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I bought a waste trainer ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Hey yolls. Been away for quiet some time. I have been reals buisy juggling a lot of things and no, I am still at it. In the midst of all this I decided to say “screw it, I am going home” (Cartman’s voice); and so here I am. So I been deeling a bit heavy on the belly (not preggers). I have gained some weight from 45 to 51, so it’s a yag and a nay. Mostly a nay because My stomach has become a lot bigger than it usually is (not flat but… well). Okay so movimg on, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore when my friends start noticing, so I bought a………… ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— Yup; you guessed it, waist trainer yolls. It will supposedly arrive tomorrow and will let you guys in on whether these stuff works for me or not. There yoh have it, deuces, I am outta here! I wanted to end this in a much cooler way than that but I completely forgot what to say. Thanks for tuning in

First times

Haven’t posted in quiet a while, schedule has been so buisy from trying to finish my thesis to chasing my advisor to conferences and job interviews all while trying to stay fit, eat healthy, maintain relationships with my partner and friends (I may have failed with some of this), stay spiritual healthy (I missed my fast๐Ÿ˜ฅ) and the list goes on. Several experiences came out of this however so I think good start to the year๐Ÿ˜€ yay. I travelled to Cape Town for the first time ever๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜. Beautiful mother city. We (me and colleague) travelled by plane (so many first times๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚). We flew kulula, it was a pleasant experience but two hours in the air felt forever. Our flight was an early one so did not get enough rest the previous night. Luckily my mr superman ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜ was willing enough to drive me to the airport as early on a Sunday as it was (God bless his heart). People at the airport were nice, friendly and helpful {SA is blessed with friendly people} and the trip was hassle free. Okay, where was I? Yes two hours.

me tryina look like “not a plane rookie”

Taking of was fine but man I hated the landing, longest maybe 20 minutes? It felt hella longer than that. Finally we landed safely in Mother city. It was warm. No I am lying, it was hot (PTA has nothing on Cape Town). They broke the lid of my poster container๐Ÿ˜ซ. But at least nothing was damaged (thank heavens). Our professors rented a car for us to go around the city yay (tuks privilege). Stay humble and grateful. Big ups to Mr Mathew who was happy to show us around and drive us places as we requested.

We stayed as 5 students in a three bedroom apartment (oops, overbooking๐Ÿ˜ฑ). We did not mop about it, instead, we made sure our stay was worth a while in the waterless Cape (#prayforrainincapetown). Because this was a conference and not leisure, we did not visit as many places as we would have liked. But we managed to go to V&A waterfront

and saw the city from above (and no, I am not pregnant on the photo above. Lmao).

(I could be a photographer yeee! ๐Ÿ˜„). We also wanted to experience “the coastal chillas” so we visited the Grand Africa (I think) beach restaurant and watched the sun set around 8 (me was amazed by this)

Beech on the rock knaw m sayin (cardi B voice). We ended our adventures by visiting one of the most historical place in Cape Town (God bless Tata’ s soul and salute to Robert Sobukwe and many people who made ways for our generation fighting the cruel apartheid government) (aluta continua) โœŠ. We sailed for a good hour to Robben Island (ugh๐Ÿค’ sea sick). But the tour at the island was beautiful

The first tour was a bus tour around the 12km radius island with many historical places rich of heavy stories. And the second part of tour in the maximum security apartheid prison was directed by one of the ex prisoners of the island. Horrible stories hapenned in that place.

Smaller than your bathroom I bet๐Ÿ˜ฅ. History is important so we realize how far we have come. Such big hearts from those who forgave without expecting an apology. That’s big. The final days of my visit to mother city ended with the conference’s gala dinner (decent food than previous days, oopsie๐Ÿ™ˆ) and bang, my work recieved some recognition ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜€ (God is good) and I was awarded the best poster by a Masters student. What! what! ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ’ƒ.

I need a decent photo of this.

Thank you for tuning in. Until next time๐Ÿ˜˜

Hair products, “hair scientists”๐Ÿ˜ฑmud and moisture๐Ÿ˜

So many stiries about hair products out there๐Ÿ˜ง. Every one has a story to tell about this or that product. It gets tiring hearin “why don’t u try this”, I think this would work better for your hair because this and that. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I once went to get a blow out at a certain hair and beauty salon that’s renown for styling natural hair, the service was amazimg and prices great but I personally would not go back. 4c hair and the “professional hair dressers”. Ahhh this seems every stylist’s nightmare.Going back to my first salon experience since I went natural, I was super excited to finally find this place that actually caters for natural hair๐Ÿ˜ƒ.I asked if they would manage to do perm rods on my hair๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Guess what answer I got, err….not on natural hair๐Ÿ˜ฉ. Whaaaaat! But yall cater for natural hair and most black people in SA have naturally course haor tho. How come u cant do this?๐Ÿ˜Ÿ. I have done bantu knots, straw curls, and perm rods on my “impossible to style” so called 4c hair with youtube tutorials and great success. How come these so called “professionals” who supposedly understand the science of ethnic hair cant pull it off? In fact, maybe I should open my own joint actually haha. Anyway, I ended up getting a blowout which I think damaged my hair a bit. (Side note: I posyed my blow out on my first blog post here). I was dissapointed and in SZA’s voice ” I’m never going back never going back, no u can’t make me”๐Ÿ™…โœ‹. Enough about not so good salon experiences. I want to share my favourite hair products specifically formulated for ethnic hair. One, the dark and lovely au naturelle product range (don’t know if I wrote the name right but u get the gag), for my hair, this has been the best product for moisture. I have not used the curl pudding  but I am so happy with the results from their shampoo and conditioner. I usually either wash with my palmer’s cocconut oil shampoo (which I am strugglimg to finish, also a very good product), or with the dark and lovely au naturelle shampoo, I then condition and detangle my hair with a shampoo brush while the conditioner is still on. U can also wait 5 to ten minites with a plastic cap on before you detangle. The heat of ya body allowes the condioner to penetrate your hair (as they say). After I rinse, my hair is super duper soft and easy to style. I am keeping this and slowly letting go of my “product junkie” habbits. Speaking of hair hydration, I did a clay mask with bentonite clay last weekend, man that stuff surely was made by God for our hair haha. It works miracles. I will share the recipe and application process on my next blog. But here is some pictures for your eyes only๐Ÿ˜‰.

