Know Your Wig Caps

“Munah, I’d really love to get a wig from you but I have this fear that it will fall off my head while I am on a bike or if the wind blows too hard.”

This is one excuse I get from a lot of prospective clients. I have tried over and over to convince them that custom-made wigs will never give you such a problem because they are crafted for your head.

Wigs have come to stay! They are one of the simplest, stress-free ways to switch up your hairstyle anytime, anyday. Whether it be synthetic or human hair, long or pixie, straight or curly, with or without closure/frontal, weaves, crotcheted or braided, there is a wig for every occasion and expression.

Every structure must have a foundation, so it is with wigs. The foundation of making the wig happens to be the kind of wig cap you use. Different styles call for different caps. However, a particular cap can be used to create diverse styles.

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  1. Braided wig cap (Suitable for full wigs) – Commercially appropriate.
  2. Mesh cap (Suitable for crotchet) – Not commercially appropriate
  3. Stocking cap (Suitable for quick weave wigs) – Not commercially appropriate
  4. Dome Cap (Suitable for various styles) – Commercially appropriate
  5. Adjustable Mesh cap (Suitable for various styles) -Commercially appropriate
  6. Breathable Adjustable cap (Suitable for full wigs) – Commercially appropriate.
  7. U-Part wig cap (Suitable for wigs with parts) – Commercially appropriate.
  8. Full Lace Cap ( Suitable for all weave style) – Pricey, yet commercially appropriate.

Each of these caps can be customized to individual tastes.

Watch out for my next article. Till then know that “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Xoxo

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Throwback Thursday

Hola,

How are y’all doing today?

Since,  its throwback Thursday, i just wanna share a memory with you.

See that wig above?  That was the 6th wig i made. The unusual thing about it is that i did it under 4hrs before attending a wedding the same day.

😮😱 Exactly the reaction i got cos it kinda turned out so well (if i do say so myself).

When i started out , i didn’t have a mannequin or any wig making tool.

The picture above is that of the first wig i ever made. I used a throw pillow as my mannequin but i was unbothered about it cause i had just found my forte.
From a throw pillow,  i moved to a styrofoam head (see below)

And then to a plastic mannequin

And i also got better with more practice.

If you’d like to see other pictures of the wigs i have made, check my instagram page @monarhairxpress.

Remember that “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, grwoing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

Catch you on the next one.  Ciao!

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…And I’m Back

Hola,

Yea! It’s Munah in the bweedin *dabs*.

Did i hear someone say Nice to have you back? Thanks a bunch!

How are y’all doing? It’s been what? Exactly 2 years since I started this blog. So, before I continue with why I have been AWOL, I want to welcome those who are visiting for the first time.

“If this is your first time of visiting Monar Hairxpress, please indicate by dropping a comment below”…Thanks!

So, what’s been happening with moi?

I finished Youth Service (which was the period my blogging was birthed) and then got a job (Halleluyah) and then got busy and then took a leave of absence from writing.

Enough of the ohs! and ahs! lemme get you up to speed.

So, your home girl makes custom wigs for sale (yea, flips hair) so, I will be putting up videos on my YouTube channel and Facebook page, so make sure you follow me by clicking the links I’ll be including at the end of this thesis.

And yea, I went from being a naturalie to a “permie”… I will explain later.

Are you back for a while or fully?

Watchu think? I’m back to stay for reals!

Catch you guys on the next post. Till then, remember that “The best way to predict your future, is to create it”. Xoxo

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…And I Big-Chopped…

Hiya Belles,
How has it been since I dropped my last post? I do hope you have been dedicated to caring for your hair and also getting positive results using the little hints and guides I post?

As for me and my hair, we have been through a lot *smiles*. Yea, I finally succumbed to chopping off my hair and going natural…”yippee”!/ “yikes”! (whichever reaction you have). Well, after my last touch up in December, I had scabs all over my hair because the relaxer burned my scalp *sobs*.

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              Last touch up look
(Notice how the front looks? Well it was “fried” after i relaxed and the next day, it became worse).

After two months of transitioning (well that’s not much, considering I had just an inch of newgrowth) I made up my mind to big chop exactly a month ago today. So, I have officially “ported” to the naturalistas club and girl! It’s been one heck of a plunge.

