Remember to celebrate love everyday and not only on Valentine’s day 😉
Remember to celebrate love everyday and not only on Valentine’s day 😉
I cannot lie I am a gym bunny…Training is my thing. I love nearly everything that involves leg workout, abs, weight lifting, pad work… Fitness has been an important part of my life those past few years and helped with stress and back pain. BUT when you have natural hair, working out can be frustrating. Most of those who participate in any type of physical activities will understand. I even contemplated cutting my fro off to make my life easier.
Here is my tip to refresh my curls after working out: steaming.
If your gym has a steaming room, you can steam your hair at the same time as relaxing your muscle. Use a leave-in conditioner to increase the moisture levels of your hair.
If you work out several times a week, make sure to give your hair some TLC. Deep conditioning with a steamer is also a great option. Use your favourite oil to help lock in the moisture on top. However, don’t abuse the steamer to avoid hygral fatigue.
Make sure to wash your hair on a regular basis as well to remove the dirt.
Share your gym tips below 🙂
I came across Jenelle Salazar’s testimony (a fitness guru) who shared her butt injection story, on social media. There are so many other women who decided to go under the knife but Jenelle is one of the few who bravely admitted getting her body done. See the story here.
You can do whatever you want to your body but please make sure to go to a REAL PROFESSIONAL!
Self love is so important don’t lose your life over a bigger butt or breast.
Dry hair is a common issue within the natural hair community. While doing some research online, I came across different options including hair steamers. They seem to be THE answer to dry hair but these should be used in moderation to avoid hygral fatigue.
What is it?
Hygral fatigue is when the cuticle swells and contracts excessively. This is caused by the continuous application of water to the hair after it has dried. Since the cuticle is not designed to open and close this frequently, it causes the strand to weaken and ultimately break. Hygral fatigue happens when you over moisturise your hair.
Here are quick tips to avoid these simple mistakes such as:
Every good thing has a downside, even water, so use it with moderation.
Ever suffered from hygral fatigue, share your story?
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Happy new year all! Wishing you lots of love, happiness, great health and prosperity.
Make sure to take advantage of this year, keep growing and learning. Take any past lessons to better yourself. That business idea you have, make it happen; those new countries you want to visit, make it happen; that job you hate, change it… We tend to think way too much and to talk ourselves out of things we should be doing (negative self talk is real my friend!), but let’s change this now and step into 2018 #unbothered
Can’t believe we are still talking about slavery in 2017. If you’re in the UK, please sign the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/205476
I was reading the story of Jessica Florence, a 24 year old woman who beat breast cancer and I was so impressed by her courage and how she decided to fight back the disease. Read the full story here.
Breast cancer can happen to any of us, it does does not care about skin colour or religion. This disease can appear under many forms, including:
It is important to get yourself checked, bring awareness and to support people with breast cancer.
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Colourism: prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin colour.
Well before slavery, terms such as “darkness” and “black” had negative connotations. In a lot of stories and legends these terms were synonymous with evil. Slavery reinforced those beliefs since slaves with fairer skin tones had a better treatment compared to slaves with darker skin tones. Light-skin slaves tended to work indoors, doing the easier tasks. Dark-skin slaves used to stay outdoors doing the more difficult tasks.
This perception is still ingrained in our society. Brands taking advantage of this and making financial gains by promoting skin bleaching (*cough**cough*Nivea).
Even on social media, the amount of nonsense I have seen is just ridiculous and a lot is coming from us. “This is how light skin n***a” …; #darskin***asbelike…, “you’d be so beautiful if you were lighter” …TRASH, TRASH and TRASH.
When you hear older generations saying about babies: “He’s so cute! Hope he’s going to keep his light skin” in the fear that the kid might become a little darker?! The worst thing is that this thinking is passed on from generation to generation. I do not have kids yet but I’ll make it my mission to make sure they love themselves regardless of their skin tone.
I am not saying that you should not embrace your skin tone. My point is you do not need to do it at the expense of another one. Black comes in so many different shades and we need to stop feeding into this nonsense.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
How to pull off the head wrap look! 🙂
If your partner was against you changing your hair (i.e. shaving, transitioning, etc), would you stop yourself from doing it or would you still do it?
Yes or No.
Tired of looking for brands that cater to your skin tone?
Rih rih got you.
Fenty Beauty has 40 shades and guess what? Fenty Beauty is available in the UK at Harvey Nichols!
Time to get that #Fentyface on! Share your shade.
Last year and unfortunately this year as well, there were a lot of bans in regards to natural hair. There were also a lot of stories around discrimination around afro hair especially in schools. The good news is that some people stepped up such as Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig. This courageous woman with other professors (Trina Jones, Kimberley Norwood and Wendy Greene) have requested the termination of school bans in the US. So far, this initiative has generated a good level of response among academics.
It’s so refreshing to see women trying to change things and making moves. Not sure what I’m talking about? Have a read here.
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This one is for our men readers part of the beard gang but also for girlfriends/wives of men with beards.
Always wondered how you/your mister should take care of your/his beard? Stop looking, check Black Men Beard tutorial below.
Guys, am I the only one excited about the weather?! BBQ season is fast approaching! It’s crazy how my mood switches when the weather gets warmer. All I want to do is listen to Afrobeat and dance, that’s basically it. Even in the streets, it gets so colourful. Everyone steps their fashion and hair game up, I just love it!
