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!

Caring For Your Hair Tools and Accessories

by Lebogang Mashasha

With all the admin that natural hair requires it’s no wonder people may neglect to take care of the tools and accessories used on their hair. But when considered, it is actually pointless to put in all the effort of washing your hair only to follow that process by using a dirty comb/ brush it afterwards.

Here are some tips on how to care for your accessories and tools

  • Wash combs and brushes at least once every two weeks
  1. Remove all the hair stuck in the comb/brush bristles
  2. Rinse comb/brush with warm water
  3. Use a few drops of shampoo, dish soap or liquid hand soap and gently wash the comb/brush then rinse with clean water
  4. Disinfect and sterilise combs and brushes by soaking them in warm salt water for 20-30 minutes after washing them
  5. Store them in a clean dry place
  • Hair pins and clips need to be wiped with a clean damp cloth or wet wipe before every use
  • Wash hairbands, ribbons and head scarves regularly, especially the ones used while sleeping
  • Flexi rods/ perm rods need to be cleaned with a damp cloth or wet wipe and aired before and after every use
  • Wipe hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons before and after use with a clean damp cloth or wet wipe

Proper care for hair tools and accessories ensures that they last longer and remain in good condition. Using dirty tools on your hair after washing it defeats the purpose of washing your hair.

Transitioning From Relaxed Hair To Natural Hair

by Lebogang Mashasha

The reason I decided to go natural is actually simple and I believe many women can relate to my story. Honestly; I was just tired of getting burnt from relaxers. The excruciating pain was no longer worth it. Although my hair seemed to be growing it was very thin and lacked volume. After hopping from one relaxer to the next and still getting the same results, I stopped relaxing my hair altogether. I didn’t even know there was a technical term for this new turn in my hair-care journey. It took a while for me to realise that in actuality, I was transitioning!

Transitioning means that you’re moving from one phase to another. In the hair community, it means that you’re going from relaxed hair to natural hair. This is perfect for those who are not comfortable with doing the “big chop”; which means cutting off all of your relaxed hair and starting afresh with natural hair.

By transitioning, you’re leaving your hair to grow out and no longer relaxing the new growth. As this continues, you’ll start to see where the natural hair and relaxed hair meet. Eventually, your hair will predominantly be natural from the roots, with the middle/ends being relaxed. I was not patient enough for this, so I transitioned for about 6 months then cut off all the relaxed hair. My natural hair (new growth) was relatively short, but I was excited about how it looked. There is a clear distinction of where the natural hair ends and the relaxed hair begins; that’s where you cut your hair. Go to the salon if you are hesitant to do it yourself.

Things to keep in mind when transitioning:

Wash your hair

The whole purpose is to get the relaxer out of your hair and cleansing it properly and regularly will help. Use the Girl Boss Mango & Marula Co-Wash to cleanse hair and remove product build-up.

Condition after every wash

Conditioning helps to fortify hair follicles, which is especially important when transitioning. The hair is going through a lot of strain during this time and needs extra nourishment. The Girl Boss Mango & Marula Deep Conditioner is going to hydrate and nourish your hair. Apply after you’ve washed your hair with the co-wash. Then rinse it out with just water.

Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise some more

One thing I can give you a heads up on is that natural hair is prone to dryness. So, you need to combat that by moisturising properly and often. The Girl Boss Mango & Marula Leave-In Conditioner Spray moisturises hair without making it greasy. It is a perfect daily moisturiser.

Use treatments

Your hair is in a vulnerable state and needs for you to strengthen it. Transitioning hair is susceptible to breakage which in turn can lead to hair loss. Hot oil, deep conditioning and protein treatments are going to help strengthen your hair. The Girl Boss Mango & Marula Hair Growth Oil is great for hot oil treatments. The Girl Boss Mango & Marula Strengthening Hair Mask is a protein treatment which will help to replace the proteins stripped away by the relaxer.Do a protein treatment once a month and alternate with a hot oil treatment and a deep conditioning treatment. 

Don’t forget your scalp

The scalp is the foundation of great hair. Apply the Girl Boss Mango & Marula Growth Butter to fight against dryness or itchiness of the scalp. Use 2- 3 times a week on hairline and scalp.

Whatever your reason is for wanting to switch over to natural hair, I hope that this article has helped you in one way or another.

***Disclaimer: I am pro-natural hair, but I am not anti-relaxers. I’ve come to learn through research that both natural and relaxed hair can either be healthy or unhealthy. It is all about how you take care of it. My aim is to provide information so that you are better equipped to make the best decision for yourself.

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.