28 October 2017

Monday, Tuesday, WASHDAY!

Image by Maya Ajani

WASH DAY - The day that most naturals dread! I've been guilty of using all types of excuses just to avoid it, but when I do eventually get around to it, my scalp feels refreshed.  And it's known as WASH DAY for a reason; it takes up the whole of your day! But it can be therapeutic if you do it the right way.

So cancel all your plans (jokes), put on your favourite playlist and let's get right into the day. In THE GUIDE TO ESSENTIALS post, I explained the different methods, be sure to read that first before proceeding.

I wash my hair once a week as my hair is always in braids so it needs some TLC when the braids are out. How frequently you wash your hair, is all up to you but be sure to observe how your hair reacts.

Since my hair is in braids, Lynn Washaya , is our hair model for this post, isn't she just beautiful? You'll be seeing this face in our future posts. She is  currently transitioning and our devoted cheerleader! 

[To be done before shampoo]

Pre-poo is the application of oil prior to shampooing to add moisture to the hair shafts and also to prevent the shampoo from stripping the hair of all natural oils.

  1. Place your container of oils into a larger container with boiling water
  2. Section your hair into 4-8 sections, depending on the the length of your hair - we'll be working section by section
  3. Spray each section with water, I use aloe juice for this step
  4. Apply the oil to your hair and use this chance to de-tangle by combing through with a wide tooth comb or your fingers (finger de-tangling). Be sure to massage the scalp.
  5. Twist or braid the section.
  6. Repeat to other section
  7. Cover with shower cap or plastic bag and keep in for 45 MINUTES or overnight

Side Note: I've fallen in love with Naptural85's pre-poo method (click to check it out) with fresh aloe plant but Aloe is hard to find in Cape Town πŸ˜“

Everyone has different shampooing methods, suited to the needs of their hair. This is my current method and I have found that I have less hair shedding and less tangles. 

  1. Wet your hair 
  2. While still in sections, apply the shampoo to your scalp.
  3. If your hair contains a lot of build up, you can undo the twists/plaits but be sure to focus on the scalp.
  4. Massage the shampoo into the scalp, making sure to use the pads of your fingers and not your nails.
  5. Rinse the shampoo out once you feel your hair is clean.
  6. I like to use normal conditioner just to make my hair feel a bit softer and sleek. When applying, I focus more on the ends of my hair, then move to the shaft of the hair,  I also finger de-tangle, this helps remove some shedded hair and knots. When I'm satisfied I rinse it out.


[Every wash day/once a week]

I once wrote an exam on my wash day, I stopped after this step and just used a doek to hide the fact that I was deep conditioning underneath  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ -- Proof that wash day can't destroy your plans for the day.

  1. Section your hair (again)- this works best especially for long hair and you want to get the deep conditioner along your hair shafts.
  2. Apply the DC to the section while hair is wet, massage it into the hair shafts
  3. Twist the section.
  4. Repeat the steps till all sections are covered.
  5. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap or cling wrap.
  6. Cover over with a doek or warm towel** to generate heat.
  7. The recommended time to keep the DC in is 45 minutes but when I get occupied, I can go for 4 hours or even OVERNIGHT with the deep conditioner in.
  8. Wash it out section by section, ensure you re-twist the section after washing out the DC

** Slightly wet a towel then warm it in the microwave until it is the desired heat. Then wrap it over the shower cap.

[DIY Deep Conditioner Recipe:]
This is my 'go-to' recipe when my budget (non-existing πŸ˜‚)  isn't looking good and I love it. It left my hair so soft and manageable. I adopted this recipe from a Facebook group for naturals; 'It's All Natural'.

- Banana Purity

- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Coconut oil [or oil of your choice]
- Honey
- Yoghurt

Mix all these together and apply as stated above.

[Every 4-6 weeks]

The steps are very similar to that of the DC so repeat the DC steps but instead using your protein treatment of choice. It can also be kept in for 45 minutes.

