Faux it until you make it

For the past two years I wanted to do dreadlocks but I had commitment issues. I’m one of those people who are lazy to do my hair but once it’s in a protective style, I crave putting my hands through it and actually styling it, crazy much? Anyway, this post is long overdue as this was my protective style for December 2016, faux locs that is, but I’m doing this post because I’ve received so many inbox/direct messages about what it entails, where I’ve done it etc. so I figured this is the easiest way to answer those questions.

I’ve observed the trend of faux locs long before your Rihanna’s, Tyra’s and Meagan Good’s began rocking it. Problem is, there wasn’t a lot of places that did it in Johannesburg and those that did, were exorbitantly priced. Think R3000 without the hair, seriously. As a 9-5 working individual with rent and food to consider as well as a mom that was due to move in with me, that wasn’t in my budget, at all. I started exploring cheaper alternatives and got the details from a lady from Yolenda over at Yolz Channel. We started chatting on Whatsapp and discussed prices, which increased a few weeks later as the popularity of the style did but it was still way more affordable than other places. She resides in Alex but there was an option for her to travel to me, which in turn wasn’t an option for me as I don’t like people in my space, especially strangers.

This was my 3rd protective style since being in Johannesburg as I’ve never done anything like this in Cape Town, ever. I always tend to do these things shortly before I’m due to take a bus trip to either Oudtshoorn or Cape Town, which results in loss of sleep and this time was no different. I went to Alex the day before I was scheduled to go to Cape Town and boy oh boy do I regret it.  Before we get to that, let me take you through mine and Tumi’s (that’s her name) process. I wore my afro the entire week but decided to wash and stretch my hair with a bit of heat to make it easier for her, which was a wise decision. I’ve arrived there around 10, got lost for a bit but eventually found her and we got started immediately. First off, she did my hair in single plaits, which was really cool and I wanted to leave it like that, which I neglected to do when I removed the locs. I’m tender-headed, such a baby, and the one thing no one tells you, is how much this hurts. Man! I was ready to give up before we were even halfway! She took a picture from the back to show me how awesome it looks and that convinced me to stick around else I would’ve been out of there.

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Let me tell you this, Tumi is one of the most patient people I’ve met in a while and that just adds to her awesomeness. We took a few breaks as I was almost in tears halfway and she consoled me by putting on some cartoons for me, don’t judge me. Funny enough, I found loads of videos on how to hack this faux locs installation thing that makes it painless, I’ll upload one for you on this post but it just shows you how important research is before going ahead with the actual deed. Anyway, we finished, somehow and I couldn’t move my head nor crack a smile! I was grateful to Tumi though and I promised her that I will share her number with every natural-haired sister that would love to install faux locs and I did just that. She makes her own wigs as well, which I find pretty awesome as I love wigs in winter as a protective style (yes it is a protective style if your hair is in plaits underneath, don’t judge.) Got home and I couldn’t sleep,seriously. I mean, the locs look fabulous but the pain! Dude I have migraines, daily and I think that aggravated it to the max! After 5 or 7 Adcodol tablets, I stopped counting after 3, I was finally able to get some rest.

Throw in a 15+ hour bus drive to Cape Town and you can imagine how I felt in the end. I couldn’t sleep on the bus and I didn’t dare take more medication as I already took too much the previous night. Good news, it gets better after the second day and the compliments and stares won’t stop. I got off the bus, in dire need of a shower and sleep and was stopped by several ladies asking me for the details of my hair stylist. The look of defeat on their faces when I told them she’s in Johannesburg was heartbreaking but the ladies in Cape Town managed to find some places to do it or attempted DIY’s. Overall it’s one of those styles that suits everyone, which is rare and it’s definitely worth the pain and money spend. I paid R650 which included the hair and installation and it was an absolute bargain. I doubt the price is still the same but you can check with Tumi via Whatsapp at 0786513647.

