It has been a long year of protective styles: from faux locs, to havana twists, to turbans, to braids... it's safe to say I've tried them all. Well, at least thats what I thought! A few months ago, I spoke to the lovely Zaineb of www.zeenaxena.com, who recommended the Jessica Range - a luxury UK based company offering top of the range Celebrity hair extensions. Of course I explained that as much as I loved having weave in the past, I wouldn't want to risk damaging my hair by applying heat to it. Straightened hair is extremely hard to maintain, especially when your hair is as curly as mine! Little did I know at the time that the Jessica Range supplied 'Kinky-Curly' hair that promised to match my natural hair perfectly. Could this be too good to be true? Read on to find out my honest review...
On Saturday 14th November, my best friend Josh (check out his amazing artwork at @joshuajohndesign) and I headed to South East London to get our septums pierced by Sydenham Ink (@sydenham_ink). Read my honest review of this piercing and tattoo parlour and watch the hilarious (and graphic) video of us getting it done!
Hello beautiful people! After 18 long months I went and did the unthinkable... I straightened my hair! Using the Limited Edition KeraCare Glowwbox I blow-dried my hair, straightened it and created Hollywood-style waves after doing an overnight bantu-knot out. Watch my latest video to see how I achieved this look while avoiding heat damage, and find out how you can also get your hands on over £40 worth of KeraCare goodies for just £9.95.
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.If you have read my previous post, you will know that Wednesday 30th September will be a date I will never forget. Writing this blog post has been difficult for me for that reason, as what followed this event was so emotionally devastating. However, prior to what turned out to be one of the worst nights of my life, I had had an amazing time at the Lush Oxford St, and had smiled more than I had in a long time. Furthermore, the amazing gifts I took away from the event have helped me a lot through the last few days, as I have taken the time to have a relaxing bath and pamper session every day in an attempt to make myself feel better and to self reflect. In all honesty, this 'me time' has helped me a lot - taking time out for yourself and allowing yourself to relax is something we should all make time to do, especially when we are facing hardship. Therefore, it is only right that I share the amazing mood-boosting goodies I picked up on what was by far the most generous blogging event I have ever been to!- Sylvia Plath
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare, MacbethRather than simply discussing hair and beauty products all the time, I often treat my blog and social media as a virtual memoir: a space where I can share my thoughts and feelings on issues in both my private life and current affairs. Due to this, many of you are already be aware of the pain I have faced this year; both physically (through breaking and spraining my ankles) to emotionally, climaxing in the devastation of losing a loved one. On Wednesday 30th September, I lost the closest man to me - my beloved Grampy. Due to this, I had taken a break from blogging and social media, however, having reflected over the last few days, I feel slowly amercing myself in blogging will ultimately help me on my journey to healing.
'On December 1, 1955, Mrs Rosa Parks refused to move when she was asked to get up and move back by the bus operator. Mrs Parks was sitting in the first seat in the unreserved section. All of the seats were taken, and if Mrs Parks had followed the command of the bus operator she would have stood up and given up her seat for a male white passenger, who had just boarded the bus. In a quiet, calm, dignified manner, so characteristic of the radiant personality of Mrs Parks, she refused to move. The result was her arrest.' - Martin Luther KingThe image of Rosa Parks protesting for the rights of herself and fellow black people in Alabama is infamous, but change most definitely did not happen in one day. What is easily forgotten is that following that event that caused such a huge media explosion, black people in Montgomery refused to use the buses that drove them many miles on a daily basis, to and from work, for over a year until they were desegregated. It was only after this act of solidarity that real change was made. Fast forward to 2015, and after the news that DSTRKT nightclub in London's West End refused entry to a group of black women as they were 'too dark' and 'too fat,' the black community in the UK is left outraged. Images and videos of protests outside the venue were splashed across twitter and other social media, but is that really enough to create change? Here is why I know it is necessary that we must boycott DSTRKT.
On Thursday 24th September, I was invited to the incredibly spooky London Bridge Experience for the Barry M Autumn/Winter make up launch. This was the first beauty blogging event I have been invited to - as you know your girl is a natural hair blogger through and through - so I had no idea what to expect. Lets just say any of the predictions I did have were well off, as this was by far the most unusual event I have ever been to... in a good way! Read on to check out what fun I got up to, as well as to see what amazing products Barry M have ready for the colder seasons...