Tips for Managing Your Hair When On A Stretch


This picture isn’t really relevant to this post but its a good hair picture so…. :)

Hello ladies,

I really love writing educative posts especially when they give practical tips to help you manage your hair better.

Stretching your relaxer is something that is very beneficial for your hair.  It helps to minimise the risk of over processing and leads to stronger relaxed hair in the long run. Many ladies who stretch their hair tend to wear extensions ( wigs, braids, weaves, etc) when they are deep into their stretch to help cut back on the need for daily manipulation. This is because daily manipulation of hair with a lot of new growth can be time consuming and counter productive if breakage occurs when combing and detangling the hair.
The thing is this, even if you choose to wear extensions to manage your stretch, there will be days in which you still have to handle/manage/care for your hair and this can be a challenge. In this blog post I will share practical tips about how to wash, how to dry and how to style hair when you are deep into your stretch.


How to Wash Hair that has a lot of New Growth

Work in Sections
Okay ladies this tip may seem a bit recycled because it is something I always recommend for managing black hair and preventing breakage. For those who normally don’t work on their hair in sections, I assure you it will make wash day less stressful for your hair.
So on your wash day be prepared to detangle and pre-poo, wash and deep condition, apply leave-in conditioners and detangle and dry all in 2,4 or 6 sections. Working in sections helps to minimise tangles, helps you to be more gentle when combing your hair, helps ensure you apply products more thoroughly, and so on and on and on…..
The gist is that it helps you manage your wash day better.   Please note that some ladies still experience a lot of tangling when washing their hair in sections, such ladies my find washing in braids better. You can read how I wash my own hair in braids by clicking here.


Tips for Drying Hair that has a lot of New Growth

It is better for natural hair to be kept in a stretched state.  Even if you are relaxed and have a lot of new growth, it is better for your natural new growth to dry in a stretched state. This will make manipulating or combing and styling your hair easier.
After applying your leave in conditioners and detangling, it is best to dry your hair in a way that stretches out your natural new growth. If you are air drying you can try my banded base method which you can read about by clicking here



If you are blow drying,  you can try the tension blow dry method which you can watch in this video by hair care blogger and vlogger: Just Grow Already.



Tips for Styling Hair that has a lot of New Growth

If air drying, when your hair is about 50% dry, it can be put in large box braids or twists which you can unravel when your hair is fully dry. The braid out or twist out will help to camouflage the difference in textures between the new growth and relaxed length.
This style will only last for a few days and you may need to redo the twists or braids again to recreate the style, unfortunately this may be too much manipulation for hair with a lot of new growth.

If you prefer to blow dry , tension blow-drying will help stretch out the natural new growth making styling a bit easier.  Unfortunately the hair at the roots will start to revert and shrink during the week especially when you moisturise and seal your hair.
So what is the best style to help avoid daily manipulation and shrinkage of your new growth? The answer is simple, put it in a long term protective style, ie wigs, large box braid or weave but ensure you follow the correct hair care procedures for installing, maintaining and removing extensions. You can read about these by clicking here.

I hope you have found this post helpful. Are you on a stretch? Please share any tips you use to make your wash day easier.

My next post will be a quick tip on why it is not advisable to use water alone to moisturise your hair. See you soon.



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Bun of the Month : The half-up half-down top knot bun

Hello ladies

Ive been slacking a bit with keeping up with the bun of the month series. Its not that I havent been doing them. I just havent been posting them as scheduled.   I will keep trying to do better.

Last months bun is what is called either minnie mouse buns or space buns. It can be really cute. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this already, but for those who don’t, I though I should post it here as well.


The October bun of the month is the very popular half uphalf down top knot bun. This style has been around for quite a while now but I’d never tried it on myself. Although this style is very easy to create, I don’t think I did it well. For some reason I just couldn’t seem to get the bun part straight. It looks a little bent to one side. Is it just me or do you see it too?



I think I’ll have a second attempt at this sometime soon.  Have you tried a new hair style lately?

My next post will be an educative and practical post on how to manage your hair on wash days when you are deep into your stretch.   See you soon.



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Writing For Bella Naija!!


Hello Ladies

I am so happy to announce that I am now a contributing writer for Bella Naija.

I am truly grateful to God that I have been given such a huge platform to do what I love to do: talk about hair. Although I’ am well informed about natural hair, I will be writing posts targeted at relaxed and texlaxed readers of Bella Naija. This is because the website is already saturated with information about natural hair care and they were searching for someone who could write posts dedicated to their audience with relaxed hair .

The posts I write will be specifically for Bella Naija, I won’t be recycling posts from Hairducation.  I will however be posting the links to my Bella Naija articles here on Hairducation for anyone who is interested in reading them. My first post for Bella Naija is about how to prepare hair for relaxing and you can read it by clicking here.

Thank you all for sticking with me through the years and being a part of my journey as I grow as a hair care blogger.


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Quick Tip: Read This If You Make Your Own Products Or Mix Commercial Products

When making your own natural hair products, (e.g. avocado, banana and honey hair masks, etc) or when altering or mixing commercial products, (e.g. mixing protein and moisture conditioners or adding water, oils or glycerin to your leave in products) it is always best to make very small batches that will be used on the day or for only a few days.

Because the lack of preservatives or alterations in the levels of preservatives may allow bacteria and fungi to grow in the product.


Fresh Aloe Vera is often used for homemade hair and skin products such as hair gels or face masks

In all natural homemade products there are usually no preservatives added so the chances of bacteria and fungi growing quickly in them is high. If you do make a natural hair product and have more than enough for one use, put it in a container, store it in the fridge and use within a week.

