Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How to achieve Softer Hair (Relaxed/Texlaxed/Natural and Transitioning Hair)


I recently did a Google search to find out what the most asked hair related question was so that I could answer the said question on the blog. I found an article by Elle Beauty done in partnership with Google which answered the most searched beauty questions around the globe. I was happy to find Nigeria listed among France, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, India and the UAE. The article stated that Nigerians were Africa’s most active googlers looking for DIY remedies and our most googled question was how to make our hair feel soft.

Here goes the answer to that question. For me softer hair is not something I really set out to achieve for my hair as I know my hair is naturally coarse. However in the harmattan season I noticed that my hair was becoming a lot drier and coarser and we all know dry hair can lead to breakage so I decided to share a few things I have been doing or intend to do to my hair to make it feel and appear softer.




Deep condition with a moisturising deep conditioner: I cannot stress how important it is for us to deep condition our hair. Hard hair is usually as a result of dry hair whilst softer hair happens when our hair is more moisturised. Dry hair can be combated by ensuring that our hair stays hydrated. If you want to achieve softer hair this is the time to ensure that you deep condition more regularly with a moisturising conditioner. Let’s say for example you deep condition every two weeks you can increase this to once a week. If you want to know how to identify a moisturising conditioner please read this post here. Also remember that in your quest for softer hair you have to balance moisture with protein, as over moisturised hair is sticky, stretchy, limp and prone to breakage. Remember that relaxed hair needs more protein than natural hair so try to find out the perfect balance for your hair. So a person with relaxed hair could alternate between weekly moisturising and protein deep conditioning treatments whilst someone with natural hair can do weekly moisturising deep conditions and monthly protein treatments.

A hair steamer is an excellent moisture source: To get softer hair it will help when you deep condition, to do so with heat, especially where the label on the deep conditioner clearly states so. Any form of heat from a dryer, body heat using a shower cap, using a hair dryer satin bonnet attachment (read my review here) will help to ensure that the deep conditioner penetrates deeply into the hair follicles. A hair steamer is a form of moist heat as opposed to the other forms of heat mentioned, so it adds even more moisture to our hair and leads to a more moisturising deep conditioning experience which will result in softer hair.

Add natural hair humectants and oils (known for improving softness) to your deep conditioners: We all know that deep conditioners are good for our hair; however we can give our hair an extra boost by adding natural ingredients that are known to make our hair softer to our deep conditioners such as honey (a humectant) (about a tablespoon), glycerine (a humectant) (2 or 3 drops) or palm oil (about a tablespoon).

Keep your hair in a protective style: Inadequate protective styling can lead to dry hair which will result in hair that is hard to the touch. It is therefore important after we have moisturised and sealed our hair to keep our hair in a protective style so that the moisture imparted into our hair is better retained and so also to protect our ends. Hair styles such as buns, french twists, wearing wigs (whilst ensuring our hair is adequately protected underneath) will lead to softer more manageable hair. A tip especially for this harmattan season that has decided to come back and also for the winter season is that once you get home you can wear a satin or silk scarf to retain moisture in your hair and protect your hair from the elements.

Moisturise your hair with a hydrating moisturiser and seal with a slightly heavier butter: For softer hair you cannot skimp on moisturising your hair with a good moisturiser. Then afterwards, opting to seal with a heavier oil or butter such as shea butter will ensure that your hair remains moisturised for longer which will lead to softer hair, this is especially useful during the harmattan or winter season.

Bonus tip: Stay Hydrated

Hair Question Source: www.elle.com/beauty/a29875/you-google-questions-answered (The article originally appeared in the September, 2015 issue of Elle Magazine).

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord, who rises with healing in His wings"
- William Cowper

Monday, 18 January 2016

Green Tea Rinse for Hair Growth

Hello my loves, Happy New Year. It’s been a while and it seems like last year just disappeared in a flurry. We are indeed thankful to God for this Fabulous New Year and we stand firm in the faith that the glory of the Lord in this New Year will be greater than the former years. Although I am yet to make my blogging resolutions, I am sure that I want to have more regular posts and this brings me to the post for today – The Green Tea Rinse. The most common of all tea rinses is the black tea rinse which is beneficial for shedding I have a post on it here. However some people’s hair may not take too kindly to the black tea rinse because it might leave their hair feeling too stiff. This is a problem I have experienced myself; therefore a beneficial option could be the green tea rinse. This is because Green Tea softens and yet strengthens the hair.


Green tea rinses are highly beneficial to the scalp and promotes scalp health preventing dandruff, psoriasis and other scalp issues. Green tea also stimulates hair growth and prevents shedding as the antioxidants found in green tea stimulate the hair follicles. Green tea also conditions the hair as it contains polyphenols, vitamins C, E, B5 (panthenol). It is therefore quite different from black tea in that it acts a conditioner whereas black tea does not.

The amount of tea you use will vary depending on a person’s hair needs and what works for them. However anything from 2-8 bags is an adequate amount of tea. Simply steep the tea bags in hot water (in a medium sized bowl) for ten to fifteen minutes and allow to cool down with the tea bags still in it or you can take them out. You can also choose to leave the tea bags in overnight in the fridge so that it is very strong. Once the tea is cool it is ready to use.

Green tea can be used in a variety of ways and I will outline a few of them below:


After shampooing your hair and drying it, take the bowl or pitcher of green tea and pour it over your hair slowly concentrating on your scalp and massaging it in. You can also put the green tea in a bottle with an applicator tip or you can use a regular bottle and punch a hole in the cap (excellent diy alternative). After pouring it over your hair, cover your hair with a plastic cap anywhere between ten minutes to an hour. Rinse out and then you may follow up with a deep conditioner on your hair, cover hair and leave for the required amount of time and then rinse. You can also skip the conditioner step as green tea works well as a conditioner and simply rinse it out.

An alternative to the above method is that after pouring the tea on your hair and leaving it on for the required amount of time under a plastic cap, you do not rinse out but apply your deep conditioner over it. Or you can pour the tea on your hair and immediately after, apply your deep conditioner over it and then cover hair for the required amount of time and rinse.

Or you can also use green tea as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair simply pour over your hair, making sure to massage it in, you can leave it in or rinse it out after 10 – 30 minutes and then towel dry.

Green tea is an excellent remedy to promote hair growth. Please let me know whether you have tried it before or if it is a remedy you would consider trying. If you do try it out please do not forget to share your results on the blog. Also do get ready for the hair challenge I would be posting really soon.

PS. It is important to give yourself a good scalp massage when doing the green tea rinse so that your scalp gets optimal benefits from the rinse.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief ; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."