Review: Amara Natural Hair & Beauty

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Would you look at that- I’m actually doing a review again!

1478016c66a0f0fe230892195469 Me too guys, me too.

I’m just finna get straight to the deets. Mainly because ya’ll have to find it in your hearts to forgive my absence and that takes time so 🤷🏾‍♀️ Payday and birthday coincided so I decided to embrace the #treatyoself atmosphere and order some hair products that I haven’t tried before. I got me:

IMG_3159 Clockwise from top left: Organic Rosewater Hydrating Hair Spritzer, Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner, Avocado Hydrating Butter, Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding

I wanted to use the entire range altogether like some fancy bish,  which is why I got what I thought would be a decent LOC trio, plus a deep conditioner. The range is developed and made by Maxine Arnold, the OG momma of natural hair for us Durban girls. She is a founder of the popular It’s All Natural Facebook…

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Review: Amara Natural Hair & Beauty

Would you look at that- I’m actually doing a review again!

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Me too guys, me too.

I’m just finna get straight to the deets. Mainly because ya’ll have to find it in your hearts to forgive my absence and that takes time so 🤷🏾‍♀️ Payday and birthday coincided so I decided to embrace the #treatyoself atmosphere and order some hair products that I haven’t tried before. I got me:

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Clockwise from top left: Organic Rosewater Hydrating Hair Spritzer, Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner, Avocado Hydrating Butter, Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding

I wanted to use the entire range altogether like some fancy bish,  which is why I got what I thought would be a decent LOC trio, plus a deep conditioner. The range is developed and made by Maxine Arnold, the OG momma of natural hair for us Durban girls. She is a founder of the popular It’s All Natural Facebook group which provides support for thousands of naturals all across the world. Basically she knows her stuff, so I had really high expectations for this range!

2in1 Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner (R150 for 175ml)

You know when you use a product and as you’re using it you’re planning your next refill? That was me applying this treatment! As far as I have been informed all the products are silicone-free. It’s really tough to find a deep conditioner or protein treatment that is Curly Girl safe, so to find a 2in1 balanced treatment is a gift 😍

VERDICT:

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Avocado Hydrating Butter (R90 for 175g)

MMMKAY. So this is where I derailed a little bit. I usually apply a hydrating product to soaking wet hair after rinsing out my conditioner. This provides my hair with the most moisture and ensures my product applies+absorbs better.  This did NOT go the way I expected and I had to abandon ship quickety-quick.

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The texture is quite hard, and it needs to be melted down before use. I think for use on damp hair, this would be an excellent base for twist-outs and bantu knots. Just don’t attempt to makeshift this as a leave-in conditioner 😂

Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding (R90 for 250ml)

Ngl this range kept me on my toes! After the breakdown in communications with the Avocado Butter, I reached for my usual leave-in conditioner because I do not believe in a wash and go without this step. BUT WOW WAS THIS PUDDING FUSSY AF! It does not mix with anythinggggggg and at this point it had me all the way messed up

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Me as I stood there with white balls of curdled product all up in my hair 😐

So I hopped my butt back in the shower and rinsed it all off. I was gonna attempt something I swore I’d never do: The One Product Wash&Go. I spritzed on some of that Rose Water  (R70 for 100ml) for luck and then went in with the flaxseed pudding.

VERDICT:

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ONE PRODUCT WASH AND GO! *eats humble pie with her bomb hair*

This was day 2 hair- the definition lasted until day 4 without any major refresh needed #shookington. I didn’t experience as much shrinkage as normal, but I sacrificed some volume for that. My hair stayed moisturized as if I had used my usual LOC method. The pudding added shine, with a strong hold- I scrunched out any crunchy parts with a spritz of rose water.

I have an entire blog about why only using a styling product weekly isn’t a great idea in the long term- but I don’t think this flaxseed pudding is simply just a styling product! My hair is always struggling with dryness, and this kept it hydrated for days💦💦 I would defs keep this on hand for when I’m travelling and don’t want to carry a lot of products with me.

