Wash Day + LCO Moisturizing Method

wash day - lco moisturizing method

Hello! It`s another wash day experience. This wash day I tried a new leave-in conditioner plus I also tried the LCO moisturizing method. Harmattan is here and my hair needs a new strategy to boost its moisture level.

Tools

Shampoo: ORS invigorating Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask

Leave-in Conditioner: Jamaican Mango and Lime Coconut Leave-in conditioner

Sealants: Shea butter, Coconut oil + Olive oil mix

wash day - lco moisturizing method

The Wash Day Experience

Cleansing: I skipped the pre-poo session firstly because I was in a hurry and I had a lot of build-up on my hair and scalp already. After detangling and removing shed hair, I shampooed my hair in 8 sessions.

Deep Conditioning: I deep conditioned for about 2 hours, 30 minutes. My initial plan was to deep condition for 2 hours, but the never-ending house chores extended it. I rinsed off the product and soaked up excess water with a towel for a minute. I then wrapped my hair with the Magic Hair Drying Cap (See review here) for 45 minutes.

Moisturizing: It was time to try out my new leave-in conditioner. A little amount of this product actually goes a long way. I sprayed it on my palms before applying it to my damp hair. I then sealed in the moisture with Shea butter. To finalize the process, I sealed my strands with the coconut oil and olive oil mix. This is called the Liquid, Cream, Oil. LCO moisturizing method. I twisted my hair in about 8 sections for it to complete its drying.

The next day, I took out the twists and styled my hair into a bun for the week.

wash day - lco moisturizing method

wash day - lco moisturizing method

Did you wash your hair recently? How was your wash day experience?

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3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage

3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage

There is a current hair trend in Lagos with everyone rocking one beautiful wig or the other. Firstly, These women enjoy the pleasure of switching up their hairstyles easily by wearing different wig styles. They also enjoy letting their hair & scalp breathe as often as they like. Instead of the regular cornrows beneath those wigs, everyone now does didi plaits for a number of reason:

  • Didi plaits make the hair really flat so that the wig can fit perfectly without any bumps pointing out of the wig.
  • Lots of Lagos hair stylists recommend it because they claim “it makes your hair fuller” and “it makes it grow faster”. This is a hair myth. It has not been proven to be true. I once discussed it here.

With the last reason given above, it is not unusual to find hair stylists physically trying to make the hair grow while making didi plaits. The plaits are tightly done and every single strand of hair is picked into the plaits, even those fragile temple hairs. Doing this can frequently can result in the following:

  • Traction Alopecia: This is caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.
  • Hair breakage when you do not care for your own hair because it is in didi under a wig.
  • Hair breakage from rough handling the hair while plaiting it.
3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage
An example of didi

So, if you love wigs as much as I do, you can still do your favorite didi plaits only that:

  • Make sure your hair  has been deep conditioned & well moisturized before heading off to the salon. This protects your from breakage when doing the plaits.
  • Plead with your hair stylist not to make the plaits to tight.
  • Remember to take care of your hair even while it is in didi plaits.
  • Instead of doing the straight “all back” style all the time, you can switch it up by doing “center parting”, “side parting”, etc. This is to prevent frequent tension on the same spot all the time.
3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage
Source. Jada Pinkett Smith in didi plaits

Do you do didi plaits beneath your wigs?

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Product Review- Magic Hair Drying Cap

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Ever heard of a magic hair drying cap? Well,  I was on the Jumia website when I stumbled on the Magic hair Drying cap. I was really curious to find out what was exactly magical about this product. I was not just sold on the word `magical`, I was attracted by the fact that it is a microfiber towel and it does not excessively dry out the hair. It has been said that regular towels can excessively dry out your hair and even the friction can cause hair breakage.

Material: Microfiber.

Price: The price was N580. I paid a shipping cost of N200. That is a total of N780.

Instructions:  These were provided on the back of the pack.They are quite easy to follow as well.

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Does my hair love it? I wore the cap after rinsing out my leave in conditioner. I was surprised it covered the volume of my hair. It did not excessively dry out my hairl.

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Concern: There were purple turfs coming out of the cap which stuck to my hair. I am not sure if this is normal with all microfiber fabrics.

Will I continue to use Magic Hair Drying Cap? I will most likely use it interchangeably with my cotton t-shirt.

Ever dried your hair with a microfiber fabric? Please share your thoughts.

 

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73 Weeks Post Relaxed- Wash Day + Twist Out

73 weeks post relaxed

I decided to transition for as long as I could for various reasons. I wanted to give my self a lot of time to get used to managing my natural hair. I am used to having my hair long, so a big chop might have been too shocking for me. Most wash days, I discover a new way to handle my hair. At 73 weeks post relaxed, I discovered that sectioning my hair into 8 places did a lot of good for it. The deep conditioner sank into every strand of my hair when I applied it. I was also able to detangle properly and easily.

My Wash Day Products

Pre-poo: Coconut oil & Olive Oil

Shampoo: ORS invigorating Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask, Honey and  Olive Oil

Sealant: Grape Seed Oil

How it Went

Prepoo & Cleansing: I applied a mix of coconut oil and olive oil to my hair in sections. i covered my hair with a shower cap for 40 minutes. I mixed my favorite shampoo with some water in a bottle and soaked my scalp in it. The minty feel is really amazing.

Deep Conditioning: I needed to pamper my 73 weeks post relaxed hair, so I added honey and olive oil to my deep conditioner. I applied my deep conditioning mix in 8 sections of my hair and covered with the shower cap for 2 hours. I rinsed it off and used my newly acquired microfiber head cap (review coming up shortly) to dry.

