State of The Afro – 2015

It’s been a year since my second big chop (see detailed video here) and much has changed. While length is the most obvious difference, I have also become absolutely comfortable with my hair in its various states. I’m much more relaxed about the journey this time around partly because I have figured out how to work with (not against) my hair and perhaps more importantly, because I embrace my hair no matter what condition its in. Of all the changes expected with the first 12 months, the mental shift in how I perceive my hair has been the most rewarding.

APPEARANCE, TEXTURE AND DENSITY:

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Whipped Shea Butter

As the quintessential butter of the natural hair community, it makes sense that people keep finding new ways of incorporating Shea butter into different recipes for hair and skin. My go-to sealant in the winter has always been a whipped mixture of Shea butter and a liquid oil. The whipping process takes forever though so I have been experimenting with different methods of whipping that maintain the light fluffy creamy butter that’s definitely a part of my hair care arsenal.

So…after trying various ways (and let me tell you youtube has plenty of methods), I finally came up with what for me is most efficient, effective and guarantees my final texture will be exactly as I like it.

Raw Shea Butter

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Detangling on a Budget

Hi everyone! I hope summer/winter has been great for you! I apologize for abandoning the hive but it was a much needed break to visit family in Nairobi. I’m back now with lots of fresh new content and a whole new journey to growing this TWA. Speaking of TWA…I have abandoned mine for about two and a half weeks. In typical 4C behavior, I ended up with a matted mess (which looks surprisingly good on camera by the way).

Detangling for me is more about technique than products. You could have the most effective products to work with but if your technique is lacking, your detangling process will be inefficient. Case on point: I only used three products to detangle:

  1. Water (laced with apple cider vinegar)
  2. A conditioner that cost $0.89
  3. Fractionated coconut oil (the one that remains liquid throughout)

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