Hygral Fatigue

 

It is known that natural hair can be dry, and moisture is the main and important thing we naturals strive to achieve and master. While in the moisture game, one can overdo it which can lead to Hygral Fatigue.

 

What is Hygral Fatigue?

It is when the hair shaft swells excessively in the presence of water. This cause the cuticle of the hair to lift which can change the uniformity of that layer and lead to splits in the hair shaft during the drying.

 

Causes of Hygral Fatigue:

  • Over moisturizing from constant overnight deep conditioning and or baggy method.
  • Not enough protein and moisture balance
  • Re-wetting your hair.

How to prevent Hygral Fatigue:

  • Incorporate a well-balanced protein and moisture hair care regimen,
  • Too much of a good thing can de damaging, so limit your baggy methods.

When doing pre-poo use penetrating oils like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. Once in a while use ACV rinses to balance the hairs pH. Remember, that while doing the protein treatments to correct Hygral Fatigue one must not overdo it and end up with protein overload.

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Signs of Hygral Fatigue:

  • Hair breakage because of the weakened strands,
  • The feeling of mushy, and limp hair,
  • Low elasticity.

 

Have you suffered from Hygral Fatigue? And, what did you do to correct it?

 

 

Hair Challenge results

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Hi Hair lovers!!!

 

In April I wrote a post about me starting a hair challenge, it started in May and ended in August so to say. On the challenge I had to do inversion methods for seven consecutive days per month, exercise and take biotin for those three months. I started off with the following lengths;

My starting length:

Front: 4.5″

Left side: 5″

Left back: 5″

Right side: 4.5″

Right back: 5″

My end length after the challenge:

Front: 7″

Left side: 6.5″

Left back: 6.5″

Right side: 6.5″

Right back: 7″

I started quite well with much enthusiasm, but by the beginning of the second month I took a great deep, I had stressful situations which made taking care of my hair a mission. What I have noticed is that thoughout the stress I went through I had little to no breakage which I am very happy for.

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As y’all can notice from the length checks I have very uneven hair growth, which is surprising because I used to have fast hair growth on my left compared to my right side.

My take on hair challenges:

  • Is that never enter a challange until you are mentally and physically ready;
  • inversion methods are not for everyone, I could do it for two days maximum but the rest of the days, I will have thousand excuses why I cannot do it;
  • eating healthy was never an issue for me, I managed to eat healthy most of the time;
  • Excercising! well what can I say, its something I really need to work hard at.
  • Will I do it again, for sure but excluding the inversion method.

 

Have you participated in any hair challenge what was the results?

Love

Lebogang

Product review – Afri-berry JBCO

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Hi hair lovers!!!

 

I am back again with another product review from one our local products, Afri-berry Jamaican Black Castor Oil. The products are proudly South African, and are inspired by a beautiful lady Relebohile Moeng you can read her story here. Afri-berry products ranges from hair care to skin care please view their website here.

 

I was intrigued to try out their by the testimonies I saw on their website, I started using the Afri-berry JBCO on the 13th of June this year. This September will be my 3rd month using this amazing products. It all started when I started the 3 months hair challenge, which I will give you the results later. My edges where severely damaged to a point that I didn’t think anything can solve them.

Product details:

When used regularly, your hair will become thicker, with more body and natural shine. It’s also great to use on your skin to hydrate and nourish it to a youthful glow. A convenient 50 ml bottle makes it easy to simply pop Afri-Berry Jamaican Black Castor oil in your bag and take it along wherever you go.

Ingredients

Cold pressed Jamaican Black castor oil, pimento oil, shea butter, rosemary extract, organic saponified oils of coconut, olive oil, jojoba oil, cow placenta extract

The cow placenta powder is the active ingredient.  This is a breakthrough discovery that Afri-Berry has made and researched together with the ARC, and the patent currently lies with Afri-Berry.

The hormones and cytokines in a cow’s placenta promote hair growth not only by elongating the hair shaft but also by increasing the number of hair follicles; cow placenta is an affordable and natural alternative to minoxidile, which is widely used by hair experts for baldness.

No cows are harmed during this process – the placenta is retrieved when a baby cow is born, and instead of disposing of the placenta, it is used to make this amazing extract that helps to treat hair loss.

