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Chebe Powder

I heard about Chebe Powder for the first time, early last year, in 2018 and I didn’t even know what it looked like and had never set my eyes on it. A lady that comes to our natural hair salon, Nashe Hair Studio, often asked us to stock it and she vowed not to get it from any way else. She wanted to get it from us.  Let me brag a bit here. Because of our amazing service when it comes to natural hair products and online shopping, our clients sometimes, literally beg us to stock some product brands. Another customer actually told us that she knew where we could order it from in bulk but she preferred dealing with Natural Moisture when it comes to natural hair care products. How awesome is that?

So, since we didn’t know nothing about Chebe, Google is our friend. We researched and found out the crazy hype that was going on about the Chebe powder. After being natural for a good 8 years now, I have seen these hypes come and go and really, I thought this was one of those and did not pay too much attention to it. After watching the videos of those women from Chad, I was only thinking of the fact that their hair was obviously of a looser curl than ours and who knows, it’s probably in their genes to have long hair. For real, to me it was just a craze that would pass. But when I used it, my views were quite swayed. Maybe it’s not all in their genes after all. And according to Miss Sahel, the hair along the hairline is not long because they do not apply the Chebe powder to it. However, all the hair that has Chebe applied to it, has less breakage. This I understand. However, my question here has been the hair growth cycle  that everyone has genetically determined. If mine is 2 years, the length can never get to that of a person who has 6 years in the growth phase. However, arresting breakage is a big step in growing longer hair. At the average 6″ of hair growth a year, in 2 years, a person should have about 12″ of hair if there is no breakage. And in 3 years 18″. Wow! Let me not get too carried away.

As months went on, some clients started bringing it with them to the salon to have their hair braided after applying it. That is when I managed to see, feel and even smell Chebe for the first time. These clients also told us of the amazing results that they were getting since thy started using it and that aroused my interest even more. Their hair looked super healthy. Although some of the hair was quite tangled and I blame that on how they were applying it to their hair, all in all, the Chebe powdered hair looked strong and healthy. I had to try this Chebe powder thing. And I did.

A bit of background. If you are living on mars, you probably need an introduction to Chebe Powder. Well, in July 2017, Miss Sahel posted a video on Chadian women and how they use Chebe powder and why it is a secret to their long hair. If you have not seen the video, well, you can watch it here. Miss Sahel Chebe Video. And looking at the lengths of hair these women are dealing with, you can understand the craze. However, I would like to clear some things before we get carried away. Chebe powder is not applied on the scalp so there is no way it can make your hair grow faster. It is supposed to arrest breakage because it is applied on the hair shaft.

What is Chebe powder

Chebe Powder

Chebe powder is actually made of a number of ingredients with the main ingredient being Lavender Croton which is what is called Chebe or Chewe in Chad. Another type of the shrub is also called Lavender Gratissimus and grows in most parts of Africa, in Zimbabwe it is known as Gunukira. The Chadian women then grind the Chebe seeds mixed with cherry kernels, Mastic gum, clove and some perfumes to make what we know as Chebe Powder.

And that is what we sourced for and in no time, had it delivered to us, straight from Chad. At a huge cost of course. That is how we started selling Chebe powder and that is when I had a chance to try it on my hair as well. Which was late last year. And now, I am telling you my experience.

I have used Chebe powder for about 5 times to date and I do it the busy natural way. There are a number of ways that one can use Chebe powder. You can do it to the book like what Miss Sahel shows in the video or apply it more or less like a hair mask which you will rinse out later or do it like I do. Mix it with my sealing products and leave  it on my hair for the week.

How I use Chebe powder.

Chebe mixture

Ingredients.

1 Tbs Chebe Powder

1 Tbs Nashe Organics leave-in conditioner,

1/2 Tbs Nashe Organics Unrefined Shea butter

1 tsp Karkar oil or any oil of choice. At first I  used to use castor oil.

I mix all the ingredients together in a small container or jar and then, after my hair is washed and conditioned, I apply the Chebe mixture onto my hair as I do African threading to stretch my hair or some twists. I keep them in for about a week and then wash my hair and re-apply the mixture. That’s it.

Chebe mixture comes out more or like this.

My experience with Chebe powder.

