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"The Feminist Stokvel is a group of 8 women who have come together with the aim of addressing the many social issues that uniquely face black women in South Africa, especially those that speak to how black women are represented in our public imagination.  We were brought together by the subject of hair, which we believe is the gateway to consciousness, self love, self respect and ultimately – self actualisation for women. While we are still coming up with a manifesto, the core value in what we do is that we are here for the black woman’s shine, in very simple terms.  We haven’t launched as a group yet because we believe that our time right now is best used doing instead of saying we are going to do.  So this Hair Soiree is the first of many types of projects and events including talk shops, film screenings, panel discussions, readings, online video content and any other projects that can grow in this mind frame organically, to shift thinking on a large scale.", says co-founder Miss Milli B.


Meet The Feminist Stokvel and Familiarise Yourself with their Work:


Wisaal Anderson – Wiscellaneous Blog

Miss Milli B - http://missmillib.co.za/

Kavuli Nyali-Binase - Good Hair Diaries (Me!)

Danielle Bowler – EWN Contributor & Musician

Panashe Chigumadzi – Founder of Vanguard Magazine

Lebo Mashile – Biography

Lebohang ”Nova” Masango – Nova Herself

Pontsho Pilane – Womanist!
If you weren't able to get tickets to our first Hair Soiree, don't you worry! We'll be organising these events monthly and empowering brown women and parents with brown children with fundamental hair education.

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#HealthyHairGurus present Jouelzy #SmartBrownGirlsSA sponsored by Ruutos Hair on 

14 March 2015 at The Kitchen Bar, Design Quarters from 3:30 to 5:30. 

Tickets are R220 and can be purchased by emailing healthyhairgurus@gmail.com



We're calling all #SmartBrownGirls of South Africa to join us for riveting discussion about hair and our place on this earth. Meet popular US vlogger/blogger, Jouelzy and spend another afternoon with your favorite hair gurus. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to chat about all things that #SmartBrownGirls are thinking about.


Don't you feel like you are constantly trying to figure out a way to say sorry to your hair? You know that protective style I left in too long? I'm really sorry! Sorry for leaving you high and dry last week. It won't happen again.

Check out this DIY Rosemary & Thyme hair Rinse below, and show your hair how truly sorry you are.


Applying a rosemary and thyme rinse after you’ve shampooed your hair can increase shine, enhance color and more. Rosemary has been traditionally used in an array of natural remedies. Elements of the herb can help prevent hair loss and darken your strands for a richer hue or to mask grays. Rosemary also has antibacterial properties that can battle an itchy scalp. Combine this with thyme and the benefits are next level – thyme has been known to rid of dandruff and keep hair lustrous. So how do you apply to your hair? Glad you asked.

DIY Rosemary & Thyme Rinse
  • Combine 1 TBSP of dried rosemary or a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to a large glass.
  • Add 1 TBSP of dried or fresh thyme.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and pour into glass.
  • Let the solution sit for up to 1 hour, steeping the herbs in the water to create the rinse.
  • Then strain and apply to hair after shampooing. Do not rinse out. After multiple rinses you will start to see results.

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If you plan to hang out by the pool or at the beach this summer, check Good Hair Diaries out on The Link TV Show giving you tips to keep your hair healthy.

Watch the video below.




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In 2014 I committed myself to enjoying my hair. Let me explain...

Those of us who are on a healthy hair journey tend to always be in protective styles in the hopes of keeping the moisture in our hair, retaining length and preventing split ends. That's all well an good, but what's the point of having fabulous hair if you never show it off? Well, I had my fun and didn't retain nearly as much length as I normally would, but I enjoyed every bit of my hair. That ship has sailed and now I'm ready to grow my hair down my back and get super strict again. Before I go into the specifics of new regimen, I want to take you down memory lane with my hair.

Top Right: January 2014, Top Left: April 2014,
Bottom Left: August 2014, Bottom Right:December 2014

Hair Regimen 2015

Daily Regimen

  • Moisturise with a water based hair cream or braid spray (morning and night)
  • Seal moisture in with heavy oil such as castor oil (morning and night)
  • Twist or braid hair (nightly) *
  • Wear a silk or satin bonnet (nightly)

Weekly Regimen

  • Cleanse hair with sulphate free shampoo or co-wash
  • Deep Condition with conditioner and oil (moisture conditioner)
  • Oiling my scalp with olive, castor, coconut, jojoba or argan oil. **

Monthly Regimen

  • Cleanse hair with a clarifying shampoo
  • Deep Condition with conditioner and oil (protein conditioner)

Protective Styling

  • I'll be protective styling on the following schedule: 
    • 1 January 2015 - 28 February 2015
    • 1 April 2015 - 31 May 2015
    • 1 July 2015 - 31 August 2015
    • 1 October 2015 - 30 November 2015
  • 30 day breaks in between
  • Will utilize the following protective styles:
    • Box Braids
    • Cornrows
    • Sew-in Weave
    • Wigs***
* I will follow this when I'm not in a protective style
** Will follow this when I'm not in a weave
*** I haven't found any decent wigs that I really like. To be continued...


