Sunday, 26 April 2015

Finghair Tips Sunday: Products


Saturday, 25 April 2015

3 Reasons for Dry Ends in Natural Hair

By DiscoveringNatural
If you are struggling with dry ends in your child's hair, you are not alone. There are several reasons why the ends of the hair can feel drier than the other parts.

Reason 1: The ends are not being moisturized and sealed properly

With the ends of the hair being the oldest part of the hair and the nature of our hair, this section will be the driest part. It also needs more care in order to retain length. When you moisturize the hair, add more moisture to the ends of the hair. Sealing the hair is an act of applying either a thick butter like shea butter or a thick oil like castor oil to "lock" in the moisture.

How to moisture and seal  in moisture: Click here or watch below:


Reason 2:  Time to trim

If you  find it difficult to moisturize your child's hair after trying all necessary suggested techniques, it could be the ends are damaged and need to be trimmed. Trimming helps with preventing issues such as split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and affecting the entire length of hair.

How to trim: Click here or watch below


Reason 3: Protect the ends

It's fun to let your child's hair be free and in its afro state, however, that can cause the ends to be damaged. Protecting the ends of the hair can prevent it from becoming dry. You can do a simple protective style such as twists with bantu loops at the ends. This helps hide the ends and keep it from the elements such as hot weather and wear and tear from gliding on clothes.

How to do Bantu Loops: Click here or watch below:


What other tips do you have for dealing with dry ends?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Add Colour to Your Natural Hair in 2 Easy Ways

Have you thought about colouring or dyeing your natural hair? Lots of naturals out there with TWAs, Locs, Waist-Length Hair and everything in between, have colored hair ranging from fiery red to beautiful blues to blonde and more. Just search for "coloured natural hair" and you're bound to be greeted with many images of lovely naturals in an array of rainbow colours.

Source: INSTAGRAM- KehindeAdeyemii

But what if you're not quite ready for a drastic change? What if you want to test the waters a little bit, and experiment before making a commitment. Well, here are 2 very simple ways to add colour to your natural hair.
  1. Hair Chalk! Yup, you read right - chalk! Hair chalks can come as the stick chalks you remember from nursery and primary school, or in little tubs. They come in a dazzling variety of colors, so it's really up to you!



  2. Hair Spray! Actually, hair spray was the genesis of this post, as a friend asked me where she could get coloured hair spray in Nigeria (for the record, I don't know where, but if you do please share). This offers a quick and easy way to get some colour in your hair. Be careful though, as your fingers may get stained. See a short video below of a natural who used hair spray.
I also saw online where someone used eye shadow to put colour in her hair!

NOTE: be careful while using these items, as they can leave color on your hands and/or clothes.

Have you ever tried using any of these methods to colour your hair? If not, would you?

Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

5 Must-Have Oils For Every Naturalista



With the plethora of oils available, it's very easy to get carried away. After much consideration you'll find out that most of these oils have similar functions so, at the end of the day, it's just better to streamline them accordingly.

I've complied five oils which are probably the most popular but most importantly, effective oils for anyone with natural hair. I also understand stand that folks react differently to oils - you'll be surprised - but this is a general consensus.

1. Coconut Oil - This is probably the holy grail of oils as it's used for a gazillion and one things but most importantly, it is great for improving the condition of the strands, retaining moisture and giving shine.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - EVOO and EVCO are like two peas in a pod but the former prides itself in its super absorption qualities which enables it to properly lock in moisture, restore shine and of course, fight frizz and reduce split ends.

3. Avocado Oil - Ridiculously lightweight and almost odorless, avocado oil has softening and strengthening qualities as well as moisture retention. It's particularly great for natural hair because it penetrates the hair without leaving a greasy feel like other oils might do.

4. Sweet Almond Oil - Enriched with fatty acids and protein, sweet almond oil is also a lightweight oil that serves as an anti-breakage with in turn helps to retain moisture, smooth cuticles and increases strength.

5. Castor Oil - This oil is particularly efficient in restoring hair loss and aiding hair growth.

Bonus

6. Argan Oil - is popularly known for increasing, improving and restoring hair shine but also serves as a heat protectant and a catalyst for hair growth.

So, which oils do you own?

You can readily get some of these oils by clicking here.

