I am attending a hair event in Durban this coming weekend – I am keen to see what they have in store for us as this is the first hair event I will be attending. When I found out that there is going to be a hair products swap booth at the event I was so happy because I really need to get rid of some hair products. One of my goals for last year was to find my staple hair products and stick to using them, I was really over being a product junkie. To this end, I have a few products in my stash that I have either bought or were sent to me that weren’t really working for me and these are the ones that I am giving away.
After failing miserably a few months ago – I decided to pull up my socks and go for my 2nd attempt at a wash and go. This was sparked by my wash day last week and the products I used that made me think that I might have better luck at a wash and go this time around. So armed with tons of research and a ‘can do’ attitude, I styled my hair in a wash and go after this week’s wash day.
This is the news that almost every natural has been waiting for – the arrival of the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale range in South Africa. I attended the launch event last week and went home with a goodie box containing the products in the range. I haven’t had a chance to use the products yet, I’ve just opened them and had a sniff :). In this post, I will go into a bit more detail about the product range, if you want to see what happened at the launch – you can check out my vlog.
Since we are in the throes of winter in the southern hemisphere, a lot of us are in protective styles to keep our hair hidden from the harsh elements. Protective styles can be great for length retention, minimising manipulation etc., however – if the taking down is not done right, you can undo all the benefits that the protective style bestowed on your hair.
It seems so surreal to be at this moment… I am 1 year post relaxer; I last relaxed my hair on the 3rd of May 2015. It feels like the year has gone by so quickly and my hair has gone through so much in that space of time. I went from relaxed to transitioning to big chopping and becoming fully natural. I went through a period of not liking my hair much towards the end of my transition, and after big chopping I was thrust into a new world of short natural hair. This new world has been a steep learning curve in its own right.
This month was fairly uneventful when it came to my hair, I have been protective styling for nearly the whole month. I did not do much to my actual hair, it was well hidden under the crochet braids. This was my first protective style since going natural, I must say that I am pretty proud of myself for keeping the PS on for 5 and a half weeks. I did miss my hair terribly towards the end and I was itching to uninstall.