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"Hi how are you?
Just wanted to ask which moisturiser do you recommend that can be found in SA/ Cape Town?
Thank you,
Pat"

Hi Pat,

Thank you for your question.

Braid sprays are excellent moisturisers and can be found at all chemists and supermarkets. ORS HAIRepair moisturisers are also readily available and priced well.

I hope this helps you.


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I've just completed my first week with Kiehl's #ChangeYourSkin 28 Day Challenge, brought to you by Beauty Bulletin. I have to say that I've already noticed a great difference in my skin.

Morning Routine

  1. I start by applying 1 1/2 pumps of the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. I wait for this product to absorb completely into my skin before moving on to step 2.
  2. I apply 2 drops Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution to my palms, and carefully start applying directly to my dark spots. The remaining product is spread over the rest of my skin.

Evening Routine

  1. I start by applying 1 1/2 pumps of the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. I wait for this product to absorb completely into my skin before moving on to step 2.
  2. I apply 2 drops Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution to my palms, and carefully start applying directly to my dark spots. The remaining product is spread over the rest of my skin.
  3. I apply 2 drops of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I'm really careful to spread this evenly over my face, neck and décolletage. I pat this product into the skin until it's all absorbed.

Week 1 Results



  • A little bit of product goes a LONG WAY! Don't make the mistake of applying too much product. I'm so excited that these #SuperSerums will last a while before I'll need to replace them.
  • Although the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is very light weight, it really keeps me moisturised throughout the day, which is what my skin needs in this harsh winter weather.
  • My skin is so soft in the morning that I actually feel badly about washing my face again. I know it sounds crazy but thats my truth.
  • Makeup application is so much easier with smoother skin. Thanks Kiehl's!

I'll be back with my week 2 update before you know it. I'm hoping for even better results by then. 

To purchase your own Kiehl's products and take part in the #ChangeYourSkin 28 Day Challenge, visit any of the following Edgars Stores:

Johannesburg: Sandton City, Eastgate, Hyde Park, Rosebank
Pretoria: Menlyn, Brooklyn, Westville
Cape Town: V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk





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Thanks...have a nice day......Kerri"


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Every single time I walked into Clicks Pharmacy, I would look at these Hask® products and dream about testing them out, but those prices were a little steep for something that I may not like on my hair. 

Well, this past Sunday I ran into Clicks to grab some hair gel and I noticed that there was a sale on the Hask® products...get 3 for the price of 2! Hallelujah!!!! 

I picked three products and ran to the register as if they were going to change their mind about the sale before I got there...lol


Hask® Monoi Oil line includes:
  • Nourishing Shampoo
  • Nourishing Conditioner
  • Nourishing Deep Conditioner
  • Nourishing Shine Oil
Since the sale at Clicks only allowed me to get 3 products at the price of 2, I chose the following from the Monoi line:
  • Nourishing Shampoo
  • Nourishing Conditioner
  • Nourishing Shine Oil



Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask® Monoi Oil Nourishing Shampoo. Infused with softening Monoi Oil, a blend of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, to hydrate and strengthen, this shampoo gently cleanses leaving even the most lifeless locks refreshed and revived. Ideal for all hair types, this shampoo's delicious coconut scent will awaken your senses.
DIRECTIONS:
  • Apply generously to wet hair. 
  • Massage into a thick lather, rinse thoroughly, and repeat as often as you desire. 
  • For extra moisture and incredibly soft hair, follow with Hask® Monoi Oil Nourishing Conditioner, naturally!







Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask® Monoi Oil Nourishing Conditioner. Infused with softening Monoi Oil, a blend of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, to hydrate and strengthen, this conditioner helps protect against damage by softening and strengthening, leaving even the most lifeless and frayed hair soft, smooth and detangled. Ideal for all hair types, this conditioner's delicious coconut scent will awaken your senses.
DIRECTIONS:
  • Shampoo hair and remove excess water 
  • Apply generously, leaving on for 1-2 minutes, or as long as it takes to shave your legs!
  • Rinse thoroughly and behold vibrant, lively hair that is ready-to-style






Hit the snooze button and give your hair a tropical vacation with Hask® Monoi Oil Nourishing Shine Oil. This lightweight, alcohol-free instantly absorbing oil provides beautiful shine with no oily residue. Monoi Oil, native to Tahiti, is known for its re-hydrating and softening qualities and for leaving your hair nourished, moisturized and revived. Ideal for all hair types, this shine oil's delicious coconut scent will awaken your senses.
DIRECTIONS:

  • Can be used on both wet and dry hair to create a silky, smooth finish 
  • Apply a coin-sized amount evenly throughout hair, avoiding the root area 
  • Style as desired 
  • For the most nourished hair imaginable, use Hask® Monoi Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

I plan to use all these products today after the gym. I'm so excited about it. All I can tell you at this stage is that they smell so tropical and wonderful. The only other product that I will use along with this is some holding gel, because I'm trying to achieve a 3-4 day wash-n-go. Ain't nobody got time to do their hair everyday.

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It's been a little over 1 year since I moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg, and my skin still hasn't adjusted favourably to the atmosphere. Winter is officially here and my face is still feeling super dry and looking dull. When Kiehl's South Africa and Beauty Bulletin asked me to take part in their #ChangeYourSkin 28 Day Challenge, I immediately jumped at the chance. I've been a fan of Kiehl's hair products for many years now, but this was my chance to really focus in on their amazingly formulated skin care products and bring the results to you! 
#ChangeYourSkin #SuperSerums







The Challenge:


  • Use the three provided Kiehl's Serums
  • Document the results
  • #ChangeYourSkin

The Goal:

  • To combat dull skin, signs of ageing and uneven skin tone and texture.

The Products:


Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

  • Improves the overall appearance of skin’s plumpness, and smoothes the look of fine lines and skin texture
  • Utilizes next generation serum-to-liquid technology to intensively hydrate skin’s deepest surface layers. This serum works to correct age-related dehydration, while re-plumping the skin and smoothing fine lines and rough texture.

Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution

  • Clearly Corrective™ dark spot solution is the first Kiehl's serum that promotes youthful clarity while helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots, discolourations and hyperpigmentation.
  • See visible results in just 8 weeks!
  • - 87% of women clinically demonstrated more even skin tone.
  • - 89% of women clinically demonstrated a reduction in dark spot intensity.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate

  • One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning.
  • Replenishes skin with moisture
  • 99.8% Naturally Derived Ingredients
  • Helps to recover radiance by morning
  • Paraben-Free
  • Recyclable glass bottle, dropper and plastic squeeze top in a protective 100% recycled board carton

My Current Skin:

Before Kiehl's #ChangeYourSkin 28 Day Challenge

Buy Your Own Products!

The good news is that there isn't a reason to feel left out of the challenge. For this week only (June 20th - June 24th), when you purchase two of the three #SuperSerums, you will get the third one free! This offer is valid at all participating Kiehl's stores. So get your coins together and #ChangeYourSkin !


Stay tuned for my weekly check-ins on my experience with these three products. I can't wait to change my skin with these #SuperSerums.
"The Feminist Stokvel Presents: 
Get your whole entire life, because we talk about hard hitting issues."

"The Feminist Stokvel Presents: Come get your therapy here, because mofos never loved us!"

It's an ugly word. It's an ugly phrase. I hate all the emotions that are brought up, including the feeling of hate. A part of me doesn't even want to talk about this, because it forces me to dredge up all the ugly feelings I've worked so hard to bury. Well, Saturday 27th of June is D day and I ain't no punk. Let's do this!

