Winter Hair Care Tips

Hey Natties

First of all apologies for being low-key but l am definitely back at it. I’m sure we all have similar hair struggles this winter, where the hair suddenly becomes more dryer!  So l have switched up my haircare routine to prevent excess dryness, brittle struggling hair and split ends.  Below, I’m sharing a few natural hair tips to help you survive the weather this season, combat dryness, itchy scalp, and repair brittle tresses.

EAT HEALTHY & DRINK WATER

You are what you eat…and that includes your hair! Be sure to eat well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your curls will benefit from the vitamins and nutrients increasing growth, promoting shine, and keeping them moisturized and healthy. Also, drink tons of water! Two litres of water is sufficient, but a little more wouldn’t hurt either. If you’re in the mood for something sweet grab your a fresh fruit juice or smoothie.

DEEP CONDITION BI-WEEKLY

l am a lover of Deep conditioning due to its numerous hair benefits. Deep conditioning masks help the ingredients become beneficial to the health of your hair by deeply penetrating the hair shaft and promoting growth, moisture, and luster. Section by section, distribute your favorite deep conditioner from the roots to ends and let sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.

Homemade deep conditioners are famous among the naturals, just make sure your deep conditioner will allow your hair become more moisturized and strengthened with much less breakage.

THE LOC METHOD

For moisture that will last all week, try the LOC method when styling your hair. The LOC method consists of a leave-in conditioner to hydrate, an oil to seal the moisture, and a cream to define. This winter switch up, your light weight leave-in conditioner to heavy butters to surely seal in the moisture. I still use my LOC method to lock in the moisture and I personally love to use my homemade shea butter mix( Shea butter, olive oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil and avocado oil) to lock in that moisture and prevent any friziness. This trio is a triple threat when it comes to combating winter dryness!

Just take note, good results are often achieved by using products from the same brand and line because they are formulated to work together. However, if your favorite products come multiple brands, test their compatibility by rubbing a dime size of each together. Do they crumble when mixed? If so, the mixture is probably not going to work in your hair.

SLEEP IN SATIN

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can be damaging for your hair, causing unwanted breakage. If you’re not retaining length, that could be one reason. Instead, sleep in a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase every night to prevent friction, frizz, and dryness. This will also keep your hair looking fresh throughout the week.

OPEN UP WITH STEAM TREATMENTS

In order to take in all of the benefits of your favorite deep conditioner, do a steam treatment to open the hair follicles so the ingredients can successfully penetrate the shaft. Not only is the treatment great for your locks, but it’s also very relaxing. Sit under the hair steamer for approximately 20 minutes. If you do not have a steamer, you can steam your hair in the shower before rinsing your deep conditioner with cool water to close the follicles. Alternatively, you can incorporate more hot oil treatments on the wash day. Hot oil treatments, help to restore moisture, prevent breakage and adds more shine to the hair.

PROTECTIVE STYLYING

Well if you do suffer from hand in hair syndrome lols, protective styling can be of good help, this winter. Protective styling helps to tuck away our hair from the harsh weather conditions by allowing the ends of the hair being protected. Depending on which protective style you choose whether with your own hair – bantu knots, twists, flat twists, mini twists and cornrows, please do not neglect your hair. Just try to keep in the styles for more days to give your hair much needed break.

On the other hand, if you intend to keep your hair under wraps the majority of the winter, just keep them in for 2-8 weeks. Whether you decide to install straight back, crochet braids, box braids, faux locs, wigs and weaves, bear in mind to still shampoo and condition your hair.

PEPPERMINT OIL FOR DRY ITCHY SCALP

Many in the natural hair community stray from thicker oils and embrace more lightweight options, but castor oil is excellent for relieving a dry and itchy scalp during winter. Mix castor oil with a few drops of peppermint oil, simply massage into scalp daily and it will even promote hair growth especially for those who may be experiencing hair loss.

**So there you have it natties, tips to allow our hair to thrive this winter season! Please do share below if you any winter hair struggles or more additional good winter tips..**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

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#B2B Washday – Shampooing

Hey Natties

So on today’s post l will further discuss on the other option of washing your hair which is shampooing. If you missed the previous  post on Co-washing (click on the link to direct to post), please read. Let’s get right into it!

