Monday, 18 August 2014

30 #NB2B Style Inspirations: No. 16

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

3 Popular Natural Hair Tricks that DON'T Work on My Hair

With being natural comes a whole new world of handling hair. All sorts of tricks, tips and techniques are flung around on YouTube and blogs. Many of us will hear this information, think it's gospel and continue to do things to our hair that just doesn't work. It's okay if it doesn't work for you. I've come to terms that there are quite a few things that my hair just doesn't like. Here are three of the most popular amongst other naturalistas.

Wash and go

Glamfun had an awesome video about how "Wash and go's don't work on nappy hair" which explains this first technique that's loved by thousands of naturals. When it comes to my hair, wash and go's worked beautifully up until the second it reached 4 centimetres. It was now long enough to put into twists or braids (albeit a crapload of them on my head) so it began to reject wash and go's. And no matter how hard I tried, what product I used, my hair would have a tantrum and shrink up on itself so much I would dread my next detangling day. That's why I keep my hair as stretched as I can. My hair usually shrinks more as the week goes on but I can never let it get to that wash and go length. It's just asking for trouble.


Pineappling is a method of wrapping your hair before sleep when you 'pile your hair onto the top of your head and wrap your scarf around the base of your head' so the hair pops out at the top. My hair doesn't fall, it stands up. So whenever I do this, I know to expect Will Smith circa Fresh Prince of Bel Air days type of style the following morning. Not cute. But when I'm absolutely knackered and the only energy I have is to get my butt upstairs to bed, I slap on the scarf and spritz the next day to refresh it. It's better now that my hair's longer. But it only works sometimes.

Washing with twists/braids in

I'm talking about the twists/braids with my own hair, not extensions. My hair just freaks out when I've done this. And I only needed to do it two-three times to know for sure that it just doesn't work. Fro tangles, knots, mattes and just becomes a nightmare to handle. The first time I did this was last year when trying to keep my hair in twists like so many other naturals swear by for a couple of weeks. Fro said no. Between then and another time, I watched more videos and tried to take advice from others - that again swear by it - and again, Fro said no. It doesn't like it, my hair's a hot mess when I've tried it so I've just decided to leave it be.

There you have it. I have a couple other things I don't do with my hair but these seem to be the most well loved practices for other fros - just not mine.

What doesn't cut it for you?


Monday, 11 August 2014

30 #NB2B Style Inspirations: No. 15

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Women's Day Giveaway from Ruutos Hair!

Happy Women's Day all!

In celebration of women everywhere, Ruutos Hair is wishing all My Fro & I readers a happy Women's Day by giving away a special hamper for one fabulous lady!

Ruutos Hair is known for their wide range of hair extensions, wigs and great hair tools. They also stock Morrocan Oil and Sunny Isle JBCO amongst other products. Now, they're offering a their own range of products to cater for women with different hair needs. Best of all, they're South African based so are easily accessible. You can find Ruutos Hair online and in Randburg (click here for details). Want to treat your hair to some new products? Then entering this competition is for you.

Up for grabs is some goodies from their Moisture line. Every product is paraben, mineral oil and sulphate free:

1 x Ruutos Moisture Nourishing Shampoo
1 x Ruutos Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
1 x Ruutos Moisture Leave-in Conditioner

The How:

  • Follow the Ruutos Hair and My Fro & I Twitter handles (@Ruutos + @Aishaandlife)
  • OR: Like the Ruutos Hair Facebook page and the My Fro & I Facebook page 
  • In the comment box below, confirm your follow/like and tell us what is your definition of being a fabulous woman? 
  • Be sure to include your name and e-mail adddress in your response in case you're selected.

The Rules:

  • The competition will close at 11pm on Tuesday, 12th August, 2014.
  • One winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday, 14th August, 2014. 
  • This competition is only open to South African based readers.
  • The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will need to supply full contact and delivery details.
  • All delivery logistics of the prize will be handled by Ruutos Hair.

Good luck!

*This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Nakiso HakulandabaThank you to all the entrants. 


Monday, 4 August 2014

30 #NB2B Style Inspirations: No. 14

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

2014 Protective Style 3: Afro Marley Weave

So I had only contemplated my third protective style of this year about a week before I got it installed. I usually announce I'm thinking about getting another put in but I didn't have a clue what I wanted (haha as usual) or if I wanted one to begin with. I considered doing the bangs weave again cos it kept me and my ears ridiculously warm. Then for a minute (literally) I thought about getting braids again. Then for another minute (literally) I thought about leaving my hair out for a bit longer. My initial plan was always to give my hair two weeks rest before installing a new style. It's my rough 'get her to the aisle' hair plan. But I noticed that my edges needed more of a rest so I actually stayed with my own hair out for four weeks and in those four weeks I discovered a new website that sells a whole bunch of awesome natural girl friendly stuff but what got me excited was that they have Marley hair! 

Now, my regular readers would know I've struggled to find some realistic looking natural hair extensions in SA. Remember my big bad fro? That hair was from the States - a very useful gift from my dear sister (hi Z!). So when I came across this site and saw they were based here in Jozi, I gasped, my heart stopped and I rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn't dreaming! I got several packs (two different brands) and used one of them the next day on my real hair. My Instagram followers would know that I was loving adding that Marley hair on to my hair to create faux buns etc. Then work got hectic, time wasn't on my side and I wasn't feeling the last packs of hair extensions in my hair basket. So I had a brain fart - why not use the Marley hair as a weave...

And so here I am. I knew I still wanted to have a bit of detail so asked the stylist to put cornrows in on the side. I had actually thought the finished look would give me a bigger type of afro but I'm loving this longer hair vs. bigger hair result. It took her a total two hours to complete the style.

I got my hair from Obulunji - a brand new South African based online store. Each pack costs R150 and I went overboard and used two :D. As you can see, you really don't need more than that!  If anything, 1 - 1.5 should be enough. The hair itself is supposed to be used for braiding so a few snips to the ends will be necessary as time goes on. If you want to use this (or other hair meant for braiding) just ask your stylist to attach it as a weave - you make a knot with each piece and sew that part on. At the moment I'm loving just tying it in a low pony to help reduce the ends from matting.

It's keeping me warm, it's giving Fro a break from the cold, it's a brand new look and I have to simply say that I'm loving it!


Monday, 28 July 2014

30 #NB2B Style Inspirations: No. 13

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