Thursday, 25 June 2015

Baggying your Ends for Hair Growth – The Baggy Method

The ends of our hair otherwise known as the very tips of our hair are the oldest part of our hair and hence prone to breakage. This is why you would notice that the ends of our hair may break off, split and so on. It is therefore important that the ends of our hair are protected and properly taken care of. If our ends remain healthy we can experience hair growth and actually retain that length as the ends of our hair would not break off. One of the ways in which we can prevent our hair from breaking as much is through baggying the ends of our hair.

Baggying the ends of your hair would also allow your hair retain moisture better and keep your hair more moisturised. You may decide to use a nylon bag, ziploc bag, plastic cap, small sandwich bag or plastic wrap. You also need a moisturiser/leave-in conditioner and oil of your choice for this method as well as a hair band (preferably an ouchless band) or 2.



To baggy your ends simply divide your hair into sections and moisturise and seal whilst concentrating on your ends. Gather your hair up in a ponytail/bun and then cover with a small plastic bag and secure again with a hair band over the plastic bag. You can keep your ends covered for about 1-3 hours or even overnight depending on what works for you.

Some people may also choose to baggy their entire head of hair. You simply moisturise and seal in sections and use a plastic cap or saran wrap over your whole head. This method of baggying your entire head of hair is different from the green house effect method because it uses moisturisers, leave in conditioners and oils whilst the green house effect method focuses on using just your natural hair oils (sebum) or natural oils/butters on your hair. You may choose to use this method daily, weekly or even monthly it actually depends on what your hair wants.

Please note that it is not advisable to use this method too often as this might result in a situation where your hair is constantly wet or damp which will lead to your hair being over moisturised and cause breakage. It is important to note that hair needs to breath and dry itself out.  So moderation is key for this method.

PS. As this is a hair blog my job is to let all my readers know about the different methods to achieve hair health and length. However it is all about finding out which methods work best for you, so please remember that you do not have to practice every single method out there. Simply understand your hair to know which methods suit it best.

Please share if you have tried the baggy method before as well as your experiences with it. Or do share if this method is something you would be willing to try.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Hair Length Comparison Pictures, Hair Goals/Personal Hair Growth Challenge

I am back on the hair growth/health wagon, though I have been gone for a minute I can truly say that I am back. Expect to see loads more posts from me on how to achieve long and healthy hair. From previous posts I can see that I have kept you all updated on all the hurdles my hair has been through; from me cutting it off a lot at one point during and after pregnancy, to post partum shedding I experienced recently and also damage to my edges. I can now say that post partum shedding is behind me and my edges are back to life. My hair has also started growing back out.  I thought it was only fair that I share a picture of the current length of my hair. This is a picture of my hair after I got it relaxed on the 18th of May 2015 and you will see that the length is steadily coming back. The comparison picture is of my hair after I got my previous relaxer on 20th February 2015 and trimmed it. So this is 3 months of hair growth.



Although my ends look a bit worse for wear, I did not trim them as I intend to baby them and trim at my next relaxer. So I have set a few hair goals for myself which I will follow until my next relaxer and I shall definitely keep you all updated on the progress of my hair. I would focus on my ends and my scalp. These are the rules I shall follow:

Oil my scalp every day or every other day. I will be using my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil- Extra Strength Formula on my scalp. I would also focus on using this oil on my edges and I intend to give myself a mini scalp massage each time.

Moisturise and seal my hair every day or every other day. When I am moisturising/sealing my hair I would be sure to focus on my ends and roots to promote hair growth and prevent breakage as much as possible.

I will try to minimise the use of heat in the form of blow dryers on my hair to once a month (except when I use the cool air option). I have been addicted to blow drying for some time now because I do not have to wait all day for my hair to dry however I will either air dry or just put my hair up in about 8 flexi rods or less and use my Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment (as a form of indirect heat). See my review on this product here if you have not already.

I will make sure to wash and deep condition my hair every week or every other week (however I will try my best to do weekly deep conditions). When deep conditioning I would be sure to focus on my roots and most especially on my ends.

Always make sure my hair is in a protective style. I will ensure my ends are always protected.

I will try as much as possible to do a pre shampoo/hot oil treatment before shampooing my hair. I will use any oil I have at hand.

You all can definitely participate in this hair challenge as well and let us see how well our hair thrives together.

Till next time my loves.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Believe in the magic that's in you, its potential, what it can achieve. But most of all believe in yourself and create a world where dreams become reality." - Charlene A. Wilson

Friday, 19 June 2015

Can products targeted towards natural hair be used on relaxed hair

Hey my loves, I got this question in an email sent to me a few weeks ago and I thought it would be good for me to do a post on my response for everyone to benefit.

I have noticed that natural hair products are usually products that contain mostly natural ingredients. A look at the label will usually show something like free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oil and so on which is generally all the stuff that is bad for hair anyways. Or on looking at the list of ingredients of products for natural hair you will find that all the bad stuff is usually not contained in them. Relaxed hair can definitely benefit from products with good ingredients. I think therefore that it is always important to make sure that you look through labels of hair products to see the ingredients contained in them and to try as much as possible to choose products based on their list of ingredients.

It is a known fact that our hair benefits from nature’s goodness and maybe less from an overabundance of chemicals. If this is accurate then there is nothing wrong with someone with relaxed hair using a product intended for natural hair and vice versa. It is bad enough that relaxers contain so many chemicals there is no need to use products with a lot of chemicals as well. The most important thing we should be concerned about when choosing our hair products are its ingredients, the products claims and finally how your hair responds to the product. It would be absurd to stop using a product which works great for your hair on the simple premise that it is targeted towards people with different hair from you.

This position is also the same for products targeted towards Caucasian hair. I hope we all know by now that these products can also be used by people of other ethnicities. I am sure there are people with relaxed or natural hair who have used or currently use products such as VO5 moisture milks conditioners and shampoos, suave conditioners and shampoos, tresemme shampoos and conditioners and so on. The most important thing is that your hair is benefiting from the said product so no need to limit yourself. We should all open our minds and hair to a world of possibilities.

Currently I am rotating between three or four moisturisers at the moment. My Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser, Hollywood Beauty Olive Crème, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk. First and foremost Wura's Secret Hair Care products are made using natural ingredients and they are targeted towards all hair types – relaxed, natural, texlaxed, transitioning and others.

I also use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and their Curl & Style Milk. I use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie for my braidouts, and my other curly styles and it helps my curls last for a really long time. The Curl & Style Milk on the other hand is what I use when I wear my hair straight. So although it says curl in its name it actually helps me maintain straight blow dried hair. That is why I say it is about finding out how the product works for your hair and using it that way.

Here is a picture of my updo which I am wearing to work today, I used the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk as my moisturiser.



I hope with this post I have been able to convince my darling, lovely readers to use any product of their liking regardless of who the product is targeted towards. I am going to be posting my own personal hair growth challenge so please be on the lookout for this.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else" - Benjamin Franklin