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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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. 

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Length: How I got it

Hair results, Mornings, Proud

Length is something hard to come by, and once you get it, you hold on awful tight, not so tight that you break it mind, but with a strong enough grip that you retain that sought-after length. That’s what I’m doing anyway. How, you ask? With my all-natural hair conditioners, the one that got me to this very stage: Length.

Length isn’t just about long hair (I mean it really is!), but also helping to restore moisture to dry locks, hair that is broken

I have two natural hair conditioners, but Length is what I swear by, what I’ve given to others who have raved about how much stronger and healthier their hair looks and feels. I mean it when I say I believe in the strength of nature, the proof is quite literally in the (big hair) poof.

At the base of Length is shea butter, along with other carrier oils, which have been proven to stimulate growth, repair cuticles, and soften hair.

Black castor oil

 

Black castor oil is an antiseptic, anti inflammatory oil, derived from the castor plant. It stimulates prostglandins which are in certain parts of the body including the scalp. Some say this is the reason why it triggers hair growth. I won’t make such claims, but it’s got my hair this long.

Avocado oil

 

High in fatty acids and vitamin E, avocado oil penetrates the hair shaft, allowing hair to retain oil post-shampoo, smoothing cuticles, so it doesn’t feel dry because the cuticles are quite literally smoothed down by oil which is absorbed by hair, forming a protective layer on every strand (straighteners come try it! Jokes, no heat. Whatsoever).

Now, what’s really helped my hair are the essential oils I use in Length. It is rich in lavender, rosemary and cammomile essential oils from those gorgeous flowering plants.

Lavender calms tense scalps and relaxes stressed hair thanks to its properties. But it’s not just a relaxing oil.

I recently read a study where alopecia areata patients massaged their scalps daily for 7 months. Half of the patients used lavender essential lavender oil during the massage, and reported considerably hair re-growth over the control group that simply used scalp massage alone. I’m not taking this as gospel, but it’s interesting no?

Rosemary, rich in antioxidants is a natural stimulant and has been purported to boost hair growth. I don’t believe the hype, but my research shows that rosemary is in fact an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial oil, so any itchiness, dryness, or soreness (dandruff/ psoriasis), will be obliterated once you use this (I’ve suffered in the past and now boast a dandruff-free scalp!).

Rosemary also promotes blood circulation when applied to the scalp. I’m really not a fan of ridiculous claims, but my hair hasn’t been longer.

Cammomile soothes sore scalps and naturally softens hair thanks to its high concentration of a-bisabolol which promotes granulation (healing), is an natural anti-inflammatory oil and is also a great tissue regenerator.

I washed my hair yesterday and put Length all over. Note this is about 10 minutes post-shower (with nothing in my hair), and below is 15 minutes after working the product through my hair.

Holding on tight; this is my hair, I’m looking after it, I want it to be long, strong, healthy and just beautiful because it’s one less thing I have to think about.

Deets on my other product coming soon. Until then, feel free to ask me all about Length.

Unwashed 

Hair results, Mornings

Curls are a bit wild this morning, hair is big and dry; I haven’t washed it for a more than a week. 

  

I won’t lie, it feels scandalous not washing it on my normal wash day, but ooh it looks good.

 
I was supposed to wash it yesterday morning, combating the bushy, dry, slept-on hair. But instead, I put Length in my hair, my heavy hair conditioner, worked it through for about five minutes and put it up in a bun. 

  

If I’m honest I just needed a bit of moisture to help it get in a bun, but I was tentative to take it out this morning expecting conditioner blobs on dry hair, but this morning it looks like this:   

  

No particular shape but I like it nonetheless. 

  
How’s your unwashed hair looking, naturals? Because I am feeling this! 

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. 

At last

Hair conditioner, Hair results, Home made, Mornings, Three Blends

Y A A A S

  
Are you ever just like f*cking yes?! Because your hair is finally on bloody point? And it hasn’t taken days for it to look like this? No, it’s only taken one night, an evening, and the next day your hair is Bob Bob Ricard fancy? 

  
This morning I took my hair out and I was like damn, how, after one night – actually from 1.30pm the previous day, to this morning – of it being *washed and thoroughly conditioned, does it look like this? 

I was thinking how? How?! The answer: Three Blends. I changed the ingredients, mixed up the quantities and re-blended. Oh how I love the results. And I mean LOVE. My hair felt heavier with product this am, hence why it’s probably hanging around my shoulders tonight (massive f*cking yes to this).

  
It looks quite short and bouncy in the photos, but funnily enough it’s long and heavier tonight, which is another first. And it’s incredibly soft. I’m really impressed. 

  
YES. 

Oh, and, camera is on the way, promise.

And this dress was a present from my big sister, fits a God-damn dream. 

Morning babies 

Hair results

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. 

WEEKENDFLEX

Mornings, straight

Roll with it kids! 

 I haven’t washed my hair in 2 weeks. I straightened it (with straighteners), last week Monday, but haven’t done a damn thing to it since.

Rollin’ with it. Might wash it tonight. Straight has been fun 🙂

I’m not prepared to put straighteners near my hair again for another two years. I’ll put them back in my hair and beauty drawer. Maybe I’ll keep it curly for 5 years. Straight when I’m 30? God that sounds old. Too deep for a Saturday afternoon. 

Happy vibes kids. 

Abu Dhabi pt.2

Hair results, The Motion, Three Blends, Travel

Winter has well and truly set in. In the UK anyway, so I’m throwing this back to three weeks ago, where my hair was soaking up the rays of the Arabian desert this side of the UAE and my whole soul was drinking up the warmth that is Abu Dhabi.  
In this part of the world you need suglasses 24/7. Yes. Promise to talk about my hair now.

 
What are your thoughts on it? The above and below photos are my hair results after being coated in Three Blends Dreamy hair conditioner. 

In the overhead photos my hair was drying out, three days after being in Abu Dhabi. I like it. Think the sun helps.

   
You already know about the above hair results because of my video in my last post. 

But my hair below was the results of it being ‘out’ of the process I practice in order to yield pretty hair that doesn’t scare the kids. It was also the last day of my holiday, oh and that’s when we went to the Grand Prix. 

 
Holla. 

Or yalla (c’mere, hurry, come on!)

Fall back: buns

Hair results

Buns.

Oh my God! – looks at her bun.
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Laziness happens to the busiest, the driven. Function paves the way for speed, and my dear friends, I have become a time-poor bunny who favours the fast, free and fun.

So the last noun and adjective weren’t negative, but getting something done quickly, without compromise, has been my fall back as of late. While I’m all about the effort, I couldn’t be more thankful for the bun.

I only realised I’d had my hair up all week, when a new work colleague said they ‘loved’ my hair out. I was like “oh, oh yeah”, I hadn’t noticed that I’d been all about that bun life. I’m definitely going to try keeping my hair down, as opposed to up, now because big is beautiful.

Happy Saturday.