Blogmas Day 10| DIY Black Soap Shampoo For Natural Hair

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This post has been sitting in my drafts since late October. I totally forgot I hadn’t published it, but no content goes to waste over here.

You guys already know I’m a DIY princess right?๐Ÿ˜‚ I honestly want to reduce the amount of things I do myself, but we basically have these things at home and so going to buy the store bought ones are like wasting resources so I’m not about that wastage life.

When it comes to shampoos, I’m not so picky. As long as it doesn’t leave my hair feeling stripped off moisture and it cleans my scalp, then I’m good. I’ve been using We Naturals blacksoap shampoo from their hemp oil range and I really liked it because it cleaned my hair without leaving it feeling dry and stripped off moisture. The shampoo was a 500ml bottle and I’ve basically used it throughout my hair journey(since I started transitioning) I got the whole hemp oil set in 2018 and the shampoo just finished. I’m almost out of it though, so I started making plans for a new one then I remembered we have black soap at home.

For this shampoo, I used the same things I used for my diy whipped Shea butter. When I tell you my hair was soft after shampooing my hair, I was shocked at how moisturized my hair felt. It felt better than when I used the We Naturals shampoo. And I was even heavy handed when using the shampoo.

How to make.

For this shampoo, I didn’t use any specific measurements. I basically just eyeballed most of the ingredients but I was able to get a 13oz bottle of shampoo.

Ingredients
1.) Any black soap
2.) 1 tablespoon of Shea butter
3.) 1ยฝ tablespoon of Honey
3.) 1 tablespoon of palm kernel oil
4.) 2 tablespoons of olive oil
5.) 5 drops of tea tree oil
6.) 10 drops of vitamin C serum
7.) A cup of hot water

Procedure
1.) Shred the black soap into little pieces then put in a cup of hot water and allow to melt.
2.) Melt the Shea butter using the double boiler method (put the Shea butter in a container then place it in a bowl of hot water).
3.) Add the melted Shea butter, oils, honey and the vitamin C serum into the cup containing the now liquid blacksoap then stir properly.
4.) Transfer your moisturizing shampoo into a bottle and shake.

This process is very easy. It doesn’t take up to 15 minutes and you’ve made yourself a bottle of shampoo. You can make your shampoo as much as you want and add any other oils or herbs to your shampoo. Just make sure you do your research concerning your hair’s needs and the shelf life. I wanted mine to be pretty basic so I just used basic ingredients.
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Blogmas Day 9|Harmattan Hair Care Tips

Welcome to blogmas day 9. Hope you’re all enjoying my blogmas because I am. Which other bloggers are you keeping up with their blogmas posts?

Today I’ll be sharing some tips on how to care for your hair during the harmattan season. Harmattan season is an intensive dry weather that comes with dust and causes chapped lips, cough, catatrrh, dry skin amongst so many other things. And last but not the least, dry and brittle hair. Taking care of your hair during harmattan has to be done consciously.

Here are some tried and tested tips to get you through the harmattan season.

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

You can never have too much moisture in your hair during harmattan. You have to moisturize your hair more regularly than you used to. I usually moisturize my hair every 2 days, but during harmattan, it’s essential that I do it everyday. Twice daily if I have to go out.

Deep condition regularly.

You need to step up your deep conditioning game this period. Deep condition your hair weekly or as often as your schedule would allow you. You should focus on moisture, so moisturizing deep conditioners should be used.

Increase your water intake.

Water is good for your skin and hair. You should significantly increase the amount of water you drink during harmattan season because you can easily get dehydrated.

Cowash more and shampoo less.

Cowashing can be beneficial during this period because shampoos can overly dry out your hair which we’re trying to avoid. You should still shampoo your hair to remove excessive build up, but it should be done less and with moisturizing sulphate free shampoos.

Stay away from heat.

Stay away from blow dryers, flat irons, curling wands and other heat tools. The weather is already dry enough, so you don’t need to add more external factors which would end up making your hair dry and brittle.

Massage your scalp with oil regularly.

This will prevent you from having a dry and flaky scalp. Massaging your scalp regularly would ensure increased blood circulation which encourages hair growth. Ensure that you spritz your hair lightly with warm water before oiling your scalp. This will help keep your scalp moisturized and not just oily. Here’s how to massage your scalp properly

Use butters and thick oils.

You want ditch your light oils like olive, coconut, almond oils and opt for thicker oils like castor oil or butters like shea, cocoa and mango butters. If your hair doesn’t like raw Shea butter, you can make a whipped shea butter like I usually do. The butters and thick oils would help to seal in the moisture you put in your hair and ensure that your hair is protected and doesn’t lose moisture quickly.

Avoid dust as much as possible.

Headwraps and facecaps are your bestfriends this period. They’ll help prevent dust from settling in your hair.

