Speak To The King In Him

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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.

Photo Source: @msangie426

 

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!

 

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?

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.”

 

 

 

Our Fave Bare-Faced Beauty: Alicia Keys

“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.” – Alicia Keys

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Am I My Sister’s Keeper?

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By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or store front ads, magazine covers or TV shows, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today’s girl.

By Adora Svitak

Photo(s) Source(s): Kaye Wiggs

Winter Hair Regimen For Natural Hair

Just when I thought that this year’s weather was pretty much ok considering the time of the year, winter decided to pop up out of nowhere. No warnings! So I guess, it’s time to update our regimen to keep these tresses looking fresh. Check out these top “winter hair” tips!

  1. Deep condition: Deep conditionning is a vital step especially during winter as it allows to keep your hair soft, strong and moisturised. If you want better results use a plastic cap or a steamer to help the conditionner further pernetrate the hair strand.
  2. Protective styles: Box braids, twists, senegalese twists, buns… There is a large variety of hairstyle you can test out but it is very important that you keep those ends protected from dryness and breakage.
  3. Hydratation: Apply a moisturiser of your choice regularly to nourish your ends. Make sure that your moisturiser contains water. An oil, cream or butter will work just fine.

What is your winter hair care regimen?

 

Product review: OSSAT Naturals

Hey ladies …and gents,

Few months ago, I discovered the OSSAT Natural hair care line at a beauty event and was asked to review it. What does OSSAT stands for?

Olive oil

Shea butter

Sunflower oil

Argan oil

Tea tree oil

Review:

I have tried several products of the brand including the co-wash, leave in, hair mist and the wax.

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Moisturizing Co-Wash: Since I have discovered co-washing I have always been a big fan, so when I found out that OSSAT Naturals offered one I was excited to try it. This product helps get rid of all the things that causes breakage including product build up and dirt. Although, the co-wash is light you only need a small amount. What I liked most about the co-wash was that it left my hair soft, clean and easy to detangle.  

Triple Moisture Lotion: It is a leave in conditioner that can be used daily “for added moisture to keep your curls healthy looking and soft.” I have used it on clean hair, after washing my hair with the co-wash. My hair is really coarse and thick and felt really hard after using it. So no more Triple Moisture Lotion for me.

Natural Oils Moisture Mist: The mist looks like water and comes in a spray bottle. You can apply it on dry or wet hair and even on the skin. I always prefer to add products on wet hair as it works best for me. It is a very light spray and I really liked the smell (reminded me of watermelon) but I haven’t seen any difference before and after using the product.

Form & Hold Wax: This wax defines curls and can be used as an edge tamer at the same time. It is non-hardening, non-flaking and humidity resistant. It is one of the best waxes I have used so far; I was really impressed with it. My edges were so smooth after using it and it is long lasting. I have applied a small amount and distributed evenly with a soft brush. I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great wax/edge tamer.

Have you tried any of these products? What is your favourite? Let us know.

Source(s): http://www.ossatnaturals.com

To Go Or Not To Go To The Salon? That Is The Question.

As much as I love my natural hair, sometimes I just don’t want to deal with it especially when it comes to wNatural-Hair-Hair-Salonash day. Sadly, it seems quite difficult to find people to do your hair without damaging it. Few years ago, I had a really bad hair experience at a hair salon. It was for New Year’s Eve. Like many women I wanted to look good to start the New Year. The outfit was sorted, the hair was the only missing piece of the puzzle. I just wanted straight hair for a change and decided to go to the salon so it could be done professionally. It started quite well. Washing…Good…Detangling…Good…Blowout…Erm not s
o good. I had to tell her what to do and what made it worse was that my hair at the back got burnt in the process. It just would not curl back anymore when
wet so had to wait for it to grow back. Despite this unfortunate “incident”, I decided to give salons another chance 2 years ago for a treatment which was good. It really moisturised my hair deeply but at the end, the hairstylist left me with three uneven cornrows on the head with my hair still wet. So I asked what she was going to do after…she said “It’s done.” Wait. What?! She explained that if I wanted something else I had to pay extra. The treatment was quite expensive so I would assume everything was included! Here again I told her to take out these cornrows and do a fro instead. Obviously, they never saw me again…

If you too had a bad hair experience or a really good one, please do not hesitate to share with us.

Photo(s) source(s): @dazziling_braids 

Braiding in Colombia

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In Colombia, traditions seem to be strong, especially when it comes to Afro-Colombian women braiding their hair. Ziomara Asprilla Garcia shared her story from when she learned to braid to her experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where she showcased traditional hairstyles from Choco, Colombia. 

 Ziomara also explains the story behind Choco’s traditional hairstyles and the message behind them. Read more from the Washington Post >>here<<.

Source(s): www.washingtonpost.com

The Truth About The Natural Hair Movement

Society put a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way, act a certain way and even think a certain way.

Unfortunately, big-natural-hairthis pressure results in some women having insecurities about their bodies or having unbelievable expectations about themselves and to another extent about others as well.

For a long time, women with curly/kinky hair have been told that having natural hair isn’t beautiful. The issue here is that young girls are growing up believing that they MUST be someone else to be accepted. How can WE change that? How can we teach them to love themselves for who they are?

Well, I think that one of the goal of the natural hair movement is to empower women and girls. The “natural hair movement” as some like to call it started with few women (Afrobella is one of them) who decided to return to their natural hair texture showing that you do not have to stick to what’s society wants you to be. I see them as role models for younger generations and other women as well telling us to believe that we are enough. Ghandi was right when he said “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Just look at the way big brands have started to cater to our needs, including L’Oréal and Pantene. Who would have thought this few years ago.

I can’t wait to see what’s next…

What are your views on the natural hair movement? Has it changed anything for you?

 Photo source(s): @kelbpics

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2015

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The countdown has begun only 6 days until the biggest and fiercest hair show in Europe dedicated to black beauty.
The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is opening its doors this bank holiday at the Business Design Centre, in Islington to showcase some of the best hair care brands and upcoming fashion brands.

Take advantage of this amazing weekend to see the latest product innovation for natural hair, including the premium natural hair care brand OSSAT. A new brand that helps softens, prevent breakage and shine. To find out more, visit them at stand 102 on the 24th and 25th of May ;).

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is the place to be this weekend! Miss it, miss out!

Photo(s) source(s): OSSAT NATURALS

The Truth About Scalp Exfoliation

A while ago, I have attended a beauty event in London. I am not sure which one it was but it was for curly hair, makeup, fashion, plus other related things. Anyways, one of the stand really got my attention as it was performing scalp analysis. They were assessing the health of your scalp and telling you if it was dry, oily… A lady mentioned scalp exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin.

The first things that came to my mind was “Is it not what shampoo are made for?” “Why would you exfoliating your scalp?” “Is it going to damage my scalp or/and hair?” It left me a bit confused, so of course, I had to do a little research.

What I found out is that exfoliators are excellent for itchy scalp and to get rid of flakes.
Its a must have for people who over-wash their hair, since over-washing dries the scalp which in return increases the overproduction of oil. So exfoliating can decrease the need to wash your hair so much.
Exfoliators promote hair growth as well. How? By simply massaging the scalp and removing all the dirt from your scalp.

Here are few exfoliators available on the market.
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ORS Stimulator Scalp Scrub

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KIEHL’S Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

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Would you consider using an exfoliator as part of your hair regimen? Have you tried one and would you recommend them? Tell us more below!

 

Photo(s) source(s): orshaircare.com

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