Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy 2017:-)

Happy New Year to you all!!! I'm finally back again after a lovely break and I'm just trying to figure out what 2017 is all about. I usually have some sort of feeling about the new year (usually rather excited about what's to come) but this year I didn't have a particular feeling, not excited but also not feeling worried about 2017, just a let's take it 'day by day' type of feeling.
And that's exactly how I feel about my hair too!!

I recently got a rather big trim as my ends were really starting to look very frizzy and that's usually a sign that there are split-ends.

After that I went back to my usual style with a middle part and two flat 3-strand plaits. This style get's me through not having to fiddle too much with my hair as it lasts a few days (works well when I'm feeling a bit lazy..haha)

 And then of course I couldn't get by without rocking my Afro every now and again.

Here's to the start of 2017, let's see how my hair journey will unfold this year:-)

How has the start of 2017 been for you?

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Monday, November 14, 2016

I'm Bored!!!

I keep meeting so many different people who are on a hair journey like me and we share stories and give each other wonderful tips and advice, so I've decided that I want to share all these stories because well...I'm bored of only talking about myself, haha!!

My 12 year old son Teboho, decided a few months ago that he wanted to grow an Afro. Initially I had mixed feelings about this because we've had more than a few rough school mornings when his hair was no longer at 'brush-cut' length, with him refusing to comb and complaining about the pain, even when his hair was moisturised.

 I was quick to point out that growing his hair means caring for it properly because the longer is grows the more time and care it needs with; regular moisturising, conditioning and combing (to look neat for school). He has watched the way I care for his sister's hair and my own hair so he knew what it all meant and well, he was up for the challenge.

He washes his hair about 3 times a week mainly due to playing waterpolo but this also means that we have to keep his hair well moisturised so that it doesn't dry out, so he moisturises every morning. Also we sometimes only use conditioner on wash day, again so as not to dry the hair as shampoo stripes the hair of natural oils if used too much. 

We use this spray for moisture and to prep and soften before picking it with an Afro comb

We also apply my oil mix, which consists of; Argan oil, Glycerin, Castor oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil and some Grapefruit essential oil for a bit of a light fragrance.

And sometimes coconut oil for a lovely healthy shine

side view

He is loving his Afro and wants to grow it until the end of the year:-)
Let's see how we go!!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Hair Saga Continues

This post took some time to write because I needed to process all that's been happening in the media with the Pretoria Girls High protests. My initial reaction was anger and outrage against the school policies. But then as I cooled down and started listening to different points of views, I began to ask other questions. 

Many people are saying that all children should be allowed to have any hairstyle as long was their hair is neat. But what is meant by 'neat' hair, particularly in relation to natural hair? When Afro's are added to the list of hairstyles, should there be rules about how the afro can be worn?

Earlier this year I had a chat with some black women who concluded that there was no such thing as neat dreadlocks, I was of course shocked by this statement and went online to show some examples of beautiful so-called 'neat' dreads. But again, I left this conversation wondering who decides what is neat and what isn't? It's a personal choice.

I for instance think these bantu knots above look very beautiful, and neat.
I suppose I also sometimes fall into the 'neat' hair trap with my daughter because when she decides she wants to have an afro for school I usually tie it up into an Afro-puff (like pic above) to keep it intact since she's a very active little girl.

Or we do two Afro-puffs (above)

Or we pull-back the front and let out a rather big part at the back, creating one very big Afro-puff (pic above)

And if your hair is shorter..


Depending on the length and texture of your hair I feel that these TWA (teeny weeny afros) also look good and are neat.


I also love these dreadlock styles and I feel that they too are neat.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on the above styles, do you feel they are neat? 
Or perhaps you have other suggestions:-)

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Holiday look

It's been about 2 and a half years since I last had braids, and the memories of getting braids still slightly haunt me. The thought of going to a hair salon really doesn't sit well with me as I remember all the heating, tugging and pulling that came with every hair style. The end result was really beautiful as my stylist at the time was extremely talented, but the reality is that most times I'd be gripping the sides of the chair under the black barber cloth while I got combed/styled. Some days were not so bad and over time I'd speak up if there was pain but often times the attitude was well 'you must suffer for beauty' or 'it will all be worth it in the end'.

So I want braids but I don't want to get them at a salon...I start to consider doing them myself since I've braided Khethiwe's hair twice in the last two years, so I should be able to braid my own hair right? But the thought of the hours it will take and how will I get to the back of my head and, and...

I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I decide to go out and buy the things I'll need anyway. I want X-pression hair colors 1 & 2, I like that combination because my hair is the color in between. I start at my 'go-to' hair place called New Looks Cosmetics in Maynard Mall but they are out of stock. Perhaps this is a sign? I leave it for a few days but find myself walking the streets of Mowbray later that week, searching again. This time I find the hair but they don't have color 2 so the lady in the shop persuades me to try color 4, it's also a brown but not as dark as color 2. 

I use X-Pressions colors 1 & 4

The lady in the store asks me if I have someone to braid my hair because she says she can braid my hair for me, she shows me her salon next door and it's very quiet so she says she can braid me then and there and be done within 3 hours. I'm really tempted, until I see her facial expression when I tell her my hair is natural; Her face drops and there is a look of doubt.
It's settled, I'll braid my own hair!

