Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Wash Day Post – Smooth and Sleek Curls (My Flexi Rod Set)

Hello my loves, I am back with a wash day post. I have not done one of these wash day posts in a while. I decided to however do one today as I am trying to make sure that I am staying consistent with washing my hair and deep conditioning it weekly as part of the rules of the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge. I would like to thank everyone once again for taking part.

With this wash day I started off with a pre poo treatment I had actually stopped doing these but decided to give them a go once more. It really helps to detangle/soften your hair and makes the wash day much easier. I decided to use my VO5 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Conditioner. I divided my hair into 4 sections and applied a good sized amount to each section concentrating on the ends and roots and sealed with castor oil (which is a good pre poo oil for me when I am not using my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil). I covered my hair with a plastic bag and on top of that I used a plastic cap and left it in my hair for 1 hour.

I then washed my hair with Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Conditioner and proceeded to deep condition it with a mixture of ORS mayonnaise, Africa’s Best mayonnaise, Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Conditioner and ORS Replenishing Conditioner, some Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and Castor Oil. I went to sit under my curl formers soft hood hair dryer attachment (review here) this is my favourite hair tool, for about 45 minutes.

I then combed the conditioner through my hair, I found that my hair did not have as much slip as I would have liked and I had more breakage than I would have liked. I then rinsed out the conditioner and towel dried my hair lightly. I divided my hair into four sections (I highly recommend working in sections to make things easier). I used the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on each section and sealed with coconut oil.

I combed my hair with a wide tooth comb and proceeded to curl my hair with flexi rods I used only about 8 or 9 for my entire head. Thanks to the youtube video I watched by CurlDaze on the horse shoe method.

I left my hair to air dry over night. To speed up the air drying time I actually went outside my house to attend to some things for about an hour; by the time I came in by hair was completely dry but I left the flexi rods in overnight as a precaution. They were quite easy to sleep in as I did not have a lot of them on my head.

I took them down after applying some oil on my hands. I then proceeded to style the curls in a bun. I observed that although the curls were so nice when I took the flex rods out I might have separated the curls a bit too much. I was in a huge rush to take my son out.


Anyway here are the results for my curly bun.




This is second day hair which I wore to work.




I hope you all enjoyed my wash day post will definitely try to do loads more in the future. Please share how your wash day went and your experience with any of the products I used.


The Wash Day Experience


TONKABELLE, xoxo


Little children, sweet and lovely
Buds from heaven sent to earth!
Let us love them, teach them, guide them
Fill their lives with joy and mirth...

Looking up with eyes of laughter,
Holding out their tiny hands;
Bless these little ones, oh Master!
Precious children of all lands!
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, Little Children

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Wedding Hairstyle for Black Hair - Tutorial

Hello my loves I am back to share my wedding hair style which is suitable for anyone with short to medium length hair and even long hair. I would say that this wedding hairstyle can be achieved on relaxed, natural, texlaxed or transitioning hair. It is also something bridesmaids could wear or it can be worn to a fancy dinner or event.

I just realised I have not shared my wedding photos on this blog and I decided to put up some of these pictures which were taken by a dear friend and the very first one, by hubby.

This is the hairstyle after the wedding was over and I was back in our hotel room and as a typical hair blogger I realised I needed to take a picture for my blog readers. This was after all the dancing and all so the hairstyle was not as neat however I still think that it looked good.



With this picture you can see the front part of the hairstyle, I loved my pearl sort of crown. I wore a lot of pearls because I adore them. The pearl necklace constituted my something borrowed as it belongs to my mum.



This is the side view of the wedding hairstyle and I think it is appropriate at this point to say how my hair stylist achieved this look on me. Although the wedding hair style itself was my own creation I did not have the presence of mind to actually do my own hair on my wedding day. Here is an instruction guide on how the wedding hairstyle was achieved:

  • Start with moisturised hair and then use a heat protectant all over the hair.
  • Proceed to create medium curls with a curling tong or you can roll your hair (using medium sized rollers) and sit under a hooded dryer.
  • Note that you will mentally divide your hair into three sections
  • When the hair is all nice and curled separate the front section and divide into three smaller sections and create three flat twists/rolls pinning them to the side in the form of a side swept bang/fringe.
  • With the middle section create a hump and pin in place.
  • For the rest of the hair you will create soft rolls and pin into place. (Note that you would need a lot of pins)
  • You can then use any hair accessories to finish the look and you are done.



