Hair Care Mizani

Hey!

So I was washing my hair when I realised it was time for a hair post. I’ve come one month past the one year mark and my hair is like this:

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(Excuse the lack of makeup and it’s not dirt but drops of water still in my hair)

I would love to have the amazing speed of growth that you see from some others on Instagram – Waist length in three years? Waaa?! But everyone is different. I have very thick tight coils (4c but really tight at the back and stretched or 4b at the front I don’t know why, hence why it stands taller/ seems longer)…real good African hair! and it seems like it has been growing slowly recently and breaking so I was getting worried.  I decided to revisit the hair care tips I had found in books and on Youtube and lo’ and behold, I wasn’t doing them properly.

Although I said I would, I haven’t been following Ms Kimmay from KimmayTube’s wash routine correctly. It’s always easier to be lazy and cut corners but then you wonder “why hasn’t my hair grown?!”. Ah…children.

So, I decided to give it another go and this time follow her routine to the T. And at the same time use my new haul of Mizani products. I found that the Paul Mitchell products I was using were nice (and expensive) but didn’t leave my hair feeling soft or detangled and the Karen’s Body organic products I had used before that, made my hair feel too squeaky clean. Well, after a few weeks of using Mizani, I have to say that “I’m Lovin’ It!”

My hair feels soft and detangled yet strong. It doesn’t break in my hand if I pulled it taut when dry and the products smell so nice. I also bought the cream curl wash to use to do co-washes mid-week when needs be and this also leaves my hair feeling soft and bouncy.

When I decided to watch Ms Kimmay’s videos again and follow her method to the letter, I have to say it really worked for me. Recently, I’ve ben getting a lot of breakage whilst washing but this method (when followed correctly) really reduced that – I think it is the downward smoothing motion that is helping. Also leaving my hair to dry in the twists, gave my hair a lot of volume and stretch it out a bit so my curls became much more defined and my afro, a lot bigger.

I also need to take care of my hair a bit more at bed time by twisting it, before wrapping it in a scarf. Thinking that just sleeping with my uncovered head on a silk pillow case will be fine because it is silk, hasn’t been cutting it.

I’ll keep doing this routine and keep posted with my progress. Let’s hope it becomes second nature!

xXx

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Hair Mystery Solved!

So I found out what was going on with my hair!!!

I have fairy knots or technically single stranded knots (SSKs). They are tiny knots that form on a single strand when the curl folds on itself. The best way to prevent them is to detangle regularly and use a conditioner or product that gives slippage to the strands allowing them to slide past each other rather than tangle together.

Unfortunately I had a bit too many and I had to get a trim but I can run my finger through my curls now and there is much less breakage than before so the trim was needed. Now the rest of my hair can grow without being pulled out.

I was finding that my conditioner wasn’t of much use during my de-tangling stage before until I randomly used my mum’s product: Luster’s S-Curl Activator.

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This products gives great ‘slippage’ so I use it to de-tangle my hair. My curls don’t tangle and I can easily manipulate it with my fingers.

Hopefully this will be a great first step to having and growing healthy long hair!

xXx

Curly Wurly

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My hair is doing something funny.

I’m not sure what it is but the ends are starting to really curl and knot together.

It is good just after I detangle but I am not sure if it’s my hair breaking or if it’s maybe a product I’m using. I have found that I have to use a scarf because my hair still tangles if I just sleep on a silk pillowcase only (after spending all that money on them so that I could just fall into bed *sigh*) .

I don’t know what to do. Try a new product? Cut it off?

Noooo!

It’s been 9 months, I think it’s time for a trim!

Anyone know what’s going on??

xXx

Hair Woes

Hey! It’s been a little while. I took a trip to The Netherlands last week so I haven’t posted anything for a while but hopefully there will be regular posts to come.

Autumn/Winter season is coming and it is getting cold already. I’m glad it was still sunny on my trip otherwise I would have been miserable. A sad mood to match my sad hair.

Ahhh my hair…I have been struggling.

I have no idea what to do with it in this in-between stage and it’s so annoying!

I don’t want to cut it again or colour it and I can only just about put a hairband in it. I don’t want to put braids in and I was going to wait until winter to wear a wig but I may have to do that sooner.

I have been scouring the internet and YouTube for different styles and seem to revert back to a patted down Afro everyday. Do you find that it always seems as though other people are able to get the looks you would love but it never quite works on you? *sigh*

I want to grow my hair as long , thick and luscious as possible and I have been looking to those who have already passed the way before me for help – namely the YouTube Naturalistas.

I have been using this method to wash my hair as developed by Kimmay from KimmayTube and her Luvnaturals brand.

De-tangle:

Wash:

Condition:

Leave-in  Condition and moisturise:

It takes quite a bit of time – especially the de-tangling part – but if this lady, who has the long hair that I would like to achieve, is doing it, I guess I gotta do it.

I really can’t wait for it to grow so I can play with it again! There are so many styles I want to do and my inner fashionista is missing it! The creativity of styling also extends to your hair – it’s all part of the look!- but I want to do it in a healthy and natural way so I guess this period is a sacrifice I have got to make in order to get there.

Hopefully, I see the results sooner than later!

Any short hair style tips?

xXx

My Hair, Do Care

So I couldn’t do it.

I will be going on holiday soon and as I am at a loss as to what to do with my hair I have failed my “No braids” challenge and succumbed to the plaits.

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Blonde for Summer!!

I do however, intend to keep them in for a short time as possible so that it doesn’t cause too much tension and my sides don’t start to pull out again. If I see a white tip, it is coming out!

Braiding my hair this time around, I decided to speak up. I usually feel bad in telling a hairdresser what to do because they should know best and in the past due to my lack of courage my hair has suffered and I have gone home frustrated and annoyed. I have since learnt and accepted that there is no problem in doing this – at the end of the day it’s YOUR hair. You are the one who is going to have to deal with a bald patch if you don’t tell them what to do, where to be careful and where to help you out.

I firstly told the hairdresser to not do the front too tightly because I didn’t want it to pull too much and I also had to tell her exactly how I wanted my hair combed – from tip to root (it loosens the curls at the tips first before a comb through so reduces damage) – because what she was doing to de-tangle my curls was literally tearing my curls apart (I could hear it! I’m sure that I will have a few split ends and breakages by the time I take my braids out *sigh*). I’m on a mission to get healthy, long natural hair and no hairdresser is going to ruin that anymore. I won’t allow it. Fortunately, she was very nice and took my requests on board (someone who doesn’t is not worth going back to).

One book I’ve read and love is: The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy

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It’s like a cool text-book all about Afro hair without being boring. It covers understanding it, what it needs, how you should handle it etc. Curly hair is much more brittle than straight hair and Afro hair even more so. It’s useful to know how it works and what it needs and this book tells you all that. It even helps you to build a hair care regimen to use to grow your hair nice and strong!

I recommend you visit the website as well as quite a lot of the information is on there but the book is useful to have on wash days…can’t take a laptop into the shower! (or a book really but you can put it near by!)