Friday, 11 August 2017

Wash Day: Curls Alive

 Hi lovelies,

After several months in hibernation, aka leaving my hair alone, I have decided to give my much more attention than I do after I big-chopped. I now plan to wash weekly, moisturise and seal daily or use my homemade moisturising spritz whenever I don't feel like letting my hair out of the style in which it is. It's much easier for me that way as I manipulate my hair much less too. 

So wash day was exciting for me last weekend. I hadn't felt that excited about my hair in a long, long time. It was probably also because I got new products from Butterfly Gh, a new natural hair product range in Ghana. Remember, I am on a no-buy policy till I use up everything I have so it was just exciting to have something completely new in my stash. 

I detangled my hair but I didn't section it for the wash. I applied the Butterfly shampoo to it in sections to enable it get in well. The shampoo is watery and not creamy. It has a nice mint smell and feels slightly, very slightly minty on the scalp. I love tingling products so I was actually expecting it to tingle Generally, I prefer it to any other locally produced shampoo I have tried so far. My hair felt really clean and soft after two washes. 

I then applied mane and tail conditioner and waited for about 10 minutes and rinsed it out. I then t-shirt dried and applied Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 miracle worker. I had completely forgotten I had a bottle of that in my stash. And oh Lord, my natural hair simply loved it. It just softened it and the denman brush (dupe) just glided through my hair like never before. 

I then applied Afroriri hair butter, another of my favourite products and then sealed with coconut oil. I wanted to put all my hair in a bun but it was too short so i made 3 parts and put the bun in the middle, rolled the front backwards and pinned it and let the back hang. Honestly, I felt cute...hahahhahahahhaha. 

The week before, I tried Ecostyler gel in my hair to see if it will curl but I think I didn't do the technique well (I used only my fingers) so it didn't get curly like I expected. 

Ecostyler wash and go trial

It is after I got to work and decided to take pictures that I realised really how beautiful my hair came out, and my curls kind of popped. Yes, I actually had lil curls in my hair. And I only used Hawaiian silky 14 in 1 which is also a curl enhancer. So, I'll try to combine it with ecostyler next time and see how it goes.

Altogether, it has been a happy hair week. 

Have you had a successful wash and go?


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I Chopped Again!

I chopped again!! Last week, after wash day I just said to myself, "No more" ! I had left my faux locs in for almost 6 weeks but had washed only once. My hair was very dirty when I undid it and I dreaded the wash all through. Took a while to detangle and then had to section and braid and do all the wash day usual stuff. Ha! I just felt really tired even thinking about it alone.
I just didn't feel like having to continue detangling for close to an hour each wash day (which has basically been non-existent in the past months) and I really wanted to go back to washing my hair at least twice a week. Having both textures was just not making me have that and I no more have the liberty of time. I'm on such a tight schedule.

So snip, snip, snip felt like heaven! I feel so free. And so far, I have no regrets. I didn't even shed a tear which I thought I would do after watching so many big chop videos...lmao. This week, I washed my hair twice as planned. No stress. For now, it's short enough to have a comb through easily. What the future holds, I have no idea. Do I still have waist length goals? For now, no. I'm looking forward more to thickness than length. 'Fro life!! 
 As I begin my natural hair journey, I could use some advice from you naturals already. You know, the heart to heart ones. 

Yay or Nay?


Monday, 5 December 2016

Hair Styling Woes

I've just been so low key with my hair routine that it is basically as boring as this blog right now! I confess I'm "just there" hair-wise. I still do not comb my hair all week after I style. After wash day, once I succeed at getting it detangled and into a hairstyle, that's it till the next wash day....and takes sometimes 2 weeks to actually wash and change the hairstyle. 

Hmmmmmmmm....I think I suffer from the fear of loss of length and not being able to style my hair in anything besides an afro... which seems to me like the real reason why I haven't chopped everything all off. I have silently been hoping that I'll somehow develop the urge to relax again but so far, no itch to relax at all. 

Another reason is I'm usually so exhausted by the weekend and always have one or more social events to attend that it's just so difficult to keep up with any real regimen. And my kids are such a handful plus I have to do my daughters hair as well which takes a lot of real effort because she doesn't cooperate. Lately, she doesn't want extensions and wants a different hairstyle every few days.... literally she takes up all the hair time..lmao!

Here are some styles I wear often ..

Which of these do you like more?


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Hairlovers....Star is Back!

Oh My gooooooosh!! I can't believe I've been this lazy!! 

Or was I de-motivated or busy or basically lost for hair words and updates? I'm happy to be back in the space and I absolutely apologise for keeping ya'll waiting. I really missed blogging..was always on my mind but my schedule and life got so fast paced I barely had the energy to write. Been updating on my Youtube Channel though as often as I can though. 

So what's been going on with my hair? Well, after the chop, I am not sure what I want with it now honestly. I'm really yearning to get a low cut at the end of the year, but I don't want it to be short as I don't know what styles I'll be able to wear till it grows long enough to style. But I do love my natural hair and having loads of natural hair products and Cantu sheabutter products, almost the whole range is surely a factor. My natural hair feels happier than my texlaxed hair when I use most of the products I have. I'm being biased smh now opting more for products made for natural hair. 

Do I really want to go natural? Off the top of my head, my answer is no. But I do feel like growing it natural to see if I like it as much as I love all the natural hair ladies I follow. The thick updos always keep me going like wow! Maybe I am just afraid my hair won't be as thick as those I see online eventually. Oh it's a mix of everything between sure and confused...lmao. 

