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Summer’s Here for Summer Hair

flower-731300_1280When it comes to the summer months in the year, it’s a time to showcase your new wardrobe for the picnics and music events, or the time to reveal your new body that you have been working on throughout the winter months. Either way summertime always brings out the best in people.

So when it comes to your natural hair here are five tips that are effective for adults and children to show off all your hard work in maintaining healthy kinks and coils, as well as allowing it to soak up the rays it needs without it being damaged.

Tip 1- The warmer the weather, the more moisture your hair will need. Dependent on the type of hair you have whether your curls are tight or loose, moisture is necessary in avoiding dry and brittle hair while out in the sun. Lighter oils such as coconut, almond and moroccan oils are good examples of providing the hair and scalp with a light coating to protect the root to tip while giving off a wonderful gloss and shine on your chosen hair style.

Tip 2– Sweat- From the month of May onwards, I always notice that because it is more humid in the evening when it’s time to go to sleep my body temperature is slightly higher than in the winter months. Your body temperature travels to your mane, which at when combined with products in your hair, your body heat almost acts as a steamer. Bed sheets with fabrics like cotton and polyester increase friction and dryness in pillowcases which increase the heat in your head to make you scratch and itch. Your hair need to breathe. So whether its plaiting or twisting it into smaller sections every night, or investing in a silk scarf or pillow case this will decrease frizz and dry hair that will make your mornings a lot easier to manage.

Tip 3- Chlorine and saltwater is not your friend- When hitting the beach or the swimming pools be mindful of the water you immerse your hair into. Salt and chlorine crystals weaken and dry out hair’s natural moisture. Make sure you deep cleanse and condition. Hair masks are a really good way to put back what was stripped and having to hand a water based styling product to style with makes all the difference when your ready to step back onto the beach.

Tip 4- Washing your mane more frequently is ok- Now that the sun is a like a free hairdryer, creating fabulous wash and go’s to get out and about with your friends are ideal for this time of year. Whether it be chunky twists or just taming it with a setting lotion or gel, will provide unique styles in an instant.

Tip 5- Wear your hair with pride- Summer is always a good time when women always either change their hair colour, invent new protective styles or rock a new cut for the season. Whatever your way of rocking your hair and however many times you may change it per week, never be afraid if someone asks you how you achieved that look to tell them. Let them know the products and process you used, while being encouraging as to how they can be able to achieve the very same look. You have to remember it always starts with “omg her hair looks so nice” which influences someone else to become more adventurous with their hair.

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Upcoming Event:Kidz Curlz Natural Hair Pagent- Saturday June 27th @ UK Centre For Carnival Arts- Luton

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Now children’s pageant was one thing but who knew that there was a natural hair pageant for beautiful young ethnic girls to take part in?

The Natural Hair Network and Heritage Promotion are proud to present the Kidz Curlz 2015 Natural hair agent. In association with spreading the word about sickle cell, this unique event is taking place at the UK Centre For Carnival Arts next week Saturday. This event is an exceptional and creative way to teach the younger generation to appreciate and embrace their natural kinks and coils that they were born with, and to be bold in expressing their definition of beauty by taking to the catwalk.

In today’s society, the media image that represents the ethnic minorities on an advertising scale do not have the balance to represent the diverse  culture in the UK. It is very rare that you see children of different nationalities in advertisements, voice overs and on national television that so many of us as parents allow them to watch, where they may see only one or two characters that they can relate to from an external perspective.

So we are excited to know that this event is going to not only showcase the upcoming generations as the beautiful and unique creations that they are, but he fashion & talent show will see girls from age 4-16 showcasing how beautiful natural hair is, which we hope boosts confidence and raises awareness that no matter what you look like from skin to hair, beauty in everybody shines from the inside out.

Tickets are still available for the event, where there will also be guest singers, and activist speakers on Sickle Cell Awareness as well as donations for the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group in Luton.

So if your in Luton, be sure to support the cause that we hope makes it’s way to London next year!

