Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Jingle Bell Rock - Holiday Hair Special (featuring Fabulous Bloggers)

The holiday season is always one filled with excitement, celebration and gratitude. It is usually a time for holiday parties, dinners, family get-togethers, weddings and such, therefore I came up with the idea of giving you all some style inspiration to rock at these events. 

A group of the most fabulous hair bloggers ever will be showing you their Christmas day look featuring both their hairstyles and the outfits they wore; you will all definitely be spoilt for choice. However on my blog is just a snippet for more pictures and details of their hair styles and stunning outfits, kindly check out their individual blogs.

For my Christmas Day Hairstyle I decided not to use any heat on my hair for this look because heat always seems like such a hassle to me so I took an easier option which was setting my hair with flexi rods overnight, as I am away for the holidays I had nothing to give the curls extra hold. 




I however used my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil whilst rolling my hair with 12 flexi rods. In the morning I took out the rods fluffed my hair separated a part of my hair for the front section and pinned the back of my hair into a bun pinning the ends of my hair inwards to complete the bun look. I was aiming for an ever so slightly messy look.





For my glamorous outfit I went for the colour green as it is a colour for the season and gold accessories because I feel gold is the most opulent, luxurious colour ever.


Here are the pictures of the fabulous bloggers who took part in Jingle Bell Rock to fill you all with good cheer and Christmas spirit.



Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow 


Lesley of Fresh Lengths 


Dr. Fomsky of The Sizzling Mommy




Please don't forget to check out their blogs for more details of their holiday looks.

Enjoy and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Be merry all, be merry all,

With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.
~William Robert Spencer

Monday, 24 December 2012

Marion Cotillard Inspired Bun Hairstyle


There is something very graceful, demure and elegant about Marion Cotillard and after seeing this huge bun which she did I decided I would attempt to recreate the look.



I like this bun because it can be made as big as possible or can be more restrained depending on what you want. It shows that you are proud to wear your hair and make a statement (yet there is a form of restrained elegance to this bun).
It can be made very glamorous or dressed down and is so simple to achieve. Simply open up the hair, like I always do anytime I want volume for my hair (see how I open up my hair in paragraph four of my fuller bun tutorial here) and pin the very ends of your hair in the centre of your head. Take bobby pins and apply them in a half moon, across the crown of your head to form the bun shape. Add some pearls voila.



I wore this bun to church and received quite a few compliments. I think it will show off the beauty of anyone’s hair and can be done on shorter or longer hair perhaps with some slight modifications. It will be fabulous to wear during this Christmas season.



Hope you enjoy my take on this look, some bloggers and I are working on some fabulous holiday hair looks for you all. Do stay tuned!!!

I hope you all feel the Magic that Christmas Eve brings.


PS. The New Year Perfection Hair Growth Challenge is drawing to a close, hope everyone has been sticking to the rules.


TONKABELLE,xoxo



'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....
~Clement Clarke Moore

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Difference between Hair Shedding and Hair Breakage


There is a world of difference between shedding and breaking hair, however it is a common misconception to use both words interchangeably.


Shedding is a process that is necessary for hair re-growth, it is a natural and healthy process which occurs in everyone after the hair strand has attained the end of its growth cycle. When a strand of hair falls naturally, a new strand of hair grows in its place. A piece of hair is therefore shed to enable a new strand of hair grow in its place.

Shedding is a healthy function of the scalp, however there are periods where shedding may be increased due to pregnancy, treatments such as chemotherapy, menopause/ menstrual cycle/ birth control pills, harmful hair styling practices, heredity, illness, poor nutrition and so on.

Hair breakage on the other hand, occurs when the hair splits at varying sections of the hair shaft. It is often as a result of improper and unhealthy hair care practices, stress, improper nutrition, illness and so on

A broken strand of hair

How to identify whether your hair is shedding or breaking:

1. Take a fallen piece of hair and examine it closely (no need to go plucking hairs from your own head).

2. Check how long the hair strand is; if it is quite long chances are that the hair is a shed piece of hair. If it is a shorter strand, chances are that the hair is broken.

3. Most importantly, check whether there is a white bulb at one end of the hair. If a white bulb is present then you can be sure that the hair strand is a shed piece of hair. If there is no white bulb however this is a broken piece of hair.

