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 😉

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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.”

 

 

 

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2016!

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“You Got Lemons Then Make Lemonade!” #NaturalHairMovements

Long before Beyonce got behind the old saying ‘when life gives you lemons make lemonade’ Afro Hair & Beauty Live has encouraged black women to take matters into their own hands and get involved in the business of natural hair. We are thrilled to welcome some of the most inspiring and tenacious female entrepreneurs of colour currently in the natural hair industry. Be inspired by the can-do attitude of experts sharing top tips, trade secrets, how-to’s and more at our seminar programme.

Watch & Learn Seminars

*Sunday Only* Join Design Essentials® Natural at the “Curls & Conversations” seminar. Meet the Design Essentials hosts and pick up how to tips, style secrets, have your questions answered and share your personal experiences at the Crowning Glory Q&A session.

Pelumi Rae*Monday Only* Get in line for Design Essentials® Professional Masterclass and learn about the revolutionary 3-Step STS Express Smoothing System, hair stylists, this is one not to be missed! Are you thinking about transitioning and kick starting your natural hair journey? Don’t miss Cantu Shea Butter Pelumi Rae (Care For Your Hair Blog) Natural Hair Rock The Look seminar. Say NO! To the myth of ‘difficult hair that takes long to do’ join Anastasia and Maria’sRock the Lookin 20 Minutes style challenge, and don’t forget your goody bag!

Premae’s Dr ClarePremae’s Dr Clare has some good news to share about dealing with skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and hyperpigmentation. Join her and learn what you can do to help yourself. Courtney Adeleye, CEO of The Mane Choice will discuss the healthy hair essentials to growing natural hair. Top hair colourist Victoria Akuagw will dispel myths around ‘good hair’ and gets down to the basics of conditioning and temporary colouring techniques like chalking, sprays and mousses.

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Natural product junkies! Discover new lines and stock up on all of these amazingKeracare products designed with your hair type in mind. Keracare Natural Textures will be on hand with their portfolio of brand new products. You can also take part in their hair scoping scalp analysis and pick up a personalised hair prescription of the perfect products tailored to your hair type. Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Collection & Quinoa & Bamboo Repair Kit sounds good enough to eat!

TaliahFrom the USA, renowned natural hair specialist Taliah Waajid will be selling her chemical free line Black Earth Natural Products. Visit Senzeni Murau founder of T444Z and pick up the industries best kept secret Hair Food range. Look out for Mixed Roots and Shea Butter Naturals both will be available at the Pak’s Cosmetics super styling bar where will you be able to try before you buy and sample products on your own hair. Curly hair favourite Mixed Chicks will be there celebrating curls in all their natural diversity! And don’t miss industry giants L’Oreal launching Curl Nourishment celebrating the United Colours of Curls.

Ones to Watch: Are you looking for something different for your makeup bag? Invest in these newcomers to the makeup market. Kitoko (defined as beautiful in Lingala) presents a luscious collection of cosmetics inspired by its Congolese/Parisian origins and  VitaBlack purveyors of colour rich cosmetics have created a premium quality make up line suitable for all skintones. Don’t miss out on these and much more at Afro  Hair & Beauty Live 2016.

Who Else Is Exhibiting?

  • AMKA HEALTH & BEAUTY / AVIELA / AYO BEAUTY / CACHE COSMETICS / CANTU / CELEBRITY MAKEUP
  • CELEBRITY PREMIUM HAIR / CHRISTAL COSMETICS/ CRÈME OF NATURE /DESIGN ESSENTIAL NATURAL
  • DOLL HAIR COLLECTION / FABBABES HAIR / FOUNTAIN PIMENTO OIL / HAIRISSIME / HEADLINES HAIR & BEAUTY SUPPLIES / KISS BY IVY ENTERPRISES / KERACARE AVLON / KITOKO / LUSTER PRODUCTS / MANE CHOICE / ORS EUROPE / M&M COSMETICS / MARY KAY COSMETICS / MAZURI / MIXED CHICKS / MIXED ROOTS / MONSHEA / MY HAIR BAR / NATURALLY MADE FOR YOU / PAK COSMETICS / PALMERS
  • PHOENIX BEAUTY / PREMAE SKINCARE / PROSP HAIR / PURE GOODNESS / QAWE ORGANICS / RED CARPET LUXURY HAIR/ SHEA MOISTURE/ SOFN’FREE N PRETTY/ SOULFUL BEAUTY / TALIAH WAAJID’S BLACK EARTH PRODUCTS / TANAKA COSMETICS / TANGLE TEEZER / T444Z / VITABLACK / WAHL and much more.

