Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Wash Day Post – Pictures of my Newest Hair Style that everyone loves

Hello everyone I wanted to share a wash day post but I thought to make it a little different this time. I want to include some images of a different hair style I created which is not my usual bun, because let's face it sometimes the simple bun can seem repetitive/boring and the voluminous bun takes more time than I am willing to give early in the mornings. This style however which is known as the faux bob is simple to create. In one or two minutes I am done and I get a lot of volume each time. To make it look extra special I add a side fringe and I wear it like this throughout the week just taking it down to moisturise and seal in the mornings. It is an excellent protective style that is guaranteed to have people compliment you. I will probably do a tutorial on this style later please let me know if you want one.

My hair is experiencing less shedding/breakage which I am happy about. For this wash day I first did a pre-poo treatment. For my hair now I believe that I have high porosity hair and the reason for this is because no matter how much I moisturise or deep condition my hair it still remains quite dry. I am however going to do a very detailed post on the porosity of my hair and the porosity of hair generally as I think it is something important to be addressed.

I pre pooed for one and a half hours using my normal prepoo of V05 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Conditioner and sealed it in with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I also oiled my scalp with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I then covered my hair with a plastic/nylon bag and a shower cap. In applying the pre poo treatment I divided my hair into about 6 sections applied the conditioner and I detangled using my fingers alone. I noticed that whilst finger detangling my hair was not really tangled which was something that I was happy about.

I then used the Tangle Taming Shampoo which is a gentle shampoo my hair loves although it contains sulphates my hair feels clean and not totally stripped when I use this product. I then deep conditioned my hair for 4 hours with (with my nylon/plastic bag and shower cap), I would have left the dc mix in for longer but this dc mix was dripping too much for my liking. 45 minutes out of those 4 hours was spent under my curl formers hooded dryer attachment. I used a deep conditioner mix of Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner, Queen Helene Cholesterol Deep Conditioner, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, and Olive Oil, I then sealed in the conditioner with Coconut Oil as my oil rinsing step.

After 4 hours I took off the nylon bag and plastic cap and I detangled my hair with the conditioner still in it using my wide tooth comb. My hair felt soft and strong at the same time, I then rinsed out the deep conditioner mix with cold water.

I towel dried my hair thoroughly, oiled my scalp with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and applied my leave-ins, Cantu Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and then I sealed everything in with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I then divided my hair into 2 sections and proceeded to air dry in 2 pony tails. After about 2 hours I moisturised and sealed my hair lightly with some Curl & Style Milk/Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, finger detangled and left them in the ponytails.

In the morning I took out the pony tails and wore my hair in a voluminous faux bun with a side fringe to work. This has been my go to style for some time as I am getting a bit bored with wearing my hair in a bun every time. So far so good, I have managed to create different versions of the style and I wanted to share a few of them below.

Here is my freshly washed hair today at work.




This is a picture of the same style but it looks a bit different because I tried to create more of a retro/swoop like effect with the fringe part. The funny thing was that I left the back as is. I had wrapped my hair in a Satin Scarf the night before and when I took the scarf out I found there was no need to do anything more to the faux bob part simply fluffed it a bit. I also put on a head band to add some visual interest.







Then this is another variation of the hairstyle but this time there is a bun behind.

Hope you all enjoyed my mini hairstyle look book and thank you for reading my post. Do let me know how your wash day went, share any good products that you have tried lately or any other questions/comments you might have.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" - Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems


PS. Please do check out the post I did on Bella Naija, It’s a bit different to the sort of stuff I write about here but I just want everyone to feel accepted for who they are and what they choose to do, even if it is just hair.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Hair Progress Pictures – “The New Beginnings” Hair Growth Challenge (Mid Way Results)

Hello to all my lovelies, I hope you have been following the rules of the Hair Growth Challenge please don’t forget that it ends on the 14th of September 2016. If you have been slacking off you have about 3 months or thereabouts to get on track to do everything you need to do to grow your hair. This post is just a reminder that we are at the halfway point and to encourage us all to get back into the swing of things. I am also going to be sharing my progress pictures.