A shed strand of hair

Knowing whether your hair is shedding or breaking is very important as this will enable you to correct the problem at hand. Hair breakage obviously requires immediate attention, however if hair is merely shedding there is nothing to worry about except instances where the shedding is excessive.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Christmas, tis the season to be jolly after all. I will be posting some holiday hair styles to give everyone some inspiration and to ensure you all look fabulous for the Holidays, so please watch this space.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

Friday, 7 December 2012

Cheryl Cole Inspired Beehive Hair Style


I decided to seek a bit of inspiration from Cheryl Cole because she has an amazing sense of style and her hair is always done up in lovely hairstyles. 






I decided to recreate her beehive look on my own hair, with a bit of a variation. I did not want so much volume or a huge pouf at the crown since I was only going out to the shops (nothing fancy) therefore my goal was for more of a laid back look. 





I absolutely love the beehive look because it is a protective style and it is a show stopper where you don’t have to look like everyone else. This is also reminiscent of Adele's hair style in her "Rolling in the Deep" video.




It can be made more glamorous with only a few modifications, i.e. fake hair can be added to increase the height of the beehive, the hair can be backcombed for additional volume. However I did none of the above, I simply pinned my hair in the center after creating some volume by opening up my hair lightly. See how I open up my hair in paragraph 4 of my fuller bun tutorial here.

Hope you enjoy my take on it.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Though beauty is, with the most apt similitude, I had almost said with the most literal truth, called a flower that fades and dies almost in the very moment of its maturity; yet there is, methinks, a kind of beauty which lives even to old age; a beauty that is not in the features, but, if I may be allowed the expression, shines through them. As it is not merely corporeal it is not the object of mere sense, nor is it to be discovered but by persons of true taste and refined sentiment - Fulke Greville - Maxims, Characters and Reflections



Sunday, 2 December 2012

Hot Oil Treatments


Hot Oil Treatments promote long and healthy hair and are an effective way to ensure that our hair receives adequate and proper nourishment. It is a process whereby oils are heated and applied to the hair for a required amount of time, with or without an external heat source. It ensures that the hair remains healthy and is an excellent remedy to treat damaged, dry or chemically treated hair.



Here is a recipe to try out:

Utensils

Comb
Plastic Cap
Towel
Small bowl for the oils
A tablespoon

Ingredients

1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 -2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
1 -2 tablespoons of grape seed oil

Please note that the above listed oils can be substituted with any other oils at your disposal such as sweet almond oil, hemp seed oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and so on.

Procedure

Add the oils into a bowl and mix them together properly.



Application

1. Detangle hair with a wide tooth comb and part hair into four sections to enable you work within each section (you can slightly dampen your hair prior to sectioning if you prefer). 

It is best to section hair with fingers only at this point. 

2. Heat the oil by either placing the bowl of oil in a pot of hot water or popping the oil mix into a microwave for a few minutes; the oil should be warm and not hot. 

3. Part each section into four smaller sections and apply the oil to the scalp and the entire length of your hair concentrating on the mid section and the ends until the entire hair is coated with oil. 

4. Cover hair with a plastic cap and go under a hooded hair dryer or steamer.

If you do not have a hair dryer/steamer however you can try placing a hot towel (make it hot by dipping in hot water and wringing the excess water out) over the plastic cap. Another alternative is to use a regular hand held blow dryer for about 5 minutes and then cover the hair with a towel. 

5. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes with heat or about 30 minutes or more without heat (depending on how long you can stand it). 

6. Rinse off, then begin the washing process.

Hot Oil Treatments are quite luxurious and ensure that the hair is fortified and replenished with moisture and other valuable nutrients. I would love to know if anyone has done a hot oil treatment, their experience and recipes or whether others will consider it as a possible option for healthy hair.

I wish everyone a glamorous December.

TONKABELLE,xoxo



Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful - Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Oil Rinsing



Oil Rinsing can be described as a process whereby oil is applied to the hair during deep conditioning; it ensures that when the conditioner is being rinsed off some oil is still left to hold on to the hair. It is completely different from mixing your deep conditioner with oils because with oil rinsing the oil is applied to the hair itself. It is also not the same as a hot oil treatment because a hot oil treatment is usually done before shampooing however oil rinsing is done during the deep conditioning process. 

