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Before I went natural I wish I knew...


Looking back the past few years I can see a lot of changes in my life as well as my hair since I have gone natural, and while I have made loads of mistakes along the way, I treasure them for making me a wiser and savvier natural. There are a few things I wish I knew about earlier that could have made my journey less painful, so hopefully, insight from my experience will make your transition much easier.

Crochet Braids by Liora Jasmine Braiding #FanDayFriday

As much as I loved rocking my afro I found myself stuck in a bit of a style rut, so when I was contacted by Liora Jasmine Braiding and asked if I wanted to try out their new line of pre curled kanekalon hair for crochet braiding 

How To Take Down Braids and Twists Without Experiencing Breakage

As A Lupus suffer, full time worker and a person who likes to hit the snooze button more than once in the mornings have chosen to opt for long term protective styles which are kept in place for several weeks. While they are for promoting hair growth retention keeping a style for that long, there is no pros without cons.  Whether you have cornrows, braids, weaves or any of the other fashionable protective styles, eventually you are going to have to take them out and detangle cleans and condition your locks.

nuNAAT Summer Hairstyling Challenge - Product Review

I recently decided to give my hair a break from protective styling so it was time to put some effort into my fro instead of my normal get up and go but I was ready.

And the ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway winner is......

And we have a winner..........
Congratulations
Rachael Hepburn of 

 You are the Winner of my ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway
I've been on my natural hair journey properly for about 2 years now but I've yet to try and embrace my '
natural curl pattern' since I prefer straighter styles.
I'm so excited to win this ORS curls unleashed prize so I can finally try some naturally curly styles.

Enjoy!!!!


Thank you for every on that entered my ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway please keep checking out my blog for product and event reviews, beauty and fashion post and more givaways.
oh and check out Racheals blog http://simplyrayy.blogspot.co.uk/

ORS CURLS UNLEASHED GET THE LOOK FLAT TWIST OUT STYLE PACK GIVEAWAY!!

ORS CURLS UNLEASHED GET THE LOOK FLAT TWIST OUT STYLE PACK GIVEAWAY!!

This give a way is for my curly girls

I am giving away an ORS Curls unleashed get the look flat twist style pack.
The Style pack includes everything you need to ‘Get The Look’.

This kit includes:
Styling Information Card, Curl Boosting Jelly (1.75oz), Curl Defining Crème (1.75oz), Leave-In Conditioner (1.75oz)

Curl Boosting Jelly
Curls Unleashed™ Set it Off™ Curl Boosting Jelly is made with soothing aloe vera, wheat protein, vitamin B and other ingredients to help give you gorgeous, “crunchless” curl definition.
• Defines curls without the crunch
• Helps eliminate frizz
• Provides all day hold
This product helps eliminate frizz without making your hair feel hard or crunchy. Great for all types of hair. This product is free of SD alcohol, parabens & mineral oil. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

Curl Defining Crème
Curls Unleashed™ Take Command™ Curl Defining Crème helps shine, define and moisturize your curls without shrinkage. This product is great for twists, twist outs, coiling, freestyles and updos.
• Moisturizes
• Defines Curls
• Anti-Shrinkage
• No Flaking
This product does not flake and stretches your curls. The Take Command Curl Defining Crème also does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, or parabens. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

Leave-In Conditioner
With Vitamin E, moisturizing Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, No Boundaries Leave-In Conditioner moisturizes, detangles, defines and conditions your curls.
• Softens & Defines Curls
• Detangles
• Conditions

This product is great to use with Curls Unleashed™ Let it Flow™ Shine & Define Mousse

Sounds great right?

NATURIGIN Permanent Hair Dye Review

I have been on my natural hair journey for a few years now however my neutral hair colour is an off black brown colour that can only be described with one word blah!
I used to religiously dye my hair jet black but that along with having a relaxer, daily heat styling and the medication it take for Lupus my hair was in awful condition and now that I am rocking a healthy head of hair I am reluctant to use any chemicals.

A few months ago attended Bloggers Fashion week hosted by Bloggers Hangout where I was introduced to the guys from NATURIGIN and introduced to the NATURIGIN Permanent Hair Dye


The NATURIGIN hair dyes are non-permanent doesn’t contain PPD(P-phenylenediamine), Ammonia, Resorcinol or Peroxide so I thought why not give it a try.
I opted for Black 2.0


The Process was simple enough, the kit contained the following:
Colour Cream (A)
Activator (B)
After Colour Treatment (C)
Safety Gloves (D)



I simply added the contents of the Colour Cream (A) into the Activator squeezy bottle (B) shock the bottle to mix it up.

I then applied all the mixture from the Activator bottle to my hair starting on the hair roots and working towards the ends.

When my hair was coated in the mixture I then massaged it into my hair and the scalp, before covering it with a shower cap to let it work in

The instructions said to leave in for 30 mins but I gave it an extra 10 minutes as my hair doesn’t take dye very well.

After this I washed the dye out of my hair I applied the content of the After Colour Treatment (C) to my hair and massaged gently for 2 minutes and then rinsed it out.

I then followed with my fave conditioner.