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Kaffir Hare- a term used during (and after) Apartheid used to describe black people’s thick and tough natural hairForget racism, combing my hair is enough of a reminder of the pain and suffering my ancestors went through… I don’t need a reminder of the struggle I got “kaffir hare”image - http://callmeafrika.tumblr.com/post/48524654450/kaffir-hare-a-term-used-during-and-after
“You need to comb your hair, you can’t have kaffir hare”, the operative word said in a very Afrikaans accent, with seemingly no offence meant. - MILISUTHANDO BONGELA

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For our third Hair Soiree, the Feminist Stovkel ventures into the dangerous terrain of Texture Discrimination where we unpack how whiteness impacts on the way we see, name and treat ourselves, our natural hair and each other. It divides women in the natural community, and holds up a particular kind of curly hair as the holy grail.
Join us for session of story sharing, debate and informative black girl healing. On the 27th of June, we will officially be saying a giant ‘Bye Felicia’ to the term ‘k*ffir hare’ and other such nonsense, and championing all forms of textured black girl slayage.
Get your tickets here and mail us if you have any questions.
Texture Discrimination 12

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"Hi Kavuli how are you?

I am interested in growing my hair and after 8yrs of relaxing i am thinking of gng au natural. At the moment it has been 8wks since my last retouch and i am not eager to retouch or go for a full on chop. Would braiding my hair help get back to natural and roughly how long does that take?

I am trying to garner as much info as i can before i commit so your advice would be greatly appreciated!

Regards,

Rue"




Hi Rue,

The simple and quick answer is yes! Braiding your hair is a great way to get through the transitioning period, provided that the braids are not too tight. You also must be very careful to moisturize and seal the hair daily. That fragile line of demarcation (the place where the relaxed hair meets the natural texture) is not a joke! You want to be sure not to handle it too much and keep it moist. I will be doing a post on this to answer this question in greater detail.

Thanks for the question!


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" Hi Kavuli,

I've been following your Twitter page for a while now, and your always talking about moisturizing and sealing every night. My question is this, do I have to moisturize and seal every night, or is it ok to miss a day or two? Thanks for answering my question. 
- Anonymous"


Hi Anonymous!

Moisturizing and sealing my hair is something I try to do on a nightly basis because I have seen my hair thrive using this method. The most important thing to do is listen to your own hair. Moisturize and seal when you feel that your hair is dry if the nightly thing isn't for you.

I must say that the point of M&S is to prevent the hair from getting dry. Do what works for you in the end. Documenting what your hair feels like for a while may be helpful.

Thanks for your question!


Be sure to send all your hair related questions to kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com , and you could find the answer to your question on Good Hair Diaries.

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By Deena Campbell

FOR FINE HAIR


Fine hair is very susceptible to breakage, especially if not cleansed correctly. Prevent unnecessary damage by using a gentle shampoo that does not contain harsh sulfates like ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, or that is labeled as a “cleanse” shampoo. These products can strip the brittle hair of its moisture, leading to more breakage. This is especially harsh on hair that is already chemically relaxed.


To protect from damage and make your hair more soft and manageable, use protein and moisture treatments to help rebuild the structure of relaxed hair. Choose products that contain organic ingredients and try to avoid ones with mineral oils, as they can actually prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.

Recommended:

KIEHL'S Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak


FOR VERY COARSE HAIR

Many turn to heat straightening for texture and manageability, however avoiding excess heat is key for healthy hair. Instead, try adding a nutritional supplement to your beauty routine that is high in complex B vitamins and folic acid.





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Image Credit: Getty Images


Not every Black woman is rocking a fierce wig or weave just because she’s in the mood for something new – many suffer from such severe hair loss and balding that they have no choice but to hide it.

People often assume that wearing too many wigs or weaves is the culprit when younger women start balding in patches, but there are medical conditions like Folliculitis Induced Alopecia than can also be to blame. This condition occurs when bacteria goes down into the scalp, causes inflammation of the hair follicles, destroys them and makes it difficult for hair to grow back. Houston-based dermatologist Dr. Milton Moore is passionate about helping the Black women in his community battle hair loss and created the Moore Unique Skincare line to do just that. He says many of his clients are silently going bald, hiding it from their loved ones and just covering it up with weaves or wigs because they fear there’s nothing more that they can do. Because of this, he says, their self-esteem is suffering. Moore offers advice for these women and reveals the harsh realities of hair loss among sisters.

