18 February 2014

Guest Post: The Intervention By Calamity Jane

Hair breakage. Dryness to coarseness to more breakage. No amount of leave in conditioner or shea butter seems to do the job. Winter. Dark. Cold. Break up with boyfriend. TIRED.

What was meant to be the joyous family occasion of a christening, turned into a 'hair' intervention. Undertaking my serving duties after church, where I'm held hostage by 50 kids demanding 'more jollof rice', 'not that chicken, the other one', 'my mum says I can have coke, you got a problem with that?' (they now outnumber the adults), my cousins find me at my lowest ebb and like hawks, descend. First individually, "Madam, what is wrong with your hair? I thought you said you were going to style it for today. What happened?" Then collectively "Chale, why? You look tired and sad. Is this new man of yours treating you well? Maybe if you did something with your hair, instead of this hard bush you call an afro, you'd find a new decent man." Turning to my sister for mercy, she shakes her head meekly and slowly extracts herself from the gaggle of women. "I know a girl who WILL do your cornroll.  She's quick and does all the funky styles you used to like.

15 February 2014

The Snails: Safe Nail Polish for Kids

If your little cherub is anything like mine than she loves to get involved. Freya is always watching me paint my nails and put on lipstick and this Diva in the making is always playing dress up and pretend make up application. So I was thrilled to be send Snails safe nail polish for kids it's Non Toxic with just 3 ingredients Water, Acrylic Polymer, Non Toxic Colourants. Snails wash off with water so no need for toxic nail polish remover!

The Guest Post: Entwine Review By Crystal Afro

I know I’m not the only one who’s a fan of Gina’s locs right now. Not only do they look fantastic but I’m pretty sure that they’re part of the reason my girl chose to let me review her Entwine Couture Audition Collezioni pack, from Zara Hair & Beauty.

10 February 2014

Nina Simone Nail Art

It's Black History Month in the US and my social media feeds are alight with images of people who made a huge impact in not just African American history but world history. I was inspired by a post on ThandieKay.com which featured the work of nail artist Phe Davis who create the amazing nail art below. I decided to give it a go with one of my favourite icons in black history Nina Simone

5 February 2014

The 2 Minute Scrub

Time is of the essence when it comes to beauty for me. As much as I love natural and organic homemade products some of it can be pretty time consuming and in some cases unnecessary,  a lot of the raw materials we have are great as they come and by simply combining a few potent ingredients you have a cost effective simple  product. I'm a huge fan of coconut oil for my hair and body, its a great skin softener and works on the roughest skin to smooth dry areas. Add sea salt to the mix with its grainy texture and you have and excellent  body scrub.

4 February 2014

The Beauty Inspiration: Himba Women

I'm currently in love with the beautiful women of the Himba Tribe from Namibia, a mostly semi nomadic tribe. Himba woman are known for their beautiful clay hair that resembles locs, the clay is used for hair and body to protect from the harsh sun, not only does it protect but it gives a beautiful glow. The Himba people seem to almost glow from with in (in fact I'm certain they do!)

The clay is called Otjize and is a mixture of butter fat, Ochre and ash. Otjize is often perfumed with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub. Some say the clay is what helps the Himba tribes hair grow, In natural girl language the Himba tribe have been doing the ultimate protective style for many many years!

I have read in a few places that the Himba women spend lots of time beautifying themselves which makes me love them even more, they have a rich and vibrant culture and they are totally my beauty inspirations! 

Now all I need is the recipe for Otjize clay .......


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