Monday, 28 July 2014

Hair Length Comparison Pictures

Hey lovelies hope you are all having a fabulous Monday, it is a public holiday over here so I am glad to put my feet up and take it easy. Anyway remember I said I cut my hair in about February this year, although I took no pictures of the cut itself. However I was able to find this slightly old picture which I compared against my recent relaxer results. You will be able to see how much my hair grew from April to July this year.

The only thing I have been doing to my hair is moisturising and sealing it every day or every other day using mainly my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Products, getting it washed and deep conditioned using a steamer every two weeks and always keeping it in a bun. Enjoy!!!



I will be getting braids installed soon and will be doing a personal braids hair growth challenge, I hope some of you getting braids or other longer term protective styles such as weaves will be able to use some of the rules as a guide to gaining some good length.

I look forward to any questions or comments you may have, see you soon in my next one.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Guard well within yourself  that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. - George Sand

Thursday, 10 July 2014

My Relaxer Update

I relaxed my hair on Monday, 7th of July 2014 at the salon because I have stopped self relaxing for a while now. The lovely lady who relaxed my hair, did a good job. She parted my hair into four sections and made sure to apply the relaxer to my new growth only. She was also very gentle with my 10 weeks post relaxer hair. For sometime now I have been relaxing at 10 weeks post however I hope to stretch my relaxer further at my next appointment by doing a long term protective style.

Anyway after she applied the relaxer she made sure to rinse it off first with water and then properly with a neutralizing shampoo. She took pains to ensure that she washed my hair with shampoo three times and she spent about 5 minutes on each wash making a total of about 20 minutes on shampooing alone.

She then applied some deep conditioner on my hair and I went underneath a steamer for about 20 minutes. She applied leave ins/heat protectant and proceeded to blow dry my hair. Midway she oiled my scalp and gave me a wonderful scalp massage and then she completed the blow dry.

I just asked her to put my hair in a pony tail and that was it. When I got home I sealed my hair with some oil and I decided to take a picture or two.







My hair regimen for the past year has been really simplistic. I had earlier cut my hair to make it more manageable but it is growing out as I write. I will not cut it again but will trim it just before I put it up in the longer term protective style. I am thinking of getting some braids installed perhaps I may do a braids hair growth challenge to hold me accountable so I do not slack off.

When I take out the braids I intend on being really serious about growing this hair of mine and will love you all to participate in the upcoming hair growth challenge. Prior to getting this relaxer done all I was doing to my hair was washing it every two weeks and trying my best to moisturise and seal every day and protective styling everyday (it was always in a bun).

Before getting the braids installed I intend to wash and deep condition my hair more often either weekly or every ten days to ensure my hair is at its healthiest before I get the braids installed.

Kindly leave any comments or questions you might have, I will be always glad to respond and please stay tuned to my blog for another post coming soon. Watch this space loves.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Cleansing the scalp – Hair Cleanser Recipe

Happy New Month to everyone, I wish you all the most wonderful month with loads of good surprises along the way.

I just thought to share this hair cleanser recipe because there are times when before our next wash day our scalp feels dirty or sweaty. This usually happens when the weather is really hot or where you do daily workouts or you may just have a really sweaty scalp. If you really want to improve the feel and smell/scent of your hair before your next wash day a scalp cleanser might be just what you need.


Advantages of the scalp cleansing method

It refreshes your hair in between washes.
It leaves your hair smelling clean and fresh
It aids proper circulation in your scalp
It can also be used to cleanse hair in longer term protective styles. For example it is an excellent way to refresh your braids or plaits underneath your wig.
It saves time and decreases manipulation since you do not have to wash your hair as much.

Utensils

A small bottle/container with a lid
Cotton wool

Ingredients

1 oz of distilled water
5 to 10 drops of an essential oil – e.g. lavender oil, tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil



Procedure

Put the measured amount of water into the bottle/container and add the required amount of essential oil. Shake well and it is ready to use.

Directions – on how to use

Part your hair into sections and apply a bit of the solution onto a cotton pad and use it to sort of cleanse your hair; just the same way you would cleanse your face in the mornings. Continue this process until you have covered your entire head of hair. You might wish to repeat if your hair is really dirty. There is no need to rinse.


Hope you enjoy this simple recipe, I guess it might be a bit difficult to find the essential oils in Nigeria. However an excellent essential oil to use which I believe is more readily available in pharmacies would be eucalyptus oil as it has anti bacterial and healing qualities.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed - Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wash Day Post – At the Hair Salon

Hey lovelies, I hope everyone is doing well. I just thought to do a quick post on my wash day experience at the salon. Since I am still trying to juggle everything I have decided to stop washing my own hair for now. I simply go to a salon where I instruct them on what to do because I believe that almost anyone can wash hair with proper guidance. Every time I am at the salon and someone new is washing my hair they often comment on how thick my hair is. I must say however that my hair is growing back to APL and my bun is getting fuller, I will show you a picture of my bun and if you compare it to the picture I took whilst on holiday in April you will see the change in the fullness of my bun.

