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Throwback Thursday!

It’s amazing how time flies…
It feels like just yesterday when I would frantically flat iron my already chemically straightened hair, while the kettle came to a boil, “is it just me or is this kettle getting faster?” is what I would ask myself as I realize I am nowhere near done and just opt to tie a high bun before pouring my tea in my take away mug before dashing out the door… a somewhat typical morning for me, being the non-morning person that I am.

My hair from 2008 to 2012

My hair has always been a major part of who I am and I’ve gone through a few looks and styles through the years…
Almost two years since I decided to transition into being au naturale, I must say I’ve come a long way… in my knowledge about hair in general and in growing my hair, not only longer but stronger! I’ve had numerous people ask how I managed to grow this big cotton wool like wad on my head, and what better way to share it than on here for all to see?!

The start of my natural transition just before the spring of 2012

As people are different, our hair types are different, and discovering what hair type (do that here) you have is the second step in the start of your healthier hair journey, whether you decide to straighten it or not (the first being deciding whether you want to do the Big Chop a.k.a. The BC or if you want to transition a.k.a. the easier way out lol). Once you figure out what type of hair you have it’s just a matter of researching the best ways to treat and handle your hair type.

The 3 most important lessons I learnt?

Dryness is a major problem with ethnics hair, and leads to weaker hair, breakage and therefore hair that doesn’t grow to be very long. One thing that I’ve learnt from reading numerous hair blogs is to give my hair lots of water to keep it nourished, spraying a combination of water and olive oil is something I do almost every night before bed and in the morning before combing it out and it’s made the biggest difference. Oh and drinking more water has also helped, not only with my hair but my skin too.

One thing that can be quite damaging to your hair is heat, if done repeatedly without giving your time to recover it can dry out, thin and break your hair. I have now stopped using heat completely, no blow drying, no flat ironing, no hot curling rods, nada! But if you must, do it once in a while and at a lower temperature; it may take longer to do what you need to do, but in the long run it will be better.

Finding the right products to use on your hair has always been a battle for me, especially with the limited offering available to us in SA, so it was fun to find a lot of these hair bloggers recommend you make your own. The DIY chick in me absolutely loved this… just research which oil best treats what you need for your hair, mix the combination of oils and water to best suit your hair in a spray bottle (especially cause we all have different hair types) and voila! Cause my hair gets extra thirsty and is coloured it needs extra care, I’ve found Shea Butter works wonderfully.
Taken end of last year, fro is bigger and curls less defined!

I could go on for hours, but I think I’ve typed enough… just keep in mind that going natural isn’t necessarily the easier route (depending on your hair type), as it requires a routine in order to get the best results from it, even if you wear weaves/wigs on a regular basis. What will also help, is if you read up on pre-pooing, co-washing, hair oil treatments, protective hair styles for winter and get yourself a silk scarf/pillowcase.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, otherwise please share your tips as I’m always open to suggestions and learning new tips.

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Through Shaded Eyes (TSE) is the brainchild of Tokelo Motsepe. A retail buyer and digital strategist with an addiction to blogging, this blog is a platform for my style, life and love for fashion to be shared. What started as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, has now become a place to let out my passion for fashion & writing, in-between time spent at work, traveling, or doing everything else life throws at me… it has become a form of expression and I hope it can inspire and encourage you to also share!

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