Blog Admin Updates, Social

Q&A fun!

I love to interact with people in general and I want the same with my audience. The purpose of my blog is to interact  with the reader. I want to share my views and also get a response. I want to know my readers’ areas of interest, their experiences, their opinions, etc. Thats the only way I can keep them engaged. So for some Friday fun I decided to do a Q&A for my readers to get to know me better. Who knows, we might just have a lot more in common than we think!!!!

What’s your Friday drink? 

I am a wine kind of girl so a glass or two would definitely start up my weekend lol

What inspired you to be a blogger?

Writing was always my passion, I guess the need to share my work with the world and actually get feedback is what encouraged me to take it a step further.

What does your blog focus on?

Haha..I just could never settle on one thing to write about. I am sure you’ve noticed that from my posts and all. My main focus is hair and skin but I like to digress from time to time hence my posts about social issues. Don’t be surprised if I write about a night out haha I just don’t believe in limiting myself.



What profession would you take up in a different world? 🌎 

Definitely photography. I am quite innovative when it comes to taking pictures I just can’t wait to get a good camera. For now I just have to make do with my phone 🙂

Who’s your favorite musician at the moment?

Sho’Madjozi. She has a unique sound and I just love her!!!

What’s your favorite hair product?

Hmmm…For now it has to be Caivil Fusion Hair Oil. I don’t really have many products because I am mostly a DIY person.

What skin care rule do you always break?
I go to bed with makeup on sometimes lol. Trust me it always backfires because I wake up with a pimple or two the next day so DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME😂

Given the chance, which hair or skin care company would you want to intern for?
I would want to work for As I Am lol just so I can get the hair products because I can’t access them here in Zimbabwe 🙈

Can you dance?

I think I can haha

Where do you see yourself and your brand in 3 years?

God willing, by that time Zimbofros will be a registered company with its own natural hair products and hopefully I will be hosting an annual natural hair festival in Zimbabwe. Fingerscrossed!!!

Girl A is going for drinks with the girls, style her for us:

Firstly, I would make her rock a twist out because it’s cute 🙂 Then for the clothes,  a sexy sequined silver top, white blazer, distressed boyfriend jeans and stiletto sandals (Do not call the fashion police lol)

Where is one most likely to bump into you?

Anywhere close to my house if you know where I stay lol. I haven’t really been out and about lately.

What are the first three things that come to mind when you think  of a vacation?

Palm tree, Cocktail and a bikini 

Any words of advice?

Believe in yourself and the rest will fall into place. I have my doubts but I still push myself because I want to achieve my dreams and only discomfort will get me there. Success doesn’t come through comfort. You have to step out of your comfort zone and step into a season of discomfort for you to reach new heights💜


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Beauty, Hair

FEED YOUR HAIR AND SKIN FROM WITHIN

We all want great hair and glowing skin. We buy numerous products, some a bit more expensive than others just so we can get longer hair or the clearest skin. God knows how extra I am always willing to go! When it comes to skin and hair I believe in a holistic approach. You can’t just buy the most expensive facial serum  or the most expensive hair oil and expect 100% results. I am sure some products do bring amazing results but whilst spending on all those products you should also make sure you’re feeding your hair and skin from the inside too. I have listed below things you can include in your diet for healthy hair and skin.
•AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which increases blood circulation to your scalp and hair follicles thus promoting hair growth. They are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that improve your skin from the inside by moisturizing it and protecting it from free radicals.
•WHOLE GRAINS

They are rich in biotin. Biotin is required for the production of cells and its also involved in the production of amino acids necessary for hair growth and healthy skin.
*PS:Biotion is also good for growing healthy and strong nails!!!!!!
NUTS

Omega-3 fatty acids nourish and thicken your hair. They also reduce inflammatory skin conditions like acne. Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain these fatty acids.
CARROTS

The vitamin A in carrots protects your skin against the sun’s rays and helps to repair skin tissue. Cell regeneration on the scalp also increases hair growth and vitamin A  helps produce natural sebum on the scalp, keeping the roots and scalp nourished.
EGGS

Protein is the building block of hair and eggs are rich in protein. It is essential that you have enough protein in your diet. They also contain antioxidants that protect the skin from UV damage.
WATER

I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water. H2O IS A MUST!!!!!!!! It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water flushes out toxins from your body. It helps combat skin disorders leaving your skin smooth and glowing. Water also keeps your hair moisturised from within and helps it grow. So if you don’t want dry and brittle hair I suggest you drink a glass soon after you’re done reading this😜
To ensure you get enough nutrients you can also take supplements like the regenesis collagen matrix for a healthy skin tone and strong hair. However, I personally prefer simply maintaining a healthy, nutrition filled diet as it is less costly. What are you feeding your hair and skin?

