Thursday, 17 December 2015

The L.O.C. Method for Moisturised Hair

Hey my loves, I am back with another post. The smell of Christmas is in the air; I am so happy that the best season of all, is finally upon us. Anyway this post is on an alternative way to moisturise and seal our hair. It is often said that black hair is dryer than other hair types; therefore because of this our hair needs to be properly moisturised. You may find that your hair still feels dry after you moisturise and seal or that you have to re-moisturise and seal daily. This may be because you need to change the products you use or another reason could be changing the way you moisturise and seal your hair, this brings me to the loc method.

The loc method is when you moisturise your hair and then seal using 2 products to maximise moisture retention. It incorporates various layers of products for the ultimate moisturising experience. The loc method means -  
      
L – Liquid

O – Oil

C – Cream

The liquid can either be a moisturiser with a more liquid consistency such as the ORS Olive Oil Lotion, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser, your own hair spritz, (e.g. a mix of glycerine and water) or you can also use a leave-in with a liquid consistency such as the Elasta QP Leave-in H2 Conditioner.  The liquid will be the first thing you apply to your hair.



Oil can be any natural oil which you will typically use to seal your hair such as Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. The oil will therefore form the second part of this moisturising technique and would be the first sealing component.



Then you will use a cream which should be of a heavier, butter-based consistency. Some people use natural shea butter for this. Other alternatives could be the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, the Cantu Shea Butter Strengthening Treatment and so on.

For this moisturising technique it is important to find products that work for you and you can start with using the products you already have in your stash. If you feel that this technique does not work for you or you want to try another alternative you can modify the LOC method and use the LCO method where you will moisturise using a liquid first and then seal with a cream first and then an oil.

If your hair tends to get especially dry during the colder season (harmattan, winter) this is a moisturising technique that might just work for you. If you have ever tried the LOC method, the LCO method or other methods of moisturising kindly share in the comments section below or let us know if this method is something you would be willing to try.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tips to Prevent and Stop Excessive Hair Shedding

Hello my precious lovelies I am so happy to be back with another post. I definitely intend to make good on my promise of more consistent posts. Now let’s get into it:

First it is important to determine whether your hair is shedding or breaking off. To determine this, you have to look for a white bulb at the end of your hair strand. A hair strand with a white bulb is shed hair whilst a hair strand without the white bulb at the end is a broken piece of hair. Also shed hair tends to be much longer strands compared to broken hair which are usually shorter strands. To read more about shedding please refer to my previous post here. If you are experiencing breakage you can also read on ways to stop it here. Please note that in the cooler months hair may shed more. Once you have determined that you are experiencing excessive shedding then you may want to try the following to combat it:



1. Scalp Massages: During harmattan or winter season various parts of our bodies may experience less blood flow which leads to those parts of our bodies feeling cold. This also happens to our scalp which can lead to more shedding. Therefore an effective way to combat this is by scalp massages which will encourage blood circulation around the scalp thus stimulating it, which can in turn lead to less shedding.

2.  Use a scalp oil: Using a good scalp oil such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or even coconut oil on your scalp daily is effective in minimizing shedding. It is also important when applying the oil to give yourself a mini scalp message as you go along.

3.  Deep condition regularly: It is important to deep condition more regularly whenever you observe that your hair is shedding more than usual. That is definitely not the time to skimp on deep conditioning treatments. You would also want to make sure that you use both protein and moisture conditioners to ensure that your hair is balanced.

4.  Wear Protective Styles: Longer term protective styles could lead to less manipulation which will in turn lead to less shedding as your hair is just left to be.

5.   Moisturise and seal: When experiencing excessive shedding it is important to moisturise and seal the hair to hydrate the strands.

6.  Drink loads of water: In the harmattan season which usually happens at this time of year in the West African region we get more dehydrated. Even if you are in a temperate region where you experience winter at this time of year you also tend to get more dehydrated. It is therefore important to replenish our bodies’ moisture levels by staying hydrated by drinking water regularly which in turn will eventually lead to a more hydrated scalp.

