Monday, 15 December 2014

Review | Tangle Teezer!

Heyy guys!
So a few months ago I decided to purchase the Tangle Teezer. As you know, the tangle teezer has been around for a while now, and has been marketed as a detangling brush.

About the brush...
"... boasts a revolutionary teeth formation that delivers speedy and gentle results. Helps minimise hair breakage caused by mistreatment when detangling. Promotes healthy looking hair by noticeably increasing shine, leaving it looking silky smooth after styling."- Tangle Teezer Ltd.

My thoughts
I have to say, I actually really like this brush. Dare I say, I think I may prefer it over my Denman D31 brush! 
It has the ability to detangle even my thick hair! However, as the teeth on this brush are very small I do find that it does not go through my hair completely, and so I have to use the brush on smaller sections. I definitely could not use this brush to brush through my free hair. As you can see in the picture above, I have to hold my hair as I don't fully trust the brush (or myself) to detangle my hair without any support. Also, with each section I have to brush on top and underneath, if that makes sense, just to get through my hair as the teeth are so small. This isn't a massive disadvantage, for me, as the benefits outweigh this small obstacle.
The Tangle Teezer always seems to leave my hair feeling so smooth. It gets through my ends well, and has a nice massaging feeling on my scalp. I feel that this brush works better for me on damp/ moisturised hair and NOT dry hair (without product).
The Tangle Teezer itself has a trendy design with a nice grip. Some have complained that it slips out of the hand but this has not been a problem for me. It is very compact and fits comfortably in my palm, as well as in my bag. The teeth are plastic but very sturdy, and so there is no fear that they will snap or be crushed whilst in my bag.

If you want to find out more about the tangle teezer feel free to visit their website
So have any of you tried the Tangle Teezer? If so, what did you think of it?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Hair Care

Heyy guys!
With Christmas just two weeks away, I thought I'd share with you some gift ideas geared towards those who love hair care. I've been wanting to do a post like this for the last two years, but always left it too late. Hopefully this time around I've left enough time to give a bit of inspiration for any of you who are a little stuck on what to get your loved ones. I've separated the gifts into categories (gift sets, products, appliances, tools and miscellaneous), and provided links below, where possible.

I think gift sets are the perfect little gift for a product junkie or someone who loves to sample new things. Most gift sets come with miniature forms of popular products from the company's range, usually at a discounted price. Here a few I have chosen...

Entwine Couture have brought forward sample sizes of their popular products together in a kit. I actually have this kit, and would definitely recommend it as a gift. The kit includes a styler, argon oil, butter creme, holding gel, shampoo and conditioner. 
2. Shea Moisture Hair Kits £25.95 (Visit their website to check out their range hair kits)
I love the Shea Moisture brand. Although on the pricey side, they never fail to deliver. Shea Moisture offer hair kits to suit many needs. I've linked their transition kit which includes 16oz bottles of their Deep Treatment Masque, Moisture Retention Shampoo, Restorative Conditioner and Reconstructive Finishing Elixir.
For the adventurous, Shea Butter Cottage have put together a starter kit which includes many a number of exotic butters and oils. The kit includes avocado butter, mafura butter, hibiscus oil to name a few, and a small jar to store your mixture in. Just right for any kitchen beauticians out there.
4. LUSH Curly Wurly (Shampoo) £10.25/ 220g, H'suan Wen Hua (Hair Treatment) £9.75/ 225g, R&B (Moisturiser) £11.50/ 100g
Another brand I love is LUSH. Ethical company with no animal testing, their products are all fresh and vegetarian friendly AND handmade. What's not to like? I love that they offer products for afro-Caribbean hair too. R&B, H'Suan Wen Hua and Curly Wurly are three just to name a few (They are not part of a gift set, but can be purchased separately). These are definitely on my wishlist, and would make a great gift for the ingredient-conscious.

