How have you all been, ladies and gentlemen?
So I thought a good old catch-up on life and HAIR was in order. First bombshell:
I moved to Cardiff!
Yep, I'm still reeling in shock too! lol!
And I'm totally living the Crochet twist life!
I think once I get hands on the fluffy braid version ...it's ON! I'll be all up in here crocheting everything! I haven't even tried the twist-out version of this hair style!
So yes, I'm protective styling because I love this style so much and I get to keep an eye on my own hair and scalp!
The best part, I'm getting used to big hair!
I might start trying out braid-outs and twist-outs again on my own hair (stretched of course!).
So here's a video on the style I am loving and how Cardiff is treating me so far.
Have you tried out Crochet Twists? How did you find them?
I watched a fellow YouTuber, Borderhammer's video on being careful with the dreadlock version of this style: too heavy for fine natural hair types. I have been duly warned!
Been getting more into Lipsticks in the past year!
Here are my faves for now: which is your favourite of these?
Here are a couple of videos from the preceeding week. I learned that I can't quite manage my loose hair very well yet - lol! First the hair frizzed up and shrunk. Then the puff I made still produced A LOT of knots!
Not to worry, I will be experimenting with aloe vera based sprays well before Summer so I can rock my fro, braid-outs and twist outs!
Now for a review of the conditioner in the Curly Kinky range!
In Review | Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner
I bought this conditioner in a sale from Wholefoods and I remember having tried it years ago. A sale seemed to be as a good enough reason for me to try it again.
Deal: Buy one Get one Free on Giovanni Shampoos and Conditioners at Wholefoods!
Aqua (purified water), cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, brassicamidopropyl dimethylamine, panthenol, cetrimonium chloride, cetearyl alcohol, hydroxypropyl guar, behentrimonium methosulfate, menthol, polysorbate 60, citric acid, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, *aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, *carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil, *achillea millefolium extract, *chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, *equisetum arvense extract, *eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) leaf extract, *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, *tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) flower extract, *urtica dioica (nettle) extract
*USDA certified organic
No phthalates / artificial fragrance / dyes / sulfates / parabens
From £7.98 (British Curlies) to £ 9.39 (Wholefoods)
Apply after Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo. Massage into hair for 3 to 5 minutes for optimum tingle. Rinse thoroughly.
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In Review | Blended Beauty Happy Nappy Styles
Aloe and Chamomile Water, Rice Bran Oil, Shea Butter, Natural Conditioner, Polysorbate 20, Vegetable Glycerin, Capryl Isostearate, Soy Lecithin,Guar Gum, Natural Preservative Optiphin, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Silk Powder.
£13.25 (excluding postage and packaging)
A rich and moisturizing styling cream for kinky curls and dreads, or highly textured hair. Style and define your curls or twist locs, while naturally hydrating. Perfect for finger twisting curls! Create defined curls, with maximum moisture and softness. Dries touchably soft and satiny, not sticky or greasy.
Apply to clean damp or dry, detangled hair in small sections and smooth through completely. Style with fingers, not a comb, to reduce poof.
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In Review | Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
I tried this conditioner after taking down my cornrows of 4 weeks duration. I had completed an overnight Deep Conditioning treat with Coconut oil and my hair was ready for some moisture!
Aqua (Purified Water) with *Tea Tree (Melaleucas Alternifolia), *Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) oil, *Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Officinalis) oil, *Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch leaf (Betula Alba) oil, *Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower) oil, *Clary (Salvia Sclarea), *Coltsfoot leaf (Tussilago Farfara), *Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) oil, *Mallow (malva Sylvestris), *Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) oil, *Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hydromethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).
Usually around $4 State-side but online for UK ladies: £5.41 on ebay (with a hefty Shipping cost ~£10).
We've worked with an upscale boutique to bring your this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with its refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and tea tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. Our product contains no laurel/laureth sulphates and is suitable for all hair types.
Massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse. Avoid contact with eyes.
Recipes | Try these and let me know how you like them
Here are some recipes I shared at the Midlands Natural Hair Meetup yesterday,
Saturday 26th May 2012.
Rhassoul Clay | A quick profile for the uninitiated!
What is Rhassoul Clay?
A gentle but effective beauty clay used for detoxifying, purifying and conditioning skin and hair
Quarry-mined from the Atlas Mountain of Morocco or from lake-side deposits and sun-dried.
Used for over 1,400 years by nobility in Ancient Rome and Egypt.
Rhassoul Clay consists of:
What it looks like?
Initially a brown polished soap-like rock /lump.
Micronized to a silken, smoother earth texture.
A light gray colour (untreated) as a powder.
It is Smetic (swells when water is added) (Source)
Makes a fine, smooth paste with water added.
–Used in Ancient Rome and Egypt as a soap, shampoo and skin conditioner.
–Improves skin elasticity, clarity and firmness.
–Removes dead skin cells, improving smoothness.
–Removes surface oil on skin.
Source1 and Source 2
How to mix it: Uses
–Mix 1 tsp with water/rosewater (anti-inflammatory)
–Leave mixture to hydrate for 5-10 mins
–Apply to wet face and leave for 10-15 mins.
–Keep damp with water spray or wet fingers.
–Rinse with fresh water.
–Mix 2 tbsps with lukewarm water (more if needed – I use 60g = 4tbsp)
–Form a paste
–Apply to hair from roots to tips.
–Leave for 20-30 mins with a shower-cap on
–Wash out thoroughly.
I've added 30mls of Aloe vera juice to this mix before with good results. Other additions I've liked include honey (for moisturizing) and marshmallow root-infused water (for extra detangling).
How I found it on my hair?
–I only need a little amount to get the job done.
–Easy to make a smooth paste!
–It really detangles my hair (gives slip): as I rinse each section, I detangle with my fingers.
–Hair is soft and smooth from root to tip.
–I’ve stuck with this every 1-2 months since first trying it!
My Coconut Milk Hair Treat!
I will be brief!
I loved it!
More experimenting this weekend, by God's grace!
Coconut Milk | Hair Treatments
I've been reading about Coconut milk treatments for a while now!
Whilst watching a natural hair friend's video on Youtube today (sad, but this is what I do with days off), I noticed she used coconut milk in her Rhassoul Clay treatment.
Immediately, I wanted to try it out! She said (it's FusionofCultures' Laila-Jean by the way) she used it almost weekly in her deep conditioning treatments throughout her transition and now her natural hair journey. Sold!
So I went out an bought some Tropical Sun Premium Coconut Milk (99p each) - I bought 2. Now I've read up on some recipes. Most involve:
1/4 cup of coconut milk,
2 tbspns of honey,
1-2 tbspns of oil (EVOO, EVCO, almond oil, grapeseed oil, your choice),
However, another theme I've noticed is the avocado and coconut mil conditioning treatment.
Well, I have 2 little avocados that are ripe and sitting in the fridge. I will probably ony use one but the first Youtube video I liked was by ahseik1118 (aka Keisha).
Here is the video and I will try to recreate it now downstairs with the help of the blender (of course, I do have that new food processor I've never used....Naaa!)
Enjoy the video in the meantime!
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