Saturday, 16 December 2017

Best Oils for Natural Hair

Best Oils for Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Which oils do you use on your hair and your kids' hair? How do you use them? For my kids and myself, we actually make an oil mix that has different functionalities. In this video, I highlight the difference between penetrating oils and sealing oils and share with you some oils that are beneficial for nourishing the scalp and also helping the hair be luxurious.

Watch below or click here

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

As a mom of a teenager... ah yes.. she is finally a teenager... I want her to be more adventurous with her hair styles, without damaging her hair. To prep for this hairstyle, she shampooed her hair and deep conditioned it. Then she moisturized her hair and put into about 20 twists overnight.

This hair style can be modified into 5 different styles that your child can do on her own.

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

This is a great style that works for school and even for any festive occasion now that we are in December and all the holiday festivities are going to start.

To recreate this style, click here or watch below:

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Interview with a 3 Years Old about Natural Hair

Interview with a 3 Years Old about Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

They say that the children are our future. My hope is for Natural Hair to be the norm in the future. I decided to interview my 3 year old niece about natural hair.
Here is what she said...

Watch below or click here:

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.


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;

CO-WASH instead of Shampoo
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. 

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


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 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.
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