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.

love and love

Nyake.

Love and love

Nyake.

Vegan Challenge!!!

Hey lovelies, happy Monday!! Hope your week is off to a smashing start! If it isn’t smashing yet, things are bound to get better partly because we are going to take part in a challenge. I’m excited! In about five days, we begin a 21day vegan challenge. That should be October 1st.

So why vegan challenge? Apart from me having a penchant for trying new things, it is also a good base for me to vary my options. I have always wanted to embrace a fully plant based diet because of the numerous benefits I have heard. My ideal goal though is to be able to eat a fully raw diet because hey I want to look 40 when I am 80 and most importantly really function like a 40 year old (ride bikes and all).

This post though is not about why I am taking part in this challenge but rather to invite y’all to try it out for yourself. Depending on who you are this may just be the major leap you have to try something absolutely out of your comfort zone (pst… all the folk who actually write new year’s resolutions, remember saying you would try something new?). this for others may be the path to a healthy lifestyle especially if you detoured along the way. The reasons for joining could be varied, but we all can do this hey?

So here are some of the stuff about the challenge you need to know:

  • The challenge runs for 21 days from October 1st

  • You can eat anything, that doesn’t have origins from an animal. So no milk, meat, eggs, cheese butter e.t.c.

  • If you like you may opt for healthy cooking methods but this is optional

I hope I didn’t scare you already… Because it may be a challenge to decide or know what to eat during this period, my good friend Diana (the brain behind this challenge) created a support group where we share meal ideas and lots of good info on vegan substitutes for meat and achieving a balanced vegan diet with dashes of encouragement.

If you want to participate in the challenge and to join the group, please add Diana Onyonyi as your facebook friend and send her a message asking to join the challenge and she will definitely add you to the group.

Let’s do this…

Love and sunshine,

Nyake

The Puff life

Hey lovelies,

Any natural will tell you that this is probably the go-to style. It literally turns the messiest of hairs into the prettiest in a matter of seconds (or is it minutes?). I have done a couple of puffs since my hair was a bit shorter and the learning curve is great.

So lets talk about this look spotted in this blog post here. Yes the bantu knot out puff.

After I washed my hair in my two week old mini twists, and they were dry I decided to take them down and rock a twist out puff which, FAILED miserably. The puff wasn’t giving me the life I wanted. So, I decided to detangle and moisturise my hair after two days of rocking the twist out puff.

I then set my hair into bantu knots and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day was glorious!! The hair!!! So much definition and so much life!! (the vanity that went on though)

MORAL OF THE STORY: your kinks will make you very happy when you understand them!! So here is the final look.

Love

Nyake.

1 year in

Hey loves,

I thought this was a good place to start. I have just marked my one year natural nappiversary.

I started this journey last year in February when I was tired of having my ends so thin, and so I quit heating my hair. Initially, I was a straight hair addict, I loved my hair bone straight, the process of getting my hair there was damaging to my hair. So I embarked on a six month no heat challenge that was both stressful and exciting though. I’d basically co-wash my hair every week and deep condition before setting my hair into two strand twists for the week.

Every other week, I would do a sort of updo to give my hair a change from the protective style. I dropped shampoos along the way and took up co-washing and basically used products without parabens, sulphates and silicones. I did a length check after month six i.e in August and though I hadn’t gained much length, my volume was significant… and don’t we all love big hair

The next six months I undertook a sort of challenge of eating right and trying to maintain a healthy body to see how this would go down with my hair. This saw me dropping lots of junk, excess sugar and incorporating supplements. I took zinc supplements and also brewer’s yeast to get my vitamin B balance right. I also wore my hair out a little more doing more puffs and pseudo buns than I can remember.

I reviewed my regimen and adjusted my wash days to after two weeks with a rinse in between of either vinegar or black tea. I also re-incorporated sulphates and silicones into my regimen… using suphate shampoos once in every eight weeks and co-washing the rest of the times.

In March I had my nappiversary and here is the big reveal.

How has your natural hair journey been?

Love and love

Nyake.