[DIY Protein Treatment Recipe:]

- 1 egg

- 2 Tbsp of plain yoghurt/ Mayonnaise
- Olive oil and other oils of choice
- 1 Tbsp honey

Mix together till smooth then apply. 


Hopefully, your hair is still in sections if not, you know what to do. This step is where LOC, LOCS, LCO method is applied. I use the LCO method as it works best for retaining moisture in my hair.

I'd advice that you get an old T-Shirt to slightly dry your hair. Towels pull on your hair and cause unnecessary breakage.

At this point, use the T-Shirt so that your hair is no longer dripping wet but damp enough for you to begin the moisturize process for best curl definition. 

  1. Spritz your hair with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner
  2. Apply a small amount of your favourite curl cream to your
  3. Apply a small amount of your oil or Shea butter
  4. Style as desired [twists/three strand plaits/flat twists etc.] - The best curl definition is achieved when done on wet hair
  5. Then let it air dry or dry with hairdryer on the cool setting

And that concludes the wash day!

Please leave a comment below on your thoughts about this post and email me for any enquiries or suggestions.

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- The Bee Ivy


27 October 2017

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lips

For the lovers of matte, those that are skeptical about Matte Lipsticks and those that are looking for bright lipstick colors to slay summer with , look πŸ‘€no further and read on. πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘‡

Rimmel London has created the PERFECT Matte-Liquid-Lips-lipsticks to make you stand out from amongst the crowd and give you that extra "Thang" to SLAY your outfits.

The Stay Matte Liquid Lip range comes in 15 shades, including nudes, brights and edgier statement-colours, like blue, charcoal and black.
I am in 😍😍 with these! With my absolute favorites being Midnight and Plum That Show.

The picture on the left displays 8/12 shades I received from RubyBox, and are just some of my absolute favorites. 

They are quick to dry and don’t leave your lips feeling sticky - or looking cracked and dry - when you put your lips together. They dry perfectly, meaning your lips don’t looked cracked and dehydrated, but instead have a velvety, perfect AF Finish. ❤❤

STEP ONE: Apply Rimmel London Matte Stay Liquid Lips. 

STEP TWO:  S-L-A-Y πŸ’πŸ’

Kiss Proof πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
With the quick dry time this matte liquid lipstick has your back! You don’t have to worry about leaving lipstick on your hubby's lips, your children's cheeks or on anyone in general. So it's kiss proof tested by me.

Water Proof πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
I literally bathed with this matte liquid lips lipstick - I mean we slay 24/7 don't we? -  and I must say it stood the test of Water. Water proof ?? CHECKED & Approved by me. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Touch proof πŸ‘πŸ‘
You'll need to apply it carefully because it's definitely touch proof, meaning if you applied a little bit over your lip, hard-luck πŸ’†πŸ’† because it takes quite an effort to remove! So it's very much touch proof

Each Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid lips retails for about R119.95! You can purchase it at your nearest cosmetics store or simply enter the competitor over here (link to be added soon), to stand a chance of being 1 of 2 winners to win 4 of the Rimmel London liquid matte lips.


24 October 2017

Elygdium Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

I've always wanted to try out Teeth-Whitening products but either I never really had the motivation to or that I didn’t have the cash - because my parents buy the toothpaste in the house, so I've always used what was bought. I was really excited to try this Teeth-Whitening product!

It has a complicated-ish application schedule, but one that is easily manageable if you print out a schedule before hand. There are two pastes that you apply onto your teeth, the Elgydium Toothpaste with micro-pulverized sodium bicarbonate, and the Elgydium anti-stain toothpaste cure. I'll discuss each paste individually and give you the pros and cons. What I liked, what I didn’t and the overall effectiveness of the product in whitening my teeth.

R59.99 - 75g Tube – Available at Dis-Chem and Clicks

This aids in achieving healthy and visibly brighter teeth. The recommendation for use are as follows:
Use 2 or 3 times a day after each meal, with a suitable toothbrush.

