Apr 172014
 

We’re pretty sure you’ve read and heard about the T444Z hair food from blogs, friends and social media a 1000 times before. That’s how good the product is…tried and tested!

T444Z hair food focuses on the below hair and scalp problems:

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Ingredients: Aloe, Herbal extract, Rose oil, Chamomile, Menthol, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Castor Oil, Peppermint, Papaya Extracts, Vitamin A, Carrot Extracts, Shea Butter and Essential Oils.

Now as you may have heard (or not), T444Z is officially launching on 26 April 2014 in Johannesburg!

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So the guys at Niche Hair Care have offered a little something for you guys. We’re giving away 3 tubs of the most-talked-about T444Z & this also includes a one-on-one consultation with Sandra at the launch. Sandra is the lady behind the T444Z hair product.

How to enter:

  • Follow @frochicblog & @T444Zhairfood on Twitter if you aren’t already.
  • Send us a picture of yourself together with a few lines why you need T444Z in your life. You can email your picture to frochic@gmail.com.
  • Competition closes on 23 April 2014.
  • Winners will be announced and contacted on 24 April 2014.

Please note the following:

  • Winners must be willing to attend the event (entry is for free).
  • Winners will receive their products at the launch.

Looking forward to meeting you at the launch!!

Apr 152014
 

A big thank you to everyone who entered the #IAmFroChic t-shirt photo shoot competition & to everyone who voted! We would have loved to have everyone at the photo shoot but unfortunately we can only have 5 winners.

It’s with great excitement that we announce our winners and here they are:

1. Fhatu (173 votes, 16% of the total votes)

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2. Lebogang (133 votes, 13% of the total votes)

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3. Nokuthula (127 votes, 12% of the total votes)

NokzMaseko

 

4. Lyz (80 votes, 8% of the total votes)

LyzGumboy

 

5. Ncomeka (78 votes, 7% of the total votes)

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Congratulations to all the winners!! :-)

We are looking forward to meeting you at the photo shoot! All winners will be contacted with more details.

Apr 072014
 

Thank you ladies for sending through your photos for the I Am FroChic t-shirt photoshoot. Dear readers, it’s now your turn to decide who should be in the top 5 for the shoot!! Vote for your favourite 5 entrants by clicking theirs name in the Poll below before Monday, 14 April. Good luck to all the entrants!

AudreyPupunyane

Audrey (@audidrey)

BanomusaMabaso(1)

Banomusa

BusisiwePhakathi

Busisiwe (@BusiBeePhakathi)

ChantelleGrobler

Chantelle (@MrsG)

DibusengNkutha

Dibuseng

Fathu

Fhatu

KhutsoMalope

Khutso

KoketsoMolefe

Koketso (@KoketsoGMolefe)

Kutsaka

Kutsaka

LebogangMakhubela

Lebogang

LyzGumboy

Lyz

Matumane  (@matumane007)

Matumane (@matumane007)

MbaliNdlovu

Mbali (@Mbali_Ndlovu)

NcomekaMpofu

Ncomeka (@Meka_Owethu)

NokzMaseko

Nokuthula (@nokxy)

NthabisengMalope

Nthabiseng

OnalennaKupi

Onalenna (@201024146)

PheladiRapholo

Pheladi

Portia M

Portia 

PulengKhaile

Puleng

Pumla

Pumla

RefiloeMadikoe

Refiloe (@Queen_reelo)

ThandiMandlate

Thandi (@ShagaanQueen)

ThinamazuluZulu

Thinamazulu

TshegofatsoKhumalo

Tshegofatso (@MizzRoyal_T)

ZakithiMbenyane

Zakithi (@Murabellz)

Zuki

Zuki

ZuleikhaHobe

Zuleikha

Mar 202014
 

Now this is one BC i never saw coming!!

Busi’s one of those friends you’d just love to hate. She just has dope hair!! Her hair’s dark, thick, lucious and grows almost twice as fast as most people’s do, her hairline’s always in tact.

Forgot to mention that she relaxes her hair. ;)

The other day on BBM she just dropped this bomb of a picture:

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Yup. Her reason was simple…”Ngikhathele inwele (Hair’s tiring)”. See girls (& boys)…relaxed or natural…we face similar struggles more or less. As I always say…it’s just hair people.

Mar 142014
 

frochic logo 1-1aThis has been a long time coming and after a lot of what-ifs, no-waits, maybes and and and, we finally decided…well why not?!!!

