Natural hair salon experience in Ghana

Hey loves

So I recently took a trip to Accra, Ghana for my brothers wedding and my sister recommended the Afrocomb Natural Hair Salon to me whilst I was there. I had planned to go to my usual place but then I figured why not, my sister does her own hair which is absolute hair goals so if she goes there I should definitely check it out too. I needed to do something short term with my hair so I decided to do a kinky crochet style which would blend in with my natural hair.

The first thing that caught my eye when I walked in was how the stylists were natural themselves, I think it gives one a sense a comfort that they would probably treat my hair as they would their own. Most of the naturals I noticed coming in came in for washes, detangling and two strand twist styles which I must admit I envied.

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So after being sat down and deciding on my chosen style the stylist started by spraying my hair with water and applied a cream to my hair. She then detangled my hair from root to tip with an afro comb section by section, which she then twisted up. I was very happy at this point because that’s how I handle my own hair as I have a very sensitive scalp and I did not experience a lot of pulling so that was a major thumbs up for me. The front part of my hair was stretched using African threading. Once that was done she cornrowed my hair whilst my hair was still damp and proceeded to crochet the kinky hair onto my hair.

Being a creature of habit I usually rock the same hairdo the crochet was a bit overwhelming to me but I soon managed my way around it. As big as it was it surprisingly felt very light.

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Overall I had a good experience for my first time at a natural hair salon. I did not experience the blow drying saga and the ‘is that the comb you are planning on combing my hair with?’  Which are some of the reasons I stopped going to the salon from the time I was transitioning. The stylist took her time with my hair and had gentle hands.

Thank you, Afrocomb.

How to Wear your Natural Hair with Confidence

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A friend recently asked me where I get the confidence to wear my natural hair out? She is natural as well but doesn’t feel confident enough to wear her hair out most of the time. This got me thinking back to the beginning of my own journey, I remember not feeling confident because half the time I didn’t know what I was doing. Many attempts at styling my hair at the time always felt like a failed attempt to me and I would instinctively want to hide my hair away under a protective style, which I did. So whether you recently went natural or have been on your journey for some time, but are still feeling insecure about wearing your afro out. I’ve got a few tips to help you build your confidence and enjoy growing out your hair.

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Start by doing your research into your hair type

  • If you have type 4 hair you don’t want to be looking at hair with much looser textures hoping your hair is one day going to behave in that way because it’s not.
  • Understanding how your own hair behaves in different kinds of environments (hot, cold, humid weather), knowing your porosity and how your coils react to certain products.
  • Learning healthy hair practices will help to boost your confidence throughout your journey because you know your story.

Once you’ve gone through the nitty-gritty of figuring out what works for your hair, it’s time fun with your ‘fro, look for hair styles which work for you and suit your lifestyle and rock the heck out of them. If you feel somewhat style challenged it’s completely cool because you don’t always have to follow the latest hair trends. Wether you have a signature Grecian flat twist or a high puff , do you girl. Because if your hair looks great you feel great right?

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Ignore the negativity

In the beginning various comments came my way, I never got any nasty ones but constant snide remarks or incessant questions as to why you are no longer relaxing your hair can be discouraging at the beginning but you will learn to just block out the negativity. Remember it’s your hair and if you take everyone’s opinions to heart you won’t wear your hair out. And you know those same individuals will be asking you for hair advice when your hair is flourishing right?

Acceptance

So you may not like certain things about your hair. A genetically thin hairline or fine hair can make you feel self-conscious. Take a look at the men, yes men and women in your family, if you find it does run in the family then there isn’t much you can do about it. (I am referring to a completely healthy person, whose hair state is not related to any type of illness). Instead work with what you have, wear your hair in certain styles that don’t emphasize what makes you uncomfortable. Keep in mind most people don’t even notice what we consider as flaws in ourselves.

So go ahead, embrace your texture and rock your ‘fro with confidence. No one can tell you otherwise.

Moisturising type 4 natural hair

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If there is one topic which remains constant throughout your natural hair journey it will be that of moisture retention. More so during the winter months where you might be tempted to tuck your hair away under a wig or braids and not deal with it but we know that would only lead to dry brittle hair.  When I was newly natural I soon discovered that using one product to moisturise my hair was simply not enough, until I came across the LOC method, where you layer and smooth in products into your hair strands to ‘loc’ in that moisture. There are variations of the LOC method, there is also the LCO.