Love, kinks and knots.
eBunite.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

'Hubby loves my locs' Mane Matters with Adeola Olokodana

Hi Natural Beauties,

Today, it's all about locs on Mane matters. We bring to you Adeola


Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
I'm Adeola Olokodana and I work with a law firm.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
My thoughts about natural hair is that it is one of the simple way of fashion and life.

Why did you decide to go natural?
I got tired of having my hair relaxed because relaxing of hair, plaiting and fixing has always been painful and stressful.
What made you decide dreadlocks?
I actually tried the faux locs and loved it, carried it for a year.

How long have you had the dreads? 
I have been on locs for 2 years now
How has the experience been like?
My experience has been good with no regrets

What was/is your biggest fear about dreadlocks?
My fear was how my hubby and in-laws would react, instead my hubby embraced and loved it because I started from the scratch.
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I do the tea rinse and flat beer rinse. I spirtz daily with water and oils. Recently just added Henna and Hibiscus mixing.

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Long haul 


There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
I don't give room or entertain negative comments.

What's your must have product and accessory?
Shea butter and oils( Evoo, JBCO, and Jojoba oil)

What's most challenging for you in taking care of/keeping the dreads?
No challenge because I have my loctician who maintains my locs for me.
What advice do you have for anyone planning to grow dreadlocks? 
They should be patient, never compare their locs journey with anyone and enjoy every phase of their locs journey.
Where can we find you?
Facebook: Morenikeji Adeola Olokodana‎
Instagram: Deoholar
Twitter: Adeola Olokodana.

Thank you for your time
Thank you too

I love her locs. What do you all think? Would love to hear from you in the comment box. 

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Till next time



Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I'm cured of Hand In Hair Syndrome!

Happy Tuesday Ladies! I am still on my Long Term Protective Styling Challenge with the aim of reducing all unnecessary manipulation of my hair.

I have made some progress and can semi-confidently say that am officially cured of the dreaded Hand In Hair Syndrome!

In this short video, I share with you how I have been able to do this!
Enjoy Ladies, and have a Blessed and Productive Tuesday!





Monday, 20 April 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 98

Finally took down my threads. It was fun while it lasted.

Things are getting better between Dimeji and I.  we are both making efforts at a better relationship.


I forgot to mention, but during the Easter break… on Easter Sunday to be exact, I actually went to the beach with Dimeji and his colleagues at work. I was quiet most of the time, and less playful due to the then-widening gap between Dimeji and I. I used the opportunity to observe my surroundings well.
I noticed a lot of families came to the beach, and most of them were middle income earners with young children. I kept taking in a lot of details, and later saw someone that shocked my eyes.

Madam Adams!

What? Madam Adams on the beach? My eyes must have been deceiving me! To make things more shocking, she had lost a bit of weight. Granted, she hadn’t become magically slim all of a sudden, she was nothing near the fat ministry madam I served under. And was that her hair looking healthy?
I was still squinting my eyes to see her from afar, to be sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me when I suddenly heard my name.

“Anna, se’wo niyen?" Anna, is that you? 

Wow, she had seen me. My eyes definitely weren’t deceiving me cos there was no way my ears were going to conspire with them.

I excused myself from Dimeji and his people, and walked up to Madam Adams, who met me half way. Her children were not as young as most of the kids there, and husband was far more good looking than I had pictured him to be – I always pictured a male looking version of Madam Adams, bald, fat, grey-headed, Ankara-wearing, short, stocky, and pot-bellied. The man I was looking at was nothing near that.  Maybe that is why Madam Adams was always frustrated and annoying – the fact that her husband looked way more attractive than her.

The most surprising part was her hair. She was on medium-sized twists that looked like dreads because of its length, and her edges were almost fully recovered! Irony of life! This was the same woman that used to insult my hair and twists by calling it mop hair, but is now a member of the mop hair cult, and even seems to be the president. Wonders shall never end.

“Anna, my daughter, how are you?”

“I’m fine ma. It has really been a while o.” I said.

“Is it not you that forgot us? You don’t want to come and greet us.” She said in her Yoruba accent, as I greeted her husband.

“It’s not like that o, Madam Adams.”

“Ehn, ehn, if it is not like that, so how is it?”

I just smiled.

“Anna, see my hair eeehhh.” She drawled the last word in a musical tone. “You can see it has grown.”

“Yes ma, I can see. You have come a long way o.” I was ashamed to say I didn’t give this woman a chance at healthy hair, just because of my payback desires.

