What is a Protective Style

Written by Rosalyn O

Protective style is a hairstyle designed to protect the delicate ends of the hair because ends are the oldest and often most fragile parts of the hair shaft, they can easily break off. Protective styles keep ends up, preventing them from rubbing against clothing, accessories and other rough objects, or completely hidden. They’re often worn by men and women seeking to retain as much hair growth as possible.

Benefits of Protective styling

  • Low maintenance
  • Retains growth
  • Keeps hair soft
  • Versatile
  • Time saver

Braids

Conrows

Flat Twist

Bantu knots

Hope this was helpful. xoxo

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AfroRiri WCW: Nse Ikpe Etim

At AfroRiri Haircare , our Wednesdays are dedicated to naturalistas we admire and love. Hopefully, by seeing our WCW you are encouraged to continue your natural hair journey.

Our WCW is Nigeria’s own Nse Ikpe Etim. She has never stopped looking beautiful. In Nollywood, Nse has been described as “the silent tsunami”. She brings with her a breath of freshness.

Nse Ikpe Etim (born October 21st) is a Nigerian multiple award winning actress, a writer, professional chef and a lover of arts.. She is the first child of six children. She is from Akwa Ibom. She had her Television break at the age of 18 when she anchored a show on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Nse also went into the pageant world and won several crowns. Nse was Miss University of Calabar 1992/93. She also won the Miss NTA Calabar contest. She studied Theatre arts in University of Calabar. She got married to her childhood friend Clifford Sule on February 14, 2013. She has won best actress in lead role plenty times. She acted in Inale, Mr and Mrs, Kiss and tell, The meeting, Phone swap, Journey to self. Nse loves her natural hair and enjoys styling it in different ways. She rocks her natural hair on the red carpet, movies, photo shoots and even on her court wedding day. Her way of  showing she is comfortable in her own skin . She said our hair is what makes us truly AFRICAN and truly beautiful. She is the definition of a true naturalista who looks naturally fabulous!

So you see that having and wearing your own natural hair does not make you less successful.

How to keep your hair moisturised

Written by Rosalyn O

Dryness is a problem experienced by many naturals. Why is it so important to keep natural hair hydrated? More than anything else, natural hair needs moisture to thrive. Well moisturised hair is supple and elastic, which makes it look soft and prevents breakage.  Dry hair on the other hand looks and feels dull and dry. In order to grow long, strong, healthy hair, it is vital for naturals to have a regualr moisturising regimen. Getting water in your hair is easy. Keeping it there, not so much. Follow these steps below for shiny hair that stays moisturised and retains maximum length:

  1. Use water

Water is the best moisturiser out there. Wet your hair in the shower or using water in a spray bottle, working it in thoroughly. Tip: leave the water in your hair for 15 minutes to make sure it completely saturates the hair. You can also try baggying ( baggying is putting a plastic bag or shower cap over your hair for extended periods of time) your hair to combat extreme dryness.

To your water, you can also add one or all of the following:

  • Conditioner : helps soften hair and smooth cuticles to add shine
  • Oils : depending on oil used, nourish hair from inside, seal moisture in, add fragrance
  • Aloe juice : natural conditioner, humectant and helps prevent dandruff by balancing the pH of the scalp
  • Glycerine : humectant; draws moisture from the air

2. Use Humectant

Humectants like honey, glycerin and aloe vera juice draw water from the atmosphere into your hair and make a great addition to your spritzes or conditioning treatments. Warning: They should be avoided in very hot, dry temperatures or wintery conditions as they would then do the reverse and draw water out of your hair and into the atmosphere. Other humectants are sodium lactate, propylene glycol and sodium PCA.

