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Grow Your Hair 2018 Tips

14 March 2018



  
Hey family,
This is probably one only the girls will read I assume.
SO, basically I've decided that bundles are nice and lovely, but it's time to put that same energy into our natural hair and grow our own inchessss! In this blog, I'll be sharing some new and old tips and methods I've discovered which will help us on this journey.

First off, I'd say that if you're planning some hair length goals, you'll want to take some length checks. Relying solely on your eyes and memory to determine how much your hair has grown in x amount of time isn't really the best idea. The best method is actually coloring a section of your hair at the root, because you'll see the growth from the root and you can determine if your hair is breaking off a lot at the ends. Anyway, get some length checks and take pics. If you have a top with horizontal stripes this will be perfect.
Secondly, it's important to know your hair type AND porosity- and when watching natural hair videos, make sure you're watching ones specified to your type of hair. I'd say porosity is a little more important in terms hair tips e.g for moisture retention.
Here are some useful videos to help you determine your hair's porosity and according regimens:

Regimen Tips:
Scalp Massages: This is one I've always known but never done. It makes sense that if you massage your scalp more, you stimulate blood flow to your scalp causing more growth. Now, *disclaimer* massaging your scalp can be counterproductive if you are using your nails to do so- you're just scratching your scalp and causing scratches and wounds on the delicate skin. This prevents hair growth. Instead, use the base of your fingers, or a silicone shampoo brush: Silicone Brush  ( This can be used to get rid of build up when shampooing too as, again, your nails will harm your scalp)
Here's a link to an oil mix I'm going to be using with keyyyy ingredients such as essential oils, castor oil and henna powder for enhanced growth:

I'll let you know now that there are quite a few ingredients, but it still works out affordable (plus you spend coin on Indian bundles, why not spend coin on Indian natural hair growth remedies?)
I'd encourage you to start implementing all these tips asap for max effect, but i'll update you guys on my hair health and growth to let you know what's been useful.

Deep Condition: Now this point is related to your hair more so than your scalp, so it doesn't actually accelerate hair growth. However, if your hair appears to have been at the same length for years now, it is un likely thatthe issue is a lack of hair growth- it's length retention. Even with little to no care at all, hair will grow out of your scalp at some rate. However, if your hair is often dry and mishandled, it will break at the same rate it is growing and you wont see any extra length sis. Deep conditioning once a week or fortnight (or every time you wash your hair if it's less frequent than that) will help your hair retain moisture and elasticity from within, making breakage less likely. Ensure that you are using products with good ingredients like butters and oil (and obviously water please). Also, you'll want to let the product sit on your head (most effective under a steamer or cap etc) for a good while. 

Protein Treatments: Okay, so this one I have like no experience in, so I don't want to give advice. What I will do is link a couple of useful videos. I will be purchasing a popular treatment , ApHogee 2 Step and I'll let you know how it goes in another post)
How To Know If Your Hair Needs Protein


Myths
Trims?: Throw away the myth that says you must trim your hair every 3 months. PLS. Throw it all the way away. The issue with that is, if you have been protective styling, you are likely to have relatively healthy ends. If you keep hacking at those ends cutting off half an inch every 3 months- you're cutting off 2 inches a year. That's way tew much sis. Stop that. (Of course, take every thing I'm saying with a grain of salt and wisdom- if your split ends are wild- cut those).

Heat?: On the note of trims and split ends, it's important to note that improper and continuos use of high heat on hair can lead to the formation or worsening of already-present split ends (as well as scattering your curl pattern might I add). It also makes your hair hella dry which counters the point I made about deep conditioning so you don't wanna do that boo.
Howeverrrr, while a lot of natural babes curse heat and call it the devil and boast pridefully about how they don't use it (do you want a sticker or), it can actually be v useful. I mentioned above that deep conditiong should be ya bestie. I'll say now that if you have low porosity hair and you've been deep conditioning without heat- you have wasted ya time and coin. You'll find out more from the videos I've linked, but low porosity hair has stubborn cuticles- they're not trying to stay open for long. Use of heat (kinda like how you steam your face to open ya clogged pores) opens the cuticles so that the product you apply to your hair can penetrate and like actually be useful and stuff. Some people including old me, use just a shower cap, or plastic bag (if you know) and wait 45 mins and they're done. But it is honestly way more effective to use an external source of heat such as a blowdryer, hooded dryer, steamer or portable hood dryer. I use the portable hood because a sis is on a budget and it's compact and easy to tidy away (really it's the budget, I'm waffling here).
Here's the link to the one I use: Hood Dryer (if you haven't noticed, I've put like 20 links in this post because I'm the plug x)
A lot of these tips are not new to me, I just didn't apply them consistently, so remember consistency is key.

