Spring 

Hair results, Plaits, Work hair

Isn’t sunshine just glorious? Golden gloops of happiness come shining down and make everything look wonderful. Fact.

Spring has broke through this side of May, and I feel like a sunshine buttercup.

During such loveliness and sudden warmth I don’t want my hair on my face, it gets in the way and I don’t need that, thanks.

So I like it back, off my face, but not always in a bun and I’ve been fawning over styles at the 2016 Met Gala and well as constantly being inspired by insta women rocking cornrows since I did my braids.
So in a bid to satisfy my lean towards freshness, a clean, youthful palette, I thought I’d strip it back and do some pretty cornrows, in a gypsy-style look. I say gypsy because I always find a middle parting more of a bohemian, just-been-chillin-in-the-forest look.


This took me 10 minutes: seperate hair, brush until smooth, put virgin coconut oil, shea butter and three drops of Rosemary essential oil in your hair, and canerow.

And I absolutely love it. I always favour a neat, pared-back look.


Happiness in a hair style, eh? Do you ever braid your hair and feel like a gypsy queen? Or an indie doll? I do.

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Tuesday feels

Hair conditioner, Work hair

So I had a rather frank conversation with my twin sister last night, who advised that I should follow my heart. It’s not so much my heart however, that’s pulling me in one direction, but my gut screaming at me. Do you ever feel like that?  
Sorry for the grain, but it’s a no-nonsense bun this morning. 

 Not really a hair post, but sometimes you need to hear the reasons behind the hair. 

The fear has gone. Thank God for love. 

Good weekend?

Work hair

Yes. A big fat, shout-it-from-the-rooftops yes. Feeling like I’m on cloud nine thanks to the glorious, gorgeous people in my life. I couldn’t be more thankful. 

  
Just feeling grateful. 

And throwing it back to the cornrows I did for a work thang at the end of last week. Neat. Simple. Pretty? I think so.

Happy week, dear readers. Hope you’ve had a decadent weekend of relaxation. 

Back

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.

Braids

Work hair

I love a new look. Braids, in any shape or form have been my recent love. I adore a cute / neat / dressed up or down braided look.    I’ll admit that I’m slightly obsessed with Zoe Kravitz, alas I do not have he energy to plait single braids all over my head. Call it laziness, but when I have a whole spare day, I’ll do it. Until then, I’m favouring the much-hated look as a child – two cornrows.

I think it’s because I now have the confidence to enjoy my natural hair
and frankly don’t care what others think so much.
I have embraced my natural hair, but I am also keen to try other styles and treatments that protect, soften and flatter my unruly curls.
Two days after having my hair braided I thought I’d brush it out, rinse, ‘wash’ and go back to my normal style for a work event. 

  After my hair was up in a not-so-tight bun I took it out, and honestly, wasn’t too happy with the results.
It was dry, small, and, poofy. I hate it when it looks like this. Admittedly I’d used a store-bought conditioner that just doesn’t contain the amount of oils I’m used to. 

 It worked for the evening however. 

Do you guys often braid your hair – for reasons other than out of pure functionality? I love a familiar look, but I’m partial to change. Open to it, even. 

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.