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The harmful effects of relaxers and why i stopped using them

I have written a few posts about why i decided to grow my natural hair and how i transitioned from relaxed to natural hair..
 I have explained in detail about my then general lack of knowledge about natural hair care but the deciding moment for me was learning about the possible harmful health effects associated with using relaxers. The beautiful video below done by Chime summarizes  things i found out as i researched. I thought i would share because i know not everyone is aware.  enjoy!




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Fermented Rice water Hair Rinse

Hi all!

What caught my attention about fermented rice water rinse was that it was so easy to make and it did not require buying any extra products... I ALWAYS have rice in the pantry! (shout out to all the rice lovers).

Fermented rice water has been used for centuries by women in China, Japan and Southeast Asia for hair care. The Yao women from China are famed for their average hair length of about 6 inches. I mean!! they hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the "World's Longest hair Village". Even the International Journal of Cosmetic Science published a research on rice water rinses.

What Fermented Rice water is said to do:
Improves ShineImproves Elasticity Improves moisture retentionStrengthens hair
What i observed with using Fermented Rice water rinse:

It makes my hair  SUPER SOFTMy hair elasticity has increased, my hair is very springy and the shrinkage is REAL!!

How i use Fermented rice water rinse:

After washing and conditioning my hair, i pour the rice water…

MY ADVICE TO ANYONE SEEKING TO GROW OUT THEIR NATURAL HAIR

Hi All!!!
I  have had a few friends and family tell me they were considering going natural, Now although i am
 usually excited to hear this,  I never fail to ask the question why?

You know, the "why" is always important especially when the evil days of detangling come (lol, i don't mean to scare you).  But seriously, I always advice any one considering going natural to get informed. Where exactly do you get information?  I actually started out randomly searching natural hair blogs, YouTube videos ( oh my gosh!!!! ).Lets not talk about my addiction to You Tube, agreed?  Great!!

 I am basically going to ramble about things i have learnt while stumbling along on this journey. Now don't get overwhelmed, stay with me, I have got you.


Scalp and Hair needs to be Cleansed

It is important to let your scalp breathe and be free from residue.(That's it, nothing profound, lol)

What I look out for:

Sodium Laurel Sulfate(SLS)  free shampoo's : SLS overly strips curly hair of natur…

28 months of natural hair growth

Hi every one,

Its been ages since i last posted about my hair. A lot has been going on, and is still going on. I have not had time to do an in depth post on the specifics so this is a sketchy  documentation of  my hair  progress so far.

Without any further ado, here is what i have been up to .


Hair Regimens and Styles In my quest to find a simple regimen that is well suited for my busy student schedule, i have experimented with a few regimens. Am not going into details of my wash day, just the different wash day intervals i tried and a general over view of what i have been doing style wise.

Mini Mini twists   I tried spacing my wash day for a month and my choice of style was mini twist which lasted for two (2) months.
Pros

Easy and versatile stylingspent less than 10 mins on my hair each day (thinking about hair can be so tiresome at times, thank you mini twists for the break.)retained some lengthCon
OMG!!!!! hands down, my number one and only con  for this regime was the time it took t…

Natural Hair growth: Exercise and Healthy habits

Protective styling with Wigs

I had an idea to protect my hair for the rest of the year with wigs , which later became a month plan,  but…..its been barley a week and am almost giving up.
The problem Am just so bored with it, am tempted to abandon my wigs for maybe twists because it would give me the best of both worlds that is styling flexibility and protection from myself and other elements ,still thinking about it though ,am really in no mood for close to 12 or more hours of twisting. What to do??  What to do??
On the Bright side Wigs are actually great as they give you and your hair a break and allow you the ease of caring for your hair since  it doesn’t hinder you from carrying out your usual routine. I have my hair in cornrow in front and flat twists at the back because  that section is really fine and cornrows  seem to  put too much tension on it.
My current regime with the wigs Nightly scalp massagesMoisturize hair lightly with water and seal at night with  Shea butter- olive oil mixture.co-wash as needed(depen…

Schooling and Natural hair care Wahala(troubles)!!!!

I recently enrolled in a post graduate school and its been really hectic!!! balancing school work and thinking about hair has been HARD.

 Here's what i decided to do 
Make simple protective/low manipulative styles that would take very little time to install, take down  maintain and would last for at least 2 weeks.
Jumbo Twist For the first two weeks of school i wore big or jumbo two strand twist here's how it did.
Time to install: it took roughly two 2 hrs not so bad considering i have done kinky twist that took almost 12 hrs to install (Not kidding guys).
Maintenance: Moisturizing hair and scalp with either water or a mixture of aloe-Vera juice and water and sealing ends with Shea butter was no biggie, but getting the twist to stop shrinking was a problem cause my hair is neck length at the back and a little past chin length at the sides. (Nights and Nights of bobby pinning).
Take down:Take down was pretty quick about 30 minutes but detangling !!!! was so great a hassle proba…