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My Regimen

My regimen refers to how I care for my hair on a day to day basis.

I wash and deep condition my hair twice a week.  The exact days vary – sometimes Monday and Thursday and sometime Tuesday and Friday.  Its mostly these days so I get ready for the week and for the weekend!  Im not fussy though on the exact days just as long as its twice a week.  In the beginning I used to wash my hair once every two weeks.  I reduced this to once a week and then now twice a week.  If I go longer than twice a week I feel that my hair is dirty and my scalp usually starts to itch.  I also think twice a week is best because of all the products I put on my hair.

To deep condition I put the product on my hair (generously).  I then wear a shower cap and sit under a hooded dryer for between 30 minutes and an hour.  I bought the hooded dryer in Game for about R300 (about US$40).  Before I had a hooded dryer I would put the shower cap on my head and keep it on for a few hours.  Alternatively I would sleep with the shower cap on my head overnight.

On days that I do not wash my hair, I moisturise it in the mornings.  I use Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil, Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion or SCurl Activator Moisturiser.

Why create a hair regime I hear you ask?  Well the point is that you keep track of what you are using on your hair.  Before I would just grab whatever I had and I was not concerned about how often or how I was using it.  Now I know what I put in my hair.  It makes it easier for me to track any changes I see in the hair and link the changes back to the product.  It’s easier for me to determine if a product is having any effect on my hair and whether this effect is positive or not.

I only go to the salon for relaxers every 12 weeks (used to be every 10 weeks until recently). Besides this I just do everything at home.  I do not use heat on my hair except in the hooded dryer when deep conditioning.  I just air dry it.  If I want to straighten it I set it with rollers and air dry.  I also use a little bit of castor oil on my scalp.

The list of products I use is:

Shampoo

Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture Shampoo for dry / damaged hair

Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo

Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo

Deep Conditioner

Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner

Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturising Conditioner (AOHSR)

Keracare Humecto

Moisturiser

Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil

SCurl Activator Moisturiser

Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter

Other

Castor Oil

Coconut Oil

Honey

Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

I bought the AOHSR and the Keracare Humecto on an overseas trip.When they run out I will just replace them with the Mizani Moisturefuse until I can lay my hands on them again.  I have not yet seen these products in South Africa.  It’s a pity!

My (detailed) 4 week regimen looks something like this.  I may sometimes subsitute one product for another:

Week 1 Week 2
Day 1Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture ShampooDeep Condition – Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 2

Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture Shampoo

Deep Condition – Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 1Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture ShampooDeep Condition – Keracare Humecto mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 2

Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture Shampoo

Deep Condition – Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Week 3 Week 4
Day 1Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture ShampooDeep Condition – Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 2

Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture Shampoo

Deep Condition – Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 1Shampoo – Tresemme Naturals  Nourishing Moisture ShampooDeep Condition – Keracare Humecto mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

Day 2

Shampoo – Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo

Deep Condition – Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise mixed with coconut oil and honey

Moisturise – Organic Root Stimulator Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Seal – Organic Root Stimulator Natures Shine

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139 Responses to “My Regimen”

  1. Ntombi 24 February, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Any particular reason why you chnaged from retouching every 10 weeks to 12 weeks?

    • Tendayi 24 February, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      I have been working on stretching the time between relaxers. Ive noticed that my hair thrives that way. It is becoming noticeably thicker. Probably because stretching lessens the chances of overlapping. I think 12 weeks is my limit though. The thing about stretching relaxers is that you also have to work on making sure that the hair doesnt break from dealing with two textures ie the new growth and the relaxed hair.

  2. Carmen 04 April, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Tendayi, how does the Keracare Humecto and Elasta QP make your hair feel. Have read alot about these products on the american blogs, is it really worth the hype. Wish we had these products here in SA, they should really cater for the ethnic hair market more. Lovies Carda

    • Tendayi 04 April, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Hi Carda!
      I love these products! They make my hair really soft and moisturised. I just wish I could walk into Clicks or Dischem and just buy them. My heart bleeds each time I read about a great product that I dont have access to.

