I’M BALDING

Okay so not really but it feels like it. As I explained in my intro post I’m currently transitioning rather than doing the big chop. Lately however I’ve been shedding A LOT of hair, so much so that I freaked out and sent a pic to Marion, Stellah, and Carol to get reassurance that it was all in my head and i was being dramatic (I tend to do that).  No such luck.  Apparently I am shedding way to much hair.

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This should not come as a surprise to me since I’m lazy about my hair. Luckily the vain side of me overshadows the lazy side and I decided to be more proactive. I bought hair mayonnaise ( this was before Marion did her mayonnaise review) which I wish I would have waited on and saved some money. But anyways, I washed my hair with sulfate free shampoo and drenched my hair with the hair mayonnaise before covering it with a shower cap to let it do its magic.

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While I waited I watched the Ghana -Portugal match. 😦 Can I say though, I’m so glad I’m not a sports fanatic. I can’t imagine this kind of heart break on a regular basis. We were so close to advancing, and then it fell apart. It’s okay though, Africa still has two teams left. #TeamAfrica. I’m keeping hope alive.

After the match I rinsed out my hair with cold water and dried it off with a t shirt. I must say it felt really soft afterwards. I’ll keep using this product and also try out regular mayonnaise too.  I’m hoping for a hair comeback.  If you guys have any tips on how to prevent or reduce breakage please pweeeeety please do share.  I’m on a different level of desperate right now.

xoxo – Judy

Mayonnaise Treatments For Natural Hair

I saw this Tweet earlier on using mayonnaise on natural hair and decided to do a post on it.
Yes, you can use store bought mayonnaise as a treatment for your natural hair. And it is readily available at most Kenyan stores and is not too costly. I got this jar
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for 170ksh, I think, at Tuskys. And it’s an excellent hotdog condiment. Who doesn’t like hotdogs?
Mayonnaise generally contains egg yolks, oils, and either vinegar or lemon juice.
Eggs, as we’ve mentioned earlier, are an excellent protein treatment for your hair. They strengthen your hair follicles, making them harder to break and will reduce split ends.
Vinegar contains acetic acid which is a chelating agent. This basically means it forms bonds with heavy metals such as Iron or Calcium and this is what makes it particularly useful for clarifying product accumulation or dirt. It’s acidity also helps in eliminating dandruff, and if properly diluted it is also a good pH adjuster (will try to do a post on this later)
Lemon juice contains citric acid and is therefore also really good for cleansing the scalp and reducing dandruff. I use it for my henna treatments as it helps release the colour faster. It is also a lightening and bleaching agent (sometimes used on teeth, too) so you might want to look out for that if you don’t want lighter hair. Neno Natural has a lovely post on lemon on natural hair.
Oils are every natural’s best friend. They seal in the moisture in your hair and leave is magazine glossy. I’ve done a
post on castor oil and will be doing some more covering individual benefits of different oils.

How To do a Mayo Treatment.
The procedure for doing a mayo treatment is pretty much the same as for doing a deep condition.
-Apply warm water to your hair, make sure it’s damp, not dripping.
-Depending on the length of your hair scoop out enough mayo and apply it generously from root to tip, making sure every strand is covered.
-Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic bag for twenty minutes. For extra deep conditioning you may go under the drier as this helps open your hair pores to absorb product better.
-Wash the mayo out. Try to use a sulphate-free shampoo that won’t strip your hair of it’s moisture and oils leaving it dry. If you don’t have a sulphate-free shampoo at hand, dilute the one you have as much as possible.
-You may need to rinse severally to get all the product out.
You can repeat this monthly.
I have done a mayo treatment once and I liked the results. My hair was soft and shiny and stayed that way a while. Will definitely be doing it again (with pictures) and would recommend it.
Anyone else have experience with it? Do share. Hope this was helpful information.

x.
M.

My Protective Styles

Ever since I decided to keep my hair natural, I’ve had to get a little creative on the styles I choose because I fear for my hairline.
Right before I transitioned, I had braids that literally left my hairline bald when I took them out. Since then, I have experimented with a few weaves which btw didn’t do my edges any good either. I figured it was either the hair salonists I was seeing( I wasn’t faithful back then lol) or the styles I was choosing for my Afro.So I made a conscious decision to put different variations of cornrows for this whole year and see how much of a difference it makes on my hair’s general health.
So far so good! I’ll be putting up my hairstyles plus the sources of my inspiration. So far I’ve only put three styles because I actually love my TWA free, but there are times I get bored of that one look or feel like I need to do something to it so it can grow and also give my hair ends a break.
1.The Frohawk
I absolutely loved having this style on. Why? Cuz I used to look at women rocking their Frohawk and feel like I’d die of envy.I mean,look at this:

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I got that pic off Tumblr a while back, so if any of you know her or the original source, feel free to inform me. But damn! Look at her hair.A sista had to get that style by any means necessary. So how did the style look on my natural hair?

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Weave used: Dora No:1/33 by Fashion idol.

I wish I’d taken better pics back then but I hope you girls get the concept.I got small cornrows on both sides of my hair to meet at the center and then got a zig-zagged cornrow at the center running from front to back.The salonist then put the Dora weave on the middle zig-zagged line to give the Frohawk look. I had to trim it a little and use bow accessories most of the time but I would definitely use this style again.