Hair

DIY deep conditioners

If you follow most of my posts I am sure by now you have realized how much I just love to DIY. From before I began my natural hair journey I have always been a sucker for deep conditioning concoctions. Avocado 🥑 has always done wonders for my hair even during my creamy crack days. My favorite DIY deep conditioner (DC) is a mixture of Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), avocado and banana. I had a hair colour disaster during the early days of my big chop. I tried to tint my hair but besides coloring my scalp for a few days my hair was literally the same so I resorted to bleach and that stripped my hair so much. It was left dry and brittle. I was so scared that it was going to be damaged. I needed something to leave my hair manageable and to give it life. I deep conditioned with these three ingredients and gosh my hair loved it. It was softer, shinier, moisturized and my coils were so defined. However, my experience with this DC had a downside. The banana left stringy residue on my hair that took days to come off. Trust me it’s not fun seeing bits of banana on your hair brush😂
Now let’s look at the benefits of each of the ingredients in the deep conditioner:

Avocado

It is naturally moisturizing and it will leave your hair silky, soft and shiny.  The vitamin E in avocados stimulates hair growth. It also prevents hair loss.
Olive oil

It is rich in fatty acids which are good for the hair and scalp. It contains antioxidants which block free radicals that damage healthy cells and cause premature greying of the hair.
Banana

It is rich in potassium, carbohydrates, natural oils and vitamins that nourish hair leaving it soft and manageable. It protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing breakage as well as split ends. Banana promotes growth and controls dandruff. It also leaves the hair shiny.
The three ingredients have so many benefits for my hair. I guess that’s why I love the deep conditioner so much. I will list down three other deep conditioning recipes that are good for different hair needs. You can also try them out.

For dry hair
Banana+EVOO+Honey+Plain greek yoghurt
For severe hair breakage

Whipped egg+Castor oil+Plain greek yoghurt+coconut oil 
For detangling

Avocado+Shea butter+EVOO+ACV
There are so many other DIY deep conditioning recipes that you can look up on the internet. If you’re like me and love to experiment you can simply mix and match your favorite ingredients until you get something that’s really good for your hair. You can also add aloe (gel/juice) or glycerine to the mix. They are humectants hence they draw in moisture into your hair and retain it. If you have any secret concoctions you’d love to share with me you can just drop them in the comments. I am always open to learning and trying new things.



    Hair

    ROSEWATER FOR HAIR

    A spray bottle with a DIY concoction is a must have for every naturalista. From aloe juice to guava water, there are so many endless possibilities. My usual go-to mix is olive oil, glycerine and water. It works well for my hair but I felt it wasn’t good enough for my son’s and my niece’s hair. I wanted something that was well moisturizing and that would make their hair manageable. I began my search for the perfect mix and that’s how I stumbled upon the rosewater idea on Pinterest.
    I always knew that you could use rosewater as a toner for your beauty regimen or a moisturising face mist before going to bed. I knew how revitalizing it is for skin so I was truly eager to see what it could do for hair. I really wanted to give it a try and the fact that I could make my own rosewater at home made this experiment even more interesting. I couldn’t wait to try it out. 
    Method:

    I took two roses, separated the petals and washed them before boiling them in half a cup of water. Once I brought the pot to boil, I let it simmer till the roses had turned from red to white. I allowed the water to cool before I strained it into my spritz bottle.

