Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The “Wura’s Secret” Hair Growth Challenge

Hello everyone, I am excited to finally bring you all, the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Challenge and I plan to make this Hair Growth Challenge bigger and better than the previous ones with more winners and prizes.

There will be 3 winners of the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Challenge and to be eligible to win the prizes you should be available or have someone available in Lagos, Nigeria to pick up the prize. If you cannot pick up the prize in Lagos this should not stop you from participating as the end result of longer, healthier hair is the greatest gift of all.

1st Prize – The Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner, Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser

2nd Prize – The Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser

3rd Prize – The Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil

The Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Challenge will last for a period of 6 months so that we can all grow our hair long and healthy in 2017. I would encourage everyone to participate (natural, relaxed, texlaxed, transitioning, etc) as all the rules are pretty easy to follow.

I am personally excited about the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Challenge because it is exactly what I need to whip my hair back into shape. If you know that you have neglected your hair in any way, you want to grow out your hair, you have some edges/bald spots issues or you just want healthier hair then this Hair Growth Challenge is for you. 

I have included a picture of my bun which needs to be a lot fuller by the end of this Hair Growth Challenge as well as my starting length.





Now let us get into the rules, for anyone starting out on caring for their hair this is an excellent guide to gaining longer and healthier hair. (I have taken time to include links of previous posts as a guide to each rule). So let us go ahead with the simple rules:

Rules

  1. Start the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Challenge with a trim, the amount of hair you choose to trim off depends on you. (Optional) Note that this particular rule is optional so if you have recently done a trim or in your opinion your ends seem healthy enough there will be no need to get a trim. After the initial trim, keep trimming at the barest minimum, avoid it if possible.
  2. Do a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment before washing and deep conditioning your hair (Optional)
  3. Wash and deep condition your hair every one or two weeks, you need to be consistent.
  4. Moisturise and seal your hair daily, every other day or thrice in a week. The amount of times you choose to moisturise and seal will depend on what actually suits your hair.
  5. Oil your scalp every day or every other day with a growth aid of your choice such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or any growth aid you may prefer.
  6. Keep your hair in buns, french twists, updos, wigs, braids, weaves and other protective styles to retain length at least 5 times a week. For weaves and braids be sure to take them down latest after three weeks - a month to wash/deep condition your hair. Also be sure to moisturise your hair and oil your scalp as often as you can, if your hair is in a weave try to go under the tracks.
  7. Do not use any form of direct heat to style your hair such as flat irons, curling wands. Avoid blowdrying your hair as much as possible and if you must blow dry your hair use the lowest heat setting or better still the cool setting. Roller setting is permitted as it is a form of indirect heat.
  8. If you are relaxed or texlaxed, stretch your relaxers to at least eight weeks.

Start Date:  18th April 2017 (However there is a 2 week period for everyone to join in)

End Date:  18th October 2017

I believe that in 6 months we can all achieve a substantial amount of hair growth, may the best lady win!

There are two ways of participating in this challenge.

1   To be eligible to win the prizes

Leave a comment with your email address in the comment section below (or send an email to wurassecret@gmail.comletting me know you are taking part in the Hair Growth Challenge, follow us on instagram @wurassecrethair and comment on the Hair Growth Challenge post (my bun with the pink bow) on our instagram page to let me know you are taking part.

At the end of the Hair Growth Challenge send your before and after pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com (This part of the challenge is only open to persons who can pick up the prize in Lagos, Nigeria)

OR

2   To receive the Benefit of Long and Healthy Hair alone

Leave a comment in the comment section below (or send an email to wurassecret@gmail.com)follow us on instagram @wurassecrethair and comment on the Hair Growth Challenge post (my bun with the pink bow) and let us grow our hair together.

Don’t forget to share your questions, experiences and so on in the comment section below as well as on our instagram page @wurassecrethair to encourage and help others.

