I know, I know. Shock horror gasp, Sean is posting again, how is this happening? 😯  I admit, UKZN is showing me flames this semester and the blog has been abandoned for this time of roasting.

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But like Lil’ Kim done said, you can’t keep a good girl down 👐 So this is your SGNxUmera update at bloody last! Actually this really worked out well, because the reason I started the challenge was due to stress-induced hair loss. Now that I have gone through another period of intense stress (think 3-hours-of-sleep-a-night-for-3-weeks type stress XD), I can make a better comparison about how my hair fared during these times.

I discovered the magic of castor oil when I started breaking out from using coconut oil. I needed a penetrating oil, minus the pimples 😦 JBCO came to to the rescue, making my hair and skin happy. I don’t really know why I stopped using it, because a few weeks after my hair started abandoning ship 😬 I knew I needed to get back on that castor oil train QUICK XD  When I started the challenge, I reshaped my fro so it was hella short! On the plus side I realised the cut gave me the volume I desperately needed, because my hair had thinned out so much #TipOfTheDay.


The reshaped struggle fro, nostrils flourishing XD

Because I was on vacation, I did the absolute most with the Umera Jamaican Black Castor Oil- deep conditioning with it, nightly scalp massages, protective styles, it was all done son 😎 The fact that it’s an oil makes it so versatile in your regimen- from deep conditioning to detangling, this oil does the things guys!

I have low porosity hair, so I always spritzed my hair with warm water before applying the oil for styling. This helped it penetrate my stubborn fro- and boy did it!

The pictures above were taken a few weeks ago, in the middle of the stress nightmare that is this semester. Usually my hair would be shedding like a beast at this point, but the fro is maintaining its density and length. But don’t just take my word for it- I get that everyone’s hair doesn’t respond the same way to every product. So this week I will upload pictures and reviews from 3 beauts who have also been trying this oil- everything from hair type, porosity, how they used it, how it worked, did it slide them into DMs, the usual 😆 So keep an eye out on my Facebook and Instagram for those helpful mini-reviews (and perhaps even win some for yourself?)


*MTV Cribs voice* “This is where the magic happens”

k bye

xx Sean



Fro Fiesta Feels

Okay so if you’re not part of the It’s All Natural Facebook group then you need to go there first so you fully understand why this post is as overexcited as a basic girl in a Starbucks!

Have you joined? Okay cool, let’s continue😄

The group, created by the brother and sister natural hair fairy godparents Bryce and Maxine Arnold, is a one-stop shop for all your natural hair needs. Detangling, breakage, transitioning, deep conditioning, THEY 👐 GOTCHU 👐 FAM 👐 Safe to say, I spend a lot of time on there and have made internet curlfriends with so many of the gorgeous members. That is why when Maxine announced that the Fro Fiesta Natural Hair Meet-Up was happening, I was all in my feels!

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Actual footage of me running to get tickets

It was held at a fancy shmancy hotel on the beachfront, which was great because the humidity meant my hair would actually have volume for a change. Yes, all venues are judged according to how my hair will look there, its a natural girl thing 👸

This year there was a mini-market in addition to the inspiring frogram (see what I did there XD). Obviously I am now broke, but my fro is fleeking from all the products I bought so I’d say its a fair trade #priorities #frobeforefood 😆  Things purchased aside, the goodie bag was a highlight of NOTE 😀 ❤


Look at all these bomb goodies #ICantuDeal ❤

Local was proudly supported with everyone from The Perfect Hair to TRU: The Pop-Up being there giving the naturals some goodness. The frogram was flames, and nobody could claim boredom with all the talent on show! Celeste the vocalist had me singing Corinne Bailey Rae long after the event had ended (apologies to my housemates XD)

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Literally everyone that day XD

Okay so I’m going to stop yammering about this and just let the pictures speak for themselves! Once again, It’s All Natural has made us all awkward by actually bringing us all in the same room and having to remember not to call people by their full Facebook name XD #JOKES It was another amazing day of meeting natural sisters and celebrating our natural hair together ❤

