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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. 

Herstory

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So I’m starting a hair blog.

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Let me just explain how this isnt a narcissistic post, but my story on how and my i stopped straightening my naturally curly hair, and how its becomd longer, stronger and bigger (yay), than before.

Now that the disclaimers done… I moved to London in April 2014. The previous Christmas I said I wouldn’t straighten my hair for a year. A year and eight months on and my hair has not been in contact with any heat apart from the glorious sun, when I’ve been on holiday.

Not straightening my hair was a big deal. Huge. I was always the twin with the straight hair. I hated the annoying, hard-to-get-a-brush-through curls that just wouldn’t look pretty. Looking back now,  I was simply impatient.

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Isn’t hindsight wonderful? Anyways, I’d been turning to natural body butters and oils for about five years and started to research the benefits of  certain oils for my hair. It made sense not just to add them to my hair conditioner, but buying the oils and applying them to my scalp and waiting for the miraculous results. The results weren’t miraculous, not the first few times where I’d put oil on my scalp in the vain hope my curls would somehow define themselves.  Nah, it takes time, but mostly a willingness on your part. Hair needs both water and oil to make an emulsion – this I only realised about a year ago when I first made my own conditioner, 100% natural conditioner that I absolutely love and will always use. I say that, but just sometimes, if I’ve run out of my own typically and I’m low on igredients, I’ll turn to natural brands: Avalon Organics rosemary conditioner and Sukin Organics protein conditioner.
I absolutely adore the rosemary Avalon Organics  conditioner, not least because rosemary is fantastic for dry hair and penetrators the hair shaft, but it conditions my hair so well and leaves my curls defined for a whole week (I’m really not exaggerating).

With Sukin it’s all about the smell. It’s just lovely and I always get  compliments on my hair when I use it. Yes it makes my hair conditioned for up to four days, which is nice because who can be arsed conditioning their hair every day? But it smells just lovely, with a blend of rose, vanilla and other essentials that make it sweet and herbal.

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I’ll talk more about the products I use later, but my point is that curly hair needs both oil and water, not just oil as I found out on numerous occasions. This is helped through an emulsifier,  which is in every conditioner on the market because it blends oil and water resulting in the white creamy stuff that you put on your hair post -shampoo.

I feel as though I both have and haven’t said all I’d like to, but this is my update until now.

Please comment and share your hair story, why did you decide to go natural? Are you transitioning? I’d love to know.