5. Hair Therapy Wrap £21.99 
I feel like I go on about this heating cap so much on my blog. You can read my mini review on it here. It's a great little gift for those who want to cut down their DC time or for someone who loves a good hair mask.
I'm sure you've seen this being reviewed  hundered times on YouTube. The ergonomic design of this hair dryer means that it is a lot easier to use. This would be a great gift for someone who loves blowdrying their hair often, or finds it difficult reaching that tricky back section. It's trendy, and unlike any hair dryer currently out there.
7. Hand Blender from £14.00
Know a kitchen beautician? Someone who loves cooking up batches upon batches of their own hair butters and creams? Why not give the gift of a hand blender. I own one by Cookworks, and it has definitely been a massive help with my Shea Butter mixes and DIY deep conditioners.
8. Tiered Storage £26.00
Yes, this is a cake stand. This gift idea was actually inspired by this image I saw on Google. This would be an ideal gift for someone who possesses an amass of products which need a little organisation. Would go great on a vanity table,as well as in the bathroom.

Hair care books are a great gift for those wanting to learn a bit more about the science and make up of hair. Often written by women with a broad knowledge of black hair, who have been on hair journeys themselves, these books are very informative and would be perfect for someone starting off their hair journey.

So those a just a few gift ideas. Hopefully this has given someone, somewhere some inspiration. Feel free to share some of your wish list items below!
Happy shopping!
Take Care.
** I do not own the pictures used in this post. All images were sourced from the links provided**

Monday, 8 December 2014

DIY | Sharpening Hair Scissors

Heyy guys!
So in the lead up to my transition chop I had made plans to buy all new hair scissors but luckily I came across this top tip which made me put my coins back in my purse.

You will need...
Hair Shears
Regular ol' kitchen foil

Firstly cut a sheet of foil and fold it at least four times. Then take your dull scissors and begin to slowly cut through the foil from one end to the other. Repeat this across the width of the foil piece. 

And that's it! You'll find that you now have fresh, sharpened blades ready for use.
Please note that this should not be done too regularly as it may graze the blades over time.
Other tools which you can use include, sandpaper, whetstone, pins and glass cylinders (like a drinking glass).

Have any of you guys tried this before? Feel free to share any other useful hair care tool hacks below!
Take Care.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Transition | Completed!

Heyy guys!
Hope you're well. I know... very long time no post, eh! I can't believe the last time I blogged was in May! Very naughty of me, I know! Things have been very busy my end and so blogging had to be put to the side, unfortunately. I don't want to say that I'll be back to regular blogging just yet, but I do have a few updates to share with you, the first being my transition chop! :D

So, I transition-chopped back in August at 2 years 2 months post relaxer. The pictures above were taken in October. Oh and please excuse my creased top and pj bottoms.

So just to give a bit of background to any new readers or those who may not know, I had been relaxed more or less my whole life. My mum relaxed my hair at a very young age and so the only memories I have of my natural hair are gained through looking at baby photos. During my time at University I decided to start looking after my hair after some shedding and breakage as a result of a weave install I had. This was around the time I started this blog, and I began to document my hair journey in a number of blog posts. Then, around a year later I decided to stop relaxing altogether and begin transitioning to natural. To read why, feel free to read the blog post explaining all here.

My transition chop happened fairly quickly, to be honest with you. I had just taken out my braids and just decided to snip before going to bed. As I had mentioned in previous updates, I had cut a fair amount of my relaxed ends off already, so there really wasn't much left to do. Surprisingly, my transition chop wasn't as emotional as I thought it would be. There was no crying, but a lot of touching of the hair, prolonged stares into the mirror and over-exaggerated hair tosses...dont judge me... I couldn't get over how light and bouncy my hair was lol. The next morning I washed my hair. My first hair washing with completely natural hair. It was a delight not having to be extra cautious and wary of breakage. I love how my hair feels when wet. Although I had been transitioning for two years, the texture still felt alien to me.