    • Lyn 26 July, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Carmen,
      I started my hair journey 2 years ago.I also used to spend a lot of money on products and used to get products from abroad like Aphogee ,Mane n tail etc.The more
      I researched and learnt more about haircare the more I realised that we actually have quite a lot of products that you can use here in SA. I have stopped buying my products from abroad and I only use locally available products. I am quite happy and my hair is thriving.Just always keep your eyes open and keep in mind that some products you can only buy in Salons .Creme of Nature is finally also available in SA! Look around , local is lekker!

      • Tendayi 26 July, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

        You are right Lyn! We do have access to a lot. I must admit though that each time someone I know goes overseas I ask them to bring me something hair related to try. I cant resist. If I go I spend quite some time in beauty supply stores. My family eveb puts the time in our holiday program!!

  3. Becks 27 July, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Why I love this blog and am excited to have discovered it?? Because, reading American blogs all this time has made me pretty despondent about the seemingly limited choice in hair products only to discover through your blog and some of your readers helpful comments that there’s lots of stuff here and I just have to LOOK!

    • Tendayi 27 July, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      Becks thats exactly how i felt too! Then i started blogging and discovered there are many other african women just like me that are passionate about their hair. We dont have as much as the West but we have enough! There is no excuse!

  4. Shasha 17 September, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you for your blog.I just went out to buy some of your hair products from your regimen and today is Day 1 of treating my hair better.

    • Tendayi 17 September, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      All the best Shasha. I’m sure you will soon start seeing changes 🙂 Let me know how it goes.

  5. proudzimbabwean 19 October, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Woooo I have really been encouraged just by reading this! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Tendayi 19 October, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      You’re welcome 🙂

  6. wadzi 13 November, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I notice you don’t have cowashes incorporated into your regimen

    • Tendayi 13 November, 2011 at 9:42 am #

      i have tried co washes once or twice but i haven’t quite got of them. Each time I feel like using a shampoo afterwards!

  7. FroChic 23 November, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Girl, where do you buy your Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter and Mizani products? I’ve only seen Mizani in hair salons. As for Keracare, someone told me I could get it at white hair salons. I haven’t went on a search though.
    There’s a wonderful organic product online shop call faithful-to-nature & they sell stuff like your Giovannis & reasonable prices…shipping’s not too steep either.

    • Tendayi 23 November, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      I get the Elasta QP Plive and Mango Butter from loved ones overseas. A jar lasts a long time. Right now I have 2 unopened ones!! Mizani I also buy in hair salons. It is only sold through accredited hair salons in SA. As for Keracare I also get it from overseas. I have not seen it in any white salons (I have been to a few just to see what products they have!) What I have discovered though is Nioxin, Biolage, Joico and a few more. Quite pricy! Thanks for the Giovanni tip. It gets great reviews on hair forums. Will gve it a try.

  8. Nikki 27 January, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I have started my hair care regimen this year after following Hairlista.com for a while… My hair is already growing past my shoulders! Am loving that we are starting something similar in Africa. xoxo

    • Tendayi 27 January, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      All the best Nikki! We can do it too! You should share what you are doing to get great results.

  9. solace 17 February, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I relaxed my hair 3 months ago with dark and lovely which has made my hair very thin and soft, after being natural for over 2 years. I am thinking of going natural for good since the relaxed hair is not looking great.

    Any help?

    • Tendayi 17 February, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      hi Solace
      Im working on a post about transitioning from relaxed to natural. I should post it next week. I will email you the link.

  10. solace 20 February, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    what do l do to make my hair think?

    • Tendayi 20 February, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Have you tried castor oil? It worked well for my hairline.

      The other thing is to ensure that you use relaxer correctly. Use it only on the new growth, not on the full length of your hair. Over processed hair gets really thin and sparse.

  11. Vimbai 04 April, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I have had weaves the last 10 years and my hair,especially the hairline has suffered for that. so in January I went completely bald. as my hair grew I found that my natural hair was extremely dry and very very coarse,it was painful getting a comb thru it,so I opted for s-curl and did the whole castor oil regime,and Im seeing results now, my hair is getting thicker and my hair line is slowly coming back,however now my hair is too long for s-curl,its getting strait and I think Im fast approaching the mid length crisis,any suggestions on a hair style that wont stress my hairline?

