Showing posts with label natural hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label natural hair. Show all posts

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.

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

And we have a winner..........
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.


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



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?

They sell Shea Moisture in Boots??

I’m so sorry that this post is late especially since I had such a lovely time at the event and the product is amazing!
Thursday 8th October 2015 Shea Moisture the go to brands for naturalists finally launched in the UK partnership with high street beauty retailer Boots yes Boots!!
I was invited to their launch event which turned in to a full blown rave up lol until 9pm that is lol.
Shea Moisture has been around since 1912, and the Shea butter, African black soap and other cosmetics are hand made by Grandmother Sofi Tucker in her local village of Sierra Leone.
All of Shea Moisture products contain certified organic ingredients which are also all fair trade, using shea butter sourced from women’s co-ops in Ghana. They are also cruelty free, with not a single product tested on animals.
And the packaging is also all made from recycled materials too

After my first use (yes I’m a newbie) I felt that the quality really to be amazing!  Super creamy and left my hair feeling soft and manage able. 
Packed with all kinds of amazing products such as anti-oxidant super fruits to every day diet staples found in the West Africa region (Plantain and Yucca), Shea Moisture has a range for every hair type to feed nourishment into your hair and scalp!
Shea Moisture also misses a lot of the “junk” that’s added to other product lines, such as silicones, mineral oil and parabens.
Due to the natural organic ingredients and lack of harsh preservatives, Shea Moisture is perfect for colour treated, chemically processed, naturally dry, damaged or frizzy hair and even those with sensitive scalps.
Shea Moisture gifted m some products at the Boots launch which I used for the first time when I took my hair out of braids however as I was working against the clock I didn’t get to do a proper review or take photos, however when the girl came to braid my hair she did notice that my hair felt softerJ
I promise to do a proper review when I get back from holiday and take my braids out again.
Have you tried Shea Moisture before?
What are your thoughts?
What do you think about Shea Moisture being available in Boots?

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?

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.

  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?