Hair Talk / Nadine Golding

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Nadine, a small town girl originally from Nottingham. I moved to London three years ago for my dream job in marketing. 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve always been natural. I’m too much of a chicken to do anything too drastic. I traditionally wore my hair straight with the use of the hot combs and then straightening irons. I started wearing my natural curls on 1st October 2014 and I’ll never forget it, it was the start of an amazing journey. 

Why did you make the decision to wear your natural curls?

I decided to go ‘all out’ natural and embrace my curly tresses after I saw the incredible and at the time irreversible damage I was causing to my hair due to heat. Literally, my hair was breaking off leaving piles of strands on the floor. 

What’s the best thing about being natural?

For me it’s the learning. Not just about my hair, her texture, her type, her porosity level and what she likes and dislikes. But about myself too. I’ve learnt more about myself in this past year and four months than I ever have before. It’s really weird to say but my hair has changed me. I see me in all my naked, curly glory – lol. My hair (I like to call her Divine), and I have truly arrived! I’m stronger and more confident than ever and I love it!

What is your hair type/texture?

I’ve got a few. I'd say I’m a 4a at the back and a 3c everywhere else. I also have extremely low porosity hair, so my strands don't absorb water very well and takes ages to dry. I use heat to help with absorption when deep conditioning - I couldn’t live without my portable hooded dryer. And I seal the moisture in by rinsing out my co-wash and conditioners with cool water. My hair strands are fine but I have a lot of them!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Normally it’s a wash and go now my hair has a little length and my hairdresser has cut my hair into a proper shape. On a Saturday I’d set my wash and go using the LOC method and seal with a little Eco Styler gel (the aloe vera one is my fave). Wash and gos last for about three to four days before I have to pull my hair into one and pay close attention to just the right amount of flick on my edges. I spray my hair night and day with water – that’s a must!

Describe a typical washday.

Erm, correction – wash days! Lol. So I start off on a Friday night with a coconut pre poo. I drench my hair with coconut oil, finger detangle, twist up my hair loosely into four twists then sit for an hour with a plastic cap on. Then I co-wash my with As I Am Coconut Co-wash and finger detangle. Once my hair is clean and thoroughly rinsed out, I apply my deep conditioner of choice (I love the Shea Moisture‘s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque), wrap my hair with cling film, add a towel and sleep.

In the morning I wash the masque out, apply my leave in conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave In Conditioner), add my home made oil mix to my scalp and strands and then coat my hair with my conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Conditioner). Finally I add Eco Styler Gel.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

I’d say my twist and curl outs! This style I can rely on. The results are always consistent and it’s really easy to do with minimal manipulation.

Nadine - Left: Wash n Go / Right: Twist out with perm rods

What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?

High bun defo. It’s just super classy and again effortless. Just got to make sure those edges are on point! 

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. As I Am Co-wash Conditioner – leaves my hair feeling super clean without making it feel dry. There’s a lot of slip which makes detangling for me a doddle.
  2. Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Leave in Conditioner. This leaves my hair super moisturised without weighing it down. Jamaica black castor oil.
  3. Peppermint essential oil. Love this little bottle of magic! Teamed with my carrier oils this is a great scalp stimulant.
  4. Eco Styler Gel Aloe Vera – this is very reliable and gives me that sleek look without flaking. I use this on my edges too.
  5. I use this with a mix of oils really for my scalp massages and when doing the LOC method. I believe this is the secret ingredient for hair growth and I use this on my eyebrows too.

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

Don’t give up and be patient. Remember healthy hair has to come before the length!

Describe your natural hair in three words.

I can name it in just one – DIVINE!

Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

Of course – tweet me @QTgolding 



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

Hair Talk / Allyson Trunzer


Photo by: Nichole Fleming

Photo by: Nichole Fleming

Tell us your name and where you are from?

Hi everyone! My name is Allyson Trunzer. I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a theatre/ dance performer, dance teacher’s assistant and barista. I’m also finishing up studies to become a certified ESL teacher. 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve never relaxed my hair, but I did have a history of using generalised products, chemical bleaches/dyes and flat ironing. I discontinued flat ironing and started investing in more natural products in the fall of 2013. I also started using henna in replacement of chemical dyes since this past summer. 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

Earlier in 2013, I experienced a lot of breakage/ shedding plus heat damage from sun exposure and constantly flat ironing my hair. In the fall of 2013, I got a job at Toronto’s popular and trendy natural hair, skincare & wellness store, Honeyfig. It was there that I was encouraged to stick to a consistent regimen, be aware of product ingredients and start treating my hair on a consistent basis. My hair has been a lot stronger, fuller, and healthier ever since! 