    • Tendayi 12 April, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      I know what you are talking about – a hair length when your hair is not short but its not long either! Braids and weaves are fine as long as you know that you need to care for your hair and protect your hairline. Many women dosuccessfully care for their hair using these styles. For other style inspiration take a look at this links http://photos.essence.com/galleries/street_style_hair__medium_length

  12. namakau 06 April, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    As at today I have decided to follow your program. My hair has been breaking since I got tiny massai braids. I decided to start affresh 6months ago. My hair is about 5cm long if I am not mistaken. I pray this goes as planned.

    Regards and wish me well.
    Namakau

    • Tendayi 12 April, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Wow Namakau!
      Im sure you will see results. All the best and please keep us posted how its going.

  13. zilpah03 11 April, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi Tendayi! I noticed you don’t do any protein treatments here. What would you recommend for breaking natural hair? I know about the balance between moisture and protein,my hair lacks protein but I can’t seem to find anything good enough. I tried organic root stimulator hair mayo but it didn’t work much. I tried eggs but they didn’t work either,my hair is still shedding.Help!

    • Tendayi 12 April, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      I use ORS Hair Mayo about once a month or so. Thats my source of protein. I also use the ORS Replenishing Pak which has a bit of protein. I use this more regularly. Make sure you figure out whether it is breakage or shedding. These are two different things. See this post for detail on the difference.http://africanhairblog.com/2011/01/20/hair-breakage-whats-causing-it/

      There are other deep conditioners that contain protein. One is Motions CPR. You can also try reconstructors. In SA they have just introduced the Aussie line which has a reconstructor that people rave about on blogs. In SA we can also get Joico Kpak Reconstructor (also a hit with bloggers). Joico is quite pricy though.

  14. sibusiso 14 April, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Hi, I’ve gone natural my hair is about 3cm long. I’ve been washing daily and its hectic. My hair is very dry and thirsty. If I use the deep condition olive oil oil replenish pak mixed with coconut oil and honey, wil it be reality that I don’t wash my hair every morning? If so how often do I do this and how often should I wash my hair?

    • Tendayi 16 April, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      Washing your hair is really about preference as well as whats best for your hair. I would sugegst a minimum of once a week along with deep conditioning. You wouldthen moisturise yourhair daily to keep it soft making it easier to manage. Our hair is naturally dry to we have to work overtime to make sure it is getting enough moisture.

      When you wash daily do you use shampoo? Shampoos can also be drying and using them daily may contrbute to that.

    • carolkudzi309 21 May, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      hi Sibusiso. I am a natural hair diva, been natural for about 9 months now, and its true, shampoos leave some hair types, such as mine,dry. As such I do what is called co-washing which is conditioner washing. Instead of a shampoo I use a conditioner to wash my hair. That way, my hair retains moisture. Ever since i started doing that my hair is thriving! Love it!

  15. lolo 24 May, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Hi tendai
    I relax my hair with dark and lovely what can I use to grow my hair faster and healthy or can I use your regimen pls help I want to grow my hair long

    • Tendayi 24 May, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Lolo
      I suggest you use my regimen as a guide but modify it to suit you eg I wash and deep condition my hair twice a week but once a week is just as good. Also find products that agree with you as well. Products that I like and use may not be ones that you will like. I think the first thing is to understand the basics of hair care – that way you will make informed choices. Read up on the first articles I wrote when I was also finding my way around the basics.

  16. lolo 24 May, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi tandayi. I have 7weeks ralax and I want to do single braids is it okay and I want to stay with my braids maybe 8weeks then go to salon for retouch is it ok pls help

    • Tendayi 24 May, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Lolo
      Yes its fine. I think I was 8 weeks when I had my last braids done. Keeping them for 8 weeks is fine too. I don’t advise keeping for 12 weeks or more because the knots become ridiculous and so hard to detangle.

  17. Khay 24 May, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Tendayi, maybe I missed a pat of you blog, but i’ve found that keeping my hair past 2months unretouched just increases breakage so i keep it in braids from about 4weeks on…is there anything you can suggest for taking care of your hair while it is braided…because the general tendency is to take liberties and not really care for it as much as when it is let loose

  18. thandeka 01 June, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I bought ORS mayonaise, how much honey and castor oil can I mix with it? My hair is shoulder length, just in case u say it depends how long my hair is?

