Monday, 24 October 2016
Hello loves, I am back with a relaxer update. I know it’s been a while since I last blogged and I can attribute this to a combination of trying to juggle everything all at the same time, anyway I am going to be consistent with posts from here on out.
I really want to encourage everyone who still wants to qualify to win in the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge to send in their before and after pictures to get a chance to win the fabulous prize. To win please send your pictures to email@example.com It would be also nice if you can share details of your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge and any other information you would like. To find out more on how you can qualify to win please refer to this link.
Now let us get into the relaxer update. I started off my relaxer day prep the night before I was to get my hair relaxed. I used my Wura’s Secret Detangler to go through all of my new growth as well as my entire hair, making sure I detangled in sections. I had to pay particular attention to the roots of my hair because that was where I had the most tangles. I spent a total of one and a half hours detangling my hair. When I was done I applied some V05 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Moisturising Conditioner throughout my entire hair and sealed with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I then put my hair in about 5 twists.
I got my hair texlaxed on 21st October, 2016, at this point I was exactly 13 weeks post relaxer. I found my hair to be quite manageable during this stretch and I think something which helped was wearing my hair in two braids for about a week as a protective style towards the end of my stretch. I used the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer in Regular Strength to texlax my hair. I find that this relaxer is milder on my hair than the ORS one so I have decided to use it or the ORS one depending on which is available to me.
I got my hair texlaxed at the Savvy and Chic salon owned by Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow. If you are yet to check out her salon please be sure to, as they do an awesome texlax.
The stylist before applying any relaxer on my hair put some oil around the perimeter of my head. Then she divided my hair into two sections and applied the relaxer to my new growth. I asked her to put the relaxer on my edges last so that they would not be too over processed. I had the relaxer in my hair for a total of 30 minutes and this got my hair texlaxed. Now the reason why the relaxer was left on my hair for an extra 15 minutes, as the standard texlax time is 15 minutes is because my hair is very coarse, low porosity and does not take too easily to relaxers. The Stylist thereafter applied conditioner to the ends of my hair to prevent relaxer run-off when my hair was being washed.
The relaxer was then rinsed off with water and then my hair was washed twice with the Crème of Nature Neutralizing shampoo. I used a mixture of the Crème of Nature conditioner that came with the relaxer, Wura’s Secret Conditioner and ORS Replenishing Conditioner to deep condition my hair, I went underneath the steamer for a total of 10 minutes.
After the deep conditioner was rinsed off, she sprayed my hair with some detangler I forget the name and proceeded to detangle my hair. She then applied some Hawaiian Silky Moisturiser and ORS Serum to my hair and blow dried my hair straight with a brush in like a brush chase method.
Then she sealed my hair with some Savvy & Chic Shea Butter. She also applied my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp. See the results below:
She did a slight trim of my ends to get rid of some scraggly ends. However I have observed that as more of my hair is texlaxed, the weaker the relaxed ends look so I might cut them all off later but until then I am going to continue babying my ends. I have been thinking of doing a longer term protective style – let’s see how it goes and please watch this space.
I hope you all enjoyed my relaxer update, it would be nice to know how your hair has fared and any protective styles you are thinking of doing.
PS. Please don’t forget to send in your pictures for the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to win.
I am so ecstatic that this Blog has reached 500,000 views and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making this possible and now it’s on to 1,000,000 views.
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Saturday, 17 September 2016
Hello everyone, I am so excited to announce that the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge is officially over (the end date was the 14th of September, 2016). I would like to thank everyone who participated and I hope you all experienced tremendous improvements in the health and length of your hair. Please share your experiences in the comments section below I would love to know how you fared.
Now that the Hair Growth Challenge is over I would like to encourage everyone that took part especially those resident in Lagos to send in their before and after pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win our Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. To qualify to win don’t forget to like our facebook page. I will leave a 2 week window period open to give anyone who wants a chance to win ample opportunity to take their pictures. Depending on how many entries I get there may be more than one winner. Also please note that I may publish some of the photos on the blog as well when I announce the winner. I look forward to receiving your before and after pictures. I will also love to hear about your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge.
