My loves, this year is definitely going to be yet another game changer when it comes to UK Hair Events as some of our American sisters from over the pond will be headlining and gracing us with their sassiness!
I'm super excited but nervous about my my pockets as the retailers this year are juicy! I'm hoping to get to all of them, so who knows I may just see you there!
The sun is out in London and I'm in such a bubbly mood, I hope your week is off to a great start! P.s Happy April 1st too!
I finally posted " My [6 Step] Newly Natural Wash Day Routine" on Youtube yesterday which you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram. Sorry it's a tad bit late, I really wanted to take enough time to get to know my hair and what it likes or doesn't like!
In February I decided that the month of March would be a bank friendly one and that unless my Deep Conditioner or Shampoo ran out, (which is unlikely when you have 3 unused bottles of each) that I wouldn't be making any hair care purchases until April! Well, that went out of the the window!
In my own defence I blame YouTube! I came across a recommended video by mynaturalsistas and #gofigure India was using the Misto Olive Oil Sprayer!
Now you'll be pleased to know I am to some extent disciplined and didn't jump right on the net and order the Sprayer as soon as I saw it, coincidentally at the weekend I found myself on a manic last minute hunt for a Victorian costume for my younger sisters school trip. You wouldn't guess what I happened to stumble past as I made my way through the kitchen department to get to the costume department...the MISTO SPRAYER!!!!! I think it's fair to say some things are meant to be!
Now unto my thoughts… I've long wanted a spray bottle that is able like some of my water spray bottles, to disperse oil onto my hair as a mist as opposed to a one directional squirt, and this does exactly that!
It's super easy to use and in my opinion a decently priced investment, heck you can even use it to fry some steak [depending on which oil you fill it with of course!]
The benefits of the mist sprayer are
- Your hair is less weighed down by oils as the mist disperses more evenly than when sealing with your hands -
- Your hands need not get oily -
- It encourages less hair manipulation... you just spray and go! -
You fill the canister half way and then use the pressure cylinder attached to the lid to pump the canister so that you can get to misting, and that's pretty much it.
Am I the only one that thought before going natural that my post transitioner chop would result in a head full of curls that would pop when just ever so slightly teased with some H2O? Hmmm!
After parting ways with my long loved relaxer and throughout my transitioning journey, I was convinced that my hair would resemble the texture of many of my much loved 'youtube sisters' . Well that fantasy was exactly that, a fantasy, because those dreamt of curls emerged as coils and kinks, much contrary to my expectations!
My natural hair is a combination of textures, ranging right from what hair typing enthusiasts would deem as 3c, right up to 4c. The front of my hair can barely hold a curl, kink or coil without some help! Its texture is very loose and reminds me of when little children do crayon drawings of ocean waves... Pretty much a cute squiggle!
Now as for my nape and hair in the utmost back area of my head, tight may just be an understatement! My hair pretty much coils up on itself resulting in a sea full of the most annoying single strand knots!
It took me a while to actually embrace the fact that this is my hair, I fought it for so long and once wreaked a whole lot of havoc when trying to force a "curly" wash and go - with close enough to an entire pot of gel!
Anyway what can I say, the love story goes on! What's love without a little bit of war right?
Do I regret my decision to go natural? Nah, it takes a lot more to rock this boat!
So here I am loves, natural haired, product free and embracing it
On my last two trips to the hair salon and after a recent encounter with a Philip Kingsley spokesperson, it's become apparent that oiling the scalp seems to be more popular in the hairsphere than professional hair stylists think it should be.
Besides the childhood Blue Magic & Dax days #IKnowYouHadThemToo, I have never used anything but oils on my scalp. It's just standard practice... dry scalp,freshly washed scalp, want hair growth - throw on some scalp oil et voila! But the face analogy to follow had me question the scalp oiling phenomenon...
Most people use oil on their scalp for two reasons, to combat dryness and also for growth. On the dryness front, whilst oils can help soothe itching and flaking they most certainly should not be used solely as a dry scalp solution.
F A C E A N A L O G Y
Let's imagine you smother your freshly washed face with oil and re-apply the oil to your face every other day for a week without washing it. Yes the dryness may have disappeared and you have that #NiaLongGlow, but essentially all you've done is mask the dryness, clog your pores, encourage spots and the root cause of dryness remains unknown! #NoMoreNia
There are many pros of using scalp oils in your regimen no doubt about it! However using oils on your scalp when experiencing dryness can also have its downsides:
- It can worsen scalp conditions such as dandruff -
- It may mask more serious scalp conditions -
- Can increase itching due to build up & thus cause hair loss -
D R Y S C A L P S O L U T I O N
- Increasing your H2O intake -
- Check your diet, are you missing any vital nutrients/vitamins -
- Consider visiting your GP/ A Trichologist -
- Avoid Dandruff Shampoos -
- Consider more frequent hair washing -
So in closing, I'm still a super frequent scalp oil user, however oiling the scalp should work hand in hand with washing the scalp/hair. If you are a frequent oiler then you should also be a more frequent washer! My biggest find after many years of suffering from a dry and flaky scalp, was that my hair craved to be washed more frequently and couldn't hack my days or even weeks of daily oil on scalp slobbering without a touch of water to quench its thirst!