Now, the essence of this Hair Growth Challenge is to ensure that we have as much growth as possible within 6 months. The rules are quite easy to follow and I will just be running through all of them so that I can let you know how I have fared and for you all also to evaluate yourselves to see how far you have come over the past 3 months with this Hair Growth Challenge. Now let us get into the Rules:

Wash and Deep Condition weekly or every other week: I have definitely been washing and deep conditioning my hair every week or two weeks and I must say that I have been doing more weekly washes. I need to stay up on this till the end of the Hair Growth Challenge.

Do a pre-shampoo treatment or hot oil treatment prior to washing Hair (optional): I have been doing pre shampoo treatments before washing my hair. I have however not done any hot oil treatments but as the Hair Growth Challenge provides for either pre shampoo or hot oil treatments I believe that I am on the right track. Please note that this rule is optional and does not have to be followed by everyone participating in the Hair Growth Challenge.

Moisturise and seal hair daily or every other day: For the most part I have moisturised and sealed daily or at least every other day.

Oil your scalp daily with a Growth Aid: I have been oiling my scalp every day with my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I may have missed one or two days here and there but for the most part I have been consistent.

Keep your hair in Protective Styles: I have kept my hair in buns or my new go to style which is like a faux bob/pinned up hair do with a side swept bang or some variation of this. I will share pictures of the style later or you can check my photos on instagram here. I like the style because it is more glamorous than your usual bun and gives me a different look.

Air dry your hair after washing it: I have been air drying my hair every time after washing and deep conditioning except for the time when I got my relaxer.

Stretch your relaxers to at least 8 weeks: I stretched my relaxer to about 12 weeks so I am good with this rule. The minimum time permitted to get a touch up in this Hair Growth Challenge is 8 weeks.

Now let us get into some progress pictures so we can see how far my hair has come. I would also advise you all especially those taking part in the hair challenge to take some photos at this mid way point (you can also send your pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com). These pictures will allow us to see how much work we need to do before the end of the Hair Growth Challenge and give us time to review or tweak our regimen if necessary. Please don’t forget that there is an awesome prize up for grabs for Lagos, Nigeria residents (please see the Hair Growth Challenge Rules here for more details. However the rest of my lovely readers are all encouraged to participate as the end result of longer, healthier hair will be as good a prize as any. Anyway let us get into the progress pictures:


Now let us compare it to my pictures at the start of the Hair Growth Challenge you would see that my hair is longer and my bun is fuller. 


I would be working towards making sure I achieve good results by following the rules of the Hair Growth Challenge and I hope you all do the same. I wish everyone the very best results with the remainder of the Hair Growth Challenge.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"But remember, boy, that a kind heart can sometimes be as powerful as a sword" - Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Wash Day Post – Breakthrough for my Hair that reduced my Hair Breakage/Shedding

Hello everyone I am back with another wash day post. First and foremost, I need to state what a successful wash day means to me, a successful wash day means a wash day which resolves some of your hair problems and leaves you with hair that feels nicely moisturised and conditioned. I have been experiencing more breakage and shedding than I would have liked and I can finally attribute it to the ORS Replenishing Conditioner (New Formula) I bought.  I do not know whether I got a bad bottle or a fake one because the product was so clumpy (see photo below) and had no slip whatsoever and I was using it for about 6 weeks see my previous wash day post here where I complained about the amount of breakage/shedding I was getting. This time around however I had quite a successful wash day in that the problem of breakage/shedding of my hair finally reduced.


Now the ORS Replenishing Conditioner has always been one of my staple products especially to provide slip but this bottle was causing my hair to break/shed excessively. So I did something I have not done in a long time I decided not to use my ORS Replenishing Conditioner in a wash day and my hair thanked me for it. I feel like I have actually had a mini set back since more hair than I would have wanted was constantly breaking or shedding ever since my relaxer day six weeks ago when I started using that conditioner. Anyway I am happy that things are now under control and I will simply continue treating my hair as I am only 6 weeks post and half way into my stretch so I can still gain some length and thickness back to my hair which is my goal for my next relaxer.

