Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Week one of the Gahl length retention challenge.

I am really trying hard not to do too much  with my hair. Why am I saying really hard? Because I am so tempted to try out new hairstyles with my new hair (I am newly natural) . But I also want to retain as much length as possible  during this challenge. 

I will be wearing one hairstyle per week until the challenge ends. This week my hair was and still is in a ponytail or ponypuff. Since my hair is not long enough to rub onto clothes in it's shrunken state this is a perfect low manipulative hairstyle for me.

What protective/ low manipulative styles are you trying out?

God bless you!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Gahl length retention challenge 1st August -1 December 2013

Hi everyone,
The Gahl length retention challenge has officialy started. You are still welcome to join us :) to join please click here

I am really excited about this challenge because it is the first one I am taking part in fully natural. I got a friend to take pictures of my hair and was totaly amazed at the shrinkage my hair undergoes, without being stretched it looks neck length.

Just to clear the air, The back of my hair is a little longer than the rest of the hair because I stopped relaxing it six months before deciding to transition, In short, the rest of my hair will be 2 years post relaxer in January 2015 while the back of my hair will be 2 and a half years post relaxer.

All in all I am quite happy with the length I am now but I am working towards keeping my hair as healthy as possible and gaining as much length as possible. My goal is to have my hair at Bra strap length by January 2015. This challenge is a good start to get me there.

Do you have any personal hair goals?

Friday, 1 August 2014

My longterm transition from relaxed/texlaxed to natural hair TIPS!!!

I have been meaning to write a blog on transitioning to natural for a very long time now. I am going to share all i have learnt during my transition. It has been over a year since i started my transition to natural  It was not always easy but now I can confidently say that my transition has gotten a lot easier with time. Here is my One year transition update if you missed it.

Here are a few tips that have made transitioning a whole lot easier for me. They might be of help to you too.

1. Do your hair in sections.

Doing your hair in sections makes detangling much easier and helps distribute product evenly to all hairstrands.

2. Maintain protein -moisture balance.

You will need to use a protein conditioner to keep your relaxed ends and especially the line of demarcation from breaking off. Moisture on the other hand will give your hair the elasticity it needs to keep it soft and manageable. A balance of the two = healthy hair.

4. Do not comb dry hair.

Combing transitioning hair while it is dry will cause breakage especially at the line of demarcation. It is advisable to comb the hair while it is wet or moisturised. I only comb mine when it is freshly washed and conditioned.

5. Finger detangle your hair.

Using hands/ fingers to detangle transitioning hair will cause less breakage especially if the hair is prone to tangles. A comb will pull out hair and cause breakage every time it is used.

6. Find a go-to style & protective styles

Curly styles such as braid outs, twist outs, rod sets, roller sets e.t.c are usually the best while transitioning because they help to blend in the relaxed and natural hair these styles can be achieved without the use of direct heat. Straight styles are a lot harder to achieve and maintain because natural hair reverts. The above mentioned styles are low manipulation styles and require little to no combing at all. Low manipulation hair styles can be changed to protective styles by turning them into buns or other updo's. A protective stlye is any hair styles that keeps your ends safely hidden, tucked away... These include buns, applying scarves, braids, weaves, cornrows e.t.c check out my First natural hairstyle

7. Don't be discouraged.
Only you know why you have decided to longterm transition to natural. It will be important for you to set your eyes on your goal which is healthy, beautiful natural african hair. There will be people who will say negative things about your hair but just keep going.
Find a good support system of women who have either done a longterm transition or are still transitioning for advice and inspiration. 

9. Be patient

Hair grows slowly so please be patient you will get there.

11. Do not put expectations on your hair just accept it as it is.
Avoid comparing your hair with anybody elses, keep in mind that your hair will be unique in it's own way. Some women have curls, coils, kinks, waves and they are all good! Embrace your own hair as it is!

12. Co washing instead of shampooing

At some point I had a feeling that my hair was getting more tangles when shampoo  was used on it. Other than that shampoos can dry out the hair especially if they contain sulphates. Washing with conditioner will help improve moisture levels in your hair and ease detangling.

13. Cut down on heat

While heat can be used to blend in relaxed and natural hair, it is not advisable to use heat to transition to natural. Heat can damage the hair's curl pattern. Always use a heat protector when you use heat.( blow dryer, flat irons, curling irons...)