Wash day is a big event for natties and using the right shampoo makes all the difference or else the wrong shampoo will definitely lengthen your wash day. Shampooing basically means to cleanse your scalp by removing any product build-up due to many factors. Well there’s been talk regarding using alot of oils and moisturizers, whereas overtime you may subject your hair and scalp to build-up that simple Co-washing may not be able to solve. From a personal research, l have discovered that shampoos range from clarifying, moisturizing, sulfate-free, sulfate etc. As your own hair ambassador, just be sure to know what your hair needs and which shampoo to use.

*Good shampoos remove product build-up from ingredients such as silicones, mineral oil, petroleum etc. Most natties rave with the clay washes to remove build-up e.g Bentonite clay. N.B. Clay washes should be done once a month to avoid scalp irritation if used in excess.

*A good shampoo provides a good  amount of slip meaning slipperiness, if shampoo has slip it lathers well onto your hair and scalp.

*Ensures that the detangling process is made easier

*A good shampoo does not dry- out your hair after using it.

What are Sulfates?

Sulfates are primarily surfactants, meaning they have the ability to attract both oil and water. They are detergents found in many household and beauty products. Due to their unique properties they allow shampoos to separate dirt and oil from your hair and help actually clean your hair. They are also the reason why shampoos lather when mixed with water.  Sulfate shampoos, depending on your hair habits and how easily build up occurs may sometimes be the only answer to ensuring that your hair is properly cleansed and is back to it’s fresh state. It’s all about frequency and moderation.The most common sulfates found in shampoos are:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate  (SLS)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Ammonium Laurly Sulfate (ALS)

In the future l write a post about sulfates and sulfate-free shampoos. Now that the theoretical part is done with, let me outline a shampoo guideline that can help you.

Shampoo Process

Step 1: l plait my hair into medium twists as this allows me to work on one section at a time plus hair is easier to manage.

Step 2: l apply my Aunt Jackie’ s “Oh so clean” moisturizing shampoo and lather onto my scalp and massage the product to remove all the dirt.

Step 3: l rinse with warm water and repeat step 2, two or three times.

Step 4: l just wash with cold water.. Wash-day done!!

Product Suggestion

  • Oh So Clean Aunty Jackie’s moisturizing shampoo
  • Tresemme shampoo with Aloe Vera

Just a little side note, another type of shampoo is known as a dry shampoo. Well l haven’t tried it but l will do.  Anyways let me know if you have tried the dry shampoo method and if it works. 

**As always, just let me know below, what is your favorite shampoo and why?**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

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#B2B Washday- Co-Wash

Hey Natties!

I always wonder why washdays are time-consuming like the process is no joke but that’s why we are on this journey to enjoy our washdays *smiles*. I remember when l started out, l would dread my washdays because honestly l wouldn’t get the expected results but that has all changed. So let’s get theoretical..

Well there are so many ways of washing or cleansing our scalp,namely Co-washing, Shampooing, AVR rinse, Clay Masks etc and there has been alot of debate on which works better… Well l have had the privilege to have tried most of them and l will share my thoughts..

So before you decide to wash your hair, it is vitally important to start with a step called Pre-poo. l learnt this years back but when l stopped prepooing l noticed a significant amout of shredding.

What is Pre-pooing? Well from my understanding its the first step you take to prep your hair by sealing an essential oil/oil mix before you add removing any dirt… When l started out l thought it would be wise to shampoo or co-wash then seal in the oil but nope l was soo lost. What prepoo does, it opens up the the hair cuticles to allow your scalp to breath and release of the dirt so when u wash your hair its squeaky clean *yaay* l hope you now see why we have to Prepoo.. Prepooing can be as easy as applying coconut oil on your hair, wrap a plastic cap and leave it for 4hrs or overnight or just have a simple oil mix… Step 1 done…

 There are different ways people use to wash their hair but l will just discuss Co-Washing in today’s post.

Co-washing(Conditioner Washing) is pretty much washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, the name sounds fancy but that’s Co-wash. Frequently washing your hair with shampoo will result in excessively drying out your hair and will tend to leave it frizzy. Co-washing is believed to be more gentler and to leave your hair feeling more moisturized.

Benefits

* Alleviates Dandruff

*Hydrates the scalp

*Minimises knots

Lately l had stopped Co-washing because l wanted to see our my hair would cope without Co-washing and l must say there hasn’t been much change. Well l normally co-wash my hair once a month, shampoo once a month and recently l have added the clay wash which l will ramble about in another post. Girrrl Clay washes are Life! Plus l make it a point to co-wash or shampoo my hair even in a protective style..Gone are the days when l never used to wash my hair under a protective style, sooo gone!