“Yes o, Anna. They even call me mama natural in our block.”

“Youuuuu? Mama Natural? I couldn’t believe my ears.”

Colbert Jaw Drop
Source
“Ehn now. Shebi I am now selling Ori, Adin Agbon, Adin dudu, and all those herbs for hair.” (Shea Butter, Coconut oil, palm kernel oil).

Oh ma gosh, Madam Adams is definitely the president of the cult.

“Madam Adams, I have to go now. My people are waiting for me.”

“Haa, you don’t want to play with me and my family. Okay, no problem. Make sure you come and greet us in the office o. I will even give you Ori at a small price if you come.”

I laughed out loud. “No problem ma.” I said my goodbye, hugged her and walked away. I began to wonder how it is always possible for the strongest natural hair bashers to always turn around and become the greatest natural hair advocates, or even sometimes Nazis, in the extreme cases. Wonders, indeed, shall never end.

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Love Letter from African Naturalistas to our Readers

I was in my room on Saturday night, trying to finish up my work for the weekend. It had been a busy day, as I had just gotten back from an event where I was the guest speaker. All I wanted was to just magically finish a 3 hour work in 3 minutes so I could just call it a night. All of a sudden, I started getting red marks on my phone indicating that something was happening on my twitter handle. I checked my own twitter handle, and saw nothing. I immediately concluded it was African naturalistas. The notifications were unusally many in a spate of minutes, and I wondered why. I immediately switched handles, and that was when I saw the reason.

African Naturalistas won the Best Beauty or Hair Blog of 2014 in the Nigerian Blog Awards!



I was totally shocked! I don’t know which was more shocking. The nomination or the winning. Till today, I am not sure how we ended up in the nomination list because we didn’t even call out for nominations. When the nomination list came out, we did a blog post, asking people to vote for us, and put up a badge on the blog, and message on the facebook group. We didn’t want to expend too much energy because we had to get back to the business of blogging, but I guess that was all it took for you all to come out rooting for us. My shock at the winning was because there were other great blogs nominated in our category.

I therefore want to thank everyone who voted for us. We are really grateful, and pledge to continue bringing solutions to your hair care issues. If you have any burning questions, don’t forget to use either the FAQ tab up there or the categories widget function on your lower right. You will be sure to find what you need.

A friend said this is the most consistent blog she knows, and we have been diligent for a long time. The truth is that as at this moment, there are six committed ladies dedicated to making sure you get all you need on this blog on a daily basis – yes, DAILY! And they do it purely for nothing but the love of healthy hair. You can click the African Naturalistas team tab up there or here to find out more about the brains behind this blog. They are the oils running this machine.

This blog has given birth to two full time businesses – a hair products business and a hair consultancy business, and we are grateful you all made it happen.

Once again, we thank our followers, readers, commenters, and every stakeholder of African Naturalistas. We will never take you for granted. The things we will do in future, you have no idea.

Love and kisses.

@ilola

For the African Naturalistas Team

Saturday, 18 April 2015

4 Simple Little Bride Wedding Hairstyles for Natural Hair

4 Simple Little Bride Wedding Hairstyles
By DiscoveringNatural

The Princess Braid

This style gives an effortless soft look. It is best done on hair that has been stretched. To achieve the wave pattern, do a chunky twistout on the hair prior to styling.

Click here or watch the tutorial below



Rolled Up Bun

4 Simple Little Bride Wedding Hairstyles

This 5-minute hairstyle can be achieve with long or short hair. With shorter hair, add marley hair to create a puffier and bigger bun. Click here to see how to achieve this similar style with shorter hair.

Click here or watch the tutorial below



Flower Updo with Cornrows and Twists
This style created by Beads Braids & Beyond is classy and it has so many cute details that suites the occasion. To recreate this look, click here.



Cinnabuns and Flat Twists

These cute cinnabuns at the top of the hair creates a cute almost flowery look to this hairstyle. If you don't know how to flat twist, here is a similar style without flat twisting. Click here.
To achieve this look and see more pictures, visit Beads Braids & Beyond blog by clicking here.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Natural Hair Meet-Ups: Do's and Don'ts

In the natural hair world, over the years, numerous meetups and conferences have cropped up all over. They range from large conferences with international speakers, to meet-ups with a dozen people just sharing knowledge about natural hair. I've been to a few myself, and shared my experiences here and here.

