Did you just do your “big chop”? Alternatively, you are probably wondering what to do once you have had your “big chop”? Here is a list of essential tools and products that you should urgently have to set up your routine and take care of your hair.

1) Your fingers or a wide-toothed comb:
If there is an indispensable tool to tame our hair it is our 10 fingers. But why?

You can use your fingers to simply detangle your hair. Indeed, by their very nature, our hair has an easy tendency to get tangled, detangling it requires patience and time but above all gentleness. Therefore, in my opinion, there is nothing better than your own fingers to help you do it.

The comb is also used a lot but unfortunately, it can do a lot of harm to your hair. Therefore, I will put it in 2nd position to detangle behind the fingers.

Be careful to, NEVER, detangle your hair when it is dry.

2) A spray bottle:
The spray can be used either to prepare a moisturizing lotion or simply a detangling lotion for the hair. Therefore, it is a tool that you will use several times a week for your hair care.

3) Your sulfate-free shampoo :
The purpose of sulfate, among others, is to lather and disperse greasy substances in water through a powerful chemical action, which leaves your scalp without sebum, whereas this sebum is essential for your hair, which already has little.
The SULPHATE-FREE Shampoo will save the life of your hair because the sulphate dries out the hair greatly. It is important to choose your shampoo carefully; the primary objective is to hydrate your hair and nourish it. You will also find on the market solid shampoos, which are a very good alternative nowadays.

4) Your moisturizing mask :
The hydrating mask is a deep care essential to nourish and hydrate your hair so step not to jump into your care. It should be done at least once every second week. This care is to be put during 20mn on your hair.

5) Your protein care :
The protein care is also a deep hair care that is done once a month and must be followed imperatively by the deep moisturizing conditioning hair care. This is to repair the keratin in your hair and give it the strength and proteins to grow. To be applied for a maximum of 20 minutes.

6) Your self-heating cap:
The self-heating cap allows you to put your hair in good conditions during your care to bring them the natural heat of your body and thus condition the products you have put on your hair. Therefore, it allows an even more effective penetration of your hair care products.

7) Your microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt:
Using a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt allows you to avoid absorbing all the moisture your hair has acquired during your treatments. In addition, it keeps the hair from getting frizzy. So do not neglect it.

8) Your satin cap, scarf and/or pillow:
This accessory is a must-have when you are at home. Never forget it before going to bed or leaning your head (the nape of the neck) on a cushion. Always protect your hair with this satin scarf to avoid making your ends split and dry as well as to avoid losing your hair’s moisture.

9) One or several natural and organic oil(s):
Organic oils are essential for your pre-poo. This step will prepare your hair before washing it, but will also give strength and nourish your hair while protecting it. Always do it before shampooing.

Did you like this article? Did you find it useful? Leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you ☺!

Shea’Biscus is yours,
Nita

Congratulations! You have (finally?!) decided to take the plunge. If you “transitioned” for a short period of time or not at all, you probably ended up with what we usually call a Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA).

As a result, you must have done as I, and so many others, did at the time, thinking you were doing the right thing by throwing yourself on all the information you see and taking all the advice that comes along at face value.

I know, when you get to that stage, you only dream of one thing: having a beautiful afro with long hair in the wind. However, believe me, this stage of very short hair is a stage that you should enjoy simply because:

a) the care will not take much time;
b) you will not have to worry about hair shrinkage in contact with humidity so you can moisturize your hair without fear;
c) styling your short hair will be very simple with “wash & go” techniques and quick hairstyles to take advantage of your short hair.

Here after you can find 6 principles based on my own experience that I advise you to follow after your “big chop”:

1. Create an adapted hair regimen:
An adapted routine is equivalent to a SIMPLE routine with GOOD WAYS of manipulating and above all REGULARITY and CONSISTENCY.
A consistent and simple routine allows you to follow the following steps to take care of your hair, nourish it, protect it and above all allow it to grow. You need to:

• pre-poo your hair for 1 hour once a week;
• wash your hair at least once a week;
• do a protein treatment at least once a month;
• apply a deep conditioner to moisturize your hair once every 2 weeks and
• moisturize your hair according to its needs (for such short hair, I recommend at least every 2 days if not every day).
• In your routine, be careful to incorporate the use of a satin cap or scarf to protect your hair.

Don’t forget! Your routine should be followed as it is and from time to time adapted to the needs of your hair so that you can see the results. At this stage, the simpler the better!

2. Forget the growth
Often, when hair is short, we are discouraged because we do not necessarily see it grow fast enough. Let us not forget that kinky hair has the peculiarity of growing in a spiral (which is what makes it so beautiful). As a result, before you can see the length of the hair, it has already grown quite a bit, but in a flattened way.
I advise you to eat healthy and drink a lot first to allow your hair to grow because it grows from the inside. Our hair grows between 0.5 and 1.5 cm per month, provided that, we eat healthy, drink well, have the right gestures and above all that we have an adapted routine. Even if your hair grows slowly, do not worry, you will get there because the most important thing is that it grows strong and healthy.

Hair is always growing and if you realize at a certain point that it is no longer growing, it simply means that it is growing but at the same time, it is breaking because there is something you are not doing right.

3. Filter the advice you receive :
When you become natural, your first instinct will lead you to seek out to be part of the community that shares your vision of natural hair, hence the fact that you will join social networks of groups specializing in kinky and coily hair; you will also inevitably follow influencers who will give you advice. That is good, because not only does it give you a sense of belonging to a cause, but you will also find additional motivation and advice to continue caring for your hair.
However, not all advice is good to take, so you will need a lot of discernment to make the right balance, because what is good for someone else’s hair is not necessarily good for your own. A simple example of homemade DIY is that they may work very well for some hair types but not necessarily for you.

