FroChic Natural | Pumzile

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Origins & current location?

My twin sister, Pumla, and I were born in Baragwanath Hospital, however I’m a Joburger  — born and bred. I’m currently still in Jozi and plan to be for a few more years.

What are you currently up to?

On the 9 to 5, I’m a school’s relationship consultant for a youth marketing company, and beyond that period (and a few minutes in between), I’m a writer.

Why did you decide to go natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

Three words: Big hair rocks! My hair suffered greatly (i.e. breakage, bald spots, extremely dry and flat hair) from my childhood and teenage years of chemical use and heat treatment, so ultimately, I felt obliged to do myself a favour and let my hair ‘be’ whatever it was without chemical interference. Additionally, I always loved the texture of my hair during growth period and wondered what it would be like to always have it that way. I’m happy I know now.

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What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced​ with having natural hair​?

When my hair was shorter, I think constantly being asked by various people when I’d do something with my hair (if it was left out) irritated me, and honestly sometimes left me feeling insecure about my natural look (I mean, it can be hard when you’re being compared to everyone else’s socially acceptable hairdos). Other than that, it would have to be dryness, tangles and a great deal of hair management if it’s not in protective styling. However, the benefits outweigh the not-so-positives: Big, full, healthy and vibrant hair that gets heads turning, and inspires other women to grow out their hair too and ditch harmful chemicals.

What is your hair care regimen?

It’s quite detailed, but to summarise it well;

  • Wash and deep condition weekly
  • Spritz daily (with water only) about 3-6 times throughout the day
  • Protective styling at least for two months at a time
  • Avoid heat at all costs, unless absolutely necessary

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

Depending on how much I purchased it for and its ingredients, I’d say usually it’s optimum nourishment and moisturization. It’s always a plus if it helps to detangle.

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

 There are very few products I love (especially from the Clicks house brand range as well as TRESemme), but I’m always on the lookout for something refreshingly great.

 Are you planning on growing locs in the future?

I’ve thought about it a number of times, and I can’t say for certain if I would just yet. Let’s just see what the hair gods have in store for me.

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

I braid, style, maintain and manage all aspects of my hair myself, so I’d say I’m my favourite go-to stylist at the moment (apart from my sister who occasionally hooks me up with cornrows, hairdryer blowouts and flat ironing hairdos for free). 

What type of hairstyles do you like to rock?

Definitely my ‘fro, and my usual box braids.

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April 2014 Bun
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Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers?

Something I thought of shortly after my big chop: Don’t do hairstyles at the cost of your hairline, and too much unnecessary value is placed in hair; don’t lose your sanity over it.

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

Gee, style? I don’t think I have an exact style. ‘Afrocentric’, maybe? A few people have likened me to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill which I’m incredibly humbled by, however my direct influences are a lot closer to home: My late mom, my aunt, Madonna, neighbours and even passersby. Culture and tradition from all countries also inspires me greatly — I feel no modern trends or styles could take away from the invaluable experience of dressing in clothing items that have decades upon decades and maybe even centuries of rich heritage. 

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

Facebook: Pumzile Tracy Wilbon 

My blogTraceThisSpace.blogspot.com 

Via email: tracethisspace@gmail.com 

Click below for more pics of Pumzile:

Save The Beautiful ‘Fro

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‘If you feel like quitting, remember why you started!’

You may be wondering what’s with the quote in a natural hair post. Maybe you are 5 years natural, 6 months natural or you are only few weeks away from your BC and the journey is already hectic or tiresome, and you don’t know what to do with your ‘fro/locks any more.

Maybe you had bigger and better illusion of how adorable your fro will be after all the YouTube videos you have watched and the awesome natural hair blog posts you have read. Baby girl, let me tell you this…

STOP COMPARING

Your ‘fro is beautiful, your ‘fro is powerful.

Yes, you have your best natural hair bloggers and YouTubers but my natural sister make these sites as a learning point and not comparing sites. Our hair is all different; our roots are different too which determines the growth of our hair. Be happy with your Fro version; it’s beautiful the way it is.

BE PATIENT

Easy, take it slow. Everything in life needs time to grow, the same with your fro. Enjoy your hair journey in no rush, take good care of your hair in the process and your fro will surprise you back.

EMBRACE YOUR ROOTS

Whether Curly, Kinky or Coily — rock it, it’s your crown. Try the up-dos and wear your fro whatever way gives you peace and makes you feel beautiful. You are your own hair guru. Be confident with your roots and everyone else will admire you.

