I wish I could for the life of me remember my first PK encounter but I can't, all I know is that it has been a serious love story since then and this has to be one of my longest running staples! I couldn't believe I had yet to officially review this here on the blog, so let's just say this is exactly that - an official review!
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
Elasticizer Extreme is targeted at a very specific hair type: extremely dry, porous and very thirsty! Specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged, this product provides instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment.
Elasticizer Extreme has all the moisturizing ingredients of Elasticizer, with higher active doses of the components that can really make a difference to very dry, porous and thirsty hair.
Could it be any more obvious, I absolutely adore this product solely based on the effects it has on my hair as the price tag most certainly isn't appealing! This product does four main things for my hair, well at least from what I notice, it softens, detangles, protects and increases elasticity. I use this product at least twice a month and upon application it instantly smooths out my hair and any tangles or knots that linger on from a long worn twist out. It literally emulates clay and conforms your hair to any shape you mold it. I've become so used to using this product that I find no shampoo I use after it has managed to dry out my hair to the point of worry and all in all, well, it's a pretty great product!
[Transitioners this was one of my absolutely must haves during my transition FYI!]
For those wondering how far the £27.50 goes well I've thus far used my 150ml on 4 wash days and there is still half of the tub left, mind you I use this fortnightly as opposed to weekly as advised on the PK website!
I'm not one to go for walks, I'm only moved to when there's a beach nearby, a blazing smile from the sun and palm trees swinging somewhere nearby which in lovely London happens... never! But there was something so fresh about the air today I just couldnt help it, so I took a mini walk [just up the road] and reflected on how grateful I am to have made it to the month of December.
I woke up to instagram posts on the passing of Paul Walker and I was reminded again of just how precious each and every second, minute, hour, day and more so month are. It truly is a blessing to be here and I'm so excited for what this festive month will bring.
Happy December 1st everyone! Tis the season to be merry and most importantly tis the season to spread love!!!
[P.s. I was deep conditioning so threw on my turban for church! The joys of a scarf ey!]
I've spent so much time with my hands in my hair over the past week I've completely forgotten to blog about my new journey, hair texture, thoughts etc. If anyone is asking, I am still in love and very much so happy with my transition decision. I honestly cannot remember the last time I had such effortless wash days, I'm literally in and out in less than 30 minutes, and folks that includes doing the other bath/shower formalities!
I held out on buying any new products during the last year of my transition so my clear out was pretty impressive. I discovered I have a weird obsession with keeping empty bottles! Explains why one of my shelves began to give in!
Of course what I am really trying to do here is justify my splurge on a whole new hair product wardrobe! I couldn't help it, but in my own defence a good 70% were products I had run out of and previously used. The likes of Shea Moisture and Kinky Curly however are newbies so you can definitely expect some upcoming reviews!
I'd love to know if there are any absolute musts you think I'm missing, I still have some belated birthday gift requests to make so why not right?!!
I can't believe I've done it! To think that the two years would actually come, honestly it's crazy! I've decided not to ramble in this post because I have so many more posts in the pipeline and so many new things to share with you! I didnt take as many pictures as i would have liked to because it was my birthday and I soent the most part of the day on my phone!
What I will say is thank you so much for the love and support in getting here! I'm excited about sharing the rest of the journey with you all! Of course I recorded to moment! Video below...
I don't think essential oils are given enough credit when it comes to how beneficial they are to the scalp, hair and my recent revelation... skin!
Their properties range from being soothing and calming to antiseptic, healing, antibacterial, antidepressant regenerative, the list really does goes on. Their uses are just as impressive as their properties and dare I say even more widespread! Night time pillow drops, scented bath water, scalp oil, facial oil cleansing, body cream, oil burning... don't mess with me I'm an essential oil groupie!
You'll be happy to know essential oils are also great when it comes to encouraging hair growth due to their 'stimulant' nature. I'd especially recommend them for those whose hairlines need a bit of a kick up the behind to grow and somewhat thicken out already!
Here are some great mixes that you can treat your scalp to! Plus one skin treat thrown in for the oil cleansing lovers!
