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Loving Your Edges!

In the world we live in its very difficult to maintain your edges. With the constant manipulation of hair, the tugging and pulling of the hairline, taming the edges etc it’s really difficult for one to keep healthy edges. Most women have thinning edges or none at all, sigh! All thanks to braids, weaves and wigs.

I have always been careful about my edges even during my creamy crack days. That didn’t stop me from abusing them though, I would let my stylists pull on them all for the sake of neatness. Thank God, I never suffered permanent damage but from the questions I get on my social media sights, I have realised that most people have hairline problems. Most women are desperate for a way to revive their edges. I am going to list down and explain some Dos and Don’ts to help you save your hairline.

1. Avoid tugging and pulling your hairline.

I know, especially with my Zimbabwean sisters we believe that the stylist should pick every single hair on your head so that the style can come out neater and for it to last longer. NO NO NO, let’s stop it. If you pull the edges too tight you cause traction which leads to the hair on your edges to be pulled out from the roots. Make sure your stylist is gentle when handling the hairline. I feel it’s better to leave the edges out than to style them too tight.

2. Keep the baby hairs moisturized…

We all know our hair needs moisture and that’s why we do the LOC method and all the other variations to seal in that moisture. Just because they are baby hairs doesn’t mean they don’t need the extra loving. I take my edges as the most fragile section of my hair so I make sure I spritz them with water and apply a bit of my Caivil Fusion Oil (A blend of oils) daily to keep them strong and healthy, especially when I have a protective style. You can also apply plain castor oil or castor oil with a few drops of peppermint and rosemary oil. It works like a charm!

3. Don’t lay them edges too much!

I know we all want to keep them edges neat and “laid for the gods” but sometimes it’s good to just let them be. The natural untamed look also looks great so it’s not a must to always tame your edges. Edge control can dry out your edges causing breakage because of the hold. I prefer to lay them once in a while and when I do, I make sure I moisturise them first so they are not too dry. Please avoid using edge control or gel on dry edges it causes breakage.

4. Don’t wear wigs, satin bonnets and head wraps too tight on the hairline

When I tie my headwrap I avoid tying too tightly and I try lower it down a bit to my forehead same thing goes for your satin bonnets. Lower them a bit. Wigs are also included here please make sure you don’t adjust them too tightly and make sure you moisturise too!

5. Be gentle!

Be gentle on your hairline, don’t brush or comb roughly. I prefer using my fingers to smooth my hairline but when I do use a brush I use one with soft bristles and I try to be as gentle as possible.

Above are the Dos and Don’ts of edge maintenance and now I would like to share a few remedies to revive your hair line!

1. Onion Juice

Take one onion and chop it into tiny pieces, blend it then pour the mixture in a cheese cloth and squeeze out the juice. You can use the plain juice or mix it with some castor oil and rosemary or peppermint oil (optional). Apply it to your hairline or the entire scalp if you please. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and rinse out after an hour. The onion juice promotes hair growth and stimulates blood flow to your scalp.

2. Castor Oil

You can also apply castor oil to your hairline daily. Castor oil promotes growth, thickens and strengthens hair. You can also add a few drops of rosemary oil and peppermint oil as they also promote hair growth and stimulate your scalp but this is optional.

3. Caivil Fusion Oil

You can apply this to you hairline daily. It has an array of great oils that condition hair, promote growth, strengthen and thicken it. Read more about it here.

I hope you found this helpful. If you do try any of these tips and remedies please don’t be shy to give us feedback and if you have more to add about edge maintenance feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section. Happy hair growing💜

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Caivil Fusion Oil: Hair Gro Essence

OMW! Ever had that one product that you absolutely swear by? Well, Caivil’s Fusion Oil is one of those for me. I absolutely love it. This product does the most for me especially when I have my hair in a protective style. It strengthens my hair, protects my edges and promotes growth. It is a fusion of a variety of oils that your hair can not help but love. Trust me, for a product that’s easy on the pocket it really does the most for me. If like me, you are a naturalista who wants effective products for your hair without paying an arm and a leg then you must give it a try.

Like I mentioned it is a blend of oils that are essential for the health and growth of your hair:

  • Castor Oil

It thickens hair, promotes hair growth and strengthens hair. It conditions and moisturises hair.

  • Coconut Oil

It deeply conditions hair, prevents dandruff and provides protein for your hair.

  • Argan Oil

It’s a natural heat protectant and it treats dry, brittle hair. It also eliminates dandruff.

  • Olive Oil

It improves your hair’s elasticity, penetrates the hair shaft and deeply conditions hair.

  • Peppermint Oil

It stimulates hair growth, aids oil secretion on the scalp and it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Avocado Oil

It helps restore hair, it softens it and it helps protect hair from future damage. It’s rich in vitamin E.