    • Tendayi 02 June, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      I would say start with about a teaspoon of each and then adjust from there. It is about hair length and the amount of ORS Mayonnaise you are using. Personal preference also comes into it because adding these things changes the texture of the ORS too. Too much honey can make it sticky. Too much castor oil and it will be oily.

    • Tendayi 02 June, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      I would say start with about a teaspoon of each and then adjust from there. It is about hair length and the amount of ORS Mayonnaise you are using. Personal preference also comes into it because adding these things changes the texture of the ORS too. Too much honey can make it sticky. Too much castor oil and it will be oily.

      I have stopped adding honey to my deep conditioners now. It worked well but it lightenened my hair. I stopped when I didnt want my hair to go any lighter. My hair now has streaks that look kind of like highlights. You cant see them clearly in pictures but they are apparent when I am in the sun.

  19. China 14 June, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    hello im new to the natural hair did the big chop a year ago and i am having the worse time, my hair is very dry and feels like wool sometimes. What are some things i can do or use to help?

  20. Heldiii 16 June, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Hi Everyone. Can You Please Tell Me WHERE I can buy Castor Oil And Coconot Oil for my hair In Cape Town South Africa.???

    • Tendayi 16 June, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      You can get castor and coconut oil in Dischem and Clicks. They have their own inhouse brands. You can also get extra virgin coconut oil in Dischem. Thats the one I have. You can find it in the health food aisle.

      • Heldiii 16 June, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

        Thank U Tendayi 🙂
        I will go and buy It…
        I love Your Hair… 🙂 🙂

      • Tendayi 16 June, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

        You’re welcome 🙂 Thank you for the compliment.

      • Heldiii 16 June, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

        And Is It True that Shea Butter works?
        Thankx again. 🙂

      • Tendayi 16 June, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

        Shea butter is great for the hair. I haven’t used it yet though.

  21. Heldiii 16 June, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Me Again Tendayi. So for the castor oil I can Buy Any brand They might have at clicks or dis-chem?

    • Tendayi 16 June, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Get the Clicks or Dischem brand. Their inhouse brands.

      • Heldiii 16 June, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

        Thankx Alot 🙂

  22. thandeka 17 June, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Do you use shampoo to rinse off the hair mayonnaise or do just use water?

    • Tendayi 18 June, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      I rinse with just water. I now follow on with a moisturising conditioner to soften the hair because the Hair Mayo contains protein and it leaves my hair feeling hard.

  23. Molly 26 June, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi ,
    I have cut my relaxer and did scurl, whats regimen to follow at home? What would you recommend to moisture my hair and at the time keeping my curls on.

    • Tendayi 27 June, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      I think you cant do better that Scurl Activator Moisturiser. Its a glycerin based moisturiser and its very popular with relaxed and natural ladies alike. I did a review of it here http://africanhairblog.com/2011/09/06/lusters-scurl-activator-moisturizer/

      As for regimen. wash weekly, deep condition and moisturise daily.

      • noleen 27 June, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

        how do you deep condition daily without washing your hair?

      • Tendayi 28 June, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Sorry my comment is not clear. I mean wash and deep condition weekly. Moisturising is what you do daily.

  24. Kiersten 23 July, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I love the benefits of the ORS carrot oil but I can’t stand the smell!!!! How do you deal with it? Am I putting too much on?

    • Tendayi 23 July, 2012 at 5:17 am #

      I dont particularly like the smell either! My solution is that I do not use it every day. Only about once in between washes. I use other moisturisers in between.

  25. LongHairDontCare 25 July, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    hey tendayi.. not sure if this had already been asked cause i didnt read all the comments… but how does your regimen change when u have braids in? My hair is breaking off so starting to read your blog to see what i can do better/ what im doing wrong. Im in school so I wear braid 90% of the time, how do i take care of my hair then?

