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?

Thanks for reading.

The Tea On The Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush On Thick 4c Hair

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It’s been long since I asked this, but how are you all doing? Like, really? How has your week been? This week has been an okay week for me. I had a serious dysmenorrhea this week and it wasn’t funny at all. I haven’t had one that serious since last year December. The good thing was that I noticed it 2 days before it finally came and so I was on alert and was already prepared. The pains came with vomiting and I was so annoyed because I had some errands to run that day. I had to take painkillers, drink green tea and go about my day when I had some relief cause I’m a strong girl๐Ÿ˜‰.

Anyway, over to the gist of today. I’m probably the last to use it, but I got this detangling brush called tangle teezer cause I’ve been feeling that wide tooth combs no longer do the job and I’m not a pro at finger detangling to be able to get out all the knots in my hair. My hair is not the thickest out there, but it’s still a lot and properly finger detangling my whole head of hair can’t happen, at least not now. So I decided to incorporate a brush.

I bought this brush for 800naira.

It has a very funny shape and it’s not the most comfortable tool in terms of holding it to detangle your hair because of it’s shape, but once I got the hang of it, it got the job done. The bristles of the brush are soft and flexible so it was easy to glide through my hair. This brush also smooths the hair and so it helped to define my coils. My coils were looking so juicy and hella healthy.

Of course, before I got there brush I had to check YouTube for reviews and even though people had mixed thoughts about it, I decided to give it a try myself. I noticed that most people just went straight to using the brush, but I first of all detangled my hair with a wide tooth before using the brush and I made sure that I worked with fairly small sections. When I encountered a knot, I would stop to take the knot out with my fingers then continue with the brush.

Overall, I really like the brush, and I’ll continue using it when I feel my hair needs a thorough detangling session. After deep conditioning and detangling my hair, my hair felt so plush. There were no tangles in my hair when it came to moisturizing and styling and I can’t remember the last time that happened. And did I mention that this brush is pain free? You should totally try this brush out if you’re tender headed. Remember to always detangle your hair from the ends to the roots of your hair.

I wouldn’t recommend this brush as the first step for detangling. The brush should be used after using your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair. Also, don’t bother detangling your hair with this brush if the product you’re using to detangle your hair doesn’t have enough slip or you’ll be damaging your ends in the long run.

Do you use a detangling brush for your hair?

Thanks for reading.


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Natural Hair Trends I Love

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My last blog post was on natural hair trends I’m ditching, today I’ll be sharing the trends I love. These ‘trends’ are what I’ve been doing since I started transitioning my hair and they’ve made handling my hair easier.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

Prepoo

If you’re an OG of this blog then you’ll know I love prepooing. It was a lifesaver while I was transitioning because washing hair that has two completely different textures was not easy but prepooing before shampooing made it a whole lot easier. Prepoo is basically applying oils or oil mixtures to your hair and letting it sit for a while before you get into shampooing your hair. This helps to keep your hair moisturized and prevent it from being stripped and feeling dry.

I stopped prepooing for a while, but I went back to it when I learnt the hard way. It’s kind of stressful because it’s a whole step being added to washing your hair but I try to do it the night before and it’s easier that way.

Washing your hair in sections.

I’ve been doing this again since transitioning, but stopped after I turned fully natural because my hair was too short to be in sections. But as my hair grew longer I went back to shampooing and conditioning my hair in sections. Infact, whatever I’m doing I like to do it in sections. Whether I’m moisturizing or detangling, sections always save the day.

As my hair gets longer it’s getting thicker and if I’m not working in sections I’ll just be frustrated so sectioning your hair is key. It ensures that whatever you’re applying to your hair gets to every part of your hair.

Rice Water

Rice water is really popular now in the natural hair community and some people might be wondering why it wasn’t in the last post but it’s here now. I’ve been using it as far as since 2018 when I started transitioning my hair. I heard that it grows hair so I watched tons of videos and read tons of articles and I knew exactly what I was doing before I started it. I used to use it as the last step in my wash routine as a hair rinse. This used to help to leave my hair soft but strengthened.