ESSENCE.com: What are the signs of Folliculitis Induced Alopecia?
MOORE: Folliculitis Induced Alopecia happens when a bacterial infection of the follicles cause hair loss.

ESSENCE.com: Can a dermatologist help?
MOORE: Yes, they can. My goal is to educate many of them on exactly how to treat tis type of alopecia in Black women – many just don’t know how to manage it.


ESSENCE.com: Is the hair loss damage permanent?
MOORE: A certain amount of the loss is permanent if not treated before the follicle is replace with scar tissue. If the follicle is still there, then I can get it to start producing hair again.


ESSENCE.com: Do wearing wigs/weaves do more than just mask the problem?
MOORE: Yes. Doing so allows that person suffering from this to make believe they don’t have a problem in the public eye, but meanwhile the condition worsens. Weaves are the biggest problem because they cause traction on the hair and inflammation of the root of the follicle. Tenderness is a sign that there is inflammation and possible infection. Wigs raise the temperature of the scalp, and if there is an underlying problem, it can add to the low-grade bacterial infection. There is also a problem with demodex folliculorum, which is a natural mite contaminant in the scalp but can proliferate and induce inflammation. Anti bacterial topical agents can reduce the colony. There is also sometimes a problem with a proliferation of pityrosporum ovale, which is also a resident micro flora of the piloserbaceous hair unit. I put all of my patients on a 3-day course of anti-fungal medication called fluconazole.

ESSENCE.com: Can you talk a bit more about the self-esteem issue you’ve seen with your patients?
MOORE: Hair is a woman’s glory, and if it’s damaged or unhealthy looking, their self-esteem suffers also. Several of my patients state that their husbands are not aware of their massive hair loss because they don’t take their wigs or weaves off in front of them. They wear a head scarf to bed or sleep in the wig. There is some shame involved when a peron’s appearance is less than acceptable to them.

ESSENCE.com: What are the biggest no-nos as far as wigs/weaves when it comes to women who suffer from Folliculitis Induced Alopecia?
MOORE: Putting their weaves in too tight to make the time longer before they have to come in for a touch up. Wigs should not be worn all day and night. Scalps need air to allow the scalp temperature to normalize.

ESSENCE.com: Is a dermatologist the only one who can spot this condition?
MOORE: A hair stylist should be able to at least tell the customer she is losing hair and there is redness or puss coming from the scalp.

ESSENCE.com: What’s the main message you hope to get across to women about this condition?
MOORE: This is a preventable and treatable condition when properly addressed early on. I plan to educated non-Black dermatologists about how to treat this condition effectively.

For more information about Moore’s Moore Unique Sking Care line and to ask more questions about diagnosing Folliculitis Induced Alopecia, visit: Mooreunique.com



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"I noticed you included MSM in your deep conditioning ingredients, what is that for? I am using baking soda, hemp seed conditioner and calm coat and olive oil. I happen to have some msm and I was wondering if this is something I want to add. SN: I am also taking biotin, 5000 mcg.

Thanks for your time.
Sweety"


Hi Sweety!


Yes, I use MSM in some of my conditioners and most recently my Cayenne Pepper Oil. MSM as you may already know is sulfur. Sulfur can be used through a supplement, foods or even creams as part of the daily intake to help promote growth and possibly prevent further hair loss. I choose to apply it topically instead of taking it internally just because some people have experienced breakouts on their skin because of it. Every person is different.

MSM is water and oil soluble. If you decide to add it to an oil, be sure to add it to an oil such as coconut oil which penetrates the cortex of the hair shaft. I hope that answers your question.


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By: MahoganyCurls
To shampoo, or not to shampoo? That is the question. I get asked this question a lot. When I first started my natural hair journey, I was so excited about being natural and embracing my natural hair that I bought every hair product under the sun. It was so funny now that I look back on it. I had to get conditioner and the shampoo that goes with it. I would grab the product in a hurry and jump immediately in the shower to shampoo my hair when I arrived home. The experience reminded me of an herbal essence commercial. At the time, I had a TWA, so I decided that it would be okay to shampoo my hair every day. One morning I woke up and my scalp was itching terribly and it was also inflamed. I knew immediately why it felt that way. I dried my scalp out tremendously. My hair also felt extremely dry, almost like hay. I quickly learned that shampooing my hair several times a day was a huge no-no.