Finally look at the pretty waves at the back of the hair.


I hope you all enjoyed the pictures of my wedding hairstyle; maybe later on I can post some of my favourite pictures of the wedding day (i.e. the ones that were professionally taken). Please let me know if this is something you would like to see. I would love if someone is able to recreate this hairstyle for their wedding day, if you would like me to recreate the hair style on my own hair with a step by step picture tutorial please leave a comment below and I would be sure to do so.


PS. I would like to thank everyone who entered the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge as well as all the lovely bloggers who entered as well. It made me so glad. If you have not entered the Challenge please do so as there is still time left to enter your comment on the post so that I know you are participating.

TONKABELLE, xoxo


"But pearls are for tears, the old legend says", Gilbert had objected. "I'm not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad" - L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

Monday, 14 March 2016

"The New Beginnings" Hair Growth Challenge

Hello everyone I have been meaning to post a Hair Growth Challenge for the longest time, now I am finally able to do so. This Hair Growth Challenge will ensure that we achieve the greatest amount of hair growth in 6 months and the simple rules which will deliver effective results are designed to hold us accountable. I would encourage everyone to participate (natural, relaxed, texlaxed, transitioning, etc) because although the rules are pretty simple, the end result which is longer and healthier hair will be well worth it. I would also be giving one lucky winner of the Hair Growth Challenge a bottle of my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil so may be the best woman win (to qualify to win you must have a delivery address in Lagos, Nigeria). If you do not live in Lagos this should not stop you from participating as the end result is the greatest gift of all.

I am tagging this challenge “the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge”, who says we have to wait till the beginning of next year to start afresh. We actually have a chance to start each day as if it were the first day of the rest of our lives. The rules of this challenge are very simple as I want everyone to be able to follow them, for those of you starting out on caring for your hair this is an excellent guide to gaining longer and healthier hair. (I will include links of previous posts as a guide to each rule). So let us go ahead with the simple rules:

I have included pictures of my starting length and my bun which needs to be a lot fuller by the end of this Hair Growth Challenge.



Rules

Start the challenge with a trim, the amount of hair you choose to trim off depends on you. After that keep trimming at the barest minimum, avoid it if possible if you must trim then dusting of the hair is preferable. Dusting is where such a small amount of hair is trimmed that it falls through the air like dust. (I will be sure to do a future post on dusting and trimming) (If you have recently had a trim done no need to trim again for the challenge)

Wash and condition your hair every one or two weeks, you need to be consistent.

Do a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment before washing and conditioning your hair (optional)

Moisturise and seal your hair daily. (or every other day if this suits you better)

Oil your scalp every day with a growth aid of your choice such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and so on .

Keep your hair in buns, french twists, wigs and other protective styles to retain length at least 5 times a week. (You can do longer term protective styles such as weaves, braids. Just be sure to take the style down latest after three weeks - a month to wash/condition. Moisturise/seal and oil the scalp as often as you can - if your hair is in a weave try to go under the tracks).

Try as much as possible to air dry your hair after shampooing and conditioning it. Do not use any form of direct heat to style your hair in the form of flat irons. If you must blow dry your hair make sure you use the lowest heat setting or better still the cool setting. Roller setting is permitted as it is a form of indirect heat.

If you are relaxed or texlaxed, stretch your relaxers to at least eight weeks.

I believe six months is plenty of time to achieve a substantial amount of hair growth.

Start Date:  14th March 2016 (However I am giving everyone a grace period of two weeks to participate by entering their comments below)

End Date:  14th September 2016

There are two ways of participating in this challenge.

Leave a comment in the comment section below, like our facebook page, send your before and after pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com at the end of the challenge and you might be the winner of our Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. (This part of the challenge is only open to contestants who have a delivery address in Lagos, Nigeria)

To increase your chances of winning it will help if you are a subscriber of this blog however this is not mandatory.

OR

Leave a comment in the comment section and let us grow our hair together.

You can print out the rules and stick them somewhere you can be reminded of them. You can share your questions, experiences and so on in the comment section below to encourage and help others.