For everyone who took part in the Hair Growth Challenge, who are not resident in Lagos, Nigeria and therefore not eligible to win the prize; you can also still send your before and after pictures to email@example.com I will really love to hear about your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge and I will definitely be sure to make the prize winning part of the next Hair Growth Challenge open to more people.
I will also be posting my own before and after pictures and sharing details of how my hair fared during the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge in a future blog post so please be on the lookout for that.
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Thursday, 15 September 2016
Hello everyone forgive my hiatus on the blog I am back and thought it important that I share the proper ways to detangle our hair to prevent breakage. Now black hair is not usually straight and varies from being curly, wavy or kinky. As a result, detangling our hair improperly might result in breakage, split ends, damaged cuticles, etc. I therefore created this post to share the proper or healthier ways to detangle our hair, these tips apply to those with relaxed, texlaxed and natural hair and I bring them to you after I have experimented with different methods of detangling my own hair.
Now let us get into the tips:
Never detangle dry hair: Whenever you are faced with a situation where you have extremely tangled hair, it is important that you avoid detangling on dry hair. If you attempt detangling dry hair without the aid of any product whether you use your fingers or a comb, you will be sure to get a lot of breakage.
Be sure to use a product with loads of slip: If you have hair that is tangled or matted you would need a product that will provide your hair with loads of slip/lubrication so that it can make the detangling process easier. A lot of people use various products which work best to detangle their hair. In my own case I use either my Wura’s Secret Moisturiser or a cheapie conditioner to detangle my hair. Other products that can be used to detangle hair include natural oils, hair moisturisers, detanglers, etc. Some ladies with natural hair wet their hair with water first and then apply a product for slip and detangle that way. It is simply about finding out what works best for your hair.
Do not underestimate the power of finger detangling: Our type of hair has loads of bends and curves so combs might not be the best tool to use especially at first when your hair is extremely tangled. In a situation where your hair is extremely tangled it is advisable that you first use your fingers to get as much knots and tangles out as possible before you go back in with a comb.
Be sure to use a wide tooth comb to detangle: It is important never to detangle your hair with a medium tooth or tiny tooth comb trying to make your hair smoother as this would only result in breakage. Rather detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb to prevent excessive breakage as this is the best tool for detangling our hair. You can also use a wide bristle brush such as the Denman Brush.
Detangle starting with your ends first: You can detangle starting with your ends first and then go up a quarter of an inch at a time, bit by bit, till you get to the roots this will help to prevent breakage usually caused from detangling the hair from root to tip.
You should detangle hair in sections: Detangling our hair in sections is an ideal way to prevent breakage. For extremely tangled hair it is best to work in at least 6 sections to ensure that you adequately detangle your entire head of hair. Simply take a small section of hair detangle thoroughly and twist or plait it or secure with duck bill clips, hair clips or bobby pins to separate the detangled section from the remainder of the hair, repeat until you have done you entire hair. This process is a gentler more thorough way of detangling our hair as opposed to detangling it all at once.
Above all be patient and gentle when you are detangling your hair; never be in a hurry to rush through.
Now it is important I list some ways to avoid having tangled hair to begin with:
Avoid tangled hair during wash day: It is very common for our hair to get tangled whilst we are washing and deep conditioning so we may find that after air drying our hair we are left with very tangled hair. To avoid this, make sure that every step of the way during the wash day process you are detangling your hair. So for example if you do pre shampoo treatments be sure to detangle whilst you are applying your pre-poo of choice. Then when washing your hair be sure to wash downwards instead of wringing the hair or bunching it up, you can also lightly finger detangle at this point. When deep conditioning, after the conditioner has been left in your hair long enough you can detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb under running water. You can also work in sections. Towel dry or t-shirt dry also in one direction and never wrap the hair up to avoid tangles. Also when air drying be sure to employ methods such as bunning or air drying in pony tails to avoid tangles. If you can make sure that at each step of your wash day, your hair is being detangled, the result would be smooth, silky detangled hair.