As a result, I decided to shampoo once a week instead. Eventually, my hair began to grow but it still felt dehydrated. I knew that I had to adjust to the feeling of natural hair compared to relaxed hair but my hair didn’t feel normal. After doing some research on curly hair and shampoo, I learned that shampoo is okay if it is used sparingly.

If you must shampoo, I recommend that you use sulfate free shampoos because they do not strip your hair of natural oils. Everyone has different views when it comes to cleansing hair, so I recommend that you always use your own judgment through trial and error and do what works for you.

Good Hair Diaries says...

It's extremely important that you cleanse you scalp on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy space for your hair to grow. There are many different ways to achieve this without using traditional shampoos that may strip your hair of natural oils. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse or using various clays to cleanse and moisturise at the same time.

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 I came across this subject in the various hair boards on the net and decided to do my own research. I enjoy reading my horoscope once and while and seeing how it coincides with my reality, but I never thought that the moon and star signs had anything to do with how my hair grows. It could be utter and complete nonsense, but I think it's my duty to bring the info to my readers. I may even try some of this out in order to form a real opinion.


Moon Phase Theory: We all know that the moon controls the tides, but the moon apparently has subtle effects on all living things. The human body is made up of 60-80% water, so in theory we should also be effected by the moon. When we barely see the moon in the sky, it is in the new moon phase. From here it increases in size or waxes until it reaches the crest or peak of the cycle—the full moon. If you wish to speed up the process of growing your hair, then get it cut during the new moon to full moon phase. The full moon begins to decrease in size or wanes until it ends up as a new moon or new phase once again. If you want to slow your hair’s growth, cut it from the full moon to the new moon phase. Each phase is approximately 14 days in length giving you plenty of time to cut.


Moon Sign Theory: As the moon moves through the 12 signs in a month, we are met with 12 different energies. If you know the moon sign coming up you can take advantage of its energy by coordinating a style, cut, color to match the quality associated with those few days. For example, planning a mysterious look works better when the moon is in passionate Scorpio than it would when the moon is in conservative Capricorn. Up-dos are better scheduled when the moon is in Taurus, Libra, because these are linked to Venus, the planet of beauty and fragrance. The explore the different signs...

  • ARIES: The Moon in Aries tends to be dry and barren. Since Aries is a fire sign with drying energy, chemically processing hair is not favored. Instead, moisturize, seal and condition heavily. Cutting hair during this time will cause slow growth and dryer hair. Since Aries rules Mars and has dominion over the head and metal, be especially careful with scissors if you choose to have your haircut.

  • TAURUS: The Moon in Taurus is very productive and moist. If you want your hair to grow quickly and thickly, get your hair cut or trimmed during this moon. Chemically processing your hair is favored since there is moist growth energy. This is a fantastic moon to color your hair in earthy tones, especially ash blondes and browns.

  • GEMINI: The Moon in Gemini is barren and dry. Gemini, an air sign, is far too fickle a Moon for drastic decisions to be made. One minute you’ll want radical, the next you’ll want romantic. After the deed is done, you may regret the hasty decision you made. Like Libra, wait this moon phase out. Look through magazines, have a hair consultation, chat with friends about trends but do no get your haircut. Gemini Moons are great for research so pick up a copy of your favorite hairstyling magazine. If however, you need a deep conditioning, go ahead. If you must color your hair, go “temporary” instead of “permanent.”

  • CANCER: The Moon in Cancer is a fruitful and moist sign. It is considered the most productive of all the signs and most frequently used for planting, seeding and irrigation. As the premier water sign, Cancer is the best sign to get your hair cut for growth and thickness. Even if you do not need a cut but want the long, luxurious locks, consider a trim to enhance your hair’s growing ability. Because there is abundant moist energy available, all chemical processes will take well.

