Have i found the secret to retaining moisture 🙊 ?

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well!
Sorry I’ve been away for so long but my post graduate degree has taken up a lot of my time.
Ok so lets get to it.
For the past month i introduced some new products into my hair care regimen and paired it with some of my old ones. The result has been amazing as my hair stays super soft, moisturised and i’ve noticed less breakage.
These products are:

  • Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore leave-in conditioner [£10.99]. This product contains all the good stuff like; Shea butter, peppermint, keratin, JBCO, glycerin, jojoba oil, H2O and many more.

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  • Ultimate organic therapy tea tree stimulating growth oil [£2.99]. If you have an itchy scalp i would highly recommend this oil as it has helped with my scalp and leaves it feeling moisturised.

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  • Ultimate organic therapy extra virgin olive oil stimulating growth oil [£2.99]. This product is a gem. It makes my hair SO soft i am not even joking. It is perfect for a hot oil treatment and it made my detangling process very easy.

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  • Ultimate organic therapy Jamaican black castor stimulating growth oil [£2.99]. I’m in love with this line and I think it might be making my hair thicker 🤔 or maybe it’s my change in diet. Hmmm

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  • Shea Moisture coconut & hibiscus curl & shine style milk [£9.99]. This product works wonderfully with my 4b/4c hair type. This has coconut oil, silk protein, neem oil, H2O, glycerin, Shea butter, carrot oil, etc. Even after 4 days majority of my curls are still defined and clumped together. This product is very thick so use lightly.

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Now the secret is to use these products on wet/damp hair for best results and lasting moisture retention.
With these products, i have found that the LCO [leave-in conditioner, cream & oil) method works best for me. To finish off, I apply a little mixture of the tea tree & castor oil to my scalp.
A detailed description of how i use these products will be in my Updated wash day routine so click here to check it out.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and if they work for you too.
Have a great day & see you next time.

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DIY whipped Shea, mango & cupuacu butter for hair.

PS. this post is long because i had to redo the whipped butter. Keep reading to find out. 

Ok so we all know how Shea butter is brilliant for your hair especially during the winter. And because I intend on wearing my own hair out and not braiding (with extensions), I thought I’ll have to take extra care of it.

So what motivated me.

As always I did my research and found that a lot of “Naturals” with thick long healthy hair had their own natural products mix. So I decided to do mine. Plus I have used shea butter on my hair in the past and love it. So instead of using store bought hair products, I’ll be using my own mix.

Ingredients Continue reading DIY whipped Shea, mango & cupuacu butter for hair.

Being a natural on a budget

Hello friends, i hope you’re having a great week!

I’ve had so many people tell me that the reason why they haven’t returned to their natural hair is because the products are too expensive. But today i will share with you some affordable under £10 / $10 / NGN 5000 products that i and my mother use on our natural hair.

To get the most out of a product, always follow the instructions written on it.

Before you head out to buy hair products, always do your research.

Shampoo.

If you need products to get rid of that build up off your hair and scalp, then is for you. A little goes a long way with these, and they lather quickly.

  1. Garnier ultimate blends shampoo; the nourishing repairer: this is perfect for my hair during the very hot weather.
  2. Amla legend rejuvenating ritual moisture remedy shampoo.
  3. ORS olive oil creamy aloe shampoo.

Conditioner.

These are great conditioners that provide slip and smell great. 

  1. ORS olive oil replenishing conditioner: if you need a product to help you comb your type 4 hair with a fine tooth comb then this is it.
  2. Amla legend rejuvenating ritual body filler hair cream conditioner.
  3. Garnier ultimate blends conditioner; the nourishing repairer: this goes perfectly with its shampoo.
  4. Cantu Shea butter moisturising rinse out conditioner.
  5. Profectiv mega growth detangling conditioner: i used this when i was transitioning and it really helped. Plus its shampoo is very tingly on the scalp.

Deep conditioner.

These are the only deep conditioners i use and love and will forever stick to because they work. They smell okay. They leave my hair soft and strong. I deep condition my hair every wash day now.

  1. Organics by Africa’s best hair mayonnaise
  2. ORS the original hair mayonnaise

Moisturiser.

These products are rich, creamy and smell great. This is how i use either of them; leave in conditioner on my damp hair, a moisturiser, and a sealant. They make my twists and braids look juicy. 