What I have found out though is that, making the Chebe mixture, saves me so much time in the application process. I am a real sucker for quick tricks to get my hair done in the shortest time possible. In this case, I just need to apply one thing to my hair and that is the mixture. My leave-in conditioner is water based and that keeps my hair moisturised through out. The Shea butter and the oil also help with sealing the moisture in and helping Chebe powder to stick to my hair for longer. How cool is that? Instead of applying the water, then then Chebe powder and then the oil and, and. I’m getting tired just writing about it. After applying the Chebe mixture, I do chunky twists, chunky braids or African threading and then I leave it on my hair for about a week before taking it out, washing and repeating the process. I normally wear a cap, a wig or if my twists are neat enough, I will leave them out.

covering up for African threading

Afro Wig

My results from using Chebe powder.

Not sure if my hair growth can be attributed to Chebe powder but yes, my hair has grown so much sometimes I’m even shocked it is this long already. Not much thickness I’m afraid. It is still the way it was before when it comes to that. However, I have noticed way less breakage and my hair is relatively softer after taking out the twists. And the only thing that I can attribute that to is the Chebe mixture. I have noticed as well that Chebe powder and my scalp are not exactly friends. This does not come as a shock though. When I was doing my research about Chebe powder, I read that there are some people, like me, who have sensitive scalps who may trigger dandruff if the Chebe gets to their scalp. This I noticed was the case with me when I applied Chebe powder and then did flat twists which I know now was not a good idea. My scalp got so itchy it was not funny. I had to take out the twists prematurely and wash my hair. So if you are like me and have a sensitive scalp, then you may want to take precaution and not do styles that will transfer the Chebe powder on your hair to your scalp. All in all, I am happy with Chebe powder.

hair growth with Chebe powder

Have you used Chebe powder? What do you mix it with, if you do mix it with something? I may want to try your combination sometime. I would also like to read of your experience with Chebe powder or Karkar oil. Let’s have a conversation.

Love

Eve

My Chebe Powder Experience was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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I had mentioned in an earlier post that I save and save and save such that when it begins to rain, financially, I have somewhere to run for cover. I learnt to save quite a long time ago, thanks to a women’s day event that I attended way back that put that desire and wanting to save in my mind. If I don’t save anything in a month, I feel as if I have failed so dismally. And I mean even R100. So, that seldom happens because I have managed to at least save that.

I know there are a lot of people who say they don’t have anything to save but believe me, that’s just an excuse. Hear me out. If you are getting some money every month, then there is something to save. It may be little, but you can be able to save that first. And once you start, you will notice that you will actually be able to save more as you get excited about how your money is growing. Trust me, by then you wish you could save every cent that comes your way. When I opened my savings account, my first deposit was R300 and I would transfer R100 every month to that account because I thought I did not have much to save. By the time it was R3000 plus in my savings account, I started putting in any lump sum that came my way at any time. In no time, my savings were went into double digit. Then there was no stopping.

So here are a few ways you can save as well.

  • Save first before anything else. I know, you may think that is not practical but that is the only way you will be able to save for your goals. You know what you need to save every month for you to go on holiday, buy a car or a house and the time you have to save all the money you need. Put a plan into place so that you can be able to save first before you spend the money. If you begin by spending your money before you look at how much to save, the next moment you look, there will be nothing left to save.
  • Budget your spending. Even if you don’t follow it to the dot, you will always know how much you have to spend on stuff. If you allowed for eating out on your budget, when the money allocated to eating out is spent on the first 2 outings, you will know not to go out again because the budget set aside for eating out will have already been spent. Budgeting will also allow you to look at your expenditure comprehensively which will help you cut on unnecessary expenditure. If you don’t know how to budget, there are a lot of apps on your phone to track your expenditure and help you budget. When you budget, set aside savings there and transfer the money to a savings account.
  • Yes, a separate savings account that you don’t hold a card for preferably and it is just for savings. I like how First National Bank opens their cheque accounts. The automatically open 2 accounts for you. One is your transaction account and the other is a savings account that has not card and you can’t anyone from. It is connected to your main account. I love that. Separating the money into different accounts helps you not over spend as you swipe for things in shops and all. You will know that your money is finished. What is left are savings and if you need to tap into your savings, then you do it consciously.
  • Have a long term savings account like a fixed deposit or a money market linked account where you save money for long term projects like buying a car or a house. I have a 32 day account for such long term savings and there I save for our long term goals. I also have a savings account that I can access the money any day and any time. This is the one earmarked for rainy days. A lady who presented at the women’s day event I said earlier, asked us if we had money that we could access right away if we needed it for an emergency? Most of us said no and right there, I knew I had to do something. I started putting money aside that I could use in a really rainy day. Which is the other thing. You can’t take that money to take your family out or something you can do without.
  • You need discipline. If the money you are saving is to allow you to go on holiday, then make sure you only take it out for that. If it’s for buying a car then a car it will buy. If it’s for emergencies in the family like sickness, burst pipe or something you need to spend cash on with urgency, then you can keep it for that. The thing is, if you don’t do that, you may not reach your goal or be able to cope with a rainy day. There will always be stuff to spend money on and if you don’t watch it, you may be spending your savings on things that you don’t really need and your savings goals will never be reached.
  • Lastly, I am not a financial adviser and I am not intending to be one. I am just sharing with you some of the things that have worked for me to make sure I have the money for school fees in January, buy uniforms and other emergency expenses that may need funding.

