Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wash Day Post – Next Day Hair

The theme for this Week’s Wash Day Experience is Next Day Hair and I must say that I absolutely adore second day hair as you hair has had a chance to air dry properly and you can style it as you please. Anyway let’s get into the wash day post proper. This wash day was the first after I had relaxed my hair – I literally had to wait 3 weeks for this wash day because of the burns I had encountered on my scalp during my relaxer and also because of finding time to do it, so you can only imagine how greasy my hair would have felt.

I started off on Friday evening with a pre-poo treatment I used my trusty V05 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Conditioner and I sealed it in with Castor Oil. Castor Oil is one of my absolute favourite oils because it makes my hair feel really soft and I believe it penetrates into my hair better than most oils. I divided my hair into only 4 sections applied the conditioner and then sealed in the conditioner with my castor oil, I also did a mini detangle with my wide tooth comb however I did not have a lot of tangles as I had only just texlaxed my hair. I then covered my hair with a plastic/nylon bag and a shower cap and left the pre-poo in for one and a half hours.

I proceeded to shampoo my hair with ORS Aloe Creamy Shampoo, for some reason this shampoo even though it is meant to act as a clarifying shampoo, always leaves my hair feeling soft and detangled. Then I deep conditioned overnight (with my nylon/plastic bag and shower cap), although I also sat under my curl formers hooded dryer attachment for about 45 minutes. I used a mix of Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner, ORS Replenishing Conditioner (New Packaging/Formula), Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and Coconut Oil, I also sealed in the deep conditioner with some coconut oil, this is a form of oil rinsing.

When I woke up on Saturday morning, I combed my hair with the deep conditioner still in it and then proceeded to rinse it out with cold water. I then towel dried my hair thoroughly, oiled my scalp with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and applied my leave-ins, this time I used Cantu Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and then I sealed everything in with coconut oil. I then combed my hair through with a wide tooth comb, I feel like I experienced more shedding/breakage than I would have liked which I might attribute to the ORS Replenishing Conditioner (New Packaging/Formula). I also found that this new ORS Replenishing Conditioner is different from the old one as regards its consistency and feel on my hair. It also does not mix very well with my other deep conditioner and left my hair with little particles which I find most annoying. I am going to have to hunt down the old bottles and stock up on that.

After combing my hair I put it up in a bun to air dry as I needed to head out for choir rehearsals. After rehearsals I had to run some errands with my hair still in a bun. When I got home I realised that the hair around the bun area was still slightly damp so I divided my hair into two sections and continued air drying in two pony tails I found that my hair dried in about 30 minutes. I have found that with air drying the more sections you do, the faster your hair will dry. However it is not my preference to go round with multiple sections of buns or ponytails that it is why if I have to go out I would put my hair up in a bun to air dry.



Air drying in a bun whilst running errands

The very next day was church so I wore my next day hair style which was my usual go to fuller, voluminous bun, I have a tutorial here and here.





Hope you all enjoyed reading this post; please share how your wash day went. I would also like to thank everyone that takes their time to out to read my posts, please send me an email if there is anything you would like me to post on or you can also leave a comment with your post suggestions below.

The Wash Day Experience

TONKABELLE, xoxo



" We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

How to Grow your Hair wearing Wigs

Wigs are a great way to grow out our hair. This is because when your hair is protected under a wig it is prone to less breakage, manipulation, shedding and so on. Wigs may even be more beneficial to the hair than other protective styles such as weaves and braids because you have complete access to your hair allowing you to provide adequate treatment to it. Wigs are therefore a good way to grow your hair out if you have recently suffered breakage, hair loss or hair damage. There are many options of wigs to choose from such as u-part wigs, half wigs, lace wigs, etc. Wigs provide versatility as you don’t have to constantly think of styles to do to your hair. However don’t think that you can just wear a wig and proceed as normal without taking adequate care of the wig and your hair underneath.



There are certain things that you need to do prior to wearing your wig to ensure that your hair gets the maximum benefits possible:

Ensure that you wash and deep condition your hair prior to installation: Before wearing your wig for a long period of time, you should wash and deep condition your hair prior to getting it braided underneath. It is therefore important that prior to the installation of your wig you assess the condition of your hair i.e. whether it needs a clarifying shampoo or a protein or moisture based deep condition and treat it accordingly. This will ensure that your hair is clean and properly nourished and conditioned prior to wearing the wig. When you have washed and deep conditioned your hair prior to installing the wig you are able to wear the wig for a longer period of time and you also avoid dryness or breakage to your hair.