Do you need professional help building your healthy hair regimen? Book a hair consultation with Kavuli of Good Hair Diaries at Kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com. All pertinent information will be provided before the consultation is booked.

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The new year is such an encouraging time for everyone. It marks new beginnings and gives everyone "permission"to start a fresh. I know that many of you have a vision for your hair, but how exactly do you expect to achieve them?

Every year I set a goal and make my intentions known for my hair with a few simple steps. You can use the below information as a guideline and expand on it if it suits.

1. Keep Your Goals Clear and Concise

Most things that are overly complicated tend to be discouraging. If your discouraged then you probably wont follow through with your plans, and you'll find yourself in the very same place in the following your. Below are a few examples of how you should set your intentions for your hair.

  • "I want to retain 15cm of length this year."
  • "I want to establish a simple daily, weekly and monthly hair regimen.""
  • "I want to improve the elasticity and porosity of my hair."" 
2. Be Realistic

When you understand your particular hair type, you will be able to make realistic goals for your hair. Expecting to grow 30cm of hair in 12 months is very unrealistic, and some may even say it's impossible. Aim for the realistic and hope for the magical.

3. Keep a Hair Journal

A hair journal is so helpful and necessary. You'll want to record the current state of your hair and begin to keep track of the techniques and products you have tried throughout the course of the year. By the end of the year you should have a clear idea of what your hair likes and dislikes. Tracking your journey will also make it easier when you make next years goals, because your have a clear understanding of what is truly realistic.

4. Stay Focused

We often set goals and never follow through with the plan. Keep your goals at the forefront of your mind by leaving notes for yourself in the places that you go to everyday. For instance, a sticky note on the bathroom mirror that reminds you to moisturise your hair in the morning with a picture of your hair goal will keep you focused and encouraged.


Do you have any goal setting tips? Leave me a comment below or send your response to admin @goodhairdiaries.com with the Subject: "Setting Your New Years Hair Goals" and I may feature your advice on Good Hair Diaries.

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Happy New Year!!!

I am so grateful to be spending yet another year with you guys. I thank you all for your support in 2014. 
Lets make 2015 better than the last.

Stay tuned for new hair tips, hair reviews, product giveaways, interviews and so much more. I'm too excited!


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#AskKavuli

Do you have a bunch of hair questions that you would like answered? Want to get your hair in tip-top shape for the new year? Join me and Clicks tomorrow, Friday 14 November from 1-3pm for a Facebook chat. Just click on the below link and join the conversation.


#AskKavuli


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When Athi-Afikile Myataza, former Beauty Editor of Destiny Magazine, contacted me for a few tips on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, I jumped at the chance! Interested in reading what I had to say? Pick up the November 2014 issue of Destiny Magazine and flip to page 126.



I'll be sure to post the actual article at the end of this month for those of you who are not in South Africa or able to buy the magazine.

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Want to add slip (detangling) to your cleansing? Add oil to your shampoo! Coconut oil is wonderful forhair, evening primrose oil is soothing and healing to the scalp, canola oil is light and has little scent. You can also use melted shea butter or cocoa butter—any vegetable fat found in most natural hair products will do.

Add 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon to a very shallow palmful of shampoo for fine hair, or 1-2 teaspoons for thick or very curly hair. Your shampoo will probably foam more than usual, but your hair will be left feeling silky.


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Hops, a vine whose flowers are used to flavor beer, has cleansing and bodifying properties for hair. Make a hair rinse with 2-3 teaspoons dried herbs (or 3 tablespoons fresh flowers) to 1 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse when it has cooled.

If you can only find powdered hops, tie the powder up in a square of old t-shirt or put the herbs in a coffee filter and pour the water over them, let the filter and herbs soak in the water, tied with a rubber band or string. Leave this rinse in your hair.



