Beginner’s guide to Natural Hair

Hello lovelies… Happy end of February

Hope your year is going okay… today we talk re-visiting our natural hair journey. I got a question from someone who wanted advice on how to do their natural hair… so I put up a bunch of habits and ideas that I thought would be useful. You can also write to me through the contact me section of the blog if you have any question or you want to keep have pdf resource material. In to the post shall we?

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STYLE IT: Girly again

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Last we talked style it, I let you in on this juicy pompoms I had going on.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I gat you!! Here it is!!

Today, we keep it short and sweet mostly because… well long prose bores little girls to death. And who does not want to be a little girl sometimes? When I saw this dress I was feeling all sorts of giddy about it. My only wish is that it should have been a little brightly colored!!

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3 ways to enhance your conditioner.

Hello loves…

Have you been in that situation where you are looking for the perfect deep conditioner and the ones you find are too expensive or just not worth it? Then you get so stressed because you have no idea how your hair will get its desired nourishment? I know that feeling. Especially after traversing through more than one cosmetic shop and all I could find were too expensive for the moment. So I decided to transform my conditioner to a deep conditioner…. Here is how I do it.

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Packing tips for naturals

Its travelling season already… a few days to Valentines. I don’t know what your plan is… but chances are… someone will invite you or you will go somewhere yourself. In an ideal situation, a long term protective style is ideal for the holidays, because you can enjoy yourself without being bothered a lot about your hair. But who doesn’t want to flaunt their kinks this season?

If you are like me… you probably get panic attacks when it comes to packing because you don’t exactly know what to carry and what to leave. Initially in the first year of my journey as I mentioned in this post, hair was my weekend plot, like washing and styling. That is all we did and couldn’t do lots of social stuff because hair. I even made B to begin doing hair, so it was a corporate effort. I dreaded sleep overs because that would mean taking my washing to someone else’s house and packing was a complete nightmare. From carrying spray bottles (which I have like 3) to oils and leave in conditioners! The struggle was real.

This year however, I have mastered the art of packing light (or I am still mastering) and I would like to share with you. This is here is how our packing will look like when not in a long term protective style.

-Spray bottle

-Leave in conditioner

-Silk scarf

-Shampoo

-Conditioner

-Oil

-Accessories

All the products will be in travel size package.

Just like this, your holiday is set… and you are covered. I personally will be cool with my spray bottle mix and an oil, mostly because the weather is hot and I don’t like weighing my hair down with lots of product.

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Happy Holidays,

Nyake.

STYLE IT: Of Pompoms and the pencil.

Hey loves…

Happy new week!! I hope you guys are awesome. All I can say for myself is… school…just school, A lot of school. That being said… today’s post is in the style it series yet again. This time we talk pre-wash fros and getting your slay on with basically minimal effort.

First, we talk hair… for us type four peoples, the kink is real. When you are preparing for wash day and then someone interrupts by asking to meet you… or when you have absolutely no idea of what to do with your hair….a puff usually saves the day. This tough can get extremely monotonous and sometimes you have to switch it up… with two mini puffs aka pom poms. This is not only versatile, but it has such kiddy and relaxed vibes attached to it!!

Then there is the pencil skirt that is a timeless awesome piece that gets you from 0-100 quite seamlessly. (The only struggle has to be the walking lol). Of course black is bae because I enjoy minimalist and monochrome vibes as well.

So when you combine them… well, let the pictures work that out.

Love and love

Nyake.

HOW TO: Shea Butter in 3 ways…

Hey loves… hope you are awesome!! As I was whipping shea butter today, I thought I would share with you some of the excess shea butter that I whipped and also some information on how you could use your shea butter.  Shea butter is great because apart from being natural (which means it doesn’t have all the bad stuff) it contains vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production..

