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    [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/12/169dd2932fcd8b6e0beba3982a5d4198_view.png[/img] I had my braids up for 17 days! I know it's not a big deal, but for me it is because I change my hair up like every week. lol. I mentioned in my previous post that i will be eating salad a lot, drinking a lot of water and i'll be taking my vitamin B complex regularly. Yes, I am still doing all that because healthy hair starts from the inside out...And I have a noticed a drastic change in my hair. Let's talk about castor oil for a second. See, a lot of blogs talk about castor oil growing and thickening hair, so I decided to take up this challenge as well. So far my hair hasn't grown from the castor oil but I noticed it made my hair thick as hell! On Saturday, I deep conditioned my hair with: Banana, Olive oil, Eggs, Honey, & Mayonnaise [attachment="225:view"]image.jpeg[/attachment] Funny thing! I took my deep conditioned hair to lectures. lol. It was wrapped though. After 2 hours of lectures, I came back home and washed my hair. After..errh, my hair felt so much softer. Then I braided my hair into two (roughly). So today, I decided to just wrap the front of my hair and enjoy my growing crown! Cheers!
    When i first went natural, every natural girl and their mother was talking about the term "cowash" i was quite confused as to what it meant at first until, they told me it meant conditioner wash. The term never really went down with me because i loved the feeling of clean hair and i was convinced a conditioner couldn't do that so i just stuck with shampooing my hair. [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/12/33838148bcefe3ae1e58bb955e53b98e_view.jpg[/img] So, i stumbled on the picture above a few weeks ago and i was taken aback. I got quite curious so i started to look for any information i could get on the effect of cowashing on our hair. I decided to start out with "Natural hair gurus" because they swear by cowashing but they all kept saying the same thing 'shampoo dries your hair out and conditioners clean your hair without stripping' and all that other stuff we are taught about cowash which is quite true. I wasn't quite content with the plain answer i got so i decided to do my own little research. I think it is fair to say cowashing started within the natural hair community but i'm sure it gained a lot of popularity with the curly girl method a handbook by Lorraine Massey. Cowashing was originally intended for use between regular shampoos to clean hair from build up not a replacement for shampoos. The reason a lot of naturals are weary about shampoos is because of SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). SLS is an anionic detergent, surfactant and a foaming agent commonly used in many cosmetic products and industrial cleansers. It is potentially harmful to skin and hair. Cleanses by corrosion. Dries out skin/hair by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture. I'm glad that today we have a lot of brands that offer sulfate free shampoos. To cowash or not to? I'm not an advocate for cowashing so i would say not to. Just like you wouldn't go a month without cleansing your skin is the same way you shouldn't go a month without cleansing your scalp because one of the key components to healthy hair is a healthy scalp. If you use a well formulated sulfate free shampoo you wouldn't need to cowash. Do you cowash? What are your thoughts?
    Hello people. Long time no blog! It’s been so long and I definitely have missed writing here. Do not blame me in anyway…blame our unreasonable educational system. One of the major questions I get every time from Naturalists is the question on what oils they are to use. Some would even ask: “Which one is the koko oil that I can’t do without? It is only that one I want to buy”. I must say this, there are so many oils out there and they all perform different functions. It’s the same way we have different types of food that do different things to the body. It all depends on how much value you place on your hair and how far you are willing to go for your hair. Today I’ll be talking about some of the oils we need. Not exactly that we cannot do without them, but they are all vital for our hair growth. You don’t need to have all of them. But three or more should do. Coconut Oil [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/04aef3d2cb748c258224335c3c66ba98_view.png[/img] I would not dwell so much on this oil. We all know coconut oil. We all should have coconut oil. It is a must have. Apart from the fact that it is healthy it is also economical. It is the oil that just saves us from so much stress. Shea Butter [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/67346485d0638bd46cfb3ecff53264ff_view.png[/img] The most economical hair moisturizer that is out there is Shea butter. We cannot do without this. It is not just used for hair treatment but also for smooth and beautiful skin. Shea butter helps softens our hair, enhance our curls, moisturize and give our hair the shine it deserves. Jojoba Oil [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/04046f43d3afc6d9b7c2e1ee6819e95e_view.png[/img] So this is not your everyday everywhere oil. Jojoba oil is as old as time but not as common here in Africa as much as coconut or olive oil is. It is a thick oil, it can be waxy. It is used to seal in moisture which in turn repairs damaged hair cuticle in turn reduces breakage and encourages hair growth. Carrot Oil [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/b49b3d4a7f3e3f6965ef9a4c36f570a9_view.png[/img] One of the most