First time trying Chebe

Hola Queens,

Last post was a beginner friendly explanation to Chebe – which you can access here.

I kept seeing chebe powder everywhere – instagram, youtube, facebook and even here on wordpress. I kept seeing it so much I decided to do further research into these herbs. Everything about Chebe sounded good to me and I purchased it from amazon. I read all the benefits and how the Chadian women use it and the results made me want to try it .

I regret not taking pictures or filming this process because it was a messssssssssss & I was over taking pictures !

Part 1 – Application

I had already seen videos on how to apply it, so i sectioned a part of my hair and as I put the oil on my hair and i reach out for the chebe, I realise the horrible smell it had. It smells like burnt herbs, literal charcoal that was burnt and kept in a bag. I do not know if its the Chebe i purchased but the smell was bad.

After trying to apply the chebe the traditional way , there was way too much fall out on my body and floor and the smell was slowly creeping in to the point I had to light some candles and spray some body spray on myself because it was becoming unbearable.

I began looking for a youtube video that showed clearly how to apply the chebe as I wanted to find a different method to apply the chebe. I came across a video where this youtube had left the chebe on her hair for 6 months, and I said ” Hell noooo” – I cannot leave it on my hair for more than 2 weeks.

I started giving up and really thinking about the fact that I had to pre-poo, shampoo + conditioner + deep conditioner & that process was already long and now I have spent 30 minutes trying to make this work – my motivation was falling.

Application – Round 2

So after taking a break of 2 hours and contemplating if I really wanted to try out Chebe, I decided I needed to try it at least once.

I decided to make a paste, since that would be better to apply and there would be less fall out of my body & floor. The paste consisted of olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, little bit of honey and of course chebe powder.

After making the paste, I now decided to cut a plastic bag and put it underneath my chair so it can catch all the fall out as I realised my carpet starting picking up the smell.

I began by applying the Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-in followed up with the paste, which I applied by pressing on the hair and sliding down and topping it up with a lil more oil and then began braiding my sections. As I would braid the chebe was falling out, all over my body, my floor my clothes. So I recommend using an old tee you do not really care about.

Part 2 – The real challenge

After finishing up all the braids and cleaning up, I oiled my scalp so finish the look. I realised you could proper see the Chebe powder, and my hair looked ” dirty”. I have never used a wig and I usually rock my natural protective hairstyles such as braids and twists most of the time but this time I did not feel comfortable at all.

Long story short, I put a bandana around my hair covering most of my hair but despite all of that as soon as my mom saw me she said ” what do you have on your shoulders & back?” followed by ” theres something on your hair”. Pretty much I had excessive fallout on my clothes and it was very visible that I had something on my hair which made me feel uncomfortable. The fallout continued for the next 2 days but then it stopped and you could also barely see the chebe on my hair, so I thought all the chebe fell out -so I was bummed that everything fell out because I have a looooot of fall out right.

Lets not forget about the smell that lingered, its a musky “my hair is dirty” type of smell, which I had to spray my hair with Imbue Curls – Leave in Spray which smells amazing + apply a cream pretty much everyday.

Part 3 – Taking it down – the nightmare

After keeping the Chebe on my braids for 6 days, I just had to take it out, my hair was due for a good wash. As I was taking it out it felt like I opened a bag a of chebe and spilt it over me, the amount of fall out I had was immense. The smell had gotten worse, and it was sticky and I was trying to take it out as fast as possible however I had to set the plastic bag underneath my chair and put a plastic over my shoulder so it would not touch and stick to me.

Let me just say I hated every part of this, I shampoo’d my hair about 3-4 times, twice on friday and then shampoo’d it twice on saturday & GUESS WHAT SIS? I still had Chebe in my hair and falling out of it and it got stuck to my tangle teezer and was very hard to clean up.

Bottom Line – Would I try it again?

