Recently got a TWA and don't know what exactly to do with it? There are many ways of spicing up your TWA and hair bands is one of the most effective, sassy, sexy and fun ways of doing so. TWAs can be quite boring with time so you need to keep it interesting. hair accessories allow you to be creative. good thing about it is you can still use them when your hair has grown. But be careful though, hair accessories can be pretty "loud". All hair accessories are not to be worn everywhere and at any given occasion. Keep the big flowers for a more casual look or to school, small discrete stones and crystals and bear hairbands to the office or official functions, the big and chunky bows and feathers are better for a night on a town or a date. Be careful not to over accessorize your outfit while wearing a loud hairband. Keep the rest simple. Oh before i forget, stay away from elastic head bands, unless wrapped in a silky fabric to keep your hair from breaking. Also make sure that you try and keep away from metallic accessories as much as possible. They are not forbidden, but excessive use can damage your hair.
As you all know, i do a lot of research on hair and edges growth, my focus being on natural hair. So i was on youtube, looking at black natural hair related videos and i stumbled upon a bunch of videos of women who actually made their hair grow with cayenne pepper -yes chili- associated with either castor oil, coconut oil, extra virgin oil or melted Shea butter. So i did a little more research and discovered that according to Livingstrong.com, a man by the name of Samuel Thompson discovered the use of cayenne pepper for hair growth, back in the 1800's. Although cayenne pepper has not been scientifically proven to grow hair faster, the capsaicin in it is known to stimulate hair follicles and increase hair growth. I might try it out but i am still a bit reluctant to the whole cayenne pepper idea... Besides i recently added 100% pure African shea butter to my castor oil mix. It is awesome for my hair, it makes it so much softer and easier to comb. i might think of a way of combining both cayenne pepper mix, and shea butter and castor oil mix and see how fast or well my hair grows. A lot of women actually use the cayenne pepper mix once to twice a week, right before co-washing or washing the hair. Some also use it as an overnight heat treatment about twice a month. I don't know how safe the overnight treatment works but i didn't read any bad comment about it so i might try that one, hoping that it wont damage my hair.
It's been about 2 weeks since i started applying my castor oil mix on my edges. And about a week ago i cut my hair. I am now a new proud bearer of a 90% natural TWA (tinnie winnie afro). It's new but am loving it more and more everyday. Anyway, right now i am only talking about my edges. So my castor oil mix is actually working, very slowly (my hair doesn't grow fast) but i am beginning to see a few hair pop out of my bald spots. My edges are still very thin -obviously- but i am excited about the 3 or 4 hairs filling in the bald spots ^^. Since castor oil is really thick, i mix mine with mixed essential oils and i used it virgin hair fertilizer (as said in a previous article) once to twice a day. the results are not huge so don't expect a huge change from the first edges related article. next edges update coming in a few weeks...
Drinking water makes hair grow longer!!! Yes i said drinking water!!! After doing my research for my hair growth journey, i discovered the importance of drinking water in hair health. To be honest the logic behind it is quite simple. We all know that drinking water hydrates the body from within and gives you that beautiful and smooth skin. Well, what a lot of people do not know is that water has nutrients that moisturize the hair. And as i told you in my previous article, moisturizing the hair stops hair breakage, and less hair breakage means stronger and longer hair.
Using a bunch of products, natural or not, will not be as efficient as expected if you do not drink enough water. It is recommended to drink half your body weight daily, but for some of us who are not really into water, starting with 6-8 glasses a day is quite a good beginning. So my ladies, drink your water, use the same product brands, condition your hair, keep it clean, protect it and you will be just fine!!!
For those that read my first article and who remember me talking about how bad my edges are...... here they are... i know, i know it looks pretty bad and it takes a lot of courage to be putting myself out there that much. anyway as i told you guys before, i lost my edges due to relaxers, harsh and tight hairstyles and lack of upkeep. so i decided to take matters into my own hands and fix my edges. as i also told you in my first article, after looking on the internet i discovered that castor oil has a great way of making hair grow, especially if mixed with other oils. i then decided to go for a castor oil challenge. i mixed it with a mix of essential oils and, combined with Virgin hair fertilizer, i massage my hair scalp (around the edges) once to twice a day. i've been doing that for about a week and i took that picture before i started the challenge. so far i haven't noticed anything much... now let's see how things will go...
Does your hair give put that particular look on your face??
Does your comb carry more of your hair than your scalp??
Did you try a big number of products without any result??
Here are a few tips to keep your hair on your scalp!!
Over the years i noticed where i went wrong with the upkeep of my hair. I realized that the main reason why my hair was breaking, and therefore not growing properly, was because it was dry. Dry hair is extremely breakable and has to be treated and handled with a lot care. So i will share with you what i found out on the internet and from friends.