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Papaya is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help nourish hair, remove unwanted residues, and add shine and softness. Here’s how to get healthy hair with a raw papaya hair treatment.

  1. Puree half a papaya with some olive oil (amount of oil depends on how dry your hair is) and a teaspoon of honey.
  2. Apply to damp hair and leave on as long as you like.
  3. Rinse, then shampoo out excess oil if necessary.


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Homemade Options:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
These 3 oils are known to be sealants and hair protectors.  They don’t just sit on top of the hair, but are soaked into it.  They also contain good nutrients and vitamins like E, A, and B12.
  • Castor Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Aloe Vera
The above plants and oils are also amazing for hair.  Castor oil has been used for centuries as a carrier for deep conditioning and styling (rumored as one of the choice oils of the Egyptians).  Rosemary was used by many of our ancestors to help thinning hair, and in fact it does rejuvenate hair follicles.  While, Aloe Vera, like Avocado oil and coconut, work to create shine and protects without any greasy build up.
You can easily use one or all of the above oils to add shine, stop frizz, and help keep your hair healthy.  It’s especially a good habit to be in if you ever use a blow dryer or irons.  Don’t be afraid of it being greasy. There are a lot of different hair types.  Use a tiny bit on the ends at first until you figure out how much you need.

Method:

  • Wet Hair: Put a little on your finger tips and rub into the ends of your hair before drying.  Start with very little until you know what your hair needs.
  • Dry Hair: Above method.
  • Deep Conditioning: Massage into scalp and leave for as long as possible.  Wash out with Homemade Shampoo.  If you ever have oily build-up, put some baking soda in your hand while in the shower and massage through hair.  It will feel weird, but that’s ok.  It rinses out great and leaves your hair with no build-up.

#1 Simple Hair Oil

  • Choose your favorite: coconut, avocado, or sweet almond oil.
  • Apply as stated above.

#2 Deep Conditioning Hair Oil

Combine the following and apply as stated above.
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) castor oil
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

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Peppermint Pre-poo



Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 - Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 5 - 10 - Drops of Peppermint Oil

Directions

Using a spoonful of coconut oil or olive oil, mix in 5 or so drops of peppermint oil. Get your hands wet with the mixture and massage into your scalp. Make sure to rub the mixture through to the end of your strands. 

I absolutely love this pre-poo! it opens up my hair follicles and cools my scalp down. Not to mention that my hair and scalp feel super moisturized. I recommend using this right before a shampoo for extra protection!


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The post man comes bearing gifts, and this week was no different. I received a bottle of Gentle Treatment Thermal Leave-In Protection Spray from Style Studio. Gentle Treatment is a brand that I am very familiar with from my time overseas, but for those of you who are not so familiar. Read up below and let me know what you think.

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What is it?
Gentle Treatment's Thermal leave-In conditioner claims to help your hair recover from extreme exposure to heat from curling irons and other thermal tools.

What does it do?
Thermal Leave-In claims to rely on the restoration properties of Aloe Vera to condition, repair and protect damaged hair and strengthen weak, fragile strands.
How to use it?
On towel dried hair spray entire area, massage gently then comb through and style as desired.
Where did Gentle Treatment come from?
Since 1954 when George Ellis Johnson, Sr. founded the company in Chicago, Johnson Products Company, Inc., has been a dominant brand in the African American community. In 1971, the company became the first minority firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange

The Future of Gentle Treatment
Today, Johnson Products offers more than 30 hair care products, including the Ultra Sheen® and Gentle Treatment® brands. On March 31, 2009, the company was successfully acquired from Proctor & Gamble with the combined investments of RC Fontis, St. Cloud Capital and Plus Factor, LLC, an African American management team. The New Johnson Products management team is based in Dallas, Texas and headed by Chief Executive Officer, Eric Brown and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Renee Cottrell Brown.
Where you can buy Gentle Treatment
Find Gentle Treatment at select Clicks Pharmacies and at a Style Studio near you!

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I'm not sure when I'll be straightening my hair, but when I decide to, I'll make sure that this thermal protector is near by so that I can give you a thorough review.

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Be sure to run out and buy your copy of Drum Hair Spring/Summer Edition, and read my Agony Aunt piece. I'm answering a few hair related questions for the loyal Drum Hair readers. So flip to page 86 and let me know what you think in the comment section below.



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Join myself and a few other amazing women that are movers and shakers in the media and hair industry for riveting hair conversation.

