this product to give you good curl definition. I'm a fan of "Curl Care:  Aoft Hold Cream". I use moisturizer before applying.

This is a product fromDr. Miracles range and is sulfate and paraben free.  With Aloe to soften and improve ealasticity as it promises to keep your curls in place
Get the ultimate curl definition with this all natural creamy curl cream. High gloss shiny, free flowing hair without the dryness or crunchiness of conventional hair gels. This curl cream will bring out the curls and coils you thought you never had. 





Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BUILDING A HAIR REGIMEN

Healthy hair doesn't just happen -- it's usually the result of judicious care. But what if you don't know where to begin when it comes to a structured routine for your tresses? Don't worry; a hair regimen doesn't need to be complicated or expensive, but you should make time to perform a basic set of steps on a regular basis to keep your mane as healthy as possible.
A hair care routine should consist of the following:
·         Shampoo
·         Conditioner
·         Deep conditioner
·         Protein treatment
·         Daily styling aids

Shampoo
Look for a good-quality, moisturizing shampoo and use it at least once per week. Focus on cleansing the scalp first, rubbing in circular motions with the pads of your fingers (not the nails) and letting the motion of the water work the suds down the length of your hair. Avoid piling the hair on top of your head or diligently rubbing shampoo into your ends, which are the oldest and often the driest sections of your mane. Rinse thoroughly.

Conditioner
Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. This is when you focus the product on the hair, not the scalp. Use a wide-tooth comb to work the conditioner through; you'll get better coverage this way. Look for conditioners designed for dry and/or damaged hair, as these usually contain the emollient ingredients that black hair needs. Instead of following a shampoo with a conditioner every time you need to clean your hair, you can co-wash instead, which is ideal for women who exercise frequently. You want rich, creamy formulas that completely coat your hair.

Deep Conditioner
How often should you deep condition your hair? The answer depends a great deal on how dry your hair is. If you take care to condition it regularly and always use a leave-in conditioner after shampooing, you probably won't need deep treatments more than once or twice a month. If you apply a lot of heat to your hair, you may need to deep condition at least once per week. Find a product or products that work for your tresses; there are a few good brands available that won't bust your budget. There are also some salon brands that work wonders if your hair is in need of moisture ASAP.

Protein Treatment
As with deep conditioners, how often you need a protein treatment depends a great deal on what you do to your hair. If your tresses are 100% natural -- that is, no chemicals at all, including color -- your hair can be perfectly healthy without any major protein treatments; an occasional mild reconstructor will keep your hair strong, but it's not required. On the other hand, if you color, relax, texturize and/or heat style your locks; you'll need more frequent and more intense treatments. These range from two-minute reconstructors you apply after a shampoo to spray versions that you add before styling; you may also need a serious treatment if you're experiencing extreme breakage. In those cases, it's usually best to have a stylist apply them, although you can visit your local beauty supply and find products for home use.



Daily Styling Aids
There are literally tons of styling products for our hair. Most offer differing results depending on the final style you want to achieve. Want perfect ringlets on your natural 'do? Then look for water-based gels or curl creams. Are you flat ironing your mane? Then you'll need a good heat protectant and oil-based moisturizer; a good smoothing serum may help as well. Relaxed hair will benefit from a daily moisturizer, especially when you focus on the ends, but you may also use mousse if you're creating a curly look via a straw set, Bantu knot set or braids.

Sticking to It
Now, all of this knowledge does you no good if you only deep condition haphazardly or you forget about applying protein to your relaxed and colored hair. Each of us needs to determine a schedule that fits into our lifestyles, whether you're a college student, corporate executive, busy mom or homemaker. Maybe you need to keep a hair journal until these steps become second nature for you -- plus, if you're very busy, it's all too easy to forget to deep condition or to put it off until you have more time. When it comes to hair, you often need to make time; taking proactive steps helps to prevent problems down the line.
Try scheduling hair tasks into a day planner, online/computer calendar, desk/wall calendar or whatever method best works for you. A sample regimen may look like this:
·         Sunday: Shampoo, condition, deep condition
·         Monday: Daily moisturizer
·         Tuesday: Daily moisturizer
·         Wednesday: Daily moisturizer
·         Thursday: Co-wash, moisturize
·         Friday: Moisturize
·         Saturday: Moisturize
·         Twice this month: Two-minute protein treatment
·         No regimen is complete without nightly protection in the form of a silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase!
Create your own hair regimen. Your goal may be longer hair, stronger hair or simply healthy hair. Follow a routine with products that work with your texture and good hair days will result.