How to style 2-strand twists

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If you follow me on my other social media platforms you’ll know that I actually published this tutorial on my channel a couple of weeks ago. Why am I only posting it here now? Well, life I guess!

Nevertheless, I’m very excited to be bringing you this video today if you haven’t seen it already. I show my 3 favourite ways that I like to style my 2-strand twists. Go have a look and let me know which one is your favourite.

Have a fabulous week and remember to love your curls

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Natural Hair in Cape Town – A rapidly growing movement

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I’ve just returned from a very inspiring trip to Cape Town, my hometown,  where I not only holidayed for 10 days, but where I also co-hosted the type of event I have thus far only dreamed of being involved in. I am a natural you see. What does that mean? Well, it means I wear my hair the way it grows from my scalp – curly. Sometimes it decides to act kinky and other times it decides to act coily. However it wants to be a certain day, that’s just how I wear it.

There are others akin me. Up until a few years ago I honestly didn’t think there were. But just like me, there have been a number of women and men who have been growing weary of the constant societal pressures of manipulating their hair to look a certain way, or to fit in somewhere. In other words, the pressure to straighten, relax, perm, blow dry, flat iron or any other method of unnaturally achieving straight hair have become highly questionable to them too.

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Little did I know that they were getting just as fed up as I had been for a long time, especially in Cape Town. So when the time came for me to join forces with Kasuba and Chantal from Rockin Naturals and with Mandy from The Mandy Expedition two years ago to form an online group to empower individuals with information that was going to help them along on  a path to self acceptance through healthier hair practices, I jumped at the opportunity.

Our Facebook group is called Cape Town Naturally, which inevitably led to our first ever meet-up over drinks, suitably dubbed Curls & Cocktails. Mandy’s post over here and Rockin Naturals’ post over here will give you all the event details and photos.  Of course we’d been aware of the growing interest in natural hair care in Cape Town, but I suppose the huge turnout did, in fact, take us by surprise. And what a testament that turnout was to the growing movement as women are hungry for information and resources. Of course I was conscious of this, which is in part why I started this blog. But perhaps none of us realised what impact this group would have in terms of empowering natural hair expression.

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

Honestly, sometimes I’m just amazed at how far our group has come. I mean, we’ve just hit over 400 members! Would it even have been possible a few short years ago? I just hope that the reach of the group continues to grow as the support and knowledge sharing remain absolutely amazing.

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

I did this shoot with Roger Williams right before the event as I was totally feeling my look and wanted to celebrate my birthday, which happened to be on the same day, with some awesome pictures. Even though I’ve been wearing my hair this way for a number of years, I honestly don’t know if I would have had the confidence to do a shoot like this back when I first started my healthy hair journey. So for me this shoot is further evidence of how far I’ve come personally.

But back to Cape Town Naturally: My dream is that the group carries on growing and that it inspires more and more women to return to their natural state, until wearing their hair naturally is the natural choice.

As always, love your curls

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Is natural hair hard work?

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A couple of weeks ago I met a lovely woman with relaxed hair who told me that as much as she enjoys watching and learning from women with natural hair, she’ll probably never go natural. Why? Because natural hair is “too much hard work,” she said.

So it got me thinking. Is it really?

I mean it definitely can be, with so many steps that can be involved: Prepooing, co-washing, clarifying, tea rinsing, deep conditioning, oil rinsing, moisturising with the LCO / LOC method, finger detangling, protective styling, retwisting / rebraiding at night, sleeping on silk pillowcases etc. The list of steps can seem never-ending and in fact quite daunting, especially if you are newly natural. And if you’re contemplating going natural it can probably put someone off completely just listening to all these terms.

But for me the stand-out message is: The more effort and care you put into your hair, the better off your hair will be. I’m not saying you should incorporate all these steps, but listening to your hair and giving it exactly what it needs, will stand you in good stead. It stands to reason if your hair is dry and prone to breakage, regular deep conditioning sessions and responsible protective styling will trap moisture and help you to retain length.

