Lightening your natural hair the natural way

Lightening your natural hair the natural way

 

Now that the summer months are here and my hair is well on it’s way to afro glory I have been toying with the idea of lightening it. I’ve seen lots of amazing photo’s on Pinterest of natural hedded girls who have experimented with colour and they look amazing! Very inspirational. Having the French braids in did make my hair grow but I found them to be a little restrictive and uncomfortable to sleep with so I’ve decided to give them a miss for the foreseeable future and just let my hair do what nature intended. So far so good!

I went to my hair dressers Adornment last week to discuss possible hair colours and they understood exactly what I was referring to when I said that I wanted a very subtle lightening with highlights that are only really visible in the sunlight. They suggested that I get lowlights instead of highlights and we choose some shades for that purpose. Unfortunately for me though, the salon does get booked up very quickly and they didn’t have any available appointments so I’m on the reserve list, but in the meantime I done some research on natural hair lightening methods and I found this:

10 Ways to Lighten your Hair Naturally {Homemade Recipes}

http://www.diyncrafts.com/2312/homemade/10-ways-to-lighten-your-hair-naturally

So I think I may just give one of these a try as I have pretty much all of these ingredients at home already in my cupboards and perhaps I will prefer this method to putting harsh chemicals on my hair and possibly not liking the results!

Has anyone tried any of these methods before? If so, did it work? Was it easy to do? Or too messy??

Let me know!

Truly Caring for your Natural Hair: An evening with Adornment and Curl Clinic

Truly Caring for your Natural Hair: An evening with Adornment and Curl Clinic

 

Hi There Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s!

Today I’m feeling very inspired! And I’m more proud then ever to be a woman of colour.

Yesterday I went along to a wonderful pop up event hosted by Curl Clinic and the natural hair experts at Adornment365 salon in Brixton for an evening of expert talks about natural haircare and healthy living.

Aswell as having a healthy (and extremely tasty!), range of canapés, herbal tea’s and wine on tap they also had representatives from Joico, Curl Clinic and Adornment there to give talks on natural hair maintenance, styling, safe colouring and healthy eating.

A representative from the professional hair colourant brand Joico spoke in depth about the best ways to look after your hair pre and post colouring, and was refreshingly transparent about the ingredients used in there haircare products. Joico are a brand that not only provide colouring but aim to maintain the integrity, strength and quality of the hair during the dyeing process.

Sophia, the lead stylist at Adornment spoke about her commitment to sharing knowledge not just about the ongoing hair concerns of afro haired women, but also about healthy eating habits and spiritual and personal health too. She provided us with examples of superfoods, such as chia and linseeds which are both excellent for the digestion system and full of nutrients and antioxidants and some rare and expensive natural oils (black castor oil etc) used in there homemade haircare range that have fantastic benefits for both the skin and hair. Sophia was really down to earth and very knowledgeable about her subject so it was a highly informative and hands on discussion where we not only got to see the best products to use in our haircare regime but to understand their benefits in the short and longterm too.

Then we had the resident tricologist Stephanie talk about the myths and misconceptions about black hair, and the multitude of ways that it is unique from any other hair type on the planet. As they specialise in natural hair it was a positive affirmation to see so many women of colour in the same room wearing there natural hair in a variety of different ways naturally and with pride. It made me ask myself why I didn’t go natural earlier?! But of course maintaining natural hair isn’t without it’s difficulties, it still is one of the most challenging hair types to care for, and the texture and curl pattern of afro hair varies wildly that she advised us that it’s as much about knowing your own hair then it is about just doing what you read in some magazine or on some blog. But somewhat reassuringly (as alot of these so called ‘hair experts’ have an absolutely shocking head of hair!), she herself had a beautiful mane of natural hair – it was big, it was bouncy and visibly healthy.

She also was giving one on one consultancies with anyone who wanted it – I had one as did my sister and I was told that I should up my water intake (I know, easier said then done huh?), as that was the root cause of dry, brittle hair. Thankfully though she said that my scalp was in good condition and didn’t feel dry but I know that I definitely need to drink more water as if I don’t oil it regularly it starts to look and feel dry.

