Have You Heard About the Rice Water Rinse??

Hey Beautiful people

So you have a protective style like yours truly and you absolutely love how they are looking. You want to wash  and condition your style but you still don’t want to ruin your look. In order to achieve this, you also have to take care of your braids and your hair underneath it.  Well l am one person who is definitely all about the DIY on my hair. So  l came across this exciting hair treatment known as the Rice Water rinse which is mostly used by the Asian women. l learnt of this treatment earlier this year but never took it to heart. After hearing good reviews and how it’s a game changer in a natural hair care regime l figured, how about l give it a try. So lets explore more about this rinse:

Rice Water is the starchy water that remains after cooking rice or soaking. In recent years, most hair blogs have caught on to this tradition. It is one of Asian’s ancient secret to long healthy hair growth. Now that rice water is on a rise, lets discuss the amazing benefits it has for the hair:

It is believed to

  • Improve hair growth
  • Reduce split ends
  • Protect hair from damage
  • Strengthen hair roots & smooth hair
  • Cure dandruff

Benefits: It contains many vitamins and minerals. These include:

  • amino acids
  • B vitamins
  • vitamin E
  • minerals
  • antioxidants

HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER: There are various ways of making rice water and l will discuss two ways:

Fermenting:  firstly wash the rice to remove any impurities , add water and cover the rice for about 24-48 hrs.  Fermented rice water produces a potent  substance called Pitera which is said to have higher amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Fermented rice water can be in used as a protein treatment.

Take 2 tablespoons of rice add  1 1/2 cups of water to the rice and let it soak

N.B You can use any rice of your choice…(white, parboiled, organic)

Boiling the Rice: you just have to boil the rice for a few minutes until the water turns cloudy. The excess water left after boiling rice is what you need for the rice water rinse.

How to Wash the Braids/Twists

It is vitally important, to wash your braids or twists after about two or three weeks depending on how dirty your hair feels. Washing your hair in braids is similar to washing your hair without braids. You can pick a cleansing shampoo of your choice if you have too much product build-up on your head.

 

Apply your preferred shampoo and work through your braids and scalp. Be gentle so as to avoid causing tension on the braids. Once you have lathered the shampoo and gently massaged your scalp, rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water. Squeeze the excess water out of your braids.

Rinsing

Instead of using conditioner, let’s welcome the new world of a rinse. Yass hunnay, you read that right, rinse is the new word buzzing. The problem with conditioning your hair while in braids is the mess it can be afterwards. Conditioner has to be applied to the strands and this means squeezing it into the synthetic hair. Unlike natural hair, synthetic hair in braids does not rinse off easily. You will end up with particles of this conditioner stuck to your braids. It’s rather pointless since you cannot reach all your strands under all the braids.

A rice water rinse can condition and double up as a protein rinse. Rice rinses also promote healthy hair growth and therefore should be considered when you have braids.This past weekend l had my first rice water rinse with my protective style.  l used the fermenting option to use the rinse. To my rice water  mixture l had to add a few drops of lavender oil to the rice water to remove the strong scent. Fermenting helps to release Inisitol, which is the substance that we want for our hair. Put it in a dark and warm area for a day or two so that it can ferment.  After rinsing off shampoo, pour the rice water all over your scalp and hair. You can also gently massage the scalp to stimulate absorption. Let the rice water sit on your head for about 1 hour and cover with a plastic cap then rinse it off with cold water to seal your hair cuticles. Save the water for the second wash and place it in an airtight container.

After the rinse, my hair felt extra clean and my braids were dry after 3 hours.  For an alternative protein treatment,  l suggest trying the rice water rinse. Hope you enjoyed this post.

**Let me know below if you have done the rice water rinse before and what’s been your experience?

With Love

Tarie

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In My Feelings about My Protective Style

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So it’s been a week since l joined team protective styling with extensions after 8 months dealing with my coily hair. Just a mini definition, protective styling with extensions is when you are protecting your natural hair with hair fibre… At first l never thought I would live with my hair for that long but your girl made it happen. Deciding on which protective style to rock was a challenge because initially l had my eyes fixed on Faux locs but l then later settled for medium twists with a bob like kinda feel. I wanted a style where l would allow my scalp to breathe as well.