1. Firstly l section my hair into different parts and work with one section at a time. I have found this method to be user-friendly as l give each area the same amount of attention.

2. l spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and water then l apply my first coat of conditioner to my hair with coconut oil (this helps with retention of hair and protects the strands during the washing process). Whilst I’m adding the conditioner and coconut l ensure that l’m detangling my hair. l detangle using my hand as l find my hands to be more gentler and l can easily work through my hair. When the detangling process is done with, l just plait my hair into a twist.

3. I continue with the same process until my entire head is covered with conditioner.

4. Leave the conditioner for 5-10 mins, then l wash off with warm water then final rinse with cold water to close up my hair cuticles.

5. Wash Day Done…

Below is a list of 2 Conditioners that work well with my hair ..

1. Organics

2. Tresemme Naturals with Avocado

So if you feel like your hair feels dry after shampooing how about you try Co-washing, it could do wonders to your hair..

**Let me know what your thoughts are on Co-Washing, what your experience has been like and if you Co-wash which products do you use**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

 

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#B2B Hair Porosity

Hey loves!

So in today’s post l will gladly share my thoughts and understanding on how best we can retain moisture formerly known as Hair Porosity. In my previous post, l did a brief introduction on porosity but now we will unfold the issue.

Generally as natties we struggle with which products our hair will love, how to start a hair regime, how to combat dryness, sealing in moisture etc… Well have you ever thought that, your diet, the external environment, genetics all contribute to how your hair thrive. Remember, one hair strand is made up of layers so knowing the structure of your hair cuticle is essentially important.

 

What is Porosity

Hair Porosity is the ability for your hair to hold or absorb moisture – simple as that! Again a hair strand is made up of layers so..Knowing your hair’s porosity is a great deal on how best you will care for your hair – as a result you are able to know which hair products work best for you. Wouldn’t that be a life-saver just knowing what products your hair will thrive in because after all, we want our hair to grow..Below l briefly explain the three main categories of hair porosity.

High Porosity has holes and gaps in the cuticle which allows too much moisture into the hair and the moisture escapes fast. This type of hair is prone to frizziness, looks dull easily tangles in our humid African climate.

Suggestion:

  • Women with high porosity should use leave-in conditioners, butters and creams to seal moisture and help fill gaps in the cuticle.
  • Using anti-humectants in our dry and humid is also is an advantage as this will help to retain moisture and seal damaged cuticles.
  • Ideally the LOC method would work best with porous hair.

 

 

Medium Porosity hair is what every woman would aim to achieve. This is when there’s a balance of moisture in the hair and the cuticle layer is loser. The right amount of moisture enters whilst preventing too much  moisture from escaping. Least amount of maintenance is required and hair can hold styles for long.

Suggestion:

  • Occasional deep conditioning is required but not daily
  • Women with normal porosity just have to stick to their regime

 

Low Porosity this type of hair repels moisture meaning moisture fails to penetrate through the tightly cuticle. Hair is prone to build-up because the cuticles are closed up so products end up sitting on the hair.

Suggestion:

  • Women with low porosity would need to use moisturiser’s rich in emollients e.g. shea butter, coconut oil, mineral oil etc would be a good start.
  •  Products that are liquid based are essential because they prevent heaviness on the curls and able to moisture the curls. Preferably look for products that have ingredients that list water first
  • Due to product-build, minimise protein conditioners that will leave the hair feeling stiff-like.
  • Using light-weight oils is an extreme bonus because the oils will easily penetrate through the closed up cuticles e.g. argan oil, grapeseed, olive oil
  • Using moderate heat, incorporating hot oil treatments will work with low porosity hair as this will allow the tightly bound cuticles to open and allow moisture in.

 

Below is a guideline, on two tests that are normally used to assist in realising where your hair porosity level falls under. 

 

Strand Test– take two fingers, run them through your hair, if you feel any bumps that indicates that your cuticles are open and you likely have high porosity.

∗if your fingers glide smoothly you likely have normal porosity

∗if fingers glide quickly on strand and strand feels slick you likely have low porosity

Float Test (only works on freshly washed hair no conditioners, just washed) – take different strands of hair from different areas of your head and place each strand in a glass of room temperature water. Wait for 5mins,

*if hair sinks within 3mins – High Porosity

*if hair floats – Low Porosity

*if hair stays mid-way of the glass- Normal porosity

So that’s a wrap on today’s post, l’m sure hope l have  brought some light..Remember your hair porosity level can change overtime due to different factors so just be aware of your hair changes. Knowing your hair porosity and your texture plays a crucial role in hair product selection.

