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STYLE IT : High Puff with bangs!!

Happy Thursday otherwise known as the first day of December. Its kinda scary to think 2016 is over though really I would rather it was. I’m having all these panic attacks as far as goals and accomplishing them are concerned.. but that is a story for another day.

Right now lets focus on getting our tresses ready for the December festivities…and killing it while at it. So I put together some hairstyles that are easy to do and you will be dashing while at it!! I will be sharing them in the style it segment!!

First up will be the classic high puff with bangs!!

What you will need:

-large hairband

-a pick (optional)

-a hair brush

This style takes literally 2 mins to put together, as expressed in this video.

Here is how I slayed it!!

I’d love to see how you slay as well!! tag me on instagram @just_her_ke or #just_her_ke.

You can also share via facebook…. Justher.

Nyake.

HAIR

A hair regimen for him

I am one of those people who believe that everyone needs to take care of themselves. Apart from diet and environmental factors, I think our daily habits and products we expose ourselves to plays a huge role in our lifestyle challenges in later years of our lives… Thus, I cannot fully over emphasize the need to be aware of each and every aspect of our lives no matter how tiny the detail. I often get remarks from guys who see my blog and are like, “what does hair have to do with us?” In this post we talk about how guys can take care of their hair as well. You can already guess that I already and still am encouraging B to really take care of himself as well.

I am working with an assumption that most of the guys have a TWA (teeny weeny afro) that’s anywhere between scalp and about six inches of length. So it is basically easy to manipulate and pretty stress free as it were and requires little to no styling at all. I also assume that you have been washing your hair with your body wash, or bar soap every single day and perhaps applying some Vaseline on your scalp. We are about to change that. I am not suggesting that we buy an arsenal of products similar to your wife’s/ girlfriend’s collection, but that you switch a bit of your habits. I want to guarantee that you will definitely notice a difference.

  • Quit washing your hair every morning with soap. Whatever soap you are using or shampoo when used daily only serves to dry our hair and also causes us to lose the shininess (lustre) of our hair. Instead of using soap every day, switch this with either water only or a conditioner wash (co-wash). This leaves your hair more moisturised. Alternatively ditch an everyday wash and reduce it to two to three times a week. Reducing your wash days reduces exposure to hygral fatigue and in the long run your hair feels more moisturised

  • Switch up your Vaseline/ petroleum products with olive or coconut oil. These are easy to find and relatively cheap. Also you can use them on your body as well. When getting the oils, opt for food grade ones, this way you may avoid petroleum products that may serve to block your pores.

  • Get a spray bottle. It will help you comb your hair in the morning. Just put water, some oil, glycerine and your conditioner and shake well. Then spray on your hair before combing in the morning. Then come tell me how your hair feels.

  • Use a comb with wider teeth as your hair gets longer, that way you will have less pain, lose less hair and get the job done.

  • Massage your head two to three times a week it helps get your blood flowing to your head and scalp.

A sample regimen will look like this:

DAILY:

  • Spray your mix from the spray bottle on your hair.

  • Apply your natural oil.

  • Comb hair with a relatively wide tooth comb (whatever size you are comfortable with

WEEKLY:

  • Wash your hair with soap or shampoo at most once a week

  • Conditioner wash or water only wash your hair 2-3 times a week (optional)

  • Massage head 2-3 times a week at the very least.

It’s that simple. Do try it and have me know…

Cheers

Nyake.

HAIR

A hair regimen for him

I am one of those people who believe that everyone needs to take care of themselves. Apart from diet and environmental factors, I think our daily habits and products we expose ourselves to plays a huge role in our lifestyle challenges in later years of our lives… Thus, I cannot fully over emphasize the need to be aware of each and every aspect of our lives no matter how tiny the detail.   I often get remarks from guys who see my blog and are like, “what does hair have to do with us?” In this post we talk about how guys can take care of their hair as well. You can already guess that I already and still am encouraging B to really take care of himself as well.

