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.