Harmattan, Winter and Your Hair

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Happy new year ladies,
I am surprised I haven’t written a post about this subject until now but better late than never I suppose. This year I intend on getting straight to the point in my blog posts so jumping right into it, I will be discussing the effects of winter and harmattan on our hair and steps we can put in place to reduce the risk of hair loss in cold weather.

How Harmattan and Winter Affects Our Hair?

Winter and Harmattan tends to leave our hair and skin feeling dryer and more brittle than normal. Some ladies’ skin and scalp becomes very flaky as a result of the cold dry weather. In harmattan, the high levels of dust in the air makes our hair get dirty much quicker than normal.


Why Should You Care?

You should care because dry brittle hair has a very high chance of breaking. Off course your hair won’t get shorter in just one day but if your hair is breaking in small amounts daily over the winter and harmattan months you may have lost a few inches by the end of the cold season.
In addition to this, hair grows best from a clean and healthy scalp rather than one clogged with dirt, dust and dead skin flakes. A clogged scalp may not be able to grow hair as fast or as healthy as it should be able to genetically.


What Should You Do

1) – Increase the frequency of your wash and deep conditioning
If wearing your hair out (ie without extensions) and you normally wash your hair every two weeks, you should consider washing and deep conditioning it once a week. This will ensure your scalp is kept clean and flake free. The contact with water and deep conditioning will also boost the moisture levels of your hair and scalp. Ensure you use a sulfate free moisturising shampoo rather than harsh shampoos that contains sulfates as these will dry out your hair even more.

2) – Be consistent with moisturising and sealing
If you sometimes skip on moisturising and sealing your hair, try to be much more consistent during the cold months. Moisturising and sealing regularly will keep your hair hydrated and give it the elasticity it needs to fight breakage.
Some ladies find that they need to moisturise and seal their hair twice a day during winter/harmattan. You may also need to review the products you normally use to be sure that they are still effective. Some ladies switch to using heavier/thicker moisturisers and oils/butters during this season.

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3) – Long term protective styling (wigs, braids and crotchet braids, weaves)
For ladies who may not have the time or simply do not want to wash and moisturise their hair more often, another option is to wear long term protective styles for some of the cold months. Long term protective styles usually involve using extensions to create a style that can be worn for 3 to 8 weeks depending on the style. Putting your hair into a long term protective styles will reduce the amount of time you spend on your hair daily however please note that long term protective styling can very easily lead to severe hair loss if correct procedures are not followed before installing, whilst wearing and when taking out such styles. To learn more about wearing long term protective styles safely click here and read the relevant posts.

Please also note that if your hairline and hair is very damaged and/or breaking, you should stay away from long term protective styling.
If you cannot wear a long term protective style for various reasons such as religious beliefs, you’re still in school and are not allowed to wear such styles, cash constraints (most of us have been here at some point, lets keep it real in 2018 😊) or if your hair is too weak or damaged to wear such styles, wear your own hair in short term protective styles that hide the ends of your hair and prevent them from drying out too much. If you love wearing hats and head scarves, wear them to the max (safely) in these months.

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If you are a regular on Hairducation you’ll know that I am a huge fan of wigs like the u-part I have on in the pictures in this post.  I wear them all year round and that is how I get through the winter/harmattan months. I am way too lazy with my hair to fuss with the way I would need to if I wore it out in cold weather. I make my life easier by simply putting it away in a style that I know my hair and hairline can tolerate….and in my case, that is wigs but I make sure I follow good hair care practices whilst wearing them. How do you care for your hair in winter/harmattan? Which of the options do you think you’ll adopt going forward?

In my next post I will share the first of many new additions and upgrades to Hairducation this year. Let’s just say we will be looking at hair in much more up close and personal way, some might find it a little bit too up close even but we will all learn soooo much from it. It’ll make much more sense when you read the post so come back soon.


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Hair Update and Regimen Switch

Hello ladies

the smile you have…..when your texlaxed hair blends with your straight u-part wig. I used a little heat though.

I hope all is well with you and your hair journeys. I am currently weeks post relaxer and have switched to my wig regimen and I have been rocking my Hair by Type Four wigs.

Ladies I am proud to say I have been sticking to majority of my regimen and my hair is in a good place at the moment. I am actually in the middle of my wash day as I type this blog post up. when I was detangling my hair my sister kept saying  “I don’t know why your hair is looking so good”….my answer was simple, I’ve been putting in work”.   I have tried really hard the last few months to stick to my regimen and my hair is responding accordingly unlike last year where I neglected my hair a lot and had to cut off about 6 inches through the year.

