Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Detangling Aid!

Heyy guys!
L-R: Shower Comb, Wide tooth styling comb, Small tooth comb
So have you ever been in a real bother after washing your hair, mainly because of the knots and tangles that form? Wellll, one way to successfully elimate this from happening is by using a wide tooth comb. I know many of you know this already but for some this may be new info....

When detangling your hair, i feel its best to use a wide toothed comb rather than a small toothed one as these tend to make knots worse, pushing it down the strand and it sometimes rips the knots out of your hair rather than untangling them... well from my experience anyway!

I tend to use wide tooth combs for general styling as well as detangling as it makes my hair feel so... smooth... lol that's a rubbish adjective, i know...
Anyway they're so cheap, and you can get them just about anywhere!

A tip to reduce the amount of tangling you get as a result of washing your hair would be to detangle lightly whilst in the shower using a shower comb. (I got mine from Superdrug for just under £2... Works a charm!) Combing through also helps to evenly distribute the conditioner throughout your hair.

Now, im not saying your hair will be tangle- free afterwards but it should help massively.
*Always remember to detangle starting from your ends, and work your way up!*

Hope this helps someone! :)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Hair Love of the week!


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Heyy guys!
I tell you, everytime i see a picture of Corinne Bailey- Rae, a swarm of jealousy comes over me!
Ok, i'm kidding, I assure you it's all love, i would never 'hate' on someone just because they had nicer hair than me... that's just silly lol.

But anyway, i thought i'd try and incorporate a little series on my blog sharing some of the hairstyles i love with you guys. (Hopefully this wont fail like my 'Song-of-the-week series! ha)

To my knowledge, Corinne hasn't released a song over here in yonks. I remember her with her cute little spiral fro in the 'Put Your Records On' days and out of nowhere she has all this hair!
She's inspired me to go natural even more but as i'm still chicken i guess i'll stick to the braidout for now lol...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Superliner!

Heyy guys!
I'm here with another make-up post. I decided to invest in a new liquid eyeliner last week and thought i'd share it with you guys. My previous eyeliner was by MUA. I loved it. Very cheap (£1 from superdrug) and the tip was great for applying precise flicks and the winged look. The only disadvantage was that it is quite watery and required two coats to get a thick black line.
So anyway i purchased Superliner Carbon Gloss by L'Oreal. I love it! It's a very deep black and only requires one coat.
Oh, and just to let you know the picture in the top right shows the consistency Superliner has in comparison to two of my old eyeliners. The middle is MUA's waterproof eyeliner and the line on the far right is Collection 2000's Fast Stroke Eyeliner, which is terrible lol... Wayy to watery and smudges easily which was super annoying!
 

So what's your fav. eyeliner? Feel free to share in a comment below :)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Would you like a bag with that?

Here i'm using a plastic cap which is
wayy to big lol.


Hey guys!
If you suffer/ have suffered from dry, split ends then this is the post for you. I've come across a new hair care technique which is quick, effortless and can be used on all hair types.
This technique, traditionally known as the baggy method, really helps lock in moisture and protect your ends from breakage and further damage.

To do this you will simply need:
  • A plastic cap, or even a sandwich bag will do
  • A small hairband or bobbypins (optional)
 When you feel that your ends are particularly dry, apply an oil of your choice to the ends of your hair. Alternatively you can also use a moisturiser or leave-in conditioner if you prefer. When done you can either braid, twist, wrap or bun your hair. Next, put a sandwich bag, or any small plastic bag of your choice, over your ends and secure it with a hair band. You can keep this in anywhere from an hour up to overnight. The natural heat inside the bag will keep your ends well moisturised.

Similarly, if your hair is dry full stop (not just your ends) try applying the oil/ moisturiser/ leave-in from root to tip and cover with a plastic cap either for an hour or overnight. When it comes to removing the plastic cap you should see a difference in the feel of you hair. Also, if kept up as part of a routine, your hair should feel softer, helathier and stronger in no time!
If that still doesn't work, try to apply some external heat directly over your cap either by sitting under a hooded dryer or by using a hairdryer (if you're cheap like me, and can't afford a hooded dryer lol).

Remember:
Do not keep plastic cap on for longer than needed as your hair needs to dry itself out and damp, over moisturised hair can cause problems.

Have a go, and let me know how it goes :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentines day!

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Heyy guys!
Just a quick post to wish you all a Happy Valentines day! However you choose to spend it, have a good one!
I feel that valentines should be celebrated 365 days a year, but as i guess today is the recognised day for showing some OTT love, dont forget to show those dearest to your heart how much you adore them! :D

Take Care.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Control those edges!