2.Chimamanda’s Style
First of all,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my idols. I love everything about her, her work and her style. If any of you girls hasn’t read her books, please do. You’ll thank me later.My personal favourite is Americanah  which kept me up for 3 nights straight because I just couldn’t put the book down.Plus she looks into  the politics of natural African hair and makes you really think about all issues hair. But anyway, this style of hers got me captivated when I first saw her wearing it

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Btw this style is what sealed my loyalty to my salonist because after taking this picture to multiple salonists, they just didn’t seem to understand how to make my hair look exactly like this. But my salonist, girl!! She went on mad genius mode immediately I showed the pic to her. This was the result:

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Braid used:Afrokinky No: 1/33
That’s me and my friend Bree( hi girl!!) I loved the results.I didn’t have any complains.She basically just cornrowed my hair into a ‘mosodo’ ( kizungu ngumu my people, pardon me) then just before the cornrow reached the end,she added the braid.Good thing about this style was that I had the liberty to style the top part however I liked since she didn’t fasten it. Also the fact that I could free my hair after a long day unlike a weave.

3: Mixed cornrows and rasta
This is the style I have on currently.I chose it because I wanted to use these gorgeous braids I’d been seeing ladies use on their hair for cornrows. My original vision for how I wanted the style to be was inspired by pictures I found on pin interest. My favourite was this:

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As her watermark says,their  Tumblr and twitter handle is (@touchofheavensalon) you can find a whole wide variety of natural hair styles on there.
So initially I wanted my hair to look alot like that, but since I was using braids to do the cornrows,I decided to have the lines meeting at the top of my head aka ‘mosodo’.The results

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Closer look at the cornrows:

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Closer look at the rasta:

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Braids used: Hi-Yaki No 133 for the rasta(she had to thread and hot water it to get that look), Abuja long  No:1 for the cornrows.
I was sceptical about the results at first, but it grew on me after a couple of days, especially when I accessorised it using this flower thingys I bought from La Mar. Check them out for more African accessories.
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My haircare regimen for now is using castor oil and coconut oil in my hair and scalp before I sleep and before I leave the house.I spritz my hair 3 times a week cz I want this style to last for around 3-4 weeks. Any tips on how to manage braided/conrowed will be much appreciated.

Those are all the styles I’ve done with my hair since I big chopped. Hope this article was helpful and will spark the creative hair spirit in you lol. I’d love your feedback or comment if any.

xx.
S.

Shea Butter

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So what’s all the Shea butter fuss within the natural hair community about? Why is this Butter so good for mine and your kinks? Glad you asked.
I have been reading on the history, uses and benefits of this ‘miracle’ Butter found only in East and West Africa and I am impressed by what I found.Shea Butter has been used in Africa for centuries owing to its numerous benefits, so our grannies and great grannies had the secret formula to gorgeous, radiant skin and healthy hair all along.
Shea Butter is extracted from the  nuts of the Shea- Karite tree, the process of extracting and refining the butter is mostly done by women and girls in villages.
It’s classified into refined and unrefined Shea. The refined Shea is modified to tone down the raw smell (which I don’t think is a bad smell at all). I prefer the unrefined Butter with all of Mother Nature’s benefits intact.
Why and How to Use Shea Butter
– Shea Butter is considered to be mother nature’s gift to black skin as it acts as a moisturizer, leaving dry skin looking radiant and healthy. Since its rich in minerals and vitamins which are good for the skin, Shea can be mixed into your everyday moisturizer to enhance it’s benefits.
-Shea Butter has anti-inflammatory properties which come in handy when your scalp is feeling itchy, dry or has dandruff. Its easily absorbed in the skin therefore soothes the scalp and helps it regain it’s healthy state.
-Shea Butter is a natural moisturiser and therefore is good for all hair types – natural, relaxed or coloured.African hair is coily, curly or kinky and due to its texture, the natural sebum produced through the scalp finds it hard to move from the roots to the ends.Shea Butter helps with that. It can be used on its own or mixed in your conditioner for better results
-Shea Butter is a sealant.Remember the LOC method that we use on a daily basis for natural hair? Well, Shea is used to seal in the liquid/water that you spritz on your hair so as to prevent moisture loss and since its easily absorbed in hair, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling heavy. Plus only a small amount is required.
-Shea Butter can be used as a heat protectant, for those of us whose hair dressers still insist on blowdrying your hair (a recent experience that I’ll definitely blog about.) Natural hair requires you avoid heat as much as you can and if you must use a heat protectant to shield your curls from too much heat damage. So before you expose your hair to heat, you can use mother nature’s gift to protect your hair from drying out too much and getting brittle.
Shea Butter is worth all the praise it gets in my opinion. It leaves the hair softer, repairs dry, brittle hair and protects your edges too.The benefits it has on your skin are a definite plus!
Do tell us of your Shea Butter experiences. And for the girls that would like some, you can always email us on Afroliciouske@gmail.com or call/text/whatsapp us on 0725466132.
xx.

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