12.17.2018

AN ELEGANT LOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WHAT I'M WEARING: BMJL Black Dress | Primark Silver Stud Box Bag | H&M Black Coat
December is the month were all the parties and celebrations are taking place.
You are invited to multiple gatherings and that's fantastic but most of us are already maxed out on our credit cards because we had to buy your girlfriend's brother in law cousin something nice since "he's family". After buying presents for everyone and everything, you don't really want to spend more time nor energy in finding different outfits for the said occasions. 
Do you want to know what I normally do in this cases?

You need to be creative, fam!

12.14.2018

THE POWER OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC

Elle Weekender has been a blast. The monumental and aesthetically stunning Saatchi Gallery was the very home of the Elle Weekender, the first event presented by Elle Magazine that encompassed fashion, beauty and wellness. Few brands such as Charlotte Mensah, Philosophy, Charlotte Tilbury, Man & Dell, Cristina Cipolli and Wool and the Gang where present during this three day event. The 'Playroom' was a chance to unwind and have some fun. 
From bouncy pink beds covered in feathers, through showers that rained confetti, it was an Insta-opportunity that I unfortunately missed.  Lululemon classes were the perfect opportunity to exercise some yoga poses and sound baths. The beauty empire FeelUnique offered some great presents in the beauty room, just in time for Christmas.
As you probably saw from my Instagram stories highlights (@headenough) I had the pleasure to listen to a very interesting panel on Sunday. The theme was "The Power of Black Girl Magic" so of course I HAD TO BE THERE.

11.23.2018

FEELING FREE WITH MY HAIR OUT



My experience with showcasing my natural hair in its full glory while at work has been quite an interesting journey. 
I've changed career two months ago exactly. I was in the hospitality industry but now I moved onto the retail industry and what I've noticed with great pleasure is that people love seeing natural hair. They are mesmerised, hypnotised and quite fascinated by how my hair is presented.  

10.17.2018

WHY "SHADES OF BEAUTY LIVE" WAS SO EPIC

There is no denying that black people are lit. 
Since I moved to London, I participated to tons of natural hair events. I love the sense of family and familiarity being in a room full of people who look like me. 
It is the perfect chance also to ask questions about other people's natural hair journeys, the efficacy of certain hyped products and to merely peep new fire hairstyles.
Shades of Beauty gave me something and more!

10.01.2018

MY 2 CENTS ON THE MOVIE "NAPPILY EVER AFTER"


It was a split second decision. After turning on the hair clippers, half drunk and incredibly tired, Violet proceeds to start cutting her bleached blonde natural strands. The relief is immediate. While the clippers are gliding through her curly roots, tears are streaming down her face because she finally experienced the moment of pure freedom that she was longing for her whole life.

First of all, if you didn't have the chance to watch the movie "Happily Ever After" by film director Haifaa al- Mansour and based on the namesake novel written by the talented Trisha R. Thomas, you're wack. 
The movie tells the life of Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan), a gorgeous promising and talented black woman. Violet seemingly has everything: a beautiful house, solid relationship with a soon-to-be doctor, great job and a loving circle of friends and family. Violet is used to take care of herself. She likes to follow the latest fashion trends, always well dressed and with long, flat ironed hair.

6.22.2018

NO SHADE | FILM UK


Colourismprejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

As you may know I grew up in Italy. I don't look like the typical Italian, but I do identify as Italian. The friends and acquaintances that I was used to have around when I was little were mainly Caucasian. I've had very little episodes of racism and discrimination, little to none. I was lucky. 
 I am a black person, not too dark and not too light. I know that my skin shade can help me out in certain situations were a person darker than me would suffer more injustices.  

Wanting to deepen my understanding about the experiences and struggles of darker black people, I bought a ticket for the screening of the docufilm "No Shade" by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. 