Heyy guys!
I don't know about you, but when stretching relaxers, or doing any type of new hairstyle, my edges tend to be an issue after a while. Personally i'm not a fan of the super slick, relaxer- esque type edges. I prefer a bit of texture, if that makes sense lol. Nevertheless i still like them to look somewhat neat and presentable. I recently picked up ORS's Edge Control. I don't know what took me so long to be honest! My edges are starting to look terrible lol so i felt something needed to be done quick.
I previously used Coconut oil to slick down my edges... It worked a charm for me, but i was eager to try something new.
I'm glad i did as i feel this product really does its job. It has a nice aroma and a smooth consistency. It's not as sticky as your usual gel, or as creamy as a moisturiser. It has that nice balance in between.
Also unlike other gel products, it does not flake, which is great!

So have any of you tried this before, and what did you think of it?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

My first blog award! :D

Heyy guys!
So i was very kindly awarded the Kreativ Blogger award by Kendra at 'Healthy Hair by Special K' (http://healthyhairbyspecialk.blogspot.com).
Please check out her blog if you haven't already! If you're thinking about starting a hair journey then Kendra's blog is definitely one to look at!
Thanks again Kendra!


The Conditions for Accepting the Award are:

Link back to the person who gave you this award

Answer the questions below

Award 10 other blogs and let them know in a comment or email

Share 7 random thoughts about yourself

1. Name your favorite song: Well according to my iTunes my favourite song is 'If I Changed' by Pixie Lott but i think my all time favourite song is Jackson 5- Got to be there 
Don't laugh lol.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tired of weaves? Why not try clip-ins!

Hey guys!
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So as i mentioned in a previous post i got a weave done just after the new year. Even as i was getting it done i was thinking 'why am i doing this?' lol. Never thought i'd say think that as this time last year i could have diagnosed myself as a weave-a-holic!
But i realise that i need to give my hair a serious rest from the tension weaves bring. Also i want to be able to view the changes to my hair live, and be able to see what works well and what doesn't.

Here are some of the pros and cons of weaves in my opinion based on past experiences:
Pros:
  • Good protective style
  • Suprising, has been good on my edges
  • Requires little maintenance and is an affordable style
  • Lasts for a long period of time
  • My hair has grown and thickened significantly as a result of getting weaves (+ general tlc)
Cons:
  • Tension from the tightness can harm your hair. My hair was a lot thinner at the front. (It's finally recovering though)
  • Shedding! I am constantly finding hair on my floor as well as on my clothes
  •  Tangling!
  • Blending the weave with my natural hair can be difficult at times
  • Can cause your hair to break

As you can see, my pros and cons are equally balanced. However in order to give my hair the proper rest it needs i've decided to try clip-ins! I'm getting so excited about it already lol.
Clip ins cause next to no damage to your hair. They are quick and easy to use and take out. Great for those (like me) who love to change styles frequently. They allow you to be slightly more flexible with your styles whereas sew-in's restict you to the one style until it is time to take it out.
The only thing i'm worried about is them falling out. I had an incident like this once with a phoney-pony... lol I can laugh about it now. Suprisingly at the time i wasn't even embarrassed...

So have any of you guys tried clip-ins before? Feel free to leave a comment on your experience with them. Also can anyone recommend a good brand to use for clip-ins?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Review | JBCO

Heyy! :)
So as i promised two months ago, i now give you my JBCO review for anyone who may be interested. I'll try and keep it as short as poss! You can check out my first post on it by clicking here.

So i can honestly say i love this product! I have been using it religiously in my deep conditioner mix for 2 months now, adding about 2-3 tablespoons. Within my first month of using it (November- December) i applied it directly onto my hair around 3-4 times a week... serious stuff! Bear in mind, at the time i had senegalese twists in. In December when i took the twists out i decided to only apply it directly to my hair once a week when i did my scalp massages. It's a very thick oil and i really hated having it in my hair for too long. So as a result i allocated my scalp massage day to the day before i knew i was going to co-wash/ wash my hair. Another reason for this was the smell. Wowee did it pong! I know i said in my last post that the smell was somewhat bearable, but as i continued to use it more and more the smell sort of got to me lol.
I have to admit there have been some weeks where i have totally forgotten to use it (I don't even think i've used it this week :S lol) but i always added it to my DC. I personally think it has worked for me. My new growth was very, very thick. The thickest it's been actually. Plus i had a lot more new growth than usual. When i went to the salon to get my hair relaxed, even my hairdresser was suprised at how much new growth i had! ha
I'm really happy i've started to use it. I feel my hair is a lot stronger and softer than it used to be, and i believe it has been a catalyst in growing my hair.

So what's next you ask?
  • I will continue to use JBCO: 2-3tsb in my deep conditioner (twice/week) + Directly onto my scalp before a co-wash day (once- twice/week)
  • I hope to start doing hot oil treatments using JBCO at least once a month
  • My edges are crying out SOS! so i'll be paying particular attention to this area when applying the oil.

That's it for now. Hope this helped
Feel free to leave a comment, or drop me an email if anything :)

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