It also warns that due to the toothpastes' effectiveness, it can cause mild gum irritation, and that if this does happen that you use the toothpaste less-often and alternate with a toothpaste for sensitive gums.

This proved true for me because my gums would bleed or have mouth sores - I wasn’t really blessed when it comes to the dental side. So I did alternate.

You can feel/taste that the toothpaste is different from your regular toothpaste. I also feel like you can feel the bicarbonate working on your teeth as well.

R69.95 30g Tube – Available at Dis-chem

This Toothpaste has a different texture to the sodium bicarbonate one. It's blue and doesn’t feel like toothpaste on your teeth at all. So, it was really at first, weird, and after the first brush I added more , it really washes away after your first mouth rinse - there's none left on the brush. Its got a minty flavor. , So your breath won't smell - but remember to brush your tongue as well!

It's recommended that you use this twice per week, after meals, instead of your usual Toothpaste and is reserved for adult use only.

It favors mitigation of residual stains and polishes the dental surface. Contains froinol, a mineralizing agent that protects the enamel, and an original association of mineral and plant silica

Overall I'm happy with the product as it did whiten mostly the front of my teeth. I could see the difference, unfortunately, due to the gum issue, once I alternated the results weren't as quick as it was before I started alternating.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone that isn't afraid of putting in the hard labor to have their teeth whitened, and can brush their teeth more than once a day, draw up a schedule (mental or on paper) of the days on which toothpaste will be used and when.



23 October 2017

Does The University You Attend Guarantee Your Success

In today's generation, every teenager fresh out of high school or currently in matric stresses about university, fees aside - this is not a fees must fall debacle. It's the fact that we all feel pressured to get into the best of the best universities and it's not completely our fault, our parents and society plays a factor with regards to this too. They have this idea that the best of the best universities will guarantee their children success, a good job and lots of money! So, as a society we feel inferior to those who get into these "prestigious" universities. But, Does The University You Attend Guarantee Your Success?

In my opinion when it comes down to it, no employer would hire a graduate from a prestigious/top-ranked university if the work they delivered was less-than prestigious compared to a graduate from a less-than prestigious university. In the end its all about your work ethic, your mentality and what you have to offer the company. No one will get rich just by telling people that they are a graduate from a university that’s ranked number whatever. The proof is really in the pudding. 🍰🍰

Where you get your degree has no direct or indirect influence on how successful you'll become in life. I've heard of many successful people from universities that aren't ranked among the best of the best, and those that are.

We need to drop the mentally that is killing the youth and rather tell them that the true success lies within yourself , you are your only determining factor of true success. Don't choose a university based on the fact that you get to name-drop the university when you're asked which uni you attend.

I asked 6 other students from different tertiary institutions about whether they think that their university guarantees their success,and here's what they had to say:

Lennie Banda

"Definitely not, your success is dependent on you. At the end of the day you are the one that writes the exams and submit assignments. The universities' main purpose is to guide you"

Mawethu Mmomti
BSC Biological Science 

"The university I attend does not necessarily determine my success. I feel your success is duly determined by you. Many people go to the most well-regarded universities and achieve prestigious degrees (Engineering, biochemists etc) and they struggle to find employment once they leave varsity. I think the key to success is to invest in yourself. Going to varsity is another way I guess, but It goes beyond that. I feel you need to take charge if you want guaranteed success. Being self-sustainable is one way, not necessarily relying on an employer in order for you to display your skills. People attend the most subsidized institutions and do much more in the long run than those who went to varsities with mad tuition fees. It's duly all on you in the end. "

Moipone Bame
Marketing and Communications
Red & Yellow School

"I personally feel like it doesn't! Reason being? An individual could be in the best university and not even put in the work that's required of them, because the name of the university doesn't determine your success! You do! You're still the one who has to do the work! And make sure you pass to get a great job to succeed!
So the university is just there to give you the knowledge,its your choice if you take it or not!"

