Monday, 27 August 2012

The L.O.C method

Hey beautiful people,
So I am battling dry hair just doesnt seem to get moisturised and its frustrating the hell out of me especially since I feel my hair is breaking and shedding more than it in my quest for a solution I came actoss the L.O.C methid of moisturisng dry hair.
L- Liquid

O- Oil

C- cream

Reviews from naturals say that you apparently get moisturised hair for atleast 4 to 5 days with this method especially if you dont have thick hair like moi.

Step One: Get your hair wet, with luke warm water. While your hair is still damp, apply a leave in conditioner or just the water alone will work too if you don't have a leave in.
Step Two: Use the oil to coat your hair liberally. Then you’re ready for the final step...
Step Three: Apply a rich cream or butter based product to your hair concentrating on
the ends.

So I will use my water , coconut oil mixture for my liquid, Extra Virgin Olive Oil as my oil and my Carol's daughter Marguerite Magic as my cream then twist my hair at night and see how things go...
I will definitely let y'all know if this method works for my dry hair.
Let me know if this works for you guys.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

BB creams..

Hey beautiful people,
So have you guys heard about BB creams the new "IT" beauty product on the market!! Well BB stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish balm. These are extremely popular in Asia and now the major cosmetic companies are jumping on the bandwagon and creating them. It's more of a multi-function cream that has coverage and skincare properties.It will give you a good base for makeup like a primer, even out complexion like a tinted moisturiser, cover minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrate your skin like your day cream, brighten and perk-up a dull complexion and some will even protect with SPF. Some also promise healing, soothing and anti-ageing properties.

The magic of the BB Cream means you can wear it alone without foundation and you should get a light, natural finish coverage to give you a health glow and cover uneven skin tone. Use it when you don't fancy wearing full foundation or if you want to brighten and perk-up your skin between work and a night out.

This BB Cream phenomenon sounds too good to be true - is there anything it doesn't do?
It won't cover like a foundation so if you suffer from spots you might need to go over problem areas with a concealer. There are also limited shades on offer - generally light, medium or dark. Watch out for pinky undertones too which will not suit darker skin.
So I've seen good reviews on BB creams for darker skin from companies such as Maybelline, Smashbox, Clinique, Garnier and MAC . I really would love to try this so when I get my hands on one I will definitely do a review..has anyone tried BB cream?

Be blessed y'all

HIH Syndrome

Hey beautiful people,
So confession time...yes I am suffering from HIH (hand in hair) syndrome..I cant seem to get my fingers out of my hair..always fluffing , twirling and playing with my hair. I know y'all think this is harmless but its not and it can lead to some serious damage to my hair and scalp..smh Even as i post this I'm finding my self twirling my hair..
So wondering why this is not a good thing well so apparently besides encouraging frizziness, pulling, twisting, and twirling hair constantly can actually lead to or be symptomatic of a condition known as trichotillomania, an anxious disorder that presents itself as incessant hair pulling. This condition can also be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

When you have HIH you are stressing your hair out. Messing with your hair excessively can lead to breakage also. Once you style your hair and your hair is dry, you shouldn’t constantly touch it after that.
Why do some women love touching their hair? There are several reasons. (1) They want to make sure their hair is perfect. You obsess about your hair being perfect and so you always mess with it. (2) You made a recent change to your hair like a cut or texture change so you want to constantly touch to feel this new texture. (3) You just love your hair so much that you want to play with it all day. (4) You’re just bored. And several other reasons.
Mine is number in love (sigh)
Good ways to combat HIH:
Get A Protective Style: Something that involves your hair being flat against your head or in twists or braids. You can’t run your fingers through it and you won’t want to touch it because you’ll want it to stay pretty. (Make sure your stylist doesn’t tug too hard when twisting or braiding)
Focus on style: Try new trendy styles like Pompadours, Braided crowns, fishtail braids, etc… If you try and focus on your hairstyle, then you won’t want to touch your hair for fear of messing it up!
Updos: Updos are helpful because they can look bad with a slight tug on a wrong part of your hair, so keep your fingers out!! They protect your ends since they are tucked away. A well manicured updo in styles such as a bun or throwback roll updo should keep your fingers from wandering!
Find a new habit: Manage the amount of time you play in your hair. Whenever you notice you’re doing it, stop and find something else to do lol.
How many of you are victims of HIH and what do you do to combat this?
Be blessed xx

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Saima Rashid Bargfede-SRB

So today I want to introduce you to an amazing Makeup and Hair stylist that is a mentor and a friend and I so wanna be her when I grow up!! I actually did some classes with her when she was based in Nairobi some time back. Anyway she's based in Europe at the moment but is originally from Pakistan...People introducing the amazing Saima Rashid Bargfrede!!!

Check out some of her amazing work and for more on her and her work please go to her facebook page WOW right??

Go Janelle Monae!!