Keep up to date sign up to Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE on  http://www.afrohairshow.com

Follow our hashtags #AHBLive and #OWNIT on Instagram @afrohairandbeautylive Facebook  AHBLive Twitter  @afrohairshow

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2016 are on sale for £12.00 via the following outlets: Purchase in advance online for £ 10 SAVE £2.00 via  Black  Beauty & Hair Magazine at other ticket outlets £12 check website for details Afro Hair & Beauty Live.

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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Madam C.J. Walker (1867 – 1919) – Black History Month

Depending on your neighbourhood, there will be a beauty salon, hairdressers or hair product shop available for you to get your must-have hair products. But where did the idea of selling black hair products on a mass scale come from? And who looked at this niche market as a means of basing a successful business on? The answer is Madam C.J. Walker.

Born on December 23rd 1867 into a family of sharecroppers, Walker was named Sarah Breedlove at birth and turned an uneducated background into a hair product dynasty that can be highly admired today. Her name which has been largely documented in history, derived from placing ‘Madam’ before her third husband’s name C.J. Walker.

In the 1890s, Walker suffered from scalp ailments so decided to create homemade remedies as well as, also using products from the Annie Malone brand – a black female entrepreneur at the time. From growing up in humble beginnings, Walker became a sales agent in 1905 for the Malone brand, after moving to Denver – the place in which she met and married her third husband.

After her name change, Walker decided to found her own business in which she sold a formula which helped heal and condition the scalp. It is said that the idea for Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower came to her by way of a dream she had and by looking at these pictures here, you can see why this product would have been so popular at this time. Some of the ingredients used in the formula had to be sent for in Africa but because of the her dream, Walker took the necessary steps to get them in her possession.

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To promote her hair products, Walker travelled throughout heavily populated black areas in and sold door to door. In 1908, Walker opened the Lelia College (named after her daughter A’ Lelia) as a means of training hair culturists, to help people learn how to care for their hair. Walker hired Walker Agents to help sell her products on a wider scale and created a national association and cash incentives for them in order to instil loyalty amongst them; she also did not want to be the only one benefiting from her success.

Walker was widely acknowledged and recognised for her entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy, as she can be regarded as America’s first female, self-made millionaire.

With pinnacle women in our history such as Walker, we can pave the way for even stronger, ambitious women in the next generation.

Madam C.J. Walker…we salute you!

Kenya Moore Shows Off Her Natural Hair!

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NaturalPride Kenya Moore Real HairPretty long huh?

Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.

Does this method work for you?

More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair!

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair

When you’re married to a woman with natural hair… or a woman who wears her own hair…or a woman with any hair at all to be honest, you have to grow accustomed to certain things.
Let’s list a few, read on at Naijahusband

Nicole | A 4C Redemption Story

Nicole A Redemption Story

Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Nicole. I’m 20 years old from Dallas, TX. I’m about to be a junior in college.

Have you always been natural? If not when and why did you decide to transition?

Sadly, I have not always been natural. 😦 I got my first relaxer when I was six years old. From that point on, relaxers became a part of my normal life. I made trips to the salon just about every six weeks to get more of that creamy crack saturated on my suffering hair follicles.

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How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

Hello beauties,

It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:

  • Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
  • Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
  • Avoid dry hair and breakage

Follow these few steps for clean and healthy hair:Shower-head-horizontal346

Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles            .

Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.

Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.

Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.

Step 6: Rinse your tresses.

(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)

Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.

Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.

Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?

Top tips:

  • Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
  • If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
  • Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.

What do/does your wash day(s) look like? 

 

Photo source (s): 4freephotos.com

The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural

You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.

Tiffany| Locs Style Alert!

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Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Tiffany but everyone calls me Tip, my aunt gave me the nickname because I use to walk on my tiptoes as a kid so it just stuck with me.
I’m from Indianapolis Indiana.

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Hair VS Body

Or should I say Hair & Body?

Wearing your hair in a natural state is not an excuse to avoid taking care of your body. By that I mean working out. 

The most common reasons stated by women for not working out are: avoiding itching and dandruff, as well as maintaining their hairstyle. But it’s 2014, so let’s put excuses to the side and #letsdothis!

Before the workout, to maintain your hairstyle, you can wear your tresses in a high bun, braids, twists or cornrows. I tried working out with a bantu knot out. It was a big mistake, I ended up with a lot of shrinkage! I learned my lesson, now I just rock a bun at the gym.

After that good workout session, to avoid itching and dandruff, you need to wash your hair to get rid of the dirt, toxins and salt.

Fit naturals

For the sceptics, these are a few reasons why you should exercise regularly:

  • It prevents hair from drying out, which is a major cause of breakage.
  • It helps to maintain a healthy body: in addition to a healthy diet (please let’s not forget what we put in our body), having a healthy body gives you a great chance to get healthier hair.
  • It releases stress: it reduces hair loss caused by stress. As we all know, stress is not really a good friend of our hair.