I have to say, I don't regret my decision to go natural at all! I love the versatility, the thickness, the softness, and the health of my natural hair, and I'm excited to begin this new 'journey'.
When I did the big snip, I noticed a few days later that my hair looked a bit choppy. This is something I touched upon in my previous update. You can probably tell from the last photo that the twists seem to be shorter at the front. It's more noticeable (to me) when my hair is down, but it all seems to be the same length when up in a puff. This is something I'll be monitoring going forward, and I'll be sure to update you on this. As mentioned in my last post, I don't think this is a result of over-cutting as, believe me, I'm very careful when scissors come anywhere near my hair. It may just be how my hair grows, but I have plenty of time to get acquainted with my natural hair and it's growth rate(s) now that I am not relaxing anymore.

The amount of products I use has definitely decreased. I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible.My favourite moisturiser has definitely been the Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture. It has helped dry hair days immensely. I love teaming it up with Shea butter to seal in the moisture. I may do a full blog post on my hair regime shortly.

So currently my hair is back in braids. I thought I might as well continue protective styling to the end of the year. But anyway, what about you all? How's your hair doing? Any newly naturals around like myself? Let me know!

Take care.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Review | Shea Moisture Transitioning Milk

Heyy guys!
So today I thought I'd review a relatively new addition to my stash: the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk. Sooo...

What is it, and what does it promise to do?

"An extra moisturising styling cream for dry, damaged hair. Strengthens as it promotes healthy growth while transitioning chemically treated hair to natural. Smoothes and restores brilliant shine."

Directions vs. how I use it.

"Apply as a no- rinse protective styling cream to damp hair. Use as needed". I have tried it this way as well as as a normal moisturiser during my evening moisturising and sealing routine.

My thoughts

I think I first came across this product whilst browsing the Shea moisture website, and then I saw fellow UK blogger, Takara from Curls Chords and Clothes review it and I remember thinking 'I've gottsta try this!' But, at that point in time it was sooo hard to get hold of in the UK. Luckily a month later, Curly Emporium began to stock it and I did not hold back in grabbing myself a bottle.

I definitely like this as a leave in/ light moisturiser. As I mentioned in my 22 months post relaxer blog post, my hair prefers the thicker, creamier products and while this is very creamy it doesn't quite have the thickness I normally desire. As I'm nearing the end of my transition my priority is my natural hair over my relaxed and so part of my judgement is based upon whether I would continue using it once I've said sayonara to the strings. Don't get me wrong, I love this hair milk and would possibly repurchase if I was feeling in a 'spendy-spendy' kind of mood. I picked mine up back in November for a whopping £12.99, and with that you get 236 ml worth of product. But hey, i'm not complaining (...yet) as I haven't even reached the half way mark yet.
What the hair milk lacks in thickness (and mercy on my purse strings) is definitely made up for in moisture. As it advertises, it is very moisturising. I loved using this as my moisturiser when I re did my braids.
Would I say this was correctly geared towards transitioners? Well based on my experience, yes. I would definitely say it worked on my transitioning hair, serving the needs of both of my textures at the time. It doesn't weigh down my relaxed ends at all which was great. The hair milk also passed my greasy-touch test which I would hope is self- explanatory. In fact, my hair tends to feel very soft when I use this product which doesn't particularly help my hand- in- hair syndrome.

The aroma is great too with hints of vanilla, which is right up my street! I'm sure you know by now how important I find the smell of my hair products. The scent is sweet but warm, as with most Shea Moisture products. It doesn't smell artificial or 'perfumey' in any way.
It's all natural, with a long list of the substances it doesn't contain displayed proudly on the side of the bottle. From no sulphates, parabens, gluten or animal ingredients, to name a few. So for all you chemical conscious hair care lovers, this will be right up your alley.

So have any of you tried this/interested in giving this a try? Let me know!
Take care. 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Transition | 22 Months post

Heyy guys!
Long time no post eh! Hope you're all well and enjoying this bank holiday weekend! I have been itching to blog for so long now, and so I thought what better time to check in than at 22 months post relaxer. The end of my transition is creeping up on me and oh how time has flown by! I haven't been taking many pictures since my last update, and since I was getting ready for another round of braids I thought I should whip out my camera and take a couple snaps.

