Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hair Growth Secrets-Five tips for length retention.

The secret is out!
Hair breakage that came as a result of damage from years of chemically relaxing my hair is what motivated me to go natural.At the time all I wanted was long natural hair.I thought this would come easy and fast however if there is anything being natural has taught me is that patience pays.This patience though has to be accompanied by a good hair regimen and care practices for one to see results.

My goal is to have bra strap length by end of this year.So far so good, I am at armpit length 😄😄 something that has never happened before even with straight relaxed hair. If like me you want long hair whilst being a lazy natural below are five easy to do and affordable tips that have worked for me.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

This oil is the real deal! at first I was very skeptical of what a single oil is capable of doing to aid in length retention and hair growth.This oil has worked magic for me and loads of other naturals if product reviews are anything to go with.I use it as a scalp oil.It's also my scalp massage oil and edges oil.My edges are thriving and my scalp is the most moisturised it has ever been.I use it twice a week.

Fermented rice water

Rice water 😄😄
If there is only one thing you try after reading this post please let it be the use of rice water.It's basically free and has such huge impact.Rice water can be used as a final rinse,pre-poo and mid-week/daily hair spritz.What works for me is to use it as a pre-poo and as the liquid when I moisturize my hair mid-week.Using it as a pre-poo has reduced hair breakage during my wash days' to zero.Which is so very impressive considering how much hair I used to shed.

To prepare fermented rice water you only need water and rice.First rinse your rice,then using one cup of rice with two cups of water wash you rice until the water is milky/white,leave this for atleast 24 hours and the rice water is ready for use.

Protective styles

If you really want long hair then you must embrace protective styles.They ensure your ends which are the most fragile part of your hair remain intact hence length retention. Good thing is that there are so many beautiful protective styles to choose from.YouTube will teach you all you need to know about any protective hair style.All you need is a lot of interest,an internet connection and  a bit of time to practise the hair styles.With time you will become an expert and wonder why you ever left you hair open for extended periods of time.I particularly love cornrows and flat twist.

Moisturizing your hair

Natural hair needs a lot of love,this is why you can't get away with moisturizing it once a week.This I learnt the hard way when I used to wash my hair every two weeks.My hair was always dry and brittle.I switched up my hair regimen to washing it weekly and moisturizing every Wednesday evening.It's like I got new hair.It's now softer,curlier and easier to manage.What this means in the long run is less breakage,more length retention and therefore long healthy hair.I still use the LCO method but now I used fermented rice water as my liquid 😉.

Detangling your hair using a comb.

Combing/detangling your hair is a good thing despite all that has been said about why naturals should be enemies with their hair combs.You just need to find what works best for your hair.I detangle my hair wet after deep conditioning before rinsing the deep conditioner out,I do this in small sections and I use a wide tooth comb.

It's best to detangle your hair when it's wet,using products that have good slip and to do this in sections.Also a pro tip is to have your hair trimmed if it needs a trim, this way you will have no hair knots and detangling will always be a breeze.

It's 2019 already! can you believe it.Insha aa Allah this will be the year we achieve all our goals and heart's desires.Have you set any hair goals,do you have tips for hair growth? please share I would love to know and maybe even practise some of the easier ones 😊😊.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth-Book Review

My mother says no one can fight it-the returning to God,but the way she fell,face first,in the dirt,mouth full of earth,air,teeth,blood,wearing a white cotton baati,hair untied and smoked with ounsi,I wonder if Kadija believed she was going to float-Warsan Shire in teaching my mother how to give birth.

Warsan Shire is my favourite poet.I have loved her for a really long time.So much so that I have a board called Warsan on Pintrest where my favourite quotes by her are pinned.This book has been on my to read list for quite a while now,so you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Kindle version on sale and at 0.99 USDs.I have never bought anything online that quick

Warsan is sort of a big deal so to read this book it had to be with a cup of tea,snacks,incense burning on a good and happy day.All this to ensure that the experience could be as memorable as possible because I have been waiting and planning for this moment for the the last three years. 

Its easy to read and complete it within an hour but the poems require one to think through them and maybe even discuss them as part of a book club.I felt the poetry wasn't as straight forward as those in Upile's Soft Magic.

Although small this collection covers a wide range of subjects,those that particularly stood out for me are;

The war in Somalia.

One of the things Warsan is really famous for is how her poetry captures the war in Somalia.She writes from many different point of views.I feel this collection is heavy on this particular topic.A lot of the poems are about the war in Somalia,immigrants and the effects of war on the people who have to live through it.

Women in the Somali culture

In the poems Birds and What we lost in the Summer she covers how the Somali culture favours the male in a tone that questions this.