Be careful when you are stretching your relaxers: When you are stretching your relaxers you need to make sure you apply a lot of moisture to your hair, most especially your new growth to prevent the tangling and matting of your hair. So products that might work for your relaxed hair may not work as well for your new growth.
Try to detangle your hair at least once a week: In a situation where you are not wearing a longer term protective style it is advisable to make sure you detangle your hair at least once a week even if it is with your fingers alone. This will help to prevent any future tangles.
Avoid protein overload: We all know that it is important to deep condition our hair, however deep conditioning with protein conditioners can result in matting and severe tangling of the hair when the protein in the hair is excessive, i.e. protein overload. This tip especially applies to anyone with low porosity hair. It is therefore important to balance out protein and moisture deep conditioners.
Thank you all for reading my post on the proper way to detangle our hair to prevent breakage, please leave any questions, comments, tips that might have worked for you in the comment section below. I have loads more exciting future posts in store please watch this space.
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Monday, 29 August 2016
Hello everyone, I will be creating posts on some of the practices adopted by Indians to grow their hair healthy, long and beautiful, the first instalment is on oiling techniques. We all know that Indians have some of the most beautiful hair in the entire world; of course some of this comes down to genetics however another reason is because of the hair care practices they adopt to grow their hair long and healthy.
There are many practices adopted by Indians in hair care, which are quite peculiar to them and I will be incorporating their oiling technique to my hair for the remainder of the hair growth challenge and thereafter to see how my hair progresses. I will encourage everyone to do the same as the techniques are simple enough and something that we can all follow. Without further ado let’s get into the post.
(Here is a picture of my bun after church, I achieved this fullness quite easily)
The most common oils used by Indian women for hair growth are amla oil, neem oil, brahmi oil, bhringhraj oil, mustard oil, sesame oil and coconut oil. Indian women apply oil to their hair regularly and the principal ways they use it will be itemised below:
As a pre-shampoo treatment: Before shampooing their hair, Indian women may do a pre-poo treatment. However their version of pre-poo treatments differs slightly. This is because they would usually use only an oil as opposed to other methods of pre-pooing where conditioners, deep conditioners, leave-ins and so on are used. The popular oils used for pre-pooing are amla oil, bhringhraj oil and coconut oil. To pre-poo they make sure that they massage their scalp with lukewarm or normal temperature oil for about 5 -15 minutes. The oil is applied liberally to their scalp as well as to their entire length of hair. You may also choose to wrap a warm towel (it should not be hot) around your head for about 15 minutes to allow the oil penetrate better. You can however cover your hair with a plastic cap, leave the pre-poo in your hair for 30 minutes and above or even overnight; then rinse out and proceed with your normal wash day routine. Now this is something I will be incorporating because scalp massages will actually stimulate blood flow to the scalp encouraging the hair to grow longer, they are also very relaxing. Another benefit of pre-pooing is that it fortifies the hair against the wash day and detangling process making it less prone to breakage.
As a scalp oil: Indian women oil their hair daily or every other day and wear protective styles such as a long braid or a bun. This technique locks in moisture and prevents hair breakage and dryness. Whilst oiling, giving yourself a little massage as you go along, will go a long way in growing your hair, you can spend between 1 – 5 minutes daily on a hair massage. I personally will start giving myself a scalp massage as often as I can.
As a Leave-In: Indian women often use oils as a leave-in conditioner and apply it to the ends of their hair after washing and conditioning it.
I hope this post has given us ideas on some of the practices we can incorporate for longer, healthier hair. I am really thinking that I need to get my hands on some Indian oils such as amla oil, brahmi oil and bhringhraj oil, if anyone knows where I can get these oils please share in the comment section below.
Also if there are any Indians reading this post we would love to learn more about your hair care practices, especially how you oil your hair for hair growth. Thank you all for reading this post on the oiling techniques employed by Indians to grow longer hair, until next time my precious lovelies.
