My ‘Ultimate’ Castor Oil Challenge – First Update!

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Hiya! Today I’m doing my first update one month into ‘my ultimate castor oil challenge’! So far, so good. I must say that a few days before I started the contest officially I started applying Castor Oil to my roots just so I start getting used to oil application to my roots everyday…

When I started ‘my ultimate castor oil challenge’, my intended regimen was:

  1. Apply Castor Oil to my scalp everyday, paying attention to my temples
  2. Quick massage after each application
  3. Co-wash once a week to remove excess oil, otherwise
  4. Wash once every two weeks with Dudu-Osun soap
  5. Have Castor Oil rinse once a month
  6. Deep-condition my hair once a month

Actually, I tweaked it a bit, sooooo this is what my regimen has actually been:

  1. Applied JBCO to my scalp every morning (7 days in a week) and every evening (at least 5 out 7 days in a week)…too much oil huh?!…concentrated on my temples.
  2. Quick massage after each application
  3. Had a protein treatment, once a month, with Honey and Castor Oil
  4. Deep conditioned, once a month, with Mayonnaise and Castor Oil
  5. Co-washed every Saturday (after the treatment or conditioning)
  6. Had Castor Oil rinse once a month
  7. Washed with Dudu-Osun once a month (after the Castor Oil rinse)

So these are photos of my first update…

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So far, I’ve been impressed with the results I have – especially at my temples, I see new growth. I’m hoping to get better results by my second update.

I’ve read about other people taking supplements to aid hair growth. Apart from the supplements I had been taking long before I entered into the challenge – Forever Bee Pollen and Forever Absorbent-C, I actually refused to take anything because I want to see what ONLY Castor Oil can do to my hair, it’s the ‘Castor Oil’ challenge afterall, aint it? So, I’m sticking to only castor oil for now…maybe after the challenge, I will enter into the growth challenge and then incorporate some of the growth aids that I have in my kitchen that I recently found out works well in hair growth.

Have you done this challenge before? What has been your experience? Please share – we all learn from experiences…

Yellow Igbo Girl’s thoughts on natural hair in Nigeria

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Babe, you captured it all. I couldn’t have said it better with all these details. I plan to rock my natural hair and I don’t care what people’s opinion are, after all they are entitled to it. I natural hair is what GOD Himself gave me (I am fearfully and wonderfully made) and I plan to enjoy this heritage. Thanks for such a detailed post!

Coily Head of Hair | Top Nigerian Natural Hair Bloggers

Re-blogged from Yellow Igbo Girl’s blog

My Afro is going to be one year, in september. And I’m super excited to have reached this point.
And as much as I want the long luscious hair, I also want to enjoy my hair, so I’m not afraid of the dye bottle at all at all.
Anyway,I’ve gradually been planning my move back to Nigeria, permanently. And one of the things I considered, was whether I could survive with my natural hair, in these parts. And I made a few observations:
1. Nigerian Hair Salons are anti-natural hair: The moment you walk into a salon, to make your natural hair, the first thing they’ll ask, is if you’re ‘deeper life’.
Next thing, they’ll go ‘Aunty, this your hair too hard oh. E too plenty oh. You no go relaz your hair’?
I remember when I first went natural, and didn’t know the…

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My ‘Ultimate’ Castor Oil Challenge

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I read about “Castor Oil Challenge’ for the first time on BlackZulu‘s blog. After reading positive comments and seeing the photos shared I decided I would be in this challenge.

Today is the first day of ‘my ultimate castor oil challenge’. Now I’m so excited about it because I’m so looking forward to the ‘ultimate change’. My intended regimen during this challenge (for the next 3 months) is:

  1. Apply Castor Oil to my scalp everyday, paying attention to my temples
  2. Quick massage after each application
  3. Co-wash once a week to remove excess oil, otherwise
  4. Wash once every two weeks with Dudu-Osun soap
  5. Have Castor Oil rinse once a month
  6. Deep-condition my hair once a month

During this period, I also plan to use ONLY CASTOR OIL as my growth aid. I would definitely use shea-butter but without my usual oils (olive, argan, jojoba, coconut, tea-tree) mixed in it.

These are my pre-challenge photos…

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The first update will be on May 1, 2014.

SO, let the challenge begin….. (drums rolling)

My first Oil Rinsing!

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I had my oil rinse on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in preparation for ‘my Ultimate Castor Oil Challenge’ which begins on Tuesday, April 01, 2014.

How I did my oil rinse:
1. I washed my hair thoroughly with water and Dudu-Osun soap
2. Rinsed
3. Covered my hair with Castor Oil (Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil), and massaged for about a minute
4. Applied conditioner (Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse) over the oil , then detangled
5. Waited for about 30 minutes (or more – I think)
6. Rinsed
7. Applied leave-in conditioner (Shea Butter Miracle Leave-In Conditioner) and shea-butter (original form), and left to air-dry

I decided to twist my hair the following day so that it would be easy for me to apply Castor oil to the roots of my hair during the challenge. While twisting my hair, I noticed that my hair had retained moisture, which is what I’ve always wanted. I plan to do this once a month after the challenge!

These are the pictures of the products I used:

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Thanks for sharing the tips Zu!

My Natural Hair Journey!

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I never thought I would write about my natural hair journey. But it would be selfish of me not to share my experience after learning from the experiences of other naturalistas like Heather and Black Zulu to mention but a few. So let’s go…

Once upon a time, I had beautifulgood black hair. It was very difficult and painful when my mom combed it for school so I looked forward to a time when I would ‘perm’. I got into secondary school and we were instructed to keep our hair short. So, it wasn’t much of a problem just that when it grew it would be difficult to comb. One of my teachers once asked me: ‘why is your hair so shabby?’ and I said ‘Sir, I have elastic hair’. I never really liked my natural hair, many Africans – especially Nigerians don’t. But now I know why: we DO NOT KNOW how to take care of it!

The thought of going natural started about two years ago when the hair on the middle of my head cut off on its own and remained natural. Before then, my hair dresser complained that my hair was thinning out, the color was changing and the length was reducing. Regardless, I continued perming, stretching….(ignorance!).

Sometime last year, I had a dream and in the dream I saw myself with my natural hair looking younger. I read different meanings to the dream but I still didn’t decide to cut my hair. I tried all the best hair products I knew just to make the hair in the middle of my head grow but it won’t. At some point, I trimmed the other parts of my hair that were permed just to have them grow at the same pace but the hair on the middle still stayed natural. I was a bit frustrated because I didn’t know how I would keep my natural hair if I cut it – I don’t like using thread to plait my hair.

In 2013, after I made up my mind to cut it all off and have it grow again, I decided to go online to see if I would find tips on how to take care of it, and you will not believe what I saw. Sisters are going natural…and it is so lovely…oooooh. I didn’t want to wait any longer – I had my BC on August 3, 2013. But a month later, I trimmed it again because the barber didn’t do a very good job the first time – I still saw some perms sticking out.

 

I must confess that I’ve learnt a lot from postings on Youtube, and from various naturalistas who have posted on their sites. So far, there have been a lot of challenges, bad hair days, and a lot of learning…still learning. But I’m happy I made the decision because the hair on the middle of my head has GROWN, and my hair is back to being full and healthy! So, I would encourage anyone to go natural.

 

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My natural hair journey is … appreciating the handiwork of God… celebrating my heritage!