Friday, 20 April 2012

You won't even know i've gone! :p

Heyy guys!

Just to let you know, i'll be taking a tiny break from blogging due to it being exam period and all. Third year is no joke...

Take care, and i'll be back soon :)

Ooo, and i've now joined Bloglovin :) Be sure to send me your bloglovin links!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A shampoo for every occasion

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Heyy guys!
So until about 6 months ago i just thought that shampoo was shampoo. I had no idea of the mechanics behind the lathery liquid. So here's a summary of the different shampoos you can purchase :)

Neutralising Shampoo
Neutralising shampoos are typically shampoos that are used immediately after putting chemicals in your hair such as a relaxer, or after dying your hair. This type of shampoo neutralises the chemicals bringing your hair back to the correct Ph level.
If you self- relax, this shampoo typically comes in the relaxer pack, but an example of a neutralising shampoo would be Organic Root Stimulator's Olive Oil Neutralizing Shampoo

Moisturising Shampoo
This type of shampoo is used more frequently, especially to eliminate dryness. Moisturizing shampoos are needed to keep the hair moisturised, and help to decrease breakage.
Example: Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo, Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturising shampoo, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo

Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos are used to strip the hair of product buildup. This type of shampoo can be harsh and will cause more dryness if used regularly and so it's best to use a clarifying shampoo once a month , rather than weekly, to remove the clogs of product buildup, leaving a clean scalp.
Example: ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo, ORS Uplifting Shampoo

Sulphate- Free Shampoo
Typically shampoos contain sulphates which are very good at cleaning your hair, but can also leave your hair very dry. Common sulphates that are used in most shampoos include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. You can identify the sulphates in your shampoo by checking the ingredients list on the label; it is usually listed after water. There are shampoos available which are sulphate- free which are great for those who suffer with dry hair. Natural shampoos are your best bet, however, commercial products which are sulphate- free include Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo, Body Shop's Honey shampoo and Shea Moisture shampoo

There are many more examples but i thought i'd just list a few which are more commonly known and easily accessible in the UK.
Just a little disclaimer... I'm not an expert, i am merely sharing information i have learnt

I hope this information has helped anyway :)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Hair Love of the Week!


Heyy guys!
This weeks Hair Love of the Week is Kelly Osbourne. I have to say i love this colour on her. It's something different. Almost Katy Perry- esque.

Lately i have been addicted to The Fashion Police on E! where Kelly is a panellist.
My mum hates me watching it as she says 'They're so rude lol' but i think that's what makes the show so enjoyable!

Anyway, Kelly recently showcased her new hair colour and i'v got to say im liking it! I think this is a colour that only a few can pull off and she's done it so well.
She reportedly got the inspiration for this greyish- lavender colour from Dame Edna Everage, which i found strange at first, but i think Kelly makes it young and fun :)

Saying that, it's not a colour I would personally be sporting anytime soon lol but a girl can still admire it right? :)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Castor Oil 2 Month Challenge


Heyy guys!
Many of you may have heard of the castor oil challenge through hairlista or other hair blogs. If so, you'd know that it ended a few months ago. Yes, i'm super late lol but i dont think that should stop me from participating on my own.

So the challenge involves applying castor oil to your hair/scalp at least twice a week for a 2 month period. The before and after pictures on hairlista are so motivational, with some ladies seeing inches upon inches of new growth.

I will be using Jamaican Black Castor Oil, applying it to my scalp 3 times a week.
(after I wash my hair on sundays and wednesdays and during the week for a scalp massage)
I started last week and im continuing tonight after i co-wash my hair.

Feel free to join me in this challenge if you wish! :)

Whether you have your natural hair or you're sporting a weave, cornrows, braids, whatever.. you can take part!
And any type of castor oil can be used! You can purchase castor oil from any afro- caribbean hair store, and its also available in Asda and Tesco for under £2!
If you want to get your hands on Jamaican Black Castor Oil in the UK then check out akuawood.co.uk ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing the results in June! :)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Wahl Powerpik Hairdryer


Heyy guys!
A few months ago i was randomly flicking through the argos catalogue and came across the Wahl Powerpik Hairdryer. The reason why it caught my eye was because it was especially marketed for afro- caribbean hair. At first i found it quite strange to see a product like this in argos of all places, and also i wondered why its use was specifically for afro- carib hair... what exactly makes it different from other hairdryers..?
 So, i did a little research and couldn't find any hard facts to answer my questions... Not even on Wahl's website, which was slightly diappointing...

Anyway, i received it as a gift for my birthday just gone. It's soo small lol. Smaller than most hairdryers and i think that's what i like about it. Also as its smaller, it makes it much easier to grip. Blowdrying your own hair can be difficult at times, especially reaching the back, and so it was important to me that i could do this with ease.
As you can see it comes with two attachments; a concentrator nozzle and the afro pik. The afro pik is soft and resembles one you would find in a hair salon. The hairdryer comes with three heat settings; low heat, medium heat and high heat.