Four years ago when we decided to start a South African-based natural hair blog for ALL African naturals, naming the blog was one of the exciting stages. Naming our blog FroChic wasn’t as difficult as creating the logo (which we designed ourselves by the way – with a bit of polishing by a graphic designer). The formula was quite straight forward: Fro = Short for Afro and Chic = French for stylish/beautiful.

We won’t bore you with details of how we came up with the logo as to this day we still look at our first bunch of drafts and roll on the floor with laughter. Which brings us to the purpose of this post; celebrating the beauty & style (Chic) of natural hair (Fro) –  and we’re talking free forming aka Afro, dreadlocks, TWAs etc  - as well as FroChic as a brand (we can’t help but love our FroChic image). To cut to the chase, we’re having a FroChic photoshoot titled I Am FroChic (loosely translated “I am natural & got style”) and would like you our wonderful readers to be a part of it!!So you will be the first to get your hands on a “I Am FroChic” t-shirts/tank tops! Yes, we finally decided to make cute FroChic t-shirts line due to demand.

We’re looking for 5 natural ladies of ALL sizes, shapes, ethnic groups, complexion, culture, natural hair type, hair colour, loc length and thickness…

How to enter:

Here’s what you need to do in order to be a part of this shoot:

  1. Follow us on Twitter and tweet “#IAmFroChic with @frochicblog OR like our Facebook page (or do both to increase your chances of being shortlisted)
  2. Email a close-up photo of your hair with your real name, Twitter handle (if you’re on Twitter) and/or facebook name (if different from real name) to FroChic(at)gmail.com with the words “I Am FroChic Photoshoot” in the subject line.

We’ll then let our readers assist us in selecting our lucky ladies.

Competition rules:

  • Only South African residents may apply.
  • Entrants must have natural hair.
  • Entrants must be willing to travel to Johannesburg for the photoshoot.
  • Entries close on 04 April 2014.

So if you feel your natural hair’s worth celebrating, strike that pose, get your selfie on and start sending! Good luck!!

Mar 072014
 

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Opening a hair (and eventually beauty) salon has ALWAYS been a dream of mine since my teen years, hence I started out by studying Somatology straight out of high school. This was long before I even became #teamnatural. Ask anyone who knew me from high school & I bet you they’ll describe me as that tall girl who loved plucking/tweezing her classmates’ eyebrows.

Another passion of mine has always been customer service, and this was intensified after I went natural – the poor customer service I would receive at each hair salon I visited eg Stylists not hearing me out before touching my hair; waiting to be serviced for +/-1h00 even after I made an appointment prior; walking through the door to get welcome by piercing stares & no smile; being treated like just a number; my hair getting fried, poor quality products, poor hair knowledge by stylists….I could go on all day.

Over the past few years I’ve been itching to open a PROFESSIONAL hair salon but my 8-5, family, studies & lack of funding would stand in the way. Ntombi, my favorite hairstylist of all time would always sing the I’d-love-to-work-in-your-salon-someday song, which her co-workers ended up joining in. Today, that dream has finally come a reality by God’s grace. I started our working on EVA Hair & Beauty beginning of this year. It’s been exhausting, yet exciting at the same time. When I broke the news to Ntombi in December, she didn’t hesitate to commit to this vision.

EVA Hair & Beauty is a new hair salon based in Germiston (where I reside) in a cozy shopping centre – The exact spot I’ve been praying for for over a year. It’s not exclusively a natural hair salon, but a healthy hair one. I added the beauty part because I’m looking into expanding it into a 1-stop shop soon. Right now we only do hair, nails & eyebrows. I’m blessed with a wonderful team of ladies & a gent who put clients needs first, who always take kindly to advise & correction. Given our hair salon industry history, they excel in everything hair related (relaxers, weaves, braids, plaits etc) but aren’t perfect with natural hair yet. However, like Ntombi and I have always been working, they always listen to client needs. I try to take them to every natural hair seminar, workshop, training I find so they can become all-rounders. I’d also like to give credit to Wisaal‘s post Dear salons, you’re doing my hair wrong post – I took notes there.lol. So far we have brands such as Dark & Lovely, Motions, Ladine, Soft n Free & others in the salon. We’re working on a new relationship with L’Oreal’s Mizani team. We’re an official T444Z agent/reseller as well.

