Thursday, 25 April 2013

DIY: Making the Most of Your Deep Conditioner

One problem with relying on online products is the fact that replacing them can be difficult at times. Products can be out of stock, take a while to ship, or simply be unaffordable at the moment.So I'm running low on my Bee Mine --which has so far been my holy grail protein-free deep conditioner. What to do? Well the thing is you simply have to be resourceful and make the most of what you DO have.

Here's how to do this.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care: Finding the Best Shampoo for Your Hair

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care: Finding the Best Shampoo for Your Hair: by Nicole Harmon of Hair Liberty In my opinion, your shampoo may be the most important product in your arsenal. I say that because a goo...

Is It Okay to Hate Your Hair Texture?


The natural hair movement is well and alive. Though I'm not natural, I do fully support being natural and natural hair. After all, I myself was natural for years and I was even a bit of a so-called "natural-nazi" for a little while, staunchly against ever relaxing again. Nonetheless by the time my hair reached armpit length (APL), I gave in and relaxed out of convenience. I will explain that later.

Many naturals, in their attempt to give themselves the courage to remain a natural and not give up, cling to the virtues of embracing natural curls, coils and kinks. They say all hair is good hair and as long as hair is healthy that is the most important. Sometimes I wonder, however--is this true? Is it possible to just  not have good hair? When I say this I don't mean 3a vs 4z kind of the comparisons, or mixed-race hair versus continental African hair. Some people have strands that are hopelessly thin and a texture that is rough. Hair that is no matter how well you moisturise it, still dry and rough feeling.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Review: Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer in #2

Whenever I want a complete, well rounded look--I wear this concealer. It makes my eyes look radiant and more awake especially since it contains an ingredient that gives a pearly shine. Although it is a very lightly pigmented product, it is perfectly fine for a concealer to be lighter than your foundation.

Translation: Yes. Black people can use this.

Monday, 15 April 2013

The "Politics" of Natural Hair & Self-Entitlement

Photo credit: Viqi French / / CC BY-NC

Going natural is a big deal for many of us. Although something as simple as wearing your own hair the way it was from birth shouldn't be a noteworthy event--as black (mostly diasporic African-descended) women it is too often a difficult lifestyle (not hairstyle) choice, a heavy burden, and a symbolic gesture. It can be a scary but liberating experience for many of us.

After alternating between braid extensions and relaxer, I made the decision by my final year of high school to transition to natural. This was before I knew going natural or even the term "transitioning" was a thing. The biggest challenge in going natural for me was my personal shyness and the fear that others would judge me and/or ask stupid questions.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

NEW Cassia Obovata Recipe+Results

This is my hair over a year ago

I've used amla powder as a natural but it wasn't until my relaxed journey that I have been an avid user of cassia obovata and henna. Cassia Obovata generally has the same properties as henna, except it deposits a subtle gold colour on dark hair instead of a red/orangey one. Though I love using Ayurvedic herbs on my relaxed hair I hate how dry it leaves my hair no matter what I do to combat it.