B r a i d s

New hair

  

So it seems like everyone is celebrating the cornrows these days: the tight, neat plait is being hailed as a 90’s throwback, married with sport luxe and a generous dose of rude gyal with Fila, Kalla and Le Coq Sportif. 

Yeah, plaited hair is having a moment. I just wanted a change and ahh these mermaid-length braids are doing it for me. 

  

I feel like a mix of a Native American woman keen to keep her hair functional, off her face, easy to manage, and a long-locked Disney princess meets Nubian queen. If long braids make me feel like a mix of cultures (Disney, is like, American culture, right?!) then yes, I like this look.  
Ahh, new hair feels…

Shoutout to my big sister who made me want braids in the first place, all the girls on Insta I fawn over, Zoe Kravitz, who made me see that long, lived-in braids are just bloody cool, and all the naturalistas trying out protective styles, keeping their hair strong and who aren’t afraid to experiment.  

  
Yes I’ve used synthetic for a bit of length, but I just want to look like my big sister, who rocks long (typically thicker) braids, and who iI love and respect dearly. She also resembles Bey’ in Formation (hanging out the car, schwinging dem locks) when she’s got braids in. 

  


Whether or not you like the braids, you have to appreciate the effort; I did it myself and it took me seven hours over the weekend, (a very long morning), but I’m really happy with it.

I haven’t been anywhere near a hairdressers in about eight years because I just hate them. I’m sure I can do my hair myself, especially my natural hair. I’ve done weave myself before, straightenes my natural hair, tonged and put extensions in, so braids, were an absolute breeze, just a bit achy on my fingers and time consuming.   I hated it at first – do you guys ever feel like that when you have new hair? I was like meh, do I hate it? Do I actually feel disgusting? After talking with my sister about it, who mostly laughed at me, I realised I was being a silly sod, and forgot that new hair takes time to get used to. Two days in and I am feelin’ myself.

  
Thoughts? Do you guys switch it up and for the first hour/day decide that you hate it? And then, once you’ve played with a few partings, and become used to this long/ short/ curly/ straight head of hair, you love it (and realise why you changed it to this style in the first place).

  
I do, and I’m now pretty damn happy. Unsure how long I’ll keep these braids in, but either way, big smile so my gums show and don’t care about potential wrinkles forming, kinda beam. 

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 

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. 

You’ve grown 

Hair results

Morning kittens. I straightened my hair as you saw in my second to last post, but it wasn’t quite straight-straight. Dead straight I’m talkin’.

So I straightened it again (went over it with straighteners). To be honest, this is how it is with my hair. The first time I wash it, my hair is flat and the curls aren’t to my liking. It takes about two days for it to naturally get to how I like it. The same can be said for when I starighten it.

My hair is straight today (Monday). I straightened it on Tuesday. Is it the same for you other naturalistas who try straightening your curls before you decide to revive those curls again?

  

Now I’d like to discuss my results considering I’ve been using my own all-natural hair conditioner to ensure strength and length for a year now.

I’m unashamedly selfish, and looking after my hair, essentially myself, makes me feel good. Disclaimer over.

  

Back to my hair. Was it easier to straighten after using only natural products? After two years of avoiding heat (not even a hairdryer)? Maybe. My hair was softer, definitely. And took about an hour and forty minutes to straighten. The answer? Coconut, Shea and essential oils. But it’s the quantities that matter. I cannot stress how mindful you must be re eo’s, but I digress.

Everyone at work had a bit of a moment when I came in, a few oohs and ahhs, but mostly questions, funny people. In my year and ten months at work I’ve kept it curly.

What concerns me is that they like it. Most people like it. I like it. But I also love it curly. Bah. Satisfy the masses? Look pretty? I’ll openly admit I kept it straight for a while because my ex liked it. I couldn’t feel more like fuck that. Purely selfish, curious reasons this time – did I say it’s been two years?

I know my ends don’t look too good, but I’m not fussed. I’ll no doubt trim the ends myself before I give way to my curls again.

Until then, flipping my own hair, feeling like Barbie.