4 EASY HAIRSTYLES FOR BUSY NATURALS

It's so easy to get in a rut when it comes to figuring what to do with our hair. Plus, hairstyling is usually one of the last things on our minds when life gets overwhelming. So if you don't have time to figure out what to do with your hair, why not try some of these quick and easy styles?!

PINEAPPLE PUFF

 

HALO

 

LOW BUN

 

UPDO

So, which style will you try out first?

TRIMMING NATURAL HAIR - THE SEARCH & DESTROY METHOD

Are split ends stopping you from having the best hair of your life?  Then you should consider trying the "Search & Destroy Method".  I learned about it pretty early on in my hair journey and it has saved me from having drastic haircuts because it is a hair trimming method that specifically targets split ends. We all know that, if neglected, split ends will eventually lead to thin, damaged, and lifeless hair.  Although some people may believe that split ends can be treated, that is untrue.  The only way to get "treat" split ends is by trimming the hair just above where it splits. 

When implementing the Search & Destroy Method all you need to do is identify the hair shafts that have split ends and use a pair of hair shears (not regular scissors) to trim your hair just above the point where the shaft has split.  Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, it could several days to complete. 

So if you are interested in trying this method out, here are a few pros and cons you should consider first:

Pros:

  • keeps split ends at bay
  • no special skills required
  • moderately therapeutic
  • prevents dramatic haircuts due to damaged hair

Cons:

  • Time-consuming 
  • Requires a lot of attention to detail

Have you tried the Search & Destroy Method?  If so, how did it go?

HOW TO USE FENUGREEK TO PROMOTE HAIR GROWTH AND PREVENT HAIR FALL

I started using fenugreek seeds a few years ago after I ended up with a mild case of traction alopecia after getting braids.  I was upset because my edges were practically nonexistent and my normal hair growth stimulator, castor oil, wasn’t providing me with the quickest results.  After doing some research, I learned that people have used fenugreek for centuries to treat hair maladies and decided to incorporate them into my hair regimen and, luckily, within a few weeks, I saw real results!

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BENEFITS OF APPLYING FENUGREEK SEEDS TO THE HAIR AND SCALP

·             Prevents hair fall

·             Prevents premature graying of the hair

·             Promotes hair growth

·             Reduces dandruff

·             Increases shine

WHERE TO PURCHASE FENUGREEK SEEDS

If you live in Nigeria, you can purchase fenugreek seeds here.

If you live outside Nigeria, you can purchase fenugreek seeds here. 

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WAYS TO USE FENUGREEK SEEDS

Here are my favorite ways to use fenugreek:

Fenugreek Hair Growth Oil

Ingredients:

·             2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds

·             4 tablespoons of castor oil

·             2 cups of olive oil or coconut oil

·             10 drops of peppermint oil

·             1 cheesecloth

Instructions:

1.         Put all the ingredients in a sealable glass jar.

2.         Leave the glass jar in a cool, dry place for 5 – 10 days.

3.         After 5 – 10 days, strain the contents of the jar with the cheesecloth and store the oil in any container you have.

4.          Apply the oil to your scalp at least once a day for the best results.

 

Fenugreek Hair Rinse

Ingredients:

·             2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds

·             1 cup of water

Instructions:

1.         Soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight.

2.         After you shampoo your hair, remove the seeds from the water and pour the infused water on your hair and scalp. 

3.         Leave the infused water on your hair for 15 minutes and then rinse it out with cool water, then condition your hair as usual.

 

Fenugreek Itchy Scalp Treatment

Ingredients/Tools:

·             2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds

·             1 cup of aloe vera juice

·             Small pistol and mortar

Instructions:

1.         Soak the fenugreek seeds in aloe vera juice overnight.

2.         Remove the seeds and grind them in a small pistol and mortar until a paste is formed.

3.         Apply the paste to your freshly shampooed scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.

4.         Rinse out the paste with cool water and condition your hair as usual.

 

Have you ever used fenugreek seeds?  If so, how did you like it and what is your favorite fenugreek recipe?