DO
  • Be Friendly! At these meetings, there are many other naturalistas, vendors, and speakers attending as well. This is the time for you to smile and make connections. I have met quite a few people at hair meetups, including a hair salon owner who I can count on for hair disasters.
  • Be Flexible! Naturally (pun intended) different people will have differing opinions on various topics - LOC, LCO, LOCO, etc for instance. Or you wash your hair weekly, and encounter someone who washes their hair once a month. Now is not the time to start arguing about the best or ultimate rules for hair care. Be open-minded enough to hear and appreciate someone else's experience, while remaining confident in your hairstory.
  • Be Attentive! Grab a notebook or use your note-taking apps on your phone to imbibe the wealth of information you'll come across. For instance, at a hair meetup from 2 years ago, I learned that you should never dye your hair from black to blonde in one dye job, but take it one step at a time. Additionally, you might want to take down contact info from vendors for future references. 
  • Ask Questions! What better time to get your questions about natural hair care regimens, different ayuverdic treatments, and more, answered? Have you had nagging issues with your routine? Ask the experts/speakers present, or even vendors and your fellow attendees. 


DON'T
  • Touch the hairs! As a naturalista, you should know that while people can be curious about your hair texture, it's not appropriate for them to just walk up to you and touch it without your permission. It can feel like a total violation of privacy. Just because you are also natural, does not give you the right to touch someone else's hair without asking them first. Funny enough, I don't mind people touching my hair - I even encourage it, but last week someone just stuck her hands in my hair... I was too shocked to react. Don't be that person!
  • Be a Hair Snob! Yes, there are some naturalistas out there who are a little bit extra, and will harp on others with different hair types, textures, even length and whether they use extensions or not. Yes, you have the right to your opinion, but don't be condescending about it. 
I've only been to meetups in Nigeria, Lagos specifically. But I hope to attend an international one someday. Do you have any other tips for these meetups? Share in the comments below :)

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

How I Used African Threading To Stretch My Natural Hair

Hello everyone!



Growing up, everyone and their mothers always threaded their hair. It became a default hairstyle of sorts for school girls. In fact, I once heard the style made hair grow hence the popularity. That wasn't enough for my mother as she particularly detested it so my hair was never threaded instead I was almost always under a hair dryer. So, imagine her reaction when I came out of my room like this






It was priceless! Anyways, I noticed this trend and I decided to give it a try. After my multani mitti treatment, I moisturized my hair using the LOC method, sectioned it and wrapped it. I forgot to buy black yarn and this was the only one available. It's not like I was going out of my house. Even when I did, I wore my satin bonnet. Anyways, I threaded my hair in the morning and left it for about 24hours after which I unwrapped and it came out like this






I'm not exactly thrilled with the result but I needed to re-install my marley twists do I had to take it down. I have a feeling that if I had left it for a longer  time - say 2-3 days - it would have been fully stretched. Then again, my shrinkage is about 70% so maybe this is. Anyways, I'm definitely gonna be trying it again. I love how soft and fluffy my hair was afterwards.

So, has anyone tried stretching their hair with African threading? What were your results?


Love, kinks and knots.
eBunite.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

"I did the Biggest Big chop" Mane Matters with Cynthia

Hi Natural Beauties, 
How is the week going?
Today I bring to you a new natural whose big chop is just as low as mine was. Meet Cynthia



Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Esedebe Nkechi Cynthia, from Delta State, Nigeria. I'm a graduate of Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Port Harcourt. Presently, I'm into selling of baby clothes.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
I feel having natural hair is a wonderful experience (though I'm just starting), the natural state is the best state the hair ought to be,especially as an African. One gets to appreciate black hair more and learn that there are so much more ways you can make your hair look nice apart from relaxing or texturizing it.

Before bc
When/why did you decide to go natural?
I got tired of my relaxed hair, it was not growing and I didn't have front hair(edges). It was a spontaneous decision and after that, I found out there were several natural hair groups on Facebook, I joined them, African naturalistas inclusive and I was more inspired. I started transitioning in April 2014, that was the last time I relaxed my hair. However I didn't adapt to any regimen so didn't see any change so I finally decided to do the 'biggest' chop this year in February. I woke up one day cut my hair, then I further went to use a clipper to scrape everything off all by myself! (Lol)..