    • Tendayi 26 July, 2012 at 4:24 am #

      When in braids I wash weekly (i wash twice a week when out of braids). I condition the hair by diluting conditioner with water and pouring over braids. I dilute it to make it thinner. I moisturise by soraying braid spray daily. I spray generously. When I am done my braids are damp. I detail it in this post http://africanhairblog.com/2011/11/07/braid/

  26. Sarina 28 July, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi,

    As opposed to your goal of growing relaxed hair, I am on a mission of growing my natural hair. Do you know of any good leave in conditioners for sale in SA, particularly Cape Town or Pretoria. Good luck with your journey.

    Sarina

    • Tendayi 31 July, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      If you are natural then be sure to also check out http://www.goodhairdiaries.blogspot.com Kavuli has natural hair hair. Im sure you will like her blog too. As for good leave in conditioners – you can get these ones, they have all had good reviews especially on american blogs.

      Paul Mitchell moisture mist
      Giovanni Direct LeaveIn Weightless moisture conditioner(available through http://www.pranaproducts.co.za )
      Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
      yes to cucumbers leave in conditioner
      Joico (it has many leave in conditioners)

  27. Hope 31 July, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    is it to use pure glycerine (clere brand) as a moisturiser for relaxed hair, what can l mix it with?

    • Tendayi 31 July, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      Yes you can use it on relaxed hair. Use it mixed though not in its pure form. You can mix it with water, aloe vera juice, rose water, carrier oils (a bit) like coconut, castor, jojoba, grapeseed, wheatgerm etc, a few drops of essential oil eg tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, lavender etc. You can add all or a gew of these things. It just depends on what you prefer. Go easy on the oils.

  28. lolo 03 August, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Hi T. Where can I buy the Mizani moisturefuse mosturizing conditioner I live in Benoni pls help

    • Tendayi 03 August, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Let me get the info for you.

    • Tendayi 06 August, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi Lolo

      Mizani do not stock salons in Benoni but they do supply to salons in Bedfordview, Eastgate, Norkim Parka dn Edenglen. The details are below:

      ANGELS HAIR SALON
      SHOP U24 BEDFORD CENTRE,CNR SMITH & BRADFORD
      BEDFORDVIEW
      011 615 6150

      LE LOOKS HAIR & BEAUTY – EASTGATE
      SHOP U76 ENTRANCE 4,EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE
      011 622 8270

      LU SHAY’S HAIR & BEAUTY SALON
      17 BASIAAN STREET, BIRCH STR,
      NORKIM PARK
      083 553 8828

      ILLUMINE
      CNR BAKER & HARRIS STR 1615, KARAGLEN MALL UPPERLEVEL
      Eden Glen
      0115240336

      Just call first and find out if they have it. If they dont they can order it for you from Mizani.

  29. rudo chikoto 17 August, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    very educative and inspiring. Thank you for this.

  30. noemia 01 September, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi,love your blog! I would like to know where I can buy the Scurl activator moisturiser and I would also like to know if Game still sells hooded dryer and if not where can I get one? Oh and I’m currently natural with flat ironed hair but I would like to start relaxing,any tips?thanks 🙂

    • Tendayi 01 September, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Hi Noemia
      Scurl is found in Jumbo and Africa Cash and Carry as well as Charlie Parker in Joburg and Pretoria CBD. Unfortunately Lusters have been havinf problems with supply so you wont find it at the moment. I will let you know when its back on shelves again.

      Game still sells hooded dryers. I actually saw some there last week.

      Relaxer tips – read these two posts for all I know about relaxers!

      http://africanhairblog.com/2011/01/10/relaxers-what-i-have-learnt/

      http://africanhairblog.com/2012/08/07/relaxer-burn-ouch/

      • noemia 01 September, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

        Thank you soooo much, I’m so happy to have found your blog because I usually follow American blogs and it’s so frustrating because I hardly ever find the products they use here,your blog is really helpful, I had no idea game sold hooded dryers until today,I’ll be sure to go check the Game at eastgate ASAP. Thanks once again Tendayi 🙂

      • Tendayi 03 September, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

        pleasure!

  31. Tumi 19 September, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Hey Tendayi! just wanted to know where i can buy Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter? (in Johannesburg)

    • Tendayi 20 September, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      I have never come across it in SA. I dont think you can get it here. When someone I know travels overseas I ask them to bring a tub for me.