Female insecurities 

Warsan from what I have read online suffered form Bulimia.This is to say at some point in time hard as it may to believe this great poet thought she wasn't enough.In the poem Bone she talks of how women especially young girls are forced to resort to negative habits.This so as to ensure the measure up to the societal beauty standards.

If I am being truly honest this has been the hardest book review to write.This tiny book has been my most challenging read this year.There is a lot of hidden meaning in everything including the title of the book.One must read it atleast two times to understand it's nuances and the meanings that aren't direct.I highly recommend it and suggest one reads it with a friend or as part of a book club.Get it here

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jumia Black Friday-The Beauty Edition


Jumia Black Friday,Maybelline
This for sure is the beauty gurus on YT.Simple black smoky eye and they use five different eyeshadow palletes  😓😓😓😓.

Make up is one of those things that makes me so very happy.If it was up-to me and time wasn't an issue I would wear a full face of make-up every morning.

Good make-up doesn't have to break the bank especially if you are a beginner.Why waste money on high end foundation or eyeshadow palettes when you aren't too sure how to even use them.The thing with make up I have learnt is practise makes perfect.Practice can waste a lot of make up,now imagine if one was to practise using high end products!!

If you are looking to grow you stash of make up the sales this Black Friday ' season' might just be your answer. Below are very good make up products that have served me well and are all affordable.

Face Products

My absolute favourite face product is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless pressed powder.It makes you look like you put in a lot of work on your face yet the only thing you did after moisturizing is apply the powder.It normally goes for KES 1400 and will last you a long time,I have only used 1 and half of them this whole year. Keep an eye out for them during this sale season and maybe grab two.


Eyes

We all know the eyes are the windows to the soul.They therefore must be taken care of particularly well.Here are some of my favourite eye products that I would highly recommend.

Mascaras

Maybelline has some of the best mascaras.These two I love the most.The Makeup Lash Sensational Washable Mascara and the Push Up Angel Mascara. These two mascaras are bomb.com,they make your lashes so pretty and full.Sometimes I get asked if I am wearing lashes 😉😉. If you are looking for something that will make you lashes stand out definetly check out these. However if you only want to get one,try the Makeup Lash Sensational Mascara and you will not be disappointed.It comes with the most excellent wand,it's so very easy to use and the results are the best.

Kajals

The first make-up product I ever used were kajals.My mum had given the impression that when you dress up to go somewhere,you had to wear perfume and a kajal.I have owned many different kajals and have over the years learnt which ones work best for me.Some of my favourite include;

Hashmi Kajal Eye Pencil

This kajal work really well.Only thing though is, I think I have been getting the mwitu ones.I normally purchase mine from Isli and there is absolutely no consistency. One tube works great and then you get another and it's disappointing.If you are looking for an inexpensive one this is your best bet as it goes for KES 150 just pray that you get a good quality one 😊 or order online then you will be sure what you get is the original.

Maybelline's  Colossal Kajal Extra Black and Crayon Khol Colossal Kajal Black

These kajals are decent and do a good job in tight lining your eyes.I love the Crayon Khol more because it glides on smoothly when compared to the Colossal Kajal Extra Black.They both last really long,stay put the whole day,do not smudge and have good colour pay off.

Eyeshadow Palettes

I am going through this phase where I am OBSESSED with eyeshadow pallettes.I haven't gotten any from Jumia but I got this 120 colors popfeel eye shadow palette from Kilimall and I cannot wait to try all the colorful eye looks it has to offer.

Lips

When it comes to lips I believe the more affordable the better.Jumia has loads of lip products,here are some that I got from Jumia and have been loving.

L.A Colors-Copper Glaze

Its a beautiful nude that is pinkish brown.It's a shade that can be worn everyday or even for a night out/special occasions especially if one is wearing a dramatic eye look.It now is on sale and goes for only KES 180 which is such a bargain.

Maybelline-Vivid Matte Liquid in the shade Coffee Buzz

I got this thinking that it was a brown liquid lipstick and will be my 'going to work' lip colour.Turns out it's oxblood red.It becomes a true red as the day progresses because of all the food and water one drinks 😀😀. However it is very subtle and still is an excellent everyday lip colour.I got it at 50% off and was so so so happy.

Brushes

You might have all the make up in the world but without the right application tools you might not be able to get the best out of them.It's good to invest in good quality brushes as they will last long and will have you looking flawless at all times.I have quite a number of brushes from Jumia but my absolute favourite are these two;  the eleven pieces set and these eyeshadow brushes.

Are you enjoying the sales so far? I honestly feel that last year's were better.It's still to early to tell,things might get better.