Check out my Facebook page for all the pictures from the day 🙂 Don’t be shy, send me pictures if you want me to add to the album!

k bye

Sean xx

PS- I think the following picture accurately describes the entire day 😀


And the church of naturals says “amen” 😛

Hello Hairfall My Old Friend

Soooooooooo recently I posted about how I’ve been experiencing shedding. Guys, I’m not even kidding I’m outchea shedding hair like that one dog that always jumps on you at your aunties house 😭 I tried a DIY concoction of black tea and aloe juice, which definitely alleviated it but the hair loss is still real in these streets (And sheets. And shower. And kitchen. My housemates all secretly hate me now 😆)

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Consider this my public apology 😛

It’s normal to lose around 100-300 hairs per day, so you should expect some shedding on washdays. But I’ve seen a drastic decrease in my hair density, which is scary as balls. I feel like only just transitioned out of my Gollum hair phase, and I am not ready to go back 😦


Look at all 15 strands of hair on my head

Looking back at my hair history, I realized winter is the worst for my hair! ‘Tis the season to be shedding XD So if you’re like me and missed the braiding bus (I left Durban before my braidist could wrap me up for winter, and I trust nobody else with my hair), then let us be true to form and board the #teamlazynatural train to winter-fy our hair 😉

This is my plan of action:

SATURDAY: Washday to clarify scalp and deep condition hair. While its damp (not wet, ‘cos pneumonia is real in these streets) I massage generously with oil and plait neatly.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY: Re-plait as needed, which for me is twice in the week, and ensuring hair is gently detangled- use a spray bottle to dampen the hair- and ends well coated with oil.

I find that oil absorbs much better when applied to hair that is slightly damp. My oil of choice is Umera Jamaican Black Castor Oil, keep an eye out on my pages to see how well it does 🙂 Minimal manipulation is the key to this working well, as well as tucking the ends away from the winter chill.

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My bae for winter ❤


This is the lazy girls natural hair challenge, and I’d love for you to join me on the road to a healthy and happy fro 😀 Use #SGNxUmeraWinterHairCare to participate on the gram and FB so we can share our secrets to fight winter hair damage!

k bye

xx Sean


A Three-way with TRESemme ;)

So when Tresemme Naturals left our shelves we were all pretty heartbroken- at the time, it was one of the few ‘for  natural hair’ brands we could get. If you haven’t noticed by now (srsly are you a time traveller stuck in 1820’s London) TRESemme Naturals is back under the sexier new name TRESemme Botaniques!


The French name just gives it the ~something~ 😪

Comparing the new Botaniques range to the previous Naturals range, it’s basically the same: no parabens, silicones or dyes and the shampoo has reduced sulphates. TrESemme being a more mainstream haircare brand, I was curious to see how well the new range worked on different hair textures so I arranged for a ménage à trois of sorts to really get up close and personal with its capabilities 😉

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Gettin’ sexy up in hereeeeee



Curl Type: A wilder type 3, not as well-behaved as the category suggests XD

First Impressions: I used it on a washday when my hair was really in a bad state from neglect during the week #lazynatural+campusdemands=crappycurls 😦 So this really shocked me with how well it worked! The reduced sulphate shampoo provided just the right amount of cleansing my fro needed after all the build-up. I legit could detangle from the slip of the shampoo alone  😮 The conditioner is the perfect level between moisturizing and detangling, and my hair was softly defined after using it. Botaniques is infused with coconut milk and aloe vera, so I’ve been walking around smelling like I drink pina coladas and get caught in the rain 🍸🌴


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Name:  Lyndell Captain

Curl Type: 3a /3b high porosity very prone to frizz!

