Trimming Natural Hair

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The regularity in which you must go for a trim is always debated within the natural hair community. Some people go for a trim every 3 months, whilst some opt to go every 6 months. There are many indicators to show you when your hair is in need for a trim, for instance if your hair is constantly breaking off at the tips, or if you have split ends, you probably need to cut it! I have a serious fear of hairdressers who may get too excited with a pair of shear scissors and my hair so here are 4 easy methods to trim your hair at home.

  1. Two Strand Twists

Twists are a good way of inspecting your ends to find knots or frizzy dry ends. The smaller the twists, the more thorough the trim would be however it isn’t necessary to install mini twists. When trimming, try to take an even amount off each twist to ensure you get a good shape.

2. Search and Destroy

This is one of the longer methods, but the effort spent is rewarding. This method literally requires you to search for split ends or single stand knots and cut them. As well as it being time consuming, this method can also cause an uneven shape. On the upside, if you’re not one for trimming off chunks of your hair, this method helps you to preserve most of it.

3. Trimming whilst Straight

This method is probably the most well-known out of the three and some naturals prefer it because of the clean cut it gives. Trimming your hair whilst straight means less shrinkage, so you’re less likely to cut off more hair. This method also makes tackling your fro a lot more manageable! If you are afraid of heat damage, and you opt to do this method, try blow drying it instead of straightening it.

 

How often do you trim your hair? Weigh in on the conversation below!

5 ways to cut your Wash Day in Half

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I include procrastination in my Wash-Day Routine, because I put off washing my hair for as long as I can, just to avoid the time consuming process. But eventually all that product builds up and I submit to washing my hair. If you are sometimes a lazy natural like I am, I have listed below the top 5 Ways to cut your wash day in half!

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Co-Wash

I think every naturalista would hail the Co-Wash as a huge time saver! A Co-Wash is when you wash your hair just using conditioner. It is best to choose a conditioner that works best for you, one of my favourites is the Shea Moisture Raw shea butter Restorative Conditioner. The regularity of a Co-wash depends on how often you wash your hair. I usually do one between shampoo washes, so that would be every week/two weeks.

Detangle with Conditioner

Before you tackle your hair for a wash day it is best to detangle, especially if you have been wearing your hair out and not in protective styles. The conditioner provides more of a slip so the detangling process would be much quicker and easier. I do recommend finger detangling, although quite time consuming it is worth it as using a comb can snag on the hairs.

Section your hair

Working in sections is a great way to reduce the amount of time spent on your wash day. It makes the hair seem more manageable and also enables you to condition and shampoo each section well.

Condition hair

It is crucial to always condition your hair after washing it, as this adds moisture back into your hair. Also this step would reduce any time being wasted in the future to moisturise hair again.

Pre-Po

A Pre-Po is a treatment you do to prepare your hair for shampooing. Doing this protects your hair from being stripped of its natural oils. After doing this treatment it is best to use a Moisturizing shampoo such as Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo as opposed to a harsh one.

Check out my process and the products I use in my Wash Day Routine video below!

-Naomi xo

Hot Oil Treatment on Natural Hair

I love the holidays, it’s a time where you get to see family, eat cake for breakfast and cancel all plans for an entire day of TLC! Doing my hair is number one on my list when I have a day off, and a great way to really treat your tress is a Hot Oil Treatment.
Hot Oil Treatments are a great way to add moisture to your hair, as the heat opens the cuticles and allows moisture to penetrate through. It is a great way to combat dry hair which you may be experiencing in these winter months.

DIY: The best part about this treatment is you can do it all in the comfort of your own home. I literally feel like a chef whenever I’m mixing up all the oils! Below is the mixture I use on my hair:

Coconut Oil- stimulates hair growth, softens hair and conditions the scalp. It also helps to eliminate dandruff.
Olive Oil- is moisturizing and soothing.
Jojoba Oil- softens hair and is a very lightweight oil.

How To:
It is best to warm the oils until hot (not too hot!), then massage the oils into hair for about 5 minutes. Next you’ll need to cover hair with a shower cap/cling film then wrap a towel around your head. You can leave the oil to sit as you like, however 30 minutes is enough. After this you can shampoo and condition as normal.

You may be trying to cut your Wash Day down to an hour, but this treatment is worth the wait as it leaves your hair moisturised and your strands revitalised!

