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2014 is here!!

Hi there,
   Its a new year and people around the world are making resolutions hence the phrase New Year Resolutions. So here I am making my very own new year hairsolutions :-)



1. Deep condition every week

2. Alternate between Cowashing  and shampooing each week

3. No heat will be applied to my hair

4. Learn how to flat twist my hair

5. Do a length check only once a month

6. Keep my hair in protective styles every week till July

7. Experiment with more hairstyles

8. Do hot oil treatments at least once a month

9. Prepoo before every wash day

10.Retain 6 inches by the end of the year

Most times before February ends those resolutions are all but forgotten, but for me I hope to stick with these till Dec 31st 2014. Make goals for yourself, it makes the journey much more interesting. I wish us all the very best as we take our healthy hair journeys to the next level.


KimB

Harmattan Diaries

Hi there,
  So Harmattan is here again, our very own version of winter. It crept up on me suddenly. I woke up on Monday morning and the air just felt really dry. I had had  my wash day the day before and I deep conditioned with my organics olive oil conditioner after which I moisturised with my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in-cream and sealed with Olive oil. In the morning I touched my hair and it was super crunchy!! I was surprised because I had been really heavy handed with my application of products. I didn't have a hard time figuring things out because my skin felt like sand paper and each breath I took seemed to dry out my nostrils...Harmattan had arrived! I don't really mind the weather in fact I love Harmattan. Your washed clothes get dry really fast, no puddles to dirty your car tires and no cloudy skies. But my hair begs to disagree. This weather dries out hair and then as expected breakage follows. I am determined not to allow the dry air truncate my healthy hair hustle. H…

Make your own Carrot oil

Hey there!
 I had never heard of carrot oil before I embarked on my healthy hair journey but from my findings this is a rich oil full of vitamins like A,C and E. It has moisturising and conditioning properties which is great news for those of us interested in healthy hair. But the most motivating factor for me is the fact that carrot oil has a sun protection factor of 30!!!! Cool right? I hate the way the sun drains the life out of my hair so I was desperate to get my hands on this oil. Since I love DIY projects I attempted to make my own. Here's what I did:









                                                              AFTER 2 WEEKS


My silk scarf is heeere!

Hey there,
      In this post I wished for a silk scarf and with much joy in my heart I hereby announce: It is heeere! (Shout out to the best sister in the world... Alison!) I am really excited because a silk scarf is grade one protection for your hair when you sleep. Before I knew anything about satin bonnets and silk scarves I used to moisturise my hair just before I sleep and in the morning I would wake up to Sahara dry hair. While I was on cloud 9 my cotton pillowcase  would suck out all the moisture from my strands leaving them dry. A silk scarf protects your hair from losing moisture especially while you sleep. The silk material breathes and rather than absorb the moisture and oils from your hair, it lets it remain where it belongs - on your strands. Its also great for keeping your hair away from prying eyes when you are having a bad hair day. I also use mine as a pillow covering sometimes when I cannot find my satin bonnet or when I don't want anything on my head while I sle…

My healthy hair Game changers :-)

Hi there,
  In life there are some things (or people) that change things around for the better. Like penicillin, the internet, air travel, you know things like that. In my hair journey I have learnt so much and tried quite a number of things all in the quest for healthier, longer hair. Here are 5 of the things that have turned things around for me hair wise:


  My Satin Bonnet
Oh its such a pleasure to sleep with well moisturised hair and wake up to same. I wear my satin bonnet every night and I must say its has been a great investment.Because of my bonnet I had to re-do my hair regimen as I do not have to moisturise my hair daily nowadays. My hair stays moisturised for about 3 days at least. The satin bonnet helps protect my hair from losing moisture to my cotton pillowcase. It also helps prevent knots and tangles that result from my hair being all over the place while I toss and turn. I use it under my turbans too. I absolutely love it. My Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioning cream Tal…

Determining my hair type based on curl pattern

Hi there,
     I love to visit blackgirllonghair.com to see pictures of black women with amazing heads of  natural hair. Every single day there's a new mane of hair to swoon over. One thing I noticed is they are always asked about their hair type and I'd see responses like 4A,3C,3B and 4C and I used to wonder what it was all about.  Then I learned that a  celebrity hairstylist named Andre Walker came up with a system for decoding hair type based on your curl pattern. This chart was created (by her?) to explain the numbers and alphabets used. As you can see from the chart 1 is straight, 2 is wavy, 3 is curly and 4 is kinky. The alphabets describe the intensity of the curl, with A being the loosest and C being the tightest.


Before I really understood this method of hair typing I  decided to go with 4C because most Nigerian or should I say African naturals say they have 4C hair so I figured I was 4C too. To clarify the matter once and for all I picked up some shed hair, carefully s…

Not so Suave - Product Review

Hi there,
     I never planned to do product reviews on my blog but I just have to share my experience with a new conditioner I tried. Suave Naturals juicy green apple conditioner infused with apple extract and vitamin E. I got it from Ebeano supermarket in Ikota Shopping complex. I had high hopes because I vaguely recognised the name from some hair care blogs. It promises to nourish the natural beauty of your hair with gentle conditioners and the crisp scent of orchard grown apples. Well RME!!!
I used it as a cowash and as I got into it my hair wasn't getting soft it was just getting ...I don't know how else to describe but stripped! My hair felt squeaky clean and not unlike straw. I was like WTH? I quickly checked the label again to be sure I hadn't made the same mistake I've made twice now- buying a VO5 shampoo that I thought was a conditioner! How can that be possible you say? Well I have asked myself several times and I'm yet to understand it.  Back to my "…