Anyway for this washday I decided to first pre poo I was able to leave the pre poo in for 2 hours. I used my usual pre poo of V05 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Conditioner and I sealed it in with my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I divided my hair into about 8 sections applied the conditioner and then sealed in the conditioner with my oil, I did a mini detangle with my fingers however I did not have a lot of tangles even though I had not washed my hair for 2 weeks. I then covered my hair with a plastic/nylon bag and a shower cap.

My hair had a lot of product build up so I decided to clarify with my ORS Aloe Shampoo I cannot tell you how much my hair loves this stuff. Sometimes I wonder if it is a conditioning clarifying shampoo because although I feel it clarifies my hair, it also conditions, softens yet strengthens and detangles it. It is one of my favourite shampoos to use.  

I then deep conditioned my hair for about 4 hours (with my nylon/plastic bag and shower cap), I would have left the dc mix in for longer but this dc mix was dripping everywhere. 45 minutes out of those 4 hours was spent under my curl formers hooded dryer attachment. I used a deep conditioner mix of Wura’s Secret Deep Conditioner, Queen Helene Cholesterol Deep Conditioner, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, I then sealed in the conditioner with Coconut Oil (this is my oil rinsing step).

I was quite worried about what the results of this deep conditioning mix might be this was because I felt that I would have no slip as a result of failure to include the ORS Replenishing Conditioner and it was also my first time using the Queen Helene Cholesterol Deep Conditioner. I was however pleasantly surprised that the opposite was the case. After 4 hours I took off the nylon bag and plastic cap and I detangled my hair with the conditioner still in it using my wide tooth comb. I was so happy about the amount of slip I had, my hair also had less breakage/shedding. I then rinsed out the deep conditioner mix with cold water.

I towel dried my hair thoroughly, oiled my scalp with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and applied my leave-ins, Cantu Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and then I sealed everything in with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I was a bit heavy handed with the products so my hair felt quite weighed down. However apart from that I am happy to report that my shedding/breakage reduced dramatically with this wash day.I then divided my hair into 4 sections and proceeded to air dry in 4 pony tails so that my hair could air dry faster. 



In the morning I took out the pony tails and detangled again with a wide tooth comb I was happy to see only a normal amount of shed hairs. I put my hair up in a bun and off to work I went.






Hope you all enjoyed reading this post; please share how your wash day went or your experience with any of the products I used. I would also like to thank everyone that takes their time to out to read my posts, please send me an email if there is anything you would like me to post on or you can also leave a comment with your post suggestions below.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"I love those who can smile in trouble..." - Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

5 Best Natural Oils for Hair Growth

Hello my loves I am back again with another post and I must say that I am quite happy with my blogging frequency. Anyway let us get into the post  - Nature has provided us with everything we need to achieve longer and healthier hair and I just wanted to share with you 5 of the best natural oils that can be used to grow your hair. These oils encourage hair growth by preventing excessive shedding, stimulating the hair follicles and making the hair less susceptible to breakage. I have touched on a few of these 5 Oils for Hair Growth in the past on this blog but I wanted to create one post for the very best oils so that anyone beginning a hair journey can know what to look for.