I look forward to all the glorious testimonials this Hair Growth Challenge will bring and  I wish everyone a successful and rewarding hair growth challenge.


PS. I have received emails from people who say they are having trouble commenting, please keep trying to comment on this post but if you are unable to then please send me an email so that you will be entered into the Hair Growth Challenge and don’t forget to follow us on instagram. 


Total Number of Entries so far (to be updated):


46

TONKA, xoxo



"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome" - Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

Monday, 10 April 2017

Product Review + Client’s Results – Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil

Hello everyone, I am so excited to be finally doing a review on the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil which is from my own product line. This is the very first product which started the entire brand – Wura’s Secret. This Hair Growth Oil is actually a secret recipe which was used by my grandmother to grow out her hair.

Now let me give a little background, before I even knew anything about hair care and even before I started this blog I sort of had a reasonable amount of hair on my head so I was never really bothered about hair care or hair growth. This all changed however when I went to live in the UK for a while where during winter, I literally felt my hair fall off my head. My simple approach of not doing anything and my hair still looking reasonable suddenly stopped working. When I went home for the holidays I begged my grandmother to make her oil for me so I could apply it to my hair and that is how this blog and my hair product line was born. The name Wura is a tribute to my grandmother as Wura means gold in my language.

Over the years I have done more research and spent time perfecting the secret recipe. I have sold the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to several people and they have all experienced glorious results. I am finally able to bring the product review to you all and this makes me extremely happy.



Let me start off by saying that this is the only growth aid I use. This is the only oil I apply to my scalp to stimulate my hair growth. Now let us examine the product bottle in greater detail on the front of the label it states that the oil contains herbs, vitamins and organic oils. The Hair Growth Oil is said to be for growth, fullness and shine. It features as an All Natural, Handmade Oil with Extra Strength Herbs. The front label also states that the Hair Growth Oil is Sulfate, Petrolatum, Paraben and Mineral Oil Free.

The label at the back of the product describes the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil as a product inspired by one of my grandmother’s many hair treatment recipes. It goes further to state that “This Hair Growth Oil penetrates deeply into the hair follicles to stimulate growth and to prevent excessive breakage and shedding. It nourishes the hair, seals and smoothes the hair’s cuticles whilst giving luxurious silky shine to your hair.”

Ingredients: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lavendar Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tea tree Oil, Thyme Oil, Rosemary, Sage, Nettle

Oils getting set for labels (see the floating herbs)

The Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil can be used in numerous ways as a Scalp Oil, as a Sealant, as a Hot Oil Treatment and by adding some of it to your Deep Conditioner.

Now let us get into some of the reasons why the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil works:

It is an effective oil which has numerous active ingredients that penetrate the scalp and encourage hair growth.

We use the very best extraction processes to ensure that the best nutrients are gotten from the oil.

It contains numerous beneficial herbs that are proven to work on some difficult to grow areas such as the edges, bald spots, etc.

Visible herbs are present in the Oil for added effectiveness. (We believe we are the first to incorporate actual floating herbs into a Hair Growth Oil).

Numerous clients have had improved hair growth using the Hair Growth Oil please find some before and after pictures below:

It is light weight and suitable for everyday use, it would not clog your scalp.

It has a pleasant smell and effective pacakaging.







That concludes the end of my review of the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, I hope you all get to try it out for yourselves to receive the awesome growth benefits the oil has to offer. If you are interested in making a purchase kindly send an email to wurassecret@gmail.com. At the moment we are having an Easter Discount where you get between 8-12% off any of our products. We will also be giving a future discount to anyone who sends their before and after pictures to us.

Please don’t forget to check out the products tab of this blog if you are interested in ordering any of our other amazing products and please note that we have a kids range. I plan on reviewing all the other products as well in future posts.


I hope you all enjoyed this blog post. Please post any comments or questions you might have about the oil and I will be sure to respond. 

