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Maintaining Healthy Ends

When I first started wearing my natural hair out i noticed that a lot of my styles looked messy and limp, and I realised that this was because my ends were in terrible condition…

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Thank you.

When I’m done with my protective style I will definitely need to do this.

Would you recommend this on wet hair? Stretched hair?

You’re welcome :)

It is more accurate on dry stretched hair

Maintaining Healthy Ends

When I first started wearing my natural hair out i noticed that a lot of my styles looked messy and limp, and I realised that this was because my ends were in terrible condition. Although damaged ends are less obvious on naturally curly/kinky hair, they can really affect the look of twistouts/braidouts or any out style. 

Some people prefer to trim their hair on set schedule and this works for them. However, I have found that dusting my ends regularly is the best for me. It keeps my ends from ever getting to the stage where it causes more breakage to the rest of my hair. 

What I do - whenever my hair is in twists (i.e. when I am washing it or doing a twist-out) I inspect the ends of the twists. If I see that there is significant thinning like it pictured above, I trim.

So far, I have needed to do this dusting about once a month. As you can see above, I never have to cut a significant amount of hair and I haven’t noticed any difference in length retention from doing this. If I find that my hair is particularly damaged, I will do a bigger trim to make sure any split ends are definitely gone. 

Styling Twists - Messy Top Knot

Another way I have been wearing my twists is this messy top knot with a fringe. I added this gold headband from Accessorize as well just to style it up a bit. I have quite enjoyed the break from doing my hair, but these twists will be coming out soon!

Anonymous asked: How do you stretch out your hair for your loose twists without heat? I have 4c hair but my hair always shrink despite the weather and the style such trying to do loose twists.

To stretch my hair I do medium-sized twists/braids and leave them in overnight. I do about 10-12 for my whole head.

With loose twists, you are likely to get shrinkage no matter how much your hair is stretched. To combat this, I would recommend that you do not make your twists too loose. I tend to twist only slightly more loosely than I would for regular twists. This allows me to get more volume, but still keep my hair stretched. 

Styling Twists - Side Sweep

So my twists are back! I have a lot of work to do so wanted a little break from styling and detangling my hair. I really like the way they turned out this time, I think I got the best sizing.

I typically wear my twists in a bun, but I think my hair is finally at a length that I like the look of them down too. To achieve this look I just did a simple roll and tuck of the hair on one side and used bobby pins to secure it. As my hair is on the fine/thin side, I find that packing the hair to one side gives me the look of more volume.

Finger detangling my natural hair

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unrully:

It took me a long time to figure out a successful detangling method for my hair…

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‘I have found that finger detangling causes me the least amount of breakage and doesn’t take a lot of time’

This is a myth. I swear I need someone to FD for me to show me how its done properly because it takes me 4 hours on average when I try :(((((((

It’s definitely not a myth! The first few times you try finger detangling it will take you a while, but as you get used to it it gets better.

For me, the process of finger detangling can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how thorough I am being. On wash days I spend more time and it takes an hour and a half but during the week it only takes me about half an hour.

How long the process is will also greatly depend on the density of your hair. My hair is on the fine/thin side, so that might be a factor. If your hair is more dense, you could just try to work in slightly bigger sections. However, the more hair you have, the longer it will take.

Another thing could be how detangled you try to get your hair. I know a lot of people try to be able to get a fine tooth comb through their hair, but I have found that this is not necessary, at least for my hair. I aim to be able to run my fingers through my hair without any major snags. Apart from that, I do not try to be able to get a comb through because, for me, this would be pointless as my hair will just tangle up again!

Here are a few videos that may be useful - latifumi and Cherry818

Finally, if you still find that it takes you too much time then just use a comb! Although finger detangling may help you retain that little bit much length, if it is taking you 4 hours then you may not think that is worth it! There are lots of naturals who can retain lots of length using a comb. I have just found that my hair is too fragile for combs, but your hair may be strong enough.

Hope this helped!

