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Easy Hair Practices For The Lazy Natural

21st October 2015
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If there’s one thing that does not go together it’s natural hair and being lazy . The same fun and funky curls that frame and compliment our faces are the same curly, poofy and knot prone strands we battle with most days.  I’ve currently found myself experimenting with different methods that could be beneficial for me during a lazy spell and came up with this regimen. Here are a few practices that keep my natural hair moisturised, flourishing and growing when I’m in a lazy state of mind.

Starting with the most important thing that lays the very foundation for any of this to work, I cowash and steam every other week. When you’re not doing much to your hair it’s not going to get terribly dirty too fast so there’s a little wiggle room in how often you’re washing it. Normally  I wash my hair every week and steam it every other week while washing with shampoo once a month. Whenever I do cleanse my hair I have to make sure that everything is evenly distributed, locked and sealed in. Steaming is great for helping products and oils to penetrate the hair strand, read about more of the benefits of steaming here. In doing this my hair remains soft for long periods and doesn’t easily dry out and tangle.

I’ve gone through so many different looks and hairstyles but putting my hair into a bun has become my favourite and  most important practice. I bun it all of the time! I mean literally when I’m done washing my hair I allow it to dry follow with my oils, leave in conditioner, a little styling gel and put it into a bun. I keep my hair tied up at night with a silk head wrap and take my bun down once a week to moisturise my hair. When you do take it down there will be tons of strands coming out because they weren’t shedding freely. Do keep an eye out for globs of hair as this could be a sign of something more.

Simple enough isn’t it? Ah yes, the glory of doing hardly anything and reaping the benefits can make you feel like you’re getting away with something. Just a few things to be specific about and then hopefully you’ll try these out on yourself. When it comes to my washday here’s everything I do to make sure that I can keep up my laziness successfully for months at a time.

1. I apply whatever I’m co-washing with to my roots and spray water on top of it working it in with my finger tips to break up whatever needs to wash out. I also pull downwards on my hair with my other hand to keep my hair from tangling while I’m rubbing the co-wash into my roots. Sometimes if I feel my hair could really use a boost of moisture I heat up my conditioner using this cool mini-frying pan I bought. There are more simple ways to do this but I just love using the frying pan, seriously check it out.


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2. I then heat up and melt a chunk of raw shea butter in my mini frying pan and massage it into my scalp and my hair. This feels so good and it’s an amazing hot oil treatment. Raw shea butter comes in chunks and is very thick in its solid state so heating it up melts it like butter and makes for easy and even distribution. After this step I plat my hair and place Mamado Organic coconut oil over them and put a plastic bag over my hair and a beanie on top to let everything set in. Or instead I just use my steamer for 15 minutes.

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3. Whenever I’m done washing everything out of my hair I use an old t-shirt to dry up some of the water and once it’s damp I coat my hair with Jamaican Black castor oil using a bottle with a long nozzle (due to how thick the oil gets on your hands after a while) and then I follow up with Palmers coconut oil. I find this coconut oil as opposed to Mamado’s brand is a lot greasier and coats my thick hair a lot better. However Mamado’s is great for hot oil treatments.

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4. Finally, when putting my hair into the ponytail I use castor oil to generously coat however much hair is in the pony tail. After I do this I simply wrap my ponytail in a circular motion until I get my desired bun shape. When I tie my hair up I do so with a scarf that I tie specifically to wrap around my bun snugly and then place a satin cap over it. This is just a little extra security to dissuade product transfer onto my pillows.

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All that’s left is making sure you’re taking your bun/hairstyle down to detangle and moisturise if you need to. My hair has grown so much and I’m keeping all of the length because I’m not messing with it! This practice carries over into any protective style and for the lazy natural knowing how to cut corners without sacrificing your hair is important. I love my hair but sometimes I just want to do the bare minimum and still have gorgeous hair and this has absolutely worked for me.

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Is Oil Washing For You?