Preservatives are added to commercial products to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi until the use-by or expiry date of the product. Mixing two commercial products together or adding other ingredients to them will alter the preservative levels in a way that may allow bacteria and fungi to grow.
If altering commercial products, makes small batches that you can either use on the day or be used up within a week. These should be okay if kept on the shelf because there is some preservative left in them but if you want to be extra careful you can store it in the fridge.

I hope you’ve found this Quick Tip post helpful. The next blog post will be a bun of the month post.

Happy hair journey


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Constant Dryness and Frizz? Maybe its your Porosity!


Hello ladies,

It’s been a while since I wrote an educative post and this one is certainly full of helpful information.

I remember prior to my hair journey, my hair was constantly dry probably because I wasn’t moisturising and sealing. I also noticed that my about half the length of my hair had a puffy frizzy rough look. I would use oil and heat to get my ends to look smoother, shiny and less puffy.
After I started my hair journey I noticed that my hair’s dryness improved significantly however the parts of my hair that were still rough and didn’t seem to retain moisture for long at all even though I sealed the moisture in with oils. I off course did some research about the possible causes and that was how I learnt about the term “hair porosity”.

In this post I will explain what porosity is, types of porosity and how to manage hair porosity.


What Is Porosity?

Hair porosity is about how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture. I.e. Is moisture easily absorbed by your hair and how long does your hair stay moisturised for after its been washed or after you have moisturised and sealed.

Types of Porosity

There are three types of porosity, high, normal and low porosity. Hairs porosity is determined by the state of the cuticle layer (the outermost layer of hair).  To prevent this post being too long I will only discuss high and low porosity as these are the types that can be problematic.


High Porosity

Hair has high porosity if it is easy for products to be absorbed by the hair but the hair does not retain moisture for long.  It begins to look and feel dry after a short period after it has been moisturised.

Hair has high porosity if the cuticle layer is cracked, chipped or has gaps and holes in it. The cuticles look lifted or raised under a microscope.
Hair with high porosity gets dry quickly, relaxers and hair colours work quickly on this hair type. This hair type also tends to feel rough and tangles easily. High porosity is usually caused by damage from use of chemicals and heat, i.e. relaxing, colouring, blow drying on high heat and using straighteners often.   The more processed your hair is, the more porous it will become.
Please note however that some ladies have hair that becomes porous easily from general wear and tear, i.e. from general hair care. It isn’t always caused by damage from chemicals and heat.

Tips for Managing High Porosity Hair

  • Use protein conditioners especially those that contain hydrolyzed proteins. Protein conditioners temporarily fill holes and gaps in our hairs structure. Conditioners that contain hydrolyzed proteins are better at binding with hair and filling in the gaps or wholes. If the hair fiber has less holes and gaps it will be able to retain moisture for longer. Please note that moisture conditioning must still be used regularly in your regimen. This is where trying to find out what your own protein/moisture balance levels are is important.
  • Use coconut oil for your pre-poo. As noted above, the porosity of hair is determined by how cracked, chipped or split the cuticle layer of hair is. On wash days, our hair fibers swell when wet and sometimes can swell to the extent that our cuticles can split or crack. This is known as hydral fatigue. Coconut oil has been shown to penetrate into the deeper levels of our hair fibers. This reduces the amount of water that hair will absorb when being washed and thereby reduce the risk of hydral fatigue.
  • Always seal after moisturising using slightly heavier oils like coconut and olive.



Low Porosity

Hair has low porosity if it is difficult for water and products to be absorbed by the hair. Hair with low porosity tends to remain moisturised for longer periods.

Hair will have low porosity if the cuticle layer is tightly compacted or closed, smooth and looks flat under a microscope. This state of the cuticles makes it difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair. Hair with low porosity dries slowly on wash days and is very resistant to chemical services like relaxers and hair colors. Low porosity hair tends to suffer from product build up because the products sit on the hair fibers rather than penetrate them. Low porosity hair can also suffer from dryness because it is difficult to replenish its moisture levels.   Low porosity hair tends to look healthy and smooth but can lack elasticity.

Tips for Managing Low Porosity Hair

  • Remove product build up on hair by using clarifying shampoos or shampoos that contains sulfates once a month.
  • Deep condition using moisturising conditioners with heat regularly. The heat tends to slightly liquefy the conditioner making it easier to penetrate the hair fibers. Heat also tends to open the cuticles to let the moisture in. Please note that protein conditioning should still be included in your hair regimen.
  • Use liquid sprays, mists or spritz, lotions and lighter products as these will be more easily absorbed than heavy creams. Further to this, lighter oils should be used because heavier oils will probably just sit on the hair making it greasy. Grapeseed and jojoba oils are examples of light weight oils.


Your hairs porosity can change over time, for example I used to have high porosity hair, especially at the ends of my hair. My hair is still slightly porous but certainly not as high as it used to be.
Please also note that different parts of your hair may have varying levels of porosity, for example your ends/tips are likely to be more porous than the roots/hair nearer to your scalp because the ends are much older and their cuticles would have gradually chipped, cracked and split over time.
If your hair has varying levels of porosity or if you are unsure of your porosity level, I would suggest that you use both protein and moisture conditioners regularly.  Alternate between heavier and lighter leave-in product UNTIL you find out what products works best with your hair.

I hope you have found this post helpful.  Do you know your hairs porosity? How do you manage it.
Coming up next is a bun of the month post.


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