Those who have been with me on this journey from the start in 2011 know how hands on I like to be but lately with all that's on my plate, replying emails in detail or responding to comments has become irregular because I am sooo busy, running a business location is no joke- gotta manage staff, sort the light out, keep customers happy- sometimes I'm tempted to ask myself when I'm at the hub at 8pm- ''Girl what were you thinking?!!!' But I am still so grateful to you all for the continued support, I just simply love HAIR!!
Please gear up for the salon day out on Sunday, 8th JUNE.It'll mark this blog's 4th year anniversary!!! Planning a fun day out trust me, I love to give ladies a good time, as I mentioned, I am joining forces with a few other hair/beauty brands to give you a great day out of PRACTICAL HAIR/BEAUTY KNOWLEDGE! Please save the date in your calender!!
Now back to the post, below are a few questions I have been asked lately that I feel will help other ladies with similar concerns;
Oyindamola asked; Have you tried using Amla oil for your hair? I'd like to know what you think about it.
I have tried using a brand of Amla oil but I stopped using it because I found that it coated my hair and made it have the feeling of being weighed down rather than being absorbed like other oils such as olive oil or grapeseed oil and I blame the mineral oil that is mixed in the Amla oil. I've noticed that most Indian products like adding mineral oil to their products which has no nutritional value to the hair , wish they wouldn't. I'm sure 100% Amla oil will be better.
Anonymous Asked; Please what do you put in your Shea butter mix? With Shea butter I always find that whipping it with an electric mixer till its fluffy is the best way for me to apply it effectively and smoothly. I always whip it with 1. glycerin 2. An oil( usually extra virgin olive oil). Then depends on what I am trying to achieve I will add any extras like I did with our signature Choco Shea butter at the hub-
Tasha asked;as part of a regimen what can I use for my scalp-
Scalp health is super important;here's a post on it- HERE. As part of a regimen, I recommend direct oiling if the scalp with light oils like grapeseed and sweet almond oil daily, especially dandruff prone scalps so they don't get dry and flake out. The root only applicator bottle is the way to go to oil the scalp in minutes;
I also recommend more problem targeting oils like tea tree oil for severe dandruff, peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil to soothe the scalp and of course Jamaican black castor oil to restore thinning hair. Nojor asked; Good day please I am experiencing shedding & breakage, tea rinsing is not working for me I don't know what to try again, please help me out thanks.
Tea rinses are definitely the way to go when you start experiencing excessive shedding, I also recommend garlic infused oil(if you can stand the smell) as a pre poo or HAIR TRIGGER which has garlic and onions in it. However for breakage, what I recommend in general is that you take a close look at your ends, if you don't keep them trimmed and sharp, they will tangle easily and cause breakage, sometimes just a little trim is all you need to stop unnecessary breakage also make sure your hair isn't dry, dry hair is like dry leaves, just touch it and it breaks off! Wendyzelle asked; For the glycerin and water mix do I use glycerin for fondant icing or glycerin for the body that they mix with cream?
The glycerin recommended is 100% vegetable glycerin. I've heard of glycerin mixed with Rosewater too and I think that's worth the try as long as those are the only ingredients and there's no perfume added. Anonymous asked;Which is better? Biotin or Hairfinity?-
This is a hot debate, Biotin (derived from vitamin B, proven to grow hair) is in Hairfinity and other such hair supplements which also contain other vitamins like folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A etc so I would take supplements over just biotin. I've heard people taking crazy amounts of biotin like 10,000mcg, 20,000mcg a day in hopes to get great growth and I did my research and found that your body will ONLY take what it needs and expel the rest!! So if it needs 5000mcg that's what it will take, the rest well it ends up in the toilet! So please be mindful of getting carried away and gulping pill after pill, also please be mindful to drink LOADS of water when you take supplements in general for easy bowel movement and clear skin. Lastly like those American commercials, always ask your doctor about supplements and get cleared. Anonymous asked;I'm having a really tough time with my hair, its been breaking a lot, my front hairline is almost nonexistent and I have really bad dandruff. i'm considering shaving the entire thing off and just going natural.
Going natural is NOT the answer to getting your hairline back unfortunately. In fact it gets worse if you go natural and don't do anything about it, start putting kinky braids on or trying to pack your hair in a puff. I recommend, Jamaican black castor oil for your edges and a satin cap. Use it every night(you can mix it with a lighter oil as it's super thick and is too potent for some) then cover your head up with a satin cap. For the dandruff, please see Tasha's answer above.
That's all for now ladies, this weekend I gave my hair one of those concocted hair treats-put it up on my Instagram page- @naijahaircangrow. I mixed an Avocado, hair trigger, mayonnaise and a few drops of olive oil. Plastered it on my hair from root to tip and went under the Heutiful Steamer.
I am going on my midyear stretch like last year, presently 8 weeks post relaxer and this home girl is going for another 8 weeks- the only issue I'm having is, this time I'm NOT PREGNANT and the shedding is making me doubt my ability to stay that long, I have those pesky matted dread like knots that usually start when my new growth is like 1 inch long, thanks to my mane and tail detangler and a little patience I'm able to melt those knots away! See the pic below, where my finger is that's where the new growth ends.
I'll give it a shot because the growth retention from my last 16 weeks stretch was just so rewarding!! Who else is stretching? The 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE is almost at the half way mark!! How's it going ladies? I'm trying to aim to relax my hair only thrice a year, last year I did it four times, in the past I did it.....12 whole times ladies!! Every single month- I have come a mighty long way with my hair and the quality of my hair strands show it all!! If you are just starting this journey trust me, it gets better, much better!
This blog is here to debunk the common myth that African hair cannot grow past a certain length, that our hair is difficult and impossible to work with, that we have to rely constantly on weaves and extensions to look presentable, in fact it is here to prove Naija Hair can grow!!