The struggle is Real!

Do you sometimes just look at your hair and think to yourself “fuck it! I hate my hair! I should just get a perm!” Well so do I. This natural hair struggle is so real and we are not even joking about it. You wake up one morning and your silk scarf is nowhere to be found on the bed and your hair is like that of a lion or maybe worse and you look into the mirror and see yourself as some monster and don’t know where to start with this hair. Imagine if you wake up late and all this happens and you have no time to fix your hair…girl i’m sorry but shit happens. Keeping your hair natural will  definitely not be always rosy but it’s definitely worth it.

I know as Naturalistas we go through similar struggles and one main and very annoying struggle is fairy knots. I’m sure we all get fairy knots once in a while and when you see it your heart just beats faster than normal or you take it very calmly and look at that knot and just shake your head because you know this thing is impeding your length goals.

I asked a couple of natural hair friends and one person stated her struggle was that her hair refuses to grow. And I’m like wait a minute! me too! I’ve been natural for about 5 years and I look at my hair and see no growth at all. i’m expecting it to be waist length by now because 5 years is really that long. I go on YouTube and IG and I see people posting their hair growth after 1 year and i’m wondering where did I pass? what am I doing wrong/ or is my hair finished? I know that last part can’t happen but really is that all the hair I have?? I’m beginning to think the more coily your hair is the more difficult it is for you to see growth. I’m a type 3c/4a/4b (my hair decided to come in different curl patterns which totally sucks) and I see my length goals and ask myself when am I going to ever reach that length but I guess its patience. The secret they say is patience and I think healthy eating and of course lots of water.

What is natural hair without split ends? I think split ends are inevitable. I’m not saying it’s a good thing if it happens but your old hair gets weaker and may eventually start to split after some months and if you are taking care of your hair well then this will happen less often. This is when you know you need to get the trim, One of our worst fears. Some of us , if not most are so scared of trimming our hair because that means your hair is going to look shorter and I know we all crave length. So when someone asks you ” why does your hair look short?”. Your reply “I just recently got a trim” and someway somehow that makes you feel more satisfied than actually acknowledging you have short hair.

Let’s not forget WASH DAY! As much as I like to keep my hair healthy and clean, I dread wash days. This is a whole workout routine and i’m not joking. If you are as lazy as I am and hate exercising then i’m sure you will understand me more. Wash day means spending over an hour on just your hair  not to talk of an added hour or two when you want to twist your hair or braid it so you can get amazing twist-outs. I take this exercise as my arm workout-no need for the gym.

I know a lot of us struggle with shrinkage especially if you have 4c hair. You try so hard to pre-poo, incorporate protein treatments in your regimen, deep condition etc and you do this for over a year but the length never shows- its just stagnant as if you are not doing enough. You end up hating your hair for shrinking so much and wonder why you ever decided to go natural. So guess what? we take pictures of a stretched out section of our hair so the world sees you’ve actually got some length, it’s just been hiding(I do that too). Well, Shrinkage is really not bad at all. That is just how our hair texture is and there is nothing absolutely nothing you can do to prevent shrinkage so why don’t you just accept it? Shrinkage comes with our curly, coily hair type and unless you keep straightening your hair (which is bad advice), shrinkage will follow you the rest of your natural hair life( which should be forever. Don’t be tempted)

Some of us may read this blog post and totally relate, others (those thinking of going natural) may feel scared and think i’m giving them more reason not to go natural. Let’s not forget that with success comes pain. If you are willing to go through the pain and the struggles then you are ready to enjoy the fruit of your labour. You can’t have it all good or expect to have a smooth path but the result is totally worth it and worth trying. I would choose my beautiful curly-kinky natural hair any day and go through all these struggles over and over again.

HARMATTAN IS HERE!!! SAVE YOUR KINKS AND CURLS

Winter is here!! I know some people are going to have my had for saying “winter” so probably I should be saying Harmattan is here since I am in Ghana, West Africa. The Harmattan season is the driest season of the year which starts from November and ends in March. However, due to climate changes we are in December and we still don’t have the real feel of Harmattan. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to come, you just need to prepare for it. Buy a big bowl of shea butter because Shea butter will definitely be your night and shining amour in these times..lol..