Although oil rinsing may not be viewed as an absolutely necessary step it is helpful to anyone with dry hair, hair that is prone to breakage and tangles or for those who just want to give their hair some extra nourishment.


The Advantages of Oil Rinsing are numerous and include:
  • Aiding with moisture retention by ensuring that moisture remains locked into the hair;
  • Allowing the hair to remain supple, smooth and soft by improving its overall texture;
  • Aiding with detangling;
  • Improving the manageability of the hair and giving it a natural shine.

There are basically three ways to oil rinse and I will describe them below:

1. Applying oil to your hair before deep conditioning: After your hair has been washed and towel dried, simply apply some oil to your entire head of hair. You can do so in sections or not depending on the technique you choose to use. Ensure that your hair is properly saturated with oil; about one tablespoon will do. Any oil can be used such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and so on. After oiling the hair, apply your deep conditioner over it (at this point you may detangle your hair in sections with a wide tooth comb), cover hair with a plastic cap with or without external heat and leave on for the required time. Then rinse with cool water.

Another alternative to this method is that after applying the oil you cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the oil on your hair for about 15 minutes to 1 hour with or without external heat. Rinse off the oil with warm water and then apply your deep conditioner. Cover hair with a plastic cap with or without external heat and leave on for the required time and then rinse the conditioner off with cool water. The former alternative method saves time, they are however both effective.



2. Applying oil to your hair after a deep conditioner: After washing your hair and applying your deep conditioner (at this point you may detangle your hair in sections with a wide tooth comb) as per usual, apply oil over the conditioner. You can use about one table spoon of oil; ensure that the oil covers your whole head of hair adequately. It might be slightly tricky applying the oil over the conditioner but it can be managed. Cover hair with a plastic cap with or without external heat and leave on for the required time and then rinse with cool water.

3. Applying oil before and after a deep conditioner: After your hair has been washed, apply about a table spoon of oil on your hair ensuring that the hair shaft and tips are adequately coated with the oil. Then apply your deep conditioner (at this point you may detangle your hair in sections with a wide tooth comb) and follow up with another table spoon of oil over the conditioner. Cover hair with a plastic cap with or without external heat and leave on for the required time and then rinse with cool water.

You can experiment with a variety of oils until you find a winning combination that works for you; I sometimes use two different oils or only one oil depending on how my hair feels on that particular wash day and what I have available.



I usually oil rinse using the third or second method and I notice an improvement with the texture of my hair after this process is completed. If you oil rinse please share what method you use and its benefits to your hair and if you do not oil rinse will you be willing to try it out?

Thanks for reading and hope this was informative.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre 

Friday, 23 November 2012

How I love Fridays - Buns


Fridays are delightful days...


I have been wearing a lot of buns recently. Buns are one of my favourite hair styles because they are quick and easy to do. They are also a protective style which is rule 4 in our New Year Perfection Hair Growth Challenge. For more details on this challenge please click here. Sometimes I try to make my buns more interesting but often times I stick to the simple bun, Illustrated here:



This is how I am wearing my hair today at work. It is called the simple bun because everyone knows how to do this. I am not trying to make my hair appear fuller or anything – the beauty of this bun is its simplicity.

Since it is Friday, I decided to wear one of my favourite colours – yellow. I like this colour because it is sunshiny and bright and reflects my cheerful Friday mood.

This is another bun I wore on a Friday at work – note the yellow again:



Here I was aiming for a fuller look. If you want a tutorial on how to achieve a similar look please click here. The only difference in this bun is that it is slightly higher than the one in the tutorial, I was trying to achieve something of a Japanese bun.

I wish everyone a splendid weekend. 

TONKABELLE, xoxo



You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth. 
-William W. Purkey

Monday, 19 November 2012

My Hair Epiphany - The LCO Method


Another way to moisturise and seal our hair - The LCO Method


I have decided to create a Hair Epiphany segment on my blog which will come up once in a while so that I can share my new hair discoveries with everyone, which brings me to the L.C.O. Method.

I discovered the best way to moisturise my hair so that the moisture lasts a lot longer and my hair is smooth and flows nicely. The L.C.O. method is a variation of the L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil and Cream) method of moisturising the hair. Although the products I use have a part to play; I think the ultimate reason my hair remains well moisturised is down to this moisturising technique.