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Friday, 19 August 2016
Hello everyone, I am back with a post on how to prevent and stop hair breakage in the middle of your hair. Hair breakage in the middle part of our hair is a common problem which most of us may have experienced at some point in our lives. Audrey Sivasothy, author of "the Science of Black Hair" describes this as when your hair falls in a w-shaped pattern along the back of your hair as opposed to a u or v shape or a blunt hemline.
Here is a picture of Lungi, a fabulous South African blogger when her hair was still relaxed, she is now fully natural. She kindly gave me permission to use her photo, please be sure to check out her blog - By Lungi for hair, beauty, travel, lifestyle and loads more.
Hair breakage in the middle part of our hair occurs because the middle part of our hair sometimes tends to be coarser and drier than the other parts. Also because it is more difficult to reach when applying products in our hair, the middle part of our hair may be neglected and subsequently break off. Hair breakage in the middle of our hair may also occur as a result of physical elements such as incorrect relaxer application, improper use of chemical services, heat damage, using hair pins in the middle section of your hair or tight ponytails in the middle section of your hair, tight weaves, tight braids and so on.
I shared with you all in my last relaxer post how I was experiencing some breakage in the middle of my hair and how I intend to nurse that area back to health. There are several ways hair breakage in the middle of our hair can be stopped and even prevented, I will be sharing them below:
Section your hair and pay particular attention to the middle portion of your hair when moisturising and sealing: When you are experiencing hair breakage in the middle of your hair it is important that you concentrate your moisturising and sealing efforts particularly in the middle portion of your hair. A rule of thumb to help you and what I have been doing lately is to first section my hair (I usually do 4 sections) and then moisturise the middle sections of my hair first before I go over the rest of my hair. We usually have a tendency to moisturise the outermost parts of our hair better as they are easier to reach however to stop hair breakage in the middle of our hair it is important to moisturise and seal that section properly.
When deep conditioning focus on the middle section of your hair: Deep conditioning is an excellent way to repair the hair and add nourishment to it. It is important to deep condition regularly to correct hair breakage in the middle of your hair. In a situation where you are experiencing hair breakage in the middle part of your hair you will need to focus the deep conditioner in the middle portion of your hair making sure to apply it properly over that section.
Protein Treatments: Protein Deep Conditioners are an excellent means of fixing hair breakage. It is important to incorporate protein deep conditioners in your regimen to reduce breakage in all parts of your hair including the middle section of your hair and to make that part of your hair stronger.
Detangle hair gently particularly the middle section of your hair: When detangling your hair you need to be extra careful with the middle section of your hair in a situation where you are experiencing breakage in that area. Handle that part of your hair with a lot of care making sure to use a product that would provide lots of slip to make detangling easier. Also try finger detangling that area first before going over it with a wide tooth comb (or you can skip that step altogether if you feel you do not need it).
Limit Heat: The frequent use of blow dryers can cause hair breakage which can also translate to breakage in the middle section of your hair. The mechanical damage from brushing your hair while blow drying; can also lead to hair breakage in various areas of your hair including the middle section. It is therefore advisable to air dry as much as possible for healthier hair and to prevent the middle section of your hair from breaking off. Also heat styling tools such as curling wands, flat irons and so on should be avoided.
Scalp massages: Scalp massages concentrating your efforts on the middle part of your hair will go a long way in growing it out and will also stop breakage in the middle part of your hair. Spend a few minutes whenever you can giving yourself scalp massages all over your head concentrating on areas where you need it the most. It is important to use an oil that will actually stimulate growth (please refer to this post where I share the 5 best Oils for Hair Growth) such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or Castor Oil.
Avoid wearing harmful protective styles: There are certain protective styles which rather than aiding hair growth – may actually hamper it and cause breakage in the middle section of the hair. Protective styles such as tight braids or weaves should be avoided. Also it is important to make sure your ponytails or buns are not too tight and to keep on switching their position on your head.
Protect your hair at night: At night it is important to cover your hair with a silk/satin scarf/bonnet to prevent hair breakage. However to prevent or stop your middle hair from breaking off, it is even more important that the hair that has been covered is loosely put in a hair scrunchie or something that would not apply too much tension to the hair. You can also do some loose twists or braids and keep them protected underneath the scarf/bonnet.
