Travel hair, Crete

Hair conditioner, Hair results, Holidays

I’ve been islandhopping lately…


Now is all that travel good for the hair? I’m not entirely sure, but I know it does get dry from the recirculated air on a flight, the mixed UK temperatures (standard) and then hot, wind-less temps when I step out of the airport into a new country. 

Sigh. Keeping your hair healthy let alone looking decent is an effort, but I’m determined to make it easier. As per, the practice is always more difficult than the method, and my recent trip really tested this theory: my twin sister and I were heading to Crete, Greece for a wedding, in the middle of July. Yep, this actually happened, sweat and all.


In a bid to keep my curls stunning, I packed my rich GROWTH leave-in hair conditioner, but I couldn’t bring my castor oil because I only brought my small carry-on. There wasn’t any need to worry however, because we happened upon some superb Cretan olive oil. My God it smelled fantastic. 

Okay so many people turn their nose up at putting runny olive oil on their scalps compared to highly-prized coconut, castor or shea, but it’s was a bloody dream. 

The locally-made oil was a bit thicker than the stuff I’d bought at home, and it softened my skin something ridiculous, so I put it on my scalp. 


The difference was unreal. My hair looked beautiful for the wedding, and even during a few salty beach trips my hair stayed gorgeous. I felt and saw the results the most however, when I came home and rinsed my hair after using it on my scalp for one week. My God, my hair was like silk. Literally silky soft to the touch. 

Olive oil: something from the Gods. Note, my sister and I also found wonderful organic brand too, it was just a smidge pricey for the amount you get, and the amount, with my hair, I’d use. Nonetheless a great hair oil, just a darn shame there wasn’t more of it. 


More travel hair tips coming as I mooch around this little earth. 

New girl

Hair results

Hey babycakes, I feel like an absolute doll with straight hair – all hail the flippy, tossable locks that move at my whim.

It’s been two years you see. Two whole (25 months in fact) years of me tending to my curls, peacocking about that heat-free life.

But I’ve been curious and I had to scratch that itch.

I’d been thinking about straightening my hair for a few months, and by thinking about it, I mean putting it off, worrying about the damage, the effort, etc. And then Tuesday night, I just did it.

It took about an hour to straighten and came out different to the last time (two years ago). It’s long. Longer than I expected. It’s kinked up in the pictures, but it has, in fact, actually grown. Which makes me happy. It’s now down my back.

 
Sleep however, intervenes with the revelling in the length moment, however. But here’s a few photos of how it actually looked, thankfully, earlier in the week.


  
Messy, but I was never a straight-straight kinda girl. Nature interfered with that idea, hence the curls, the volume, and just-dragged-through-a-bush look. But it’s my hair, straight.

It don’t make no sense, less I’m doing it with you. I do believe I’ve become a Bieber fan. I won’t use the fan-name. I won’t do it. Oh heck. I’m a Belieber. Listening to his album whilst I write this. Keep each other company… So back to this post. Change is good. Kind of forcing myself to accept that. Loving straight hair, but I’ve always loved it straight. The hard part was accepting my hair curly. It’s still a process.

 

I think I speak for most naturals when I say that going to bed can be a nightmare for hair. I love sleep, and could easily spend most of my mornings in the land of nod. But those gorgeous eight hours, can, and often do turn my hair from what was an acceptable, dare I say pretty look into someone who’s never seen a brush. 

I do love it when it curls, naturally, at the ends. But I wanted it straight, so I’m keeping it like this until I wash it. 

Enjoy kids.

Mind blown

Hair results, Holidays, Three Blends, Travel

I love me some education and learning about emulsions is an eye opener. I thought I knew all about emulsifying  waxes. Nah.

  
Yno when you look on the back of products and see cetearyl alcohol and think eugh that sounds dodge, but no. It’s just an emulsifier. 

  
I keep throwing this word around. For those that don’t know emulsifiers are the ingredients which combine water and oil. If you’re making your own products they’re your bread and butter. 

  
Each emulsifier is different however. I’ve experimented with olive oil-based emulsifier before thinking Ooh-natural. But it just comes off greasy and in the non-absorbent way. 

  
So instead I’m plumping for the natural sister emulsifier. Emu-lotion and Neals Yard natural emulsifier. I’ll post the results of the products before I send new samples out prior to the final product being dispatched.

 
Oh and my hair today. I took it out. I really really like it like this. Big, natural, Remedy leave-in conditioner has been absorbed, and it’s perfectly dry. I know that sounds silly, but wet hair, though gorgeous, doesn’t stay like that for long. It dries out, and the result is usually less-pretty than what it was at its damp stage.   

 

  
But I love this. 

I don’t usually post stuff about my family, but in the spirit of variety, I thought I’d show you how different our hair is, and share a little of our day. 

  
We went shopping. And had really good lunch at Selfridges. 

Happy holidays

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!)

Abu Dhabi

Hair results

I totally forgot to post this – just sharing the results of my hair after being up, using Three Blends dreamy conditioner, whilst on holiday in Abu Dhabi.

   
Oh and my twin sister makes a cameo. Feel free to completely ignore her. 

I’ll do a video of the Three Blends products as soon as the website, Twitter and Instagram is set up and I have the official branded tubs of the stuff – exciting times!

I cannot tell you how lush it is to use a 100% organic, natural, vegan product that actually works on your otherwise dry, bush-like hair. It is such a God damn relief – my hair is hydrated, genuinely softer than it has ever been, and is in the best condition of my hair. 

When I was younger my Mom used to use this one particular product that made my hair lovely, once it was soaked in, but during the interim, my twin sister and I would sit there absolutely hating the smell, feel of this watery, but slimy product that yes, weighed our hair down somewhat, but felt horrible on our shoulder (ahhh it was that long) until it dried. 

But what else are parents to do with their child’s unruly hair when society deems we need to look polished so we have friends, seem educated and go far in life? So my mom used the said product until we were old enough to do our own hair. Sigh. 

Thank God for Shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils and the beauty of patience. 

Note I’m uploading this whilst on the train in London. A guy reeking of stale peanuts is sitting next to me and keeps smacking his lips. Vomit x10. Next stop #anywherebuthereplease (!)

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.

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.

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. 

Do you remember the time?

Uncategorized

WHEN WE FELL IN LOVE? Do ya? Ah do ya? Bada-bap-dada, do ya? WOO! 

I have had coffee this morning. Slightly stupid because I never drink it because it makes me HIGH as a kite, but I need to be sprightly this morning. Anyways…hair. 

I thought I’d throw back to last week. My hair looked like this: 

  
This is with plenty of my home made conditioner run through my hair the day before, post wash (I’ll explain how I wash my hair in another post), it being put in a bun all day and sleeping on it. 

That was my hair all of Saturday. Sunday it looked like this:

  
Pretty much the same but a tad drier, as expected. The sun was out all day on Saturday and I’d been tanning my limbs.

Now while I like my hair in the above shots, I LOVE it when it dries out a bit more and has more softness and movement. This takes time. Tuesday my hair looked like this: 

  
See what I mean? So having your hair just how you like it, is, usually a process for me. 

How long does it take for you to love your hair? Post wash and condition? Do share.