Failed Bantu-Knot

Hey Natties

Truth be told, Bantu knots are hands down my favorite way to style my hair. It gives good definition, a great volume, a nice rounded shape (which l absolutely love) and l don’t use too many products and still achieve the look. As for twist outs l love them on other people and l end there lols. Well honestly, I often don’t like the shape it gives to my hair and the lack of volume they give. And though braid outs tend to give me great volume, they also lose their shape really quickly and become a fro by the next day. With that being said, this past weekend l decided to revert to my all time favourite style – bantu knots. I honestly have never had a challenge with getting my curls popping but boy, oh boy this time it was a hot-mess lols. So lets dive into the process of how to do the bantu-knots.

  1. On dry hair, I sprayed water and added my moisturising olive oil all over my hair
  2. Then l sectioned my hair, the process is pretty simple – just do a two-strand twist and make a knot “viola”
  3. I made about 14 bantu knots around my head and allowed my hair to dry overnight
  4. The next morning, I used my castor oil mix to unravel my twist which helps to minimize frizz during the takedown. (Some knots were still damp but your girl kept untwisting)
The end-result

When doing bantu knots on dry hair, it’s important to use products that are moisturizing and to have a good twisting technique to achieve the moveable curls we all desire. I am still to try my bantu-knot with a curling cream cause l haven’t done it before so yeah! So below l jotted down where l possibly went wrong with my knot out.

MY MISTAKES

  •  Taking down my knot whilst still damp, well my hair has grown longer so the air-drying process is definitely longer. With any protective style, allow your hair to fully dry (preferably a full day, depending on the dense and length of your hair) for much longer lasting defined curls
  • There’s a huge possibility that my twists were too big (well you never know), so next time, l should try to reduce the size.

Well natties we all have bad hair days, but l managed to make the most with what l had. I just rocked my wavy/curls trying to pop look and for more volume l just used a wide-tooth comb. For my next post l write about how l then created a simple casual look with my wavy hair. Don’t let your hair determine your mood, at first l was face down but then l realised, girl just make this hair work and so l did.

That’s me, trying to figure out how to style my hair!

 

So that’s a wrap on today’s post, hope you enjoyed my bantu-knot experience and learnt something!

**Ever had a failed bantu-knot, what was the reason? Also list what’s your favourite way to style your hair in the comment section below**

With Love

Tarie

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Starting Out On Your Natural Hair Journey #Newbie

Hey Natties

It’s no news how a lot of women are starting to embrace their kinks and learning how to care for it. Well this is just a short post to guide someone who is new to the natural hair community or trying to make the decision to become natural.

Going natural is no easy decision but definitely worthwhile and there are two ways to go  natural. You can either take the transition route (the easy way out) or the drastic big chop. Big chop is when you take the bold step and start from scratch by cutting most of your hair leaving about one inch or less of natural hair.  When you big chop you easily get to understand what your hair likes and needs. You have the opportunity to bond with your hair at an early in your natural hair journey. Transition on the other hand, is allowing your hair to grow to a certain length without chemically treating it before cutting off the relaxed ends. Hair that is transitioning needs proper care to retain all the hair you are growing. However, if you don’t master caring for your hair, you may lose most of the hair you retain when you finally cut the relaxed ends.

Several things are involved in a natural hair journey and everyone has a peculiar journey. Understanding your  own hair is the best thing you can do for it. When your hair is short you can get away with almost anything but the longer it gets more effort is required. When starting out on the natural hair journey we tend to be obsessed with length and products that make our hair grow fast but what’s more important is to keep your hair healthy. Bad hair practices  will have negative effect on your hair if you don’t take proper care of it. It is vitally important to invest into your hair at an early stage because you to get to know your hair, experiment with several regimens and techniques and learn from your errors. Nonetheless, as your hair grows longer, you need to have found the regimen that works for you otherwise you’ll experience setbacks like breakage, split ends and generally unhealthy hair. As for products to use, l encourage people to use organic products that do not contain harsh ingredients for the hair and to have a bond with your hair which is more important than becoming a product junkie. When you know your hair, you can tell what product combination will work best for you. For me, I’ve found out that raw shea-butter, olive oil, peppermint oil/rosemary oil and water are my holy grail products..

At the end of the day, experience is the best teacher. So just be patient with your hair and take time to understand it. Going natural doesn’t have to be frustrating or expensive, if you’re willing to learn from your hair as you go.

Natural hair is beautiful, own it!

**As always, let me know in the comment section below whether you prefer the big chop or transitioning method and if you’re natural which method did you use?**

Love♡♡

Tarie

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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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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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