In addition they gave out goodies bags to everyone in attendance. I know, amazing right? 🙂

So the evening was a great success! It’s so nice to see a company taking the health of black hair (and the bodies to which they belong to!) so seriously. They are committed to promoting the strength and beauty and individuality of afro hair and I love there positive message and the sheer professionalism that they displayed. I myself am a client of Adornment and I can agree that without a shadow of a doubt they don’t just do your hair, indeed they don’t just know your hair, they also CARE about your hair. And that for me is the most important thing of all.

The pop up evenings with Adornment and Curl Clinic are going to be running throughout the year at the Adornment salon so do heck out there website for more info:

Curl Clinic: http://curlclinic.london/

Adornment365: http://adornment365.com/

Until next time!

Love,

Tori

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

Natural Winter Hair Remedy

shikakai powdercoconut milk

I’m being perfectly honest when I tell you that my hair has never felt cleaner since I stopped using store bought, chemical inclusive hair shampoos and started making my own natural hair care. And I could also argue that my hair has never looked better, but that could be a matter of opinion 😉

I am always on the lookout for natural ingredients that have beneficial properties to health and skincare and as such I have been looking specifically for some really good hair conditioner recipes. I was using Coconut Oil previously, but I feel it can be a little drying and could do with some jazzing up.

Recently I came across some Natural Hair Conditioner recipes, with interesting ingredients that I’d like to try out within the next couple of weeks. As I’m going on holiday tomorrow and won’t be back for another week I’ll need to do one of the conditioner recipes tonight after I have washed my hair with my tried and tested Basic Hair Shampoo Recipe: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/basic-natural-hair-shampoo-recipe/ .

Coconut Milk & Shikakai Deep Conditioner

Ingredients

1 Cup (or Can) Organic Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp Shikakai Powder

2 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)

2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)

2 Tbsp Manuka Honey

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

Shikakai Powder (also known as Acacia Concinna), is a natural fruit powder originating from the Acacia tree found in parts of Asia. Shikakai means “fruit for hair”, and has been used as a natural hair ingredient in India for centuries. Shikakai is a result of the fruit pods, leaves and bark being ground into a fine powder, which is then made into a paste.  It has a ton of benefits, including:

  • Nourishing hair, promoting hair growth & strength
  • Gentle on the scalp and hair
  • Prevents and eliminates dandruff
  • Works well both as a shampoo and in a conditioner (the paste like texture gives it lathering capabilities)
  • Strengthens and moisturises the hair
  • Can also be used as a body wash and face cleanser
  • Doesn’t strip the hair of it’s natural oils
  • Helps protect the hair from fungal infections (and lice)

This product sounds like an absolute god send! I haven’t managed to get my mitts on it yet as Holland and Barretts don’t stock it and Whole Foods only have the capsules but when I do oh boy will I be making good use of it! V Excited. Coupled with the properties of Coconut Milk which soothes the scalp and provides softness and deep conditioning, I think this is going to be a very good conditioner indeed.

Recipe number 2..

Coconut Milk, Shea Butter & Honey Conditioner

Ingredients

1/4 Can Coconut Milk

1 Tsp Whipped Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Manuka Honey

1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Avocado)

1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil (or Sweet Almond)

2 Tsp Vegetable Glycerin

A few drops of Essential Oils (optional)

I can’t tout the goodness of Manuka Honey enough – I use it in my face cleanser, moisturiser, hot oil conditioner and in my bentonite clay & honey face mask: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/bentonite-clay-manuka-honey-face-mask-recipe/. It can be used in a variety of different recipes so it is a highly recommended investment – and it IS an investment. I had to pay £31 for 250 grams! Try it out for yourself and see what you think. See you in a week! 🙂

The way of the sponge!

The way of the sponge!

Bath Sponge

Last week I heard of a very peculiar thing that had me immediately intrigued: A bath sponge being used as a styling tool!

Now if you’ve never heard of this before then your probably thinking; What on earth is she banging on about? but I can assure you tis no exaggeration: people are doing this technique all over the country using a SPONGE with holes in it to create texture/curls/definition/twists even dreds in there natural hair.