Have you tried the Amara Naturals range yet? Comment your thoughts below!

k bye

xx Sean

Tinder: Swipe Left, Right or SuperLike?

Yup this is the one for the single people so bugger off all you happily boo’d up ones, we have business to discuss 👋 If you’ve been on your ownesome since about 2016, you would have heard about the Tinder. If you’re one of the judgerag types “Oh I would never use Tinder”- what is you even doing here then? Go find your mans in that magic way you have that you’re hiding from the rest of us.

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I’m not accusing witchcraft but also where do you get all these people who like you 🐸☕

In case you’re unfamiliar (#nojudgement) Tinder is a simple dating app: see the persons pics+bio and if he has a beard swipe right (so you can get the chance to deep condition and comb it). What do you mean “That’s not how it works”? 😲 It’s how I’ve been using it!👀 Tbh I am rather proud of the guys I’ve found via Tinder- they’re:

a) Hotties with bodies

b) Bearded (and some non-bearded, in case ya’ll reading this idk I’m not here to hurt feelings)

c) Generally got their shit together and are alright human beings

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Okay but what’s the tea why are we here reading blogs 

If I’m being honest though it’s been a struggle to find the few good ones in an ocean of f***bois and flakiness 🙅 Personally I swipe left a lot more than I swipe right and that’s mainly because of all the weirdness there is this world. And not the cool kind of weird either! Sometimes you see things that really make you wonder…

1.”But why would you use this picture?”

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Me trying to figure out how Tinder allows you to upload 0.2MP quality pics

When someone has a profile with pictures that look like they were taken using a Nokia 3310, it’s an instant swipe left. Nje my guy if you have the Tinder app, you have a phone with a decent camera- please use it 💩

2. “Why don’t you have a bio?”

I mean, it’s the only way potential baes are going to see that fun personality. Leaving it blank is just telling me how lazy you are. I imagine you’re the type who always wants to be on the bottom, and ya’ll can miss me with that life 💀 Also #420 is not a hobby and does not count as a bio, soz fams. 

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Are you 420? Is 420 you? Asking for a friend. 

3. “Oh cool, another threesome couple.”

Can someone balance me on these folk? Why would you choose to introduce a stranger in this time of STDs and dick pics- I mean, don’t we have enough stress in our lives? 💆 Also there’s been multiple times when I considered swiping right just to come to your house, get food and then fake an emergency to escape. Just saying, watch yourselves in these Tinder streets, a hungry Sean might just take these risks one day 😆👀

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Di student life is tough, don’t say I didn’t warn you 

4. “Wait, aren’t you in a relationship?!”

So Tinder is based on the people closest around you, and will show you apparent singles in your area- except sometimes they aren’t all that single 😶 There’s defs been a few times when I lingered long enough to screengrab a profile and then send it to the group chat to confirm this is the same oke on our Insta feed with his #gf #lover #bbygal.

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#LoveLivesHere and cheating 😶

Also while we are here- can we as women come to an agreement about how we tell each other if someone’s mans is spotted on Tinder? There’s no set etiquette and sometimes we honestly just want to save a good girl from a damn scrub 😷

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Actually can we call the boo’d up ones back here, just for control🏃🏃

5. “Well at least you’re straightforward. But damn.”

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Yaaaa neh. You want a lot. 

This is me whenever I come across those interested in more… alternative past times 😋 I’m not in the business of judging- I mean, it’s better for everyone involved when you know what you like compared to not knowing at all amirite 😉 But guys. A whole damn list is too much pressure for one human, lets be reasonable here 😂

Also I’m vaguely curious how many hits you get. I mean I don’t really want too much and I’m still on the struggle bus. Yet here you are demanding monkey flips on your schlong and an English breakfast the next day WHERE ARE YOU FINDING WILLING PEOPLE?!

6. “CYOOOT. Oh nice, he linked his insta!”