In my Hair by Type 4 U-part wig.

I hope this blog post will encourage someone out there to stay consistent with their hair regimen. It really does pay. My next post will be all about my new hair love: grapeseed oil. I will also have a wash day update and a quick tip for blow drying on the blog soon.

Happy Hair Journey





I have spent six months with my wig made with the Nazuri Curls Kinky Straight and it is time for my final verdict on this hair weft. I am going to make it a quick one and delve right into the review.

Texture and Blending

This hair blends with relaxed hair or well stretched out natural hair.
In my opinion it blends most perfectly with texlaxed hair. My hair is texlaxed and so many times even my mother wasn’t sure if I was wearing the wig or my own hair. That is how much the texture looks like afro textured hair. There are some parts of the weft which look more like crimped or has a braid-out like pattern but this was certainly not a problem.



You get a lot of volume for very little weight. As a wig maker I have made wigs for ladies who use as many as 5 or 6 bundles of wefts to create volume and this usually means the wig is quite heavy. (I always advise them not to do this but……) With the wig I made myself using the Nazuri hair, I used just two bundles and it is so full/thick/dense looking but is super light weight at the same time.



I have worn the wig regularly over the last 6 months, I have washed and conditioned it a few times with ease and minimal shedding. The hair is still in very good condition and I can see myself wearing it for at least another year.



I have styled the hair using curling wands and by setting it on bendy stick after wetting it lightly with water.
When I used the curling wand the curls were beautiful but dropped very quickly to my disappointment.   When I wet the hair and set it on bendy rollers however the curls formed lasted all day….actually it lasted for almost a week. The curls had dropped by the end of course and I only finger detangled a little that week to avoid messing with the curls but it certainly lasted all week to my delight.



I mentioned in one of my posts that my sister dyed her own wig and the results were really great. She didn’t like the shade she used initially and dyed some parts of it a second time. Not only did the wefts take the colour really well, the hair is still in good condition despite the two colour jobs. Yes it was s little dry for a while but after a few sessions of deep conditioning it is lush again.



The hair is quite easy to take care off. All I’ve had to do is detangle gently after each wear and spray/mist it once a week with water.


Final Verdict

Everywhere I wore this wig, whether it was a fancy restaurant or in Balogun market, every single time I wore this wig I would get stopped, pulled aside or sometimes grabbed by ladies and sometimes men (who I presume are hair stylists) asking if it was my real hair quickly followed by “oh it’s not your hair, please what hair is this?”. I love this wig and apparently so does everyone else. I will certainly be re-purchasing the hair wefts in the future.


Along with the bun of the month series, I will be introducing another series in which I will answer the most frequently asked questions I get about my hair. Come back soon for the first of my FAQ series.
Happy hair journey


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Playing With Colour

Hello ladies,

I am sure I have mentioned a few times that if your hair is chemically straightened then you should avoid colouring you hair with a chemical dye.  Using a chemical hair dye on relaxed or texlaxed hair means your hair has been exposed to two types of strong chemicals and will be severely compromised.
If you are relaxed or texlaxed colouring your hair with either a temporary wash out colour like a rinse or a natural dye like henna is a much safer option.
Looking at my wigs recently and comparing it to my sister’s collection of wigs I realised that all her wigs are coloured whilst a vast majority of mine are a good old colour 1b.

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She recently purchased the Nazuri curls straight hair that I have been rocking recently and had it ombre’d
I really loved how the colour looked on her wig and think I might get mine coloured too.  It’s a great way for me to play with colour without any damage to my hair.

Nazuri coloured 5

I might write a blog post however to share some tips about different types of colour for ladies who would rather colour their actual hair.

I am pre-pooing my hair as I type this up and should have a wash day post up pretty soon.

Happy hair journey



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Hello Ladies
I hope you are well. I’ve been looking forward to writing this post and it has been in high demand for a while. From the title, you will know it is all about the leave out hair.
Prior to my hair journey I loved my weaves. I never installed the full ones though; I always had some hair left out to hide the tracks at the front. When I moved on to wearing wigs I wore (and still only wear) u-part wigs. Basically I always have hair left out to blend with my extensions.