Okay, daz it. I'm fatigued, it's 2:54am on the 12th and I said this would be up on the 11th. Yikes.

Love for reading as usual and do share this with your sestras that can benefit. No more bald headedness 2018.
Peace n Lurv
B Noelle x


P.S: I was gifted the entire new Revlon Realistic Black Seed Oil Range for natural hair and Ima check how the products do on my hurr and let you all know, so look out for that post babies 

BLACK PANTHER | Anas Munira

27 February 2018

So I initially wanted to do a review of black panther but then I realized a review is supposed to be objective and mine will be biased. Biased because as a fan of superhero movies i have waited for such a movie. So to see a movie full of superheros that I can identify with physically and culturally is such a big deal and I wasn't about to point out the few flaws it had, instead I am going to talk about the excellence that is Black Panther.
First of all can we talk about that accent kudos to all the Actors they did an amazing job!. Watching the movie you can tell everyone involved in the making of this movie did their research. The beautiful country that is Wakanda was portrayed beautifully. From the clothing to their mannerisms. You can clearly see the richness of African culture and the regal royalty from the king to the Queen mother. I was soo proud watching. They did all of the above whilst still giving an inspiring story about unity and the power in coming together for a good cause. From the light banter among the characters to the some real badass fight scenes, this movie was amazing to watch.The wows and claps throughout the movie is a testament to it's brilliance.

And can we talk about the women in this movie. They were strong, fierce,  powerful and allowed to assume their positions without question. It was soo refreshing to see how they weren't fighting for a place, playing damsels in distress or subservient roles but rather they played an equal part in saving their country and fighting for the people they love.

This movie is important to me because it gives me hope. The city of Wakanda although fictional shows the beauty that is Africa and we might not have caught up to the technology yet but we do have the rich minerals and the Amazing culture. For me it shows the Africa that could have been and can be. So for those of you wondering why we are making noise about this movie. We do because Black panther signifies the Africa we see and it's about damn time everyone else saw it too. Have you seen the movie?let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

                                  Love, Neera.

Once Upon A Love Tale | Akido Wijayarathne

20 February 2018

Valentine's Day emotions got me pretty high up and about early morning. Hopeless romantic. Guilty as charged. A dozen phone calls later screaming Valentine wishes in a few ears, a handful who didn't share my overenthusiastic screech-capade, (well when you are a sixty year old woman whose husband is yelling football jargon at the screen, your idea of romantic is pretty bleak. Sorry Aunty Delly!) my garden swing found me curled up typing away to my heart's content.

My friend heads up a "Single and Happy" club (yup, they actually go by that name, lol!), a group of eight ladies, who I've found in the downtown cafe to be regulars for the whole of Valentine's Week exclaiming exactly "why we don't need a man" ( the ferocity depending on the number of screwdrivers sliding down their throats). And hence, they inspired me to pen my own thoughts on this popular text.

You don't need a man. Total agreement! Need is an adult version of babysitting. Dependence is cowardice and idleness freelancing in its purest construction. No, you certainly do not "need" anyone as an independent, charismatic, capable, high-profile woman. Disagreement with this ruling sets the women's movement a good century back, certainly not where we want to be at!

I'm angling to pinpoint on the double ended sword. Those Saturday nights playing couch potato downing Pinot Noir a glass too many watching The Bachelor on repeat telling yourself that you are "Single and Happy" yet a fresh wave of tears threaten to sweep up everytime you remember your sister's babyshower and Caroline's engagement could only get better if you were to replace the sentence with "why I want a man". Humans crave Intimacy. Period. Our lives are built on varying degrees of relationships. Now when you take out the word "man" and merely supersede it with "someone who makes me incredibly happy" it proves to be a relationship no different than the one you have with your girlfriends or your mom or even your little Terrier Lassie. Maybe even better.