  • LEO: The Moon in Leo is the most barren and driest of all signs since it’s naturally ruled by the burning sun. Deep conditioning treatments are a must during this time. If A Leo moon may not be a good moon to attempt chemically processing your hair but it is excellent if you want to increase thickness. Leo people tend to have hair like the luxurious mane of a lion. Temporary colors are acceptable especially if they are in gold or copper tones.

  • VIRGO: The Moon in Virgo, although slightly moist, is the only barren earth sign. Virgo is the premiere sign of the harvest so only cut hair during this moon if you want to go from a longer style to a practical and conservative shorter style. Extremely thick hair should be thinned out. Virgo moons bring the clean freak out in all of us so opt for shampoos that rid the hair of excessive product build-up. Virgo also rules over health so determine what vitamins, minerals and supplements weshould take for our inner-beauty regime. B-Complex and Silica are especially good for our hair’s health.

  • LIBRA: The Moon in Libra is a semi-fertile and moist sign. Lunar Planters used this sign to plant vines and flowers, appropriate since Libra rules over beauty. It’s no surprise, then, that perms, colors and styles have a better chance of success during this moon although working with a style you already have is better.

  • SCORPIO: The Moon in Scorpio is a very fruitful and moist and almost as productive as Cancer. For Hair Maintenance, cut hair if you need it to grow quickly. With so much moist energy, chemically processing enjoys greater success. Scorpio moons are passionate and dramatic so choose sexy, provocative, daring styles now. If you’ve wanted a dramatically different color and style that what you’re currently sporting, this is the moon to do it. Dark brown or black add to your intrigue. Severe styles are even met with success if attempted under this moon. Part of Scorpio’s sexiness is their mystery so think “seduction” during the Scorpio Moon.

  • SAGITTARIUS: The Moon in Sagittarius is barren and dry and fiery. Perms, colors and any chemical processes should be avoided during this moon since the fire quality will leave hair dry and brittle. Instead, choose deep conditioning treatments. Cutting now will also slow growth. Sagittarius in medical astrology rules the process of detoxifying the body, so now is a good time to take a critical look at your diet. Greasy, fatty foods will reek havoc in the body and ultimately manifest as lifeless, unmanageable hair. If you have dry and brittle hair, use a deep conditioning treatment.

  • CAPRICORN: The Moon in Capricorn is productive, earthy and feminine, a bit drier than Taurus but still good for cutting hair if you want faster growth. If you are planning to highlight your hair avoid brassy reds or golds. Ash blonde or brown is more preferred. If cutting your hair, don’t stray from your current style. Cut for maintenance only.

  • AQUARIUS: The Moon in Aquarius is another barren and dry sign not suited for increasing growth or thickness. Definitely avoid chemically treating your hair since Aquarius is an air sign known for the unexpected. With so much drying air-like energy, processing will leave your hair dry. Be aware, though, that your hair may not grow as quickly as you’d like when you tire of it.

  • PISCES: The Moon in Pisces is watery and feminine and one of the most fertile signs so expect increased growth and thickness if you cut your hair during this moon. In fact, almost any hair goal can be achieved with success. Chemically processing your hair is favorable since so much moist energy is available.


 SUMMARY: If you choose to grow your hair long, cut hair during the first phase of the moon when the light is increasing. To further enhance the growth of your hair, cut it when the moon is in Cancer, Taurus, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces. To increase thickness, cut during these times but also during the Leo moon. If you hate cutting your hair every 4-6 weeks then choose the second phase of the moon when it is decreasing in light. Cutting when the moon is in a fire or air sign like Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius, also prevents excessive growth.  I'm exhausted...lol!


Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your hair!!! (...and pay attention to the moon. It may be affecting your hair growth!)





"Hi Kavuli 
I just came across your blog today through a tweet of Lebo Mashile and I must say I'm LOVING your tips on hair. 
I'm planing to do box braids and I have no idea how to take care of my hair at that stage. I would like know how can I make sure that my hair receives great care during the braiding period? And what is the best way to avoid those knots when taking off the braids? 
You doing a great job with your blog and best of luck for the future. 
Thank you for reading my email. 
Selloane"
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Hi Selloane!

