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Does the 10-step Korean beauty routine work?

Oh Em Gee, hun.

I’m not sure how you’re going to feel about a morning and evening beauty routine that includes 10 steps. But before you click away, let me tell you what my experience has been thus far:

It’s been two weeks since I started the Korean Beauty routine. My mind is blown. I’m still shocked that I haven’t had a major breakout because of the long list of products that I’ve been applying to my face, every day and night.

And yes, I have been strict with this routine because I’ve had nothing to lose.

In previous blog posts, I’ve shared my battle with hormonal acne and how I’ve managed to keep my breakouts at bay by restructuring my diet.

I’ve also been getting monthly facials at The Skin Renewal Institute, to help reduce the appearance of existing acne scars. And developing acne really lowered my self-esteem to the point where I would cancel on friends because I didn’t want anyone to see my face. I’m not joking. It was bad but once I eventually got over my discomforting appearance, and researched ways to improve my skin naturally, my skin began to clear up. As I’m writing to you now, I’m sitting in a studio packed with people and I’m not wearing ANY makeup. It’s a huge step for me.

Watch this video of my experience, applying the 10-step Korean beauty routine:

What is the Korean Beauty routine?

According to Vox, Charlotte Cho, the founder Of Soko Glam coined the 10-step Korean Beauty Routine. Cho was being interviewed by Elle Magazine at the time, and was simply explaining the various beauty products used by Korean women. She told Vox that the following 10 products are used in a beauty routine but that they don’t necessarily need to be used in conjunction, all the time:

  1. Oil cleanser
  2. Foam cleanser
  3. Exfoliator
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serum
  7. Mask
  8. Face oil
  9. Moisturiser
  10. Sunscreen

Stjoe, I know – it’s quite a list. What confused me the most was the essence because at first I didn’t know the difference between an essence and a serum but, an essence is what most of us in SA know as a concentrate because, well, it’s quite concentrated.

As I’d mentioned in my video, I use my Clarisonic brush to exfoliate, and did not use an essence but chose a light thermal spray instead. I also didn’t use an eye cream because I am using a concentrated face oil which I massage under y eye area. You don’t have to Bible the above steps – they’re meant to serve as a guideline.

Also, I didn’t actually use any products from Korea. I’ve been using plant-based beauty available in South Africa since Korean skincare is quite difficult to come by.

Does the Korean beauty routine work for Africans?

Yes! I’ve got a dewy glow and I’m loving it. The last time my pores were this tiny, I was nineteen and had no idea that I was heading into a couple of years with horrible adult acne issues. My skin is smoother; and my breakouts are minimal, bearing in mind that I continue to get a pimple or two during my cycle.

Here a list of the products that I included in my routine:

Oil cleansing – castor oil (I bought mine at Dischem Pharmacies)

Foam cleanser – Clarisonic foam cleanser

Exfoliator – Clarisonic brush

Mask – Garnier Hydrating sheet mask

Toner – Pradiance balancing facial toner

I choose not to use an essence but Avene thermal water instead

Face oil – 100% baobab oil

Moisturiser – 100% aloe vera gel – I use the Betta Way brand from Wellness Warehouse

Sunscreen – Yungskin SPF 40

I only applied the sunscreen in the morning – it’s not obvious to everyone, hun but I see you. 😉

What did you think of this post? Are you keen to try any of the routine? I’ll probably be doing this for the rest of my life, if I don’t find a better routine.

Recreate these photoshoot hairstyles for Afro hair + GIVEAWAY

Yes, honey! That’s me.

I had the amazing honour of working with Ladine Professional for their African hair trends collection, and I can’t tell you how proud I am to have been a part of this shoot.

The theme was to emphasize the beauty, diversity and artistry contained in our beloved Africa, and how as Africans, we embody those qualities too.

Needless to say, it was a huge compliment to be one of only four South African women chosen for the shoot. I couldn’t be happier with how Ladine chose to embrace Africaness and how lush my hair turned out.

The best part is that Ladine is giving three of you a chance to share my experience. You could win a full set of haircare products, used to create the afro hairstyles that I rocked for the African Trends photoshoot! I know – I’ve been these products all season and they’re pretty great.

Related: 3 multi-action haircare products that every natural should know about

Head straight to my Instagram post to enter the Giveaway

How to recreate my photoshoot hairstyles:

Click on the images below to read the steps and find more hairstyle ideas, created for the African trends collection.