I wish everyone a successful and rewarding hair growth challenge.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



" The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment of your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose" - Arnold Bennet


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

How to Grow your Hair Fast (How I got my Hair to Grow Fast in 3 Months)

After my recent chop by a Scissor Happy Stylist (read about it here) my hair was so short, I cannot recall my hair ever being that short ever. I decided to do everything I could to make sure that my hair grew back. And now I can share some of the things I did with you all to enable me achieve a good amount of growth in 3 months. Please keep reading:


Use a Hair Growth Scalp Oil (Growth Aid): When you want to boost your hair growth it is important to apply a growth aid to your scalp and to even give your scalp a light massage as you do so. Growth aids such as coconut oil, castor oil and so on may help boost hair growth. There are different growth aid options in the market that claim to speed hair growth it is important to find one which works for you. I oiled my scalp everyday with my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil which is a scalp oil that promotes growth. I always made sure to massage the oil into every part of my hair.

Do Periodic Deep Conditioning Treatments: It is important to do regular deep conditioning treatments after shampooing your hair this will improve the overall health and length of your hair. To boost my hair growth I made sure to deep condition my hair more frequently i.e. weekly, this helps to promote the health of your hair. I always made sure to balance protein and moisture (read more about this here) and always used some form of heat during my deep conditioning sessions which was mainly through my soft hood hair dryer attachment, I have a review here.

Moisturise and Seal regularly: We all know that dry hair is prone to breakage. Therefore for your hair to stay hydrated it is important to moisturise with a hair moisturiser (so as to put moisture into the hair) and to seal with an oil (to lock in the moisture). I moisturised and sealed every day. I found that if you want to keep your tips looking blunt and as healthy as possible you should use coconut oil to seal. I made sure to seal with coconut oil mostly except when it was harmattan season and I was using the LOC method of moisturising so I would apply some shea butter on top of the coconut oil.

Protective Styles are Key/Keep your Hair Protected: It is important to keep your hair protected in a protective style. I wore a short term protective style in the 3 months which was a bun. I took it down every day to moisturise and seal then it was back to a bun again. I believe that sometimes over styling your hair can lead to breakage we need to know when to leave well enough alone. It is also important to keep your hair protected at night whilst you sleep by wearing a satin/silk scarf or bonnet to bed. Also minimise the amount of heat you use to style or dry your hair and if you must use heat always use a heat protectant prior to applying heat on your hair.

These subsequent tips apply to those with relaxed/texlaxed hair:

No overly long stretches: We all know that stretching in between relaxers is good for the health of our hair however it is important to know whether your hair benefits from stretching for a long period of time. If it does not, you might want to limit stretching your relaxers to between 10-12 weeks. For my particular head of hair I tend to relax my hair at 12 weeks. There is no need for me to stretch to 16 or 20 weeks because it just makes the relaxer day more tedious and leads to breakage whereby I am not able to retain as much length.

Reduce Manipulation at the 8 week mark: At the 8 week mark you may want to start wearing your wigs more frequently or you may get your hair braided or have a sew in/weave on installed to reduce manipulation. If you are like me and you do not enjoy the above styles you can simply just reduce manipulation by limiting styling, combing, washing and so on at the 8 week point. When my hair was about 8 weeks post I stopped washing/deep conditioning weekly and instead I washed my hair every two weeks to reduce manipulation.

Protect previously relaxed hair when getting a touch up: A reason why some people might not see any change in the length of their hair is because they do not practice good relaxer day habits or protect their hair properly prior to getting a relaxer. It is therefore very important to coat your hair thoroughly with a thick cream before getting your relaxer to ensure you do not relax hair that is already relaxed. Also ensure that you or your hair stylist do not apply any relaxer to already relaxed hair as this leads to breakage which will not translate to longer hair at the end of the touch up. Before getting my hair texlaxed I thoroughly applied my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp and coated the ends of my hair most especially with a thick cream I used the ORS Carrot Oil Hair Cream and ensured that relaxer was not applied to my previously texlaxed hair.

If anyone reading this needs a boost in hair growth I would definitely recommend that you try out the above tips to kick start your growth. Please share how you boost your hair growth or how you will incorporate the above tips to boost your hair growth.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don't want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic." - Charles de Lint