enriched oils you can lay your hands on is the carrot oil. It is rich in minerals and vitamins {if original though}. And when all that goodness gets into your hair, you can only but imagine how healthy your hair would get. Castor Oil [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/f5a7b164230dd52a3dd4ebe37f3a29fa_view.png[/img] This oil is very similar in function to the jojoba oil. Since it readily available and more economical than the jojoba oil. It is the best alternative to turn to. The castor oil is thick and rich in texture and content. I always recommend castor oil to every naturalist. Olive Oil [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/56d2e4904711a5d26501a6091281a778_view.png[/img] And the lifesaver. Olive oil. Olive oil is gotten from olive seed. Olive contains essential minerals and vitamins which helps our hair to grow better. It has a lighter texture when compared to coconut or castor oil but nevertheless it is one of the most essential oils that you must own as a naturalist. Lavender Oil  [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/08/092ac6b7d8261a3daa861b9d6d2ced2a_view.png[/img] Lavender oil is an essential. It has proven its value over time. Lavender oil is used for treatments of hair and skin. Most of the acute hair and scalp issues e.g. itchy scalp, dandruff and all sort can be treated with lavender oil. In conclusion I would say that there are so many oils out there, from Avocado to Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Argan, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary and so many more. If you would love a part 2 of this post kindly state it in the comments. And if you would love a more detailed explanation on each oil, its functions and how to tell its authenticity when you are to purchase one. Kindly let me know in the comments. I’m looking forward to an awesome September with you. xoxo
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    LITTLE SABOTAGING VOICE There are 7.4 billion people in the world today. 70% of these people live in civilization, which is about 5.18 million people. All these people are exposed to life; life at its fullest, with everything that comes with it. The good vibes, the happy times, family, friends, careers, love, passion, hatred, goals, purpose and self doubt. They feel all these, all of it. Where civilization lies is where the need to survive lies. It's a constant battle and only the fittest survive. Psychologists say that out of every 10 persons, 9 of them experience extreme self doubt. Which makes it easier to fail than succeed. Self doubt has been described as a burden, the “I am not good enough” attitude. The “I am a failure” attitude which eventually leads to failure. Over the years, self doubt has been observed to have increased to nearly 10 of every 10 persons. This is because of the highly competitive environment we live in and the need we feel to succeed above and better than the next person. Everyone seems to be battling the fact that they are not as good as the next person, not as good as the society expects them to be and not as good as they thought they would be. Self doubt often presents itself with anxiety which makes it the perfect recipe for insecurity. Most people believe that success is beyond their reach and have to work to be better than everything and anyone to get it. There is a constant voice in the mind reminding them of how they have failed to attain their goals, how they have failed to be humans, how they have failed in life and not made any tangible thing of themselves. This little sabotaging voice in their mind fuels the feeling of “never going to be good enough” in them. This self sabotaging voice takes away the will to achieve more. It stops them from trying, sapping away their self confidence, self believe and determination. It stops all positive thoughts from dwelling in their mind and takes away the ability to dream, to hope, to believe in anything. It takes it all from them. Hesitation and procrastination to do things are huge signs of self doubt. This eventually leads to stagnation and a confirmation of the failure which the sabotaging voice in their minds has always told them they are. Tremendous tension and depression can be felt. They feel like they are their own enemies and this is because they really are. The whole negativity shuts down their creative minds and leaves them feeling like losers - this is present in both extreme and mild cases. And in constant battle with themselves. This bitter feeling is the reason why people give up. Its the reason for suicide. Its the reason why people feel the Pandora’s box has been opened into their lives. Only those who are able to overcome this end up having something to show of themselves. The big question is, how do you overcome this emotion that seems to have consumed virtually everyone? Shutting the door. The door where people's opinions and expectations come in. The door where voices come in. The door where the social standards of things come in. Learning to believe in oneself and constantly confessing positive things helps. For every negative thought and attitude there should be 10 positive attitudes and confessions that follow. This would gradually increase self worth. Comparing is not an option and should never be. Trust your instincts. Whenever the self sabotaging voice creeps in and tells you that plan won’t work out or reminds you of how much a loser you are just because a new idea popped in, go ahead with the idea. And never give up. Giving up is allowing yourself fall deeper into the deep dark abyss.
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