Do you even flexirod? Try this #CurlyHairDon’tCare look to get soft bouncy curls.

afro photoshoot hairstyles
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No haircut needed! There are ways to sport a TWA without even having one. I absolutely loved this chic #curlswept frohawk and will definitely be recreating it sometime soon.

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Would you like to see a video tutorial of these looks? Let me know in the comment section below:)

3 multi-action haircare products that every natural should know about

Summer is here and that’s when the sun hits your afro just right for the ‘gram.

You’re on a mission to find an easy routine that you can free up time to enjoy our African summer. A routine that helps your camera pick up on how lush and hydrated your strands are.

But maybe you’re not one for photos.

Maybe for the past couple of years, you’ve chosen to protective style during the holidays because your usual 5-product wash-day ritual becomes impossible to uphold when you’re away from home.

That last example pretty much summed me up before Ladine had sent me their natural therapy range.

In their massive package, they’d also sent styling products, shampoos, oils, conditioners, treatments, serums, and even products that help to maintain braids and weaves. But these three products below are on my hot list. You may fall in love with them because of their multi-functional convenience and their core ingredients’ list.

Have a read-through the features and experience and let me know in the comment section below, if you’ve tried these before or any of the other products in the Ladine range.

Natural Therapy 4-IN-1 Shampoo – R128.00 (250ml)

Ladine’s 4-in-1 shampoo
Features:

A slim, hard white bottle with a secure, flip lid. The shampoo has a floral scent and includes ingredients likes argan leaf extract and jojoba seed oil.

Experience:

I noticed that my hair was more manageable, less dull, and much softer than it usually is after using my regular shampoo.

I always shampoo twice and use small amounts to avoid drying out my hair. In this case, I used a R5 coin (sized) amount to lather my hair. The natural therapy shampoo lathers quite easily so you may not have to use as much as I did.

Since my hair is more dry than oily, my routine includes co-washing, which means that I shampoo my hair every second week, and use a clarifying conditioner to cleanse my hair, every alternative week.

The shampoo is specifically used to cleanse, hydrate, detangle, and condition natural and chemically treated hair, which is quite handy for afro-haired peeps on the go.

Buy online

Natural Therapy Soft-Soft Spray R155.00 (125ml)

Ladine’s soft-soft spray
Features:

The Natural Therapy soft-soft spray comes in a slim white bottle with pump action. It has a sweet, fruity fragrance and is applied as a light, mist-like spray.

Experience:

This one deserves a theme song.

Dua Lipa’s One Kiss!

“Something in you…ooh…ooh…brings out heaven in me! This feeling won’t let me sleep…”

Ayyy!

Am I overdoing it?

Sorry.

The soft-soft spray is by far my fav-our-ite in the range.

Why? It smells amazing. Its key ingredient is marula oil, which helps soften, condition, detangle, and hydrate your hair.

Wait.

How often do you brush your hair? Let’s say that your go-to style is a wash and go or a twist-out and your hair is about shoulder to bra-strap length. You’d brush your hair about three to four times a week?

I rarely use a brush. In fact, I only brush my hair on the wash-days where I don’t have hours to spend.

Finger detangling is my thing. I swear by it. I credit finger detangling to the strength of my strands and my ability to retain length. But it can take a while.

When I started using the soft-soft spray to detangle an old twist-out, it took me 15 minutes. I nearly cried. I, of course shared the news with everyone on Instagram but I kid you not, this hand-sized spray is a little dynamite.

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Natural Therapy Moisturing Anti Shrinkage Cream – R188.00 (200g)

Ladine’s moisturising anti-shrinkage cream
Features:

A hard, white 200g tub with a flat screw lid. The moisturising anti-shrinkage cream contains marula oil, jojoba seed oil and glycerin as its core ingredients.

Experience:

A little goes a long way with this one. Its fragrance is not amazing but having applied this product to achieve a twist-out, I was very impressed with the sheen and hold of my twists.

For great styling results, apply to damp hair and make sure that your hair is completely dry to achieve your desired look. This can be used in conjunction with the Ladine brazil nut oil, which will work well to lock in the moisture and leave your hair looking ultra-hydrated.

Buy online.

Disclaimer: All products were provided by Ladine Professional. Views are my own.

