MY FIRST BANTU KNOT OUT


Hey Ladies,

As much as I love being natural I am definitely what I like to term as a Lazy Natural. I mean I've been natural for two years and I'd say I've probably styled my hair about 5 times - if that! But one of the things I love about being on holiday is the freedom and time I have to do things I actually want to do. And one of those things is my hair. So I decided one rainy day that I would try a bantu knot out. Armed with freshly washed hair and an excellent two -part video tutorial by Yolanda Renee (part 1, part 2) I went in! I detangled each section with a wide tooth comb and used the Entwine Creme Gelee Syler and sealed with my Ajali Hair Oil Blend. I had about 17 bantu knots in total.



 Take down 2 days after...

Day Two Hair


I loved my hair (and makeup might I add) on the second day especially. I had stretched my hair overnight using the pineapple method so by the time I had fluffed out and picked at my roots it had much more volume which I loved. I also remembered to slick my edges with Olive Oil Edge Control so the look looked more polished. Having said that my hair did take TWO WHOLE DAYS to dry so I'm not sure how practical this is for every day. I might need to invest in a hooded dryer cause *ain't nobody got time for two day hair styles!* Oh and another thing, Yasmin told me that to get more defined curls I should try using a thicker gel like Eco styler and smoothing each section with a Denman brush before twisting. So I'll be trying that next time. All in all, I really loved this style and it was really easy to do. 

Have you tried this style? Any tips for your girl?



Day Two Hair Makeup Details
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Malaga
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Medium
Collection 2000 No Clumps Mascara
Mac Eyeliner in Engraved
Beauty Treats Eyeliner in Dark Brown (to fill in eyebrows)
MAC Russian Red Lipstick
Vaseline Paint the Town Red Lip Tint




MY WASH DAY ROUTINE 2014

Hiya!

I get a lot of questions about my natural hair. The two most common ones being "How exactly do you care for your hair?" usually followed by "It must be so much work" and the second being "How do you get your hair so soft?" I've been natural for a little over two years now and looking back on the post about my haircare regimen I put up a few years ago (OMG I've been blogging for TWO years lol) it's interesting to see a lot of what I do is still the same. I still aim to wash my hair every week (the operative word here being aim lol) and I start off with:

#1 Detangling

Here's a picture of my fro from the back. I had just taken it out of some twists so it's a little stretched. (PS: I can't for the life of me understand why my hair has a purple tint when I take close-up pictures of it with my DSLR. Disclaimer, it's always done this so it's not because I just dyed my Nazuri extensions lol)

I choose to detangle my hair when it has some conditioner and water in it with a wide-tooth comb. I've tried detangling my hair when it's dry but I felt like it was more damaging. A lot of popping sounds - scary! And I know finger detangling is the hot topic these days but I've tried it before and it was a nightmare. So instead I section my hair into 3 (one in the front and two in the back) and I gently try to separate any clumps with my fingers first and remove any shed hair. Then I spritz it with a detangling conditioner (Herbal Essences has amazing slip, Tresemme ones are awesome too) mixed with water in a  spray bottle in a 50:50 ratio. 

I separate each section into two or three so I have smaller sections to work with. Spritz each section with my detangling spray and use my wide-tooth comb to gently comb through my hair from the ends to the roots. Once each section is done I twist it and repeat until my whole head is done. Here's a look at a section of my hair after I've detangled it:

I like to work on my hair when I'm well fed, rested and have energy. I find that doing it when I don't want to means that I'm usually impatient with it and don't take my time to work through the knots I have. Here's a look at the shed hair I had from detangling my whole head, FYI it had been 10 days since my last wash:


#2 Shampoo

I don't run away from sulphates, I actually like to use a sulphate-based shampoo once a month to clarify my scalp. My favorite ones to use are from the Tresemme Naturals range. Since I'm staying at Yasmin's house I was able to dip into her stash of shampoos and I used the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo which smells amazing and didn't leave my hair feeling too dry. On other weeks when I wash my hair I like to use a non-sulphate shampoo from Shea Moisture. I wash my hair in three sections and depending how my hair feels I'll wash each section once or twice. The important thing I've learned about washing your hair is to concentrate on your scalp. I gently massage the shampoo into my scalp and let the water run the shampoo through my hair. Then I use the palms of my hands to smooth the shampoo onto my hair. No rubbing! This keeps my hair from tangling up again in the shower. Here's a picture of my freshly washed hair:


#3 Deep Conditioning 

I attribute the moisture retention and softness of my hair to this step completely. I think deep conditioning is so important for natural hair especially because unfortunately our hair type is plagued with dryness. The two things you need to deep condition is an excellent deep conditioner and heat. You guys already know how I feel about my Amika Replenshing Olve Oil Mask (if you don't you can read about our affair here). When I'm home I use my steamer for heat (which is still going strong after 2 years!) but today I tried out my friend's Aprhodite conditioning cap. You plug it in and it warms up, it's really soft and comfortable. I wouldn't say it's as effective as my steamer but it get's the job done. If you don't have a steamer or a conditioning cap put your hair in a shower cap and wrap that around with some cling film. The goal is to trap in as much heat as possible so pop on some wool hats or whatever you have on top of the cling film and let that sit for a few hours. Whatever works for you just keep that heat in!


 #4 Rinse

It's important to rinse your hair with cold water. This closes up your hair cuticles and helps  your hair look smooth and prevents frizz. In the past when I've felt like I was experiencing excessive shedding I've tried the green tea rinse at this stage too. I'm not too sure if it helps to be honest I wasn't very consistent with it but I don't feel like it did any harm. Here are some pictures of my hair after I've rinsed all the conditioner out:


#5 Moisturise & Seal

So at this stage I put into some conditioner, I've been loving Entwine products lately and seal with my Ajali Hair Oil Blend made from coconut, castor, jojoba, argan, tea tree, and vitamin E oil -it's amazing for shine, and I'm not just saying that lol. 



When I'm done I'll go in and style my hair, I tried my very first Bantu Knot out after this! I'll be posting the results next week so stay tuned for that:) What's your wash day routine like? Do you have any tips or favorite products? Let me know I'd love to read about them. Hope you're all having a good week.



SUPERDRUG HAUL

Hi Guys,

Just in case you're unfamiliar with Superdrug its a drugstore/pharmacy chain in the UK. I literally cannot believe how excited I was to take my time and go through all the aisles (hi my names Ifeyinwa, and I'm a beautyholic lol). Anyways I just wanted to stop by and show you a few things I picked up from Superdrug last week. 



L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in Sweet Honey - £5.50
Pantene Colour Damage Rescue Hair Masque - £2.34
Touch of Silver Twice A Week Brightening Shampoo - £2.04
Original Source Coconut Shower Gel - £0.99
Barry M Pencil Sharpener - £1.99
Tea Tree Essential Oil - 2 for £4.00
Simple Cleansing Face Wipes - £2.16
Collection 2000 No Clumps Mascara - £2.99
Sleek Matte Me Lipstain in Fandango Purple 431 -£4.99
Gosh Intense Eye Liner Pen in 06 Blue - £6.49
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Medium 374 - £9.99

I'm always excited to get new makeup but I'm especially excited this time lol! I've heard amazing things about the Collection 2000 mascaras. Sleek's Matte Me lip stains are my favorite drug store lip products at the moment, so much so that I think I'll be doing a whole post on them. The blue Gosh eyeliner was a bit out of the box for me, but I've always wanted to try it and the point on that pen sold it for me. The Sleek Contoruing and Blush palette has been on my wish list for ages and the colors are simply stunning. In case you can't already tell from all the hair products I got I'm planning on dyeing my hair! My Nazuri Curls Kinky Straight to be exact. Depending on the results that'll be my next post lol. Speak to you guys soon!

THE PERFECT DAY

Hi Guys,

Let's be honest, life isn't always a flower field of roses and congregation of butterflies but every now and and again the stars align in your favor and you have a seemingly "Perfect Day". Mine was last Saturday August 9, 2014. I'd like to share my day with you as a reminder to keep positive when things are down and not take the joys of life for granted. The only difference between a good day and a bad one, is your attitude, so smile:)



 What I got up to:
Brunch at The Diner in Camden Town
Shopping on Camden High Street
Seeing Porgy and Bess at the Open Air Theatre
Soaking up the sun at Regents Park
Kennington Fun Fair
Love and Liquor in Kilburn


What I wore:
Blue dress - H&M
Flower Crown - Street stall in Camden
Backpack - Primark
Sunglasses - Street stall in Brooklym
Diamante sandals - River Island

White fringe top - Aeropostle
Black Easy Jeans - American Apparel
Black thong sandals - Wet Seal


I personally love being outside and active and surrounding myself with family and good friends. Throw in some good food and a little shopping and I'm all set. What do you like to do to cheer yourself up when you're feeling down?