Curls Go Ping and Pop with Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Maker

by Maria Tumolo

I don’t really like using hair gels. On special occasions I may use an edge tamer gel for a pony tail updo. I prefer styling creams but last year I discovered a few gels that work well on my curls without the crunchy or clammy feeling. I’ve been hearing and seeing good things about Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Maker, since it burst onto the natural hair scene several months ago. Camille Rose is a brand that I LOVE! To date, I’ve not been disappointed by any of their products. I recently trialled the Curl Maker. From my experience, the hype has with merit. Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Maker will give you enviable popping curls.

I tend to wash my hair on weekends, I used the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker for two consecutive weekend hair washes. Here are my results:

Trial 1: I washed and conditioned my hair with of my staple products then I applied Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment and followed up with the Curl Maker gel. I applied the gel to my wet hair. Then I diffused my hair. My curls were well defined, bouncy, shiny and full. The curls lasted until the following wash day. Although, mid-week I applied one of my usual hair oils to my scalp and little to my hair as usual. On a couple occasions during the week, I also lightly re-applied some of the Curl Maker to parts of my dry hair that had become a bit fizzy. (I don’t always put away my curls properly at night). Even on dry hair there was no crunch just soft luscious curls, with no frizz. However, I would not suggest doing this more than a couple times, because the gel is meant to be used on wet hair. At least dampen hair to restyle during the week if necessary.

Trial 2: I washed and conditioned my hair my favourite curl cleanser and conditioner. I then applied the Curl Maker to lightly towel dried hair and I followed up with a hair butter. To style, flat-twisted my hair, then blow dried it. When my hair was dry, I untwisted it and styled it in a twist out. My curls we loser because of the flat-twist but they we still well defined with minimum frizz. On the night of day 2, I loosely retwisted my hair with a hair butter and applied a small amount of the gel in the morning. I did this because my hair is colour treated and tends to dry out easily. When I untwisted my hair in the morning it was slightly frizzy, so, I put a little more gel.

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I preferred the results from Trial 1. It had nothing to do with the product only the styling method. Overall, I’m totally happy with the results from the Curl Maker. I believe it should work for most natural hair curl types. However, coarser curl types should try setting the curl by twisting the hair. Braid outs should last even longer, but curls must tucked away at night by ‘pineappling’ the hair to the crown of the head.

I love the packaging of the Curl Maker. It’s pretty and girly. You get a sense that it’s fun playful product. Feel encouraged to enjoy your curls. Play with it. The font is easy to read and the product instructions are clear straight-forward to follow. The first five ingredients listed in the Curl Maker are: Dionized water, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol. Other ingredients shown at the front of the bottle are: pomegranate seed oil, marshmallow and agrave leaf extracts. A bottle 12oz RRP £21. So, it’s not cheap but it delivers on its promises and that to a naturalista seeking curl perfection is worth its weight in gold. Depending on length, thickness and how often you use the gel it should last you 6-8 weeks at least. I would certainly recommend this products. Spring in the air and Curl Maker will make wash and go styles pop in the sunshine.

About the Author

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I am a Trinidadian born Surrey based stay at home mum, blogger and aspiring children books writer. My blog is The Tiger Tales and it explores topics such: as parenting as an expat, family experiences as a mixed heritage family, fashion, food and beauty. You can find me on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

Curls In-Store Hair Event 2015

​Essex was buzzing last Saturday afternoon, as a bunch of eccentric naturalistas made there to Beauty By Zara’s new store for the US brand Curls event. Hosted by the girls from the Curls team, UK hair bloggers along the likes of Fro Girl Ginny, ​
Curly Girl Shannon and ​London Curls the store was filled with women who love all things natural.
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The goodie bags and bubbly had women talking to each other about the one thing that we all had in common: curly, beautiful volumised natural hair.
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The Curls girls bought their A game, with advice, tips and recommendations to the ladies about the brand and how the products would moisturise, restore and enhance their mane. The sample giveaway  as always was a nice way to try before you buy, and those who had previously used the products before, were able to restock by picking up a few pieces from the Beauty By Zara shelves.
The Q&A session allowed the hair bloggers to answer some intriguing questions on daily routines, maintenance to keeping your mane fabulous, as well as being able to take a few selfies and mingling with other naturalista’s.