I personally think this would be hassle free if you wear wigs, so putting the chebe under the wigs and not having to deal with all the fall out and the smell. It has a pungent smell & your scarf + bonnet & pillow will pick up the scent. Also a week later I washed my hair and despite pre-pooing and detangling my hair, I still had chebe on my hair after the shampoo & mask stage.

I am up to trying it again, if Im spending the whole week home or not going anywhere or maybe if I had someone do my hair because I think for the stress and clean up I had to do, I do not think it’s worth it.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or any tips because I still have some chebe herbs left over and I am open to try it again if it is a smooth process. I’m thinking of using it to make a chebe oil, leave in or even a mask.

Also there are so many ways to protect your hair, and help it grow and become stronger that I think the hassle I get from chebe isn’t really worth it.


Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment and let me know what you think of posts like these where I tell my own experience with a specific product or powders. If you would prefer shorter posts.

Adios Slay Queens,

Introduction to Chebe

Chebe Powder, The Long Kinky Hair Secret from Africa

Hola Queens ( oh how i missed saying that ),

I have been trying different things with my hair in the month of July. I think there is so many methods and different treatments from different parts of the world. Have you heard of Chebe Powder before?

Have you been curious about trying Chebe? Want to try it on but you don’t know where to start?


What is Chebe?

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Chebe is mix of herbs created by Chadian Women. The mixture is made of Lavender Groton ( which is grown everywhere in africa), Cloves, Reisin Tree, Cherry seeds, Prunus Mahaleb – which these are known to aid to hair growth, thickness and moisture retention. Chebe lengthens the hair making the hair look longer and fuller.

Chadian have been able to grow their hair below their bum and they claim is the chebe powder and their application that keep them locks growing. When I was doing my research on Chebe, the results kept me shoooook, and all I could think about was ” I need to start this ASAP”.

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Chebe is not applied to the scalp but rather the hair since it is a potent mix of herbs and it might irritate the scalp, it is applied on the hair itself to nourish the locks. Chebe works better when tucked away in a low manipulation style aka braids/twists. I prefer braid as it keeps everything in and its neater.


Benefits

Length Retention
Balances the Ph of hair shaft
Moisture Retention
Contains Anti Inflamatory Properties
Reduce Shedding

Hair growth

Chadian woman have long, black and thick hair using this method, but if Chebe is not supposed to be applied on the scalp, how can it promote hair growth?

Our hair is always growing, and what most of us struggle with is length retention. Applying the chebe to the hair and tucking it on braids, it keeps the hair protected even if the hair is in contact with cotton or other harsh fabrics. Which puts less stress on the ends of our hair, which will keep them moisturised and healthy. The ends of our hair need to be taken care of on a daily basis.

Chebe powder is used by thousands of people worldwide who attest to helping their hair retain lengths and get thicker.


Traditional Application

Only 2 products needed : Chebe Mix, Oil/Grease & Water. Traditionally use Karkar oil.

  • Separate the hair into medium sections.
  • Get the hair wet with water – ensuring the hair is not soaking wet but wet enough for the cuticles to be open. Detangle that section.
  • Alternating between the chebe and the oil/grease until the hair is fully saturated and braid the section of hair.
  • Repeat in all sections.
  • Apply the water in the hair to lock it off
  • Repeat set 3 every 3-5 days until the hair is due for a wash.

Modern/Easier Application

There are a few application that makes it easy for modern day application of chebe powder. Most of us live in a city and have jobs, and Chebe can make your hair look like its dirty.

I recommend these applications if you have never tried Chebe Powder before, since it’s an introductory level and all natural recipes and it will not be overwhelming for you.

Chebe Paste
  • In a bowl mix chebe powder, deep conditioner, preferred oil and preferred grease.
  • Spray hair with water and detangle
  • Apply to the hair and braid
Chebe overnight mask

There are many different combinations you can do for a chebe mask. Whatever you have at home, what ever your hair needs at the time you can use Banana, Avocado, Honey, Oils, Aloe Vera Gel, Egg, and Chebe Powder. Use all or use selected ingredients and blend it. Your hair will feel stronger and softer – extremely soft

Chebe butter

Chebe butters have become a much easier and neater way to apply Chebe, benefit from the properties but still have your hair look nice whilst having it on.

