It feels like AGES since I last came on here!!! I have missed NHCG sooo much!! I had to take the time off to personally sort myself out on this trip...my life has been super duper busy, still is but I just had to squeeze out time to write a post here, thanks to all the ladies who have kept coming here despite my absence and those who have sent me mails and asked questions under the comment form...really appreciate your support and that's why this post will be all about replying mails I have received recently asking valid hair questions...some of these mails I have replied but would like to share my reply with all readers just in case they are questions more ladies have asked, others unfortunately I have not replied because of my schedule, I apologize and hope my reply helps...
Let's Begin ( I categorized the mails/questions into groups, I have also edited some mails to focus mainly on the hair issue)...
KID'S HAIR CARE;
I cut my 1 year old daughter's hair because it was falling off. The challenge is 2 months plus after, her hair growth is so slow (hardly noticeable)though we rarely make her hair because she won't even let me touch it. Her hair is very coarse, rough and shrinks. How I can get her to stay without crying to make her hair, can you advice hair regimen and products that will grow and tame her hair.
UPDATE TO REPLY; Dear Joy you might be expecting too much from the hair cut you gave your little girl, It's just been 2months and that's just 1inch of growth if her hair grows the average 1/2 an inch a month, so please don't pressure yourself into thinking hair grows long overnight, it does take sometime to notice real growth retention...the same hair regimen that applies for adult hair applies for kids, mositurize and seal her hair daily, deep condition over the weekends alternating between protein and moisture...take note of how her hair reacts to different products you try on...keep using the ones her hair responds well to.
Hair is hair, kids scalp might be more sensitive and require gentler products and style choices but if your hair gets split ends, so does your daughter. Please start her on a hair regimen that will gradually but surely restore her hair; my post on building a hair regimen under the Hair regimen tag under my blog post categories; will help, READ IT HERE
Anonymous Asked; Hi my hair is in braids as a protective style. Is it okay to apply the castor oil on to my scalp and wash it off with the braids still on? And do you have to wash it straight after...
I really can't speak for naturals as I have chemically treated hair but I will say this, hair typing is merely a guide some people came up with to help people understand their different hair textures but what I have found is that is has the uncanny way of boxing away a lot of ladies into concluding what they can and can't do with their hair, I say try a style or product out and decide for yourself if it works for you or not rather than use hair typing to do that for you :)
How are you? It's your no.1 fan from Kenya! Great work on your blog.
I have permed hair and retouched three weeks ago. My hair regimen includes spritzing the glycerine+water mix, a dollop of Organics shea butter, and sometimes coconut oil to seal. My hair is quite light and gets weighed down by too much product. I also co-wash once a week and deep condition every two weeks. I stay away from heat and roller-set once a month...otherwise I just air dry and wrap.
So far, it's grown healthy and strong. The problem is I joined the gym this month and been sweating bucket loads during training. My hair gets very damp afterwards and I usually let it air dry to prevent frizzing. I've been applying shea butter after air-drying, but noted a lot of build up and greasiness. I'm stuck....don't know how best to take care of this hair and prevent hair breakage.
Could you enlighten me on what steps one can take to maintain healthy hair and prevent breakage when one is very active? I honestly need your expert advice.
Your Kenyan fan
Hi Elizabeth from Kenya :)
Thanks for reading my blog,
As to your hair question, I have a post on exercising with extensions; READ IT HERE You can apply some tips I proffer on the post to your natural hair but it's even generally easier to take care of your natural hair while you exercise over when it's in extensions.
I recommend you take a break from using Shea butter after air drying as it is a sealant and will only seal in all the sweat and dirt after you have air dried. I rather recommend you co-wash using a mild hair conditioner. So if you exercise everyday a week, at least after 3 days you should co-wash, leave out shampooing , what will happen is your scalp will be cleansed gently without drying your hair out. Follow the co-wash with a water based moisturizer and light oils like olive, grape seed oil, almond oil, oils that can easily be absorbed by your strands and are less likely to build up then repeat the co-wash after you have done either a protein or condition based deep treatment over the weekend. Hope my reply helps, keep me posted!!
Thanks for reading my blog. I am surprised the LOC ease method doesn't work for you, you might want to make sure you are using the right products, products that are water based are always best for hair that is prone to dryness. I also recommend that you increase and intensify your deep conditioning weekly as its the best way to infuse moisture into your strands, you might also want to start carrying a spritz bottle with water and conditioner or glycerin, aloe Vera juice etc around to help moisten your strands on the go when they feel dry since you leave your hair out. Hope my tips help.
Hope my reply helps.
How are you doing? I hope you are good. Please I have a hair question. Lately, I've been toying with the idea of trying out henna on my hair. I remember you doing a post once where you did a henna treatment. The red colour it gave your hair is it gone or is it still there?(Cos from the pictures of your hair I can't see it).
I'm a bit scared to try something that would leave a permanent shouting colour.I have fine stands and low density hair,so protein is my bff, just wanted to incorporate henna for its strengthening benefits.
Let me know what you think please. Thank you.
Henna is great for strengthening feel free to incorporate it into your hair regimen, it's actually permanent but it will grow out or fade over time plus its mostly visible under the sun that's why my hair doesn't look as red in some pictures especially after months of not applying henna. The color effect is quite subtle if you use it on it's own however if you don't want the effect of the color, add things like oils, an egg, conditioner to the mix to make the color release less potent and don't leave the henna on your hair for more than 30 mins.