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*proceeds to stalk, emerges an 45 minutes later on his brother’s girlfriends sisters page selling handmade bikinis*

Dammit, went too deep again.

Ye dating in the modern age is honestly wild. Tbh I have very little idea what I’m doing and its going pretty… okay. So if we use my awkward penguin self as a frame of reference, ya’ll are fire pieces and should be killing it in these streets #Dfordayyyys 🍆😏 Pls comment with your best/worst Tinder (or dating) tales, because I have no beards to text and I’m bored 😹

k bye

xx Sean

PS- Juuuuuuust in case a Tinder boi sees this: the cat ears I’m wearing in that one picture does not mean I am a furry. Pls stop. Regards, Management.

 

Review: Kafui Naturals + A Whole Giveaway!

Hi peoples of the natural inclination!

If Eminem can come back this late in 2018 then so can I- yup, it’s an 🕺🏽 OG-no-holds-barred-honest-AF Sean Goes Natural product review 🕺🏽

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Kafui Naturals is the brainchild of one Kafui Awoonor. She is a gorgeous naturalista who decided to create her own hair products that didn’t contain any added chemicals/preservatives. Being Ghanaian, she was familiar with the magic of shea butter- & bless her for letting us in on the secret 😍 Essentially its a range that cares for African hair and skin with ingredients of Africa, and I am all sorts of here for that!

Kafui Naturals includes products that can be used for both hair and skin care #getyouagirlthatcandoboth 💁‍♀️ The products that I tried out were:

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Tbh I don’t know why it took me so long to discover the magic of African black soap. I mean just look at the situation in Ghana, they got the skincare KEYS 🔑🔑🔑

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“Hi 911 I’d like to report my wig missing, and my edges snatched tnx”

I prefer the solid form of black soap, but the bottled liquid was much more convenient for travelling and (I very grudgingly admit) more hygienic given that you’re not rubbing your hands all over it like a soap bar 🙈🙈 It’s a cleanser that uses ash instead of harsh sulphates, which your skin and fro will thank you for!

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Okay so we have poured the tea on clay masks and how amazing they are for your hair. This mix of bentonite and rhassoul clay clarified my scalp and hair without leaving it stripped of natural oils. As a bonus it took half the usual amount of time, because the mask is so conveniently mixed- just massage it in, and rinse off all that build up. A must-have if you are an unfortunate soul afflicted by dandruff and other scalp issues #poursclayoutforthesnowyhomies

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Dat natural clay goodness gotchu gyal, don’t stress

This is a shea butter whipped up with all the yumminess of coconut oil, flaxseed and argan oil to name only a few. I used it as a sealing butter when doing twists and this WINTERFIED my hair like nobody’s business! Usually after winter my ends get really dry and create those pesky single strand knots 😒 This winter however, my ends are still moisturized and curling well- a sign that the fro is happy.

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💖 Moisturized hair = Happy Sean 💖

This was my absolute favorite out of all the products I tried GUYYYYYYS ITS AMAZEBALLS! My skin is so fussy that I can’t use oils directly on my scalp 🤦🏽 Oil causes build-up on my scalp and my forehead breaks out in spots because life is fair like that. This product has all the benefits of oil and is great for scalp massages without clogging your pores. It has ALL the good stuff for #longhairdontcare like Jamaican black castor oil, aloe vera and essential oils for healthy hair growth.

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Looking at the growth like 💃🏽

I used it mainly as a scalp spray, as well as on the fro for a moisture boost during the week. It is light enough for daily use and doesn’t create crazy build-up. You also get to smell like a bakery item of deliciousness, and who would be mad at that? ❤

Hopefully at the end of all dis ranting you’re hella keens to try the goods- and if you are, you should drop a comment and let me know which product in the range you’re the MOST ready to have in your life. Keep an eye on the socials for a chance to win! 😘😘😘😘😘

k bye

xx Sean

 

The Tea About The Pill

Heyyyyyyyyyy guys

Yes it’s been forever and a day. Life is hard, I’m suffering through adulting pls help 🤐 😂 But I am back to share news from the outside world with my fellow strugglers in the skin life!