I can't keep my hands out of my natural hair and though it is mostly coily, it is not as coarse as it used to be. I figure it gets better as it grows longer or something like that. 


I usually do flat twists and this here is my first attempt at large braids. Not bad huh? And I got a new camera as a gift from Nelspruit Communications UK ,and I was so so happy. Yaaaaaaaaaay yaaaay yaaaaaaaa!! Time to get better pictures up in this space! 

I will write more often...and thanks to you all for your support over the years. 



Friday, 4 March 2016

Big Chopped!! Relaxed to Texlaxed!

And............ I'm just so excited I can't believe myself. I just lost a lot of length but I mostly feel so liberated and so back to the "feel good" factor that came with this hair journey in the beginning...No more do I feel like hair days are going to be work days. Honestly, that's just how this whole neglecting my hair started. It was real work with handling the 3 textures and I realised that now after my wash day after cutting my hair off. 

And surprisingly, that huge chunk in the crown that is almost completely natural, I seem to be giving much more tender loving care. Is it because it is short and I want it to grow out faster or because it is natural and I'm loving it? Hmmmmmmm, confused myself. 

Maybe I'm jumping too fast now...let's see how the next wash days will leave me feeling. Want to see how I cut it all off? Check my video below.

Let's grow it all back ...will we?!! 


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wash Day Horror: Lost All My Relaxed Hair!

It's happened again! I've lost my hair due to my own carelessness...lots and lot of my hair and I'm wondering whether to cut it all off and start over, go natural (yes, I'm highly considering it under these circumstances) or just cut off the thinnest parts and continue. Want to know the details? Here goes......

I was just silly. I've always had issues with wash day in a salon or with other people's hands and for years now, I do my own hair. Even with doing my own hair, the right way,  I still have tangles to deal with. So a friend seeing my hair after so long a while went the usual " wow, it's so thick" , "eiiiiiiii, it's grown papa" (it's grown so much), and all that and offered to wash and style it for me. Not a hairdresser, but loves to do people's hair including my daughter, and does it very well; and had been offering to do mine for ages. Well, I explained as usual how I don't wash my hair anyhow and how it must be in sections and all the hair care mantra, but she insisted to do it carefully and my hair will be fine. So I finally agreed.

We detangled thoroughly and combed through to ensure there were no tangles. Then we went to wash, without me braiding in sections as she insisted my hair was too smelly for sections to be clean while in braids. Well it was really smelly so I accepted. It didn't take 5 minutes in the shower to realise that was a BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE. My hair matted and tangled so bad in many places especially the crown, like nothing I have ever experienced yet right after shampooing and we both tried everything to remove the clamps. Detangler, oil, double deep conditioning, picking at the tangles with a oh my nothing worked and we were at it for hours. Myself, my friend and my nanny. Oh, we did everything to no avail. Finally, my friend left promising to come help next day, offering apologies but I knew nothing will work anyways and didn't want to make her feel any worse than she felt so just told her it was nothing and I'll just work on it. Later with the help of my nanny,  we had to cut through some of the knots with a razor to save some strands and had to cut off a big chunk in my crown down to about 4 inches because nothing we tried worked at the knots. 

As you can see from my face, I had little sleep that night as I stayed up till almost midnight trying to work the tangles out as doing so the next day would only make it worse. The line of demarcation now shows so clearly cos my ends are really see-through now. Time to chop chop chop ......and go fully texlaxed or natural (still thinking). As I wrote this post, my memory card corrupted and all I have are these pixs I sent to one of my hair buddies earlier. My hair is in plaits now and at the weekend, will take time to do a better photo story. 

Oh, how I wish that day hadn't come, how did this happen, had I known, ......*quickly removes that thought* especially the first one!! That day not coming, no no no....each day is wonderful and no matter how bad it turns out, we need to appreciate once we wake up from bed, we live to fight another and victory will surely be ours one day! Looking back at the last time my hair was free, it was really, really thick with struggling ends and just a huge trim would have been all I needed. Now , I don't know what to expect after the cut. I am only looking forward to some vitamins and biotin I ordered from the US arriving soon after my cut so I can grow this hair right back. But, we focus not on the past, but we look forward to embrace new beginnings. That's just how I feel right now. I've lost nothing at all.

So, I'm moving forward and thankful I'm not totally bald. I need a huge cut. All the way close to the new growth I have because I lost a lot of texlaxed hair as well...My hair now is the thinnest in years but thank God I have about 2-3 inches of new growth. Well, I had already planned going fully texlaxed after my next texlax and have brand new scissors just for the job. So I'm sad, but not to tears...*I'm surprised I didn't even shed a single tear*  but I'm just going to seize the opportunity to just do the big chop once and for all. I'm going to follow the Lunar hair cutting days to lengthen which are 28th and 29th February. Can't wait and hopefully, I'll film it for my Youtube channel

Which way should I go? Natural or Texlaxed?


Monday, 1 February 2016

My Hair Goals for 2016

It's been a minute and all too soon, we are already in the 2nd month of the year. That really tells that time flies and what one has got to do, one has got to do now!!

So I decided to put down my hair goals for the year. It's the first time I'm actually writing them down and I feel like I can really be serious with accomplishing them. I definitely want to get a step further than getting 6 inches in a year because this is my Year of Trimming and I'm going to lose a lot of length. 

Check out what my hair goals are in my youtube video here: 

Consistency is Key and Patience is Golden. I pray for both this year.

Have you got any hair goals for 2016?...I'll love to read them.

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