Check out my method below:

What are some of your favourite oils to use?

-Naomi xo

The L.O.C. Method: Crucial for Curls and Kinks

The LOC/LCO Method should be part of the Natural Hair Bible. It is a quick and simple way of adding moisture to your hair. It turns dry and frizzled ends into bouncy, moisturized curls. This method is following from our previous post on How to Moisturize your Hair in Winter. The products used in the video are proven to leave your hair feeling replenished and looking it too!

LOC is an acronym for Liquid, Oil and Cream. The Liquid is typically water based or just plain water. The Oil can be any of your choice, however for winter I do suggest thicker oils like Coconut Oil which does soften the hair and conditions the scalp. The Cream is a creamy moisturizer which also helps to add more slip to hair when detangling. Check out some of my favourite products and method below!

What products do you use for your LOC Method?

-Naomi xo

What you’re doing Wrong with your Braid Outs

You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types. So I am going to share with you some of my tips to get your best defined braid out.

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1. Start on wet/damp hair- When our hair is wet and free from product our natural curl pattern can be seen. This then makes it easier for our hair to adapt a curl pattern from the braid.
2. Detangle – I typically detangle my hair in the shower whilst washing it, which is way easier. Detangling your hair makes the take down process a lot easier and also leaves your hair less prone to frizz. If wash-day terrifies you, try a co-wash instead it cuts the time down in half!
3. Find your holy grail products- Finding the right type of gel or custard that works on your hair is probably the most crucial. You can find the products I use here!

4. Braid from the roots- To have a consistent curl from root to tip you must start your braid from the root. If you’re not the best braider you can add a hair clip/bobby pin at the root, then start braiding.
5. Small sections- Now this does depend on the type of curl you want to achieve, but to get more definition small braids are the way to go!
6. Leave hair to dry- I typically must leave my hair for a day or two so that it is completely dry otherwise it would quickly turn into a frizzy puff thing.

What are some of your holy grail products for a braid out? Comment below!

-Naomi xo

Does a Sleek Bun last on 4B/4C hair?

A sleek bun is one of my go-to Protective Styles with my natural hair. It takes about 20 minutes to complete, and the style is suitable for just about any occasion. However, whilst I was doing my cousins hair last week, she was quick to mention that there is no point in using Edge Control as it doesn’t work on her 4C Textured hair. I used it anyway, and it did lay down her edges, but I  was forced to wonder after she left how long the gel lasted.

Typically when I do this style it lasts for about the whole day, however the sleekness that I achieve at first doesn’t remain throughout the day. My edges would simply frizz up during the day, but still remain relatively flat on my head. To combat this I leave my headscarf on for about 3-4 hours, you can check out my method and the products that I use here. Do you have any suggestions of gels that last for the whole day on 4B/4C textured hair? Comment below!

-Naomi xo

 

5 Easy Natural Hairstyles for Winter

The only good thing about winter is that Santa Claus might bring me a pony (I promise I have been good this year). Everything else about the winter isn’t so delightful- the cold, the rain and not to mention the DRYING WINDS! As you may have seen from our last post, it is crucial to properly moisturise your hair in the winter months. But there’s no point moisturising it well, then flaunting your fro so that the winds dry up all that moisture! Instead, we suggest protecting your tress with a protective style. Check out my go-to natural hairstyles for the winter.

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(This is my beautiful Mama)

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Check out my Sleek Bun Tutorial on how to achieve this look.

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Check out my Two Bun Tutorial on how to achieve this look.

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What are some of your natural hair tips for the winter?

-Naomi xo

How to Keep your Hair Moisturized this winter

Sometimes I understand why black girls and women relax their hair. Natural hair can be a challenge, if exposed to too much sun, the Keratin which our hair is made of, would start to break down. Yet if exposed to too much wind our ends would dry and break off. So yes, sometimes it is a struggle and I begin to wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. But then I go onto @lambbofficial Instagram and I am reminded of the beautiful and bouncy nature of natural hair! (Perfect plug right?) Anyways, let’s get into how you can protect your tress this winter!

