Tuesday, 21 November 2017

One Product Only Wash and Go

  Happy Tuesday Ladies!I would like to share with you my simple Wash and Go that takes me only 3 Hours to complete,using only one product!
  Enjoy the video ladies and have a Wonderful Day!



Monday, 20 November 2017

Caring for your Natural Hair in Fall/Harmattan

Harmattan is here, the trees are getting bare. The dry and cold season is here again.  Many creatures of the earth will go into hibernation, and amongst those magical creatures will include our beautiful head of coils.



FALL/HARMATTAN HAIR CARE

My routine this season has not changed very much from my last winter season in FEBRUARY SECRETS: How to Care for Natural Hair in Winter/Dry Season

My basics are still the same;

SCALP MASSAGE/PRE-POO/HOT OIL TREATMENT
CO-WASH instead of Shampoo
DEEP CONDITION
SEAL
TRIM
PROTECT
 
Discovering Natural further emphasizes these point in her 5 Fall Natural Hair Care Routine MUST HAVE Video

What's slightly different for me this season is that I am incorporating a lot of protective styling. If you follow my instagram you know. Finally! Mushu and I can get a break from each other (Thank you holidays). It's hardly winter but it's already acting the most. One very important routine step to note is to REMEMBER TO TRIM. 

How to know When to Trim Your Afro



I hadn't trimmed Mushu in a minute. These were the signs it showed and I knew it was finally time to grab the scissors;

1. More Fairy Knots and tangles  than usual: Even though I was moisturizing regularly and doing my low maintenance bantu knot out and braids. I was getting a lot more tangles than per usual. 



2. SCANTY SEE THROUGH ENDS
 
3. DRYING FASTER THAN NORMAL: The more damage at your ends, the lesser the ability of your hair to retain moisture. You'd be pouring water into a basket. LITERALLY!
 
4. FAILED HAIRSTYLES: My simple usual hairstyles i used to get curl definition would bottom line result into knots and tangles with little to no definition. Even though I was following my exact same method of styling. This was a result of the coils refusing to clump together because of my damaged ends. 
 
 
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5. MORE BREAKAGE AND HAIR IN THE SINK: If basic mechanical efforts like detangling, styling combing is causing more snaps and breaks than usual. THen you know it is time for a trim
 


So when you notice any of these signs above, treat yourself to a trim. REMEMBER: HEALTH OVER LENGTH. Watch the short video below showing you how I trim my 4c hair, including a few of my protective style ideas for the Dry months ahead.
 
Happy Trimming! What protective style look will you be sporting this fall
 



Love&Nappiness


Monday, 13 November 2017

Why we need to acidify DIY Ayurvedic mixes before usage



If you are a DIY person when it comes to natural hair care, you probably would have come across ayurvedic hair care recipes, and seen that in many cases, you are asked to add acidic contents like lemon juice, ACV or aloe vera juice to a clay or ayurvedic powder before use. Being the learner that you are, you just go ahead and do it without asking yourself why. Your mantra is “If it worked for her that way, that’s good enough reason for me to do it.”

Acidifying some of these products before use is neither a random practice nor a concoction of a blogger’s brain content just because she wants to make her recipe more complex. There is actually a reason for this.

Take henna for example. For the dye properties of henna to be released, an acidic catalyst has to be added to it, in order to lower its pH.

When you are preparing clay mixes for your hair such as bentonite clay or some ayurvedic powders, you add acidic content to it. The major reason for this is that many of these products are alkaline in nature. Our hair is naturally acidic, with a pH of 4.5-5.5. Adding these products to our hair just like that will not have a good effect on our hair cuticles. It will raise them, and leave them raised, thus leading to dull, dry, frizzy hair. If you are already dealing with highly porous hair, this is definitely not something you want.

So in order to bring these products to a point where we can safely use them on our hair, we need to balance it out with an acidic content like lemon juice or ACV.

In summary, we acidify many ayurvedic products in order to neutralize the pH or make them slightly acidic, in order for them to be compatible with the pH of our hair and skin.

Please note that not all ayurvedic products are alkaline. For example, Shikakai and Reetha are acidic so there’s no need to acidify.