The following illustrates how to do the LCO Method:

1. I part my hair into four vertical sections

2. I take a liquidy moisturiser, my moisturiser of choice is usually my Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser and I moisturise each section of my hair.

3. After this is done I use a creamy moisturiser to seal in the moisture already applied as well as to add more moisture to my hair, I apply said moisturiser to those same four sections.  My creamy moisturiser which actually doubles as a sealant is my Wura’s Secret Whipped Penetrating Conditioner.  I sometimes alternate and use Hollywood Beauty Olive Crème.

4. Finally I seal with an oil; my oil of choice is usually Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or other times I may use some olive oil.

I have noticed that since implementing this method of moisturising my hair; it stays moisturised for much longer and feels supple and soft.  I would definitely recommend this method to anyone with dry hair who finds it difficult to retain moisture.

The LCO method in a nutshell is simple - a liquid moisturiser, a creamy moisturiser and then sealing with an oil. It is that easy.

Hope you try it out and it works for you. Kindly share how you ensure your hair stays moisturised.

Finally I would like to thank all my precious subscribers for following my blog and everyone who takes time out to comment on my posts it means everything to me. If there is anything you would like to see on this blog do let me know either by commenting or sending me an email and I will gladly respond.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. -Margaret Thatcher


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Art of Air-Drying our Hair


Air-Drying can be described as a process of drying our hair without the use of mechanical heat which is mainly from hair dryers or blow dryers. The reason why it is more beneficial to air dry is because it is a healthier and safer option for our hair. Using too much heat in our hair is detrimental to its health and may result in hair breakage, heat damage, brittle or limp hair. Therefore it is beneficial to air dry as often as you can after washing and conditioning your hair.



Both relaxed and natural hair stand to benefit from this method. I always air dry my hair and may use a hair dryer about two – four times a year. However for most people using heat about once a month may be a healthier alternative as opposed to using heat constantly. 

Do look out for a future post where I describe how I air-dry my hair so that it appears smooth and silky and is not poufy or frizzy. That is why I describe air drying as an art once the techniques are mastered, excellent results are assured each time. It is usually helpful to direct the hair on the way it is to air- dry by leaving it down, putting it in a bun or twisting or plaiting it. Air drying promotes hair health and length, gives the hair thickness, body and strength which in turn promotes hair growth.

This is the  result of me air drying in a bun

Air drying can be done in two ways (i) you can air dry using a natural source i.e. plain old air (ii) you can air dry using a mechanical source for example a blow dryer with a cool setting or an electric fan. It is best to try out both methods to see which works best. I usually just air dry in front of a fan or might dry my hair in front of a fan until it is about 70% dry, bun my hair and go about my normal activities. I have noticed when I go out of the house my hair tends to dry a lot faster.

Kindly share if you air dry your hair and how you do so, or if you can consider this as a possible option for your hair.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea - Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Eggs to treat Damaged Hair


Most people know that eggs are an excellent source of protein; so we all try to include it in our diets. However eggs also function as protein when used in our hair, so we can reap all the benefits a protein treatment gives the hair while using eggs. They also contain sulphur and vitamin B.



Eggs are crucial for those with damaged hair i.e. hair that is unusually soft and breaks easily, over processed hair (which may be as a result of improper or excessive use of relaxers, colouring/dyeing the hair and so on), hair that is regularly styled with heat and so on. Eggs which are a form of animal protein give the hair strength, stops and prevents hair breakage, stops and prevents excessive hair shedding and promotes hair growth and thickness. I have used in eggs in the past to take my hair from a damaged state to where it is now. Currently I hardly need to use eggs as often; if you have damaged hair or you just want to give your hair an extra boost eggs are an excellent choice.

Everyone can reap the benefits of an egg treatment - both relaxed and natural hair. However it is likely that relaxed hair may need more protein treatments as opposed to natural hair, however it depends on what works for your hair. Eggs are a natural, cheaper alternative and are easily accessible. Although the use of eggs can be quite messy and it does not always smell so great the benefits are immense. Below are a few recipes to try:



Egg deep conditioner: After shampooing your hair, take one whole egg (or 2 if your hair is longer) and beat lightly with a fork. When the egg has been properly mixed apply it to your hair, making sure to work in sections so that the hair is well saturated with the egg mixture. You may decide to seal in the egg with some olive oil (this is optional), then cover hair with a plastic cap and leave in your hair for about 15 – 30 minutes and then rinse out with cool water. It is important to follow up with a moisture deep conditioner because it is likely that your hair will be hard after using this treatment.

