How To Remedy A Receding Hairline

by Lebogang Mashasha

Your hairline (now commonly referred to as edges) is the hair that is on the perimeter of your entire head, where your hair begins and ends. This part of your head is often exposed and most vulnerable to damage from hats, headwraps, wigs etc.

There are a number of reasons that one may suffer from loss of their hairline. These reasons include:

  • Not protecting your edges when sleeping.
  • Not protecting it when wearing headgear (hats, beanies, helmets, swimming caps, headwraps etc).
  • Pulling hair too tightly when styling it.
  • Over-brushing or “laying” your edges too much.
  • Keeping your hair in a protective style for too long.
  • Your headgear being too tight (i.e. helmets).
  • You use wigs which do not have a soft lining inside which causes a lot of friction.

However, all hope is not lost. There are several ways to rescue your hairline from this kind of damage. Some of these preventative and repairing methods include:

  • Protecting hair with a satin/silk scarf or bonnet when sleeping, exercising and wearing headwraps/beanies. Alternatively, you can use a satin/silk pillowcase when sleeping.
  • Being gentle when handling your hair.
  • Avoiding pulling hair too tightly when styling it.
  • Being careful when laying edges, avoid overbrushing them.
  • Avoid wearing your headwraps, scarves and hats too tightly.
  • Reduce the amount of friction your edges experience by not wearing wigs all the time.
  • Apply an oil or butter that is able to penetrate the hair follicle, so that it can be nourished and moisturised.
  • Moisturise hair well as dry hair tends to break easier.

Recommended products from our range:

Relaxed hair:

  • Mango & Marula Growth Hair Food

Natural hair:

  • Mango & Marula Growth Butter
  • Mango & Marula Hair Growth Oil

All three products can be applied to the hairline and scalp 2 -3 times a week. Following the healthy habits suggested in this article will facilitate the growth of healthy hair.

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.

Product Review, Natural Hair

Hair blogger and beauty enthusiast, Paula Keta, creates beautiful curls in her 4c hair using the Girl Boss Mango & Marula range for natural hair, available at Game stores. Check out the step-by-step process in this video to see how these products worked for her.

This video is also availabe on Paula’s YouTube channel.