Are you using your oils the right way?

Most of the times we buy and bag on hair oils that we use incorrectly and don’t see results. In our hair journey we need to know the difference between sealing oils and moisturising oils for the oils to work in our favour. Take a look at one of my previous posts on various oils. On today’s post l will primarily focus on how to work with different types of oils.

Firstly, we have moisturising/penetrating oils that predominantly work well with water to boost the moisture levels then we have the sealing oils that lock in the moisture. How this works, you may ask? There’s a two-stage process of moisturising and sealing that helps to hydrate hair. Yass we all love well moisturised and soft hair!!! A moisturising butter or liquid based spray is applied to the entire length of the hair focusing on the ends. This allows the butter or spray to penetrate into the hair strands. A small amount of oil is then applied to the hair, again ensuring that the ends are well covered.  The oil is applied over the moisturizer to lock or seal the moisture into the hair strands.  This keeps hair hydrated for longer.

A question could be ‘ Can you moisturise and not seal?’ answer is NO, well if you don’t seal(lock) in the moisture, evaporation of the moisture will occur quickly. Moisture levels of our hair needs to be replenished on a daily basis because:

  • Our hair fibres are damaged by general wear and tear, use of heat etc
  • Moisturising our hair once a week alone will not adequately meet the hydration needs of our hair which is prone to being dry.
  • Due to the high temperature of our climate, evaporation of the moisture in our hair occurs very quickly.

Ethnic hair has to be moisturised several times during the week to keep it hydrated and avoid breakage. If you are just starting your hair journey, it is likely that your hair will need to be moisturised and sealed twice a day, in the morning and at night. However, if you are unable to moisturise and seal your hair twice a day, try to do it at least once a day, preferably at night.
Water is the best moisturiser and a good quality moisturiser will have aqua/water listed as the first ingredient. I would therefore suggest using pure and natural oils such as the following to mix with water:

  • Avocado oil
  • Almond oil
  • Cold pressed olive oil
  • Argan oil
  • Jojoba oil

At times you can just apply sealing oils just to massage your scalp to rejuvenate blood vessels and also to provide strength and elasticity. Hence its important to select oils that are natural and cold pressed. Natural oils contain all the beneficial properties in comparison to synthetic hair greases.  Some hair oils are labelled as Shea butter or castor oil etc, when you inspect the ingredients, the product may contain mainly mineral oil and petrolatum with very little of the actual coconut oil or Shea butter in it. This is why it is important that you use natural sealing oils and moisturising oils than a product which is full of synthetic oils such an mineral oil, lanolin oil and petrolatum which actually block moisture. I recommend the following oils as great sealants:

  • Shea butter
  • Cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Castor oil
  • Mafura butter

I hope this post was helpful and brought about clarity. For effective results, let’s use the oils the right way. For any questions, let me know in the comment section.

With Love

Tarie

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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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