    Rosewater spritz:

    • 1/2 cup rosewater
    • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons glycerine
    • 2 tablespoons of a light oil of your choice e.g coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil (I prefer olive oil)

    The spritz can be used daily to moisturise your hair and scalp. You can even use it whilst your hair is in protective styling. I am using it on my niece who currently has African threading as her PS. For my son I use the rosewater spritz as his liquid when I do the LOC method. I usually keep his hair in two strand twists but lately I have been lazy so I have to keep his free hair moisturized all the time to prevent breakage. Their hair is now well moisturized and easy to comb. It also appears much healthier. My niece always used to have a flakey scalp but that seems to be a thing of the past now.
    The Benefits of rosewater:

    • Revitalizes dry & brittle hair
    • It reduces build up on the scalp 
    • It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce dandruff
    • It’s stimulating properties increase blood circulation and improve hair growth
    • It replenishes lost moisture 
    • It leaves hair smooth, shiny and healthy
    • It refreshes your scalp and adds a light fragrance 
    • Makes hair more manageable

    I have noticed such great change that I am even tempted to switch my usual concoction for the rosewater as well. Try it out, it could turn out to be one of the best things you’ve ever tried! You can also play around with the measurements till you find what’s more suitable for your hair.

    Blog Admin Updates

    The mystery blogger award!!!

    I am so ecstatic! I recently started blogging after having my site docile since 2014 and I decided to get back to it this year. Having a fellow blogger appreciating my work through this nomination has definitely given me a major confidence boost. I am truly honored Akinyismane💜

    Against the superego represents me breaking free from the prohibitions and inhibitions set by society. To take a leap of faith, doing what I love despite the discouragement and lack of support. I am mainly a natural hair and skin care blogger but I am also a philosopher and a thinker. This reflects in some of my spontaneous posts about societal issues. 

    The Mystery Blogger Award



    Many thanks to Okoto Enigma for establishing this award.
    “The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” -Okoto Enigma

    The rules:

    * Put the logo/image on your blog.

    * List the rules.

    * Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.

    * Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.

    * Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.

    * You have to nominate 10-20 people.

    * Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

    * Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.

    * Share a link to your best post(s)

    Three things about me:

    1. I am a Law student

    2. I don’t like Avocado, I will never eat it but I love to use it in my DIY deep conditioners

    3. My all time favorite movie 🎥 is Legally Blonde

    Questions from Akinyismane:

    1. What are you scared of ? Why?

    Losing my mom. She’s my one and true best friend.

    2. What do you like about yourself?

    I am persistent. Once I set my mind on something I don’t give up.

    3. Do you have a favorite blogger and who is it?

    Yes. Discoveringnatural.

    4. What is the first thing you do every morning when you wake up?

    Check my phone 📱 

    5. What is your weakness?

    I am a bad loser. Failing at anything will really hurt me (a bit unrealistic, I know).




    Nominees:

    Thequarterwife

    Naturalkinkstrini

    GANSU

    Quinn Cove

    Naturalhairnetwork

    ATBA

    Fadzayi Mahere

    Kwarey10

    Thepearlylife

    Bafikile


    Questions for my nominees:

    1. What are you most passionate about?

    2. If you were an animal which one would you be and why?

    3. What’s your favorite colour?

    4. Given a chance, where would you go on holiday?

    5. If your house was on fire, what are the three items you’d take before it burnt down?
    My best posts according to stats:

    You can also connect with me on other social media sites:

    Instagram: @missnoirdoo & @zimbofros
    Facebook page: Zimbofros

    Hair

    GUAVA LEAVES FOR HAIR GROWTH

    Okay, so if this is the first time you’ve heard of this you probably think I am going nuts right? It seems like naturalistas can use anything and everything in an attempt to get longer hair? Well trust me this crazy hair growth miracle apparently works quite well. Guava leaves water has been trending on the natural hair groups I am in on Facebook. It’s being talked about a lot and people are coming back with amazing feedback. No I am not crazy. I looked up several articles on guava leaves and I am even more convinced.