This was during the application, I also used it on my face as it’s believed to suck up all those Mc***toxins u been shoving up hehe๐Ÿ™ˆ

My hair was so clean, stronger and less brittle. ๐Ÿ˜„

now that’s a happy fro.๐Ÿ˜. My hair has recovered and is growing well. Stay true to yaselves, love, grow in abundance๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Too scared to bleach


Very first blog post yall. So I am sitting here on ma bed on a Wednesday afternoon. I am supposed to be writing my MSc thesis but here I am. People have always asked me to blog about my hair but I always hated blogs and vlogs. But here I am ๐Ÿ™ˆ. I will be blogging about everything, from hair to creepy mall stalkers, dissapointments, struggles and regrets. It’s the beggining of spring and everyone is coming out of their shells. We are all making decisions about our hair that we will probably regret three months later, all the pixie cuts, side shaves and mow hawks we wont be able to reverse. I have always been a different child, never wanted to look normal or like the rest of the people which I mostly revealed with my hair and the clothes I wear. So I decide, in a crowd of a bunch of people, I wanna be noticed. Medium length dark brown 4c Afro textured hair standing erect defying the laws of gravity๐Ÿ“ท. I decide, “let’s add blue” on top of all the above, as if I am not noticeable already. But wait, I cant color my dark afro hair without pre-lightening it, ughhh! Okay,. Bleach is a small price to pay for a funky look. So there I was , bleachin my hair with no experience or instructions except for what I saw on youtube๐Ÿ˜‚. You tube says not to stay too long with bleach on your hair but what difference is 5more minutes gonna make right? If there is , my hair will be even lighter and my blue color will be radiant๐Ÿ˜œ.. so there I was with bleached blond hair

My hair just after I had washed off the bleach

, I wasnt gonna wait to dye it the color I want, no. I topped the blond up with a blue, it looked amazing when dry and I was getting all the complimentsScreenshot_2017-06-07-11-40-19-1๐Ÿ“ท.๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€. Okay, come wash day, my blue hair turns into slime when wet๐Ÿ˜ฆ. A few weeks later, my beautiful full of body Afro starts loosing body,Screenshot_2017-06-07-11-39-31-1๐Ÿ“ท it was literally coming off as I touched it and would be slimy every time I washed it๐Ÿ˜ข. One May Afternoon I decide, it’s time I let this mess go. My hair had grown a little bit so while half of it was slimy blue mess, most of the roots were black. So I thought, what do I do with this mess? And immediately I heard in my mind “cut it, cut it, cut it”๐Ÿ’‡. I thought ” ahhh!๐Ÿ˜ƒ. That’s an idea”. I removed all the blue parts and made another mistake I regreted. Decided to be less dull and more stylish. Instead of cutting the blue slug, I decided to d a tapered cutScreenshot_2017-06-07-11-39-11-2 ๐Ÿ“ท(very popular sass style in the afro community). All was great at the beginning, my hair always recovered quiet quick. But then 3 months later, u reach an awkward stage where you dont know what to do with your hair (all ma afro sistas know what I am talkin abt here). Luckily three more months into it, my sides had grown faster and caught up with the hair in the middle of my head๐Ÿ˜ฅ phew

Took this in the lab office #yellow labgoats haha

๐Ÿ“ท. Lesson learned: I am just gonna lay off the hippy punky funky hair styles now of it means that I have to modify my hair chemically or physically. Stay away from peroxides containing dyes, don’t bleach your own hair especially sensitive 4c like mine(go to professionals). Think long term when you cut your hair, how is it gonna look in 3 months? but then again, we learn from making mistakes, this time I went to a professional to get a blow out20170522_201258 . heat, yikes! I am gonna stay with protective styles for the next few months just to allow my hair to grow in peace. Hopefully it will fully recover. now I go on my quest of finding good hair products and a wash day regimen for my hair, you would think being natural for almost three years, I would have nailed it by now, #smdh . That’s it from me for now, catch yall on ma next blog, will prolly be about my hair again, OR the first two major arguments I had with my boyfriend, or the creepy old man who stalked me and my friend at a shopping mall. Stay tuned:-) Stand out, live loud, laugh often, love always. Be unique, be you.โค