Chebe, Shea Butter/Mango Butter + Coconut Oil or/and Olive Oil


Have you ever used chebe ? How was your experience ? – Let me know in the comments

Will you try it? Or are you skeptical? I want to know your thoughts. I will be trying out chebe the traditional way and seeing if my hair improves from it.

Adios Queens ❤

My 5 favourite Shampoos

Hola Queens,

Since being Natural, I have tried many different shampoos, some that I loved straight away, other I hated straight away & a few that I loved initially and then was a nightmare for my hair. I think all of us naturalistas have had shampoos that stayed in the bathroom for the longest time and we only used when we ran out of the good shampoos.

A year ago you’d ask me if the brand or type of shampoo matters & I’d tell you it does not! You could use the cheapest shampoo as long as you follow it up with a good conditioner and/or deep conditioner and you are good to go, your hair is going to replenish all the nutrients and nourish the hair. Ohh How I was wrong ..

To be honest with you, there was not 1 type of shampoo I had tried that my hair “loved”, everything just did the job of cleaning my hair & would make hair tangled, rough and extremely dry. There were shampoos I hated and I would not use again but as far as my go-to shampoo? It was none existent. How many of my Queens can agree with me?

As far as I was concerned all these shampoo that claimed to moisturise and hydrate and make it easier to detangle were all lies. This is why I turned to Pre-poo, it was the only thing that helped my hair still be alive after shampooing.

These shampoos have changed my outlook on shampoos and changed my wash day routine and made it much easier. Here are my favourite shampoos which all of them are Sulfate free & are not in any particular order:

1. Shea Moisture – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Hands down my favourite shampoo. It cates to dry, damaged hair. It is a thicker shampoo which replenishes and rejuvenates from root to tip. Detangling will not be an issue with this shampoo. This is my go-to shampoo if I do not want to Pre-poo. It is the only shampoo that will not tuck, pull on my knots.

This shampoo can be a little more pricier than other shampoos mentioned but if you find it on any promotion, don’t think about it. Grab it and watch your hair thank you.

  • I recommend this for colder months or if your hair is in desperate need of moisture and life. You can purchase it here

2. Creme of Nature Clay & Charcoal

It was not until last year when I tried the Creme of Nature Charcoal Shampoo, that i had realised the are shampoos that cleanse but also make hair much more manageable & soft. This shampoo was a big changer for my hair. It did everything it said it would do .

It gently cleanses the hair and control frizz. This is the Bomb specially for the price. If you are on a budget, just get this shampoo. – You can purchase on amazon here

3. Shea Moisture – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil reduces scalp irritation by fighting inflammation with its fatty acid properties. Promotes overall healthy hair by thickening the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Peppermint oil increases circulation on the scalp which promotes hair growth. & Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and helps regulate and balance the scalps pH levels.

I can’t tell you how much my hair loves this product. I keep this one in my room to ensure nobody else is finishing it up hehehe. – I mean who wouldn’t? – You can purchase it here

4. Imbue – Curl Liberating Sulphate Free Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It says it will unleash coils from the daily grime without leaving them parched and it did just that. My hair was manageable after using this shampoo and it was moisturised. The shampoo has Coconut Oil which promotes healthy scalp & minimises split ends which helps length retention. It also includes Cupuaçu Butter which is extremely moisturising which improves hair elasticity.

” It’s not about controlling kinks, curls and coils; it’s about liberating them” – and boy my hair was definitely liberated, my kinks loves this vegan + cruelty free. You can purchase it here

5. Creme of Nature Aloe Vera & Black Castor Oil Shampoo

You know I love Aloe Vera and I swear by it. My hair changed when I started incorporating regular use of Aloe Vera. Hence why I had to try this collection. I love this shampoo, a little goes a long way and for someone like me that shampoos twice, it’s very cost effective.