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Overall the Curls event was a success, and was a new and innovative way to host an event within a hair store. It worked really well, by also allowing women to stock up on hair and beauty essentials. This style of event could be one to look out for, as Beauty By Zara seems to have started a new trend that could become the new way to network and shop at the same time.
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It’s cold outside. Time to protect your hair.

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by Natasha Ferguson

As the winter season lingers; the weather not only affects our day, our mood and our future plans; but also are hair too. There are many different types of styles you can use over the upcoming months. They keep you from adding extra tension to the hair by pulling styling and brushing and allowing the scalp to breath and grow. Below I have listed some protective hair styles that are not just beneficial but make you look good as well.

The High Bun

1-The hair is pulled into a high bun

2-The ends are pinned and tucked in; or you have the option of using the doughnut for creating a more firm and formal bun. For a more natural look I fan out my ends to get an even shape right the way round. I then wrap my hand around the loose hair depending on how high I want the bun; then with my other hand use a hair band and secure the bun.

3-Depending on your desired finish you can use colourful headscarves and headbands to give this look some life and to add your personality.

Box Braids

Janet Jackson gave life to her famous box braids in Poetic Justice, and now they are a staple hair style amongst all women. The best way enjoy your braids for a little while is to maintain it. To refrain from hair damage and thinning at the front try not to get;

  • Not too small or not to big as this will either pull on every hair strand unnecessarily; or if it too big the weight will pull on your hair which can create breakage and make it uncomfortable to wear.
  • Find a colour that suits you.be adventurous.
  • Know when to oil your scalp. Also find a good braid spray that can condition the hair and your own.
  • Braids can be washed. Have someone help you do this or head to your hairdresser where it can also be dried properly.
  • Love it right and tie it at night. It helps reduces the front hairs from frizzing and becoming troublesome in the morning.

Cornrow Hairstyles

The cornrow has never gone out of style. From children to adults, it is one of the most popular hair styles to date that evolve through expression and creativity from the stylist. If you want to just have your own hair out of the way then for a while this is a low maintenance way to go about it.

Twists

From Havanna to Senegal to Bob Marley the twist hairstyle is another also popular and a favourite style that has created. There the sister to the box braids however much softer. In all sizes look and see if what you would prefer then get experimenting!

Up Do’s

Up do’s are the sophisticated way to go out for a night on the town or for dinner. Whether with or without cornrows they provide the protection that your ends require and have you looking amazing. From sleek beehives to romantic curls your look can be become as regal or you please.

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So there you have it. Wear it your way. And keep your hair healthy while doing it as you look fabulous. We all are!

Karen’s Body Beautiful Lavender and Vanilla Hair Care Range Review

Now many may ask why is a hair care range called Karen’s Body Beautiful? Well that’s because Karen Tappin didn’t start her entrepreneurial business with hair, the US phenomenon started with natural spa and body care products, that within a few years avalanched her into her successful hair range. And since then she has gone to become a worldwide favourite in creating an all-natural brand aiming to eliminate all forms of preservatives and other non-natural chemicals.

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I was excited to get my hands on the Lavender and Vanilla range that I tried out a couple of weeks ago. My hair has been through the mill this summer. So this was the perfect time to test out Karen’s while restoring my mane. Let’s begin with the Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo. For me this was an essential way to condition my hair while cleansing it. Washing my hair in four sections the appreciation of the two in one duo, was quickly noticed. It lathered up once the product connected with my hair, and had the right balance of suds and slip for me to get right into my scalp and roots. I was most impressed that after two washes my hair didn’t feel stripped and completely dry. And as a bonus the scent kicks in after you’ve rinsed the hair and made my kinks clean and defined with a nice shine.

Detangling each section, I then went on to use the Luscious Locks Hair Mask Deep Conditioning Treatment. This thick but light between the fingers product is not scented with lavender and vanilla fragrance. The concentration of the vegetable wax, agave and aloe butter created a nutritious protective balm over my roots and ends. This is where I was able to take my time and apply it well into my hair as my locks are quite thick. Pre sectioning my hair allowed me to massage the roots and with my fingers comb through to the ends. The excess I combed out was able to go right back in and catch all the nape hairs I missed. I tie up my hair in a plastic bag then wrap it with a towel for about 25 minutes.

