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.



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    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?
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    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🙂

      Hair

      Cannabis infused organic oil for hair growth!!!!

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      So we have heard about the wonders of cannabis for hair growth especially in the dreadlock community. Not really a shocker as we have seen a lot of hair products on the shelves with hemp (a variation of cannabis) seed oil or bits of the leaves.

      In Zimbabwe there is a new hairfood on the streets called ganjalizer which is basically petroleum jelly infused with marijuana. You can get it from salons and street vendors. A bottle ranges from $1 to $1,50.  People have been praising it for its effectiveness and whilst I would want to try it out the fact that it has petroleum jelly puts me off because its heavy. I don’t want my twa being weighed down and I most certainly don’t want grease build up on my scalp. So anyhow this downside of the oil led me to a eureka moment. Cancer patients make cannabis infused oils to cook with so I looked up some of the recipes and I am considering giving it a try to make my own cannabis infused hair oil. I want to see for myself why people praise cannabis so much. You can use coconut oil or olive oil. I read on some blog that coconut oil is the best but I think I will take my chances with the olive oil.

      For this experiment you’ll need:

      Cannabis

      Your oil of choice (coconut oil or olive oil)

      A cheese cloth/strainer

      A pan

      A bowl

      An empty applicator bottle

      Mortar

       

      Method:

      NB: I am not sure about the mixing ratio so you can just improvise. For me I feel the more cannabis the better so I will probably add as much as I can.

      Heat the pan and put your cannabis for about 30minutes so as to decarboxylate it. This will enable you to get the full effects of the cannabis. Others put it in the oven and bake but I think the pan is much faster.  If you do decide to bake heat the oven up to 220°c and keep it in for 30minutes as well.

       

      Take it out of the pan and grind it into a powder. Meanwhile put your oil in a pan, warm it on medium heat then add your ground cannabis. Make sure the oil doesnt boil as it will make the cannabis ineffective. If it overheats take it off the stove till it cools and put it back on. You can leave it on the stove for an hour or 2.

       

      When you’re done let the oil cool. Take your cheese cloth and cover the bowl. Pour the oil into the cheese cloth and squeeze the oil into the bowl. Make sure you squeeze out all the oil. Put it into your empty applicator bottle and store it in a cool dark place. You can use it on your scalp or add it into your daily spritz mix.

       

      I will try it out and come back with a review. If you however happen to try it before me please give me feedback on how its working for your hair. Hope you found this helpful😘

       

       

       

      Social

      Triumph over what?

      via Daily Prompt: Triumph

       

      Today as you sit in that corner office or at home on that couch with your coffee in hand, do you feel victorious? Do you have that overwhelming triumphant feeling that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world? A certain high, an elation that gives you the utmost satisfaction?

       

      You see the true triumph does not come from a job promotion, a recently attained degree, a new car, an engagement or new found love. The true triumph comes from within because even after achieving so much you can still feel like you’re a part of the losing team.

      I am not a pessimist, I am a realist. I will not build castles or seek a silver lining where there is none because if thats what you seek from this post then this post is not speaking to your heart. I am talking to that person who believes there is something beyond the over-valued piece of paper that’s been claimed to open doors for you the moment its conferred to you and stamped to your list of so-called achievements. I recently attained my first degree, believe me I am over the moon. I am happy because I got it against all odds. However, if I correlate that achievement to triumph I will be selling you dreams.

       

      Triumph is overcoming your fears by not associating society’s expectations and your success, your triumph. True victory, true triumph comes when you know that even if all those things society tagged as success are stripped from you and you’re left bare you’ll still be happy with yourself and with your life as a simple being.

       

      You’ll still be happy even if you are not a part of the cooperate tycoons because you’d rather fully express yourself the way you want to not the way you’re expected to. The day you realise you don’t have to fit in, or strangle your neck with a tie each day for you to be rendered successful is the day you’ll have become triumphant. Saying all this doesnt mean I am there. Hell no! I am far from it. I do hope that some day I will triumph, I will overcome and I will be satisfied regardless of where I stand.