UK Natural Hair Events


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Looking for a natural hair event in the UK?

Check out these upcoming event's...


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Event: Curls 

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015

Time: 2.00m to 4:00pm

Location: Beauty by Zara, 20 - 24 Clarence Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6QJ

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Event: Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2015

Date: Sunday, 12 April 2015

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB United Kingdom

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Event: National Hair Week 2015

Date: 2nd - 9th May 2015

Time: - 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London

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Event: Curlvolution

Date: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Location: Leeds / Manchester / Nottingham / Bristol / Birmingham / London

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Event: The WITJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo London 2015

Date: 13th June 2015

Time: 10.30am - 6.30pm

Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP, London, United Kingdom

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N.B. Events are subject to changes for which I cannot be held responsible. 
Please contact the Event Organiser(s) for detailed confirmations. 
This can be found by following the 'Click here for full details' links.

 

Feel free to share any hair events that you know of by posting the details in the comments box below.

10 Natural Hair Tips For The Summer


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The UK is finally heating up, so now it's time for some outdoor activities and fun. Whoop whoop!

Here are some handy natural hair tips for the summer, which will help to keep your hair beautiful, reduce frizz and avoid damage all while protecting it from the sun, heat, salt and chlorine.

  1. Moisturise Moisture Moisturise
  2. Spritz and seal
  3. Wear protective styles
  4. Clarify hair and scalp
  5. Use a leave-In conditioner
  6. Oil protection
  7. Don't forget to deep condition
  8. Wear a hat
  9. Avoid heat
  10. Hair detox

 

Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise

When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturising enough. Your moisturising routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. 

Our bodies contain from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration; the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.

Water is good internally and externally for hair. Internally a well-hydrated body means that there is sufficient moisture for hair function, externally it means that the hair can maintain elasticity and suppleness. 

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Spritz and Seal

Spritz and seal is a great way to moisturise daily and to prevent breakage.  A moisturising spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice/gel, and a penetrative oil such as olive oil, avocado oil land/or argan oil will keep dry hair hydrated.

Moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant. Heavy oils such as jojoba, castor or almond oil, or even thick butters like shea butter are great natural sealants. Shea butter is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.

You may have to experiment with different hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturise without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you). Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that.

Try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair.

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Wear protective styles

Braids, buns, cornrows, up-dos, twists – all of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or your neck, but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, you'll retain that length.

Whether you’ll be protective styling throughout the summer or just a few times this season, check out these styles for inspiration:

Up-do / Pompadour

High Puff (great for transitioning/short hair )

2 Sided Braids/Cornrows

Box Braids

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Clarify hair and scalp

With the temperature hotting up you’ll probably find yourself sweating more in the sun, at the gym and on your scalp. This will be the time to start cleansing your hair more frequently to remove the sweat and dirt build-up. To avoid spending money on new product, a mid-week apple cider vinegar rinse is sufficient to gently remove scalp build-up. Just be sure to use your fingertips (not your nails!) to massage the scalp and clarify.

Try my Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser.

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Use a Leave-In Conditioner

After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in conditioner that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while reducing frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector are two of my favourites.

Since there tends to be more humidity in the air, products with glycerin or other humectants are great during this time of year as a leave-in. Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment at least every two weeks to rejuvenate your locks.

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Oil Protection

While on the beach put a barrier between your hair and the sun’s damaging rays, which may fade colour and leave tresses feeling like straw. Oils seal in moisture and provide high-gloss shine, so ensure that you apply an oil-based treatment or create your own oils mix. 

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Don't forget to deep condition

I currently use Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque and Sof n' Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask, which intensely moisturises, aids in reducing breakage and supports healthy hair growth.

Apply your deep conditioner evenly throughout wet hair after shampooing, place hair under a plastic cap/plastic bag and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair.

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Wear a hat

Rock a sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from bright UV rays, as well as protecting colour and moisture. This is also a great time to get stylish and sport a colourful scarf /turban on your hair. 

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Avoid heat

The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. Reduce the use of blow dryers and try to air-dry your hair overnight. Avoid using curling irons and straighteners as they can stress your hair and cause breakage.

Check out these examples of how to stretch your natural hair without using heat HERE

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Hair Detox

After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo or use one of my favourite natural hair cleansers, apple cider vinegar. Both will help to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading colour. Plus these will gently wash away product buildup for healthier tresses.

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair in the summer?

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser


Whether you're a naturalist or transitioning, you've more than likely heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent.