What is your hair type/texture?

I have 3b/ 3c curls and finer strands. 

Photo by: Ellana Delmar @ellanaphotography

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I’ll do a wash n’ go then style my hair in a pineapple, high bun or low ponytail during the week. 

Describe a typical washday.

“Wash day” is usually on a Saturday or Sunday and I wait 7 days before the next one. I’ll style it as a wash n’ go, then on the second/ third day, I’ll re-mist my hair with water and reapply a bit of leave in conditioner/ styler.  If I’m working out a lot during the week, I’ll co-wash 3-4 days after the weekend, skip the conditioner and follow up with the leave in and styler. 

 My typical “wash day”:

  1. Wash w/ Earthtones Naturals’ Curl Cleanse Moisturizing & Conditioning Shampoo. Apply and rinse with warm water. 
  2. Deep Condition w/ Brown Butter Beauty’s Babassu Butter Love. Leave in and use wide-tooth comb or fingers to detangle. Rinse out after 30 minutes with cool water. (Once/ month I use Bekura’s Vanilla Whiskey Repairing Hair Soak as a protein treatment instead of BBB). 
  3. Scrunch out excess water out of hair with old cotton T-shirt. 
  4. Apply leave in (Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Leave In Conditioner) and rake through hair with fingers.
  5. Style with Design Essentials Daily Moisturising Lotion w/ Jojoba Oil, and a dab of Morrocco Method’s Euro Oil to seal & finish! 

NB: Once my hair is less damp, I use my fingers to tease/ shake out my roots for volume.  

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

I put my hair in a high bun on the daily! 

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. Favourite Shampoo: Earthtones Naturals’ Curl Cleanse Moisturiing and Conditioning Shampoo
  2. Favourite Protein Deep Conditioner: Bekura Vanilla Whiskey Repairing Hair Soak
  3. Favourite Leave In: Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Leave In
  4. Favourite Styling Gel: Earthones Natural’s Curl Define Curl Enhancing Gelly
  5. Favourite Styling Butter: Darcy’s Botanicals’ Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip

NB: Some of these brands are made in Canada and are available online @Honeyfig.

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

Keep in mind that the process is about trial and error and what may work for you, may not work for someone else and vice versa. It’s just important to remain patient, read the product labels, and monitor which ingredients work best for your hair. Just being consistent and focusing on the health of you hair rather than immediate style will give your hair better results in the long run!  

Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

Facebook: Allyson Reanne Trunzer
Instagram: allysontrunzer
Email: allyson.trunzer@gmail.com

 

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

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 Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Autumn is officially here, so it's time to protect your strands from the change in the weather. Check out these helpful videos on how to style your hair in cooler weather conditions.

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1/ Pump It Up Pin Up

Description / Make one big cornrow going up from the nape of the neck to the crown. Braid the section at the front to your hairline then gather loose hair with a rubber band and roll to create a pompadour.

Tools / Comb + clip + bobby pins + rubber band.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Date Night/Evening out/Partying

 

2/ Curly Fro Updo

Description / Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair while leaving the curly afro unleashed in front.

Tools / Perm rods + afro pick + bobby pins

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Great for /  Work

 

3/ Half Up Bun, Half Down

Description / Half up half down hair tutorial for naturally curly hair which features a top knot bun with the back hanging down.

Tools / Hair band + hair pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

4/ Cornrow and Twist Updo

Description / French braid (cornrow) to create an upward braid in the back and a two strand twist at the top/front.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Your fingers only

Great for /  Every day

 

5/ Easy Pinless Updo

Description / Easy updo style for locs using a hair band only. 

Hair Length / Long

Tools / Hair band

Great for /  Every day look

 

6/ Simple, Chic & Retro Style

Description / Using a low pony tail, create a donut bun. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Hair band + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out/Partying

 

7/ Double Sided Braid/Cornrow

Description / An easy protective style which is created with two braids/cornrows, one on either side of the head.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Comb

Great for /  Every day 

 

8/ Simple Up-do

Description / A quick and easy, low manipulation hairstyle which is created with high bun and front twisted pompadour.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins + hair bands

Great for /  Work

 

9 / Stylish Updo for Locs, Twists and Braids 

Description / This is a cute and simple protective hairstyle that can be done on locs, twists, and braids

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out

 

10/ High Pompadour with Style

Description / A simple but stylish hairstyle with a difference.  Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair to the crown. Take small sections of the front of your hair and create 3 two strand twists. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Tools / Wide tooth comb + bobby pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair this autumn? Share your comments below.

