My Method for Hair Breakage and Shedding that Always Works (for me)

April 08, 2017 Naija girl next door 17 Comments

             Breaking and shedding are very common hair complaints. I have an easy hair treatment I do that solves it for me every single time and that's what I'm sharing in this post. Before you try it, let's figure out first if it is what you need.

 Many times, the answer to breakage is moisture because dryness is very common with our afro hair type (even if your hair is relaxed), and dry hair will break. But, if your deep conditioning and moisturising game have been on 100 and you're being gentle, sleeping with a satin scarf/bonnet and still your hair is rebelling; you may need to look deeper than moisture.

1. You might need a trim
 I talked all about the signs your hair needs a trim in this post, based off of my own experience. Seriously, read it. When your hair needs that trim, it doesn't matter if you use your holy grail product, a concoction of all the grocery items in your kitchen or some magic potion from the other end of the world; there will be no escaping the blade. Nothing can repair tattered ends. They just have to go.

That is why I started my last wash day with a much needed trim. I posted the process on my Insta story. It was a spontaneous decision; I didn't wake up that morning knowing I would trim my hair, but all the signs were there so I did it. It's just easy to pick up my phone and share on Instagram, so please follow me @naijagirlnextdoor if you aren't. And you really should read that post about the trim.

2. You need a Hard Reset
  That's what I call this because it gets my hair IN LINE no matter how crazy it tried to act before; like taking the battery out of a Blackberry and putting it back in. I've shared a whole wash day before featuring this method, but let me simplify it. My Hard Reset is two-pronged approach:

Caffeine on my scalp and Egg in my hair.

The caffeine stops shedding at the roots and the egg strengthens the hair shaft to stop breakage.
Usually I'd use instant coffee on my scalp but I was out so I used green tea which also has caffeine in it. My hair responds terribly to black tea but if your hair is fine with it, that's good too.
My hair was already sectioned and twisted from trimming.

 I just let the green tea brew like I was going to drink it, let it cool, then I put it in a spray bottle, and generously sprayed my scalp.
I let it do its thing while I cooked, then I beat an egg with a tablespoon of olive oil and applied it to my hair. My hair was still in twists so I scrunched the egg mixture in to make sure it got into every strand. 
With egg in my hair
Then I left it in for thirty minutes and washed out with Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Tea (you can read my review). After that I took out my twists to properly apply my deep conditioner and replenish moisture. I used Hairveda Deep Conditioning Masque.

 Let's talk about eggs for a minute.

The science says that the protein molecules in egg are too big to penetrate and bind to the hair shaft and that you need products with hydrolysed proteins for that. I agree. I'm all about science. You can read the Curly Nikki article

On the other hand, I started using eggs in my hair before I got to know about the size of their protein molecules, and I am glad because I would never have tried it, based on the science.
I cannot argue with the results I get from eggs, whether the molecules penetrate or not. I have used products with hydrolysed wheat, soy, keratin, collagen e.t.c. proteins and they're good, but none has given me the dramatic results of a N50 egg. Also, for all their penetrating and binding, protein treatments are temporary fixes just like the egg treatment. That's why they all need to be repeated every 4-6 weeks or when you assess that your hair needs one.

 Let me stress that everyone's hair is different. Some people have used the egg treatment and like me are die-hard fans. Others get a hard, tangly mess with eggs. It happened to one of my friends and I've read a few blog posts about the same thing. So I always tell people to test it on a small area of hair FIRST. 

 If your hair hates eggs, or you'd rather use something from a bottle, or you're vegan, or can't stand eggs or don't believe the hype... you can try the popular Aphogee. They make protein treatments with all the science-backed hydrolysed proteins. The girls of The Kink and I love them. Meemee had a testimony with the Aphogee two-step and AB loves the Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor.

 I have never used either because the ingredient lists don't comply with my hippie organic/natural life. If you don't care about all that though, this could be your own Hard Reset.
 Always follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.

Alright, back to my wash day. I rinsed off the deep conditioner after about two hours and my hair was singing. The trim, the hard reset, the deep conditioning all came together and blessed my strands. I could cry...
My leave-in was Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake (also reviewed), and a dab of Special Me Organics Mint Burst Shea Butter Souffle to seal. 
 The next day I took down my twists and fluffed them out, It was hard to stop touching my soft healthy hair but I had to tuck in my ends for a quick updo. No way am I exposing my brand new ends to the elements. For now.

   Do you have a fail safe hair treatment you swear by?


There's a giveaway going on. Read my previous post for details.


