Happy 2018! I hope the year has been good to you so far! I’m so hopeful and excited about 2018! Good things are coming! So I was tagged in this Afro tag by a fellow blogger who you obviously need to check because well duuh! Haha! Thank you Chantelle of ChanniGodly/Riso Jeradi! Check out her Afro Tag here! My natural hair journey has been interesting. It ended up with a BIG CHOP in September last year! But I’ll explain I’ll explain! For now, let’s get into it!
1.When did you start taking better care of your hair?
Hmmmm. Well I started paying attention to it in 2014 after my second big chop. But I really was just doing too much, thinking I was taking good care of it. Proper proper care for my hair only started in 2016.
2. What are your 2 favorite products?
Shea butter and my water, conditioner and glycerine mix.
3. What is your ultimate goal length?
I really don’t have an ultimate goal. I just want my hair to be “tie-able” again and healthy. As long as I can tie it. I’m happy!
4. How are you going to celebrate when you reach it?
I’ll tie it! Hahaha!
5. Which do you prefer. Health or Length?
Health! Length is nothing when your hair is breaking, thinning and just dismal. You won’t even be able to flaunt it confidently so health all the way!
6. Whats your favorite part of your hair regimen?
As we speak it’s probably washing it. Because it’s so short I have no trouble at all! #BigChopPerks
7. What is the most annoying part of your hair regimen?
Again at the moment nothing really. My hair is really easy to manage. However when it was long, the most annoying part was plaiting mabhanzi (African threading). Man! I never looked forward to that. It was just that process!
8. Oils or butters?
Butters! My hair has never liked oils except castor oil which I have to mix in with my butter. Coconut oil is the worst. It always left my hair hard, brittle and shiny. Not exactly what I was going for! Butters seems to be more gentle on my hair and they keep it well moisturised!
9. Wig or weave?
Wig wig wig! You need to be able to remove these things after a long day! I can’t even imagine having a weave! It can’t! Haha! Wigs are just so easy to manage, look nice for longer, they are removable and adjustable. They are just a win!
10. What length do you consider long?
Shoulder length deep within shrinkage is long!
11. What is your opinion on growth aids?
Well I did try them once. Back then in the 2014s. I told you I did the most! And I don’t think they work as much as they are said to work. I never saw any difference to be honest. Maybe I was taking the weak stuff coz mine were just the vitamins for hair and nails.
12. What is your take on hair salons?
I do not like hair salons. I will avoid them as much as I can. Or maybe it’s just the ones I went to. I don’t think they really have knowledge of our hair and they just do what seems to work and what’s cheapest at the time. In the process damaging people’s hair and hairlines. I prefer to do my own hair when I have the time. The most i get at a salon is getting plaited. I don’t even let them wash my hair anymore. But maybe (when my hair grows) I should try the salons specifically for natural hair in Harare! Please share the salons in the comments section below. That would be so helpful!
13. Which product/ technique do you think is underrated?
The African Threading method for stretching your hair. This method not only stretches your hair, but it somehow makes your hair easier to comb out and manage. My hair just comes out soft and straight (enough, lol). It is a process but definitely worth it.
14. Which product/ technique do you think is overrated?
Pre-pooing. What’s that? What does it help? What are the advantages? and what’s the correct way of doing it? I’ve never seen it’s advantages to be honest. And it really just makes wash day far too long a process. However if you do it, and it works for you, please do educate me in the comments section. I’d really appreciate it.
15. What do you dislike about your hair?
I don’t like how my hair is not thick. Which means I can never really have that nice bushy afro. My hair is soft so it just flops.
16. What advice would you give to someone starting their hair journey?
Man! Your hair is your hair! Do not compare it to the next persons’! Get to know your crown. Know her likes and dislikes. She is yours. Take care of her. Show her love. Pamper her. She contributes to the QUEEN that you are!
And that’s it!
UPDATE : I cut my hair in September 2017. For many reasons, life, change but also to give me an opportunity to start again. To take care of my crown properly without feeding it anything and everything. I’ve also had to time to get to know her. So I know where I was going wrong. However I have been struggling to stay away from the barber. I’m constantly going for a trim. And I need your support. We want to grow the hair again! haha!
Anyway don’t forget to leave your tips and knowledge down below! Let’s have fun, discover & share!