I will encourage everyone to try out these tips to stop or prevent hair breakage in the middle of their hair. Thank you as always for taking your time out to read this post, it means a lot to me – please don’t forget to share with others who might find it beneficial. If you have any questions or comments please share.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Hello everyone, I thought to share my relaxer update with you all. I got my hair texlaxed on 22nd July, 2016 which was at approximately 12 weeks post relaxer. I used a different relaxer this time around – the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer which I must say seemed rather gentle on my hair compared to the ORS Olive Oil Relaxer which is like my staple relaxer. Also the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer is cheaper. For now I am still undecided as to whether to change my relaxers so I am going to see how my hair is for the coming weeks and make up my mind which relaxer to use by the time I am due for another texlax.
I am also excited that we are gradually coming to the end of the Hair Growth Challenge – I hope that everyone has been experiencing tremendous growth. Anyway let’s get into the relaxer day post. On the day of the relaxer I made sure to thoroughly detangle my hair I believe it took about an hour to make sure that I got all the tangles out. I even parted my hair into sections to make it easier for the person who would be doing my relaxer.
The Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer was applied to my new growth only, I also told the stylist not to put any relaxer on my edges until the very end so the relaxer only stayed on my edges for about a minute or so. My hair was first rinsed with water and then shampooed 3 times with the Crème of Nature Clarifying Shampoo and the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. After that I deep conditioned with a mix of Redken Extreme Builder Plus Conditioner, Elasta QP Conditioner and Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner. The stylist put me underneath a steamer for about 15 minutes, my hair felt slightly hard after the deep conditioner was rinsed off perhaps because of the Redken. I however noticed that I had minimal breakage/shedding which I was happy about.
The stylist then proceeded to put some Vitale Olive Oil Mayonnaise Conditioner for a few minutes which I think helped to soften up my hair. When the product was rinsed out and my hair was towel dried, she applied my leave-in which was the Shea Moisture Castor Oil Lotion, to seal I used my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. She also applied the oil to my scalp.
The problem I had with the entire relaxer process was that she did not blow dry my hair with enough heat and so I did not get the blow dried results I would have liked. My hair did not feel straight enough or silky enough. So I did not really like how my relaxer day pictures turned out.
I also discovered my hair in the middle is seriously beginning to thin out. I am glad that I at least have some time before the end of the hair growth challenge to fix this. I am going to be paying particular attention to that part of my hair and also to my edges. Hopefully I will be sharing pictures of my progress soon. (Please be on the lookout for that post)
I hope you all enjoyed reading my relaxer update. Please share how your relaxer day went or how you have been wearing your hair in the summer. If you have any questions or comments do share and I will be glad to respond.
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." - Theodore Roosevelt
PS: I have been on a mini vacation and I neglected my hair quite a bit, so I am getting back to taking proper care of my hair.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Hello everyone I am back again with another post and this one is on 2 different protective styles I have worn over the past few months. These Protective Styles can be done on relaxed, texlaxed or natural hair it’s really just about adopting it to suit your particular kind of hair. I got inspiration for these hairstyles from ladies with natural hair I then tweaked them to suit my own hair type – so you can definitely do the same. I will do my best to give a detailed tutorial of how you can achieve these protective styles. If you are able to do any of them please be sure to tag me @wurassecrethair on instagram – would love to see how you are able to wear any of them.
The first protective style is the Fuller Ponytail it actually leaves your ends out but if you want to, you can definitely pin them in. This is however a protective style because as long as your ends are not touching any part of your clothes you can wear it out and you hair will still be semi-protected. The reason for this hairstyle is to give your ponytail a fuller appearance than it would ordinarily have. Now on to the tutorial:
- Moisturise and seal your hair making sure to focus specifically on your ends which would be left out for the hairstyle.