  • Rosemary Oil

It prevents baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. It also promotes hair growth.

  • Lavender Oil

It promotes hair growth, increases blood circulation to the scalp and prevents hair loss.

  • Neem Oil

It gives you strong hair and a healthy scalp.

  • Tea Tree Oil

It prevents hair loss and a dry scalp. It fights dandruff, unclogs hair follicles and nourishes the roots.

  • Wheat Germ Oil

It relieves dryness, softens hair and adds moisture to it. It also helps increase circulation to your scalp.

  • Capsicum Annuum L

It strengthens hair follicles, stimulates hair growth and controls hair loss problems.

  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

It repairs damaged hair follicles, deeply moisturizes hair and prevents breakage.

  • Vegetable Oil

It conditions hair, tames frizz and helps remove dandruff.

Now that you’ve read about all these benefits, isn’t it unbelievable that we can find all these in one bottle? Buying the oils individually can be costly and caivil fusion oil is quite convenient. Do try it out!

Beauty

Bentonite clay mask

Okay, so initially I got the clay for my hair wash days but then I realized it’s also a facial mask. I just had to give it a try. December has been quite a strain for my skin because I have make up on half the time ( a girl’s gotta look good right) and I am that girl who sleeps with make up on after a very long day. Give me a break! I use the clay as a mask and cleanser twice a week.

It’s really helped to keep the break outs at bay. My skin is smoother and I haven’t had problems with blackheads and whiteheads lately. Especially at the moment because I usually break out during my period and my skin is behaving right now.

I mix 1 tablespoon of the clay with about 2-3 tablespoons of lukewarm water into a smooth paste. I apply to my face leaving out the eye area and lips. I leave it on for 15-20minutes before rinsing it off.

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Here are some of the benefits of bentonite clay for your skin:

  • unclogs and tightens pores
  • helps control over production of sebum
  • makes skin soft
  • makes skin glow
  • draws out toxins from the skin
  • exfoliates
  • helps reduce the appearance of scars
  • gives an even skin tone
  • helps with the regeneration of healthy skin cells
  • prevents and eases out blackheads
  • soothes itchy and inflamed skin
  • treats acne

It’s quite a good mask and very affordable. I got mine for 36rand at Dischem. I love it because it’s good for all skin types, it’s natural and has no artificial chemicals that could be toxic for your skin. Give it a try!

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Black Friday @ Edgars Zimbabwe

 

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So last Friday I had my first Black Friday experience in Zimbabwe. With prices unrealistically sky rocketing I was quite excited when I saw the Black Friday advert by Edgars Zimbabwe. I really had to check it out so I went to Edgars, First Street.

We got there around 9:30 and there wasn’t really much in terms of sizes, considering that most shoppers were saying they had opened their doors at 9. I struggled to get my size 10, mostly huge sizes were left and some of the stuff really didn’t appeal to my taste. It seemed more like a clearance sale not a Black Friday discount.

The discounts ranged between 75% and 33.3%. I got a nice pair of heels for $53 dollars, their usual price is $80 ( it was quite difficult to get a nice size 6). I also bought two lovely tops at 50% off. I didn’t get as much as I expected but I guess it was better than nothing.

I was also quite annoyed by the till operator. She set aside some wide leg pants I wanted to buy just because they didn’t have a tag on. You’d think she would have looked for a pair with a tag but I guess that courtesy doesn’t exist in Zimbabwe, huh? I ended up leaving them (sigh). How was your Black Friday?

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New Stash!!!

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything. My father passed away in October so I have been on quite a rollercoaster ride but I guess that’s life and we just have to try and move on no matter how hard it is. Anyway, the good news is that I recently refilled my hair stash and I have added a few new products. I really can’t wait to try them out.

It’s 10 months now since my Big chop and I am trying my best to establish a fixed hair regimen. I still use the same shampoo, Palmer’s coconut oil formula deep conditioning shampoo. I rarely use shampoo so I haven’t run out yet and my hair loves it so I don’t think I need to change brands anytime soon. I did however, get myself some Bentonite Clay. I have never clarified my hair and I want to try it out as soon as I take these braids out so we will see how that goes.

I finally got myself conditioner. I never had any conditioner. I would just go straight to deep conditioning. When I felt like conditioning my hair I often stole my son’s baby conditioner haha. I am going to be using Organics conditioner for dry and damaged hair. I got that at a bargain at Dischem for R80 for two 1 liter bottles. Only realized when I was back in Zimbabwe that I got a conditioner and a shampoo instead of two conditioners. What a bummer! The shampoo has sulfate so I’ll never use it but I am planning to sell it to someone who doesn’t mind so it’s fine, sigh!

