Chilling On My Throne

Chilling On My Throne

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Defeat the Heat!

Two words you never want to hair in relation to your hair is, HEAT DAMAGE! Whether you are a life-long naturalista or are on a journey to promote healthy natural hair, heat damage is the last thing you want to encounter.

Heat damage can be a result of two ways: –

  1. The use of curling tongs/straighteners that have been placed on a setting that your hair cannot handle
  1. Excessive blow-drying of your hair using high heat

We all love change and we all love to take the easy route sometimes but, we need to weigh up our options if we want to promote long-term good hair health. If we take blow-drying as an example, it is so easy to use as a means of drying our hair on Wash Day but, depending on the frequency of your wash days or if you have used a heat protectant, there is always the risk of getting heat damage.

So how do we get rid of heat damage? Unfortunately, heat damage alters the natural texture of your hair and you will notice that the strands that have been damaged will hang straight after washing, whilst your natural coils will curl at the end.

In order to repair the damage, the ends should be clipped up unto the point where the strand has not altered. Clipping the ends can be done over a period of time, especially if you have several areas where damage has taken its’ toll. The beauty of having natural hair is that the clipped ends can be hidden within the rest of your hair and you can once again be on the road to good hair health.

Have you experienced heat damage? Let us know…

I Got 99 Problems but Fairy Knots Ain’t One

I got 99 problems but fairy knots ain't one

Fairy knots? I got 99 problems but they ain’t one

You know those annoying little knots usually found at the end of your hair which appear from NOWHERE?! Those knots are called single strand knots or fairy knots.

As frustrating as they are, fairy knots are a sign that your hair is growing 🙂 

They are often a result of your hairstyle, a lack of moisture or… just having curly hair. You can’t get rid of single strand knots completely unless you trim them. But there are few techniques you can use to reduce fairy knots, including:

– sealing your hair to keep your hair moisturised. Fairy knots love dry hair!

– oil rinsing: it is excellent for conditioning your mane. After washing your hair, saturate your strands with your favourite oil and let it sit, under a plastic cap, for 45 minutes. Then, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb and rinse with hot water. Apply your regular conditioner and rinse.

– using protective hairstyles. Styles like afros and wash and gos increase your chances of having knots. On the other hand, hairstyles like updos, twists and crochet braids are great alternative options.

– stretching your hair: straighter hair tends to be less prone to fairy knots. For those who don’t want to apply heat on their hair, check out simplycre8eve’s tutorial.

– trimming your ends. This solution is radical however you have to use protective styles and seal your hair properly.

What are your methods to reduce single strand knots?

 

 

 

Long Luscious Curls

You know I had to stop and ask her for a picture.

For those of you on the ‘mid-back’ hair length journey, let me introduce Diva Like Lisa

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Isn’t her hair gorgeous!
What’s your hair length goal?

The Benefits of Henna

Having had the same hair colour for many years (good ol’ black), I decided to try using Henna as a means of giving my hair a red glow. I did not want anything that could be deemed as offensive (within my work environment) but a colour change that could be picked up in the sun.

The versatility of natural hair means that, using subtle or bold colours to highlight the hair, can give hairstyles a more dramatic or defined look. I located a box of Henna that I had sitting in my cupboard (we all have products sitting there that we have never used) and started to research the best way of colouring my hair.

The brand I used is called Royal and each box contains five powdered sachets. I mixed all the sachets with the following:-

  • Black Castor Oil
  • Honey
  • Conditioner (Herbal Essences – Yellow)
  • Water

Henna

After applying the Henna to my hair, I wrapped my hair in cling film and let it sit on my hair for 2 hours (which I now realise may not have been long enough) and then shampooed/conditioned afterwards.

My results?

If you are lucky enough to catch me in sunlight, you may see a smidgen of red but other than that I have noticed:-

  • My hair is much shinier (a comment also stated by my colleague)
  • The texture feels must softer
  • It retains moisture for longer

In terms of hair dye, Henna would not be my first choice as I would not like to have Henna sitting on my hair for long periods of time (it is quite messy depending on the consistency or the products you add and is a pain in the behind to remove if it is splashed anywhere).

As a means of creating a nicer texture, I would definitely look to use this again but maybe once every 3-6 months.

Have any of you had experience of using Henna? If so, what were your results?

Let us know!