  • Excellent for stimulating hair growth
  • An amazing leave-in treatment for rejuvenating your hair
  • Thickens hair naturally, for a fuller thicker head of glossy lustre
  • Protects your hair from damage and repairs it too
  • Seals moisture in your hair
  • It even detoxes your hair from all the chemical treatments you have used
  • Also a great nourisher for your skin
  • Use it to condition your eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Cold pressed oil that penetrates 90% overnight

 

How I use the oil:

I massage the oil on the affected area two times a day, I first moisturise and then pump a small amount of oil on my finger and massage my hairline.

Below is the picture of my before and 2 months while using this amazing product.B & A

I am very happy of my progress, and I cannot wait to have a full head of hair.

 

Which product are you using to heal your hairline?

Love Lebogang

 

Product review -BioLife Biotin

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Hi hair lovers!!!

 

On the 1st of May I started my growth challenge, which includes using bioting as my growth aid. Biotin has many benefits like growing your hair thick and also helps with your metabolism.

The product advises that you must take 1 capsule per day after a meal. I did according to the directions for the whole of May. In June I upped my dosage to 2 capsules per day, which was not bad for my skin unless if I forget to stick to my 2 -3lts of water a day.

Product details:

  • Hair: Promotes hair growth, keeps hair strong & healthy, prevents breakage.
  • Nails: Strengthens brittle nails.
  • Skin: Relieves rashes & dermatitis.
  • Metabolism: Helps the body to process fats, carbohydrates & protein. Supports healthy, sustainable weight management.
  • Blood sugar: Helps to keep glucose levels steady, preventing blood sugar spikes.
  • Energy: Alleviates lethargy and mild depression.

BioLife Biotin is preservative-free and suitable for vegans.

Directions

  • Take 1 capsule daily or as directed by a health care professional.
  • Store below 25°C.

Warnings

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding moms should consult a medical professional before taking this supplement.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

Ingredients

Biotin 5mg (5000mcg)

 

Pros:

  • Thicker hair, my hair is now thick which is a bonus for me as I used to relay mainly on henna for this volomous look,
  • Less breakage,
  • My nails are much stronger now

 

Cons:

  • Breakouts when not consuming enough water.
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I will continue to take the biotin capsule until the last day of my challenge, I don’t think I can take pills for the rest of my life. I will have to continue incorporating healthy meals and an exercise regime.

June hair product stash

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Hi hair lovers!!

For the month of May I had little to no new products bought, as I was practicing my mixtress skills. In May I concentrated mostly on DIY masks and the bought products I used I was trying my best to finish them.

As y’all know that my hair challenge started in the month of May you can read all about it here. Since the beginning of my challenge I have been trying my best to follow through on my monthly steps which is a post for another day.

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For this month I wanted to concentrate more on deep condition using store bought products because I am a lazy natural, and that mixtressing can become a bit hectic if you are running short of time.

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 I also had to restock on my biotin, this time I bought enough to last me for the remaining months of the challenge.

Which products have you bought lately?

Rice water rinses

 

Hi hair lovers!!!

Rice water is an ancient hair care routine which is practiced by the Yao women from Huangluo Village, in Guangxi Province, in southern China. The Yao women are known for their long, thick and black hair. Their long hair is the results of fermented rice water and has been their secret to beautiful hair for the village women and imperial princesses in the East since ancient times.

Fermented rice water is rice water that has gone slightly sour. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamin E, and traces of pitera, a substance produced during the fermentation process. These nutrients in the rice water help to heal scars and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and inflammation, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.

Washing the hair with fermented rice water brings more than just the shine to your hair. It makes hair soft, strong, and healthy. The Yao women believe that the fermented rice water helps to keep their hair black up past the age of 80.

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I first saw this rice water on Discovering Natural‘s youtube channel, where she shows step by step process on how to do the rice water.

 

Process:

  • Rinse the rice to remove any impurities;
  • boil the rise;
  • pour the rice water into a container and seal;
  • let it sit for 24-48 hours for fermentation process;
  • boil the rice water to stop it from fermenting;
  • dilute with water;
  • add 5 drops of lavender, and rosemary oil

I use the rice water as a final rice after rinsing out my DC. It serves two purposes for me a strengthening rinse and lock to lock in the moisture in my cuticles as I need to thoroughly rinse the rice water with cold water. What I have noticed is that my hair is much stronger, shinier and softer. I am planning on using the rice water for the remainder of my hair challenge.