Wear satin bonnets.

Satin and silk are your hair’s bestfriends. Ensure that you wear a satin bonnet to sleep because it would help retain the moisture in your hair for a longer period. Also try and wear it even during the day when you’re at home.

Avoid overly using humectants.

Humectants such as honey and glycerin are great to draw in moisture from the atmosphere into the hair, but during harmattan the air is usually dry so your hair will tend to lose moisture to the atmosphere as water tends to move down it’s concentration gradient (from higher concentration to lower concentration) resulting in dry and brittle hair which is prone to breakage.

Protective styles.

If you’re like me and can’t be bothered to be have her hair out, get a protective style. That way, you’re hair is protected from direct exposure to the dry weather. It’s important that you still moisturize your hair with that protective style to prevent breakage. You can check out this protective style look book for inspiration.


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DIY Shea Butter Mix For Natural Hair

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I never thought I would say this, but my anxiety level has been high of late. Everything happening only helped to trigger it the more, but I’m fine. I wasn’t going to write any new post this week, but as I was moisturizing my hair for the night, my hair felt so good and it occurred to me that I was using my whipped Shea butter that I made myself, so I decided to share how I made it because I’m awesome๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคท

Shea butter is a very common product that has so many benefits to the hair and skin. It’s very thick, so when used for your hair, it helps to seal in the moisture you have put into your hair.

We had some shea butter lying around the house so I decided to use it and I found out that my hair doesn’t like the raw Shea butter but likes whipped Shea butter with other oils and products with Shea butter in them which is weird. When I use just the raw Shea butter, it makes my hair feel dry and straw like so I stopped using it raw.

What you’ll need

  • 4 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of palm kernel oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of vitamin C serum

I wanted to make a small batch because it was my first time doing it and also because of the honey that I put, just in case it would decrease the shelf life. You can decide not to add the honey, but I wanted a really moisturizing butter so I needed honey.

And I got a vitamin C serum a while back and it’s written that it can be used for the hair too so I decided to add it to the butter too. The serum also contains aloe vera and green tea extract which are also good for the hair so I added the serum to the butter.

Procedure

  • I scooped the amount of butter I needed into my mixing bowl
  • Melt the Shea butter by placing it in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes.
  • I added the honey and the oils then gave it a thorough mix. If you have a mixer then go ahead and whisk it to make it creamy. But since I didn’t have a mixer, I mixed it with a spoon.
  • Then I turned the mix into a container, covered it, then put it in the freezer to cool and solidify.
  • After about 20 minutes I brought it out and my whipped Shea butter was ready.

Because of the oils I used, this butter can be used as both a hair and skin butter. So it’s a win win situation. The first time I used the butter, I was a bit heavy handed with it so my hair was super oily, but I didn’t need to add anymore products to my hair that week because my hair was still moisturized. I only had to spritz my hair with plain water once when I wanted to do my midweek routine because the products I put in my hair where still there.

That’s it for this post.

Am I the only person whose hair doesn’t like raw Shea butter?

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Finger Detangling 4c Natural Hair|| Did I damage my hair?

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How are you all doing? I tried to finger detangle my hair some days days ago. This was not my first time but I think I damaged my ends. As I was twisting my hair after the finger detangling fiasco, I started noticing that my ends were feeling broken.

Let me give you guys the back story. So it was around almost 9pm at night and I wore my hair in an afro to church that day so I had to put it in chunky braids and I didn’t want to comb my hair because I’m trying not to comb my hair often, so I decided to finger detangle. Good choice right? Well, not so much.

I used just water and shea butter as I was detangling so I didn’t have enough slip to detangle easily but I thought it would be better to just use my fingers. And I was pretty much tired because I had a long day. Normally, I’ll use something with a lot of slip like okro gel and I would have enough time and strength for my hair.

So combining these two mistakes made me loose more hair than usual when detangling. I used my scissors to snip off some few ends which were feeling broken or very thin at the end of some of the twists just so my hair is in good condition. My ends have been pretty much healthy since I big chopped so I plan to keep it that way. As my hair is getting longer, I’m getting more scissors happy๐Ÿ˜‚. Am I the only one this happens to?

What is finger detangling?

Finger Detangling is also called finger combing. It’s the process of removing or untangling shed hair with just your fingers and arranging your hair as you would with a comb. Finger detangling is meant to be beneficial for those with kinkier hair textures.

Benefits of finger detangling.

Finger detangling your hair in place of using a comb is very beneficial for our hair because you’re reducing the risk of unnecessary breakage when you use your fingers and you’re being gentle with it. The key word there is ‘gentle’. I’ve learnt the hard way that no matter what I’m doing with my hair, I have to be gentle.