7.  Black Tea Rinses: This method is an effective way to reduce excessive shedding. You simply steep between 2 to 10 bags of black tea in some hot water allow it is to cool and pour over your hair as a rinse. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for about 30 minutes, rinse and then use a moisturising deep conditioner as the black tea would usually make your hair hard and stiff. There are several other ways of doing black tea rinses and I have explained all of them here.

8.   Garlic: I have a very detailed post on how garlic can help combat shedding that you should read here. To combat shedding with garlic you can take garlic pills or finely mince some garlic cloves and add them to your deep conditioner. Some people also swear by the alter ego garlic deep conditioner to stop excessive hair shedding.

I hope this post will prove useful to anyone experiencing excessive hair shedding. If any of the tips do work for you please share here or kindly share any other remedies that have helped with your hair shedding. If you also have any additional requests on any topic you would like me to address please comment below.

PS. Please if you have not already kindly check out my blogger spotlight features on Naija Hair can grow and Fola's Oasis.


TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." - Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Texlaxing your Hair for Healthier Hair

Texlaxing is a process of relaxing your hair where your hair is left slightly under processed and so it is not relaxed bone straight. In texlaxing a relaxer is typically used or you may also use a milder relaxer or a kids one. Texlaxing is extremely beneficial to the hair, hair appears thicker and has more body and volume as opposed to hair that is relaxed which has a bone straight look. It is also widely believed that texlaxing is healthier for our hair as some of our curl pattern is retained. Texlaxing is also very versatile as it is easy to rock either a straight look or a curly hair style.

There are different methods to texlax hair. The key thing to note is that in all methods the relaxer is left on the hair for a shorter amount of time and the relaxer is not combed through the hair. The first method is where you leave the relaxer on your hair for a lesser amount of time. Let us say for example that you normally leave the relaxer on your hair for 20 minutes when getting your hair relaxed. When texlaxing you might want to reduce the time period the relaxer is on your hair to about 10 minutes. The second method is where you texlax by adding about between 1- 3 tablespoons of some conditioner or oil to the relaxer, this weakens the effects of the relaxer, you must also ensure that you reduce the processing time to between about three to ten minutes.

This is a picture of me today, I am currently transitioning to texlaxed hair


Now let us look at the benefits and disadvantages of texlaxing our hair:

Benefits

1.  You hair appears fuller/thicker: This is particularly beneficial for those with fine hair. Texlaxing your hair gives it more volume and body.

2.   It is healthier for your hair: Our hair is naturally curly/kinky. When you relax your hair bone straight you completely remove all the curls and kinks from your hair. However with texlaxing you retain a bit of your curl pattern which is essentially healthier for our hair. Also as the relaxer is left on for a shorter period of time without being combed through this is healthier for our hair as well.

3.   Versatility: Texlaxed hair is more versatile so you have the best of both worlds. You can decide to wear your hair in a more natural state and pull off many natural hairstyles such as a puff, even an afro or you can decide to straighten your hair and achieve straighter hair.

Disadvantages

1.   Having to deal with different textures: If you decide to texlax your hair chances are that you still have bone straight relaxed hair consequently you have to deal with two different textures of hair. Your relaxed hair may like one product while your texlaxed hair does not. Also when your new growth comes in you will then have three different textures of hair to deal with. You have to give each hair texture the care it needs.

2.  Multiple lines of demarcation: In a situation where you first start texlaxing where you already have relaxed hair there would be a line of demarcation between where your relaxed hair and texlaxed hair meet. Also when your new growth starts to come in there will be another line of demarcation between your new growth and your texlaxed hair. It is therefore important that you pay particular attention to these lines of demarcation and be sure to pay extra attention to them when moisturising and sealing and when deep conditioning to prevent breakage. It is also important to be cautious of this when taking care of your hair generally.

3.  Thinner ends: If you are texlaxed, chances are that you have relaxed ends and your ends might appear thinner.


Texlaxed hair might require some additional care as opposed to straighter hair but its benefits far outweighs its disadvantages in the long run. I will share a post in the future on how to properly care for texlaxed hair. Please be sure to leave any questions, advise or comments you might have.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way". - Paulo Coelho, Brida