L – liquid                L – liquid

O – oil                    C – cream

C -cream               O – oil

After trying out both methods I settled on the LOC method as that was what worked best for my hair. I also have high porosity hair, meaning that my hair strands are quick to take in moisture but they also loose moisture very quickly. That is how I realised that in order for me to keep from losing moisture I needed to ‘loc’ in all that moisture with a cream as my last step. I could then maintain moisture for two to three days before re moisturising my hair. So do try both methods and find one which works best on your hair.

Here is a breakdown of the LOC method.

LIQUID

Liquid can be plain water, aloe vera juice or water mixed with leave in conditioner in a spray bottle. I alternate between these two leave ins which I mix with water. The first step is to spray your water or water mix onto your hair and smooth it in.

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OIL

Your oil of choice depends on which oil works best for your hair. I love using coconut oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Olive oil, Avocado oil, Grape seed oil, Almond oil are other oils you could use. So after dampening your hair with water you then smooth your choice of oil into your hair.

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CREAM

Last but not least my hair loves butters and because I love me some DIY I always have some whipped shea butter mix ready. I also try out different butters, which is the last step in the LOC method. Smooth your butter or cream into your hair to loc in all that moisture and your hair will thank you for it.

Facetune-201706121593379763-01Whipped Shea Butter mix, Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Suki Suki Naturals Shea Creme, Elasta QP Olive Oil Mango Butter Moisturizer

So which method do you prefer LOC or LCO? Comment below.

 

Cowashing my natural hair

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Hey Ladies

I sometimes get a quizzical look when I talk about cowashing my hair, like why would you use conditioner instead of shampoo?  Why Cowash, Washing your hair with a rinse out conditioner allows you to gently clean your hair without stripping it of all of its oils. Whereas shampoos have harsh detergents, which strip your hair and scalp of all of its oils leaving it dry with that squeaky clean feeling, hence the need to always condition your hair after shampooing. I am personally not a fan of that squeaky clean feeling, my hair doesn’t feel right after using certain shampoos because they are way too drying. Rinse out conditioners also contain small amounts of cleaning agents which allow it to remove dirt from your hair.

When do I cowash, I cowash my hair if I used a cleansing soap or cleansing clay on my hair on the previous wash day so my scalp or hair wouldn’t have too much product buildup which would make a cowash effective enough to lightly clean and condition.

Which conditioner to use, . If it says to leave on for 2-3 minutes then its a rinse out conditioner and it would have a runny or thinner consistency compared to that of a deep conditioner. A silicon free conditioner which would not coat your hair afterwards. There are also actual cleansing conditioners which clean and condition hair at the same time.

Can cowashing be bad, as with all things cowashing is not for everyone. It is mostly suitable for curly, thick and dry hair. If your hair is thin and oily then it may not be for you, it could lead to more oily and flat looking hair. Maintaining a healthy scalp is vital for hair growth so constantly cowashing could lead to an itchy scalp and dandruff. Over cowashing can lead to over moisturised, mushy hair, that happened to me when I was transitioning because I got carried away and I cowashed my hair too much. Now that I only cowash twice a month my scalp and hair is happy.

I was able to achieve a clean scalp and clean hair from the cowash. As with all things whenever you introduce something new to hair regimen, don’t over do it. Take your time and see if it works for you or not.

Happy hair journey 🙂

Is protective styling for you?

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People often ask me why I wear wigs, don’t you like your hair?  I generally like to keep my hair in a protective style for most of the time due to the fact that I suffer from hand in hair syndrome and pure laziness. Most people are under the impression that if you are natural and still choose to wear weaves, wigs and braids you don’t like your natural hair but that’s hardly the case. I find that when I keep my hair out for a long period of time I over manipulate it. My hands are constantly in my hair, those who know me know how much I love washing my hair, I just love the way my hair feels all springy when it’s wet. The constant styling and daily combing ends up becoming a problem because I soon become very lazy and impatient with styling and sticking with my regimen. I would end up not twisting my hair for bed, throwing on my ‘doek’ (silk scarf) and leaving it all for the next day which leads to tangled hair for me. When you don’t stick to your regimen, in terms of moisturising and conditioning your hair, hair can become dry and lead to breakage over time. So instead of not treating my hair as I should I either wig it, bun it or have it braided. Continue reading “Is protective styling for you?”