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No more steel wool natural hair November 22, 2014

If your hair is anything like mine and you are trying to make sense of being recently keeping black natural hair, you might be battling with the occasional “steel wool” hair syndrome. If you have ever tried keeping your ethnic hair natural, you definitely know the challenge that comes with keeping your hair moist and soft. More than anything, this is one of the major factors why my natural conversions always got me running back to relaxing. I couldn’t deal with the dry, steel wool feel that my hair had whenever it was natural especially after a wash. Sure, a couple of days of moisturizing gets it to its sort-of-soft moist self, but 4 days was just too much for me to deal with dry hair so I found my solace in an old remedy called……wait for it…. Coconut oil.

Seriously I know a lot has been written about this wonder product but beyond cooking with it, I found a way of using it to make my hair a bit softer with it. I bought mine from Dischem but one can find it at any pharmacy or shops that sell hair products or essential oils.


This is what I do;

1) A night before a wash, I apply coconut oil liberally throughout my scalp and massage through. I them wrap my hair with a silk scarf and go to bed. By the way I do this even when I have plaits in my hair. So the day before taking them out, I apply the coconut oil on the scalp and sleep with it.

2) The next day I shampoo my hair as usual and deep condition it. Since I use no heat on my hair, I use a t-shirt to dry excess water from the hair. I choose not to use a towel because it leaves fluff on my hair and tends to tangle the hair.

3) While the hair is still damp, I apply moisturizer and then to seal the moisture in, I apply a generous amount of coconut oil.

4) I then immediately twist my hair in a couple of twists until dry. That can take a couple of hours or overnight. I then undo the twists, apply coconut oil once more, and do the twists again. I always keep my hair in twists each night when I go to bed because it is easier to comb in the morning.


And that’s it! That’s how incorporating coconut oil has helped me deal with moisture loss. I hope this works for you too. Please try it next time you wash your hair and let me know how it works out for you. Till next time, #HappyNaturalHairDays


R5 000 000??? What??? November 21, 2014

My heart is still palpitating uncontrollably thanks to last week’s episode of Dragon’s Den South Africa where one of the Dragons, Lebo Gunguluza parted with R5 000 000. Perhaps I should write it in full just in case I’ve missed a zero. He parted with five million rands ON HIS OWN!!! When all the dragons bowed out, I was almost convinced that he would too. But nooooo. He dived right in. Hopefully now you can understand why I am still in shock. In order to understand the meat behind the man, I quickly googled him and read on his website, how he became a self-made millionaire by the age of 27 and how he lost it all by making mistakes so many entrepreneurs make of living the lavish lifestyle irresponsibly. Naturally, I became exceedingly interested in how he managed to pull himself back up to become yet another multi-millionaire. He is very honest and real about his mistakes and what he learnt from them. I like that in people’s stories because it offers hope and real life lessons that one can often relate to. Do yourself a great service and visit his website for some dose of inspiration.

This is exactly what I mean when I say playing towards your strengths allows you sooooo much freedom, fulfillment and an opportunity to make a difference. Wow! @gunguluza99 Lebo! Salute my brother! I look forward to interviewing you on a segment of my blog called “Born for this” so that the greater world can learn what it takes to live a life you believe you were truly born for.

Just a week prior, another Dragon, @PholoLeteka parted with R2 000 000 on her own. Now for this woman, I need to write another blog just dedicated to her. She is inspiration on steroids! I love South Africa. Alive with possibilities.

For those who may still not know what I am talking about, please watch Dragon’s Den every Tuesday at 19:00 on DSTV Mzansi Magic, Channel 161.