Rinsing out the deep treatment took no time at all, and left my hair feeling alive again! When it comes to sun and heat damage, you can’t take your hair for granted, I was glad to see that the hair mask did exactly what it said it would do. This made me smile as I could glide my fingers through healthy hair which felt like it had a summer jacket of oils and goodness on.

I decided to try the flat twist with the Hold It Hair Gel with Argan Oil. With a lot of styling gels they either are too runny to stiff or too sticky. I style my hair wet and as you go through each section, some parts begin to dry before others. This can also have an effect on the finished look dependent on your hair. Karen’s has found a great balance in regards to texture and consistency of this gel. And fall in love with the organic and entrancing fragrance all over again as once fully dried, your left with a firm hold on your favourite hair style. I would recommend using the gel for special occasions. If you need to smooth fly away edges or a bun this would be ideal to set it with. Daily once it’s set, it could be a challenge to create your desired look, dependent on how you maintain your hair.

Karen’s is an affordable range for the growing in confidence naturalista. Karen’s is marketed to attract the thick curly kinky girls. For me and my mane, I was pleased with the outcome and the effect of the entire line used. I regained softness from the shampoo, elasticity bounce and definition from the deep treatment hair mask, and the styling gel provided me with ultimate hold and volume for my big day out.

Karen you have becoming deserving of a place in my bathroom and for the beautiful lavender and vanilla range I give you a: 8.5/10  

by Natasha Ferguson

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Lover of God’s love. Mother. Wife. Editor in Chief of new Urban Online Gospel Magazine 2BReal, PA & Freelance Journalist.

 

Essex Store is Now Open!

Hoorah!

Congratulations to me and my team!

It started as a dream…

and  now after months of serious deliberation,  weeks of unloading, emptying, sorting, and cleaning we have now opened Beauty by Zara – Afro & European Hair Specialists in Grays, Essex.

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We are jam packed with everything:

  • Hair Care
  • Wigs
  • Extensions
  • Hair Pieces
  • Skin Care
  • Make-up
  • Accessories
  • Health

If you can’t make it to our store – stop by at Beauty by Zara online where we have many of your old faves and exciting new brands.

We have new arrivals every week. So if you don’t see it – please ask.

P.S. Our sister store Zara Hair & Cosmetics is still very much still open, so if you’re in or near South London – that’s the place to go!

 

 

 

 

The Secret to Fabulous Children’s Hair

By Natasha Ferguson

As parents we are complimented on the way we grow and look after our children. Hair is a massive part of how are children will be conditioned and treated in todays society, and various settings that they will encounter as well as the everyday interaction they have with other children and adults. And it’s down to us as parents to make sure that they are confident and proud of their hair texture and quality.

I’ve put together ten tips on how become more aware on what we need to look out for to give our children the best when to comes to their hair.