And I hope this will help you in some way. I am going to do a follow up on this soon because it is quite a long topic. I have only covered how I save but I have not touched on how I have cut my expenses as well to make sure I have something to save. So I will do that next. Stay tuned.

Blessings and hugs your way and here is to great savings and eventually financial freedom.

How I save cash for rainy days and long term goals. was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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I know, I know. You are holding on to those ends because getting rid of those split ends will shorten your hair and for you, it takes long to retain any length. You know what? I have been there, done that. I even got a T-shirt. You know what I’m saying? Split ends don’t go away on their own. You will need to cut them and make sure they don’t come back too soon. One of the reasons your hair doesn’t seem to retain much length over the years could be the fact that you have not trimmed your ends in a very long while.

There is a time I used to just hope the splits will disappear if I treat them well, deep treat my hair and give it all the TLC it needs. And some products would even say, “Help mend split ends”. I’ve done all that. And guess what, all that did not work. No, it never worked. Deep treatments would just help my hair maintain my split ends not to fall off sooner but see through ends and lifeless hair would be what I have to contend with and that is not fun. Until I learnt that the best way to get healthy hair and actually retain more length is to trim split ends. Hear me out. Here is why.

How trimming split ends helps your hair grow.
  • Split ends make the ends thin which results in weaker hair, more prone to breakage. You can’t retain length if your breakage is high as well.
  • Split ends keeps splitting down the rest of the hair shaft and cutting where the split starts from helps to stop the splitting to continue giving you blunt ends that will unlikely split if your hair is being treated well and is healthy.
  • Split ends makes your hair tangle even more. Getting rid of them will reduce your detangling time and also reduce the breakage that you will have when detangling
  • Split ends increase the occurrence of  single strand knots, also known as SSKs. And once there are knots in your hair, it is impossible to undo these knots and all you need is a scissors to get rid of them. That is why it is better to avoid them at all costs by trimming the hair before these start appearing.
  • Split ends are damaged and they need to go so that they do not spoil the whole crop. You know what I mean? Damaged ends make all your hair look dull and lifeless. Once you get rid of the damaged ends, the healthier hair will have a chance to thrive and shine and also retain more length.

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What causes split ends

Oh come on, wait a minute. You may be wondering, what causes split ends in the first place. Let me indulge you. As much as it may be normal wear and tear of the hair due to the time it has been on your head, there are several culprits and you may want to look at these in your routine and could save you from too many trims too often.

  • over manipulation of the hair causes a lot of stress on the hair. Leave that hair alone. I know it can be hard sometimes, with the excitement of having your hair out after a long term protective style. You just want to try all those styles that have queued up in your head that you saw on YouTube the past months and figured they were not too difficult to do and would looks just as smashing as they looked on the blogger’s head. But listen closely girlfriend. Don’t over do it. It will cause damage to your ends and your hair will suffer. Take it easy on the styling.
  • Wrong products used. If the products you are using leave your hair dry, tangly and unmanageable, it’s time to go shopping. Find you some products that are meant for your hair type, leave your hair looking moisturised and when detangling, the hair can glide past each other. At the end of the day, it is not the price of the product or where it comes from. It’s about how your hair reacts to the product. Using a product that is not good for your hair will cause splitting and breakage.
  • Take it easy on the heat styling as well. I know there are some people with very strong hair who can get away with heat styling their hair more regularly. But for some of us, once or twice a year is okay. More than that may cause splitting and lots of damage.
  • Over exposure to the sun causes split ends. The dryness and UV rays cause splitting and sometimes even mid shaft of the hair which is not good at all.
  • Swimming pool water also causes a lot of damage to the hair. The chlorine and other pool chemicals can cause a lot of damage to your hair especially your ends. This leads to very dry ends which easily split and break off.
  • The types of tools used to groom your hair. For natural hair, combing your hair with a fine toothed comb may cause a lot of stress on the hair. Your ends are the oldest parts of your hair and the weakest. So, any type of stressing may lead to damage and splitting.
How do you know you have split ends