The salon is pretty much everything I’ve always wanted in a hair salon – in a clean, secure area in a suburban (ish) area, friendly staff, good products, enough plugging points (to charge phone & plug in my laptop in case I need to work while waiting), wide combs, clean everything etc

*Before you ask, EVA is not my other name but that of my late gran. She played a very big role in my upbringing and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory.

I’m hoping to turn EVA Hair & Beauty into every healthy hair freak’s ideal!! Please do stop by should you find yourself in The City of Ekurhuleni some time. If you are a resident of the East….re kaofela then!

Address:Shop 1B The Lake Shopping Centre
cnr William Hill & Lake Streets
Denlee
Germiston
Contact number: 076 036 9668076 036 9668
(We’re right opposite Germiston Lake, by Virgin Active Germiston)

 

Feb 252014
 

So the much anticipated Heathy Hair Indaba finally arrived on the 22nd of February and all we can say is that the event was SUPERB!

I’m sure all the ladies (and gents) who were in attendance will agree with us that the HHI team did an excellent job. Well done to the HHI team for a great event! The team consists of Destiny magazine writer, Carice Anderson and 4 South African hair bloggers, Wisaal of Wiscellaneous, Kavuli of GoodHairDiaries, Aisha of MyFroAndI and  Tendayi of AfricanHairBlog.

The event was held at the Motions Hair Academy in Johannesburg CBD and the venue was just too dope. It’s a pity we didn’t manage to take a pic of the venue itself as we arrived a little late but trust us when we say it was a stunning place.

The afternoon was filled with lots of fun, information and laughter. Each lady took us through their hair journey and they also discussed a few hair myths which was quite informative. We were also treated to live style demos and the audience could ask questions in between. And of course they served yummy finger foods and refreshments!

Here are a few pics from the event

Tendayi sharing her hair journey

Tendayi sharing her hair journey with us

The event was well attended. The room was filled with naturals rocking all sorts of hairstyles.

The event was well attended. The room was filled with naturals rocking all sorts of hairstyles.

 

Also spotted Mummy Fawkes & Shereen Makhanye in the audience

Also spotted Mummy Fawkes & Shereen Makhanye in the audience

 

Full length pic of Shereen. HOT!

Full length pic of Shereen’s outfit HOT!

 

The FroChic ladies!

The FroChic ladies!

 

Me with Kavuli & WIsaal

Nangamso, with Kavuli & WIsaal

 

Matlhodi with Fatsani Banda

Matlhodi with Fatsani Banda

 

Nangamso with Mummy Fawkes

Nangamso with Mummy Fawkes

 

Carice Anderson & Shereen Makhanye

Carice Anderson & Shereen Makhanye

 

The AMAZING goodie bag!

The AMAZING goodie bag!

Once again, well done to the #HHI14 team for a great and successful event!

Feb 172014
 

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Origins and current location?

Originally from Pretoria, in a small township called Mamelodi, where most of my conceptions and definitions of beauty are rooted. Currently reside in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg where all those conceptions and definitions got, uhm, well let’s just say… refined!

What are you currently up to?

I am a Digital PR account executive, and a freelance Journalist.

How long have you been natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

My nappy coils are officially a year old! And I think I have a crush on my hair, I can’t get enough of it. But this wasn’t always the case, not to say I hated my relaxed hair, but other people liked it more than what I personally did. So I kept my relaxed for years because it pleased other people for my hair to be like that; I fit it; I was “normal”; accepted. But my hair got to a point where it became extremely brittle and frail but I still hung on it for dear life, hoping it would go back to normal cause I could not bear the thought of losing my long straight locks. Eventually the damage was too much and it had to go.

Why did you decide to go natural?

Besides all the damage I got from the chemicals and heat, I felt like the hair was some sort of metaphor for a much more significant way of thinking. I needed to shift my perspective of what beauty was and what self-esteem meant. It wasn’t easy; it took a lot of self-acceptance and introspection to re-define what “my kind of beauty was”. The more I strived to look “normal” just so that I could fit in…I slowly lost Me.  As a 20-something year old trying to make a name for yourself you can’t afford to lose yourself.

What  do you love about your hair since you’ve gone natural?

Everything! I never knew my natural hair texture, can you imagine! Touching my hair feels so good to me. I feel like I am rediscovering so many different things about myself through my hair. I love how versatile it is and how beautiful it looks on me. My hair gives me an attitude that I carry out in all aspects of my life. It might sound like I’m giving my hair too much credit, but it deserves it.

