How To Grow Your Hair Under A Wig

Wigs have definitely increased in popularity over the past few years. In fact, wigs have seemed to replace sew in weaves amongst the slay queens. A good quality wig looks natural, I remember growing up and thinking that the African Americans I saw on TV really have hair like Amarie in her music video One Thing for example. Also what’s great about them is that you can wear wigs with different hair textures. It’s not just straight hair, natural hair looking wigs are also prevalent even braided hair wigs. A full lace or lace front wig hair line is seamless and almost indistinguishable from a natural hair line.

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Wigs are also a protective hairstyle. Meaning that it is a style that doesn’t require a lot of hair styling and manipulation and therefore the hair is less likely to break off. This means that you can actually grow your hair under a wig and many have. However, some women wear wigs so often that their natural or relaxed hair is neglected under the wig and even though wigs are considered a protective style, their hair actually gets damaged from over using wigs. Try to not wear your wigs 7 days a week, that’s not healthy. Give your hair air and sunshine at least on weekends.

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Now you should never sleep with a wig on. I know this may be difficult when bae is sleeping next to you. But it is recommended that you take off your wig and let your hair and scalp breath at the end of the day.

The enemy of healthy hair is dryness. Therefore, it is imperative that you combat dry hair. The first step of maintaining moisturized hair is by drinking plenty of water. The recommended amount is about 2.2l of water a day. Eating fruits also keeps you hydrated and full of vitality. Basically, ensure that you are getting the nutrients and hydration from the inside out first.

Even though you are wearing a wig, be sure to keep a good hair care regimen, like co-washing, conditioning, and doing hair masks or deep conditioning at least once a week.

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So, to freshly co-washed, conditioned and dried hair, you apply your moisturisers. Most people section their hair when moisturizing to make sure they don’t miss any patches. A tried and tested method to get maximum moisture into your hair is the LOC method. This is layering a Leave In conditioner, Oil and Cream onto your hair before braiding into corn rows or your preferred style that keeps the hair as flat as possible under your wig. A decent leave in conditioner has either water or aloe vera as one of the top two ingredients… Guess what? The Girl Boss Leave in conditioner spray for natural hair and the daily strengthening hair and braid spray for relaxed hair has water, and then aloe vera as the two most predominant ingredients. What’s the next one you might ask? Marula oil. Drops Mic*

The next step in the LOC method is oil. Coconut oil is very popular in hair care circles, avocado oil also has a good reputation and Jamaican black castor oil is prized.

For the cream you can try the Girl Boss growth hair food for relaxed hair or the growth butter for natural hair to seal the moisture in.  When applying the moisturisers ensure that you massage the hair from roots to tips, pay extra attention to the ends as they are the most likely to break off from dryness.

After you have cornrowed your hair, you apply an oil in between the cornrows onto the scalp. A bottle with a pointed tip makes for easy application as seen in our Girl Boss hair growth oil pictured below. It is a blend of mango butter, marula oil, castor oil and shea butter making it a powerful moisturizer yet its light and easily absorbed into the scalp.

Then you apply your wig cap after leaving your hair to dry a little. You should never put a wig on wet or damp hair as this will create a breeding ground for bacteria and funky smells. On the other hand, wig caps have been known to dry out hair as fabric absorbs moisture. So once every two to three days spray the Girl Boss leave in conditioner or the daily strengthening hair and braid spray to combat this drying out effect. After that you apply your wigs as per usual. Another wig hair care tip is to use a water-based glue when laying your wig on your edges so that you can easily wipe it off after taking off your hair nightly.

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Locked and struggling with lint?

I have had dread locks for 4 and a half years now and I love my dreads. There’s nothing dreadful about them, in fact I think they should be called glory locks. As, locking hair into ropes was something done by holy men and women in many spiritual traditions. Growing up in the Christian tradition, we learnt the story of Samson and his locked hair and how it was cut by the deceitful Delilah. When this was done, he lost his legendary strength.

My dreaded hair was the first body part I fell in love with. I loved my natural dark drown hair colour. And then I met my foe, lint. Lint became trapped in my dread locks and made my hair look gross. This made me no longer proud of my hair and it was a psychological blow. This may sound vain but you would be surprised how much hair effects your self-esteem. We all want strong, healthy and clean hair, it shows you are taking care of yourself.

What happens is that when you lay down for example, your hair touches the fabric of your pillow or couch. Those fibres on the fabric stick to hair due it static. I also think that the thickness of the hair strands plays a role as my mother has glorious dread locks and has never had a lint problem. My hypothesis is that the finer the hair the more susceptible the locks made from that hair will be to lint getting trapped in between the hairs within the lock.

I tried everything, I did countless deep cleanses and sprayed apple cider vinegar directly onto my hair many times and the lint was still there! The lint hot spot is the back of your head, particularly the dreads that touch the clothes on your back as I used to always wear my hair down. Finally, I gave in and died my dark chocolate hair, black. I used to be a natural hair purist, I would avoid all harsh chemicals and I used to consider permanent dye harsh chemicals. So understand, I really contemplated this decision.

I used the Inecto super black dye, it really did the job. As my hair is now super black. I’m open to trying henna dyes as I think the natural temporary dye will be better for my hair as colouring is known to dry out hair. And the foe of all naturals is dry hair because it breaks off, and then people think black hair doesn’t grow past a certain length. As the rate of hair breakage is equal to the rate at which it grows.

After dying and retwisting my hair I asked my hair stylist to apply the Girl Boss hair growth oil onto my scalp. Then she continued with the styling process. Later that day when I hugged my mom, she told me I smelled nice and it was the hair growth oil that gave me this pleasant scent.