3rd August 2015
oil washing

Oil washing is probably one of the most creative methods I’ve seen amidst the natural hair community and it intrigued me greatly. Naturally, I did some research took to youtube and discovered that quite a few people were doing this and they all were having different experiences. I couldn’t wait to try it out and I’m glad that I did I learned so much more about my hair! Here’s exactly what happened during my four week trial of oil washing.

What is oil washing? It’s a method used before washing your hair or in between your shampoo and conditioner application to retain moisture and to soften the hair. You coat the hair generously (depending on your hair type) with a heavy or light oil and then wash it out like normal. From my research people were mainly using olive oil which is due to the fact that most of the women had thick densely compacted tight curls. Olive oil is thick enough to coat without the greasiness like coconut oil leaves behind. Watch an oil wash in action here via the NappyChronicles youtube channel for a visual.

I began oil washing once a week for 4 weeks. I applied oil in my hair after cleansing with a conditioner and a light cleansing co wash shampoo at my roots to loosen any dirt or product build up. After doing this I applied olive oil to my hair and let it sit for 15-20 minutes under a bag. I then washed out as much as the oil as I wanted. I always left behind a good amount because it made my hair a lot softer and much more manageable.

I began seeing results after week 2. I noticed that my hair was a lot shinier and was beginning to soften! As far as moisture retention I saw no difference even after my 4 week trial had ended. Looking back on it now I understand why I didn’t, with all of the oil that I was placing in my hair it probably affected how much sebum my hair was producing. I think that if I were steaming my hair or doing hot oil treatments the moisture loss I was experiencing would’ve been cut in half. After all that olive oil was just sitting on top of my hair and probably creating a bit of a barrier between my hair shaft and the water that could’ve provided more moisture.


What I learned:

Oil washing isn’t necessary for my hair

It made my hair SUPER shiny to the point where people noticed & the shine was gorgeous!

It did nothing whatsoever for my moisture levels

It made the feel of my hair softer because the oil was able to distribute wonderfully & work its magic

This method is more of a beautification process for my hair rather than constructive to my hair’s health



If You’re Going To Try This:

Be sure to use an emollient (an oil that softens the hair) otherwise kind of a waste

If you notice you’re losing more moisture than normal don’t oil wash as often & if you’re using a cleanser like a shampoo or co washing shampoo make sure that you’re replacing that moisture loss

Don’t apply directly to your scalp as this might affect the level of your own naturally produced oils

It’s a pretty messy process but your skin will feel so soft if you wash in the shower

Let the oil sit on your hair for a while before washing it out


Overall if I ever needed my hair to be shinier or was looking for an easy to do method that would make my hair super easy to deal with after a wash I’d do an oil wash. Otherwise, I’ll stick to my steaming and hot oil treatments.

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My Natural Hair Care Regimen, Trade & Steal These Tips

9th May 2015
natural hair regimen

Every natural has their own rituals and regimens that they’ve created or borrowed from within the community. We must keep this silent tradition going by continuing to share secrets and trade information. So in the tradition of things I will now share my regimen that has allowed me to retain all of my hair growth and put an end to my dry hair streak!


Daily Regimen

I start by spraying my edges and putting castor oil on them, specifically for this oil’s nutrient rich hair growth promoting properties. My spray bottle contains aloe vera juice, tressemee naturals conditioner and argan oil. Lastly I apply castor oil to my ends (if my hair is out) and work it through with my hands.


Nightly Regimen

I wear a lot of protective styles so at night I apply a bit of coconut oil to the sides of my hair and on the back of my hair. These areas are where I lay and some of my products soak through my satin cap and rub off. I then wear a silk scarf over my hair then use a satin scarf to place over that one to lay down my hair (I try not to use a lot of gel in my hair) and then place a satin bonnet over it to keep my protective style in place.


For My Itchy Scalp

If I feel that my scalp is itchy but my hair is moisturised I usually take my hair down and spray my hair lightly with aloe vera juice and massage it into my scalp. It seems to really hydrate and quench my scalps thirst. I then massage either coconut oil or argan oil through my scalp and style my hair back again.