This shampoo promises to cleanse, detangle and restore moisture. Aloe Vera retains moisture and make it easier to detangle and the Black Castor Oil has strengthening properties which will fortify the hair and promote growth and length retention.

Bottom Line

It is important to change your hair routine every 2-3 months, change up the products so they still work and your hair is not used to it. I alternate between these shampoos depending on what my hair needs.

If you are using a shampoo that makes your hair rough, extremely tangled and hard to manage then your search for the perfect shampoo still stands.

Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment down below and let me know:

What is your favourite shampoo?

Have you tried any of these shampoos?

Adios Queens<3 & I hope you hair an amazing start of the week.

Cleansing your hair

Hola Queens,

In the next few post we will be exploring the topic of cleansing your hair, I will be addressing some of your concerns when it comes to properly cleansing your hair.

Why should you cleanse your hair?

On my last post I’ve mention that our skin produces sebum & depending on a few of the factors your scalp can be dry, oily, normal or combination.

The more time you spend without washing your hair, the more sebum will have accumulated on your scalp and start spreading to your hair. That combined with the product build-up such as creams, oils, edge control, gels + going outside your hair will be dirty, greasy & smelling bad (Thanks to these fruit smelling conditioners my hair never smells bad, it would just have an off smell). You will need to cleanse your hair!

When you have not washed your hair for so long, in order for the products to efficiently work you’d need to have a clean hair to allow the product to work at his best.

Also, your hair needs water & most people only put water on their hair when they are washing their hair. Water is important for the scalp, for everything really.

How can you cleanse your hair efficiently?

Shampoo

The most accessible and common way to wash your hair. Shampoos clean by stripping all dirt, oils, build up from hair even natural oils. There are different types of shampoo to tackle different scalp/hair needs:

  • Dandruff control
  • Strengthening
  • Clarifying
  • Moisturising
  • Oil Control
  • Coloured Hair
  • Ph Balanced

Co-Wash

Term used very often in the natural hair community, it means that you are a using a conditioner to cleanse your hair. Conditioners nourishes & moisturises the hair. It’s a less harsh than a conditioner & I would opt for this if you wash your hair several times a week.

Clarifying Rinse

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify your hair. Your scalp will feel squeaky clean and fresh. Any type of clarifying method should be use sparingly, I recommend every 4-6 weeks.

Clay Wash

Using clay to cleanse your hair. I will make a separate post about this & my experience with it.

How often should you wash your hair?

You can cleanse whenever you want, only you know how your hair is and feels and know what feels best for your hair. The texture of your hair + scalp type will tell you how often you will prefer to wash your hair. I do not recommend washing your hair everyday as your scalp natural oils are good for your hair & depending on your method of cleansing it can be too strong and strip the natural oil and cause breakage.

For years I have been saying that washing my hair is an event & I cannot remember if I ever washed my hair more than once a week – it’s very time & water consuming. But also it works for my hair, my dry scalp needs the natural oils & sebum + I have high porosity which my hair absorbs the products.

Thank your for reading this post, if you have any questions comment down below

Adios Queen ❤

Why is important to know your scalp type?

Hola Queens,

On my last post we went through the scalp types and their characteristics. But how do we properly take care of our scalp type? There are 3 main reasons why it is important to know your scalp type:

  1. What shampoo to use

Do you ever get confused on which shampoo to buy, not knowing if you need a strengthening or moisturising shampoo ? Or have you ever notice how some shampoos can make your hair so stiff & hard to manage? Well, buying the wrong shampoo can be costly to the scalp & could be making your hair problem even worse. Here’s what I recommend for the different scalp types:

  • Oily scalp – an oil control shampoo could make the total difference for this hair type. Use a clarifying shampoo & Apple Cider Vinegar rinse once a month is necessary for this hair type. Make sure to use conditioner only on your hair and not on your scalp.
  • Dry scalp – a gentle, hydrating shampoo free of Sulfate & Parabens is your best friend. Infuse some oil into your shampoo to make it more moisturising. Co-washing might be your best friend. I opt for a moisturising shampoo instead of co-washing – I need my scalp to be completely cleannnn !
  • Combination – oil & product build up could irritate your scalp, so oil control shampoo such as a clarifying shampoo which also soothes is your best bet.
  • Normal Scalp – you can get away with everything. I would recommend switching shampoos every now and then & go for Ph balanced shampoos

It is important to read the label of shampoos to know the ingredients. Ensuring there are no parabens or sulfate as an ingredient of the shampoo.

2. Products your scalp & hair like

Knowing which products your scalp can handle such as oils & scalp moisturising or strength.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is very thick and dry types would appreciate whereas Jojoba oil is very light, and normal scalp types could benefit from it. Oily types could also benefit from it but I would recommend a butter mix rather than just oils. Knowing which oils works for your hair & your scalp is as important as knowing which ones to stay away from.

I have dry scalp hence why I oil my scalp every other day & I moisturise my hair scalp with leave in other days

3. Lifestyle awareness

I’m sure you have heard people saying ” I drunk a lot of water water & my hair grew ” or ” i’ve made change to my diet & my hair has been thriving” & you probably thought ” yeah right “. I don’t necessarily think its just them being healthy or a change of diet or drinking more water alone. Implementing a good nutrition & lifestyle + a good hair regimen will have your hair & scalp thriving.

I have always heard for dry scalp I should drink water – girrrrllll, I have been drinking 2 litres of water everyday for the past 8-10 years& nothing had changed so I had to change my diet, & whenever I have a healthy diet – I can see changes to my skin, nails, hair & my scalp.

What health approach should you have for your scalp types:?

Oily Scalp – Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat, and maintain a healthy diet low in sugars and carbohydrate.

Dry Scalp – Ensure you are drinking enough water & maintaining a healthy diet. Exercise often.

Normal Scalp – What you are doing is working, I advise you to continue doing what you doing.

Conclusion

Understanding your scalp & hair needs, will help you get the best out of your hair regimen, out of your products and your coin. Hair care is not only the products that you put in your hair. But your overall lifestyle & dietary choices can affect your hair & be working against your hair goals.

Thank you for reaching the end of this post Queens. I have a few questions for you all:

  • Do you massage your scalp regularly?
  • Would you like me to recommend shampoos for each scalp type?
  • Do use more fresh produce on your hair or do your eat it ??

Adios Queens ❤

Scalp Types

Scalp Types

Hola Queens, how is the week going for y’all ? My week has been interesting to say the least, the July Self Care challenge has really been a challenge for me. Who knew meditating would be so difficult? Anyways, I hope the challenge is going better for you than hows been for me.

As I am doing my beginner series, my next topic is cleansing your hair aka shampoos. I realise you cannot use any shampoo without understanding your scalp type. It is not spoken of enough, but knowing your scalp type is as beneficial as knowing your porosity type.

Growing up I would always hear that “the condition of your hair is a reflection of the state of your scalp” & I overlooked this for several years. I would use shampoos that would make my scalp dry & my solution was to replenish my hair with plenty oils. My scalp would be flaky & have scabs from years of burn scalp due to relaxers and I never took the time to repair my scalp – I only focused on ensuring my hair was healthy. This explains why my scalp was always dry, my hair would be brittle which lead to excessive dandruff. Taking proper care of your scalp is a MUST !

Let’s get to it.

Sebum production is natural and very important as it adds strength, moisture and lustre to the tresses. Your scalp type could change overtime and the factors to that could be:

  • Genetics
  • Diet – Health & Lifestyle, Water Consumption
  • Health Problem
  • Blood Circulation
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Change
  • Alcohol & Drug use

What are the different Scalp Types ?