Before

After 


The result was a very natural dark colour, I wouldn’t necessarily describe to as jet black bit I was totally happy with the results


Have you tried any NATURIGIN products before?


ORS Shealicious Conditioning Hair Treatment Product Review


Firstly how cute is this packaging?

I had seen the images of the ORS Sealicious range on Instagram and got to have a close up look at it when I attended Natural Hair Week in London however they were not yet selling them.
A few weeks later when I attended curlvolution  the conditioners were available to purchase and of course I indulged.
For those who don’t know Shealicious is a new brand created by ORS that comprises cocktail-inspired hair products, allowing the user to mix a blend of natural therapeutic oils with shea butter conditioner for specific hair problems. The solutions are mixed at the time of use to create a problem-targeting, hair conditioning cocktail for softer, shinier and healthier hair and scalp. The range also includes a Cleansing Balm Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo, Scalp Relief Conditioning Treatment, Shine Booster Conditioning Treatment, Moisture Lock Conditioning Hair Treatment and Moisture Mist Leave-in Conditioning Spray.
Since I was already on my longhair journey I had already started mixing oils with my conditioners but I liked the fact that the quantities were pre measured and all you had to do is mix it.
They offer 3 different formulas in this range:

Moisture Lock

Scalp Relief

Shine Booster

I tried the Scalp Relief Hair Conditioning Cocktail which is described on the ORS website as:
“This pure oil mixer contains a soothing mélange of avocado and rosemary oils to help alleviate dry and itchy scalp. Avocado oil is packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, E and D, protein, copper, magnesium, iron, folic acid and amino acids, which are vital for hair nourishment and growth. Rosemary oil contains rosmarinic acid, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria properties which helps calm the scalp and keep it clean to help avoid infections on broken skin.”
The only complaint was I found the packaging bloody hard to open lol! This could be because my hands were damp after washing my hair but I had to pierce the foil lid with a rat tail comb.
I loved the fact that it looked a bit like the Muller dual yogurts and fruit cups with the foil lid. It clearly says on the packaging ‘not for consumption ‘but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone gave it a go.

The mixture was really easy to mix and the smell was amazing! Fruity and yummy!
Applying the mixture to my hair is really easy I simply sectioned my hair into four parts and distributed the mixture evenly throughout each part. There was defiantly enough to give my hair a good coating, but someone with longer hair would probably need two pots.
The instructions said leave in for about 5-10 minutes but as my hair had been braids for the past 6 weeks (And I was tired) I decided to leave it on overnight to get a good deep condition.
The mixture also washes out really easily and didn’t leave my hair tangled which I loved. I then let my hair dry naturally then I moisturized and sealed.
Unfortunately I had my hair braided the following day so I can’t say how my hair preformed during the days following I am happy with the product and would defiantly use it again.



Have you tried any products from the ORS Sealicious range what did you think?

Motions Hair Pre-wash Detangling Butter and Giveaway

During my visit to The Natural Hair Week a few weeks ago I happened upon the Motions stand a while having a natter with the staff.
I have been aware of motions for some time but I had never really tried any of their products, however the company has re-branded and launched a Natural textural textures range, which contains a heat styling range and a Natural textures range.
During our convo I mentioned to one of the consultants that I would be taking down my box braids, washing and deep conditioning my hair and how I was not looking forward to it. One of the consultants then introduced me to this little gem:
Pre-wash Detangling Butter 

which is one of the newest products in the Motions Natural Textures range.
I was instructed to  me to gently finger comb my hair then apply the product to the hair wait 15 minutes then comb out.
I think I can handle that.
As Motions were selling four products for £10 I decided to treat my hair to the following:

Instead of going straight home after the event to rake out my braids and properly sort out my hair I ended up going out for dinner and drinks and rolled into my house around 10pm leaving me little time for me to take out my braids, wash and deep condition my hair as I had an appointment with a hairdresser to get my hair Crochet braided at 12pm the following day.
Once I took out the braids it was dumb late so unfortunately I wasn’t in a place to vogue and take pictures :(

As instructed I finger detangled my hair then I added the Pre-wash Detangling Butter massaging it into my hair then I left it for 15 mins then combed in sections with a wide tooth comb starting from the ends and working my up to the roots.
The product was creamy and had a lovely smell to it and I found it worked really well to detangle my tresses.

All I can say is wow! Combing out my hair after taking out my braids has never been this simple.
I then rinsed my hair and washed it with the Moisturizing Cleanser. It lathered up well and also smelled nice.
As I had my hair in the braided for around 4 weeks previously I was eager to give it a good deep condition.
I found the masque to be quite thin in consistency and I was concerned that I would end up using the whole tub on my hair but I found that a little went quite a long way.
When I applied the masque to my damp hair in sections before combing with a wide tooth comb and platting into a loose braid.
I then covered my hair with a shower cap I then had a hot bath to compensate for not sitting under the dryer.
After getting out of the bath, and putting on my PJ I decided to leave the conditioner in a little bit longer and ended up falling asleep with it in my hair. Not great for my pillows but not the worst thing that could happen.
The following morning when I rinsed out the conditioner my hair felt lovely an my hair soft (moisturised) oh and let me mention that when I applied the masque my curls suddenly popped into cutest tiny ringlets I wish a took a picture.
 Before 
After 


Again apologies for the lack of photos it was dumb o’clock in the morning.
While my hair was still slightly damp I moisturize and sealed with Creamy Hair Lotion by Cantu and Coconut oil and braid in sections and braided into chunky braids.