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It’s advised to wear a satin scarf at night, oh it’s not as heavy as it may seem. I went swimming, well I was halfway into the way and ensured the hair didn’t get wet. Washing happens as you usually do when wearing braids, no rocket science there. Some people reuse their locs after removing it, I considered that but my mom threw mine away so no luck there.

This is the video I was referring to earlier in my post:

 

Hope this post was useful xoxo

 

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Noir Beauty Box

I love receiving products, whether freebies or paid for…it’s like a gift from me to me. I also like quality products at an affordable price, products that are value for money (however little the amount is), that delivers on promises made and if they don’t, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted that much anyway. I’m not really a fan of subscription boxes as I feel that they can’t make me happy every month, not their fault at all. I’ve been searching for a natural hair product subscription box  as it’s hard out there for a natural junkie such as myself.

A fellow blogger, Ncomeka from Wooden Mirror: The Blog recently tagged me in a Facebook post about the relaunch of Noir Beauty Box and obviously I was curious. Upon further enquiry, I found out that it was R70 for this service which basically only cover the courier services. I contacted them via Facebook, received an information and sign-up sheet via email, completed and send it back and the first payment went through 6 days ago. I received my first order this morning and it’s the perfect way to brighten up my Monday.

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Let’s unpack:

I received x6 samples, all of them are sulphate and paraben-free with no mineral oil or petrolatum. Allow me to take you through it.

1. Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel (21g)

This is the one product from Aunt Jackie that actually worked for me, I love it! Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids,promotes hair health from the inside out and helps to prevent dryness and flaking. All directions to use are at the back of each sample.

2. Moisture Intense Leave-In Conditioner (21g)

I’ve been searching for a good leave-in and I sincerely hope that I’ve found it. It’s said to revive dry hair with natural ingredients including marshmallow root, give great slip (we know how important that is) and just enough moisture to keep the thirstiest coils and curls refreshed.

3. Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser (14g)

I’m a big fan of co-washing and clarifying with ACV as it saves me a lot of time. This rich and creamy, triple-action remedy replenish moisture, softens and thoroughly removes buildup and impurities and also contain flaxseed along with coconut and avocado oils that helps to improve your  hair health overall. It’s enriched with flaxseed, avocado, coconut and apple cider vinegar.

4. Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque (21g)

I’m in dire need of this as my hair always take a beating in winter due to my own laziness *cue Bruno Mars’ Lazy song*. This masque promises to ‘repair beyond compare’, not my words, theirs. This is especially effective for protective styling, hairtypes 2a-4c and repairing natural hair damaged by color and wearing wigs and weaves. (Why do I feel like that entire sentence was just aimed at me?!) It contains flaxseed, mango and shea butter, avocado and coconut oil.

5. Hydrating Sealing Butter (14g)

This is hailed as “the protective styler’s new best friend”. We can say goodbye to weak,damaged ends and chronically dry hair with this ultimate moisture therapy. It also prevents shedding and thinning while softening,shining and protecting hair from breakage. Excellent moisture remedy for 3a-4d hair types, protective styling and all hair types in need of oil-based moisture therapy. It contains flaxseed, avocado and castor oil, shea butter and honey.

6. Anti-Poof Defining Curl Whip (21g)

Enriched with flaxseed,argan oil, shea and mango butter, this curl whip smoothes and defines dry,frizzy hair. This water-based hydration is great for 1b-4a textures, wash n go styles and protective styling. It helps to get rid of poofy, fly-away hair and helps to soften curls, prevent dryness and tame frizz without weighing hair down.