LISTEN TO YOUR HAIR

Do not command it. Always know what works best for your hair, be careful with the products, the weather, and your whole hair routine. Pay attention to your beautiful fro.

MAINTAIN HEALTHY HAIR

We all wish for big/long hair but how about healthy hair? Focus on the healthy fro regardless how it appears. Deal with the dry scalp, hair breakage, dry hair, save the hair edges too. Let’s protect our fro in a much healthier way.

Enjoy your natural hair journey ladies!


About the author

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I’m Olivia Catherine. Owner of the lifestyle blog “kayiniafrika.com
Life is an Art that I live in. Tanzania is my safe place to call home, and I dream to travel Africa.
I’m 2 years fully natural and If I am not in any other forms of arts, including writing, photography, etc. then be sure I am practicing another Art in my kitchen…I am a foodie just like that :-)

Blog: www.kayiniafrika.com
Instagram: @kayi_ni_afrika
Facebook: Kay’i Ni Afrika

Product Review | Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Leave-In Conditioner

I must say before I had come across the bottle of Design Essentials (DE) Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-in Conditioner which was included in my May Noir Beauty Box, I hadn’t tried DE’s hair products before. So thanks to the Noir Beauty Box I was able to try something new and I am glad I did!  :-)20150606_100816

I am absolutely in love with this leave-in conditioner! At first I was a bit skeptical to try it out on my locs since I try not to use too much conditioner on them. I find that conditioner can be too creamy and heavy for my locs; difficult to wash out; and over time, if I do not wash it out properly, it can cause product build up :-(

Here are a few reasons why I love this leave-in conditioner:

  • The scent. I have to confess that what made me eventually try it out is definitely the scent of the product. My word, this leave-in conditioner smells devine! It literally smells like sweets without being too overpowering.
  • The consistency. It has the right consistency for me; not too watery and not too thick/creamy.
  • It’s very light on the hair.  I found that it was easy to apply to my locs and it managed to penetrate through them without leaving a residue over them or just sitting on top of the locs (my pet peeve).  I see why it would work great as a leave in because it is not greasy at all.  It was easy for me to wash it out and the smell still lingered in my hair.  (I chose to wash it out so that my locs don’t get build up over time.)
  • It left my locs feeling soft and moisturised.
  • A little goes a long way. I only use a bit and rub it through my damp locs.
  • It is parabin free, silicone free, paraffin free and petrolatum free

The only one thing which I think can be a con for naturals who want to use products with 100% natural ingredients is that even though this one has quite a few natural ingredients in it, it is not absolutely 100% natural. There is some mineral oil and some of the ingredients are not easy to pronounce. With that said I would still recommend it since it worked well for my locs and I sometimes do use products which are not strictly 100% natural.

You can buy this product online from their website at www.dehair.co.za or you can find DE products at selected hair salons.

FroChic Natural | Lavinia

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Origins & current location?

I was born in Garankuwa and grew up in Akasia, north of Pretoria. I’m still a Pretoria girl and now live in Centurion.

What are you currently up to?

Workwise, I’m a Corporate Comms manager in a government department. I’m also studying towards a Masters in Public Admin at Tuks. I’ve just finished exams and I’m working on my research. I’m mom to a 1-year-old boy, a wife, an older sister and a formerly very fit person trying to get her groove back.

You have a blog, TheRainQueen.Com; tell us more about it?

TheRainQueen.com is my space to share some of the things I’m passionate about in life. I mostly focus on green lifestyle tips and projects; like raising chickens in the garden (yes, I raise chickens for those fresh, organic eggs), growing my own herbs, fruit and vegetables. I also review chat about products that I use to make life easier and greener, and post pictures and videos of interesting sights and sounds from home and our travels.

Why did you decide to go natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

In 2005 I tried to go natural, but I didn’t have any information or any idea of resources online. I ended up with broken off hair and lots of “growth” because I tried to maintain my hair with just wash & gos. I also never did a Big Chop at the time and I was still using lots of “oil moisturisers” as I was quite uneducated about reading product labels, natural oils or natural hair in general. Due to not knowing how to manage my transitioning hair, I went back to the relaxer a few months later. In 2007, I started reading up about haircare in general from American websites and forums. I learnt about co-washing, stretching relaxers and found the Crown and Glory Method of protective styling, which I’ve been using ever since.

