Home made, Reality, Three Blends

So the other day a friend said that flowers are a bit of a “cliché, really” and why on earth would I make the associations between my new hair care products and flowers. Darlin. Oh my funny, ignorant friend. My face (below).

Firstly, I welcome the question and applaud the statement. But let me explain.

Three Blends is inspired by my sisters, the two flowers that light up my life. Scorn if you want, but I’d rather you kept on reading.

Knowing the properties of plants and typically the flowering kinds, I see roses, tulips, germanium and cammomile as powerful elements of nature.

They bloom thanks to water and photosynthesis, but it amazes me that these tiny little buds turn into stunning, things of beauty that enthrall with their scent and inspire the world over with their density, potency and dream-like colours.

The properties of plants inspire medicine, the colours inspire designers, but it is the strength of just- bloomed roses, the potency of crushed petals and heady scents of flowers steeped in oil to intensify and draw out those otherwise unattainable scents that made me choose the magical flower as the mascot if you will, for Three Blends. 

Oh and crushed frangipani, coconut and lime is my favourite. Goods coming soon. Promise ya. 


Reality, Three Blends, Work hair

So I’m back. Hello England. 

That’s how I went to work on Monday. Slightly more rested thanks to a totally chilled Sunday (I landed on Saturday evening), but this is how I looked on Sunday morning, after rising at 6am and realising I was grateful to be alive.

I was pissed on Saturday night about being home and away from my darling sisters, but the following morning, I was, in fact, the most relaxed, happy and satisfied I’d been in a long time.

Oh and why the bun? I needed to wash my hair. I actually washed it too, with this shampoo: Sukin protein shampoo. It has a natural, herbal, creamy scent, which I love.

I then decided to keep my hair up the rest of the week. It feels like I’ve been back for ages when I look at these pictures. It’s only been four days at work (!) but I am so ready for the weekend. I took my hair out yesterday, after it has been up for two days.

But after changing during lunch time, for a fancy soirée, I thought I’d put it back up:

The photo isn’t the best, but my ends seemed dry, I didn’t need that. What do you guys think? Hair up for a work ‘do, I thought was suitably appropriate and really helped my hair; today my hair has felt so soft and nourished; I think it needed that extra day of moisture soaking in.

So my hair has been up all week. Unexpected, unplanned, but I like it. I guess after a week of sunshine my hair needed the hair-mask approach I’ve unintentionally been practising all week.

Do you guys ever do this? Unintentionally nourish your hair?

Today it’s gorgeous, big and gorgeous, I’ll show you later.

Fall back

Reality, Work hair

Say Brazil to anyone and they conjure up their own images of paradise with Sugarloaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer thrown in somewhere. Rio, for me, instantly makes me think about food, the beaches and of course, the women.  

I’d always imagined Brazilian women to be goddesses: women with wavy/curly hair, gorgeously tanned bodies and chilled attitudes to match. The reality was a whole lot better, the women are breathtakingly beautiful, it’s quite unbelievable.

Desperate to fit in, I thought I’d keep my hair out this week – leave it big and bouncy.

It’s funny how hair plans go to pot quicker than I imagine. So post-cornrows I thought I’d give it a wash and leave it out.

That was a dumb idea, so instead I plumped for a fall-back bun.  

Cute, neat, and done in a matter of seconds, I was happy. Not quite what I’d planned, but it would do for a day.

Note this was day 1 of the conference, and a day after the cute plaited look.

While I loved the plaits, I wasn’t too happy with how my hair looked once I took them out. Bit of a wash and some conditioner later, I sought to make my hair look half decent for the rest of the time I’d been scheduled for this trip, with the goal of taking it out after one day.

Again reality hit when my hair simply wasn’t playing. So the above images are day one of the conference (day 3 of 5 in Rio).

Plans kept going to pot when my hair just looked crap. I wasn’t used to the store-bought non-organic conditioner, and my hair didn’t like it either. So again, hair up for sheer speed. Sigh.

The second to last (but final night for me) conference soirée beckoned. Whispers had been going around that this was a casual affair, but it was my last night. So I brought out the dress. Minimal makeup, and sadly, hair up, it seemed to work – allow the dress to do the work.

So my whole time I’d been in the lively city that is Rio de Janeiro I didn’t get to show off my curls, and sadly try and fit in with the local goddesses, not to put too fine a point on it. Oh well. My hair will look half decent tomorrow because I’m home and I finally have my product in my hair. As per, I’ll update.

Have anyone else’s hair plans gone completely to pot for far too long for you to like? Do comment, I’d love to hear your hair stories.