I have been a little off about posting the different articles I have contributed to Global Couture. If you haven’t already visited the site then you really should! It is a wonderful source of information and inspiration!
I just wanted to share some of the previous articles along with the links to them.
Preparing your Natural Hair for Bleach
Being Natural With Nay-saying Family Members
7 Steps to Help Determine the Right Products for your Natural Hair
Methods to Cutting your Natural Hair at Home
Develping a Hair Routine or Chasing Hair Envy
Taking Care of Natural Hair on a Tight Budget
I would love to hear what you think if you read any of them.
So, the article might be ever so slightly bias (seeing as I am obsessed with Do It Yourself mixes) but I did want to share my passion for DIY’s and perhaps encourage someone else to give it a whirl. I have come across a few people that have stated reasons why they “dislike” DIY’s (I am trying not to give the side-eye while thinking someone could actually dislike them LOL) so to counter-claim I wrote about: “7 Reasons to start making DIY Hair Care Products & How“.
Yup, I also saw the latest “fashion trend….mini buns”…!!! Okay I don’t want to go off and start a big ‘what is wrong with people’ post simply because I tend to get a little to annoyed and can go on and on. I did address the fashion post what WAS on Mane Addicts website (but has since been removed).
Like I said, I really don’t want to go off again so I have provided a link to my article here. I have said my piece on the matter but I am pretty sure it won’t be the last time I will address a situation like that again, as I said in my article I am not a pessimist I simply am a realist.
I wrote a new article for Global Couture that I think a few of us might have/are/will go through as a naturalista: Hand In Hair Syndrome (HIH).
Hand In Hair syndrome and how to try to combat it
In case the term is new to you all it basically means it that you “suffer” from constantly touching your hair – your hands are constantly in and and around your hair.
During my hair journey I was always touching my hair, wanting to feel my natural texture and play with my curls. Admittedly I will sometimes still play with my hair whenever I am really digging a style. In case you “suffer” from a bad case of HIH, I provide a few potential consequences of the syndrome as well as a few solutions to try and stop touching your hair in the article: “Hand In Hair syndrome and how to try to combat it”.’
Do you “suffer” from HIH? What steps do you take to try and stop touching your hair throughout the day?
Some of you might be aware that I am a fan of Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ) since going back natural. I have been known to “borrow” some Aloe Vera from my mum who has a few plants in her garden and I ended up buying my own after pillaging her supplies.
Why you should add Aloe Vera Juice to your routine
The article highlights some of reasons why you might want to try using AVJ in your routine be it store bought or directly from the plant (which is my favorite method) as well as suggestions of how you can include it into your routine. So if you are 50/50 about using AVJ maybe a little gander at the article might convince you to give it a go.
Do you use AVJ? If so how? I would love to hear from you!
Now I know what you are thinking, “wait a minute don’t you always say you are not a hair guru”… I am not. However, I am not talking about becoming a styling professional or hair “artist”. The article is more about how to become more comfortable with styling your own hair.
For some of us going back natural and having healthy hair also means having control of our hair in terms of styling it by ourselves. For many years hair stylists, hair dressers, mums, aunts, cousins, friends etc. might have been our go to person in terms of getting our hair done. So it can be a little intimidating to finally start to style our own hair.
The article was written to help encourage new naturals, those considering going back natural or even those who already are natural about how to overcome that initial hesitation of self-styling.
Click on the link at the top of the post to read the full article on Global Couture!
The battle of “Good” versus “Bad” hair is a “controversial” topic. Personal choices and preferences are something we all have and are entitled to. We can, do not and should not find all the exact same things attractive. Can you imagine if we did?! (The mayhem of fighting over partners that WE ALL find attractive…at the same time LOL)! Seriously…scary!
When it comes to hair, some of us like volume, others like it “tame”, some of us like like long hair, others prefer short, some of us like light hair others prefer dark…you get the picture. However, when it comes to “categorizing” something as “good” or “bad” – that is a whole different game in my opinion.
I have previously mentioned that this topic and the classification of “curl types” gives me an allergic reaction, especially when it is used to put someone down! I find ALL curls beautiful, I do not care how tight or loose your curls might be, what color your hair is or how long or short it might be. HEALTHY HAIR is what people should focus, obsess and strive for – regardless of whether you have a TWA or hip length hair.
Have you ever been in a situation where someone made comments about “good” or “bad” hair?
Why is moisture retention important for natural hair
As naturals, I think we all know that natural hair is “drier” by nature, compared to other “hair textures” and therefore it is vital that we maintain a level of moisture in our hair.
“Why Moisture Retention is Important for Natural Hair“ explains why it is important to not only apply moisture to the hair but retain moisture as well. I also wanted to give a very brief explanation of the potential consequences if we are unable to retain sufficient moisture levels in our hair.
If you are not plagued by SSK’s (lucky!) or are newly natural and not sure what I am talking about then let me explain: they are teeny tiny knots formed by our natural hair curling up on itself as it grows and which results in a knot! Sounds insane right? But it happens (believe you me!) The knots are also referred to as fairy knots – because they are so tiny that “fairies” must have made them.
In my article I explain the different ways in which they can be formed as well as some steps you can take to help keep the numbers down. Now, I am not saying theses are 7 ways to avoid SSK’s completely because in my experience it is close to impossible to get rid of them without cutting your hair off and chances are as you hair regrows they will return (dumdumdum) 😛 But there steps you can take to help keep them under control.
One things I will say is that as my hair has grown I have noticed more SSK’s and if I do a Wash-n-go I get more! If I don’t detangle my hair properly there they are, if I constantly wear my hair out….you guessed it…there they are!
Hopefully the article will help you get a better understanding about SSK’s, why they develop and how you can try tame them.
Do you have SSK’s? If so, what steps do you take to keep them under control? I would love to hear from you!
The article is about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), its properties, benefits and uses. For some of you ACV might already be part of your routine to cleanse your hair, while others use it as a final rinse to close your cuticles but did you know you can actually also make a few homemade recipes using ACV? Visit the blog and check out my article for more details!
Benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair
Personally, I use it as a cleanser for my hair on a weekly basis which you can read on my blog here. I have also used it diluted with water to make a face toner but I must say my Rosewater toner (I have a video about it) is to die for…that smell :D.
Do you use ACV? If so in what way? I would love to hear from you!