First Impressions: TRESemme, what can I say, you had me from the start! When I first received the pack, it was with much excitement after my lovely friend Sean Moodley hyped up this secret package and review that I was about to be a part of! Anyone who knows me, knows I love surprises, and I loved this one. I was immediately taken by the packaging, and love the green sheen of the shampoo bottle (there’s just something about it that makes me feel like natural royalty 👑). I was initially unsure of how it might smell because of the combo of ingredients , but was pleasantly surprised by the way it did. The sweet scent was definitely a win and I particularly enjoyed that the smell remained with me for a while after washing. I liked the thickness of the shampoo and how much it lathered. It did leave my hair feeling slightly brittle – as is expected of a shampoo with sulphates – but this was considerably less than normal . The conditioner left my hair feeling amazingly soft so all worries and feeling of brittleness were forgotten. I did wonder how someone with a tighter curl pattern and low porosity hair might find it, as the conditioner did feel a bit thin. I decided to not go my normal product route to see how effective it would be – and just used a leave in and coconut oil. Three days later and it’s still soft and relatively clean. I usually have to wash within 3 days again, so this is a welcome relief. Overall I really enjoyed using this product, and am REALLY impressed with TRESemme for expanding their range and making an effort to cater for women with natural, kinky, curly, coily and wavy hair – one of the only leading brands to do so. Big ups TRESemme, I look forward to seeing what you do next! Till the next wash day 😉


After a flexi rod set, curls feeling soft and full of life!


Name:  Boitumelo

Curl Type: tightly curled, small curls (4c). Hair shrinks to about 70% after every wash and looks shorter until I stretch it.

First Impressions: Well, the shampoo didn’t turn out to be what I expected it to be, as it was pretty much the same as my regular shampoo. The conditioner however is a definite winner! My detangling time was shortened as it had good slip, and it was very moisturizing. I noticed after that the amount of hair shed was a lot less than usual so it definitely takes care of tangles well. Overall my hair feels thicker, softer and moisturized. The scent is amazing, and I like that it lingers long after you’ve used the products. I will definitely be getting me some of this creamy magic again!


The shrinkage is usually a good indicator that my hair is sufficiently moisturized 🙂

So the shampoo has mixed reviews, but the conditioner is a winner for hair types from curly to kinky 🙂 TRESemmé BOTANIQUE is now available at leading retailers nationwide for RSP R79.99, 750ml each.

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Big bottles got us like XD

k bye

Sean xx

Pouring The Tea ☕🐸

For 2017 my hair goal was to AVOID THE SCISSORS. I am Sean Scissorhands and have not been able to stand my hair growing past shoulder length for literally all my life.  The way wet hair feels on my body 😑 – and as we naturals know, drying takes for bloody ever, and hours of damp strands touching my body is just not a life I can live.


Me too Bey, me too.

But a promise is a promise and I have not touched the scissors since September 2016. Now that my hair is getting longer, the tangles have increased too. Even with the most meticulous pre-poo detangling session, as soon as I rinse out the shampoo they’re back and I need to detangle all over again. Needless to say, I lost a crap ton of hair with all of this detangling, so something definitely needed to change. The yellow root bulb was very visible (yes I examined that gross hairball don’t judge me XD) so it was shedding and not breakage that was the issue.

The hair goddesses of YouTube were called upon to show me the light and Naptural85 (#ALLTHEHAIRGOALS!!) educated me on tea rinsing to alleviate hair shedding. I also decided to eliminate shampoo from my washday completely, instead using a dilute solution of aloe juice and apple cider vinegar to cleanse my scalp and hair.