Discussion topic: How the internet is democratizing black hair care in South Africa

Venue: Good Hair Today Salon, 35 Commissioner Street (Corner Fox)

Date: Friday 26th September

Starting time: 15h00

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Sounds yummy, right? WRONG! It doesn't contain cherries and it isn't filled with juices and berries. It is however very easy to make, and promises results that all curly haired woman long for. Frizz free and defined kinks, curls and coils. Yaaaassssssss, Honey!

This treatment was created by Cherry Lola of CherryLola.com

The Ingredients and What They Do

Greek Yogurt - Moisturizes, detangles, and adds shine to your hair. Greek yogurt also works as a light protein treatment, strengthening the hair strands.

Braggs Amino Acids - Helps to strengthen the hair as it is apart of the building blocks of your hair.

Baking Soda - Helps to make the hair porous so that it better receives the treatment. It essentially helps the cuticle to lift.

This is the part where you get your life! Yes, your whole entire life, because if you don't know what ingredients do what with your hair, you will be a victim of the very same propoganda that had you using Dark and Lovely religiously for the better part of your childhood and young adult hood.

"Get your lessons, that's what my moms kept stressing." - Dead Prez

Recipe


  • 16 oz of plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of Bragg’s Amino Acids
  • 2 tbsp of Baking Soda


Directions


*Apparently this mixture foams because of the baking soda, which makes complete sense if you paid any attention in chemistry. It also stinks and that may be due to the amino acids and baking soda mix.*
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. 
  2. Slather mixture on hair from roots to tips
  3. Leave on for 20 to 40 minutes at least.
  4. Rinse out mixture and continue as usual.
*You may want to co-wash to get rid of the scent. Quite frankly, if it smells worse than and ACV rinse, I would recommend co-washing as well.

If you have tried the Cherry Lola Treatment, leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. I'll be trying this out as soon as I can figure out where to get the Bragg's Amino Acids.

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It's good times at Good Hair Diaries! I have been meaning to try out a few of the Aussie hair products since I wrote THIS POST at the beginning of the year. Well, I finally got 3 products from the Aussie collection that I'm too excited to use.

MIRACLE MOIST
SHAMPOO

Liquid relief for thirsty hair

Top up dry hairs' moisture levels and help bring back your shine with Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo. This little beauty is to hair what a glass of iced lemonade is to you on a hot summer's day – sheer relief!

Macadamias, much more than a tasty snack!

They taste delicious AND our formula with extract of macadamia nut oil helps make your hair look gorgeous. 








 
Miracle Moist Shampoo























MIRACLE MOIST
CONDITIONER


For everyday moisture guaranteed

If your hair is dry and damaged, this is like an oasis in the desert. Parched hair drinks up the moisture, leaving it smooth and soft. Miracle Moist may not change your life, but it's a good start! 












Miracle Moist Conditioner























3 MINUTE MIRACLE  RECONSTRUCTOR 

DEEP CONDITIONER


Is your hair pleading for some TLC?

Help is at hand – and in a hurry! In a matter of minutes this little wonder will help reconstruct damaged hair, smoothing and soothing and leaving it manageable, shiny and as ready to
party as you are!

Meet an Aussie marvel

Australian Balm Mint. Never heard of it? No worries, just say ‘pleased to meet you’ and your hair will be eternally grateful. It’s part of our magical, miraculous formula that helps mend split ends and repair roughened cuticles. 
3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor























Stay tuned for a full review of all the products listed above. I have a really good feeling about this stuff!

If you've used these products before, leave me a comment below about your experience.


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There is currently a physical LUSH South Africa store at the Waterfront in Cape Town. Most of you know that I recently moved to Johannesburg, and systematically been deprived of my wonderful LUSH products. Well, when a friend told me that her husband was at the LUSH shop, and if I wanted I could place my order for some stuff, I immediately asked for some henna. You can read about my previous experience using henna (not from LUSH SA) over HERE.

Most cosmetic grade hennas that you buy online require you to add oils and some sort of citric acid in order to activate the colour in the dye. The rest of the hennas that you find in the Indian shops here in South Africa aren't even legit for your hair. You could end up experiencing some SERIOUS BREAKAGE if you use the other stuff. DON'T DO IT! In my humble opinion, LUSH henna is the easiest to use. You literally just have to add boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Don't just take my word for it, read some really helpful information I found on the LUSH website.


We think our current henna is the best we’ve ever produced. We now mix the powders with cocoa butter and press them into a brick. What we love about our current hennas is the fact that they are a completely new way of using an age-old ingredient. By making the henna into solid blocks, we don’t need preservatives in there. But it also makes them easier and more effective to use.

