Product Review: Mega Growth Deep Conditioner And Leave In Conditioner

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Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 products which are mega growth deep conditioner and mega growth leave in daily strengthener which is a leave in conditioner. This review should have been done a long time ago but I kept on forgetting but it’s good because I’ve actually used up the products and now I can give a complete and detailed review on the products.

Mega Growth Leave In Conditioner

I’ve actually used 2 jars of this product. A big 16oz jar and a small 8.82oz jar. Let me first say that this product is very affordable, one of the cheapest hair products I’ve used. I think it’s even the cheapest because the small jar costs about 600 naira and the big jar was about 1,600 naira which lasted for a good while, about 5-6 months.

This product is an anti breakage product so if your hair is undergoing breakage, this is a very cheap product that I’ll recommend. It’s very light weight and can be used daily because it doesn’t weigh your hair down and is easily absorbed into the hair.

It’s said to restore, strengthen and repair hair and I must say it does just that because I used it when I was transitioning and it helped to minimize breakage.

It has a strong scent so if you’re not a fan of products with strong scent you should take note of this.

It can also be used as a detangler because it melts tangles easily and moisturizes the hair very well. You can use on wet, damp or dry hair.

Mega Growth Deep Conditioner

Another cheap ass conditioner. I’ve used only one jar of this product. I got the 8.82oz jar for 600 naira also.

This deep conditioner is also an anti breakage deep conditioner and it claims to strengthen, restore and repair the hair also.

This deep conditioner should be used after shampooing your hair and should be applied from root to tip then covered with a plastic bag or cap then use a source of heat so that it can be absorbed properly.

It has a thick texture but it melts into the hair strands easily and a little goes a long way. I got 4 uses out of this deep conditioner which is great.

While applying this product, I’m able to finger detangle lightly and after using heat to deep condition, my hair gets softer and I can comb through easily and there’s very little shed hair at the end.

When the conditioner has been rinsed out, it leaves your hair feeling soft but with strength to it because it contains proteins which help strengthen the hair so I use this product after I take down my braids or when I feel like my hair needs a big of strength.

The deep conditioner has a lighter scent than the leave in conditioner.

It’s important to note that this 2 products do contain chemicals. They’re not the most natural products out there so if you’re someone that’s picky and bent on using only natural products only then you’ll have a problem with the ingredient list. But they have no formaldehyde, no sulphates, no alcohol, no paraben, no phthalates, no DEA.

The deep conditioner has petroleum and mineral oil while the leave in conditioner has no petroleum or mineral oil.

The packaging of both the deep conditioner and leave in conditioner are the same but it’s a little fragile because the container of the leave in conditioner got broken after it fell off my hand mistakenly so you should take note of that too.

That’s it for this product review. I’ll certainly get the deep conditioner again because it’s cheap and gets its work done. It’s going to be a staple in my hair products stash. As for the leave in conditioner, I want something less strengthening since I’m not suffering from breakage so I’ll not be getting it again for now, at least.

Have you used any of these 2 products?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe☺️

An alternative to mini twists: Loose twists on short 4c hair.

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Mini twists are really cute especially when they’re done right and you have juicy looking twists but are you tired of the way they shrink up or stick out after few days because your hair is short? Loose twists might be a good alternative.

When I newly big chopped, I said to myself that I won’t wear mini twists as a protective style till my hair gets reasonably long. I’m not a fan of mini twists because they’re only cute after freshly installed. They shrink up so much and tend to start looking frizzy quickly. And since my hair is still quite short, they tend to stick in various directions and not lay flat after a while.

Normal twists…you can see how they aren’t even hanging so nicely yet.

Since this lockdown where we’ve been staying at home, I’ve been doing twists more often because I can reach my scalp easily and they’re very easy to do. Any time I do twists, I don’t really do small sized twists but medium sized and I always wear a scarf or headwrap if I have to leave my house because I don’t like the way they look. If I really have to wear it out, I’ll put the twists in two ponytails and tuck them into a bun, that way it looks better.

But I found a way I can twist my hair and be comfortable wearing it out as a protective style which are loose twists. Loose twists are really easy to do and they give the illusion that your hair is thicker and there’s little to no shrinkage with this style. The way your hair hangs after installing them is the same way it would hang the next day. Perfect right?