  • Dry

Keywords: dehydrated, frizzy, dull hair , flakes & scabs on the scalp, itchy

Dry scalp comes from a lack of natural moisture, sebum is not producing as regular due to chemicals, damage to the scalp or even excess exposure to pollution. Replenishing your scalp hydration is imperative as the lack of it can cause skin to dry out and create flakes. My scalp is dry & that is why it loves grease so much.

  • Normal

Keywords : manageable, shiny, supple, balacend ph levels,

Normal scalp is the healthiest & it is quite easy to manage the hair, it is not overly dry or oily and can style easily with least amount of products. Normal scalp types can get a little dryer than usual in the winter & a little oilier than usual in the summer, but nothing too crazy

  • Oily –

Key words : greasy, limp, lank, pimples on forehead, oiled scalp

Oily hair usually means that the sebaceous glands are overactive & product excess sebum which leads to excess oil just sitting on top of your scalp, dirty hair quicker & pimples on your forehead.

  • Combination – dry ends & oily roots

Keywords : dry ends, oily roots, split ends,

Combination scalp type can be one of the hardest to deal with. There is over produced oil on the scalp that gets blocked at the root leaving ends dry which leads to split ends and easy breakage. Your hair can be oily on some days, and dry on other days and it could have a combination of oily but rough – How is that possible?

You can find out what your scalp type is by the way your scalp behaves on day 2/3 after wash day. Pay close attention as it will tell you if your scalp over produces sebum or it does not produce enough.

See you on my next post where we will be looking at the importance of knowing or being aware of your scalp type. Hope you guys like this post.

Question : Do you know your scalp type? & do you buy products to cater to your scalp?

Adios Queens ❤

Ultimate Prepoo Recipe

Hola Queens,

I don’t know about you, but I need to plan my wash day from beginning to end at least a day before my wash day otherwise I feel conflicted and end up doing everything last minute and end up forgetting something. Due to the Self-Care July challenge (if you do not know what i am talking about and want to take part click here) I have been thinking what could I add to my Pre-poo that would better? Oil ! A great prepoo seems to always involve oil, it seems to be every naturalista’s answer when they face the question of their favourite prepoo.

As i mentioned on my last post, Aloe Vera + Fenugreek Seeds is my favourite prepoo & it never fails me for a moisture, strength, shine pick up.

The video is for demonstration purpose only. It’s how I do my usual Prepoo.

Head to my instagram @thelenalogy

Hot Oil Treatment is amazing, and every hair needs it here and there. Curly and Coily hair is naturally dry AF & we need anything that will give our tresses long last moisture, isn’t it? Plus everyone has at least one type of oil at home which makes this super practical.

Benefits:

  • Strengths Hair
  • Adds Shine & luster
  • Reduces Breakage/ Damage
  • Less Split Ends
  • Promotes Growth
  • Reduces Dryness

What you need

  • Aloe Vera Leaf
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Oil of choice – I used a mix of JBCO & Olive Oil
  • Aloe Vera Juice (optional)

You can use one oil or a mixture of your favourite oils.

Preparation

  1. Mix the fenugreek seeds, aloe vera juice & water in a spray bottle
  2. Leave the mixture to infuse for minimum 2 hours. I recommend leaving it for 6 hours.
  3. The fenugreek seeds will have sprouted.
  4. Warm up your oil/oils with warm water underneath.
  5. Cut the small spines out and cut the Aloe Vera in half and into smaller pieces (as shown in the picture above)
  6. Section your hair between 4-8 parts. I recommend 6 parts+ as it ensures every strand is coated.
  7. Apply the spray from roots to ends & detangle
  8. Apply the Aloe Vera from roots to ends concentrating in the roots and ends ( these need extra love)
  9. Apply the Oil from roots to ends concentrating on your ends
  10. Twist the section & proceed to the next
  11. Apply the Aloe Vera all over the scalp once you finished twisting all sections
  12. Apply plastic cap & allow the mixture to sit on your hair for minimum 30 minutes.