Let me first of all start off by putting out a disclaimer, you do not have to use all the hair products I used it is all about finding out what works for you. Nowadays I usually wash my hair once in two weeks for the time being however I am going to change this soon once I start the hair growth challenge on this blog where the focus will be on length retention and hair growth.

Anyway here goes my wash day experience:

The lady doing my hair shampooed it with Africa’s Best Kid’s Organics Shea Butter Shampoo I did a review on it here if you want to check it out and after she was done shampooing she combed my hair a bit and my hair was nicely detangled.

She then proceeded to section my hair in tiny sections I was surprised that my hair did not tangle up and she applied my deep conditioner mix thoroughly throughout my hair she must have put it in like 30 or 40 sections so afterwards my hair felt thoroughly coated.

My Deep Conditioner mix was as follows: Wura’s Secret Whipped Penetrating Moisturising Conditioner, Redken Extreme Builder Plus, Organic Root Stimulator Moisturising Replenishing, Roux Porosity Control Conditioner, Elasta QP DPR 11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturising Conditioner, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Rosemary Oil.

I usually make large quantities of my deep conditioning mix so I do not have to mix it every time I wash my hair.

She covered my hair with a plastic cap and put me underneath the hair steamer for thirty minutes it was quite hot.

She rinsed it off and towel dried my hair and sprayed some elasta qp heat protectant and elasta qp h20 leave in and proceeded to blow dry my hair. After it was about mid way dry she applied some Wura’s Secret Whipped Penetrating Conditioner which doubles as a leave-in and then when it was completely dry she used a bit of Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser and Hollywood Beauty Olive Crème to moisturise my hair.

And I just put my hair in a bun. When I got home I moisturised again with Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser and sealed with Castor Oil and Olive Oil.

My hair has actually grown in length but since I had already put it in a bun it was not straight so I could not take a proper picture. Here is my hair the next day still in a bun at the office. I have been wearing buns every single day for some time now.

My bun on Tuesday



My bun on holiday in April


Hope your wash day went very well. There is nothing saying that people on a hair journey must do everything themselves you can actually find a good salon or someone who is willing to listen to instruction regarding what you want with your hair and let them help you out.

Please stay tuned to my lovely blog, as I intend to be more regular with posting.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable - Theodore N. Vail

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Growing your hair with braids

Braids are a wonderful way of growing out your hair as long as they are installed properly and well taken care of. They can be very helpful to ladies who prefer the braided look or simply want to switch up their style. The main advantage of growing your hair with braids as opposed to wigs and weaves which I have covered in posts here and here is that your scalp is allowed to breathe a bit more. This is very important in terms of hygiene and important for the overall health of your hair. With braids it is easier to oil your scalp, moisturise your hair and also washing your hair becomes easier to do as opposed to if your hair is in a weave. So if you are looking for a healthier and lower maintenance way to grow your own hair out please look no further as braids might just be your answer.


However prior to and during installation of braids there are a couple of things that can promote the health of your hair and enable you achieve that length you are looking for:

Wash and deep condition your hair: At least five days or less before installing the braids wash your hair with a sulfate shampoo; this is essential because it will ensure that your hair is properly stripped of any residue that might be clinging to it. I have covered the different types of shampoos in this post here. However if you are opposed to sulfate shampoos in general you can use a sulfate free one. After washing your hair do a deep condition treatment that consists of both moisture and protein. This will help to fortify your hair during the braiding process.

Ensure you hair is well moisturised/sealed before braiding: It is important that your hair is properly moisturised before getting it braided. Prior to installation use a good hair moisturiser – one that does not contain any petrolatum, mineral oil and so on. A good hair moisturiser will ensure that your hair is well moisturised before the braids are put in. Also ensure that you seal your hair with a natural oil like olive oil, sweet almond oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and so on. Please if you do not know what moisturising/sealing is you can benefit from this post here.

Oil your scalp (Optional): Some people prefer to oil their scalp which can promote hair health which in turn leads to hair growth, if you are one of such people then you can oil your scalp before braiding it using a natural oil.

Discuss your hair braiding preferences with your hair installer/braider: It is important that you tell the person braiding your hair to make sure the braids are not done too tightly. You will know the braids are tight when you feel pain, get a headache and such while the person is braiding your hair. Also tell the person to be extra careful around the hair line and nape areas as these areas are more fragile and hence more prone to breakage. Please note that anything you do to your hair in terms of care and maintenance cannot counteract poorly fixed/tightly installed braids. It is therefore extremely important that braids are not too tight so as to achieve optimal hair growth with the braiding process.

After the braids are fully installed you can apply hair moisturiser and oil to your braids and oil your scalp: After braiding your hair, there may have been some pressure applied to your scalp albeit it light. Therefore to compensate you can oil the scalp which will soothe it and then moisturise/seal your hair again to re-enforce moisture that might have been lost during the braiding process.

