Friday, 26 April 2013

The Birthday Hair Growth Challenge

Hey to all my lovely subscribers and readers. As promised I am bringing you this fabulous challenge titled “The Birthday Hair Growth Challenge” as April is my birthday month. A lovely part of every birthday is the receiving of gifts and this hair challenge comes bearing gifts as well.

The rules of this challenge are very simple as I want everyone to be able to follow them, for those of you starting out on caring for your hair this is an excellent guide to gaining longer and healthier hair. (I will include links of previous posts as a guide to each rule and will do future posts on the rules I have not covered on my blog).


The bun I wore to work today you can see the lost length, will try to take a picture of an actual length check

Rules

1. Start the challenge with a trim, the amount of hair you choose to trim off depends on you. After that keep trimming at the barest minimum, avoid it if possible; if you must trim then dusting of the hair is preferable. Dusting is where such a small amount of hair is trimmed that it falls through the air like dust. (I will be sure to do a future post on dusting and trimming)

2. Wash and condition your hair every one or two weeks.

3. Do a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment before washing and conditioning your hair (optional)

4. Moisturise and seal your hair daily. (or every other day if this suits you better)

5. Oil your scalp every other day with an oil of your choice such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and so on. You can incorporate a mini massage to ensure that your hair follicles are well stimulated.

6. Keep your hair in buns, french twists, wigs and other protective styles to retain length at least 5 times a week. (You can do longer term protective styles such as weaves, braids. Just be sure to take them down latest after three weeks - a month to wash/condition. Moisturise/seal and oil the scalp as often as you can with these styles - if your hair is in a weave try to go under the tracks). 

7. Do not use any form of direct heat to dry or style your hair in the form of flat irons, blow dryers however roller setting is permitted as it is a form of indirect heat. Air drying is the preferred option.

Monthly Heat Pass: If you must flat iron or blow dry you can do so only once a month, you can however roller set your hair as much as you want.

8. If you are relaxed or texlaxed, stretch your relaxers to at least eight weeks.

9. Do the green house effect method on your hair once or twice weekly. (optional) (I will be sure to do a post on the green house effect method which involves applying some oil to your hair (optional) and then covering the hair with a plastic cap, using a satin scarf and going to bed. In the morning remove the scarf and plastic cap, give your hair some time to dry before styling hair should feel damp but not wet)

I believe six months is plenty of time to achieve a substantial amount of hair growth:

Start Date:  26th April 2013
End Date:  26th October 2013

There are two ways of participating in this challenge:

1.  Leave a comment in the comment section below, like our facebook page, send your before and after pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com at the end of the challenge and you might be the winner of our new Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil – Extra Strength Formula. (This part of the challenge is only open to contestants who have a delivery address in Lagos, Nigeria)

To increase your chances of winning it will help if you are a subscriber of this blog however this is not mandatory.

OR

2.    Leave a comment in the comment section and let us grow our hair together.

You can print out the rules and stick them somewhere you can be reminded of them. Kindly share your questions, experiences and so on in the comment section below to encourage and help others.

I wish everyone a successful and rewarding hair growth challenge.


TONKABELLE,xoxo



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  Marianne Williamson, Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
  

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

My Hair Update


Hey lovelies I hope everyone is doing well, I just wanted to give everyone an update on my hair. I actually cut a lot of my hair off or let me reverse that and say that someone at a salon cut my hair when I had specifically asked for a trim. After getting it cut I have actually not been taking care of my hair as much. However since it is much shorter it is easier to for me to take care of and to wash it and stuff like that. 

I am on a mission to grow it back to where it was and to stop all this hair neglect and I am thankful I have this lovely blog as well as my fabulous readers to help me.Please expect a hair challenge on my next post. This challenge will be for everyone it will ensure that I get back on track and regain all my lost length and allow you all to grow your hair to amazing lengths. I encourage everyone to participate; it is going to be amazing. Please stay tuned for the rules of the challenge in my next post.

In the mean time, enjoy some pictures of my hair as it is now, featuring this fabulous hair style I did for a wedding I went to on Saturday.




PS: I have started responding to all your emails and will be sure to answer all of them soon. If you have any hair related questions do not hesitate to send me an email at wurassecret@gmail.com or you can post the question in the comment section below.