Here’s how Henna works. The outer covering of a hair consists of cuticles - these look a bit like the scales on a fish when viewed under a microscope – which normally lie flat and protect the central shaft of the hair containing the cells that give hair its colour. Chemical dyes work by forcing the cuticles open and pouring colour underneath them, permanently dyeing the hair. However, once the cuticles have been lifted in this way they will never quite go back the same or lie as flat, making your hair feel rough and out of condition.

Instead of forcing the cuticles open with chemicals, henna coats them in a protective layer of glossy natural colour. Think of it as a varnish covering each hair and thickening it, giving it shine and making it more manageable. It’ll add weight to flyaway hair, calm and soften frizzy hair and smooth hair that tends to be affected by static or tangles. Henna really is the ultimate conditioning treatment!

However, successful colour results depend on a few key rules.

PH levels: The more acidic the mixture, the more red the results will be.
Water: Henna needs water to allow the colour to come out onto your hair. Mix to a wet paste that will stick onto the hair without flaking off or falling away.
Heat: Break the block into a bowl, cover chunks with boiling water and leave for a while to soften. Then mix to a paste, the consistency of double cream, adding more hot water if needed. Keep the bowl over another bowl of hot water (or bain marie) whilst you apply the henna. The hotter it goes on the hair the better it can work.
Exposure to air: Wrap your hair up tightly for redder results. Loosen it up and expose to air for a darker effect.
Water and steam: The more water involved, or steaming the head will produce darker results.
Plenty of henna: The more henna that makes contact with each hair, the better the transfer of colour. So get lots of mix on there and make sure it covers all of your hair.
Repeated applications: Henna colour can build up. Deeper, darker and richer results can be achieved with more applications. Some of our blocks include indigo for darker tones. Indigo can take up to 24 hours to fully develop – so expect the results to darken throughout the next day.
Application: Apply to the nape and base of the neck first and work up towards the front of the head. Take a pinch of hair at a time, work as much henna into it as you can as you twist it into strands. Do the roots of the hair first and work plenty of henna into the ends last.
Finally: Always do a strand test. Everyone’s hair is different so you can’t be sure how yours will react to henna.
 

Which Caca is for me?Caca Rouge is the full-on red henna, turning blondes and greys into fiery redheads. Those with naturally dark brown hair will see a more subtle result; a warm natural red tone with a glossy sheen which will catch in the sun.Caca Marron will give blondes shiny hair the colour of autumn conkers. Brunettes will get a pleasing reddish tinge, though less pronounced than those using Caca Rouge.Caca Brun will make blonde hair several shades darker, giving a rich coffee-coloured glaze. For brunettes, this is the Caca to use if you want the conditioning benefits of henna without drastically changing your natural colour.Caca Noir is mixed with indigo to give a black gloss with a very slight reddish tinge. All hair will go several shades darker after using Caca Noir.
'Always do a strand test. Everyone’s hair is different so you can’t be sure how yours will react to henna.'

I haven't decided on when I will actually use my henna, but I know it needs to be a day when I have enough time to take my time. I also need to pick up some gloves to use so that I don't stain my hands and nails. I chose the Mama Caca Brun henna because I am more interested in the conditioning benefits instead of the colour factor.

Quantitative Ingredients
We buy our ingredients from suppliers who do not test on animals
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)Indigo Herb (Fera tinctoria)Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis)Ground Coffee (Coffea arabica)Nettle Powder (Urtica dioica),Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus)Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryopyllus)Citral (Citral)Eugenol (Eugenol)Geraniol (Geraniol)Citronellol (Citronellol)*Limonene (*Limonene)*Linalool (*Linalool)Perfume (Perfume)
     Natural ingredients      Safe synthetics
Occurs naturally in essential oils

The subtle coffee-coloured one. Caca Brun is made with indigo and red hennas, plus ground coffee for a deep brown shade. It makes your hair smell like a fresh espresso for a few days. Clove bud oil adds to its spicy scent and we use powdered nettle and seaweed for extra shine and softness. Caca Brun gives your hair a magnificent shine. We recommend it for people with a mousy, undecided hair colour. It’s time to make your mind up and come out really shiny brown!

I coloured my hair last year and I still have some colour at my tips, so I'm actually hoping that the henna helps to darken my light ends a bit. Will I document my henna from beginning to end? That is my intention!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think about henna.


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