FroChic Natural: Lerato

Origins & current location?

Vaal, Arconpark

What are you currently up to (work, hustle, studies etc)?

Administrator

Why did you decide to go natural?

I woke from my sleep. I remembered who I am; a black woman. I’m loving everything I am born with. By the way, my locs are crochet locs (existing locs that have been crotched to one’ s hair).

Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

I started going natural 3 to 4 years ago. I was tired of buying something I already had. So I went natural;  I used to cut my hair short and I loved it.

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

I love my hair now; no regrets. I love that it’s my own hair. I honestly don’t have any challenges, I love everything I do on my hair. I believe that what is natural can’t be a challenge. If it’s not a challenge to have my natural eyes, then it cannot be a challenge to have my hair on my head.

What is your hair care regimen?

To be honest I have always believed in this concoction: Water (sealant), glycerin (detangle), and olive oil (soften). For washing my hair I use Dark n Lovely Naturale Moisture Replenishing Shampoo. Once a week I base my scalp with a product called Jeba (from Ghana); I got it from my hair salon in Waldrift. I wash my hair once a week, and base my scalp after washing, then I use my concoction only twice a week. This concoction is guaranteed to get rid of dry scalp, dandruff and itching.

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

I expect it to work! lol

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

I am happy with the products I use.

Are you planning on ​cutting your locs in the future​?

Not at all; I hope I won’t change my mind 😂😂

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

My bathroom. Lol.

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

The big problem that black ladies have with their hair is that they think their hair is a problem.

Very important: don’t think your hair is a problem.

Secondly: moisture, moisture, moisture!

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

I’m more of a semi-formal type.

Where can the readers get hold of you?

Instagram: @lavito234

Twitter: @leeluck2

Bantu knots on locs

I filmed a video the other day for my YouTube channel on how I did bantu knots on my locs.

I had been meaning to do this style for a while now but I’ve always felt like my locs were not long enough to achieve this look. My locs are now 5 years old and are just past my shoulders so the length is perfect for this style.

This is how I achieved this look:

1. I started off with damp locs (please don’t do this on dripping wet locs as this will make your locs take longer to dry).

2. I then applied Umera’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil all over my locs and scalp. You can use any oil of your choice.

3. I then sectioned off 4 locs at a time for each bantu knot. However if you want smaller bantu knots you can work with a fewer locs – one loc or even 2 locs at a time.

4. I twisted the 4 locs around each other – from root to tip. I then wrapped the twisted locs around themselves until they formed a bantu knot. I finished off by tuckin in the loose ends of the twisted locs under the knot.

Since my bantu knots were large it only took me about 30min to finish doing my entire head.

I kept them in for about 2 days and it’s not really the most comfortable style to sleep in but it was not too bad.

I also enjoyed the spiral curls I got after I undid them. The curls lasted for about 5 days before they dropped completely.

If you would rather see a visual demonstration of how I did the bantu knots, you can check out this video below:

Deep Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse on Locs + Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I know we are like at the end of January but I’m sure it’s still okay for me to call it a new year. lol. Welcome back to the blog. I am so sorry for my long silence towards the end of last year. But as things go, sometimes life gets very busy and other things tend to take a back seat for a while; and in this case it was blogging…but I am happy to be back.

Even though blogging did lag behind a bit last year, I did however, take a long overdue plunge and finally did YouTube videos 🙂 After watching YouTube for many years I have always wanted to make my own videos, but have always been self-conscious about it. So I am proud of myself that I worked past that and also with a much-needed nudge from my sister (Zama), I finally took the plunge. I started doing my first video in July of last year and I have been enjoying it since.

The main reason I wanted to do videos is also to show you some of the styles that I try out at home. Sometimes it’s not always easy to explain the tutorials in words – visuals make it so much easier. In addition, It has also helped me to step a lot outside my comfort zone. I do hope, though, that this year I will make more time to blog since blogging/writing is my first love.

I kicked off the new year with a new video whereby I show you how I did a deep cleanse on my hair to remove all the product buildup I had in my locs. I saw this method floating all over YouTube and I found the results to be amazing. So naturally I wanted to try it out for myself.

You can check out the video below where I show you how I go about doing the deep cleanse, as well as the results.

If you would like to do the rinse yourself the ingredients I used are as follows:

Ingredients

*1/4 cup of bicorbonate of soda
*2tsp of lemon juice
*1tsp of sea salt
*3/4 cup of acv
*Lukewarm water in a big bowl or bathroom sink

Method

Stir everything until all the  ingredients are well dissolved. Then soak in your locs for about 10 to 15 minutes. Thereafter, rinse out the hair and follow with your normal shampoo and conditioner.

Remember to also moisturise your locs afterwards since this rinse can be drying on the locs.

FroChic Naturals: Chocolate Hair Sisters

 

Tell us about your blog Chocolate Hair Sisters? What is it about and what inspired the idea?

So Chocolate Hair Sisters started off by mistake. Everyone kept commenting on my own Instagram pictures on how my girls deserve their own blog cause of their fashion sense which is basically my fashion sense since I buy their clothes lol! So I started the Chocolate Hair Sisters Instagram page and at the same time I had decided to stop taking the girls to the salon and start doing their hair by myself. Now here we are a few months down the road and I share how I do their hair and their clothes. I didn’t think it would be this much work but I love learning about natural hair and I get to bond with my girls.

You also feature your two beautiful daughters on the Chocolate Hair Sisters blog and Instagram account; tell us about their natural hair journey. Have they always been natural?

Yes I do, Miss K (6) and Nini (3). Miss K was natural for the first year of her life and then I had to cut her hair off due to cultural practices. Her hair grew back and we continued to keep it natural but that all ended with a bad salon experience which ended up with her having the big chop again at 4 years old. She has had the big chop twice and a couple of months of relaxed hair. Nini has been natural her whole life.