Hair Talk / Shereen Billings


Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Shereen, I’m 32 and based in London. I work for a Leading Retailer in IT Technical Training, Freelance Scriptwriter / Production Manager and Founder of Natural Notions by Shez.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for three years and 4 months.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

I had worn a relaxed, short pixie cut for many years and wanted to experiment with a different hairstyle. One of my options was to transition to natural, but I always talked myself out of it because of my fears of trying something completely new. However, the turning point to natural was when I was commissioned to write a Play called LITE (Living in Their Environment), which was based on skin bleaching and self acceptance. As part of my preparation I had to research the perception of beauty within the UK Afro Caribbean and Asian community by travelling the UK and Europe. It reminded me that I hadn’t seen my hair in its natural state since I was 13 years old, so I figured if I was going to write about self acceptance and love with conviction, I needed to live by my words and face some of my own self accepting challenges (and hair was one of them). In April 2011 I had a Big Chop and I’ve never looked back since. It was the best thing that ever happened to me and I love it.

Shereen / Before

Shereen / Before

What is your hair type/texture?

Some of my stylists have said that it is around the 4a/b type, although I don’t really break my hair down to a science/ type because I believe our hair is very individualistic. For example, my hair definitely has a mixture of textures and curl patterns. 

What’s the best thing about being/going natural?

It’s so versatile and less restrictive as I can wear it curly, coiled and straight. It can withstand all weathering conditions so no more hiding indoors fearing my relaxer will mess up when the heavens pours haha. Plus It’s so much cheaper to maintain, it's home grown (yes Monique I’m using your phrase lol) and it feels so liberating and carefree, I love it.

Shereen / Start of her natural hair journey

Shereen / Start of her natural hair journey

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I usually manipulate my curls at the beginning of the week so that the style lasts longer (see tutorial below) and I co-wash every 2 days. I use bobbie pins to neaten it for work and hair accessories when I’m going out. 

Describe a typical washday.

I usually do wash and go’s every 2 days (Organix coconut conditioner) and I always shampoo and deep condition every 5-7 days using Organix coconut conditioner with honey and olive oil which i wrap and leave in overnight. 

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

Wash and go with the tightly coiled afro for sure. It’s quick, easy and I’m busy so that works perfectly for me.

Shereen / Current

Shereen / Current

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. Organix coconut conditioner - This softens my hair and loosens my curls ready for detangling.
  2. Coconut Oil - It adds shine and retains moisture by penetrating and binding the hair to its internal proteins. 
  3. Olive Oil - Waitrose Extra Virgin. Weightless on hair and adds some serious shine as above.
  4. Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Seals my hair before adding gel.
  5. Ecostyler Gel - Olive Oil medium strength defines my curls without drying my hair.

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

If you want it, then go for it, what have you got to lose?  At the end of the day, its hair which you can change at any point. Also, I would highly recommend that you research beforehand for tips on how to nurture your hair as it transitions. Or if your inpatient like me, do the Big Chop and start from fresh ha ha. But again ensure that you research as its best to be equipped and prepared for the changes to your hair care techniques and styling. As the saying goes, “if you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done...”

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

Colored Beautiful. She’s amazing and the first You Tube tutorial I watched when researching. I still follow her to this day because you get no nonsense advice and tips on hair regiments, colouring styling and beauty. Taren Guy is also amazing; so inspirational and Natural Sisters too. They're the main channels that I follow, but there's so much more, so research and find the best ones for you. And err well you can visit the UK based Natural Notions by shez too (cough cough yes I’m self promoting haha).


Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

You Tube Channel -  Natural Notions by Shez
Facebook - Natural Notions by Shez 
Instagram - @naturalnotionsbyshez
Twitter - @nnotionsbyshez
Email - nnotions1@gmail.com 

 

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

 

Hair Talk / Kasey LeGall


Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Kasey LeGall, i'm 26 years old and i live in Leicester. I currently work in recruitment in the Compliance Department.

How long have you been natural?

I've been natural for 9 years and i've had various different styles and colours (so many of them).

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

I was mainly bored of my hairstyle and i found that couldn’t do much with it being relaxed. However I also wanted to move away from the chemicals, hair breakage, re-growth and scalp burn.

What is your hair type/texture?

Even though I have a white British mother, my hair is very thick, course and bushy with both curls and frizz (depends how lazy I am with it). But I’m very fortunate as my hair grows at an extreme rate.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I use pins, grips, headbands and scarves to create different looks, but have to keep it fairly professional for work. I had a mohawk at one point but it didn’t go down very well, so i shaved it off. 

