Box Braids Hair Care Routine

 

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If you read my Protective Styling + Haircare post, I give loads of tips and product recommendations on how to care for your hair underneath that wig or in braids! Now that I currently have braids in, I thought I would share with you which products I have been using to help keep my hair and scalp fresh and clean, to maximise growth and retain moisture! If you’re ready, let’s get into it

So the above pic is a snap shot of products I currently rotate between. I don’t use them every day and some products I use more often than others. Let’s look at them individually..

Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo

I used to be an avid user of Sulphur 8 anti-dandruff spray, you know to keep your hair clean but it’s been ages since I used it!. This Zerreau Towel off Shampoo is a great alternative for that! It’s basically cleansing your hair and scalp without the need for water! Read my full review and see a demo here. I use this when I start to see product build up.

 

Palmers Olive Oil Formula Conditioning Spray Oil

I love this stuff! It smells great and gives a lovely sheen to my braids. I use this about twice a week to give my hair some shine but also condition my scalp. I spray directly onto the roots of my hair, or in my palms and rub over the braids. It’s not heavy and doesn’t stain my pillow case/ clothes!

 

Dark & Lovely Alma Legend Billion Hair Serum

Dark and Lovely Alma Legend Billion Hair Potion

See the whole Alma Legend Collection and reviews here! I love the scent of this but for a serum its super watery! Anyway, I use this on my scalp and although I haven’t really seen much difference in the thickness/growth of my hair (that’s what it claims to do) I will give it a chance. I use this about once or twice a week.

 

Oils

So I have the Mielle Organics Mint Oil & Shea Butter Cottage Haitian Black Castor Oil. I have made a little concoction with these two for my edges and nape area as well as using it as a scalp massage oil. The lovely mint scent of the Mint oil really balances out the strong castor oil scent of the HBCO. And we know both castor oil and peppermint essential oil is popular for promoting growth/thickness. I use this whenever but try to use once a week

 

I’ve had these braids for about two weeks now and I plan on keeping them for another 2 weeks before taking them out and letting my hair breathe for a bit. And whilst we are on the topic of braids here are some quick tips on rocking the style and keeping your edges

  • Don’t braid too tightly- this can cause traction alopecia. If you have a headache right after braiding, it’s a sign of tight braids
  • Don’t pull braids into a tight high bun. Again doing this puts constant pressure on the weakest parts of your scalp e.g. temples and nape area and may lead to alopecia
  • Use oils/sprays once a week to keep your hair/scalp refreshed
  • Use an anti-dandruff spray or towel off shampoo foam to keep product build up to a minimum
  • Finally don’t keep your braids in for too long! 6 weeks is ok, 10 weeks is a stretch!

I hope this helps and gives you some tips on how to keep your hair and scalp happy when you have braids

Gosh it’s been a while since I got braids done! Eek!

Happy summer

Catch you soon!

You can buy Zerreau Shampoo Foam on Amazon

The Best Leave In Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

In my protective styling and winter care post, I spoke about how the winter takes a toll on our fro. The elements play a huge part on the moisture levels in our hair so it is essential you do everything you can to maintain it. Why? Dry hair leads to shedding/ breakage which isn’t a sign of healthy hair.

LOC, LCO or LOCO?-Liquid Oil Cream

Whether you rock your braid outs or a wig this season, proper moisturising will ensure your hair is as soft as it can be. Following the LOC method or any of its variations (depending on your hair texture) will lock in optimum moisture and ensure its looking its best.

The LOC method allows you to layer different types of products for max moisture. It’s good to experiment with the order in which you layer your products to know which works best for your hair. For instance, for my 4c hair, I do LCO because I found that order works best for my hair.

What’s the Best Leave In To Banish Dry Natural Hair?!

