Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Building a Healthy Hair Regimen

Hey lovelies, hope you are all fine. This post is dedicated to the newbies who want to start out on caring for their hair and who send me emails on this subject. 

A healthy hair regimen is very important for anyone who wants an overall improvement in the health and length of their hair. A hair regimen should act as a guide and should not be strictly set in stone to enable you change or tweak certain aspects of it to suit your hair needs. A lot of people on healthy hair journeys often find themselves changing certain parts of their regimen due to non-availability of a particular hair product, change in their hair/climate, wanting to try out a new product, a certain product no longer working for their hair and so on.


It is important however to maintain some form of consistency throughout your healthy hair regimen. I have listed below the basic things everyone needs to start a healthy hair regimen (this includes whether you have relaxed, texlaxed or natural hair):

1.   Sulfate/Clarifying/Chelating Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo, Organic Root Stimulator Uplifting Shampoo, Crème of Nature Neutralizing and Conditioning Shampoo;

2.   Non-Sulfate Shampoo*: KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo, Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo;

3. Moisture Based Deep Conditioner: Wura’s Secret Whipped Penetrating Moisturising Conditioner, Africa’s Best Organics Olive Oil Deep Conditioner, Elasta QP DPR 11+ Remoisturising Conditioner;

4.  Protein Based Deep Conditioner: Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise, Africa’s Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise, Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner;

5.  Rinse out conditioner for co-washing*: Any VO5 Conditioner, Any Tresemme Conditioner, Any Suave Naturals Conditioner;

6. Moisture/Light Protein Leave In Treatment: Africa’s Best Organics Leave-in Liquid Hair Mayonnaise, Profectiv Break Free Leave-in, Elasta QP H Two Leave-in Conditioner, Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer;

7.  Moisture/Light Protein Hair Moisturiser: Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser, Africa’s Best Organics Carrot Oil, Africa’s Best Organics Olive Oil Cream, Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Lotion;

8. Oil for sealing – Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil;

9.  Oil for scalp* - Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil;

10. Wide tooth comb

11. Styling comb

12. Satin/silk scarf/bonnet

 Others include:

1.    Heat Protectant

2.    Ouchless Hair band/Satin scrunchie

Satin Scrunchie, Ouchless Bands, Hair Clip

*indicates products that are not particularly necessary (please note that this is my own opinion)

If you are mixtress who loves experimenting and whipping up different hair treats you can try different products and mix them to create the perfect balance for your hair but if you like to keep things simple, you can get one product for each item you need.  

Please note that I am not limiting you to the products mentioned above as there are loads of products to try out, these suggestions are merely to act as a guide. Also I tried to list some products that are available in Nigeria. If a certain product is not working, you can always switch it up. If you hair is relaxed you might need to use more protein than a person with natural hair. I will list some examples of regimens for those who are beginning on their hair regimens to help them further.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen One
This regimen may be better suited to those who are in the early stages of caring for their hair. Wash and deep condition hair weekly, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Alternate weekly between a moisture and protein deep conditioner.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional).
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Two
Wash and deep condition hair every two weeks, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter. Alternate each wash between a moisture and protein deep conditioner.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Three
This regimen may be better suited to those who are in the early stages of caring for their hair. Wash and deep condition hair weekly, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Alternate between moisture and protein deep conditioners, use a moisture based deep conditioner  for two consecutive weeks and then you follow up the next week with a protein deep conditioner or vice versa. Simply repeat this pattern.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Four
Wash and deep condition hair every two weeks, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter. Alternate between moisture and protein deep conditioners, use a moisture based deep conditioner on two consecutive washes and then you follow up on the next wash with a protein deep conditioner or vice versa. Simply repeat this pattern.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.


Healthy Hair Regime - Specimen Five
This regimen may be better suited to those who are very serious about hair care and have the extra time to spend. Wash and deep condition hair weekly, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Alternate weekly between a moisture and protein deep conditioner.
Also do a conditioner wash in the middle of the week, follow up with your leave in and then moisturise and seal thereafter.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Six
Some relaxed ladies may need this option if they have damaged hair. Wash and deep condition hair weekly, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Alternate between a hard and light protein deep conditioner weekly.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Seven
This is my go to regimen. Wash and deep condition hair weekly or every two weeks, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Mix a moisture and protein deep conditioner together to get the benefits of both treatments in one. Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

Healthy Hair Regimen - Specimen Eight
Wash and deep condition hair weekly or every two weeks, apply leave in and moisturise and seal thereafter.
Use a protein deep conditioner, rinse off and then follow up with a moisture based deep conditioner.
Moisturise and seal hair every day or every two days.
Use a scalp oil (optional)
Use a clarifying or chelating shampoo once a month or every six weeks.

