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.

Lush Natural Hair Event


On Thursday 21st August Lush hosted a Natural Hair VIP event for Women of Colour at their Regent Street store. The aim of the event was to inform girls with curls of all the products that are available from the brand.

I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with other UK based natural hair bloggers and It was great to see all the wonderful products that Lush had to offer for natural hair.

Hair products 

Room full of UK based natural hair bloggers

Employee at Lush, Regent Street. Amazing colour and style.

Beautifully styled locs

Naturalist Shereen of Natural Notions by Shez with her sassy TWA

On the evening they had the lovely Wendy Millington treating some of the ladies to hair treatments. Monique their in-house hairdresser was available for styling using some of Lush's products. Unfortunately my hair was in braids, so i totally missed out :-(

Wendy Millington applying a hair treatment

Monique -  Lush's in-house hair stylist.

Lorene Rhoomes of Akhu Designs was also present and styled the ladies with beautiful african style head wraps. And lets not forget the talented Harriet of Harriet Parry Flowers who showed us her superb flower arranging skills.

Akhu Designs - Head wraps

Harriet Parry Flowers - Hair flowers

Head wrap styled by Akhu Designs and flowers provided by Harriet Parry Flowers

Food and drinks were available throughout the evening and I took a particular interest in the rum punch. It was good ladies :-)

Lovely cocktails, fresh fruit juices and food.

I was also lucky enough to go home with lovely gold eye shadow (thanks to the make up artist) and a goody bag containing a great selection of their natural products. 

  • Roots / Hair Treatment 
  • R&B / Hair Moisturiser 
  • Trichomania / Solid shampoo
  • Jungle / Solid conditioner
  • Zest / Hair Gelly
  • Cream Eyeshadow / Happiness 

I've tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and R&B Hair Moisturiser, so be sure to look out my reviews which are coming soon.

I hope you enjoyed.

Mo

Live Life. Love Plenty. Laugh Hard.

xx


Have you tried any Lush products on your natural hair? Share your thoughts below.

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. 

xx

 

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

Source: http://www.how-to-go-natural.com/how-to-no...

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...

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!

 

 

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?


UK Stockists for Hair & Skin Products

You've followed the blogs and watched all the videos on You Tube for the best products/oils to use for your hair and skin. You get excited and you tell yourself that you need that product in your life. But there’s one problem…you live in the UK so you don't have access to Sally's, Target or Walgreens. Well I’ve compiled a list of online stores that I use, which I think will be very helpful for those living in the UK. 

Happy shopping ☺

 

Please feel free to share any websites and/or stores that you use to buy your products/oils in the comments box below.

Homemade / Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair


Dryness and breakage in natural hair can be a nightmare, but I've found a great way to protect your hair from further dryness and to help prevent breakage. All this can be done my simply spritzing your hair daily with a water base moisturising conditioner made from natural ingredients. And it's so easy to make. Moisturising spritz are ideal for those with fine hair (like myself) and they’re a great way to revive twists that has gotten dry over time. 

What is spritzing? 

Spritzing means to spray your hair with a measured sprayer all over to the point of dampness, NOT soaking wet. The best way to add moisture to your hair is to add water or other water-based additives as it helps to prevent problems with dry natural hair. I know what you must be thinking...You want me to spray water onto my hair? You get the heck out of here. But trust me when i say this stuff really works.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 distilled or rose water (fill your spritz bottle with either ingredients)
  • 1/3 aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil 
  • 1 tsp olive
  • 1 tbsp or more of glycerine
  • 2/3 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (this is optional)

Directions 

Once you've made your mixture, shake well and then lightly spritz your hair every morning and evening or as needed for dryness.

 

TIP: Avoid making huge quantities of your spritz mixture as they have a short shelf life (refrigeration helps to extend the shelf life slightly). Instead get a small sprayer bottle and when you run out, just whip up another batch.

 

How do you keep your hair moisturised?


Source: http://yournaturalhair.com/moisturizing-pr...

Homemade / Lip Scrub/Exfoliator


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Hands up if you're fed up of dry lips...me me me [hands in the air].

As the weather changes, so does my skin and at certain times of year I tend to experience dry, flaky, chapped lips. So I generally moisturise my lips with my favourite moisturiser Simple Intensive Lip Moisturiser. Most of the time it does a great job at making my lips feel smooth and soft, plus it leaves a nice glossy shine. But it's not always the solution to preventing my dry lips. 

Thankfully I've discovered that as well as moisturising my lips, I also need to exfoliate them in order to get rid of the dead skin. Lip scrubs/exfoliators are great for this, as you can make them within seconds and once used, it results in smooth, supple, soft lips :-)

So pukka up ladies and gents.

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INGREDIENTS

1 / A teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Replaces moisture and elasticity. Great healing and preserving properties.

2 / Half a teaspoon of Raw Virgin Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is great for hydrating your skin. It conditions, moisturises, softens, heals, gets rid of flaky skin, contains a natural sunscreen and much more.

3 / A teaspoon of Sugar (Brown or Caster) – Exfoliating.

Simple. 

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Tip: Exfoliate before you wear lipstick, especially matte lipstick. We all hate those pesky flaky bits.

 

Give it a go and let me know your thoughts below. 

 

 


Source: http://www.cfyh.co.uk/