Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso

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Update to last product review (Palmer’s coconut oil formula, deep conditioning protein pack) April 9, 2015

Update to last product review (Palmer’s coconut oil formula, deep conditioning protein pack) 

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2 weeks ago I used the Palmer’s Coconut oil formula, Deep conditioning protein pack and commented on how soft it made my hair.  This is a quick update on that review. Click here to read what I had said previously. One of the ways I determine whether a I like a deep-conditioning product or not is how my hair feels the next day. I hereby wish to revoke all the good things I said about this product.

When I woke up the following morning, my hair was soooooo dry. So dry I couldn’t even believe it. When I do a deep conditioning treatment, I follow it up with the LOC method. For those not familiar with the LOC method, it basically stands for Liquid, Oil and Conditioner (moisturiser). I at times do it the LCO way, where I swap the conditioner and the oil around. Anyway, I digress. The next morning my hair was flat, thin and very dehydrated. It looked so dull, fine and as though it had been stripped of all the oils in it.

So in a nutshell, I will most definitely not use this product again. After washing my hair, it was immediately soft, but a few hours later, my hair became a desert. Could it perhaps be the amount of perfume in the product? You would remember just how much I raved about how divine it smelt. Oh well, as they say, you win some and lose some. This one is definitely a thumbs down for me. thumb-down-smiley

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Oh no! I’ve really chopped it off!!! January 16, 2015

Filed under: Hair diaries — Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso @ 7:49 pm
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I have been transitioning to natural hair for the past 6 months and though I had planned to transition for a year before the chop, I wasn’t happy with the way my hair was shedding and decided to chop the chemically treated part only 6 months into my plans. Due to the terrible shedding, I have had to chop off way more than I was supposed to but I am happy with the final result.

Perhaps some background. In November 2013 I decided to go all naturale but few weeks into it, I caved in due to insufficient information I had at the time of taking care of my hair. It was dry and I was clueless about what to do. So I caved in and instead of relaxing my hair, I decided to do a ‘blow out.’ I know this word brings a hairdryer to people’s minds but in South Africa, besides using a hair dryer, a blow out also means a process of chemically treating hair to make it ‘soft.’ It involves using exactly the same relaxer product but the chemical is only allowed on your hair a much shorter time than when relaxing the hair. The whole point to a blow is to just make the hair ‘softer’ without making it bone straight like a typical relaxer is used for. But the principles are basically the same. In 6-8 weeks the hair would need a retouch.

So I have decided again to go natural because my hair seems to grow stronger and richer without the chemicals. I am excited that I have decided to chop in the beginning of the year so I cannot wait to see how the hair looks like by the end of the year. So in 2015 though length retention would be great, my number one goal for 2015 is growing strong and healthy hair. With the recent shedding that I have been experiencing, I look forward to a time where I don’t see my so much hair literally falling into the bathtub with each gush of water  through the hair during shampooing.

In the past year I have been learning how to care for black natural hair and I will be sharing some of these with you as I go. Please do share your tips with me too 😜.

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Can you see all my greys? Oh my!!! Riches and wisdom baby! 😜

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This break will also give me some time to treat my hairline freely with my T444Z hairfood. The best product by far for the treatment of loss of hairline, thinning and many scalp / hair issues.

 

Product review (Sofn’Free – Hair Mayonnaise) December 21, 2014

Everyone who has natural hair or who is transitioning to natural knows the difficulty of finding products that work for your individual hair. The first challenge is knowing where to start and then the second becomes finding the right products while maintenance is quite another topic for another day. In my own quest for the right products, I have tried a couple that were good and some that were misses.

When my hair is not in plaits or any type of protective styling, I wash it every 2 weeks and deep condition. My product of choice for deep conditioning is the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. I used this product even when I still kept relaxed hair and I love it. This weekend though I visited my parents and had run out of my usual product so the local store didn’t have it and rather had a product I had never seen or heard of. This is the Sofn’ Free Hair Mayonnaise. Since it was 3 times cheaper than my usual one, I decided to give it a try.

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The first thing I noticed about this hair mayo was that it was quite thick and that while I was applying it to the hair, it seemed to get absorbed into the hair instead of just sitting on the hair. I ended up using a lot of it because I wanted to adequately cover all the hair. 45 minutes later I washed it off and my hair felt amazingly soft; not dry and steel-wooly. I absolutely loved this product and will most definitely use it again. But my mom took mine so it means I must got buy another one. Huh! I most definitely recommend this product to everyone.