How to do loose twists

Loose twists

Unlike normal twists, you can twist your hair dry and still get good results. I prefer to work on dry but moisturized hair or use just a creamy based moisturizer.

1.) Part out a small to medium sized section depending on how thick your hair is naturally.

2.) Apply your moisturizer and finger detangle your hair.

3.) Twist the base of the hair tightly then continue with loose twists along the shafts of your hair.

4.) Twirl the ends of the twist around your fingers then move to the next section.

Ignore my crooked parting. I didn’t use any comb to part my hair

I really love this hairstyle and I wore it a lot before I braided my hair. I used to be a cornrow girl when don’t want to worry about my hair but I prefer twists now because there’s less tension on my scalp and I have easy access to all areas of my scalp as opposed to when I have cornrows.

Have you tried this method of twisting your hair?

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed and stay safe.

What’s going on with your hair girl?

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. It feels like forever since I last blogged here. Matter of fact, I’ve not opened the WordPress app more than 5 times since my last post on flat twist out.

I’ve been dealing with protecting my mental health and staying happy. I caught a cold at a point well, majorly just catarrh because rainy season has started here in Nigeria and it’s quite cold most nights. I also got an allergy reaction to the fumigation that was done in my house a while ago so all these have been keeping me away from blogging.

I did a lot of things to my hair while I was away but I had no motivation to blog so I’ll do that as time goes. In as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve reached the diminishing point of the energy for taking care of my hair. I’m not someone who wears her hair out a lot so it’s beginning to take a toll on me. Plus the fact that I’ve run out of products. I have only shampoo, oil and Shea butter remaining. I never run out of these three things.

It has been a struggle trying to keep my hair moisturized with just water and Shea butter. My hair would feel moisturized when damp and after that it would just get oily and unmanageable. This frustrated me a lot. Then my ends started getting raggedy and I was in need of a trim. I wanted to wait till when school resumes so I can go to my stylist in school and get it trimmed professionally but this was a matter of urgency because my hair would get tangled few hours after styling it and they felt too rough so I had to take matters into my hands and trimmed my hair myself.

While trimming my hair,I got scissors happy and took out a lot of hair. It may not seem noticeable but my hair was able to be packed (and tucked in) into 3 sections after washing my hair when it’s still shrunken but after trimming I struggled to do that.

I’ve been saying struggling a lot in this post but that’s what I’ve been going through lately. I’ve really been struggling with my hair.

Anyway, back to my hair, my sister said it’s not obvious that it’s shorter so I’ll use that to console myself but my hair just felt so shorter. Even my twists looked shorter. I don’t really mind so much because I know my hair is healthier now but I don’t want to deal with it anymore since it’s shorter and I’m struggling with managing my hair.

On that note, I got knotless braids done myself. I’ve been wanting to do this hair since last year but not many people know how to make it and the few people who know charge really outrageous prices so I got them done myself and even if I tell you I did them myself you’ll doubt it for a minute except you know I do my hair myself a lot. I’ve not visited the salon this year. All hairstyles I’ve done I did them myself. These braids are so weightless and amazing.

I don’t even want to rant too much because I’ll do a separate post on them about the pros and cons and all of that after I’ve had them in for like a month or after I take them down just so I can give you guys a detailed post comparing it to traditional box braids.

I’ll have these braids in for about 6 weeks because I’m really enjoying myself with them. I won’t want it to get to 2 months because that would be too extreme. Guys it’s okay to feel tired of your hair like me because that’s what protective styles are for but that doesn’t mean I’m neglecting my hair. My main reason for getting this braids were because I had insufficient products but with my hair in braids, spraying it with water mixed with oil every other day is okay for me because my hair is not exposed and it would retain moisture and most of all, length.

So I’m going to end this post here because I don’t want it to get extraaaa long even though it’s already long. I feel better and I’ve gotten my vibes back so I’m back to blogging frequently.

If you’ve gotten to this point, I really appreciate it.

What’s happening with your hair? I want to know!

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe guysπŸ€—

Wash and No or Wash and Go?

What was I thinking when I picked up my eco styling gel to do a wash and go? Nothing. I clearly wasn’t thinking because for a moment I forgot I have thick thick 4c hair with hardly any visible curl pattern except when soaking wet.

