Lately, the market has been flooded with natural hair care products, and it almost seems as if brands have been paying no mind to us girls who still prefer to wear our hair straight and relaxed. It’s all based on preference right? What works for me might not work for others and having relaxed hair seems to work for many of us. It can feel a bit exclusive that relaxed hair girls do not receive as much attention as they use to before the natural hair hype. There are many reasons to continue to wear our hair out the way we feel. Relaxed hair does not deem our hair as unhealthy, it is a choice to apply chemical products to our hair, it’s easy to manage relaxed hair, our hair still grows and there are several creative ways to enjoy and style relaxed hair.
Girl Boss SA is all much aware of the hype that surrounds natural hair these days, and our focus is not to produce only products that are fit for natural haired women only but to be as exclusive as we possibly can and consider all women and how they perceive their beauty. We are all about inclusivity, no skin in better than the other, the same way not hair type is considered the better strand, and no choice is superior to the other. That is why we have carefully formulated a relaxed hair range with all the goodness ad nutrition that all hair needs, especially hair that has been chemically treated. The same amount of care and thought has been used to formulate all of our products so that you can feel your best in your skin and hair.
Our Relaxed Hair Range consists of 6 Products and we are here to help use the products to achieve healthy, strong, and growing hair. They are:
• The Growth Hair Food
• The Strengthening Hair Mask
• The Daily Oil Lotion
• The Conditioning Shampoo
• The Hair Gel
• The Strengthening Braid Spray
As you have noticed, our aim in these products is to restore that the natural strength of our hair which may have been stripped while chemically processing our hair. These products are filled with protein that can repair any damage that may have occurred.
Our hair is prone to dryness and brittleness when it undergoes chemical treatment. The conditioning shampoo begins the moisturizing process so that moisture is restored and our hair looks healthy with a shine of liveliness.
Daily Oil Lotion
It is a nutritious blend of oils that ensures that our hair receives its daily dose of all the nutritional goodness so that it looks and feels great throughout the day. This lotion keeps our hair hydrated and protects it from the sun and harsh weather conditions.
Growth Hair Food
The main focus of this product is to promote hair growth, as it is food for the scalp. When the scalp is well taken care of, your hair is likely to grow in those favorable conditions. If your scalp is happy and healthy then your hair will blossom with growth and have a natural shine.
Strengthening Hair Mask
Every good head of hair needs a strengthening hair mask at least once every month to repair any damages and losses that may have occurred. The mask is a boost that provides loads of protein and all the nutrition that our hair needs to maintain healthy growing hair.
Strengthening Braid Spray
When our hair is under protective styling it still requires the same amount of love and care. We may tuck our hair away because we do get tired of managing it, also because protective styles promote growth. This spray makes sure that our hair still receives the same amount of care as it would if it were out. It keeps our hair hydrated and moisturized to minimize breakage.
This product is a girl’s best friend when it comes to styling and obtaining that sleek look. This fun product with a mild hold still provides your hair with natural nutrients while holding your hair down. The medium hold makes sure that our hair can still breathe even with this product applied.
- Apply a generous amount of the Conditioning Shampoo on hair and wash gently.
- Follow with the Strengthening Hair Mask. Apply a generous amount that covers all of your hair. Wear a plastic head cover, and sit in a hooded dryer or exposed sunlight for 20 to 30 minutes. Then rinse.
- Apply a medium amount of the Oil Lotion and blow-dry your hair under medium heat.
- Apply the Growth Hair Food on the entire scalp and blow-dry again under low to medium heat.
- Style your hair using the Hair Gel or protective styling (Spray some Braid Spray over new protective style and do so daily).
And voila! Your relaxed hair is back to its strong and healthy self. This regimen is perfect for stimulating hair growth and a healthy scalp with a lustrous shine!
Everything in this beautiful life needs a regime, from moisturizing your hair to your skin care routine. So, with that being said, girl are your curls doing the THING? Don’t worry we got you, here’s a great break down on how to get your curls looking prim and PROPER!!!
First of all, detangle and make sure your hair is clear of knots. You can do so, by sectioning your hair, use an oil or leave in conditioner plus a detangling comb. Then, use the Girl Boss Natural Hair Co-Wash to cleanse your hair. While cleaning your hair use a wide toothed comb to comb out extra knots. This will also separate your curl pattern. Once that is done, rise it out.