TONKA, xoxo



"Then he said to his disciples , "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, nor about the body, what you will put on." - The Holy Bible, Luke 12:22 (NKJV)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

3 Techniques for Retaining Length and Faster Hair Growth

Hello everyone, I am happy to be writing this blog post on 3 techniques that I have found to be most effective for retaining length and growing out our hair. This blog post is in collaboration with my darling Lade of Rehairducation (our very own Rapunzel), who shares the 3 techniques she has implemented to grow her hair to waist length, to find out more - please visit the link here.

Growing hair comprises of two elements; length retention and the actual hair growth itself. Now for our hair to grow long and healthy it is important that we adequately retain length. Retaining length is simply our ability to keep the amount of hair that we have grown on our heads. So when you find that your hair has been breaking off excessively that means that you are not effectively retaining length.

It is also important that the hairs from our follicles actually sprout and grow – this is the actual hair growth itself. You may notice that there are times when your hair might not seem to be growing as fast as it could. For example, if you have relaxed or texlaxed hair there would be times when you get your hair relaxed and you have more new growth and other times when you do not have as much. There are also times when you might have a bald spot or non-existent or sparse edges and you might need some help to get that area of your hair to grow back again.


So without further ado I bring to you, my very own best methods for retaining length and improving hair growth:

1. Massage a Growth Aid into your Scalp: There are times when your hair may not be growing as fast or as much as it could due to stress, hormonal imbalance, post partum hair loss, falling off your hair care routine and so much more. In these instances it is important that you deal with the situation if it is something that can be helped. So for example, you can ease your stress if you are mum by asking for help when you need it. Also if you know that you have been neglecting your hair try to get back to caring for it (take it one step at a time and before you know it you will get there).

To also help you along you may want to apply a growth aid that will aid hair growth, this has worked for me when I need to give my hair that extra growth boost. There are several kinds of growth aids however this blog post will only feature the topical growth aids. A topical growth aid is any product that is applied to your scalp which will stimulate blood flow to the scalp and therefore promote hair growth. The application process for the growth aid is very important. It is important to massage the growth aid into your scalp in circular motions using the pads of your fingers and not your fingernails. The process of massaging your scalp with a growth aid has many benefits including strengthening the roots of your hair, conditioning the scalp and helping circulate the scalp’s natural sebum. Some examples of growth aids are Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil. Using a growth aid will help with retention of length and promote hair growth.

Here is a throwback before and after picture. In the first before picture I was going through post partum shedding and my supposed big bun looked so dismal and my edges were non-existent that I had asked myself on the day after seeing pictures why I wore my hair that way. The second picture (I believe about 6 months after) is after I had used a growth aid - Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil for a while and my edges had started coming back to life.



2. Deep Conditioning with Heat: Deep Conditioning is the truth, if you want to grow your hair longer and retain length, then it is important to deep condition your hair. Now deep conditioning does not mean simply throwing any deep conditioner in your hair and calling it a day. Rather before you deep condition it is first important to determine what your hair needs. So let us say that your hair needs protein and you do a moisture deep condition, this will be counter intuitive. For you to therefore get all the crucial benefits and nutrients from deep conditioning it is important that you use the right deep conditioner for your hair at that particular time. Now once you have determined the right deep conditioner for you at that time; the next step is to apply the deep conditioner to your hair properly. It is important that you apply your deep conditioner into your hair in sections making sure that you apply the conditioner throughout the entire hair shaft and pay particular attention to the ends of your hair. After this has been done, and you are sure that your hair is properly coated with deep conditioner then you can cover your hair with a plastic cap and apply a heat source. I have a review of the Soft Hood Hair Dryer Attachment which is an easy and yet effective means of deep conditioning at home. Then if you want to take your deep conditioning with heat to the next level you can use a steamer which will ensure that your hair adequately retains moisture and will also strengthen your hair by improving its elasticity.