The medium twists were installed at a local salon in town through a referral. Honestly, l was just so sceptical about visiting a salon since it had been a while, roughly over 5 years so l was not too sure what to expect. Hair salons are never my thing; hairdressers are not yet quite knowledgeable about natural hair care, they just handle the hair however and salons are just so congested especially on weekends. Anyone who has the same sentiments?

Prior to the hairdo l did a light protein (not too sure what a light protein is, please read my previous post) deep condition and strectched out my hair with chunky twists. As with most hairdressers, l showed her a picture of what l wanted but yah neh style took another turn altogether lols. To achieve this look l used 2 packs of Afro Kinky braid in the color number 1 – black. Each packet cost $11.50. My salon experience was quite interesting l had countless encounters where people would ask me when l will relax my hair and at the back of my mind l was like “never”. Apa the pain l had watching the ladies chemicalising their hair.. Spending time in the salon made me realise how most hairdressers are not aware of how to handle natural hair. The entire process took about 5 hours and l was plaited by two ladies. l was thrilled about this because l was not planning on spending my entire Saturday in a hair salon.

After having the style for a week, twists still feel light weight and l am starting to feel the look. Since l had been out of the game with  protective styling with extension l must say it’s somewhat  pricey so l applaud my ladies who rock these styles month after month because l won’t keep up lols. Nonetheless I must admit, I’m enjoying staying out of my hair and how low maintenance the style is. However, I’m making sure to maintain my scalp and my hair underneath by spritzing and massaging with my hair oil as I am trying to retain more length and have less breakage. I’m hoping to achieve more thickness after my takedown as well..

My plan is to keep in the twists for about 4-6 weeks and during that duration will wash my hair twice to prevent any scalp dryness or product build-up. Well will l set foot in a hair salon again well not too sure haha..

**Please leave a comment below on how you feel about getting your hair done at the salon and what protective style with extension are you rocking**

With Love

Tarie♡♡

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FroFeature: Meet Tafadzwa

Hey Natties

So on this week we are celebrating another naturalista sister who is sharing her natural hair tips and what her journey has been like… Hope you enjoy her experience, get inspired and learn from her bumpy road lols!

1.Hie Tafadzwa, please introduce yourself?

Hie l am Tafadzwa  and l have  been on my natural hair Journey for 5 years now.

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

Its actually funny how l grew to love my natural hair. If you had asked me when l was in high-school if l would ever go natural l would have said a strong NO lol but that’s because l found it extremely difficult to even manage my hair when it was in its kinky glory. My mum even tried to make me go natural a few times but failed. So how it began is when l went to Study my business degree in Malaysia. I found it difficult to find saloons that could relax my hair or even braid it properly as the people there have little experience in dealing with african hair. The one african hair saloon in my area was so expensive because they new they where in demand. I decided if l couldn’t find someone to help me relax my hair l was going to do it myself. Big mistake! I had no experience in doing my own hair so surprise surprise it started falling out, my hairline became non-existent and the hair started thinning out. So l decided to just stop using all these chemicals and just leave my hair alone. This is when it really started growing. I started watching a lot of youtube videos on how to manage my type 4C hair. That’s when l fell in love with my natural hair. I could do so much with it even a failed twist out could still look good. 5 years in and l have never looked back.

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

I actually don’t put a lot of complicated products my hair. Whilst binge watching natural hair videos, the one common thing these online beauty gurus kept telling me was that your hair is a living thing. This means u need to feed it for it to grow, you need to water it the same way you would water a plant. I have a spray bottle that l use to spray a little water on my hair every other day and this helps to keep in moisture so it doesn’t become dry and break off. I also try to use products that have natural and organic ingredients so that my hair stays as thick and healthy as possible. Products like raw shea butter, 100% aloe vera gel(straight from the plant), coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil. Part of being on your natural hair journey involves being a product junkie. Trying to find the right curling creams that make your curls really pop or the right gels that actually lay my edges. I have tried to tone it down a bit when l found that l was buying a whole bunch of products that l wasn’t even using.