Hey beautiful people,
So she's arguably one of the most interesting voices on the airwaves, she's also a fashion and natural hair icon and now the new face of a Cosmetic line !!! Janelle Monae has just been signed as the new face of COVERGIRL Cosmetics!! Way to go Covergirl and congratulations to Janelle Monae.. so love her !!

Janelle Monae, Cover Girl

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Your Hairline

Hey beautiful people,
So in the last week there have been pics of Naomi Campbell on her vacation sporting a weave and a barely there hairline. The cause of this hair loss is Traction Alopecia..this is when hair breaks and eventually stops growing due to constant pulling when braiding, weaving and even tight ponytails.
Even constant straightening and bleaching of hair can make it vulnerable to breakage and eventually Traction Alopecia. Early detection can cause the condition to be reversed if one seeks medical intervention but if not it can lead to permanent hair loss.

So I'm not hating on Naomi or anyone else who decides to wear weaves I just want to pass on some info and let y'all know that this can happen to all of us when we are not careful with the way we handle our it in locs, braids or even ponytails.
This is a wake up call that we should not wear any styles that are tight and that pull at our hairline..
Be blessed y'all

Friday, 10 August 2012

Hair Queen Shiro

Hey beautiful people,
Our hair queen today is my beautiful cousin Shiro Wanderi who is growing locs and loving it..this is her hair journey so far..
When did you decide to go natural?
- I decided to natural in April of 2011. Before then, I used to rock full and half wigs a lot. I would never walk out the house if my hair wasn’t covered with a wig or weave. I remember I had all kinds of wigs with different names. I would wear “Anisha” one day and “Tamika” another day. It was crazy but I loved it. But one incident changed my perception on wigs forever. So this is what happened. One day I was in a Zumba class and we were dancing to a routine which needed some serious full body movement. I was really enjoying myself when suddenly, my wig fell off. I was so embarrassed and didn’t even know whether to put it back on my head or not. Well, I did because underneath that wig was world war III, trust and believe me! So I after the session, I went home and thought to myself, “Why am I hiding my hair? This is what God gave me and there’s no reason to be ashamed of it.” So that was the defining moment of my hair and my life. I went natural and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
2.       How did you go natural? Transition or Big Chop?
- I would say I did the big chop but honestly I had little to no hair so I maybe mine was maybe a “small chop” lol
3.       What reaction did you get from family and friends?
-Well some people liked it but many didn’t. Most people said I looked weird, others said I should go back to wearing wigs, so much was said but I didn’t listen to any of that. My family was and still is very supportive.
4.       What’s your maintenance routine?
-After six months of my transition, I decided to lock my hair. It’s been quite a journey but I’m loving every single minute of it. My “babies” as I like to call them are now 11 months old.They`ll be one year on the 30th of next month.
5.       What products do you always use?
-I use Jamaican mango and lime products and I can attest that they have really played a big role in my lock growth.
6.       What is your hair goal?
- My ultimate hair goal would be having long and healthy locks. I would love to hold my hair in a ponytail knowing that it’s actually my real hair and not an extension or something.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lace Front Wigs and Cancer!!!

Hey beautiful people,
So today I came across a disturbing post on a blog that said that Lace front wigs were the leading cause of forehead cancer in African american women!! I was like what!! Forehead cancer??? the picture was very disturbing and showed open sores around the forehead area. The writer says that
after years of research scientists in America have found that women who wear tightly laced wigs   are more likely to get this cancer as abnormal cells form under the moist heat that results from wearing wigs
So y'all know that Lace Front's have become the in thing and even celebrities are wearing them. In Kenya they are more readily available in the market at a cheap cost or a very exorbitant one.
So what's your take on this real or hoax?? I'm thinking it's a possibility...a glued on extension on the forehead can't be a good thing if its on all the time..just saying..
Be blessed y'all

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Oprah's natural hair

Hey beautiful people,
So on the latest cover above of O magazine Oprah Winfrey introduces us to her natural hair in a big curly afro. Now being that people always notice what Ms O does, I was quite surprised about the controversy brewing over said cover.
Naturalistas on the net are claiming that this not her natural hair, that her texture is of a mixed race person, that her stylist Andre walker has claimed that he does relax her hair and that this is a ploy to get more viewers and readers for her flagging O network. My take is this is just hating!!
She looks hot and should just be let to do what she wants with her hair cause its on her head.
You look gorgeous Oprah!
What are your thoughts?

On another note have you guys heard of Gaby Douglas? She is an African american 16 yerar old gymnast that has led the USA gymnastic team to Gold at the London Olympics. Anyway this amazing girl has elicited so much buzz even President Obama sent her a message of congratulations. The other buzz has been on twitter where some haters have been criticizing her hair. Come on people.. this girl is the bomb!, at 16 she has an Olympic gold medal for a really competitive and difficult sport. People should be lauding her performance and her work ethic not talking about how bad her hair is..anywho really disgusted by the hating and think she is a beautiful strong and inspiring girl.
Go Gaby!

Here's to more love less hating..
Be blessed y'all