Hair Porosity Test - Low Porosity
So after 3 years of being natural I finally decided to do a porosity test on my strands. From looking at various descriptions I always thought I had medium to low porosity hair but the strand test I did confirmed that my hair is severely low in porosity.
For the strand test, you are supposed to lay your clean strands in a bowl of water and wait to see how quick it sinks. If it sinks in less than 2 minutes, you have higher porosity hair, and if it takes longer or doesn’t sink at all you have low porosity hair. Based on this test, my hair was very low porosity. The strands never actually sank. This means that my hair has a very hard time soaking up the water.
After doing a lot of research on low porosity, the main pieces of advise I have found are - 
Focus on moisturising rather than sealing - the problem with low porosity hair is getting moisture into the strands to begin with. Moisturisers with a high water content are a must, which is probably why my DIY Leave-In Conditioner works so well on my hair. Oils that penetrate the stead such as coconut oil are also good.
Steam / deep condition - To encourage moisture to penetrate the strands, heat/steam can be good to lift the cuticles. I recently bought myself the Heutiful steamer and have noticed the difference it makes in my hair so I will definitely be using it every time I deep condition. I have previously used Hair Therapy Wraps which work well as well.
Avoid heavy sealants - heavier sealants such as butters will tend to just lay on top of low porosity hair, weighing it down. I tend to only use heavier sealants like shea butter on my ends and use a lighter oil for the rest of my strand and have found that this works well.
The hair porosity test is something I would definitely recommend anyone do as it can help you shape your regimen more suitably to your needs. 

Hair Porosity Test - Low Porosity

So after 3 years of being natural I finally decided to do a porosity test on my strands. From looking at various descriptions I always thought I had medium to low porosity hair but the strand test I did confirmed that my hair is severely low in porosity.

For the strand test, you are supposed to lay your clean strands in a bowl of water and wait to see how quick it sinks. If it sinks in less than 2 minutes, you have higher porosity hair, and if it takes longer or doesn’t sink at all you have low porosity hair. Based on this test, my hair was very low porosity. The strands never actually sank. This means that my hair has a very hard time soaking up the water.

After doing a lot of research on low porosity, the main pieces of advise I have found are - 

  • Focus on moisturising rather than sealing - the problem with low porosity hair is getting moisture into the strands to begin with. Moisturisers with a high water content are a must, which is probably why my DIY Leave-In Conditioner works so well on my hair. Oils that penetrate the stead such as coconut oil are also good.
  • Steam / deep condition - To encourage moisture to penetrate the strands, heat/steam can be good to lift the cuticles. I recently bought myself the Heutiful steamer and have noticed the difference it makes in my hair so I will definitely be using it every time I deep condition. I have previously used Hair Therapy Wraps which work well as well.
  • Avoid heavy sealants - heavier sealants such as butters will tend to just lay on top of low porosity hair, weighing it down. I tend to only use heavier sealants like shea butter on my ends and use a lighter oil for the rest of my strand and have found that this works well.

The hair porosity test is something I would definitely recommend anyone do as it can help you shape your regimen more suitably to your needs. 

@idontdocandy You can always use less expensive oils such as Coconut Oil or Olive Oil. Any oil you use will be fine! 

@idontdocandy You can always use less expensive oils such as Coconut Oil or Olive Oil. Any oil you use will be fine! 

Simple D.I. Leave-In Conditioner

This DIY Leave-In is basically a watered down version of my usual leave-in conditioner. I recently started mixing this product and have found that it moisturises and softens my hair a lot more effectively.

What I do is simple. I fill my spray bottle 1/2 way with water, then add about another 1/4 of my current leave-in conditioner (Luv Naturals Love Me and Leave In), then fill the rest with my current favourite oils (Jojoba Oil and Aragan Oil).

There are a lot of benefits to using a leave-in conditioner in this way -

  • More moisturising - Because the mix has a higher water content, I have found that this moisturises my hair much more than any product could. 
  • Less product build-up - I usually find that I cannot apply directly a lead-in conditioner to my hair throughout the week without it weighing my hair down. Because water it the main ingredient in this mixture, I can apply it as much as I need to without having to worry about build up
  • Easier to apply - I find that applying a leave-in in water form using a spray bottle is much fast and easier to apply than a cream
  • Cheaper! - By watering down your product, you can extend it’s usage much much more.

Simple Hair Accessory

I got this  hair band from Accessorize. I love how simple it is, most of it blending with my natural hair colour and just showing the gold detail. I love wearing it to give an otherwise really simply hairstyle something a bit extra. This was an old braidout that had lost most of its definition, so I put it in a low side ponytail. 

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