Colour and natural hair are a match made in heaven! Not everyone is about bright blondes and shocking reds. Some of us are all about subtle changes to our appearance. Hair colour that’s good enough to rock at school or work, without causing a fuss.
With the global movement to natural hair, Naturalistas are always looking for ways to style their newly acquired TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) or high maintenance fro.
Natural hair is known for being dry and unmanageable. As a result, many may avoid it. It really is high maintenance and no woman wants their hair routine to be mission impossible.
That’s why it’s great to know that with the new Inecto Ultra Gloss colour range (infused with African Baobab, Coconut Oil and Honey) you get colour and care in one box. African Baobab Oil is known to smooth hair, while Coconut Oil and Honey are known for their softening and moisturising properties. Your hair will have a glossy, beautiful colour without feeling dry and brittle. Huge plus.
Simple blow-out with Cafe Mocha
Short and sassy, Terry Pheto hits the spot with her trendy hair this season. With shorter hair, you’re going to want to watch how often you relax your hair. Every 8-12 weeks should be more than enough; this should maintain the health of your hair. Ensure that you condition and wash your hair every 4-7 days using a leave-in conditioner.
Short hair is an adventure, it’s trendy, feisty and focuses on your beautiful features. So if you’re the kind of girl, who like Terry Pheto has a spirit of adventure and risk, get that short look going and rock it with confidence.
Choosing the right one
Picking the right relaxer is as important as finding the ONE. Your hair is unique to you and as a result, there are many different types of products that will have different effects. The right relaxer is dependent on the texture of your hair, porosity and how sensitive your scalp is. If you have sensitive skin, don’t go for the product that’s harsh, rather go for the one that’s a no-lye relaxer.
Then you have to check the texture of your hair, ranging from coarse to fine and everything in between, each type requires a different level of care. Not sure which range your hair falls in? Find out here: http://blacknaps.org/know-your-hair-type/. If you have fine to medium textured hair, a normal strength relaxer will work best, while if you have coarse hair, you can go for the extra strength one.
We often throw away instructions, but that’s a big no-no. Carefully read the instructions on your box and follow them to avoid mistakes. Protect your hairline, neck, ears and scalp with a protective base like Vaseline. You will then need an activator, neutralizing shampoo, conditioner and styling products, to fully achieve the effect you want. You’ll also need a few extras like a mixing bowl, a spatula, a towel, gloves, a comb and a few clips
Petroleum jelly is an excellent base to protect your scalp from the chemicals in your relaxer. Applying it to your scalp, the back of your ears, your hairline and the nape of your neck means no tears at the end of the process. Don’t forget to put on a t-shirt you don’t mind getting dirty because girl…we don’t want to destroy our clothing while we’re trying to get our hair on fleek!
Part your hair into four sections and separate it into two halves. Twist the top half and secure it with a clip. Apply your relaxer to the hair that’s not clipped and once done, release a little more from the clips and do the same routine. Carry on with this process until your entire head is covered.
The time you should leave your relaxer in depends on the texture of your hair and the instructions are usually found on the boxes. If your scalp starts burning before the time’s up, wash the product off your natural hair, immediately.
Once that’s done