The pictures above show my hair (lightly) blow-dried. Ten points to anyone who can correctly name as many of the products in the background as they can. As I've mentioned before, I had been cutting away most of my relaxed ends whenever I re-did my braids. I just didn't realise just how much I had snipped until I took out my braids, and after seeing this picture. My hair was almost fully natural at the back with just a few stringy relaxed ends left. Even though my hair was blow dried, my ends were noticeably thin and just looked odd. So, as I was braiding the bottom section of my hair I decided to cut off any relaxed ends I came into contact with along the way. I can now say that the back section of my hair is fully natural. Woo, no going back now.  Lol, to be honest I really should stop saying that... like I'm still in two minds 1 year and 10 months later. Anyway, I'm sure this will now make future wash days a lot easier. It's amazing how difficult my relaxed ends made my wash day.
Although the pictures you see above were pre- 'my impulsive mini chop' I feel that my hair looks a bit choppy in the middle. This may just be how my hair grows or I might have even cut a bit too much off previously. I'm hoping it's the former. At the moment its not my biggest problem but it'll be something I'll monitor, and I'll also be extra cautious when cutting the remainder of my relaxed ends off.

I have to say I'm very happy with how my transition is going otherwise. The braids have definitely made it a lot easier. I can just tie up my braids in the morning and I'm good to go. I know I'll need to shake off my slightly laxed approach to hair care soon though. I've missed my hair recently.. sounds weird but as it's been hidden away under plaits for so long I almost forgot what it felt like to run a comb through my hair. It's been nice having a bit of a break recently as it allowed me to try out new products, tools and techniques, all of which will be blogged about in due course. I've also come to learn a little more about my hair. For example I can't seal with just an oil anymore. It just isn't enough. Shea butter is now my sealant of choice. Similarly my hair benefits from thicker products in general, and so I now tend to purchase and gravitate towards using thicker, creamier deep conditioners or moisturisers as I know anything thinner just wont cut it.
I've also learnt that my curl pattern is more or less only existent when wet. My hair is very coarse, as expected, but I have different textures all over my head. I would say in general my hair is on the 4a/4b side of the chart. I have to admit I'm still not fully educated on the forever- changing hair typing system, so let me know if you would disagree.

I think that's it for this months update. Another fairly quiet few months for me :)
So, how's your hair doing? Do you have an update post? Feel free to leave a link.
Take care

Monday, 27 January 2014

DIY | Shea Butter Mix

Heyy guys!
Today I'm here to share another DIY. I hope you don't mind. Following the disappointment of S-curl back in October (see here) I decided to get experimenting and whip up my own moisturiser using Shea Butter. I don't take credit for this mixture in any way as I drew inspiration for the ingredients included from others, and from what my hair generally likes.

Ingredients & Benefits (... which I'm sure you've read a million times so I'll just summarise lol)
8tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined shea butter is rich in nutrients with a creamy texture. It helps to seal in moisture and can relieve dry, itchy scalp and dandruff.
4 tbsp Coconut Oil
Adds luster and shine to the hair, stimulates hair growth, helps fight against scalp issues such as dandruff.
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Conditions and strengthens the hair.
1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
Helps repair split ends,stimulates hair growth, prevents greying, adds shine.

I whipped the Shea butter first with my hand blender until creamy. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed until it was smooth. I then left it to set in the fridge. My mixture filled about three 60ml tubs.
I used this whip religiously when I blow dried my hair as it gave me just enough moisture without reverting my new growth. After I washed my hair I continued to use this mix and it improved manageability and left my hair feeling super soft. The only possible con I can think of at the moment is that it's quite heavy on my relaxed ends, but this can easily be avoided by simply using less.

Shea butter mixes seem to be very popular in the hair care world. If you have your own shea butter fusion, feel free to share your recipe!
Take care.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Why S-Curl, Why?!