 

 

Benefits:

As a self-confessed product junkie, this service prevents me from making major mistakes that will end up on my storage instead of my “to use” shelf (a lot of products ended up there btw). I bought 3x Aunt Jackie products about 2 months ago and only one of them works for my hair, I’m so sad but R200+ poorer. Being natural is expensive, not in terms of how much you HAVE to spend but in terms of how much you spend to find a product that works for you. Most companies see being natural as a trend, a passing phase and they’re too eager to jump on the bandwagon and charge us exorbitant prices for products we can make in your kitchen (I see you, flaxseed gel). You also get a 10% discount on Mzansi Fro to purchase full-sized products from Asili, Argan Smooth, Africa’s Best Texture, Auntie Jackie’s, Brownchild, Elasta QP, Herbal Essensces,Keramour and TMW.

 

Disadvantages:

None that I can think off. If you really think about it, you get to try out 6 different products for the price of 1 full-sized product. If you or your hair don’t like it, move on (well,shed a few tears if it’s something you really wanted your hair to love)

Bloggers:

These are the bloggers you can follow to see exactly how to use the samples:

 

Email them now at noir@mzansifro.co.za or pop them a message on Facebook

Stay “Beautiful like me”.

 

Heat on natural hair

Heat, a word I’ve grown weary of as far as it’s concerning my hair. Returning to my roots meant there’s dozens of ways to dry my hair without using heat and have amazing heatless curls without using curling irons. Once in while though I’m forced to use a bit of heat, like in December before I installed faux locs to make it easier for the lady who did my hair or on Sunday because my mom kept saying my hair is NOT growing despite me telling her otherwise. I’ve had her on this natural journey since she moved in with me, been telling her to massage her scalp daily, with or without product, I regularly plait her hair in cornrows (yes I can actually do that) and she’s using my products with me. I’ve seen so much growth in her hair but she doesn’t (I think she’s expecting shoulder length hair overnight *insert eyeroll*)

I’ve been preparing since Saturday for this heat situation and started off with a deep conditioner recipe I got from Maxine from It’s All Natural that includes Purity, yes actual baby food. Mix together 30 ml banana Purity, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp glycerine.Apply to your hair and put a shower cap on followed by a beanie for extra heat. Leave it on for 45 minutes (or in my case, overnight). I rinsed it followed by the My Natural Hair range and ended it off with a ACV (applecider vinegar) and water rinse. Dried with a T-shirt ’cause nobody got time for towels no more and proceeded to section my hair in 4 parts to make the heat process easier. It’s very important to use a heat protectant, not only for natural hair. I didn’t take any chances and used 2, yes 2 heat protectants on each section. First one is from Tresemme, which I’ve been using for a really long time and one from Avon that I’m using for the second time now. Invest in a serum to apply after you’re done like this one from Avon I’ve used. Use your hairdryer on the lowest setting for minimum damage and proceed with a comb or brush.

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It took me over an hour to finish my hair and I realised halfway why I’m not a fan of heat anymore. It’s exhausting and once I was done I missed my curls immediately. If I didn’t put in so much time I would’ve been under the shower again in 2 minutes, no kidding. My mom was surprised, of course at the length of my hair and I had a smug “I-told-you-so” smile on my face the whole day.

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This was half way and the contrast between curls and straightened is a real eye-opener. My hair is healthier than it’s ever been and I absolutely love it.

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The only upside for me was that you could see the vibrancy of the colours. There was too much frizz on my hair and I didn’t have the necessary products to combat that as I never have this issue with my bantu knots or twists. Also 5 minutes into gym my hair in front started to “mince”, another thing I don’t like at all. I used heat after 3 months and I’m hoping to stay away from it a bit longer than that the next time around.

If you’re natural and use heat a lot, what do you use to combat frizz? Please let me know.

 

 

 

My Natural Hair

The natural movement have taken the world by storm and I’m really happy about it. As natural girls we’ve been described as lazy, our hair as unkempt because we dare return to our roots and not rely on relaxers and strengtheners to alter the state of our hair. It’s a journey where upon you have to endure insults from family and friends, where you’re constantly being asked “when are you fixing your hair?” I, for one don’t care anymore what people say about my hair. As someone whose hair has been relaxed since the tender age of 6 by a cousin who thought my hair was too curly, unruly and wanted to “tame” it, I’ve heard it all. A vicious cycle commenced where as soon as my curly roots start showing people made it their job to straighten it. Fast-forward to high school where all the popular girls had straight hair and I, trying to fit in, subjected my hair to relaxer every 2nd or 3rd month.