  32. jasmine Flower 24 September, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Ihve have started using natural oils now for about a year. My hair has really grown just past my shoulders. About 11″ in all. But its still scanty! And my edges are not growing out. I use the castor oil from clicks on my edges but I cnt see much results. I don’t know what I’m doin wrong. I have almost all the natural oils I cn find here in johannesburg. But I am still looking for jamican Black Castor oil! Or what other alternative to make my hair fuller can u give me pls??? 😦

    • Tendayi 25 September, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Castor oil is great for edges. How often are you using it on your scalp? How exactly are you using it?

      As for Jamaican Black Castor Oil, I don’t think you will find it in SA. I have never seen it here. The regular castor oil works well though.

    • Queen 23 February, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Hey Jasmine
      I found a website that sells and ships Jamaican Black Castor Oil and other shea butter products, however, they have limited products but I’m happy with what I get from them…go to http://www.natmoisture.co.za they don’t charge you an arm and a leg for deliveries

  33. jasmine Flower 30 September, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    its ok I will keep using it to see what happens on the long run.
    On another topic, I’ve got lots of oils I’m not sure how to use. My carrier oils are: castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado, shea butter, grapeseed oil, Almond oil, olive oil. Essential oils : rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus oils.
    Pls if u can tell me how to mix and make a regimen, that wil be gr8! Thanks dear!

    • Tendayi 01 October, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      If you have lots of oils I think the best way to use them is to add them to your deep conditioners. I add about a teaspoon or so of carrier oil to the conditioner I am using then apply to my hair and wear a shower cap for some hours or go under a dryer / steamer. You can even add 2 different carrier oils if you like. For essential oils add just 2/3 drops to your conditioner.

      You can also use the oils as a prepoo. Coconut oil is great for this. Apply to scalp and hair and wear a shower cap. Keep it on as long as you can then shampoo and proceed as usual. You can also use the carrier oils to seal in moisture. To do this moisturise your hair as usual the apply a bit of carrier oil over the moisturiser. This will seal in moisture into your hair.

  34. Zandile 07 October, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Hey Tendayi. I am planning to shave all of my hair off tomorrow.I am starting my hair journey from scratch. I need a hair regimen that I will stick to this time. Would you recommend following your regimen even though I wont have hair for a little while.

    • Tendayi 08 October, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      I recommend starting a regimen as soon as your hair starts to grow. That way you will have very little breakage and you will see an increase in length in a short space of time. Since you will have very little hair you will not need a lot of product initially!

  35. Rue007 05 November, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Hey Tendayi. Love your posts. Can you please do one on how you airdry your hair esp without rollers. I’m trying to cut out heat from my regimen but my hair always comes out puffy. Also, I’ve noticed that in your regimen, you shampoo then put the DC. Does this mean that when you are DC’ing there is no need to put a rinse out conitioner after you shampoo and before you DC. Does it affect the DC results in any way?

    • Tendayi 05 November, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Rue007
      Thanks for the suggestion. When I air dry I normally just put my damp hair in a bun and let it dry that way. If it comes out puffy you can put it in a bun then ties a scarf until its dry. That way it dries quite flat. You can also wrap your hair around your head to ensure it dries quite straight. You wrap your hair around your head and tie a scarf. If you do this at night you will have straight hair the next morning. Just google ‘wrap hair at night’ to see pics of what I am talking about.

  36. rumby 05 November, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Hey Tendayi! Great blog and love your hair. My hair is a mess. I don’t even know where to start. Anyway my hairline is pretty bad. I started using castor oil. I can really say its working. I just took out my weave a week ago. I always do weaves so I decided to chill for this month and just leave my hair. Anyway I now have 2 months growth and my hair is dry dry dry. I don’t want to relax it but at the same time I scared it will break….Please help

    • Tendayi 05 November, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      If weaves are causing your hairline problems then I sugest you take a break from them while you look after your hairline. If they are the cause and you keep doing weaves then your hairline does not get a chance to recover. As for your dry hair, what are you using to moisturise it and how often. You need to moisturise often because our hair looses moisture and it needs to be replenished. You also need to use a good moisturiser. They are not created equal – some of them are much better than others.