Heyy guys!
So back in October I innocently went to repurchase S-Curl. As it's my staple hair moisturiser I didn't hold back and I ordered the largest size. When it arrived I was greeted by the new formula. I first heard about Luster's changing the formula of S-Curl through Sunshine's blog, Hairlicious Inc, about a year ago, but with the UK being behind on everything I for some reason didn't think the changes would hit here any time soon. Also on Paks (where I ordered it) they had no updated image or information about this change, so yes I had a whopping 946ml of the new formula arrive at my door. That'll teach me for ordering online instead of going to an actual shop. I think that beauty bloggers and hair care lovers alike can probably relate when I say that when a company tends to change a formula it can go one of two ways; either really good or really really bad.

So what are the differences? As shown above, the new formula has the addition of argan oil, olive oil, fruit oils and lots of unpronounceable and rather baffling chemicals such as DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool and Aplha- Isomethyl Ionone. On the plus side it still contains no mineral oil or petroleum and the new formula sees the removal of parabens.

As apprehensive as I was, I thought I'd still give it a go as I hate wasting things (I'm still sobbing inside over 946ml of a product/new formula I've never used before). I have to say I don't think I'm a fan of the new formula, which is sooo disappointing just as I thought I'd found my staple moisturiser. I'm not really a fan of strong, verging on sickly, fruity smells. Beautiful Textures deep conditioner is probably my only exception. That's the one thing I liked about the original formula- it didn't really have a smell, or at least one that lingered.
The consistency of the product seems to be exactly the same but another thing I found disappointing is the packaging and the removal of the spray top. I loved this feature on the old packaging as I was able to limit how much I used on my hair. Two pumps seemed to be enough for me. Any more and my hair just felt coated. I found that with the new bottle, which has a press lid top, I would involuntarily squeeze too much out, creating wastage. Also because of the design of the bottle I couldn't transfer my old spray top to the new one. I feel like I'm being really picky but when your routine is messed up it can be slightly annoying lol. I hope someone can relate to this with me?
I tried to use this product a lot when my hair was out for that month in between braids and it did save me from one or two dry hair days, but there were other days I would use it at night and my hair would be soo dry in the morning, which is something I don't often experience. I never have to m&s both morning and night but I found myself having to do that a lot. Though I don't know whether to blame it on S-Curl, or the weather or even my styling.

I'm going to hang on to this bottle and see how it works out in summer but for now it seems I may be on the hunt for a new staple moisturiser. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I've done a lot of haulin' and so I have a few competitors but I haven't found one that's taken the title... yet. If you guys have any suggestions/ would like to share your faves then feel free! Also has this happened to you? Has one of your favourite products had a redesign and totally changed the formula. If so was it a good move or bad move? I'd love to read your experiences.
Take Care.

Monday, 13 January 2014

DIY Deep Condition | Avocado & Banana Hair Mask

Heyy guys!
Today I thought I'd share with you another DIY deep conditioner/ Hair Mask I tried out at 16 months post relaxer. Spoiler Alert: This is hands down the best DC I've tried!!

Ingredients included:
1/2 Avocado 
1/2 Banana 
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk 
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 tbsp Honey 

The Process: 
Firstly I cut the banana and avocado into to chunks to make it easier to blend. I added all ingredients into small mixing bowl and mixed with my hand blender. This is one of my many recent purchases I wrote about in my last post. I decided to buy one to keep my mum at ease- she doesn't understand why I put food in my hair- which is understandable because it is weird lol. Plus she didn't want me using her utensils for my "potions" as she likes to call them.
Even though I used a hand blender I sieved the mixture just to be extra, extra sure there would be no bits that would get stuck in my hair. Also I applied the mixture before I shampoo'ed too as another extra precaution. I applied the mixture then wrapped my hair in two plastic bags and then put on my turban to keep all the moisture in. I left this on for about an hour then rinsed and shampoo'ed my hair.
My Thoughts:
As I said this is hands down the best DIY DC I've tried so far. I will definitely be using this again. It left my hair very moisturised! The consistency of my mix was quite creamy. I think it would've been a lot creamier had I used a table spoon or so of the Olive Oil instead of half a cup. This is something I will do when I whip up my next batch. Nonetheless, it was still thick enough to provide me with good enough slip to finger detangle my way through my new growth with ease. I ended up using all of the mixture I made but the good thing about this mix is that if you do have any left over it can be left in your fridge for two weeks.

