Njabulo Magane

My hair is… defiant!

Before we went on lockdown, I… love keeping my hair in a protective style. As much as I love my hair, dealing with it is an extreme sport and nothing, and I mean nothing, says extreme sport like wash days. I’d make sure I don’t have plans for the day because a lot of my time and sweat goes into showing my hair that extra care.

My typical hair routine would be washing my hair twice, with shampoo, seeing that dandruff thinks that it’s my best friend. The pits, I tell you. I use my fingertips to rub my scalp vigorously, sometimes I use an Afro comb or a wide-tooth comb. I then apply conditioner, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle my hair (I love to admire my curl pattern right here), section my hair & plait it then I cover my hair w/ a plastic bag then putting a towel on my head. Then I go about my business for 15-30mins. Once that is done, I rinse my hair off with cold to lukewarm water & section my hair to plait it then wait for it to dry. Once dry, I apply oil to my scalp & rub it in. Now the real work starts.
Step 1: Section hair (I like to work in rows). Step 2: Spray the section with plain water, being careful not to use too much & detangle using a wide-tooth comb. Step 3: Apply oil mixture starting from the ends working my way up to my roots. Step 4: Apply Shea butter the exact same way & plait it in threes. Sometimes I’d do twists if I really want to get done but threes are my life. As you see, I live by the LOC method – Liquid, Oil & Cream/Butter.

My hair routine has changed now… I haven’t been deep conditioning because hair products were closed off in certain stores so my hair has been extremely dry & hard but now we’re back in full swing. Looking at my hair these past few weeks I’ve been wanting to try all sorts of things to learn how to plait my own hair but hairpiece dololo, I’ve thought about cutting & dyeing my hair but then I thought, I really want to see how long my hair can grow & experience all the changes throughout the years.

The challenge with my hair is… dandruff and it is definitely a struggle. Keeping it at a minimum is a struggle. I’m lucky if I can go for two weeks without washing my hair & not see dandruff.

My lockdown hairstyle is… A puff. I keep my plaited but on those special days like today where I want to look cute, I always opt for a puff.

Top tip(s) anyone with your hair type can use to keep hair healthy and strong this winter? Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! I cannot stress this enough but do not use too much product. Always feed your hair with water, it doesn’t have to be every day, just a few spritzes every two days would be fine. If one has a weak hairline like mine, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is your friend.

My favourite ORS product to use is the… ORS Olive Oil Edge Control Hair Gel – no flaking whatsoever & it definitely holds my edges down.

You can find me at @njabulomagane_ on Instagram and @magane_njabulo on Twitter.

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