Happy International Women’s Day!

Some say a woman’s hair is her crown so this post is dedicated to helping ladies maintain healthy hair underneath protective styles.

There are tons of methods for keeping natural hair intact, but here’s a quick and effective way to  care for your natural hair underneath wigs.

Tea Tree Oil

Dabbing a small amount of Tea Tree Oil on your fingertips and gently running your fingers through your partings will help to unclog follicles and allow your hair to grow. Tea Tree Oil also has anti-fungal properties which is always great when wearing wigs (your scalp doesn’t always get enough air due to being constantly covered which can potentially cause fungal issues)!

Water

Before applying any oils, ‘spritsing’ your hair with water will add moisture. Add things like essential oils and Aloe vera gel to the water will give your hair some extra nourishment but this is completely optional.

Castor Oil

Gently massaging Castor oil into your hairline and nape area will help to prevent breakage while maintaining and promoting thickness in these areas. (if your wig is too tight or constantly rubbing these areas you may start to see thinness)

Oil mix

Lastly to seal in the moisture and further replenish hair, running a mix of oils over your cornrows will keep them soft, moisturised and prevent unnecessary breakage when removing the protective style. Click here for my Oil Mix tutorial.

Doing this 1-2 times a week can make a major difference in the health of you hair!

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Using exfoliating scrubs and face masks is a great way to remove dead skin, and leave your skin feeling brand new (when purchasing be sure to check for keywords like cleansing and hydrating). As I have sensitive skin, I usually opt for more natural, skincare products with minimal ingredients but I have been noticing a few stubborn dark marks from spots that need to G-O, so I recently purchased the Vichy Pureté Thermale Skin Renewing Creamy Scrub from boots which has worked wonders in the short time I’ve been using it. my skin feels more moisturised and is not irritated as the scrub is formulated for sensitive skin.

Making homemade, exfoliants, face masks and oil mixtures is a quick, inexpensive way to have healthier skin especially this time of year. Click the video below to play my ‘green mask’ tutorial- for more moisturised skin and hair:

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*this mask will moisturise, soften and target impurities*

Autumn as we know, is a time of change- From life, to  health, skin and hair. The best way to deal with these changes is to make a few minor adjustments and hopefully I’ll be able to provide some great suggestions (meaning you can expect more helpful tips, tutorials etc. for the next few months).

I wanted to start off by sharing two favourites and two hacks that may be a huge help this autumn. (In order of the photos) My first favourite is the Lush lip scrub- If you’ve read my ‘spa glow at home‘ post you’ll be familiar with this one. It’s fantaaaastic this time of year as the cold weather really wreaks havoc on our skin, especially lips, causing chapping and peeling- not so glamorous… I wont go into too much detail on this product so do click the link!

My second favourite is for the ladies, this one’s the Dolce and Gabbana 3 L’Impératrice perfume, which happened to be a favourite due to the number of compliments I’ve received about this scent- it really does smells gorgeous. For those of you who like fruity/ floral scents this one is perfect and I think quite timeless. I did initially think this was a summery scent but its subtle rhubarb/musky undertones (please trust me, it smells amazing lol) can definitely be worn throughout this season.

Now for the hacks, I will warn you Cod Liver Oil is not for the faint-hearted, however, it does you sooo much good in the long run. I’m a strong believer in prevention being better than cure and with us being more susceptible to falling ill during the colder months, taking the recommended daily dose of Cod Liver oil can boost your immune system, keep your bones and muscles strong, as well as contribute to thicker, healthier hair growth. (yes please!)

Lastly but not least… Shea Butter! Shea butter is one of my favourite hacks for autumn/winter because it can be used from head to toe (literally). For thicker natural hair, Shea butter is great for sealing in moisture and protecting strands effectively, as it is more dense than other natural oils- don’t overdo it though because you still want to be able to get moisture IN. For skin, it works wonders for sealing in moisture too. The best way to incorporate it into your skincare regime is to mix some in with your body lotion/hand cream so that they stay on your skin longer and work more effectively. It’s also great to use on your body (especially feet!) after an evening bath.

Shop the products: Lip Scrub  , Fragrance , Cod Liver Oil (also available in capsules) Shea Butter

Blessings and love,

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Hi guys,

For a long time I refused to install braids in my hair because the cons always seemed to outweigh the pros and frankly, I dreaded the idea of having to remove them… Let alone install them! However, after weeks of research I realised that braids are a great protective style and if installed properly, can be a major contributor to healthy hair growth.

Most people usually go wrong with braids as they either install them too tight, too heavy, forget to moisturise or all of the above, so I have hand-picked the top 5 tips for installing and maintaining braids the RIGHT way.