Have any of you tried this deep conditioner/hair mask, and what were your thoughts on it?
Take care.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Transition | Months 13- 18

Top L-R: Hair after take down of braids, Banding method @ 18 months post, Blowdried roots @ 16 Months post
Bottom L- R: 'Curl Pattern' @ 16 months post, Shea Butter Mix, Kinky Hair Extensions by KingMeHair

Heyy guys! Happy New Year!
So I haven't shared a transitioning update since I hit 12 months post and so I thought I'd do a round up of months 13- 18. The past six months have been relatively quiet hair care wise as I had another two rounds of braids. I am now on my sixth round of braids in my transition. I really did not think I would be transitioning with braids but I guess that's the route I'm taking. They've definitely made things a lot easier.

Here's a summary of the Prep, Care and Take down of my fourth round of braids... 
Braids Round 4 (August- October) 
Prep: Hot oil treatment on my scalp and a deep conditioner on my ends + My hair therapy wrap for heat. Cowashed afterwards and installed braids the next day
Care: Mosturised and sealed (scalp) every few days and applied JBCO to scalp every Weds, Fri and Sun.
Take down: October- Took out braids with the help of Aloe Vera Juice to detangle.Washed my hair the next day, did an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, protein treatment and conditioned with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner.

After my fourth round of braids I decided that I needed a little break from braids as I'd been doing them consecutively since the beginning of the year with about 1-2 weeks break in between. I ended up keeping my hair out for month BUT in that time I went a bit crazy and bought a lot of hair related things. I tried my best to stick to sample sizes where possible, but the amount I bought was bordering on embarrassing/ worrying, even for a blogger haha. I'll try and muster up some type of haul post, that's if all of the items actually fit in the frame!

During my break I also blowdried my hair for the first time since the beginning of the year! This was due to a LOT of bad hair days. I know I've said in previous updates that my transition has been going good, which it has, but I'm telling you in the month that my hair was out I experienced some of my worst hair days! lol. Blending the two textures was a myth and my styles just did not sit right, so much so that I began to adopt a 'that'll do' mentality. So anyway I liked the results the blow dry gave.It lasted a whole week and I used my Shea Butter mix as a moisturiser to prevent my hair from reverting. I also tried the banding method to keep my new growth stretched as it got to the end of the week. 
I didn't manage to take many snaps of my blow-dried hair, just the odd one on my iPhone. Above I've put together a texture comparison. The picture on the left was taken a week after my last relaxer in 2012 and the right shows my blown out roots at 16 months post relaxer. I almost forgot how fine and silky my hair once was!
November called and I decided to put my hair back in braids for round 5 (November- December)
Prep: I can't actually remember how I prepped my hair beforehand but I believe it would've been similar to that in round 4
Care: I began cleansing my scalp every other week with shampoo followed by an ACV rinse. I also started using a conditioner, water and olive oil mix to moisturise my scalp and the length of my braids
Take down: December- Took braids out using Kinky Curly Knot today to help detangle. Washed hair the following day, ACV rinsed and deep conditioned afterwards

I am now on my sixth round of braids but in an attempt to try something new I purchased some weave back in November during the infamous Black Friday sales (pictured above, bottom right). I can't even remember the last time I wore a weave, it's been that long. I haven't decided yet whether I'll make them into clip-ins or attempt the U-part again. What would you guys suggest?

I am now 5 months away from my big chop, how exciting. I had the urge again over Christmas to do it early but I decided to hold on! I did however cut a bit more off the nape section of hair again like last time so the majority of that back section is natural now.
I think that's all for my updates. I really hope I haven't left anything out, but like I said these past 6 months have been relatively quiet and uneventful.

So how's your hair doing? If you're transitioning too, how's it going?
If you have a hair update post then feel free to link it below. I enjoy reading them :)
Take care.


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