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The Truth About Nappy Hair

The truth about nappy hair is that it is A LOT of hardwork maintaining it, but so worth it in the end. Growing up, my hair was natural and I hated it! It was hard coarse, thick, long and annoying. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just ignored it. There were no blogs to read or vlogs to watch, to educate us on what to with our kinky hair. And there was hardly anyone around me with a natural hair too.

I cut my hair very short a number of times whilst growing up. It was easier to manage the nappy hair once it was short.

 

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Some of the lucky ones are blessed with soft manageable hair, like my daughter. Her hair is so beautiful. It is soft and curly, and a lot more easier to manage than mine. People like me with the very coarse hair have to struggle to manage our natural hair, and when we can struggle no more, we texturise the damn thing! Back in the day, texturizing/relaxing the hair was the only way to manage it. If only I knew then what I know now, I would have kept my hair free of chemicals.

My hair has been chemical free for over 2 years now; the struggle has been real, but I won’t have it any other way. The reason I decided to stop using relaxers/texturisers on my hair was because my hair became extremely unhealthy and I needed to bring it back to life.

I like the way my hair is looking now, there is no more hair breakage and my hair is the healthiest I have seen in ages, but it comes with a lot of work.

The hair products I use can be expensive and my hair routine can be exhausting sometimes but I try to keep it simple. I have reviewed most of the hair products I use, so have a look at the review posts if you missed any of them.

If you are contemplating going your hair natural, I would advise you to go for. It is the best thing I ever did for my hair, and I am 99% certain you won’t regret it as long as you are happy and ready to put in the work. If you are not ready to dedicate the time and money, wait until you can.

Another thing I have noticed about the natural afro hair community is that it seems to be the norm to have a big chop. I didn’t have a big chop because I didn’t want the crop hair look and my nappy hair grew out just fine. It did take a while to fully transition but I got there in the end, so please don’t think you must have the big chop.

Are you rocking the nappy hair? How are you finding it? Please share your tips or secrets Β in the comments section.

 

 

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How to Manage Natural Afro Hair

I have been keeping my natural hair for almost 2 years now, and the journey has been like a roller coaster ride. Some days, I get so sick and tired of the high maintenance nature of my natural afro hair, I feel like relaxing it. But then, I stop and remember why I decided to keep my hair natural, and that keeps me going.

 

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If you have been following my natural hair journey, you would know all about how unhealthy my hair was, which was the reason why I decided to keep my hair natural, free from chemicals.

My hair is now very healthy, and it is growing like weed, but it is so difficult to manage. Which is why I wear it in protective styles most times, and pop a wig on, which helps it grow.

 

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I have learnt many tricks and tips when it comes to managing my natural hair. I have a very coarse hair texture, so it is extremely difficult to manage my hair, but what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few tips that work for my hair and may work for yours –

 

Moisturise everyday

I moisturise my hair everyday with water and Almond Oil in a spray bottle. I have a very dry scalp, and my hair tends to lose moisture very quickly, so using just water does not help. The Almond Oil helps soften my hair and retain moisture, which is great for my scalp and growth of my hair.

 

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Use a Deep Conditioner once a month

I use a deep conditioner once a month. This helps strengthen my hair, and leaves it shinning.

Use a Leave-in Conditioner

I use a Leave-in Conditioner everyday I have my afro out and twice a week when I have it in a protective style. It softens my hair, making it easy to manage, and it also helps in the growth.

 

 

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Wash every week

I wash my hair every week with Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I make sure I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes before washing it out, which helps to soften my hair.

 

Wear my hair in protective styles to sleep

I never go to bed without putting my hair in a protective style, making sure to tuck in the tips.

 

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These tips have helped me in the pursuit of the Solange fro.

Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you to share? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

 

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:

 

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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.

 

TakeΒ  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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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