9.27.2013

BRITISH BLACK CHILDREN AND AFRO HAIR IDENTITY

London, UK

Who on earth could ask this type of question to a natural girl wearing the afro hairstyle without being rude or offensive??

 A KID, of course!

You have to know that I`m childminding an English little black girl really smart and funny and it was time to pick her up from school. I usually take 15-20 minutes to do my hair before going out and I usually wear always the same hairstyle (braid the sides and a twist out in the upper part of the head), but this time I wanted to do something different so I secured the right side with a bobby pin and wore the rest of my hair out (picture above). When I went to pick up the little girl with my afro hair, she smiled at me and she said: "why you look like a clown without the red colour?". 

At first, I smiled for the innocence in that question and I thought that she`s just a kid, starting to discover the world and full of questions so I simply answered "this is my hair, my natural hair. I like it like this, so I`m wearing it in this hairstyle". At that exact moment, I realized that my struggle to be accepted from anybody NO MATTER WHAT  was finally over. If my hair`s not loved by everybody it`s fine, but is not one of my problems anymore.

When did you realize that you completely accepted your hair? Let me know, girls!

9.24.2013

3 INGREDIENTS ORGANIC & VEGAN MASK FOR TWA HAIR | NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY

London, UK
Here is a picture of the before!

I can see and feel that my hair are a bit drier and frizzier than normal so I'm gonna apply a mask before washing my hair. 
This method is called pre poo (abbreviation of pre-shampoo) and is my secret to maintain moisture for a long period. The quantity of the ingredients are specific for my hair length. 

For this particular mask you will need just 3 simple ingredients!

3 tbs of coconut milk
2 tbs of honey
2 tbs of olive oil (preferably evoo)

The procedure is simple: I just mixed and slightly warmed up all the ingredients in the microwave, covered all my hair with a layer of the mixture, wore a shower cup and waited for about one hour. While you wait to wash your hair, you can do pretty much anything: this time I even did some exercise and had no problem. After washed with shampoo and conditioner, I decided to wear just side braids and nothing else.

What do you think about it? Have you already tried this TWA pre poo recipe before? 




9.21.2013

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRIM SHORT NATURAL HAIR? HERE'S MY PERSONAL METHOD

London, UK

I had a really busy week, but finally today I had some time for myself and I knew what I had to do: trim my hair. 

I am still in that awkward phase in my natural curly hair journey where I want to do EVERYTHING by myself, even trim the split ends so I decided to share with you my method.

 If you do some researches there are tons and tons of methods to trim natural hair and you just have to find the one that suits you perfectly. 
Today I`ll tell you mine, but very soon I`ll post all methods that you can use to trim you hair. 

Let`s begin!

I start with creating 4 big sections; then I take some loose hair from one section, I saturate them with water, I gently comb them out with a medium tooth comb and then I run my fingers through to make sure that my hair are fully detangled. If I feel something, I trim it off with my scissors. I keep going like this until I did all my 4 sections. 

A tip to have a great final result? Use hair scissors (called hair shears) and use it just to trim your hair. If you use scissors that are not sharp, you can damage your strands and create more split ends.

What is your favourite method to trim hair? 

9.13.2013

5 TIPS TO HELP A HAIR TRANSITION - HOW TO TRANSITION TO NATURAL AFRO HAIR

London, UK
1. DO YOUR RESEARCHES
Natural afro hair is a new and unknown world that has to be discovered for a permed girl so don't be afraid to ask around to some more seasoned naturalists and research online about the topic. 
There are tons and tons of informations and tips that you can try on your hair. 
I can't even count how many hours I've spent in front of the computer figuring out ways to care for my afro hair. 

2. START KNOWING YOUR NEW HAIR
All permed girls know the moment when the new hair growth starts coming out and the first thing that you say is "oh, snap!"; well, you`re gonna have the exact opposite reaction when you start transitioning, trust me! 

You will start to reconsider how your hair works so don't be afraid to experience and try out new products, new hairstyles, and new treatments. It`s a whole different chapter for your hair: try whatever you think is best for you. 

In my personal experience, I discovered that I love using braids as a protective style, try new hairstyles whenever is possible, start a Sunday morning with deep conditioning treatment and use a satin scarf at night.

3. TO BC OR NOT TO BC? THAT IS THE QUESTION!
For me, the BC (Big Chop) happened on the 12th of July 2013, six months after my decision to go start my natural hair journey. 
For some people, a brief transition and then cutting all of the straight ends is the wisest decision that there is. 
Sometimes dealing with two textures is more difficult and counterproductive. 
The only tip here is to think very carefully about what you want to do and THEN decide. 
Just because the sister of your best friend's cousin partner decided to transition for just 2 months, doesn't mean you have to do that too.
Remember that you're the one that has to go around with your hair so take all the time that you need. 

4. TRIM THE HAIR WHEN NECESSARY 
When I used to perm, I wanted so much to have long hair that even my split ends counted! Luckily now I understand that dead ends are not healthy or useful, so I quickly cut them off while my hair kept growing. 
Don't be afraid to trim your hair or to lose inches: 
the important thing is to have healthy hair, girls!

5. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER NATURALISTAS! 
Don't look too much to the naturally curly hair girls who have really long or thick hair. The hair growth is really subjective so don't worry about it too much. Focus your attention to keep and retain your current length. 
Just use a daily TLC for your hair and is gonna be just fine. Time will do the rest.