When you use your fingers to detangle instead of a comb or brush, you’re putting less tension on your hair and you can easily feel where the knots are and gently remove them instead of just ripping through it with a comb.

How to finger detangle your hair.

1.) Make sure you’re in the right frame of mind with enough strength to work with your hair.

2.) Spritz your hair with water or a moisturizing spray to prepare your hair strands for manipulation.

3.) Gently divide your hair into small sections and work through each section one at a time with a product that has good slip for detangling.

4.) Be sure to start working from the ends to the roots of your hair, making sure to remove all shed hair.

5.) When you encounter any knots, slowly remove each strand attached to the knot until the knot gives away or can’t be reduced any further then use a scissors to snip the hair as close as possible to the knot so you can preserve as much length as you can.

5.) Be gentle as you separate your hair strands to prevent unnecessary breakage.

This process is really slow and time consuming until you get the hang of it, but the results when done the right way are worth it. People who have fine hair strands or thin hair would benefit more from finger detangling because their hair strands are more fragile. So if you have fine or thin hair, I’ll suggest you try to finger detangle and see if it works for you.

My hair is on the thick side, and it’s getting thicker as it’s growing longer so I tend to have issues with finger detangling but I usually do it when I feel like using a comb would be too much manipulation for my hair.

Do you prefer to finger detangle your hair?

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Do You Know How To Massage Your Scalp Properly?

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Just recently I found out that I’ve been massaging my scalp the wrong way, and sometimes not even massaging at all. I’m even lazy at times because I’m just lazy. Most times we’re more concerned about our hair strands than the scalp, the actual place were the hair grows from.

A video by green beauty on YouTube made me aware of this. Are you part of this table? Well, you’ll find out by the end of this post.

I used to basically just move my fingers around my scalp thinking I’m massaging it and I think my growth oils were even wasting then because what’s the essence of applying growth oils on your scalp if you won’t massage the oil into your scalp?

The Right Way To Massage Your Scalp.

1.) Place the the tip of your fingers on your scalp and apply light to medium pressure.

2.) With your fingers on a spot, move in a circular motion.

3.)Work your way across your scalp to cover all areas and continue for about 5-10 minutes.

Make sure that you are using your finger tips and not your nails as this can damage your scalp.

Also, make sure you’re applying pressure to the scalp and not just moving your fingers around.

Benefits of a proper scalp massage

1.) It promotes sebum production which will prevent your scalp from being dry. So if you suffer from dry scalp, you should be massaging your scalp every day.

2.) Massaging your scalp helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth.

3.) It’s relaxing, and help to reduce stress, tension and even headaches.

4.) It strengthens the roots of your hair.

You can also use a scalp massager instead of your fingers. Either a manual or electric massager would work fine.

This is a manual scalp massager.

So are you on the table of not massaging your scalp properly? Have you learnt how to do it properly now?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

Quick Emergency Product Haul

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I said from one of my previous posts that my hair products had finished and I wasn’t planning on restocking till school resumes but since nobody knows when that is, and I’m about to take down my braids in about a week, hopefully because minus feeling lazy and enjoying my freedom with this braids, I’ve been a little under the weather so I don’t know if I’ll be up for dealing with my hair by next weekend.

As an adequate planner which I am, I wrote down and calculated the price of what I wanted to buy but on getting there, their hair products aisle was almost empty. I almost cried because all my plans were shattered. I honestly didn’t expect what I saw. I planned on getting blue magic leave in conditioner and mamiya organics hair cream or any curling cream and any instant conditioner.

There were only 3 brands of leave in conditioners and as usual, mega growth leave in conditioner was part of there and you guys know I said I don’t want to use it again so I had to get another one. I got miracle leave in conditioner and I was really skeptical about getting this product but I’ve read a few reviews about the product and decided to just try my luck. The leave in conditioner sold for 750naira.

For the instant conditioner, I had either vo5 conditioner or XHC conditioner in mind so I got the vo5 pomegranate bliss moisturizing conditioner which sold for 820naira.

For the cream, my sister and I really wanted to try a real curling cream so instead of the mamiya hair cream, we got double sheen Shea butter moisturizing curl activator creme. I found out that this brand is a direct dupe for Cantu because they imitated most of their products with their product range and the names of the products. But the cream sold for 2,300naira and hopefully this works if not I will cry.

You can see from the prices of the products that I’m a really cheapskate and don’t do the most when it comes to products because at the end it’s how you take care of your hair that matters. Everything sold for 3870naira and that’s really cheap for 3 products. And I hope they last till when school resumes so I can get the hair products I really want. I might just get them as my birthday gift to myself if care is not taken.

I’ll be trying the products first on my sister’s hair because I’m going to be washing her hair tomorrow and I’ll blog on how it goes. But I’ll post a review on the products after I’ve used them for my hair.

Thanks for reading this short and quick post.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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