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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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.
25 March 2015
If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog regularly you will know that I've been struggling with hair loss for quite some time. I've been having unexplained hair fall in several spots the hair eventually grows back only to fall again. I've been to trichologists and doctors and though helpful to a point nothing topical or medical seems to be combating the loss of hair and I had been told it could be stress related. This has led me to look for alternative therapies in order to combat stress and heal from the inside out.
Stress is a constant part of our daily lives and can make an impact on our beauty. Stress can cause you to be more prone acne, early onset of wrinkles, dry skin and hair loss.
11 March 2015
Freya and I spent time with our favourite Auntie today, The lovely Akua Wood kick ass owner of Sheabutter Cottage, we popped into her headquarters in Reading to support a local brand. Sheabutter Cottage has all you need for your skin and hair and are great for staple ingredients from mixtresses among you. I stocked up on my favourite butters and oils.
4 March 2015
Twitter is usually the place where I talk about reality tv (my guilty pleasure), repost interesting articles and check my notification, yesterday I was was @ mentioned in a petition by @weareworthit2 that prompts companies such as coty & loreal to 'Sell cosmetic facial products on the high street for ethnic minorities in the UK'. @weareworthit2 or Miriam as I later found out is truly passionate about this issue (learn more here) and I've long since been bashing away at this topic. Some time ago I wrote an open letter to brands '50 shades of beige' where I vented my frustrations at the cosmetics on offer on the great British high street. This article led to my participating in the early days of Brown Beauty Talk a successful beauty chat and website for women of colour. So such a petition should be right up my street?
23 February 2015
Finally I'm reviewing my new baby! If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen me wearing my newest wig sent to me by Nazuri Curls. This wig is a longer length to my previous Nazuri Curls wig. I'm in love with this unit!
12 February 2015
There seems to be a tendency in the UK for British naturalistas to be drawn to US hair care products, why is this the case? Some just follow the crowd, led by high subscribing YouTube vloggers whose income is now supplemented through the free products sent their way, and paid for reviews. Although I would like to add, there are a minority of YouTube vloggers who still remain scrupulous and real to the cause, supporting naturals on their journey through unbiased reviews, real advice and heartfelt support for UK brands. Some say price is a big issue, and so therefore choose to remain ‘in the pocket’ of big conglomerate hair care companies failing to understand the economics of the business; ‘big fish’ vs. ‘little fish’, and why price structures are set as they are.
This is my third month wearing wigs and can I say that I'm a little bit addicted! I have been switching it up between my Nazuri Curls Wigs and my Kurly Klips full lace wig.
I've been asked frequently why I'm now wearing wigs and there are many reasons, firstly I've lost a lot of hair due to what we first thought was a scalp infection but I'm now convinced it's due to a low immune system. My scalp has been reacting completely differently to products so much so that I have had to cut them ALL out, I'm currently only using water, shea butter and almond oil for my scalp as everything else causes scalp flair ups. this no regimen regimen has stopped the hair shedding along with long term protective styling seems to be working for me.