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Welp just the ladies this time, soz guys

We all know the different treatment options available from Roaccutane to retinoids, and I have tried the lot of them- except birth control. There was a stigma associated with them because of the community I grew up in. I was honestly scandalized when I first heard my friends at uni discussing it #JustSmallTownThings 😅 Now that the concept of birth control scares me less, I decided to give it a go based on recommendations from a few girlfriends.

After consulting with a doctor and answering some awkward questions (“how sexually active are we talking here, like third base?” 🤔) I was prescribed YazPlus to try and even out my hormones- apparently that’s why my skin never listened to topical treatments for very long, the issue was internal 🙄  So did going on the pill change my life?

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 F A C T S

  1. My skin done cleared!

I’m not even gonna type anything, just have this picture:

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I. Cannot. Even. 

I do get a mild pimple now and then, because PMS is generous like that, but its nowhere close to what used to happen when I’d breakout.

2. My cycle is predictable af

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No more nights spent wondering how to tell my parents I got pregnant after making out with a boy, I appreciate this new peace of mind😂

3. My period is super light and cramping is minimal

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Yes, you read that right!

(Still not gonna exercise while I’m on my period tho, get out of here with that overachiever lifestyle 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️)

4) Side effects have been minimal

I was super stressed about bloating, mood swings and other infamous side effects of birth control. It’s been a few months and all I can really report is that I get one day of absolutely excessive emotion (like bawling in the car because your housemate ate the last yogurt two days ago and you feel unappreciated because you always have to buy the damn yogurt #TrueStory). But after that day is done (usually the first day of my period), sanity returns and all is well again XD

5) It’s expensive 💸 💸 💸 💸

It sets me back about R200 a month 🙃  Which sucks- but for a while I avoided dairy and processed food to help my skin. It did help my skin, but it also severely limited my food options given my student budget #AlmondMilkPricesMustFall 💩 The pill is a better fit for my current lifestyle and is kinder on my pocket.

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And still worth the blind panic when you realize you forgot to take it today 😆

Overall I’m definitely happy with my choice to go on the pill and I’m living for this newfound skin freedom 🙋🏽 Let me know if you are on any hormonal treatment for your skin, or would you ever consider it? I’d love to hear about your experiences 🙂

k bye

xx Sean

PS- Always consult a medical professional before going on any prescription medications!👩‍⚕️

 

 

 

What’s The Sin In Silicone?

Hi ya’ll

Today something popped into my DMs and I figured why not talk about it here because you know… issa blog 😄 There is an alternative method to taking care of your natural curls and coils called the Curly Girl Method. Pioneered by a flame called Lorraine Massey it’s a guide to bringing your natural texture back to life- and she literally wrote the Bible on it!

Now her book goes pretty in depth but the basic rules are:

  1. No sulphates
  2. No silicones
  3. Minimal heat

Technically not that different from the usual- but the big factor is silicones! Used in many conditioning and styling products most naturals will know it from their straight hair days as a way to smooth fly-aways after weekly frying sessions 😆 🍳

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Technically not a silicone, but it was ‘silicone’ for us peeps who couldn’t afford the real stuff back then 😂

Silicone made our hair look bomb because it acts as a ‘filler’i.e.

  • settling into any gaps in the hair strand
  • reducing the appearance of split ends
  • giving strands a shiny coating

This coating took care of frizz by essentially ‘waterproofing’ each strand- so your hair wouldn’t mince in humid conditions either.

