Friday, 26 May 2017

Easy Natural Hair Styles - Part 5

Hi there,

Today's the second to the last easy natural hair style I will be showing you. This is actually a natural hair high/mega bun - remember when I showed a tutorial a few weeks ago. I decided to try it out myself and I think it came out okay - could have been better though, but it's all good.


Again, remember the hair styles in this series can be done in a matter of 2 minutes or less!

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natural hair styles, natural high bun, natural hair mega bun, protective styles, berry dakara, african naturalistas, black hair, professional natural hair

natural hair styles, natural high bun, natural hair mega bun, protective styles, berry dakara, african naturalistas, black hair, professional natural hair

Have a lovely weekend everyone. I know there's a holiday on Monday, which happens to be my birthday as well.

Also, don't forget to log on to African Naturalistas Instagram this Sunday, as I will be doing a takeover and showing you my wash day with our products!

Berry Dakara.

Monday, 22 May 2017

How to care for Natural Hair in Humid Weather

Humidity Natural Hair Care

Knowing how to care for and style your kids hair when it is frizzy or when humidity is not at its best is important especially if you are doing styles that needs to stay looking the way it was after being styled. Understanding what ingredients cause the most frizz is just part of the solution. Watch video below to learn more.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Easy Natural Hair Styles - Part 4

We're just about halfway through this little series of my easy natural hair styles. You might be wondering why I didn't just post a video with everything at once... well, some people may not want to watch a long video; also I wanted to show you how QUICK these styles are - some of which can be done in a minute or two.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

How I Adjusted My Regimen To Suit My Highly Porous Natural Hair

Last week, I introduced the subject of natural hair porosity and provided resources to help you discover your hair's porosity levels because I believe it's a more efficient system than the hair typing system.

CLICK HERE if you missed it.

I also talked about how the knowledge of my hair's porosity has helped my understand and manage my natural hair better. Now, I'll like to talk about how I tweaked my regimen to cater to my highly porous 4A curls.

Before we move on, let's establish some characteristics of a high porous natural hair.

  • Any hair type can have a high porosity.
  • Highly porous hair absorbs too much moisture but is unable to retain it.
  • It tangles easily.
  • Curls often look and feel dry.
  • Curls are always frizzy.
to mention a few.

For a more in-depth analysis of highly porous hair, watch the video below.

Moving on,

Now, that I have understood this, here are the ways I have adjusted my regimen.

  • Regular pre-poos with penetrating oils. Now that I know that my hair has the tendency to absorb too much moisture, I do pre-poos before every wash including a cowash with penetrating oils such as Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive oil or Avocado Oil. These are the only four oils that are able to penetrate my shaft to protect my hair as well as prevent hydral fatigue.
  • Monthly Protein treatments. For the longest time, I never did protein treatments except for regular henna treatments which strengthened and thicken my strands. I didn't see the use for it but now that I have discovered my porosity, protein treatments have become a staple to fill in the gap that allows moisture to escape.
  • Rice Water rinses. Apparently, rice water contains about 16% of protein which is also great to patch up weak and damaged areas along my hair's cuticles. I'm currently trying the fermentation method and I'll be using it during my next wash. 
  • Regular ACV rinses. Before now, I only did ACV rinses to clarify my scalp which isn't totally wrong but now, I have to do them regularly to relax my hair cuticles.
  • Moisturize with LOC/LCO method. This is actually a no-brainer because I do the LOC method already. I actually found out that it keeps my hair moisturized for a bit longer. The LOC method helps to create a layer that helps my hair hold on to moisture for a longer time. 
  • Water/Glycerine Hair Mist. In my quest for moisture retention practices, I discovered that rather than using water alone as my liquid to moisturize, I mix some water with glycerine (which is an humectant that draws in moisture from the atmosphere) and mist my hair. When this is sealed in with oil and/or butter, it keeps my hair moisturized for the entire day, particularly in a humid environment. Best believe it's my holy grail mist.

I'm super confident in this regimen and I believe my hair will bounce back in no time.

Did you need to change your regimen after you found out about your hair porosity?
Share with us!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Should You Oil Your Child's Scalp?

Should You Oil Your Child's Scalp? Natural Hair | African Naturalistas
(Photo Credit: DiscoveringNatural)
Wondering whether it is okay to oil your scalp? Well, let me tell you the BENEFITS of Oiling Your Scalp, DISADVANTAGES to your Scalp Health, Best OILS for Natural hair and even how Often to use it.
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.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Easy Natural Hair Styles - Part 3

Hi there!