14. Trim your relaxed ends off gradually.
As the new growth increases, the relaxed ends start to look very thin. If you don't want any rude schocks and are not comfortable with the length your natural hair is now do not cut off too much of the relaxed ends. Plan for small trims until you are satisfied with your length.

15. Pre shampoo treatments.

Pre shampoo treatments have been a life saver for me. Just applying an oil to my scalp and hair and finger detangling before washing really makes a big difference. 

16. Wash your hair on a regular basis.

Transitioning hair likes to matt/ tangle at the line of demarcation. Leaving this kind of hair unwashed and undetangled for too long means that all the shed hair will attach itself to the tangle and keep growing as a result you will experience breakage. 
I had to cut off all of this because of a bad tangle. I had not washed or detangled my hair for two whole weeks.

17. Satin/ silk Scarf and brush

If you love smooth styles then a scarf and a soft bristle brush will be great investment for you. All you need to do is to moisturise your hair, seal the moisture in with an oil then brush/ comb your hair as desired. Lastly apply a scarf to you hair especially on the edges and this will get them flat in less than 10 minutes.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

My long term transition Ends!!! I am fully Natural

Hallo everyone! I have wanted to do this post since 24th of June when I actually chopped off my relaxed ends (My dear sister did it for me and she did a great job) I thank God that my phone is working again and I can make hair pictures :)
ponypuff protective style

My plan was to transition for 24 months, but I ended up doing it (transitioning) at 17 months post relaxer. My last relaxer was on 30th January 2013. If you missed out on my reasons for transitioning to natural please click here to read the post about that. 

I am really loving my natural hair. In my opinion it is much easier to care for than when it was relaxed or while I was still transitioning. And the best part is that I can detangle my hair under the shower and it will still be detangled during styling. While I was still transitioning  that was impossible as my hair was always full of tangles. The other thing I really love about my natural hair is that I can just wash it and literally go!! 
twist out on dry hair

Now to the things I don´t like about my natural hair. The first thing I don´t like is the shrinkage. even though my hair is a little past shoulder length it shrinks to neck length when it is dry. The second thing I don´t like are the single strand knots. on a few occasions my hair has been so knotted that I had to cut the knots out. during the first days it was a lot harder now I think that I have gotten it under control with regular washes and detangling.

Are you newly natural? what challenges are you facing with your hair?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tuesday Hairstyle! 7 day different hairstyle challenge

Thank you all for being patient because this post was supposed to be up yesterday!
Thanks to you tube I found this lovely hairstyle. I loved this one so much that I decided to keep it for one more day.
The tools I needed to achieve this look were:
Bobby pins.
A soft bristle brush.
Hair gel( soft hold)

It was quite challenging to achieve because it was my first time trying it out, but I am sure that next time will be a lot faster. It is a very good protective style as all the ends get tucked away and hidden. The other thing I like about this style is that if well covered at night for bed, it will last a long time so that makes it a low manipulation style as well.
This is also perfect for everyday as well as for special occasions.

Right side 

Front view

Back view

Side view
If you like this look and would like a tutorial on how I achieved it. Please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Monday hairstyle! 7 days different hairstyles challenge.

Yesterday was the first day of my 7 day different hairstyle challenge! I started out by conditioning my hair with a mixture of the Zoe white conditioner ( review coming soon) glycerin and coconut oil. I then had my hair steamed for thirty minutes at a nearby salon. After rinsing and airdrying my hair it was time to style!
Airdried hair. Note the shrinkage!

Front view

This hairstyle was really easy to do and all I needed was. Soft brush, gel ( soft hold), bobby pins & water. 
Back view: hair rolled, tucked and pinned
Left side view
Right side view: flat twist.
Left side view
Front view
Right side view
I really like how the hairstyle came out, it is a great protective style and is stylish enough for everyday and special occasions.

If you would like a tutorial on this look, please leave a comment below.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

7 day different hairstyle challenge on transitioning hair!

Today while going through my hair pictures, It came to my attention that I was literally only wearing one hairstyle! Even when I do bantu knots out and braid outs, they always end up being bunned up after a day or two.

I love my buns very much, but I would like to try out other hairstyles as well. This is why I am challenging myself to try out different hairstyles this coming week. It will be quite a challenge for me because my buns are normally very low maintenance.

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