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