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Eyeball a few tablespoons of each into a 500ml bottle and fill the rest with water 🙂

Washday went something like this:

  • Wet hair in shower. Slowly pour ACV+Aloe mixture onto scalp and massage to help lift build up and general dirt. Squeeze onto hair shaft to clarify any product build-up.
  • Rinse with warm water. Using the same method, pour 500ml of cooled black tea concentrating on the scalp.
  • The tea rinse is drying on the hair strands, so the next step is to deep condition. My current DC is the Curls Unleashed Sage & Kiwi Intense Hair Conditioner.
  • LOC in the moisture and style as desired 🙂

Three weeks in and I am already seeing a major difference! The shedding is much less, even during the detangling process. I wish I could say I have no more tangles but we all live the curl life and that’s just a lie XD But once I pre-poo and detangle my hair does not get knotted up after I ‘shampoo’ with the aloe and ACV mixture. This and the black tea has really helped me and hopefully it can help other naturals too ❤

I would love to know if there are any other natties that have eschewed conventional shampoo and are DIYing instead, sound off in the comments you saucy mixtresses 😉

As always my DMs are always open for hair chat on Insta and FB 🙂

k bye

Sean xx






For a Durban girl, a trip to Cape Town would not have been complete without getting me some Curl Chemistry. The brainchild of curly girl Liesl Singer, it’s slowly but surely become the gotta-have product that everyone on the local forums is raving about. Ya’ll know me and my product hoe ways, I have close to zero self-control when it comes to hair products #pleasehelp #jokes #hoeislife


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Take a walk down memory lane with me back to the days when only Dr. Miracles was the OG natural hair brand we could get here. Everyone remember this?


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This was a staple part of my wash-&-go routine for the longest time before it sort of faded away from the shelves of Clicks. Needless to say I was pretty bummed because it gave gorgeous definition without crunch. It was great especially during my transitioning phase because my straggly Gollum-hair ends needed all the help they could get to blend with the virgin growth “:D The only thing was that intense aloe smell *gags* I don’t mind a hint of it, but that was way too cloying and aggressive.

Returning to the present times I think Curl Chemistry is the replacement to that we’ve been waiting for! MINUS THE CHOKING SMELL NOGAL! (I say ‘nogal’ now because I’ve been to Cape Town 😛 XD). I’ll be real I never got the pomegranate scent most people were singing about, but the same cannot be said for the man in my life who could not stop sniffing me XD As far as I could tell it is formulated as an oil-in-cream, so I forgo the usual olive sealing oil to avert danger of resembling amagwinya. My curls were light, fluffy and lasted for 3 days. Even afterward my hair did not feel dry because the product is so durable.


The fluffy frobulous results ❤

As much as my hair loved this product, my skin was not so happy.  For the normal people who do not have a useless coconut oil sensitivity (like me) this bodes well as that means there is a high enough coconut oil content for my skin to react- i.e. you’re getting a quality product with actual natural ingredients. In the spirit of full disclosure, it didn’t hold up too well on really humid Durban days 😦 But seeing as the rest of the country prefers to drink instead of breathe their water XD I fully recommend this for naturals in drier climates 🙂

It’s definitely more affordable than the good Dr at R90 a tub XD Plus Liesl has recently expanded the range to include a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, so your whole washday can be proudly local 🙂 There are representatives all across the Cape area so I say give it a try if you can. Curl Chemistry is legit another local brand that will keep the international competitors on their toes!

Shout out in the comments, on Facebook or Insta with your Curl Chemistry thoughts, I’d love to hear them ❤

k bye

Sean xx

Terms & Condition(er)

Okay, so we all been here long enough to realise that using products designed specifically for our natural hair is better for it. It took me a while but I am officially a sulphate-free shampoo fan, and co-washing is bae (seriously, the best thing for mini wash days in between actual wash days). Recently we’ve been spoilt for choice in SA because of all the different local and international hair care brands expanding to our shores (AT BLOODY LAST #justsaying 😗).  Which is all great except that most of it does not come cheap 👀 For stuff like shampoo and styling products I’m willing to pay for because I don’t use those up in a hurry, so it’s worth paying R90+ for the month. Now conditioner on the other hand…


Story of our lives XD

It can’t be just me who is using the current rand-dollar exchange rate to estimate the recommended “dime-size amount” of conditioner… at least I hope I’m not alone! I have been blessed with incredible amounts of natural frizz and it takes a lot of conditioner to tame the beast. Thus even though buying the matching natural hair appropriate 250ml conditioner for R90+ feels great- like when your bra matches your undies and you feel incredibly put together 🙋- it just does not last long enough to justify the price.

