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Glamour Hair - - Front Page - The beauty blog­ger Cyn­thia Gwebu

Ex­pert know-how for nat­u­ral coils, weaves and re­laxed hair

With more than 150 000 Youtube views and a love for all things beauty, this writer and video blog­ger knows about locks.

What’s your hair­care rou­tine?

When I’m not wear­ing a pro­tec­tive style, I wash my hair about once a week and blowdry. Then I oil my scalp with an­ti­dan­druff hair food to keep it healthy.

Do you have the same care ap­proach with a weave or braids?

Yes, just like my nat­u­ral hair. I co-wash my ex­ten­sions once a week and leave them to airdry. When they’re just damp, I go over them with my favourite hair serum Kéras­tase Re­sis­tance Sérum Thérapiste (R470).

How do you care for your nat­u­ral hair while wear­ing pro­tec­tive hair­styles, like braids and weaves?

My go-to pro­tec­tive style is a weave, so my corn­rows are se­cured be­fore in­stalling it. I oil my scalp as much as I can and spritz on a braid spray when it be­gins to itch.

What tips do you have for main­tain­ing a healthy hair­line?

Ask your hair­styl­ist not to braid or pull your hair too tight along the hair­line when prep­ping for a pro­tec­tive style. Stylists tend to pull so hard that strands start break­ing off, and it’s im­por­tant to be gen­tle. Also use a hair-strength­en­ing balm, like Dr Mir­a­cle’s Tem­ple And Nape Gro Balm (R112.95), every day.

How do you save time with styling?

I’ve learnt to em­brace the ‘wet look’. I don’t al­ways blowdry my nat­u­ral hair af­ter wash­ing. Some­times I just towel-dry it and leave it damp, then I spray on lots of Mizani Mir­a­cle Milk (R169) and se­cure it in a top knot. I smooth down the curly edges with Dr Mir­a­cle’s Tem­ple and Nape Gro Balm.

What’s your favourite spe­cial-oc­ca­sion style?

I love the no-fuss ap­peal of a weave: I don’t stress about get­ting my hair done for spe­cial oc­ca­sions as I nor­mally keep it wavy which can be ca­sual and for­mal, depend­ing on my out­fit. For my nat­u­ral hair, how­ever, I like to add clip-in ex­ten­sions for evening, and for day, I opt for my sig­na­ture top knot.

Have you ex­pe­ri­enced any hair night­mares?

Dur­ing my first three years of univer­sity, I used to braid my hair quite of­ten, which to­tally butchered my hair­line. Of course, it hap­pened over a long pe­riod of time, but it felt as though I woke up one morn­ing and the hair along my hair­line had dis­ap­peared! I haven’t braided my hair since, and if I’m hon­est, I’m quite scared to go back down that route af­ter restor­ing my hair­line.

What’s your ab­so­lute hair DON’T?

Take care not to over­work your tem­ple and nape area. If you’re a braid lover, take breaks in be­tween chang­ing your braid­ing styles. If you’re re­lax­ing, the very last thing you should do is ap­ply a styling cream as the chem­i­cals will over­work your hair and weaken it. And when wear­ing it nat­u­ral, don’t ever pull your hair too tight.

What’s the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion peo­ple have about eth­nic hair?

Strangely, some peo­ple think that women with eth­nic hair don’t wash it. We do!

What’s your must-have prod­uct?

My Sun­silk Anti-dan­druff Scalp Mois­turiser (R21.95). I have a dry and itchy scalp, so this soothes it enor­mously. I freak out if I re­alise I no longer have any left!

What’s your favourite eth­nic hair­care brand?

Dr Mir­a­cle’s. They’re in­cred­i­bly in­no­va­tive when it comes to eth­nic hair­care, and I adore the qual­ity of their prod­ucts.

Do you have any hair icons?

Ac­tress and TV pre­sen­ter Pearl Thusi. While we don’t have the same curl pat­tern, she still gives me #hair­goals. I mean, have you seen that vol­ume?

Your top tip?

Don’t ne­glect your nat­u­ral hair when you go for a pro­tec­tive style. If any­thing, you need to be more at­ten­tive and make sure that it’s re­ceiv­ing all the nu­tri­tion it needs. Many women make the mis­take of ig­nor­ing their nat­u­ral hair when wear­ing weaves, and break­age and mat­ting (when your hair clumps to­gether) oc­curs.

“Eth­nic or curly hair tends to be de­hy­drated, so lock­ing in mois­ture is key.” – Han­son Nd­abeni

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