When I first heard about ACV as a hair cleanser, I thought it sounded pretty weird. But as you all know I've used all sorts of ingredients from my kitchen that has done wonders for my hair, so surely this can only do good. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I'm so glad I did. This stuff leaves my hair super soft, smooth, and very shiny. Plus my scalp is left feeling really clean and healthy.

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it's supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. 

Benefits

  • Removes product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp
  • Natural hair loss treatment
  • Home Remedy for head Lice
  • Smooth the hair's cuticle which help to prevent split ends
  • Locks in protein and moisture 

My ACV Cleanser Mix

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

How I Make My ACV Cleanser

  1. Pour 1 part ACV and 1 part water into a water spritz bottle
  2. After shampooing, part your hair into 4 sections. 
  3. Within each section spray the mixture onto hair and scalp. Focussing mainly on your scalp. Make sure you place a towel around your neck so that you don't get too wet.
  4. Then gently massage it into your scalp.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 3  minutes before rinsing fully with water.
  6. Then condition as usual.

 

Have you tried ACV on your hair? What natural hair cleanser would you recommend?

Source: http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.co...

How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

Microfiber Towel / Great Drying Method For Natural Hair


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You’ve shampooed and conditioned and now it's time to dry your hair, so you reach for the only drying method you know...the bath towel. 

Did you know that the surface of most standard bath towels disrupts the cuticle layer, separates the natural “clumping” of curls and contributes to frizz? 

But fear not, as i have alternative option for absorbing excess moisture from the hair without robbing the hair of too much moisture or roughing up its surface. 

A microfiber towel is less fluffy than a regular cotton towel but is actually much more ideal for drying hair and here are some of the benefits...

  • It absorbs water much more rapidly without the need for rubbing;

  • You don't have to rub your hair to get the water out so there is minimal friction between the towel and hair fibres - less friction means less breakage;

  • Hair that's been wrapped in a microfiber towel will dry a lot faster than hair that's been wrapped in a regular towel;

  • It helps to reduce hair frizziness.

My microfiber turban/towel

My microfiber turban/towel

How do you use a microfiber towel?

After washing my hair I give it a gentle squeeze to get rid of the dripping and then I placed the microfiber towel over my head, twist the length of the towel and then secure the end at the back. No need to rub or scrunch, just a gentle pat over the surface is enough.

Where to buy?

I purchased my microfiber towel (turban) from my local hair shop for £1.99, but i'm now thinking of upgrading to a better quality towel which is much larger. Here are a couple well known brands that have received some good reviews...

 

Have you tried a microfiber towel before? What microfiber towel do you use?

 

Source: https://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/why-...

The Women In The Jungle Natural Hair Show


If I could sum up the WITJ natural hair and beauty show in one word, it would be…inspirational. The lovely Miss Vaughan (natural hair & beauty Vlogger ) said to 'Be fierce at every stage'. And I can confirm that the ladies on attendance were most definitely fierce at every stage. I’m talking stylish TWA’s, long bouncy curls, funky shaved tapered haircuts, colour blocking and of course the classic afro were all on show.

Natural ladies in the audience

It was so nice to see the different hair textures, hairstyles and the versatility of having kinky, coily, curly hair. But nothing topped the confidence that these ladies (and the odd gentleman) carried. It was inspirational.

Natural ladies in the audience

I also enjoyed seeing the variety of hair and beauty products on show and being the shopping junkie that I am, i wanted to try a bit of everything. But my purse wouldn’t allow it, so I just enjoyed the view. 

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We also had the pleasure of hearing from Valley Fontaine (BBC Journalist), Colleen Harris (business woman) and Helen Mitchell (BBC Journalist). They discussed the subject of hair in the workplace (more so the corporate world) and shared their different experiences. 

I’ve worn my hair straight for the past 15 years, so I've never thought about how my natural hair would affect my chances in a job interview or promotion. It was really interesting to hear everyone’s experiences and how they dealt with their hair whilst working in the corporate world. 

Fortunately now that i'm natural i don't tend to worry about my hair at work.  I do get the get the odd questions and comments but they're generally positive, so this just fuels me to being myself. So I just want to encourage you ladies to be happy and confident with your natural hair when going for a job interview or promotion, and don't forget to use your common sense. We all know that dying your hair bright pink before you go for a role as Barrister for example, probably won't get you that job. The focus should be on your skills and not your hair.

Valley Fontaine and me

Valley Fontaine and me

One of the highlights of the show was listening to the beautiful Ms Vaughan talk about her journey from the big chop to long shoulder length hair (in it’s curly state). She shared photos of each fierce stage of her journey...rocking a TWA (teeny weeny afro) with colour at the short stage, and at that time she had no online hair support (thank god for the support now). To looking fly with her frohawk at the medium stage and then feeling confident and content at shoulder length stage.

