How to: Faux tapered cut on Natural hair

Hello loves,

Happy new month!! How has been your hair journey?

Sometimes in your hair journey, your hair grows but you crave to have some short hairstyles. That was me a couple of weeks ago, when I saw some amazeballs tapered cut and wanted to recreate it. It is a fairly easy hairstyle and will take about 15-30 minutes to have on.

You need:

  • A rat tail comb for parting

  • Moisturised hair

  • Gel (or a soufflé) though it is optional

  • Shea butter mix. (I have some jars if you need some)

Method:

  • Part your hair in a way to have the crown separated from the rest of your hair. I would say from eyebrow end on either side of your head

  • Hold the hair at the crown of your head

  • Making clean parts begin to three strand twist your hair . (clean parts)

  • Bantu knot the middle section that you had put out of the way (use your gel, or shea butter mix)

  • Wait for at least 18 hours or until the knots are dry.

  • Then you can undo the knots and roll and tuck your three strand twists.

  • Slay away!!

I hope this makes sense. Lol.

I would love to hear from you: if there is any topic of interest please halla!!

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Nyake.

How to: Faux tapered cut on Natural hair

Hello loves,

Happy new month!! How has been your hair journey?

Sometimes in your hair journey, your hair grows but you crave to have some short hairstyles. That was me a couple of weeks ago, when I saw some amazeballs tapered cut and wanted to recreate it. It is a fairly easy hairstyle and will take about 15-30 minutes to have on.

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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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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.

Swimming: feat Natural Hair

Hello lovelies,

As a mini-reunion plot (read as making up for away time), B and I decided to have a swimming date. I like how swimmimg is so therapeutic! Nothing beats enjoying your exercise… ( I absolutely disliked running and jogs as I was growing up). So you are burning fat, staying healthy and having fun. Sadly, we had to postpone because rein and so I thought I’d share my preparation process for a swim.

So what’s with pool water? Well, pool water has chlorine as its treatment to make it acceptable/ safe for your use. While the chlorine does an excellent antiseptic job, it may leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. Also the water (generally water not necessarily chlorine water can cause our hair some hygral fatigue. In preparation for all this exposure, I follow this steps:

BEFORE SWIMMING:

  1. I apply coconut/olive or avocado oil to my hair. Its lind of like a prepoo and this has to do with preventing hygral fatigue to my hair. These three oils are unique in the sense that they penetrate the hair shaft and also form awesome prepoo oils

  2. Saturate my hair with clean tap water: especially when I am not wearing a swimming cap. I read about it in this article and thought it made sense.

  3. Wear a swimming cap. It sort of regulates the contact of the water with your hair though it isn’t an entirely fool proof method.

AFTER SWIMMING:

  1. Rinse my hair with tap water thoroughly

  2. Do an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. I find that it helps with build up and also conditions my hair.

  3. I may shampoo my hair with a sulphate shampoo (they aren’t entirely bad eh?) just to clarify my hair.

  4. Do a deep conditioning treatment… to correct the moisture in my hair.

Ps: I prefer to swim with my hair in a protective style e.g. twists. It is just my personal preference.

How do you prefer to prepare your hair for the pool? Let me know below.

Love and love

Nyake

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.