Describe a typical wash day

I wash my hair once every 1-2 weeks. I’m very active and go to the gym five times a week, as well as bike everywhere so as you can imagine my hair and scalp gets very sweaty and itchy. At my current length I try not to wash it too much, just a rinse if I start to feel my scalp getting irritable. After washing it I apply Argan oil (a fair amount) and Soft ‘n’ Free styling gel to my hair.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

Pinned sides to give a Mohawk look.

List your top 5 products

  • Argan oil
  • Soft ‘n’ Free Styling gel
  • Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner
  • Curls Rock by Tigi Catwalk

 

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

Need Help With Transitioning to Natural?


My natural hair journey hasn't been easy but I have no regrets. Now that I've chopped the relaxed ends off my hair (blog post coming soon), it feels great to have made it through to the other end.

I thank god for my family, friends and the Internet, because my transition from relaxed hair to natural hair would have been a complete and utter nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments where I want to just wrap my hair and jump into bed. But having the freedom of working with my own hair and getting to a place where my hair is healthy and wasn't dependant on the white, creamy, addictive stuff. Was waaaaay more important to me. 

I often get asked the following questions...

  • What did I do with my hair whilst I was transitioning?
  • How did I deal with two textures?
  • How did I combat breakage/shredding?
  • What styles did I use?
  • What products work best for transitioning hair?

So I thought I’d create this post for all those lovely ladies who are losing hope and need to be reminded that getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

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KEEPING YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Keep your hair hydrated

The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to damage and dryness. Do what you can to keep your hair hydrated by drinking lots of water. It's also important that you keep your hair moisturised by using a moisturiser/leave-in conditioner on a daily basis. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line (the point where your new growth (natural hair) and relaxed hair meet). 

Before washing your hair, try a pre-poo this will help to keep moisture locked into your hair. 

Mo's leave conditioner: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector

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Use a deep conditioner regularly

Deep conditioning treatments take adding moisture to a new level. Although they are typically only used once a month or so, transitioning hair needs extra conditioning and can handle the treatments more frequently. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment from your local beauty supply store, and apply it to your hair once a week. Alternately, you can also choose to visit a salon and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

A great alternative to a deep conditioner is mayonnaise. Although this may sound a bit crazy and unappealing, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
 

Mo's deep conditioner:

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Stay away from heat

In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the demarcation line. 

If you absolutely must use hot tools, limit there use to only one day a week at most. It's also important that you use a heat protector before applying any form heat in order to avoid heat damage. Please remember that healthy hair should always be your ultimate goal.

Mo's heat protector: ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

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Give yourself a hot oil massage

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Waiting for your hair to grow out is often the most frustrating part of the growing-process. Rather than waiting idly by, you can promote new hair growth by giving yourself frequent scalp massages. Use a bit of oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.) warmed slightly to massage your scalp. This will stimulate the hair follicles and help the strands to grow a bit faster. Hot oil massages can be done as frequently as you would like, but should be done at least once a week for the best results.

Mo's hot oil treatment: How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

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Promote hair growth with supplements

Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can speed up hair growth and strengthen your hair extra fast. Some doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal - supplements specifically used for hair and nail growth - to increase the speed at which your hair is growing. Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D, B and A will help your hair out as well.

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Purchase new hair products. 

As it turns out, not all hair products are created equally. With a huge variety on the market, it can be difficult to find products that will work with your hair and your wallet. When transitioning your hair, it is vital to get transition-friendly hair supplies. Look for sulphate-free conditioning shampoos, as well as other hair treatments advertised specifically for use in transitioning or dry and damaged hair. Although these won’t necessarily change the appearance of your hair, they will work hard to prevent further damage and reverse current damage in your hair.

Mo's favourite products: 

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Avoid adding chemicals to your hair.

Try and stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

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How to keep relaxed ends moisturised

Cleanse your hair at least once a week. If your hair tends to be dry, co-wash (wash with conditioner or co-wash product alone) instead of using a shampoo. When you shampoo, use a sulfate-free product.

Weekly washes help to prevent relaxed hair from becoming too dry. Daily or as needed, apply a water-based moisturiser to your ends then seal the moisture in with a natural oil. Do NOT use hair oil/grease products made with petrolatum/petroleum or mineral oil. These will actually cause or worsen hair dryness and breakage.

Mo's cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Mo's shampoo: Creme of Natural Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo 

 

CHANGING YOUR STYLE

Consider the ‘big chop’

It is common for people transitioning their hair to go ahead and do the big chop - that is, cutting off all the relaxed hair, leaving a short amount of new growth near the scalp. This is certainly the best option for creating healthy growth, but not everyone wants to start their journey with short hair. If you’re bold enough to try a new look, the big chop is an excellent choice for immediately getting rid of all your relaxed hair and creating an immediate full transition to natural hair.