STAY AWAY FROM HARSH CHEMICALS
Harsh chemicals such as relaxers, hair color or harsh hair creams tend to dry out the hair and damage the follicles. Go for more natural and organic products. But not all natural products are good for the hair. Keep off mineral oils. They do more damage than what you think.
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!!!!
Hair needs to be moisturized. How??? Well the process is quite simple. Even if the hair is not washed daily, it needs to stay moist. First of all, drink a lot of water- at least 5 glasses a day. Second of all, buy hair products that clearly state their moisturizing purposes. I would advice though to use jojoba oil or coconut oil in your. They have great moisturizing capacities and make the hair much softer- even natural hair. And don't forget leave-in conditioner.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR
There are many ways of protecting the hair depending on hairstyles and preferences. in all cases, hair needs to be wrapped in silk scarf over night; silk prevents breakage and protect the hair from the rough fabric of the pillow case. Another great way of protecting the hair is by wearing protective hairstyles such as bantou knots, African braids, twists and lines, weaves and wigs. Whether your are the master of hairstyle DIY or you will need the help of your hairstylist, make sure that the hair is not harshly pooled, especially around the edges to avoid hair thinning and hair loss.
AVOID APPLYING TOO MUCH HEAT IN YOUR HAIR
Blow drying, tonging, flat ironing and seating under the dryer all have their advantages but should not be used often to avoid dry and damaged hair. Stay away from heat as much as possible. if you have natural hair, after washing you can apply a detangling solution, comb through with a wide tooth comb and either air dry or towel dry your hair.
KEEP YOUR HAIR CLEAN
Ladies wash your hair!!! First because it is clean and smells good and your man will not be afraid of cuddling, and secondly because it removes dirt and oil build ups at the root of the hair, that will make it heavy and stop it from growing. Because of certain chemicals in shampoos, and because black hair is not as oily as Caucasian or Asian hair, black hair should be washed once to at most twice a week. To make sure that your hair is not affected by the chemicals in shampoo, you can shampoo and condition the hair at the beginning of the week and co-wash with just a conditioner towards the weekend. Oh and before i forget. make sure that all your hair products are from the same brand. Mixing up brands is not efficient and can cause damage to hair.
It all started when i was a little girl. I always had a thing for getting my hair done and being all dolled up. Like most girls i used to steal my mum's wigs and spend hours in front of the mirror, trying to get a nice up-doe. I was very faithful to the big hair of the early 90's and i loved having very long- though synthetic- hair. Every time i would go to the hair dresser, i would put on wigs and either style it myself of ask the hair lady to do it. I was a real diva, and somehow still am.
Funny enough, as much as i liked wigs and hair, i hated my real hair being plated. I had a real bush up there. My natural curls were so tight that i was seriously scared of the pain that came with combing and plating it. So when i was around 5-6 years old my mum decided to cut it ALL off!!! It eventually grew back but by the time it did, my obsession with big hair was dead and gone. I wanted mine soft and slickest than ever. I wanted to be like a barbie and like a couple of my school mates who had relaxed hair (peer pressure is so unhealthy). And i was barely 8 years old. After pressuring my mum to get my hair relaxed she finally gave in- which was the biggest mistake and the biggest harm I've ever done to my hair. I had no idea that relaxing my hair at such a young age would cost me my beautiful full hair :(!!
My hair started breaking at that point and it became fragile. at this point it was still minor, my hair was slightly thinner but it was still really nice so we- my mum, my hair dresser and I- all thought my hair was thinner because of the relaxer used so we switched brands. Now that was the second biggest mistake in my hair history. Things got even worst the following years. By the time i was about 12 years old, i had really thinning edges.
But this didn't stop me from relaxing my hair with different products every single time, neither did it stop me from doing really tight braids and all kinds of hairstyles. At age 16-17 i noticed that i had no more edges. my hair line considerably went back and it kept on getting worst. i didn't want it to affect the rest of my hair so i got to weaves. A lot of them... They helped me get my natural hair back within 2 years. My hair was almost shoulder length, which was amazing cause it never made it to a slick ponytail before. Only problem was, i didn't treat it as i should have.
Lack of maintenance didn't help my breakage problem and certainly did not help my thinning edges. Actually my edges stopped growing and continued thinning. Then last year, for some reason i cant explain i relaxed my hair again... Yeah i know... What was i thinking?? Well i wanted to leave my natural hair out but i wasn't confident so i relaxed it... Anyway, to cut long story short, a few weeks after relaxing i went to a different hair stylist to get a weave and as i was undoing to lines, i was taking my hair out- tragic!!! So i took a drastic decision and did the big chop!!! Long enough to have box braids though. Then i relaxed it- again- cause i wanted a pixie cut, which was very cute.
Anyway, to cut long story short, i really damaged my hair over the years so i decided to take care of it... What's my goal? growing my edges back, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. How will i get there? Stick with me and you will found out...