As much as trimming your hair should become part of your healthy hair routine, and should be done according to schedule, say twice a year or every three months if you feel your hair needs that, here are some tell tell signs that you may be due for a trim.

  • Damaged ends which look dull and lifeless. That’s obvious right?
  • See through ends are also a sign that you may be experiencing a lot of breakage and split ends are normally involved in the mix.
  • You have not retained much length in a long time. It may be cause your hair is breaking off as fast as it grows thus no signs of length retention.
  • A lot of single strand knots are a sign your hair needs a trim because the ends can;t manage anymore. They are dying to be released at this stage.
  • Your hair tangles easily, sometimes soon after. Split hair is not smooth. So it will tag on each other and tangle up into a mess. Detangling will lead to more breakage as well so the best is to just trim those ends off.

But how do I trim my hair?

This is a common question especially if you are new to this healthy hair thinging. Well, you have 2 first options. Yo can either do it yourself, DIY style or go to your trusted hair salon and have your ends trimmed of.

If you are doing it yourself or you go to a salon, you have 3 options or even more on how you are going to trim your ends. I don’t know. I only know these 3, which are,

  • twisting up your hair then trimming the very end of your twist or trimming where it starts to become thin.
  • blow drying your hair to make sure all the strands are reasonably straight, combing the hair to make sure all the hair is straight and the holding small sections of hair between your index finger and your middle finger, sliding these two fingers down until you get to the place where you want to trim then trim.
  • Your hair can also be trimmed on wet hair and this is best done by a trained and experienced stylist. After your hair is washed and conditioned, it should be detangled and combed through. Small sections of hair are then taken, combed again and then do the index finger and middle finger thing to trim the hair.

If you don’t know where to start, well then, go to a salon and let them help you out. But always make sure to tell the stylist what you are comfortable with. There are many ways to trim those split ends and if they will not listen, show them this post.

Here is to healthy hair dear natural sisters. Lots of love, hugs and kisses.

Why you should trim your split ends was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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Because I can’t promise I will not be going back there anytime soon, I can say, “Hello, my name is Evenes and I am addicted to the beautiful Mpumalanga.” We went in April and then again in December and I am not the only one in the family that wants to go back. We all want to go back.

In December, we went to Marloth Park and stayed 751 Jackal owned by Lydia. She was the best hostess ever. We really enjoyed our stay and the the accommodation was just what we needed. The unit is well furnished with good quality furniture and the kitchen also well stocked with enough pots, pans, plates and cups. The fridge was big enough for a big family like mine which made sense for a self catering unit and we didn’t need to be going to the grocery stores for supplies too often. In fact, if I were to book the same place, I would buy most of the things needed in Johannesburg because the foodstuff there is quite pricey.

We drove down to Marloth Park in Mpumalanga on the 13th of December, just after schools closed so that we would miss the holiday rush around Christmas. We had to take two cars because all 7 of us could not fit into one car. Our cars are small and hiring a bigger car was going to to be more costly. We had invited my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law over from Zimbabwe for this holiday and one thing I overlooked when making the booking is how we were going to get there. I looked for a unit that will accommodate 7 people and only afterwards did I try and think of how we were going to get there. In the end, the two cars worked out just fine and we had a beautiful holiday.

Marloth Game Reserve

Now let me share with you how I still afford a holiday on a budget considering the harsh economic times we are in. And I strongly believe, holidays are so important once in a while. Besides going home for Christmas, going on holiday where you can switch off and just relax is so important especially if you work and grind in the city like my family. You need to recharge and reconnect with you inner being. I know a lot of us can’t afford a holiday and I am in that place as well but here is how I do it.