The decision to return to my roots came 4+ years ago and it was an easy one to make. I moved to Johannesburg and left my old life behind so why not start afresh with my hair as well? The main problem I’ve had was finding products that work for my then transitioning hair and that was not an easy task. Most brands had relaxers but few or none had sulphate-free products and that was enough to make you contemplate going back to relaxers. I stood my ground, did a big chop 2 years later and right now I can proudly say that I’m 100% natural. I haven’t used heat for a while as there’s various ways to stretch your hair, an article for another day.

I’ve recently tried out the Proudly South African brand, My Natural Hair as it’s very important to me to support local brands and assist them in assisting us on this journey. Their range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, strengthening oil and moisturising butter at the moment and I love every single one if it. I love the fact that it’s for both natural and relaxed hair as it’s a good way of showing ladies that are transitioning that their existing products will still work for them once they return to their roots.

Nourishing shampoo (RSP R74.99-250ml)

It contains jojoba oil and shea butter and it gently cleanse while removing build up and also sooth dry and itchy scalp. A small amount is applied to wet hair and it lathers quite well, which I like in a shampoo.

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Hydrating conditioner (RSP R74,99-250ml)

It contains coconut,jojoba and sweet almond oil as well as shea butter. This deep conditioner replenishes moisture; strengthen your hair as well as combating breakage whilst assisting with detangling (which tends to be a nightmare for me).

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Strengthening oil (RSP R79,99-150ml)

Is a blend of sunflower, castor, grapeseed, avocado, sweet almond and olive oils and it seals in moisture while softening the hair, it adds shine and reduce frizz while assisting with the growth of your hair. Apply directly to the scalp, hair and hairline for best results.

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Moisturising butter (RSP R79,99-125ml)

Serves as a leave-in daily moisturiser and contains coconut, olive, jojoba and sunflower oils and shea butter. It helps to deeply moisturise and soften the hair and assist with enhancing our curls, which is a bonus. You just need to apply a little bit on wet or dry hair to obtain the desired results. All their products are free of harmful parabens, sulphate, phthalates, petroleum and mineral oil.

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I’ve absolutely loved trying out this range as did my hair. It’s softer, the curls are well-defined and it smells amazing. I rate this range 9/10 for my first use, will keep you updated on my final results and thoughts in a month or so.

As a natural African woman, I am proud, beautiful and well-groomed and my hair is my crowning glory. I live naturally in all aspects of my life. I choose not to use products that are synthetic and damaging to my hair, my body or my environment.”

Products available from My Natural Hair and Clicks.

Curl Chemistry: Curl Activating Cream

Before embarking on this natural hair journey I was always baffled by people’s creativity with natural hair. The gorgeous curls, intricate hairstyles and endless amounts of products confused me endlessly and for a long time  I avoided returning to my roots because of that. I decided to stick to what I knew best, creamy crack, hair dryers and hair irons as that was my illusion of a safe haven. After taking the plunge to return to the natural path, my hair rebelled for quite some time and I often had to give myself a peptalk else I would’ve returned to using relaxers as it made it so much easier. The products that I used to love no longer worked for me and I had to embark on a quest to find products that will feed my natural hair.

