Hair Salon Review | Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon

So last week Saturday I had an exciting opportunity to have my hair styled at Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon! I was beyond excited to finally have the chance to check out their salon, which is one of the only few natural hair salons I know of. What is also great is that they stock locally-made natural hair products like AfroBotanics and AfroAmour!

It was easy to find the hair salon but I was not able to find parking on the street so I just parked my car at Carlton Centre, which is right opposite the hair salon. The parking ticket at Carlton Centre is only R10 which is not too bad. As soon as I crossed the street it was easy to spot the hair salon. The Urban Zulu name is written in big black and white letters – you can’t miss it.

When I walked in I was greeted by Dumisani, who was going to do my hair. He then asked me to sit down by one of the chairs, where he will be doing my hair and then put my bag safely away before we went to the washing station.

He used shampoo and conditioner to give my locs a nice and good clean. I forgot to ask him what brand he used. He made sure to massage my scalp properly and rinse off any product left in my hair.

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After he was done, he wrapped my hair in a super absorbent black towel. As soon as he took off the towel he tied my hair into two ponytails and then proceeded to use the Jabu Stone beeswax to twist my hair. What I really liked is that he didn’t even use a hairdryer to dry my hair…the towel managed to suck out any extra water and my locs were left damp. I was really glad about this because most salons (due to time pressure) use a hairdryer on my locs and I am not so fond of that.

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The twisting process was very quick! And while twisting my hair he gave me great advice on how to take care of my locs better and I really learnt a lot from him. The main thing was that simplicity is key! We don’t need to put all these extra products on our locs since they end up causing product build-up in the long run. You can’t go wrong with just water and good natural oils.

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Freshly twisted locs

Once he was done twisting almost all my locs, he then left the front row of my locs untwisted and did not use any product; and boy was I glad about that! I hate it when a hairstylist piles on a lot of beeswax on the front edges to get that slick look! All he used was plain water and just plaited the front locs back to get a slick and neat look. With no grease at all!

He then proceeded to work his magic and created an updo with a twist!

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The final product!
The final product!
A close up of the front petal arrangement
A close up of the front petal arrangement

I absolutely loooove my hairstyle!!

All in all, it was a great and pain-free experience! :-) I will definitely go back! Especially seeing that I want to colour my locs blonde this year and I trust that they will do it well.

An added bonus is the clothing store which is located right next door to the beauty salon —Urban Zulu Clothing! (the hair salon and the clothing store are literally separated by a glass sliding door but each one has it’s own entrances at the front). Of course I had to go check out a few things. I wasn’t planning to buy anything but I couldn’t take my eyes off this cute peplum top I spotted, so I had to purchase it!

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Thank you again to Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon for my beautiful  hairstyle and the fab service. Also a big shout out to Nokwanda for taking all pictures of me at the salon!

Salon details

Address:Shop 137 Lebanon House,
Corner Fox and Kruis Street,
Johannesburg 2001

Tel: 061 416 7073

Facebook: Urbanzulu Natural Beauty

Beauty on TApp | Where All Your Beauty Needs Are Just A Click Away!

My inbox is always full with questions from readers asking if I know of a hair salon in their area…and a lot of times I am not always clued-up on all the hair salons available in the area they stay in. Thank goodness for apps like Beauty on TApp! Finding your nearest hair salon (and other beauty services) has never been so easy.

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What is Beauty on TApp?

Beauty on TApp was launched in 2015. This app gives users the ability to find beauty services and products in an area of their choice. The app has categories such as make-up artists, nails, hair, lash extensions and eyebrow threading. On the product side the app has categories such as hair extensions, hair products, skin products and nail products and accessories.

Beauty on TApp has taken advantage of a gap in the market. Small beauty businesses have had to rely on Facebook and Instagram to market their businesses, however, their marketing is limited to their followers. Women have had to rely on asking friends where they did their hair or where they do their nails? This problem is made worse when women have to visit a city they are unfamiliar with and need a quick nail or hair fix. Beauty on TApp caters for both beauty service providers and users needs by providing them with an easy to use tool.

The app is also integrated with Uber to ensure that you get to your beauty treatment with no hassles.

How did the idea come about?

They say every good idea comes from someone’s struggle. However, an idea is just a thought until plans are put in place to bring that idea to life. Mathebe Molise’s (co-founder and CEO) idea for Beauty on TApp came to her when there was a struggle to find a make up artist for her friend’s wedding, which would take place in Cape Town. Being unfamiliar, with beauty service providers in Cape Town, Mathebe thought how convenient it would be to have a tool that one could use where they select a beauty service required and a list of potential technicians would pop up. Add to that a list of rated beauty service providers with a proven track record that guarantees good service. This is how Beauty on TApp was born!

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Where does one get hold of the app?

Beauty on TApp is available on Android, Apple and Windows app stores.

Their website (www.beautyontapp.co.za) also has icon links where you can download the app.

Instagram: @beautyontapp

[This post was sponsored by Beauty on TApp]

Product Review | African Black Castor Oil

A few weeks ago Nicola Moon of Naturally Me Organic sent me a bottle of African Black Castor Oil to try out.

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Since I have locs I always gravitate towards using natural oils in my hair. I find natural oils to be a lot lighter on my locs, don’t cause build up, and are easily absorbed into my hair. My go-to natural oil has always been coconut oil so I was excited to receive the African Black Castor Oil to try out since I  have heard only great things about castor oil! Castor oil promotes hair growth, restores damaged and dry hair. It’s also suitable for all hair types.