How to afford a holiday on a budget.

  • I plan a holiday way in advance. As in way, way in advance. We also only go on holiday once every 2 years. One year we go home to be with family and the other we go out on holiday to a proper holiday destination.
  • So, in the 2 years, I am planning on where to go and what to do.
  • I have also subscribed on several travel booking websites which offer discounts from time to time, like booking.com, Travel Start and Afristay. For the stay in Marloth Park, I booked via Afristay and only paid a deposit of R820 in August 2018 instead of R2020 because I had a R1200 voucher. How awesome is that?
  • Because I book quite in advance for the accommodation and activities if any, I only pay the deposit. Many accommodation places have a cancellation policy that include financial penalties. If something happens and we cannot go for the holiday then, I know I would have only lost the deposit and not the full amount. I only pay the full amount when I am at the venue or the day we will be checking in.
  • I take the time to look for a good deal. And a good deal is when the place does not charge per person but per unit, as long as the number of persons is what the unit can accommodate. Where we stayed, the charge was per unit and that for me was a good deal.
  • I choose a self catering lodge always. Cooking and doing dishes when on holiday is no issue for me. Besides, family members help out. 2 of my boys are big now and they love cooking. It’s only the dishes I am left with. And we also do braai dinners a lot when out. That way, the leftovers can be eaten for breakfast and if we are doing some activity on that day, lunch may be eaten out or we carry a picnic basket.
  • Paying for the deposit only also helps me with cash flow. No need to pay a huge amount of cash all at once.
  • My boys and I plan all the meals to the dot. If we deviate, so be it but as long as we know it’s on plan on what we are going to eat when and where. That way, we make sure we buy what we need in advance, think clearly of the meals to make sure it is actually feasible on holiday and not too much work and also to set aside a budget for each meal. especially if we are eating out. To make sure we don’t tap into other savings that are not meant for that holiday trip.
  • We plan for activities in advance as well and if any bookings need to be made, we do that too, like months ahead. That way, by the time we go, we know it is there on the schedule and there are funds already set aside for it. We often go over budget  but not by much because when we go over budget, we know we are over and manage to pull some breaks.
  • On this trip, the reason we chose Marloth Park was because we also wanted to do a day visit to Kruger National Park and indeed we carried a picnic basket. Because it was hot, we just bought water and cool drinks where we stopped otherwise we had all the food we needed for the day. This cuts down on expenses for the trip.

I think that’s about it when it comes to planning and actually affording a holiday, without getting yourself into debt or having a miserable January. That is one thing I don’t tolerate. Being broke in January and yet in December I was spending money like there is no tomorrow. January should be like any other month. Indeed there are more expenses in January especially if you have kids in school. But that is not a surprise that your kids needed uniform. You knew about it from the day they were born. Plan for it and know the expenses you will need to cover in January so that you are not found wanting. Exercise some discipline and self control when spending money or spoiling your loved ones and know what you can afford. Live within your means. Enough of my lecture

I was also gifted these hygienic wipes late last year and they could not have come at a better time. With road trips comes with snacking in the car and wiping little hands along the way. These wipes came in so handy. They are so gentle and the packaging allows for easier handling, rolling under the care seat, or tucking away in a picnic basket with the top up so that when one needs wipes, no need to upset the whole basket. Just flipping the lid open and tearing off what you needs of the wipes will do the trick.

Hygenix Wipes

Oh and Kruger National Park  was great as well. We had quite a wonderful time. Seeing the animals in their almost natural habitat and not a zoo. Zoos actually depress me quite a lot. As much as I take my kids there so they can see animals, the prison sentence that those animals are serving though, all caged up and all. But sometimes, that’s all we have sometimes to show our kids these animals. Which still comes out all wrong because we have caged these animals for us. Owned them and made sure they were available to show to our kids. For our amusement and pleasure. Ee, let me not go there. That would be a post for another day. As for our Kruger National Park visit, the only member of the big 5 we did not see, collectively was the Leopard. Considering we did a day trip to Kruger National Park, there was very little chance we would actually see it. Seeing a Lion was actually a treat enough.