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               Curly relaxed hair
I did this style while I was transitioning. Plaited my hair into 6 cornrows,loosened them after a day, picked out the curls and that’s all…

Why did I do the big chop? Well, when I made up my mind to transition, I wanted it to be for 6-8 months before I took off all the relaxed parts, because I need by then I would have a reasonable length but when I began to notice my new growth and how coily it was, impatience over took me and I couldn’t wait to see my hair filled with all ‘em pretty coils. So, on that sunny Saturday morning in March, I got a hold of my scissors and “snip, snip, snip…”, off went six inches (6”) of my hard-grown hair. After the hair came off, I felt so gooooood… *winks*

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                  A lil over 6″
(Don’t mind my metre rule ooo…couldn’t get a tape rule)

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and off came all her hair *sobs*

So, I am now rocking my Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) and loving every minute of it. I’m getting to understand my hair and care for it the best possible way. Seeing those cute coils on my head makes me feel “fly”, yea, yea! Don’t jealous me oooo.
I know I might make some mistakes along the line, but it is all a process of learning and understanding my hair – “her” likes and dislikes. Nevertheless, this will not stop me from still giving tips and secrets to having and maintaining healthy hair whether relaxed or natural. So all my relaxed-hair sisters, I’m not leaving you out of this learning process. Enough talk for now, lemme show you some of the pictures I took while rocking “my coily head of hair”.

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                  …almost off

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             Love me some TWAs

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Geeky and funky…if I do say so myself     

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    Even my TWA shrinks… Life of a natural *sighs*

If you ever consider going natural, make sure you do it because you really want to and not because it looks good on someone else or that’s what is trending. What works for Jill certainly might not work for Jenny.

For me, the whole process isn’t just physical, but mental and psychological too, yes! You heard right. Along the line, I’ll definitely explain that.
If you ever have any questions or need advice on how to go about caring for your hair, I have a Whatsapp  group where we discuss hair matters as often as possible. If you are interested, just send me a message on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Meliams or an email at merclewee@yahoo.com and I will get back to you.

Remember to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise and avoid stress as much as possible because a healthy body will breed healthy hair. Also tell a friend to tell a friend to visit this blog.
Don’t forget to drop a comment.

Cheers,
MoNaR.

Revisiting Posts…

Hello girlfriends,
It’s been more than a while plus a day. I trust you all have been well since my last post? I apologize for going AWOL (Away without Official Leave), it was due to some very pressing engagements I needed to attend to. So, I will be addressing some issues as regards my previous posts. I wrote about some things which I said I would be addressing in subsequent posts and I will be dedicating this particular post to addressing them. So, here it goes:

1. HAIR PERFECTIONIST.
At the beginning of my third article, I mentioned here that I am a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. The thing is I am an every-strand-of-hair-in-place kind of person i.e. when my hair is in a bun or chignon, no unruly/flyaway strands must be seen. I make sure that I style my hair “perfectly”.
The fact that I am weary of people getting their hands on my hair and doing less than perfect styles for me is one reason I’ve taken up the job of styling my hair myself and doing this to my satisfaction.

2. EGG YOLK OR EGG WHITE

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In my fifth article (read here), I mentioned  using either egg yolk or egg white for the protein treatment in Step 1. “The (raw) egg is really the best of both worlds” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home.
The egg yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing so it should be used to moisturize dry, brittle hair. The egg white, on the other hand, contains bacteria-eating enzymes and removes unwanted oils so it should be used to treat oily hair.
In most cases, u can use the whole (yolk+white) egg for the treatment as it will be serving dual purposes i.e. moisturizing and removing unwanted oils from the hair.

3. SILK SCARF

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In the latter part of my seventh article (read here), I mentioned that I did a protective style on my hair after undergoing a deep conditioning process, and then covered my hair with a silk scarf.
Scarf or hair bonnets made with silk help protect your hair from losing moisture when you are in slumber land at night. Unlike cotton materials which soak up moisture, silk help retain the moisture. So, you can either get a silk pillow or pillow case to substitute for scarf if you like to sleep without covering your hair at night. The silk scarf also helps protect the edges of your hair from thinning out when you rub it against your bed or pillow. So, if you don’t already have one, make sure you get a silk scarf and use it religiously and you will find out you are helping your hair.

So, there you have it. I hope I have shed some (or a lot of) light on these points and I also hope it helps.
Lest I forget, Happy New Month to you all. I pray April brings you all glad tidings of good things.
Till my next post, make sure you eat healthy and drinks lots of water.
MoNaR.

A Rendezvous With My Hair

Aloha! Sweetdoves,
It’s been a minute. How have you all been since I put up my last post? I do hope we have been adding value to wherever it is we find ourselves?  As regards the promo that was introduced in the last post, I am yet to receive any entries on it. If you haven’t read through, you can check here to participate.

