Don’t Be Like The Rest Of Them

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Happy New Year!

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

 

Stay Warm In Style

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Urban Bliss Waterfall Coat With Wide Faux Fur Collar

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Asos Tall Faux Shearling Coat

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Asos Midi Coat In Plush Faux Fur

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Jane Norman Black Faux Fur Wrap Coat

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Melissa Collared Faux Fur Coat

Woman Power

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.

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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:

  • a lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
  • a change in the size or shape of your breasts 
  • a rash on or around the nipple area
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple

It is important to get yourself checked, bring awareness and to support people with breast cancer.

 

Photo Source: @geneva_la_jade

 

 

The Colour Complex

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.

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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.

Topic Of The Day: Hair & Relationships

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.

Comment below.

Fenty Beauty In The UK

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!

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Time to get that #Fentyface on! Share your shade.

 

Be The Change You Want To See

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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.

 

Photo Source: @tellie01

 

 

Men…we got you

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.

Swimwear: Our Faves

Now that summer is around the corner (YAY!), slay on the beach with our selection of swimwear.

1,2,3 or 4? Tell us which one is your fave in the comment below.

 

 

 

Summer Is This You?

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!

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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!

All you have to do is follow us on the blog and AHBL on @afrohairandbeautylive on Instagram OR follow this link on Twitter Use the hashtags #AHBL2017 and #naturalpride.

Winners will be announced on our social channels on Monday 22nd May, so tell your friends, sisters, aunties…

Good luck 😉

Phenomenal Woman

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.

I say

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

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

By Maya Angelou

Do You Cater To Your Hair?

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.screenshot_20170313-234529_1.jpg Whether you have low, normal or high porosity hair, you will need to update your routine and find what your hair responds to.

Low Porosity

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 

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.

High Porosity 

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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The Porosity Test

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.

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Do the test and share your results below!

 

5 Misconceptions About Locs

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.

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  • Eww… locs are dirty

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.

  • You cannot do anything with locs, they’re boring 

This is far from the truth, you can do almost anything you want with them, from curling to colouring.

  • Locs are meant for Rastafarians

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.

  • “Shave your head if you get bored”

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.

  • You can’t have locs if you want a proper job

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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December: It’s Party Time!

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!

 

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Am I Pretty?

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.
Self love

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.

Your thoughts?

Say No To Dry Skin

Hi beauties,

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 :-).

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  • Lukewarm showers/bath: as nice as hot showers are, using hot water removes natural oils from your skin. The more oils are  removed, the drier your skin becomes.
  • Moisture: apply a moisturiser adapted to your skin (i.e. dry skin, oily skin).
  • Drink…Water: a lot of it!
  • Exfoliate: this will help remove dead skin that can clog pores and prevent your skin to breath.
  • Warm clothes: Obviously.

 

What are your top tips to get a clear and glowing skin during winter?

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When They Try To Tell You That You Can’t

Natural Hair Ban

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.”

 

 

 

Your Hair Is What You Eat

“You are what you eat.” Heard this before? Well I could not agree more with this quote. Paying attention to what you eat is really important and I am not referring to dieting. Not only it affects your hair, skin, nails but it also has an impact on your hormones for instance (hormones imbalance). Have you ever noticed how your skin reacts to certain ingredients/aliments? Well the same thing happens to your hair, even if you cannot spot it as quickly. Luckily, some vitamins can help maintain healthy hair and achieve these hair goals you always wanted.

Ready to take the route to healthy hair? Check out these super vitamins.

Vitamin-A

B Vitamins: Folic acid (Folate), B6, B12

These vitamins carry oxygen and nutrients to all body cells, including hair. These vitamins help prevent shedding and hair loss. Foods high in folic acid includes: lentils, oats, green peas, okra, parsnips, broccoli, as well as fruits (e.g. oranges, papaya, blackberries, and strawberries).

Other vitamins great for hair health are Vitamin B6 and B12 which you will find in chickpeas, salmon, bananas, pistachio nuts, tomato paste, barley, peppers, peanuts, watermelon, avocadoes and so on.

You will find Vitamin B12 in food such as tuna, lean beef, cottage cheese, yogurt, milk eggs and cheese.

Vitamin C

Vitamin CV is also essential for hair growth, as it carries oxygen to your hair and support the creation of collagen. A lack of Vitamin C can cause hair loss, dryness and breakage.

You can find Vitamin C in many fruits including grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemons, kiwi, mangoes, rutabagas, watermelon and lychees.

Vitamin A

Where can you find these super vitamins? In sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, butternut squash, red peppers, apricots, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce, cherries, asparagus, red cabbage…

Zinc

This vitamin helps in the process of hair growth and can be found in oysters, lobster, crab, clams, mussels, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, cashews, peanuts and peanut butter, sunflower seeds and butter, pecans…

Change your diet and let us know what happens :’)

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