Falling in love is terrifying even to the pluckiest out there. Three reasons. Giving up control, the past and in a twisted sense of meaning, fear of adaptation. ( That needs some explanation. *Grin*)

A woman who's acquired independence sees giving up control a little less brutal than sacrificing her soul (lol). Which is understandable. Mothering the condo beside the lake, the six figure job, the Porsche in the garage in a man's world was no easy feat. She's been incharge of her happiness for a substantial part of her life and excelled at it too. Placing her happiness, her sense of duty to herself in someone else's hands along with juggling the knowledge that she might get hurt is the bane of her existence. Giving up this sense of control, trusting someone else with her happiness, her secrets, her vulnerabilities, her insecurities terrifies the world out of her and makes her run faster than a lighting bolt and logically the only breakthrough the Lovey Door. Letting someone in to witness you in all your naked glory (emotionally, psychologically)  is weary. Still understandable.

The Demon Past. The demon that holds onto you the more you hold onto it, refusing to let go, haunting days and nights, twisting genuine gestures as enemy ploys resulting in a world-class paronoid mess, that's you. A paranoid mess that acts on your "intuition based on past mistakes," winding up shattering arms that could have held you on cold days, never pausing to give that special someone the benefit of the doubt nor willing to accept that your intuitions might not always be veracious.Treading with caution is wise while refusing to tread is sissiness at its best for it takes a lion heart to forgive, forget, move on and embrace the possibility of resurrection.

Fear of adaptation, the confusing parameter. Let me break it down for you.  You've got a whole routine, a blooming business, take out Chinese Friday nights with the fam, Saturday nights with the girls at the club and making room for someone that challenges your norms and threatens to break down all the walls you've built around yourself is petrifying too. "I'd have a whole new life, dinner with his parents. No pressure. He would be sleeping over at my house, probably will leave the toilet seat up and my mirror steamy. How does he like his coffee. Will I have to make a separate batch for him".  You've got a whole routine working out for you like clockwork, nothing out of the ordinary, after all you've been doing that for the past six years. It's comfortable, it's safe. And breaking out of your comfort zone spooks the daylights out of you. Taking a step towards accommodating another lifestyle seems like a thousand giant steps.  Total thorn on the side.

"Falling" in love they said. Fearlessly plummeting into the unknown bottomless pit disregarding the depths of your descend, living the moment experiencing the dimensionless feeling of being cared for and caring back stilling every other constant in time. That could be "falling in love" in a nutshell.  The only route to ever benefitting out of the exhilarating feeling is to let go of the three above fiend genesis.

It is said to have better loved and lost than not loved at all.  My ranting doesn't subscribe to  portray that happiness lies in a partner, for it's not; happiness lies in your metrics of happiness. But certainly a person bringing out the best in you is an agent of happiness and you owe it to yourself to realise the reason to let yourself give into love is not out of need but out of in a way your own selfish desire to be happy.

 You never know, you might just be someone's missing rib. *Wink.**Wink.*

Drop your thoughts down below.

Loads of love,
Akido.












LIfe Lessons: Jealousy Jealousy Jealousy

19 February 2018

Hey family,

Let's strip down and discuss something raw and real:
Jealousy. 

Have you ever found yourself not being able to be happy for someone? 
When you see them in person or online, are you unintentionally side-eyeing?
If you knew something that would benefit them, would you tell them? No?
You, my friend might be jealous.

Jealousy is a negative feeling that can produce hate, gossip and slander.

Not only can jealousy affect the subject, but it is a brewing negative energy in your heart, mind and soul. I do hate to be clichè, but you need to protect your energy. 
It is a mental blockage that will prevent your progress. How many times has hating resulted in your success?

I'll keep this one short and sweet-
How to overcome:
-You need to just accept that you are jealous. Yep. Roll your eyes. It's okay. Swallow it. And then:
-If you are religious, pray for the subject of your jealousy. It's quite hard to pray for someone peace, joy and success and still be jealous.  [Plus you can't throw shade during prayer because the God we serve is the Light of the world.] Ha.