Any questions about these products or other reviews? Let me know in the comment section below or email me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

How to blow dry afro hair like a pro

Don’t you just love the feeling of having your hair treated by a professional?

Once a year, the mane takes a break and my sleeker-haired alter-ego gets to shine.

This usually lasts for about three days, depending on what the weather’s like, how quickly droplets of water catch my strands in the shower, or how sensitive my eyes are to the look of reduced volume.

Water plays a huge role in how long I’m able to sport this style. But whether you’re opting to straighten your hair for length retention or wanting to switch up your style, I’d recommend getting professional advice and doing research to find the best products to use before and after using heat on your hair.

ladine blowout, afro hair

I’ve never felt more beautiful since embracing my own hair texture, and I feel confident in trying different hairstyles with on-point products by my side. The damage that could arise from using too much heat or the wrong products, could lead to an unwanted big-chop.

Dramatic but true, sis.

There’s no way to salvage hair cuticles that have already been stripped of their natural qualities.

Learn from the best

Pro hair stylist, King Nkosi, from the African Hair Kingdom in Parklands, took the task of giving me my best straight blow dry yet. He managed to help me retain length with a sleek style while maintaining the natural volume of my hair.

I walked into the African Hair Kingdom to find a diverse group of women sitting side-by-side in salon chairs. Some were having their hair braided, while others were getting treatments.  One woman shut her eyes as a hairstylist massaged the product into her hair at the wash basin – the massage motion looked so soothing that I couldn’t wait until it was my turn.

It was lovely stepping into a place that not only specialises in afro hair but gets creative with braid patterns and has pro-African hair styling products on hand.

Choose the right products

Always cleanse your hair and scalp before blow drying. There’s nothing worse than drying your hair and getting a whiff of something burning in the air. King used the following Ladine haircare products on my hair for the blowout:

Cleanser: Ladine Deep Conditioning Shampoo

Protectant: Ladine Conditioning Blow-Dry Lotion

Choose the right brushes 

Did you know that you can increase the blow-drying time by using a specific brush? King used a round metal brush to increase drying time and separated my hair into small sections to carefully attend to all hair strands. He also used a paddle brush to further detangle my hair after applying the conditioning blow dry lotion.

Stick to a medium drying temperature

There’s no need to dry your hair on high heat if you’re using the right technique. While high heat improves straightening, it’s also the level that contributes to damage. Since hairstylists are trained in this regard, they know exactly how far to hold the dryer from your hair when using high heat.

It’s also essential that you use a heat protectant to minimise the risk of heat damage. The Ladine Condition Blow-dry Lotion is both a hydrating leave-in conditioner and an anti-frizz treatment. You can find Ladine products online at takealot.com or in-store at New Look Cosmetics, as well as the African Hair Kingdom in Cape Town.

Planning to straighten your hair soon? I’d love to see your results. Tag me in your posts on Instagram @RobynRuthThomas, or mail me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

10 Natural Hair Shampoos under R100 in South Africa

Just when you thought, you were winning by sticking to your natural hair journey, the rapid increase in the price of products begins to disappoint.

The beauty industry is jam-packed with a range of products promising great results for hair health and growth but the more organic properties a product seems to contain, the higher the price is. This applies to natural hair shampoos are well.

I recently received a DM on Instagram, from a guy desperately search for a new product range that would help maintain the health of this hair, but also his budget. I decided to put together a series of products that are affordable while giving great results.

The following list of natural hair shampoos can be found in all major retail stores across South Africa, especially Clicks stores. Each product has been approved by beauty reviewers with different hair types. Watch the video below:

10 Natural Hair Shampoos under R100

Caivil Marula Oil Shampoo – R 34

Reviewed by Sean Goes Natural

Organics Shampoo – R44

Reviewed by Beauty Bulletin

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Shampoo – R 45

Reviewed by 4chairsa

Jabu stone Moisturising Shampoo –  R 61

Reviewed by candyglamcast (transitioning)

Tresemme Botanique Shampoo – R64

Reviewed by Make and Beauty Forever

Palmers Coconut Oil Care Shampoo – R69

Reviewed by Pretty Please Charlie

Afrobotanics Shampoo – R75

Reviewed By Lungi

Africa Organics Marula Shampoo – R85

Reviewed by Smudged Beauty

My Natural Hair Shampoo – R91

Reviewed by Ladi Elle

Cantu cleansing cream – R92

Reviewed by Curl on a Mission

 

Do you know of affordable natural hair shampoos to add to this list, or would like to share your experience of one of the shampoos above? Drop me a comment at the end of this post or mail me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

Disclaimer: The following product prices are nationwide averages sourced in June 2018. Prices may vary according to the province you’re in and may be more affordable when buying online. 