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
Both, I transitioned but eventually decided to scrape it all off, so I guess it's more of a big chop ('biggest chop' like I call it).
Biggest chop...lol
What was the experience like?
It was a great experience, I went out with my 'gorimapa' like that and most people I encountered liked it,I felt like a super star.

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My greatest fear is that I have a very hard/tough hair texture so the combing aspect is always tough but that won't deter me. Also there's the fear of me not achieving the length I want, I know natural hair is not necessary about the length but how healthy it is but still, I wish to have a long hair if possible.

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
Since I'm still on a very teeny weeny afro, my hair's just a month plus though it's growing, I spritz every other day with ACV, wash it, use my shea mix and brush. I've also started doing DCs occasionally using mayonnaise and oils and also honey and oils alternatively. I also use JBCO (Jamaican Black castor oil) at night before I sleep.
Hair now
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
No emotional struggle for me, loved it,went for it! Just did it NIKE style.

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
I know I'm in for the long haul because I love everything about being natural.


There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
I really don't think much about what people have to say about my hair, it is my hair and was my decision to go natural so I don't owe anyone any explanation. When I cut my hair for the first time and put it on my group's page, 95 percent of the people liked it and that alone was okay for me. People judge not knowing why people make their decisions, the world is a big place so I can't go about explaining the reasons I went natural to everyone that's against it. I believe in live and let live,with that the world would be a better place. Do you and I'll do me. (Wow... go girl)
What's your must have product and accessory?
For now my shea mix, ACV, hair bands and scarves. (I tried wigs but didn't work for me,who knows? Maybe in the future

What is your go-to style?
Since I'm still on TWA,I cream and brush it and if I want shine I apply Jack five moisturising gel.
Protective styling
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Going natural is the best decision you can make and not regret, like I said earlier 'Just Do It'!
Just do it
Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
 Twitter- ceewhy11
 Instagram- ceewhy11
 
So what do you all think about Cynthia's big chop? Just do it she says...lol

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Till next time
Leeznijis

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

One Month Update on my Long Term Protective Styling Challenge!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies! I have been on my Long Term Protective Styling Challenge for one month now!I feel like this has been a mini achievement and in today's video, I want to share my experiences on the Challenge thus far! Here is looking at two more months of this Challenge that has immensely help me with my Chronic Hand In Hair Syndrome!
  Have a Blessed and fulfilling day Ladies!





Monday, 13 April 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 97



I still have my threading on, and rocking it to the last.

I am extremely extremely ashamed to admit this, but Dimeji and I went for counselling last week. It had gotten so bad that there are very long silent moments in our daily conversations, and after a while one person is just eager to end the call. How it got to this point, I don’t know. The saying that “whatever you don’t pay attention to will eventually die a natural death” is coming to play here. We probably took each other for granted for too long, and now our relationship is paying the price.

What baffles me is that I thought the relationship/courtship stage supposed to be a honeymoon phase all through, and that couples don’t experience these kinds of issues till about 2-5 years after marriage. This is very scary for me sha. The good thing is that we love each other, and are really willing to make it work.

So in my wisdom, I decided that it is best we take a break in order to sort ourselves out, and evaluate things. He declined saying, without the break, there was already a gap, and a break would only create a wider gap, which we might not be able to bridge again.

Two weeks later, there was a very terrible long silent session, and I decided I had had it. So I called, and said please take a break and go and sort yourself out (see how I indirectly pushed it all to him). He was dumbfounded and speechless, but I felt I just couldn’t go on anymore. He even called back about 10 minutes later, but had absolutely nothing to say.

Dumbfounded
Source
It wasn’t until the next two days that it occurred to me that the break-taking option should have been my last resort after I had exhausted all other options. Definitely, we hadn’t resorted to the counselling option.

I eventually presented the counselling option to him, and he was acting all macho. He asked for time to think about it, and eventually gave an affirmative answer five days later. I set up an appointment with my pastor, who knows both of us well, and has a very practical approach to dealing with things like this. During the counselling session, he told us the truth about how these things need to be sorted out now, because it gets worse in marriage. He told us that we can’t stay in our comfort zones, and adopt the ‘This is just how I am’ attitude. He said so many things that were helpful to us both. After a while, Dimeji asked me to excuse them both, that he wanted to talk to my pastor privately. I guess it was men’s talk, and it wasn’t fit for a woman like me.

Will things get better between Dimeji and I, since we have gone for counselling? Well, I don’t know. All I know is that I have done my best by not throwing in the towel without exhausting all available options. We will keep our fingers crossed.