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  • While you're down there you might aswell send a prayer or two up for yourself, your peace and focus as well as purity of the heart. Find freedom and peace in the knowledge that the Lordt has a plan
  • Understand that really and truly, everyone's path is different, and that's because everyone's path is different. Yes, you read right. Your entire life up until this point differs in so many ways from the person you are choosing to compare yourself with, so how can you expect that your path here on out with be identical? The different steps have taught you different strengths. When I first wanted to blog, I was no where near as secure and confident as I am now. Nor was I being real and genuine with myself about what I wanted to blog about and why. I won't get too into that now, but child it was a mess. 
     
  • Tunnel Vision. Focus on bettering yourself, and finding your purpose. Then work work work on it! I'll be writing another post very soon about more practical steps towards bossing up.
That's all for this one and I really hope you've taken something away.
If you have let me know! Also do share. 

Have a happy week

Light and love,
Bolu Noelle 
x

IG BOLUNOELLE

GroHealthy Shea and Coconut Review | Akido Wijayarathne

6 February 2018

I was recently allied with GroHealthy’s Coconut and Shear line and I just have three S's for it, stunning, stupendous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I tend to turn a sceptical eye towards most hair products what with my problematic mane of less voluptuous, frizzy, dry, damage-prone locks but I must say this line completely stole my heart away for it turned out to be an answer to a better part of my hair ordeals.

I am a sucker for things Shea and Jojoba. I can’t help it, it calls to me and GroHealthy’s line took my senses on a field day. The enticing fragrance got me thinking of home, golden beaches and mojitos. I can definitely get used to smelling like this. Boyfriend approved. Wink Wink.

I have to start with the Smooth Edges since it tolled up to the no. 01 favourite in my books. Its velvety texture soothes down the edges with no effort exerted and leaves no greasy film lying nor does it dry up to be flaky and unappealing. It undoubtedly adds up an exciting finish to the styling process.



My number two goes out to the Flat Out Frizz Fighter. My light hair becomes a dry frizzy mass on the top of my head once dried after a wash and the Flat Out Frizz Fighter is a best buddy. It moisturizes my hair from the roots to the tips and pats it down into tame flowing curls. I add it up in my regular hair routine after the Leave In Conditioner.



Third comes the Shea and Coconut Oil. She with her delightful fragrance and instant moisturizing properties is a purse essential. I used to pre-poo my hair with almond oil but I've discovered that the Shea and Coconut Oil does a better job in the way of moisturising especially in my current location in the tropical islands with its hot dehydrating climate as opposed to my earlier colder climate. Furthermore it adds a shine and a sparkle to the hair along with softening it. Funnily though, it’s my “foot oil” too since it leaves my feet feeling baby soft.

Next comes in the Leave- In  Conditioner. I love, love, love it. A well worked in dollop into my tresses works a long way in creating  nourished, shiny, healthy, wholesome looking hair. It makes it effortless to comb through the hair and has long since reduced hair fall due to friction. It moisturises the locks and keeps in a look of hydrated hair till the next wash.



And moving on to the Moisturizing Shampoo. It sure smells heavenly and easily lathers up making it the fun part of wash day. As in the way of Moisturizing properties, it really didn't set itself apart from any other good shampoo for me. But it definitely fits in the range of good shampoos in its shampooing effects.

Next I am onto the Moisture Rich Conditioner. After the washing out of the shampoo, I rub in a considerable amount of Moisture Rich Conditioner and wait it out for 12-13 minutes which afterwards I wash it off. It adds luster to the hair and makes it noticeably soft and smooth  to the touch. But I would have expected a little deeper conditioning from it in making mark with what I would have expected out of it.



Last but not least, I arrive at the Curling Custard. It defines my curls and holds it up in a good hold without weighing it down which attracts me because I simply dislike feeling excessive products in my hair.  I especially adore how it protects the shine and silkiness of my hair when it's being subjected to heat in the styling process.


The line tempts me mainly because of it's constituents of all naturals and no petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, colorants or parabens. It's all bottled up nutritious goodness wrapped up in an agreeable aroma. 

The products come with a booklet of helpful guidelines on haircare and styling. You get a captivating amount of products for an affordable price. My curls have never looked better. I would give the line a jolly good thumbs up.

Would I continue using it? Oh yes!
Would I recommend it to anyone looking for brilliant haircare? Absolutely.

Try it out. Your hair will thank you later.

Drop in your experiences with the line in the comment box below.

Love, Akido.

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