3. Baby/Care for the Ends of your Hair: In our quest to grow longer hair it is important that we retain length and to do that we need to pay particular attention to the ends of our hair. If your hair is growing at the same rate your ends are breaking, then it will be difficult to achieve longer hair. So in everything we do relating to hair care, our ends should be properly cared for. Now let us go through each step of hair care and state how the ends of the hair should be cared for. When you are shampooing your hair, never try to apply shampoo on the ends of your hair and start washing away as this may lead to dry hair. Also while washing your hair, don’t apply pressure on the ends of your hair. Rather we should focus our efforts on our scalp – apply shampoo on your scalp alone and gently wash your hair using the pads of your fingers. In the process of rinsing off the shampoo, your entire hair will be cleansed. Also when deep conditioning, moisturising and sealing be sure to apply the product more particularly, to the ends of your hair apart from applying it to your hair in general. It is also important to keep the ends of your hair protected by wearing protective styles as often as possible.

If the above methods can be implemented you will be well on your way to achieving longer and healthier hair. Please don’t forget to read Lade’s techniques on her blog - Rehairducation.

Please share if there are any techniques/methods that have worked for you on your hair journey. As always if you have any questions or comments leave them in the comment section below and I will be sure to respond.

TONKA, xoxo



"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer" - Albert Camus

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How to Grow out Bald Spots – Babies/Children

Hello everyone I know it’s been quite a while and I thought to create a post on how to grow out bald spots in babies/children. In a future post I will tackle bald spots in adults. Now before we get into the post we first need to identify what a bald spot is. A bald spot is any area of the hair – usually a designated spot on the scalp which contains no hair. Babies usually tend to have one huge bald spot at the back of their heads however they may also have several bald spots. This type of hair loss usually occurs where a baby is between 3-6 months old.

Next we need to identify what causes bald spots in babies. A common reason for bald spots in babies is due to the fact that they are constantly placed on their backs to sleep. The friction from the baby’s head rubbing against the cotton sheets can result in bald spots where the hair around the back of their heads begins to thin out until it eventually becomes a bald spot. The bald spot can continue to spread and grow even wider if the situation is not addressed. Paediatricians recommend that we place babies on their backs to sleep to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So it is absolutely crucial that you continue to place babies on their backs to sleep.

Babies also spend a long time on their backs when sitting or reclining on products made out of cotton or cotton/blend fabrics such as car seats, strollers, bouncers, bassinets, etc. The cotton fabric may end up gripping or tugging at their delicate hair strands which may also lead to bald spots.

In this post I will be sharing things that can be done to grow the hair in your baby’s bald spot. It is important that you remedy this situation so that your baby does not carry on having bald spots through the toddler stage. Now when my son was about 6 months old I observed he was developing a bald spot and I implemented some things to grow his hair out and by the time he turned 10 months his bald spot had completely grown out. Now I will be sharing what I did, here goes:

In the first picture he was about 8 months I had already started using the Wura's Secret Hair Growth Oil for Kids; in the next one, he was about 14 months and had got his first hair cut. You can see the bald spot had completely grown out

1. Use a Growth Aid: When your baby has a bald spot it is good to use a growth aid to encourage and stimulate hair growth around that area. I would recommend that you use a growth aid from when your baby is about 6 months. In my son’s case I waited until he was about 7 months before I started using anything on his scalp. It is important to remember that children’s scalps are sensitive so you must be careful about the growth aid you use especially when the child is under 1 year old. You may also want to conduct a patch test to be sure that your baby will not have an allergic reaction to using the product you choose. The growth aid I used for my own son was the Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil for Kids. This Oil is mildly formulated with all natural ingredients and yet it is effective to work on children’s tender scalps. Some mothers have used this product on their babies who are as little as 4-5 months old and they have experienced excellent results from using it.

For any growth aid you choose I recommend using a more natural alternative which may be safer for your baby. Other natural growth aids you may want to try out include coconut oil, castor oil, etc.