These leave in conditioners will give your natural hair some serious moisture and softness. Ask yourself, are you ready to let dryness go? Lol

ApHogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave In

Are you ready for softness? Like really ready because this leave in conditioner will do just that! it smells BOMB too, just read my full review of it here

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Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner

I know. I know you think SM products are super hyped up products but it’s for a good reason. The SM jbco leave in conditioner leaves your hair silky and soft and it’s actually one of the leave-ins I use without following it up with an oil. My full review is here

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Cantu Natural Hair Leave In Conditioning Cream

 

Cantu leave in cream is probably the most affordable and popular leave in conditioner in the natural community! I was a huge fan of the leave in until the released a version for natural hair then I became a super fan LOL. This one is great because it has all the goodness of the leave in and no nasties! Guess what?  I have  review for the naturals range here

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ORS Curls Unleashed Shea butter & Mango Leave -in Conditioner 
I tend to reach for creams for my hair but this leave in lotion is super! Pleasant smell and makes your fro so soft! The Curls Unleashed range from ORS is a win win for us! Check out my review here

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Ask yourself again, are you really ready to let the dryness go? Lol. I hope you find this post helpful! There are a ton of products out there so I hope this helps you to choose the right ones. Let me know which leave ins are your favourite!

Countdown to Christmas! Are you Christmas shopping?! Don’t forget my gift guides to help you this craziness! What are you looking for? Skincare sets (I got you), an extra special treat? Check out my Customised Gift Guide or looking to support small business? I got you too! Read my Black British Brands for more!

 

LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails Review

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Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing well! It’s been a poor start to summer 2016 but I hope it gets better! This post will be a full review on the LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails supplements I received back in May. For more info on the supplements, read my previous post here

Experience

The LQ supplements are super strength and contain the highest concentrations of pure marine collagen, 7,000mg.  These liquid supplements are supposed to be much more effective than collagen pills/creams. The directions are pretty simple, one bottle a day.

My experience was a good one. For my hair, I noticed at the 2-week mark, my roots were slightly thicker and my nape area was slightly thicker too (it had thinned out later last year and I have been trying to grow it back). My hair feels more defined (not sure if it’s due to the supplements) but I didn’t noticed a difference in the length of my hair or the amount of hair shed on wash days.

Skin– I didn’t noticed any difference in my skin. I have a pretty good and effective skincare routine but taking in this addition to that didn’t show any improvements.

Nails– my nails ‘recovered’ quicker from acrylics than usual. Also, my nails were strengthened and didn’t chip/break as before. It didn’t grow as much but whatever length I had was maintained.

Side effects

As with all cosmetic supplements I have taken, one thing I always worry about is side effects. Lucky I didn’t experience any with these supplements. It didn’t break me out which is very good, seeing that it has very high concentrations of collagen and other minerals. It is also very easy on the stomach, I didn’t experience any stomach problems with this.

Taste– I am not a huge fan of the taste. It’s not horrible but it’s not sweet either.

Verdict– the supplements are very handbag friendly and perfect for on the go. I was sent a one month supply so my review is quite limited. As with all supplements I recommend a 3 month supply for better and long term results. I would say my hair benefitted from them the most although I wish it had an impact on my hair length too.

LQ Skin, Hair & Nails is £29.99 for a box of 10 at Boots

God will restore, but first He has to heal

 

ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor Review

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Last week, I spoke about the ApHogee Protein Treatment and its benefits for all hair types.  This is a hard-core protein treatment that is only recommended for severely damaged hair and every 6-8 weeks. A ‘softer’ treatment for weekly use will be their Keratin Reconstructor which is a blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils and vitamins that work perfectly on dry, brittle hair.

Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

As with all ApHogee products, it’s been pH optimized and contains their exclusive propHytamine complex which is a combination of proteins for added strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. The Keratin treatment is recommended for weekly use and eliminates dry, itchy scalp, repairs damaged hair and restores softness. It also claims to repair heat and chemical damage and help restore hair after swimming and use of hard water. Bleached, permed and relaxed hair can also enjoy its benefits.

Experience

ApHogee hit the nail on the head with this treatment! It has a good amount of slip for detangling. It also has a pleasant smell almost like coconuts. What I really like about this is how soft it makes my hair. After using this, my hair feels very soft and healthy with reduced breakage/shedding. They recommend you leave the treatment on for 2 to 5 minutes- severe cases. I also like the fact that this is a one-step treatment compared to the Protein 2 step treatment. The big size is a bonus you get 473ml which will last you a while. It works perfectly well on natural hair too in my experience, I know a lot of people were wondering if it’s for relaxed hair only.

Overall verdict- 5/5

For more information on ApHogee products please visit their website

Keratin Treatment is £ 7.19 at Pauls Hair World

A full review on the Deep Moisture Shampoo will be up soon!

How do you deal with breakage and shedding?