Thanks for contacting me and thank you for your compliments. 

I'm going to list everything that I think you should do before, during and after. I will also post this question and answer to the blog, as I believe it will help many other people.

Before Braiding
  1. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and get all the product build-up off your hair shaft.
  2. Deep condition your hair to put the moisture back it.
  3. Moisturize the length of your hair with a heavy moisturizer like Organic Root Stimulators Olive Oil Hair Lotion, and seal the moisture in with a natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil.
While Braided
  1. Use any braid spray you like as long as the first 5 ingredients have water (aqua) and glycerin in it. Spray this on the length of your braids daily.
  2. Apply a natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil to your braids after the braid spray.
  3. Mix your shampoo with water in a cup and pour this over your head weekly. Rinse under the shower.
  4. Mix conditioner and water in a cup and pour that over the head and rinse under the shower.
  5. Dry your hair gently and never rub your head or braids.
  6. Tie your hair down with a silk scarf until the braids dry to prevent frizz.
  7. Choose to wash and condition in braids once a week or every other week.
After Braiding
  1. Do not take your braids down until you have time. You can not rush this process! Rushing is what causes tangles and knots.
  2. Detangle the hair from the ends to the top in SMALL sections. TAKE YOUR TIME!
  3. ONLY AFTER YOUR HAIR IS COMPLETELY DETANGLED may you wash and deep condition the same way you did before you installed your braids.
I hope this helps you! Let me know how it goes. 


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The Feminist Stokvel kicks off the FS Film Club on Friday 5 June with a screening of the award-winning 1966 film Black Girl by iconic Senegalese film-maker Ousmane Sembene. Black Girl is a beautiful and poignant story of a woman who leaves Senegal to work as a nanny for an expat French family and finds herself immersed in a domestic nightmare. 


The launch of the FS Film Club marks a change in gear for the Feminist Stokvel, a collective of comprised of eight women in media, academia and the arts. With interests that range from politics, to lifestyle and beauty, to literature and artistic expression, the Feminist Stokvel is currently cooking up a range of offerings for audiences who want  fun, smart and creative approaches to what it means to be African and feminist today.

To date the Feminist Stokvel has given the natural hair community in Jozi two highly-informative and much talked about Hair Soirees where hair is the entry point for practical, emotional and thought provoking  conversations about about identity and self care. The Hair Soiree is monthly event geared specifically at providing a safe space for black women to learn more from one another about how to care for hair and share experiences. 

It is in this spirit that we open the FS Film Club to everyone who is interested. Everyone who participates in a Feminst Stokvel event is a part of us. We encourage questions, debate and knowledge sharing. FS is a small slice of the new wave of feminism and Pan-African social activism that is currently sweeping the planet, and we invite you to join us. 

The screening is FREE and open to everyone on Friday 5 June at King Kong, which is situated at 6 Verway Street, Doornfontein, at 18:00 for a 19:00 (sharp!) screening. Cool drink, popcorn and ice cream will be on sale, but guests are advised to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Booking is ESSENTIAL!

Please email us at feministstokvel@gmail.com for your booking.



Hi,

I'm very much interested in having a curly afro as a result I cut my hair so I don't know how to go about in getting the afro I want a bit similar to Pearl Thusi's hair.

-Sonto



Hi Sonto!

Pearl Thusi may have a different curl pattern and hair type to you. Having said that, it doesn't mean that you can't manipulate your hair to get a similar look. If all else fails you could always rock a wig that looks exactly like it!

First you want to wash and deep condition your hair a with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. While your hair is damp add a leave in conditioner or a moisturising hair dress like organic root stimulator olive oil hair lotion. Then a apply a few drops of a natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil. 

Put your hair into medium size twists while it's still damp. Allow the twists to dry completely and undo them. Fluff your hair but do not comb it until you achieve your desired look. Practice makes perfect, so keep trying until you find a routine that works. Let me know how it goes and take pictures of your hair.


Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!



