Saturday, 25 February 2017

5 Things That Cause Natural Hair Damage

In this video, I will discuss 5 things that you could be doing to your child's hair that causes damage.

Which one of these things are you guilty of doing?

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.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Caring For Your Hair in a Protective Style

I've had my self-styled individual faux locs for about three weeks now, and while I plan on taking them down soon, I am trying my best to make sure I take care of the style, as well as my hair underneath. As far as moisturizing goes, I've been doing the following:

1. African Naturalistas Daily Hair Mist - I try to spray my hair at least every other day. This gives my hair and scalp much needed moisture.

2. I follow it up with the African Naturalistas Anti-Dandruff Herbal Spray -

3. Then I apply Leave-In Conditioner (Cantu or African Naturalistas) to my roots. When I did the hairstyle, I attached the locs loosely to my roots, so that I would have easy access to them.

4. I apply African Naturalistas Hair Growth Oil Elixir to my scalp.

5. I finally finish with the African Naturalistas Anti-Breakage Butter Lotion (and sometimes, add the butter as well).

These steps have largely kept my scalp and hair in pretty good shape.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Finghair Tips Thursday: Science

Are these the most effective remedies for treating itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp is probably the most common ailment everyone has which means everyone also has different remedies that work for them. It's not a one size fits all situation.

A couple of weeks ago,we threw this question out to our social media followers and got interesting feedback.

Apparently, these are the most effective remedies;

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Onion juice
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar rinse
  • Cleansing and oiling the scalp 
  • Reducing product buildup
  • Scalp detox of cinnamon powder, baking soda and olive oil.

Personally an ACV rinse works like magic for me. But I don't allow my scalp to get to that level which is why clarifying the scalp to avoid product build up regularly is important. For some people who are heavy handed with products, an ACV rinse is a staple on wash days. For others like me, it's more like every other wash day. 

So, over to you, how do you treat your itchy scalp? 

Does your remedy fall into the above category?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Three Signs To Know Your Hair Needs Protein

Hey Naturalistas,

Protein, also called keratin helps to make up the hair strand.  

Depending on your hair care regimen, diet, and lifestyle, lack of protein can translate to your strands.  Healthy hair is ultimately a combination of great protein and moisture balance.
Too much moisture can result in weak, limp hair that is prone to breakage. Too much protein, also known as protein overload, can cause your hair to snap and break as well.
Most of the time, we have no idea if we are using a protein conditioner or a moisturizing conditioner. 

Conditioners with protein will have the following keywords in the title of the product. 
  • Repair/Repairing Cream
  • Reconstructor
  • Balancing Conditioner
  • Deep Repair Mask

Conditioners with protein will also have a few of these common ingredients
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Hydrolyzed keratin
  • Hydrolyzed silk protein
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Keratin
  • Variations of hydrolyzed collagen
  • Variations of hydrolyzed soy protein
However, here are signs your hair might need a protein treatment.

1. Limp curls or weak hair:
Are your curls just not “popping” like they used to and you can’t figure out why? A lot of naturals go through a period where their hair starts acting weird.  Moisture gets pushed down our throats at all time (which is great) but take one weekend to deep condition with some protein and watch your curls snap back. 

2. Consistent shedding/breakage:
Shedding is also a sign your hair needs protein. While lack of protein is not the only reason your hair could be shedding, it could be that your hair is slowly breaking off because it’s not strong. A light balancing protein conditioner will be ideal to whip your hair back into shape.  African Naturalistas deep conditioning mayonnaise is a good one to try.  

3. Long term use of heat:  
Heat damage occurs when the protein bonds in the hair are continually broken down due to extreme heat resulting in the permanent change of the hair follicle. In short, the hair is now permanently straight. In this case, you have no choice but to cut if off and start over.  However, if you haven’t reached the peak of heat damage where the damage is irreversible, a protein treatment should help.


Enjoy the rest of the week darlings.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Redefining your motives for going natural

Hello Naturalistas,

I went to a private university owned by a worship centre and one of the rules included us not using any form of hair extension. You had no choice but to maintain your hair in it's natural state either, short, relaxed, locked or natural. Because of this rule and the fact that school had a lot of members, there were alot of people who maintained their unprocessed natural hair but the motive was flawed.

With the flawed motive it was very common to see unhealthy natural hair around school. There are different reasons why people decide to maintain their natural hair, there are the ones who out of convenience just want to keep their hair on a permanent BC and there are some who being natural is all they've known either for religious reasons or any other reason. Whatever your motive for maintaining your natural hair, here are 2 things to help you redefine your motive:

Relaxer is not your only enemy: I have watched naturalistas who wouldn't use any form of relaxer on their hair use heat to damage their hair. While you might feel that the worst thing that can happen to your hair is using a relaxer, there are alot more practices that can equally damage your hair e.g Using heat without protecting your hair properly, Tight protective style can damage your edges, lack of proper care etc.

Education is Key: To change your motive, you have to educate yourself. I have a friend whose hair was damaged by heat and just by asking questions and researching online her hair is thriving today. Put in the work, read blogs, online forums, tips and tricks, youtube videos, attend natural hair meet-up and generally whatever works for your hair. Education can and will make the difference.

You are on this natural hair journey for the long haul, why not just give it your best shot?

What's your motive for maintaining your natural hair? Do you think it's time to redefine it?

Monday, 20 February 2017

You are Invited to the Launch of African Naturalistas Store and Hair Clinic

This Saturday, we will be officially launching African Naturalistas Store and Hair Clinic. Through all the challenges, we are taking a leap of faith to do this.

As seen in the flyer, you can come in anytime between 12 noon and 6,00pm.

The first twenty people to come will get free African Naturalistas products
There will be free hair regimen consultation for the first five interested people.
And of course, there will be snacks and drinks for everyone.

It will be a great honour to see you all there. There are so many people I would like to see in person. We've been hair buddies for a long time, and now is the time to make the meet in physical. I hope to see you all there. Let's make it a date.

So who is coming???

Saturday, 18 February 2017

How to Moisturize Your Child's High Porosity Hair

How to Moisturize Your Child's High Porosity Hair African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural

Knowing your child's natural hair porosity is very important in keeping your hair moisturized longer. In addition, when you don't know what products to use for your natural hair, your hair porosity, tells you more than what your hair type can tell you.

How to find your hair porosity:
How to wash high porosity hair:
How to make our DIY Hair Oil:

Do you know your child's hair porosity?

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.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Finghair Tips Thursday: Science

Find Out The Inspiration Behind This Bride And Her Natural Haired Bridal Party

A couple of weeks ago, this photo went viral on Nigerian Instagram. We couldn't stop oohing and aahing.We thought it was one of the most unique bridal parties we have seen in recent times so we reached out to the bride Gladys Azah to find out what inspired her and how she was able to find five little girls with natural hair for her wedding.


AN: Frankly, this is one of the most unique bridal party we've seen in recent times. What inspired you to go this route? How were you able to find five little girls with natural hair for your wedding?

Gladys: First of all, thanks a lot for the love. My husband inspired the natural hair and those little cuties are my nieces. They are all natural. My husband likes the natural big afro a lot so it was a surprise for him on my big day to go natural with my girls. 

AN: Wow! Are all your nieces from the same mother? 

Gladys: No, they are not from the same parents. All five of them are from three different parents. Plus it was a competition for their parents to grow their daughters natural hair since all three of them have girls alone.

AN: We love this kind of competition. Are your daughters going to be joining them too?

Gladys: Oh yes definitely! As much as I want a little man in the house, my hubby is so in for girls. 

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