In using any growth aid be sure to apply it to your child’s scalp at least three times a week. For better results you may apply it daily. However for babies you would find that their scalp/hair tends to accumulate products easily. So you may want to rinse their hair and scalp daily with water to remove some of the oil to prevent product build up.

2. Use a Gentle Shampoo: Babies need to have their hair washed more regularly than adults (about one to three/four times a week). When washing their hair it is important that you use a shampoo specifically formulated for babies. Some good product lines to try include Shea Moisture - Baby, Johnson’s, etc. Always look at the label and check the product ingredients and claims to ensure that you use a good option for your baby.

It is important that when you are shampooing your baby’s hair you do so very gently because too much physical pressure on their heads is not good for them. Also towel dry their hair very gently you may use only a gentle patting motion to dry their hair.

3. Use Conditioner: If you want to grow out your child’s bald spot do not opt out of using a good conditioner. Now I know that shampoos that are specially formulated for children’s hair may have some conditioning/moisturising properties. However a conditioning shampoo is not adequate for a child’s hair especially a child that has a bald spot. Now babies in general may not take so kindly to deep conditioning and I honestly don’t feel like there is any need to use a deep conditioner for a child below the ages of 1 - 2.

However it is important that you use a good rinse out conditioner for your child’s hair. When selecting a conditioner be on the lookout for the product ingredients and claims on the bottle to make sure that it is something your child would benefit from using.

When applying the conditioner simply take a dime sized amount or less and gently apply it throughout the child’s hair – do not apply the conditioner to the scalp. Leave it on for about 2 minutes or longer if possible, you may choose to gently comb it through and then rinse out.

4. Moisturise and seal: When you are on a mission to grow out your child’s bald spot it is important that you keep your child’s hair properly hydrated and moisturised. Use a good moisturiser that is formulated specifically for babies/children especially when your baby is less than 1 year old. Always look at the product label looking out for the product’s ingredients and claims. I highly recommend our Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser which is mildly formulated for children’s hair to keep it properly moisturised and hydrated.

When using a moisturiser use only the tiniest amount as too much product on a baby’s fine strands would only lead to product build up. Also when sealing the hair the tiniest bit of oil will do.

If you adopt the above methods in caring for your child’s hair, the bald spot would definitely grow out. Also I will recommend the above methods for any child’s healthy hair care regimen in general as using the above methods consistently will yield excellent results. I suggest that you take a picture of your child’s hair prior to using the above methods. Wait about 3 months and then take an after picture. I look forward to the lovely results; please do send me a message with the pictures at wurassecret@gmail.com

Kindly share in the comment section below, how you care for your child’s hair and how you intend to implement the above methods. If you need clarification do share in the comment section below and I would be glad to respond to you. Please let us make the comments section interactive so everyone can benefit.

Now do not let me leave out my mums, if you are a new mum who is dealing with post partum hair loss (hair loss after child birth) then this post here is for you. For everyone I highly recommend my post on Bella Naija titled “5 Reasons why your hair is not growing”. I also share how you can prevent this from happening.

TONKA, xoxo



"... They transferred their trust to the storm itself. The believed the storm would win, that its power was stronger than their resources. This reaction is typical of most of us during trials . When our immediate resources, plans and remedies fail, we begin to trust the forces that are against us. David must have known that temptation. He wrote, "Do not trust oppression" (Psalm 62:10). That seems a crazy thing to trust in, but when other hope gives way, we often begin to believe more in the oppression than in deliverance... Jesus stood up and calmed the sea. Though every other resource failed, Jesus brought relief" - When a Woman Lets Go of Her Fears - Cheryl Brodersen




Reference:
http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/articles/infant-balding/

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Trimming your Hair for Hair Growth

Hello everyone I just wanted to write a post on this topic and answer the question whether trimming our hair can actually make it grow longer. I am sure we have all heard people say that if you want your hair to grow you should get a trim. Now we need to consider whether this statement is actually true. However before we can answer that question we need to first find out how hair grows.

