The Chop

Well it’s no news that rocking the chop is sooo trendy in 2019 and numerous women are reverting to rocking natural hair *thumbs up ladies*. So the question is, how exactly would you like to start your healthy hair journey with a fade or twa(teeny wenny afro)? So I have decided to compile a few ideas that can help my ladies out there on how to rock the chop or rather how stylish you can make it look. In my opinion pulling off the chop is bravery on another level but hey we can totally make it work.

The Classic Fade
The Fade
The Mini Fro
The Fro Side Part
The Side Part with a Pop of Color
The Frohawk
The Tapered Cut
The Tapered Cut with a Fade

That’s a wrap on today’s post, l hope the ideas will assist someone. Some of these looks are super bomb, will probably try one of them but not anytime soon lols. Let me know in the comment section below which one is your favourite style or look.

*Note: All the above images used are not my own*

Love

Tarie

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Introducing Oh My Naturals

Well anyone with kinky or afro-textured hair knows how it tends to have a mind of it’s own. We tend to struggle with dryness, breakage, receding hairline, thinning hair etc, oh not forgetting different curl patterns on our hair. Well l have some exciting news to share * drum roll please* l have started a natural hair, hair care line targeting afro-textured hair called Oh My Naturals!!

Oh My Naturals is a healthy, haircare line that makes your hair look super fabulous, feel soft and still keep it healthy . The product line consists of organic oils and butters that contain no chemicals or harsh ingredients. The products can be used on children as well, as l know how daunting it can be to take care of children’s hair.

Currently in Stock

Creamy Raw Shea Butter (Yellow/ Ivory(White))

150g @ 7usd or R100

250g @ 10usd or R150

Shea Butter is a rich moisture sealant and helps to prevent split ends and hair breakage. It can be used as a deep conditioner or hair moisturiser. For dull, brittle, damaged hair, Shea Buter is your plug. It can be mixed with a carrier oil like avoacdo oil and applied to your hair.

Avocado Oil and Grapeseed oil

Avocado oil @ 4usd or R60

Avocado Oil is pressed from the flesh of avocado fruit. This nutritive oil is an ideal ingredient to include in deep conditioners or as a leave-in. It’s great for dry, dehyradrated and frizzy hair

Grapeseed Oil @5usd or R70

Grapeseed oil is 100% pure pressed from grapes. It is a light-weight oil, ideal for moisturizing and conditioning dry hair and it won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. It helps to reduce dandruff and strengthens hair. A great oil to incorporate to grow your hair.

300ml Hair Spray Bottles $4usd/ R60

Hair Spray bottles are an essential goodie for anyone.. They are ideal for our DIYs e.g leave-in conditioners, just to spray water(moisture on our hair).

There you have it lovelies, lets keep our hair healthier and flourishing in 2019. For any questions, do leave them in the comment section below!

With Love

Tarie

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BLOGMAS *GIVEAWAY* CLOSED

Hey Beautiful People

OH yes it’s Decemba, month of thanksgiving, friendsgiving, you name it and l trust and hope 2018 has been a good year. Well yes l know l have been too quiet but its been a busy month and l do hope to change my ways lols. So to kickstart this post l would like to appreciate all of you my lovely readers and all the support you have given me it means everything *smiles*. Given that l am in the spirit of appreciation, l have a mini GIVEAWAY to One of my readers, *freebies are bomb** right!

What’s in the Package

Well l bought a moisturising package which l feel could benefit someone starting out on their hair journey or someone who has been in the game for sometime. The package includes Coconut oil, Raw shea-butter and l replaced the african black soap with a stainless steel spray bottle… The beauty about this package is that both products can be used for hair and skin!

How to Enter  the Giveaway **Only open to Zimbabwean residents**

  1. Make sure you have subscribed to my blog and that we are friends on facebook.
  2. Share this post on facebook.
  3. Mention your favourite hair oil or product with the reason (why you love that product/oil) OR if your’re just starting out what oil would you like to try out and reason, in the comment section below (of this post), simple right!

Winner will be announced on the 14th of December either on this blogpost or on my facebook account.

N.B. Please make sure l have the correct email address so that, in the event you’re a winner l will email you as well.

That’s it for this post!!

Love

Tarie

So the giveaway is officially closed.. Thank you for all your contributions and to everyone who entered, some of you did not follow all the rules haha. Nonetheless the winner is Kuziva Kainga.. Can’t wait to post more giveaways !!!

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Meet Rue #FroFeature

Hello Beautiful people

This week is another Feature post, where the lovely Rue shares her bit of how she’s caring for her hair. Her story is absolutely relateable and l hope you enjoy this post..

1. Welcome, please introduce yourself?

Hie my name is Rumbidzai Bonzo. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I am a mom , my baby girl is 5 years old. At age 20,  I got a chance to go and study in Thailand at Assumption University. That’s where my natural hair journey began.