Of recent, so many people have been complaining of it damaging their hair. This could be caused by a lot of reasons which I’ll explain in a whole separate post, but doing a proper research before jumping into any trend will save you from unnecessary problems and this is where so many people miss it.

Avocado hair masks

Who doesn’t love a good diy hair mask that’s cheap and moisturizes the hair properly? Avocados are really moisturizing to the hair and this used to be a staple in my hair routine but I’ve stopped it because I can’t continue to deal with the messiness that comes with it. When you want to be on a budget though, avocado hair mask is the way to go.

Clay Masks

I lovvve clay masks. I’ve only tried kaolin clay, but the results are enough to make me excited to try a bentonite clay mask. Clay masks are meant to deep cleanse your hair without stripping off moisture from your hair. When I use clay masks, the coils in my hair always come out from their hiding place and my hair is usually soft and completely tangle free.

That’s it for this post. Which of these trends do you do?


I’ve been super busy this week so I wasn’t able to keep to my schedule. I skipped Tuesday and I felt really bad. This one is even going to be published on Saturday because it’s already almost midnight. My youngest brother is going back to school so we’ve been up and about buying him the things he needs for school. Why do children grow so fast? I vividly remember when this child was born and now he’s in SS1.

I feel like a mother sending her.first child to the university๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading๐Ÿค—

My One Year Nappiversary

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I don’t know if ‘nappiversary’ is a word, but I saw it first when I was transitioning and have always looked forward to using it when I’m celebrating one year being natural. Yep, I’m celebrating because it’s an accomplishment. I successfully transitioned to natural hair then kept it for one full year even with so many discouraging words from some people.

Few months before I big chopped
Day of big chop. First length check.
First time wearing my hair in an afro.
One year post big chop
My hair shrunken. It amazes me how much 4c hair can shrink. My hair was totally dry in
this picture

On the 29th of August last year, I cut off the remaining relaxed hair I had and became fully natural. I immediately had my hair braided because school was in session and I didn’t want to deal with my hair but I was curious to see what I’ll look like with a twa(teeny weeny afro). Plus my birthday was approaching and I have this ritual where I get my hair braided for my birthday every year.

After I took down the braids about 5 weeks later, I struggled with my hair. I decided to work with my hair so I can get used to it but exams came by and my wigs became handy. The struggle continued but I became fond of my hair. When quarantine came, my hair was some weeks out of crochet braids and I decided to just let my hair breathe and get used to working with my hair.

I manipulated my hair a lot though and looking back, I wish I reduced the stress I was putting my hair through but the good thing was that I got used to my hair. I was planning to blowdry my hair for a proper length check but I had a heat damage scare earlier on which made me have a drastic trim that felt like a haircut so I decided to do the threading method to stretch my hair and give it a blown out look but it still didn’t work perfectly.

My hair grows on the slower side so I’m very careful on how I handle my hair. We grow from 4-6 inches every year and my hair is just at the 4inches mark because when I just big chopped my hair, it was 4inches and after 1 year, it’s 7 inches which means I was able to retain 3 inches of length and trimmed of about an inch.

I just got knotless goddess braids done and I can’t wait to share the process and pictures because the hair is so pretty but I’ve not gotten any proper picture yet. I’ll do that tomorrow and work on the post.

I’ll also write a different post on my experiences since I returned natural because if I do that here this post will be too long.

Little life update: I’m currently reading a book called ‘Daughters who walk this path’ by a Nigerian woman; Kilanko Yejide. It’s a very intriguing novel based on a young girl who was raped by her cousin when she was young and how she keeps the secret and how it affects her.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safeโ˜บ๏ธ

The Teaโ˜• On Knotless Braids: Knotless Braids Vs Traditional Box Braids

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Have you jumped on the knotless braids bandwagon yet? You should totally do so if you haven’t. Have you been hearing about the hype of knotless braids and you’re having doubts? I’m here to give you the tea on what to expect from knotless braids and why you should ditch traditional box braids for knotless braids.