So I am officially claiming my shade, I use cheap conditioner! And recently I have found two that I quite enjoy. The first one is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner which often goes on special at Clicks.  I got them on a 2 for R62 special and they were especially great for detangling because they had lots of slip.

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The next one is a sort of blast from the past. I remember my mom using the Protein Feed range on my hair as a child but it was only recently that I saw it repackaged on the shelf of Checkers (yes, Checkers)… FOR R29!

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750ml of goodness ❤


It is a lot thicker than I expected but it brings the moisture for sure 💦 💦 💦 💦 My hair felt soft and it encouraged clumping too. Plus at the price vs. the size I did not feel a spot of guilt about using as much as I wanted. I bought one bottle to try, and now I have one bottle placed everywhere I sleep over ‘for emergencies’ XD #practicalthinking #ImsorryifIboughtallofit #butImnotgivingyoumine #eventhoughIhave3bottles

I think I’m good until the end of the month now #jokes XD But these are defs steals, and I can’t be keeping this info on the down low because we all deserve to eat meat this month for a change 😆 Let us in on your favorite bargain buys in the comments, Facebook or Insta 🙂

k bye

xx Sean


What I Wish I Knew

Hello girls with the popping curls🙋

Recently I have been inundated by messages from a lot of ladies who are considering going natural, or at the very start of their journey. It’s been about 2 years since I became natural, but I can still recall that initial feeling of “dafuq do I do with my hair now?!” XD We all know where to go for answers to our questions (even the stranger ones #privatebrowsingweseeyou 👀):

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So there I was googling everything possible about natural hair, transitioning and caring for it. As you probably know by now, there is a veritable flood of blogs, YouTube channels, and webpages dedicated to this natural thing we do. For a person like me who will always be extra and do the most, I had no clue what was right so I just did everything! At this point I realize how unnecessary some of the things I did were, and some where even really bad for my hair health- I just wish I knew it back then. Therefore this one is for my newbie naturals so you do better than my fool self XD

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2017 me to 2014 me XD

  • Get off the bandwagon friend!

When I saw something that everyone had then I had to have it too. Coconut oil is one of the worst things for my hair and I know this… now 🙈 But because everyone worshiped at the shrine of the coco, I did too. For at least a year I had mad break-outs of acne and the itchiest inflamed scalp, it was horrible 💀  Only when I ran out of coconut oil and used amla oil for my wash-day instead did I realize what was going on. It’s not a bad thing to see what is the good stuff being discussed on the web- just remember to pay attention to what your hair likes first!

  • Health> Definition

Now I love me a defined curl as much as anyone else 😉 But when I first started out, it was an obsession. I would use sprays and mousses that had very drying alcohols and other crappy ingredients just to make sure my curls were properly defined. I didn’t care about the crunchiness, I’d be a bag of NikNaks if it meant having those tight tendril curls XD My hair did suffer because of it. I was not retaining any moisture which stunted growth- but best believe I was still whining about how my hair doesn’t want to grow 😐 Definition should not come at the price of healthy hair!

  • Read the damn label😂

I was so susceptible to claims of “avocado oil, citrus fruit extract, vanilla essence,etc.” on labels, it’s shameful 😶 Major plus if it had that fancy scent that lingered, ‘cos that meant the vanilla essence was working #whatevenSean #juststop. Luckily I realized my mistake about 3 months in, but not before I had wasted money on bottles of sulfates and parabens.

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When you realize there ain’t no avocado oil in that shampoo

  • Expensive≠ Good

I have wasted too much money on too many products that promised the world and just did not deliver. Some of my favorite go-to products are really cheap like bentonite clay and natural pure oils- there really is no need to splurge to have healthy natural hair 🙂 Shops like Gorimas are my favorite haunts for pure oils, and even every day things you already have can make a cheaper conditioner as good as any expensive one.

