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. 

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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. 

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About time

Hair results

Hello, it’s been a while …

Apologies for the delay, life has been going at 100 miles a minute lately and I’ve been in and out of the country as well as up and down it. But kids, my hair has stayed so pretty after I discovered a new way to make my curls gorgeous and lock in moisture. Details and results below: 

Can I just have a moment though? My hair’s really grown! Yes! Anyways, post-shampoo (where I literally rinse my hair under the shower head, no actual shampoo touched my scalp). I apply Jamaican black castor oil to my scalp. I’m not as thorough as I could be about this, but I do it almost all-over.

Yes I did spill a bit of oil down myself, let’s not dwell on it, shiny means moisturised in my books anyway…so I then get a small amount of my extra thick hair conditioner (what I used in Abu Dhabi in the 40-degrees heat, more of that in my next post), and work it through my hair.

As you can see, whilst I’m working it through and somewhat stretching my hair, it still shrinks – I suffer too, trust me.

My thirsty locks need extra-thick leave-in conditioner, especially when I’m in different cities, where the temperature drops/rises, so the product might look a bit thick for some people, cool, I know what my hair needs though, and this is it.

This video explains it a bit better:

So you’ve don’t the above? Great, the last time I practised the next step was bed time so I used it straight away, but if you have a few hours (like I did this time), allow the leave-in conditioner to sink in for at least two hours whilst you’re doing what you’re doing. When it comes to snooze time, grab a plastic bag.

Wrap it as best you can, as you would a scarf around your head. The plastic won’t absorb any product, meaning it stays nourishing your curls.

The results are stunning. Annoyingly I only took one decent photo because I was rushing that morning, sorry, but thoughts? I love how defined the curls were and soft my hair was!

Promise Ill take a better shot next time

And a random action-shot.

Thoughts below please; have you used the plastic bag method? Am I being really slow with this? It works better for me than wasting my product on a cloth or silk scarf that absorbs the leave-in conditioner whilst I’m sleeping. Thoughts fellow beauts. Thanks.

Happy Thursday

Hair conditioner, Hair results, morning, Mornings, Three Blends

Morning kids. Selfie in work. Unpolished. Casual. Hair is up, Three Blends working its absolute magic for tonight.     I’ve got the original blend in my hair and it smells bloody lovely. 
I added a little Jasmine and lavender for softness and scent, and when I put my hair up this morning it felt like silk! 

Note I did a tiny wash last night, put it up, slept on it and put it up again post-shower this am.

 
I’ll post the results, but absolutely loving this morning already. 

Love x

Morning babies 

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I meant to post this the other day. Sunday love.   My posts are sporadic, ya I know. 
Just spreading happiness and joy. 

Okay half-true. I’m here to talk about Akin. Oh my darling hair conditioner that smells as good as it does, looks as good as it feels and truly doesn’t cost the earth. 
Akin is a luxe Aussie brand, whose haircare line has me hooked. Organic, natural, and all the other stuff that goes with such statements (paraben-free, no synthetics or unnatural crap), I have been in love with their conditioners since first-use in 2012. 

 
I’m a particular fan of their sensitive and nourishing avocado conditioners. Admittedly they’re not super-thick (not for my hair anyway), but it’s the ingredients and how they make my hair feel and smell that has me raving. 

Firstly, Akin sensitive conditioner does more than soften my hair. It makes it feel light, touchable, fresh and clean, whilst moisturised. I need that kind of loving mid-week when y hair is due a wash and I frankly cba with a deep condition- it happens. That’s when I use sensitive. 

And then there’s avocado which makes my hair just lovely. Again, it’s not a heavy product so it sinks in a treat, but considering the qualities of the oils in the conditioner, it makes my hair so damn soft. 

  
The sinking-in element of any condition is key for me. If I doesn’t sink in and I’m getting ready for work I’ll be pretty pissed off. Cursing myself for foolishly thinking a natural product would be that good that it would also magically sink in, despite me using copious amounts to make my hair manageable. Amazingly, Akin does just that. 

It’s Sunday morning and I currently have said Akin in my hair. I put it in, on top of dry 3 days-since-deep-condition-hair-last night. 

I’ll post the results later. But I love it. Very happy customer. 

Three Blends, almost

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Apologies for being a bit quiet on the whole Three Blends front. Everything is in its developmental stages. I can confirm that all will be sweet by the end of January, which is super exciting! I will be selling the Three Blends hair products on this blog, I promise, everything is on its way.

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I’m hoping to get an assistant to help me, but it’s a tricky sitch’ at the moment and I love doing it all myself, everything by hand, I enjoy it too much to give that up right now. When I run out of time to email people back within a decent time frame, orders are coming out of my tush and I’m being paid to actually make all of this for you gorgeous people, maybe then will I get an assistant.

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Until then, please know that I’m doing this all myself, no-one knows or does it the way I do, call me a perfectionist, but I frankly don’t trust anyone else to blend the way I do, package things the way do, or generally do it like it.

So please, patience fellow natural hair and beauty folk. It is coming.

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Note I was writing all of the labels out my hand last night in my bedroom. Jars upon jars, tubs upon tubs, labels to my left, essential oils (lids firmly on and in alphabetical order because I cannot stand disorder) to my right, and me in the middle, writing away with my Parker.

Oh and my makeup is by my cousin Gary Thompson, freelance makeup artist, and the funniest kitten I know.

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Here’s a time line of my hair story. It’s been a mix of trial and error regarding products, but not o lying have I found not straightening my hair again made my hair grow faster than before, but happiness. I’m serious. Like the song goes, if you’re happy and you know it clap you hands. I have plenty to clap, no sing about these days.

I know it’s only a few photos but as you can see by the third photo my hair was considerably longer than what it had been.

I’ll post some recent pictures, but just to illustrate my point, length takes time and although it had been just under a year (10 months in fact), my hair was longer than it had been in years. And it keeps growing.