Anyway, during Winter and Harmattan, the atmosphere is very dry meaning your hair is in trouble…big trouble. You need to take care of it better than you used to do. Your hair is now prone to breakage, fairy knots and frizz. So keep your hair more moisturized or stick to protective styles. Let me just put down a few tips you should know

  • Add heavy oils (Olive, coconut, castor oils) to your conditioner or add honey to your conditioner. This is going to help your hair to be more moisturized and seal in the moisture as well. Or do your weekly deep conditioning treatment
  • Do protective styling. This doesn’t mean just getting braids done or wearing a weave or something of that sort. Keeping your hair in a bun is also a protective style. So far as your ends are off your shoulders then you are good. Braids, weaves, twists, buns should now be your go-to styles. I am not a huge fan of getting briads or weaves because it takes so long to finish it. I just cannot sit still for 4-6 hours I would stick to my buns.
  • Pre-poo with your hot oils (Olive oil, castor oil, cocnut oil) before shampooing or co-washing.
  • Grab your satin scarf from wherever it’s hiding. Don’t be lazy girl…use it.
  • Trim your ends. Don’t wait till it’s breaking or super dry..cut it off and keep your ends healthy.
  • Seal your ends with castor oil or shea butter. You can do this once every other day before bed. Keep your hair in big twists or braids and cover with a satin scarf before bed.

Don’t let the cold and dry weather win. as much as you keep your body warm you should keep your hair warm too. Protect it, retain your length or grow it, and don’t ever regret going natural. These are just simple tips you can add to your regimen.

Thanks for reading this guys and thanks for your likes and comments as well. If you have further questions, please leave them in the comments.

MERRY CHRISTMAS🎄!

Is your hair breaking??? 

You wake up one morning to see your hair on your pillow😱. Okay that’s an exaggeration..lol.. But if you realize your hair is breaking than usual and shedding more than it should, then that’s a problem. This means your hair is dry and lacks moisture and protein. This usually happens when you take out your braids or weaves and have split ends.  If you are trying to retain your length or increase your hair length you shouldn’t let this happen.  If it does, don’t just sit down and think it’s normal, take action!

Our hair usually loses its moisture that’s why it’s very important for us to inculcating the habit of moisturizing our hair daily especially since we are entering the colder and dryer season. Lack of protein in your hair can also cause your hair to break because your hair becomes very dry and frizzy which can cause your hair to shed more than it should.

I recommend 3 main remedies for hair breakage;

  1. THE HOT OIL TREATMENT: This oils helps to seal in the moisture in your hair after you shampoo and condition. Heat up the oil of your choice in hot water or in a microwave and apply to your hair, Cover with a plastic cap. Do this the day before or 30 minutes to an hour before bathing. Shampoo and deep condition after.
  2. PROTEIN TREATMENT: You need to repair your hair by adding more protein to it. Do the egg+olive oil+honey treatment or other protein treatments (see previous post on DIY protein treatment). Leave in your hair for about an hour and shampoo and deep condition. You should do this every 4-6 weeks to repair broken hair.
  3. VITAMIN E TREATMENT: Vitamin E is very essential for hair, skin and nails. It should come as no surprise that you can actually use Vitamin E oil to repair your broken hair. Just break open 5 to 6 vitamin E capsules and add to your shampoo. This will prevent your hair from breaking.

These are very simple remedies to repair your broken hair. However, when you notice you have split ends trim them. don’t wait till it gets bad. Also, when you take out your braids or weaves, do a hot oil treatment or a protein treatment. Your natural hair always looks better when its healthy and moisturized.Thanks for reading this! If you have further questions please drop it in the comments…

Merry Christmas in advance🎄

Wash & Go with BioCare Curls and Naturals

“Wash and go” is a common term used in the natural hair community. At first, I thought it was just washing your hair then you go. But no, it’s really not as the term says it is. It’s way more than that but much easier to work with than twist outs or braid outs or flat twists etc. Wash and Gos are my go-to hairstyles because I get just little time to work with my hair.

Washing your hair frequently is a major tip if you want healthy looking hair. And its not just washing your hair but Washing your hair with the right products. I have been using the Biocare leave-in conditioner for some time but this weekend I tried out most of the products from the line. This post is going to be a review of the Biocare line.After pre-pooing with olive oil (see previous post on pre-poo),

  1. I washed my hair with the Biocare Cleansing shampoo. This Shampoo smells really great and is light but lathers well. It left my frizzy hair looking soft and manageable.
  2. Deep condition with Biocare Conditioning Mask. This mask also smells really great and is not as thick as the Shea Moisture JBCO Conditioning mask. However, it gave me a lot of slip making detangling easy.
  3. Cover with a plastic bag and wait for about 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse hair with cold water and dry with a clean cotton shirt. My hair looked very moisturised, soft and my curls were evident.
  5. Apply Biocare leave-in Conditioner, Olive oil and Biocare Dream Curl And Custard  to get defined curls then Style.
  6. Leave to air dry.
  7. Now you are ready to rock your “wash and go”

I particularly liked using the Biocare Products because it is water based hence helps in giving moisture to your hair and keeps your hair hydrated.