The Girl Boss hair growth oil is suitable for both relaxed, natural and locked hair; it is recommended that you apply it about twice a week to combat dry scalp which is the cause of dandruff. Our hair oil is available at Game stores nationwide and it contains the healing powers of mango butter, marula oil, castor oil, shea butter and vitamin E oil. When I traveled to India in 2011, at the school I was an exchange student at, every girl used to oil their hair every Saturday morning (it was a boarding school) and then plait their hair into a single braid, after lunch the girls would all rise out the Amla oil from their hair. It was actually school policy to deep condition hair once a week. As you know, Indians are known for their healthy hair.

You can also use our hair growth oil for a hot oil treatment. A hot oil treatment is a type of deep conditioning that leaves hair shiny and soft. For a hot oil treatment it is recommended that you wash your hair first to ensure that there is no dirt that will sit on hair/scalp and block the nutrients of the oils from penetrating the hair and scalp. So, to damp hair you apply the heated oil. You can boil water from a kettle, put a stopper in the sink then pour the hot water into the sink. Then put the Girl Boss Hair Growth Oil bottle in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Then apply the oil, from roots to tips of the hair. The tips of the hair are where the hair is the driest as it is the oldest hair so be sure to moisturise the tips of your locs/hair. Massage the oil into the scalp as well. Then cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag, and then wrap your towel over the plastic to keep the heat in.

After about 45 minutes, or you can leave it in overnight (just make sure you secure your doek to prevent the oils from seeping out whilst you sleep). You can wash your hair with clean water. You can wash out the oil with shampoo but then you’d need to condition again after that so I think washing with plain water that isn’t too hot as hot water dries out the hair, will be just fine. It is actually recommended that you wash your hair and face with the coldest water you can tolerate to protect your hair and skin from being stripped of moisture. But this is definitely for the brave, especially during winter!

Here’s Why You Should Use Sunscreen Everyday

by Lebogang Mashasha

Out of all the cosmetic products consumers use, sunscreen is one of the most underrated. The only time most of us think of using it is when we’re going to the beach or spending time by the pool. Our skin needs constant protection from the sun’s UV rays to avoid ageing quickly and getting skin diseases. This article simplifies and explains why sunscreen is important and should be incorporated into daily skincare routines.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a product that has various ingredients in it which assist in preventing skin damage from the sun. The Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to the skin and need to be protected against. Sunscreen serves as a barrier of the sun’s radiation from reaching the skin.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) refers to the sunscreen’s ability to protect against the sun’s UV rays. It is a measurement of this ability, the higher the number, the more effective the protection is. It varies from SPF 30,50 and even higher.

Reasons to wear sunscreen regularly

  1. Skin protection: due to the depletion of the ozone layer people are more exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen works as a barrier between the sun and your skin to protect it and reduces the chances of sunburn.
  2. Lowers risk of getting skin cancer: the daily application of sunscreen reduces the risks of contracting skin cancer and other skin related diseases. Approximately 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, making sun damage just as severe on cloudy days as on sunny days.
  3. Prevention of premature skin ageing: sun damage causes the skin to age quicker, resulting in discolouration, wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Sunscreens assists in the maintenance of even skin tone and the reduction of dark spots.

As with many products on the market, it is important for you to do research on the specific sunscreen you want to buy in order to ensure that you understand what you’re buying. Instructions are on the packaging to facilitate the easy usage of the product.

Sunscreen is not just a cosmetic product, it is equally a preventative health measure. The importance of taking care of your skin cannot be emphasized enough because skin is the biggest organ of the body and needs to be taken care of accordingly. The best cure for anything is prevention of it from the onset.

Tangles Are “Knot” Your Friends

by Lebogang Mashasha

As a person with natural hair, you’ve probably either heard of people talking about detangling their hair or struggled with this process yourself, as natural hair is prone to tangling. There are various ways to detangle your hair. Each method works in different ways for different people, it all depends on the texture of your hair. Therefore, it if important to get to spend quality time with your hair, get to know it and find out which method works best for you. You will spare yourself a lot of headaches and hair loss if you get into the habit of detangling your hair as often as possible.

What is it to detangle hair?

To detangle hair is to separate hair strands from each other, in order to either prevent or remove knots from your hair.

Reasons to detangle hair:

  • Helps to reduce knots in your hair, which in turn reduces breakage
  • Ensures that hair strands are well moisturised
  • Product application becomes easier
  • Combing and brushing hair becomes less painful
  • Styling hair is made easier
  • Gives hair a neater look when styled
  • Hair becomes easier to manage

How to detangle your hair:

It is much easier and a lot less painful to detangle your hair when it is damp. As you should know, sectioning (separating and tying your hair into small parts and working with one part at a time) your hair is probably the most important step in your natural haircare regimen. Sectioning saves you time and effort and ensures that your hair is detangled properly. Application of products also becomes easier when you work with one section at a time. You can use a detangling moisturising spray or similar product to help you detangle with greater ease.

  • Section your hair into parts which you’ll be able to handle
  • Start separating that section with your fingers to untangle the hair
  • Start from your ends and work your way up to the roots
  • Continue with the rest of the sections
  • Cut off any knots that you’re unable to separate

You can either detangle with your fingers, a wide-tooth comb or a brush. Start with your fingers as this reduces hair shedding, then use a comb/ brush if needed.

Recommended products:

  • Our Mango & Marula Natural Hair Leave-in Conditioner Spray is a great product to use when detangling hair after washing/ conditioning or when rehydrating hair days after wash day.

When to detangle your hair:

  • Before styling your hair
  • After you have shampooed or conditioned your hair
  • While applying a treatment of your choice
  • As you moisturise your hair

Although detangling your hair may seem like a mundane task, it is of great benefit to you. Be gentle when you handle your hair and most importantly; take your time.