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There’s a few I’ve found but I won’t refer to them as my “holy grail” as there’s still room for improvement. Currently I love the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale range and a few other products as mentioned here but if there’s one product I’ve wanted to try for a while, it’s the curl activating cream, produced and manufactured locally by Curl Chemistry. The purchasing process was quite easy as I send them a message on Facebook and had a chat with Liesl Katzen about the price and postage option as they’re based in Cape Town. I ordered Wednesday evening and when I got home yesterday (Monday) it was waiting for me. I’ve never been excited for wash day, ever but last night I was. Liesl did a video about her wash routine, which included a co-wash and I was eager to try that for the first time. I used Avon’s Moroccan argan oil conditioner and it did it very good job. I dried my hair with an old T-shirt, as I’ve been doing for over 2 years now (take note ladies) sectioned it and applied the cream.I’ve decided to do single twists for the first time and absolutely loved the results.

About the product:

This curl activating cream is packed with ingredients that moisturize curly and kinky hair. It contains coconut oil,shea butter,olive oil, castor oil and argon oil that promotes hair growth and help tame frizz. I have very dry hair and the shea butter provides moisture, repairs natural hair breakage and helps soothe dandruff whereas the coconut oil adds luster, shine and softness to your hair. It contains pomegranate extract, which provides a pleasant smell. I loved the consistency of it as it’s not too thick and doesn’t leave a white residue on your hair. The packaging is quite cute, white jar with pink and purple accents and I’m a fan of the font being used on the label.

Price and shipping options: 

This product retails for R95 and I paid an extra R50 for postage to Johannesburg. If you’re in Cape Town you can obviously arrange for pickup. For other areas you can contact them directly via Facebook to discuss shipping options and prices.

My results:

This is the single twists I did last night, excuse the poor quality of the picture 😉

This morning I just undid the twists and used a moisterising sheen spray from ORS and went my merry way. Everyone at the office has been complimenting me on my hair, asking me how I achieved it and couldn’t believe it was that simple. I have become that person who’s hair someone would look at and think “I could never achieve that” not knowing how easy it is.

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This is my first hairstyle using the curl activating cream but it’s already a solid 10/10 in my books.

Review: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale

I’ve been looking forward to the launch of Dark and Lovely’s new Au Naturale range in South Africa as did every single naturalista I know. I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected by Beauty Bulletin as one of the lucky ladies to try out the Afro Moisturising Butter and Plaiting Pudding Cream and I couldn’t wait to start. Allow me to discuss the products one at a time as well as the hairstyle I chose to do with it.

Afro Moisturising Butter:

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I really liked the smell of this butter and the way it made my hair feel. It’s moisturising and doesn’t leave residue when rubbed in properly. It’s free of parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil and drying alcohol, which is a big plus for me. I did my bantu knots with this and absolutely loved the results! I’ve used this one a few times again and still love it, a bit more than the plaiting cream.

My results:

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Plaiting Pudding Cream

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It contains mango oil and bamboo milk which gives it a tropical scent and I love it. As with the butter, it’s free of parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil and drying alcohol and it provides a lot of definition to your curls. I washed my hair and applied the cream before I did the flat twist. I wasn’t really hapy with the results because my hair was still wet, which is my fault since I washed my hair after 8 pm.

My results:

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I’m definitely interested in investing in the entire range as Dark and Lovely has always been a trust hair care brand and they definitely make me feel #ProudToBeNatural.

Naturalistas guide to Punked

I’ve recently got Punked! and totally loved it. I’ve returned to my roots about 4 years ago and my hair journey has been quite interesting  as I did everything from a mohawk to cutting it all off. I’ve always experimented with colour and never really looked at the ingredients or did any research about whether certain chemicals are harmful to my hair until a few months ago. What happened a few months ago? you might wonder, well allow me to take you through my thought process: I’ve always wanted to dye my hair blonde or just go really light but heard horror stories about bleach/peroxide and have seen people losing their hair as a result of misinformation about products. I started doing research about bleach with natural ingredients with no luck…that was until I stumbled upon the Punked FB page and fell in love with all the vivid colours they had on display.