And what  do you dislike about your natural hair?

People’s perceptions about it.

What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced?

The biggest challenge was dealing with my TWA. I say dealing because I literally had to sit and convince myself that I am still feminine and beautiful with very short hair. That means I had to break walls that I had allowed to firmly stand tall in my head. I had to accept my own face; I felt vulnerable.  But then again having my short hair meant I had a few more minutes in bed in the morning :-)

 

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What does your hair care regimen look like?

I keep my hair well moisturised and conditioned and I don’t mind the few minutes I spend twisting my hair every night to keep it protected. I wash my hair once a week and co-wash my hair at least 2 times a week. I try to keep my hair in protective styles most of the time to avoid any breakage or damage. Even if that means I have rock my doek for a good week, I will wear it with pride!

What hair products do you use and where  do you buy them? 

Most of the products that I use I got introduced to by a good friend ( thank goodness for that) and are available from most retail stores. I use Olive Miracle Growth Oil from African Pride and I use a lot of Organic Root Stimulator products like their Hair Mayonnaise, Holding pudding, olive oil and tea tree oil. I also use Shwartzkopf’s Gliss shampoo and conditioner range.

What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?

Quality ingredients. I expect to have real natural ingredients that will keep my hair strong, nourished and protected.

Do you struggle finding products that work for your hair or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?

I am always on the search for better quality, but at the moment my hair is strong and healthy. I have used products that were very damaging in the past though…

Are you planning on locking your hair in the future?

No, I like the versatility of my hair and I like having the variety of hairstyles I can try out with this texture.

Any hair care tips you’d like to share with our readers?

Keep your hair moisturised, try to cover your hair at night and also read the back of that product you are about to purchase!

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You can follow Mpumie on Instagram: @melissamagagula

Feb 132014
 

Dear new natural,

It is with absolute excitement and nerves that I write this to you. Firstly I’d like to welcome you to this exciting journey and to the natural hair community. Welcome to an exciting, yet overwhelming world of pre-poos, oil treatments, deep conditioning, stretching, protein boosting, shrinkage, leave-ins and a whole lot of….

TWApic

Growing healthy natural hair is no walk in the park…but it’s one of most rewarding journeys filled with a whole lot of mistakes and discoveries.

Right, so you cut off your relaxed hair, thought “Now what?”, then started natural hair blog/ YouTube channel-hopping with hopes of learning how to grow & take care of your hair.  Then you found yourself drowning in a whole lot of info and somewhat logged off hoping that with all those products and techniques you saw on there, you’re sure to crack this thing! Your then rushed to the shops to buy all those products you read about online….then POP went your balloon when you discovered almost all those products weren’t available in our South African stores.

REALITY CHECK:

  • I hate to break this to you but that hair you saw on YouTube…there’s a high chance that it’s not even the same texture as yours. Unless you’re a type 3 (loose curls), get the Tracie Ellis hair image out of your head.
  • Some of the people in your life will HATE your hair, your man might turn out to be one of them . This is where you have to put your self-confidence panties on and walk with your head high. Hey, there’ ll also be a bunch that go ga-ga over your naps, so you’re alright.
  • You will have bad hair days – some days you’ll go to bed with a twist out still in tact and wake up with a head full of matted chunks of hair. That’s alright though, once you get to know your hair, you’ll come up with your own damage-control methods.
  • Your hair will shrink – like…one day you’ll be on some Pearl Thusi tip and back at a Lira length two days later!
  • Your hair will get dry & groff – this is when you need to play around with moisturizing methods that work for YOU.
  • Your hair will shed, that’s normal but please don’t confuse this with breakage.
  • You may struggle to find products that work for YOUR hair type which will subsequently turn you into a PJ (product junkie); but that’s ok…that’s how we all learn.
  • DO NOT set yourself some unrealistic goals; your hair wont grow at the same pace as the next natural.
  • DO NOT force your hair to look like that of Pearl Thusi or Corine Bailey Rae while you know for a fact that you have a Lira texture. Avoid depression at all costs.
  • Get the basics right – pre-poo, wash, deep condition, apply a butter/cream that works for you & seal with an oil of your choice
  • Don’t drive yourself crazy with frequent length checks
  • Every now and then you’ll have your hair braided, plaited or weaved – whatever you do, please take care of your hairline. Once it’s gone, it’s not easy to restore.
  • You will need stacks of patience and confidence.
  • For a while you will look very strange to other shoppers each time you spend a good 5-minutes going through the list of ingredients by the hair product isles.