For my deep conditioner, I replaced my Originals Africas Best Hair Mayonnaise with the Head & Shoulders Rinse off Treatment Masque (African Scalp & hair care). I also got one Dr Miracles Super Strength Deep Conditioning Satchet. If I like it, I might consider getting the bottle.

See, that’s actually something you can do before buying the whole lot. If you try out a deep conditioning pack you can then decide if you need more of it or not. Saves you a whole lot of change!

I also got myself some Afrobotanics products. I decided to try their Nehanda Moisturising Leave-in conditioner (only a Zimbabwean would figure why I love that name lol) and I replaced my dark & lovely au naturale afro moisturizing butter with their Asantewaa Super Hair Growth Creme.

For my scalp I am still using the Caivil Fusion Oil Hair Grow Essence, I really love it and I am not leaving it any time soon. I still have my extra virgin coconut oil for those DIY deep conditioners and hot oil treatments.

So there you go, I will keep you posted when I try the new products out. I am slowly figuring out what my hair loves. Once I do, I try my best to stick to it.

Happy hair growing💜

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Birthday Vibes!

It’s my 23rd birthday today. Hurray!!!! I am so happy and thankful to God for taking me this far. 22 was an eye opener for me as I got rid of my fears and decided to go for my dreams. I started blogging again, I got my natural hair page going and I am quite proud of what I have achieved thus far.

Now on Day 1 of year 23 I am going to keep moving. I am motivated to reach greater dimensions. I just can’t wait and I have so much planned for this blog and my audience. My goal is to continue doing what I love. I am growing in age but I also want to grow in knowledge. Knowledge that I love to share with you guys because you never know who it might help.

Thank you so much for being a part of my dream, for following my blog, reading my posts and acknowledging my efforts. I love you all.

Stay beautiful💜

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African Threading

African threading is locally known as mabhanzi here in Zimbabwe. It was a convenient and affordable hairstyle for many black women back in the day. All you need is thread.

Mabhanzi have come back with a bang in the natural hair community. They are done either as a protective hairstyle or to stretch hair. I normally just use them as a stretch method with just 3 or 4 plain lines. When I do get them as a protective style I keep them under a wig each time I leave the house. I prefer them as a protective style inbetween washes because they give me easy access to my scalp and hair when I want to oil or moisturise.

On Saturday, my mom was in the mood to experiment so we decided to make them a bit more stylish since I was going to keep them in for about 3 days to prevent shrinkage till I got my box braids done.

I am inlove with this hairstyle. I love it so much that yesterday I even went to church without a wig and I wish I could keep it longer but oh well!

Are you also a fan of African threading?

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Hello Aloe:)

The Aloe Vera plant has been a hit in the natural hair community. The juice and the gel. From DIY deep conditioners and prepoos to moisturizers and hair growth concoctions aloe has been added as an ingredient. It’s a good natural humectant that helps your hair retain moisture and it has many other benefits that I will list below:

•heals and repairs damaged cells in your scalp

•conditions hair

•contains proteolytic enzymes that promote hair growth

•it has anti-pruritic properties that relieve itchiness and scalp irritation

•reduces dandruff

•it’s a natural humectant

•helps restore the PH balance of your hair

Aloe as a pre-poo

You can use it as a pre-poo by applying the gel to your hair and scalp before your wash. Cover your head with a plastic cap and leave it in for an hour. Rinse it out then go on to shampoo or cowash as usual.

Aloe as a conditioner

You can also use it as a deep conditioner. Mix the gel with your favourite conditioner. Apply it to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave it in for an hour and rinse it out. You can also just use the plain aloe gel without mixing it with your conditioner.

Aloe as a leave-in conditioner

For a leave-in conditioner mix aloe gel, water and a few drops of an essential oil.

Aloe hair growth serum

Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe gel with 3 tablespoons castor oil and 3 tablespoons vitamin E oil. Apply it to your damp hair and scalp and rinse out after 20minutes. You can switch it up to your desired proportions and also depending on the volume of your hair.

How to extract the Aloe Vera gel

•Cut the leaf into sections about 4cm long. This makes it a little more manageable.

•Cut off the serrated edge. Try to get just the edge because it is difficult to get the gel out of those pieces.

•Turn your blade to its side and slide it in just under the skin on the end of one of the strips.

•Carefully slide the knife along the bottom edge of the skin down the whole length of the leaf. Try to stay close to the skin so you get as much gel as you can.

•Scoop out as much gel as you can and put it in a container.

•Blend until smooth. It will almost immediately froth when you start your blender. This is normal.

The froth will eventually go down. You can wait or you can just go ahead and strain the gel into a clean storage container to remove any bits from the skin

•if you’re not using it immediately then refrigerate it. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

Happy hair growing!

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Are length checks necessary?

Okay, so we all like to check for progress every now and then right? It’s not bad. However, I have noticed that most people get carried away with the length checks and become obsessed with the desire for length. We all want long hair but we must take time to enjoy the natural hair journey.