In order to determine whether your ayurvedic mix should be acidified before use or not, there are two options

  • Research the specific powder you want to use and find out about its pH. If it is more than 6, please acidify it a bit
  • Make the paste with the powder and water, with the consistency you would like to use on your hair. Test the paste with a pH strip. If it is more than 6, please acidify it a bit.


The more alkaline it is, the more content of acid you would need to add. Herein lies the disadvantage of DIY mixes over manufactured hair cosmetics… knowing how many spoons and cups of this and that to add to achieve what is safe for your hair shaft.

I hope this post has answered some of the questions you might have about ayurvedic mixes.

Are you a DIY person? Do you use ayurvedic powders? How do you acidify them? Please, let us know in the comment section.
Also, you have any questions, Please, let us know in the comment section.

We are bent on creating content that would be helpful to all our readers, both newbies and oldies. If there’s any topic related to natural hair you would like us to cover, please let us know in the comment section.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Is it Broken Hair or New Growth?

How to Tell the Difference between Broken Hair and New Growth | Natural Hair Care | African Naturalistas


When doing your hair or your child's hair, do you notice hair that is much shorter than the length of surrounding hair? or maybe you notice hair sticking out after styling the hair. These could either be hair that has broken off or new hair that is sprouting from the head.

To identify which type of hair it is, watch below or click here



If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

How to properly end African Threading without Damage

How to properly end African Threading without Damage | African Naturalistas


The oldest form of stretching natural hair is known as African Threading. African Threading is a way of stretching your natural hair without heat. Although this method is effective, when it comes to finishing the threading, a knot is usually created at the end of the hair. If not done properly, you can end up damaging your hair when it is time to remove the thread.
In this video, I show you two ways of ending the threading so as to avoid this issue.

Watch below or click here




Stay beautiful! 💖 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Braid Out and Twist Out Mohawk on Short Natural Hair

Did you just take out an old Bob marley braids protective hairstyle? Don't comb it out just yet, you can turn this into a very chic and edgy hairstyle in 2 easy steps!

Click the video below to watch this tutorial on how to acheive this mowhawk hairstyle that is sure to get heads turning in your direction! Be sure to give this video a thumbs up, share with friends and also subscribe to Dumebi Lea's channel for more natural hair videos!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Kids Doing Kids Natural Hair



When my youngest daughter came up to me and told me that she wanted to do her older sister's hair..my first concern was that it will get tangled, and create more work for me in the future. Instead of giving in to my thoughts, I decided to just let kids be kids.

Do you remember the first time you played in your sister's hair or someone else's hair? These kind of memories are want allows us to build relationship with each other. In today's video, watch what happens when I let my daughter do her sister's hair. You will not believe how funny it came out.

Watch and see what she did or click here



Stay beautiful! 💖 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Four Elegant Updos for Natural Hair and Crotchet Hair

Want to look elegant with your natural hair or you want something a little more fun or sophisticated than the regular Puff or bun? Check out these four quick and easy UPDOS perfect for either long natural hair or short natural hair uai g crotchet Marley hair!

These UPDOS are also perfect for various occasions, be it work, school, date night or even a bridal look. Be sure to subscribe to Dumebi Lea's channel for more natural hair tutorial videos!
4 ELEGANT UPDOS FOR NATURAL HAIR

Sunday, 22 October 2017

4 Special Occasion Natural Hairstyles for Kids

4 Homecoming Hairstyles for Natural Hair | Lilla Rose Flexi Clips GIVEAWAY

Last week, my daughter got to attend her first dance. This was for her a special occasion. Here are 4 simple hairstyles that you can recreate for your kids and even can be worn by adults. These hairstyles take less than 5 minutes to recreate. 

When doing styles like this, it is good to start off on stretched hair, if possible. You can stretch your hair without heat using african threading method or other stretching methods.


Watch http://bit.ly/HomecomingHairstyles


Stay beautiful! 💖 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Worst Protective Hairstyle for Natural Hair

WORST Protective Style for Natural Hair | DiscoveringNatural



Protective styles can help you with retaining hair growth, however, if you are using the wrong protective styles, it can actually affect the health of your hair and also your kids hair. In this video, I talk about the Worst Protective Styles for Natural Hair

Related Videos: http://bit.ly/DN_ProtectiveStyles_PL
Watch or click here



Stay beautiful! 💖 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

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