Hairline & Scalp Stimulator
70ml Jamaican Black Castor Oil infused with Cayenne Pepper **
Eucalyptus - stimulating, antibacterial, promotes ceramide production thus increasing hair elasticity Lavender - decongestant, soothing, anti-inflammatory Bay leaf - stimulating and helps control dandruff
Facial Oil Cleansing Mix
*If you haven't already tried this please do! My skin absolutely loves this!*
50ml Castor Oil
20ml Wheatgerm Oil
10ml Rosehip Oil
20ml Sweet Almond Oil
7 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Tea tree essential oil
10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
7 drops Bergamot essential oil Properties
Castor Oil - moisturising, conditioning, soothing
Wheatgerm Oil - antioxidant, soothing, high in vitamin E Rosehip Oil - full of vitamins, antioxidants, helps correct dark spots Sweet Almond Oil - moisturising, rich in vitamin E Lavender - decongestant, soothing, anti-inflammatory
Tea tree - antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral
Eucalyptus - antibacterial, promotes ceramide production thus increasing elasticity Bergamot - antiseptic, antibacterial, helps regulate oil production
Hey loves, will keep this post short and sweet because you know I like to write! Can go on for ages for no reason! Here are 5 of my favourite Smoothies and their ingredients. The video shows how I make them using my Nutribullet blender!
[Blueberries, Strawberries, Pineapple, Flaxseeds, 2 Passionfruit, 1 Carrot, Pure Apple Juice]
The Green Smoothie
[Spinach, Kale, 1 Banana, 2 Apples, 1 Kiwi, Pure Apple Juice]
I must say the weather in London hasn't taken the drastic turn that I would expect it to have in this wonderful month of October. Yes the rain is most certainly here #GoFigure! But the chill hasn't quite hit the way it usually does! Nevertheless, I'm still adding the usual changes to my regimen because knowing London it'll be hailstones and snow by the time I click publish on this post! Here are a few winter tips to help your hair survive the dry cold conditions and to help you retain as much moisture as you can!
But what are you protecting your hair from? A hair monster? I was posed with this question last week and laughed so hard I began to cry! Not quite a hair monster but the harsh winter weather dehydrates our hair leaving it brittle, thirsty and more prone to breakage. Not to mention this is made worse by our beloved heat escape mechanism: central heating! Tucking your hair away means your ends are less exposed and this can be through a very simple style such as a low bun, right up to some stylish braids, whichever suits your fancy!
Up A Notch! Steam Treatments & Deep Conditioning
During the summer months it's super easy for me to do a quick 2 minute deep condition and hop out of the shower without feeling too bad but it's a completely different ball game in the winter! Due to the dry weather conditions and external factors such as central heating it's very important that your hair is given some extra TLC, especially on the moisture front. Deep conditioning and steaming your hair are ways you can ensure your hair and scalp are being cared for and equipped for the cold weather. Plus they help to keep your hair soft and manageable, who wouldn't want that right?!
Sulfate Free? I'll never say never to a Sulfate shampoo if my hair likes it. Sometimes 'Hair Science' goes out of the window if your hair simply says YES. Yes you're supposedly not good for me but I grow like weeds and I flourish like never before when I use you! My point? If sulfates have worked for you for as long as you can remember then keep at them, but if you don't mind a change and trying something new then pushing your sulfate shampoos to the side for the winter may help you retain more moisture as sulfate shampoos tend to be more drying than sulfate free shampoos. Not sure where to start? Peep some of my faves below:
-Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
-Anita Grant Babassu Amla Shampoo Bar -Shielo Hydrating Shampoo Hair Accessories
As cold weather means cold ears I know hats are definitely a whole lot more appealing during the winter months. I was sent a silk lined hat by brand: Chidora and think it's a genius idea! Just like having your headscarf on before your hat no?! Well, if you can go the extra mile and line your hats then go for it, that way you reduce the chance of breakage caused by friction from what our hair classifies as 'rough surfaces'.
Committed To M'n'S Not the shop dears, the method! Moisturising and sealing. I do the M'n'S everyday in the winter with a light moisturiser and a slightly heavier moisturiser on my ends. This helps keep your strands as lubricated as possible. Using an oil to seal in your applied moisturiser acts as a great barrier, slowing down the rate at which the moisture can escape from your strands. I'm often asked about products which contain humectants and whether or not to avoid such products during the winter months.
Humectant: A substance that keeps things moist. It usually attracts moisture from the air and thus helps your hair retain moisture, however in the winter months there is a lot less moisture in the air which means a product containing humectants is likely to draw the moisture in your hair away from it!
My thoughts? Try and reduce your use of products containing humectants i.e. Honey, Aloe Vera, Glycerin etc
That's pretty much my Winter 101! Anything you find works a treat for you during these chilly months? Do share!