This ingenious and very simple piece of apparatus was created in America and has gradually spread over to the UK. You can buy one from Nudred, their versions costs around $25, but if your not based in the US then you also have to pay shipping costs which can be up to $12. So, pretty expensive for what it is.

Another alternative for this magic sponge is to DIY. And this is what I done!

The sponge is essentially a regular bath sponge that you can buy in any hardware store, or even at the Supermarket. I got mine from Tesco’s and it cost me 58p for 2 sponges. As I paid by self checkout and there was 50p left in the change area from the last customer I actually only paid 8p, so they cost me 4 pence each: Bargain!

Then I watched THIS video, showing how to cut the holes into your sponge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05okD0hAe0

And I went home and done my own. I also done one for my friend who doesn’t yet know about this technique and I cannot wait to show her/give it to her!

Aside from the extreme affordability of the sponge and how easy it is to make one yourself at home, I LOVE the effect the sponge creates in my hair, the ease of usage, the fact that the sponge technique doesn’t harm the hair, the time it takes to get the desired affect (literally only between 2 to 5 minutes). Also it’s quite relaxing to use – almost like a massage affect as you literally rub it  gently over your head.

See this video to see how the sponge technique is created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkXuCf-saME

I think it’s brilliant. I haven’t got the time nor the inclination to sit there preening myself for 30 minutes each morning, really I don’t and this sponge takes the hassel out of grooming and does what you want it to do in much less than half the time: Genius!   

So far I’ve been using it everyday and I’ve had quite a few compliments and I just ADORE telling people about my cheap and cheerful routine. I hope all you lovely natural haired people out there give this a try, you won’t regret it I promise! This sponge technique is good for both men and women and is particularly effective when the hair is slightly damp. You can still use your usual styling products but it’s better to use them before you sponge curl rather then afterwards otherwise it may take some of the definition from your hairstyle.

What do you think of the sponge curl technique? have you tried it yourself? do you have any good, or bad things to say about it? did you make or buy yours? do you know any special techniques?

 

 

 

 

I’m going all natur-elle

I’m going all natur-elle

 

Contrary to popular belief, there are a range of natural products that can do the job of maintaining your beauty regime just aswell if not BETTER then your current commercial staples. There is almost no product that can’t be replaced with a natural one, which is just aswell as I’ve decided to go all natural. With my recent transition of going natural with my hair (meaning no texturisers, relaxers or chemicals of any kind), I’ve started to see the benefits of being completely natural.
Also, though it can be a little time consuming, it’s less maintenance overall.
I’m no longer having to go to the hairdressers to get them to treat my hair as I can do it at home, using my own homemade products. For styling I simply use a homemade blend of water, glycerine and essential oils to soften and lightly scent my hair and then I grease my scalp and hair with Coconut oil. Coconut Oil is great for the hair and skin, it aids with hair loss, strengthening the hair and imparting a natural sheen. It helps with loss of protein and provides a cooling sensation on the scalp for people with sensitive scalps. It’s also a very good conditioner and lessens the build up of dandruff. Melted and applied to the hair and used as a hot oil treatment is another great way to keep the hair soft and moisturised and the scalp healthy.

The following products can be made at home, using products from your kitchen cupboard! Do you know any great natural recipes for any of them? – if so post your recipes below for a chance for it to be featured in the next I’m going natur-elle blog post!

Hair Shampoo

Hair Conditioner

Hair Moisturiser

Face Mask (See our wonderful Manuka Honey and Bentonite clay recipe here: https://silklafox.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/bentonite-clay-manuka-honey-face-mask-recipe/

Face Cream

Body Butter (We make a wonderful Body Souffle’ that you can buy from notonthehighstreet): http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/rose-geranium-or-lemongrass-body-souffle

Exfoliator/Body Scrub: You can buy our Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub Souffle here: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/rose-geranium-and-jasmine-salt-scrub-souffle

Deodorant

Soap (The Secret Scent Societe’ is working on perfecting our Meadowfoam Soap recipe so that we can make it available to buy in time for Christmas!)