If My Hair Feels Dry

There are certain levels of dryness that tell me what’s going on with my hair because I pay attention to my curls very closely. If my hair itself feels dry but doesn’t appear very frizzy I know that I just need to hydrate the hair strands and use the L.O.C. method. If my hair looks feels and sounds (crunchy) dry then I know I need a co-wash as major moisture needs to be restored.


Things I Avoid:

Coming my hair more than 3 times a month (combs cause breakage)

Using too many styling products (build up, yuck)

Going more than a month without protective styling (leaving your hair alone is key to length retention)

Trimming my ends often (you just don’t need to)

Finger detangling on dry or damp hair (always have my hair wet)


Things That Have Made BIG Differences:

Steaming my hair twice a month with my own DIY conditioner mixes

Putting castor oil on my ends and edges

Using aloe vera juice on my scalp

Protective styling often

Not using combs hardly ever

Co-washing with Tressemme naturals


Key To My Healthy Natural Hair:



All of these things have really helped my in my journey and have caused me to retain serious length and have healthy hair. My regimen isn’t full of tons of product but oils and natural supplements. If it’s found in the earth naturally then I love it and use it frequently. I’m not product junkie but I love my little regimen and it has done me justice because I see the effects in my hair everyday! 

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6 Tips On Straightening Your Natural Hair

6th May 2015
straightening natural hair

As naturals we love our fierce curls and kinks that make our hair gorgeous and full of body. It’s a given that we’ll want to change up our hair style every once and while and rock straight hair (mainly for the length checks). However when straightening your hair you should know a few things that will keep you from a number of negative outcomes that could effect the health, look and feel of your hair.


You must prepare your hair properly especially if you’re straightening your hair after you’ve just washed it. A good way to lift your cuticle to absorb more moisture is by using a steamer with your deep conditioner as well as a good sealant. This will pump way more moisture into your hair and avoid dryness. Also try to avoid blow drying and straightening in the same setting as this will increase your chance of moisture making whatever products you’ve put in your hair beforehand a non factor.


The golden rule every natural should follow is always straighten your hair on low heat, you may want sleek and straight looking hair but using high levels of heat will cause damage. Remember straight hair will last only a few days and is not worth messing up years of work that you’ve put into the health of your hair.


Never straighten your hair without a heat protectant. There are many out there that work brilliantly in coating your hair strands and repelling heat penetration to the cuticle layer. I left this step out of my regimen when I straightened my hair a few years ago and stripped my curl pattern along the back of my neck. Heat protectants are inexpensive and normally come in a spray form and cause a lot of steam as you straighten your hair because they act as a buffer between your hair and the heat.


Always be aware of just how many times you’re going over a section of your hair with your straightener. Even with a heat protectant on your hair too much heat is still too much heat. During the straightening process the ultimate goal is to get the look you desire with very little heat damage.


Never attempt to fully straighten your roots. Your roots are where your new growth peaks and this hair is fragile as it is the newest and most under nourished part of your hair. You could strip your curl pattern and create straggly unnatural looking curls as well as cause the hair to weaken and break off.


Lastly, protect your ends by applying the heat protectant evenly and by properly moisturising your hair beforehand. Failure to do so will certainly result in dry and brittle ends that will lead to the loss of length.


Overall keeping these 6 tips in mind will lead to a much healthier straightening process. There is no sure way to stop heat damage from happening as using high levels of heat will always effect your moisture levels. Never hold unrealistic goals for your natural hair remember that it will look a certain way (poofy with a hint of kink) and will not be bone straight. Use light weight products that promote sleek looking hair like argan oil. This will help weigh down the hair even more and give a healthy finish to your look!

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Why You Should Be Steaming Your Natural Hair

30th April 2015
steaming natural hair

After using a product on my hair I discovered that it had changed my natural hair’s porosity  causing it to change from normal to low. My hair had a hard time letting moisture in and led to my moisture retention dropping so low that I had issues with dryness. After researching I began experimenting with steaming my hair and the results were astounding! As promised in a previous post I will now share those results with you!


