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I am a napptural i.e non user of chemical hair relaxers, mum of triplets. I love to knit, crochet, make jewellery and bake.

Friday, 25 November 2011

New Style



Lately I've been putting my hair in canerows when going to bed, instead of banding, I do get a bit of a curl when I take them out but after a few minutes due to shrinkage they form into a puff and just look like I haven't combed my hair. I couldn't do the style I wanted which was an Afro puff slightly pulled back, so did this instead. I know the picture isn't great, but I do quite like it, I'll tweak it a little the next time I do it.

I am determined to do some sort of braid/twist out, I have considered doing Bantu knots so that I can get the curly/wave effect. Once I find out the best products to use to achieve this, and get the chance to go to the shop to buy it, I'll let you know the results.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Lately I don't know what my hair is doing or what to do with it. I'm not in my usual routine and sometimes go to bed without banding or wrapping it. Taking care of three babies really tires me out, I wish I had a live in hair care specialist who didn't mind being paid in food and somewhere to sleep.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Purely Natural: Review

On Saturday I went to my appointment at Purely Natural, in Stratford. The salon looked very professional, was clean, light and airy. I'm used to going to salons that look cluttered, dark and dusty. It didn't seem to have that salon smell either and unlike other black hair salons that I've been to (excl Morris Roots), the staff looked like a team and not like individuals who were only renting out a chair and would be working from another salon or from home in a couple of  months time.

My appointment was at 2pm but I arrived at 1:40, and to my surprise was seen straight away. A girl called Danielle washed my hair, and when I say washed, I mean washed. She really got in there, then, after conditioning, checked to make sure that all the product had washed off (something no other hairdresser had done before). Once my hair was washed I went over to a lady called Natalie. She confirmed the style I wanted then asked if it was ok to use shea butter in my hair (as she thought I wanted twist she asked if I wanted them done with gel or grease). When using the hair dryer, she handled my hair with care, starting from the ends and working down to the roots (another thing that no other hairdresser has done). Then she moved on to trimming my hair. I've never had my hair trimmed at a salon before, so I was very nervous because I know how scissor happy some stylist can get. She snipped and then showed me how much she had taken off to see if I was alright with it. My hair looked so much better afterwards, the trim was the main reason why I went to the salon.

Next came the actual styling, I told Natalie that I wanted it cane rowed at the front and the the rest in single plaits. As she parted my hair she told me she was going to do the cane rows going towards the side so that they wouldn't pull on my hairline. She asked me how I usually styled my hair and how long I keep my extensions in. I told her 1-2 months, she was very shocked and said that my hair would be locking up by that point. Natalie also pointed out that the styles I had chosen would lockup a lot sooner than if I had done twist. I was advised to leave them (and extensions) in for 3-4 weeks. This surprised me as I'd always been told that 1-2 months was alright. However,what she said did make sense as the braids around my hairline do tend to lock so I try redo them about one month into the style in order to avoid this.
When my hair was finished she asked if she could use the sheen spray, the fact that she was asking whether or not I wanted to use certain products impressed me. I've never ever ever had a stylist ask me, usually they just use whatever is at their station, like a one size fits all approach to styling.

When my hair was finished, I was very pleased with the results but felt a little bad as I found out that Natalie was supposed to finish at 2pm, and was going to a party (it was now going to 4), and stayed because no one was available to attend to me when I finished having my hair washed. The total cost for everything was £55 (wash, trim and style), just a little more than I'd estimated.

Though they don't use all natural products (neither do I, yet), I would recommend this salon to anyone, I travelled all the way from North London, by bus, to get there and I would definitely do it again.


 


 

Friday, 12 August 2011

Hair Appointment

I have an appointment tomorrow at Purely Natural. I'm having my hair washed, trimmed (it really needs to be trimmed) and then styled. It's located in Stratford and is the first natural hair salon that I will be going to. The actual first natural hair salon turned out not to real be a natural hair salon so it doesn't count. I will be back with pictures (if my email function is working properly (USB connection is not working thanks to my babies)) and a review. I really hope I'm not disappointed.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Loving My Braids

I'm just loving these braids. I will definitely do them again.


It's longer than I originally planned, but looks better




Sunday, 19 June 2011

My Braids Are In

I've had these in for over a week, but I've only just been able to take a picture of them. I will try and take clearer ones soon.