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FUN, self love

Of Silhouettes and selflove

I have a love hate relationship with the mirror. As a matter of fact, before my Natural Hair Journey, I never really used a mirror in my life. Mirrors to me were (kinda are) those annoying things that just had to remind you that you had a million and one spots on your face and would quickly reduce your self confidence level to -66%. So I generally avoided them. I never even looked at my reflection in the many glass-coated buildings in town, and whenever I did, the sight of my “fat” legs would quickly remind me why I never liked mirrors.

You see I am a pear shape… usually this shouldn’t be a problem except when your hips and waist decide to be inches apart in circumference… and when all authority in heaven and earth (as far as hips are concerned) were dumped on you in a rather unfair manner. I say unfair because everyone in my house is small and then there is me.

So while I should have been celebrating the curves that the LORD had made, I was busy lusting after small bodies. I was surely not eating all the food in the house and finishing for my sisters (why do people say this again? It is not kind at all! REALLY HURTS BTW!!). So I grew to dislike myself a lot and mostly thrived on a make believe world … something I still fight to date.

So last week I went to a place that is almost Limuru to baby sit my little nieces (and boy don’t they have interesting stories though). By the way I am an official baby sitter in case you need someone to stay with your kids, I have not been home for almost a month #outonbabysittingduties. (just email me!) So back to Limuru, it is so far from the road, you literally need to think twice before you embark on a journey to town.

Technically my life slowed down, thus I had time to think about a lot of things. Also I have my own ensuite bedroom which means my life is complete without necessarily stepping out of the room. Also, I could prance around naked or minimally clothed without a problem. Since the kids were out in school for most of the day, bedroom was my chill spot. There was a catch though… the MIRROR! It is right at the door between the door of the bathroom and the main bedroom door. So guess what! You have to see your unattractive self as it were every time you use the passages.

So for the past one or so week, I have been staring at this girl in the mirror. I have inspected her, criticised her, hated her, wished I could change just about everything… and finally learning to embrace her and love her. I have learnt to take care of her, to see those fat legs and be like…” they are mine”… to see that tummy and be like “we love you and we want to trim you”…. To see those thighs and be like “you are bae”… Just to love that body. So to endorse the self love body positive vibes, I decided to take some silhouette pics… just blurring out details and enjoying her form.

Maybe you should try mirror, or not… perhaps silhouettes… whatever you do, I hope you look at you and are like… “I’m dashing!!” If not, work your way there… whatever it takes!!!

Love and love

Nyake.

FUN

Of Silhouettes and selflove

I have a love hate relationship with the mirror. As a matter of fact, before my Natural Hair Journey, I never really used a mirror in my life. Mirrors to me were (kinda are) those annoying things that just had to remind you that you had a million and one spots on your face and would quickly reduce your self confidence level to -66%. So I generally avoided them. I never even looked at my reflection in the many glass-coated buildings in town, and whenever I did, the sight of my “fat” legs would quickly remind me why I never liked mirrors.

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Swimming: feat Natural Hair

Hello lovelies,

As a mini-reunion plot (read as making up for away time), B and I decided to have a swimming date. I like how swimmimg is so therapeutic! Nothing beats enjoying your exercise… ( I absolutely disliked running and jogs as I was growing up). So you are burning fat, staying healthy and having fun. Sadly, we had to postpone because rein and so I thought I’d share my preparation process for a swim.

So what’s with pool water? Well, pool water has chlorine as its treatment to make it acceptable/ safe for your use. While the chlorine does an excellent antiseptic job, it may leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. Also the water (generally water not necessarily chlorine water can cause our hair some hygral fatigue. In preparation for all this exposure, I follow this steps:

BEFORE SWIMMING:

  1. I apply coconut/olive or avocado oil to my hair. Its lind of like a prepoo and this has to do with preventing hygral fatigue to my hair. These three oils are unique in the sense that they penetrate the hair shaft and also form awesome prepoo oils

  2. Saturate my hair with clean tap water: especially when I am not wearing a swimming cap. I read about it in this article and thought it made sense.

