Review: #MyNaturalHair

If you’re a newbie natural – can I be frank and say how jealous I am of you right now?

If you’ve only just embraced your God-given kinks and curls, you’re such a lucky fish because the local market for good quality natural hair products is booming right now!

We’re being spoilt for choice: I keep seeing see new brands of custards, creams and conditioners popping up that are locally made & produced – and I’m here for all of it. (Its about damn time too, don’t you think?)

One of these brands is the My Natural Hair range (currently available in Clicks).

Late last year, I got contacted to try their new range and yene was I excited. (I won’t even lie – guys I MOL for a surprise!)

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The range consists of Nourishing shampoo (250ml), Hydrating conditioner (250ml) Strengthening oil (150ml) and Moisturizing butter (125ml) and when I received it, the professional look made me wonder will this finally be the natural product “holy grail” I’ve been seeking?

Looking at the outside of the packaging itself – the design is pretty, uncluttered & simple.  As the name #mynaturalhair suggests, the range is focused on all things natural. The colour theme on the packaging is very earthy: green, gold & brown. But does the outside match the inside?

I take a sniff test & the unassuming strengthening oil leaves me swooning. It’s like I’m camping along the West Coast. Like bottled nature. It’s such a pleasant smell I literally cannot wait to have it all over my hair.

Turning the bottle around & I’m happy to read that the all the products are sulphate, paraben, mineral oil, petrolatum & phthalates free. At approx. R100 per product (a little pricey but I’m willing to fork out IF the stuff is worth it) I’m further impressed. But is this too good to be true?

I bring wash day a little earlier to find out.

The shampoo looks, feels & smells clean. It lathers really well & leaves my locs feeling light. For someone with locs, finding the ‘right’ shampoo can be a bit of a mission but thankfully the nourishing shampoo seems to keep to its promise. (I’m currently  on my second bottle and its still holding up).

The conditioner doesn’t have as much slip as I’m used to (I understand slip as thick and gloopy) so the first time I use it, I put on a little too much wasting some of it BUT the result is that my locs are SUPER soft & my hair smells exotic. It also works nicely on my daughter’s hair. Its perfect for a mid-week refresh on three-day-old hair.

The strengthening oil is BY FAR my favourite. A little goes a long way. The base ingredient is sunflower oil I think -which responds very well to my locs, doesn’t leave it overly shiny & makes my hair smell fantastic for three days straight. My hair even feels stronger after using a little bit. I test it on my five-year-old daughter’s 3c curls and same result – so this will be in my shopping basket when I run out.

The butter doesn’t work so well on my locs. The way I understand it, the butter would be perfect for free natural hair (whereas mine is all matted up in my locs) as it soaks into the hair after a couple brushes with a normal brush or tangle teezer. I think it would work great on edges!

All in all I was super impressed with the range and how it made my hair feel and look. I’d give it 8/10.

This how my hair looks straight after a wash:

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For more on the range, follow My Natural Hair on Facebook or give them some love on Instagram.

Have you tried the range? What did you think?

Which local product are you currently using?

Coiled up/ Back to my roots/ Why I cut all my hair off

This is the post excerpt.

My natural hair journey started nearly five years ago with a number 1 haircut (big chop), lots of faux courage and too much self doubt. I was just as scared as you may be feeling/ felt right now.

In fact, if I look back…I wasn’t really ready for the gravity and ramifications of this massive hair decision.  It didn’t think this through like I usually do.

All I knew was that I needed authenticity.

So I cut all my hair off.

And then all my childhood fears came rushing to the fore…

I’d made a promise to myself to document this journey… but when I saw how “raw”, “coarse” and unnerving (in other words…how “kroes”) my hair was I changed my mind. My confidence was at an all time low. At the time I kept thinking, there is no way in hell I’m going to share  my most vulnerable part of myself to others.

And this blog was put on hold.

To be honest – I think the reason why I didn’t start (or want to start) writing about my hair was because I scared. Fear stops us from so much.

I was grappling with so many emotions back then: Regret, anxiety, fear. And I thought (at that time) that opening myself up to others would of compound those emotions.

It seemed too much and so I backed out. (Now I see what an excuse that is).

Instead I privately took time to build myself up and chisel away years of self-hate. I read, researched and unlearned a lot.

As my hair flourished, my confidence grew and I started reconsidering this blog.

Fast forward to today and now I think I’m ready.

Welcome to my hair journey…

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