The inspiration



    
   
My interpretation, front and back

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Box Braids 90's Style

I've decided to braid my hair again and want to do something different. I saw this picture of Solange, with long braids and considered doing them but thought they were a bit long.


However, yesterday, while in Wood Green, I walked passed a woman who a similar style and thought they looked so good. I'm going to do them as soon as I can get someone who is available to do them and someone else to watch the boys so that they don't disturb us. I'll probably do them down to my waist. I know that this will give my boys something to play with.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Week of Updos - Day 4

I bought a bun shaper yesterday and felt inspired.

Next time I'll put the bun a little more to the right


This is the view from the left.


This is the view from the right

The back was done in the same way as Week of Updos - Day 2

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Week of Updos - Updos Day 3




Day 3: For this I did a pompadour at the front. I then partd the back, rolled each side into a sort ofbantu know and help in place with a bobby pin. The right side of my hair is a little shorter than the left so wasn't as defined as the left side.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Just water for me thanks...comb free

A couple of weeks ago I drank nothing but water for the whole week, I didn't realise until half way through the week. I've decided to do this again and to possibly extend it to two weeks. I've also decided not to comb or brush my hair until I do a co-wash which will probably be on Saturday. After that I will use a comb for probably the first 2-3 days then go comb free until I shampoo it.

I'm also considering going poo free for a month, but I recently bought some Taliah Waajid products and want to see what they're like first.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Benefits of updos

I have been natural for almost 3 years, in that time I have only done an updo on two occasions. Sunday was the most recent (see updo day two). When it came time for me to band my hair for bed, I noticed that the top of my hair, which was left out, felt a lot drier than the rest of my hair which had been tucked away. If I had known how much softer my hair would feel after an updo compared to when I leave it in an Afro I would have done them a lot sooner. I love Afros but now that I've experienced the benefits of updos I think I'll leave them for when I'm running late.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Back On: Week of Updos - Day Two

I took my canerows out on Friday because my hair HAD to be washed. So the 7 days of updos are back on. I wore this hairstyle to church this morning. The back was put into a beehive, I left the top of the hair out and pulled the side back and tucked them behind the top . Next time I may try doing the top as a twist out.





Thursday, 21 April 2011

Updos on hold

I said I was going to do a week of updos, but my sister came over on Tuesday and did my hair. See pictures below. The twists have shrunk more than I wanted so I'm thinking of putting in extensions. If I do I'll put up pictures of the result.





Monday, 18 April 2011

Week of Updos - Updos Day 1



Day 1 of my week of updos. I parted the back and the rolled both sides in. Then I made a quiff at the top. Yeah I know, the parting isn't straight.

Week of Updos

Though I love my fro, I can't continue to sport this looks as it makes my hair more likely to tangle at the ends. I will attempt to do a week (7 days, not necessarily consecutively) of updos. I did my first one yesterday, it was a variation of a style shown by oooop75 (click on the link) on her updo tutorial. It looks a little rough, because this was later in the day and I hadn't put any products in my hair that morning. I realised that I will have to get some gel, but one that wont feel gloopy in my hair or go hard.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Soon to come

I've listed some products that I have recently purchased, all (bar one) of which contain chemicals that most Nappturals don't wish to use in their hair. I will soon post info on other ingredients that can be used in hair on its own or mixed to make your own hair product. I hope to also do future reviews on products that don't contain chemicals.

Hair Product: ApHOGEE Deep Moisture Shampoo

ApHOGEE Deep Moisture Shampoo



Im not going to say too much about this, it's one that I've used before, bought from a hair shop on Seven Sisters Road (can't remember the price). Unfortunately it does contain SLS, so I'll be using it until I can found a good (and reasonable priced) sulfate free shampoo.

Hair Products: Creme of Nature Chamomile and Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner

Creme of Nature Chamomile and Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner


Bought from a hair shop on Seven Sisters Road for £2.49, this conditioner claims to smooth and detangle whilst providing moisture and protection. I've used it before and liked it so I thought I would try it again until I can find a conditioner with all natural products or a convenient recipe so that I can make my own.