  3. Wear a swimming cap. It sort of regulates the contact of the water with your hair though it isn’t an entirely fool proof method.

AFTER SWIMMING:

  1. Rinse my hair with tap water thoroughly

  2. Do an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. I find that it helps with build up and also conditions my hair.

  3. I may shampoo my hair with a sulphate shampoo (they aren’t entirely bad eh?) just to clarify my hair.

  4. Do a deep conditioning treatment… to correct the moisture in my hair.

Ps: I prefer to swim with my hair in a protective style e.g. twists. It is just my personal preference.

How do you prefer to prepare your hair for the pool? Let me know below.

Love and love

Nyake

HAIR

Swimming: feat Natural Hair

Hello lovelies,

As a mini-reunion plot (read as making up for away time), B and I decided to have a swimming date. I like how swimming is so therapeutic!  Nothing beats enjoying your exercise… ( I absolutely disliked running and jogs as I was growing up). So you are burning fat, staying healthy and having fun. Sadly, we had to postpone because rein and so I thought I’d share my preparation process for a swim.

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HAIR

15 Natural Hair Hacks!!

There is a time in life when the finances just say no to any new purchase. Anybody feels me? It doesn’t have to be brokenness but economy and saving are a good skill in this life and probably in the future as well .i.e. when the juniors arrive eh?

Herewith (I have always wanted to use this word) I give you a little survival tips otherwise known as hacks to survive our hair journeys without necessarily denting our pockets (though sometimes it is a necessary evil #theproductjunkieinme)

  • Dilute your shampoo.

Let us first address the lie thatwe need all that shampoo we use and also that we have to slap all that on our strands… that is a lie. We are just drying our strands by doing that. So let’s combat that dryness by diluting our shampoo. It is a great way not only to reduce damage and dryness to our strands but to save on shampoo. So you can buy your favourite sulphate free shampoo and not be scared of it getting over.

  • No deep conditioner? Enrich your conditioner

Another hack is to enrich your rinse out conditioner so that you make your very own deep conditioner with all the good stuff. Adding oils and humectants. Feel free to throw in all your kitchen ingredients.

  • Learn to do your hair.

You Tube is your best friend!! And also it pays to learn to do your hair because nobody will do your hair better than you.

  • Know where to shop.

If you are in Nairobi, Ngara is a good place to get your seeds like flax seeds and bentonite clay. You can get good deals also for your satin scarf … just find the best place to buy your products cheap.

  • Old panty hose= hairties.

If Denman ouchless hair ties are too expensive, you may consider going to Perida Centreand get these super cool hair ties, or just slice up your pantyhose and voila you got yourvery own hair tie.

  • D.I.Y projects.

Whip out the mixtress in you and go to the kitchen and mix up all the goodness. Ranging from your eggs to avocados and mayonnaise … this greatly cuts your budget. Also your hair may love the kitchen ingredients so much more than your store bought items.

  • Conditioner can also be leave in conditioner.

Just add the humectants and your oils and you will be good to go.

  • Rinses are a cheap and easy way to impart all the good stuff into your hair e.g. ACV rinse or Tea rinses.

  • Want to save on your products? Protective style.When your hair is in a protective style it tends to conserve moisture more so you save on the amount of product you use.

  • Breakage? Try protein treatment or tea rinses.

I shared that juicy information right here.

  • Want straight hair minus damage? Try African threading.

It works usually just takes a tad bit of patience.

  • No curling pudding? How about raw Shea butter?

Apart from being an excellent sealant, Shea butter works well to style!! Try it.

  • Do your twists shrink a lot after you do them?

Try twisting on stretched hair. Works wonders. Also, set your twists in a stretched style like banding or African threading.

  • Love your hair.

Yes it makes it a lot easier to handle especially the change from having someone handling your hair to handling your own hair

  • Love you.

Your hair is part of you. Lavish love on your body and yourself as a whole.

love and love

Nyake.

Love and love

Nyake.