I had knotless braids in my hair for about 6 weeks which I really enjoyed having the freedom of not dealing with my hair. I used one and a half pack of X-pression braiding hair in colour 2 and the braids were waist length. I’m not so tall(I’m 5’7) so my waist length braids aren’t super long. It took about 10-12 hours to make the hair which was split into 2 days because I was taking a lot of braids in between. I got help from my younger sister to complete the ends of some parts the second day.

So I’ll be listing the pros and cons of knotless braids and comparing them to traditional box braids.

Pros of knotless braids

They are light: knotless braids are really light compared to normal box braids because the extensions are fed into your real hair in small pieces and not just attached directly to your hair

Easy access to your scalp: since there are no knots in the braids, there’s easy access to your scalp. You can oil your scalp easily and if you’re someone who washes her braids then it would be very easy with knotless braids because there’s no obstruction caused by the knots

Less tension on your hair and scalp: because the braid is starting with your hair and the extensions are fed into your hair, there’s less tension on your scalp and hair which makes this style suitable for people who have tender scalp.

They are painless: unless your hair stylist is a wicked person, knotless braids are painless because there’s no tension on your scalp and the braids are lightweight so there’s meant to be no pain.

You can pack your braids without pain on the first day: Yep. There’s none of that stiffness that traditional box braids would give you when it’s still new.

Less braiding extensions used: For normal box braids of the same length, I’ll use full 2 packets of extensions but I used less with knotless braids.

Has a more natural look: The braids look like they’re coming from your scalp so it looks more natural.

There’s less shed hair after takedown: I experienced less shed hair after I took down my braids. This is the reason why I wanted to wait till I take down my braids before writing this so that I can be sure of what I’m saying. I had the braids in for 6 weeks that means I didn’t detangle my hair for 6 whole weeks and you’ll expect to see a lot of shed hair for that period, and for some persons, even breakage. But my hair was really healthy after I took the braids out. Trimming my hair before the braids and doing my hair myself may have contributed to less shed hair after the 6 weeks, but the fact that it was knotless braids and not traditional box braids played a bigger role in having less shed hair after 6 weeks of no detangling.

Quick tip: after taking down a protective style,a way to know that you retained length is to track the amount of shed hair because there might not be visible length difference(especially if you had the style in for just about 2 weeks) but keeping track of the shed hair would let you know if you’re retaining length. Let’s say for example you have box braids for 4 weeks and normally you wash your hair or detangle once every week. When you take down the braids, divide your shed hair into 4 places and if you’re on the right track of protective styling, the shed hair should be less than what you’ll normally have in a week.

Cons of knotless braids

Takes more time: the process of feeding in the braids may be more time consuming compared to just attaching the extensions directly.

More expensive: hair stylists tend to charge more for knotless braids because they take more time and require more work for it to look really neat and pretty.

One last con to take note of is that if you get big sized knotless braids, they might get an older look faster than traditional box braids would, depending on how you maintain the braids. But I didn’t experience this because I did small sized knotless braids, so this point is relative. It depends on the size of the braids and even how you maintain them.

As I’m typing this, my hair is washed and in twists preparing for a twist out tomorrow. I know I said I might leave my hair in the braids, but I finally had the strength to loosen and wash my hair because my hair is my baby, I can’t let it stay dry and dirty. Oh and I retained length๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ. Remember I said my hair was at my top lip after trimming? Well, now it’s back at my bottom lip and I’m eggcited๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚(I know what I spelt).

Dry, crusty puff

Anyway, have you tried knotless braids? What were your experiences? If you’ve not, are you willing to try it now?

I’m certainly not going back to traditional box braids.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

The Proper Way To Wash Your Natural Hair: Simple Wash Day Routine.