Before I tried this hairstyle, I was on YouTube for a good amount of time trying to find the perfect video I could follow for 4c hair and my hair length. It’s very hard to find videos for short real 4c hair wash and go. After all the search and watching all the videos I found, I decided to do a wash and go on dry hair (was this a sensible idea?) I was trying to minimize shrinkage.

I cowashed my hair the previous night and moisturized it with a leave in conditioner and an oil. Then went to bed.

The faithful day of the wash and go came and I started off with okro gel, it didn’t clump my coils to my liking so I topped it with eco styling gel and I started getting better definition of my coils. It was a struggle to get my hair to clump properly. I alternated from shingling, to raking, to smoothing just so that my hair will act right.

I finally got it to work. I did a combination of raking and smoothing. I realized that I shouldn’t have used a leave in conditioner prior to doing the wash and go because it was flaking and creating a barrier that was not allowing the gel to clump my coils properly.

I learnt from my mistakes and next time I’ll use a water based moisturizer like a spray so that it doesn’t occur again. I’ll also start on freshly washed hair, clarified if possible because when I clarify my hair with a clay mask, my coils tend to come out from their hiding place which will be a good base for doing a wash and go.

I’ll still use the same method of raking the gel through my hair and smoothing gel through very little sections. This created a very good curl pattern for me so I’ll stick with it.

I probably won’t use eco styler the next time. It depends on if I get a new gel which I plan to.

The end result came out okay for my first time. By the time it was dry just you could only see the coils on the ends of my hair because of how thick my hair is.

Half way done
Freshly styled. You can see the first section had started shrinking already
After 2hours

So do you think this was a wash and go or wash and no? The shrinkage and struggle were real…smh.

Side note, I didn’t sleep with this style. I did flat twists and changed the look to a flat twist out.

I love how easy it is to switch up styles with natural hair. It’s so versatile. So watch this space to see how my flat twist out turned out with a nice updo I did (it may or may not be my best hairstyle yet).

How Not To: Moisturize your natural hair

Welcome back to my blog and to the second post in the ‘how not to’ series.

Knowing how to moisturize your hair properly is very essential in your hair care routine. I’ll be talking on the things you shouldn’t do when moisturizing your hair.

1.) Using oils or butters: oils and butters are not meant for moisturizing your hair but to seal in the moisture in your hair, so if you’re using just oils to moisturize your hair, you’re simply sealing the dryness in your hair. You should use a water based product or plain old water to moisturize your hair.

2.) Not sealing after moisturizing: after you have used a water based product to moisturize your hair, you have to seal on the moisture so it doesn’t get dry quickly. This is where oils and butters come to play. They help to keep your hair moisturized for a longer period of time.

3.) Not using the right products for your hair type: you need to use products that work with your hair type and hair porosity. For low porosity hair, you should be using lighter products cause thick products may just sit on your hair while for high porosity hair, you need thicker products because it looses it’s moisture quickly. This may not be the case with everyone’s hair, so you’ll have to figure out what works for your hair and stick to it.

4.) Not working in sections: with natural hair, it’s best that you work in sections with everything you’re doing. This way, all parts of your hair gets the product adequately and you get the job done properly.

These are few points to keep in mind whenever you’re moisturizing your hair.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ

Bantu knot out on short 4c hair

I’m back again with another hair style I tried on my short natural hair. Quarantine has been making me do things I wouldn’t do on a normal day. Since I took down my braids, I’ve been trying out hairstyles which I never have time to do on a normal day. But with so much time on my hands now, I can experiment with new styles and not care whether it turns out good or not.

Initially, I was going to do a flexi rod set or perm rod set but I found out that I didn’t have enough flexi rods and not enough perm rods for my whole head. I then decided to use both the flexi rods and perm rods since I’m not going anywhere and I really wanted to try out the hairstyle. I started the process but wasn’t getting the hang of it so I just changed my mind.

I still wanted a look that would give me a curly effect like that of perm rods, so I decided to do a Bantu knot out.