Prior to the show I felt that once I gained a considerably amount of length, I would be able to rock any style I wanted with confidence. But Ms Vaughan message reminded me that regardless of the stage that you’re at, you should always wear your hair with style, confidence and of course fierceness.

So don't forget ladies...BE FIERCE AT EVERY STAGE!

 

 

DIY / Protein Treatment


What Is A Protein Treatment?

Protein treatments penetrate deep into the hair shaft. Use of protein treatments stop hair breakage, rebuild hair structure and makes your hair shine and grow. Healthy hair is achieved with the use of protein treatments. However do not use protein treatments like you do hair conditioners at every hair wash. Because protein treatments penetrate the hair shaft too much can cause breakage.

DIY Protein Treatment

At the moment my hair is in a pretty good state (according to my hairdresser), but i'm always on the look out for different homemade treatments that will help to strengthen my hair, promote growth and prevent breakage. You can only imagine my face when i came across this easy, homemade protein treatment. I got straight into it and now i'm here sharing it with you guys, so enjoy and let me know how you get on.

 

Ingredients

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  • Coconut Milk (1 tin)

BENEFITS: It contains vitamin C, E, B and fats which can prove effective in moisturizing hair. A great source of oils and protein.  Fresh coconut milk can nourish hair and promote hair growth. It’s said to be useful for controlling excessive hair loss too.

  • 1 Egg

BENEFITS: A great source of protein and nutrients. Due to the high protein content, eggs can be used to strengthen hair follicles. Equally, the nutrients in it add volume, shine and texture.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Replaces moisture and elasticity. Great healing and preserving properties, helping to restore and retain hair’s health.

  • Argan Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E, contains omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids which provide nutrition for your hair. Other properties of Argan Oil that help to;

Hydrate your hair, adds shine to your hair, penetrate the hair shaft – it absorbs straight away, repair damaged hair follicles and restore moisture to your hair.

  •  Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)

BENEFITS: Coconut oil is completely absorbed by the hair, prevents protein loss and boosts shine,  antibacterial properties protect the scalp against infections resulting in itching, dandruff and weak dry hair.

  • Hibiscus Tea (powder)

BENEFITS: Conditions, stimulates growth and prevents hair loss. Add 1 teaspoon of the powder to a cup of boiling water, mix and then add 2 tablespoons of the tea to your mix.

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients above in a container/bowl of your choice

  2. Mix it together with a whisk or a fork

  3. Once all mixed up, section your hair into four and apply mixture. This can get pretty messy as its runny, so i would advise that you wear a towel around your neck and lay one across the floor. Alternatively you could apply the mixture whilst in the shower/bath.

  4. Apply the mixture to each section from root to tip

  5. Cover your hair in cling film and then wrap a towel around your head.

  6. Leave the treatment in for 40mins and then rinse it out with lukewarm water (do not use hot water as the egg may set in your hair).

  7. Once you’re done, you must follow up with a deep conditioner to restore moisture. Protein treatments can make your hair feel hard/stiff.

TIP: If you have any left, freeze and reuse within 4 weeks. 

Ingredients mixed

Ingredients mixed

Mixture applied to hair

Mixture applied to hair

Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Hair wrapped in cling film and towel

Results

My hair has never felt or looked so good in such a long time. For the past few months, my hair has been looking pretty dull, so i'm really happy that i have my shine back. Yay! Plus my curls are so much more defined and my hair feels and looks healthy.

I choose to air dry my hair, as i'm trying to reduce the amount of heat that i use. And i was pretty impressed with the results as i could see my natural curl pattern, which isn't always achieved when you use a blow dryer.

I plan to do this treatment once a month and see how i get on. 

Defined curls from root to tip

Defined curls from root to tip

Better twist out

Better twist out

Shiny hair

Shiny hair

TIP: You can thicken your treatment and add more protein by adding in some mayonnaise and/or avocado (riper the better) in your mixture.

 

What’s your protein treatment regimen, and how does it benefit your hair?

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Product Review / As I Am Coconut Cowash

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Product / As I Am Naturally Coconut Cowash

Details / Cleansing conditioner which removes product residue and preserves moisture.

Price / £10 - £12.99

Rating / 10/10

I can easily say that the As I Am Naturally Coconut Cowash is one of my top 5 must have favourites. If this product came in a form of a man I would marry him, because I can’t leave without it. Trust me when i say this stuff is AWESOME!