I followed my normal wash day regimen only changing the part where I deep conditioned with a plastic cap/bag. Instead I used a steamer that I’d bought online a few days ago. Compared to most available on the market I went with the cheapest option. I was unsure how my hair would take to it and didn’t want to end up with an expensive piece of equipment that did nothing for my hair. I stayed underneath it for exactly 25 minutes and washed out my conditioner. I used Tresemee Naturals with aloe vera juice and then sealed with castor oil.

After I’d washed everything out I noticed right away that the look of my hair was different. There was no frizziness and my hair had a natural shine to it! My curls were also very defined and my hair felt soft, not the faux softness you get from ingredients either. Basically I had all the signs of very nourished, healthy and moisturised hair. I applied my castor oil to my hair to seal in the moisture and twisted my hair into sections to let it finish drying. A few hours later I noticed that unlike my hair had been behaving before, the castor oil wasn’t just sitting on top of my hair but was being soaked up along with my leave in conditioner as well!

I started working on my protective style and completed it within 15 minutes and headed to bed. The next morning I woke up to find that my hair was shiny and still soft and most of the product I used was absorbed into my hair. I am now on day 7 of my post wash day and I can say that I’m a firm believer in steaming your hair, especially if you have issues with dryness and absorbing moisture.

What Steaming Your Hair Does

Steam is a natural way to lift up the cuticle layer of the hair that is cover in scale like shingles that lift up and down to let moisture in and out. Steam causes those cuticles to swell and lift letting in the molecules of whatever you’ve coated your hair with to easily enter into the hair shaft. That’s why it’s important to follow with a sealant because the inner layer of the hair also makes the cuticle layer lift to release the moisture back out again. If you have issues with getting moisture in your hair steaming is a great way to give your hair a better chance at changing that very fact. This could also lead to changing your hair’s porosity and ultimately the moisture retention you experience.


If you’re going to experiment with steaming your hair for the first time I’d recommend trying it out on a cheaper alternative like a steamer cap. The one that I bought online at was £9 and if your hair responds well to steaming with this cap then it will do so even further with a full on steamer. It’s cheap and the writing is in Chinese but it works! I recommend letting it heat up for 45 minutes on the highest setting before use as it takes a while to accumulate steam. Do not use the low setting on this model it will barely get hot enough to create steam. Also depending on which country you’re buying this model from be sure to purchase an adaptor for the appropriate wall socket based on your country. Also try amazon as well for this model.

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Things To Know About Steaming

1. Never steam your hair longer than 30 minutes it can actually begin to break down the bonds on a molecular level that give your hair the curl pattern you have and cause your hair to become relaxed.

2. Wear a towel around your neck as your conditioner will begin to run down after a while

3. Seal in the moisture you’ve received from your deep conditioner with a sealant after you’re hair has dried a little and has become damp.

4. Never steam your hair more than twice a month, while steam is better for your hair it is still a form of heat.


When steaming your hair be sure to use products that are as natural as possible. Include moisturising agents like aloe vera juice or ingredients found in DIY deep conditioners soft nourished hair. You can even deep condition with castor oil alone (hot oil treatment) as it is amazing at coating the hair and is pumped with nutrients that your hair loves and needs. I love steaming my hair and have now added it to my hair regimen! My hair is so much softer now and I don’t have to apply products to my hair everyday for hydration and softness. I recommend steaming to every natural especially those battling dry hair. I guarantee your hair will thank you!


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Why Combing Your Natural Hair Can Become Harmful

27th April 2015
combing natural hair

As natural’s we must obtain extremely hydrated and tangle free curls to maintain the health of our hair. The detangling process can lead to over combing causing many issues. Here is a list of causes and reasons why every natural should be weary of just how much they comb their curls.


Damage To the Hair Cuticle

The hair strand is far from singular and is made up of different layers, the outer most being the cuticle layer. The cuticle layer of the hair is responsible for letting moisture in and protecting the hair from damage. The cuticle layer is made up of scale like layers that lift up to let moisture in and down to seal it in. The individual bristles of a brush can abrasively rub against the cuticle layer causing cracks and wearing the layer down. Causing the protection to thin and creating extreme damage to the hair strand and the layers inside.