 

 

 

Hair Update

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Hi hair lovers!!!

 

As y’all know on the 1st of this month I started my hair challenge to grow thicker and longer hair. I have noticed some minor break outs with the biotin I have been using. To remedy that I drink lots and lots of water. My exercise routine is another thing, I have been quite lazy this past week. I have noticed that my hair line is growing finally, yay!

 

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Before I forget I can now put my hair in a ponytail (or rather oxtail), lol, but its really something to celebrate. That’s a nice birthday present, oh yes tomorrow is my day.

Love

NKM

3 Month hair challenge

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Hi Hair Lovers!!!

Today’s post is about me starting a 3 month hair challenge to try to grow 3 inches of hair, yes 3 inches there’s no harm in pushing the limits. The challenge will start on 1 May 2016 and ends 1 August 2016.

 

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During these 90 days I will do the following:

  • Inversion method once a month for 7 days
  • Massage my scalp with my oil mix
  • Exercise 3 – 4 times a week
  • Take Biotin 5000 mcg
  • Eat healthy meals

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I will be taking these supplements for the entire hair challenge. I will have to up my water intake since most people complain of breakouts while using biotin. I will also do a monthly check-in.

My starting length:

Front: 4.5″

Left side: 5″

Left back: 5″

Right side: 4.5″

Right back: 5″

 

What other challenges have you tried?

Love

NKM

Deep conditioning hacks

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Hi hair lovers!!!

What can you do for your deep conditioner to work effectively? It is believed that 4c natural hair needs heat when doing your deep conditioning sessions. If you do not have a hooded dryer or any heating equipment, what do you do?

I have two deep conditioning hacks I do to maximise my wash day experience:

  1. I deep condition and place a plastic cap and a beanie and hop on my treadmill for 30 – 45 minutes, two tasks done at once;
  2. If I need to go to town and I cannot wait until I finish with my hair, I put on a hat and do my shopping while the conditioner is doing its work under the hat.

Love

NKM

What are your deep conditioning hacks you follow to maximise your wash day experience?

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LIEBSTER AWARD

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Hi hair lovers!!!

 

My blog was nominated for the Liebster award by aatigogo of mythinkout. Thank you aatigogo who is constantly thinking out what to intrigue her readers with, a novelist in the making.

 

So now I’m supposed to:

  • Thank my nominator
  • Share the award on my blog
  • Answer the 10 questions asked of me
  • Ask 10 questions of 10 new nominees
  • Notify them

Why did you decide to blog?

I wanted to keep track of my hair progress and try to help others who might be in the same milestone as me.

Who is your biggest blog fan?

Myself, I think you must first enjoy what you do before you convince others.

What is your favorite blog to read (besides your own)?

Its really a hard question to answer since each blogger is unique in his/her own way.

What is your favorite movie?

Don’t have I don’t watch movies

Who is your favorite author?

Moses and Paul they wrote the bible.

If you could travel anywhere ,where could it be?

Dubai, I want to see all the marvelous buildings they have.

When was the last time you laughed so hard that tears begin to come out of your eyes?

Today, my 9 year old is born to be a comedian.

Who inspire you the most?

My kids

What are the two most things in your life What is your goal for your blog in 2016?

Happiness, and peace. My blog goal is to be able to write things which the readers will enjoy and keep coming for more, lol.

 

Next I nominate:

Lungi of ByLungi

Lebo of J2BH

Nekisha of Black Zulu

Atim Mercy of Atim’s thoughts

Nonikiwe of nonimash

Ayanda of Ayeldan

Nidia of SA Curly Girl

 

The following are my questions to you

  • What inspired the name of your blog?
  • What is your best post in your blog?
  • What is your favorite blog to read (besides your own)?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • If you could travel anywhere ,where could it be?
  • What are your best skills?
  • Which do you like most vlogging or blogging?
  • If you were stranded on a desert what can you not go without?
  • What is your goal for your blog in 2016?