4. Do you have any hair struggles?

The one struggle l think everyone of my natural sisters faces, is the amount of time it takes to fix your hair! It takes so much time to do even the simplest of styles for me that l have to wake up extra early to get ready for work. But the effort is very much worth it.

5. What do you use to moisturise your hair with?

Usually just a DIY aloe vera spritz. This is just a mixture of the aloe gel and water. I ended up growing an aloe vera plant in my garden when l discovered all its benefits. It does wonders to hair, skin, nails you name it.

6. What’s are your go to protective styles?

What isn’t lool, l have tried most of the styles out there. With a lot of disastrous results lol but l have come to love the twist out and wash and go the most. Simply because they are easier for me and even a failed attempt can still be rescued.

7. What are your thoughts of rocking natural hair in the workplace environment?

I am very much for rocking natural hair in the workplace. Any kind of natural hair. A lot of people used to see straight silky hair as the beauty standard but in recent years there have been lots of people coming out to express their love for curly kinky hair. Infact l remember a time l was laughed at when l was 13 for going to school in my short natural hair. But now more and more people are finding beauty in being natural.

8. You have amazing hair, any tips to someone starting out on their natural hair journey?

Thanks so much. The most important tip that helped me grow my hair to the length it is now is to hydrate hydrate hydrate! Water is very important for hair growth.

There you have you ladies, hope her journey has helpful to us all…. No natural hair journey is smooth sailing but the more time you spend with your hair the better you become at it!

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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Deep Conditioning/Hair Treatments

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Can you believe this post has been in my drafts for over 4 months, like what has your girl been thinking but nonetheless the post is here. So a few months back l had a series called Back2Basics where l was explaining the basics of how to care for natural hair. If you missed those posts, please check them out.. So my last post on that series was on washing your hair and cleansing your scalp. So after you are done with a co-wash or a shampoo then what?? This brings me to the next topic Hair Treatments. Hair Treatments also known as Deep Conditioning is not spoken much about, yet it is an important step in a hair regime.We have two key treatments that we all have to incorporate and both treatments are vitally important for healthy hair growth. Protein Treatment vs the Moisture Treatment. Before l explain the difference, let’s do a hair test!!

Hair Test….

There are times when you do not know which treatment your hair needs, some cases its obvious but not always. So here’s how to test which treatment your hair needs.. After you have washed your hair, take a strand of your hair and pull it

  • If hair strand quickly snaps off — Moisture Treatment (your hair is super dry)
  • If hair strand breaks after a bit of a pull —– Protein Treatment (your hair has too much moisture.

Protein Treatment

One way or another we all have suffered from excessive breakage, damaged hair, neglecting the hair, rough styling, wearing wigs/weaves, applying heat to the hair and so forth, that’s when l would suggest incorporating a Protein treatment to repair hair strands. I remember when l used to relax my hair, l would regularly have an OT (Oil treatment) and so it applies to our natural kinks. Protein treatments are temporarily known to strengthen and repair hair. So how does this happen? Well, it does this by filling in the gaps that are along the cuticle, if the protein molecules are small, it can penetrate through the hair shaft. As natties we generally need a protein treatment because our hair can easily get damaged in so many ways. So you might be wondering who needs it, well if you are like me and you stay in Harare (hot climate), we all NEED it.

The best effective type of protein treatment you want to use is the one that has the words HYDROLYZED or CAROTENE, that is hydrolyzed silk protein, hydrolysed oat protein, etc. However, ensure that the word hydrolyzed is within the first 6 ingredients mentioned, if not then it’s more of a light protein treatment. Hydrolyzed essentially means the protein whether it is plant or animal based, it has been broken down into small molecules to be able to penetrate through the hair cortex. As a side note, the treatments that we use mostly use such as avocados, mayonnaise, eggs, etc are light protein treatments. Yes these treatments make our hair feel strong but do not penetrate as much as a hydrolzed protein treatment. I would suggest to do a Protein Treatment once a month. Protein treatments have to be done in moderation as they can become heavy on our natural hair. With every protein treatment, allow the product to sit on your hair between 20mins to 2hrs and cover with a plastic cap. Below are two budget friendly recipes for a light protein treatment that is easy to do:

Avocado and Olive Oil Deep Conditioning

The natural foods and products that favour hair growth are those that have vitamins and nutrients that hydrate them deeply and act by regenerating all the damaged parts of the hair. In this sense, the avocado is an ideal fruit to make hair grow strong and healthy. It is very rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, water and vegetable oils. This combination of water and vegetable oils makes it perfect to soften, restore, nourish and strengthen hair. This strengthens the hair follicles and therefore helps the hair to grow faster and healthier.It is an excellent natural remedy for dry thirsty hair and in need of moisture. This hair mask is able to fight split ends, so the hair will not split so easily and you can gain a few extra inches in less time. This mask regulates hair growth and reduces hair loss.

Ingredients:

ripe avocado
1 egg
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Preparation
Mix all the ingredients to form a consistent paste.
Apply on your hair from the root to the tips, cover with a plastic bag and leave on for 45 minutes.
Rinse with  water.

Olive Oil and Egg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg is a food rich in proteins that act on the hair follicle strengthening it. This is great if lately you have seen that your hair falls out more than necessary. Egg is one of the foods that has a high percentage of proteins that is not only recommended to be present in the daily diet, but also it must be applied directly to the hair through a homemade mask. To make a natural treatment for better hair health you have to use the following ingredients: two egg yolks and two tablespoons of olive oil.
Egg-based hair masks will make your hair thicker . This is a mixed hair mask which means that in dry hair it works as a moisturiser while balancing oily hair.

Preparation:

Beat the ingredients well.  Apply to washed hair, gently massaging throughout the hair and scalp, cover the hair with a plastic bag, leave on for at least 20 minutes and finally rinse with plenty of water cold. Please do not use hot water or lukewarm water as you do not want to fry the egg in the hair because it will not be an experience you will enjoy (Trust me on this).

Key notes to remember for a protein treatment:

  • Excessive breakage or heat damaged
  • Ensure it’s a hydrolysed protein for maximum benefit
  • Should be done, one a month

 

Moisture Treatment

Well simply put, this treatment is critically important when you are suffering from extensive hair dryness. Yes our hair needs moisture to flourish but just daily spritzing might not do the trick. l know there’s a group of my are fellow ladies who have “hard mashona/mufushwa” (extreme dry and tangled) hair where incorporating moisture treatments would be ideal for your hair. Moisture is literally bomb to our hair. Below are two recipes to start with:

Coconut Oil and Honey

Well honey is one of my favourite natural moisturisers for my hair and face. It has been wowed by people with its amazing properties and numerous benefits for natural hair.It is a natural humectant, which means it absorbs moisture from the surroundings and is also a natural hair conditioner that will soften hair. No wonder why most moisturising products honey- honey is golden. Hair masks containing honey that have been blended with healthy penetrative oils work wonders in repairing damaged and rejuvenating hair follicles. In this scalp nourishing hair mask, we’re going to be using coconut oil and honey! Coconut oil unblocks clogged hair follicles and strengthens them, and also helps get rid of bacteria and stale oils that block the follicles. Honey, on the other hand, works by nourishing dry follicles that are prone to falling off. Together both ingredients will help alleviate dandruff and itchy scalp issues, ultimately promoting growth.Always remember to use pure honey and organic pure virgin coconut oil as the processed ones usually contains additives that may adversely affect your hair for example: dry out your strands or make them look greasy.

Preparation:

Just mix the two ingredients in a bowl, apply to damp or wet hair focusing on the ends of the hair as well. When the entire head is applied, wear a plastic cap for 20 – 40mins and rinse off. If you don’t have coconut oil you can use olive oil.

Castor Oil and Shea butter

This is definitely a double whammy combo.. Any mixture with shea-butter will leave your hair with so much life. Make sure you blend your shea-butter then add your castor to mix the two. Follow the same procedure as above as you apply to your hair.

