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.

Friday, 21 March 2014

A big surprise while product hunting in Nairobi!

Weeks ago as I was searching arround for hair products at the Capital center mall on Mombasa Road in Nairobi. A lovely young lady approached us (my sister Evelyn & I) and she was like I know you two from your Blog and Website and you ladies are doing a great job! We were so humbled that she recognised us and very happy that she actualy stopped to say hi. If you ever spot us anywhere please do say hallo too :)

Charliekay if you are reading this, thank you for stopping and saying hallo. You are such a lovely person and we appreciate you! Gahl wishes you a happy healthy hair journey!

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Transition update! Styling has become a challenge!!!

Braid out puff!

Since I have more natural hair than relaxed hair on my head now, styling has become a challenge. I have tried twist outs but they did not look as good as the ones I saw on you tube mine was very frizzy :( I guess it will take a lot of practice!
My first twist out! (Fail)

Yesterday night I decided to do 8 matutas ( braids in swahili) as I finger detangled and moisturised my hair. The plan was to rock a braid out but I ended up wearing my hair in a puff because it was raining! I actually really love this look.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Trim update! My longterm transition update!

I started my longterm transition to natural   Over a year ago and last Friday,  I had my sister cut off most of my relaxed ends because they looked terrible even after cutting off two inches in February. I could not even wear my hair open because I felt they looked untidy and ugly. It was just time to let go!

I had about three inches cut off!!! And yes  I was very nervous the whole time but my sister Eva did a great job. Thanks Sis!!!. I have not yet done a length check but I think my hair is now at arround Arm pit length. It was below bra strap length before the cut.

I still have a long way to go when it comes to styling my almost natural hair ( I have about three inches of relaxed hair left). Now I realise that even though I had more new growth than relaxed hair, those ends somewhat made a difference when it came to styling they stretched out my hair.
 Check out my first twist out attempt.
Not the best but I will get there :)

The other issue I have is shrinkage. I had shrinkage before but now it is a lot! My hair looks neck length without being stretched.

Do I love my hair as it is now?
Yes!!!! It is so much thicker and healthier. I really would not have it any other way. And it is much easier to wash and detangle.

Do I miss being relaxed?
Yes!!!! I do being relaxed sometimes because I really enjoyed my relaxed hair after starting my hair journey. But I am more excited to go on with my natural hair journey.

All in all I am still for longterm transitioning because it has enabled me to adjust slowly to my natural hair. After my next trim I will be cutting off all chemically processed hair and will therefore be fully natural. I am so excited about that!

Are you on a longterm transition? How far along are you and what challenges are you facing? Please share tips on styling this hair!!!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My longterm transition from natural to relaxed 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.

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