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Combs for Afro and Curly hair

This week, I experienced a tough week with my afro, I actually felt like cutting it off and this has been after a long time. You see, a few weeks back, I had odered some crochet braids to install in my hair as I mentioned earlier, that is one of my go to protective styles. I was eagerly waiting for them and ready to get that hairdo done. I kept checking with the individuals that mentioned that I should have received them and they said that I should wait a little longer. After one month of waiting, I was extremely unhappy with the outcome of the items and just mentioned that I had not received them. I did not ask for a refund but I enquired with them again as I wanted to make sure that I was still to receive them. I was only informed that I would receive a refund. It got me wondering, what happened to the items along the way? did they get lost? Did someone else get them? So many questions and no answers. Back to the topic of the day, combing afro hair. 

Combs and Afro hair

When having natural hair became more of a trend, I came across many theories and ideologies regarding looking after afro hair. One of them was that you should not comb afro hair? That did not last long, it’s extremely difficult to deal with afro hair without a comb or even a blowdry, unless you have less tighter coils in your hair. The best methodology I heard was finger combing. Now depending on the type of coils you have. if you have tigher coils, sometimes the finger combing can help but you still need a detangling brush especially for the little tiny knots. Sometimes if I am a little impatient with the process, I will eventually cut the knot off. That’s why it’s important to keep trimming your hair because it minimizes the knots a fair bit. 

So because I did not get the crotchet braids, I was at a loss of how to style my hair this week, eventually I used a brush to comb it out and leave it as an afro for a while. 

It’s been a hot week so I prefer not to add anything to my head because I don’t want to get too sweaty. 

Wide Toothed Combs

Every time I shower, I always use a wide toothed comb for the tangles in my hair when I am washing it. It makes the task odf detangling so much easier. Infact when I take out my braids, I no longer try and detangle them before I wash my hair, I usually detangle it during the process of washing. The only thing I do when I undo the hair is remove the product build up, which you can actually avoid if you use spirit and cotton to clean up atleast every week. It’s also wise to use a light oil to keep it moisturised during the braid process, however that’s something I will provide information on next time. 

Now if you have tight coils, do not use combs that are small and are not wide toothed if your hair is still tangled. You can use it once your hair has been straightened out. I have not straightened my hair in almost one year now and I actually cannot wait to do that soon. I think less heat on the hair is so healthy for you. 

Recent trend

Lately, there have been some combs that have been released in the market and I think that they are extremely innovative and interesting Poppupe detangling brush, it’s easy to use, it bends with your hair. It’s good to use in the shower and it minimizes the tangles which means less pain.

It has not been used by many people, because as mentioned, it’s a new look and style and many individuals have not experienced using that design, however check it out. 

Wooden Combs

When I was younger, I was used to the wooden comb it’s only when the manufacturing of combs became more common that the plastic combs started being used. The wooden comb was mostly useful for braiding and a little bit of combing, however not so much. There’s not much production of wooden combs nowadays, however I will certainly find out if I can find a similar comb to the one that I used during my childhood.

Comb etiquette

It does not matter if you are the only individual that uses a brush or comb, however it’s extremely important to keep it clean. After every use I always wash it. The main reason for this is that when you reuse the brush again, you want to know the condition of your hair. You want to see are you loosing a lot of hair, is the condition improving. It’s also important to keep it clean to minimize any cross infection. But just like make up brushes, it’s good to disinfect your comb by cleaning it in warm soapy water. You can also just disinfect it depending on what you like. 

Anyway combing and brushing your hair is always important. You cannot live without it and it’s the only way to know how your hair is doing. 

What was your favourite type of comb growing up? 

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Making money doing something you love

In this day and age, technology has helped in providing information in easier ways. It has certainly come with it’s advantages and disadvantages as well. However I would like to begin with the good things technology has done to improve the lives of people.

Technology Advantages

Over the last 10 years, many things have changed, some for the better and some worse. At this moment in time in the information age, a lot of people can take advantage of the fortunes that can be found online, that does not mean that it will be easy, you just have to learn to be consistent and know what it is that you want for your life.

A few months ago, I came across a platform known as Wealthy Affiliate(WA). I was clueless as to what it was all about, however I joined it for free to see what it was all about. My curiosity piqued because I realised that the site was to teach me how to do Affiliate Marketing, something that I heard about but never quite had an idea how to go about it.

From the first day that I started working on it, I enjoyed the lessons so much I decided to join it as a premium member just because I realised that there would be an advantage to myself and my family.

As soon as I joined them, I realised I had a lot of work to do, to get somewhere as in life there are no shortcuts, everything takes time. If something sounds too good to be true there’s always a catch and at this time in our lives, we have to be careful what we go for.

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The reasons I joined

Well, like most people, you want to be financially stable and in order to get there, passive income is useful in assisting you reach those goals. The other reason was I have a family and want to be there for them, the hustle of commuting to and from work was something I thought was too cumbersome for me. I have been working on my site for the past 6 months, however when I first began, I had another job so I never quite made time for it as much as I should have.

When my contract from work ran out, during the quiet periods, I did spend time working on my passion which has always been afro hair and also working on getting myself financial independence. You don’t know when you will have to look after someone in your family and you don’t want to wait until it’s too late. Life is hard enough as it is and anyone can work on their life to have a vision on where they want to be. Five years from now I know what my personal goals should be and no organisation should dictate that for me.

