Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Coconut Oil for Hair Growth and to prevent Excessive Shedding

Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils for hair care. It contains medium-chain fatty acids (which allow it penetrate more deeply into the hair shaft than other oils), Vitamin K, Vitamin E and Iron. It is an excellent hair conditioner as it improves the structure of the hair and can repair damaged hair. It also promotes scalp health due its antifungal and antibacterial properties. It aids hair growth and prevents hair from shedding excessively. It is actually the only oil that can prevent protein loss in the hair.

For hair care purposes, it is best to use extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is versatile and can be used for hair care in a variety of ways which are shared below:



As a Scalp Oil: Apply coconut oil to your scalp and it may reduce hair shedding which would in turn promote overall hair growth. Using coconut oil as a scalp oil prevents hair breakage due its nourishing properties. Coconut oil on the scalp can also treat or prevent dandruff. You can apply coconut oil to your scalp once or twice a week or even daily it depends on what actually works for your hair. For more effective results ensure you massage the oil properly into your scalp which will further increase the benefits of the oil and improve scalp circulation thus improving hair growth.

Pre shampoo (Pre poo) Treatment: I have done a post on pre poo treatments here you may want to read it to find out more on pre pooing. Coconut oil can be applied all over the hair and on the scalp and the hair can be covered with a plastic cap for at least 20 to 30 minutes (you can definitely go longer), a few hours or overnight if possible before washing the hair. Coconut oil is an excellent pre poo treatment because it prevents hygral fatigue which occurs when the hair strand swells excessively when the hair is wet e.g. when it is being washed. Coconut oil therefore allows the hair to maintain its structure whilst it is being washed which leads to less damaged hair that is less likely to break.

As a Hot Oil Treatment: Coconut oil is also extremely good as a hot oil treatment because it strengthens the hair due to its protein content, conditions the scalp and effectively adds moisture to the hair as well. To use this oil simply heat it up slightly and apply on the scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap at least for 20 – 30 minutes or even overnight for maximum benefit. You can read my post on hot oil treatments to find out more.

As a Deep Conditioner: Some people deep condition with only coconut oil. First you wet hair lightly so that it is slightly damp (if you want to do it on dry hair) or else you can start with hair that is already damp after shampooing and then you apply coconut oil all over the hair, massaging it into your scalp. You can then cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 20- 30 minutes (at the very barest minimum) (or longer if that is your preference) or you might just cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow your body heat work its magic (You can do this overnight for optimum benefits).

As a Deep Conditioner Addition: You can also add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to your deep conditioner to enhance its benefits.

As a Sealant: One of the best uses I have found for coconut oil is that it is an excellent sealant. Out of all the other natural oils I have tried I can honestly say that coconut oil is the very best. This is because it actually protects the structural integrity of the hair and prevents the tips/ends from splitting and breaking off. Due to the fatty acids (including the lauric acid) in Coconut Oil they bind to the hair shaft, protecting it from breakage which leads to good looking ends. We all know that damaged ends eventually result in shorter hair. Coconut oil is also a very beneficial sealant because it penetrates the hair shaft and prevents moisture from escaping. So coconut oil may be used to seal the hair every day after moisturising concentrating your efforts particularly on the ends of the hair. It can also prevent your hair from sun damage.

As a Detangler: Coconut oil may be effective in ensuring that the hair is free from tangles. Simply apply the oil throughout the hair, you may work in sections to make the process easier and then gently detangle. 

Please share if you have used coconut oil and how you use it. Hope you enjoyed this post and if you have post suggestions on topics you would like to see on the blog please drop a comment below or send an email.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



" I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.... You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be."
In "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat," his first speech as Prime Minister to the House of Commons May 13, 1940, quoted by Jeffrey R. Holland in "However Long and Hard the Road" BYU Devotional 18 Jan 1983 - Winston Churchill

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine's Day Hair and Makeup

Hello my loves I am back again with another post as promised just in time for Valentine’s Day. The theme for this Valentine’s Day Look for me was blush pink and roses. I absolutely adore blush pink because it is such a soft and pretty colour. Roses on the other hand are some of the most beautiful flowers. This look I created is for anyone who may have plans for a romantic evening, i.e. dinner out somewhere nice and intimate or just going out to have fun in general with friends. It is my usual simple fuller bun but I decided to wear a flower in my hair. I kept the entire look simple with minimal makeup and pearl earrings which always add a touch of elegance to an outfit which by the way is blush pink


This is another hair style I created, for an edgier look using your own hair, nothing says edgier better than hair that is pulled to the very top in a loose or tight bun. I created this look making sure that I pulled my hair all the way up to give a dramatic effect. I already have a hair tutorial for both these looks here simply place the bun higher to achieve this particular look.


I decided to also share some of the products and makeup I used as well. I normally never wear foundation but I decided to for this Valentine’s Day Look and I used my fingers for the most part for a more natural finish. I used some of my favourite Rose scent products, Tresor Midnight Rose, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle and The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Fragrance Mist as well as my favourite Body lotion by Clarins which has the loveliest smell. 


For this simple make up look I used the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC44.5, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC45, Sleek Eye shadow Palette in Oh So Beautiful, Sleek Blush in Coral, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks in Pink in the Afternoon and Coral Berry, Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown and Eye Pencil in Black Magic. 