So last week Thursday, I took out my braids of 4 weeks (yippee! That’s the longest I have kept a braided hairstyle) and I had to undergo some processes to help rejuvenate my hair after the stress and tugging I put it through all in the name of styling. Here are some styles I did with the braids:
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A few of the styles I rocked

Back to the matter at hand, the issue is that I have made up my mind to transition to natural – in HAIR LINGUA terms, to transition to natural means I want to move from “relaxed hair” to “natural hair” without having to chop off all my hair.  What is the reason for this resolve? Well, since I have made up my mind to use natural substance all the way when treating my hair, it is only fair that I experiment firsthand on my natural tresses – not that these natural substances won’t work on already permed/relaxed hair – it’s just that I want to in the process of transitioning take out time to understand the two textures of my hair i.e., natural and permed and learn how each is affected by mother-nature’s provisions.

Another reason is that I’m tired of chemically processing my hair thereby damaging it. In light of this, I will be taking you through the journey of my transition, both ups and downs, and also including tips for how to manage the two textures for those who have already started or will be joining me. Trust me, I have no aversion whatsoever to relaxed hair, I am just tired of it.

After I took off my braids, I didn’t immediately comb it because I was sure I would lose a lot of my hair. So, I made sure to section my hair into four parts, then one after the other I moistened with water and used olive oil to seal (the act of using a substance e.g. oil to lock in moisture) before detangling with a wide tooth comb, and then I made each part into a twist and trimmed off the ends. I trimmed two inches off the back sections and three inches off the front – I just got tired of seeing those scrawny ends on my hair, so I let them go.

I went from this

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To this

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After combing and trimming, I prepared a concoction of deep-conditioning protein treatment for my hair (I’ll be recounting the processes of doing this much later) so as to infuse and restore strength to the hair and also moisturize and soften it.

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Ingredients for Deep Conditioner

After the deep conditioning, I made sure to co-wash my hair (co-washing is the use of conditioner alone for cleansing the hair) since the only shampoo I had on hand at that time contains “sodium lauryl sulfate”- which is a chemical substance that is very bad for hair.

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Shed Hair Before ProteinTreatment

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Shed Hair After Protein Treatment

After I co-washed and rinsed off, I air-dried my hair. When the hair was 80% dried, I sealed in the moisture with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil, combed it and trimmed off more split ends.

Note: Never used towel to dry your hair especially by rubbing it vigorously. It causes split ends and breakage. Instead, use an old cotton shirt or just squeeze out the water with your hand and leave the hair to dry. Also, do not comb your hair immediately after washing because your hair is vulnerable at the time.
I then did a protective style which will prevent me from easily manipulating my hair. When I was about to sleep, I covered my hair with a silk scarf (reason for this in later articles).

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My protective style

There you have it, A little rendezvous with my hair.

I hope with this few points of mine, I have been able to convince you and not confuse you that giving your hair a little TLC (tender, loving care) can go a long way to giving you healthy hair. #LoL#
I do hope this post has been helpful? Stay tuned for more, as I will be updating this blog more often.

A happy birthday shout out to my darling friend Courtney, God bless you.

Adios.
MoNaR.

Best Kept Haircare Secrets (1 – 10)

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Hola! Ladies,
I guess y’all had an eventful February like me? Well, the thing is, last week at my PPA (i.e. place of primary assignment) we organized mid-term tests for the pupils and “mehn!” it was hectic — to say the least and I’m just glad that it is finally over and I can relax a bit. So, I was researching over the week trying to get as much information as I could as regards my “as usual” hobby (hair care) and I stumbled upon this post and felt that I should share it with you all.
Here is a list of best kept hair secrets which I am unveiling to you. Some, you might already know while others may seem new to you. I have split them into two (2) parts of ten (10) each. So, this weekend, I will share the first ten. Enjoy reading!

1. Boost Thin Hair with Silicone
Thin, lifeless hair is a common complaint, yet few women know the best remedy. Heavy conditioners will just leave your hair limp. A better bet is to use products with silicone, such as “dimethicone” or “cyclomethicone”. These coat the strands with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn’t look greasy. The silicone stays put even after you rinse.

2. Eat Fish and Nuts for Healthy Hair
The same nutritious foods that are good for your body promote stronger, healthier hair. Load up on salmon and nuts! Their protein and omega-3 fats help create a healthier scalp. Leafy vegetables, beans, and carrots are also good for your tresses.
Beware of fad diets aimed at quick weight loss. They can starve your body of important nutrients, which can lead to brittle hair or hair loss.

3. Protect Shine with Lukewarm Water
Hot water can strip the protective oils that act as a natural conditioner. And your hair’s natural shine can disappear. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer through cold showers to avoid dull hair. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Pamper the scalp by massaging it while you shampoo.

