GROWTH

afro, growth, Hair conditioner, Home made, Jim+Henry

Excited to announce that my product is here: GROWTH is a blend of Shea butter and Rosemary essential oil, an exclusive blend proven to stimulate the scalp, repair, replenish, soften and heal hair to reveal a gorgeous crowning glory.


I am thrilled to share it with my followers: if you’d like some, let me know (!!!)


Results can be seen in all of my photos where I’ve tagged GROWTH, or my home-made product: this is what I’ve been working on, it’s finally here, and I can’t wait to spread the hair joy with others and help them realise how gorgeous their hair can be, naturally

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Travel hair, Crete

Hair conditioner, Hair results, Holidays

I’ve been islandhopping lately…


Now is all that travel good for the hair? I’m not entirely sure, but I know it does get dry from the recirculated air on a flight, the mixed UK temperatures (standard) and then hot, wind-less temps when I step out of the airport into a new country. 

Sigh. Keeping your hair healthy let alone looking decent is an effort, but I’m determined to make it easier. As per, the practice is always more difficult than the method, and my recent trip really tested this theory: my twin sister and I were heading to Crete, Greece for a wedding, in the middle of July. Yep, this actually happened, sweat and all.


In a bid to keep my curls stunning, I packed my rich GROWTH leave-in hair conditioner, but I couldn’t bring my castor oil because I only brought my small carry-on. There wasn’t any need to worry however, because we happened upon some superb Cretan olive oil. My God it smelled fantastic. 

Okay so many people turn their nose up at putting runny olive oil on their scalps compared to highly-prized coconut, castor or shea, but it’s was a bloody dream. 

The locally-made oil was a bit thicker than the stuff I’d bought at home, and it softened my skin something ridiculous, so I put it on my scalp. 


The difference was unreal. My hair looked beautiful for the wedding, and even during a few salty beach trips my hair stayed gorgeous. I felt and saw the results the most however, when I came home and rinsed my hair after using it on my scalp for one week. My God, my hair was like silk. Literally silky soft to the touch. 

Olive oil: something from the Gods. Note, my sister and I also found wonderful organic brand too, it was just a smidge pricey for the amount you get, and the amount, with my hair, I’d use. Nonetheless a great hair oil, just a darn shame there wasn’t more of it. 


More travel hair tips coming as I mooch around this little earth. 

The Afro One 

afro, Hair results

My big sister is a natural. But I remember the day my sister went blonde. Her hair broke off. 


Go back five years and she’d been dying her relaxed hair about 5 different shades of red from purple-tinged to a deep burgundy. Then she decided to go for blonde highlights. That’s when her hair broke off. 

It was a turning point, a lot of naturals have that moment, and whilst it’s somewhat of a cliche, when your hair literally snaps from the damage you’ve done, well, it’s a wake-up call.

The top photo shows the results of a china bumps twist-out my twin sister and I did on her hair using Crete olive oil and my rich leave-in hair conditioner, rich in rosemary and Shea.

To clarify, my big sister’s hair was damp from giving it a thorough rinse in the shower. We separated the hair and started with oil at the roots, giving it a brief massage to stimulate growth, then again starting at the roots worked the leave-in conditioner through her hair. We finally finished it off with a bit more oil in the hair from root to tip, to seal it in. We wound the hair pretty tightly, and the secured it with hair grips. 

Now my big sister insisted that she  should sleep with her hair like this otherwise it wouldn’t dry. Afro hair is different to mine, my sisters curls are tighter than mine, and she has high porosity, so retaining moisture and maintaining her hair is more trying than my own. It’s a different approach, so I couldn’t help but wonder how her hair would look and feel after a china bump 48-hour twist-out. 



The results were gorgeous
. Her hair was big, soft, and held its shape. But once we came home we thought we’d give some curling jelly a try to see if it made any difference: 


My big sister has never used curling jelly before and this time, whilst she practised the same method of oil and leave-in conditioner, a variation on the LOC method, she used a well-known curling jelly to see if it was up to all the hype.

In my big sister’s opinion her hair  was more springy, the jelly seemed to lock in the moisture and her curls were more tight than a twist-out without the gel.

I love these gorgeous curls and the tightness of a twist-out. 

My sister’s hair has grown so much since that big chop where it was no more than 2 inches long (!) Her hair is now a big and beautiful softness that I am in love with. She has embraced her natural self, shrinkage and all, and I couldn’t be more in love with her journey (even the struggles, the constant effort, the beauty)

Stunning, striking, strong. Grown

Travel hair, Abu Dhabi

Hair results

Squinting due to the Arabian sun burning my eyes has always been a look, afforded those who travel often. Yeah that’s me below. 

post-pool

shrinkage begins post-dip


I’ve been away – the states and the UAE – sorry for the lack of posts, life has been going at 100mph, and won’t be slowing down any time soon. I love travel, but my British hair isn’t used to such heat and let me tell ya, the frizz was real. 

How’d my hair cope in this heat? It wasn’t a major struggle thanks to my extra thick protective leave-in hair conditioner I packed in preparation, but damn did I go through it quickly.


I bought two 500g pots of the stuff with me – enough to share with my two sisters for two weeks. 

This protective cream is formulated for those in dry climates whose hair suffers as a result, so if you’re holidaying for two weeks or more in some gorgeous part of the world and don’t want horribly thirsty locks, I couldn’t recommend this more.

Like most people who holiday I was in the sea, feeling like a mermaid with beautiful natural hair, until a wave took me by surprise and temporarily drowned my dreams. Hair salty, gorgeously dripping down my back (for all of 20 minutes thanks to the blistering heat), 

I will say one thing though. The heat made for a superb, intense heat method a lot of people practice when they wash their hair: a couple of times I washed* my hair, and enjoyed my normal routine of castor oil infused with rosemary and lavender applied to my scalp, then applied my protective leave-in conditioner to my basically soaking hair. Bikni on, I’d laze for half an hour on the terrace, and womp 30 minutes later my hair was practically dry and gorgeous curls ensued.


I did this a few times when I was Orlando, Florida.

And whilst it’s a bit annoying walking with damp (okay, wet), hair, if you live in a hot country, it’ll dry. For those that don’t, don’t practice the wet hair look (it could drip on to someone’s paper on the tube, or down your back as you’re walking to work, a vile feeling, trust meh. 

Other than the air-dry ‘technique’ and my using the extra rich leave-in conditioner, there’s not much else I could be arsed to do: I was on holiday. No magic required, after allowing the leave-in conditioner to sink in for at least 3 hours, my hair looked beaut. 


I stretched it too, because I just wasn’t in the mood for that real shrinkage look. 

 Thank God for expertly made, organic products that work.