  1. ORS hair repair intense moisture creme.
  2. Shea butter miracle moisture intense silky hair moisturiser.
  3. ORS olive oil creme hair dress; extra rich for dry thirsty hair.

Sealant.

Yes i use these products ha ha. I decided to go back to these products because these were the things my mother used on my hair and scalp when i was a child. Since i went back to it, i have noticed that my hair retains more moisture and breaks less, plus it defines my curls. I love them. I’ll write a more detailed post about them. 

  1. Blue magic conditioner hair dress (the original).
  2. Dax pomade.

Styling products.

These products provide great hold and will define your styles and keep them for 2 to 3 days. 

  1. Cantu Shea butter for natural hair coconut oil shine and hold mist.
  2. ORS olive oil 12 in 1 style defining creme gel: it has a strong smell but works so well.
  3. Cantu Shea butter for natural extreme hold styling stay glue: its quite sticky but does not flake. It does feel a bit crunchy when dry but defines my curls.

Edge control.

These products provide good hold, but if you’re looking for that 24 hour hold then this isn’t it. I cycle a lot and when it sweat, it lifts some of my hair up but my edges still look nice. I’m really not bothered about not having sleek looking edges anyway. They wont flake unless you use a lot (esp the Eco styler).

  1. Murray’s edge wax extreme hold.
  2. ORS monoi oil anti breakage edge control hair gel.
  3. Eco styler sport.

Accessories & Tools.

  1. Get hair bands/ties that are snag proof and don’t have any metal class on them.
  2. If you are like me and you love simplifying things, then get hair clips. They are great for sectioning your hair.
  3. Soft boar bristle brush: if you’re not too bothered about have super sleek styles/edges, then get one of these. It still gets the job done to me.
  4. We all need a wide tooth comb to detangle our hair with. I always finger detangle first.

And lastly;

For growth & preventing dry scalp.

Virgin hair fertilizer. Does it work? YES it works for me. It has made my edges thicker. It is very tingly on the scalp and before i use it, i slightly spritz my scalp with water. If you decide to get one, get the one with the red cap and not the yellow cap (this is said to be the fake one), it should also have an expiry date.

I hope your journey becomes fun, if it isn’t already.

Have a good one and i will see you next time.

How to maintain and grow thick, strong, long hair.

Hello everyone 😃. How are you all doing?

I recently posted my current hair state on Snapchat and got so many questions. From transitioning, to how I grow my hair. My hair journey so far has been fun, adventurous and full of new discoveries . So I want to share with you all, my tips on how to grow healthy, thick, long hair. My hair is below collar bone length and I can’t wait for it to get much longer, Yaaayy.

This post should answer all the questions I have received and I hope that you’ll benefit from it.

PS. These are the things I do and have done in the past to help my hair. It’s basically all about trial and error. Learn to discover what works for your hair type. I have changed a lot of the routines i started with when i first went natural and that is because now, i have learnt how to take care of my hair and i know what it needs. So my routine is way shorter and quicker.

Transitioning

Transitioning as opposed to the big chop is when you allow the new growth to sprout and you still have your relaxed hair attached because you still want the length or you’re just not sure how you’ll look with a very short Afro.

I transitioned, and it was not the most pleasant experience ever. It was hard to maintain both textures (curly & straight). I had to do styles like Bantu knots or flexi rod sets to try to blend both textures but it never lasted for more than 2 days.

What I recommend 

  • Invest in a good leave in conditioner as this will make combing easier
  • Always comb from the bottom upwards as this will reduce breakage 
  • Always use a wide tooth comb
  • If you are like me and both textures start driving you crazy, embrace it and cut off the relaxed ends using a hair trimming scissors.
  • Wear protective styles. For example, I wore a lot of box braids whilst transitioning. But you never want to leave a style in for more than  months.
  • Deep conditioners are your friends. It’ll help with moisture and manageability.