Pure Beginnings: Natural Deodorant & Toothpaste Review + GIVEAWAY

It’s all about the ingredients list. Am I right?

Gone are the days where we bought products that made us feel good but are actually bad for our bodies.

When I received the Pure Beginnings Monsoon Eco-roll on, the first thing I did was check the label. While many of us find it difficult to keep track of and decipher the scientific names on the back of our products, choosing the organic option is often the safest solution.

Giveaway – CLOSED

Congratulations!

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WATCH: MY Natural Deodorant & Toothpaste Review

Eco roll on – Monsoon Relaxing Ylang Ylang (75ml) – R59.85

Features:

A light, hard plastic roll-on container. The tropical scent of ylang-ylang in this Monsoon roll-on is quite distinct and lasts throughout the day.

Experience:

I’m absolutely in love with the fragrance of the roll-on. After using it for a week and sometimes, casually turning my nose towards my shoulder to smell whether the scent was still there, I was pleasantly surprised that it was.

When I first applied the product, it tingled under my armpits, which is quite normal when trying something new. I noticed that there’s Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate in the roll-on, which is a preservative used for many natural cosmetics. This is one of those ingredients that can cause skin irritation if you use too much of it, so if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend only using this product in moderation.

Application was quite easy – the product rolled onto my underarms in one pass and I also felt a residue run from my underarms, during a shower.

NB : This is not an antiperspirant.

What’s in it:

Aqua (Water), Sodium Bicarbonate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil*, Canaga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Tragacanth Gum, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf*, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol***

Fresh Mint Toothpaste with Xylitol (100ml) – R39.95

Features:

A soft, squeezable tube. The product is an off-white colour with a spearmint taste and fragrance.

Experience:

Sweet and just the right strength of mint, this Pure Beginnings toothpaste contains both xylitol and stevia, which are the healthy alternatives to sugar.

The toothpaste doesn’t foam as much as generic toothpaste would because it contains a plant-based foaming agent –Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – which is way less harmful than Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS).

NB: toothpaste is not meant for eating, always rinse your mouth after brushing.

What’s in it:

Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Calcium Carbonate, Xylitol, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Peppermint Flavour, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Fruit Extract*, Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Menthol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil**

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway:

*Entries open to South Africans only.

Three winners will be notified via email/ DM and announced in this post on 3 July 2018.

Comments on all related social posts will be accepted.

The prize – One Pure Beginnings natural deodorant and toothpaste hamper can only be redeemed by the original winner unless an alternative has been arranged.

This prize excludes any products not mentioned in this blog post.

Current Favourite Natural Hair Care Products – 2018

When I started my natural hair journey, I turned into a product junkie.

Back then, it was difficult to find products to suit my hair type so I’d tried a different brand every second week and ended up having a cupboard full of half-used hair products.

Newer and better hair products are hitting shelves every day and while it may have been difficult for us find a decent shampoo and conditioner in the past, we’re now so spoilt for choice that we’re actually even more confused about which product actually works.

What does it cost?

What’s in it?

What’s the size of the bottle though?

These are just a few things that spring to mind when choosing a hair product. Am I right?

Ladies, (and gents – hello, hi, if you’re reading), you’ll save a lot of time and money if you consider two things when you’re buying new hair products:

Is it right for my hair type?

Has someone with a similar hair type ever used it?

Read reviews. Don’t walk into that aisle without knowing what you’re looking for. Because. Even when you know, you may find yourself strolling back and forth in the aisle, doing research, until a security guard comes to ask if you’re okay.

Awks.

The best way to know which products work for your hair is to test them yourself.

But try to read reviews about products in advance, and if you don’t know what to look for, google your hair concern:

Products for dry natural hair

products for hair growth

deep conditioner for type 4 hair

best shampoo for natural hair

These are just examples. You know what you’re looking for. It helps to follow a natural hair blogger/vlogger with a similar hair type as yours, especially if he/she is sharing posts like this one.

