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Natural Hair Check-in… 🎉 3 month milestone! 🎉

Hey Everyone!

Hope this blog post meets everyone healthy and full of the Easter spirit!

I was super excited to write this post as you can tell from my previous spike in hair related posts that I am so in love with my natural hair. For those who may be new to my blog, I describe my natural hair as free of chemicals, such as relaxer etc. In the past 3 months I have learnt so much about my hair and hair in general. Whether relaxed, transitioning or fully natural the science of hair is absolutely fascinating. Had I still been a ‘relaxed girl’ had I known what I do now then I would have taken better care of my hair.

Alas, one cannot live in the past and can only focus on the future and that future is bright. So wanna know what I have learnt and how my hair is doing 3 months in? Then read on…

Background:

Big Chop- 10th January 2014!

Why did I decide to do it? Check out my quick YouTube video for the lowdown behind my decision.

Signature Style Gallery:

It has taken a little time to get into a routine with styles. Because of the heat damage at the front of my hair (where I cut the most off) it seems like I have quite short bangs that don’t seem as in-sync with the rest of my hair. I am working on restoring my hair and correcting as much of the damage as possible but it is likely that I will have to cut some more off soon. For that reason I try and work with protective styles as much as possible. 

My go to styles have been: two strand twists, braid outs, bantu knots, wash and go’s, flat twists. I recently ventured into the world of ‘fro hawks and up-do’s but I seriously am no expert. They are in order of styles. The first picture is when I first big chopped and the last in the blues are just the other day- 3 months in!

Gallery 1 Gallery 2

Favourite Products:

There are quite a few I love and loathe so here are a few I love. I am gonna dedicate a post to products soon.

Fairtrade Organic Coconut Oil/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil / Almond Oil/ Castor Oil/ Cantu Leave in Repair Creme/ Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade/ Blue Magic Olive Oil Leave in Styling Conditioner/ Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie/ Tresemme Vibrant Naturals Conditioner 

faves

What I have learnt:

Going into this journey I watched a lot of videos and read a lot of blog posts about natural hair. As much research as I did I had to learn about my own hair and not someone else’s. Your first instinct is to look at videos where the person’s hair looks like yours. You then think ‘that is how my hair will look’ and from there you run out and buy the same products they’ve used. You then find they don’t  work for you as there are other factors to consider. I think I am now so better prepared as I have and still am taking the time to figure out my hair!

  • I have high porosity hair at the front – loves moisture but has a difficult time retaining it and happily takes it from everywhere it can get it.
  • I opt to use shampoo once a month with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse
  • Styling my hair when it is soaking wet is no longer an option as my hair struggles under the pressure.
  • Dry detangling is amazing!
  • I am not protein sensitive and balance protein and conditioning treatments every 2 weeks.
  • I am not a product junkie. I am getting a real sense of achievement from making my own products.  
  • I wash twice a week and deep condition once a week.
  • I braid or pineapple my hair at night and sleep with a satin bonnet and on a satin pillowcase
  • Many  stylists do not know how to deal with natural hair. Do not be afraid to get a consultation before you let them deal with your hair. You may be surprised at how much you know about your hair and how much they do not know. There are some good ones out there so do your research them and put them through the process. Plus think of the money saved!
  • I have not been doing length checks as I am more concerned about healthy hair at the moment. 
  • Heat applied the right way is good for the hair. At the moment though I am taking part in a no heat challenge for the year and am not applying heat whether from a dryer, flat iron- you get the gist!

Hair Goals:

As mentioned above I really want to focus on healthy hair and learning more about the science behind my hair. So I am going to work on a very specific regime of conditioning, moisturising, protective styles and stretching styles as much as possible. I want to relieve as much pressure as possible and keep my hands out of my hair!

Thank you and Shout-out’s!

Finally I have to shout out the ladies who have been making this journey enjoyable. The YouTubers and bloggers who have got this down and then some. If you are considering going natural or are natural but don’t know much about it all yet then these ladies are amazing. Check them out!

Mo Knows Hair

Naptural85

LifewithCoco2

ColouredBeautiful 

Curly Nikki

Black Girl Long Hair

Let me know if there is anyone else I should be checking out!

I am also really grateful to my everyday inspirations such as my friends Jade, Naomi of Naosheas, Glemma, Gizelle, Amanda and Taniesha for inspiring me with their natural locks!

Hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back with a couple of reviews and more. I also have something for my amazing male subscribers.

Have a blessed Easter!

Besos!

TBH! XOXO

 

 


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Spring Lips! 💋

Hey Everyone!

Being the self-confessed lipstick junkie that I am does not mean that I run out and buy lipstick every season. I am learning to show a little restraint in lip product purchases seeing as I don’t think I will be able to wear all the ones I have within the next 2 years! Oh the shame!

For my new followers or readers I have openly admitted that I am not a fashionista. I very rarely follow trends and just gravitate to what I like especially when it comes to lipstick. Orange is big this spring and to be honest I have loved orange lips for a very long time. I know that a lot of people may be afraid of the brightness of orange but you can go for a coral, red orange or burnt orange lip colour. There is something out there for everyone.

I have gone through my collection and pulled out my picks for spring lips this season or anytime really! Some of the pics washed out the colour a bit so I think the pinks look similar but they truly are different. This is not a make-up look so ignore my dark circles please!