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT ON YOUR HAIR

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Naturals often enjoy at-home DIY projects/recipes.  Some naturals love a good mayonnaise protein treatment, while others can't get enough of an avocado infused deep conditioner.  With all these home experiments, we sometimes use products that we aren't aware do more harm than good.  So before your next kitchen beautician session, make sure you learn about the 4 things you should never put on your hair:

 

  BAKING SODA -  When I first went natural, I found so many ‘no poo’ baking soda recipes floating around the internet.  After doing a bit of research, I learned that baking soda is an alkaline irritant that, when applied to hair, disrupts its mantle and causes hair to be dry and brittle.

BAKING SODA - When I first went natural, I found so many ‘no poo’ baking soda recipes floating around the internet.  After doing a bit of research, I learned that baking soda is an alkaline irritant that, when applied to hair, disrupts its mantle and causes hair to be dry and brittle.


  LEMON JUICE -  Lemon juice, unlike baking soda, is highly acidic and penetrates the hair shaft causing it to shrink and over time, which eventually leads to hair getting thinner and more brittle.

LEMON JUICE - Lemon juice, unlike baking soda, is highly acidic and penetrates the hair shaft causing it to shrink and over time, which eventually leads to hair getting thinner and more brittle.


  HOT WATER -  For some reason hot showers can feel terrific, especially on cold mornings during dry season.  Unfortunately, hot water not only strips your skin of its natural oils, but it does the same to your hair. Washing your hair with hot water will make moisturising your hair extremely difficult.  It also reduces the natural lustre of your hair giving it a parched and crunchy appearance.

HOT WATER - For some reason hot showers can feel terrific, especially on cold mornings during dry season.  Unfortunately, hot water not only strips your skin of its natural oils, but it does the same to your hair. Washing your hair with hot water will make moisturising your hair extremely difficult.  It also reduces the natural lustre of your hair giving it a parched and crunchy appearance.


  TURMERIC -  Although turmeric is great for the skin, it can wreak havoc on your scalp and  could,  potentially, make you go bald. Click  here  to find out why you should never apply turmeric to your hair and find out the best way to use it to promote hair growth!

TURMERIC - Although turmeric is great for the skin, it can wreak havoc on your scalp and could, potentially, make you go bald. Click here to find out why you should never apply turmeric to your hair and find out the best way to use it to promote hair growth!

As much as want to use natural/organic ingredients on our hair, some of these products actually do more harm than synthetic ingredients.

I’m definitely guilty of using more than one of these products on my hair but that is why it is so important to continually do your research.  Have you applied any of these products on your hair? If so, have you seen any negative results?

MY 2-HOUR WASH DAY ROUTINE

"Wash Days" are the stuff of legend for every natural.  Prior to my big chop, I heard naturals complain about this dreaded "Wash Day" and how it typically took no less them 6 hours to completely wash their hair.  Naturally, once I was inducted into "Team Natural", I made sure my wash day met the 6-hour minimum.  My wash day included 2-hour pre-poo sessions, 1 - 3-hour deep conditioning sessions and detangle sessions which seemed to last a lifetime.  

Well after years of getting down with wash day marathon sessions, I got tired of that 'ish! The "6-hour Wash Day" was cancelled and the "2-hour Wash Day" was born.  Some of you may be thinking, "there is no way this girl with her mid-back length hair is only spending 2 hours washing her hair!" and all I have to say is, "yes girl, it only takes me 2 hours because ain't nobody got time sit down for six whole hours just to wash their hair!"  So here is how I have whittled my wash day down to 2 hours:

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1. Pre-Poo Boo!  The first thing I do when I wash my hair is pre-poo. In this stage, I section my hair off into six even sections (that are loosely braided) and then spray the pre-poo solution from the tip of my hair up to the root, ensuring that each section of my hair is completely saturated in the pre-poo solution. This allows me to not only infuse moisture into my hair, prior to washing it, but detangle my hair, as well, thus killing two lovely birds with one stone!  Click here for my pre-poo recipe.  *NOTE: I keep my hair stretched at all times, so when wash day rolls around, the detangling process only takes me 30 minutes.

2. Fingers First, Brush Second. Once I spray on the pre-poo solution, I spend about 20 minutes finger detangling each section of my hair. Then, I gently use a tangle teezer brush to further detangle my hair. The brush must be used from the very tip of your hair up to the root. If you start brushing your hair from the middle, you will extend your wash day because you will cause your hair to tangle even more. TIP: always detangle your hair one section at a time. Once you have finished detangling one section, loosely braid it and move on to the next section. Washing your hair in loosely braided sections will ensure that your hair does not get tangled as you shampoo and deep condition your hair.