1. Moisturise that hair!

Before you install any long-term protective style, make sure your hair has been deep conditioned and/or moisturised thoroughly. Installing a protective style on dry hair can cause breakage. While your braids are in, moisturise them daily by spraying them with water then sealing in the water with a light oil. It is important to use a light oil as heavy products like Shea butter can cause build up on your braids.

2. Loose but secure.

Now when I say loose I don’t mean hanging an inch from your scalp, I just mean do not install your braids so tight that you can physically feel the tension. Installing your braids super tight, especially around your nape and hairline will cause traction alopecia [click HERE for my post explaining traction alopecia ]. As long as your braids are secure, they will last long! When the braids around your hairline begin to grow out, to prevent tension and breakage it is important to redo them. The weight of grown out braids around your hairline becomes a lot greater and this weight applies pressure on the new hair that is growing out of your scalp.

3. Have the correct hair to extension ratio.

Try to use the same thickness of the extensions, as the section of hair you’re going to braid. If you have a tiny section of hair, a large amount of extensions will make the braid too heavy for your hair. This can weaken your hair and cause breakage upon removal, as well as traction alopecia. If you’re going for jumbo box braids try to have medium-large sections so the weight of the extensions will not be too much for your own hair to handle. In my tutorial I use the feathering technique which causes the ends of my braids to be thinner than the top-middle section. This is important because it reduces the overall weight of the braid while giving it a light and almost layered finish.

 

4. Maintain them like you mean it!

Maintaining your protective style is always the key if you’re aiming for healthy hair growth. Styles like braids give you the opportunity to get your scalp in tip-top condition because so much of it is exposed! Moisturise your scalp and hair daily by using water and a sealant oil so that when you choose to remove your braids, the condition of your hair and scalp is 10/10. Not only will this give your hair the main thing it needs to flourish, but it will minimise the potential for split ends and knots. Night time care is just as important, so make sure you tie your braids down before you sleep with a satin scarf to: 1, reduce rubbing of the hairline and 2, retain moisture. If your scarf rarely stays on your head throughout the night, place a large satin scarf over your pillow for the same purpose.

5. Style with care.

Be careful when styling braids as the constant up-down motion from buns and ponytails is a form of manipulation that can cause tension and major breakage upon removal. Try to style your braids in a way that doesn’t require constant re-styling. If you are going to style your braids, be gentle and moisturise before you begin! Remember your hair has gone through enough manipulation from installing the braids.

Here’s my tutorial on how to install braids the right way, enjoy!

In my tutorial I use my DIY mix of oils to seal in the moisture, but you can use any other oil such as Coconut, Avocado, Olive etc. (I would not advise castor oil). If you have any questions comment below.

Lots of love,

Smfx!

 

Hi all,

This is a post I’ve planned ever since I started my blog, so I’m happy I can finally share it with you all!

Those who know me well know I’m not a fan of using too many hair products, especially ones with tons of chemicals in them. I stick to shampoo, conditioner and natural oils as a lot of the hair lotions and products advertised to us contain a fair amount of alcohol which is a major contributor to dry hair! Dry hair = breakage.

My criteria for hair products now is “if I can’t eat it, neither can my hair“. This basically means I use a lot of natural ingredients that are likely to be found in the kitchen. I started thinking about my hair this way because the hair on our head is an extension of our body and our body tends to work best when it’s full of vitamins and nutrients as opposed to tons of chemicals.

Here I’ll show you how to create your own nourishing hair oil that can be used to seal in moisture, stimulate growth, thicken hair and be used as a pre-shampoo treatment. This oil can be used on all hair textures, all lengths, locs, young children, and wait for it… Gents, you can use it to maintain a fresh haircut and healthy hair too! If you have european (non afro) hair, this can be used the night before shampooing as a treatment to restore moisture and add lots of shine.

What you will need:

TOOLS:

  • an empty edge control container (or any small plastic tub)
  • a teaspoon and fork
  • masking tape
  • a sharpie (or any other marker pen)
  • bulldog clip (for application)
  • wide-tooth comb (for application)
  • spray bottle containing room temperature water (for application)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Shea Butter – very good sealant (locks in moisture for a long time)
  • Coconut Oil – penetrates hair shaft and conditions hair
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil – thickens hair, locks in moisture and protects scalp from microbial/fungal infections
  • Olive Oil – smooths hair & adds extra shine
  • Avocado Oil – strengthens hair from the root

METHOD:

Once I stopped using hair products from beauty suppliers and switched to a combination of natural oils my hair began to retain noticeable length, my split ends reduced drastically and the overall health of my hair had visibly improved.Once you implement healthy hair practices like making your own products, your hair will have no choice but to be healthy and grow in abundance!

Thank you for reading & watching!

-Smfx