I finally went fully natural in May 2010. At that time I had found many excellent resources online, for natural and relaxed hair. I learnt a lot in a few short months and decided to grow out my relaxer and go for the Big Chop.

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Day of big chop, May 2010.

What do you love/ dislike about your natural hair?

I really love my natural hair. I just love the texture of new, tightly coiled, natural growth. I can’t keep my fingers out of it. What I also enjoy about being natural is that I will never again feel the burning pain of creamy crack on my scalp! Another advantage of natural hair for me is that it makes me look much younger than my true age. Gotta to love that.

My fro in my first few months being natural.
My fro in my first few months being natural.

The only thing I dislike about being natural is that I don’t have enough time to enjoy my hair being out, without risking damage. In order to preserve its health and fullness, I prefer protective styling 99% of the time. When I leave my natural hair out for an extended amount of time, I tend to lose length and thickness due to over-manipulation. So I’ve found what works well for me is protective styles.

What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced with having natural hair​?

In the beginning it was hair salons and stylists. It isn’t easy to walk into just any salon and anticipate good service. It is not common for me to find a stylist who is educated and caring enough to work with natural hair. I’ve had hair dressers try to convince me that chemical products like blow-outs, Step Ones and texturisers are “treatments” in an attempt to get me to use them, just so that they don’t have to deal with my natural hair. I reached a point where I totally stopped going to salons for a very long time, almost 2 years. Things are somewhat better now.

Advantages I would say is that I’m not spending money every 6 weeks on relaxers and I don’t have to go through that pain of a burning scalp. I’m also not worried about swimming or getting my hair wet, as long as I have some coconut oil and a means to dry it stretched out.

What is your hair care regimen?

My regimen is based on the Crown & Glory technique. Unfortunately, the C&G website by the originator Robyn is no longer online. The technique emphasises:

  • Retaining hair length and thickness with protective styles (cornrows, braids, wigs, full weaves with no hair out)
  • Moisturising hair with water-based products
  • Sealing moisture in with natural oils
  • Feeding hair with protein products such as Infusium 23 (my friend sends me this from the USA, but it can be ordered online)

Usually my hair is in cornrows under a weave or a lacefront. I’m mostly using the lace fronts now, as they allow me to take the fake hair off every day, wash my hair in the shower, moisturise and apply oils. This has recently helped me to get my hairline growing again, as I’d lost some hair due to pregnancy and to a stylist.

My staple products include:

  • Organic coconut oil (Nature’s Source, from Dischem or health shops). If I could have only one product to use, coconut oil would be it.
  • Infusium 23 protein leave-in spray (from USA)
  • Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea restructurizer (from USA)
  • Ladine Hair softener, leave-in (I try not to use too much, as it can weight hair down)
  • My own Sulphur mix (Sulphur powder, Bergamot oil, peppermint oil mixed with coconut or olive) or Chapter 2000 hair food on hairline only”(sulphur & peppermint oil, from African hair salons)
  • Shampoos: Vatika Amla, HairOne or co-wash with Tressemme or ORS Replenishing conditioner
  • Deep conditioners: ORS Hair Mayo, Vatika deep conditioner or any of the Gliss hair masks (Clicks & Dischem)

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

As a reformed product junky, I have learnt not to expect miracles from any product. I look at the ingredients, and if the active ingredient I am looking for isn’t in the 1st five listed, then I skip it. I prefer products that don’t have a sweet, strong smell or leave my hair sticky and weighed down. The fresh orange smell of the ORS conditioner is an exception.

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

I’ve stopped looking too hard for miracles on the store shelves and online, so it has made my life easier. I rely on coconut oil a lot and I’m happy with the rest of the products I have.

Are you planning on growing locs in the future?

No, although time will tell. I never thought I’d go natural at all.

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

No. I have a few ladies I go to for a good weave now & then, but I do all of my own care and styling on my natural hair.

What type of hairstyles do you like to rock?

I love a simple afro puff or high puff pony, sometimes with a cute bow or silk flower. In summer I want to try using African print cloth as hair bands. Otherwise, I just have cornrows, under wigs.

