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.

 

Hibiscus and Bentonite Conditioning Clay Mask

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I have been reading up on herbs and flowers lately and have been looking for ways to include them into my regimen. So I decided to change up my usual bentonite clay mask by adding a Hibiscus tea instead and the results were amazing. There are many varieties of this subtropical and tropical flower, its colours range from white to pink, yellow, orange, purple, red and peach. It is rich in amino acids, vitamin a, vitamin c and other nutrients.

Benefits of Hibiscus: Strengthens hair roots by fortifying hair follicles, promotes hair growth, soothes dry, itchy scalp, conditions and nourishes hair.

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To make the tea I used two tablespoons of dried Hibiscus flowers and poured one cup of boiled water. I let it steep until the tea had cooled before I started to mix my clay mask.

Here’s some brief information on the Bentonite Clay and its benefits.

Bentonite clay is a clay formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong negative electromagnetic charge which when activated by water pulls toxins and metals from our bodies. Which is why it works so well on cleansing our hair.

Benefits: It has the ability to attract and bind with dirt, all that product build up in our hair. Leaving the hair clean without that dry feeling. Your hair is left feeling soft and conditioned. It also clumps curls and leaves curls and coils defined without frizz.

img_2531-2To make the mask: Always use plastic utensils as the bentonite will react with the metals and it will become less effective. I mixed five tablespoons of bentonite clay with a cupful of the hibiscus tea. I mixed this until I achieved a yoghurt consistency. If you have small lumps in your mixture there’s no need to panic they will melt away once you start applying it to your hair.

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To apply to hair: Dampen your hair with water and apply the mask from root to tip. Massage the mask into the scalp as well. Put a shower cap or plastic bag on and keep on for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not let the mask go dry, that’s why the shower cap is important in order to keep the moisture in. Once your time is up rinse with warm water.

FYI: I have a video on the diy coming up, I also made a video on how I applied the mask and to my horror that part wasn’t recorded, so I will have to do that again soon.

Let me know how the mask turns out for you

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Moisturising Avocado and Honey Hair Mask

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Throughout my journey I have tried to use mostly natural products on my hair, I have found myself standing in the hair isle going through the list of ingredients looking for baddies like mineral oil and chemicals which I can’t even pronounce and yet I never thought to actually put avocado, bananas or eggs in my hair, I always found it a bit weird I mean I’d rather eat the avocado, banana and what not than have it stuck in my hair right? Well this had been my thinking until I actually tried this DIY avocado hair mask, so until you’ve tried something you just won’t know, it may just work for you and save you some money in the process.

So I am finally trying out the avocado mask and I always enjoy mixing up something in my kitchen that will benefit my hair. The wonderful thing about diy is that there are so many resources online to help you find something that will work for you and you can always change up the ingredients to suit your own hair. Not to mention that a hair mask can serve as a face mask too. Isn’t that great! As some ingredients might not agree with your face you might just have to drop an ingredient or two and you have a face mask. But enough of that back to the hair.

Avocados are rich in vitamins and healthy fats. They add moisture to hair strands and also soothe the scalp. The healing and moisturising oils add shine to hair.

Olive oil can reduce dandruff and add moisture to the scalp and hair, making hair shinier, soft and vibrant. It also serves to strengthen the hair strands.

Eggs are high in protein, fatty acids and vitamins to strengthen the hair, they can renew the hair roots and follicles. They can improve the lustre and texture of the hair leaving you with smoother hair.

Honey is a natural humectant which draws moisture from the air into the hair strands. It can leave hair strands smoother and also adds lustre to hair

FYI do look for avocados without many fibres inside, I’ve read that some natural ladies had problems with the avocado fibres in their hair.

What you will need

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

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Take the avocado, cut it in half and scoop out the flesh into a bowl.

Add the egg yolk, honey and olive oil

Mix ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture

You can use a whisk or hand held electric mixture as well. Which ever one is easier for you.

A QUICK TIP: You can put the mixture through a strainer/sift to remove the avocado fibres. I only learn’t that after I had done mine.

Now apply the mask on freshly washed hair. Simply part your hair into sections and apply from root to ends until your entire head is covered with the avocado mask. Put a shower cap on and leave on for 30 minutes or for even an hour if you would like to. Once your time is up rinse your hair with warm water and voila, hello to super soft, moisturised and manageable hair.

Let me know how it turned out for you.

Cheers

The curly fro

I like to consider myself as a lazy natural so when it comes to styling my hair I look for a style that I can easily maintain through out the entire week, something that won’t be too time consuming in the mornings and evenings when I go to bed. The one thing about being a natural head is that we have to invest a lot of time into our hair and sometimes I am just too tired or plain lazy to be bothered by it. So whenever I can do something that won’t take up too much time it’s a major plus for me. Continue reading “The curly fro”