  37. Francie Betty 16 November, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi T thanks for your blogs they’r amazing!
    I have long natural hair its thick black and a little strong. i want to relax it but i’m afraid it may become thin on the head. please i need your advice.
    Thanks.

    • Tendayi 16 November, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Relaxing can very well lead to thinning of the hair if it is not taken care of properly. Make sure you relax it properly or go to a professional. If the hair is overprocecessed it is very likely to break and to thin out. Once relaxed make sure to moisturise it regularly – moisturise daily and wash ans deep condition weekly. Take a look at this post for a lot more detail:

      http://africanhairblog.com/2011/01/10/relaxers-what-i-have-learnt/

      • Linda 26 November, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

        Hi Tendayi
        I love your blog and your hair! Just discovered it, it’s so hard to find useful information on African hair especially locally!
        How do you manage to last 12 weeks between relaxers. I find that after 6 weeks my hair starts to cut and by 7/8 weeks it’s cutting unacceptably and have to relax. What do you do, any advice?
        Thanks:)

      • Tendayi 27 November, 2012 at 11:33 am #

        hi Linda!
        Thanks for the compliments.

        The way I manage is that the longer I go the less styling and manipulation I do. I also increase the tlc so it doesnt break. Around 8 weeks or so my hair is almost permanently in a bun. No more roller sets etc etc. I also make sure to moisturise adequately. Sometimes I moisturise even twice a day.

  38. Lebo 26 November, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Please give a detailed explanation of how u air dry because my hair just frizz n becomes sOoooo dry!

    • Tendayi 27 November, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      After I rinse out the deep conditioner I apply moisturiser to my hair while it is wet/ damp. I then apply a bit of oil (usually coconut oil). While still wet I put the hair in a bun and let it dry that way. Sometimes I will do a pony tail and braid the hair and let it dry. You can also bun your hair and then tie a scarf and let it dry.

      Sometimes I will roller set the hair and air dry it that way if i want it to dry in curls.

      The idea is to moisturise it while its still wet then tie it back or tie a scarf and let it dry that way.

  39. Beeba 30 November, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi!

    I’ve just come across your blog and love it 🙂

    I experienced post partum hair loss and my hair now feels limp and has lots of breakage. I’ve gathered lots of tips from reading ur blog today and was wondering if you have any tips for me as I’m starting this healthy hair journey.

    Thanks x

  40. Zandile 21 December, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi Tendayi, I have been looking for the SCurl Activator Moisturiser with no luck. Can you tell me where you got yours?

    • Tendayi 21 December, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      I got mine in Jumbo months ago. Its been out of stock for a long time now. The distributors keep saying they are working on getting stock but its been ages. There are some shops in Johanessburg cbd that still have it. Unfortunately I cant tell you which ones. If you are ever there just keep your eyes open and you may see it in shop windows. I saw it about a month ago while passing in a bus.

  41. nduta ng'ang'a 08 January, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Thanks Tendayi for your wonderful tips on hair care. I love the product review as well. I plan to add some of the products you have recommended onto my regimen.

    • Tendayi 08 January, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      you’re welcome Nduta

  42. Rue007 04 February, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Tendayi.
    I’ve heard of people that deep condition with ORS replenishing pacs overnight. Is it something you have done before and is it safe to do so.
    I’m considering trying it out tonight but I’m a bit unsure how it will affect my part texlaxed and relaxed hair.

    Oh and the other thing, is all your hair now texlaxed or you also have a combination of texlaxed and relaxed strands like me.

    • Tendayi 04 February, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      I have done it many times before. I normally do it when on holiday because i dont have time to spend hours on my hair. Its never caused any issues for me.

      I am now all texlaxed. I cut off the remaining relaxed hair last year.

      • Rue007 04 February, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

        Lucky you, I still can’t stand the thought of chopping off my relaxed strands which are longer that the texlaxed ones.
        Did you ever have to deal with relaxed, texlaxed and new growth at the same time. If so, any advice on how you handled the different textures and do you have any suggestions for a good detangler.

