Watch me do my hair

Hair content has always been a part of me… Because I love taking care of my hair. In fact it is something that I am quite passionate about. So it’s not a surprise when I put out some hair content is it? Read More

A gem in Diani

If you haven’t already realized from my Instagram posts, I could be slowly turning into an island/ a beach babe faster than I actually thought. The obsession is actually real, so real that I can dare say Diani is my absolute favorite place. Read More

August gratitude diary

If you haven’t subscribed to the blog and are not part of my email list… You are missing out on my monthly chat exclusive to the mail family. There’s a tab on the right of the blog where you can subscribe. Read More

New beginnings

Trembling as a write this… I kinda took the plunge. Or at least truying to. I am putting my little video creations into some online storage…which is a fancy way to say, I am starting a YouTube channel…. here is a sneak peek.

Kindly join my little tribe/ journey by subscribing here

love

Nyake.

JANUARY FAVORITES

You are probably rolling your eyes right now because we are in the middle or better still last half of February… Well oops this came a little late. But not so late if you consider the fact that some products take a while to have a feel of.

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Date night dress up

Two things are true when you grow up… Date night becomes essential because let’s face it work can be so hectic you can barely find time to see each other….

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On that edges tip…

Hello loves and happy Friday… I promised myself that I will be more consistent here…which clearly is not the case. Let’s just say that I am swamped with school and school related activities. So pardon me if I pop up here and there inconsistently on this platform then drown in a hiatus. Hope you are all doing well though. Read More

Everything you need to know about conditioning

Hello loves hope you are all enjoying life or at least making the most of it. We have been having a back to basics series running on the blog for about three weeks now… you can catch up here and here

Today we talk about conditioning… which is the first step in reinstating moisture into your hair after cleansing. Conditioners contain moisturizing ingredients that help impart moisture back into your strands.

According to functionality there are three types of conditioners:

  • The rinse out conditioner… Which is basically rinsed out after two to three minutes. It is designed to impart moisture lightly to the hair and may aid in detangling your hair

  • The deep conditioner…. This is either to impart more moisture to the hair or to strengthen the hair (protein deep conditioners). The main aim is to thoroughly nourish your hair, to enhance moisture levels and prevent breakage.

  • The leave in conditioner…. Which as the name suggests is left in the hair as some continuous nourishment or protection to the hair… Think about it like maintenance product.

If we use the analogy of a building the rinse out conditioner would be doing the building skeleton or frame, the deep conditioner would be doing the detailed works (doors, windows, furnishings etc) and the leave in conditioner would be the maintenance works (repairs etc) I hope this makes sense.
With that in mind, let’s talk about a few pointers on each as pertaining to hair care. As a general rule of thumb it is recommended that you deep condition your hair at least twice a month just to make sure that your hair gets the Tender Loving Care it requires.

The rinse out conditioner

Depending on what you want from your hair journey, you may opt for silicone or silicone free conditioners.
Silicones (ingredients that end with -cone -xane – conol) are great sealants. They seal moisture into your hair or out of your hair depending on whether you had moisture or not. Think about it like an umbrella or gloves. If your hands are dry and you wear gloves then go wash dishes…your hands will not get wet. If your hands were wet before you wore the gloves…then your handswill not be dry. I hope it makes sense. That is why silicones are used when you are planning to heat your hair.
Some naturals prefer to omit silicones from their regular regimens.
TIP: GOOD news is that you can get rid of silicones in your hair with a sulphate shampoo. If you don’t mind sulphates then you can use a silicone conditioner.

The Deep Conditioner

These serve for intense moisture infusion and strengthening of the hair. Are of two types:

  • Protein deep conditioners

These contain some protein in them. A good indicator on your ingredients will be anything hydrolized. So hydrolized wheat protein, hydrolized collagen etc. These temporarily fill in the gaps in your hair shaft and thus strengthen your hair. It is recommended that these treatments be used once in a month unless you are dealing with very severe damage. Look out for hydrolysed proteins, examples include:

Hydrolyzed Keratin (from wool)
Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
Hydrolyzed Silk Protein
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

  • Moisturizing deep conditioners

These impart moisture to your hair strands. Useful ingredients to look out for would be ingredients that make your hair easier to comb like :

Amodimethicone (this particular silicone you can wash out of your hair with water)
Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Cetrimonium Chloride
Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
Stearalkonium Chloride

Also as crucial is that you look out for sealing ingredients.
Examples of Sealing Ingredients:

Coconut Oil
Shea Butter
Soybean Oil

Some conditioners contain mineral oil or petroleum but if you are not a fan of these ingredients you can avoid them.

Tips on deep conditioning your hair

  • Use after cleansing your hair.

  • Apply from the ends to the roots of your hair. You may want to avoid your scalp

  • Use it with heat. You may want to use it under a hooded dryer or a steamer or just a plastic bag/cap with body heat

  • Afterwards rinse with cool water to seal your hair’s cuticles.

How do you deep condition your hair? I would love to know.

Ps: we will talk about leave in conditioners in my next post in the series.
Love and love,
Nyake

Life Update

Hello loves,

Happy mid-June everyone… how is the going? Hope you are all doing great!! Well first, I have missed being out here smiling lol. I have been swamped with school and life, I haven’t been up here as much as I would like. I am not sure this will pick up yet, but I will show my face on here at least once a week with some exciting posts.

Anyhu, so we begin at a life update. Just having us catch up with what I have been up to. This is that point where I am like, grab a cup of tea or lemonade and lets have a chat.

Fifth Year Arch School

Have I ever said that I happen to pursue Architecture? If I didn’t, well I do (I have said now). So I am in my fifth year and boy isn’t it a lot of work! Or perhaps I am tired. Fifth year is the pre-thesis stage where you have to contend with the fact that, you have a degree in your pocket and any stupid move you make leads to everyone questioning whether you really have content in your head. There is actually a lot of pressure.

Also there is that point where you have to explain to everyone how you are still in school after graduation and how you graduate twice. Other than that, design is always a pleasure (though hard).

B is gone!!

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I have been mourning/ raving about B going away on internship. So B is on his way to becoming a doctor and is doing his internship 3 hours away from Nairobi (read as far away). This is actually the longest we have had to live apart so yes it is a big deal, especially considering how our lives and work have been so intertwined and we somehow have to make it work individually (#slaywithoutbae). In fact he left during exam week and boy by the end of week two I was like “I can’t this life!!” We are coping though, many long hours of calls later.

Hair update

So I am due for a trim soon…sooner than I dare think…because the single strand knots I am having do not make me happy at all. I have been protective styling for most of the half year so that I do not get to deal with it yet, but I think I am ready. Also length check will be coming soon! Stay tuned

Also I have been on a no buy period just to try and get through most of the products I had in my stash, but I am itching to get my hands on other products already. I am almost done with the ones I have. Speaking of which anyone in Kenya who has a suggestion of a deep conditioner that I can use please leave a comment below… I really don’t seem to find a holy grail yet.

So how have you guys been… do share with me below…. Also, do suggest what posts you would love to see.

Love and love

Nyake.