18 September 2015

The Shea Box: A Beauty Box Curated By Natural Belle

It's been a long time coming but I have finally launched my very own beauty box. My favourite brand The Sheabutter Cottage asked me to curate a limited edition beauty box, filled with products I love! and it's finally here: 

 This is not a monthly subscription nor a box full of samples.

4 September 2015

The DIY Wig: Using Pretty Kinks Hair

As promised here is the DIY U-part wig how to. I used Pretty Kinks hair in the kinky straight texture.

To create this look you will need:

2 August 2015

The Wraps: ChilliPeppa On Etsy

Another day another mumtrepreneur kicking ass, Chillipeppa is an amazing Etsy store serving up beautiful African print handmade items, from wedding invites to the amazing African print head wraps that I'm modelling.

The Vegan Bags: Sustainable Fashion + Love Beatrice Review

I'm currently looking at cleaning up my closet, it's a slow process, that is hard for a certified shopaholic like me! As I've gotten older I'm becoming more and more focused on investing in quality fashion items as opposed to fast fashion that falls apart even faster. This has lead me to think more consciously about who I am buying from and adjusting my buying habits, such as...

30 July 2015

The Quickie How To: Easy Sleek Low Puff/Bun On Short Hair

How do I get my short 4C hair into a sleek bun/low puff? this is one of the most frequently asked questions, it's pretty simple really Eco Styler Gel, a Soft/waves brush and a head wrap.

The Pre Poo: Importance of Pre Shampoo Oil Treatments

Pre Poo [pre shampoo/pre cleanse] is one of those natural hair girl things we all do and probably don't really understand why we are doing it [definitely the case for me for quite some time]. I've started to pre poo my hair religiously before every wash and I'm seeing the benefits of the very useful step in my regimen.

Pre pooing is an important step in your hair care, and could be the key to beating dry hair and retaining moisture and it's something you shouldn't skip if you like myself have highly porous hair. 

So what is pre pooing?

18 July 2015

The Co-Wash: Aveda Be Curly Co Wash

I have Aveda to thank for my love of holistic products, many years ago I started my career in the salon industry with Aveda. And as a brand they definitely got me me thinking about the products I use and there sourcing stories. as the years have passed I have discovered many brands that use organic or natural ingredients so I was delighted when Aveda contacted me to try some products geared towards textured hair. Aveda has always catered to all hair types and I've used ranges such as Dry Remedy and Brilliant. It's been sometime since using Aveda products and some new products have been launched in my absence.

15 July 2015

The Oil: Loofah Oil

I'm currently obsessed with Loofah Oil, a cold pressed oil from the loofah plant that grows wild in parts of West Africa. Cucumber like plant is also used as a loofah sponge when dried out [hence the name] the oil comes from the seeds of the plants.

9 June 2015

The Tassels: DIY Tassel Sandals

I'm on a roll with my DIYs at the moment, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've been quite busy up-cycling T-shirts, Bras, Skirts and much more. Some of the items are just for fun and some are available to purchase on my Etsy Shop Label Neutral

"Label Neutral is a concept that has evolved over the years, I've always loved fashion and crafting and Label Neutral is a combination of the two. Label Neutral takes the unwanted and reworks it into something stylish and new from old tees to old bras anything can have new life breathed into it."

Along with my Beauty Blogging and Mama stuff I'll be posting mini DIY projects that anyone can do like the following Tassal Sandals......

2 June 2015

The Head Wrap: DIY Hemmed Head Wrap + Pictorial How To

Hi dolls, so I'm finally doing a Head Wrap How To. There are a lot of lovely wraps available, however it is so simple to run some up yourself that look just as cute as the ones you can buy online or in store.

31 May 2015

The Twist Out: I love Afro Hydrate & Hold Crème Review

I've officially lifted the seal on my product ban, I've only been using  castor oil, water and shea, which has been working pretty well for me as I have been protective styling for over 6 months now. However summer is coming and wigs are far to hot to wear on a daily basis so I'll be rocking my fro a couple of times a week. the first product I gave a test run is I Love Afro Hydrate and Hold Crème. This a styling creme that leaves hair soft and shiny with a light hold which is great for maintaining Twist and Braid Outs. 

25 May 2015

The Collective: United Kurls

The highlight of Curlvolution for me was seeing members of the United Kurls Collective on stage. United Kurls are a collective of female UK natural hair brand owners who have come together to support one another.

"We bring together the finest UK home grown natural haircare brands to create a platform and spread awareness about truly trusted UK haircare brands.

United Kurls was formed so that members of the collective may better serve the UK and Global consumers with useful information, quality products and services that would truly benefit them."

United Kurls includes Shea Butter Cottage, I Love Afro, Mane Divas, Shea Decadence, Almocado, Naturally Simple Haircare, Afrodeity, Curly by Nature and BeUnique Haircare. I'm so proud to know some of these women personally though blogging and the natural hair community. Their energy individually is so positive combined they are off the chart.

I can not stress enough how important it is that we support UK natural hair brands especially those run by female entrepreneurs. Not only is this helping to boost the UK economy but it is helping to lift up women in a positive way. The collective is proof that working together is possible, proof that black women support each other.

The Event: Curlvolution 2015

Another year another Curlvolution, I spent Saturday at the 4th Annual natural hair show Curlvolution. This year I hung out with my favourite brand Shea Butter Cottage and meeting some wonderful women! as usual the event was a huge success with a bigger better line up of events and the inclusion of seminars, from a mix of UK and US talents. The vendors where awesome with some of my favs in attendance like Big Hair, Mane Divas, I love Afro to name a few. and of cause the eagerly anticipated Panel discussion, that this year was focused on 50 shades of brown [the inclusion of brown beauty in mainstream beauty] 

It's a well known fact that I don't do many events, due to my hectic schedule working in salon, blogging, various side projects and being a full time mama but I have so much time for the organisers of Curlvolution, it's always a chilled vibe, it;s always fun, and they take on a lot of our feedback making the show bigger and better every year. and also it's just an amazing opportunity to connect with so many wonderful women with amazing natural hair [duh!] check out just a few of the beauties I snapped.....

24 April 2015

The Map: Face Mapping & Your Skin

Face Mapping is not a new craze, like many beauty 'trends' it's actually quite an old idea that has been re imagined by some in the beauty industry. Face Mapping has been used for hundreds of years to determine what our skin issues are really trying to tell us about our bodies. Where as today we can use scans and blood tests to determine what our health issues are in the past reading the body was the only way to figure out many of illnesses that occurred.

9 April 2015

The Purse Friendly Natural Moisturisers: Yes To & Bee Good

My love of skincare is well documented, I'd rather spend a bucket load of a moisturiser than a foundation or lipstick any day of the week. I'm a huge fan of Anotnia Burrell Skincare, it costs a packet but I personally think the results are well worth the cost, however I'm aware that not everyone wants to spend £40+ on a serum and I get a lot of requests for my thoughts on more affordable options that can be purchased from the high street.
Slowly but surely the British high street is tapping into the natural and organic market with more and more stores holding lines that use non toxic ingredients. Two of the brands that are on my radar are Bee Good and Yes To Carrots.