BA Multimedia In Digital Visua Arts

"No, it's just like the swimmers body illusion. I've been reading a book: "The Art Of Thinking Clearly" by Rolf Dobelli , there's a chapter where it asked (Does Harvard Make You Smarter?). After reading that chapter I realized what if, maybe, the best, top universities are horrible institutions, but were lucky to recruit the brightest students around. I mean you get intelligent students all-around, it's just an illusion. We never know what it's really like in those universities. What if the lectures are just not as good as we think they are, but because students place the university on a pedestal they think they are.  So, I personally think that being in the most high rated university doesn't mean I will be successful, it's all up to me and the hard work I put in"

Nqobile Mabaso
BA in Psychology
Wits University

"Firstly we would have to determine what  is meant by "success". If the success we are referring to is securing a job after graduation, then yes, the type of university you go to will have an impact on that for it is common knowledge that employees have a preference for graduates that come from certain "top" universities when it comes to hiring. Such universities also offer more graduate-recruitment programmes  However, if we are referring to success in terms of wealth, then that has more to do with the individual than the institution. Going to a top university will not guarantee your success. It will simply aid in securing a job for you as a graduate."

Mpho Tsaoane
Bcom Accounting
University Of Free State

I don’t think the university you attend guarantees your success, in fact, I don’t think going to varsity necessarily means you will be either. School is not for everyone, many successful people don’t know the inside of a lecture hall. I think it's because that from a young age we were taught that school is the only way because so much emphasis is put on school. In my opinion I say a person must find what makes them happy and do that.

Drop your comments below on what you think about the topic. 

One Less Thing To Worry ABout With Comfitex

Photo by Hipster Mum on Unsplash

My period has ended and I must say I wish it went on for longer. This is a strange request, but you'd understand if you used Comfitexs' menstrual products. I call it The Menstruation Package. All your menstruation essentials for UNDER R100!  Affordable and works well!!

I'd definitely buy these products again! They're extremely student-budget friendly and they work extremely well!! Here's a review of each individual product, it's effectiveness, feel/comfort, fragrance and rating out of 5.



FYI - these are the first disposable sanitary bags in South Africa! They're made from recycled plastic so they're kinder to the environment! A great invention to discreetly expose of used sanitary protection products when you're in a situation where you don’t know how to discreetly dispose of your sanitary products. It's extremely effective, easy to use and well-fragranced! You don’t have to worry about the smell of your sanitary pad, because the disposable bag has a strong, yet not overpowering fragrance to it. I'd definitely buy this product again and it has to be my favorite out of all the products I received in the Comfitex range. I've had lots of moments where I needed to discreetly dispose of my sanitary products but just didn’t know how. I have peace of mind knowing that I have disposable sanitary pads to you use when situations like that arise.


These are not only created for the sole purpose of being used when you're on your period, but can be used during other occasions like, after exercising, travelling and just for that extra feel of freshness. They are well-fragranced (which Comfitex product isn't), easy to use, comfortable, have a soft feel on skin, and well-worth the buy! They're PH Balanced and dermatologically endorsed ! They can also be used on sensitive skin. I'd definitely buy this product. It's effective, affordable and well worth the buy!

These pads are amazing. Before engaging in this review I was really struggling to find the perfect sanitary pad product and would switch between various pads during my period, which was really frustrating as that meant I spent a lot of money on sanitary products. I was extremely happy when I wore the Maxi Thick Sanitary Pads as my flow tends to be heavy during the first 2-3 days. The Comfitex pads retained the menstrual-blood surprisingly well. I didn’t even worry about Leakage Freakage (Messing on myself) I was very comfortable and super-confident throughout my entire period. The pads are comfortable and even though its unscented there is still a light scent to them. They're soft and definitely worth the buy. Another comfitex product I would definitely buy for myself.

I am SO happy with this product aswaell, they work really well for when you have a light to semi-medium flow, they also retain liquid well, and are comfotable. Ery efective, and the fragrance is not overpowering but scented just right.