Hair grows in 3 cycles at about half an inch a month. At any given time about 85-90% of our hair will be growing this is referred to as the anagen phase which tends to last between 2 to 6 years. The remainder of our hair will either be in the catagen (transitioning) or telogen (resting) phases. This means that any given time the different strands of our hair will be at various growth phases. The catagen phase is the transitional/intermediate growth phase, where the hair follicle begins to prepare to shed hair that has grown during the anagen phase. It typically lasts between 1 to 3 weeks. The telogen phase is a resting phase where the hair is released and falls out and it may last between 2 - 4 months.

Genetics usually has a great role to play in how long the anagen (growing) phase can last. A person with a longer anagen phase will tend to have much longer hair than someone with a shorter anagen phase. At the end of the anagen phase, the hair will usually fall out. The hair follicle will then remain dormant for about 2 - 4 months before a new strand begins to form and then the anagen phase can start all over again.

From the explanation above it can be seen that hair growth actually has to do with the roots of our hair i.e. our hair follicles. So as long as our hair follicles continue to grow hair, our hair will grow. It therefore appears that trimming or cutting your hair cannot send a message to your roots to produce longer hair. Now let us look into how trimming your hair can actually help our hair as regards growth and retention of length:

After a trim my hair looks fuller and healthier


Trimming gets rid of split ends: Split ends are not good for your hair and actually prevent your hair from growing to its fullest potential. This is because when your ends split; if they are not cut off they can potentially split upwards which can affect the length of your hair. Hair that has a lot of split ends tends to not look healthy and may actually be quite damaged. In the end it is best to cut those split ends off to aid retention of length.

Trimming gets rids of damaged/broken ends: Our ends may not necessarily be split but they may be still damaged or broken. To prevent damage to your ends please refer to this post hereDamaged ends could be caused by over processing e.g. someone who keeps on getting their entire hair including the ends relaxed all the time. In a situation where your ends are damaged the best option to get rid of the damaged ends may be to cut off such ends, this may actually improve length retention in the long run.

Trimming should be done as needed: If our ends are trimmed too frequently, any progress that we may have made will not have a chance to translate to the length of our hair. It is therefore important to keep trims to the barest minimum for example every 3 months or less. Examine your ends, if you do not need a trim there would be no reason to get one. There may be times were only dusting of the ends is needed. For the difference between trimming and dusting and how to do both please refer to this post here.It is important therefore to maintain a healthy and proper hair regimen suited to you so that you can get away with less trimming. To promote hair growth and length retention when getting a trim only cut off what you need to. There is no need to cut off/trim ends that are perfectly fine and healthy except if you are going for a haircut.

Trimming reduces hair breakage: When you trim your ends as needed, your hair would be less susceptible to breakage. This is because when you have split/broken ends, they usually tend to remain that way or get worse. This could lead to a situation where any form of manipulation may result in more breakage. For example whilst detangling or styling your hair you may experience breakage, at this point it may be important to get a trim. Notice that anytime you get a fresh trim, you experience less breakage/shedding. This could be because the ends are fresh; so they do not tangle amongst themselves to result in breakage.

Trimming gives the illusion of thicker/healthier hair: There is truly no point hanging on to dead/uneven ends. You will find that after getting a trim your hair appears thicker and it is easier to hold a style. It also improves the overall look and feel of your hair.

I can therefore conclude this post by stating that although trimming your hair does not make your hair grow, in the long run it can actually lead to longer and healthier hair.


I would love to hear your views about trimming. What is your take on it? How often do you get trims? Or do you prefer to dust?


PS. Kindly refer to some of my articles on Bella Naija if you have not done so already, I provide some excellent tips in my articles here and here.

