Girl Child Natural: @afrochildlulu

 

I have always loved natural hair so relaxing Lulu’s hair was never an option. My little girl has been natural for 2yrs.

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The first year was tough… Her hair was a nappy fro 90% of the time. “Just cut her hair already, clearly you don’t know what to do with it.” I just let it grow with zero care.

Then she visited family and they were so excited with all that hair. I don’t know how many times they blow dried her hair, It was gorgeous. When she came back, her hair started breaking. Tiny little hairs would fall off at a mere touch. She had stunted growth at the back of her head and a few bold spots (ringworm). All this sparked her hair journey.

The second year she started wearing a satin bonnet, best decision I ever made. We did the baggy method for a good month, every single day until her hair stopped breaking.

Recipe used;

  • 50ml ORS Replenishing Conditioner
  • 100ml Distilled Water
  • 50ml Aloe Vera Juice/Gel
  • 30ml Glycerine
  • 1tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 drops of tree tea oil

I would spray this mix till hair was damp then cover her head with a custom made satin bonnet with a shower cap inside. After a month the breakage stopped.

I wash and deep condition her hair weekly. Currently, we are trying to grow those edges. She didn’t lose the edges from tight styles. She cut them out when they wouldn’t stay in her puffs. She is one scissor happy girl when it comes to the edges.

What are your goals, tips and tricks in your natural hair journey?

⊗ Disclaimer: – I am not encouraging or advising anyone to do the “baggy method”. I had a satin bonnet custom made and fool proof. Guaranteed not to slip off and cover her face. I am not liable for any injury or loss as a result of using this method.

Going Natural; Beginners Guide

When I first began pondering my decision to go natural, I went through tons and tons of YouTube videos and natural hair articles. I needed to know what next after making my decision. The following are my tips on going natural:

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This wig inspired me to go natural, yes it’s a wig
  1. Do Your Own Research. If you can write it all down, get a journal. Never take any information at face value as what works for someone else may not work for you. Learn How to do your own hair, learn what works for your hair and accept that your hair is unique. This was a hard pill to swallow because I had an idea of what my hair should look like. This resulted in a lot of frustration.
  2. Trial And Error. This may result with a potential product junkie but for me to learn what my hair needs, I have to try out products. Try and give a product a fair chance, I use up the product before I make up my mind. I don’t have to stress about throwing away products with this rule. I noticed something, though, with regard to natural hair shampoos. If you use bad products to moisturise and style, the shampoo fails to clean your hair as well as it should. Or you have to wash 2 or 3 times to get squeaky clean hair and by then your hair is stripped of all its natural oils. I used that as a way to eliminate products and decide how often to wash my hair.
  3. Drier Than the Kalahari. Natural hair is dry. The curves and bends make it difficult for moisture to travel down our hair shaft which is the causes of the dryness. To overcome this dryness, you need to learn how your hair operates. You need to learn to balance the washdays and moisturising routine so as to keep your hair moisturised. A good deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner and spritz bottle may come in handy here.
  4. All about Oils. Oils give hair softness and shine, but they also seal in moisture. Some oils are easily absorbed while others are not. This will depend on your hair. Many naturals swear by coconut oil while others blame coconut oil for their hair loss. Some oils will help you with dandruff and an itchy scalp. There are 2 types of oils, carrier and essential.
  5. Forget The Salon. One of the main reasons why most people end up relaxing their hair because of a hair stylist, brutal hair stylists. Blow drying, flat ironing, painful braids and weaves will be a temptation on every salon visit. Be a self-made loc guru, will take you a long while but you will get there. Make YouTube your new hairstylist. Embrace doing things for yourself and the tricks you learn along the way.16387345_808991912577106_1962249178633429599_n
  6. Protective styling. I recently had yarnlocs that I installed myself, best style ever if you ask me but the breakage I experienced on wash day was more than I could appreciate. By end where super dry. The protective styling I refer to here is minimum manipulation styles that allow for basic hair care and undisrupted wash days. Any style that pulls on my edges is a no no. My go to styles currently are braidouts, twistouts and wash n go. Hats and headbands also come in handy.
  7. Do not obsess with length. I am currently on a quest to learn how to take care of my hair. I do not struggle with hair growth but working up tomorrow with waist length hair when I’m still struggling with my TWA might be a problem. So I comfort myself with healthy realistic thoughts. Full thick hair is what I obsess about.
  8. Love your hair. Weird thing to say, but I looked weird when I did my big chop, at least to me. I couldn’t recognise my new face, new look. I tried to take my selfies the usual way, same way as when I had longer relaxed hair. When I compare my relaxed day pics to my current pics, my version of a perfect selfie has changed dramatically. I even look happier. I do not hair type, I found that even though I identified as a 4C, I have tiny coil hair.17098245_1378149485561579_6984357035740181594_n
  9. Build your perfect tool arsenal. Get your natural hair basics. Besides the shampoo, conditioners and oils, there are other items that are a must have. A satin scarf/bonnet, Denman brush, seamless wide comb/pick and heat cap/hooded dryer/steamer, spritz bottle, applicator bottle and distilled water.
  10. Nourish from within. This is not about supplements. Leave that to people that really need it with doctors prescriptions. Some of these supplements take a prolonged time for you to see a positive result, I sense a cash cow. Drinking and eating healthy will go a long way in ensuring a healthy head of hair. Inner moisture is just as important.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review #alwaysbouncebackSA

Neutrogena and Beauty Bulletin sent me this package of some of the products in the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line in exchange for an honest review.