Shanyi Organics Product Review and GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

April 07, 2017 Naija girl next door 9 Comments

Hello people, my blog was three years old in March!
              I'm really happy but I'm too aware that I need to do better. There's a giveaway at the end of this post so read through and see how you can win free hair products from Shanyi Organics.

Product Review

Shanyi Organics just did a relaunch with new improved versions of their existing products, and some new additions. They sent me two sets of two products: Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea and Moisturising Milk Shake. I couldn't wait to try them out and compare with the old versions which I had used for up to a year. Out of curiosity I bought a third one: the Anti-frizz Conditioning Yoghurt.
By the way, team #BuyNigerian.

Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with green labelling. Very handy compared to the large size and pump mechanism of their old shampoo (but the old one could hold a lot more product).
Smell: The stimulating scent of tea tree. Very nice and mint-like.
Colour and consistency: Dark and watery.
Comparing the old and the new shampoo. The new is watery but I prefer its performance


I'm very pleased with this ingredient list. It really is a tea. All-natural and herbal except for one preservative to keep it from going bad.

My Assessment
This shampoo is one of my favourite things ever for my hair. It lathers up real nice, cleans my scalp and makes it tingle gently which I LOVE because it feels really refreshing. It does not make my hair feel dry or stripped and one lather is enough. The first time I used it, I lathered twice and it was totally unnecessary because my scalp was already clean. My hair didn't fell stripped then but it did feel a little drier the next day. After that I stuck to one lather and it's been perfectly fine since. Generally you shouldn't lather up too much with curly/kinky hair.

Verdict: New favourite. Clean, non-stripped hair, tingly scalp, ingredients that make me happy and it costs N2500. No points for guessing if I will repurchase (heck yeah).

Shanyi Organics Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt
This is their rinse-out conditioner.
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with red labelling.
Smell: Mostly raw honey
Colour and consistency: Beige; not too thick, flowy


Again, I'm so happy with this list.

My Assessment
Sinks right into my hair on application and softens it. It has some slip which helps with detangling but it is not the slippiest (bear with my neologism) conditioner you ever encountered. It completely rinses out with no residue and I'm left with hair that feels nice and soft, but once my hair dries it feels regular; like I can't tell that I put anything in it. So I still need to use a good leave-in after using this as a rinse-out conditioner.
On the other hand I like my co-wash conditioners to rinse clean, so I tried it as a co-wash and this is now my preferred way to use it. I put this on my hair with a little water, leave it in for a bit then use some more to work my scalp and hair. I rinse it all out and make sure to deep condition afterwards or at least use a favourite leave-in.

Verdict: Not a holy grail product for me but it's a nice co-wash. It also costs N2500 so I might repurchase. Shea Moisture ain't cheap.

Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake
This is their best selling product.
Packaging: White spray bottle with red labelling
Smell: Coconut milk and something flowery. Scrumptious.
Colour and consistency: light pink, runny. More liquid than the previous version hence the spray bottle.
Comparing old and new: The new one is thinner, pinker, more yummy smelling 


You already know I'm a fan.

My Assessment
First of all, it smells divine. I was spraying it on my hair one day and my friend who's a guy actually stopped me to see what I was using and said he wanted to eat it. Down side: the spray mechanism failed from the first day. I had to pour it into another spray bottle.
As for performance, I noticed that the way this product works for my hair depends on a couple of factors.

  • When I have just used my favourite deep conditioner and my hair is damp, moisturised and soft as clouds, the Moisturising Milk Shake is perfect. It sort of potentiates the DC: sinks in, softens further, adds no grease and generally feels like a sweet dream. Then I seal in all that goodness with shea butter, and I know the next day gon be lit.
  • If I just shampoo or co-wash and I'm too lazy to DC, this is not the product to reach for. It's so light that it is just not enough. It will disappear into my damp hair and the next day, there's no evidence I used a leave-in. Definitely need something richer for this.
  • For dry hair, it's a wonderful refresher. It's a step up from using plain water because it softens and it works on tangles. It's not oily so I can use it everyday without annoying buildup. I do have to repeat daily.
Verdict: Really good light, non-greasy daily moisturiser that smells yummy. I will most likely repurchase.


I will be giving away these three products to two lucky winners on Instagram. Each person gets either the Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea or the Moisturising Milk Shake courtesy of Shanyi Organics; and one of these two persons gets my Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt as a bonus because I used a little bit of it (it's still almost full).
To enter: Follow @naijagirlnextdoor and @shanyiorganics on Instagram if you are not already.
               Leave a comment below the Insta giveaway picture that I post.

That's it! The giveaway will be on for two weeks and winners will be announced. You can also enter for someone else. Get your friends to enter too, then you can steal the stuff if they win. All's fair in love and war. *shrugs*