Kruger National Park

Marloth Park is full of animals as well, only the herbivores though. So we had a very good dose of those. It was really cool to just be sitting by the balcony and animals coming by our unit to a water hole or monkeys coming for the berries close to our unit. We even had a Giraffe come very close to our unit, impala, kudu and all sorts of beautiful birds. The air was very hot but still felt so refreshing being there. Our unit had an air conditioner in the lounge and fans in each and every room so it was very comfortable inside. There was a splash pool outside as well to help with cooling off in the punishing temperatures of Mpumalanga. All I can say is, we enjoyed our holiday. If you think of holidaying at Marloth Park Game Reserve you should consider 751 Jackal. The Owners name is Lydia and she is just an amazing lady. She will make sure you will have a very relaxing holiday. My whole family actually wants to go back to that very unit.

751 Jackal

Crocodile River

Crocodile River

Marloth Park

Marloth Park

Marloth Park

Marloth Park

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Addicted to Mpumalanga was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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Hey guys! I hope you are doing well and you have had a good start to the year. Well, mine is mixed feelings really because a number of sad things happened but I am also grateful and thankful for a lot and looking forward to what the rest of the year holds. So, before I say anything more, I want to wish you your heart’s desires that they will come to fruition and that you will have good health to allow you to stay focused on your goals and be able to put the work in so that you succeed.

I have not been feeling too well since the beginning of the year and have been in and out of the office to doctors rooms, specialists and all, which is not good considering the financial challenges in January. School stuff expenditure and the whole January story. Who has cash for doctors and specialist visits? That is not a good start to a year right? But I am thankful, we had enough savings to cover all that since we are only on a hospital plan as far as medical insurance or medical aid is concerned. If you would like for me to write a post on how I do my savings so that I have money when I need it, drop me a line or mention it in the comments below.

I am still not 100% well, but I am managing. And, as if that was not enough, my new phone, a Huawei P20 got stolen last Friday. I mean, I was so devastated, I cried. You know people who steal are cruel. Besides not having my phone anymore, how my life was disrupted is just too much. The cancellations and trying to reset everything, going to the bank and my network provider phone shops trying to get my life back together. The pictures that I lost and my notes and all. I fail to understand how thieves justify the need to steal the gains of someone’s hard work. It’s so unfair.

But that is not going to stop me from being happy and look forward to life in abundance and what the year holds. I have planned a lot for this year, as always and since the other years, time has not been on my side, there are a few changes that I have made this year, including taking it slower with my studies and take the extra time to implement what I learnt last year into my business. So, I am looking forward to that. I will still study but may only sit for exams once this year instead of 3 times which is what I did last year and that was hectic. And in other news! We started grade 1 again for the third time and we are settling in really well. My eldest will soon be done with high school and the second born is in his final year of primary school. So we are doing great on that front.

wedding hairstyle

Twists with Brazilian wool at Nashe Hair Studio

The businesses are doing well and I thank you and my God for that. I thank you for your patronage and how some of you have been my pillars of strength to support me when I am weak or in doubt or simply don’t know what to do. My God for keeping me standing even in tough times and giving me the wins which have come my way time and again. I am so grateful for that. The salon, Nashe Hair Studio, wow! it is doing so well. I never thought that it would be so but here we are. A whole year and some with a thriving salon business. The Nashe Organics side is doing very well as well. We managed to get a few new products on the market in 2018 and looking forward to bringing you even more this year. We can only move forward from here.

Whatever your goal is, do everyday one thing that will get you closer to your goal. Plan, execute, evaluate and plan again, execute and evaluate. Continue that cycle until you get there.

Much love and strength to you.

And I’m back! Happy New Year. was last modified: January 17th, 2019 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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I have done this before so it is not the first time for me to lock the roots of my twists so that I can get a bit more weeks with the style. However, I did it on much thicker twists so it worked out perfect. It was not too difficult to take out the extensions or to detangle. This time, they are mini twists, so no guarantees on the take down. However, my hair does not lock easily so I am hoping it will not be too much of a hassle.

I locked the roots of these chunky Marley Twists before for just over a week.