3. Sulfate-free is the Way to Be.  Once my hair is completely detangled, I shampoo my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. Unlike traditional shampoos, sulfate-free shampoos will cleanse your hair without stripping them of much needed moisture. The only thing is that most sulfate-free shampoos don't lather and that shouldn't bother you. The reason most traditional shampoos lather is because they contain sulfates and those cute bubbles you think are getting your hair clean are making your hair dry and hard. TIP: only apply shampoo to your scalp. There is no need to apply shampoo to the length of your hair. When you massage the shampoo into your scalp and rinse it off, the shampoo that runs down the rest of your hair will sufficiently clean it.

4. Rice, Rice, Rice it UP! (Optional Step) - Once I have completely rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, I pour a fermented rice water mix throughout my hair and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. People claim that fermented rice water promotes hair growth and since it was pretty easy to incorporate into my haircare routine, I added it in to see if it works. P.S. the verdict is still out on whether the rice water has significantly increased my hair growth but I always give myself a 6 to 8-month trial period for growth supplements.

5. Deep Conditioning is the Key to Great Hair! After rinsing out the fermented rice water, I apply a deep conditioner to my hair and sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. I have written an in-depth post about the benefits of deep conditioning, so click here to find out why you can't EVER skip this step!

6. - 8. Moisturise with the L.O.C. After I have washed out my hair, I moisturise it using the L (Liquid). O (Oil). C (Cream). Method. First, I spray my leave-in conditioner on each section of hair until my hair is completely saturated. Then, I apply my favourite oil to my hair from the scalp to the tip. Finally, I apply shea butter from the tip of my hair upwards but I do not apply it to my scalp so it won't clog up my pores.

9. Eco Styler for Everything! (Optional Step) Alright, I am OBSESSED with Eco Styler gel. I use it after I moisturise my hair to help me define my twists and braid outs. It is also great for slicking down my edges since edge control has never worked for me.

How long does it take you to wash your hair? Are there any steps in my current routine that you plan on incorporating into your own routine?

HE LEFT BECAUSE OF THE BIG CHOP

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I don't do this often, but I was so annoyed by a tweet I saw yesterday that I felt I had to write a mini-rant.  One of my male friend's (who shall not be named) re-tweeted a question posed by one of his friends.  The tweet asked men if they would leave their girlfriends if they big chopped.  Every single man who responded to that tweet stated that they would.  Although I know this is a small cross-section of men and they probably don't represent the majority, I couldn't help but feel annoyed and disappointed.  Listen, I'm not a natural hair Nazi who thinks that men don't have a right to have a preference, but I do think it's incredibly shallow to leave a partner over a couple of inches of hair.

I know, from my own personal experience, how vulnerable a woman can feel after a big chop.  When I cut off my hair ten years ago I made sure that I always had on makeup (eyeliner, at the very least), never left home without earrings and was decked out in ruffles and floral prints in order to avoid looking like a "boy".  Despite my best efforts to exude femininity, there were just days when I didn't feel...attractive.  Women with short natural hair rarely graced the covers of magazines and there were next-to-none on the TV screen.  Even when I happened to catch a music video on MTV, women with twa's were never the love interests of my favorite singers/rappers.

As much as I hate to admit this, I did wondered how I would be embraced by men, especially black man, if I rocked a teeny weeny 'fro.  I didn't even tell the guy that I was dating at the time that I planned on cutting my hair, so I was especially afraid of how he would react (btw, he loved my twa).  Unfortunately, there are men in this world who value their significant other's outer appearance above anything else. 

Has your boyfriend/husband/lover ever threatened to leave you or left you because you chose to cut off your hair?

MAINLAND? ISLAND? WHERE SHOULD YOU LIVE?

Check out my latest video!!

One of my subscribers recently asked me whether she should live on the mainland or the island. I couldn’t tell which neighborhood was better so I broke down the pros and cons of each neighborhood, so she could make a more informed decision!

One of my subscribers recently asked me whether she should live on the mainland or the island. I couldn’t tell which neighborhood was better so I broke down the pros and cons of each neighborhood, so she could make a more informed decision!