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The Benefits of Henna

Having had the same hair colour for many years (good ol’ black), I decided to try using Henna as a means of giving my hair a red glow. I did not want anything that could be deemed as offensive (within my work environment) but a colour change that could be picked up in the sun.

The versatility of natural hair means that, using subtle or bold colours to highlight the hair, can give hairstyles a more dramatic or defined look. I located a box of Henna that I had sitting in my cupboard (we all have products sitting there that we have never used) and started to research the best way of colouring my hair.

The brand I used is called Royal and each box contains five powdered sachets. I mixed all the sachets with the following:-

  • Black Castor Oil
  • Honey
  • Conditioner (Herbal Essences – Yellow)
  • Water

Henna

After applying the Henna to my hair, I wrapped my hair in cling film and let it sit on my hair for 2 hours (which I now realise may not have been long enough) and then shampooed/conditioned afterwards.

My results?

If you are lucky enough to catch me in sunlight, you may see a smidgen of red but other than that I have noticed:-

  • My hair is much shinier (a comment also stated by my colleague)
  • The texture feels must softer
  • It retains moisture for longer

In terms of hair dye, Henna would not be my first choice as I would not like to have Henna sitting on my hair for long periods of time (it is quite messy depending on the consistency or the products you add and is a pain in the behind to remove if it is splashed anywhere).

As a means of creating a nicer texture, I would definitely look to use this again but maybe once every 3-6 months.

Have any of you had experience of using Henna? If so, what were your results?

Let us know!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

Afro Hair & Beauty Live Logo 2014

 

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

Don’t Bug Me!

I said her hair looked nice and she threw me shade!

Don't Bug Me

I just saw a woman at the station with really thick beautiful natural hair in ringlets, spiralling down her back. I walked up to her and said “Your hair is gorgeous, do you know if it is 4a, b, c etc?”. This is the first time I’ve ever reached out to a Naturalista and been given the cold shoulder, her face was made up and her body language said “why are you bothering me, go away!”

Which makes me question, I know we are very keen and enthusiastic about our natural hair journeys, which is great but are we wrong to want to share that enthusiasm with people we meet?

Is it OTT or should people lighten up when they are paid complements. Are we too forward or are some women just being plain stush?

Get at me with your thoughts and experiences ladies, tell it like it is.

Photo Source: thyranq.deviantart.com

Remember This..

Hot Comb

Remember blowing on the comb when it first came off of the fire to cool it down lol

Why did you have to sit through it, was it for the high school prom,
family christening or a wedding?

Tell us your hot comb experience

 

The art of the bantu knot out…with a twist

Tada!

Tada!

Many alternatives exist when it comes to styling natural hair.
Here’s one: the two strand twist bantu knot out. Easy and stylish at the same time. Check out BeautyistheMotive‘s tutorial and get those bouncy curls!

Gelda Multi Buckle Heels

Grab these babies before Summer lands on us. Made with approximately 100% leather and  4.5inch heel, you can strut in style. No risk of your foot sliding out with SIX  buckles gripping them securely to your feet.
Available in Nude or Black for ÂŁ65.00 now at Topshop.

A soft pearl finish nail polish goes great with Nude open toe heels

Nude Gelda multi buckle heels Topshop

Nude Gelda multi buckle heels Topshop

Bring this black pair to life with a bold nail polish. Go the distance and opt for red 😉

Black Gelda Multibuckle heels topshop

Black Gelda Multibuckle heels topshop

 

Don’t let these beauties pass you!!

Senegalese twists style NaturalPride

Senegalese Twist Styles: Part 2

Following on from Part 1 where we showed you how to do Senegalese Twists it is now time to style them up!

If you’ve got your twists in now, fab! If you haven’t got around to it yet or your still a bit unsure if this is the one for you, check out the great styles you can create once your all twisted up AND how to do them:

Senegalese twists style NaturalPride Continue reading

Fashion Week African Style

New York Fashion Week African Style Designer: Christie Brown
A beautiful bold range of colours, print and material. No matter what your skin complexion or hair do, strut with class!

New York Fashion Week African Style  Designer: Mai Atafo and Kelech Odu
A dash of colour mixed with a whole lot of sexy. These colours speak volumes.
Dress your man up in these cutting edge styles.

New York Fashion Week African Style  Designer: Naked Ape
Effortlessly cool style from a designer who has worked for GQ and as the fashion editor for Elle magazine. Be inspired..