In keeping with the Rose theme I also had some Cadbury Chocolate Roses whilst getting ready and also lit one of my favourite Yankee Candles, it is Valentine after all.






I hope you all enjoyed these two hairstyles I created for Valentine’s Day and the post which is a bit different from what I normally do. Please share how you wore your hair and makeup for Valentine.

TONKABELLE, xoxo


"I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)"
-E.E. Cummings
 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Scissor Happy Hair Stylists, How to Spot a Good Hair Stylist and Hair Growth Update

Hey my loves just thought to share a bit of an update on what has been happening with my hair and what you can expect from posts to come. Let us start with a bit of a background story, I always took care of my hair myself and even used to relax it myself until when my hair was becoming more difficult for me to self relax which was a result of it being severely under processed. I then decided that I needed a professional to give me a corrective relaxer. I started going to this salon to get my hair relaxed. They did a good job some of the time but I always felt they cut (any sign of progress) my hair too much each time I got my hair relaxed. The final straw was sometime in August 2015 when I got a touch up and my hair was completely chopped off. My hair was so short that I could not even put it in a proper bun.

I made it a duty to grow my hair back (I will be sharing everything I did in a future post) and to stop going to that salon. First and foremost I realised my hair was being severely over processed although they only put the relaxer on the new growth they would comb it in so much to the point where the hair would be completely relaxed bone straight. I incurred several relaxer burns as a result of their relaxing my hair I did a post about that here. I just kept going because I felt since they applied the relaxer to only the new growth at least they were doing something right.

I have done a post on 10 fascinating facts about my hair one of the facts was that my hair is coarse and does not take too well to relaxers and that is why I usually have a lot of texture left in my hair after relaxing it. These people did corrective relaxers on me about two times because they maintained my hair did not take well to relaxers (and did all they could to get my hair to be relaxed bone straight which is against my preference).

This is why I wanted to share this post with everyone who may be suffering from a bad hair stylist please either take matters into your own hands or try out another salon. Here is how to know a good hair stylist:

  • A good hair stylist/hair dresser always listens to you and gives you advice according to your specific wants/needs.
  • They should have the ultimate best interest of your hair at heart and should take pride in the progress of your hair.
  • They should be knowledgeable about good products you can use to improve the health and length of your hair.
  • They should not try to make you do something you are not comfortable with. I am not talking about style wise per se, so a stylist trying to convince you to put a track of colour in your weave might be ok but one who insists you colour your hair when you clearly don’t want to or one who insists that it is good to relax hair that has already been relaxed or insists on any other unhealthy hair practice should be dispensed with.

Anyway at the point when I decided to change hair salons, I contacted my friend Dabs from Naija Hair Can Grow who has a salon. Let us just say that over there the interest of your hair is paramount and I was able to get my hair texlaxed which is actually what I prefer as I enjoy having texture in my hair. I made sure to take great care of my hair (look out for what I did in a future post) after that horrifying hair cut incident and on my texlax day this was the result.



Please stay tuned to my blog as I have a lot of exciting posts to come after this. I will be sharing a post about Valentine’s Day, I got inspiration for that post from Berry’s blog. Also I will be putting up a Hair Challenge very soon and sharing things I did to my hair to get it to grow so fast in 3 months.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars" -  Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Monday, 1 February 2016

Silk/Satin Scarf v Silk/Satin Bonnet (Which do you prefer?)

Welcome to the romantic month of February I just had to get a post up today to welcome you into this month of love. I am sure that everyone that is a reader of this blog or that is knowledgeable about hair care generally would know that it is important that we protect our hair at night when we sleep. This is because the friction which occurs as we rest our heads on our pillows and toss and turn at night can lead to breakage issues and loss of moisture and generally more frazzled hair. However when you are able to cover your hair at night before sleeping its stays more moisturised/hydrated and it holds a style better.

You cannot cover/protect your hair with any fabric of your choosing such as cotton, nylon, wool and so on rather it is important to use silk or satin material to cover your hair as they are smooth and cause less friction on our hair. In the quest to protect our hair there are several options to choose from you can go either the scarf or bonnet route (there is also the satin/silk pillowcase). I just thought to make this post interactive to see what my blog readers favoured.  I will go ahead to list some of the pros and cons of both of them.

























Silk/satin Scarf

Pros
Cons
It looks more attractive to me. I would rather go out with a silk scarf on my head than to be ever caught with a bonnet outside of my home.
It has a tendency to slip off your head while you are sleeping.
It ensures your hair looks smooth, intact and that your hair lies down properly. So if for example you want your bun to be extra smooth in the morning you can moisturise and seal your hair, put it up in a bun, tie your hair scarf and in the morning all of you have to do is to take off your scarf and you are good to go.

It washes easily.


Silk/satin Bonnet

Pros
Cons
It can keep a longer term protective style in place and is easier to wear when you have braids installed or any sort of extensions or if you are someone who has a lot of hair.
It looks more unattractive to me.
When you buy a good satin bonnet such as the one made by Dabs of Naija hair can grow, it will actually stay put and does not slip off at night.

It washes easily.



I think which a person prefers is a matter of personal choice. They are both excellent ways to protect your hair at night. I would like to know which of the two alternatives my lovely blog readers prefer and why.

TONKABELLE,xoxo


"Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it"-Dorothy M. Neddermeyer