    Guava leaves are rich in vitamin B which is good for your scalp and your hair. Vitamin B strengthens your roots and hair follicles thus giving you stronger, fuller hair. They also contain vitamin C which boosts collagen activity resulting in your hair growing out much healthier and faster.
    Lycopene in the guava leaves provides protection from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. The guava leaves’ antioxidant properties help fight free radicals to prevent damage.
    The guava leaves rinse helps remove build up on the scalp, unclogging hair follicles. It helps prevent dandruff and oiliness. The removal of dirt smooths down your hair shafts making them soft and shiny.
    Massaging the rinse into your scalp improves blood pressure enabling the follicles to get more nutrients. This stimulates healthy hair growth!!!!! Some people prefer doing the rinse prior to their wash day, they leave it in over night and wash it out the next day whilst some use it as a rinse before conditioning their hair. Me being me however, I prefer using it as a daily spritz. I want to make sure I get the full benefits😂😂😂😂You have to keep the water in the refrigerator though because it has a short shelf life and if kept at room temperature for a while it ferments and develops a really strong smell.
    So now you’re wondering how to make the guava leaves water right?  You take a handful of leaves, wash them and boil them in 400ml water for 20minutes. After that you set them aside to cool and strain the water into a spray bottle.  I don’t always follow instructions lol. I add way more than a handful because I like the water to be really concentrated as much as possible. I want results😂😂😂😂😂Please come back with feedback when you do try it. If you have used it before don’t be shy to share your experience in the comments!!!!!!

    Social

    The correlation between social media activity and an increase in crime and road accidents 

    I was chatting to my mom and a question popped up in my head. What is going on in Zimbabwe and South Africa? There has been a tremendous increase in violent crime as well as deaths due to road accidents.
    This year alone we’ve heard reports of spousal murder, girls being abducted and the most painful case for me was of the 22year old female who got gang raped in Johannesburg, South Africa in May. It’s one tragic story after another. In Zimbabwe recently we’ve had multiple road accidents. Four bus accidents that claimed lives in June alone. Two of the buses were SA bound and one was Zambia bound. There was also one involving a sprinter commuting locally between Harare and Bulawayo. The most recent of the accidents occurred today along the Harare-Mutare road and is said to have claimed nine lives.
    I caught wind of all these cases via social media platforms, Facebook and WhatsApp. The murder of Karabo Mokoena (a young lady murdered by her boyfriend) was trending on Facebook, everyone was talking about it. Gruesome pictures of the car accidents were flooding my WhatsApp. We had all the details way before they were published in the newspapers. Nowadays I don’t even bother to buy one because I get whatever news on WhatsApp or Facebook as soon as it happens.
    The effectiveness of social media as a tool to keep people informed has led me to this question. Are violent crimes and road accidents truly increasing at an exponential rate or are we just becoming more aware of what’s going on? It’s truly mind boggling. Has the crime and road accident rate always been high, just unreported? I don’t know, but it’s something worth thinking about and looking into. If we are just becoming more aware of the occurrences in our society due to the increase in our online presence then we have come a long way in terms of development. However, if crime and road accidents are truly increasing then our sense of security is truly in danger as we can not live in fear and we can not keep losing so many lives. Our governments and law enforcement sectors need to intervene so as to curb these problems. We also have to be cautious citizens ensuring our vehicles are road worthy and that we exercise extreme caution on the road especially when we have passengers’ lives in our hands.
    I will continue to look deeper into this. If you have your own theories regarding this matter please feel free to share with me or add anything that may lead us to a sound conclusion.

    Hair

    Two methods that stimulate hair growth!

    I am an experimentalist. I am constantly researching and looking up new things to try out, no matter how unusual my new discoveries can be. I know the basic stuff about hair growth now. Moisturizing, protective styling, low manipulation, making use of essential oils etc. I know that there is a lot more for me to learn so I am constantly indulging myself in various journeys of discovery, hair related or not.

    Last week I discovered two methods that apparently promote hair growth. Scalp massages and the inversion method. The science behind this is that the methods increase blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles thus speeding up the hair growth process.