Section your hair into 4 parts. Take the first part and apply the Girl Boss Natural Hair Deep Conditioner to your hair, make sure the amount you add covers your hair well enough. Finger comb your hair strands and plait into a twist. Do this to all other sections. Then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap or a plastic bag if you don’t have one. Sit in the sun for 10-15 min. However, for the extra queens you can keep it in for over that, even up to an hour. Thereafter, wash it out. After conditioning, your hair always looks extra good, its super soft and the curls will be a bit more defined than usual.
Section your hair again and add the Girl Boss Curl Defining Butter to the first part. Add a good amount but not too much, you can comb out your hair, this will break the curls. However, if you want them in its natural state, don’t manipulate the hair. Do this to all parts. If your hair is 4c and you aren’t satisfied with the curls, you can do twist outs or braid out using the LOC method (use Leave-In-Conditioner, Oil and Creme), leave it in for a hair then undo them afterwards.
The Curl Defining Butter acts as a sealant because its thick and it’s a “butter”. However, it’s important to base your scalp, therefore use the Girl Boss Hair Growth Oil or Growth Butter to seal extra moisture and give your hair shine without weighing it down.
And lastly you can use the Girl Boss Leave in Conditioner, this will soften the hair and make it manageable. For the ladies with 4a or 3c hair, this can be used as a curl refresher combined with water. You know some curls love water! And there you have it, your Curls Popping.
As a young black girl, growing up in a small village in Swaziland called, Emkhaya, it had always been shown in hidden ways by the elderly how much dignity my hair holds. From being told to wear a head wrap over my fresh and nice-looking Benny & Betty at my Mkhulu’s (grandfather’s) funeral, to cutting it off immediately after the burial. Of course, I couldn’t argue and state that I have “rights” to keep it whatsoever, I just had to follow the Usiko (tradition) that has been carried throughout the years by my ancestors. Because I stayed in the village for some time, meaning a lot of things there were still done in an old-fashioned way, Abomalume (uncles) who helped with the cutting of our hair, would just use a razor to cut and wipe out our bold head with a cloth that had methylated spirit to avoid any infections without making us aware. I won’t lie, because I was the only girl amongst five grandchildren in the family, I was more worried about losing my hair than the cloth touching my scalp.
Now that I think about it, nobody amongst the grandchildren asked why we had to shave off our hair or even what the process resembled. Maybe it was because it was nothing new to my cousins as they were boys but for me, it left a lot of curiosity. It was not only after funerals that I had to cut off my hair unwillingly. A year later when I had to start attending grade one in primary, I had nice gorgeous, fluffy hair that took so long to grow after my recent cut. I worked hard for it, I would wash, comb, and even ask Gogo to plait it with wool or do Bantu knots for me. This would happen once or twice at every chance I’d get, it was like a bonding session between her and me. She would start telling me tales about how they always used nature and tree minerals as hair food such as Aloe to keep their afros nice and strong in the 1960s.
I would go do my hair in town during the holidays but by the time the clock hits midnight, I would’ve been hiding somewhere behind the house with a scissor trying to cut off the extensions that made me feel like a mop. Besides being a naughty child, I was very experimental. I loved to see my hair and style it as much as I could. I guess the hair extensions at the age I was didn’t “slap” as much as they do now that I am a teenager. It seemed like my logic came mostly from my dolls because I would look at them and see perfection. Their skin was flawless, always smiled and last but not least, their hair was never tied up or extended to look long and silky. The hair was nice, fluffy, or curly. Even my fashion sense was inspired by them, though they dressed similar to the big girls. That didn’t stop me from crying to get a pair of heels at the age of 4, to a point where my grandmother started calling me Sisana, meaning “little big girl” in Swati. With this personality I had, I had to find out that no girl was allowed to have hair longer than 2cm at the school I was going to attend. I was in grade one. Imagine. All of this “slay kid” or should I rather say “slay princess”. At the age of six even, that was the first time I knew what being heartbroken was. It felt as if I was going to lose my identity and people wouldn’t recognize me. I felt as if without my hair, I was going to look like the rest of my cousins, no offense. I thought I’ll lose my confidence in thinking I’m as beautiful as my princess dolls.
“You are sad just because you want to bank your hair Letho?”, one of my boy cousins asked me with a confused innocent look on his face. My six-year-old mind didn’t know what to say, but instead, keep quiet and hoped he would elaborate more on the question. Sad enough, he didn’t, that was it. A few years later, when I was heading to high school and was now the big girl that I have always wanted to be, that line came back and crossed my mind on a random day. My school principal announced at assembly on a Friday morning, those hair extensions and certain hairstyles were not allowed anymore. They gave us the whole weekend to come up with a new hairstyle that seemed to be, “appropriate” for school, according to them. Believe it or not, I loved the “rainbow nation hair pattern” that was going on at school. We were diverse and creative with the options we had with our hair. Twisted? I’d still tell my friend she looks beautiful. Haircut? Not an issue because as African girls, we inherited generous and lots of amounts of hair from our mothers. What I’m saying is that, maybe…maybe I was not sad when my cousin asked that question.
