Saturday, 24 August 2013



Can you say 19 feet 6 inches? For those of you who don’t know, Asha Zulu Mandela holds the Guinness World Record for the longest dreadlocks. When I first stumbled upon her website, I couldn’t resist sending her a quick email asking her to share some of her dread knowledge with us. Sure, it was a long shot, but no risk, no reward, right? So imagine my surprise when she actually replied back! Knowing she’s a busy woman and wanting to keep the email short, I kept my interview to two questions. They are below. Enjoy, and soak up the knowledge!

1. What is the most common mistake you see people make who have started and maintained their own dreadlocks?

The most common mistake I have seen a lot of people make, either when starting or maintaining their own dreadlocks (including myself) and within the first 6 months, is believing there is no other way for their dreadlocks to really hold together and lock in except if they use bees wax…lots of bees wax.
There is this misconception that if one don’t use bees wax or some sort of locking gel, their locs will either not lock in or they will take much longer to lock in.This is not true. I have learned through the years that not all kinky hair is the same texture, so some of us do need some additional help with locking. When this is the case, then I suggest consulting with a hair care professional/loctician for advice on the best method of helping new dreadlocks to lock in.

2. What single product would you say is the most important to your own particular dreadlock journey?

I started my journey 24 years ago, and during this time to the present I have chosen a “combined potion”of all natural oils/essential, oils/botanicals,  either for everyday use to massage my scalp or for monthly hot oil treatments, and also to soak my ends every 3 months to protect them from breakage. My own personal opinion from my personal use in learning what has worked for me through the years: I have found that no one particular oil worked for me, since different oils serve different purposes. I felt my “baby” needed all they had to offer for complete therapy. However, if I had just one choice of oil to use, then it would be “virgin olive oil.” Any brand will do.
culled from How To Get

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


If you ever visit Melanasia and Australia one cannot help but be amazed by the striking blond hair of some of its inhabitants, since these Pacific islands are populated by some of the darkest skinned people in the world. The Aboriginal people of Australia and the South Pacific islands, such as the Solomon
Islands,Vanuatu, and Fiji at birth are born with blond hair. In maturity the hair usually turns a darker brown colour, but sometimes remains blond. Now, a study of people from the Solomon Islands shows that they evolved the striking blonde trait independently of people in Europe. These Aborigines are the oldest continuous population outside of Africa. The modern Aborigines are the direct descendants of the first explorers to leave Africa and arrive in the South Pacific 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. Scientist believe this genetic mutation appeared in Europe only about 11,000 years ago during the last ice age.

BY............... I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE

Friday, 16 August 2013


The controversial Gift Iyumame popularly known as Muma Gee has been around in the music industry for a while. She's released several songs to her credit, especially her hit single, Kade which made a lot of wave.

Nearly everyone knows she loves to stand out with her hairstyles. And the enthusiasm with which she spoke about her hair was enough to convince all and sundry that she's one of the many celebrity women who can do all to make a statement with their hairstyles.

This week, Hair'volution brings to you Muma as she talks about her hair experience.

What does your natural hair look like?

My hair is the darkest hair I've ever seen on earth and I was told by my doctor that it's caused by my pigment. It's amazing that even after I'd relaxed my hair for years, it's still as dark as ever. It has never turned coloured and I've maintained one relaxer since I dis-virgined my hair. But I don't get to wear my natural hair because it doesn't give that volume that I want.

So who did you take your hair after?

My mother. I also took after her curvy front head shape in addition to her dark hair.

So aside relaxing it, how do you take care of it?

Nothing. I just relax it without adding any hair treatment to it.

Do you mean you don't use hair treatment, doesn't it break?

Every woman's hair breaks and I don't panic whenever it happens because I don't even get to wear my natural hair as much. I concentrate more on the type of extensions I wear and sometimes, I wear as much as half a million worth of extension on my head. 

Which type of extension do you wear?

I like Brazillian hair. But aside wearing Brazillian hair, I also braid and curl my hair. And if I must wear any extension, it must be imported from London. 

I love the creativity of your hairstyles. Where do you get the ideas from?

It comes from within me. I love my hair so much and I also love to wear very long hair extensions. The name of my stylist is Elijah, he designs my hair to fit my face and any occasion I have at a particular time. Like what I have on now, it's a 33inches Brazillian natural curl. It's to the length of my buttocks. I also like to wear Mulatto Brazillian hair. 

I know you are a hair freak. What's the craziest thing you've ever done to your hair?

The craziest thing was wearing blond hair and that hair was two years ago. You can imagine a dark complexioned lady wearing  blond hair. Some of my friends and fans liked it while others complained. Then I sampled opinions. When I discovered that majority of my fans didn't like it, I had to remove it.

What can ever make you wear a low cut?

If I'm mourning the loss of a loved one and I see that cutting it will give me psychological satisfaction, I'll cut it. Again, if my fans want me with low cut then, I'll think about it. But as a woman, I believe that beauty is in the hair.

Can you attempt shaving it completely?

I can't do that. But if my fans want that, I'll try convincing them against such. The only thing that can make me shave my hair is if my husband wants me to. I'll do it because I don't want to disobey him.