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

  • Preserve your hair’s fullness by avoiding too much manipulation and daily styling.
  • Never let your hair get bone dry, as that is when it will start breaking. Keep it nourished.
  • Always sleep with your hair either braided, tucked under or in bantu knots.
  • Sleep wearing a silk scarf, silk stocking cap or on a satin pillowcase to avoid the drying effects of cotton on your hair.
  • Don’t compare your hair’s texture and growth rate to others. It is your own beautiful, unique flower in your garden. The rose isn’t envious of the tall and fast growing sunflower. Each are beautiful in their own way.
  • If you like big afros and puffs, try to pre-stretch your hair in braids or bantu knots as much as possible, before using the blow drier. I try to avoid heat as much as possible.

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

I’m pretty boring fashion wise. I wear conservative clothes for work. I call it “old lady chic”, haha. I like to wear shift dresses and I’m crazy about scarves and pashminas. I really love animal prints, but I’m trying to minimise that. I also love pearls (they’re my birth stone) and I collect vintage brooches from online stores and from a lady in Bedforview who buys from estate sales.

For going out and weekends I like skinny jeans, leggings, rompers, boots, my knee high converse and T-shirts from classic rock bands or my favourite TV shows.

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

Website: www.TheRainQueen.com

Twitter: @The_RainQueen

Youtube: YouTube.com/TheRainQueen

Email: lala@therainqueen.com

FroChic Natural | Juwayra

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Origins & current location?
Born and raised in Cape Town.

What are you currently up to?
Working full-time as an administrator for a property valuations and consultancy company.

Why did you decide to go natural?
I had this long hair that was “thick” and too much to handle (according to my Mom). She started to use straightener on my hair with a hope that it would make my hair more manageable. I’m sure she didn’t realise that I merely had a lot of hair on my hair and not “thick” as she thought. When the craze of using relaxer to make your hair straight and silky started, my Mom started using it on my hair.

When I grew older and started to take care of my hair myself, I kept on thinking of how long and curly my hair was when I was about 5 years old. After many years of cutting, relaxing and blow drying my hair weekly, I got tired of all the relaxing and blowing my hair. At one point my hair felt like straw at the ends and I started to ask myself….”what if I could just start over?” When I finally mentioned to my husband that I would like to shave my hair off completely to start over so that my ‘original’ hair can grow, he laughed and said that I’m being silly. After months of telling friends of my intentions, I finally got the courage and had my sister cut everything and my husband used the clippers to finish the job. (Huge shock to everyone the next day).

Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.
I dived straight into the BIG CHOP on 1 September 2010. I have been natural ever since and loved every step of the way. I have recently cut my hair very short, just wanting to do something new.

What do you love/dislike about your hair?

I love the fact that I can get away with a wash-n-go when I need to. I love that it grows so quick. What I hate most is the fact that my hair soaks up moisture real quick and I have to constantly moisturise it. Another thing is, out of the few times I do a blow out, my hair frizzes up within minutes. Very frustrating.

What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced?
As I’ve mentioned before, it grows quick. After only one week, one can see a difference.
One of the challenges is getting hold of products that actually works. It’s a nightmare.

What is your hair care regimen?
I wash my hair about 2 times per week. I use shampoo 2 times per month, usually sulphate-free shampoo like Clicks Detangling shampoo. The rest of the times I use conditioner – TRESemme Naturals. To be honest…I fail to be consistent with deep conditioning but when I do, I add olive oil or coconut oil to any thick conditioner, heat it up a few seconds in the microwave and apply to freshly washed hair. I do the LOC method once every 2 months using leave in conditioner like Glyco Lemon brand, coconut oil mixed with olive oil and Akiva Moisture whip (a product a friend of mine makes with shea butter and oils).

I have also recently started to wash my hair with bicarbonate of soda…it feels really good.

What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?
I love products that moisturise my hair and not weigh it down. Or ones that don’t make me look like someone spilled a bottle of oil over my hair. Products should give definition to my curls.

Is it a struggle finding products that work for your hair type or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?
Omg…don’t let me get started. I spend a lot of time researching about what my hair needs and reading blogs about natural hair and reading about all the different kinds of products that caters for natural hair overseas; its so frustrating. As you can see, I stick to the basics…olive oil and coconut oil. Works for me, for now.

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Are you planning on locking in the future?
Nope

Which type of natural hairstyle(s) do you like to rock?
I love my wash and go but I do try out lots of hairstyles.

Do you have a favourite hair salon?
I never go to a salon…they simply don’t and won’t understand my hair.

Any hair care tips you’d like to share with our readers?
Moisturise and protect. Drink water….

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?
I’m on Instagram and Twitter: @newly_natural_j
I am a pinner…just search for Juwayra Januarie.