Beauty week & half: Hair ramblings

teeteeiswithme_natural hair_1So beauty week did not work out at all. No excuses to put forth, just that I prioritised last week a little bit differently and ended up not being consistent. Not good. Not good at all.

Yesterday I posted this picture on Instagram. Everybody loved it. I loved it, because I love feeling my hair and touching my scalp and contrary to popular belief my braid-season-all-season campaign is not because I like the way I look with braids (which I do), or because I enjoy sitting in a chair for 6 hours whilst someone braids my hair, but it’s because after the 6 hours of that ‘hard work’ I am basically home free for about 2 months.

I referred to my sitting and getting my hair braided as ‘hard work’ because, I needed to contexualise to you just how lazy I am when it comes to my hair. In fact, the number one reason I will not get a weave is because I am lazy when it comes to hair, and I believe that a good looking weave, requires a bit of work, which I am just not willing to put in. 6 hours every 2 months is about all I can handle.

After a year of braids. I have spent the first half of this year, acquainting myself with good hair routines via all the natural hair blogs I follow, in order to fulfill my aspirations to wear my fro out; Blue Ivy Carter style. However this has been a somewhat fruitless exercise given my laziness and the fact that the really good natural hair blogs are written by African American authors, which means some of the product they reference is not available in South Africa plus I tend to believe that climate and other things affect how hair is and that basically our hair is not the same. Moreover, I still have not found a hair routine that fits into my lazy ass hair life, but I have discovered two things that have made my natural locks softer and healthier.

1. Shea Butter

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Cape Town, I was looking at the lovely Tokelo of Through Shaded Eyes soft amazing fro, and I needed to know what her hair routine was because my fro was not soft at all and its moisture retention was non-existent, which meant I found myself applying loads of product on my hair  in order to try and get it soft. Shea Butter she told me. Even Curly Nikki confirmed this.

2. Jamaican Black Castor Oil

A lot of people have asked me about my hairline and basically to keep it really short, sweet and simple, Jamaican Black Castor Oil has been my hairline’s saving grace. I can confirm that it thickens and increases hair growth. Ain’t nobody got time for receding hairlines.

  • Ofee
    Posted at 16:26h, 07 July Reply

    I can totally relate, I swear by Shea butter and castor oil too… I’m very close to creating an effective regime for lazy naturals because that 15 step process that chows your entire weekend basically is just not on… when I hit gold I’ll holla back at ya. In the mean time uzobastrong girl.

    • Thithi
      Posted at 09:57h, 11 July Reply

      Hey Ofee

      Please do and share! I can’t for sitting for 15 steps. I love that effective regime for lazy naturals concept. Will be waiting 😉

  • Khanyo Zwane
    Posted at 14:36h, 21 June Reply

    Hi TeeTee

    I’m no hair expert (so please don’t ask why I feel the need to share my 2 cents) and I’ve been growing my natural hair for about a year now. I found a few really cool tricks that works really well for me.
    1) shower cap:
    I can never do the plaiting every night and I don’t last very long with any sort of protective hairstyle so what I do is moisturise my hair, put a shower cap over it and then a doek over the shower cap. It keeps my hair crazy soft and it’s minimal effort. I can make a puff last all week this way and it keeps my ends from drying out.
    2) scalp oil
    Find an oil that treats your scalp really well. Unfortunately the shower cap doesn’t do a great job on the scalp. I use a combination of oils about twice a week.


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