For product details click on the pictures!

Pinks! 

Vintage Pink by Rimmel Vintage Pink

Berry Couture by Maybelline and Pink Lipgloss by Maybelline also (can't remember name) Berry Couture

Oranges! (Coral and Red-Orange and Orange mix)

Rich Girl Red and Coral Reef Revlon Coral Reef lipgloss and Rich Girl Red by Revlon

Purty Persimmon by Wetnwild and Electric Orange by Maybelline Purty Persimmon and Electric Orange

Nudes!

Coffee Craze and La Reina Maybelline Coffee Craze and La Reina by Motives for Lala

 

 

Syclia and Smokey Look  NYX Syclia and Smokey Look by NYX

Beauty Holder Beauty Tips!: Ensure lips are well moisturised before application of lip product. For longer-lasting lip colour use a pencil to line and fill in lips. Lips pigmented like mine? You can cover with a little foundation or primer – be cautious as this could change the pigmentation of the lips when it is applied. For very sharp looking lips clean around the lips with concealer or foundation. 

Great thing about all of the above is that they are all under £10 and even $10 for my US crew- apart from Motives. Drugstore lipstick is my favourite. So what will you be pouting with this summer? Let me know your favourites or others that are not listed. If you want a high-end list then let me know!

My Tikas (hair jewellery) is from a store in Southall!

Spring Besos!

TBH! xoxo

Coming up next: 3 month Natural check in!

Then: Straight no chaser review! 

 


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Homemade Protein Treatment!

Hey Everyone!

So I have been cooking (ok- not exactly) up some of my homemade treatments again. This time for my hair!  I have done a couple of posts on homemade goodies for your skin- check them out here!

I have been obsessing over YouTube videos on natural hair of late. It can be so easy to get caught up and run out and buy loads of products for your hair when you are starting out. That of course means spending unnecessary amounts of money on things you don’t even know will work for you. So I love the idea of using things that I have at home. I will go into more detail about my hair journey in  my 3 month check-up later this week!

One of my favourite hair guru’s on YouTube is Naptural85. She posted a video on a deep conditioning treatment which I felt my hair needed. I added a little extra to mine as my hair was quite dry this week and as I have not done any kind of strengthening treatment since I had relaxed hair. The difference is that treatment at the salon costs approx £95. This one cost £0- Result! Hi-5 to myself! Woop! Woop!

Homemade hair treatment

I will post a link to Naptural85 video below. Here is what you will need!

  • Eggs. I used 2 because of the length of my hair.
  • Mayonnaise. 4 Tablespoons
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Organic Honey- a gentle squeeze (lol)

The only thing I switched up was adding the EVOO! My hair loves the stuff and I try and incorporate it as much as possible.

Quick step by step of what I did! (with a couple of pics)

  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together until you get a smooth even consistency!
  2. Start wirh freshly washed hair.
  3. Section into manageable parts
  4. Apply the mixture to each section
  5. Put on a plastic cap for about 30 (using a dryer) 45 mins(without a dryer)
  6. You can sit under a hooded dryer or heated cap if you prefer
  7. Take off cap and rinse thoroughly
  8. I would advise taking extra care when you are rinsing as the treatment makes your hair a little stiff and so using a comb or anything along those lines is likely to pull and tug on your hair.
  9. Use your favourite conditioner to rinse and ensure all of the treatment has been washed out
  10. Proceed to styling your hair as normal!

Below is hair washed and sectioned then with the treatment applied

Freshly washed sectioned hairWith the mixture

 

Hair rinsed out and styled in a wash and go

Rinsed out and conditionedStyled on a wash and go

So why do this treatment?

  • Great way to revive tired, dull, lifeless hair
  • Strengthens damaged hair
  • Provides shine and lustre
  • Egg is a great source of protein for not only the body but also your hair.

I won’t bore you with all the science but at least let Naptural85 tell you more. She is an expert on this!

Does it really work? 

Yes! Yes! and Yes! My hair was instantly revived and full of life. It looked healthy and was full of bounce and shine. Strands were definitely stronger too. To see how I styled my hair check out my last blog post.

So what do you think? Have you tried a treatment like this before? Would you? Let me know. I can’t wait to hear some of your hair treatments!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Coming up next: Spring Lips!

Then: My 3 month hair check in!

Besos!

TBH! XOXO

 

 


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One make-up look…3 rocking hairstyles!

Hey Everyone!

Hope you are having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!

I know there has been a lack of make-up related posts recently but hopefully that will change soon. This is a real simple beat with 3 different hairstyles to complement each.

Rock on!   

Experimenting with my hair from an old wash and go and came up with these looks. What do you think? Make-up details below also! Do you have a favourite?

Boho Nude!Coral Rock Chick

Retro Bold

 

Make-up used in the above looks!

MAC Eyeshadows in Plummage, Down Brown, Saddle and Arena / Black Opal Stick Foundation in Beautiful Bronze / Red Cherry Lashes 605/ Boho lips: Maybelline Nudes Coffee Craze/ Rock lips: Maybelline Coral Tonic/ Retro lips: Sleek O.M.G! 

This is especially for you Ashley D! xoxo

Up next: Homemade Hair Protein Treatment!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo