Essential Oils

Hey Natties

So on this post l will dwell on the issue about Essential oils. Since l started my journey of using oils in my hair l have been a fan. Essential oils are those oils that contain all the good stuff for our hair and they come from the most potent part of the plant they are extracted from. These oils tend to evaporate hence essential oils are diluted with Carrier oils.  Essential oils are highly concentrated and are also used in aromatherapy. As a side-note, l recently got some exotic essential oils ( myrrh, frankincense and nard) from Israel which are known to be great for the hair so l will do a review about those oils at a later stage. These oils are not spoken much about but really do the most for our hair. Now back to business, below is a list of oils that are relatively affordable and still do wonders.

Peppermint oil – this oil does amazing things for our hair. It has a minty smell which l absolutely love and it’s a great cleansing and purifying oil. Peppermint oil has great minerals like potassium, calcium, omega 3, vitamin A, C which aid to our hair growth. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight dandruff and relieve dry scalp.

Tea-tree oil – similar to peppermint oil, it’s a cleansing and purifying oil that comes from tea-tree leaves. It’s great for stimulating hair growth and encourages blood circulation in the scalp.

Lavender oil – this oil stimulates hair growth and helps to prevent hair loss. It helps to balance the natural sebum in your scalp.

Rosemary oil– This oil has a minty smell to it helps to control sebum production, good for oily scalp and dandruff. It can help in preventing any pre-mature graying. It’s a good oil because it increases cellular metabolism therefore stimulating hair growth and promotes blood flow to the scalp.

Eucalyptus oil – this oil gives shine, promotes thickness and improves the overall health of hair. It promotes blood vessels constriction and cleansing of the scalp.

Lemon oil – it has this clean smell and it’s really good for scalp infections or scalp irritations especially from pulling of protective styling.

Ylang ylang oil – this oil is absolutely great if you have thin hair and trying to thicken your strands. It helps to minimise hair loss and helps to balance the natural sebum for the hair .

Jasmine – this a sweet oil derived from the flower Jasmine and it helps to prevent hair breakage. It easily penetrates through the hair shaft and has amazing moisturizing benefits. It also fights a dry itchy scalp and it softens the hair.

Chamomile oil – this is an oil that helps to soothe and hydrate an irritated scalp. It helps to reduce a dry scalp and is an excellent anti-flammatory for scars and an irritated scalp. If you have coloured hair it helps to restore your natural hair colour without bleaching or dying your hair.

Oils are definitely good for the hair as you absolutely know what you are putting into your hair. By using oils you are able to formulate your own personalized hair routine. At times we use products not knowing or understanding the ingredients on the labels but with oils you do. If you haven’t started incorporating oils in your hair regime, l encourage you to do so. Please note, always mix your essential oil with a carrier oil.

 

**As always comment below if you are a fan of essential oils or if you know of other essential oils that can be of help**

 

Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oils For Natural Hair – Carrier Oils

Hey natties!

Well l get a lot of questions on how natural oils work for the hair and their benefits. Let’s be honest knowing which oils work well can be a daunting experience  so l have compiled a list of few oils that are good and worthwhile to use on our hair journey. Just to bring to light, we have two main oil categories namely carrier and essentials but on today’s post l will focus on a few carrier oils to include in your hair regime.

Carrier oils

Carrier oil is a vegetable oil, derived from the fatty part of a plant, usually from the seeds of a kernel.We can also use them in food preparation. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils to prevent irritations that can arise from applying directly to the skin. They contain fatty acids that help to nourish the hair.It’s always advisable to use/choose oils based on the porosity of your hair to achieve best results. Not sure on what hair porosity is, you can have a look at my previous post on porosity!

Avocado oil :  is packed with biotin (strengthening agent), vitamin A (for maintaining healthy cell membranes) ,E, anti-oxidants,  also used in detanglers as it provides slip to your hair. This oil has high penetrative power so it will not sit on your hair.

Grapeseed oil : helps to lock in moisture, adds moisture to dry brittle hair and as well as prevent frizzy hair. This oil helps to minimise hair breakage and shedding because its contains anti-oxidants which help to discourage hair loss. It helps to rebuild damaged hair.

Alma oil : this product is mostly used in products that promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. It stimulates hair follicles and it cleanses the scalp to prevent build-up and drandruff.

Marula oil : this oil is found in our own country and has amazing benefits for the hair. This oil has high levels of antioxidants including vitamin C and oleic acid which can help to stimulate hair growth and make hair thicker, longer and stronger.

Castor Oil : this oil promotes hair thickness, can be used on the scalp to prevent hair loss. Its rich in an fatty acid called Retain which helps in scalp circulation. It is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil which can help in any scalp related problems or dandruff.

Coconut oil : this is one of the oils that helps to reduce protein loss in the hair. Its high penetrative and can provide your hair with minerals and vitamins. A good moisturiser.

Mafura butter : this is a nutrient-rich oil which helps to restore hair vitality, revive dry, brittle and damaged hair.

Hemp seed oil : this will work well if you have high porosity hair. This oil is made up of 25% protein. The high protein content in hemp seed oil, helps to strengthen hair, rebuild damaged hair and prevent breakage.

Jojoba oil : this oil controls hair loss and encourages to produce new hair follicles. Its a lightweight oil and prevents frizziness.

Olive oil : is an emollient and one of the best oils to penetrate the hair. Its packed with mineral oils, vitamins and if you use heat on your hair, it’s a good base. It improves your hair’s elasticity and adds shine. (One of my favourite oils)

Sunflower oil : has a rich in oleic which has omega 9, (fyi, omega 9 is the best fatty acid for hair growth). It also has vitamin A, E, C, B potassium and all that good stuff (Must try)

Sweet Almond oil : its a lightweight moisture plus it aids SOFTNESS in the hair. This oil in rich in vitamin A,E and when used regularly, it helps to control hair loss.

Baobab oil : This is a less spoken about oil but has amazing benefits to the hair. It helps to regenerate the hair, reverse any type of  hair damage, packed with vitamins and promoting healthy hair.

Monoi oil : l have seen this oil but l would be like oooh its looks fancy but l didn’t know it has heavy properties gurrrl.. I would say it’s a high end oil to coconut oil because they essential do the same thing. It’s a light weight oil, less greasy and high in vitamins..

 

**So there you it have it ladies, a list of useful oils to incorporate into your natural hair routine.. Do let me know below what’s your favourite carrier oil below and share any other carrier oils you know of!**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

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A Day At Mutorashanga Green Pool

So who knew there was a place called Mutorashanga just outside Harare. Not me! Well this past long weekend l had to make time to travel to the mysterious and not so famous Mutorashanga Green Pool.. Mutorashanga Green pool is definitely a place to escape the hustles of everyday life and just enjoy breath-taking moments. I’m pretty sure most of my readers might not be familiar with the place Mutorashanga.

In a ferrochrome mining town just 98kms outside Harare is a  place called Mutorashanga. The name derives from the shona language – Mutora – to carry, shanga – maize stalks. The population is mostly made up of mineworkers and lastly within the town is an amazing getaway chill spot.

After travelling for about 98kms, seeing beautiful views, we arrived in the town.  We had to ask for directions from the locals since there are no markings or signs to the Green pool. Upon arriving at the scenery, my first expression was “oh wow” there’s a place like this in my country “yeah” and it’s free awesome!! The parking area is fairly limited but safe, so no worries. Since it was a long weekend we met few other people but still enjoyed the vibe. Our initial point of activity was taking pictures, well who wouldn’t want to capture every moment.

What my eyes noticed was that most people enjoyed the cliff diving, the braai, dip your feet in the pool(for some of us) lols and a bit of the walk in caves but rarely approaching where the real magic is the GREEN POOL. To be honest, l thought the inner pool was out of bounce because no-one was going there.  So we did it again, asked the locals.. We were told yes you can go there, through the cave but you need one of the locals to take you there. We managed to find ourselves a friendly young man, we walked through the cave, walked at the edges of the cliff, maaaan my feet went through the most but l made it.  Just to take you back, when walking in the caves, please use a torch, so make sure to carry a torch or use the one on your phone! Honestly, l arrived alive at the pool but that walk was nerve-wracking, if you have any form of phobia l suggest you ignore going to the inner parts of the pool and enjoy my pics lols but if you’re like me and like things, well go for it at your own risk lols

 

Inside the cave

 

A sneak peak from the cave

Your girl made it to the green pool, that Mama l made it feel, let me enjoy this!. The pool is segmented into two parts and they just look so different and cool. The water is algae-free and gives that green feel because of the high mineral content. The rocks in the water are extremely slippery, apa unotofamba in style or else unodonha… Our way back to the entry point was much faster but still nerve-wracking but l conquered.

Well, just remember it’s a public venue, bear in mind to carry simple clothing, comfortable shoes, camera, food, drinks, sun-screen if you may and all extra’s you need then you good! There are no nearby shops…Overall this was a spectacular day, spectacular views and definitely a place l recommend to visit in Zimbabwe.

 

**So there you have it beautiful people, let me know below if you have been to the Mutorashanga pool before and what was your experience, if not, comment if you would want to visit this beauty!!**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

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FroFeature : Meet Fadzai Muvingi

Hey lovies

Just to spice us things on the blog, l have introduced a FroFeature where l have different ladies share about their hair journey to encourage us and to learn from them. I have asked Fadzai Muvingi to be my first feature lady and here is what she had to share about her journey and other extras! Happy reading…

 

1. Hie Fadzie, please introduce yourself to my readers?

Hey Tarie, I am a Zimbabwean marketing student currently Malaysian bound and I have been natural for as long as I can remember. Well l love books, good food and good rom com… yes so cliche but hey that’s me haha and reading informative blogs (this one is one of my favorite one).

2. Why are you natural and how’s been the journey?

In all honesty l came to it much before there was any rush about “going natural”
My mother was very much against chemicals and as I grew I felt no need to change it since my hair was manageable as it was and I always loved that Tina Turner look from from “what’s love got to do with it” haha!