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  1. Know your Porosity Level- Porosity refers to how open the cuticles on your hair shaft are. To find out your porosity level take a strand of hair and put it in bowl of water, if it sinks to the bottom you have High Porosity Hair. However if your hair floats on top of the water you have Low Porosity Hair. If you do have Low Porosity hair it means your hair needs more help retaining moisture. Check out Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Hair Line here.
  2. Know your Hair Type- Some naturalista’s question the importance of knowing your hair type, but in this case it does play a vital role. Kinkier hair types (4B/4C) tends to be dryer and this is because it is harder for your scalps natural oils to travel down your strands.
  3. Use The LOC Method this method is Holy Grail for every naturalista, no matter the hair type, although some prefer to call it LCO the principle is still the same. Adding Liquid, Oil and Cream to your hair is the perfect way to add moisture. In the winter it is better to use thicker sealant’s like Shea Butter which helps to retain moisture. Also make sure your Liquid is primarily water based, or just water itself.
  4. Do the Baggy Method- the most important part of our hair is the ends because it is the oldest part, and just how your supposed to care for the elderly, the baggy method does just that. By applying a moisturizer to your ends and sealing it with an oil, then putting a baggy over your hair, your ends would be rejoicing!

As always feel free to share your methods to keeping your tress protected by commenting below.

-Naomi xo

 

5 Tips to Grow Long, Thick and Healthy Natural Hair

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You might not appreciate being compared to a plant, but let me tell you why it is the most beautiful and accurate comparison. Natural hair is a lot like a plant, the more you water it the better it would grow. Not to mention our hair journey’s typically start out a lot like a seed- small but bursting with potential. Also just like a plant needs sun and nutrients, our hair needs satin scarves and oils. So allow me to share with you my 5 Top Tips to growing Long, Thick and Healthy Natural Hair, so you can blossom into the beautiful plant you are.

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  1. Use No heat– I know shrinkage can be an enemy of progress but blowing drying your hair every time you wash it leaves it more prone to heat damage. Besides there are plenty of ways you can stretch your hair without using heat, check out a method I use here!
  2. Keep your hair Moisturized– Natural hair is naturally dry, so it is important to constantly add moisture to your hair, especially the ends as these are the oldest parts of your hair. Develop a regimen that may consist of moisturizing your hair every night, or day. If you are not sure how well your hair retains moisture, give the Porosity Test a try.
  3. Deep Condition– it is crucial to deep condition your hair every time you wash it. Deep conditioning makes your hair more soft and manageable after you wash, whilst also imparting moisture.
  4. Drink Water– nobody really likes being told what they should and shouldn’t eat, however your diet is important when it comes to hair growth. Do aim to drink about 2 litres of water a day, but if water is not your thing try throwing in a lemon!
  5. Protective Styles– During these colder months I very rarely leave my natural hair out, this is because of the damage the drying winds could potentially do to my hair. Instead I braid my hair down and throw on a wig!

-Naomi xo

Second-day-hair Wash and Go is not so cute.

I’ve never really understood the hype about Wash and Go’s and it’s probably because I have 4B/4C hair. Initially I was hesitant to do a Wash and Go, the name reminded me of how I used to do my hair pre-NHM (Natural Hair Movement).The idea of literally washing your hair then going terrified me. So I watched a couple of tutorials and told myself it cannot be that bad if all my naturalista’s are doing it. My first attempt was terrible! You can check it out here. I did it that way because I watched a video of girl with 3B/3C Hair do the same, a bit silly, I know. But the natural hair community is filled with a wide spectrum of different kinks and curls and I refused to believe that only one kind of texture can achieve a certain style. So, as any stubborn Taurus would do, I tried again. You can check out my results and method here.

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I was happier this time, although I didn’t achieve as much curl definition the outcome still pleased me. The shrinkage also did not bother me, I thought the length and the little spiral curls to be quite cute. So I took my ‘cute’ head to bed, not before putting it in a pineapple of course and securing it with a silk scarf. The next morning I was greeted by a swarm of single strand knots and my hair welcomed an extreme dryness that it had been foreign to.

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It became a mission to run my hand through a section of my hair, and I was immediately taken back to being a kid, my head resting on my mother’s knee as she combed from root to tip! I was horrified and quite upset that my hair was suffering from such dryness. Of course I got to work immediately, mixing all my ingredients of moisturizer’s and sealants to fix the mess infesting on my head. So, would I try it again? No.

What are some of your worst/best experiences with Wash and Go’s? Comment below!

-Naomi xo