“ Hello,

Discovered your blog yesterday, it made me reaffirm my decision to go natural. I’ve been contemplating chopping my relaxed hair and going natural for a year, and I finally decided to go do it during these Easter holidays. My concern is that my hair is really, really tightly curled, but I want to have the loose curl effect? How can I do that without using any texturizers? Also, my afro is still short, and short hair really doesn’t suit me; what hair fibre can I use to do twists that look like the natural twists, while I let my hair grow out? ( I used the coconut oil on my hair yesterday, I could even comb through my natural hair.)

Thanks in advance,

Boipelo”
Hi Boipelo!

Congratulations on your choice of going natural! It can be a very rewarding experience. Since you say that your hair is still very short, I would just experiment with leaving different types of conditioners in your hair to see how your curls respond. Also, you may want to try some of the curl activator gels on the market. They may help you achieve the look you are going for. I really do think that you need to give yourself more time to discover your curl pattern and embrace it. I wouldn’t be so quick to control the curls just yet.

I think you may be referring to kinky twists. You should be able to find this kind of kinky hair at http://www.obulunji.com/ .

Be sure to leave your hair questions in the comment section below or send me an email at kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com
Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
Leave-In conditioners have been apart of my regimen since the beginning of time. I prefer a spray leave-in conditioner, but I have used creams ones as well. When I'm not feeling completely lazy, I go right ahead a mix up this homemade leave-in conditioner that keeps my curls happy and moisturised.


Africa's Best Organic Cholesterol Tea Tree Conditioner 15 oz. Jar
Inexpensive Conditoner of Your Choice
NOW Foods Glycerine Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces
Gycerine
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 100% Organic Certified, Monocultivar Nocellara
Olive Oil
Rose Petals Rosewater 8 fl.oz
Rose Water
 



Homemade Leave-In Conditioner Recipe
  • 100 ml of a Inexpensive Conditioner
  • 55 ml of Rose Water
  • 35 ml of Olive Oil (Use any oil that you choose)
  • Optional - Add water till you reach the consistency you desire

  1. Apply this leave-in after washing your hair or before setting hair at night. 
  2. Distribute product from root to tip.
  3. Continue with regimen as usual
Let me know if you absolutely love this recipe!

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!


“Could you explain to me the proper way to detangle and shampoo my hair. On wash days I lose a lot of hair and I think it’s due to the way I shampoo. I usually just rinse out my deep conditioner and begin applying the shampoo to my scalp ( I don’t put my hair in a big mess though), but still end up with a lot of tangles. Please give me some of your wisdom!

-Phoebe Providence”
Hi Phoebe,

I would suggest that you only detangle your hair when it’s soaking wet and drowned in conditioner in the shower. With a wide tooth comb or a Denman brush, begin detangling from the ends of your hair working your way to the roots. The water and conditioner should be providing enough slip for the comb to run through. If after rinsing your deep conditioner you feel that a shampoo is necessary, you may go ahead and do that. Apply the shampoo to the scalp only and allow the water to run straight down your hair. The reason why you have tangles after shampooing is because the harsh detergents dry out the hair and make it hard. ALWAYS use a conditioner after a shampoo in order to put moisture back into the hair. You should have minimal tangles this way.

I hope this helps!

Be sure to put all your hair related questions in the comment section below or send me an email at kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com.

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
The truth? No one knows if chemical relaxers negatively affect the growing foetus in your womb, but as a precautionary measure, OBGYN's generally advise to wait until AFTER the first trimester to continue your regular hair relaxer schedule.


What does Good Hair Diaries say? You should treat chemical relaxers and hair dye like alcohol. Doctors don't know exactly how much alcohol will lead to foetal alcohol syndrome, so the best advice is to stay away from it completely until you have given birth and completed breast feeding.

Another factor to consider is that your body is going through crazy hormonal changes, that may affect the texture of your hair, a chemical relaxer may not give you the normal results it once did. Yeah, that means that your hair may not get as straight as you want it! So save your money and get a blow-out or a roller-set instead. You can still wear your hair straight without the harsh chemicals.

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair That Your Baby Comes First!!!