If you’re a type 4 natural, check out this video of my current favourite hair products below:

Did you enjoy this post? I’d really love to know. Leave me a comment in the section below or email me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

DIY: Avocado, Olive Oil and Banana Hair Mask

Would you say that it’s difficult to find a hair mask that really works?

I’ve tried a bunch of different brands but when it comes down to a hair mask that will 100% treat your scalp and hair shafts, this avocado, olive oil, and banana hair mask wins.

Watch my easy masking routine to ensure to maintain the health of my hair and retain length:

 

To make this hair mask, you’ll need:

1 Ripe avocado

1 Large banana

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Method:

Mash or blend the ingredients together and apply.

I’m not joking. It’s that easy.

Why is this a great hair mask?

There are many great benefits of avocado  – one is that it’s rich in good fats that moisturise your hair. It’s  also well absorbed by the hair shafts and scalp.

Bananas are packed with potassium – great for improving the natural elasticity of your hair and preventing breakage.

Olive oil – one of my favourites – not only acts as a hydrator but as a shield to lock in any moisture that the hair already has.

When is the best time to mask?

Whenever you feel that your hair is dull or dry and needs a boost. I recommend masking twice a month for type 3 – 4 hair, and once a month for type 1 – 2 hair.

More about hair types, here.

Should my hair be wet or dry?

When applying a mask that contains oils, it’s best to apply it to dry hair. Since water repels oil, it will prevent the product from seeping into your hair follicles effectively.

If you’re applying a water-based mask, it will be effective on damp hair.

How long should I keep the hair mask on for?

As long as it takes. I’m kidding.

Your only side effect of leaving this organic hair mask on for too long would be carrying a fruity scent for lack of a proper rinse.

If I’m pressed for time, 30 minutes will do but I like applying the mask in the evening and rinsing it, the next morning – gives me the best results.

Make sure that your hair is completely covered if you decide to go my route so that you don’t get the mask all over your pillows.

But does it really work?

I love knowing what I’m putting on and into my body. It’s important to learn the ingredients list of your favourite products so that you know what works for you and which ingredients you should avoid.

Products that seem like great quality treatments are often packed with poisonous components that do our bodies more harm than good.

I’ve become a serious DIYer and a regular reader of ingredients list just to stay on top of what I’m feeding my body.

Your body is your temple. Yes. Yawn. You’ve heard that cliche phrase a hundred times before. But just imagine that your body is your car and in order for you to drive, you have to refuel once a week. There’s no way that you’re throwing alcohol and bubble bath into your tank, is there? You’ve paid a lot for that car and you need it to work.

Well, you only have one body for your entire life. You can’t trade it in. 

I really love this hair mask. Try it and comment below if you have a mask recipe that you’d like to share with the tribe 🙂

Watch: How I treated my acne

Why are we so obsessed with having clear skin?

Skin experts tell us that clear skin is beautiful, clean, and healthy. Pimples are definitely a warning from our bodies, letting us know that something is not right internally.

I’m not a doctor but I’ve been to many who all say the same thing: watch what you eat.

That’s a topic for another blog post but if you really want to clear your skin, it’s important to understand what’s causing it first.

Watch my story on how I’ve been treating my acne below:

Here’s some pics of how bad my acne was. I’m wearing makeup in all of them because, for some reason, it made me feel like it was less noticeable. Ironically, you can see it clearly here:

Taken 2015: I had just stopped using the strong medication prescribed my dermatologist because it was affecting my health. After a few months off YAZ, the breakouts returned.

Taken 2016: New year, new breakouts. My poor pores on my forehead were covered in a Mac foundation which just made my breakouts worse.

Taken early 2017: I’m not wearing any makeup here. I had changed my diet after seeing a homeopath and my breakouts had begun to clear but I still had a lot of scarring.

September 2017: I still get some breakouts before menstruation but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. I’m not wearing foundation in this photo and my hair is covering the sides of my face but that’s where I mostly still have scarring.

Here’s what I’ve been using to help reduce my acne scarring:

Toner

A toner is one of the most underrated products of a skincare routine. It helps to balance your body’s PH levels so that after you’ve cleansed, your body won’t try to produce excess oil to keep your skin hydrated. I’ve been using a Beaucience alcohol-free toner that you can get at Wellness Warehouse for around R 89.