I left the prepoo for about 2 hours and I took it out, my hair feels and looks amazing. This will definitely be a prepoo for when I am feeling a little fancy because it does take longer to make and its an extra step but its worth it. Hair is feeling very hydrated & moisturised ain’t even it sis. My hair above that.

The curls were popping.

Next time I do this prepoo I will make sure to take some pictures and include it. I have none of that day only videos during. But you can see the level of moisture my hair has. I’m in love,

Thank you for reading this post.

Question : What is your favourite oil for your hair & why?

Say Goodbye to Dry Hair with these 2 Prepoo Recipes

Hola Queens,

After the last 2 post on what is prepoo and how to prepoo , its only right I share my top Pre-poo recipes. There are many reasons why you should prepoo but only you know your current hair struggles, but I guarantee there is a prepoo recipe that will contribute to solving your problem out. Some of the Benefits of Prepoo include:

  • Hydration & Moisture Retention
  • Boost Conditioner Benefits
  • Strengthens hair
  • Easier to manage and detangle
  • Reduce breakage & shedding
  • Protects the hair from Shampoo by reducing the pH
  • Save Time & Water

In this Post I will share two of the prepoo mixtures that allowed my hair to retain extra moisture and leave me stress free during the week.

1. Hot Oil Mix

If your hair is in need of deep moisture penetration, the most effective way to prepoo will be by using Oils. Oils stick to the hair cuticle making it harder to wash away and it repairs hair from dryness, breakage and chemical/heat damage. Different oils have different benefits such as Growth, Strength Or Shine. You can use only one oil if that oil works best for your hair. I have used Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) , Olive oil or Aloe Vera Oil and I recommend them for prepoo as it will leave your hair feeling nourished.

But I am extra, and I want my hair to be extra also so I do a mixture of oils – if you gonna go through the trouble of doing a hot oil it might as well be a mixture. This is a oil combination I recommend as a Prepoo:

Holy Grail Mix – when you try this you will know why its the holy grail.

Moisture on Beast Mode Mix

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Simple but Mighty Mix

  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Jamaican/Haitian Black Castor Oil
Preparation
  1. Boil some water and put that water on a big bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl put your mixture of oils
  3. Put the oil bowl on top of the bowl with water for it to melt ( using the bain-marie method)
  4. Add your mixture into a applicator bottle and Prepoo away (you can find detailed post on how to maximise your prepoo here)
  5. Remember to allow minimum 30 minutes for the mixture to penetrate your hair shafts
  6. When removing the prepoo, shampoo twice to ensure hair is clean and grease free.

Note : For the measurements, I leave it up to you – only you know what oils your hair loves most. But for reference the order I wrote the ingredients is from biggest to smallest – so for instance in the first mix I put more olive oil than I’d put JBCO.

Aloe Vera Leaf + Fenugreek Seeds Prepoo

This is my go-to Prepoo recipe. I cannot even express how much I love this recipe. It is foolproof and you see results instantly I feel like. There isn’t a better combination when it comes to Prepoo, specially if you want to keep it all natural.

Aloe Vera is the real goat in this mixture as its good for literally anything. Benefits of Aloe Vera:

  • Promotes Hair Growth
  • Increases Moisture
  • Promotes Softer + Shinier Hair
  • Natural Conditioner
  • Rejuvenates hair by strengthening & repairing
  • Prevents Itchy Scalp
  • Reduces Inflammation & Dandruff
  • Increases elasticity & prevents breakage

Fenugreek Seeds is an amazing hidden not-so-hidden secret from India. It has many benefits for the body & hair. These include:

  • Restores Luster
  • Hair Growth
  • Reduce dandruff & scalp irritation

These two ingredients together are like meant to be and that is why you need to try this prepoo.

Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Aloe Vera Leaf

Note: use 1 cup of water if you do not have aloe vera juice.