3. Seal with Oil

Now that you have added water into your hair, how do you keep it in? Simple. Apply a barrier over it to stop it from evaporating. The most effective way is to apply oils that do not easily penetrate into the hair shaft over your wet or damp hair. Common sealants are:

  •  Castor oil
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
The advantage of using these is that they help lock moisture in longer so you don’t need to moisturise constantly.
You can still use penetrating oils like coconut, sunflower, avocado, olive and Shea butter but you would need to moisturise frequently.
4. Stay hydrated
We all know that drinking water helps flush out toxins and keeps our skin hydrated but did you know the 8-glasses-a-day rule also benefits our hair? One of the best ways to help your hair from the inside out is to drink lots of water so keep those glasses topped up for happy hair.

5. Avoid using heat
Using heat to dry your hair, even on a low setting, leaves your hair dryer than it would be if you air dried it. To stretch your hair without heat, use methods such as twisting or braiding, threading or the tension method.
6. Applying moisture based products to your hair
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AfroRiri hair butter locks in moisture in hair strands, conditions hair making it softer and more manageable. It strengthens and thickens hair and protects from dryness. It is made with the best oils for healthy hair growth.

Below is a short and in no way exhaustive list of ingredients which can often be found in a moisturising product

Behentimonium Chloride/BTMS/Cetrimonium Chloride/Cetrimonium Bromide – these act primarily as an emulsifying agent but because they are cationic quaternary compounds, they provide exceptional conditioning properties. This is what makes hair feel soft and easy to comb.

Aloe Vera – known to have anti-inflammatory properties, aloe very is a popular addition as it is also a great moisturiser.

Hydrolysed proteins – hydrolysed proteins usually have a smaller molecule size so they can penetrate and adsorb to the hair shaft. Proteins help strengthen hair by filling in holes and cracks in the hair shaft caused by damage, kind of like polyfiller. They also provide a great barrier on the hair shaft to prevent water loss.

Cetyl/Cetearyl alcohol – these are saturated fatty alcohols, not to be confused with the boozy drying kind. They act as a thickener and impart an emollient feel to the product.

Botanical extracts – this is the concentrated from of botanical matter and is usually extracted using some sort of solvent which can either be water, oil or alcohol. Depending on the botanical used, it can provide a range of benefits for hair and scalp. Popular extracts include nettle, rosemary, lavender and horsetail, marshmallow, amla, brahmi and neem,

Hope this was helpful. xoxo

Swimming and natural hair: Tips for the pool

Written by Rosalyn O

Just a few steps will prepare you so that you can enjoy the benefits of swimming and instead of simply sitting on the side line looking cute, while minimizing damage caused by swimming in chlorinated water.

  • Before entering a pool, wet your hair so your hair will soak up the initial water instead of the chlorinated water.
  • When swimming where a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated water, if you choose not to wear a cap make sure you shampoo and condition your hair right after you are done swimming.
  • Apply coconut oil (unrefined is best) prior to getting in the water (preferably the night before). Hair will absorb the coconut oil strengthening the hair shaft thus providing extra protection against the chlorine. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do?
  •  Do not leave your hair out – one big braid or a bun will keep hair from becoming matted or tangled.

Hope this tips was helpful. xoxo

Reasons for itchy scalp and solution

 Written by Rosalyn O

Dandruff

Dandruff, a scalp condition that can cause itching and flaking of the skin, is treated with medicated shampoos. Dandruff  is caused by overgrowth of yeast like fungus known as malassezia on the scalp. Malessezia also lives on healthy scalps without causing dandruff but when the fungus grows out of control dandruff can become a huge problem. It is characterized by large greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells and are usually yellowish or greasy.

You have product buildup

Product builds up on our scalp and hair follicles over time from all of the various moisturizers, stylers and tap water we use on our hair. Over time debris and dirt gets trapped in the pores of the scalp, clogging them and causing that all too familiar itchy feeling. To really remove build up on the scalp, try using AFRORIRI HONEY MOISTURISING SHAMPOO.

Dry Scalp

Dry scalp is caused by dehydration and over-shedding of the scalp, and is accompanied with small tiny flakes. You know you have a dry scalp when you feel tightness of the scalp and itchiness.

How to treat dry scalp

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wash less
  • Rub AFRORIRI HAIR BUTTER on scalp daily even when your hair is in a protective style

Hope this was helpful. xoxo