September 2013 - April 2014: Same dress, longer hair.
Decided to share this photo on my Instagram account today. As frustrating and exhausting protective styles and even finger detangling can be sometimes, they truly come with many benefits. I’m proud of my growth and my retention!
Twist-out W/ Side Pins
This was a twist-out from yesterday. I didn’t want to seek the serious, tight, curly-coily definition that I achieved in this post. To do this, I had 8 twists compared to the 14 or more that I usually do, and this was done on hair that was 90% dry, as opposed to wet.
I didn’t separate the hair too much either (didn’t want my hair to be completely definition-less lol), but just enough to achieve the desired look I was going for, where I side-pinned some of the hair on both sides, and left the rest of my hair out.
To be honest, I’m still not the *biggest* fan of twist-outs on my hair, but I’m trying to make use of how easy and versatile they can be.
Deep conditioning before shampooing. Is it alright to do it? —by Anonymous
Hey! :-) To be honest, that doesn’t make much sense to do so.
Think about it: the general purpose of deep conditioning is to nourish the hair and keeps it moisturised, but also lays down the cuticles (the outer parts of our hair) which helps our hair become more smoother & shinier, too.
Shampoo does the opposite of that (it typically raises the hair’s cuticles), and is made for cleansing the hair, which means that it will also wash out out the nutrients from the deep conditioner that was previously added.
If you must shampoo, I would do it beforehand and deep condition afterwards so that you can receive the full benefits. I hope that answers your question!
DIY: Coconut Milk, Olive & Avocado oil Deep Conditioner
Yooooo, lol. Let me tell you how happy I was to have incorporated coconut milk into my wash day regimen. I hit up my local Kroger this weekend, and omg. I’m glad I did. I decided to try coconut milk in conjunction with olive & avocado oil to get maximum moisture, and I did. My hair literally felt like butter, and the coconut milk help me to really detangle my hair.
After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I immediately sectioned my hair into bantu knots to let them air dry when I went out. However, next time I will be more cautious with the amount of coconut milk I use, because the hair can feel oily if too much of the milk is added—which would just require another rinse.
I used no product to set my bantu knots, btw—this is what my hair looked like a couple of hours as it was drying. The shine & softness I gained is amazing!
What are the benefits of water in our hair? Dis my Naija hair no be small ting o! —by villagewife
Hey! Wetin b dis? *Mcheww*!
Water is so good for the hair—inside and out, lol! :-) Hair thrives on moisture and water helps to supplement that. Therefore, lack of moisture results in dry, brittle hair. And if you read labels, you can see that many hair products (conditioners, hair creams, serums, etc), have water as their first ingredient.
According to this article:
- Water makes up about 1/4 of hour hair’s weight - thus aiding to healthier, longer hair.
- Water is the most natural setting lotion for hair - that means it allows for the hair to hold various styles
- The roots of are the means by which water is transported by the body—thus helping to hydrate the rest of the hair strands.
There are more benefits listed in the article, so check it out when you can! Also, here is another article to help answer your question, provided by BlackGirlLongHair. It talks about how moisture impacts hair growth & length retention and it’s very informative.
Hey!! So my sister and I are wondering if you have any ideas of humidity proofing hair for the hot summer months? I find that the longer my hair grows, the less it wants to hold a style. I usually can hold a style for only 2 days at the most before it turns into frizz city. Thanks girl! —by tangiblesoul
Hey Danielle! I have found that looking into what I am putting into my hair allows me to sort out whatever issues I am experiencing!
I know that using products that contain humectants will wreck havoc on hair during summer months, as humectants are designed to draw moisture from air (ie. dry winter weather), and hotter, more humid weather already contain moisture in the air.
For instance, using anything with glycerin and honey is a common culprit behind frizz in the summer.
Here is a link that contains a nice list of common humectants to look out for.
P.S: Panthenol is also listed as a common humectant, and from my understanding and from personally reading ingredient labels, it is contained in A LOT of natural hair products. For example, As I Am Coconut Cowash contains panthenol, and the popular Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie contains both glycerin and panthenol.
With that being said, I would truly suggest reading the ingredients and researching them.
I hope this helps a great deal! :-)
I probably should have taken this on my camera to get a more clearer view of the hair, rather than on my phone.
This was after I finished detangling this evening and was applying coconut oil to pre-poo overnight (as you can see from the plastic bag). This is literally a small portion of my hair, but it’s still super thick, lol. It was shocking to see. Sometimes, I think my hair thickens more and more each time I have a detangling session.
Does anyone else feel the same about their hair?
Hi there! I am a full Nigerian & I wanted to ask if there are any style ideas you can give me. I just became a natural 2 months ago-yaaay. I'm loving it. Right now I just spray it with water & use shea butter on it & I do twist outs as well. I'm a 4a —by Anonymous
Hey! Congratulations on returning to natural! You are in for for a great journey! Lol :-)
This may sound like a mundane answer, but have you tried using Pinterest for your style ideas? I say this because natural hair is so versatile, as there is so much you can do, and I have found Pinterest to be a great resource and inspiration for styling options, or really for getting your creative juices flowing in whatever you want to do, such as cooking or DIY projects.
For hair, you can try searching “styling TWA”, “medium length natural hair”, or even something like “natural hair styles” or “protective styles for natural hair”, etc. You will get a plethora of ideas to try, whether it be through simple pictorials and even Youtube videos
However, you need an account to use the website to see the goodies. But it’s well worth it! I hope this helps. Good luck!
Like can you make your own rosemary oil? —by Anonymous
Hey! I’ve actually never tried making my own homemade rosemary oil, but I was curious and researched it since you posed the question.
I found an absolutely amazing Youtube tutorial on making your own, which you can watch here.
Please note before using the rosemary oil, you must store this mixture for 4-5 weeks before straining it for use. If you have the patience (which I am sure you will since you asked), then you’ll have your own homemade rosemary oil that will last for up to a year :-)
Thank you for asking this question! I will definitely try this myself in the future :-)
I also hopes this helps others! x
can you do a post of a DIY Rosemary Oil? —by Anonymous
Hey! I use rosemary essential oil in a variety of things, but I’m not quite sure what you’re asking me to particularly do?