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SIX Tricks To Grow A Killer Afro That Actually Work! Part ONE

Small tips for big hair! Get back on track to growing out some damn fierce natural African Hair as we look at the six most effective African hair growth and care tips.

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We’ve all been there. You would love to get your hair to grow longer via a great, firm and healthy blow out afro,  but the unique nature of African hair will not let all of us flourish. Except, that is not quite true. Yes, our hair tends to misbehave at times – but that’s part of what makes it so damn adorable and fierce! But the truth is your hair is probably growing at the same rate it always has, despite appearing as if it is not gaining and retaining length. In this article, we look at what to avoid doing and lay out the first three tips of how to promote healthy and speedy natural hair growth. 

 

Black South African Hair Tips, Growing African black hair longer

THEN why have you gone through months, even years, trying your hardest to grow your natural hair longer without any discernible success. And why do other people seem to get it right while your struggle persists relentlessly?

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They probably know what their hair is NOT to do, what to avoid and the common reasons we tend not see the hair growing out. Three things you need to know;

‘The worst case scenario is when your hair is in fact breaking at the same rate at which it is also growing’

LACK OF PATIENCE

Most of us keep looking at our hair to see if there is any growth, and we are quickly discouraged when after all the effort, there are no results to speak of. The hair looks like it has remained the same length for weeks, and sometimes months on end. The truth, however, is that your hair is actually growing! STOP looking at every day. There are ways that you can try to measure the growth every now and then if need be, but that will be beyond the scope of this post for now. What you need to know is that your hair is growing.

If you have already started taking better care of it and applying for some great tips as part of your mission to have your natural locks grow out, do not get discouraged and go off course.

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BREAKAGE/DAMAGE

Another possible reason you’ve been seeing little no progress is that your hair might be suffering from damage due to split ends. An effective way to work around that and prevent such damage to the ends is focusing on protective styling and regularly getting a good trim. The worst case scenario is when your hair is in fact breaking at the same rate at which it is also growing, which essentially results in no growth at all. This problem actually affects most black Africans and places great difficulty in the rate at we are able to retain length.

SHRINKAGE

You probably know this one! One minute the hair looks headed in the right direction but before you know it, all has folded up right back to oblivious. Like where is it!? But dispair not, such is just one of the quirks associated with our curly hair. Our curls draw up as they dry, which is actually a sign of healthy hair. Shrinking hair during dry periods can assure you better elasticity.

So now that you know these, arm yourself.

TIPS TO GROWING YOUR NATURAL LONGER, FASTER!

Shampoo is your best buddy.

Because natural hair is generally very porous, it is always best to make sure you keep the scalp cleansed and rehydrated at least every 4 – 5 days and sometimes, washed in between these times.

Here’s the bottom line; a clean and healthy scalp promotes healthy hair growth. It does this by getting rid of the accumulation of dead skin and other useless but detrimental debris. A bi weekly cleanse is great for you.

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE ENDS

And we are not playing, about the loose ends that is. As mentioned in the three reasons why you may be seeing minimal hair growth in the section above, keeping an informed eye on those split ends is an effective means to and end. We tend to pay very little attention to the oldest part of our hair. Big mistake! Not only are the ends the last portion of the hair to receive moisture and other products you may be using, they are also the first to run out of supply.

Trim damaged split ends, see to it your product reaches the tips, moisturise and never forget to seal!

CALM DOWN WITH THE STYLIN’

We don’t know how else to lay this down for you, but messing with your hair too much may look great on the eye but the long term effects may not even be worth it. And while we are big fans of playing around with hair (one reason natural African hair is amazing), we are also aware that our hair can be moody. Less manipulation will do wonder for promoting healthy growth, helping your hair to retain length and maintain the right texture. Watch the dye, combing your hair too often (yes, black moms never explained this one) or too tightly or experimenting with extreme hairstyles if you are interested in growing your natural hair out.

Gun for protective styles like twists and braids (even weaves, but hold that thought, we will get back to you shortly). Protective hairstyle are great ways to prevent breakage and the loss of moisture.

Look out for part 2 of our guide to healthy African Hair growth.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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