Exfoliating Brush

I’ve recently upgraded from my sorbet face brush to the Clarisonic Smart Profile. The Clarisonic is the Porshe of face brushes.

I immediately fell in love when I started using it. Aside from cleansing and exfoliating my skin, the visible difference is how polished my face looks after using the face brush. I use it in the morning and evening.

Head over to Clarisonic shop SA to get 25% off, using my discount code: CLSNC-25-962

I apply a face wash to the bristles of my brush and then scrub my face gently to help remove dead skin and lighten my acne scars. It’s made a huge difference.

Clay Mask

Before acne, masks were a rare treat but now that clear skin has become a mission, I’ve started using masks more frequently. I was gifted the Loreal Detox Clay Mask at the launch of Loreal Elvive’s Curl Pride and decided to try it one night after my skin was looking dull. It really works! I use it once a week now.

Sunscreen

Brown people need sunscreen too! I never bothered applying sunscreen because I’d always worn a moisturizer or foundation with a low SPF. But if you have acne scars and get sunburnt, your scars will be darker so make sure that you protect your skin by applying a good sunscreen.

I use the YungSkin SPF 40 sunscreen which isn’t greasy at all. It has a matte finish, light, creamy texture, and smells really good.

A natural way to clear zits quickly

Cue the angels for tea tree oil.

It has a distinct minty aroma and feels a bit burny if you apply too much.

Pure tea tree oil will dry your skin if you apply oil to areas that aren’t excessively oily. My oily t-panel is where pimples show themselves first but then I apply tea tree oil and the bumps disappear within days.

Was this post helpful to you? Let me know in the comment section below and share it with a friend who may want to reduce his or her acne scarring.

REVIEW: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Braid Refresher

There’s a new addition to Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Range.

Formulated with Jojoba Oil and Peppermint oil, this new wash-free braid refresher promises to condition your hair and scalp while eliminating unpleasant smells.

twist braids, braided hair, be whole, robyn ruth thomas
What my twist braids look like

dark and lovely au naturale braid refersher, be whole, robyn ruth thomasDoes the Braid Refresher deliver on its promise?

It sure does.

I sprayed the product throughout my hair, making sure that not a spot on my scalp was missing out.

I noticed that the spray has an oily residue that started to drip down my neck, which is likely due to the jojoba and peppermint oil included.

Be careful not to spray a lot of this product, even if you feel that your scalp is quite dry as this can cause a build-up of oil on your scalp.

My braids smelled great and looked hydrated but by the end of the day, my scalp was itchy and felt as though I needed a wash because I had probably applied too much product.

This product is perfect to spritz on your locs if you’re heading out and want to feel fresh.

It’s free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum and of course includes fragrance – the ingredients of the fragrance isn’t specified.

Remember that the spray hydrates and adds a fresh scent to your hair but it doesn’t clean your scalp so be sure to still cleanse your scalp while using this product.

Jojoba and peppermint oils are both comedogenic, which means that it can be easily absorbed by your hair follicles but if you haven’t washed your hair in a while, bear in mind that the oils may not be able to reach your hair if you have already applied other products or if your hair is dirty.

How long do you normally keep your braids?

Let me know in the comment section below.

I like to keep my hair braided for about 4 to 6 weeks depending on how neat they look and/or whether I think it’s time for my afro to make an appearance.

One thing I really love about having braids – if they’re done properly, is that I can just get up and go, there’s not a lot of fuss to apply products, or waiting for my hair to dry.

But one thing that I have noticed about wearing braids over the years is that it can get really itchy if the braids are tight, and can begin to give off a not-so-great odour if you haven’t washed your hair in a really long time.

I still wash my hair because I’m so used to wetting my hair when I hop into the shower. I shampoo my hair using the Stylin’ Dredz Spray Shampoo (available at Clicks) and only focus on cleansing my scalp since the rinse will wash the shampoo down my braids.

Why it’s a bad idea to wash your hair without a spray applicator when you have braids:

1. Your hair strands become fragile when wet and are more prone to breakage.

If you’re wearing heavy braids and wet your hair, chances are that you’re going to be left with lots of broken-off strands of hair once you remove the braids, especially with rigorous movements.

2. You strip your hair of moisture without replenishing.

It’s pretty hard to moisturise your braided hair if you’re not using a spray applicator so try to make sure that whenever your hair is losing moisture, that you replenish it by spraying your favourite hydration product.