Already Natural

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Afro in puffs

If you’re at this stage, you’ve fully embraced your curls and are rocking your Afro. But I’m always asked on what do I use to grow my hair. Well here are the things I do;

  • I stay away from heat as much as possible. The last time I flat ironed my hair was in 2016 and I’ve decided that the health of my hair is better than damaging it. So no more heat for at least 2 years.
  • I trim the ends of my hair at least twice a year. One at the beginning of the year and another at the end. I also make sure to use scissors specifically designed for hair cutting.
  • I finger detangle my hair for knots before I use a comb.
  • I stopped wearing weaves.
  • I recently just bought a wig which I’ll wear once in a while but prior to this moment, I never wore wigs.
  • I stopped going to the salon, instead i decided to learn about my hair and style/braid it myself.
  • I stopped using shampoos with sulfur in them. Instead, I have invested in shampoos and conditioners designed for natural hair.
  • I give myself scalp massages at least twice a week, and these last for 2 minutes or at most 4 minutes.
  • I use growth oils. I have in a bottle a mixture of peppermint oil, rosemary oil, jojoba oil and Jamaican extra dark castor, wild growth oils (the white and the yellow bottle), essential 17 (by Alikay naturals). All these oils are pre-mixed by me and in a plastic bottle. To use I boil some water and pour in a bowl. Then I put the bottle in the hot water to heat up. When it has cooled down a bit, I shake it and pour a little bit on my palm. Then I use my finger tips to distribute it around my scalp and massage. And this has definitely helped with my hair growth.
  • I take Silica complex vitamins. This contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, skin & nails. It contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, horsetail extract, and many more. I believe it works because I’ve been taking it for a year now and have seen some general improvements in the areas it targets.

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  • I make sure my protective styles are not too tight and are not pulling at my edges.
  • I wash my hair at least once a week. 
  • I don’t use brushes to comb through my hair and for my edges I use a soft boar bristle brush. Use the proper hair tools for your hair type.
  • I try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water.
  • I moisturise my hair a lot focusing on my ends as they are very fragile. 
  • My hair loves water. So sometimes, I hop into the shower without a shower cap and let the steam do get my hair moist. Or if i have braids in, I spritz it with water every morning.
  • My hair is pretty much always in either twists or braids so I don’t play with it too much.
  • PATIENCE

That’s it. That is how I have managed to maintain the health of my hair and it’s length.

For more information on the specific products I use, click My current hair care favourites

If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask them 😃.

As always, have a lovely day and I will see you next time 💙.

My current hair care favourites

Hello friends, how are you all doing?

I want to share with you all, products that have kicked my old hair products to the curb and these new ones are helping my hair thrive way better. So I intend on sticking to them. 

These products cater to kinky hair and that is my hair type so they are just perfect.

  • Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore shampoo: nice strong smell and a little goes a long way. It definitely leaves my hair feeling very clean and strong. I do not follow up with a conditioner because I use a leave in conditioner. 

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  • Pantene truly natural Co-Wash cleansing conditioner: this has a really strong scent but it does leave my hair feeling moisturised and soft. I won’t recommend it for removing build up on your hair and scalp, but it cleans it lightly without stripping any oils.

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  • Alikay Naturals Lemongrass leave in conditioner: if you are transitioning or are already natural, and you need a leave in, look no further. This product smells so divine and makes my hair feel super soft, moisturised and manageable. It contains silk amino protein, aloe vera & lemongrass oil.

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  • Alikay Naturals Shea yogurt hair moisturiser: it melts into an oil when rubbed in between your palms and it keeps the hair nice and healthy whilst reducing breakage and split ends.
  • Alikay Naturals Avocado cream moisture repairing mask: this product made my hair smell so good and fresh. I love it.
  • ORS 12 – n – 1 style defining cream: I have talked about this product a lot on Snapchat because it definitely defines your hairstyles. It has avocado oil to help with conditioning and ma king it easy to work with your hair as you style it.

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  • Alikay Naturals Essential 17 hair growth oil: this contains the necessary oils to help promote healthy, strong, thick hair. It has emu oil, rosemary, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, tea tree, horsetail powder, peppermint, etc. You can really feel it tingle after using it to massage your scalp.

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  • Murray’s EdgeWax extreme hold: this in my opinion works way better that any of the ors or creme of nature edge controls. It does not flake. When I apply it on my edges, I use a soft boar bristle brush to comb it down and I tie down my edges with a scarf. This method helps set the edge control and makes it last.

Well it’s safe to say that Alikay Naturals is my new favourite natural hair care brand and I can’t wait to get more of their products. 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products listed 😃 or the brand.