My intention is not to scare you off but to curb those false expectations.

COMMONLY-USED TERMINOLOGY TO HELP YOU blend in:

  • BC – Big Chop
  • Deep Conditioning – I’m pretty sure you’ve met tons of hairstylists who’ve made you pay that extra R100 for “treatment”. Make that a thing of the past as you can do that yourself. This is what naturals call deep conditioning. there’s a number of deep conditioners out there you can play around with eg ORS Replenishing Pak Deep Conditioner and Dr Miracle’s Deep Conditioner. You can even spruce them up by adding an egg or a few spoons of olive oil to give your hair that extra va-va-what va-va-who.
  • Detangling – self explanatory…the method of unravelling the knots at the tips of your hair either by comb, finger, needle etc
  • LOC/LCO method – Info here
  • Pre-poo – applying oil (eg coconut, olive etc) to your hair in preparation for shampooing. Some people will leave the oil on the hair overnight with head covered in a shower cap/cling wrap/plastic bag before putting on a doek (head scarf). Others will only keep the oil for a few hours before a wash. This helps in softening your hair and protects it from dryness after shampooing. …..
  • Protective styling – any hairstyle that assists in protecting the tips from breaking eg, twists, braids, tucks etc
  • Shrinkage – self-explanatory. This is when your hair shrinks after a few days of a good stretched length.
  • Stretching – A look of naturals prefer a stretched look. Some go to bed with hair braided and then take down the braids/plaits in the mornings
  • TWA – Teeny Weeny Afro (I call it the Lira length)
  • Bantu Knots/ Amagoda – you get the idea. this is also a brilliant hairstyle that can give a dry-curl look when undone (Bantu Knot outs).
  • Twists (with own hair) – another protective hairstyle
  • Twist-out – the above unravelled into nice curls

MUST-HAVES:

  • Silk Doek/ Satin cap (those silky granny doeks work just as good) for bedtime – keep the moisture locked in.
  • A few natural oils (Coconut, Castor, Rosemary, Olive etc)
  • Glycerine – serves as a humectant for those who live in dry areas such as Jo’burg
  • Water – for daily moisture
  • Cream/Butter – eg Shea butter or a any moisturizing cream of your choice
  • Leave-in conditioner of your choice – these are a God-sent
  • Conditioners – You’ll need two types, protein boosters such as ORS Hair Mayonnaise and moisture-infusing ones (my current favourite is Tressemme Naturals, Dr Miracle’s as well as the ORS)
  • Sulphate-free shampoo - doesn’t dry your hair out (strip the natural oils off your hair) like “normal” shampoos do. My current favorite is the Dr Miracle’s Sulphate & Paraben-free shampoo and the Clicks kiddies one, but there’s quite a few out there.
  • Spritzer bottle for your concoctions
  • Wide-toothed comb for less breakage while combing
  • Alcohol-free gel for those edges. Not necessary
  • Hair accessories – for those days you ‘re feeling less creative

I wish you all the best in your journey. Remember to use FroChic as your platform to share milestones, vent, get advise from our very knowledgeable readers (Lord knows how blessed we are to have such readers). We’re only an email away (frochic[at]gmail[dot]com

 

Feb 102014
 

Woop, can’t believe it’s been 2 years already since I decided to loc my hair!

This is how my locs look like 2 years on…

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Excuse the untidy eyebrows…lol

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I am still very happy with my locs…actually I love them! I’ve also come a long way with them; if you want to see where I started of, click here.  I must say I am no longer as impatient as I was a year ago about length. I think for me now the aim is to have healthy locs and I believe the length will follow if you take good care of them.

My regimen is pretty much the same and I try not to spend too much time on them…My regimen is as follows

  • I shampoo and condition once every 2 weeks. I use Tresemme shampoo and conditioner.
  • I moisturise my locs with natural oils like coconut oil and I love Nubian Nature’s hair elixir. I’ve also recently started retwisting my locs with the oils. I hate beeswax for my locs. It sticks to my locs and its difficult to get out.
  • I retwist my locs after every wash, so that would be every 2 weeks. As you’ve noticed my roots still have a bit of growth and I dont mind it; I actually prefer it that way. 2 years into my journey I still also prefer thick locs.
  • I do an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month. This really helps in removing any product build up on my locs.

And that’s pretty much it…

Here is to another year with locs!:-D

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