10 Reasons To Date A Natural

 

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Well, for reasons other than our fabulous hair 😘

1. You never have to rack your brain for birthdays and anniversaries. Our needs are simple:

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~HAIR PRODUCTS~

(Except read labels pls guys- don’t pull in with sulphates and expect us to be appreciative :x)

2. Washdays are on weekends. Sports are on weekends. You will have the TV and hours to yourself while we do our hair thangs- or at least a few hours of peace from your girl if you don’t watch sports 😸

3. Ashy hands are a thing of the past when you have a fro in your life! Simply catch some shea butter from her juicy twists #LifeHack

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💦Moist af 💦

4. Bearded mans needs natural womans. Its the rule of life. Guaranteed to make your beard grow to majestic proportions. 10/10 would recommend- from pre-poo to deep conditioning, your natural lady will have👏 you👏 covered👏

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5. When her hair comes out right, she’s guaranteed to be in a good mood. No traps, this is your time to ask for anything, and as long as it’s followed up by “Your hair looks amazing!”, she’s gonna agree 😹

6. If you do get into an argument, making up with her is easy af:

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(See reason #2 for more details)

7. Natural girls always smell great, like coconut and island breeze.

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Another reason to buy her hair products. You see where we’re going here?  👀

8. An obvious one, but worth repeating: we don’t mind getting our hair wet 😝

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Water makes the magic happen  ✨ 🌟

9. Dating a natural is like dating multiple women, but without the stress of cheating:

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Who you feel like seeing today boo? #versatility #naturalhairdontcare

10. And finally: you can pull our hair.

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Enough said  😛

Got a mans? Send him this to gently remind him that Dischem and Clicks got  specials and he should show his appreciation for you and the gorgeous bit of delicious you are😋

(If it works pls send this single gyal some things thanks 😂)

k bye

xx Sean

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

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

 

REVIEW- Caivil Naturals

Hey y’all!

As you might already know, Clicks Curls blessed me with a gigantic goodie bag filled with all the things that will tempt even the most reformed of product hoes back into her old ways.

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Looking at new products like😋

So expect a lot of product reviews- and ya’ll KNOW it will always be completely honest, ‘cuz ain’t nobody got money to waste on trash products 🙅 This is what I tried this week:

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My first impressions from the range were actually a pleasantly surprised sort of vibe- for the price, I really didn’t have high expectations with regard to ingredients and stuff. However the Caivil peeps seem to know their stuff (kinda sorta 😆) with the range being sulphate and paraben free.

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The shampoo was great. Being sulphate-free, it didn’t foam as much as usual shampoo but its definitely soapy and cleansed my scalp and hair really well. My hair was not left dried out. I think this is because the cleanser used (brace yourself) cocoamidopropyl betaine is actually derived from coconuts- followed by glycerine, marula seed oil and other bomb thangs, it’s no wonder this shampoo is doing the most.

Okay so I didn’t get the conditioner, so I just used something I had in the bathroom and then followed up with the Marula Oil Leave In Masque to style. I applied this to my hair while it was wet. That’s totally optional btw, I just find my hair responds to stuff better this way, a tip from Cape Town Curly 😄 This was like… avvies. It did keep moisture in my hair- however I used a lot (it was like my hair kept sucking it all up 😕) and it didn’t do much in the way of defining my curls.

The Scalp Soothing & Hair Nourishing Spray I used as a sealant, spraying it on after the Leave In Masque. Peppermint and marula oil are the 6th and 7th ingredients respectively, so idk how convinced I am about the ingredients.

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After applying the goods, repping my old high school #LASEC #scienceisfun #betterscienceismorefun #srslythatswhatitsays

FINAL VERDICT: I’ll definitely be repurchasing the shampoo, because its a great quality sulphate free shampoo for a super low price. There are definitely better styling products on the market, though these are decent for just basic moisture retention purposes. If you’re a natural on a budget and who keeps her hair tied up anyway, then this is definitely a strong option. Just don’t try a twist out or some ish tho, there’s no hold here 👀

k bye

xx Sean

 

Damn, It’s Rough- The Low-Down on Dandruff

Sometimes I do some guest blogging for the squad down at the My Natural Hair HQ. Recently I did an investigation into dandruff and dry scalp (spoiler alert- they’re completely different thangs!) and I’m still getting messages asking for advice on this issue.  Have a read, and if you want to read more check out the My Natural Hair blog spot– it’s a great resource for anyone looking to get haircare advice!