Essentially this is a very personal journey. Everyone has their own experiences and it’s important that you listen to your hair ,first and foremost. And read the damn label XD

I would love to hear what you wish you knew when you first became natural, sound off in the comments, Facebook or even Instagram 🙂

k bye

xx Sean




Design Essentials- Essential or Nah?

Hello humans still reading my rants, thanks for waking up from Christmas leftover binge-induced naps and making your way here XD In the spirit of full disclosure this post was meant to be done ages ago but ya… December 👀

So I assume we’ve all eyed out the Design Essential goodies that recently popped into Clicks stores. When I first heard I was EXCITED 🙌 AS 🙌 BALLS ⚽  See, I’m a fan of @frogirlginny (Lawd a mercy 😍) and she is a fan of the DE life. Hence when I saw it I just had to try it…

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.. Until I saw the prices 😐  From R150 a product, eish dreams died that day. BUT thanks to the angels of Essence Festival, I was able to get me some freebies to try #IKRIwasdyingtoo. Now after thorough use and investigation, I can tell you exactly which products are worth the investment (because after R150, it’s not simply a price tag but a serious financial decision XD).

I received the following to try:


From the Coconut & Monoi range: Deep Moisture Masque, Deep Moisture Milk Souffle and Curl Defining Gelee

Initially I did lean heavily toward the Coconut and Monoi range which is formulated for helping moisturize dry, dull and thirsty hair. Also @frogirlginny loved it, so my fangirl came through hard. Maybe I expected my fro to magically grow to her majestic proportions after using the same products idk XD I LOVED the Deep Moisture Masque, it seriously gave my hair the business y’all. My hair usually needs heavy products, and responds really well to them especially for frizz-taming because I have a lot of that XD But for some reason, using the Souffle and Gelee together just gave me limp hair that only dried NEVER. Any attempts at diffuse drying just left me a crusty mess, and eventually I had to admit that the products were just too heavy for my hair 😦 If anyone has tried them PLEASE let me know what I’m doing wrong because the Masque is so good :’)

Verdict: Invest in the Deep Moisture Masque because it’s an excellent deep conditioner with or without heat, but maybs give the Deep Moisture Milk and Curl Defining Gelee a miss (Unless you know how to use them, then PLEASE TELL ME BECAUSE I FEEL BETRAYED).

As well as:

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Curl Enhancing Mousse (with olive oil & vitamin B complex) and the Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner

I chose these because I had to try the Almond & Avocado range; also I’m a leave-in conditioner hoe of note. I did not expect much because the range is more for detangling and manageability, plus the products are lighter than the Coconut and Monoi range. The leave-in is a decent one, smells really nice but there are definitely cheaper alternatives around that do the same thing. My absolute favourite product definitely has to be the Curl Enhancing Mousse! It has rave online reviews and now I’m adding to them XD IMMEDIATE curl definition that only required the smallest squirt of product, and it dried into such gorgeous volume with no crunchiness or flaking #mahheartmahsoul. It is second-day hair in a bottle ❤  #thewonderofchemistry #Iunderstanditnot #dontquestionit #justenjoy XD

Verdict: The Almond & Avo Leave-In is optional really; get it if you want to feel fancy with matching products or if someone else if paying XD but PLEASE: get you some of that Mousse girl!👐  It is a Holy Grail product for me- well worth the investment because it will not let you down for days when you NEED popping curls. With the amount needed the one bottle should last a good few months, especially if you only break it out on special occasions.


Results from this amazeballs mousse ❤

A giant thank you to the DE team for letting me live my FroGirlGinny dreams, even if it was not quite what I expected XD All of the products I tried should be available at your local Clicks stores, hopefully I have managed to narrow things down for you- unless you can afford to trial and error this stuff, then you do you girl #goals 💃

As usual don’t be shy, let me hear your side in the comments on here,FB, & Instagram. Especially if you know how to use the Coconut & Monoi leave-in products 😂

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K bye

Xx, Sean