ORS Scalp & Wellness Oils- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

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ORS released the Scalp & Wellness Oils range last year which has 10 oils in total for healthy hair and scalp. I received the Extra Virgin Olive Oil last year which I have been using and I can finally bring you a full review!

The full range of oils are

  1. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Castor Oil
  2. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Argan Oil
  3. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Indian Amla Oil
  4. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Black Seed Oil
  5. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Coconut Oil
  6. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Jojoba Oil
  7. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Tea Tree Oil
  8. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Virgin Olive Oil
  9. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Saw Palmetto
  10. ORS Hair & Scalp Wellness Oils – Shea Butter Oil

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect for adding extra moisture to dry thirsty hair. They recommend you use it as a pre-poo treatment before shampooing.

Ingredients

In addition to Olive Oil, I noticed it also has sweet almond and corn oil, both of which have great benefits for hair. It has a lot of added parfums in the ingredients which make sense because the oil has a very strong sweet floral scent to it (it doesn’t smell like olive oil to me). It also has a few colouring dyes in it and Vitamin E.

Thoughts

I have been using this as a pre poo oil for a while now and I really like it. After applying it, I wrap my hair with cling film and let it sit for 15 to 20 mins before cleansing. It works really well to soften my hair prior shampooing (many times I have use it on extra dry thirsty hair). Throughout the cleansing process, my hair remains soft and I still smell the oil  afterwards (sometimes).

Verdict– it’s a great pre poo treatment and the 90ml bottle lasts a while even though it looks small! I definitely recommend it.

ORS Scalp & Wellness Olive Oil is priced at £4.99 at Boots

Palmer’s Olive Oil Co Wash Review

 

Palmer's Olive Olive Co wash

Hey guys, it’s been a while, how you doing (*Wendy Voice*). I have a new product review for you guys, it’s the new Palmer’s Olive Oil Co wash. Let’s get to it

The Co wash has no nasties like sulfates, detergents, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates etc and its ideal for curly natural hair. It says it won’t strip chemically treated hair or hair that is dry, damaged or fragile.

Palmer’s also says the co wash will replace your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and detangler- that’s a lot of claims for natural hair! It’s made with a blend of olive oil, vitamin E, keratin proteins and natural herbal extracts.

What Do I Think?

Let’s talk about the smell and texture. The scent reminds me a lot of medicine lol. It has a medium consistency so it’s not too thick or runny. Now unto these claims:

I think as a shampoo it has mild cleansing properties which is perfect for low product build up. Remember co-washing is primarily for hair and shampooing focuses on your scalp. As a conditioner/deep conditioner, I really wanted more from it and I have used it both ways. Initially my hair felt soft but as I was washing the product out my hair didn’t feel as soft anymore. I always follow with a conditioner afterwards because I feel as though my hair is not conditioned enough when I use this alone.

For a detangler it hasn’t got the best slip, I had to use a lot of product but still struggled with my wide tooth comb, especially at my roots and my hair has never been extremely tangled when I use it. I feel like it gives me just a little bit more slip when my hair is damp/wet before applying it.

How I use it

I usually wet/dampen my hair then apply this GENEROUSLY to it (it also gives you recommendations on how many pumps to use). After detangling, I let it sit on my hair for 10 to 15 minutes then I rinse out with warm water and apply a bit more to cleanse it further.

Verdict– I don’t like it for my hair type, 4c texture. As my hair is coarse and very kinky and coily, it’s prone to tangles so I make sure I detangle properly each wash day. It hasn’t got much slip so I won’t recommend you detangle with a brush like the Tangle Teezer (Thick &Curly Tangle Teezer review) if you use this as your detangling conditioner, learnt the hard way lol.  This Co wash is supposed to replace your detangler, shampoo and conditioner but I found as a detangler I was disappointed with it. As a cleanser its ok and as a conditioner I wasn’t too impressed.

I think it will work great for looser textures/ curl patterns but for me, I prefer the Palmer’s Coconut Co wash (Review), which has a lot more slip and makes the same claims.

Priced at £5.99 on Feel Unique

That’s all for now. Tell me your favourite co washing conditioners so I can check them out!

Also be on the lookout for my massive Birthday Giveaway next week! You wouldn’t want to miss out on that!

I post a lot on Instagram, come join me there if you haven’t already, my birthday giveaway will be opened on there!

As always, with love

Sarah

A to Z of Natural Hair

Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing well! I thought it would be super fun to compile a list of all the well-known terms in the natural hair community and boy do we have a lot! From A-Z, these are some of the well-used terms we like to throw about among ourselves leaving people that don’t know like whatt?? Lol. I also tried to find definitions and videos that explain it in detail! I hope you enjoy (P.S- I am also doing one for beauty)

AApple Cider Vinegar aka ACV. ACV has many benefits for your hair, but probably the most used one in the natural hair world is to use it as a clarifier or to balance pH levels. If you can stand the smell (Guys I tried, I really did, and I just couldn’t), buy from Holland and Barrett for £1.75

BBagging method/ BSL. The Bagging method is when you cover your hair with plastic bags in order to trap heat to allow your conditioner/oil/treatment to penetrate deeper into your hair (also see Greenhouse effect). It’s a good method to use if you do not have a steamer/hood dryer. BSL– Bra Strap Length- a term used to measure the length of your hair. When you get to BSL it simply means your hair is now reaches your bra strap.

CCo washing/ Curly Girl Method.  Co-washing- using a cleansing conditioner to wash your hair instead of a shampoo. This is said to add moisture compared to shampoo stripping the moisture away. Read more about this and see product recommendations in my Cleansing series post. Curly Girl Method– I must admit, I don’t really understand this method nor have I tried it lol but I found a video that can help you.

DDetangling/ Dusting your ends. Detangling- combing/ fingering through your hair with either an oil/conditioner to help ease out shed hair and tangles. Dusting your ends– quick and easy way of trimming our own hair. After putting your hair in twists, you simply trim a bit of the ends

FFinger detangling.  See Detangling. Instead of using a comb/brush, you use your fingers to detangle your hair

G- Greenhouse effect. See Bagging method. Trapping heat on your hair so that it helps the treatments penetrate your hair.

H- Hot oil treatments/ Heat train/damage. Warming oil and applying it on your hair as a treatment. Warming the hot helps it penetrate deeper into your hair. Heat train– watch a video of it below. Heat damage– when you use high heat on your hair for a long period of time usually without a heat protectant, your hair becomes dry, brittle etc and the only way to get rid of it, is to cut it.

 

I- Indian oiling method/ inversion method. Read more of the Indian Oiling method here. See a video on the Inversion method below

K- Kitchen.  The back area of your hair. Hair in the nape area that is usually dry.

L- L.O.C method. The method of moisturising dry hair using a Liquid Oil and Cream. This is very effective for dry/4c hair. There are a number of variations to it L.C.O L.O.C.O, see how to do it below. Dark and Lovely have a whole line to help you take out the guess work, read it here

M- Maximum hydrating method. Another method I haven’t used, fear not watch a video below

N -Nappy hair. BS some people call natural hair lol

O- Oil rinsing. After shampooing, saturating hair with oils before applying conditioner to help retain moisture. Or applying oils after you rinse out the conditioner and lightly washing out the excess.

P- Pre poo treatments/ Protective styling. Pre poo treatments- a treatment before you shampoo to help retain/ protect your hair from hydral fatigue, read more here. Protective styling– a style to protect your hair from the elements or to prevent you from manipulating it too much which could lead to excess breaking/shedding. This can be wigs/braids/ buns etc.

S- Stretching my hair/ Shrinkage. Stretching- after washing, twist/braiding/threading etc your hair in order to elongate it or manipulate your curls so the lay flatter/longer. This prevents shrinkage.

 

Shrinkage– natural hair esp type 4 has the tendency to shrink/ lose length when it gets in contact with water. This is perfectly normal and is doesn’t mean your hair is damaged. a to z of natural hair

 

 

T- Threading. Wrapping thread around your hair in order to stretch it. Wash the demo below

 

U- U part wigs. See Protective Styling. A wig that has a u part style in the front that allows you to leave your hair out. It’s so easy to make, watch a tutorial below

 

W- Wash and Go/ Water washing. Wash and Go- after washing your hair, applying gels or curl defining creams and allowing it to air dry. Water Washing– using water only to wash your hair. See a video on it below!

That’s all for now folks! I missed out some letters because I couldn’t think of a term for it in the NHC. If you can think of any, please help us out! Drop a comment below! I would love to get all the letters!

 

Which of these terms are you guilty of using?