TONKABELLE,xoxo



"One kind kiss before we part, Drop a tear and bid adieu; though we sever, my fond heart till we meet shall pant for you." Robert Dodsley

Friday, 12 April 2013

Wigs – A Wonderful Protective Style


How are all my lovely subscribers and readers doing?  It seems like ages ago I hope everyone is doing well. I will encourage everyone not to be too silent on this blog (pretty please with sugar on top) as I would like to know everyone more. I also love to read your fabulous comments as it lets me know that I am doing something right. I am sure you have all noticed a lack of posts however I am working on changing that. Expect an upcoming post on my hair and another on a hair challenge I will be doing shortly (this one promises to be an exciting one).

Now on to the post of the day - Wigs are an easy and versatile protective style. I know that there a lot of people who are opposed to wearing wigs and I must say that I used to be one of those people who felt that wigs were dangerous as they could fall off (ie. get blown off by the wind), get pulled off, or move out of place/position or that everyone one would know that you were wearing one. However there are lots of excellent options on the market it is just about finding the right fit for you.

Here I am at a wedding wearing my lace wig and rocking this oleku outfit with an awesome view of Lagos Island behind me


Tips on buying wigs

1. I will encourage everyone to invest in a top quality wig, even if it is a synthetic wig it is important that it looks as natural as possible – avoid the shiny look. In my opinion better quality does not necessarily mean a more expensive wig alone. It could actually involve spending a bit more time and doing the extra work and research to ensure that you are getting the best bang for your buck.

2. It should be one that should be easy to put on or let me just say that you should know how to put on the wig so that it fits perfectly on your head, so try it on before buying if you can. However as an online shopper myself – this is not a hard and fast rule. Keep trying till you get it right. There is nothing worse than an ill fitting wig.

3. Select a wig that flatters your face shape and makes you look good. Do not just buy a wig for the sake of buying one. It is better to have one good wig than a lot of terrible looking ones. I will advise that you try a full lace wig as they have an invisible hair line however do not use any adhesive or glue as this may be damaging to the hair. Also ensure that the wig stays firmly in place with the comb attachments (optional) and even hair pins.

4. Take care of your wigs to ensure that they last longer and make sure to take your wig off when you want to sleep at night.

Benefits of wearing a wig

1. It is a fabulous protective style due to the fact that it is low manipulation and as such reduces hair breakage and damage; it also protects your hair from harsh weather conditions such as winter, extreme heat and so on.

2. While your hair is in a wig, you can corn row/braid/weave the hair underneath or bun it and leave your hair that way for one to two weeks. This will still give you a chance to care for your hair as opposed to wearing a weave, where you are never able to access your scalp or hair properly. Therefore ensure you apply a scalp oil, moisturise and seal, use a leave in conditioner (optional) above all do not neglect your hair whilst wearing a wig. If you are able to corn row/weave/plait your hair underneath it gives you easier access to your scalp without having to part everyday to apply a scalp oil such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and so on.

3. Wigs give your hair a chance to breathe as you are able to take them off at anytime.

4. They are a low maintenance style and a convenient way to change up your look.

5. They are cheaper to maintain as you do not need to go the salon to get your hair done all the time.

6. For those you are transitioning to natural hair or texlaxed hair – wigs are a wonderful option as well.

Do share your experiences with wigs or if it is something you would be willing to try, it will be lovely to hear from you.  

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing - Albert Laighton


Monday, 1 April 2013

Product Review - Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner



Hey everyone, its been ages; forgive the hiatus and it is indeed lovely to be back after such a long while. Hope you all had a fabulous Easter.

This is the first in a series of product reviews I will be doing. Although I make my own Wura’s Secret Hair Products I also use other products for my hair as well. One of my absolute favourite conditioners is the Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner by Organic Root Stimulator. It is described on the bottle as a Deep Penetrating Conditioner which helps restore moisture and rebuilds damaged hair.



The directions on the bottle states as follows:  After shampooing, apply a generous amount to the hair and comb through for thorough distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes or leave on the hair for 45 minutes to 1 hour without heat. Rinse thoroughly.

It contains beneficial ingredients such as water, soya bean oil, glycerine, olive oil, hydrolized collagen, panthenol, silk amino acids, aloe vera fruit juice and a whole lot of other good ingredients.

Pros
Adds a lot of moisture to the hair making it soft and supple.
It has a citrusy smell.
It is an excellent detangler and provides a good amount of slip to the hair.
It can act as a balancing conditioner as it is a moisturising conditioner which also contains protein, so you get the best of both worlds.
It can help reduce hair breakage.
It is affordable.

Cons
Slightly runny consistency.
Contains a silicone.

Rating 4.5/5 (Very good) I definitely recommend this product.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul -
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise."  ~Richard Le Gallienne