Do you know what I am also excited about? The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017 is just few weeks away! For those who do not know what is it? It’s a 2-day event (28-29 May 2017) dedicated to beauty and fashion, where you can find advice from award winning hairdressers, make-up artists and beauticians. You can also find some of the industry’s favourite brands inspiring women to grow beautiful, natural hair from the inside out, such as Mielle Organics and Camille Rose. Want to treat your man too? Check out the Afro Man Space 😉
But wait there’s more… there are 4 pair of tickets for you guys to enjoy the show!
Winners will be announced on our social channels on Monday 22nd May, so tell your friends, sisters, aunties…
Good luck 😉
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Read the full story here: http://cbsloc.al/2oBogun
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips,
I’m a woman
By Maya Angelou
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We’ve mentioned porosity earlier and its importance when it comes to finding the right products for your hair type. If you haven’t read the previous post, click here.
Knowing your hair type will affect your hair care regimen. Whether you have low, normal or high porosity hair, you will need to update your routine and find what your hair responds to.
With low porosity hair, you tend to have tight cuticles and your hair is resistant to water. It’s harder to get moisture to get into the hair shaft. In order to raise your cuticles, you will need to use heat after you apply your masks/oils/butters/deep conditionner. You can use a hot towel, hooded drier or even a shower cap. Make sure to apply products on damp hair so that any treatment penetrates the hair shaft. Product builds up can happen easily on hair with low porosity since products will just sit on your hair. In order to ensure your tresses are moisturised, use humectants as they will keep your mane hydrated. The most common ones are glycerine, honey and aloe vera gel.
Normal porosity hair are quite easy to moisture since products tend to be absorded pretty easily, but…yes there is a but, using too much heat or chemicals can quickly turn, normal porosity hair into high porosity hair.
Normal porosity hair has compact cuticles that easily let moisture enter in.
Unlike the two other types, high porosity hair absorbs moisture pretty easily but loses it quickly. High porosity hair usually lacks shine and tend to be dry. Anti-humectants (shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil) and protein are ideal since they will ensure the hair remains moisturised and healthy.
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Wonder what are the best products for your hair but not sure where to start? Knowing your hair porosity level is key. Don’t just rely on what others are using since these products might not be appropriate for your hair type.
What is porosity? Porosity is your hair ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are several ways to find out but my favourite one is the glass of water test. Fill in a glass of water and put a hair strand into it.
If your hair floats, you have low porosity hair.
If your hair sinks slowly,then it has normal porosity.
If it sinks immediately, you have high porosity hair.
I have done the test and definitively have low porosity hair.
Do the test and share your results below!
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Locs have been for a long time (and still is for some people) considered to be dirty, smelly, boring. I have to be honest I believed that locs were boring until I met and talked to people with locs.
Let’s go through some of the misconceptions about locs and why these shouldn’t put you off from locking your hair.
As any other natural hairstyles, locs require maintenance to be and remain healthy. Dirty hair never helped growing hair and that includes locs. Washing your hair regularly is a must to grow and maintain healthy hair. Further to this, not conditioning your hair is not recommended as breakage could happen.
This is far from the truth, you can do almost anything you want with them, from curling to colouring.
Another myth is that only certain people can wear locs. No you do not need to be Rastafarian or Jamaican to wear them. You don’t need to smoke either! Locs can be worn by any and everyone who wishes to do so.
If for some reason, you decide that you do not wish to wear locs anymore. You do not need to cut them off as these can actually be combed out.
Hair is not an indication on someone’s professional abilities. I understand that some companies have stricter company policy (i.e. high end stores) but do you really want to work for a company that base their judgment on physical appearance?
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Enjoy making your own products? Check out this great tutorial and start making your own body and hair butters.
December is one of my favourite month, it’s the end of the year so this is an opportunity to look at what you have achieved the whole year, learn from your mistakes and start fresh.
But it’s also the opportunity to spend time with your family, friends, dress up & partayyy! Talking about dressing up, if you are still looking for ideas then you need to scroll down as you will be sure to find the perfect outfit for any event!
Slim waist, big bum, thick tights, big breast… How many times have I heard these words. Do these characteristics define beauty? What happens when you don’t meet these standards of beauty? Surgery? Fake bums and boobs?
Our society (meaning WE) puts too much emphasis on physical appearance. We’re so quick to use easy fixes without taking into account the consequences. We’re so into the “now” rather than the long term. Look at our relationships… this is another subject for another day.
On one hand, you have some thick girls wanting to lose weight by any means necessary; some dark skin girls wanting a lighter skin tone using skin bleaching creams. On the other hand, you have slim girls craving for butt implants.
This is our duty as women to teach our sisters/daughters to learn how to embrace themselves. You don’t have to look like Barbie to be beautiful.
For those living in the UK, you already know that the weather can be quite disrespectful. Bare changes! 10am: rain, 10.05am: hail, 11am: 20°C…Ok, I might be exaggerating (a little) but you know what I mean. All these changes can have an impact on your skin making it extremely dry…crocodile skin style :(. Ladies not to worry, if you incorporate these few steps in your daily routine you will be just fine :-).
What are your top tips to get a clear and glowing skin during winter?
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Enjoy creating your own beauty products? Check this flaxseed gel tutorial!
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Want to learn more about afro hair? Head over to the “Hair Stories” event on the 29th of October. For more info, visit www.ujima.co.uk
Since when cornrows are distracting? Thanks to student’s parents, the school decided to lift the ban.
“When necessary, we will provide guidance to our schools to ensure their policies are not obtrusive, do not conflict with Board policy and most importantly do not infringe on the many cultures embraced across our school district.”
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