Asymmetrical mini-buns

Happy new year 2018 to you guys… So grateful for hanging out with me on here in 2017… We made many cool achievements that we will be recounting in the next post…

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How to properly do a clay wash

Hello lovelies,

Remember talking about a mud wash in this post? Yes we talked about how to do or rather how I usually use bentonite clay to cleanse my scalp. Well I am not sure you have tried it yet but in case you are interested, I have a few pointers for you on how to effectively use clay.

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Wash day essentials

In today’s post we tackle washing your hair. This is the basic action of removing dirt from dust, product build up from your hair and scalp. Because our scalp is made up of tiny pores from which our hair grows, dirt, excess product and dust can block our pores hindering hair growth.

So how do you know that your hair is due for washing?

• When your regimen says so.
At the beginning of your journey as we said last month, your hair hasn’t yet figured itself out and training your hair in a regimen helps to get it into a routine and to get yourself used to taking care of your hair. I shared a simple routine here that can guide you on when to clean your hair.

• When you have a greasy/dirty feel to your hair
We have all gone through that phase when our hair just felt dirty… not because of the duration between wash days but we had that feeling when we touched our hair. It could be the greasy feel on our hair strands or scalp…itchiness in our protective style or when our hair was visibly dirty. The there, is your hair needing a wash desperately.

• When it has been too long
Sometimes our busy schedules catch up with us and we forget to give our hair and scalp the much needed TLC it requires. It is recommended that we wash our hair between once a week to once a month.

Preparing for a wash

Once you have figured out how often you would like your wash day to be… there are a few things that you need to make your wash successful.

• Pre-poo
This is a treatment that you do to your hair prior to shampooing your hair. Pre-poo comes from two words: pre meaning before and poo which is short for shampoo. In a nutshell this is basically the practice of adding oils to your hair to prevent loss of the hair’s natural oils.

• A sulfate free shampoo

Sulfate free shampoos are best to use to cleanse natural hair or at least better than Sulphur shampoos. They can be pricey, but are a worthwhile investment. In case that cannot fit into your budget, a sulfate shampoo once in a month, with a co-wash in between should be just fine.

• A rinse out conditioner

This will be your first step in remoisturising after cleansing your hair. Sometimes shampoos strip our hair of the moisture and natural oils that it has, thus getting a good conditioner could be your first step in recovering lost moisture. The best conditioners are those without silicone as ingredients(because silicones are sealants and they could easily lock moisture out of your hair strand) and those that have really good slip. Nine of this however are cast in stone, so be sure to get a conditioner that works.

• A cotton tee-shirt
See that material that your towel is made of… that combined with the action of physically drying your hair can damage the hair and lead to excessive tangling of the hair. A better way to dry your hair is to use a cotton tee shirt and wrapping your hair then squeezing the hair gently to get rid of excess water. The aim is not to get your hair excessively dry but rather to leave your hair damp for the next process.

HOW TO DO IT

1. Pre-poo for 30 minutes or overnight . The best oils for Pre-poo are coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil. These have small enough molecules to penetrate your hair strands. (more information about Pre-poo next month so keep it tuned)

2. Saturate your hair with water… then divide your hair into sections. Ideally, you should wash your hair in twists to avoid excessive tangling.

3. Begin to apply shampoo focusing mainly on your roots because that is the place that needs cleansing the most.

4. Rinse out the shampoo off your hair and apply your conditioner. Some people prefer to detangle hair at this point.

5. Let your conditioner sit for anywhere between 15 minutes to one hour.

6. Rinse it out well.

USEFUL TIPS

• Dilute your shampoo… It will help you to stretch the usability of the product . Also you may realize that your hair doesn’t need all that shampoo that you slap on it.

• Take advantage of wash day to massage your scalp… massages improve blood flow to your scalp.

• You can consider washing your hair in twists… your hair tangles less but you need to really rinse your hair to get the products out of your hair strands.

Have a beautiful wash day… Won’t you?

HOW TO: Moisturize your type 4 hair

Moisture is your hair’s best friend. So how then do you incorporate this into your life? I like to call this the midweek moisture. It is how to revamp your hair’s moisture levels right in the middle of the week. This is how to do it!!

What you need:

  • Spray bottle with water and humectant. I shared a spray bottle mixture in this post.

  • A leave in conditioning cream

  • Oil of choice

  • Shea butter/ grease

My preferred method has to be the L.C.O method… (Liquid Cream Oil)

What to do:

  • Separate your hair into sections. Working in sections is bae!!

  • Sprits your hair with your spray bottle mix.

  • Massage the water into your hair using the praying hands motion.

  • Apply your leave in conditioning cream.

  • Detangle some more…

  • Apply oil…

  • Then seal in the moisture with your butter.

After this… style your hair as desired.

This video by fusion of cultures explains the process.

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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..

  • Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.

  • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.

  • Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

  1. Hair

Shea butter is a great product for hair especially type four hair. Because of its buttery consistency, it helps to maintain moisture /seal moisture in your hair and it is also a great styler. To use it in hair…

  • In the L.O.C method… use it as the cream. It helps to seal in the moisture that you have put in the hair so that it stays for longer, and your hair does not become dry instantly/sooner.

  • As a styler, you may sprits your hair with water to just about damp… then set your twist or braid or bantu knot and let it set overnight. You will achieve a mean twist out like in this post.

  • You may also use it to boost your conditioner to make a deep conditioner.