So, yeah, I locked my twists. I washed my hair before the twisting. In fact, I deep conditioned first in the steamer as well and when I was done, my hair was super clean and my scalp feeling all sorts of freshness. I then sprayed my scalp and hair with the Nashe Organics Daily Spray as a leave-in. I didn’t want to apply too much product because I used some gel to lock the roots and also tame the fly-aways that were so visible through the extensions. I then started twisting, the drealocks kind of twisting as if I am re-touching dreadlocks. I then styled my hair afterwards which is what kept the locked part intact considering I used gel and also my hair does not lock easily. I actually do not want it to lock so that suits me perfectly. I am almost a week in the style and I think it will last me through the week and I will see if I’ll be keen to keep the style longer or I will wash and lock again. From wash to styling my hair, it took about 2 hours. Not too bad hey?

en-route to Malawi

The twists, about a week after I had put them in

In Zomba Malawi

Soon after washing the twists and we had just started working on locking the roots

styling the locked twists.

After locking and styling. 

I love these twists so much you guys. They are so light, since it is half length of the braid used, they feel like hair almost and so not a big hassle to manage and style. I can swim in them and just jump in the shower to rinse out the pool water afterwards.  Do you want this look? I used one pack of Brown & Ayo Marley in colour 1B. Doing the twists took about 3 hours from start of plaiting to finish. I used Nashe Organics products to wash and condition my hair and then used Jabu Stone Invisi wax. And so far, so good.

I wore the locked twists to Church on Sunday

The reason why I had my hair in twists in the first place was because I was travelling to Malawi early in November. Soon after that, I was going to be sitting for exams and I knew I wanted a low maintenance hairstyle and twists don’t disappoint all the time. These smaller ones were also very kind to my schedule. I loved them. Thank you for reading this far and I ope you are having a blessed day. Keep on being the best version of you all the time. Sending blessings, love and joy your way.

Locked Mini Twists. How to keep twists for longer. was last modified: November 28th, 2018 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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Styling natural hair can be tasking especially if you lack exposure and experience in the variety of styles we can choose from. But not all hope is lost because a new skill can always be acquired and that is when tutorials like the one below come in handy.

I was requested to do a tutorial on how to do these needle and thread cornrows several times, quite a while ago. Well, that’s I what I call them because you use a needle, some thread and they look like cornrows. Otherwise, where I was raised, they are called zvetsono, literally translated to “with needle”.

The main advantage of needle and thread cornrows over regular cornrows is that these stay way longer while still looking new and fresh because the thread helps to hold the hair together and prevent fly-aways.  I have to caution that you will need to pay particular attention to the tension applied when doing these plaits though because it is easy to get carried away and pull the hair too much. This will only cause traction alopecia so beware. Watch the video to see how I do it to make sure the hair is not pulled too much.

Did I mention that this style was done at my natural hair salon, Nashe Hair Studio, where we only deal with natural hair? Yes, we specialise in natural hair care. Treatments, washes and styling are done in a relaxed environment (with no relaxers) with well trained natural hair stylists. We style wet hair and finger detangle before using a detangling brush. We also blow dry on request. Our treatments include going under the steamer for maximum benefit. You should pay us a visit one of these days.

Tutorial | Needle and yarn cornrows - YouTube

Here is hoping that this video is of some value to you and my efforts were not in vain because I did this for you. All information on what I used in the video is in the video description box so make sure to check it out. Please subscribe and thumbs up the video if you like it of course.

Thank you so much for coming by and thank you for watching. Will see you int next post. God bless you big time.

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Needle and Thread Cornrows was last modified: October 12th, 2018 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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I recently did a kind of colourful hairstyle recently which I still stand on the fact that all colours used are actual, possible hair colours. I had platinum, yeah, whitish hair, brown and of course my hair is natural black with some whitish grey highlights for wisdom. I loved my hairstyle to pieces and it kept me smiling most of the times. Why? I was so pleased with myself that I had managed to create a hairstyle that is bold, creative and I was my own kind of beautiful. I turned a couple of heads as well as I went about my errands. I got a lot of compliments too besides those that said I was bold/brave. Not sure if that’s a compliment. Wearing that style got me thinking though.

Platinum braids from Darling Hair, done at Nashe Hair Studio

My hairstyle was a complete no no for a lot of people I know and met. While others fell in love with it. How people are so different and their likes and dislikes are so different though. How some people prefer to conform and fit in while others don’t mind being different and standing out. But more importantly, how we let others prescribe to us what beautiful is and not create our own beautiful. Because we are so different our beautiful is just as diverse. I had to take out my hairstyle just a week in because I was going to Zimbabwe, at my in-laws place. My work colleagues kept saying, people will think you are going mad, you have a mental problem or you are just one crazy person. While I may be all those, but then so what? In the end, I listened to reason and took the white braids out. Went to Zimbabwe with my fro and since I seldom comb my hair, a few people looked at me with question marks on their foreheads as if they are asking “Are you crazy” And I would smile back politely while affirming that this is my beautiful. If you don’t agree, well, get a life.