It is also light so does not lead to excessive product build up.

It has a lot of slip so helps you  detangle your hair easily in the conditioning process. Not forgetting it smells really great. Not forgetting its super affordable

I highly recommend it and I think you should definitely try it.

NB: If you are outside Ghana, you can order your products by clicking the link below

Biocare Labs

But If you are in Ghana, Please visit their Instagram page: mybiocarewa to order.

Thank you so much for reading this. If you have any questions, you may leave it in the  a comments below.

DIY PROTEIN TREATMENT

So my hair started to look so dry with a lot of single strand knots and I knew it was time for my protein treatment. After all it had been 5 weeks since my last protein treatment.

Hair is largely composed of Keratin, a protein made up of amino acids. In order to grow new hair, your body must produce more amino acids, which it can only do from consuming protein. Doing a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks helps in your natural hair growth since your hair needs some amount of protein to grow and look healthy.

Benefits

  • Helps with hair growth
  • Leaves her looking shiny and moisturized
  • Strengthens dry and brittle hair
  • Temporarily mends split ends
  • Treats damage from heat styling

There are a lot of DIY protein treatments you can use for your hair. Use what you have in your kitchen.  I, however used  Egg+Mayo+Honey+Olive oil

Steps

Before protein treatment 

Mix 1 egg with 10 tablespoons of Mayonnaise(you can use more or less depending on the length of your hair). Add 2 table spoons of olive oil and 4 table spoons of honey. Mix together to form a nice paste. (I know it smells really bad but Don’t taste it!!)

  • Section your hair into 4 sections.
  • Put the mixture in your hair. Starting fromthe roots to tips. Especially tips. Your tips can really get really dry and that’s where you get the knots. Twist it when you are done.
  • Do same to all sections. 
  • Cover your hair with a plastic bag and Let it sit in for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Rinse your hair with cold water. (Don’t use warm water because It can cause the egg to cook up in your hair)
  • Shampoo your hair. This time I used the Shea moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo. It smells really good but doesn’t lather easily. This shouldn’t be a worry since you don’t need the shampoo to lather in your hair before you know it’s actually good. Just use enough to make your hair clean.
  • Rinse with warm water 
  • Deep condition your hair with the Dhea moisture JBCO  Hair Mask and leave to sit in hair for 15 minutes 
  • Rinse with cold water.  the 2 pictures above are  just after my wash. I have no products in yet. The protein treatment and the JBCO hair mask left my hair so soft, shiny, curly and moisturized as seen. 
  • Apply your Leave-in, oil and cream and style your hair as preferred I had a wedding to attend so I left my hair to air dry and styled it this way 

Products used 

  • Shea moisture Coconut and hibiscus Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture JBCO hair mask
  • Curls and Naturals Leave-in conditioner
  • Olive oil
  • Shea moisture Coconut and Hibiscus  Curl smoothie

Thank you guys for reading this. Please don’t forget to leave a comment and like this post. 

Cheers!!!

CONFUSED??? LOC METHOD VS LCO METHOD…

img_0840-1If you are a naturalista you’ve probably heard of the LOC method and the LCO method. If not, this is simply LIQUID(L), OIL(O) AND CREAM(C) or LIQUID(L), CREAM(C), OIL(O) which are the steps used after shampooing and conditioning. Sometimes, no! Most of the time many of us get confused as to which method is best for our hair since there have been a lot of articles as to which method is best for which hair type. I am still confused myself. But as I always say- “Do what best works for your hair”. I personally use the LOC method (which I actually just realized since I never really pay attention to it) and it works for my hair. Your hair might work better with the LCO method. All you have to do is try it.

So, in order to understand this better we’ve got to know how all this LOC or LCO helps our hair then you can choose which method suits best for your hair.img_0856-1

L- this can be either water or a water-based leave-in conditioner. Water is best used to add moisture to the hair. Water should be your best friend. For added moisture, use a water based Leave-in Conditioner.

OThe oil acts as a moisturizer and sealant. It seals in the moisture. Examples are Coconut oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil. Some oils act as just sealants and these are best used when using the LCO METHOD. Eg Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, Jamaican Black Castor oil

CThis cream can be a whipped cream, curl enhancing smoothie or shea butter. This also adds moisture and also seals the hair cuticles.

If using the LCO method, You use the Cream before your oil which should be a sealing oil. img_0857-1

If your hair is constantly dry, I will recommend using the LCO method since the Oil acts as a final sealant and seals in the moisture from the leave-in and Cream.

Please comment below on which method worked best on your hair… Thanks guys  Thumbs up!!!!