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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.