Now that your braids are in; the following are necessary to achieve hair health and growth whilst your hair is in braids:



Moisturise/Seal your braids about two to five times a week: Actually the amount of times you choose to do this is a personal decision. However it is good to moisturise your braids as much as possible for optimal length retention. You can be sure that by moisturising your braids you are also getting some of that moisture back into your hair. After applying the moisturiser you should always seal with an oil which will provide your hair with extra nourishment, prevent breakage and prevent the moisture you just put into your hair from escaping quickly.

Oil your scalp as often as two to five times a week (Optional): The reason why this process is optional is because some people do not oil their scalp because they believe it might clog their scalp. However this is a personal decision and it is indeed advisable to oil your scalp using a light to medium oil, some heavier oils can even work on some people. The thing about braids is that oiling your scalp is made that much easier because your hair has already been parted for you so all you have to do is to apply the oil. Oiling the scalp can actually be very beneficial to your hair as it provides nourishment to the scalp, moisturises it and can even help prevent excessive hair breakage.

Wash and Condition your hair (Optional): The reason why this is optional is because some people might prefer not to wash their hair for aesthetic or other reasons. However braids make it is so easy to wash your hair. This is because your hair has already been sectioned unlike when you have a weave installed so you do not have to engage in too much manipulation. When washing your hair it is advisable to follow this process: use a runny shampoo or slightly diluted shampoo and concentrate your efforts mainly on the roots, rinse and repeat. Allow the water to cleanse the rest of the hair as you rinse. There is no need to wash the braids themselves as this may result in tangled hair during the take out process. Also when applying conditioner, it is best to stick with a regular conditioner that is runny apply over your braids, cover entire hair with a plastic cap for about 5 to 10 minutes and gently rinse. Use you leave in conditioner and then moisturise/seal your braids, oil your scalp and leave to dry. If you choose to use a blow dryer be sure to use some heat protectant first.

In my opinion braids are an excellent longer term protective style. There are so many people that have grown their hair to extra ordinary lengths using this technique. It is just important that you take care of your own hair while it is in the braids and no matter how much you take care of  your hair, braids should not be left on for too long. A reasonable time to keep them in is between 2 to 8 weeks. After this time you may have to contend with serious breakage due to the hair matting. I definitely recommend that you do not leave your braids on for too long so that the benefits of the braids can be seen in the health and length of your hair.


If you really want to achieve longer hair try this method, follow the rules and you will achieve good results. Please stay tuned for my next post which will be coming up soon. I will also feature posts on my wedding hair style and the entire wedding with pictures, please watch this space.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming - Pablo Neruda

Monday, 12 May 2014

Hair and Life Update - Hey Loves I am back + Holiday Pictures

Hey to all my lovely followers and readers I am sure that you are all aware that I have been gone for a really long time and I must apologise for my absence. Anyways I am back now and I must say that I have missed blogging so much and sharing pictures with you all and so on. I am sure we all know how hectic life can get sometimes however things are settling down with work and life and so on so I can resume my regular blogging schedule.

Since getting married I have been all over the place with work and getting settled so I had opted for the easier and simpler option of just maintaining shoulder length hair so I got a hair cut after my wedding/honeymoon in November. For now this length works fine for me as I can still put my hair in a bun and create one of my more dramatic bun looks although I must say that it appears there are more styling options with arm pit length hair. However my hair is easier to maintain and manage and I am loving every minute of this. I intend to start growing my hair out seriously in the New Year and I would be hosting a fabulous hair growth challenge in this regard.

Never fret the month of May has a lot of wonderful posts in store for you all. I would be hosting a personal hair challenge which will come a bit later on in the Month. This challenge will focus on getting thicker hair that is full of body.

I have been living in mostly buns most days and I have been toying with getting a weave later in June for a different look.

Anyways I went on holiday recently and I must say that for all you African ladies/gents who just want to go on a quick trip you should consider exploring Africa itself. You would be amazed at the sheer beauty of it all without having to go too far from home and worrying about things like visas, food, long flights and so on. Here are some pictures of my shoulder length hair in a bun while on my vacay:






Please stay tuned to my lovely blog as I do have another informative hair related post coming up shortly. 

TONKABELLE,xoxo



"Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of" - Markus Zusak , I am the Messenger


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year my loves

My darlings I know it's been a while but I just have to wish you all a Happy New Year. Let us be thankful that God has allowed us to enter into this Beautiful New Year and be confident in the fact that it can only get better.



I want to thank all my precious followers for their awesome support which means the world to me and I can only promise that the year 2014 will bring more consistent and wonderfully detailed posts that you would all love.

As we enter into the year 2014 let us be thankful and appreciative and may our hearts always be filled with thanksgiving to the Lord. Know that as long as you believe and have faith and hope you can achieve whatever seems impossible. Let me quote a piece of scripture that rings true as I write this, Mark 11:23(NIV): “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” So in the year 2014 we are going to stand strong in our faith and have our best year yet, where all our deepest longings, sweetest dreams and heartfelt wishes will come to fulfilment.



I would like to welcome you all into this wonderful year, the year of possibilities and happily ever afters. 

TONKABELLE,xoxo



"Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'..."
- Alfred Tennyson