I know i'm currently taking a no-heat approach with my hair but i was eager to try it out. I washed my hair and used the blowdrier on cool heat to dry one section of my hair. I have to say it worked really well. The hairdryer itself isn't too loud, in my opinion, which is good. Also, my hair seemed to glide through the pik smoothly. I know it'll be a great help when my new growth comes in.

The only downside of this product is that you cannot use it as a blowdrier (hairdryer + afro pik) on a high heat setting as it can damage both the hairdryer and the attatchment. (It states this clearly in the instructions). However this is also a good thing as it'll prevent me from using heat i guess.

This product retails at £17.99.

I hope this mini review was helpful for someone :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

How i made my clip-ins

Heyy guys!
So, around a month ago i was considering the idea of clip-in extensions. Click here to see the post
I spent a good few weeks searching for a good brand at a reasonably good price. In the end i gave up. I wasn't too keen on paying £50-100 for a set of clip-ins.. SOO i decided to just go ahead and make my own! :)
It actually makes more sense for me to do this as it is sooo much cheaper, i can use hair that i know will blend with my own and i could control how thick/ thin i wanted each track to be.
Anyway heres a mini tutorial for anybody who'd like to also make their own clip-in extensions :)

1. You will need: a comb, scissors, weaving thread & weaving needle, Weave clips and one pack of weaving hair of your choice. I used Premium too 12 inch in colour 1b.
2. Section your hair and measure how long you want each clip-in to be by putting the tracks against your parting. Then cut the track at your desired width.

3. Place the weave clip along the weft of the hair. This is where you will start sewing. To ensure that the clip-ins blend well with your hair you can double or triple the tracks to give it a thicker look.

4.Make sure that the clip is the right way around before beginning. Create a knot with the needle and thread and begin to sew the clip to the track using the holes provided. In my case, my needle did not fit into the gold hole at the bottom and so i sewed in and out of the 'teeth' of the clip. When done, knot the thread and cut any loose, stray thread.

5. For longer tracks you need about 3 clips as shown in the image above. For narrower tracks you get away with 1 or 2 clips.

6. Finally part your hair into sections and attach the clips to your hair. You can backcomb the roots of your hair, or cornrow it to ensure that each clip is secure.

To be honest, i didn't have to do either. These clips are suprisingly sturdy!




I hope this post helped someone :)


In the pic to the right i'm just wearing two lines, so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

If you do have any questions then feel free to leave it as a comment.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Relaxer Update #2!

Heyy guys!
So this is my second relaxer update. Check out relaxer update #1 here. My last relaxer was december 2011. Seems like ages ago!
I actually prefer stretching/ prolonging the time between relaxers. The longest i've gone is probably 6 months.

Anyway, I relaxed my hair on sunday. I went with my mum as she was getting her hair done too, so we had a little girls day out. Again, my experience wasn't the best. Mostly because of the woman who did my hair. I had to bite my lip throughout the whole process lol. Her method of detangling my hair was combing through knots rather than gently detangling from the ends. It felt like she was ripping my hair out :(. I really wish i'd said something to be honest but i didn't want to come off as 'miss know-it-all' if you get what i mean.
Turns out i didn't have to worry though. Oh no! The two natural ladies who came in after me let the lady know exactly what they thought of her hairdressing. It got to the point where a CUSTOMER was doing their hair because they thought she could do it better. It was actually quite funny, but i couldn't help but feel sorry for the girl, since she was new and all.

Nevertheless, my hair didn't turn out that bad. I'm not too sure whether it's grown that much, but it is a lot healthier. I managed to get a trim this time around and so my ends are nice and neat!
To be honest, i can't wait to wash my hair! lol. I hate the flat look.
April 2012
December 2011















So, do any of you guys have any funny stories from your salon visits?

Monday, 2 April 2012

Hair Love of the Week!


Go There: Rihanna Steps Out in New Jet Black, Half-Shaven Hairstyle
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Heyy guys!

So this weeks Hair Love of the Week is the lovely Rihanna. She's switched up her hair yet again, and i have to say i'm liking it!

After her bright red and platinum blonde phase, i was intrigued to see what she'd be rocking next. Rihanna is such a trend- setter... The amount of girls i saw rocking red hair after Rihanna debuted hers was ridiculous! lol. I can only imagine the sort of pressure she has over her hair alone!

To be honest i didn't think she'd go back to black, just because it's Rihanna.. Her style is so 'out there' and so i thought black would be too boring for her...
But, i am glad she did anyway. 'Suits her :)

What do you guys think?

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