Maybe the issue had nothing to do with keeping or cutting my hair. I was just confused or mad. That almost my whole life, why do I always have to be told how my hair should look or how I must present it to get society’s approval. Can’t I have my cornrows on the weekend and braids on Monday, maybe a cut next year, I mean it’s MY hair after all, isn’t it? I would have understood if the matter was based on our hair looking untidy as school learners, but telling us that we have limits as to what we can do with it, that was just wrong. It’s as good as taking our pride and control we had when it came to our beauty. That year was the year I made a promise to my hair that nobody, I repeat, nobody but myself can decide what to do with it. Ever since then, I have never underestimated the worth and importance of my hair because my hair is basically who I am. Its strong texture describes exactly what being an African means, its growth symbolizes that no matter what! I must not give up, shrinkage is just my hair hugging itself and showing I’m more than what you can see. At the end of the day, it’s MY WORLD, therefore, MY RULES.
Hair, like skin, like everything else in our bodies is complex. No two humans have the same head of hair and therefore it is important for each person to understand their hair and what works for it.
The one thing all naturally curly hair has in common is that it is dry and craves moisture. But not all 4c hair responds to the same products or hair routine, for example. Aside from curl type, another distinguishing factor is hair porosity.
Porosity refers to the ability of water or moisture to move in through hair. Highly porous hair, is hair where moisture moves in and out easily. Low porosity hair is hair that does not let water, moisture in easily but once moisture is in, it does not leave hair easily. Once moisturized properly, low porosity hair stays moisturized for longer.
Hair is dead cells are arranged in a three-layer pattern:
- The cuticle is the outermost layer of your hair. It comprises individual cuticles that overlap each other, like the tiles on a roof.
- The cortex is the middle and thickest layer. It contains fibrous proteins and pigments that give your hair its color.
- The medulla is the central, innermost layer of the hair shaft.
Low porosity hair, has tightly closed cuticles that overlap with no spaces, and this makes it hard for moisture, water, oils, creams to get into the hair shaft.
Hair porosity is something that is important to know to ensure you use the right products and to use them in the correct order and there are different ways through which to find out what porosity hair is. You can’t tell hair porosity just by looking at hair. Today we discuss low porosity hair.
Characteristics Of Low Porosity Hair?
- Hair feels dry, brittle
- Resistant to water, creams, and oils
- Water beads on hair
- Hair takes long time to dry
- Hair lacks elasticity
- Prone to product build up
When low porosity hair is healthy it can be strong, elastic and shiny as well soft. Once you figure out how to work with your low porosity hair, it can thrive and grow very well. Low porosity does not mean unhealthy.
How To Care For Low Porosity Hair
The main problem with low porosity hair is that product just sits on it, it doesn’t penetrate. So heat-activated moisturising is the way to go for low porosity hair.
- A Hot Oil Treatment works very well for low porosity hair, this can be a prepoo treatment or your deep conditioning treatment, because oils are very nourishing. Apply the oil on damp hair and cover with a plastic cap and sit for an hour or more. The heat from your scalp helps to open up the cuticle and allows the moisture and oil into hair. Wash off and then moisturise using L.C.O.
- Always deep condition by applying conditioner and sitting with it in a covered plastic cap for no less than 30mins. If you can, use a steamer or hooded hair dryer or heated cap. It is also advisable to wash hair with hot water then apply your conditioner.
- Water down your conditioner, mix it with water or apply it whilst hair is very wet, twist hair in sections and the put a plastic cap to deep condition.
- Try the baggy method or green house effect method for moisturising hair. For low porosity hair this is an effective way to moisturise hair, and it is recommended that you dampen hair before applying your favourite moisturizer or leave-in conditioner then put a plastic shower cap. Heat generated by your scalp gets captured in the plastic shower cap and in turns activates cuticles to open up.
- Try the L.C.O Method instead of L.O.C so apply your moisturizer first, then cream and then oil. You can even leave out the cream and just use a moisturizer (leave-in conditioner) and oil. Low porosity hair can be sealed in with an oil most of the time and not a thick butter like high porosity hair.
Humectants like glycerine and honey are really good for low porosity hair as they keep the moisture in. So try adding some glycerine to your leave-in conditioner/moisturizer before sealing with an oil.