TONKA, xoxo



"And he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness". Therefore most gladly I would rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me". - The Holy Bible, 2 Cor 12:9 (NKJV)

Monday, 6 February 2017

My Relaxer Update + Trimming My Hair

Hello everyone, I am so happy to be sharing my relaxer update. I got my hair texlaxed on Monday, 30th January, 2017. I was able to stretch this particular relaxer for 14 weeks (normally I texlax at the 12 week mark). I can attribute that to my Wura’s Secret Braids Wig which I wore consistently for about 6-7 weeks before getting my hair texlaxed. I know for a fact that without that wig I would not have been able to stretch my hair for as long and as I did. I even feel like I could have stretched for much longer if I wanted to. I found that having my hair in corn rows underneath the wig made my hair less tangled – even at 14 weeks post. I am definitely going to make sure that I wear wigs especially towards the end of my stretch to minimise breakage and tangling.


Anyway I got my hair texlaxed using the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer I am beginning to think that I may switch to the ORS Olive Oil Relaxer. However I am not too sure yet, my hair seems to like the ORS Relaxer but my scalp not so much. Also I think I am more prone to getting burns with the ORS Relaxer. The only reason I am considering using the ORS Relaxer is that I think it works better for my hair. Anyway I will make up my mind and definitely share my subsequent results/findings if I do decide to go back to the ORS relaxer.

The Night before going to the salon to get my hair texlaxed, I spent time detangling my hair after having it in corn rows for a long period of time underneath the wig. For the detangling process I used only my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil because I felt like if I used a cream or conditioner or anything like that it would make the detangling process more difficult. So I detangled section by section and plaited each section after I was done detangling. I initially had six cornrows done and by the time I was through with detangling I had twelve plaits as I had taken out the corn crows one section at a time divided it in two sections and then detangled. I got to the salon with the 12 plaits still in my hair because I was not about to risk my hair tangling all over again (although I was itching to wear my hair in all its voluminous braid out glory, I knew the pain would not be worth it).

At the salon, the relaxer was applied to my new growth only and as per usual I told the stylist to only put the relaxer on my edges towards the very end. The stylist also applied conditioner to the rest of my hair to prevent any relaxer from getting on my hair when it was being rinsed off. After the processing time was through, the relaxer was first rinsed out. Then my hair was washed twice with the Crème of Nature Neutralizing Shampoo that comes in the relaxer kit. After that I deep conditioned with a steamer for 20 minutes with a mix of Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Conditioner, Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner and Elasta QP Conditioner.

The conditioner was rinsed out and I feel like I did not experience a lot of breakage throughout the texlax process. The stylist applied some Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp and Wura’s  Secret Hair Moisturiser and ORS Serum (heat protectant) to my hair and then proceeded to blow dry my hair. I would have liked to blow dry it straight but after the blow dry I still had a lot of texture left in my hair which I decided to rock anyway.

After the blow drying was done she sealed my hair with some shea butter, which made my hair feel divine. She also gave me a slight trim. However when I got home I realised that I did not like how my ends were looking so I decided to take matters into my own hands to cut my hair straight across.

I felt there was no way I could get the blunt cut I sought on my own so I decided to enlist the help of hubby to cut my hair. I was very scared and so was he, but I made up my mind that he would do it as I did not want to have to go back to the salon. I showed him several pictures so he would see what I wanted. I prepared my mind for the worst thing that could happen and he proceeded to give me the best trim ever. It was blunt – straight across just how I like it and I feel like I did not loose too much length. After the trim I felt so happy/relieved as no one wants straggly ends and there is really no point in hanging on to ends that just have to go.

Here is a comparison picture so you can see the difference between the awesome trim and the former uneven ends. I will let you all know how I intend to care for my hair before my next relaxer. One thing is certain I need to take care of my ends properly (I feel like I neglected them during this stretch). I would be making sure to implement some of the things I mentioned in this post here during this stretch.




What have you all been up to hair wise? If you have any questions or comments do share and I will be glad to respond.

TONKA, xoxo



"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope". - Barack Obama