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Showing posts with label #HAIR. Show all posts

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 


 which by the way they were going to install for me. Of course I jumped at the chance.


I previously had box braids installed by Liora Jasmine Braiding so I was more than happy to put my hair in their hands one more time.


I had previously had crochet braids installed by another hairdresser and even though I loved the finished result I found the process quite painful (I very tender headed) however this time the experience was pleasant, pain free and super quick.


I absolutely in love the with the style and I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you would probably already because all the pictures I have put up


The hair costs £32.00 plus shipping and for that you get 80 curls which is enough to do a whole head, in either 1 box or 4 boxes of 20 and comes in the following lengths: 10in, 12in and 14in.


As well as looking great this style is extremely easy to manage and should last around 4-6 weeks as long as I avoid combing, sleep with hair tied up in a silk scarf, keep my scalp and keep my scalp moisturised,
Installing crochet braids generally costs around £50*


For price query’s and availability contact check out: http://liorajasmine.com/ 


*Complementary hairstyle


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.

I have on many occasions been up until dumb o’clock raking out my protective style and being so tired that I am tempted to rake a come through my hair so I can go to sleep.

NO!!

Never do this the correct planning, patience and having effect products (Hey three p’s)  help you avoid having a difficult time taking down the style and ending up with hair on the floor rather than on your head.

Here are some tips on how to minimise breakage from long term protective styles and keep the hair that you worked hard to retain.

Know your hairstyle limits: Do not keep the style for too long

When selecting your next protective style ask yourself these questions about your hair:

Is it is kinky or curly or both?

Do individual strands tend to mesh or not?

Are your strands are fine or average or thick?

Does your hair shrinks when washed or not?

The answers to this question swill help to determine how long you should keep your protective style for most textures this is about 2-4 weeks for twists or cornrows

It is important not to keep the style for overly long especially if you are regularly wetting the hair.

Braids can be stretched up to 8 weeks depending on your hair texture, and the thickness of your braid (thinner braids usually last longer than thicker ones), the way you maintain the braids will also make the world of difference. It is important to keep the braids and the scalp clean and redo the braids around the hairline every 2-3 weeks is usually advised.

Condition your hair before the take down
A lot of braid wearers wait until after they have removed their protective style before giving hair a proper wash and condition. My tip is to do this day before adding 10-15 minutes to your normal conditioning time and of If you like to deep condition with heat, then do so event better. Conditioning prior to taking down allows the hair conditioner to soften hair and add moisture to it making the hair flexible but strong as it is moisturised but not wet. Deposits on hair surface will also be left over from the conditioner which soften the strands allowing them to bend easily so you hair will be in an ideal state to resist breakage from the comb stabbing at the braids or any stretching and pulling. Once your style has been removed and your hair detangled you can wash and condition your hair again.

Unravel rather than comb
You can use a rat tail comb to undo your protective style but it is kinder and gentler to unravel your hair with your fingers (murder on you manicure I know).

Get the slip right
Slip is essential especially at the ends of twists or braids. You can use whatever is your favourite product that will allow your hair to feel slippery and let strands glide past each other. I like to use a mixture of oil, leave in conditioner mixed in an old, spray bottle with water.

Give your self-time time and more time
Give your self adequate time so that you are not temped to rush and undo all you good work. It’s not unlikely for me to take a Friday or a Monday off from work so I have a long weekend to make sure doing my hair doesn’t interfere with my usual weekend errands and chores.

nuNAAT Summer Hairstyling Challenge - Product Review

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

Then like a magic Genie the guys from nuNAAT asked me to sample new Brazilian Pataua Oil collection and put them to the test in a perm rod set.
Umm yes!
The new NuNAAT brand is formulated with a blend of blends Patauá Oil and Pracaxi Oil which is found in the Brazilian rain forest and is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9.
This blend of moisturizing ingredients will leave your hair nourished and protected from dryness and breakage resulting in healthier hair.
Here are the products I tried:

Brazilian Patauá Oil Revitalizing Shampoo
This shampoo is sulphate-free and said to remove build up while adding moisture and neutralizing hair.

Brazilian Patauá Oil Moisturizing Conditioner
Detangles and adds moisture while using Brazilian oils and silicone to create a layer of protection on your hair, leaving it fortified and full of volume and shine.

Brazilian Patauá Oil Shine Enhancing Thermal Protect Lotion
Protects hair from heat styling damage and is blended with wheat protein complex to help prevent breakage and shedding.  Can be used on wet or dry hair.

Brazilian Patauá Oil Wrap Setting Mousse
This staple for protective styling is said to reduce frizz and perfect for create defined styles such as  flat twists, roller sets, flexi rod sets, etc. Use in conjunction with a warm dryer to set hair.

There is also a no-lye relaxer with this collection but I didn’t have any used for that.

The kit was simple enough to use but I have to admit that it took a few tries to get the desired effect, mainly because I thought that due to the warm weather we were having I could skip going under the dryer and just sleep in my curling rods.

By the third try I had to admit the blunder to myself, simply sleeping in the curling rods was not enough for my hair to dry properly.
DOH!
I wasn’t totally devastated with the initial results my curls were not as defined as I would have liked and my curls turned to frizz as soon as i went outside 

that evening after out my hair in curlers I whipped out my hooded dryer determined to make my curls pop!

And volia!
Now I’m feeling myself

I would defiantly recommend this product and look forward to using it again

For stockists check out the Nunatt website: http://www.nunaat.com/
or any of their social media channels

Twitter: @nunaat https://twitter.com/nunaat
 Facebook: nuNAAT https://www.facebook.com/nunaat
 Instagram: http://instagram.com/nunaatbeauty

What products do you use to make your curls pop?


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