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If you’ve ever gotten braids before and they were too tight you’ve probably experienced sore spots and even blisters which led to hair loss. Combs can cause these same problems as well, they pull and tug on the scalp and unnaturally stretch and re stretch your curls. The twist of each curl pattern is gorgeous but is also very weak because they can twist and bend in all directions and once those areas are being tugged at they will snap off. Now advocate this happening daily and you’ll have a ton of unnecessary breakage. Combing your hair while wet will cause less breakage but won’t totally stop it from happening, the water is just a buffer for what is still occuring.


Slowed Length Retention

As naturals we love seeing new growth and the only way to keep seeing new growth is by really taking care of our hair. The simple fact is if you comb your hair everyday you will see more breakage especially at the ends. When most of us work our way through a section of hair to detangle our kinks and curls we’re combing through a jungle of hair strands that are pointed in millions of different directions. When you’re raking a comb through your hair you will be pulling at tightly wound curls and hairs that might be twisted around each other causing them to knot and then become broken apart by the teeth of your comb. Doing this everyday will take away length in several areas and cause knots to form.


The simple fact is if you’re natural and have curly or kinky hair (all of us) you shouldn’t be combing your hair everyday or even every other day. Even if you’re not visibly seeing breakage why even open yourself up to the possibility? Combing is a resourceful and time saving tool but it has it’s down sides and they are steep. If you’re a natural that loves her comb and cant detangle without it, be sure to use wide tooth combs with hard plastic teeth and finger detangle as much as you possibly can before hand!

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Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

23rd April 2015
cantu shea butter product review

This our very first product review & we’ve done it on the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream! I hope you find my personal experience and feedback helpful and remember to always be selective with hair products you’re trying out for the first time!


  We will be posting more product reviews so stay tuned for more and feel free to submit any questions!

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How To Stretch Your Natural Hair Heat Free!

22nd April 2015
stretch straighten natural hair

If you’re looking for a heat free method that will stretch your curls for an updo or protective style then you will love this method! I usually use this method to prepare my hair for a protective style that I want to wear for a while. This method eliminates frizz and holds my stretched curls in place and over time stretches them even further! I call it the “LoCoE” method because all you need is coconut oil, hair lotion and ecostyler Gel.


Things You’ll Need:

Coconut Oil, Hair Lotion (the thicker the consistency the better), Ecostyler Gel


*Recently found that the Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion has sulfates! Try another similar product to avoid dryness.


Hair Prep

If you’re doing this method on freshly washed hair it is best to begin the method when the hair is slightly damp. Do your regular after wash regimen and try to exclude products that contain water as this will set your curls.


LoCoE Time!

1. Section off your hair into however many sections you’d like making sure that the amount of hair in each section can fit comfortably in the grip of your fist.

2. Take your coconut oil and place it over all of the hair in each section, don’t be shy with the amount!

3. Once you’ve covered each section of hair in coconut oil do the same with your hair lotion. As you place the hair lotion over the hair be sure to finger detangle and smooth it through.


4. As the hair lotion is being applied take your index finger and thumb and slide the lotion down the section of hair, you will see the hair becoming saturated and will begin to straighten out.

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My Hair Beginning To Straighten

5. After you’ve stretched one section of hair place it in a bantu knot before you move on to another section, repeating these same steps with the other sections of hair.

6. Once you’ve finished allow the bantu knots to sit for 30-45 minutes and take them down.

7. Place your hair into two pony tails sectioning the front of your hair from the back and prepare for whatever protective style or up do that you usually rock

8. After your hair has been styled apply Ecostyler gel to the sides and the back of your hair for a stronger hold and even longer lasting smoothness.


I absolutely hate using any excess heat and try to explore heat free methods that will stretch my curls and keep them  that way. This method really does eliminate frizz, holds my hair in place , keeps my curls stretched and my ends moisturised under any protective style. I hope that this method works for you as well as it has for me!