Ensure that your wig is not too tight or too loose: Your wig must be a perfect fit, if it feels very tight it can cause hair breakage because of abrasion to your scalp and if it is too loose it will not be secure anytime you wear it.

Cornrow, weave, braid/plait your hair underneath the wigs: It is important that you weave or braid your hair underneath the wig to ensure that it is well protected and not exposed to any unnecessary stress. This also ensures that the wig lies flat against your head. If you simply put your hair up in a bun or pin it up, chances are that there may be some friction between your hair and the wig which can result in breakage. It is therefore better to ensure that your ends are properly covered and protected. If you can braid your hair like it is done where the ends are not exposed, this will work even better such as in a beehive or snake pattern. To get the maximum benefit from wearing a wig to grow your hair, it is advisable that you keep the braids or cornrows in for a longer period of time. If you rebraid too often it may defeat the entire purpose of wearing the wig which is to decrease the manipulation of your hair.

Ensure that your cornrows, braids/plaits are not done too tightly: When you are braiding your hair it is important that the braids/cornrows are not done too tightly as this may lead to breakage which will hamper the growth of your hair and the benefits to be received from wearing the wig.

Do not wear a wig cap: A wig cap especially those made from materials such as nylon, cotton, do not actually provide your hair with any benefit. They may on the other hand cause damage to your hair over time when you hair has been exposed to the synthetic fibres, which will rub on your hair and cause moisture to evaporate from it. In the case of really tight wig caps it can also pull on your hair and cause breakage.

The wig combs can cause hair breakage: The tiny combs attached to wigs need to be avoided. If your wig is one that has the little combs and the strap at the back, I recommend you use the strap alone to set the wig in place. This is because those little combs attached to wigs can cause a lot of breakage to the hair when the wig is being removed, they can also cause pain and discomfort when the wig is worn. Be mindful of how you choose to secure your wigs to your hair as tension from wigs can result in hair breakage especially around the hairline.

After applying all these tips prior to the time you start to wear your wigs, it is crucial to do the following afterwards to ensure that your hair attains optimum health and growth:

Moisturise and seal your hair regularly: It is important that you moisturise and seal your hair prior to wearing the wig or after you take it out at night. This can be done 2-4 times a week it really depends on your hair and what suits it. Moisturising and sealing regularly would ensure that your hair remains hydrated, conditioned and moisturised. However you should not overdo it to prevent product build up and the clogging of your pores.

Apply a growth aid to your scalp (optional): A growth aid applied to the scalp, may actually help things along in ensuring that your hair grows out long and healthy. If you intend to keep your wash days further apart you may apply your growth aid to your scalp about 1 – 3 times a week. Some growth aids that can be used on the scalp include Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Castor Oil and so on.Due to the fact that you have easy access to your hair it will be easy to oil your scalp. 

Do not sleep in your wigs: This is one of the benefits wigs have over weaves and braids. A wig allows better circulation of air to your hair because at anytime of the day and even at night you can take it off. At night you can simply wear a satin/silk scarf/bonnet and fall asleep. This will ensure that your hair has some time to air out and will also keep you wigs lasting longer. It is therefore important to avoid falling asleep with your wig on as wearing your wig constantly to sleep can actually cause the wig to rub on areas of your hair and cause hair breakage.

Do not use Heat Tools in an attempt to blend your Hair with the Wig: Constant use of heat in an effort to blend your leave-out to match the rest of the wig will ultimately result in breakage, dryness and so on. You can try to wear wigs which will match your hair as closely as possible or you can find ways to make your hair blend with the wig for example if it is a curly wig, you can do a bantu-knot out on the leave-out hair so that it can match the wig.

Wash and Deep Condition your hair frequently: Wigs give you the versatility to wash your hair less often so you can go up to three or four weeks without washing your hair. You can however wash your hair every one or two weeks if you prefer. Before you wash it, it is important to gently detangle to ensure you get all the shed hairs out. You can also choose to clean your scalp lightly in between washes with baby wipes or face wipes.

Care for your wigs: It is important to also wash your wigs after you are done wearing them and ensure that you apply some conditioner on them as well. It is also important to brush them out to remove any tangles.


I hope you have all enjoyed this post. If you have any other tips for anyone interested in wearing wigs to grow their hair, please share. If you also have any questions or want to me to address any topic I would love to hear them.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"So spread sunshine all over the place, Just put on a happy face" - Bye bye Birdie, Put on a Happy Face

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Product Review – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion

Hello my loves, I am back with a product review of the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion. I use the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Lotion primarily on wash days as it is meant to serve as a heat protectant for when I may blow dry (which I rarely do) and since it is lighter I feel like it might give straighter results when I air dry my hair. I was drawn to it because of one of its primary ingredients which is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. However on taking a closer look at the ingredients I see that Apricot Oil and Olive Oil are listed before Castor Oil. In this product review I have also tried to make a mini comparison between the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion, the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk and the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Transitioning Milk.



The Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion is described on the Bottle as the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion with Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin. It states that it is suited for Natural, Chemically Processed, Color Treated or Heat Styled Hair. The product claim is as follows “This precious oil based lotion protects while restoring moisture and lustrous shine to dull, damaged or chemically processed hair. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil, certified organic Shea Butter and stimulating Peppermint combine in an ultra moisturising formula to protect against the damaging effects of high heat styling while increasing hair’s resistance to breakage. Hair grows strong and healthy.”

The directions state “squeeze a small amount into hands, and apply to damp or dry hair starting from ends and working up to roots. Do not rinse out. Dry naturally or blow dry as usual. Excellent to protect hair before using heat styling tools.”

These are the Ingredients as listed on the Bottle: Water (Aqua), Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oat Beta Glucan, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Inulin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccharides, Behenyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Niacin, Vinegar, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Glycerin , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Yeast  Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Diheptyl Succinate, Sodium Phytate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Citric Acid, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) *Certified Organic Ingredient

Pros
The Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion is a versatile product, it acts as a moisturiser, a leave in, heat protectant and styling product.

It is a lightweight product and so it will not weigh your hair down. I feel like it is more suited to people with fine to medium hair and not for coarser, thicker hair.

I like the fact that the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion is suited for all Hair Types, Natural, Chemically Processed, Color Treated or Heat Styled Hair

It has a very good consistency, not too thick or watery.

Cons

The Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion may make hair feel dry and not so moisturised compared to other moisturisers, including the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk which is definitely one of my favourite moisturisers.
Also in comparison, I find that while the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion is lightweight, the Shea Moisture Transitioning Milk actually causes product build up on my hair and the product just seems to sit on the hair, especially if it is used consistently for a long period of time. (This is a different view from what I wrote when I initially reviewed the product). Also the Shea Moisture Transitioning Milk does not really feel moisturising but feels really creamy, heavy at least on my own hair so perhaps as the product states it is best suited for transitioning hair or dry, damaged hair. However the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk which is for thick, curly hair seems to suit my thick, texlaxed/relaxed hair just fine.

The Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion is so lightweight so you need a lot to moisturise your hair, unlike the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk where a little goes a long way.

I am not a fan of the scent of the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion, I however absolutely love the scent of the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk.

Rating – 2.5/5 (Average) Personally I would recommend the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk over the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Styling Lotion.

Kindly share your experience with this product if you have used it or if it is something you would be willing to try? Or share your favourite products from the Shea Moisture line or other products you might like. As always, if you have any topic you would want me to address please comment below or send an email to me and I will be happy to.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up" - Thomas A. Edison


Thursday, 5 May 2016

My Relaxer Update

Hello my loves, just thought to do a relaxer update to let you know how my hair has been faring the past couple of days. I got my hair texlaxed on Friday, 29th April, 2016 at precisely 12 weeks post. Prior to that I had experienced some shedding, I think this was due to some stress. Anyway on the day of the relaxer I was unable to prep my hair beforehand because I was going for a meeting and had to prepare for it and had no extra time on my hands.

I texlaxed at the salon with the ORS Olive Oil Relaxer (No lye) kit and it was rinsed out and then washed with the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and also the ORS Uplifting Shampoo, I definitely prefer the prior shampoo and how it makes my hair feel. After that I deep conditioned with a mix of conditioners and oils which included the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise, Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner and Shea Moisture Shea Butter Masque as well as a bunch of oils.

I sat underneath the steamer for about 15 minutes and the deep conditioner was rinsed out. I applied my leave-ins which were Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner and Shea Moisture Castor Oil Lotion, to seal I used some coconut oil. I also applied my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp.

My hair was then blow dried, I experienced more shedding than I would have liked during the process, I also got some relaxer burns on my nape, I have to be careful to nurse them so that this does not lead to a setback. However I did achieve good length retention (I was quite pleased with my ends), my hair is filling up and growing nicely and I did not trim my ends in line with the hair growth challenge.



So from here on out I need to make sure I take very good care of my ends to have them in tip top shape and to keep following the rules of the challenge to makes sure my hair grows as much as possible.



What have you all been up to hair wise? If you have any questions or comments do share and I will be glad to respond.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.” - Orson F. Whitney