There are so many other hair regimens that can be tried out however I hope that these specimens help you in making out a hair regimen for your hair. My hair regimen keeps changing however I have never tried Specimen Five, simply because I do not really like to wash my hair more than once a week except in some certain exceptional cases. Also my hair is not particularly fond of co-washing. It is important therefore that during this process you get to know what your hair likes and does not like in terms of products and techniques.

Hope this helps. Kindly share comments or questions you might have and I will gladly respond. 

TONKABELLE,xoxo



"They do not love that do not show their love" - William Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 1, Sc. 2


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Green House Effect Method for Hair Growth


The Green House Effect Method is a natural and effective means of boosting hair growth due to the fact that it allows the hair to retain moisture more efficiently. The steam effect created penetrates into the scalp to increase average growth rate. It was started by Meeka, who also started the Real Queens Regimen which involves using all natural products and shampooing the hair once or twice a month for more on  this regimen kindly check out the website here. The way to do the green house effect is explained below:



1. Simply apply some oil on the length of your hair however note that this step is optional

2. Put your hair in a bun, ponytail, braids, twists or any other style.

3. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, you can use more than one for extra warmth (and use a scarf over it as well, you can also add an extra scarf or a bonnet) it is best to get enough warmth as possible.

4. Leave your hair covered overnight or leave on for a long period of time. This will create a green house steam effect in your hair.

5. Remove plastic cap and allow your hair to dry naturally on its own or you can try to speed up the process by using a blow dryer on a cool setting. Your hair should feel slightly damp and not wet.

6. Moisturise and seal your hair as usual and style your hair as desired.

For those relaxed ladies who wear their hair straight and want to maintain a straight style. You can start off by wearing a scarf on your head and using the plastic cap over your hair and then adding another scarf.

You can use this method anytime from one – five times a week, it is all about maintaining a healthy balance and finding out what works for you. Please note that you do not need to wash your hair after using this method.

The founder of this technique states that we are not to oil our scalp prior to the ghe as this process is supposed to stimulate the healthy production of sebum to our scalp which nourishes and increases hair growth. However if you choose to use some oil on your scalp you can do so which is what I do sometimes. Please note that it is also recommended that no moisturiser is used on the hair prior to covering it, even oil is optional. This is where this method varies from other methods such as the baggying method.

I have not been as diligent in the ghe method as I could and I need to get on it pronto. This method is an optional part of the Birthday Hair Growth Challenge however it is an excellent way to achieve faster hair growth.

Has anyone tried this method and benefited from it or have you tried other variants of this method? Or is this something you will be willing to try to encourage hair growth? Kindly share.

TONKABELLE,xoxo



Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall - Confucius

Monday, 10 June 2013

My Hair Lately


Hi to all my lovely readers and thanks to all my new followers for joining. I just wanted to give you all a quick update on what I have been up to – hair wise. In keeping with the rules of our Birthday Hair GrowthChallenge I have kept my hair in a protective style for over a month. Yes dears I have been wigging it and I have been enjoying every moment of it. I do not even really miss my hair except on some days. Here are some pictures of the wig I have been wearing however I need to get another one soon. If anyone knows where I can get good quality lace wigs kindly share.




This method is very quick and easy for me and gives me the versatility and low maintenance I crave while ensuring that my hair stays protected. During this month I have been been following the rules of the challenge as listed below:

Here the wig is styled in an updo it took me a while to achieve this look 

1. I have been moisturising and sealing daily with my Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser, Hollywood Beauty Olive Crème and sealing with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or plain old Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

2. I have been washing my hair with a non sulphate shampoo and then I used a sulphate shampoo mixed with some water as well on some other washes. For conditioners I have been using a mixture of Wura’s Secret Whipped Penetrating Moisturising Deep Conditioner, Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise, with some Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. Other times I have used the Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner or Elasta QP DPR 11+ in the mix as well.

3. I have been laying off the heat, there was no need for me to use heat anyways as my hair was always corn rowed underneath the wig.

4. I have been oiling my scalp as much as I can every other day with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or Coconut oil.

5. I have however not been doing a pre-shampoo treatment or the green house effect as often as I would have liked.

Anyways I should be relaxing my hair at the end of this week and I am looking forward to it. Once I have done this I will make sure to oil my scalp every other day (I will be more consistent) and to do more pre shampoo treatments/hot oil treatments and the green house effect as well.


How has your hair been doing and how has the challenge been for you? It is not too late for anyone who still wants to join or you can still follow the rules without joining the challenge itself for a healthier head of hair.

I will like to thank you all for you lovely emails and comments and encourage everyone to keep commenting so we can all learn. Kindly share what have you been doing to your hair this past month? 

Have a splendid week loves.

TONKABELLE,xoxo



Fairest and best adorned is she whose clothing is humility - James Montgomery