What also got me excited about this product is that it’s pure 100% African black castor oil – nothing else added! :-)

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The seeds are from Ethiopia and the process involved in making the oil is quite something. A lot of careful work goes into it…They start off by cleaning the seeds by hand, removing dirt and rocks. After it has been cleaned, the seeds are roasted, once cool, the seeds are pounded, using traditional African hand Pounders. After the seeds have been crushed they are put in water to boil for at least a couple of hours. The oil from the seeds rises once the pot is cool. Oil is then skimmed from the pot, then they boil the skimmed oil, strain it , and that’s how African Black Castor Oil is made. :-)

My thoughts on the product

I have been using my 150ml bottle of Black Castor Oil for about 2 weeks now and I really like it. I like the fact that it is not too greasy or thick and it applies easily on your scalp.

It also has a nozzle which makes for easier application directly on your scalp. I just apply a few drops of the oil on my scalp and then massage it all over my scalp & edges and then use whatever I have left on my hands to apply down the length of my locs.

The oil literally smells like coffee beans, but a more toned-down scent. So if you are someone who enjoys the smell of coffee beans, you will enjoy this scent.

Since I have only been using it for 2 weeks, I am still monitoring my edges for any hair growth but my locs feel moisturised throughout the day after using it. I do, however, apply it on semi-damp locs (after I have spritzed them with water). The reason for this, is because an oil is a sealant that seals in any moisture you have already applied to your hair and this helps to keep the moisture locked in.

Where can you get hold of African black castor oil

You can call or whatsapp 0817048690 to place an order, or email: Africanblackcastoroil@gmail.com.

It’s R200.00 per 150ml of African Black Castor Oil;  this includes free delivery within South Africa.

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram as “African Black Castor Oil”.

My 2016 Hair Goals

Yip it’s that time of the year again where one re-evaluates their goals; whether it be personal, career, health or, in this case, hair goals.

I have been growing my locs for 4 years now (it will be 4 years in February) and I am still enjoying this loc journey and I am not planning to cut them anytime soon. However, I do have a few hair goals that I would like to explore or achieve this year, and they are as follows:

  • I want to go blonde. Okay, not completely “peroxide, almost white” blonde but a more “toned-down” blonde. So I am thinking along the lines of a honey blonde, for example. I have always wanted to go much lighter than my current dark brown colour  but I have always been too scared to try it out. I am scared that I might not like the colour and regret my decision. But I have decided that life is too short and since this is something I have always wanted to try out I must just take the plunge!  I think 2016 is the year to do it :-) I will probably have this done professionally at a salon; just in case my attempt at DIY turns my locs orange (eeek!).

The pic below is the type of blonde colour I am considering…

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  • I am plan to be more creative with how I style my locs and not just stick to the normal curly hairstyles. I think my locs are now at a long enough length that allows me to play around with different hairstyles/looks. I want to try minimise going to the salon to have my hair styled and rather do it myself. I believe there is so much one can do with just using a few bobby pins so I plan to venture more on that side and hopefully bring you a few loc style tutorials 😉
  • Minimize “Hand-in-hair syndrome”–  you know, that bad habit of constantly twisting my locs or pulling at them when I am bored or thinking about something. I think I am actually doing more harm to my locs and edges than good, so I just need learn to leave my locs alone.
  • Do more hot oil treatments. I must say I hardly do hot oil treatments and I think they are beneficial in giving locs that extra boost of moisture. My locs have been feeling pretty dry lately….You can read more about the benefits of hot oil treatments here.
  • Increase my water intake. It’s not just enough to spritz my locs with water (with a mix of coconut oil) to keep them moisturised and soft; I also need to drink plenty of water to ensure my hair (and overall body) is healthy from the inside out.

What are you 2016 hair goals?

My Go-To Shampoos For My Locs

Happy New Year! :-)

I know we are wellll into 2016 already but I guess it’s never too late 😉 I hope you all had a good festive season and are ready to take on 2016. Wishing you all a fabulous & blessed year and may you achieve all that have set your mind to for this year!

Now on to my staple shampoos which I have been using quite a lot for the past year……. I usually use one shampoo for about 2 or 3 months before switching things up and trying another one ( I am a recovering hair product junkie ). This past year I have used the following shampoos on a regular bases: Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo, Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Shampoo and ORS Creamy Aloe Vera Shampoo.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo

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This is the latest addition to my staples and I have been using it for about 3 months now. I absolutely love it! My cousin who also has locs asked me to try it out and I am glad I did because it works very well to remove any build up in my locs. My hair always feels squeaky clean after I have used it! It does have a tingling sensation to it when you massage it on your scalp (hence the name “Tingle Shampoo”) but it is nothing alarming or irritating to the scalp. A little also does go a long way since it produces such a rich and foamy lather. The only part I am not so crazy about is the strong peppermint-y scent. It is not too overpowering but I think it is just personal preference since I love hair products that have a sweet-smelling scent.  I have so far purchased their Locking Gel (check my review here) and their No More Itch Spray from this brand and I am very happy with these products. You can find all Jamaican Mango & Lime products at Clicks stores.

Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Shampoo

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This is also another shampoo which I found myself reaching for, over and over again,  in 2015! I  love how this shampoo manages to give my locs a good clean without stripping them of much-needed moisture. It is also a very thick shampoo which delivers quite a rich lather. What I also love the most about it is the wonderful sweet scent! This one is definitely a keeper. You can also read more about it on my previous review and how I use it as part of my wash day routine. You can find this product at selected hair salons and on the DE website.

ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo

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This one is definitely an ‘oldie’ but still a ‘goodie’ :-) I have been using this shampoo since I started growing my locs (which is 4 years now – woop! ). It delivers every single time and I always make sure I have it as part of my ‘go-to’ shampoos. As the name says, it is quite creamy and thick but still manages to remove any build up or residue in my locs without leaving them feeling dry. Sometimes I don’t even need to follow up with a conditioner. You can find ORS products at your nearest Clicks store.

What are some of your “go-to” shampoos?