Majority of us will have experienced or seen ladies whose leave out hair seems to be suffering and breaking drastically whilst the rest of their hair hidden under the tracks or wig gets longer and longer. I have even seen ladies whose leave out hair has become so thin you can actually see the tracks or the hair is so short from breakage that it is struggling to hide the tracks.
It doesn’t have to be this way ladies. My leave out hair is growing fine now or should I say I am retaining a lot more length now. I have a super easy way of caring for it.


How My Leave out Hair Used To Be

My own leave out hair was short and remained short for a while when I initially started wearing u-part wigs because I didn’t have a plan for caring for my leave out hair. I used heat on the leave out hair regularly and brushed and combed it daily to blend with the wigs. My leave out hair would become damaged and I would need to trim it very often.
I did not mind because at the time my favourite wig had a half fringe/bang and I was hooked on that style so I didn’t mind cutting my leave out hair regularly so that it would be the same length as the bang/fringe of my wig.
When I got over that particular wig style I realised that unless I changed my habits my leave out hair was not going to thrive and I couldn’t have that.
I looked at the hair and noticed the two biggest issues with my leave out hair was chronic dryness and damage from a lot of combing and brushing.


How I Care For My Leave Out Hair

I decided about two years ago to take a few steps to care for my leave out hair properly  and hoped to see an improvement in how it felt and its length. The questions I get asked about my leave out hair are answered below.

How Much Hair Do I Leave Out?
My leave out hair is always on the left side. This is where I always part my hair. The hair left out is 3 inches deep and 1 inch wide.
The length of my leave out hair is 15 inches long currently. It was about 6 inches 2 years ago when I decided to start taking care of it properly.



What Do I Do to My Leave Out Hair?

  • On weekends I wash it with shampoo and condition it.
    I use a sulfate free shampoo and I do not deep condition the leave out hair as it is such a small area. I simply apply the conditioner, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse out. I apply my leave-ins and air dry.
  • I co-wash it in the middle of the week.
    This literally takes me 5 or 10 minutes at the most. I detangle the leave out hair and massage some moisturising conditioner on it. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse out . I believe that this co-wash is what really helps to keep breakage at bay. Because the leave out hair is spread out over the tracks of the wigs that I wear, it exposed to the elements (sun and wind) and it dries out very quickly even though it is moisturised and sealed daily.


    I have conditioner in my leave out hair in this picture

  • I moisturise and seal it daily
    I use my mixture of cantu shea butter and s-curl to moisturise. I seal with a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil.

Thats it. Nothing fancy at all. Nothing complicated. I just boosted the moisture levels and it seems to be working well.


What I Stopped Doing To My Leave Out Hair – Tips To Prevent Breakage

As I mentioned above the key issues that were causing the damage to my leave out hair was extreme dryness….I am talking about crunchy dry and a lot of physical damage from combing and brushing.

I was able to reduce the breakage and damage by doing the following:

Cut Out Heat and Being Smart About Blending
I stopped pressing my leave out hair (unless it is a extra special occasion)

I focused on using hair extensions which blended with my texlaxed texture without the use of heat. So I either wear yaki hair extensions, textured hair extension like my Nazuri Curls wig or curly/wavy textured wigs.


My hair blends really well with the wig I made using the Nazuri Curls “straight” texture



I can blend my hair with curly or wavy textured wigs by simply wetting the leave out hair and putting a roller in it over night.
This cuts out the need for heat straightners. Direct heat evaporates our hairs internal moisture and with regular use makes our hair chronically dry and brittle…and you can say hello to hair which will split and break and need trimming very often.
Rather than trying to make my hair blend with the extensions i make sure the extensions works with my own hair.
If you happen to like a kind of extensions that does not blend easily with you own hair you can always wear a closure wig which my wig company Hair By Type 4 also make.

Reduce Manipulation
I try to avoid combing or brushing the leave out hair excessively. Usually I comb it with a small sized comb in the mornings before heading out and that is it. I no longer use fine tooth combs or brushes on my leave out hair.


I hope this post has answered questions you might have had about my leave out hair.   What do you do to take care of your leave out hair? I am sure some of you will have great methods which may be different from mine but works well for you. If yes, please do share.

My next blog post will be the final in the How To Buy Hair Products series. I will be sharing tips on how to choose the best sealants and styling products like gels and edge smoothening products.  I hope you’ll be back soon.
Ps I am trying to catch up with replying all my emails and comments left here on Hairducation. I promise I am not just ignoring them.

Happy hair journey


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