Natural Hair Transition Progress

If you have been reading Fashion and Style Police for a while, you would know all about my natural hair transition (well if you didn’t know, you know now). So this is an update on my natural hair transition progress so far.

My hair has grown a lot longer and thicker since my last natural hair transition update. I am happy with how it looks, my hair has not looked this healthy in ages. My edges are back and they look amazing. I am really happy with the overall look of my hair. I think it is transitioning beautifully, and I am impressed.

 

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For those who wonder how I maintain my natural hair, here is how my monthly routine looks like:

 

Cornrows

I have my hair in cornrows for about a month. I do this because it is easier for me to treat and manage my hair, and I can still wear my wigs when I want, which is the best of both worlds for me. When I have my cornrows on, I moisturise with water and oil from a spray bottle every day and my T444Z Hair Food every other day.

 

Take  Off the Cornrows

Once I take off my cornrows, I deep conditioned my hair with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I leave on for 30 minutes, then I give my hair a very good wash with Shea Mositure Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner.

 

 

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Moisturise

After the wash, I moisturise with water and oil from a spray bottle. I usually mix Olive, Argan or Coconut oil with the water to lock in the hair moisture. I am currently using Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Growth Moisturizer and I find it just ok. I won’t be using it again though because it has a very thick consistency which makes mixing with water a pain in the behind, and I didn’t notice any massive growth increase either.

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I also use my good old African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave-in conditioner every day to lock in even more moisture. I am so in love with this particular product. I think it is so effective.

 

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I usually have my natural hair loose for about 2 weeks before getting the cornrows done again. That time gives my hair some breathing space and the natural hair routine seems to be working fine.

I am yet to do the big/small chop and I doubt it will ever get done because my relaxed ends seem to be turning natural already. I will give it a few more months and see if I need to have a chop of any sort at all.

 

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What do you think of my natural hair transition progress?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Stop your Hair from Thinning Out

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Has your hair lost volume? Is your hair thinning out? Thinning hair has been a great problem for women. As the hair thins down, your hair becomes brittle, it breaks and eventually falls out. There are a lot of factors that cause the hair to thin out. Stress, poor diet, harsh chemical hair products are among some of the main reasons and sometimes it can also be genetic.
Your hair can improve considerably if you change your hair care routine. Here are some hair care tips you may find useful:
1.    Save your hair from tension
Excessive tugging on your hair while brushing or tying your hair up in a tight ponytail or bun can cause a lot of tension to your hair. You also cause tension to your hair each time you use a comb and a hair dryer when trying to straighten your hair. This causes the hair follicles to get damaged.
Practise brushing your hair gently and try not to comb your hair as often. I know this may sound crazy but to retain some hair length, especially for the natural afro hair, you need to not comb as often.

Instead of making hairstyles that will require you to keep your hair tightly together, choose looser hairstyles. Instead of having to comb everyday, have your hair in a protective style so you don’t have to comb as much.
2.    Cut back on using heated styling tools to style your hair
Subjecting your hair to intense heat can weaken the hair and cause it to break easily. I stay away from heated styling tools completely. They are great for hair extensions but not for my hair. I air dry my hair 99% of the time. If at all you have to use them, make sure you apply a heat protectant to help conserve moisture in your hair.
3.    Condition you hair regularly
When your hair is dehydrated, the strands grow thinner. Conditioning will help restore moisture into your hair. The amino acids found in hair conditioners help to prevent your hair from further damage. Go for lightweight conditioners because ultra-softening conditioners tend to be heavy for the hair. Opt for conditioners that contain panthenol and glycerin as they help to moisturize and thicken the hair.
4.    Give your scalp a good massage
Massaging your scalp promotes blood circulation which stimulates hair growth. You can use natural oils like sesame oil to massage your scalp before shampooing. Another name for this exercise is “Pre-Poo”. Or each time you shampoo your hair, give your scalp a good massage before rinsing the shampoo out.
5.    Eat a healthy diet
The hair derives nutrients from the body. A deficiency in hair-friendly food can cause your hair to thin down. So eat foods rich in the B vitamins, folic acid and iron. Include leafy green vegetables, eggs, beans, carrots and nuts into your diet and your hair may start to thank you for it.
6.    Take time off to relax
Stress affects everything so I wasn’t surprise to learn it also affects our hair follicles, which make them stop producing. Taking time off to unwind is essential to our wellbeing.

 

Are you struggling with your hair thinning out?

Product Review: Shea Moisture Hair Products Range

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I have written about my transition to natural hair a few times now and I have mentioned a few hair products I have been using. Well, I have a few more products to tell you about. Say hello to the Shea Moisture Hair Products Range.

I have used these products for a few weeks now, and I am definitely going to buy all 4 of them again. They are the TRUTH and that is a fact!

Here is all you need to know about each product –

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo £10.99

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Here is what the brand has to say about this Moisture Retention Shampoo:

This hydrating gentle moisturizing shampoo offers gentle cleansing for your hair and promotes scalp health without stripping your hair off natural oils. Keeping a clean and healthy scalp is key to growing long, strong and healthy hair! The unique blend of raw organic Shea Butter with Sea Kelp and Argan Oil aids in moisture retention and softens and smoothens damaged, coarse and brittle hair.

SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo is a clarifying hair care treatment specially designed to gently cleanse and remove product build-up. It hydrates hair from deep within, so your dry, brittle and coarse tresses become smooth, frizz-free, and enviously bouncy.

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It is a sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo.
  2. It smells amazing.
  3. It cleanses the hair throughly without stripping the hair off its natural oils.
  4. My hair feels very soft and moisturised after each use.
  5. I get amazing curls after using this shampoo and air drying my hair.

 

CONS

None. This is the best shampoo I have ever used.

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner £10.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Restorative Conditioner:

This conditioner is perfection in a bottle. Its unique formula is made with raw Shea Butter that deeply penetrates while restoring dry scalp and hair. It has Sea Kelp for mineral-rich nutrition that seals and smoothes hair cuticles, while Argan Oil restores shine and helps promote hair elasticity. The result is a deep conditioning hair care treatment that helps restore health and shine to over-processed hair, to ensure your strands are soft, shiny, moisturized and resilient.

This Restorative Hair Care formula is completely sulfate-free, parabens-free, and coluor-safe. Use it as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner that detangles, moisturizes, repairs and restores lifeless, damaged hair.

 

I use this straight after using the shampoo, and I leave it on for about 20 minutes

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. My hair feels super soft, shiny and moisturised after each use.
  2. It is sulfate free, parabens-free and colour safe conditioner.
  3. I love the thick creamy texture.
  4. It is a leave-in and a rinse out conditioner at the same time.

CONS

None. I am sold on this conditioner!

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Masque Treatment £12.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque:

This deep nourishing treatment masque is enriched with the goodness of Argan Oil – touted for its high concentrations of vitamins A and E that help strengthen and smoothen hair naturally, as well as Sea Kelp extract, which is a humectant that helps your hair retain moisture. These ingredients come together to make an all-natural deep treatment masque that does wonders to smoothen, soften and strengthen chemically treated hair, perfect for transitioning it to healthy natural hair.

The certified organic raw Shea butter in this hair masque deeply penetrates the root and shaft of damaged hair to deliver the moisture and slip your curls need without weighing it down. For best results, use it in combination with SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.

I prepoo my dry hair with this Deep Treatment Masque, leaving it on for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing out.

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It smells great, just like the rest of the products in the range.
  2. It detangles my hair.
  3. It leaves my feeling soft and moisturised.
  4. My hair looks healthy and shiny with no breakage.

CONS

None. I wonder why I need thought of deep conditioning my hair all these years. This is definitely a great hair product.

 

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment £12.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment:

SheaMoisture’s Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment is fortified with Jamaican Black Castor Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids. Certified organic Shea Butter provides deep, nourishing moisturization to dry, damaged hair while natural ingredients like peppermint invigorate the scalp and promote hair growth.

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment is a gentle styling aid which protects, nourishes and strengthens damaged, processed hair. This nourishing edge gel provides a gentle hold and transforms your hair into shining, envious curls!

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It nourishes and tames my edges.
  2. It has an amazing creamy/silky texture.
  3. It smells great.
  4. It makes my natural hair easier to manage.
  5. It leaves me with smooth, frizz-free curls!

CONS

None. It is fab hair product to have.

 

I recommend all 4 products 100%. They are great for natural hair and for transitioning to natural hair. I can’t be without them now that I know how good they are. And another fab thing about these products is the fact that they are easy to purchase from Shea Butter’s website, Boots, All Beauty, Superdrug and many more.

I will be sharing a photo of my hair growth soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Have you used any of these products? Wha are your thoughts?