3. What’s your hair regime and staple hair products?

You won’t believe it Tari but it’s very simple, I think consistency is key.
I wash my hair twice a week with a gentle shampoo and deep condition it, that cholesterol works miracles. l am certain I would be lost without it. Finally I use a combination of hair oils and I used to use a lot of natural henna before I bleached it and I was happy with my hair texture(still am). I trim my ends too, yikes !scissors! Am I right? But it’s so worth it and cholesterol is what does it for me.

4. Do you have any hair struggles?

Don’t I ever! This is especially after my decision to bleach my hair. I have to keep it well moisturized and sometimes it can get knotted easily so l keep it in cornrows as I sleep. Noone likes the shrinkage especially in hot and humid weather which is a downside for where I am currently staying.

 

 

 

 

5. Do you believe rocking your natural hair is a movement or trend?

Can I say Both.I don’t quite know which began as a trend or a movement but I do know we having more and more women of colour being confident to rock their fro and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of such a confidence boosting movement. Thanks to artists such as Adichie in her book Americano and Solange Knowles “don’t touch my hair” this movement is growing to make a global impact.

Just to add on, there are stores that now cater for our hair type and so much information on upkeep of African hair that was never  popular before, so we are now armed with these people that are creating a trend for going natural.

6. Are you concerned with hair typing or texture discrimination?

I recall being told my hair was like a sponge and all sorts with strangers and being compared to the Simpsons cartoon characters, at this point it did bother me. I think time has changed my perspective however, once I saw how proudly other women wear their natural hair the shame left. In my opinion going natural is a movement(or trend) open for all to experience and no-one should be discriminated for their hair texture. I believe if u are busying yourself with creating criteria’s for who belongs and who doesn’t then your focus is already wrong, after all its about you and embracing _your _ natural beauty.

7. What motivated you to bleach your hair?

You could call it satisfying curiosity, you could also say I was complementing my colorful personality and you would be right on both accounts.

8. You have amazing hair, any tips to someone growing their hair?

First off thank you. Stay moisturized and don’t hold back on that conditioner. Happy healthy hair grows!

So there you have it ladies, hope you enjoyed this FroFeature thanks to Fadzie..

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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How to Protect Your Edges

Hey Natties,

Well if you know me, l literally protect my edges. I love my edges so much but a few months ago l suffered from a few bald spots and l have been working on my edges and l must say l am back on track. l have quite a few ladies who ask me on how to prevent thinning edges or baby hair falling out.

So your edges are those soft, wispy baby hairs that grow along your hairline and frame your face. They are the most fragile hairs on your head and it doesn’t take much to break them or to pull them out. This means they need extra care when you wash, moisturize, deep condition, and style your natural hair. But even if you have thinning or severely damaged edges, it’s not too late! I have a few tips to help you grow back your edges. And if your edges are healthy and you want to keep them that way, follow these same tips to let your edges thrive!

A big NO to tight or high maintenance styles that pull or put tension on your edges. If you feel any pain around the temples of your hair, that’s not good. Even high puffs and twists can damage your edges if you make them too tight. If you do get extensions, ask your stylist to leave out your edges. Hunnay, l repeat have your edges out or else your edges will moon-walk all the way back to your head and we are not about that life, right!

Minimise the use of gels that causes friction on the edges.I know kinky hair is not so neat and there’s a tendency to lay down the edges with gels but in the long-run our edges become so thin and we can lose them. I don’t use any gels, l just spritz water for a clean look.

Wrap and protect your edges at night with a silk/satin scarf or bonnet. Any other fabric (even the cotton of your pillowcase) will absorb oils and moisture from your hair, making it dry and brittle. Friction with the pillowcase will also snag and break your edges. Tie the scarf on your forehead instead of directly on your edges, to avoid friction.

Be careful of headbands, tight headwraps and hats. Look for headbands with a silk lining, or use a thin satin scarf in between your hat and your hair. Satin or silk will protect your fragile edges from catching or breaking on hats. Whenever l tie a headwrap or dhuku l always have a satin scarf underneath!

Whenever you moisturize your hair, don’t neglect your edges. Dry hair increases risk of breakage, and your edges are particularly vulnerable. Give them special attention and care, and always seal in moisture to prevent them drying out and breaking.

Massage edges with natural oils to keep moisturized and stimulate growth. The oils themselves stimulate growth and protect and strengthen your hair, and massaging your scalp also stimulates blood circulation and promotes growth. Castor oil, hemp seed and amla oil are great oils to promote growth and a healthy scalp!

Stop using heat. Since your edges are the most fragile hairs on your head, heat tools have the potential to completely fry them. If your edges are thinning, take a break from heat, and even if your edges are healthy, turn down the heat and use it less often.

Deep condition regularly to strengthen your edges (along with the rest of your hair.) Either make a home-made or off the shelf conditioner, which only contain natural ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and strengthen your hair.

Patience! Growing back your edges takes time. Just follow these steps, you’ll see results.

 

**So there you have it ladies, lets keep our hairline intact! Please share below if you have other tips that are helpful**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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