2. How’s been your natural hair journey?

In 2012 October,  I began my freshman year at ABAC in Thailand. I had no idea when I left home that finding products for my hair would be expensive and difficult. Therefore,  my hair started experiencing some deficiencies due to lack of proper care. All I knew was to relax my hair and tying it in a pony tail after straightening it with a flat iron. My hair was damaged. The weaves ,  the braiding didn’t help it either. My hair was brittle and I was not happy with it.  It couldn’t blend in with the weaves and being surrounded by people with great hair (Indians,  Thai’s , Russians,  Americans) I realized there was something that I need to do. I was losing the little confidence that I possessed because of the way my hair looked. In my head,  I wanted it to look like Sanaa Lathan or Nia Long or Gab Union but hehe it was the complete opposite. I felt uncomfortable and embarassed of my hair. Then I met Pricilla a fellow Zim girl who had gone natural. She had a twist out and her hair looked gorgeous. I fell in love with it and she introduced me to youtube. I started watching videos of ladies maintaining their natural curly hair and just fell deeply in love with the beauty of curly hair. I love how full it is and how it just says who I am when l’m amongst people of different races. Clearly I couldn‘t beat them at having straight long hair,  I couldn’t even compete with them but I could only make myself stand out by being the original me.

3. How do you moisturise your hair?

I wash(deep condition) my hair with conditioner (dark and lovely au naturale knot-out conditioner). My gosh it’s now $34 ma OK 😯!

While still damp , I take a small portion at a time,  apply A little bit of dark and lovely au naturale afro moisturizing butter and curl la la defining curl custard the seal in the moisture with blue magic. As my hair dry up I keep a spray bottle nearby with water mixed with coconut oil. When I have gel I apply it and seal in with my leave-in conditioner. After my application, I comb it with a wide- tooth comb and then I use woolen thread to stretch it, portion by portion kuita ma oi –oi then leave it to dry. After its dry and stretched, I can rub coconut oil in my palms and then separate my hair and then use bobby pins to style it ndotobuda hangu. Alternatively, I take my spray bottle with water and coconut oil, spray it on my stretched hair,  use a wide tooth comb then plait twists for twist-outs. This is also what I can call my hair regime and the ones I mentioned above are my staple hair products.

4. Do you any hair struggles?

Just that I don’t trust anyone to fix my hair for me,  so im stuck with braids and wigs always. I did a tappered cut in march last year which I loved during the first days but regretted doing it after I realized that I was being forced to big chop my hair again and start afresh. Those were painful moments but I have no complaints anymore..   This time around ,  its as if I put fertilizer on my hair. Its been a year now but comparing it to last time growth rate Ka apa raita fast cuz now a year’s growth is almost the same as last time’s 3 year growth

 

5. Do you believe in the term that natural hair is untidy?

Nah it ain‘t.  It’s really sad to know that it’s most people of our race who think our hair is untidy.  It is the state of our mentality. We rate beauty by who’s standards?  God didn’t make a mistake giving us this hair.  It’ s beautiful and eversince I stopped relaxing my hair I haven’t felt the urge to perm it. I wash my hair regularly and I keep it moisturised. I style it and I feel very beautiful wearing my hair out.

6. Do you find it difficult to rock natural hair in public?

Okay first months being natural were kinda difficult. The hair looked awkward on me and whenever I did the twist outs or bantu knot outs ,  mine didn’t really look like the ones on the youtube videos.  So being in public was kinda hard until the hair was longer. I also  took time to know my hair and once l understood it all became easy. I also realised that I looked more beautiful with my natural hair and I got more confidence. I got compliments from most people around me,  they started noticing me. I was even told by a Thai guy that I looked soooo beautiful.  I even went to Malaysia from Thailand ndine mabhanzi and I got smiles from so many white people umwe akatonditevera 😂 .  I have no problem at all rocking my hair in public.

7. You have amazing hair, any tips for all natties?

The greatest tip of all is that water is essential for the growth of our hair. We need to wash our hair regularly,  ( I wash mine weekly ) ,  and I spray some water on it whenever I’m plaiting it. I know there is a myth  yekuti natural hair haigezwe rinodzokera! Haiboo manyepo. It’s called shrinkage, as soon as u stretch it you will see that it didn’t go anywhere.

After you wash your hair,  I’d encourage you not to leave it to dry rakadaro. When my hair is still wet,  I divide it into manageable portions. Apply my products,  comb it then use wool thread to stretch it,  then leave it to dry. I do not blow dry my hair or use any form of heat on my hair. When I use thread to stretch it, I just leave them to dry on their own. I make sure that every portion of hair is sufficiently moisturised that is why I divide the hair in smaller portion for easy manipulation of the hair and also to get great results

  • Don’t depend on the hairstylist to know all about your hair, tell them what your hair likes or doesn’t like. F.Y.I when it comes to natural afro hair,  majority have no idea how to deal with it.
  • Invest in your hair. Learn to braid it yourself. Buy products that will nourish your hair. The reason why people think afro hair is untidy is because we do not moisturise it and oil it rinenge richitoita kunge mop isingawachwe lols.
  • I don’t use expensive products, I use what works for my hair
  • Love your hair, be confident and be patient with it.

 

Last few words: Rocking natural hair in public isn’t a sign of hurombe lols,  it’s simply embracing how God created us. How I wish that our natural hair will be appreciated everywhere to be seen as professional too not just funky. It is us with the curly coils that view ourselves in another light more than anyone else in the world. As long as u take care of your hair,  it will grow. You will be surprised how much length you can retain with your natural hair. Don’t pull your hair too tight when plaiting..

 

**Let me know of what you think of her hair journey and show Rue some love**

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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