I'm back with Part 3 of my Easy Natural Hair Styles. This one is particularly easy and simple to achieve. I like simple natural hair styles that take literally less than a minute to do, and this is one of them.


Come back next week for another easy natural hairstyle! Have a lovely weekend.

Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Do You Know Your Hair's Porosity? Find Out!

A couple of weeks ago, I confirmed my one of my biggest fears by checking my hair porosity levels. Already, I had seen the signs but I just needed to be sure because it seems like I have reached a growth plateau where my hair is more or less stagnated. TRANSLATION: I wasn't retaining as much length as I would have loved to because no matter what happens, hair grows.

Anyway, the most major sign of my highly porous 4A curls was my inability to retain moisture. No matter what I did, I had to moisturize at least twice a day because my hair dried out easily. We all know natural hair does not thrive without moisture and protein. So, knowing my porosity helped me face the unique issues of my hair squarely. There was no need for trials and errors anymore because I knew EXACTLY what my hair needed.

I know a lot of us are struggling with our hair one way or the other and I sincerely believe that knowing your hair's porosity is a more efficient management system than the hair typing system.

Now, the concept of hair porosity might seem a bit technical but the good people at Green Beauty Channel have simplified the entire process for us.

So, are you ready to find out your natural hair's porosity levels? Watch the following short videos.

  • What is Porosity (Natural Hair Porosity 101)

  • 3 Best Ways To Test Porosity

  • Types of products to use for your Hair Porosity.

I hope you enjoyed watching the highly educational and informative videos. I also hope that all the information will help you understand and take better care of your natural hair just as it did for me. 

Now, that you know about hair porosity, which is yours?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Wash and Go using New Eco Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies! After hearing so much about the new Eco Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel, I finally decided to give it a go!
  The Gel comes in a new flip top tub, feels really smooth to the touch, not sticky and heavy like some traditional Gels. It has a rather pleasant and sweet smell and applies easily onto damp hair that has a Leave In Conditioner on it. I applied the Gel over my Cantu Curl Activator and let the hair air dry undisturbed for three hours.

  Enjoy the video Ladies, and make today Count!


Monday, 8 May 2017


Natural Oil is Holy Grail when it come to hair care and scalp treatment.  From the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Arabians, different eras of civilization have applied the use of natural Oils for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Mary even anointed Jesus’s feet with perfume made of pure Nard Oil in biblical times.


Uses/Benefits of Natural Oils

Natural Oils have many health benefits. Headache relief, cough relief, improve sleep, aid in weight-loss. In Hair care, they are used as sealants, moisturizers, conditioners, detanglers, treatments for Dandruff and scalp issues. Many naturalistas with ‘healthy hair’ boasts about the wonders of Natural Oils on their tresses when added to their regimen and method of moisturizing (LOC/LCO/LOCO).

They are also great for fighting skin issues. Tea-Tree Oil is used to fight acne and Lemon and Roseoil can lighten visibility of acne scars.

Types Of Natural Oils

Natural Oils are categorized into, Carrier Oils (CO) and Essential Oils (EO)

Carrier Oils

Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hempseed Oil, Canola Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Emu Oil, Argan OIl, Sweet Almod Oil

Essential Oils

Tee-Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Cintronella Oil, Peppermint Oil, Basil Oil, Sandalwood Oil,Thyme Oil, Spearmint Essential Oil, Chamomile Oil.

Why Natural Oils are great for Natural Hair?

Essential Oils evaporate easily and penetrate the scalp and skin. They contain small concentrated molecules that can reach even the blood stream. Carrier Oils do not evaporate and are used to dilute essential oils, reducing its concentration without altering its therapeutic qualities.

  • Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals from plant essence that can penetrate and nourish scalp and hair
  • Used as conditioners, detanglers, sealants
  • Natural oils add moisture and shine to your hair
  • They moisturize the scalp helping to stop dry, flaky skin
  • Help to get rid of dandruff
  • Aid faster and healthier hair growth. Opening scalp pores and improving blood circulation
  • Free of artificial and harmful chemicals
  • Generally affordable to buying products containing processed ingredients

In my next posts we will discuss extensively on different ESSENTIAL AND CARRIER OILS. How to use them, apply them and their many benefits.  I mix Coconut oil and Citronella oil with my daily moisturizer and spritz. My hair and skin loves it!

Do you have favorite Natural Oils you use for your hair? What benefits have you noticed?



Saturday, 6 May 2017

Graduation Hairstyles for Natural Hair

It's Graduation Season and if you were like me on Graduation day, my hairstyle for graduation was #1 on my mind, Keeping the Graduation cap from falling was #2. Falling on my face as I receive my diploma was next. More Hairstyles:

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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