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Trichology Practitioner now on the African Naturalistas team

For a very very long time now, ladies have been complaining about the lack of trichologists and proper hair consulting services in Nigeria. Well, dry your tears because the wait is over!

We now have a Trichology Practitioner on the African Naturalistas team, and it is yours truly. In the next few weeks, many new things are going to be intoroduced in different areas of African Naturalistas, including this blog, where we'll be starting the Trichology corner. We are starting our Hair Consult here in Lagos, where we will be treating and/or diagnosing over 50 scalp and hair shaft disorders and diseases. More details will be released soon.

In the mean time, read an updated clause in my profile below, though it doesn't reflect the whole story.
Atilola Moronfolu (HPT) is a certified hair care expert and a Holistic Practitioner of Trichology certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
I am so excited about the new phase we are moving into in Nigeria. Are you?



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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Washing Your Baby's Hair, No Tears Required

By DiscoveringNatural
 
Washing your baby's hair does not have to be a tear-filled process. It is important to remember that when caring for your baby's hair to keep it simple. In today's video, I show you a quick and simple way to wash and style your baby's hair. For more tips on caring for your baby's hair, click here.
 
 

Friday, 10 April 2015

TeamNatural OrNah

FYI: This post might be a little on the controversial side.

Go on Instagram and search for photos with the hashtag #TeamNatural or #Naturalista or #NaturalHair or #ProtectiveStyles and you're sure to see tons and tons of women who have natural hair. That's good, right? Right. However, if you look closely, a good number of the photos are of kinky weaves, marley twists, crochet braids and more. 
Source: Curl Sistas
Some hardcore naturalistas would say that these women aren't truly repping natural hair, because of the use of extensions. Others would disagree, because we have come to a time where there are extensions that mimic or at least look like natural hair - and that in itself, is to be celebrated and doesn't make their hair any less natural. 

I personally have come across two or three women who I've noticed ONLY rock their own natural hair, and have given me slightly judgmental looks for occasionally wearing wigs or using extensions for crochet braids and the like. 

I wanted to pose this question to you. Does wearing wigs, crochet braids, marley hair etc make someone less #TeamNatural? Yes? No? Neither agree or nor disagree? Tell me what you think in the comments.



Thursday, 9 April 2015

Multani Mitti For Natural Hair

Hello everyone!


A few days ago, I took down my marley twists. Before then, I decided that I wanted a mud wash as a result of my current busy schedule. I didn't have time to go through the whole nine yards. All I wanted was for my hair to be cleansed and conditioned. So, I visited my local Indian store and grabbed a box of multani mitti.

As always, I decided to thoroughly research on the dos and don'ts as it was my first time and I wasn't quite familiar with it. After a few attempts, I noticed that the powder wasn't as popular - for natural hair - as I thought it would be or the people using it didn't talk about it. Either way, I took my chances. Not before consulting with an acquaintance of mine. After bombarding her with questions, I took the plunge. Yes, I must confess, I was a bit skeptical. I wanted to be sure I was doing it right.

But before then, some background knowledge;





Also known as Fuller's earth, multani mitti is a clay substance that's popular for its healing properties. Made from natural earth material, it's an excellent cleanser that has the ability of removing impurities without any adverse effect. (Translation -  It's as safe as it can possibly be). It helps remove dandruff and improve the overall condition of the hair. As it is a clay, it's absorbs oil and dirt without necessarily stripping it. Now, this is where it gets interesting. It is a natural cleanser so when used alone it will probably just clean the hair /scalp. But when mixed with other products, it serves as a base for a packed treatment. That's why I mixed mine with





- 1/4 of freshly made Aloe Vera Juice
- 2-3 caps of ACV
- 3 tsp of Honey
- 3 tsp of Coconut Oil
- 3 tsp of Sunflower Seed Oil

This way, I had a cleanser, conditioner and moisturizer all in one. I mixed everything into a paste, applied it on my hair, covered it and left it for an hour. After which, I rinsed out and applied the left overs of my face. Awesome face mask btw. Can I just say that I absolutely loved the results. My hair was cleansed, soft and shiny. I couldn't have asked for more. That result prompted me to stock up on Multani mitti which I would alternate with henna.

So, have you tried any other ayurvedic powder asides henna?


Love, kinks and knots
eBunite.
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