You see a few years back, I looked at my life and I have been lucky to have some great jobs, but it has always been a challenge trying to climb up the corporate ladder. For me I always asked myself, is it worth it? Do I have to go through all this politics just so that I can get the money? Should I step over someone’s head and be ruthless about where I want to go? Should I wait to be promoted or can I promote myself? Well when WA came up I was like, why should I wait when I can take advantage of this wonderful community where I can utilise my skills online and provide information to others on how they too can improve their lives. This is when my journey began and I have not looked back since.

Technology problems

Now although technology is great, privacy is becoming a matter of concern all around the world and you have to be extremely careful with who you provide your details to. The great thing about WA, you can have all your information kept secure. Additionally, technology especially the social aspect of it is quite addictive. People have become glued to technology that the value of face to face is getting a little lost with people constantly looking at their phones and not socialising. The art of speaking to those around us is starting to get lost in the sea of technology and the human presence is being taken for granted. Sometimes I wonder if an individual from the past would come back to this world, how would their reaction be because I think it would tell alot about where we are headed as human-beings.

We can record events that have happened but do we just record and do nothing about it or do we step in to help victims? Therefore although technology has been amazing for us, it has also brought another set of problems we all need to work on.

What can we do

Take the time to value those around you, your parents, kids, friends and anyone. Step away from technology sometimes even a week off from the digital to the human expereince. Learn to appreciate those around you. The main reason I wanted to provide this information was to assist anyone out there that wanted to create something online and was not sure how to go about it. This is a simple gift that can change your life and create some opportunities that you may not have considered. In a world full of hopelessness I am trying to reach out and help an individual that wants more out of life. If that is you, there is nothing to lose and you won’t waste your time with this.

I am still a work in progress, however that will not stop me from working diligently until I fulfill my purpose and goal on this earth. If this is the type of opportunity you want, feel free to write and let me know where you are, what do you want to accomplish in the next year. 2019 is about to end and 2020 is just around the corner, do you still want to be in the same place as 2019 or do you want to grow?  This is a challenge not just for me but everyone that want to improve their life.

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How to start looking after your hair

Most people want what they can’t have. If you have straight hair, you want curly hair and if your hair is curly, you want it straight. However, what matters the most is how you look after it. Whatever type of hair you have, if you look after it, everyone will certainly compliment you on it, be it curly or straight. I hope you identified your hair care regimen from my previous post. If you still have not, you can certainly feel free to check it out. 

Like most people with afro hair, It took a long time for me to learn how to look after it just because I always thought that having it straight looked better. Now I know most individuals may disagree with me, but curly hair can actually be washed frequently if you have a wash and go style. That means not putting any heat on it. I remember the first year I decided to go heat free. It was a time of reckoning. You can imagine having this afro that decides on a certain day that it just doesn’t want to be shaped in any way. I had to really work with it all the time and I don’t resort to buns, I always end up braiding it some way either it’s a two strand twist or flat twist. It’s not that I don’t have the courage to have it out. Sometimes, I just didn’t want to keep being self-concious about it and it was easier to have it braided. 

Looking after the afro

When I first learnt how to look after my hair, I experienced a lot of growth, however that was before I had a child. I used to spend hours on my hair without a tinge of guilt as I had time on my hands. The older I got though, I have become a little more strict with my time as I ask myself if I have had a productive day. Therefore I tend to limit time with my hair to less than 2 hours. That means, I just have to get any style done and the faster it’s done the better. Lately, I decided not to add any type of extension to my hair just to make sure that I am giving it the attention it deserves. I am making sure that it’s moisturised and if that means washing it twice a week, I will do that. If you want to have a better hair regimen, you always have to start with constant hair refreshment, It will make a difference to your hair, probably not immediately but after a period of time. 

If you want more growth, you have to trim your hair and honestly, long hair may be hereditary, but as long as you are looking after your hair well, it makes a massive difference. 

Having balance

Although it’s important to add moisture to your hair, you must have a good balance of protein and moisture. The good thing is that once you find the right products and the right balance, there is no limit to how long you want to grow your hair and you don’t have to take hair and nail pills, although they can really help.

So if you want to start a healthy hair care regimen, first make sure you diagnose your hair to see if there is any problem you need to address. If it’s dryness then it’s best to add moisturising shampoos. If it’s brittle and tends to break quite a bit then you will have to add protein shampoo to your regimen. Once you have identified the right regimen, you have to create a schedule that you must stick to. You have to have consistency in your hair regimen to see change, otherwise you will get back to square one. 

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Deep-conditioning

I never thought afro hair really needed deep conditioning, however after doing it a couple of times this year, it has really improved my hair condition. I think that if I do it every month, I will probably be even more pleased with the results, however I like to save my time so I may add that to my regimen. 

Healthy body, healthy hair

When you are looking after you body and eating the right foods, it will reflect on your body. If you make sure that you are hydrated often and that you have increased your vegetable intake, it will really assist you in seeing a difference in your hair. Additionally, if you work on yourself, it will definitely reflect. Therefore, don’t neglect your body because you are trying to work on your hair only. Everything has to be improved. 

Have you done anything to your hair lately that has assisted you in looking after it?