I used to do the most to my hair but I’ve learned how to reduce the time and things I do to my hair as my hair has grown longer because I’m not about that life anymore. Most people detest washday because it’s usually so long. But here’s a simple washday routine with the proper way to wash your hair to avoid unnecessary breakage.

The way you handle your hair on washdays determines how much length you’re retaining because our hair is always growing but it’s how you take care of your hair that will determine if you’ll see visible growth.

The basic steps to a simple washday are as follows:

  • Prepoo/detangling
  • Shampooing
  • Deep conditioning
  • Moisturizing/sealing
  • Style

Depending your hair length and thickness, everything could take about 2-4 hours also depending on how you decide to style your hair. Any other step such as regular conditioning, hair rinsings and hot oil treatments are not a necessity and should only be incorporated into your washday when your hair needs it or when you feel extra.

Prepoo/ Detangling

If you’re not familiar with the term ‘prepoo’ then you can read this post to understand better https://everythingnappy.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/prepoo-my-washday-saviour/
But it involves applying a generouts amount of oil or conditioner to your hair and allow it to sit from anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight. This is done to aid in detangling your hair and reducing the stripping effects of shampoo. You can use natural oils like coconut, olive o avocado oil to prepoo your hair and watch how your hair will feel so good.

Even if you decide to not prepoo your hair, ensure you detangle your hair before shampooing.

Shampooing

For shampooing your hair, you have to take note of the following:

Work in sections

Working in 4-6 sections when washing your hair is very essential. It helps you get to all parts of your hair and gives you better access to your scalp. If you have more than 6 inches of hair, washing your hair loose may not be the best way to do things. This process may take longer but the fewer tangles, knots and breakage is totally worth it. If your hair is too short to twist each of the 4 sections, you could use hair clips or elastic bands to keep the sections in place.

Use sulphate-free shampoos.

Shampoos containing sulphates would strip your hair off it’s natural oils and leave your hair dry. Rather, you should use moisturizing, sulphate-free shampoos which will cleanse your hair and still leave it moisturized.

Focus on your scalp

When shampooing your hair, your main focus should be your scalp. Do not scrub your scalp with your nails. Instead, you should use the tip of your fingers to massage your scalp gently and not vigorously. This would remove the first and build up on your scalp. The shaft of your hair will get clean as the shampoo runs down your hair.

Deep conditioning

This is a very important step in your washday routine because it’s what will leave your hair soft and manageable. Your hair should still be in sections from shampooing so go ahead and work with the sections. The deep conditioner should be applied to wet hair but not water dripping soaking wet hair. Squeeze out the excess water in your hair before you apply your deep conditioner.

Apply the conditioner to the shaft of to your hair from the roots to the ends, focusing more on the your ends because they’re the oldest part of your hair.

Cover your hair with a plastic bag or cap when you finish applying the deep conditioner throughout your hair. You can steam your hair with a heating cap or blow-dryer if you have one or wrap your hair with a warm towel to generate heat which will make sure your hair absorbs the deep conditioner properly.

After about 30 minutes to an hour, rinse off the conditioner from your hair with cold water and use a t-shirt to dry your hair and not a towel.

Moisturizing/ Sealing

By now your hair should feel soft. It’s time to moisturize your hair and seal the moisture in. Use a leave in conditioner to moisturize your hair and seal it with a butter or an oil. After moisturizing each section, you should twist or braid each section to trap in the moisture as your hair dries.

Style

After your hair has dried or after you’ve moisturized your hair, depending on if you want to work on stretched or shrunken hair, proceed to styling your hair.

So there! A simple washday routine to minimize time and still get the job done.

How long does it take you to wash your hair?

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed and stay safe.

The Ultimate Guide On How To Transition Relaxed Hair To Natural Hair

So you’ve finally decided to go natural but scared of the drastic decision to chop off your relaxed hair? No worries girl. I got you okay?

