Bloglovin’: How to start your blog

Its 2019 and you still haven’t started or launched your blog, or rather you have a blog but no traffic? Hmm l think l can help you out! l have been blogging for a year (l started last year in March) and l decided why not share my experiences and what l have learnt. This post is for everyone within the blogging space or thinking of starting a blog. So here are my tips on how to start your very own blog.

Starting Out

I often get the question: How do you start a blog? My cliche answer is “just start” but firstly you need to know why do you want to start a blog? Is it to document a personal journey? Influence other people’s lives or just to get freebies from brands and get exclusive invitations *wink wink* . Well if you’re in it for freebies, you shall be disappointed, its not a green card for every blogger is that sphere. What’s important is to create content that you absolutely love and enjoy writing about. Something that you strongly believe in and want to share with others.

Find Your Niche

Nowadays everyone is a blogger so you need to produce content that you’re comfortable to write about and freely express yourself. There’s no point blogging about cooking, when you don’t enjoy cooking. Your content will suffer if you are not passionate about it and eventually you will even forget why you started the blog in the first place. You need to have a genuine interest about what you are blogging about, that way people will be drawn more to you. For instance, l am a lifestyle blogger but my Hair experiences take the trophy. Yes l do to share a bit of lifestyle bits but Haiirrr is the core part of my blogging. Once you have found your “that factor” my next tip is to Research.

Research and desire to learn

You definitely need to do your homework on what it is you’re writing about. The more you write, your audience will grow and people will definitely start to trust you. Being in the blogging game, you have to desire to learn so that you have more content to produce, if you sit back and relax your blog will not grow. Your results will reflect, that amount of work you put into your blog. As a side-note, just proof read your work before you post, grammatical errors can be a turn off to people so ensure that you have your grammar and spellings on fleek.

Consistency and stay authentic

This point might sound as a broken record but consistency is key. Create a schedule on when you would want to post and how often. I remember a few months back where l didn’t write for over 1 month, my blogged suffered because there was no traffic at all. Eventually when l got into a routine, there was more engagement. When you write just be you and maintain your style. Just do you boo!

Web-hosting

When you have your content ready you need to know which sites you will use. There are free hosting sites like WordPress (what l am currently using), Blogger and Wix which are really good and have amazing themes for any type of blogger. Presentation is key, so make it count “ambiance darling”. If you have extra cash you can find web hosting providers at an affordable price to host your site that way you can have your own domain name and you’re good to go. I know there are few companies that offer free web-hosting (with some limitations) like Free Web Hosting Zimbabwe so you can take a look at them.

Befriend Social Media and Engage with your followers

Make noise about your blog on all social media platforms, that way you create awareness. Silence will not grow your blog. Use these platforms to reach more and as your audience is growing make sure you engage with them as well. It’s a two-way street hunnay..

There you have it, l truly hope this post was helpful! Do let me know if you have any further questions below and to all my Newbie’s show some love and leave your URL so that we can follow you

Love

Tarie

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Hair Density Test

As a carry over from my previous post, this week (Part 2) let’s learn more about hair density and how to determine it… Going by the books, the most accurate way to measure hair density is to count all the hair follicles in a square inch of your scalp. Well who has time for that, “nobaaady” so l highly suggest you don’t consider this method. Now let’s look at more realistic ways to test hair density.

Option 1:

One way to measure density (in my opinion, the simplest way) is to try see your scalp through your hair. Let your hair hang loosely, if your scalp is difficult to see even when moving your hair, you have highly dense hair (volume sis). If you can move your hair and see your scalp then you have medium density hair. Lastly, if you stand in the mirror and can visibly see your scalp without moving your hair then you have low density hair.

Option 2:

Another way to measure density, is to tie your hair in a pony tail to stretch out your hair. Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your ponytail. If the circumference is less than 2 inches, you have low density hair. If you measure 2-3 inches you have medium density hair, and if you measure 4 or more inches you have high density hair.

These are the effective ways to test hair density and l would recommend them as well. Bear in mind, your hair density interacts with your porosity to make your hair unique. It’s important to know your hair porosity so that you can find the right products that can work with your hair porous levels and how dense your hair is. The more you take time to learn about your hair and the more you experiment with products, that way you can develop the right hair care regime for your natural hair. 

Hope this post was helpful and do let me know in the comment section, your density type and what products are you using for your densely hair.

Love

Tarie

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What’s Your Hair Density Sis???

I recently learnt about hair density and then l was like l need to share this info with my people too *smiles* Density is a not a commonly used word in the natural hair community but to a certain extent, it’s low-key used. Ever seen your Insta hair faves with voluminous hair or ever heard someone say, ”You have thick hair or you have sparse hair”? well technically they’re alluding to density because density refers to the number of hair strands on your head *light bulb moment*. Hair density gives you more information about the strength and health of your hair and how to take care of it, so let’s dive more into what density is all about!

