Why Your Hair Is F****g Dry: A Diatribe

Gworl.

I swear.

If I get this damn question one more time.

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Okay you’re right. I am being a tad overdramatic here. But this really is my pet peeve, it’s been so for YEARS now. Let me take a deep breath and try and leave the pot unstirred**.

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Okay so let’s begin with understanding the difference between MOISTURIZING and STYLING products.

Moisturizing Products

These are the products you use to (duh) give your hair a boost of moisture. Things like detangling conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner.. notice a trend? When you use these kinds of items, you’re not looking for defined coils but you’re concentrating on how soft it makes your hair feel. You know that feeling, especially if you’ve been around the Clicks aisles spending too much money like a good #producthoe. Momma Product Hoe is proud of you sweet thing ❤

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Styling Products

These are the things you would use to set styles, define curls and generally otherwise hypnotize the masses with your crown. Things like curling creams, styling butters, mousse, pomade, coiling gels and jellies are all great to use to keep the natural locks looking cute or whateva.

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Okay we all on the same page- now riddle me this sis: would you do a full face of glam make-up without moisturizing and priming your skin first? 👀

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because your skin would be dry. And ashy. And dehydrated. And ashy. Basically it’s a bad idea and you would not do it- so don’t do it to your hair! 🙅

“But Sean”, I hear you protest, “I’m just following what I saw that influencer on the gram do!”- which is why my ass is TIREDT of this situation that keeps popping up in my DMs, in the forums and irl*. Everyone has very unique hair needs. For some people (like those aforementioned innanet ppl who seem to be God’s favorite because they don’t need a leave-in) the moisture from plain ole water is enough for their hair so they just go straight to the styling steps without experiencing dryness. For the vast majority of us though, we need the boost from leave-in conditioners to help prime the hair before we continue to the styling steps of our routine.

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So maybe you used to be on #TeamGodsFavorite in the first half of the year, but now you feel like your hair is feeling crusty and straw-like? Remember as we move into the drier winter months, your hair moisture needs may also change with the season.

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Go forth. I believe in you to have healthy hair practices. Amen.

k bye

xx Sean

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*me seeing people who should know better give advice like “just use this curl cream to make curls” without reiterating that all hair needs are different

** I’m sorry, I really tried to leave that pot unstirred FORGIVE MY MOUTH 😩😂

 

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: 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

 

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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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

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

 

Umera JBCO FTW!

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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Iconic.

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.

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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?)

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

k bye

xx Sean

 

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 😦

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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!

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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

REVIEW ONE:

Name: ITS MEEEEEE

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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New hair who dis?

REVIEW TWO:

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 😉

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

REVIEW THREE:

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!

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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.

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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