Now as always I must state that different oils work for people in different ways and perhaps your hair may not like or respond to one of the oils listed. However I have found after thorough research and the fact that I have been making hair products for a while now and always get feedback from my clients; that these oils would generally work to grow our hair. The first 3 oils that are listed are carrier oils (which means that they can be used on their own and can act as a base oil) and the remaining 2 oils are essential oils (which means that they cannot be used on their own but must be mixed with a carrier oil in about a 1:50 ratio). Now without further ado let us get into it:

Coconut Oil: I have done a detailed post on coconut oil and I will encourage you all to read it here because in my opinion coconut oil is one of the very best oils for hair growth. This is because it aids in length retention which is the biggest reason why it seems like black hair does not grow. Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and follicle to strengthen it from within, it can repair hair that experiences damage, it also minimises the effects of hygral fatigue and is therefore a very good oil to use as a pre-shampoo treatment. It is important to make sure that you use extra virgin coconut oil as this oil has been processed to retain the most amount of benefits. People with thicker hair or hair that is protein sensitive may find that coconut oil can make their hair feel hard however there are ways to minimise this such as by mixing coconut oil with other carrier oils such as castor oil which is more moisturising.

Castor Oil: Castor Oil is also a very wonderful oil for hair growth. This is because it stimulates the hair follicles to grow and also makes hair grow back thicker. It prevents hair loss and stops hair from thinning. Castor Oil is different from other oils as it is a humectant which draws and retains moisture from the atmosphere into the hair. It also has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties which prevents dandruff and other scalp infections. Castor Oil is one of the best oils for hair growth as it actually moisturises and hydrates the hair, it is therefore a perfect sealant for those with dry hair. Please read my post here to find out more about castor oil and how it can be used to achieve hair growth.

Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is derived from the seed of the jojoba plant. This is another excellent oil for hair growth and should be applied to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. The reason for this is because jojoba oil mimics the natural sebum on our scalp and therefore nourishes our scalp while making it a conducive place where our hair can grow and thrive. Due to its monounsaturated and saturated fat content it has the ability to deeply penetrate the hair follicles and hydrates and strengthens the hair shaft. Jojoba oil gives the hair elasticity, softness, conditions and nourishes the hair follicles. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Please endeavour to use jojoba oil that is unrefined as this is the purest form of the oil.

Rosemary Oil: This is an essential oil and is to be added to carrier oils in a minimal quantity. Rosemary oil usually comes in small bottles with a dropper dispenser. Rosemary Oil is distilled from the leaves of the rosemary herb. To use rosemary oil for hair growth simply put some drops of rosemary oil into a carrier oil such as the ones I have mentioned above. Rosemary Oil is actually one of the very best oils to aid hair growth, this is because it stimulates the scalp and hair follicles which will in turn stimulate hair growth. It is also said to significantly reduce hair loss and can prevent hair from turning gray. Rosemary Oil also nourishes the scalp and can help in the treatment of dandruff.

Peppermint Oil: This is also an essential oil to be added to carrier oils in a minimal quantity. Peppermint oil also usually comes in small bottles with a dropper dispenser. Peppermint Oil invigorates and penetrates the scalp and hair follicles thereby stimulating hair growth. It has the ability to increase blood flow and improve blood circulation in your scalp which will in turn increase hair growth. Peppermint oil is hypoallergenic and contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties thereby preventing dandruff and other infections making the scalp an ideal place for hair to grow.

These Oils can be applied to the scalp and on the hair itself, they can be used as hot oil treatments, added to deep conditioners and even shampoos, used in pre-shampoo treatments and can be used in a variety of other ways. Please share your own favourite oils for hair growth and your experience with using any of the above oils.

PS. If you haven’t already please read Berry’s Review of our Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil here, we are delighted she experienced good results.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou

Thursday, 2 June 2016

How to grow your Hair and retain Length – Take care of your Ends

Hello everyone I am back with another post which will focus on how to grow our hair and retain length. The ends of our hair are very important, if we do not care for the ends of our hair they will break off and no matter how much our hair grows, the growth will never translate into longer hair. Take for example, someone who always goes to the salon to get their hair relaxed every 3 months and clearly has a lot of new growth/ under growth before the relaxer is applied however the person finds that at the end of the relaxer process their hair has not grown longer. This is a typical experience for most of us – where the hair grows hence the new growth, but the growth does not translate into length. One of the reasons for this could very well be that your ends are breaking off because you are not paying particular attention to them.