- It is important to start with textured hair (textured hair may also help to give the hair a shorter appearance making it less likely to rub on things) I achieved the texture for this style by parting my hair into 2 and braiding both sections. You can also get texture in your hair from putting your hair in twists, flexi rods, rollers and so on, it really just depends on your preference.
- Leave the braids to set for at least an hour, then undo them.
- Next, fluff your entire hair using your fingers. By fluff I mean put one hand at the base of your head and the other at the crown of your head and try to open the hair. This will add the necessary fullness to the ponytail. (To see clear details and pictures on how to fluff and use the wide elastic hair band refer to my old bun tutorial post here)
- Take your wide elastic hair band and pull all your hair through the wide hair band, adjust the hair band until you get the width and placement you want.
- Play around with your hair to get your desired fullness, leave as is and voila your fuller ponytail is done.
The second protective style is definitely one of my favourites which is the voluminous bun. It is one of my breakthrough relaxed hairstyles because I never thought relaxed hair could achieve this style. The voluminous bun protective style is a variation of a puff on natural hair. It is however different from a puff because here the ends are pinned in and for relaxed/texlaxed hair you may need to create extra volume to give the hairstyle the required volume it needs. Now let’s get on with the tutorial:
- Seal with an oil I use my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, there may be no need to moisturise your hair especially if it is relaxed or texlaxed in the event your hair becomes weighed down with product and thus lacks the required volume.
- Smooth out your edges and fluff/open your hair to create more volume as described above.
- Take your wide elastic hair band and pull all your hair through the wide hair band, adjust the hair band until you get the width and placement you want.
- Then, take the very ends of your hair and pin it underneath your headband, one or two hair pins should suffice. Voila!
Hope you like the protective style tutorials I shared. I would definitely love to know if these are hairstyles you would be willing to try. If you do try any of them out, do let me know how it goes. Thanks to everyone who reads my posts and subscribes it means a lot to me. If there is anything you would like me to address do share below and I will be sure to create a blog post on that topic.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Let’s face it the majority of us want thicker hair. This is because thicker hair can usually hold a style better and really looks beautiful in all its voluminous, radiant glory. Most hairstyles look better when your hair is thicker and with thicker hair you can get away with styling your hair without the use of any hair extensions.
Although your genes play a factor in the thickness of your hair, there are other factors that might affect your hair’s thickness or cause thinning hair such as stress, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance, improper hair care practices, illness, and so on. There have been periods where my hair has not been as thick but the thickness has come over time and I will be sharing with you all the necessary tips and tricks to help you grow thicker hair.
Deep Condition Regularly/Use a protein deep conditioner: It is important to deep condition your hair regularly to ensure that your hair is adequately nourished which will in turn lead to thicker hair. It is also important that you deep condition with protein deep conditioners as often as your hair will allow. This is because the protein in the deep conditioner will fortify and rebuild the hair shaft which will in turn lead to thicker, hair.
Hot Oil Treatments/Pre shampoo Treatments: It is necessary to do hot oil treatments/pre shampoo treatment with beneficial natural oils which are proven to actually work to stimulate hair growth and improve its thickness over time such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil which help to improve the overall condition of your hair thus giving thicker hair
Scalp massages with natural oils: It is important for people who want to have thicker hair to massage oils into their scalp which provide the hair with benefits which will include thicker hair. There are many natural oils that can be applied to the scalp which would cause the hair to be thicker over time such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, castor oil, amla oil, mustard oil.
Minimise the amount of heat you use on your hair: If you truly want thicker hair then it is important that you limit the amount of direct heat you use on your hair. If you are constantly blow drying your hair, flat ironing it or using other heat styling tools, your hair will become dry and brittle over time which will eventually lead to breakage which would cause thinner hair. Instead of blow drying, try air drying or a roller setting your hair. Rather than use curling irons/ tongs try bantu knot outs, twist outs, flexi rods sets (where the curls are set on damp hair and allowed to air dry) here is an example of the flexi rod curls I achieved without the use of any form of heat.