Hydro Boost renews skin’s hydration levels by replenishing water and strengthening skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in hydrated, smooth, supple skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line is infused with;

-Purified Hyaluronic Acid

  •  Absorbs up to 1000x its weight in water
  • Special formula releases hydration back into skin all day
  •  Naturally found in skin

-Olive Extract

  • Strengthening, moisturising and nutrient-rich
  •  Helps skin’s moisture barrier against moisture loss

First Impressions

Blue being my favourite colour, I loved the packaging of this line. It looks expensive, luxurious.

All three products

Overall, I loved the three products that I got from this line, I felt like I had just cleansed my skin, it felt soft to the touch with no sticky-oily feel. I give all three overall, 4stars

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes

They come in a re-sealable bag that I found quite handy. Bag contains 25 soft wipes and costs only R99.95.

Is the product easy to use?

I’ve always loved wipes for refreshing during the day or removing makeup at night so these came in handy. I’m not huge on makeup, only using mascara and liner so it came in handy to easily remove my makeup with no hassle.

Is it of a high quality?

One wipe sheet was enough, each sheet is thick enough. The scent was ok, didn’t linger.

Is it geared towards somebody like me?

I was already using wipes so I added it simple to my routine.

Have others had a good experience with the product?

I always check for reviews before using a product and, I must say, I wasn’t disappointed at all. Neutrogena Hydro Boost has won numerous award in the beauty industry and I had to give the line a try.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes


What are the pros and cons of the product?

It is handy to wipe any oily spots or for refreshing during the day. The packaging is ACTUALLY re-sealable, keeping the wipes moist and fresh.

What alternatives are available, and how do they measure up?

Most alternatives I have used before were cheaper but for fewer wipes. The alternatives, however, usually have a detergent smell to them that I loath. I always look forward to using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Wipes; they make my skin feel soft and moist without the need to add a moisturiser.

Is the product worth my money?

They are a little bit pricey. They are worth it though.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Cleanser

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser comes in a 200ml bottle. It is an innovative, non-sticky lightweight gel that is activated with water and cleanses effectively while keeping your skin hydrated. It is formulated to allow you to keep skin supple, clean and healthy looking and giving it a boost of vital hydration.

Price: R99.95 for 200ml

Is the product easy to use?

Comes in an easy to use pump bottle that ensures no mess in the bathroom and is also childproof.

Is it of a high quality?

Packaging and products are outstanding. The cleanser left my skin feeling squeaky clean, moisturised and refreshed without being stripped.

Is it geared towards somebody like me?

Keeping my face clean is usually a challenge for me as I hate using soap on my face. This is the best alternative as it didn’t leave my eyes burning, which is what I experience with soap. I wish I had a spin brush to go with this bae.

Have others had a good experience with the product?

I always check for reviews before using a product and, I must say, I was blown away. Neutrogena Hydro Boost has won numerous award in the beauty industry and I had to give the line a try.

What are the pros and cons of the product?

Pros for me would be the amount and cost. A little goes a long way with this cleanser making it worth it. After using it for weeks now, I have only used about an eighth of the bottle, and did I mention that my little sis is using it too?

What alternatives are available, and how do they measure up?

I hate using soap on my face so I have no other product to compare it to. I use plain water usually so this is a huge upgrade that leaves my skin with a guaranteed clean and refreshed feel.

Is the product worth my money?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser comes in a 200ml bottle. A little goes a long way with this cleanser making it worth it. After using it for weeks now, I have only used about an eighth of the bottle sharing with my little sister?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is a refreshing water-gel moisturiser that absorbs instantly locking in hydration and releasing it when your skin needs it. No fanning required with this gel, minutes after applying it I wonder if I need more. The skin feels softer immediately and goes on.
Price: R139.95 for 50g

Is the product easy to use?

Comes in an adorable little tub and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel gel consistency makes it easy to deep in without causing a mess.

Is it of a high quality?

Packaging and products are outstanding. The gel’s ice blue colour screams luxury. This moisturiser delivers without me feeling greasy. I am a highly sensitive person but this product has delivered. It has a cooling feel to it that stays with me all day.

Is it geared towards somebody like me?

Being sensitive, I was worried when I started this line. But my skin is glowing now. I don’t apply any makeup on my skin beyond an eyeliner and mascara so I want my skin to look and feel refreshed and well hydrated. This product delivers just that for me.

Have others had a good experience with the product?

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel moisturiser has been featured in countless articles as the go-to moisturiser for individuals with sensitive and dry skin, individuals that need a product that will hydrate without leaving their skin oily.

What are the pros and cons of the product?

Pros;

  • Absorbs instantly
  • Cool feel
  • Not oily
  • Hydrating, skin looks and feels good
  • Can be layered with other products without resulting in a build-up

Cons;

  •  I would have preferred it to have no scent

What alternatives are available, and how do they measure up?

I like that I can use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Moisturiser with the alternatives though it is not required. My skin is so hydrated and less oily which is all I need. Even though I refresh myself during the day, I do not feel like I really need to now with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Moisturiser.

Is the product worth my money?

It’s quite pricey compared to the product I usually use, but I need my skin well hydrated so I will be buying this one. It is worth it.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel


Overall, I am a fan of this line. I would like to try the other 2 products in the line, the Neutrogena hydro boost micellar water, and the Neutrogena hydro boost water gel cream.

I will be buying the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Moisturiser mainly and it’s a toss-up between the cleanser and the wipes, with a budget of R200, I have to choose one.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

All products are available at Clicks and Dis-Chem at;
·         Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Moisturiser = R139.95 only.
·         Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel Cleanser =R 99.95 only.
·         Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel wipes = R99.95 only.
First wash day

2 weeks later

Not much difference, but my skin felt amazing and was less oily.