So this hairstyle was a fail and not a fail at the same time. First of all, when I was styling my hair I didn’t have high hopes for it because I didn’t boil my okros enough to give me the right consistency I needed so I couldn’t use my normal okro gel as my styler and I’ve run out of leave in conditioner so I had to use a random moisturizer I too from my mum as my styler.

As usual, I started on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair, but I made sure my hair was about 70% dry before I started styling my hair.

Doing Bantu knots was not that hard. There are two ways to do a Bantu knot, and you can check it out on YouTube. I did the one were you do a two strand twist first then wrap it around itself as opposed to the when were you roll it then wrap it around itself.

I washed my hair hair on Thursday, then took down the Bantu knots on Saturday. I always leave my hair to dry for 2 days or at least a day and a half to make sure it’s properly set.

The takedown process is the same as taking down a braid out or twist out. You can check out my previous post on braid out to see how I take down my hairstyles.

The Bantu knot out came out decent. I really didn’t like the look a normal afro was giving me so I went ahead to style it in a half up half down look and it came out cute.

I can’t say how long the style lasted since I didn’t use a gel or any styler. I ended up fluffing out all the curls the next day and put my hair in 2 chunky flat twists till my next wash day.

I want to try out a cowash for the first time and see how my hair will like it. Will keep you guys updated on how it goes.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ

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How Not To: Detangle Natural hair

Welcome back to my blog. I’m starting a ‘how not to’ series where I’ll be explaining how not to do some hair practices we do to take care of our natural hair. The first one is going to be how not to detangle your natural hair.

If you have natural hair, especially as a 4c girl, detangling can be a whole sport which can make or break your hair journey. It plays a crucial role in how much length you’ll be able to retain while growing your hair.

Let’s go straight to the things you shouldn’t do while detangling your hair.

1.) Detangling dry hair: YOU DO NOT WANT TO DETANGLE YOUR HAIR DRY. I can’t stress this enough. Many naturals complain about their hair being painful to comb but do you spray water or apply moisturizer on your hair before combing it? Using water or a water based product will help to loosen up the knots in your hair and let the comb glide through easily without ripping through your hair.

2.) Using a small teeth comb: it’s very important to always use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair. I’ll even advice to first detangle with your fingers before going in with a comb so that your hair is less tangled and easier to comb through. Using a small teeth comb to detangle your hair is going to cause so much harm to your hair.

3.) Not working in sections: since natural hair is really thick, it’s best to work in sections so you can detangle all parts of your hair adequately without stress or pains.

4.) Detangling your hair in a hurry: natural hair will test your patience. You need to be gentle and patient when detangling your hair. Try not to be in a rush when dealing with your hair, this way you’ll have enough time to work through your coils without causing harm to your hair.

These are some simple tips to keep in mind when detangling your hair so you’re doing it properly.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ

Kaolin clay mask for natural hair

Kaolin clay in solid form

I tried a clay mask for the first time and I liked it. Since I started making conscious effort to care for my hair, I’ve been using a sulphate shampoo(vo5 moisturizing shampoo) to clarify my hair.

In as much as it says moisturizing, the shampoo still leaves my hair dry and tangled after shampooing which I try to prevent by prepooing my hair before I use it. There was still no much difference. So I decided to try a clay mask and the only one I could get was kaolin clay. I was looking forward to using bentonite clay, but during this quarantine period, I’m not about to stress myself and risk going out.

Kaolin clay is also called China clay. It is the gentlest amongst all other types of clay. Kaolin clay is white and has a soft texture, though it may also come in other colours like pink and green depending on the mineral present. It is rich in ‘kaolinite’ a type of mineral.

Kaolin clay is perfect for cleansing natural hair because it will remove dirt from the scalp and won’t strip it off it’s natural oils. It basically cleanses and conditions the hair.

Benefits of kaolin clay

1.) Gently exfoliates the scalp while cleansing.

2.) Increasing the circulation on the scalp in other to strengthen the hair roots.

3.) Improves hair elasticity and repairs damaged hair.

4.) Soothes the scalp, helps treat dandruff and encourages hair growth.

How to make kaolin clay mask

What you’ll need

*Kaolin clay

*Green tea or water or apple cider vinegar

*Any oil of your choice (I used palm kernel oil and olive oil)

Procedure

I forgot to snap the mask after I mixed it
Clay mask I’m my hair and on my face
After rinsing out the clay mask

1.) I got the kaolin clay in solid form so I cut out the portion I wanted to use and ground it.

