Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My first flat twist out & Gahl length retention challenge ends.

I finally undid my braids at 5 weeks post installation. I had missed my hair so much. I thank God that there was no damage done to my hair and my hairline is still intact.
A week after undoing the braids I decided to give flat twists out a chance. So I went on you tube and Watched lots of videos on how to get a perfect twist out. I had tried them before but they just never looked like the ones I saw in the videos.  This time round I did things a little different. First of all I did the flat twists on freshly washed and conditioned hair. Then I detangled each section very well after applying a little cantu Shea butter leave in and coconut oil, these two products made detangling very easy for me.
I even improved on my flat twisting skills yay! I really love how this one came out and I cannot wait to perfect it.
The Gahl length retention challenge has also come to an end and I will be sharing my progress on my next blog post. I am really excited to find out how much length I retained in three months.
My selfies still have a long way to go(*wink*)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

I am back! with sad news and a new hairstyle!

Hi ladies, I am finally back after my long silence. Even though I don´t like sharing much about my personal life on the blog. I think it is only fair that you should know what kept me away for so long. On October 4th I got a call from my younger sister Eva that my nephew had passed away after being hit by a car that had lost control. My heart was broken because he was only 7 years old and he held a very special part in my heart. We had to say goodbye to him. Those of you who have children never ever forget to pray for them for you never know what kind of dangers they may come across. I hope you now understand why blogging was the last thing on my mind. 
See you in heaven baby boy!
 But I thank God for His healing hand. I miss my nephew everyday but I am glad that he is with Jesus now and that all of our hearts (me and my family) are getting healed everyday.

As for my hair, well I am still on the Gahl length retention challenge which ends on 1st December and I am really looking forward to see how much length I have retained.
My high Bun!

 My hair is currently in medium sized box braids which I had done in Nairobi. I have had them in for three weeks now and I intend to keep them in for another three weeks to five weeks. I am really enjoying the fact that I do not have to detangle my hair and I have not seen any knots in three weeks!! The lady who did them was not only gentle but she did them as big as I wanted them, especially on my hairline. I instructed to do them big so as not to pull out any hair. 

I have not washed my hair since having the braids done because they are so long and heavy and it is quite cold where I am so I keep wondering how they will dry up if I wash them. But I have been moisturizing and bagging my hair for a little moisture once a week. I hope my hair will not suffer too much because this is a major diversion from my usual routine.

How do you ladies care for your braids?

God bless you all abundantly for your continuous support. 
We really appreciate you!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Natural african hair and knots!!!!

 Since ending my long-term transition to natural hair, my hair care routine has been very simple. I basically just condition my hair, comb every two weeks and shampoo only when I feel the need to. But now I think that I will have to change a few things because my hair is full of knots!!!!
wash and go pony puff

I have decided to comb every time I wash my hair and I will be twisting or braiding my hair after detangling properly to help with the knots and tangles, my hair is very curly/coily and especially the curls in the middle of my head are tighter so the hair just knots easily. On many occasions the knots were so bad that I could not unravel them with my fingers so I ended up having to cut them off which is really bad because I am trying to retain as much length as possible.

Ladies how do you keep your hair from tangling and knotting? I will appreciate any tips you have to offer.

Stay Blessed!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Product review: Enliven gel wet hold

This is my first product review in a very long time!
I would like to review the Enliven hair gel wet hold (2). I am guessing that the higher up the scheme you go, the firmer the gel holds. Therefore number 5 would probably leave my hair hard when it dries up.
I have used this gel on my hair for about a month now and I cannot help but tell you all how much I like it. Let me list what I like about this gel.

Enliven Hair gel wet hold

  • It gives my hair a very smooth finish.
  • It keeps my hair and edges flat and neat. 
  • It has a very mild scent.
  • It does not harden on the hair. How awesome is that! my hair still remains soft even after the gel dries up.
  • It also does not flake, which means that I don´t have to worry about white residue being left on my hair after the gel has dried up.
  • The price is very pocket friendly !!!!
second day hair courtesy of enliven hair gel

Where to get Enliven hair gels in general:

I got my jar from Tuskys branch greenspan mall in Nairobi, Kenya but I am guessing that any tuskys supermarket has it in stock. If you know any other supermarket that stocks this gel please comment below. If you don´t live in Kenya and have seen this product stocked in shops in your country, please share by commenting below.
Price: a jar of 250 mL goes for 90 KES which is about 1.02 USD or 0.78 Euro

Picture taken at TUSKYS Greenspan mall Nairobi, Kenya

Have you tried out this product or any other gel that you really liked using on your hair? please share your experience with gels on the comment box below.

May God bless you abundantly!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Month one Gahl length retention challenge

It has been a little over a month and the Gahl length retention challenge is on!!! I know I have not shared much about the challenge so far, but I promise that this post will inform you about everything I have been doing with my hair during the first month of the challenge.

My hair products
My hair care routine is very simple right now. I wash my hair once a week with plain water and condition it using the Herbal essences hello hydration conditioner. I know that this conditioner contains silicones but it works for my hair. After washing I apply a mixture of water, olive oil and a little herbal essences as my leave in conditioner. I do not recommend using a rinse out conditioner such as the herbal essences as a leave in but until I find a leave in that really works for my hair, I will keep on using it. after applying the leave in conditioner I part my hair according to how I want to style it for the week and then I let it air dry. Very simple don´t you agree?
texture shot, wet natural hair
texture shot wet natural hair.
My hair has got three different textures which I am really trying hard to understand because they all behave different. The back of my hair and the edges have very loose curls, the middle has corkscrew spirals which look amazing but shrink like nobody´s business ( during my long-term transition to natural I thought that the middle had really tight curls but that is actually not the case) I will try to take better pictures so you can understand what I mean. The front of my head definitely has looser curls with little definition when compared to the rest of my hair. I am still very amazed that one head of hair can have many different textures African hair is just amazing!
The pictures above show the texture of my hair right after washing and before applying any product to my hair.

pony puff: I wore this hairstyle for almost two weeks

As for styling, I recently started making my hair lie down using gel, a soft hair brush and a scarf. This trio never backfires on me. I thank God for this discovery. Normally after air drying my hair, I try as much as possible not to touch my hair. This way my curls stay defined until my next wash (I just spray a little of my leave in conditioner nightly). The only thing I deal with every night are the edges which I moisten, apply some gel and then slick down with my hands and brush. The rest of the magic is done by the scarf.
This method has made protective styling quite easy for me because it helps mould my hair and keep it in place. and it looks good too!
Protective styling: slick edges thanks to enliven Gel.

Protective styling: slick edges thanks to enliven Gel.

My tools of trade. soft brush, Enliven hair gel  and wide toothed comb
I hardly ever comb my hair these days, I literally detangle my hair about twice a month. Most of the time I just use my fingers and conditioner to detangle my hair and so far it is working very well. I choose not to detangle using the comb too often just to give my hair a break from too much manipulation. Low manipulation keeps the hair from breaking off unnecessarily.

 The challenge is still on click HERE to join

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?

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