Have you tried Motions new range?
What are your thoughts?
Want to try out the  Pre-wash Detangling Butter?


Well I have on up for grabs!!
All you have to do is leave a comment below with your wash day tips and I will pick a winner on 25/06/2015
Easy right?
Good Luck


Cantu Hair Products Give Away





I was under the impression that this is Catu was a new natural hair brand however after further research I found that it has been around for a few years and in is getting good reviews in the natural hair community.

My initial encounter with the brand was at The Natural Hair Week I was first very impressed by the product knowledge and the enthusiasm of the staff on the stand, one of which sold me on the Cantu Deep Treatment Mask which unfortunately was sold out L Luckily Cantu would have a stand at Afro Hair and Beauty so I would be able to purchase some there.

In the meantime I was given a load of samples of the Creamy Hair Lotion which I used to moisturize my hair and sealed with coconut oil. The following day after taking out my braids and washing my hair.

My first thoughts what that the product smelt lovely and was moisturizing without feeling heavy.

I am currently rocking Crochet braids so I can’t  really speak on how the product worked for me long term however my hair dresser did ask me what I had used on my hair and commented that it let my hair feeling very soft.

When Attending Afro Hair & Beauty I was finally able to purchase the Cantu Deep Treatment Mask.

As I was so impressed with the brand I asked the staff to recommend a hair care system that I could give away in a prize draw for my readers. So here we go.


Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coil Calm Detangler softens and conditions hair for easy, tangle-free styling. Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coil Calm Detangler: Smoothes coils, kinks, and curls for soft tangle-free hair Adds shine and moisturizes strands Made with 100% pure shea butter No mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicone, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene, PABA or DEA


Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo deeply cleans and removes heavy build up leaving hair fresh and free to grow. Gently cleanse with our unique sulfate-free formula to prevent breakage and promote healthy hair growth. Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo: Safe for natural and colored hair Gently removes heavy build up  Leaves hair healthy and clean Made with 100% pure shea butter


Cantu Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner
Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner replaces vital moisture in your hair leaving it stronger and healthier with natural shine. Moisturize dry, brittle hair and prevent split ends and breakage with our unique sulfate-free formula. Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner: Safe for natural and colored hair Helps hair retain natural oils Leaves hair healthy and hydrated Made with 100% pure shea butter


Cantu for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque penetrates deep into the hair shaft to help moisturize and repair damaged, dry and brittle hair. Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, Cantu for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty. Embrace your curly, kinky, or wavy hair with Cantu for Natural Hair.


GOOD LUCK 

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2015 Review

After a crazy day at Curlvolution I made sure I was tucked up in bed so I could be up bright early and energetic for Afro Hair & Beauty Baby!
I have been going for the last two years and always had a great time so I was excited to go again.
The intention was to get there early so that we could get around most of the stands before it gets too packed but honestly that never works our for me


I also was able to check out some of the activities on the main stage.
 I

  felt the host really worked hard to engage the crowded telling jokes and getting them involved with games for prizes



I even won a goodie bag of Palmers goodies Yay me!
 
No matter how hard I plan there is so much excitement going on that I lose the plot and and up running round like a headless chicken with a debit card.
I have to pat myself on the back for somewhat restraining myself. 

I had noticed last year that a lot of the products on offer has a natural slant, moving away from chemicals and typical 'bad ingredients' which have plagued products marketed towards black hair less lye and more Shea butter please.
It was great to see stylists at work especially Felicia Leatherwood
 who was on the Beautiful Texture’s stand she also had workshop at Curlvolution which I found very helpful as she explained the different hair types but more importantly how to use products I may already be familiar with. 

I loved this year's show and I would definitely go again.
I have to mention the ORS stand which looked amazing this year with a vending machine which dispensed ORS products when you instagramed a picture using the ORS hashtag there was also hair 


demos going on and a ORS pop up shop as well as a VIP area

 which gave me the very welcome opportunity to take quick break and relax with a glass of champagne and lemon sorbet. 
There was also branded mini cupcakes and cape pops but I am pleased to say I was good and resisted not that I can say the same about my companions…
It gave me the opportunity to chat with the representatives about some of the newer products
Sealicious range which was released at the day before and the Monoi oil range that I purchased at The Natural Hair Week. Unfortunately as I have my hair in crochet braids I have not yet been able to test the products.
I had been very eager to check a new company called Cantu which I was introduced to during The Natural Hair week. I was particularly interested a product called:  Deep Treatment Masque but it was sold out 
However I was able to purchase some today woop woop!
Unfortunately I had to leave early as I had planned to drive up to Melksham to visit my grand mother
But I took a load of pictures that you can check out.











 


Did you get to attend Afro Hair & Beauty Live?