2.) Combine all your ingredients together and mix till you get a paste like consistency.

3.) Apply mask to your wet hair and scalp.

4.) Cover for your hair with a plastic bag or cap for 30minutes.

4.) Rinse out with warm water and proceed with a deep conditioner.

Things to note

* do not use a stainless or iron spoon or plate for the clay mask. It will react with the clay and remove the essential minerals.

* your hair should be detangled and wet before applying the mask. Trust me, you don’t want to struggle with your hair while applying this mask cause it is messy.

*wear an old t-shirt while applying the mask so you don’t ruin your regular clothes.

So I tried kaolin clay mask on my last washday and I was really happy with the results. I wanted to do the bentonite clay mask, but due to this COVID-19 pandemic, I’m trying to stay at home as much as possible. Kaolin clay was the closest I could get and it’s even cheaper than using bentonite clay.

Initially I was skeptical about using the mask but after my research on YouTube and Google I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did. The mask didn’t clump and define my curls the way bentonite mask would have, but my hair was still decent. After rinsing out the clay my hair felt really soft like I could skip using a conditioner, but I still went ahead to deep condition.

This mask can also be used for your skin, though depending on what you add to the mask. For example if you add castor oil you shouldn’t use the mask for your skin. I used products that work with both skin and hair, so it wasn’t a problem.

Have you used a clay mask for your hair? Let me know your experience.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ

Bomb braid out on 4c hair

At this point, I prefer braid outs to twist outs. They give better definition and volume than twist outs on first day hair. Twist outs are nice, but I don’t get the volume I’ll like with first day hair.

All thanks to quarantine, I’ve been trying out new styles with my natural hair and I’ll be sharing the outcome with you all.

Let’s go straight to the process of achieving a bomb braid out.

Procedure

1.) You should start on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. I feel this gives the best results.

2.) Work with small sections especially if your hair is short and make sure it’s thoroughly detangled.

3.) Apply your styling products and braid your hair. I twisted the ends of my hair so it would be easier to take down.

Takedown

Before takedown
After takedown, before separating the curls
After separating the curls and styling my hair

1.) Rub some oil on your finger tips and carefully take down each braid.

2.) After you’ve loosened all the braids, gently separate the curls where they naturally want to separate so you don’t cause frizz.

3.) Use a comb or your fingers and pick your hair at the roots to hide the harsh parts and make it look fuller.

4.) Style your hair and your bomb braid out is ready.

How I wore my hair to sleep. I banded it in 8 sections

I used my regular okro gel and whipped Shea butter for this braid out. If you’ve been following me I know you’re tired of hearing this by nowπŸ˜‚. I’m in need of new products but can’t get any till this quarantine is over so I’m making use of what’s available.

Do you prefer braid outs or twist outs? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ

Clarifying natural hair

Do you ever feel like your hair is not acting right and you’ve done a moisturizing and protein treatment, and even trimmed and still no change? It may be time to clarify your hair. Every week we apply different products; gels, creams, oils and yet still use gentle shampoos to cleanse our hair so the hair isn’t dry. Once in a while like 4-6 weeks, is an ideal time to clarify your hair.

Clarifying the hair is simply using deep cleansing products to thoroughly cleanse and detoxify your hair and remove build up. It gives your hair a fresh base for new products.

You can clarify your hair using the following:

1.)shampoos that have been made specifically for clarifying like suave daily clarifying shampoo and Ouidad superfruit renewal clarifying cream shampoo.

2.) Regular shampoos containing sulphates.

3.) Clay masks such as bentonite clay, rhassoul clay and kaolin clay.

Benefits of clarifying your hair

1.) Rejuvenates and refreshes your hair.

2.) Thoroughly removes build up( hard water, styling products, silicones from hair products etc).

3.) Prevents bacterial growth on the scalp.

4.) Restores natural ph balance of your hair.

5.) Prepares hair for colouring.

6.) Soothes itchy and irritated scalp.

So I hope with these few points of mine, I’ve been able to convince you and not confuse you that it’s important to clarify your hair regularly; every 4-6 weeks.

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed πŸ™Œ