There’s another way to go about it and it’s called transitioning your hair. Transitioning is a process of going natural where you stop relaxing your hair and you allow your new growth to grow out in it’s natural state while trimming off your relaxed hair little by little until you’re left with just your natural hair or you’re comfortable with the length of your new growth the you can chop off the remaining relaxed ends.

This process can be very frustrating, especially if you’re not well informed on how to go about it. I transitioned my hair for a year so I’m in a very good position to guide you properly on what to do(I think??๐Ÿ˜‚) Anyway, here are some simple guides you should follow.

1.) The first and most important step of transitioning your hair is to make sure you are doing it for yourself and not giving into the pressure of friends and family or even social media if not this process is going to be harder and frustrating because you won’t be happy and you won’t put in the proper work and effort to care for your hair.

Being natural is not a must, neither is it a do or die affair. This is why there are other options to wear your hair even though I’ll advise to wear your hair in it’s natural state, it’s still a personal choice.

2.) The second and most important step is to stop relaxing your hair or chemically processing your hair. You also need to stop using heat in your hair to allow your new growth that’s growing out retain it’s natural curl pattern. Except you want to wear your hair straight and be a straight natural after you go natural if not, you need to stay away from heat.

3.) The next step is to limit your visits to the salon and start learning how to take care of your hair. Especially if you are in Nigeria like me. Most hairstylists in Nigeria do not know how to take care of natural hair except you go to a salon that specializes in taking care of natural hair then you are safe and sure that your hair is in good hands. But this salons tend to be more expensive. If you can afford the luxury, then by all means go ahead. If you can’t like me, you need to learn how to take care of your hair yourself. And trust me, your hair will thank you for it.

I remember when I was transitioning and I went to one salon to get my hair done this lady asked me why my hair had so much undergrowth (new growth) and I told her that I wanted to go natural so I’m waiting for my natural to grow out before cutting the relaxed ends. I made sure that I said all these things so she can understand what I wanted to do. This lady opened her mouth and told me that I can still apply a relaxer and not allow it to get relaxed so it can give me a blow out look because my hair was too ‘strong’ as she put it. I had to tell her to it would no longer be natural and she started arguing with me that it would still be natural but it would be softer. This is exactly the kind of ignorant people we have in the salons taking care of our hair. But we’ll talk about this in a whole different post so I can rant properly.

4.) Another important thing to note is that while transitioning, your hair will look damaged as your roots will be thick and your ends will thin and scraggly but that’s okay because that’s part of the transitioning process. It’s not called the ugly phase for nothing. Your hair will look like a hot mess, your hair is going to have two textures and you’ll probably have a hard time styling your hair but the end result will be worth it I promise.

5.) We can’t talk about transitioning hair without talking about line of demarcation. This is the line where your new growth and relaxed hair meet. It’s usually fragile and you should be careful when handling your hair. You have to keep your hair moisturized always so the line doesn’t get fragile and break off. Breakage is very normal while transitioning but it can be curbed by being careful and taking care of your hair properly.

6.) Deep condition your hair like your life depends on it. You should always alternate between a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner or just use a protein balanced deep conditioner like mega growth deep conditioner. This is a very good product for transitioning hair as it has so much protein in it but will still leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized.

7.) Avoid manipulating your hair too much. You don’t want to pull your hair everyday because like I said,the line of demarcation is very fragile. You should limit your combing to once a week to prevent stressing your hair. You should also take note to comb your hair only in it’s damp or wet state and with conditioner in it. Detangling brushes have no business near your hair especially if you have tight curls, wide tooth combs should be your best friend. If you have looser curls you can get away with detangling brushes but be sure to finger detangle first.