They are as ultra slim as ultra slim can be and yet they still manage to hold quite a bit of liquid. I not only use pantyliner's when I ovulate/discharge, but towards the end of my period when I randomly get that last "shot" of blood before I official end. They're comfortable, fit well and are sticky enough.

Overall, I'm very happy with these Comfitex products and would definitely recommend them to all the ladies out there who are struggling to find the perfect Sanitary products to suit their student-budget or their flow. The products are really worth the try.

14 October 2017

BLACK GIRLS ROCK: Nkhensani Rikhotso


What Does It Mean To Be A Black Girl That Rocks? πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
In my opinion being a black girl that rocks is to be unapologetically yourself, to have aspirations that are out of this world, that the world doesn’t think you can achieve for being black but you know that because you’re soaked in all that melanin, that you can achieve them and so much more. It's knowing that as a black girl, I’ve got that magic and I’m pure gold because it’s my gorgeous skin that makes me beautiful. 

What Words Of Encouragement/Empowerment Do You Live By? 🌻🌻

- Be fearless In the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. 
- We must all simply have courage and be kind. 
- In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us. 


When Did You Start Your Natural Hair Journey?

I started my journey on the 9th of December 2014 (The Big chop), I chose to let go of my relaxed hair to get a gorgeous mane of kinks and coils. 

How Is It Going So Far? πŸ‘―πŸ‘―

I'm currently 2 years and 10 months Natural, I’ll be 3 years Natural In December. So far it’s been an amazing journey with a bucket load of failures, but I now understand my hair and what it needs, how to nourish and keep it healthy. I’ve come this far in my natural hair journey and it melts my heart seeing the growth and length I’ve retained over the years. 

Tell me about The Creation Of Your Natural Hair Account On Instagram πŸ’πŸ’

The creation of my Natural hair account @kinks.and.coils was honestly an achievement. Before I started it on my main Instagram @s.anii_ I’d get so many dm’s about my hair, what products I use, if I can give them tips, how I wash my hair, how I moisturize my hair, how I style it and how I retain length and I’d post pictures for such on my Instagram. It made my Instagram look unorganized and messy so that's when I decided to create an account dedicated to Natural hair. I’d like to believe I’m a natural hair doctor lol πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ 

What Inspired You To Go Natural? πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

I fell completely head over heels for the texture and how huge it looked, I never had natural hair growing up, I had relaxed hair for the longest time and my relaxed hair was thick, bushy and long but that wasn’t enough for me. I wasn’t happy that I never had the option to be Natural growing up, so I chose to go Natural and see if it was worth the fuss I made about it,  it was definitely worth it . 

Would You Recommend Going Natural To Every Black Girl Out There? 😁😁

I would actually recommend girls return Natural, that's when you’ll reap the benefits because no chemicals are being applied to your hair to weaken it in the process. Hair grows more effectively in its natural state. I want to be an inspiration to people, so they want to have natural hair and be proud of it. Being Natural teaches you patience and it teaches you to nurture and nourish the things you cherish, to keep them healthy

Would You Say That Having An Afro Is The Identifying Mark For Black Girls? 😊😊

I believe having an Afro is what makes us all black girls. You were born with natural hair, might as well flaunt it. Being a black girl is the ice cream and having an Afro is the cherry on top. Natural hair is a Black Girls' superpower, it shows how untouchable you are. 

What Inspires Your Style πŸ’£πŸ’£

I Don't know what inspired my style. I love clothes and it honestly depends on how I feel. I can go from hipster, to grunge, vintage, girly, to tom boy-ish. I love switching it up.

Where Do You Get Your Clothing From? πŸ™†πŸ™† What Inspires Your Style

I get clothes from H&M, cotton on and Factorie (I'm a shopaholic). 

Describe Your Style In One Word?



What Genre Do You Enjoy? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

I read Young Adult books. The genres I read are romance (I’m a sucker for love AKA a hopeless romantic), realistic fiction, Christian fiction and Dystopian(well just the Divergent series by Veronica Roth). 

