We know Afro and curly hair can be scarily brittle and needs a lot more TLC so we were curious to know how she manages to bleach and dye it without breakage. ..
‘ElvineOhlala’ shares a few of her haircare secrets and more…
I am originally from Gabon, my both parents are Gabonese. In my country people used to wear colorful clothes. I love the colour of African patterns. I think my love of color comes from my origins.
When I was younger, I didn’t like my hair and I used a relaxer to straighten it. Cut to the age of 18 with my next hair-changing phase, when a true hair-disaster happened and I lost my hair. My best friend was a apprentice hairdresser, and one day she made a mistake (you can see where this is going..) when she dyed my hair. A few weeks later she used a relaxer on top of the dying because of those curls that ‘I hated’.
The upside is that I now understand how to ensure I do not break my hair, while having the freedom to express myself by colouring it. These are my steps and the products I use to ensure my hair stays in well-conditioned shape.
Elvine and her favourites!
Mizani Supreme Oil Mask – nourishing treatment to boost shine and manageability.
Mizani True Textures Moisture Stretch or Mizani 25 Miracle Milk – reduces dryness and adds softness.
Adds shine and helps to give a perfect curl.
This definitely helps to improve the quality of relaxed hair.
Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Styling Gel – creates waves and generally styles and controls my frizz.
I first started my YouTube channel because a lot of people were asking me for advice and hair care tips, after seeing my hair. I love helping people out. So many people don’t trust themselves so I want to push them and try to help them do what they want to do. Whether it’s wear their hair a new colour or wear a colourful outfit.
My favourite vintage and secondhand shop in London in TRAID; I can always find a beautiful bargain in there. I also like Dotty Theresa Vintage where you can find fabulous clothes with good quality.
Follow Elvine on Instagram: @elvineohlala
Watch her on YouTube
Check out her blog: www.elvineohlala.com