**Just let me know below, the porosity of your hair and which products work well and if you tried the porosity test, was it helpful?**

With Love ♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

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#B2B – Moisture (L.O.C, L.C.O,L.O.G)

Hey loves

On today’s post l will further elaborate how water is a great moisturiser, as well as why our hair needs moisture and the different ways in which we can incorporate moisture into our hair.. l am certain that you have heard “girl your hair is too dry, it needs moisture”, or in the natural hair community the best way to mosturise your hair is to apply the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) or the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) and in some instances the MHM (Maximum Hydration Method- l will cover hydration in a different post). I will be honest there loves, it took me a very loooooong time to understand what the LOC method was all about. l was religious about the method but l had no idea why l was doing it. Well they say knowledge is power but without understanding its equally USELESS.

So women just to enlighten you, our scalp produces oil and sebum but that sebum is not always enough to protect our hair. The hair needs extreme gentle care, so if your hair looks, dry, thirsty, dull, let me help you. Ethnic hair looks incredibly thick, strong but it tends to be very fragile and can easily dry out fast, so as the queen of your hair just be sure what your needs. Let’s get right into the post.

Well what is Moisture ?

 Water/other liquid diffuses in small quantities as vapour or can condense on the surface. Essentially, this means that when you spray water or water based products onto your hair, it will quickly evaporate due to external factors e.g weather and after some few hours your hair is dry/thirsty. So what this means, spraying water on its own on your hair is not sufficient- to keep/seal in the moisture in the hair or to slow down how fast water evaporates from the hair, one has to LOCK IN the moisture. There are two ways in which we can lock in the moisture known as moisture retention methods that will assist our hair. These two methods use the laying concept to layer moisture avoiding dryness. Before l discuss the two methods, l will shortly digress and briefly explain why its important to know your hair porosity, that way you are able to make an informed decision on which method to use for moisture retention.

Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb moisture and you need to know in which category your hair lies Low, High and Normal.

Low Porosity – Hair appears to be shiny, looks very healthy, product easily sits on hair (Product build-up), moisture stays in hair, it does not dry up fast and lacks elasticity.

Normal Porosity #GOAL – Elasticity (full of bounce), looks healthy, absorbs and retains moisture well and resilient.

High Porosity – absorbs moisture fast, lacks luster and shine.

That is a brief guideline on hair porosity, will create a full post on Porosity. Look out for it! Now that posrosity is out of the way, we are back to moisture.

LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream)  or  LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method seals in the moisture

L – Water is matter made up of small molecules that are made up of two hrydrolyzed and oxygen H2O, which can easily penetrate through your hair, e.g. Water/Water-based Leave in Conditioners (on the ingredients section of the hair ensure that the FIRST ingredient is water). Some people use aloe vera gel/juice or rose water(*still to try it*)

O – Oil is matter but has larger molecules, e.g. Oil/Oil based products preferably essential oils ( peppermint, rosemary, lavender, tea tree oil) to help to promote growth.

C – Cream is a mixture of water and oil molecules so when combined together creates a chemical reaction called emulsification. Cream, well this solely depends on preference which can be a carrier oil( castor oil, coconut, shea butter, jojoba oil, almond, carrot oil, cantu shea- butter) just to nail a few.

Personally l use the LCO method to lock in moisture for my hair. I find that it has absolutely helped my hair in promoting Health. From experience, the LOC method worked well but my hair would dry out fast.

What l do -Firstly l lay my hair with the Liquid  Water/ Organics Olive Oil Leave- in Condition then add shea butter mixed with rosemary and l seal with coconut oil/castor oil/ olive oil or Olive Growth Oil..

Styling Moisture Method – LOG/ LCOG

On a site note, people who enjoy styling, the L.C.O.G (Liquid, Cream, Oil, Gel) or L.O.G ( Liquid, Oil, Gel) would work wonders for you since the LOG method is another variation of LOC . Moisture is essential for styling, so people who prefer wash and go’s styles, twists-out etc normally use the LOG method.

So there you have it my lovely readers, l hope this guideline will help you on how to moisturise your hair.

∗∗Let me know which moisture method you use or you are keen to try out and also the product variation in the comment section below∗∗…

With Love

Tarie

 

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