Ingredients

Ultra Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonuim Chloride, Lanolin Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Basil Extract, Polygala Senega Root Extract, Watercress Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Thyme Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Sedd Extract, Chamomila Recutita Extract, Symphtum Officinale Leaf Extract, Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lime Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrlized Wheat Protein, Hydrlized Wheat Starch, Panthenol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium Ethosulfate, Polyquarternium-10, Polyquarternium-32, Paraffinium Liquidum, Fragrance (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil and Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil), Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitrnellal, Limonene, Linanool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, ButylParaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol 

Friday, 15 April 2011

Hair Products: African Pride Herbal Healing Leave-In Conditioner

African Pride Herbal Healing Leave-In Conditioner



I got this from a hair shop on Seven Sisters Road for £2.99, it's from African Pride and claims to reduce breakage, improve management, and heal damaged hair. Its a little thick, smells nice and has small bits of what I think are herbs inside.

Ingredients: (starts well, but goes downhill after the herbs)

Water (Aqua), African Pride herbal complex: nettle extract, rosemary leaf extract, actium lappa root extract, betula alba extract, rosa canina fruit extract, carrageenan extract, dandelion extract, equisetum hiemale leaf/stem extract, wild cherry bark extract, echinacea purpurea extract, sambucus nigra flower extract, coltsfoot flower extract, rumex crispus root extract, brewers yeast, Petrolatum, PEG-4, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Octyl Palmitate, Isocetyl Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Amodimethicone, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Panthenol, Polybutene, PEG-75 Lanolin, Polyquarternium-10, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamol, Coumarin, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Orange 4 (CI 15510), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730) 

Hair Products: Africa's Best Ultimatre Herbal Oil

Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil


I've used products from this brand before and they worked well. This one may replace my oil mix as it has a good mix of oils and smells nice. I got this from an hair shop on Seven Sisters Road, but I can't remember how much for, I think it was between £1-£2. I'll probably transfer this to a spray bottle and put the remainder of my oil mix in an applicator bottle to use on my scalp.

Ingredients:

Soy Bean Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Safflower Oil and Calendula Extract and Yellow Extract and Cucumber Extract and Carrageen Extract, Ginseng Extract and Sage Extract and Confrey Extract and Aloe Extract, Fragrance.

Hair Products: Shea Butter Softening Hair and Scalp Lotion

Shea Butter Softening Hair and Scalp Lotion



I've had this for some time now and generally use it on my scalp. Its good and the applicator nozzle is very handy especially when my hair is braided. It's from ORGANIC ROOT Stimulator who have a natural hair range. I bought it for £3.99 from a hair shop in either Turnpike Lane or West Green Road. One thing to note regarding products claiming to have shea butter is that sometimes the quantity of the shea butter is very little (as pointed out by BlackOnyx77 on her 65 Do's and Don'ts video). The ingredients that are listed higher up on the list are those that make up most of the product. So if shea butter appears towards the end of a list of ingredients, the you know that it's not really a shea butter product (they just call it shea butter because more people will buy it). When I use it directly on my hair it feels a bit light and watery, so I only use for this purpose if I run out of my shea butter mix. I'm ot sure if I will use this again.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Glycerine, Methyl Gluceth-10, Dimethiconol, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parki), Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Polysorbate-20, Carrot Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa), Fragrance (Parfum), Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Quaternium-15.


Hair products: ApHOGEE Balancing Moisturizer

ApHOGEE Balancing Moisturizer


I bought this yesterday from an hair shop in Seven Sisters for £4.99. I saw a video on YouTube by Rustic Beauty were she states that she has used this and that it made her hair soft, so I decided to try it out. I used it last night when preparing my hair for bed and it did make it feel soft, though it also smelt a little. The only thing that does concern me with this are the ingredients listed on the product, however, I will continue to use it and see what it does to my hair. 

Ingredients (there are a lot of them)

Water, Glyceryl, Stearate, Cytyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Sterate, Glyerine, Steoralkonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Squalene, Acetamide MEA, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Allantoin, Collage Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Cyclomethicone, PEG-150, Sterate, Polysorbate-60, Steareth-20, Proline, Alamine, Tryptaphan, Sage Extract, Chamomile Extract, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

At some point I'll post the effects that some of these ingredients have on your hair.

Welcome

Welcome to all the napptural ans soon to be nappturals out there. The main reason for me doing this blog is to have somewhere to chronicle my experiences with various hair care products and write about anything afro hair related that I come across. I hope to all post pictures of hairstyles I've tries. I hope this is useful for someone out there.
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