Another alternative would be using one egg (or 2 if your hair is longer) and 1-2 tablespoons of Olive oil or Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, mix both ingredients properly and then apply to your hair in sections. Cover your hair with a plastic cap then after about 15 – 30 minutes rinse the mixture off with cool water and follow up with a moisture deep conditioner. I have previously explained that it is important to follow up with a moisture treatment after using a protein deep conditioner (protein treatment); this restores the moisture protein balance of the hair. However to speed up the process you can mix the egg, moisture deep conditioner and oil together in a bowl and apply to your hair in sections,  cover hair with a plastic cap, leave on for about 30 minutes – an hour and rinse with cool water. This will not require you to follow up with a moisture treatment. 

Please note that for these egg treatment recipes one should not apply external heat to the hair or else the eggs will cook in your hair.

I shall be sharing more egg treatment recipes, do watch this space. It will be lovely for you to share your own recipes or how you intend to incorporate them in your hair treatments?


TONKABELLE, xoxo 


Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? - L.M. Montgomery

Monday, 29 October 2012

Night-Time Hair Routine


It is important to have a night-time hair routine which you follow through on a consistent basis. This will help in retaining hair growth, keeping up your hair’s moisture levels and protecting your hair from tangles and split ends. The basic point is to ensure your hair is properly protected while you sleep.

It always emphasised on this blog how important it is to moisturise and seal your hair. You may choose to do so twice a day which if you do; probably means you will need to moisturise and seal at night as well. Some people who moisturise and seal once a day might choose to moisturise and seal at night (I however do so only in the mornings; I am usually too tired at night). Even if you moisturise and seal your hair during the day at night times you can still use some oil over your whole hair, just for extra nourishment. Or you can choose to do nothing since you have already moisturised and sealed during the day (this is what I normally do).


The next step is to secure the hair somehow; I normally just bun my hair however you can also try twisting or braiding/plaiting the hair, the act of twisting or braiding/plaiting the hair before going to bed actually prevents the hair from tangling. However because I am usually too tired to be bothered with braiding my hair I just leave it in a simple bun.

The most important step is then to cover your hair. You must never use cotton and other fabrics which are known to suck out moisture from the hair. Rather stick to silk or satin only. This will ensure that your hair stays well hydrated during the night. Some ways to cover the hair before bed include using a scarf or hair bonnet. I have used both but now I use a scarf mainly because I am certain it is made of pure silk. Make sure you are not using polyester scarves that mimic the look/feel of silk scarves. You can however also use a hair bonnet which is usually made of satin. Like I always say use whichever works for your hair.


Some people sleep on a satin/silk pillow (pillow case) just in case the bonnet/scarf slips of, this in my view is merely a cautionary step. You can find a method of tying your scarf (I normally just make sure it is secure and not too loose) or securing your hair bonnet where it does not come off at night. Some people may choose to do away with the scarf/hair bonnet option and just stick to the silk/satin pillows.


Whatever options you choose, it is important for your hair to be well protected at night. Kindly share how you protect your hair at night before sleeping.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. - Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Protective Styles for Long and Healthy Hair


A good way to explain protective styles is any style that protects the ends of our hair (which are the oldest hence the most fragile parts of our hair) and decreases over manipulation (where you do not need to keep handling your hair in terms of styling it) which in turn preserves hair length and prevents hair breakage, split ends, dry hair and so on. Proper protective styling does not allow for the use of constant direct heat. 


Protective styles can similarly be described as styles that protect the hair from damage such as mechanical, environmental or chemical damage. Such damage results from everyday wear and tear such as when your hair brushes on your clothes, gets caught in your bag straps or car seat belt, or clothes zips (this stuff always happens to me when I wear my hair down), cold, hot or dry weather conditions, using relaxers too frequently, excessive use of hair straightners/flat irons or blow dryers. These styles ensure that we do not manipulate our hair too frequently and allows our hair to stay moisturised and well hydrated.