8.) Protective styles should be your friend. And when I say protective styles I don’t mean styles with extensions. I only did hair with extensions 3 times during my transitioning phase and I didn’t carry them for as long as I’ll normally do because I was trying to avoid unnecessary breakage and I wanted to spend time with my hair to get to know what works for it and also to get used to the way my hair looks. You should do styles that would protect your hair in all terms like buns, flat twists, cornrows. Even with this styles, they shouldn’t be done too tight or you’ll be causing unnecessary tension to your hair.

These are my ultimate tips on how you can transition your hair smoothly from relaxed hair to natural hair.

I’ve really outdone myself with this post because it’s longer than most of my posts. I’m back for real and this time with quality contents for you guys.

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 guys๐Ÿค—

Flat twist out + quick updo on short 4c hair.

So after my wash and go fiasco from my previous post, I didn’t want to sleep with my hair like that in it’s shrunken state with gel all over it like that, so I decided to take advantage of the gel and do a flat twist out.

Since my hair already had gel in it, all I did was to spray some water on my hair to reactivate the gel and flat twist my hair in small sections. When doing flat twists, make sure you’re flat twisting your hair in the direction you want it to fall.

The key to a good flat twist out is to make clean parts as you’re adding more hair while twisting and avoid borrowing hair so you don’t cause frizz during the takedown process. After flat twisting, I used Bobby pins to pin the twists while they dry so that they can be stretched and I have more length with the style.

The takedown

1.) Apply oil to your fingers and a little on your hair to add some shine

2.) Carefully unravel the twists, making sure to remove each curl carefully.

3.) Use your comb to pick the roots to hide the lines in your hair and to give your hair volume

You don’t need to separate the curls when you do a flat twist because flat twists give volume and definition unlike a normal twist out.

So I styled the flat twist out into a quick updo by rolling the hair at the back upwards and using a Bobby pin to secure it. This hairstyle came out so lovely and I may have found my go to hairstyle.

The pattern I flat twisted in. I wanted some of my hair to fall towards my face.
Freshly unravelled with one side pinned.
Updo
Back view

I’ve been so lost on how to style my hair since it’s still short, but if I say so myself, I did a very good job with this hairstyle. What do you guys think?

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Cowashing natural hair.

My hair needed a boost of moisture in between my biweekly washes so I decided to cowash my hair. I’ve always wanted to try out cowashing but I never got around to do so. I was skeptical about it working for my hair but I comforted myself with the fact that if it doesn’t come out well, I’ll be clarifying my hair the next wash day the following week, so it won’t matter.

Cowashing is a process where you use just conditioners to cleanse your hair. Cowashes are done when you’re hair isn’t really dirty, but you still need to cleanse your hair mildly.

Why you should cowash

1.) It’s more gentle to cowash your hair than to use a shampoo.

2.) Less moisture loss

3.) Less frizz

4.) Faster and easier washday. You get to cleanse and condition your hair in one step.

5.) It’s perfect for refreshing your hair midweek or in between shampooing.

With cowashing, you can decide to deep condition afterwards but I decided to skip it because I was cowashing my hair in the night, and I was kind of tired. Plus I felt my hair was already moisturized enough. No need to put it through unnecessary stress because I know deep conditioning is good, but excess of it can be harmful.

So, I used my xpel hair care banana conditioner to cowash and washing my hair has never felt so good because I literally jumped into the shower without detangling my hair prior to that time, drenched my hair in water and applied the conditioner on my hair.

I was able to detangle my hair easily with just my fingers and just used a comb for necessity sake, just to make sure my hair was properly detangled.

The whole process of cowashing took me about 20mimutes and I spent most of the time admiring my curls in the bathroom ๐Ÿ˜‚. My hair was soft, bouncy and moisturized after the whole process. This is something I see myself doing more often.

The key to adding a cowash in your hair care routine is to not over do it. Just cleansing your hair with conditioners can cause product build up which can cause breakage.

Do you cowash your hair? Let me know how you add it to your hair care routine.

I did a thing to my hair after cowashing my hair guys. Stay tuned to see what I did in my next post.

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