Detangle gently: If anytime you want to detangle your hair, you do so roughly without taking extra care; your hair would lose volume over time and break off. For thicker hair however it is important that you are careful when you are detangling your hair to keep as many strands as possible on your head. It is important to find the particular method/s that works for you in detangling your hair which would cause minimal breakage; this could be finger detangling, detangling with a conditioner in your hair, detangling in sections with a wide tooth comb. Experiment with various methods until you find what works for you.
Protective styling: Protective styles are styles where the ends of your hair are protected. These styles are crucial to maintaining/improving the health of your hair and aids in our quest for thicker hair. This is because when the hair is kept in a protective style it is less prone to external elements which may cause breakage and damage over time, thereby resulting in thicker, healthier hair. With protective styles you should avoid tight hairstyles that will pull at the hair and cause breakage or hair loss otherwise known as traction alopecia. Also in styling your hair do not use anything that can cause your hair to snag such as poorly made hair pins and other hair accessories, hair bands with the metal part, etc. It is important to always sleep with a satin/silk scarf/bonnet or on a satin/silk pillow case.
Take care of your ends: It is important that you take care of your ends in your quest for thicker hair. If your ends keep breaking off or they look straggly or thin they will not help the overall appearance of your hair and your hair may seem limp and unhealthy. So when you are deep conditioning focus the deep conditioner to all parts of your hair including the ends, the same applies for when you are moisturising and sealing it is crucial that we pay particular attention to the ends of our hair which will in turn translate to thicker hair.
Moisturise and seal your hair: A reason why our hair may not be as thick is due to breakage which may be caused by dry hair which is not properly moisturised and sealed. It is necessary to moisturise and seal regularly with products that work best for our hair. This can be done daily, twice daily, every other day, twice or once a week, it is all about finding out what works best for your hair. The moisturiser should contain water as its first ingredient and should not contain ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil and other substances that can clog the hair shaft. Effective moisturising and sealing methods will result in hair that is more supple, healthy, longer and thicker.
Do not abuse chemical treatments: Some people might opt to use chemical processes on their hair such as relaxers, texturisers, hair dye and so on. This in itself is not a bad thing, what is bad however is when the chemical treatments are done incorrectly and not according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For example for anyone who get’s their hair relaxed there are several important precautions to follow when getting your relaxer done please read this post here for more details. However to sum it up it is important when getting your hair relaxed to protect the previously relaxed hair and relax only the new growth, it is also beneficial to the hair if it is not relaxed bone straight and it is also important to use a neutralizing shampoo to wash your hair thoroughly with about 3 to 4 or more washes to ensure that all the relaxer is out of your hair. Also after shampooing use a protein reconstructor/protein deep conditioner on your hair to help rebuild the hair shaft that has been compromised by the chemicals in the relaxer. It is possible to use chemical treatments and still have thick hair; I am an example, it is just important to make sure that you use these treatments properly so that the health, length and thickness of your hair is not hampered.
If you are relaxed, try texlaxing & stretching your relaxers: I explain all about how to texlax in a previous post here. Texlaxing is when you intentionally under process the hair when getting your hair relaxed. There are several methods to doing this which I have explained in my previously linked texlaxing post. The act of under processing the hair allows the hair to appear thicker because the hair is not relaxed bone straight and the amount of texture left in the hair gives it a thicker appearance.
Also try stretching the amount of time you have in between relaxers. For example if you get your hair relaxed every 8 weeks you can stretch to about 10 weeks. When you are stretching embrace your new growth do hairstyles that will look nice with your new growth this is not the time to start brushing your hair into submission trying to make it look as flat as possible as this could lead to breakage and loss of thickness over time. Styles such as the faux bob, voluminous bun, actually look nicer with new growth so embrace these styles the further you go into your stretch. You can also make the stretch easier by getting braids, weave/weave-on and so on just make sure you care for your hair properly whilst in these styles.
Maintain a Healthy Diet/Be Healthy: It is important to eat a good diet with all the food groups especially with foods that contain protein, Vitamin B, omega 3 fatty acids, biotin as these food groups aid healthy hair. Also do drink as much water as you can and exercise regularly.
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"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars" - Og Mandino