I’ve search through all the client pictures but couldn’t quite find someone with my hair type that used the product so I sent them a message to enquire about how safe their products are for natural hair. I was pleasantly surprised when they informed me that it’s plant based and chemical free, how amazing is that? Me, being me, decided not to just take their word for it but invest in the product and test it for myself. My package arrived in record time and I couldn’t wait to try it. Bear in mind I’ve never bleached my hair before so  I honestly just decided to wing it. What’s the worse that could happen, right? If my hair falls out, I’ll just cut it all off, been there before so no train smash. I watched a YouTube video by Jessie on how to bleach your hair using Punked and I felt fairly confident that I could do it. After applying the bleach I ran to the mirror every 5 minutes to check on the progress because the brassy feel of my hair really worried me (apparently it’s normal). After 30 minutes I rinsed it off and was firstly amazed to not see any hair in the basin, I honestly thought it would fall out in heaps, secondly my hair was silky soft and I’m not exaggerating guys, it really was and thirdly the colour was gorgeous! Obviously it was very yellow but I could fix that by using the steel toner (which you can use to go grey) to achieve my desired blonde. I knew then and there that I’ve fallen in love and won’t ever use box dyes again, regardless of how affordable it is.

Follow Punked on Facebook to stay updated with their amazing special offers because it will definitely save you a few bucks. Their products are used in salons across the country and you can enquire where your nearest one would be. In Johannesburg you will find it here and Cape Town here. They are very environmentally conscious and use the recycled newspapers that they get as packaging to protect your Punked goods instead of purchasing plastics and fancy scented paper to save a tree or 2. Newspapers are much more biodegradable than plastics and other purchased papers for that use.

Price list for your first order:

Large bleach and Vol 30 R130
Large steel R90
Large Mixer R75
Steel Shampoo R70
Steel Conditioner R70
Steel Spray R60
Steel Mask R55
Delivery R80
Total Then R630.00

PS. If your hair is short you can order the small mixer,steel and bleach and it will work out less 🙂

PPS: Do keep your eyes on their FB page as they often have amazing specials where you can can get the basics (excluding maintenance products) for R200-R300.

 

 

I got Punked!

Those of you who follow me on social media might have noticed something different about me. If not, I don’t know how it could possibly be more obvious but I’m currently rocking rainbow hair! To be quite honest, it happened by mistake and it’s one of the best mistakes I’ve made thus far. I’ve won a hamper from Punked and decided on the Steel Grey as I’ve been contemplating dying my hair grey for quite some time now. I’ve used  Punked products before and absolutely loved it so there was no hesitation before using it again. In my previous posts I’ve mentioned that I’ve returned to my natural roots with minimum heat and no straighteners and relaxers. It order to achieve grey, you have to bleach your hair and that’s usually a scary thought for any naturalista. Not me though, I’ve used bleach from Punked before and it left my hair soft and manageable with no breakage.Their products are PPD free, vegan, they’re against animal testing AND they’re based in South Africa, what more can you ask for?

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I could hardly contain my excitement when my goodies arrived as I was really keen on starting. They’ve included bleach, mixer, freeze spray (to seal in the colour), shampoo+conditioner (for aftercare), bleach, steel mask (for maintenance), steel colour, amongst others which was so much more than I’ve expected. Oh and there’s also an instruction leaflet in but you’re welcome to inbox them on Facebook as that has proven to be very helpful to me. If you’re unsure of the colour that you’d like, this might help you:

 

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The bleaching process is always really exciting to me, don’t ask me why as I have no valid reason for that. The last time I’ve bleached using Punked was in March this year and my roots started showing, which provided me with a really cool reversed ombre look. The bleach process took me about 30-45 minutes but if you have help that time will be cut in half. You may leave the bleach on for 20-30 minutes, depending on how dark your hair is, and wash it off with shampoo, don’t condition. Blow dry your hair or if you’re anything like me, allow your hair to air dry (which will take longer but less damage). Mix your hair dye (you will receive an instruction leaflet with your order or have a look at their website) and apply, oh and don’t forget to put Vaseline on along your hairline and ears to prevent staining. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave colour on for 90 minutes, wash it out with clear water and vinegar to set the colour and spray with your freeze spray before styling.