2.Skin

  • By itself as a skin and face moisturiser especially in the colder months… it has such a good feel to the skin

  • As a lip balm to moisturise my lips in my evening routine

  • To help banish my acne scars and control my acne generally

  • On the eyelids before applying makeup to make it last longer (I haven’t done this before… you should try)

  • As a natural cuticle cream

3.Medicinal uses.

  • To improve skin elasticity (some even say it helps with cellulite)

  • As a massage butter… when B has to take care of feet lol

  • On scars to naturally help collagen production

  • On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu

  • As an SPF 6 skin lotion

How do you use your shea butter?

Also… I have a few jars of the extra shea butter I made that I am putting up for sale. I you are interested you can reach me on my social media accounts or via text through +254-789-394-222 or B +254-736-462-381.

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15 Natural Hair Hacks!!

There is a time in life when the finances just say no to any new purchase. Anybody feels me? It doesn’t have to be brokenness but economy and saving are a good skill in this life and probably in the future as well .i.e. when the juniors arrive eh?

Herewith (I have always wanted to use this word) I give you a little survival tips otherwise known as hacks to survive our hair journeys without necessarily denting our pockets (though sometimes it is a necessary evil #theproductjunkieinme)

  • Dilute your shampoo.

Let us first address the lie thatwe need all that shampoo we use and also that we have to slap all that on our strands… that is a lie. We are just drying our strands by doing that. So let’s combat that dryness by diluting our shampoo. It is a great way not only to reduce damage and dryness to our strands but to save on shampoo. So you can buy your favourite sulphate free shampoo and not be scared of it getting over.

  • No deep conditioner? Enrich your conditioner

Another hack is to enrich your rinse out conditioner so that you make your very own deep conditioner with all the good stuff. Adding oils and humectants. Feel free to throw in all your kitchen ingredients.

  • Learn to do your hair.

You Tube is your best friend!! And also it pays to learn to do your hair because nobody will do your hair better than you.

  • Know where to shop.

If you are in Nairobi, Ngara is a good place to get your seeds like flax seeds and bentonite clay. You can get good deals also for your satin scarf … just find the best place to buy your products cheap.

  • Old panty hose= hairties.

If Denman ouchless hair ties are too expensive, you may consider going to Perida Centreand get these super cool hair ties, or just slice up your pantyhose and voila you got yourvery own hair tie.

  • D.I.Y projects.

Whip out the mixtress in you and go to the kitchen and mix up all the goodness. Ranging from your eggs to avocados and mayonnaise … this greatly cuts your budget. Also your hair may love the kitchen ingredients so much more than your store bought items.

  • Conditioner can also be leave in conditioner.

Just add the humectants and your oils and you will be good to go.

  • Rinses are a cheap and easy way to impart all the good stuff into your hair e.g. ACV rinse or Tea rinses.

  • Want to save on your products? Protective style.When your hair is in a protective style it tends to conserve moisture more so you save on the amount of product you use.

  • Breakage? Try protein treatment or tea rinses.

I shared that juicy information right here.

  • Want straight hair minus damage? Try African threading.

It works usually just takes a tad bit of patience.

  • No curling pudding? How about raw Shea butter?

Apart from being an excellent sealant, Shea butter works well to style!! Try it.

  • Do your twists shrink a lot after you do them?

Try twisting on stretched hair. Works wonders. Also, set your twists in a stretched style like banding or African threading.

  • Love your hair.

Yes it makes it a lot easier to handle especially the change from having someone handling your hair to handling your own hair

  • Love you.

Your hair is part of you. Lavish love on your body and yourself as a whole.

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Nyake.

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Nyake.

A mud wash?

When we were growing up, our mothers probably charged us to stay away from anything perceived as muddy or mud. Well turns out that while mud could make our clothes dirty, it can be very very beneficial as well. Think about it with me for a second, where did our ancestors get shampoo to wash their hair? See that? We can’t exactly say they didn’t have long amazing locks either. I imagine that they probably used this particular mud.

The mud I am talking about is Bentonite Clay which is the one I have used. I have read of rhassoul clay being as well and probably a preferred option to some. I have seen at least two kinds of the bentonite clay, one that I got from CoCo Mac organics which was grey-ish an my second batch that I got from Ngara which was yellow orange-ish in colour. Depending on where you get it, the prices may range from about 300-100 per 100 grams.

If you google bentonite clay, you will find its numerous benefits including those of detoxing both the skin and the body…(yes people actually ingest that stuff)… and various type four naturals post of how gently cleansing it is, specifically highlighting how it does not dry and tangle your hair like most shampoos. Also it is said to clamp your curls exceptionally well making your curls pop.

After mentioning clay in an earlier post I got a question asking about its use…and so I will go ahead and share how I make use of it.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Clay

  • Water

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

  • Mixing bowl and spoon

MIXING

  • Make sure the bowls and spoons you use are not metallic. This clay usually cleanses metals so you don’t want the metals impurities dumped to your hair. You may use glass, wood or plastic

  • Depending on the consistency you want mix ACV, water and the clay beating it every time to ensure fine mixture

APPLICATION

  • Parting your hair in sections begin by applying on one section gently smoothing it into your strands using the praying hands method.

  • Repeat for each section until the whole head is covered

  • You may also use this mask for the face…its awesome!!!

  • Wait until its mostly dry… it may take anywhere from about 1 hour

FINAL STEPS

  • Carefully and thoroughly rinse out the mud from your hair…. And enjoy your hair

  • Follow it up with a conditioner preferably a deep conditioning

And that’s it. Easy right?

What has been your experience with Clay washes? I would love to know!

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Nyake.