Where Do You Get Your Books From? πŸ“

I get my books from bargaining books, Exclusive Books and I also buy them online on takealot.com 

Why Do You Read? πŸ“˜πŸ“—

I read because it's an escape from the real world into a new one each and every time I open a new book. I have a wild imagination and reading just feels right. 

Why Should Other Black Girls Read? πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

I believe they should read because it is AWESOME, but on a serious note, it widens your horizons. Reading teaches you more and opens so many opportunities for you. 


I grew up in a Christian family but that wasn’t my start off point with God , my family showed me the way and I just chose not to depart from it . People perceive me to be a goody two shoes and a Godly girl ( which people found boring and weird ) but I didn’t care , but my relationship with the Lord began when Problems arose at home and I went to the Lord to find comfort and peace and it felt so right. The Lord shaped me into who I am now and He is still shaping me into a woman He wants me to be. I always keep God near me and in Christ I’ve grown stronger and I’ve found my worth and my confidence in Him and what makes to always return back to Him is that He knows I am imperfect and I fail him always but I love how He is a father that will always welcome me back In the midst of my failure and my sinful nature. He loves me just the same and my relationship with the Lord grows stronger by His grace.


13 October 2017


Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

Finding your porosity is equivalent to finding your inner peace. You literally find peace, everything in life just makes sense. Well, not everything, but just what your hair really needs. I'm going to help make your life just a bit easier. I won't write your essay for you but I will be teaching you about porosity.


As naturals, there comes a point in our lives where our hair just won't absorb or retain any moisture. No matter what products we use, our hair just won't do the things. This all depends on your porosity, you probably like "pororo-what"

✩ DEFINITION: Porosity is the extent to which your hair absorbs and retains moisture. There are three types of porosities; low, medium and high porosity. 

Knowing your porosity will help in perfecting your regimen to suit the needs of your hair.


Low porosity hair has difficulty absorbing and retaining moisture into the hair shafts as a result of the hair cuticles being closed

  • The product tends to sit on the hair rather than absorb into the hair shaft which means the hair is prone to product build-up
  • The hair tends to take longer to get wet
  • When the hair is wet, it takes longer to dry
→ Make use of humectants (helps attract moisture) e.g. glycerine
→ Get lighter, water-based, liquid products that won't sit on your hair and cause product build-up e.g. hair milk
→ As a sealant, use light oils such as jojoba oil
→ Wash and rinse hair with warm water to increase the absorbing ability
→ Add heat when deep conditioning by either heating the DC or using a heat cap or a warm towel


Medium/Normal Porosity hair cuticles are loose and therefore absorbs and retains moisture as normal. This is the BEST porosity to have (Goals for days).

  • Looks and feels well moisturized
  • The hair is bouncy and has elasticity
  • Has a beautiful shine to it
→ Deep condition as normal 
→ Do protein treatments once in a while but avoid frequent use of protein treatment as this will only damage the hair


The high porosity hair's cuticles are raised and therefore tend to absorb moisture quickly.

  • Absorbs and loses moisture easily
  • Tends to be dry and dull
  • Tangles more easily than other porosities
→ Use anti-humectants when exposed to high heat and humid weather eg. shea butter and coconut oil
→ Make use of heavy butter such as shea butter and curl creams
→ Do Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse to close the cuticles (instructions below) and lock in moisture


Testing your hair porosity is as easy as A, B, C. Don't complicate things by not following the steps or slightly altering it. In the long run, you'll be wasting your energy on methods that are not for your hair.

  1. Pour clean and fresh water into a glass
  2. Extract a strand or two of product-free and freshly washed hair 
  3. Put into the glass
  4. Observe for 1-5 minutes 
  5. According to the position of your hair, determine your porosity (using picture below)
  6. Now that you know your porosity, do some extensive research to know more about what you dealing with

Leave a comment below on your thoughts and feelings about this post. 
For any queries or questions, you can email me and I'll get right back to you. 
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     - The Bee Ivy

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