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*unless you live in Durban, that humidity laughs in the face of all frizz-tamers

It all sounds great because which natural doesn’t want to tame frizz and increase shine? BUT HERE’S THE THANG: our hair needs moisture, first and foremost. If moisture can’t get in, our hair becomes dry and brittle. Most silicones are not water soluble i.e. just water ain’t gon’ get rid of that ish gyal 👀 Most silicones need to be removed from our hair using sulphates. Yup sulphates, that thing that our sulphate-free shampoos don’t actually have 😬

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#shooketh

So the general consensus is if you’re using products that have silicone, you need to use shampoo with sulphates to make sure there’s no build-up. And a LOT of products we know and love have silicones- they’re not inherently bad, don’t get me wrong. But they can cause build-up if you’re just using sulphate-free shampoo, or co-washing, and not clarifying your scalp once in a while.

Now I’m a product hoe and one ingredient isn’t gonna stop me from trying things 😂👐 So I just make sure I clarify my hair every few weeks with bentonite clay, and avoid product build-up. Have you tried/are currently following the Curly Girl Method? Let us know your thoughts in the comments fam!

k bye

xx Sean

What Do You Zinc?

Happy long weekend famso!

Guess what- THIS IS NOT A HAIR POST.

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* collective dramatic gasp*

It’s a skincare vibe- because I do have skin, and it does the worst things sometimes 😐 From what I understand about my skin it’s very oily. Left unchecked, I can wake up to new whiteheads every day #tmi #sorrynotsorry. I’ve heard that people with oily skin actually age ‘better’- like we don’t get wrinkled as much? I cannot confirm this- but I won’t be surprised if my petty skin stay petty by making me a raisin when I’m 30 😴

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If my skin was personified #pettyaf

Another thing I know about my skin is that my breakouts are stress and hormonal-based. So if someone wants to make me a kept woman who does yoga and brunches with Karen, my skin would be HELLA clear 😂 Unfortunately my life as an independent woman who don’t need no man is stressful and my skin shows it!

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My skin whenever attempts are made to clear it  😑

Now I have experimented in the name of skin since them teenage days. From toothpaste to baking soda, your girl has tried the things 🔬 Because of a massive stress breakout last December, I hopped aboard the zinc train after a friend recommended it to me. I took this everyday at 9am (because, extra💁) for 100 days.

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BUT DID IT WORK THO??

Final Verdict: It was NOT an overnight, miracle cure, let’s not sell dreams here. But I did notice a big reduction in those tiny pimples, the ones that resemble heat rash? Those were all over my forehead, and they haven’t really been an issue since I started taking this. Alas, around shark week 🐬🐬🐬 (no shark emoji lol) I still broke out quite badly.

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BEFORE: (A young Steve for comparison 💩)

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AFTER: (Young momma for scale 🙌)

I think it really also helped to reduce the scarring left by breakouts. Plus, the brand I took comes with extra vitamin C for spice and I really can feel a difference in my recovery times from colds. So I will continue to take the supplement, but not with the intention of perfect skin (unfortunately) 😫.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried to clear your skin? 😅

xx Sean

 

ORS (Yes, AGAIN)

Good morning to the people who take the time to bless my blog with their eyes 🐣

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Everyone else can get greetings elsewhere 🙋

The ORS Curls Unleashed range has been around for a while and I reviewed it when it first hit South African shelves (read all about it here if you missed that one👈). Soooo I guess this post is sort of like a #tbt- accidental cool points for that! 😎

This is still part of the Clicks Curls swag bag chronicles btw- it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Since I tried the range initially, the Intense Hair Conditioner has seen me on many a Clicks 3for2 special. My hair feels soft, there’s minimal breakage and it really is one of my holy grail products *cue angelic chorus for lit deep conditioners 😇 😇 😇 😇 😇 *

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Curls be like 💦💦💦

However, I only tried the Curl creme styler, because it came with the stuff and your girl was not affording thangs on her own XD Nothing much has changed though, because this is how I got to try the Leave-In Conditioner and Curl Boosting Jelly:

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Free samples to the rescue! 😀

After deep conditioning with the OG fave, I applied the leave-in conditioner to soaking wet hair. It’s got a lot of slip, and I was very surprised that the one sachet was enough to coat all my strands. The scent is just as bomb as the rest of the range, a fruity flavour that’s tempting enough to taste. Or at least attract a bearded man who is partial to fruit 🙏 #LordHearMyPrayer