First off let us start with what the “ends” of your hair means. The ends of our hair is the tip of the hair, so when you take a section of your hair, the end part which is the bottom part of the hair can be referred to as the ends of our hair. This is also the oldest part of our hair and they therefore require a lot of care. Except for people with medical conditions and so on most hair grows, the issue I believe especially for those of African descent is that even though our hair grows the regular half an inch (on average) like people of other races we are not able to retain the length of our hair as much. A reason for this is because our hair tends to be drier and more susceptible to breakage and damage another reason which I will be covering in this post is because we do not take adequate care of our ends to ensure that they are always in optimal condition.



For those of us on the Hair Growth Challenge which I am hosting on this blog and for anyone who wants to achieve longer, healthier hair I believe that it is important to care for our ends so that they do not break off and our hair becomes longer and healthier. The rule of thumb is that in most things you do concerning hair care, focus most especially on your ends. I will share the following tips on how to achieve growth and retain length by focusing on our ends, here goes:

When applying deep conditioner concentrate on your ends: It is important to deep condition our hair regularly in our quest for longer, healthier hair. To ensure that our ends remain in tip top shape we should always apply our deep conditioner to our entire hair in sections and for each section ensure that your ends are properly coated with the deep conditioner. So when you are applying the deep conditioner divide your hair into sections of at least 12; the more sections you do the better. Then apply the deep conditioner on each section making sure it covers the entire section of hair then take a little bit more of the conditioner and put it on the ends of your hair.

When applying hair moisturiser concentrate on your ends: We all know that we should moisturise and seal our hair everyday, it is also advisable to do this in sections using a hair moisturiser that contains water as its first ingredient. I usually moisturise my hair in 4 sections if you want to however you can definitely moisturise in smaller sections. I have a post on how I moisturise in sections here. Anyway when applying moisturiser to each section of hair it is important to take a bit more and apply it to the very ends of your hair.

When sealing your hair concentrate on your ends: The ends of our hair are most likely to lose moisture the fastest. It is therefore important to ensure that after moisturising our hair, you seal the moisture that has been put into your hair with an oil. When sealing with an oil no need to work in sections however if that is your preference you can work in about 2 to 4 sections. Take about a coin sized amount of oil, rub your palms together and apply it on your entire length of hair concentrating on your ends.

Always keep your ends protected: This is where protective styles come in. It is important to wear protective styles as much as possible as they keep your ends hidden at all times. When your ends are kept away they are protected and are less prone to damage and breakage.

When detangling your hair be very gentle with the ends of your hair: When detangling your hair it is important to be very gentle with the ends of your hair. If you are finger detangling be gentle as you work your fingers through your hair and if you are using a wide tooth comb you may want to detangle by starting with the ends first.

Trim your ends on a as needed basis: Decipher when you hair needs to be trimmed and give it a slight trim. This could be 1-4 times a year it is all about finding out what works for you. You should never over trim your hair to the point where you are not able to see any growth because you are trimming every 8 weeks or more.

Protect your ends when you are getting your hair relaxed/texlaxed: When you are getting your hair relaxed/texlaxed it is important to protect the ends of your hair by applying a heavy moisturiser, hair butter, hair grease or anything that will stop the relaxer from penetrating your hair shaft. This will ensure that the ends of your hair are adequately protected as the relaxer is not meant to get on it accidentally or at the point where the relaxer is being washed out of the hair. It is also important to make sure that the ends of the hair are never relaxed as this may also lead to breakage.

Doing all of the above will ensure that your ends stay hydrated, nourished and moisturised which will translate to stronger, healthier ends which will result in longer hair. For all those taking part in the Hair Growth Challenge please let us try to follow the above tips in addition to the other rules of the challenge to ensure that we achieve as much hair growth as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post, please share any questions you might have or any tips for retaining length.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; And my people shall never be put to shame". - The Holy Bible, Joel 2, v. 25-25 (NKJV)