It took me 2 nights (10 hours) in total. After putting the kids to bed I'd put on a series on TV and watch while braiding and before I know it this was all I had left (above)

Final look with a middle part

or to the side

What I loved the most was that there was NO PAIN on the first night when I went to bed because I did not make them tight. We were away for a couple of weeks so I enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to worry about my hair, it was all worth it!!
I just made sure to spray my hair and scalp often. I was very proud of my new look:-) 

My next project was creating a look for khethiwe and since I had already spent so much time doing my hair I wanted something quick yet cute. 

I decided to try the outward 3 strand braid which I mentioned in my last post http://nonimash.blogspot.co.za/2016/06/40-and-fabulous.html
but this time I added hair fibre to add a bit of length to the look.

I still need some more practice with this look but Khethiwe loved it:-)

I continue to learn, and love our hair.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

40 and fabulous!!

I'm back!!! Last month was my 40th birthday so I took some much needed time of to do some things that I love; I got a lot of love from family and friends, did a bit of shopping and 'serviced' my body with a treatment or two. What I loved the most was just making time to get back to reading, watching theatre and live music, movies and using my hands to create (I love working with my hands). I've been in a wonderful creative space and I feel like I'm 'me' again. People say that in your 40s you just get more in tune with who you really are, so perhaps that's what's going on. What ever it is, it's unintentional and I'm loving it!

You'll remember the pic below from one of my previous posts and I've added it today to show you what I've learnt. This is an inward cornrow braid and in the last few weeks I learnt how to do an outward cornrow braid. It's such a simple yet fun protective style that can last about 3 to 4 days.

Inward cornrow braid

Below is a picture of the outward cornrow braids I recently did on my daughter.


It's nice and quick to do and is great way to keep the hair tied up and neat for school. She loves it!

I also recently started using the Hairtural Kids range on my daughters hair and just as it works wonders on my hair so too has been great for Khethiwe's hair.  For more info you can check them out here http://hairtural.com/

This spray by Dark and Lovely (Beautiful Beginnings range) has been really awesome for Khethiwe's hair. It gives it the necessary lift it needs every morning while also keeping it soft. It's really great for providing that daily moisture and it really is 'ouchless' :-)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Natural Hair in 'An African City'

Last month I talked about needing some inspiration to keep me going with my natural hair, well I found some more inspiration...
I Don't how I missed this show all along, but I recently found out about a series called An African City. It's a series that first came out in 2014 and was created by a woman named Nicole Amarteifio. She based the series on her experience of returning home to Ghana after living abroad for many years. It's a television and web series following the lives of five single young women who like Nicole, resettle in Accra after living overseas for most of their lives. 

When I read what the series was about, I could immediately relate with being 'home' but sometimes not feeling like a full part of this home and feeling a bit lost after living in another country for many years. The show gets compared to 'Sex in the City' regularly in the media, but other than the beautiful African fashion and single girlfriends dating and looking for love, I actually think it can stand on it's own, as a uniquely African story. 

Natural hair is a recurring theme in the series as some of women talk about their experiences...comments about when they will finally relax and 'neaten' their hair or, walking into a hair salon and being told they can't work with 'that' kind of hair. Of course I loved that they touched on these issues and again, I could relate.

The cast
Marie Humbert (back left), Maame Adjei (front left), MaameYaa Boafo (middle), Nana Mensah (back right) , Esosa E (front right)

Below are  simple looks I enjoy from some of the cast members of 
An African City:

Maame Yaa Boafo

Afro twist out

simple and cute tucked in 3 strand plaits

the head wrap

wash n' go afro

Maame Adjei

twist out up do with bangs

another version of the head wrap

Afro twist out

Esosa E

If I had locs I would totally rock this top bun

or just let it down

or play around and create this look

You can catch season 1 on YouTube and season 2 is currently showing on channel 165 (SA).

Who are some of the women in the media who inspire your look?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hang in there...

I'm seeing more and more natural sisters walking the streets everyday, it makes me happy and I always wonder what their hair journeys have been like. What I love most is the inspiring looks they all rock.
We've come a long way as black women. It's been a long journey of discovery, understanding, patience, pain (literally) and love.

I've had many conversations with friends trying the natural hair thing and wanting to 'throw in the towel' when it gets tough...because it REALLY does get tough, especially in the beginning. 

What I came to realise as I went along is that just like with any new challenge, like a new job, a new routine or any new task, it can feel crazy in the beginning and sometimes you wonder if it was the right choice, but as you push along things start to come together and you get into a rhythm.

That's what happened with me and my hair, I now know what works for me and what doesn't. As I get the hang of things I get more daring and thus more creative. 
Here are some looks you may have seen on my FB and Instagram page:-)

I saw this style on a TV show and tried my own version

I had previously tried it as a 2 strand flat twist but I now prefer the 3 strand plait above (first pic)

I can never do without my 'Afro'

Then I played around a bit with an old style and ended up with this interesting look  

and on some days I just keep it very simple with a single french plait

and then I play around a bit more...

sometimes I need a break (normally on wash-day) and I just wrap my hair

or I get a bit 'playful'

or I just go back to my comfortable classic look...this is my 'when-in-doubt' look.

I continue to see many inspiring looks everyday and try them out in my own way, but when I started I could hardly do any of them. 
Hang in there!!! 

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