Monday, October 13, 2014

HOW TO GROW YOUR HAIR LONGER

That belief that African hair cannot grow long is not true.
With proper care and loads of patience you can attain your hair goals.

 I will share a few of my hair tricks and what I normally do. It's not anything out of the ordinary but trust me it works.... I emphasize PATIENCE pays.
This is for  relaxed, curly, and natural hair.
I won't lie to you a lot of factors affect the rate your hair will grow such as genes but that doesn't mean your hair won't grow. Maybe not as fast but you'll eventually get there.

1. WASH YOUR HAIR
Wash your hair at least once a week (I wash mine twice) but try not to overdo it, washing your hair strips it of natural oils leaving it dry (as if our hair isn't dry as it is). So wash your hair with shampoo and CONDITIONER of your choice ( Ladies conditioner is your new best friend you'll need this stuff a lot). I said "of your choice" because you'll need to experiment and see what works best for your hair. Another thing try to sometimes co-wash your hair, co-washing is when you use just conditioner to wash your hair. This will leave your hair a lot less dry than washing it with shampoo.
Wash your hair with cold/warm water so as to close the poles in your scalp to ensure your hair doesn't break.

 DON'T COMB YOUR HAIR WHEN IT'S WET
LET IT AIR DRY, AVOID HEAT LIKE A PLAGUE
DON'T USE TOWELS, USE COTTON CLOTHING LIKE YOUR T SHIRT TO DRY YOUR HAIR, towels will break those lovely locks of yours.





2. MOISTURIZE
Moisturize your hair daily. African hair is so dry, and dry hair is the number one factor why our hair breaks easily. I use leave in conditioner on my hair first, followed by hair moisturizer then coconut oil. Applying coconut oil last locks in the moisture in your hair ensuring your it stays moisturized for a long time (I use locally made coconut oil it has no chemicals in it). You can use another type of natural oil apart from coconut such as olive oil. Also massage the natural oil onto your scalp this helps blood circulate in your scalp enabling your hair to grow. 

Wear your hair in a bun after moisturizing it. The ends of your hair should always be tucked away, this is because they are the oldest and therefore weakest. If you damage your ends its easier for your hair to break. Therefore a bun is the perfect protective style. I also find it if my hair is in a bun it stays moisturized for a long time as opposed to any other style.






3. HOT OIL TREATMENTS
Every week I take equal parts of coconut oil and castor oil ( you can get castor oil in pharmacies for like 2,000 Tshs but if you can get hold of the Jamaican black castor oil that's the best) mix them together, take a bowl and heat them on a hot bath. So take your bowl that has the oil mixture put it in another pan that has water in it then heat it on a stove until it gets warm. Massage the mixture on your scalp and wear a shower cap for 15 minutes then wash with shampoo and conditioner. The reason you dilute the castor is because it's so thick, it will literally clog your poles and do more harm than good to your hair.




 4. DEEP CONDITION
Deep condition your hair at least once a month (Tanzanians call it steaming). I normally alternate between home made deep conditioner and store bought ones just because I try to minimize the amount of chemicals I use on my hair. Try to stay under a steamer once a month when you deep condition this way the deep conditioner penetrates more into your hair.
 So for those who don't know how to properly deep condition your hair; first your hair has to be clean that means you wash it with shampoo and conditioner. Apply your deep condition, wear a shower cap if you are doing it at home or have no steamer. Stay for 15 minutes then wash with lukewarm water.
    

5. SATIN SCARF 
wear a satin scarf/cap when you sleep or sleep with a satin pillow this ensures there is no friction between your hair and whatever you sleep on hence your hair won't  break.



6. LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE
This is super crucial!!! Avoid combing your hair like a plague!!!! Seriously do that. I comb my hair once per week or twice (when I wash it) use a wide tooth comb when you do, never use brushes. African hair is so fragile therefore prone to break easily. In order for your hair to grow longer you need to retain length. Ever wondered why dread locks grow super long? It's because the hair isn't combed and tortured like normal hair.
 Use protective styling: like braiding your hair, wearing it in a bun, wearing turbans (and they are so chic so win-win!), wearing wigs or weaves (if you get a good stylist, a bad one and your hair will break from weaving). Anything that'll mean YOU LEAVE YOUR HAIR THE HELL ALONE!!!



7. TRIM
Trim your hair when it's necessary. Don't overdo it. Afterall you want to retain length. So when you see those split ends is when it's time for a trim. Leaving split ends will only lead to your hair being even further damaged. For naturals you'll need fewer trims than relaxed hair. 



8. EAT HEALTHY, BE HEALTHY
Seriously good hair starts from within, you want to eat veggies, fruits, drink plenty of water and exercise. Also taking suppliments help. There are special vitamins for hair or even multi vitamins will do the trick. After all hair is just dead cells.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything, if I have I'll let you guys know on the next post.
Bottom line of this all is be PATIENT!! Don't expect your hair to grow over night.
I started my hair journey at the beginning of this year and the results are remarkable!!!

Good-luck dolls!
xo

Saturday, October 11, 2014

SWAZILAND’S KING OFFERS VIRGINS AROUND 30,000 TANZANIAN SHILLINGS A MONTH TO SAVE THEMSELVES FOR HIM

Swaziland's King Mswati III is reportedly offering virgins in the country approximately 30,000 Tanzanian Shillings ($18) to abstain from sex. The program which is financed by the World Bank aims to help restrain HIV infections in Swaziland due to it's high HIV transmission rate in the world.

The program has critics questioning The King's intentions saying he only wants to ensure he has a wide range of disease free women to choose from.
The King who already has 15 wives, usually chooses a new bride in a ceremony where young virgin girls dance half naked for him. Last month the King selected a 19 year old girl to be his 15th wife.


''The government will pay girls the allowances so they will have money to purchase necessities and can turn down money offered to them for sex.''
A health care worker told the South African website IOL..

Two teenage girls explained how the money isn't sufficient to discourage girls from accepting money in exchange for sex from older men. Another girl further explained how a girl can get 30,000 Tshs from just a single sex act therefore the government need to pay teenage girls more money.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

THE SHOCKING 12 YEAR OLD BRIDE AND HER WEDDING BLOG

While many of us at 12 years of age were probably playing with dolls, getting married was the furthest thing from our minds, for Thea unfortunately this isn't the case.




Thea is a 12 year old school girl who is due to get married this Saturday to a 37 year old man named, Geir. 




Thea documents all her wedding plans on a blog called ''Thea's Bryllup'' which is Norwegian for Thea's Wedding.
She shares all her pre wedding plans including the wedding dress fitting, the rings and wedding cakes.


Ever since, Thea's blog has gone viral and captured the attention of many concerned people, receiving half a million readers. #stoppbryllupet (stop the wedding) was trending on twitter 


On the blog Thea explains how her mother broke the news to her, telling her she needs to leave school in order to marry Geir and later have children with him. Thea further explains how her mother told her that Geir will provide her with all that she needs so as she won't have to work so much. 



But Thea's story is NOT REAL. The blog is part of a campaign by Children's development charity Plan International which aims at highlighting the 39,000 children who are forced into child marriage everyday.


The charity said:
 "We believe that provocation is a powerful tool in order to demonstrate a reality that truly is very provoking. We hope people will mobilise against child marriage by being girl sponsors, so that most of the girls facing Thea’s situation every day can escape their brutal fate."
Child marriage is a problem that happens world wide. I hope that such campaigns will help raise awareness.

Source: The Independent

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