What is your daughters’ hair care regimen? Do you have the same hair regimen for both of them or does it differ for each one?

Our regimens are somewhat the same, we all wash our hair once a week and plait it for the week. We spritz our hair twice a day and base scalp every second day. Our products do differ though. In the beginning I thought the products I used on my own hair would work on the girls too but I found out quickly that was not true. I also believe the products don’t really matter as long as you know how to use them and follow good habits and that they don’t have any nasties in them.

Miss K:

Prior to her 2nd big chop, Miss K had been using Earthy SA products and her hair was responding really well to it and so I figured her hair loves Shea Butter and I make sure that’s what we use on her and olive oil.

Nini:

I thought Nini’s hair loved shea butter until I stopped using it. Her hair responds well to cream based products and also to coconut oil.

Products the girls are currently using:

True Curls Kids’ Butterhttp://www.truecurls.co.za/

True Curls Kids Misthttp://www.truecurls.co.za/

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Supermarket food aisle

Coconut Oil – Supermarket food aisle\health shop

Garnier Conditioner – Clicks\Dischem

Design Essentials Sulphate free Shampoo – Candi & Co. Randburg

Ladine Hair Softner – Candi & Co. Randburg

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

Will the product do what it says it will do? I have had some bad experiences with products where they do the exact opposite even though the instructions were followed to the T.

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

You know I can’t say there is a product I love 100% and will never live without it. I have not found that one just yet. So at the moment I am trying to find our favourites, so we are trying out a few SA products and hopefully we will find something we love soon. One thing that is hard to find is cream-based products for Nini.

Which type of hairstyle(s) do your daughters like?

The girls love anything with beads, lots and lots of beads. In the beginning I did indulge them and let them choose all colours but we have started compromising and choose only 2 colours at a time. I try do quick hairstyles that are still cute. So two strand twists, pig tails with bobble ties, wool braids, box braids.

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How do you keep your kids entertained on wash days or while styling their hair?

I keep the kids entertained either by letting them watch videos on YouTube or cartoons on TV.

Do you have a favourite hair salon that you take them to?

The only ‘natural hair friendly’ salon we’ve been to is Candi & Co in Randburg. There are few which have opened in the last couple of months and I am planning on visiting them to try them out.

How do you teach your daughters to love their natural hair?

I don’t think it’s something I was aware that I am even doing. They see me with my hair and to them it’s just the way it is. I download colouring in pages with afros, and I also buy books where the main characters are girls with coily and big hair. I have recently started getting them t shirts made that have fun slogans relating to natural hair.

Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers, especially when it comes to taking care of young children’s hair?

I think the biggest thing is, if there is tears or any discomfort, you need to stop immediately. Whether you are at the salon or at home. Painful hair styling\washing experiences will make kids hate their hair and that’s the last thing that any one wants. Keep it simple and quick. Kids get bored easily and therefore they need to be done with it very quickly so they can continue playing. Try and involve the kids as much as possible, when looking for new styles I let my girls’ google what they would like and I try recreate something similar.

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Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

Email – hello@chocolatehairsisters.co.za

Bloghttp://chocolatehairsisters.co.za/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/chocolatehairsisters/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/chocolatehairsisters

FroChic Natural: Shalom

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Origins & current location?

I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Pretoria.

What are you currently up to?

I am currently a final year Publishing student at the University of Pretoria and an editorial intern at an academic publishing house.

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

As a child, I saw that my mother valued hair from a young age as she would always plait it and make sure it looked neat (both mine and hers). She was a fan of natural hair and kept mine natural until the day she left me at the salon for a little while. That’s when they proceeded to relax my hair, which upset my mom a lot. She made sure to take care of it though, making sure I got hair treatment every two weeks. In Matric I decided to go bald as I had never cut my hair before and that’s where my real hair journey began. I started going onto natural hair blogs to try and figure out how to take care of my hair. Two years later, I did the Big Chop again, this time with a more thorough understanding of what my hair needed to grow.

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

As with most natural sistas, combing my hair in the mornings. I’m lucky in that as a student, people are not really bothered by how well combed your hair is on a daily basis. I do however need to look neat when I go to work and events or special places. The other challenge is that it is incredibly time consuming. I do not have the patience to twist out or plait my hair every night to ensure that it stretches. So I pretty much just let it coil then de-coil every time I wash it.

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What is your hair care regimen?

This may sound really strange, but I use Vaseline Cocoa Butter. I’m one of those people who like to keep things simple, and this is definitely evident in my grooming as well. To wash, I use the ORS (Previously known as Organic Root Stimulator) Aloe Vera Shampoo and condition about once a month with Organic’s Replenishing Conditioner. I also use the Nourishing Sheen Spray on my braids.

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

I expect it to do what it says on the label. I don’t purchase hair products that much but if I bought specific hair products, I’d expect them to moisturise my hair while protecting it and helping it grow at the same time.

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

I’m very content with everything I currently use.

Are you planning on growing locs in the future?

No. I like my hair being versatile and changing hairstyles on a regular basis.

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

Not really. I have a hairdresser who does my hair. She’s flexible enough to come to me if necessary, or I just go to her workplace in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

What type of hairstyles do you like to rock? 

My Afro 🙂

In winter I like protective styles like weaves or braids, depending on the amount of time I have on that day, and money as well of course.

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

Love your hair the way it is and stop wishing it looked like the next person’s. As Chimamanda would say, “Hair is political,” so let your hair identity be a true reflection of who you are.

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

Simple. I’m also trying to make my wardrobe more elegant though I don’t want to stray from simple and chic.

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

Instagram and Snapchat:

@shaluxo and @noxosha