4.28.2018

HOW I PAMPER MY AFRO HAIR IN JUST 10 MINUTES


When it comes to hair pampering, I've always wanted to be one of those natural people who can ALWAYS find some spare time to have some me time and take care of my tresses. 
Unfortunately, since I have the LPS (Lazy Person Syndrome) I can barely find some time to do some weak braids after washing my locs. 
Last week I wanted to break the chain and do something special for myself. Last Thursday, after reaching home, I finally realised that I didn't have any specific plans for the night. Just me and my dry-as-the-Sahara tresses. After quickly realising how empty were my fridge and kitchen pantry in order to create an all natural concoction, I looked into my toilet cabinet to find the golden product that could resuscitate my afro hair.
Behind all the various combs, face creams, face masks, Shea Butter body lotions, tampons and nail polishes abandoned in there, I reached the far back corner and saw something familiar. 
I've used Creme of Nature products for ages and for a brief period, I was obsessed with them and bought many many many products.


The Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Masque was the perfect product at the perfect time. The consistency is resembles a lighter consistency of an hair pomade so a little goes a hell of a long way. This jar is packed with repairing nutrients from a butter blend of argan oil and goodness. This essential deep treatment is formulated for all curly types to strengthen, restore and hydrate distressed hair, helping to prevent future damage.

The smell, in my opinion, is the best part of this masque. If you don't like lingering smells and odours, this product is definitely not going to be to your liking. On the other side, if you are a little bit like me and love to leave a scent wherever you go, this little gem will do just fine. 

It is highly recommended to apply the masque to clean wet hair from roots to tips, making sure to concentrate your attention on the drier areas. Once you applied this beaut, it is suggested to leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once you wash the masque out of your hair, style those nourished and wonderful hair as you please. I usually apply just a touch of argan or castor oil to my hair and make small to medium size braids.
PRO TIP: use a shower cup or a hooded dryer in order to raise your hair cuticles and make sure that the hair can get the most of this quick & simple treatment. You won't regret it, I promise you!

Did you ever tried this product? If yes, did you notice any particular change in how your hair felt?
 Share with us your experience in the comments down below.

3.12.2018

3 GREAT DEFINING PRODUCTS THAT YOU SHOULD TRY ON YOUR 4B/4C HAIR



What I love about my hair is that defines gravity and laws of physics. Once you create a bond with your hair and religiously take care of it, you get to know what does and doesn't work for your strands. Every hair is different. 
I discovered that if I want to obtain a defined and shiny mane, I need to apply some type of defining hair products on soaking wet hair. Since is fairly tiresome to find the holy grail products who will give you the right results, I compiled a personal short list of 3 products that do wonders for your hair.


I've had this product since forever and it was probably my first defining custard. The consistency is fairly smooth so it is really easy to apply. The Define & Shine Custard reduces hair bulk, elongates curls and provides enough hold for long lasting styles that stay. perfect to be use for twist or braid outs. I do like to add few drops of argan or castor oil to it before braiding my hair just to give it an extra help and extra shine.

The thought of having to make my own aloe vera gel always intrigued me but I never got the chance to actually do it because of my busy schedule. Aloe vera gel does great things to afro hair by moisturising it, making them soft and shiny. If you don't want have time to make your own aloe vera gel and want an organic alternative, Seven Minerals got you covered boo! 
The texture of this product is a mixture between being liquidy and lumpy since is a natural gel. I do love to use this gel with my trusty Tangle Teezer to create the perfect Wash & Go.

Last but not least, is the Coil Defining Jelly by As I Am. I am obsessed with this brand ever since I tried the Leave in Conditioner. After few trials, I do believe that I have the best results if my hair are not completely wet. Blotting my hair with a t-shirt first always gives me better results. 
The texture is really smooth, a little goes a long way and the smell is fantastic.


What are your favourite styling products for your natural hair, the one who never let you down? 