4. Learn everything about manipulation :
How you handle your hair will define how fast it grows in the long run. This is very important but unfortunately it is a very neglected point. Handling hair takes into account several variables that, if we are not careful, can ruin good growth. I advise you, therefore, to learn how to take care of and style your hair by yourself because the patience you will have with it will not be the same as the patience a third person will have with it. Do not hesitate to buy targeted accessories to style your hair yourself, not only will you have fun with them but you will also learn to know them better and act accordingly.

In addition, the process of caring for your routine plays a key role, as you will be handling your hair a lot during your care. Be gentle and patient with your hair and especially detangle it with a conditioner to avoid pulling it.

5. Use the right products :
The right products for your hair are the products that your hair will love, but most importantly, they are the products, which include ingredients that your hair will tolerate. The list of ingredients that our kinky hair does not like is long and we, at Shea’Biscus by Nita, are very careful about which ingredients we use and which one we ban from our formulas. Our products are therefore natural.

6. Do not care about negative remarks:
Keep in mind that no matter what your hair type is, your hair is beautiful, unique and MAGICAL and you look great with it. Wear it with pride without worrying about looks and derogatory remarks because you will get them!

Thank you for reading me. Your comments are like a good “thiebou djeun souwérr” (national dish of Senegal) for me so don’t hesitate to feed me in☺.

Shea’Biscus is yours,
Nita

Success often goes hand in hand with self-appreciation

I almost hear you wondering: “how about that?”

Well, I confess that this certainty was not one, at the very beginning, of what I will call my personal journey of discovery of my self as a “natural woman”. Indeed, if you had asked me the same question 5 years ago, the answer would definitely be different.

I began this journey of personal appreciation after much reflection (with the maturity I guess) and because I was tired of depigmenting my skin (yes I did do it slightly but I did it) and depending on weaves and wigs to be able to feel beautiful.

From the day I realized that I wanted to discover my self, my original beauty, I didn’t go there by 4 paths. I shaved my hair and threw away my depigmenting and hair relaxing products. Yes, it was out of the question to go step by step as the women around me told me: “you’ll blacken all of a sudden and you won’t be as pretty”; “straighten your hair at least once a year”, and so on.

I am not going to lie to you, during my journey as a “nappy girl” and in search of re-appropriation of my black skin, I very often doubted but I never flinched. The doubt was not due to discouragement, when faced with how time consuming it was to take care of myself or to the fact that my hair was not growing as fast as I wanted it to. Nope! It was mostly due to the surprise of discovering my real physical self in front of the mirror with my nappy hair and black skin. I was so different from what I was before! I was at the antipodes, yet so beautiful, of the standards of beauty in this current society. However, this need to pursue my quest was rooted deep inside of me!

There was no turning back, I was doing well. Moreover, fortunately so, because I have never been more convinced to do what is best for me than with this adventure. Furthermore, to see the looks and to hear the comments of appreciation and admiration of my family and friends as to: “wow, how you got your hair so beautiful?”; “What cream do you use to make your hair grow?”; “Your black skin is so beautiful, smooth and shiny”; etc, was a source of personal satisfaction beyond measure.

Four years later, here I am in total excitement when I see myself, the original one I see in front of the mirror. What am I saying? I have gone crazy about my hair and skin, which I have learned to tame, to cherish and to love with all my strength for my greatest happiness.

With this journey of self-discovery, I noticed that the more I gained confidence and loved the self I saw in the mirror, the more I naturally reflected this confidence, especially in my professional environment and with my friendships. A natural selection was made and I made my professional place without much effort in environments not so open to diversity.

However, my quest is not over because I will only be satisfied when I hear my friends telling me: “It is okay, you’re right, I don’t need this wig to feel beautiful because I am beautiful with my hair.” I am saying, the wig should be an option and nothing else!

You need motivation? Some encouragement? Strength? Advice? Join the adventure and free this MAGIC of black beauty and afro hair.

Shea’Biscus is yours.

Nita

 

Welcome, Bienvenue, Wilkommen, Fanna Yilté, Dal len ak Jam

You see how delighted I am to welcome you in every language that I know. Well, you must be thinking “another blog; what is it going to tell us that we haven’t already seen elsewhere?”. Luckily, I have always been an ogress of reading but never dared to write, and since September 2019, I have been discovering this hidden passion for writing articles (a wink to my favorite magazine “Fiers d’elles”). Having, now, this entrepreneurial hat that you know, the opportunity was too good not to explore this facet of me in complete freedom.

I do not pretend to bring, through my writings, anything 100% new or unheard of. My promise with this blog is to make you see things differently with my own eye, my own experiences and my singular vision of life, while keeping the overall view on each subject. Yes, this blog will address a lot of subjects, experiments, news and events about afro hair and my passion for it – yep, you are warned – but above all, it will serve as an exploration platform of subjects that I find interesting to share with you so that we can exchange and nourish each other with our respective intellects and emotions.

Emotions… hum… talking about them has never been an easy task for me. I have always liked to say that I am made of brain ahahahah but, but, but, I have learned through my life journey that you do not hide your essence so easily. Our emotions are these feelings that come from our guts and make us want to be us in all that we are most true and unique. My emotions are the driving elements that led me combine, today, my very interesting job currently as HR Manager, my devouring passion for entrepreneurship & natural kinky hair and my new hobby which is writing articles to put them together on subjects that are certainly different but each one more interesting and constructive than the other.

I wish to make this blog a melting pot of articles about our life apprenticeships, passions and aspirations through sharing experiences and exchanging positive thoughts. I give you a part of me through my writings, take care of it but above all criticize constructively so that we can grow together. Finally yet importantly, let me discover this part of you that appreciates and talks about it.

The tone is set! Welcome to my not so orderly world and take a seat.

Shea’Biscus is yours,
Nita