    1. Scalp massage

    You apply your favorite oils to your scalp. I use my Caivil Fusion Oil because it has all the oils that stimulate hair growth. You can use castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil etc or you can switch it up a bit and add a few drops of peppermint oil or rosemary oil. After applying the oil you massage your scalp for about 5minutes and rinse out the oils or simply keep them in till your next wash day like what I did. I feel we can get the full benefits that way. You can use the tips of your fingers to give yourself an amazing massage or you can use a scalp massage brush. I don’t have a scalp massage brush so I improvised and used my mom’s old body massage brush😂. The massage felt so good so I guess it’s working well. Finger tips are just as good so you can just take that simple route.
    2. The inversion method

    After applying your oils you can massage your scalp whilst tipping your head upside down (inversion method) for 4-5minutes. You can tip your head over in the sink, tub or going topsy turvy on the couch like I do ( oh how fun it is watching tv upside down😂). You do this daily for 1 week then repeat after 3-4weeks. You have to space the method so that your scalp and follicles don’t get accustomed to it otherwise it will become ineffective.
    I did the inversion method for the first time today and I’ll continue for the next 6 days then take a break. Hopefully I will see its effects in the long run. I have read a lot of testimonials so I guess it’s worth the try.
    Have you tried these methods before and what were the results? What are your favorite oils to use and what do you recommend. I am more than happy to learn any extra tricks from others. If you haven’t tried it yet and do try please come back with feedback💜

      Beauty

      Skin!

      Lately I have been posting a lot about hair. Sorry about that! It’s just that it’s been a new and wonderful journey so I tend to get a bit overexcited. It’s 12:08 am here in Zimbabwe and I can’t sleep so I decided to share my words of wisdom. Writing is better than counting sheep till I sleep😂.  I love my skin! I have to keep it fabulous because it represents me. I am not the type of girl that freaks at the sight of a pimple but I do worry and weep in silence. My mom always tells me that I’m too self conscious but really there is nothing wrong with that. I think it’s good to be particular and to always want to look just right. I am young I should care about my looks to be normal lol. So here are a few of my beauty tricks and tips. First of all skin is different!!!!! Know that and let it sink in. Just because it solved Jeani’s acne problem, doesn’t mean it will automatically do the same for you. Beauty products are not a one-size-fits-all. If they tell you that, they will be selling you non-existing dreams,okay. So before you pick a product know your problem and know your skin type. There are 3 skin types; oily skin, combination skin and dry skin. I have combination skin and boy oh boy finding the right product is a pain. I like to call it confused skin because the cheeks get really dry and the t-zone gets pretty oily so when I get a product it either solves the oiliness on my t-zone and dries my cheeks like the Sahara or it nourishes my dry cheeks well and leaves my t-zone oily with a nasty break out, sigh! However, now that I figured the products that manage my skin a bit I can safely say I found my skin haven. Now I’m just trying to get rid of the scars. I will probably try African black soap but I’ll write a piece on that a bit later. Once you know your skin type and have the right products you should stick to a solid regimen; cleanse, tone and moisturize. You have to adhere to your regimen and wash your face twice a day. Cleansing removes all the dirt and excess oils on the skin. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser as a harsh one can strip your face too much and leave it dried out. I have noticed ever since I started toning that my break outs are few and if they do occur they remain under control. You also have to make sure you moisturize. Same as hair our skin needs moisture. Especially now that we’re in the winter season. Dry skin is dull and unattractive so we have to keep our skin glowing and feeling soft and supple. For glowing skin you have to make sure you exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells. You can buy a good facial scrub but I personally use baking soda mixed with lemon juice.  It makes my face feel so smooth and the vitamin C in the lemon lightens my scars and clears blemishes. I try use it once every 2 weeks because  I have heard warnings of baking soda being harsh on the skin. Make sure you also use a facial mask regularly it nourishes your skin so well leaving it healthy especially after exfoliating. I wil share some diy face masks some other time. After all is done on the outside we also have to take care of our skin from the inside by eating healthy food, fruits, veggies and drinking lots and lots of water because the water will moisturize our skin from the inside. Taking multivitamins also helps our skin. Those who smoke should also try and quit as it affects the condition of your skin leaving it dry and dull. Let’s care for our skin because it’s our most important outfit! One final and very important tip NEVER EVER EVER, sleep with make up on no matter how tired you are try by all means to wash it off, tone and moisturize before going to bed otherwise your skin will always be prone to breakouts. Trust me I am speaking from experience🙂