With all the products available on the market and us naturalistas not being able to fit into a ‘one-size-fits-all’ hair regime, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to rely on any products at all?!
A vlogger by the name of WaterOnlyHairWash (YouTube) has shown us a way of backing away from the hoards of products we have and shows us how to rely on a technique which only involves the use of our own natural hair oil (sebum) to moisturise and style our hair.
Having tried this technique myself for a week, here are my observations:-
- There was little to no hair left in the shower/comb afterwards
- The naturals curls were more defined
- The hair felt completely moisturised
- The hair was much softer than before
- Twist/Braid Outs were very defined considering there was no product used
- The hair dried extremely quickly – roots drying fastest
- Having to massage your scalp/tedious daily is very
- The hair smelled like a bland oil but take into account I only did it for a week
- Washing the hair daily in the initial stages
- Not enough slick for the edges – yes I cheated with a little bit of EcoStyler #Don’tJudgeMe lol
- Personally, there was less flexibility for me to style my hair how I normally would
I would highly recommend you trying this method, just to see the difference it can make to your hair.
I personally did not continue for a long period of time, as I had to take a small trip and was not prepared to water wash only in 36 degree heat but, the thought of never having to rely on a hair product again is rather appealing.
If you have attempted water only hair washing, drop us a comment!
Gorgeous or what?
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‘Sleepovers’ can always be awkward when you are a naturalista. As much as men dating a natural girl will understand that your hair is going to be tied up at night (because Lord knows if we don’t, it’s going to look a hot mess in the morning), I don’t think all men are prepared for the look some of us females can conjure up at night.
Here’s the top 2 looks that are sure to always get his heartbeat racing:-
1. The Silk Bonnet – Giving you a cross between ‘I’m ready for the shower’ and ‘I can pick up FM radio’ look
2. The Headscarf – Available in any size/shape/colour and could be the same one used from 3 years ago
The things us females have to go through when we know that our pillows may suck the moisture out of our hair if we do not tie it up at night but hey, as long as there is a scarf, bandana, bonnet (anything that can provide me with complete coverage), he is just going to have to appreciate my cute face and forget the bulky attire on my head.
With that being said, let us know your headscarf stories ladies!
It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:
- Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
- Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
- Avoid dry hair and breakage
Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles .
Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.
Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.
Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.
Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.
Step 6: Rinse your tresses.
(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)
Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.
Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.
Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?
- Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
- If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
- Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.
What do/does your wash day(s) look like?
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You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.
A little morning motivation :p
Or should I say Hair & Body?
Wearing your hair in a natural state is not an
excuse to avoid taking care of your body. By that I mean working out.
The most common reasons stated by women for not working out are: avoiding itching and dandruff, as well as maintaining their hairstyle. But it’s 2014, so let’s put excuses to the side and #letsdothis!
Before the workout, to maintain your hairstyle, you can wear your tresses in a high bun, braids, twists or cornrows. I tried working out with a bantu knot out. It was a big mistake, I ended up with a lot of shrinkage! I learned my lesson, now I just rock a bun at the gym.
After that good workout session, to avoid itching and dandruff, you need to wash your hair to get rid of the dirt, toxins and salt.
For the sceptics, these are a few reasons why you should exercise regularly:
- It prevents hair from drying out, which is a major cause of breakage.
- It helps to maintain a healthy body: in addition to a healthy diet (please let’s not forget what we put in our body), having a healthy body gives you a great chance to get healthier hair.
- It releases stress: it reduces hair loss caused by stress. As we all know, stress is not really a good friend of our hair.
So now, no more excuses ladies and get the body and hair of your dreams!
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