  1. Investigate. Understand your child’s hair texture. Does it dry out in the sun? Is the scalp always dry? What breaks or snaps or thins the hair? Once you have an idea, you’ll then know what points you need to focus on and what to look for with products.
  2. Research. Take the time to research what you will be applying to the hair. Cheap is not always cheerful. However some brands are cost effect and do exactly what they say they will do. Build your own awareness of what you’re looking for and what it needs to do. When I try new products, I try to use a few from the range and give it at 6-8 weeks to see how it works out.
  3. Not everything works in their hair. What works for one may not work for the other. Each hair type and texture is different. So if you like the effect of what a product does, ask for a sample.
  4. Eat good grow good. A good meal is a reflection on the consistency and strength of hair growth with the right balance. Healthy body and healthy hair. We all get days where convenience saves the day, however keep in mind the future effect that can take place if it becomes to regular.
  5. Don’t pull it so tight. Be cautious of how tight you pull hair. Children’s hair scalp and roots are sensitive and regular hairstyles will begin to thin the area’s most affected. Try to find bubbles hair clips and bands that don’t have small seals/clasps to avoid damage to the roots or to the ends.
  6. Get that routine in place. From wash days to plaiting before bedtime. Always be forward thinking of what needs to be done so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Wash days should be a chance to check on their growth and what their hair needs. School days are the best place to input and maintain routine that will keep the entire family in clockwork.
  7. Mix it up. Get creative. There are weeks were cornrows or a twist out work for us. Whatever your preference, make it work for you and your needs. If you choose to use hair extensions, please be advised that the weight of the additional hair can causes weakening and sensitivity to the scalp, alongside the strength of the hair elasticity decreasing.
  8. Less manipulation. More growth. Having to comb wash blow dry and style hair is no joke. Set a style. Once the hair and scalp is moisturised, you give the hair time to breathe and grow without any problems. Again if you are using extensions please be advised that the growth may be slower for your child.
  9. Remember their children. Their hair never stops growing, but give it a chance to do that. Let it breathe. Teach them about their hair so that they can be conscious and confident in understanding the differences between them and others.
  10. Note it all down. Don’t throw away what didn’t work for your child’s hair. As you grow confident in what you’re doing that will show. You may have others come to you for advice and giving them the basic steps with a few samples may help them on their way to a healthier and happier outlook on how to care for their child’s hair.

The secret behind the amazing quality shine and texture is all down to you. You’re the secret. Invest in them and you’ll reap the rewards unconditionally.

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About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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Don’t put me in a box!

By Natasha Ferguson

Ok, so how many of us are guilty of jumping on a new trend? “I want to try something new. I want to be different” We are a culture and society that soak them in. Rocking the fro is the latest to join the line for all things fashionable. The other day I was on the tube and I saw for the first time in a while an advert where an ethnic woman was being promoted with her afro. It made me think how much we think of our naturally beautiful hair. First and foremost we need to recognise that going natural and saying we have natural hair is two different things? What do I mean by that? Millions of women of different race and colour have natural hair which has never been manipulated to become something it isn’t. And going natural is allowing your hair to return back to the original form.

No matter how you wear your hair permed or natural and whatever condition it’s in have you noticed that we have now become a generation where everything is labelled? You’re able to put you and your friends in specific boxes because of the way they all wear their hair. Now it’s not something that we do consciously, however labelling who’s who I believe does create a subconscious division. We’ve been put in a box. Even within the natural community. We have created a system of labelling how curly and kinky your hair is. From 1to 4 (4 being the kinkiest) Now this system has been put in place so that the products you use alongside many methods that are out there for washing styling and maintaining your hair, will become effective if you’re able to categorise your hair Does it work? What does it matter? Either way your hair is always going to be unique to you. It may look similar to other women’s in texture length and coils, but it will never be the same. Now I’m not saying to scratch it out completely. To some it is useful. Just don’t let another system make you feel that what you have on your head should look a particular way.

I started my natural hair journey almost three years ago. I permed my hair for convenience. And I continued on a cycle because from an early age my mum couldn’t manage my hair, and so she permed it when I started secondary school. I maintained it with treatments as you do and don’t get me wrong I was impressed by the length, but over the years the quality went downhill. As I got older I realised how this particular “look” kept me in a box. However becoming a mother planted a seed that I wouldn’t have fertilized off my own back. My daughter had incredibly soft beautiful hair. As she got older it grew into a head full of curls that sparked the question that everyone asked. “She has really nice hair, what side of the family does she get it from? And that question bought me to where I am today. Natural and proud.

My hair is not like my daughter’s. And that’s ok. Because just as her hair is gorgeous so is mine. Now I enjoy not looking like everyone else. And this is the very lesson I want to continue to teach my daughter. However you wear your hair, it is imperative now more than ever for them to be confident in themselves on the inside and out. Never stop telling them how beautiful they are. Because the moment you let go the media grab onto their weakness and insecurities and thrive of that through social media in this technological age. We as a growing natural community need to be educating the younger generation on how to manage their hair and to provide them with the time and tools needed for that to become effective and for it to become the new normality. Each and every one of us are fearfully and wonderfully made. And it’s up to us no matter how you wear your hair to remember that.

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About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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