Check out these beautiful TWA's (teeny weeny afro) for inspiration...

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Try using braids or twists

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Braids/Twists outs are a great way to add interest to your hair without damaging it. Mastering each style can be tricky, so spend some time finding which works best with your hair and personal stylistic preferences. Try not to do them too tight as to avoid stressing the strands of hair. Your hair is most fragile at the demarcation line, so be particularly gentle when styling it around this point.

Check out these transitioning styles for inspiration: 

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Trim your hair regularly.

Relaxer's are permanent, so whatever parts of your hair that has been in contact with a relaxer will never grow back naturally. Therefore, at some point in time your hair must be cut off to above the demarcation line. If you’re not willing to go for the big chop, the next step is to do regular trims of your hair. Over time you’ll have removed all of the damaged, relaxed hair to above the demarcation line, allowing your natural hair to grow more strongly.

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Avoid dealing with your hair too much.

Although it can be tricky not to, the more you touch and style your hair, the more likely it is to break and become frizzy. Try not to brush your hair too often, and avoid styles that put strain on your scalp. 

I hope this helps ladies. 

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How are you finding transitioning to natural hair? What advice would you give to some transitioning? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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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!

 

 

Hair Talk / Rozanda Fadiora

Roz / Protective style

Roz / Protective style

Tell us your name and where you are from?

Hi my name is Rozanda… (aka RocStar according to Mighty Mo) from the sunny parts of South East London! Currently on maternity leave looking after our gorgeous bambino! 

How long have you been natural?

Difficult question to answer straight so bear with me… All will be revealed!
August 2008 was the last time I had relaxed my hair… Until I was convinced that I needed to texturize (relaxer really) my hairline ONLY for my wedding 2010. So technically  since 2010/11.

Rozanda / Before

Rozanda / Before

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

August 2008 went to my usual hairdresser for a relaxer only to be told she had left and therefore I'd been left in the hands of a stranger! (My sisters and I only ever went to hairdressers based on recommendation i.e. – “good looking hair”) so here I was faced with a predicament I had a major interview for a blue chip company the following morning and my hair was in need of a relaxer (3months old growth). The lady that was scheduled to do my hair said wow you have alot of growth! So she offered me some magazines to read and started. Bit by bit before I knew it she had pulled the relaxer to the ends of my hair! We all know what damage that could do... She basically over-processed and weakened the already relaxed hair. That was it I called my sisters crying my eyes out and said “I ain’t relaxing no more!” I was sick of having to find a good hairdresser that didn’t want to burn the life out of my hair! Sick of the ridiculous prices they wanted to charge etc. Anyway my hair took a bashing but thank God I was not left with bald patches. 

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

What is your hair type/texture?

Oh boy… Hard, thick and very nappy! I think its 4B very tight coils.

Rozanda / Transitioning

Rozanda / Transitioning

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Hair styling is very basic! It’s usually styled in chunky twist which are either pinned up or let down for one week then the following week I will rock a twist out… which usually last the whole week. However if I have been lazy and slept without tying my hair down I’d have to use Eco Styler and pull it up into a high puff or bun with a pompadour.

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

Describe a typical wash day.

Fortnightly I start on a Thursday night by thoroughly wetting my hair, section, oil with Avocado, Olive and Almond, comb and brush (Denman) into loose large chunky plaits cover with shower cap until Friday night, wash and condition with Karen’s body beautiful. Detangle the sections oil and twist with Shea Moisture curling gel soufflé and use the smoothie on the ends for extra moisture.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

Chunky Twist – So versatile.

Rozanda / Chunky twist

Rozanda / Chunky twist

List your top 5 products

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

  • Karen’s body beautiful Naturally Chic shampoo & Conditioner
  • Shea moisture Curling Souffle
  • Shea moisture Smoothie
  • Almond, Olive & Avocado oil mix
  • Water/Rose Water
Rozanda / Favourite products

Rozanda / Favourite products

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

TBH don’t have time these days , just google natural hair… actually I did get some hairstyle inspiration from SimplYounique on YouTube.

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

Go for it…. Don’t be fooled it is a very difficult journey especially if like me all you know is straight hair. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! There were a few times I wanted to go back but the support I got from my husband really helped! You don’t have to go for the BC although it would help because as a good friend said new year! new hair! – You are reeducating yourself and getting to know your new natural hair. TBH I kinda took the easy option, I kept getting my hair pressed so I still had straight hair until I realised this was just as bad as relaxing, the heat damage your hair sustains cannot be rectified unless it’s chopped off.  Whichever way you decide to go there’s heaps of videos available online from people that have already walked this path.

 

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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. 

 

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