Growth differs in every individual and comparing your growth to others will just leave you stressed out. Whilst it’s good to check your progress after a couple of months you have to ensure the health of your hair in order to actually get some progress. It’s easier to retain the length of healthy hair. I’d advise anyone on this journey to focus on the overall health of their kinky crown.

Love your hair, enjoy the journey and growth will be imminent. Natural hair is more than just a trend!!! Get the right products for you and stick to them, follow a set regimen and enjoy each and every stage of your hair journey. I am somewhere between the twa stage and the awkward stage but I am embracing the phase I am in and loving my journey nonetheless. So instead of being obsessed with length and doing constant length checks take time to love your hair the way it is ensuring you keep it healthy. The length should be a bonus.

You can follow some of these tips to ensure you maintain healthy hair and retain as much length as possible:

1. Lightly oiling your scalp with a natural oil

2. Massage your scalp daily

3. Avoid daily manipulation of hair

4.Avoid pulling your scalp and edges

5. Use the LOC method or it’s variations to moisturize your hair

6. Clarify your hair

7. Seal your ends

8. Opt for natural hair colour like henna and avoid chemical dyes

9. Pre-poo using oils

10. Dry hair using a t-shirt

11.Use a wide tooth comb

12.Sleep in a satin or silk scarf

13.Moisturise daily

14.Trim regularly

15.Deep condition hair regularly

16. Do protein treatments once a month

17. Practice the baggy method once or twice a week to keep hair moisturised

18. Find products and a regimen that works for you and stick to it

19. Stop obsessing about length, be patient

20. Lastly, love your hair!

Happy hair growing naturalistas💜

Ps: You can also follow me on Instagram @zimbofros and like my Facebook page @zimbofros

Beauty

Care tips for summer

Hurray! Summer is fast approaching here in Zimbabwe. I am super excited. Summer time is glow time and we have to make sure that whilst we dress up, our bodies are kept clean and our skin is protected from the harsh African sun. I decided to give out a few important tips that are a must to remember!

1. Keep your armpits clean shaven

Yes, yes and yes! Get rid of your armpit hair please. There is nothing that puts anyone off more than sweaty, hairy armpits. Sweat clings on to the hairs and the odour is trapped so nomatter how much you scrub you'll still get stinky armpits from all that sweating in the scorching heat. You can wax, use hair remover or a shaving stick. To avoid razor bumps I suggest you use a home made lemon and sugar wax, it also prevents darkening of the armpits (double yeay!). I got the recipe here.

2. Get rid of sweat

After getting rid of armpit hair, make use of a good anti-perspirant to keep your armpits dry and to avoid sweat stains on your clothes. Not sexy! My favorite is the Garnier Mineral Antiperspirant Roll-on (Even), it also gets rid of dark underarms. It's available in our local OK supermarket for about $2.50 I think. Another cheap remedy for sweat is baking soda paste.

Baking soda paste:
Mix water and baking soda into a consistent paste. You can add an essential oil of your choice (optional). Apply the paste for 25minutes before washing it off.

You can also use talcum powder for other areas that get sweaty like the inner thighs, below the boobs, in between the butt cheeks, in between the toes or anywhere else you find sweat problematic. I prefer Johnson's baby powder (sue me, haha) it's lightly fragranced and doesn't leave my skin feeling too dried out.

3. Make use of sunscreen

To be honest I hate sunscreen. I hate it. It's laborious and some brands feel sticky gosh! But, it's really helped me to avoid getting a really bad tan. I had very light bra strap marks and really dark sun burnt patches on my back which was quite embarrassing because it was very noticeable. I now make sure I never leave the house without sunscreen because it took a lot of work for me to get an even skin tone again. I also try to avoid hanging in the sun longer than necessary. Yes of course my DIY people, you can also make your own organic sunscreen 😉

DIY Sunscreen:
Mix 60ml coconut oil/avocado oil with 20 drops carrot seed oil and 10 drops lavender oil. This sunscreen has an SPF of about 40.

Coconut oil>SPF2-8
Avocado oil>SPF4-15
Carrot seed oil>SPF38-40

4. Hydration

I can not stress enough the importance of keeping yourself well hydrated in summer. It's not just for health reasons but also for beautiful skin and hair. I mean it. Our bodies lose so much water 💦 in summer especially if you're an active person and we have to ensure our bodies are well replenished. Drinking water is definitely not easy for most people including me so I try by all means to tweak it up a bit. I add a slice of lemon to it, you can also add strawberries, mint leaves, ginger or cucumber depending on your preference. Try drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.

I hope I gave you some very useful tips for summer. If you have any you'd like to add on please feel free to share with me in the comments. I can't wait to get sunkissed!