Platinum braids from Darling Hair, done at Nashe Hair Studio

Being comfortable in my skin happened quite early for me and to some extent, I think it was imposed and I had to do it. I had no choice in other words. Having crooked teeth and not even a chance to get braces because the household budget didn’t accommodate such, a scar on my right cheek which I got when I was about 9 years old, my primary school life and part of high school was quite unpleasant. All the teasing and bullying was directed to me and I had to learn from early on that I was different and I could not fit in, even if I wanted to. So, I had to learn to be comfortable with my scar as a young woman and still afford to smile with my crooked teeth. I had to be comfortable and work with what I had instead of wishing and striving for what I did not have. I was and am still my own kind of beautiful. Although the scar is still there, when I look into the mirror, I don’t notice the scar anymore. I just see me. When I smile, my teeth are not a bother anymore. I have learnt to smile in such a way that much of the crookedness is concealed. Only when I laugh, and I do laugh very often, will you notice my crooked teeth. All the same, I am my own kind of beautiful and that’s me.

So, if you are in that space where you just don’t fit in, don’t worry. You were not meant to fit in. You were meant to stand out like a light. That place is not yours and fitting in will never make you happy. Stand out and be the person that you are because you are not here for the sake of being here. You are here for a purpose and God put your emotions, feelings, built, mind and soul and all that makes you, you together so that you can go out there and fulfil that purpose you are here for. Don’t fit in if you don’t. You are a masterpiece and you are beautiful.

I went to Zimbabwe with an Afro

My own kind of beautiful

My Own Kind Of Beautiful was last modified: August 24th, 2018 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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I know right? How could I cut it when a lot of people are trying to grow their hair. Well, for me, it was inevitable, my hair needed a real cut. Not just a trim this time and today, the day I posted my first blog post on this site I will share with you all about my hair cut.

I had not cut my hair since December of 2000. Yes, that long. Besides the occasional trims, I have always had kind of medium length to long hair for that long so with other changes in my life, my hair had to go as well. It happened in the morning, on the 5th of June, a day after I turned 40. I had been planning to cut my hair for some time already and when I noticed the see through ends, probably from excessive shedding, because my scalp has been acting up real big of late, I knew I didn’t have much choice but cut it short. The dandruff is just horrific these days and nothing seems to be working. Washing medium length hair 3 to 4 times a week is no joke. I also needed to get rid of most of the see through section. Wearing it in a big puff or even down was becoming hectic. So, yeah, I cut my hair. I just wanted to keep you up to speed with the situation. So, if you see me in future post with shorter hair, don’t be puzzled. If you follow me on social media, you probably know this already right?

A combination of dry scalp and fungi on my scalp. The struggle is real guys!

I did not make it super short as you can see. I’m not that brave I think so I did a some sort of a tapered cut but kept enough hair to get my hair in braids or cornrows when I feel like. Talk of a fall back plan. No, it wasn’t. I love my shorter hair to bits. Or maybe I didn’t know I would fall in love with it when I was cutting my hair or even planning the ideal length. But now, I am in so much love. Didn’t now shorter hair can be so beautiful and versatile. Not sure if I am going to start regrowing my hair hair right away since the dandruff war is still raging and I still need to wash my hair very often.

When I started this blog 6 years ago, I had no idea I would be where I am right now. It was just a labour of love, sharing the hair tips that worked for me and hoping they would work for you as well. Basically giving yo somewhere to start from in taking care of your kinks and now here we are. If you have been part of the family this long, thank you so much.

And in the spirit of sharing, I would like YOU to share this post on Twitter, tag a friend whom you know loves natural hair stuff and would appreciate knowing about this blog. Follow and tag me as well, @evemafupa so that I can see your tweet. I am giving away 2 x R300  Natural Moisture vouchers to one lucky winner to share with the tagged friend.  Competition closes on 31 July and the winner will be announced shortly after. Prize not redeemable as cash.

I cut my hair + Anniversary Giveaway was last modified: July 9th, 2018 by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
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