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You Need To Check Out These 3 South African Natural Hair Influencers

Platforms for African hair care continue being limited, but these fabulous South African influencers offer refreshing tricks and tips for our unique hair!

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African Hair Care, Hair Tips, Ethnic Hair Treatment

By Lwazi Bengu

Jumping on the natural hair movement is exciting when you start off but let’s be honest, you lose steam after a while when you realize this natural hair maintenance is as easy as climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro.

What’s worse is that our African American sisters have got this natural hair game on lock, which is great for inspiration, but having sisters closer to home is that more comforting. We’ve drawn up a list of a few local hair influencers to check out when the going gets tough and you need a little #HairGoals motivation.

MANECHICKS 

 

Black African Hair Care, Tips, Treatment, Hairstyles, South Africa

No matter what length you are rocking, ManeChicks has got beautiful inspiration photos of gorgeous black women rocking their natural hair.

Equipped with tips and styles, their website is well researched and fun to browse through on days when you’re looking for a transition style.

The best part of it all is ManeChicks doesn’t rely on African American inspo photos (although they are far easier to find online), but goes through the length of researching Mzansi women we love and admire who are on the natural hair journey themselves. Amongst those whom can be spotted on their timeline is Hulisane Ravele, Rorisang Thandekiso, Pearl Thusi and many more.

Here’s where you can see more:  Manechicks.co.za

AISHA O’REILLY

Aisha started off as a small time blogger, growing quickly into our proudly South African girl with her soft luscious afro. She helps offers women versatile hair style tips, tricks and techniques. This natural hair blogger, previously known as My Fro & I, has attracted a fair amount of sponsorships and media coverage, making her YouTube gold to new naturalistas. Check out this mommy’s blog for more inspiration.

Aisha and Life  – YouTube

FEZOKUHLE NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY

This South African beauty is hair goals. Fezokuhle shares her hair journey and styles, featuring proudly South African beaded accessories. Often spotted at natural hair events, Fezokuhle is up to date on how to carefully protect and care for her coils.

 Featured Image Photo Credit: Sensationnel owns the picture.

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Using Onion Juice To Stop Hair Loss And Promote Regrowth

Onion juice is an effective remedy for stimulating hair regrowth. Here’s how to use it

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Onion Juice of hair regrowth, hair loss, receding hair line

Many people suffering from hair loss aren’t aware that some of the most effective solutions are in fact already in their own kitchens. Talk about the philosophy of ‘looking within’ perpetuating itself in areas of your life you least expected it to show up!

Onion Juice of hair regrowth, hair loss, receding hair line

While lifestyle factors are key in taking care of your hair, there’s a whole minefield of natural ingredients you can use at home to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth.

One such remedy is onion juice.

Onion Juice of hair regrowth, hair loss, receding hair line

Onion juice is one of the most effective home remedies to thining and receding hair. This is because onion contains sulfur, a chemical element that promotes blood circulation, stimulates hair follicles and enhances hair regrowth.

As such, Sulfur is often considered one of the building blocks of hair. This naturally occurring chemical is essential for maintaining the shape of keratin – the protein which makes up our hair. Keratin contributes significantly to the texture, overall health and elasticity of hair.

Onion Juice of hair regrowth, hair loss, receding hair line

Onion Juice is effective for the regeneration of hair follicles. Photo Credit: www.hishairclinic.com

What’s more, sulfur has been scientifically proven to have positive effects on growing hair. The chemical stretches the growing phase of your hair, which prolong the amount of time it takes for your hair to reach the resting and shedding stages.

WATCH: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN QUENCHSA SPENT A DAY AT LEGEND’S BARBER! 

Onion packs a ton of sulfur, making it a potent remedy for boosting hair growth, adding volume and stimulating regrowth. If you haven’t encountered anyone gushing about great results from directly applying onion juice on their scalp, you’ve got some credible online forums with people swearing by it.

Causes Of Hair Loss

Reasons for the thining, receding, falling out, balding and stagnation in the growth of hair vary from genetic factors, hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications, to stress, diet, exercise (or lack of it) etc. Years of using chemicals on hair, getting hairstyles that damage your hair such as dying, bleaching, braids, buns and potytails can also play a role in hair loss. In most men, however, balding tends to hereditary. This condition is called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness.

Other Risk Factors That Lead To Hair Loss

  • A history of balding. This could be from either side of parents’ families.
  • Age; hair growth slows down as one age.
  • Dramatic weight loss.
  • Medical conditions
  • Stress

Benefits of Using Onion Juice For Hair Regrowth 

  • The juice boosts the rate at which your hair grows or grows back by increasing the levels of an antioxidant enzyme catalase. The enzyme optimises hair growth and reverses the greying of hair.
  • The sulfur helps reduce the thinning and breakage of hair
  • Onion also has antibacterial properties that maintain a healthy scalp. Those properties reduce the occurrence of infections and dandruff.
  • Onion juice will stimulate your scalp by improving the circulation of blood.

How To Make Onion Juice 

Making onion juice is easy. All you need is to extract the juice from an onion and apply the juice directly on your head. You can you a grater, a blender or juicer for smaller and wetter pieces of the onion, before squeezing out the juice into a container. While you can use the onion juice alone for the regeneration of hair follicles, many people add other ingredients to strengthen hair, remove dead bits, etc, to the mix.

These natural ingredients include;

  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary Oil

You can use the oil a minimum of three times a week, although twice daily is recommended.

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Africa’s Biggest Hairstyling Competition Returns!

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Africa’s trendiest hairstyling competition-Sofn’free Hair Xperts Masters Challenge- is back with bigger, inventive and more extravagant highlights this year. Seeking the most innovative talent in South Africa, the hunt for Mzansi’s hair genius has begun.

Trailblazers in the hair industry across provinces have a chance to submit their entries from today until September 16th for a spot in the contest. “This is the fourth year the competition has been running and it has created a huge platform for hairstylists to showcase their talent, gain exposure and learn more about the art of hairstyling. Not only does it give hairstylists an opportunity to grow their skills, it also positively contributes to professionalising their natural gifts and nurtures their portfolios,” explained Sofn’free Brand Manager Noeleen Burger.

Participants can anticipate more challenging tasks, from hair trends to hair colours while blending in their unique touch. The competition is divided into two segments which is the HairXperts Main Competition which is for already practising stylists (18 years and older) and YoungXperts which is open to student stylists between the ages of 16 and 26.

“We expect more entries this year, and as usual, we anticipate seeing the greatest hair fashion talent in South Africa. Stylists will go head to head to showcase their technical skills in relaxing different types of hair, while flaunting their styling creativity to create an overall look that would leave the judges and the audience in awe. It is always a super exciting affair,” enthused Burger.

The top 18 contestants will be announced on September 24th, which will be followed by a style off leading to the top 8 finalists. With R250 000 up for grabs, who will be the next Ultimate Sofn’free HairXperts Master?

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Hair: One Barber Spills All About Legends Barber

We spent a day at South Africa’s hottest haircut barbershop spot in Soweto, Legends Baber, to get a feel of what the buzzing space offers, as well as all the relevant info on the most celebrated barbershops in their country. The biggest names in the entertainment business frequent Legends Barber to maintain star looks, but what is Legends Barber all about! Watch to dive deeper!

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