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

What I’m Using to Keep My Face Moisturised This Winter

Can we all agree that winter can end now?? Hai it’s too cold! Lol.

As mentioned before in one my previous posts I’m not really a huge fan of winter. Not only is it just annoyingly cold for me but my face (and my entire body) gets really, really dry! 🙁 So I need every little bit of moisture that I can get. This is the time when I need to up my water intake and also use face products that are really moisturising to help my skin.

So this winter I have been loving these two products:

1. Sorbet Hydrating Face Mask

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This mask was actually recommended by a beauty therapist at Sorbet some few months back when I went for a facial (my fave pamper treatment). She said my face was very dry and recommended I try use hydrating masks to give my skin that extra boost. So I’ve been using this mask since then. I use it probably twice a month and I can really feel the difference.

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My face just sucks up all that moisture and it feels so soft and plump afterwards! The mask itself is watery, it feels cool on the skin and it’s quite hydrating. You leave the mask on for about 15 to 20min and you don’t rinse it off. You can rub any excess oil down your neck or on your hands. I love treating myself to this and it feels like I’m having a spa facial.

I bought my mask from Clicks but you can also find it at Sorbet beauty salons.

2. Nativechild Avocado oil

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Yes you read right, I use oil to moisturise my face…and it really works! A month ago I wouldn’t have thought of putting oil on my face! However about two months back when I bought The Body Shop Vitamin E day cream and night cream to combat my dry skin a fellow blogger, Nandi of Hair of Heritage, mentioned that 100% Avocado oil works just as well since it has Vitamin E in it. I must say The Body Shop products were good but they are also qute pricey…so I decided to given the avocado oil from Nativechild a go once my day cream ran out…And so far, so good 🙂

I still have my Body Shop night cream (which I use only at night) so I only apply two drops of Nativechild Avocado oil to the palm of my hands and massage it all over my face every morning.

Obviously different products work differently for different people but this is what works for me to keep my face soft and moisturised. I also like the fact that the avocado oil 100% natural.

Another bonus is that it also doubles up as a hair oil for my scalp and locs – woop!

What are you using to keep you face soft and moisturised?

Loc Tutorial | Flexirod curls on locs (Video)

I have another video up on my YouTube channel and this time I show you how I achieve my spiral curls using flexirods.

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I bought my flexirods from Clicks, but you can also find them at Dischem. I used about 16 of them for my entire head and I wrapped 4 locs around each flexirod. You can use more or less locs depending how many locs you have and if you want looser or tighter curls.

One important thing to remember is to please wrap the flexirods on damp hair and not on soaking wet hair…if your hair is soaking wet it will take much longer to dry. I left my flexirods in for the rest of the afternoon and overnight to allow them to airdry. It is a bit uncomfortable to sleep with them on, but you will survive 🙂

Also make sure that your locs are thoroughly dry before you remove the flexirods or else the curls will just fall and not hold.

These curls will get looser with each day but they should last you for about a week or 10 days.

Click below for the full tutorial:

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WIN an Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette!

Attention all makeup lovers! I have some exciting news… 🙂

rubybox is running a competition where you could stand a chance to win the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – woop!!

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All you need to do to win this palette is click the link below for competition details:

http://rubybox.co.za/magazine/were-giving-away-two-urban-decay-naked-2-palettes/?utm_source=frochic.urban.decay&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=frochic.urban.decay

It’s that easy.

Good luck!

Loc tutorial | How I retwist my locs (Video)

So I retwisted my locs over the weekend after 3 weeks of not retwisting. Initially I was hoping to go for about a month without retwisting but after my wash day this weekend I decided it was time….plus I wanted to record a video on how I retwist my locs at home.

So, yes, I have joined the YouTube world 🙂 My first video tutorial  is now live on my YouTube should you want to check it out. The actual retwisting happens after 5min into the video…lol. I’m still a newbie so hopefully in future my videos will be shorter and less chatty 🙂

I still plan to blog mostly, but I think a hair tutorial is easier to demonstrate visually. I am not sure how often I will vlog but I will try vlog as often as I can. I will also add in a beauty video every now and then if possible.

Here is my loc retwist method. Enjoy!

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