Preparation

  1. Mix the fenugreek seeds, aloe vera juice & water in a spray bottle
  2. Leave the mixture to infuse for minimum 2 hours. I recommend leaving it for 6 hours.
  3. The fenugreek seeds will have sprouted.
  4. Cut the small spines out and cut the Aloe Vera in half and into smaller pieces (as shown in the picture above)
  5. Section your hair between 4-8 parts. I recommend 6 parts+ as it ensures every strand is coated.
  6. Apply the spray from roots to ends & detangle
  7. Apply the Aloe Vera from roots to ends concentrating in the roots and ends ( these need extra love)
  8. Twist the section & proceed to the next
  9. Apply the Aloe Vera all over the scalp once you finished twisting all sections
  10. Apply plastic cap & allow the mixture to sit on your hair for minimum 30 minutes.

These are the two prepoo recipes that I know have worked for my hair, try it and share the results with me. I would love to know how you found it.

Let me know if you’d like to see a demonstration of how to apply these for the ultimate moisture retention !

Adios Queens ❤

July Self-Care Challenge

Hola Queens,

I created a 31 day Plan & decided to share it with you so we can all healthier and happier. The challenge is for the whole month of July, and I would love for you to tag me on instagram @thelenalogy when completing the daily tasks.

You can follow this whenever and start whenever you want, or you could add certain thing to your daily list. The main point of this if for you to be in a better place mentally, physically and obvs have a better skin and healthier hair.

I’ll be posting a few checks back in with you guys. Lets grow and see the improvement by the end of the month.

Do not forget to @ me on instagram and lets stay connected sis !!

How to Pre-poo

Holaa Queens

By now we all know what Pre-poo is, but how do you incorporate it into your wash day? How do I create it and what am I supposed to do? Don’t worry, I got you covered sis .

How to Pre-Poo

You will start with dry hair, and you will separate your hair into 4-8 parts – I have thick hair and the front part of my hair has to be divided into 2 ( adjust the parting to your hair thickness & whats manageable to you). Going section by section you will apply your Pre-poo concoctions to your hair and use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle & you going to make sure its well coated and twist that section of your hair.

You can leave the mixture for as long as you would like, but I recommend minimum 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate through the hair shaft. I also recommend using a plastic cap to trap the moisture in or use a hooded dryer.

Ways to Pre-Poo

Overnight

Easily the best way to Pre-poo is overnight as it allows the hair to thoroughly absorb the nutrients and active properties of the conditioning method.

You can apply the mixture to the hair and twist, braid or bantu knot the hair to retain the moisture and keep hair from matting up, and put a plastic cap and tie it down with a scarf to ensure the plastic cap does not come out during sleep.

If you choose to do an Oil Pre-poo, I highly recommend using a plastic bag as you can tie it down to ensure it wont come out at night – the last thing you want is your your pillowcase and pillow to get stained ( I’ve been there too many times)

Hooded Dryer

This is the fastest way to ensure your hair is absorbing all the nutrients in a short amount of time, you really only need 15-30 minutes. Heat allows the hair shaft to open up for easy penetration, improved moisture retention, it improves elasticity which reduces breakage and leaves hair extra smooth.

I recommend this for low porosity as heat allows the cuticle layers to open and lift and ensure the strands are nourished from within

Plastic Cap/plastic bag

This is the most practical way as it just requires a plastic cap. If you do not like overnight mask then I recommend doing this in the morning, to allow time for the Pre-poo to penetrate the hair.

Do not think that you have to sit there whilst Pre-Pooing, you could still get things done sis. Jazz up your look by wearing a turban/ head wrap on top of the plastic cap and running your errands – nobody will notice you have a plastic cap underneath & you will receive many compliments and looks. Yesss, Slay sis !

I recommend going on a walk, or even the gym or just working out at home as it will make your blood flow to the head and it will make your scalp increase temperature for faster absorption

I hope this post has helped you understand how you can Pre-Poo and make the most out of it. Please try a Pre-poo method, as it will change your life and you will never look back.

Have a good week Queen