4. Mend Split Ends with Protein
If you often style your hair with hot tools — or you color, bleach, or perm a lot — you can damage hair’s protective outer layer. The result is “split ends.” Thankfully, there are hair products to help mend the damage. Look for conditioners with protein. They sink into the hair shaft and repair split ends. The fix only lasts until the next shampoo, so you’ll need to use them regularly.

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5. Get That ‘Bounce’
The fullness of your hair is in your genes – and your styling technique. Some people have naturally full and thick hair while others have fine textured but limp hair. Luckily, you can “plump” up the volume whatever its texture or colour. Use a leave-in conditioner or mousse and dry the root area first. Flip your hair upside down as you dry, for an extra volume boost. If your hair is very fine, use low heat with any hot tool.

6. Don’t Treat Dandruff with Oils
Dandruff is not a type of dry skin at all – despite the white flakes that float down to your shoulders. A minor skin disorder in the scalp is to blame. Rubbing oil into the scalp can just make it worse. Shampoos with medicine are the best fix — from a drugstore or a dermatologist. Leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes to soak into your scalp. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

7. Skip High-Powered Blow Dryers
You might expect a powerful blow dryer to slice a few precious minutes off your styling routine. But in a comparison of blow dryers, Consumer Reports found they all dried hair in about the same amount of time. Some are much noisier than others, though. The group found the more expensive dryers were the quietest, and the noisiest were as loud as a lawn mower.

8. Brush Less to Limit Hair Loss
Don’t believe that myth about 100 brush strokes a day. Too much brushing will snap off hairs. Some hair loss is normal – most people lose 50 to 100hairs every day. These have stopped growing and have reached a resting stage. To keep from losing any more hair than normal, use a brush with ball-tipped bristles. And never brush wet hair; use a comb instead.

9. Take Care with Tightly Wound Hair
Ponytails and braids are great ways to showcase your personal style. But when they’re too tight, they can break off hair and damage the roots. Wearing a tight style around the clock can even make your hair fall out. Set your hair free every night! For braided styles meant to last months, leave hair a little loose at the scalp. If you wear heavy extensions, give your hair a break after three months.

10. Don’t Let Brands Clean Your Wallet
What are you really getting for extra money spent on special products? Consumer Reports tested products on 1,700 ponytail samples and found that pricy shampoos were no better than cheaper ones.
What should you buy? Choose shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type, such as those for oily, fine, or color-treated hair.

I hope you enjoyed reading? For the next part, you will have a part to play as I will require you to contribute your own best kept hair secret. This is how it works:
• Like and follow this post.
• In the comment box, drop just one of your best kept hair secret and your details i.e. name and phone number.
That’s all that is needed.
There will be freebies from me to the two persons with the best tips and their tips will make up the last ten (10) tips I will be putting up.
Entries close on Saturday, 7th of March by 11pm.

Please, do not forget to invite your friends to visit my blog and participate. Also remember that observations, questions and suggestions are welcome.
So, let the comments start pouring in.
Do have a lovely day and a prosperous March.

Happy New Month.
MoNaR.

REMEDY 1 – EGGS

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Hello friends,
I trust you have had a productive week so far? So, here is the thing, the dry season is almost over and we can begin to sigh in relief due to the fact that our hair will be relieved of the effects of the harsh weather on it. In lieu of this, I shall begin to reveal/ present (as the case may be) the remedies to regaining and maintaining healthy, beautiful and of course, long hair.
I therefore present to you, EGGS.

Eggs are more than just a staple food to eat at breakfast or to use as an ingredient for baking and what have you. Their high protein and fat contents can be used for hair treatments. Since at least the 1940s, women have applied homemade egg hair treatments and used shampoos containing eggs (like the one I use at present) to make their hair softer and silkier.
So, be it plain egg white or egg yolk, you are on an adventure to discovering just what this “high in protein” food can provide your hair.

STEPS
1. Mix 1-2 eggs (depending on volume/length of the hair) on unwashed damp hair.  For oily hair, use egg whites while for dry hair, use egg yolk (I will be explaining in subsequent articles the reason for this, so watch out).

2. Massage into scalp and hair, from roots to ends. To avoid injury, massage as gently as possible for a period of 5-7 minutes. This should be done to enable the cuticles open up while the application is going on.

3. After massaging, cover hair with a plastic cap (shower cap) and leave for 30 minutes or more.

4. Rinse off with cool water and wash your hair as desired.

NOTE: Proper and consistent use of eggs on your hair (which could be at least once a week) will promote texture, softness and natural shine. The protein in the egg encourages hair growth and strengthens the strands.

I found out that when I tried this treatment for the first time, my hair texture was different. It felt softer and I also noticed that after some days, my hair wasn’t breaking as much as it used to (trust me, my hair breaks like it’s no one’s business).