So now, no more excuses ladies and get the body and hair of your dreams!

 

Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/aishatahirah 

Defeat the Heat!

Two words you never want to hair in relation to your hair is, HEAT DAMAGE! Whether you are a life-long naturalista or are on a journey to promote healthy natural hair, heat damage is the last thing you want to encounter.

Heat damage can be a result of two ways: –

  1. The use of curling tongs/straighteners that have been placed on a setting that your hair cannot handle
  1. Excessive blow-drying of your hair using high heat

We all love change and we all love to take the easy route sometimes but, we need to weigh up our options if we want to promote long-term good hair health. If we take blow-drying as an example, it is so easy to use as a means of drying our hair on Wash Day but, depending on the frequency of your wash days or if you have used a heat protectant, there is always the risk of getting heat damage.

So how do we get rid of heat damage? Unfortunately, heat damage alters the natural texture of your hair and you will notice that the strands that have been damaged will hang straight after washing, whilst your natural coils will curl at the end.

In order to repair the damage, the ends should be clipped up unto the point where the strand has not altered. Clipping the ends can be done over a period of time, especially if you have several areas where damage has taken its’ toll. The beauty of having natural hair is that the clipped ends can be hidden within the rest of your hair and you can once again be on the road to good hair health.

Have you experienced heat damage? Let us know…

I Got 99 Problems but Fairy Knots Ain’t One

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Fairy knots? I got 99 problems but they ain’t one

You know those annoying little knots usually found at the end of your hair which appear from NOWHERE?! Those knots are called single strand knots or fairy knots.

As frustrating as they are, fairy knots are a sign that your hair is growing 🙂 

They are often a result of your hairstyle, a lack of moisture or… just having curly hair. You can’t get rid of single strand knots completely unless you trim them. But there are few techniques you can use to reduce fairy knots, including:

– sealing your hair to keep your hair moisturised. Fairy knots love dry hair!

– oil rinsing: it is excellent for conditioning your mane. After washing your hair, saturate your strands with your favourite oil and let it sit, under a plastic cap, for 45 minutes. Then, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb and rinse with hot water. Apply your regular conditioner and rinse.

– using protective hairstyles. Styles like afros and wash and gos increase your chances of having knots. On the other hand, hairstyles like updos, twists and crochet braids are great alternative options.

– stretching your hair: straighter hair tends to be less prone to fairy knots. For those who don’t want to apply heat on their hair, check out simplycre8eve’s tutorial.

– trimming your ends. This solution is radical however you have to use protective styles and seal your hair properly.

What are your methods to reduce single strand knots?

 

 

 

Long Luscious Curls

You know I had to stop and ask her for a picture.

For those of you on the ‘mid-back’ hair length journey, let me introduce Diva Like Lisa

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Isn’t her hair gorgeous!
What’s your hair length goal?

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

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Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2014

May Bank Holiday weekend see the return of Europe’s biggest showcase for afro hair and beauty. Taking place on May 25th and 26th 2014 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE! is set is set to mark yet another successful year in its’ 33-year history.

At The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE you’ll find award-winning hairdressers, specialist beauticians and cutting-edge fashion all under one roof. Take the time to indulge with a customised manicure at one of the many pop-up beauty booths or take the stress off you mind with an Indian head massage. The show has everything you could wish for from henna tattoos to professional eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions – all at cut prices. Not only that but the runway will be in full swing with fashion shows, dynamic hair competitions and show special presentations from the leading names in the ethnic hair and beauty industry. If any of the clothes you see catch your eye visit the Afro Hair & Beauty Fashion Boutique to bag a one-off piece at a special show price.

Other features include the Sensational Icon competition where top hairstylists display imaginative avant-garde styles that can only be described as visual masterpieces. Along with the fiercely charged WAHL Battle of the Barbers competition which sees barbers from all corners of the UK work their skills.

Take advantage of this spectacular weekend and see the latest product innovations on the market and interact with the best of the best in the industry, including the fabulous natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood known as the ‘Hair Whisperer’ who will be at the Beautiful Textures stand.

After the success of last year the interactive debate will be returning, a chance for you to put your burning questions to our top industry panel. Plus this year for the first time ever Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE are bringing you a beauty interactive debate with our panel to consist of well-known names in the beauty industry.

Take advantage of our FREE seminar programme which covers a wide range of hair and lifestyle related topics, and the many giveaways up for grabs.

With SO much going on, this is a show not to be missed!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE
25th and 26th May 2014
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1
Nearest Tube: Angel

For interviews and press enquires please contact:
Jessica Fuller, Public Relations
020 7498 1795
pr@afrohairshow.com

 For more information visit www.afrohairshow.com