      • Tendayi 04 February, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

        i went through many months with txlaxed, relaxed and new growth! Its quite a challenge. I found that the best was to make sure the hair was moisturised, especially the new growth. Moisturised growth is soft.

        I use a detangler when I remove braids. I use Organic Root Stimulator Shea Butter hair softener and it works well for me.

  43. Grace 07 February, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi Tendayi. As you know, products are hard to come by in Zimbabwe. Would it be safe for my hair if i used anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners even though i don’t have a problem scalp?

    • Tendayi 08 February, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      I find anti dandruff shampoos really strong. If you have no choice you would rather do conditioner washes (wash hair with conditioner) and then occassionally use the anti dandruff. You could also dilute it with water to minimise stripping of the hair.

  44. missy 21 February, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I’m not a continental African (but I’m a Canadian of Afro-Caribbean descent).

    This goes out to not just the author of this blog but readers too: I emphatize totally with not being able to find products that are U.S. based in your country, and those available having inflated prices. Obviously being so close to the U.S. my situation is nowhere near as “bad” as the African ladies. BUT, if you notice all the natural emphasis lately on blogs, many North Americans want products like shea butter, black soap, argan oil, henna etc. which can be found in various parts of Africa! You need recognize the abundance of what is available to you and when all fails, MAKE YOUR OWN and START YOUR OWN BLACK HAIR BUSINESSES. Not everything made out here is any good, and some of it is actually harmful, Some of us aren’t even using our commercial products anymore and are trying to use natural things (that are often edible in fact) to save money and consider our health. Do not beat yourself up for not getting what Americans have. Remember America has many, many problems in spite of its technologies. Consider the secondary benefit of generating wealth within your nations with your own industries.

    • Tendayi 21 February, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you for your insight Missy ❤

  45. Rudaviro 16 April, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Hi Tendayi,

    @ which stage do you use Castor oil in your regimen and how?

    • Tendayi 22 April, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      I use castor oil on my scalp. I apply it very lightly and massage it in. I also sometimes add castor oil to my deep conditioners. I add about a teaspoon or so to the deep conditioner before applying it to washed hair. Sometimes I will also use it to seal in moisturiser – I aply about a drop to my palms and apply this onto moisturised hair to seal in the moisture.

  46. Adeline 23 April, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Hie Tendayi, you blog is so encouraging. I recently started my hair journey beginning of this year. Last year December, I got bored of my hair and decided to put highlights on my hair, biggest mistake:(. The first month everything went well and I was mosturising my hair daily and deep conditioning it every week. One day I just got lazy and decided to go to a salon for a wash and the lady used a hot iron on my hair which was probably on high setting. From that tyme my hair has been breaking. I have been doing protein treatments every two weeks and it seems better now. Any ideas on how I can strengthen my hair?

    • Tendayi 26 April, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      The best way to strengthen hair is to use protein treatments. Maybe what your hair needs is a once of hard core protein treatment. One such treatment is Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment. It is only to be used once evry 6 weeks or more. Other heavy protein products include Affirm 5in1 Reconstructor, Nexxus Keraphix, Mizani Kerafuse, Keracare Super Reconstructor. Hope this will help you.

      • Adeline 26 April, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

        thanks dear, will try it and update you.

  47. Iris 01 May, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    I am gonna try this 4 weeks plan on me and my 2 girls. Just got this blog last night so I don’t have enough time to read all of it,but with time I will. I’m really exited cause I was reading blogs of other countries and could not find the products. Thanks, you just gave me hope. Is this products safe to use on my kids hair (5 & 9). I was thinking of organic root stimulator for girls. Please advice.

    • Tendayi 02 May, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      I have a 7yr old daughter and i use the same products on her. I keep her routine very simple though since she is still young! You will find that the ingredients in a ‘girls’ line don’t differ much from the ‘grown up’ line.

  48. terri 18 May, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    how often should a protein conditioner be used

    • Tendayi 21 May, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      It really depends on your hair. I do one about once a month (using Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise). Some do them every 2 weeks and some (mostly natural hair ladies) hardly ever! It also depends on the strength of the protein treatment you are using. There are some hard core treatments eg Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment which should only be done every 6 weeks or more. Such treatments will clearly state this on the packaging.

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