Leave-in conditioner: I am yet to buy a leave-in conditioner. So I used a DIY leave-in conditioner and sealed in the moisture with grape seed oil. I then twisted my hair into 8 chunky twists and silently prayed that the twists outs will come out well because I did not use any holding product.

The next day, I took out the twists, fluffed them out and styled them with hair pins. At 73 weeks post relaxed, my hair is long enough for me to hide the straight ends of the previously relaxed hair.

73 weeks post relaxed

 

What was your last wash day like?

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Overnight Hair Growth- Is it possible?

overnight hair growth - long Nigerian hair

Hi guys. Trust your week is going great. I was going through the web as usual for any useful content about hair care & growth. While at it, I saw Nadege’s blog post about how to grow your hair overnight. This is the kind of title that excites me. I opened it and there it was! With a simple pre-poo treatment, a lady achieved overnight hair growth by more than an inch. I couldn’t wait to see the ingredients she used. I prayed silently that it was not going to be any of those ingredients we don’t have in Lagos. My prayers were answered. She used 2 eggs,  grape seed oil and coconut oil. I am definitely trying this method this weekend. I can’t wait!.

Good thing about this is that coconut oil & eggs are actually protein that are quite good for the hair.  But you have to be careful about protein overload. Grape seed oil is also healthy too for the hair..

The steps she took:

1.Cracked the eggs & added 4 tablespoons of grape seed oil and mixed. Then applied it all over her hair.

2. She then put her hair up in a bun and wrapped a transparent kitchen foil on it & left it for 1 hour before rinsing it out.

3.She applied coconut oil all over her hair and wrapped the kitchen foil on it. She slept in this overnight.

When she checked the length of her hair the next day, she had grown more than an inch of hair. An inch of overnight hair growth is big deal because this is the growth most ladies will achieve in 2 months.

There were a number of testimonials from those that said it actually worked. See below:

overnight hair growth - long Nigerian hair

 

You can watch the video to see how she did it..

Nadege’s blog post: http://bit.ly/2dhccc6

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Hair Care when Wearing Wigs- 4 Tips

Hair Care when Wearing Wigs - 4 Tip

A lot of people assume that when you wear a wig, you finally take a break from handling your hair. This is not entirely correct. You still need to take care of your hair under those wigs. I have been able to maintain hair length by wearing wigs. This way you don`t have to manipulate your hair all time. if you don`t take care of your hair under those wigs, you might experience hair breakage or hair loss. It is important to have hair care routine when protective styling with wigs.

Hair Care when Wearing Wigs

Moisturize & Seal Regularly: I usually spray my hair with my DIY leave-in conditioner every morning just before I take my bath & at night before bedtime. Because my hair is in cornrows under the wig, I seal in moisture only on wash days with Shea butter.

Wash Days: You don`t have to neglect washing your hair because it is under a wig. Wash day is not only to remove the dirt in your hair, it also helps you to deep condition & maintain a healthy hair. Every 2-3 weeks, I usually unravel the cornrows I have beneath the wig & wash my hair. Once I am done, I do new cornrows.

Hair Care when Wearing Wigs - 4 Tip
Cornrows . Source: Google free images

Wig Caps: Placing your wig directly on your hair without wearing a wig cap can cause breakage, The wefts & tracks in those wigs may rub against your hair & cause split ends. Cotton wig caps dry out the moisture in your hair quickly. Using a silk wig cap helps to reduce the moisture loss.

Braid or Cornrow your Hair under the Wig: Not only does this make the wig sit well on your head without bumps, it also prevents your hair from being matted under the wig.

What`s your hair maintenance routine under wigs?

 

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Moisturizing Oils for DIY Leave-in Conditioner

moisturizing oils

Hello! Last week, I experimented with a DIY leave-in conditioner using some oils as well as glycerin. My hair felt great, but for some reasons, it dried out very quickly. I came across an article his week which mentioned that some oils are best for moisturizing while others are best for sealing. This is due to certain components (fatty acids, molecular structure, etc) in these oils. This could mean that some selections of moisturizing oils for DIY leave-in conditioner would be perfect.

Top Moisturizing Oils for DIY Leave-in Conditioner

Coconut Oil: A lot of hair enthusiasts are in love with this oil. Personally, I use it when pre-pooing. It has the capacity of penetrating the hair. However, it should be used with water when doing the DIY. This is because, not all of it gets absorbed into the hair, some might still sit on the hair.

Moisturizing oils

Olive Oil: Prior to now, I used olive oil as a sealant because of the shine it gives. I mixed it with my deep conditioner sometimes too. However, it is a moisturizing oil. Like coconut oil, it works best when mixed with water.

Moisturizing oils

Palm Kernel Oil: It is said that  this has the capacity to penetrate the hair, although sufficient research has not been done on it. Palm kernel oil has a nutty smell. Women in some parts of Nigeria applied it on the skin of babies. Now I know that it is also beneficial for my hair. In case you are looking for it in Lagos, it is called “Adi Ekuro”.

Avocado Oil: I have not used this oil before.However, internet sources claim that it has the ability to penetrate into the hair. I would like to experiment with it someday.

Moisturizing oils

Now that I know the top moisturizing oils for DIY leave-in conditioner, it is important to know the best oils to use when sealing in moisture. They include Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Grape seed oil, Jojoba oil.

Which of these oils do you use?

References

http://trialsntresses.com/natural-hair/moisturizing-oil-vs-sealing-oil

http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com.ng/2013/06/oils-which-ones-soak-in-vs-coat-hair.html

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