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?

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JUST JANE!!

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I would like to thank everyone that entered the giveaway and also give a big thanks to O’NaturalWigs!

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Tell us about yourself? 

My name is Phindi Mtyingizane; married to Avela Mtyingizane. We have a beautiful 6yr old son named AJ. I was born in the Eastern Cape, Umthatha where I lived with my 3 sisters and our mother. I now have 2 nieces and a very naughty nephew. I like to describe myself as a very witty person. I work as an Architectural designer for a company in Morningside.

My hustle started not so long ago and I intend on making best out of it.

Tell us about your business, O’NaturalWigs. What inspired the idea and where did it all start?

O’NaturalWigs came about when I started struggling to find hairstyles to do besides braids because I’m a natural and I do not like wearing weaves. Every other month I would have braids or cornrows and eventually I got tired of not having a variety to choose from. I started doing a little bit of research to better my hair situation and I made a wig for myself. I then posted my wig and the reaction I got was amazing to a point where people requested I make wigs for them too.

What do you say to people who say wigs are not “natural”?

The word WIG already implies that it’s not natural. The whole idea is to give people a natural feel while maybe going through a transition or giving their hair a break.

What is the difference between a weave and a wig?

With a wig I like the fact that I can remove it whenever I want and put it back on. With a weave you kind of don’t have a choice but to have it on at least for a month.

Are you wigs made with 100% human hair or are they synthetic?

They are synthetic hair…..and also hand made.

Any tips on taking care of your wig that you can share with us?

Like any other hairstyle, you have to take care of your wig by trimming, washing and putting hair products like your favourite oils or hair cream.

I see you are also a natural. Why did you decide to go natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

I started going natural when I was in tertiary because I hated hairdryers and getting burnt. I would every now and then relax my hair but end up cutting it and going back to natural hair. I have recently started taking care of my natural hair by using coconut oils and conditioners and stuff.

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

My hair is very painful to comb, I would go to get it blown out with chemicals and it would end up light and not so natural which resulted in me cutting it. Now that I am taking care of it and I have been exposed to a lot of styles to do I am loving it.

What is your hair care regimen?

I wash and condition every Sunday and do Bantu knots….I love the results of the Bantu knots :-). I do not have specific products I use. I am still searching for the perfect one.

Which type of hairstyle(s) do you like to rock (when you are not wearing your wigs)?

Box braids which I do myself.

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

Imagine your hair as a plant, you water, trim and nurture you plant to grow. You should do the same for your hair for good results. Always wash your hair with lukewarm water and never hot water, put oil and massage your hair before washing it.

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

Chic, edgy when it comes to my hair.

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you and your wigs?

I am on Instagram @onaturalwigs, Whatsapp 0828720811 and I have a Facebook page O’NaturalWigs.

More of O’NaturalWigs:

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FroChic Natural: Karabo

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Origins & current location?

I am from Limpopo and I currently reside in Mpumalanga.

What are you currently up to?

I am an asset optimization officer, but my hustle is spreading the healthy natural hair movement through my Facebook page and upcoming blog named Brownchild. I also developed a natural hair solution product called Brownchild which I am sharing with family and friends and anyone who wants to give it a try.

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

I went natural 10 years ago after being inspired by Steve Biko and the black consciousness movement in “I write what I like”; and hearing India Arie’s song “ I am not my hair” cemented my decision and I cut all of my hair off. I was in high school at the time so all I did was just wash and comb my hair in the morning and pat it flat. I did that for three years. When I arrived in Varsity, I would mostly plait my hair or put in braids which really damaged my hair line.

I also used the wrong hair products which dried out my hair and lead to excessive breakage. I lived with the belief that my hair will never be long, that it was inherently limited to reach a certain length in its natural state and that breakage was a natural thing. It is only in 2014 after I had cut my hair three times since going natural that I decided to do some research on how to maintain natural hair and help it grow longer. Google became my best friend and I started experimenting with certain products and starting a regimen. Now my hair is softer, it does not break at all and it has grown to BSL (bra-strap-length).

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

I struggled with breakage and dryness, and also pixie knots and split ends. Although I have managed to alleviate the breakage and dryness, pixie knots are still a real irritation(sighs in frustration…..) but I am still on my long journey to healthy hair and believe that soon, I’ll have it under my thumb.

What is your hair care regimen?

My weekly routine: I wash my hair every Friday night with Brownchild shampoo and apply Brownchild conditioner and let it sit for 5 minutes. I let my hair drip dry for a while then use a cotton T-shirt to wipe down the access moisture, I have stopped using hair dryers altogether and it has saved my hair. I immediately apply  Dr. Miracles leave in conditioner and start combing through my hair with a wide toothed comb to assist with detangling.

Once detangled, I apply Brownchild hair butter which is rich in shea butter and coconut oil, to seal in the moisture and I plait blocks to allow my hair to air dry. I spritz my hair with water mixed with some essential oils throughout the day and apply Brownchild hair butter before I sleep. I make the products myself and anyone who wants to give them a try can contact me on 076 395 7763 for information on getting your hands on the product. I get the Dr. Miracles leave in conditioner from Dischem.

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

I expect it to help with the challenges I am experiencing and for the results to show over time. I am not expecting instant miracles, as such, I give a product two months of consistent use to see if it bears results.

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

I am extremely happy with the ones I am using and having spoken to other users of the same products it seems to be delivering on its promise.

Are you planning on growing locs in the future?
I am not.

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

Tracey’s hair boutique in Witbank, situated in Klipfontein. They understand natural hair needs.

What type of hairstyles do you like to rock?
I like to let my hair be, so I would plait blocks the night before and just let my hair be in the morning. I love creative protective styles as well and  I am currently learning how to do flat twist on myself.

Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers?
Make sure you condition your hair at all times, fight the dryness with a readily available sprits, Shea butter and coconut oil products are heavenly sent for Afros. My proof was found in using Brownchild!!!

What’s your (fashion) style generally?
I love simple elegance, minimal effort and easy to wear comfort. Don’t get me wrong, frumpy, is definitely not me.


Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

They can send me an email at Kaboentle@gmail.com or leave me a message on the Brownchild Facebook page.