New York Fashion Week African Style  
Designer: Serwa Duaba
For the hour glass silhouette these dresses will flatter. No more worrying about bulging,  as the tribal print acts as a perfect camouflage for any parts of the body that you wish to conceal 😉

New York Fashion Week African Style

Designer: Taibo Bacar
Dresses suitable for all occasions.
This summer make your presence known whether you have long hair or no hair, it’s all fabulous 😉

 

Ester Selassie

Photo Source: globalgrind.com

 

5 Sizzling Natural Hair Dos

Janelle Monae

Fabulous  Mohawk worn by
Janelle MonaĂŠ

84th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

  Fierce Fro
Esperanza Spalding

Viola Davis

Elegance personified!
Viola Davis

Solange Knowles 
Vibrant Finery
Solange Knowles

 

Kelis' "Flesh Tone" Album Release Party

Sexy red pixie cut
Kelis

 

Ester Selassie

Send in your fabulous natural hair photos here

Source: photos.essence.com

Opposites Attract..

Monochrome is doing it again!
This colour combo screams style!


Topshops finest

GEO STRIPE BODYCON DRESS GEO STRIPE BODYCON DRESS  Topshop

Knock em dead in this
Geo Stripe Bodycon Dress

ÂŁ29.00 from Topshop

SPORTY MESH PANEL DRESS BY BOUTIQUE SPORTY MESH PANEL DRESS BY BOUTIQUE 2 Topshop

Or this stylish
Sporty Mesh Panel Dress

ÂŁ95.00 in Topshop

REIM2 SKINNY STRAPPY SANDALS REIM2 SKINNY STRAPPY SANDALS 2

Reim2 Skinny Strappy Sandals
Are an absolute must to complete the look!
Great studded detail get it now

ÂŁ50.00 Topshop

Happy Shopping 😉

Kotur Clutch

Margo Lace Minaudiere

Beautiful petite pink and white clutch bag

Margo Lace Minaudiere

Available at Shopbop

Go on.. Treat yourself 😉

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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Faux Fur Coat

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NaturalPride

Stay snugly and warm in this cold season with this faux fur jacket by ASOS.

It has been crafted from a soft faux fur fabric. A beautiful cream pattern, animal print with a fully lined interior. This jacket has been cut with a regular fit and should see you through a few Winters!

…Bold, Cold and Beautiful

The time has come again when we have to choose what is warm, rather than what is fashionable o_O. Wrong! Winter doesn’t have to mean that we have to dress in a dull and dreary manner and in fact, it is one of those seasons where you are able to stand out from the crowd.

Fashion is always a matter of personal taste and as a Naturalista, there are so many options that can be looked into for winter, as our diverse hairstyles can always be complimented by the correct attire.

This Winter is seeing the use of burgundy grace the shops. Everything from faux fur-lined coats to Nike Blazers are being brandished with this delicious shade of deep red. Accessorising this colour with hints of gold or cream, emphasises the richness of this colour, making it a easy go to choice, which can be adapted for work or play.

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For those of us who are a little more daring, the use of bright orange and or patterns, has been made available to show bold personalities. Using patterns within our dress code doesn’t have to be done in a garish or distasteful manner and can be blended in well with plain colours to achieve dramatic effects.

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The art of turning a mediocre outfit into a head turner, all lies in the accessories you choose. Many natural sisters have turned to wearing unique pieces which showcase all elements of natural hair styling. Gone are the days when gold or silver hoops were a must have item. If you are one who likes to rock a frohawk, the use of large earrings or oversized neck pieces allow that hairstyle to pop! The beauty of wearing a frohawk, is that it can be styled to be formal or informal, making accessory choice more specific.

NaturalPrideWinter doesn’t automatically mean that your other clothes will now have to be locked away, as layering is another way of creating a defined look. By layering, it not only gives you more scopes to create ‘new’ outfits but, it will be a lot friendlier to your pockets considering Christmas is just around the corner.

So when you are thinking about creating your next Winter look, consider the following:-

  1. What is the occasion? (Work, play etc)
  2. What colours would compliment your current hairstyle?
  3. Is it something you have worn before? If so, try changing an element so it doesn’t feel repetitive.
  4. Can you layer items to create a new look? (E.g. Long-sleeved blouse, covered by a waistcoat with an added statement piece i.e brooch)
  5. Have you covered your beginning (head – hairstyle), middle (neck to waist – accessories and clothing) and end (waist to feet – appropriate bottoms and the perfect footwear)?

So with our snoods (tubular scarf), coloured leather gloves (yellow with button detail) and hair fascinators at the ready, let’s create our new ‘black’ this Winter!

By Maria Kerr

Photo Source(s):glossfashion.com
allaboutthestyle.net
prweb.com
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vogue.it
moptopmaven.blogspot.co.uk