9.10.2013

CORNROWS: THE QUICKEST & EASIEST WAY TO PROTECT YOUR NATURAL HAIR

London, UK
from this...
...to this!
Here's a different but beautiful protective hairstyle that I love to rock whenever I want to leave my hair be: cornrows

It took me a minute to learn how to cornrow my own hair, but once you get the hang of it, it's definitely a protective hairstyle that I truly enjoy doing!

What is your go to hairstyle?

9.08.2013

2 INGREDIENTS EASY DIY HAIR MASK RECIPE FOR FRIZZY AND DRY AFRO NATURAL HAIR

London, UK
Today I really wanted to spoil my hair since I can feel the ends being a bit drier than usual.
Luckily I know a very easy DIY homemade hair mask perfect for turning my hair from drab to fab!
 I always suggest to use this mask before your usual shampoo & conditioner routine, to leave it on your head for at least 45 minutes and to put a towel on your shoulders to avoid finding the mask in places where a mask shouldn't be!

The beauty about homemade masks is that they are very easy to make, budget-friendly and free of chemicals. 

 INGREDIENTS


 -Eggs 
-tbs of olive oil  

THAT'S IT!

Why these two ingredients you ask? Eggs are a great source of protein (great for promoting hair growth) and olive oil is reach in fatty acids, which helps to penetrate the hair strands easily and provides a layer of moisture to dehydrated hair.



First step is to pour the olive oil in the bowl.


Then you will add the eggs. The number of eggs is in proportion to your hair's lenght. My hair is kinda short, so I just needed one.


This is how the mask looks like when ready.



Here's a picture after the mask application.


After I've rinsed my hair with lukewarm water, I used shampoo & conditioner as usual. The last step was wrapping my wet hair with a shirt, the same method that I used here
I choose to use a t-shirt instead of a towel because the last removes more moisture from your hair, leaving your curls dry and all clumped up together.


This is the final result!! Bantu knots is my absolute go to style for this summer. 

So what do you think about this DIY? 
Have you ever tried an homemade hair mask before?

9.05.2013

HOW TO STYLE YOUR NATURAL HAIR DURING SUMMERTIME

London, UK





Hi folks! Even though we are already in September, the gorgeous summer weather is still a little bit with us. 

Because I had to run a couple of errands, I've decided to wear a white thin top from Primark, boyfriend jeans from New Look and black vintage ankle boots. For a touch of colour I wore my favourite red lipstick. 

My signature hairstyle is definitely a bantu knot out on the top part and braided sides.
Good luck to every student who went back to school today. Have a nice day, girls!

9.04.2013

BANTU KNOTS: PERFECT HAIRSTYLE FOR MY SHORT AFRO HAIR

London, UK



rings from Superdrug
I spent all day at home today and at some point, my only thought was, in Nelly's famous words, 
"it`s getting hot in here!!!!!!"

That's why I decided to do bantu knots all over my head: perfect haircut when it's hot and an hairstyle that I absolute love!

For this simple protective hairstyle I used a spray bottle with a mixture of water, olive oil and a hair detangler from the brand Dark and Lovely. I added also some pictures of my new rings with pink roses at the top from Superdrug and my super-summery floral  tee. Lovely together, right?

What are you favourite protective styles? Let me know down below!

9.03.2013

SUNSILK SOOTHING CONDITIONER AND AFRO HAIR | NATURAL HAIR CHRONICLES

London, UK


Hey girl! How's your week going? 

It's time for another product review for some great (and not so great) afro hair products!

Our today's contestant is SUNSILK SOOTHING CONDITIONER

I paid as little as £2 for this 200ml bottle. 
 One of the ingredients that convinced me in buying the conditioner is avocado milk, "designed to soothe and moisturise"so absolutely perfect to take care of an itchy or sensitive scalp. 
I generously applied a dollop after shampooing my hair.

This product is ideal for detangling afro hair (just with fingers or with a wide tooth comb), leaves really smooth hair and, the most important thing, leaves really moisturised curls: 
the only real selling point for me!

In conclusion, this conditioner deserves an 8.5!

What are some of the products that you love using to moisturise your curls?

9.02.2013

ARGAN OIL CONDITIONER AND AFRO HAIR | NATURAL HAIR CHRONICLES

London, UK


As I previously announced in my latest post, I'll start review the hair products that I like the most with you guys!

The first review is the ARGAN OIL conditioner with moroccan oil
It`s very affordable even though is just 150 ml, not a lot of product if you ask me. The first time that I used this product, I used it as a conditioner but there's not much slip when I started the detangling part. 
I was pretty upset! I didn`t want to waste a brand new hair product.
So I started to think: how can I reuse it? I did some researches and...BINGO! I found a solution and a little tip that I wanna share with you!

Instead of using it AFTER shampooing, try to use it BEFORE shampooing and here's how!
Make sure to wet your hair, cover your strands with the conditioner, cover your head with a shower cup and leave it on for about 20-25 minutes before rinsing.

To sum up, I would give this conditioner a 6- as a conditioner and a 7 as a pre-shampoo conditioner!
What do you think about? Have you ever been disappointed in some hair products before?

9.01.2013

GROWING AFRO NATURAL HAIR AFTER THE BIG CHOP

London, UK


As you can see, finally my afro hair are growing back! 

I had to stay out all day today, so I had a twist out on the upper part of my head and braided the sides. It`s a super easy hairstyle perfect for the warm weather. How cool is that?
In the next posts, I will start reviewing some products for natural afro hair that I always use and that are vital to me. 

Have a nice Sunday peeps!

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