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My “LoCoE” Method Turn Out: Straight Edges & Very Stretched Curls




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How Often & How You Should Trim Your Natural Hair

17th April 2015
How to trim natural hair

Trimming and washing your natural hair are two very important things that will lead to moisture retention and healthier hair strands. However just how often we do both of those things makes the biggest difference over all.


Why Trim?

Trimming is the most effective way to get rid of damaged hair and split ends. We all have them because curly hair is prone to dryness by nature. By removing dead ends the appearance and feel of your hair will improve 100% and will leave you with nothing but healthy hair strands.


The Effects of Never Trimming

There aren’t any detrimental effects on the hair by not trimming but this practice can cause a somewhat domino effect. For Example, say you’ve been natural for three years and have never trimmed your hair. The curly nature of natural hair requires a lot of moisture and sometimes the hair does get dry causing damage to the hair. The tighter the curl pattern and the finer your hair strand the more susceptible you are to single strand knots which are normal to get. Now your styles and curls aren’t as defined and the appearance of your ends are wild and feel crispy. Your single strand knots are begetting more knots and your split ends are now traveling up and ruining entire hair strands. So you finally decide to go for a trim and end up losing several inches of hair which you could have minimised had you trimmed your ends earlier. Thus the domino effect and serious length loss.


Can I Trim My Own Hair?

Many wonder if you need your hair professionally trimmed the answer is yes and no. I’d say no only if you’re hair is cut in a specific style and you want to maintain the fabulousness. I say yes in cases where you’ve been trimming your own hair and can visually see improvements from doing so. Trimming the hair is no art it’s simply removing damaged hair but having the eye for these ends and removing them all adequately without cutting off too much is not as easy as it sounds.


The Right Trimming Utensils

First off a good pair of sheers or cuticle scissors will suffice ordinary kitchen or crafts scissors won’t do. Each style of scissors have their own type of blade, cuticles scissors are the closest thing to sheers which are used in professional cutting and trimming. The blade is sharp and the handle is made specifically to cut hair at all angles comfortably. You need these clean cut’s so that your hair strand isn’t damaged by dull jagged scissors that can cause split ends.


How Often Should You Trim?

After your first trim you won’t need one for at least six months any sooner will be cutting off length that your hair has worked hard to grow. Pay attention to your hair, if you see an abundance of knots and split ends and it hasn’t been at least 6 months then your hair has a moisture issue. Addressing this first then going for a trim would be the best thing to do thus fixing the issue permanently leading to length retention.


Why Trimming Often Is Bad

Trimming the hair is only necessary to address specific issues such as the removal of damaged hair and split ends. If you’re trimming regularly as a preventive measure or “just because” then all you’re really doing is unnecessarily removing length. Trimming your hair often will not make a big difference in the health of your natural hair, only moisture does that.


How Much Is Too Much?

A good rule of thumb to follow is if you’re cutting off more than 3 centimeters of hair each time there is a moisture issue within your hair. When healthy hair is trimmed usually no more than a few centimeters is needed to be removed. One exception is if you have singles strand knots that are kind of high up on the hair strand.


How To Trim On Your Own

Trimming your own hair is tricky but definitely  doable as long as you’re knowledgable of what not to do. Be sure to trim in sections when the hair is wet. Stretch your curls down in each section and study the hair very closely. Damaged hair will be translucent and appear “wild looking” as well as being a different texture from the rest. Trim the hair as far down as possible as not to remove any healthy hair.

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Notice The Wild Looking See Through Hair’s Towards The Bottom


How I Trim

I put my hair in twist in several sections (usually about ten) and I study the ends of my hair. This makes it easy to remove all of them adequately at once because you can actually spot where the damaged hair is.

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Trimming Split Ends

Be sure that when you’re removing split ends to cut a bit above where the hair stops splitting. This will ensure that you have removed all of the damaged part of the hair shaft.


Trimming/Cutting Single Strand Knots

When cutting single strand knots be careful not to pull on the hair strand too hard and to cut directly above the knot to minimise length loss. It will be hard removing a few inches of hair because of how high the knot is but it has to go at sometime. Knots can catch on to other hair’s and cause more knots so you’re doing yourself a favor!