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Steel grey is a toner and not a hair dye per se so the 90 minute rule don’t apply. It assists in correcting your colour when you go lighter with your hair but can be used to dye your hair grey. Remember to leave it in only for only 5-10 minutes or until you get the desired colour. I’ve left mine in too long hence the purple and blue tones but I love it! If you want to lift the colour a bit, which I did, just use a normal hot oil treatment, a clarifying shampoo or Gill shampoo to achieve the colour that you’ll be happy with. This pictures represent my current hair colour, I’m still planning on going grey but will follow the instruction more carefully this time.

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Punked also sell contact lenses and are available in salons all over South Africa. For more information visit their website here or their Facebook page here

A few of my favourite things (hair care)

I’ve done a similar post recently about my favourite skincare products at the moment so I’d like to list my hair care favourites. I’ve been in a transitioning stage with my hair, done the big chop almost 2 years ago and I’m still struggling to find my feet in terms of dealing with my naturally curly hair. I’ve used so many products before but the ones I’m about to list became my go-to products.

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Let’s start with the shampoo and conditioner: I’ve fallen in love with the Ultimate Blends range from Garnier and I won’t do the usual raving as I’ve already done so here but I can assure you that it’s a worthy investment. It leaves my hair soft and manageable which is imperative for naturalistas as detangling is a painful process.

I’ve recently been introduced to the Avon Advanced Techniques volume and curl mousse and it’s amazing! Unfortunately it was the end of range and I only got one bottle 😦 I’ve used it last week when I did a bantu knot and the “curls” lasted for over a week, which was a first. I usually use my shea butter on it’s own or add Dark and Lovely Amla legend oil of 7 wonders to the mix but the curls usually fade when I go to sleep. Not this time though, I went to sleep as per usual, I had people touching it all the time (why do they do that?) and it lasted.

I also used a sample of the Asili hair and skin butter I got at the Iman Cosmetics event and I love it! It’s very fragrant and left my hair  really soft and made detangling so much easier. Their prices range between R35-R150 and it’s definitely worth it.

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This is my bantu knot, day 1 look and day 7:

-The Dark and Lovely scalp soother for braids and weaves I use to combat itchiness even without braids and it works really well.

-The ORS olive oil hairspray is my go-to sealant as it provides an amazing sheen to my finished hairstyle and it’s not very oily, which I love.I also use  a serum from Avon for added shine when needed.

-I recently saw the new Afri True range, which is exclusively designed by Clicks for ethnic hair. I only bought the deep conditioning treatment, which was reasonably priced at R16 and it’s been amazing thus far. The entire range has argan, coconut, jojoba and olive oils as part of the ingredients, which is a win-win situation for naturalistas as we’re always looking for products with these essential oils.

-I also love the Hair Rescue masks/hot oil treatments etc. from Clicks as it’s really affordable and the results are really good. I always make sure that I at least have one of them in my bathroom, just in case. At this moment I have the hot oil treatment, which I will use later on in an attempt to lift the colour I currently have (I wanted grey, left the dye on for too long so I’m a mermaid now).

-Naturalistas would agree that detangling is a mission but a wide-tooth comb is always a winner so is a tangle teezer. I bought this little cutie from Clicks (notice a pattern?) for about R25 and it made detangling a breeze! My hair is very curly, which I love on a normal day but NOT on wash day. With this baby by my side there’s no more tears (trust me, there used to be a lot) and I would definitely recommend it to my natural sisters.

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There you have it, this is just some of my favourite products at the moment and they’re all available from Clicks except for the Avon products of course, which you can get from a consultant.

PS. I haven’t used heat in a while so I haven’t the opportunity to review the Avon Advanced Techniques spray as it need to be applied before styling.