1.25.2018

THE CHALLENGE BLACK PANTS


I never had particular problems finding high waisted jeans for some reason but finding some pants long enough for my height has always been a problem. 
A while ago I got offered the opportunity to collaborate with Tobi.com, an international fast-fashion online retail destination serving young women over 100 countries worldwide. I wasn't really sure what to get because of the vast selection of clothes but quickly changed my mind when I found bae aka this perfect pair of high waisted pants aka The Challenge Black Pants
The Challenge Black Pants are vampy, sassy, fit perfectly and easily accentuate my natural curves.
It is an article of clothing perfect for a classy and formal evening paired with a long sleeved blouse or a backless top. 
I decided to showcase this staple item by pairing it with a senape off the shoulders. Since I didn't want to take the attention off of the pants, I decided not to wear any bags or big accessories. 
I snapped this picture before going to the Afro Hair & Beauty Show, a spectacular event full to the brim with natural hair products and samples, make up for melanin skins and activities. 
During the day, I felt absolutely comfortable and got a lot of approving nods from people peeping my outfit.
What can I say? When the style is too fly, autographs you won't deny!

1.18.2018

PALMER'S SHEA FORMULA - REVIEW

It's time for a new review babes! I finally had the chance to write a review on some Palmer's products and I couldn't wait to share it with you. Here's the detail processed of how I achieved those gorgeous curls that you can see in the picture above!

The first thing that I did was prepping my hair by creating four chunky sections. You don't have to create sections before applying shampoos or using soaps but I found that creating sections helps saving time and cleaning my locks better. 
After the sectioning bit, I've lightly rubbed the Black Soap Dudu Osun in my hands to create some foam and I've applied the soap on my scalp. Because I normally use oils as styling products on my hair, I like to cleanse my hair once in a while with black soap. 

Black soap is full of natural ingredients so it doesn't dry my curls out completely and natural hair products can truly work on my locks. TIPSA general guideline is to always avoid scratching the scalp with nails. Always use your fingertips and you will avoid creating unnecessary microscars.

The Shea Formula Curl Repair Moisture Conditioner is the product that I used next. I've purchased this conditioner ages ago when I partecipated to the Curlytreats, an afro hair & beauty event that takes place here in London once a year. Most of the hair event that I had the pleasure to go to always give you the possibility to purchase natural hair products at a slightly cheaper price than retail ones. I remember spending around £5 for it and being super excited to try a new product. 
I've never used Palmer's products before that day so I didn't really know what to expect. Since the first application though, I remember my hair feeling very moisturised and supersoft. It does contain shea butter, which is an absolute staple ingredient in my house. After years of tribulations, I finally came to the conclusion that my hair need heavier products in order to thrive. I need me some shea butter or castor oil to saturate and satisfy my locks. After checking the list of ingredients, I knew that the chances my hair wouldn't like this holy grail were very slim. The consistency of the Palmer's conditioner is fairly thick so it does coat my hair without trouble and a little goes a long way. What else could a girl ask for? 

TIPS: place a third of the product in a spray bottle and dilute it with some warm water. Shake the bottle and voila! You can now evenly spray your curls from root to tip. 
I easily combed out most of the knots just in one go when using my Tangle Teezer brush so I couldn't wait to use the next product as the cherry on top.

I was fortunate enough to have some spare samples of the Shea Formula Curl Repair Whipped Cream from the same event so I thought I would put them to good use and finally try them.   

After applying the whipped cream from roots to tips, I've brushed a portion of slightly wet hair with my Tangle Teezer and braided it. Since I didn't trim my hair in a while and my ends were feeling damaged, after braiding my hair I snipped nearly 1 cm off. 

TIPS: when creating a washing routine, try to utilise products from the same brand instead of "mixing and matching". I always thought that brands were suggesting to use just their products for our washing routine (i.e. shampoo, leave-in conditioner and oils) because they were trying to up sell but there is actually a scientific reason behind it! Most of the products from a specific line are created to compliment each others pH. When we end up using a shampoo from Cantu, the conditioner from Design Essentials and the curling cream from Taliah Waajid, we are not sure how these products will react with our strands and between each other. 

All in all I very much loved the products that I used. As you can see from the picture at the beginning of the post, my locks are defined and shiny. My hair didn't dry out the following day and I didn't have to wash my hair immediately. The Palmer's conditioner is already a staple in my home and I was glad to pair it with other products from the same family. 


I hope you found this review helpful girls! Have you ever tried products from the Palmer's line? If yes, state your favourite product in the comment section.

Have great rest of the week peeps x



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