If you’re feeling extra you can just mix both recipes and you will definitely get a more richer moisture treatment but that all depends with your budget and what you can afford.

In conclusion, both treatments are a must for our hair to grow in a healthy manner. As a side note, when preparing your hair for a protective style, ensure that you either do one of the treatments to create a good foundation before your protective style.

 

** Let me know below, what is your favourite store bought protein/moisture treatment or your DIY method**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

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So your hair is breaking???

Hey Natties

There’s always an issue when it comes to natural hair and breakage as to why/how it breaks so much and in lumps and it’s a nightmare. Trust me, l have been there but l am getting less breakage and it’s an achievement “öoh yaasss”! So on today’s post l am just sharing a few causes and as well as tips that can help you to minimise hair breakage. Well just a simple analogy, if your hair is breaking simply put its not growing. Hair breaks due to a number of factors so for your hair to flourish you have to take extra care. I sure do hope you learn something. It’s the small little things that actually make such a huge difference.

So l will start with my favourite tip – Deep conditioning, this is a MUST in any hair care regime especially when you are looking to grow healthy hair. Deep conditioning is that solid foundation you just need to incorporate in your hair journey. DC helps to soften the hair and allows the hair to be manipulated thereafter, like mai mwana (lady) what are you doing if you don’t deep condition. When you shampoo, you are cleansing your scalp, whereas DC helps to restore your hair’s protein or moisture to give it strength and allow it to flourish. Deep conditioning is that step in the regime that helps to make the hair manageable. It creates the balance between protein and moisture. Please do not skip deep conditioning.

My next tip thirsty hair. Well l know ladies who wash their hair once in every two months “naah honey”. Prolonged intervals of not washing hair, does cause breakage cause your hair just becomes so dry, soo brittle and it just falls off. I try to wash my hair twice a month or once a month and l always rock protective styles that allow me to wash my hair because now l enjoy my wash day. Water and my hair same whatsapp group, that level of hydration is key.

Then we have the issue of protective styling with extensions i.e wigs, braids, weaves, faux locs etc. For this one, l am sure there are too many culprits lols that is, ladies who rock these styles and just don’t care for their hair. Well hunnies l have news for you, when your hair is in that situation, it needs extra care and you need to make sure that your hair thrives. Forgetting about your hair means matting which leads to tangles and knots and once your hair has too many knots, it will break. Protective styling does help in length retention but what good is it to retain length and during take down your hair is breaking such a setback. Lastly just don’t keep in the protective style for too long, 6- 8weeks is a good time.

My next tip, please allow your hair to breathe! Not allowing your hair to breathe has its own consequences. I used to be a culprit of this one, way way way back when l just used to interchange styles thinking I’m being fancy not knowing that l am setting myself for breakage. Áfter a protective style your hair just needs time to recover and for every take-down just have time with your hair for at least a month or more.

Moisturising – it’s important to moisturise your hair daily or after every two days with a spritz of your choice that’s water and a sealing oil. You can check out my post where l explained how to moisturise.

Keep your hands off the blow-dryer. Blow drying has being a thing for so many years after a wash day or just before a protective style but that kind of heat is your enemy. Prolonged use of blow drying will cause heat damage and also cause thinning of strands. A better option to stretch out your hair is to air dry or plait mabhanzi known as African threading.

Detangling, this is definitely dreaded by most of us but it has to be done. Natural hair tends to tangle and create knots, so how you detangle is vitally important. It’s advisable to detangle your hair when it is still damp because it’s easier to manage. For tighter knots, you can use an oil to loosen up the hair. Just a side-note if your hair has too many knots and frizz it’s time to trim.

My last tip, tools we use for the hair, especially combs. The simple wide tooth comb and your fingers are great combing tools. There’s a wide variety of combs on the market to choose from but most of them do cause harm to the hair.

Thats a wrap on today’s post, hope it was helpful.

**Let me know in the comment section below if you know of any other tips l could have left out or which tips are helping you to have less breakage**

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Tarie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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