In my opinion, protective styles can be grouped into two parts long and short term protective styles:

Long term protective styles: A long term protective style is one where our hair is left protected for an extended period of time.  For example if you leave your hair in a protective style for more than one week such as in a bun, french twist, braids , twists, corn rows, (where you do not take it down to redo it, this will be viewed as a long term protective style, therefore you moisturise and seal as is without taking the style down The other kind of long term protective style is done with the help of braided extensions/weaves, wigs (if you braid your hair underneath and leave it that way for more than a week). However if these styles are done too tightly, or a drying gel or glue is used this defeats the essence of a protective style which is for our hair to retain length. 


Short term protective styles: These are hair styles such as buns, french twists,updos when the hair is covered with a scarf/beanie/hat (as long as the ends of the hair are not exposed) which may be taken out at the end of the day so that the hair can be moisturised, these styles should also not be too tightly done. This means in effect that styles such as a pony tail where the ends of the hair are exposed will not qualify as a protective style.

My formal updo - it is a protective style as the ends of my hair are tucked in

I would advise that everyone tries out protective styles to help with retaining hair growth. If you have shorter hair i.e. your hair does not even touch your neck then you do not need to protective style as the short hair is a protective style in itself. As soon as your hair is long enough where it touches your neck, then protective styles are necessary, however if your hair is not long enough to be put in a bun, do not try to force it, you can just try tucking the ends in with a hair pin/bobby pin.

Kindly share your favorite protective styles in the comment section below.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Olive Oil for Healthy Hair


Olive Oil is perhaps one of the most versatile and readily available oils that can be used in our quest towards healthy hair. Olive oil is very effective because it provides our hair with nourishment; provides conditioning properties due to its penetrating ability; strengthens our hair; provides elasticity; helps with manageability; reduces static and smoothens the hair cuticle.

Olive oil is excellent for dry damaged tresses because it contains Vitamin E and anti-oxidants which are important for healthy hair. It has been used since the inception of Ancient Civilizations such as in Ancient Greece for hair and even for the skin.


Make sure to use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil because this process ensures the oil retains all of its wonderful properties; popular brands in Nigeria include Goya Olive Oil.

There are various ways to use Olive Oil for our hair:

1. As a Sealant: I have previously explained how beneficial it is to moisturise and seal our hair and how I moisturise and seal my own hair. Olive Oil works as an excellent sealant to ensure that all the moisture that has been put into the hair actually stays there.

2. As a Scalp Oil: Olive Oil contains certain anti-inflammatory properties that work to promote scalp health. It can be applied to the scalp for hydration, it also relieves itchiness and helps eliminate dandruff/dry scalp by providing the scalp with much needed nourishment.

3. As a Hot Oil Treatment: Olive Oil can be used as a hot oil treatment just before shampooing and conditioning your hair. For a hot oil treatment simply heat it up in a microwave for about a minute or in a bowl of hot water; divide the hair in sections and apply the warmed up olive oil and cover hair with a plastic cap. Sit under a hooded dryer for about fifteen minutes or for about thirty minutes without direct heat (ie. using only the plastic cap) or overnight if you can, the longer you can leave it on the better.

Tip: If you do not have a hooded hair dryer (which let’s face it most people don’t), you can apply the olive oil just before taking a hot bath, while bathing the steam would help so that the olive oil can penetrate a bit better.


4. As a Pre-shampoo Treatment: Olive Oil can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, simply divide your hair into sections, apply the oil and then cover with a plastic cap, leave it on for about thirty minutes or longer. For better penetration you may use a direct heat source in the form of a hooded dryer. See my post explaining pre-shampoo treatments here and my pre-poo treatment recipe here.

5. As a Deep Conditioner Addition: Adding a tablespoon of Olive Oil into your deep conditioners works a treat to rejuvenate dry damaged hair.

6. As a Shampoo Addition:  A teaspoon of oil can be added to reduce the harshness of your shampoo, check out my milder shampoo recipe here.

Please check out African Naturalista’s Product Swap Forum here, where you can exchange hair products with other people; it is a wonderful way to try out new things.

I would love to know how you use this Oil for beauty purposes, hair included. I would also like to thank all my lovely subscribers for their support. Please comment and send me emails if you have any questions, I am always available to help.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err - Mahatma Gandhi