Hair density attributes to various factors such as hair texture, porosity and width. Knowing your hair density also helps with knowing what hairstyles to rock as well as which products to apply to your hair. There are various ways on how to test hair density, well that’s a topic for another day. Hair density is categorized between, low (sparse hair) , medium and high density hair (thick hair). With low-density hair, it is best to use lightweight products to avoid weighing down your hair which can lead to more shedding. Persistent shedding leads to a lower density which can lead to thinning or even balding.

Applying the wrong product on low-density hair will cause the hair to look dull and greasy and that’s not lekker. People with medium density are those who don’t have low density but not quite high. We could say they have “combination hair” in terms of density. The best products to use for this density type is to use leave-ins which do wonders for the hair as it helps to retain moisture. Lastly, with highly dense hair, thicker products are best to use as the hair strands truly benefit.

When you become aware of your hair density you become responsible on how to take care of your hair. Although hair density and hair thickness are not the same, they act upon each another. This then means, the thickness of hair is usually dependent on the density of your hair and vice versa. It’s important to know and to learn about this as you care for your hair, since density is a major key when it comes to hair health and overall hair styling.

For example, my hair is medium density and l have low porous hair which means that I have to find a good balance between my products and I also need to use the correct washing products that penetrate my hair. As previously mentioned, if you have low hair density, you should use lighter products because your hair can’t handle heavier products. Your hair can’t handle high heat tools either.

Remember, when you know better, you do better. Knowing about your hair density will make or break you because your hair density determines what products and tools you use for your hair. That’s a wrap on today’s post, l hope this was helpful. For my next post, l will explain the dense test..

Let me know in the comment section below on your thoughts of hair density..

With love

Tarie♡♡

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The Chop

Well it’s no news that rocking the chop is sooo trendy in 2019 and numerous women are reverting to rocking natural hair *thumbs up ladies*. So the question is, how exactly would you like to start your healthy hair journey with a fade or twa(teeny wenny afro)? So I have decided to compile a few ideas that can help my ladies out there on how to rock the chop or rather how stylish you can make it look. In my opinion pulling off the chop is bravery on another level but hey we can totally make it work.

The Classic Fade
The Fade
The Mini Fro
The Fro Side Part
The Side Part with a Pop of Color
The Frohawk
The Tapered Cut
The Tapered Cut with a Fade

That’s a wrap on today’s post, l hope the ideas will assist someone. Some of these looks are super bomb, will probably try one of them but not anytime soon lols. Let me know in the comment section below which one is your favourite style or look.

*Note: All the above images used are not my own*

Love

Tarie

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Introducing Oh My Naturals

Well anyone with kinky or afro-textured hair knows how it tends to have a mind of it’s own. We tend to struggle with dryness, breakage, receding hairline, thinning hair etc, oh not forgetting different curl patterns on our hair. Well l have some exciting news to share * drum roll please* l have started a natural hair, hair care line targeting afro-textured hair called Oh My Naturals!!

Oh My Naturals is a healthy, haircare line that makes your hair look super fabulous, feel soft and still keep it healthy . The product line consists of organic oils and butters that contain no chemicals or harsh ingredients. The products can be used on children as well, as l know how daunting it can be to take care of children’s hair.

Currently in Stock

Creamy Raw Shea Butter (Yellow/ Ivory(White))

150g @ 7usd or R100

250g @ 10usd or R150

Shea Butter is a rich moisture sealant and helps to prevent split ends and hair breakage. It can be used as a deep conditioner or hair moisturiser. For dull, brittle, damaged hair, Shea Buter is your plug. It can be mixed with a carrier oil like avoacdo oil and applied to your hair.

Avocado Oil and Grapeseed oil

Avocado oil @ 4usd or R60

Avocado Oil is pressed from the flesh of avocado fruit. This nutritive oil is an ideal ingredient to include in deep conditioners or as a leave-in. It’s great for dry, dehyradrated and frizzy hair

Grapeseed Oil @5usd or R70

Grapeseed oil is 100% pure pressed from grapes. It is a light-weight oil, ideal for moisturizing and conditioning dry hair and it won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. It helps to reduce dandruff and strengthens hair. A great oil to incorporate to grow your hair.

300ml Hair Spray Bottles $4usd/ R60

Hair Spray bottles are an essential goodie for anyone.. They are ideal for our DIYs e.g leave-in conditioners, just to spray water(moisture on our hair).

There you have it lovelies, lets keep our hair healthier and flourishing in 2019. For any questions, do leave them in the comment section below!

With Love

Tarie

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