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my hair after the 1st egg treatment

This is just one out of other uses of eggs on your hair. Watch out for more articles in subsequent weeks.
So, why not try out this remedy and let me know how it works for you.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you think and also go through former posts if you haven’t done so.
Do have a pleasant weekend ahead.

MoNaRemedies

Washing Your Hair The Right Way

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DIY way of washing

Hi girlfriends,
Hope y’all had a productive week?
This article is a guide on how to wash our hair the right way.
Is there a particular way to wash hair? some may ask, well there is. Your hair is at its most vulnerable when wet and if precautions aren’t taken while washing, you might be doing your strands more harm than good.
I know most people don’t have the time to wash nor do they even wash their hair themselves, but this guide will go a long way in helping out whenever you want to take out time to do so.
African hair loves water, trust me. You can never feed it enough so, there is nothing like over washing. It only becomes “too much” when you always shampoo the hair. Most times, you could just spritz your hair with water – it’s also a part of washing.
The steps to washing your hair the right way are listed below:

• Wet the hair thoroughly with warm water. Most people don’t do this, they just pour a little water on d hair and go straight to shampooing – this is very wrong. You need to wet the hair thoroughly to open up the cuticles and remove some dirt.
• Shampoo from roots to end. The root hairs are younger and oilier while those at the ends are older and drier.
• Use medium vertical strokes when shampooing as this increases blood flow to the scalp and stimulates growth. Friction while shampooing can damage the hair cuticle which can lead to breakage or frizz, while circular motions cause tangling.
•  After rinsing out the shampoo, squeeze out some water from the hair and then put in the conditioner. For oily hair, apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends as the natural oil from the scalp is already concentrated there. For dry hair, apply the conditioner from roots to ends.
•  Rinse out with cold water as this shuts the cuticles tight, sealing its outer layers. This causes it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.

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Note: Shampooing just once is enough before conditioning, except in cases where the hair is very dirty.
” Over-pooing” can strip the hair of its lustre.
Always give time for your shampoo to work by allowing it to sit on the hair for 3-5 minutes.
The longer the conditioner stays on the hair, the better it is absorbed so don’t rinse off the conditioner immediately after applying it on the hair. Leave the conditioner on the hair for 7-10 minutes and then comb through before rinsing out.

I hope with this tips, you will cultivate the habit of handling your hair well while washing. So, on your next visit to the salon, enlighten your stylist on this if you feel he or she has been doing the wrong things.

Remember to always drink lots of water to help detoxify your body system and help stimulate hair growth.
Have a blessed weekend.

MoNaRemedies.

Before We Get Started…

So, how did I end up starting a blog on hair care?
You see, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my hair (will get back to you on what that means).
Not an ardent fan of weaves or wigs, i.e. I’d prefer always showing off my permed, natural hair (excuse the cliché), instead of artificial weaves.

So, here I am in a new place, (serving my fatherland in Northern Nigeria), and the weather isn’t even helping hair matters. Then, harmattan sets in, my hair breaks off, I start having dry, itchy scalp – maybe even dandruff, hair develops split ends, becomes frizzy, brittle and dry.

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                    Split Ends

At the slightest touch of comb on my hair, ouch! I’ve got strands of my hair coming off and I’m like “what the…!” My once beautiful, thick, healthy hair ended up becoming a shadow of its former self and I’m like “oh well! I go repair the one wey damage remain”. But every time I look in the mirror and see my tresses, I lament because I can hardly believe what I see.

So, the research commenced:

• How do I heal my hair and prevent further damage without having to break into a bank?

• How do I get to remedy that which is left of my hair, without having to go to a stylist –  who wouldn’t by the way be patient enough to give my hair the attention it deserves or match up to my expectations (like I said, I’m a perfectionist. Its either it is or it isn’t)?

In the wake of this new resolve to salvage my tresses, I sought for home-made remedies that had nothing to do with chemicals i.e., just botanical stuff (nature has blessed us abundantly, hasn’t it?) and I wanted these procedures to be DIY (Do It Yourself), so that I could take out time to undergo the treatments to my satisfaction and monitor my progress.

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               Natural Remedies

So, my journey to hair repair and maintenance began with me as my first student. Then I thought to myself, if I can benefit from this, so can a ton of others facing the same issues with their hair just like me.

Therefore, whatever tips I’ll be revealing to you is something I have tried on my hair and I will do my best to give you my own observations and results.

My hair is already on its journey to recovery.

Most of these tips are DIY (Do It Yourself), while most of the ingredients are things you can find in your kitchen/pantry.

Let us begin, shall we?