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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