The protective layer of our hair (the cuticle) wares down from combing, heat usage and chemicals so trimming is a necessity. Trimming your hair is a skill that can be learned and if you’re unsure go to a professional. They have the eye for removing all damaged ends that will lead to each and every curl being defined because you’re getting rid of dead weight. The difference in the appearance and feel of your hair will make you not miss the length that you’ve trimmed away and your styles will look even better!


***Remember there’s a difference between cutting and trimming, cutting refers to the removal of hair for a hairstyle and a trim is for the removal of damaged hair.



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What Shampoos & Conditioners Really Do

16th April 2015

These facts and helpful hints will give you a better understanding on how to properly condition and cleanse your natural hair as well as the backgrounds on the very products you use.

History of Shampoo

Shampooing the hair has been around since ancient times originating in India where a variety of herbs and extracts were used to cleanse the hair. They used a very effective main ingredient that was derived from the pulp of the soapberry which is a natural surfactant. European travellers later brought this fascinating concept back to Europe calling it shampoo leading to the modern less naturally based shampoo’s most use today.

How Shampoo’s Made

The main ingredients in shampoo’s usually are a surfactant, sulfates, and a co surfactant. Other ingredients include salt (sodium chloride), preservatives, fragrances as well as other substances which control the texture, foaming nature, toxicity and ph level.

Function of Shampoo

The function of shampoo is to remove the unpleasant build up of oils and dirt from your hair they do so by effectively removing all oils including naturally produced oil’s. Shampoo with unnatural ingredients leave hair feeling dry because of the removal of naturally produced oil’s needed for moisture.

History of Conditioner

Conditioner dates back centuries mainly containing essential oils like jojoba and tea tree oil. Modern hair conditioner was brought about at the turn of the 20th century by a famous perfumer at the time. Modern science furthermore changed the ingredients which led to the conditioners that we use today containing hardly any natural ingredients.

How Conditioner’s Made

The main ingredients are moisturisers, reconstructors, detanglers, thermal protectors, oil’s, surfactants, preservatives and sunscreen. These ingredient do benefit the hair but are synthetically processed.

Function of Conditioner(s)

Pack Conditioners- These thick creamy mixtures bind to the hair and glue the hair’s cuticle like scales together. The high contents of surfactants lay on and form a thick layer over the hair. (Aussie 3 Minute Miracle)

Leave In- These tend to be thinner in texture and the surfactant structure leaves a lighter layer over the hair and acts like an oil leading to less tangled, smoother and easier to deal with hair.

Ordinary Conditioners- Combine both factors of leave in and pack conditioners, these are usually used after shampooing the hair.

Factors To Take Into Account

1. If you’re using shampoo use one containing natural ingredients that will gently cleanse the hair (they do exist). Demonising shampoo is a huge mistake due to the fact that they do cleanse and remove product build up which can stunt hair growth and cause dryness.

2. If you’re using a pack conditioner which usually is a deep conditioner or a conditioner that penetrates, remember that this is just a way to thickly coat your hair and is long lasting and not a permanent solution. If you’re using a leave in you can use it often and can aid your hair in  softness and manageability. If you’re using an ordinary conditioner be sure to check the ingredients and to not apply a lot of it directly to the scalp.

3. Your hair’s cuticles will be open due to the reaction of the water hitting your hair so really massage in the conditioner and allow it time to penetrate. If you have trouble holding moisture try using steam and a hot oil treatment after washing your hair.

4. Using natural ingredient based hair products is the best way to go as far as getting your hair to really become moisturised. The ingredients list of these products should tell you that most widely used hair products are far from natural and contain chemicals that benefit your hair but must be neutralised by other chemicals.


The science of washing your hair is pretty straight forward by doing research on this topic i’ve discovered that I could probably easily make my own all I need is a surfactant, a balanced ph level and something to moisturise my hair and I’d be good to go. Writing this has definitely made me want to try DIY methods but I can’t discount the pretty good products lines out there. All in all do your research ladies and always remember to read the ingredients list.