We’ve all been through it- a few days away from wash day and your scalp starts that not-so-lovely little song, itching all the day long. At least when your hair is loose you can find a quiet corner (and some relief!). When you’re living that protective styling life you’re restricted to that pat manoeuvre to ease that itch.

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Only Bey makes this look attractive

And heaven forbid you get the flakes too!  ❄❄❄❄❄ A girl will be out here just having a snow day in Africa- dandruff is very much not a winter wonderland kind of experience. Now if any of this sounds familiar, don’t even worry. Lots of naturals experience dry scalp and dandruff, and as always, MNH got your back to help calm that hair farm 🐄🐏🐃🐎🐓🐖

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Okay but like, what is this even?

So dandruff and dry scalp are actually two different things #IKR #shookt 😮 😮

Dry scalp is simpler to understand: when a scalp does not have moisture and is dry (duh), it becomes itchy so you scratch at it. The scratching causes dry skin flakes to shed, which is the white dust that makes you look like you work at a cocaine den.

Dandruff is the trickier bugger. It actually is a problem when your scalp is too oily. If your scalp over-produces sebum, you then become prone to dandruff. Because there’s an excess of oil, a particular yeast-like fungus called malassezia begins to feed on the excess oil and scalp skin cells. This causes the scalp to renew more skin cells quicker than it ordinarily would. This rapid cycle makes skin cells shed quicker, and clump into the flakes we recognise as dandruff.  Dandruff is greasy, not dry. In severe cases it can have a yellowish tinge and even an odor. Smelling like a snack, I think not 👀

Ehhh. Okay but what did I do to cause it?

Dry scalp is caused by a lack of moisture. A range of things can dry out your hair and scalp, including:

  • harsh shampoo (sulphates are the devil fam 👿),
  • product build-up; and
  • bad diet choices (slow down on the caffeine ☕, dries you out like a mo-fo)

You know your hair best and what tends to make it feel dry is probably the cause of your dry scalp.

Dandruff. Oh dandruff 😨 The litany of things that can be the cause include:

  • excess fats and oils consumption – time to rethink those lunchtime slap tjips 🍟
  • hormonal imbalances, such as a new birth control pill
  • hypersensitivity towards a product; and
  • product build-up (or not shampooing enough)

GET IT OFF MEHHHH!:

Keep your weave on, dry scalp is very treatable. On second thought, don’t keep that weave on too long- Your scalp needs more than just the spray you bought in the shop to stay fresh 🙈 Regular scalp massages with oil will bring back the moisture balance. Remember to clarify your hair with a good sulphate-free shampoo. Another pro tip is to focus your product application from mid-shaft to tip, so you don’t cause product build up at the scalp. The My Natural Hair range is perfect because not only is the shampoo sulphate-free, but the entire range is silicone-free as well. Silicone is useful for taming frizz, but can only be removed with sulphates. So if you’re using products with silicone, you have to be clarifying with a mild sulphate shampoo. Otherwise you’re prone to build up and these problems.

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Trust me #thevoiceofexperience 😂 

A big DON’T is to try using oil to alleviate dandruff- excess oil is what done caused yo problems gurl! This is why it’s imperative to diagnose if you have dry scalp or if you’re plagued by dandruff; the treatments for the two are vastly different.  Dandruff requires a medicated shampoo, with antifungal properties to reduce the yeast-like fungus causing the problem. If these are too harsh for your hair, try using the medicated conditioners, which still have mild surfactants to lift dirt. More organic treatments recommend a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo which helps restore pH balance. In severe cases its best to consult a medical professional for the best way forward.

Healthy hair needs a healthy scalp, so make sure you’re giving your scalp the attention it needs 🙂 Hopefully this cleared a few things up for you and maybe your scalp too! 🙌

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#TwerkForHealthyScalpCare

k bye

xx Sean