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    Good Morning Fam.! Am excited...well, i think so. :smiley: Anyway, this week i tried stretching with thread, left for 2 days, took it out...i didn't think it turned out like i expected it to be but i went ahead and twisted it. I do twist my hair very often but this was the first time i intended it as a "twisted out". Am rocking my twist out today to work and my colleagues are telling me that it look nice even though am not satisfied with it, b'cuz didn't turn out well. But am not giving up, :smiley:will try again. Any tips please?! [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/07/adfaf4c62cf3da44aea567e8010f8e9a_view.jpg[/img] Sorry i couldn't have a proper view of my head. Bye Bye...have a great week ahead. :kiss: :wave:
    In the beginning, I didn’t know how to care for my natural hair. In the months leading up to my dramatic big chop/bike leg burn episode, I had been building up an arsenal - because, yes, this is war. Lol:laughing::laughing: I’m joking; sort of :expressionless: It was an arsenal of photos of women with beautiful natural hair: shiny, healthy-looking Afros; hair that was dyed a shade of blonde that made her wearer’s brown skin glow even more; twist outs and braid outs with impeccable definition. The idea was to surround myself with images of beautiful natural hair, as a reminder/motivator for what my hair could be. It was a way of reminding myself that my natural hair did not have to be dull in the way it had been when I cut it back in secondary school. But while I was gathering all this photo inspiration, it did not occur to me to also gather information about how to care for my hair. No O! My brilliant self thought that the hair would magically become like all these hairs I so deeply admired without the incredibly mundane, daily grind of treating my hair with kindness. Those words, “treat my hair with kindness”, could not even have occurred to me at the time. Instead, I was preoccupied with this project of making my hair serve me - I wanted it to grow long, to be soft and shiny. I did not realize, and was foolishly uninterested in knowing that beautiful natural hair does not just happen. There is the daily labour of moisturizing, careful detangling, and avoiding excessive combing. Even when the hair is in one protective style or the other, there still is the work of keeping it moisturized so that it doesn’t break excessively when you take it out of the style. But like I said, I did not know any of this in the beginning, so I was persistently engaging in all kinds of terrible habits. I would tie scarves super tightly around the two inches of hair that I had because I wanted to wear an Afro Puff by fire by force. This led to monumental swallowing of my vulnerable front hairs. I also never really moisturized my hair. I would just wet it a little and comb it in the morning. That wasn’t so bad by itself, BUT I also had this ridiculous habit of combing it like every two hours so it fell out incessantly. All of this meant that by the end of my first year being natural I had retained only maybe like 2 or 3 inches of natural hair. [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/1f5a297c9ec2a1434893f74f44a1824d_view.jpg[/img] At one year natural. I don't know what I was smiling about, but I can guarantee you, it wasn't my hair. It was only during my second year as a natural that I started to really figure things out. Not just the techniques to moisturizing and using oil to lock-in the moisture, caring for my hair while it is in braids, and doing minimal manipulation to it. I also learned this incredible lesson about being patient with, and accepting of my hair. A lot of the women who I admired in the beginning had hair that was of a texture which is vastly different from mine; in general, they had looser curled, more bouncy hair (the politics of my, and many other people’s admiration of this particular kind of natural hair is fascinating, by the way. I must remember to write about it some time. This difference in texture meant, and continues to mean that there are some things that my hair JUST CANNOT DO. And learning to accept, and properly claim that, helped me form a much more healthy relationship with my hair. I’m curious, did anyone else have this kind of experience with their hair in the beginning? Or is anyone having a similar experience now? Or a vastly different one maybe? I’d love to hear about what the process of learning to care for your hair has been like for you :smiley:
    I learned these in the 12th month of my 1 yr and 6 months (after my big chop) natural hair journey. And it wasn't until my 11th month that I got to know I had low porosity hair. What is porosity in hair? Porosity is your hair's ability to absorb moisture. Low porosity hair is usually considered healthy, and is often shiny. This type of hair repels moisture when you try to wet it. Low porosity hair is also prone to build up from protein rich deep conditioning products which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like. This type of hair requires a lot of moisturizing and can be oiled afterwards with organic oils such as Jojoba oil and Coconut oil. Here are signs of low porosity hair: 1. Oils seem to sit on top of your hair. You get lots of shine but your hair feels really dry. 2. Moisturizer creams seem to never truly moisturize you hair, no matter how much of them you use . 3. You find that your hair cant take serious protein treatments. They tend to make your hair feel dry or brittle. 4. It takes your hair forever to dry without the use of heat. You can easily wake up with wet hair from a wash the night before. If any of these things fit the condition of your hair, then you may have low porosity hair. A final way to test it out is to take a strand of freshly washed hair and put into a glass of water. If the hair floats then you have low porosity hair. Here are a few ways to cater to your particular kind of hair: 1. Deep condition with heat. Low porosity hair is hair that has a cuticle that stays closed unless heat is present. This means that in other for moisture to truly reach your strands you must heat it a little, either with a hooded dryer or by wearing a plastic cap overnight. The heat will raise your cuticle and then the moisture you need will reach into your hair strands . 2. Wash your hair with warm water. Using warm water when you wash your hair will also raise the cuticle so that you can get the needed moisture into your hair. Most Naturals stress the importance of cool water to protect the hair strands. You must do the opposite to keep your moisture level up. 3. DON'T apply leave-in conditioners on soaking wet hair. This is really important because you would basically be throwing your money down the drain. Your hair won't absorb the leave-in conditioner you just put on it because it has already absorbed the water. The leave-in will just sit on top of your hair. To avoid this, first use a "cotton" t-shirt to dry your hair and then apply your leave-in. Your hair would then be able to absorb it and you will be happy.. NB: Many girls don't like oils because they always seem to have applied too much for their hair type. But for me, oils are absolutely great when used correctly. For sealing in moisture in my hair, I use Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, and Argan oil in one big mixture. It isn't too heavy and they make my hair really soft. I mist some water on my hair to style and do twists with the oils. Remember to experiment a little with your own hair to figure out your true do's and dont's.
    Hello my afro sisters! And a lovely Sunday to you all. This is actually my first post, really I've not been active. I'll try to be more frequent. Today's post is about my new found protective style. Its not new ooo. Just that it's not common here. Someone just got some needles for me so I decided to try it myself.. I like crochet bcos it doesn't put any pressure on your natural hair and puts your hair away from all elements. HOW TO INSTAll 1.) Weave hair in cornrows, then carefully pass a crochet hook under your weaved hair. 2.) Open the hook and fix strands on it and close back the hook. 3.) Slightly pull the crochet through your weaved hair to make a loop. 4.) Remove the crochet,form a loop naturally and pass the strand into it. 5.) Pull the strand and knot if desired. 6.) Continually repeat the whole process to achieve desired style.
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