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A moment so we can manifest our dreams 👅👅

The Curl Boosting Jelly… first off, I did not enjoy the strong grape scent. It reminded me strongly of grape flavoured bubblegum, and after a childhood incident I get very grossed out by even the thought of bubblegum  😬 So that didn’t vibe well, but I endured because I love my fellow natties so much and they need to know if this stuff works or not 😝 It’s quite thick and I didn’t even have to use the entire sachet. My hair prefers gel for definition so this didn’t disappoint:

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Ignore my stank face, just enjoy the definition 😅

But here’s the downside 😢 I prefer to airdry, and usually my hair is 70% dry after a few hours. However even after a scorching hot day, this stuff was flat and wet and Just. Not. Drying. So I pulled out the diffuser and did the things but even after my usual time when my hair would be 100% dry, this do was only 90% dry! Day 1 hair was not the best- but the day 2 hair tho!

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Yes I was feeling my damn self #noshame 😂

FINAL VERDICT: Definitely more frizz than what I usually experience with gels, but for the amount used I think the whole range works well together. If you can afford it, then buy it- it won’t be money wasted because you don’t need a lot for decent results. The Deep Condish is still the best out of the range tho, defs get that (your fro will love you for it😉)

Have you tried the ORS Curls Unleashed range (you moneyed woman you 💰💰💰)? How did you find it?

k bye

xx Sean

 

Are You Making This Hair Mistake?

Yaaaas I know how dramatic that title sounds- but I have noticed too many of us making the same mistake on the Facebooks and Instagrams lately 👀 Sooooo of course it’s time to fix our damn lives!

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Even bad hair practices they are here Mama  (consider this is your sign on how to handle these things  👐) #JuliusMalemaChallenge

Basically we all know our naturally coily kinky curly hair LOVES moisture. Water is our tight mate, and makes the texture pop- but the trouble is getting the moisture in and keeping it there 💩

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Natural hair looking for moisture like

This is where the LOC method comes in. Whether you’re doing a wash and go, twirling in a two-strand twist, finessing them finger coils, doing the things that make the pots to be done etc- at end of the day, this method of layering products is the key to maintaining the moisture in your hair.

Leave-In/Liquid– this is an unskippable step in the method. Yes, you heard me: UNSKIPPABLE! You washed your hair, the water got in it, you got that moisture yaas gyal: but like, would you skip lotion after a shower?

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Ashy is not a good look 😝

In the same way, our hair requires a good leave-in conditioner to stay soft and juicy. Depending on your hair texture and porosity, it can be as light or as heavy as you prefer. Thereafter you can go in with your preferred styling products to define your natural gifts in your chosen style. Whether you use it LOC or LCO, it’s clear one thing stays pretty much first!

Oil– Seals in the moisture so it doesn’t evaporate from the hair during drying.

Cream- Will define curls and coils as required, thus a styling product like a ‘curl cream’.

I am calling this out particularly, because I used to be this human while I was transitioning- I did not know the giant difference between a moisturizing product and a styling product. For example, a product I think we’ve all tried at some point is Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard. This is a product best suited to styling and defining hair. Using this alone is actually doing our kinks a disservice in the long run- not because it’s a bad product, but because it’s not made for the purpose of maintaining moisture on it’s own.

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Simply using a bit of Aunt Jackie’s Quench Leave-In Conditioner before doing the Curl La La thangs made such a difference to my hair.

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Yes, I like how my wash and go looks when it’s big and defined. However I won’t compromise on healthy hair just for ~lewks~. Trust fam, when your hair is healthy it really does show off and do the most anyway 😙 Do the things, and your hair will thank you 🙋

Did you make this mistake too? I’d love to hear your thoughts, hmu in the comments/Facebook/Instagram!

k bye

xx Sean