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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

Wow.

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

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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

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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