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?



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?




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