Do have a lovely day 💕.

Velvet turbans|A simple way to protect your hair and look chic.💁🏽

Hello friends, I hope you are all doing well!

Now if you’re anything like me and you don’t like dealing with your hair on a day to day basis, then this is definitely for you.

Recently, I’ve been into the head-wrap / turban fashion, and I’ve incorporated these items into my daily life. These turbans come in various colours and luckily for me, my mother sells them in her clothing shop. So it’s easy for me to buy them. These turbans come in different styles:

1) the turban with two tails & is bigger (NGN 3500).

2) the turban with one tail & is smaller (NGN 2500).

I currently have my hair in single braids and so, tying head-wraps and scarves has become easier and my favourite thing.

Below are different ways you can style a velvet turban, enjoy!

  • Simply place the turban on your head and with a twisting motion, make a low bun at the back of your head.
  • Wear turban and make a huge bun at the top of your head

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  • Take a small fabric (could be a t shirt/top), and make it into a donut or circle. Place this inside your turban and wear the turban. Begin wrapping the tail of the turban around that makeshift bun in your turban and secure it. This works best with the smaller turban to make it look fuller.
  • Wrap tail around continuously and secure.
  • Wear turban and twist both tails around your head and secure into a fold.

And there you have it, quick, easy, pretty styles you can rock any day, anywhere.

Hope you enjoyed this post

Have a great week and i will see you next time.

If you wish to purchase turbans of various colours and you live in Abuja, Nigeria, please visit my mum’s shop at;

Vee’s boutique 

Shop number 135

Naowa shopping complex, Asokoro, Abuja. (Near children’s park and zoo) 

Or email me at – theraven22.blog@gmail.com. 

Thank you. 

Side braids inspired by Beyoncé 

Hello friends 😃. I hope you are all doing well.

I think it’s safe to say I have out done myself this time by attempting this famous and beautiful braiding style.

Ok let’s get right to it shall we,

The preparation.

A day before the braiding was done I did the following;

  • I washed my hair, moisturized with my shea butter and wild growth hair oil, and put it in large braids to air dry and stretch out.
  • After my hair was fully dry, I unraveled the braids and using the tension method, I stretched out my hair with a blow dryer.

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  • I also gave my hair a well deserved trim as I was beginning to spot some split ends 😰. Omg and after I trimmed it, it was way easier to comb.

The materials.

  • I had 2 packs of impression braiding hair but ended up using just one pack. 
  • 230 wooden beads which came in various shapes and sizes and a beading tool.
  • Gold hair cuffs and elastic hair band
  • Wide tooth comb for detangling and Rat tail comb for parting 

The process

Now this is the fun part.

  • I sectioned my hair in three parts, and making my side part on the left side of my head allowing the style to fall on the right side of my face.
  • I started off with the bottom right section by rubbing some shea butter onto my palms and then I began to braid my hair, and as I went further I began to add a little bit of the extension using the feed-in method (watch video below). Now what the feed in method is, is that you take some braiding hair and insert it into your already braided hair, bit by bit, so as to achieve a more natural and blended look.

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  • Then I went ahead to braid the left side of my hair. This was the hardest bit to do at first, but once I got the hang of it, it became easier to do. I simply went by feeling the part and just braiding as I could not see the back of my head.
  • After this, I went ahead to finish off the style by doing the top section. I wanted it to curve from the inside and that is what defines my style.
  • After about 7 and a half to 8 hours, I was finally done with the whole braiding process and trimming off the hairs that were sticking out, I proceeded to boil some water and dip the ends of the hair in the hot water to help seal the ends. 
  • I allowed the hair to dry for a bit and then proceeded to put the beads onto the ends of the braids.

That’s it, style complete. I have 31 braids in total. I must say that I am in love 😍 with this style and I am definitely looking forward to trying out more braided hairstyles. 

A lot of people didn’t and couldn’t believe that I did this style myself, well all I have to say is you can do whatever you set your mind to and yes this was the first time I’ve tried feed-in braids, but the way I learn things is by practicing on myself or by simply just watching a YouTube tutorial. 

I hope you enjoyed this. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment, like, share etc.

Do have a lovely day and I will see you next time, 👋.