So it’s all relative – what may be hard work to one may be a walk in the park for someone else.

Although I agree that natural hair can be hard work, it doesn’t have to be. A very simple regime can consist out of the following steps: wash, deep condition and style by applying a leave-in conditioner and sealing with an oil or butter, followed by regular moisturising until the next wash day. Easy right? What’s so hard about that? But it seems that the term “natural” equates “unmanageable”  for some. It really doesn’t have to be that way. In a nutshell, all it takes is learning as much about your hair as possible. Find out what it likes and dislikes. For example,  detangling sessions do not have to take over your entire Saturday. If your hair tangles easily, wear it in a way that enables an easier wash day, such as in twists or in a bun.

When I was relaxed, I personally didn’t take as much care of my hair as I do now. I didn’t even know the term “deep conditioning” existed and didn’t bat an eyelid every time I would pull a comb through my hair and  heaps of it would come out. Now I’m meticulous in looking at how much hair I lose every single time I detangle and I make sure to distinguish between breakage and shed hair. So I think why it often seems like hard work to some is because of the new awareness that comes with caring for natural hair. You’re aware that you have to be extra gentle; you’re aware that if you don’t moisturise often, your hair will probably snap off due to dryness, and you’re aware that if you don’t trim those split ends, it can cause more irreparable damage.

Once you know how to handle your hair it’s really not hard work. Simply learn as much about your strands so that it becomes manageable.

What do you think Girls? Please weigh in by commenting below.

Love your curls,

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Natural Hair Q & A

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve recorded my first ever question and answer video. In it I answer some of your natural hair questions and concerns. I’ve decided to record this type of video every now and again, so if I didn’t get to answer your question this time, I’ll include it in the next video. Make sure you keep an eye out on my social media when I announce the recording of the next video so that you can submit your questions on time.

So please go check it out, especially if you submitted a question. You never know, an answer to someone else’s question may also help you. And while you’re at it, please share it with someone who might find it useful. Thanks so much for watching and do remember to like, leave me a comment and subscribe. Much appreciated.

Love your curls,

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3 Styles I’d like to rock in 2016

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When it comes to my hair and the styles I wear it in, I keep it pretty simple. It’s usually in one of 3 styles: a wash and go, a braid out or a twist out. But since  I’m keen to switch things up a little this year, I’ve identified 3 other styles I’d like to try out potentially. They are quite unusual for me, but what I like about them is that they are fairly low manipulation and if done correctly one of them also serves as a protective style.

Here are the images that have inspired me to try something new this year.

Extension Braids / Twists

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Aren’t these braids just absolutely stunning on Tamera Mowry? I’ve only ever had braids once before, but that was a long time ago and I’d really like to give this style a go again. For me it has nothing to do with ‘putting my hair away’ or my hair ‘needing a break’ as I usually do protective styles without adding extensions or weave. It is simply rather a case of wanting to sport a gorgeous style that I’ve admired for ages. The fact that it can double up as a protective style is simply a bonus.

Roller Set

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When I say roller set, I’m referring to any types of rollers: curlformers, perms rods, flexi rods or the big yellow and green rollers many of us grew up with here in South Africa. Before going fully natural I used to set my hair often, but haven’t really done it since, and I’d love to revisit it. I follow chocolateblackdoll on Instagram where she always showcases the most beautiful roller sets. What can I say? She’s totally inspired me to give this one a shot.

Fringe

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A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram and Facebook that I’d like to cut a fringe, but that I’m not sure whether to do it. I took a poll by asking my followers what they thought: To cut or not to cut. To my surprise many said yes go ahead and cut it, but many others also said even though it looks great, it’s a hassle to grow out as it can look really awkward. They also said that if I can achieve the look by just pinning up my hair in the front, I shouldn’t lose the length unnecessarily. So no prizes for guessing that I still haven’t made my mind up yet.

Let me know Girls, which style do you think would suit me the most? Which one would you like to see me in first?

Love your curls,

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