I don't know about you but I am a huge fan of comfort foods and indulgence during these cold winter months. I'm huge on indoor snuggling, movies under my sheets and hot cups of something pretty, which is where this sexy cup of chocolateness comes into play!
I decided to bail on the traditional powdered sachet of hot chocolate and went for something homemade and authentic, also known as a bar of Swiss milk chocolate, cinnamon bark steeped in milk, a touch of vanilla essence with cream on top, sprinkled with cinnamon dust!
Looks like you know the ingredients already! Honestly you have to try this, especially if you're a chocolate lover - the deliciousness is dangerous...
6 milk chocolate bar pieces [any type of milk chocolate is fine!] Glass of Milk 1 Cinnamon bark stick Cinnamon spice 1/2 capful of Vanilla Extract Whipped Cream
Method: Heat milk in saucepan until hot, then remove from stove and add cinnamon bark and let steep in milk for 10-15 minutes. [The longer the more potent the cinnamon taste]
After 10-15 minutes remove cinnamon using small sieve. Then place milk back on stove and add chocolate cubes stirring the milk slowly until chocolatey. Then add 1/2 capful of Vanilla Extract.
Pour your saucepan of yumminess into a latte glass or mug and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon spice... et voila! Heaven in a cup!!!
For my mint chocolate lovers, O yes I went there and yes it was delicious! All you need is to replace the cinnamon with mint leaves!!
Just returned from a trip to Portugal to see some family and as soon as I got off the plane I was itching to get home and post this!
No joke folks this is my go to hair style, I'm definitely looking for another style because sleeping in perm rods really isn't cute or most importantly comfortable!!! But hey I love it and when a girl loves something there's no turning back!
Following on from my 'New Year, New Hair & Time For Success'post you'll know it's going to be a serious year in hair on the blog, and my soft spot for hair care mixes and D.I.Y has taken a step up the ladder!
I'm all steam ahead on the scalp care front this year as I believe this is where the real magic happens. I had been researching top oils since last year December in order to throw together a super oil that would stimulate, condition, nourish, fortify, and all in all enhance the health of my hair, as well as its quality and appearance.
Here are the ingredients as well as benefits of my new fave wonder oil, I'm honestly sold on this - check it out for yourself!
Infused Hemp Seed Oil* 30ml
Jamaican Black Castor Oil 30ml
Argan Oil 10ml
Coconut Oil 10ml
Meadowfoam Oil 10ml
Neem Oil 10ml
Lavender 10 drops
Bergamot 5 drops
Pimento 5 drops
Bay leaf 5 drops
Camphor 5 drops
*Oat Straw * Horsetail Powder * Rosemary
Method: I simply infused a tablespoon of Oat Straw, Horsetail Powder and Rosemary in Hemp Seed oil. I left the oil in a dark cupboard for 3 days and then sieved the ingredients out of the oil. I then measured the oils out into a bottle and voila!
Hemp Seed Oil
Contains anti-oxidants, protein [which strengthens] as well as a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. Also contains twenty known amino acids e.g A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D and E [*]
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains large amounts of triglycerides, proteins, antioxidants and vitamin E. It is also anti-bacterial and due to its ability to penetrate the hair shaft it is also esteemed for protecting hair from hygral fatigue[*]
High in vitamin E and antioxidants, strengthens hair and contains high amounts of omega 3 and omega 9.
Used as treatment for hair thinning and hair loss, antibacterial, emollient, prevents dry scalp, used to promote new growth thickness.
Meadow Foam Oil
Moisturising, extremely stable, and capable of adhering and staying on the skin. It is one of the most stable oils and will extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. When applied to the skin it forms a moisture barrier and will assist in preventing moisture loss.
Acts as an antibacterial powder which is widely used to cure or control dandruff, relieves dry skin, soothes itchiness.
Contains silica which plays a vital role in the formation of keratin. Keratin helps form the collagen in skin and helps to strengthen hair. It also keeps hair looking smooth and shiny. The potassium, manganese and selenium may also encourage hair growth.
High in silica, emollient qualities that can benefit your hair health. Used to fortify hair and reduce hair loss.
Stimulates hair growth, disinfects scalp.
Stimulates hair growth, helps relieve itching and helps with dandruff
Stimulating, antiseptic, refreshing and cooling properties