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Of canvases and new things

Last week I tried out a very new thing tom me!! I caked my face or as we call it, I got a face beat courtesy of Wacuka Thimba of Wacukathimbartistry which was amazing. So background to this story… I took part in #riseofthekink which is a thirty day styling feature for natural hair!! If you haven’t seen it already… Instagram is your best friend!! We were a couple of us!! And I met some amazing women while I was there like her and Mayonde. Anyway check out the feature at @amadivabeautysalon

I will highlight the makeup part just because it was a very new thing for me. I had actually been freaking out the day before. Let’s just say I am one of those very few lucky people who had their first face beat done by a professional make-up artist!! While there, I got to learn a few things about my skin…that I would have never known. Like there is something like dehydrated skin…. Imagine I have dehydrated and oily skin… I know! My stress levels just tripled. So now I am trying to learn how to deal with dehydrated skin!! I am so confused… has anyone ever dealt with that? I would really love to know… please share.

While I sat there as she got my glam on, (I hope I wasn’t too difficult) I couldn’t help but think of how I really had an imperfect canvas!! Here was I recovering from acne…I had like two bumps… and a million and one marks… and hyperpigmentation… and now dehydrated skin. Yet she didn’t seem bothered by that, like it’s okay. She just took it on and worked her way to perfection and went a notch higher to give me advice and a chat. I looked at myself on the mirror I was like woo!!

Sometimes, we are busy trying to be what we think is perfect, we end up messing ourselves… I spent all my life doing lots of stuff to eradicate my acne thinking it was the ultimate goal… in the end I dehydrated my skin!! Now I have to learn again how to hydrate my skin. I am in no way saying that we do not attempt to be good at what we do… just that we don’t frustrate ourselves to a point just because we are trying to be as good as a certain standard or like someone else. Enjoy being you!! Do your best! The best that makes you sleep well at night!!

Also… the hair is goals!! Ok bye.

Love and love

Nyake.

Keeping moisture in your hair

Hello lovelies,

One of the biggest struggles of naturalistas is to keep their hair moisturised. When I began my hair journey, I suffered from extra dry hair for the most part simply because I had no idea on how to take care of my hair, especially with regards to retaining moisture. So for anyone with a similar struggle… I compiled a list of reminders for you. I hope you learn something or you remember stuff you used to do.

  • Pre-poo your hair

This is basically adding oils to your hair to not only impart the good stuff on your hair but to also prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural oils during washing. It is best advised to use penetrative oils like coconut, olive or avocado oils because these three penetrate the hair shaft .

  • Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner

This helps greatly to impact moisture in your hair. A good moisture regimen begins at wash day. Avoid using shampoos that are high in sulfates and that will dry out your hair. Also, it is essential to condition ater every wash to get back the moisture lost during the wash day.

  • Deep condition your hair.

Deep conditioning adds the lost moisture and nutrients back to your hair. Always deep condition with a moisture rich store bought conditioner or you may just DIY your way out. I shared cheap and easy DIY hair deep conditioning recipes in this post.

  • Moisturise your hair midweek / everyday/ every other day

A great way to ensure that your hair stays moisturised between wash days is to re-moisturise during the week. Depending on your porosity it could be daily, every other day or just once a week. This ensures that your hair has a constant moisture supply.

  • Seal in your moisture.

After imparting moisture to your strands, seal it in with a heavy oil like castor, or a butter like Shea butter. This keeps the moisture in your strands, and you will realixe that you don’t have to re moisturise as much between wash days.

  • Sleep in a satin/ silk scarf

In your night routine, adding a satin scarf before you go to bed ensures that your hair retains moisture till morning. Cotton pillowcases sap moisture out of our hair and cause it to be dry and crinkly. If you are not big on scarves, a satin pillowcase or a satin bonnet will be an amazing substitute.

  • Concentrate on your ends.

Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and resultantly loose moisture the fastest. Ensure you give them extra love. Protective styling in buns and styles that tuck in your ends are a good way to keep moisture in tour hair.

Product recommendations:

  • Cantu leave in conditioning cream

  • Kentaste Virgin coconut oil

  • Dove volume boost conditioner (nutritive solutions line)

  • Castor oil

  • Shea butter. (whipped, you can talk to me if you need some)

  • Mikalla shampoo and conditioner

  • Mosara moisture milk

What habits do you use to retain your moisture? I would love to know.

Love and love,

Nyake.