Monthly Archives: March 2013
For work the one day, I decided to put my braids in a mid-high bun. By the end of the day, I couldn’t understand where the pain in my scalp was coming from. I’m a little tender headed, but I don’t ever remember having any pain on my scalp, that when I touch it, it hurts. So a little worried, I tried loosening up my braids, with little relief. Even when I got home and undid the braid bun, my scalp was still sore. Another issue I had to deal with, was an itchy scalp, which I had foreseen happening.
So this is how I dealt with my box braid issues:
- Realised that the braid bun was
a horrible ideanot so great for my head. The hairstyle and it’s weight stresses my scalp even when its not tight.
- Made a spritz of 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to 2 cups water mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil, sprayed it onto my scalp and massaged my head with the pads of my fingers. Apple cider vinegar, has many uses due to it’s healing and clarifying properties. The pain had disappeared within a few hours of using this spritz.
- Moisturised my hair after this, with a mixture of water, a little glycerine and leave in conditioner.
- I again used my apple cider vinegar spritz to clarify and remove whatever buildup I had. (Note that apple cider vinegar can make hair feel dry due to its clarifying and cleansing properties, so make sure to moisturise afterwards.)
- Mixed a few drops of tea tree oil with some castor oil, and applied it to my scalp. I massaged my scalp and the itchiness was gone!
Other issues of which, thankfully, I didn’t have:
Overly tight braids
- You will realise your braids are too tight, when there is a lot of pain or/and there are little bumps around your hairline.
- Try loosening them by running warm water through your braids concentrating on the scalp, then with an oil, such as coconut oil, try manually loosening them.
- Remove them. Seems drastic, but to prevent damage to your hair follicles, hair loss and traction alopecia, this might have to be done. Oh, then never go back to whoever did your hair that tightly.
- Remember your hairline is way more important than a style.
- It’s easy to think that taking care of hair in box braids just entails oiling or greasing the scalp, but this often can make the scalp’s pores blocked causing more dryness.
- Our hair LOVES water. It is the best moisturiser. That is why the best moisturising products contain AQUA as the first ingredient. Make sure you are moisturising your hair with water in a spritz or use a moisturising product, including on to the braid where your hair is.
With that said, a lot of issues that come with box braids are to do with upkeep. Not taking care of your hair, not cleaning and moisturising it properly while it’s braided. Oiling or greasing the scalp directly with products which contain petrolatum, lanolin, etc that promote buildup and don’t moisturise the hair.
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I have a new obsession. It’s not a fad; I’ve never been one for doing anything just because it was en vogue. It’s a journey of self discovery and growth. I am not my hair but my hair is an extension of me. As a proud African woman, I have misgivings on putting chemicals in my hair to change its texture and putting on fake plastic or real hair on my head to cover my own; as if I was denying God’s creative power in my individuality. My hair also always seemed to be crying out to let her be, the way she is meant to be. Unhealthy hair, scalp burns, receding hairline, breaking hair, you name it and all the while, here I was trying to force her just so I could be acceptably beautiful.I do not want to dictate to anyone what they should do or look like to feel beautiful. I just want to use this article to rant about why society feels it must dictate to me what I should do with my hair.
Generally people still view afro textured hair to be unprofessional and doesn’t align with the standard of beauty as seen with Beyonce and Kim Kardashian who most black women in my country at least, look up to. The city I live in is an over weaved city. Whether it’s done badly or looks perfect like it’s whomever’s own hair using a lace front wig, if you’re not wearing a weave, you are constantly asked when you’re getting your hair done. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of people who have asked me when I’m relaxing my hair and when I say never they look at me like I have elephant dung on my head. I have had the occasional ‘Oh you have soft healthy hair, it will be so long when you relax it’. Yes and it will also stop looking healthy.
If there was one group of people on this continent that loves anything western it would be most of the people in my country….
Continue article here: http://readerscafeafrica.com/2013/01/i-am-not-my-hair/
Shingai Shoniwa Named as Celebrity Ambassador for Mizani http://www.beautyscene.net/beauty-campaign/shingai-shoniwa-named-as-celebrity-ambassador-for-mizani/ Shingai Shoniwa appointed as Mizani brand ambassador
The fabulous Shingai Shoniwa has been appointed as hair care specialists Mizani’s firt ever brand ambassador. Mizani is a premium hair care brand and part of L’Oreal and have a range of products for natural and relaxed hair. The brand is a staple for many african/black hair salons across the world. Shingai, the Zimbabwean lead singer of the British band The Noisettes says “ “ I’m a huge fan of MIZANI’s products and their philosophy, so I’m honoured to have been selected to represent the brand as their first ever celebrity ambassador. I love to experiment and I’m constantly changing up my style, so the MIZANI range is perfect for me, particularly their True Textures collection as it caters to natural hair types like mine. All of the products are fantastic and contain the right balance of protein and moisture, which keeps my hair beautifully nourished, shiny and healthy. Plus, with everything from shampoos to strengthening treatments and styling products, whatever style I want to create, they’ve got all my haircare needs covered.”