Pros

  • It thoroughly cleanses my hair and scalp and always leaves my hair moisturised and feeling soft.
  • It has a sweet, fruity smell which is amazing.
  • If you suffer with dry scalp then this stuff is perfect for you. As it’s a conditioner it won’t strip your hair/scalp like shampoos, so it leaves your hair/scalp moisturised.
  • Washing with two textures can make detangling quite difficult but this product provides enough slip to make detangling a breeze.
  • I apply lots of oil throughout the week so a good cleansing is well needed by the end of it. This does the job perfectly.
  • It does give you a nice lather but not as much as a shampoo, which is great as it means that it's not stripping your hair of it's moisture.
  • Works safely with keratin treatments

Cons

•    Quite expensive for a conditioner

Consistency : Medium creamy and   non sticky.

Consistency : Medium creamy and non sticky.

What is cowashing?

Cowashing means "conditioner washing" aka cleansing your hair with conditioner rather than shampoo. This is a gentler way of cleaning as conditioners don't contain harsh stripping sulfates, and adds the right amount of hydration to strands which cuts down on frizz.

How often do you use it?

I simply cowash my hair once a week. Within a month I would cowash my hair 3 times and then use a clarifying or protein shampoo once a month to cleanse my hair and scalp of any buildup.

What is your washing regimen like?

  • Pre-poo (this refers to applying oils and/or a conditioner to my hair hours before shampooing) 
  • Cowash (shampoo once a month)
  • Deep Condition/Protein treatement
  • Moisturise (leave in conditioner, oils and moisturiser)
  • Blow Dry
  • Style
Washing with As I Am Coconut Cowash

Washing with As I Am Coconut Cowash

Where to buy: 

 

Which product(s) do you use to cowash?


4 Great Pompadour Hairstyle Tutorials


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Do you love stylish, easy and low maintenance hairstyles? Well this is just for you! 

Along with twist outs, pompadours (also known as an up-do) are one of my favourite go-to styles. When all else fails the pompadour never lets me down. All you'll need is your fingers, bobby pins, hair clips and you’re good to go.

Check out the videos below for instructions on how to create this fantastic style…

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1 / Janelle Monae inspired up-do 

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2 / Classic Pompadour

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3 / Statement Pompadour 

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4 / Roll, Tuck and Pin

TIP: Make sure your hair is moisturised prior to styling. 

 

What's your favourite go-to style?


Hair Talk / Rebekah McCollin


Rebekah / Natural

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is  Rebekah McCollin and i currently live in London, working part-time and studying full-time. 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 2 years and 4months.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

Many things made me look at being natural. Constant rejection of my own hair began to feel like self hatred and I was not raised to hate myself therefore I was behaving contrary to who I actually am but for who's benefit? Bad relaxers and damaged hair are the reasons that I put in braids; not realising I was 'Protective Styling'. While my hair was braided I looked around me at people I knew or was related to, some of them had virgin hair which was beautiful, healthy and alive. At that stage I acknowledged that it was laziness and miseducation that made me not care after my own hair in its natural state. 

Rebekah / Transitioning

Rebekah / Transitioning

What is your hair type/texture?

I have discovered that I am a 4 hair type. My texture ranges through a,b&c; I have all 3 textures of grade 4 type hair which has been a revelation due to thinking I was 4c only.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I don't have a weekly styling regimen, I just do what I feel. Wash and condition when needed, but I do aim to protective style for the majority of the week.

Describe a typical wash day.

A typical wash day consists of an oil pre poo and finger detangle, diluted shampoo wash, followed by a conditioning treatment which is normally left overnight. Wash out conditioner with water only; then finally rinse with almond oil and water. I then t-shirt dry my hair; at this stage I will do the L.O.C method and twist up my hair to lock in the moisture.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

My favourite go-to style would be my 'up puff'. Because I have 4a hair around my edges I am able to achieve a nice smooth finish therefore this look is quick and easy to achieve.

List your top 5 products

My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are: 

  •                Shea Butter (Raw)
  •                Aloe Vera Gel
  •                Castor Oil
  •                Water
  •                100% Coconut Oil

Rebekah /  Top 5 products

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

YouTube has been my friend for information or sources of research. I think that blogging and websites are great but there is nothing better than personal experience. Inspiration is needed for many of us and I have too been inspired; Kimmaytube, Beautiful Brown Baby Doll and the Greenchannel have been of upmost help during my natural progress.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

I would say, have fun and do research. Understand your own texture and to not spend to much energy on wishing for the hair texture or type of others. In general I would advise them ALL to not define their beauty by other races standards.

 

Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

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