Upcoming Event: Curly Hair Magazine Launch- Tuesday 28th July @ The Grace Bar

We are so excited for the launch of the 1st ever natural hair publication titled: Curly Hair Magazine. This new natural hair and beauty publication are hosting their launch party for the very 1st edition on the 28th of July to celebrate and provide a platform where all things natural can be found in one place. The aim of the magazine is to help educate and share knowledge with women about natural hair throughout the UK. Whether you wear protective styles or not, Curly Hair Magazine will be the place to come in order to find how best to look after your natural hair.

curly_hair_magazineWith an increasing amount of women who are natural all over the world, they have all found ways to share their journeys via YouTube and other social media platforms. However as we all know, no matter how much you can watch videos some important information may still be missed as you just can’t catch it all. And that is where the Curly Hair Magazine comes in. This new print magazine is to make finding out what you need to know more accessible. Going beyond just hair and sharing a lifestyle that can be shared throughout generations.

It’s amazing to see this type of publication hitting the market so be sure to show your support by ordering a free ticket and heading down to The Grace Bar later on this month, where the fun will be kicking off from 5pm onwards.

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Upcoming Event: Make Up Masterclass- Saturday 18th July @ Docklands Holiday Inn

11412443_10206952660035665_7588441418307608855_nThe people at Rayjeweled Beauty are bringing you a luxury hands on beauty master class which will be taking place on Saturday the 18th of July. Beauty Bash are proud and welcome you to come along to a day’s tutorial on all things beauty. With yourself as your make up model for the day, you will learn how to apply makeup like a celebrity stylist by the time they have finished with you. You will be able to learn tips and tricks by a exiting makeup artist. And for those that are a DIY’er then this event would be perfect for you as well.

Throughout the day you will learn how to prep your face, hygiene, eye makeup and eyelash application, colour matching contouring and many more great skills that you can take with you. Starting at 12pm right the way through to 6pm, the day is going to have you smiling from ear to ear with the amount of information and knowledge that you will be receiving.

And this will all be taking place at the Holiday Inn in Docklands. Tickets are priced at £100.00 which includes individual one on one question time and  food and refreshments throughout the day. If you have a makeup kit that you use daily or for special occasions etc, please bring it along with you to have your skin looking great. So all you literally have to do now is show up and be apart of what is going to be an exciting day.

Top Five Summer Styles For Caucasian Hair

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With summer now in full effect in the UK check out our top five favourite summer hairstyles that you can recreate to make your own. Whether you are  hitting the festivals or a day out with friends, or if you are heading out for the night or on a date, all these styles are just what you need to enjoy the summer months with as they are fun and easy to recreate.

1- The Pony- The classic and easiest hair style to create within a matter of minutes. After a wash and condition, be sure to minimise towel drying to avoid frizz. Then using your favourite styling cream apply a small amount to your hair to blow-dry. Once secured to your desired length, for a catwalk matte finish add a dry shampoo to the ends of the hair for volume. We love the Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo which smells like grapefruits and limes.

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2- Braid It Up- Whether you choose a traditional plait a french or fishbone plait, you will already be on trend as this look is sweeping the nation at festivals for that boho chic look. If you decide to go with a middle or side parting, be sure that before you braid you deep condition your ends to have them looking healthy. Once your chosen plait is in, the Keracare Silken Seal Sheen Spray is ideal way to add shine moisture and a nice gloss to the look.

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3- The Updo- This style is great for short hair and dependent on your personality adds character. Make sure you have a good handful of bobby pins, and a bottle of L’oreal Professionnel Serie Pro Keratin Blow Dry Cream to hand to add volume into your blowdried roots, which will give flat edges. Then it is a simple case of taking small sections and twisting them towards the back and pinning. For formal occasions the neater and more uniformed the better, and for the “I’m not trying” look then leave some loose ends out.

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4- Wash and Go- This is for every woman that gets on the train with wet hair. This is a quick and easy way to vamp up your “wet” look in the morning. If you wash your hair everyday, try a gentle shampoo and a moisturising conditioner like the Moroccan Oil Moisture Conditioner. This will coat and restore the oils lost from the hair and prepare it for the styling cream. Once the conditioner has been applied, simply run a straightening/styling cream throughout your hair and either scrunch for curls or leave to air dry for straighter hair. This makes getting out in a hurry a more fabulous way to do so.

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5- Natural Curls- If you have fine medium or thicker hair then this style is a win all round as it will always hold definition and volume. If you want to loosen your natural curls then take a wide tooth comb with some mousse and create your ideal curls. And for those adding curls, if you take medium sections of hair and loosely wrap them around a large barrel curling iron that should do the trick to revealing those “I woke up like this curls”. Remember because the curls are “natural” avoid doing the entire head. Once complete, flip and use your favourite hair spray like the Giovanni 2Chic  Dual Action Leave In Spray  to complete, which also works amazing on heated styles.

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Upcoming Event: Happy Hair Day Pop Up Shop- 18th-19th July @ The Tabernacle Notting Hill

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Calling all natural hair children who want to take their parents out for the day!

When it comes to our children’s hair we know that it is a very important part of us that we impart on them. Through us, they learn how to treat and take care of their hair as well as learn how to maintain a healthy mane to see them into adulthood. In today’s society and culture, parents have to upkeep not just the hair that continues to grow, but their children’s confidence and self esteem in the beauty in what they have.

And so Sal, founder of Root Two Tip is hosting a natural hair pop up shop for children. This two day event is for parents who are in need of help with their children’s curly kinks and coils of all ethnicities. Whether your issue be dryness, tangles and knots or investing in new products, this event will allow “Hairducation” expert Sal,  to give you some tips and advice that you will also be able to walk away with as she has also written an essential guide on all things natural for your child’s hair. As well as being able to invest and try out her own handmade natural haircare products designed especially for children, this event is to promote awareness and bring insight to those that are willing to learn more.

So what can you expect on the day? Amongst the launch of their Happy Hair kits, there will be a visual tutorials with product demonstration and loads more including hair care guides as well. And it gets better… Because the two day event is free for both adults and children! So what are you waiting for? Tell your neighbour, family and friends to be sure to purchase their tickets on Eventbrite for both adults and children to come down to what is going to be an educational weekend.

Beauty By Zara Sale Now On!

Who doesn’t love a sale!

We do!

If you can save a few extra pounds on your everyday must haves and favourite products then you will certainly enjoy what we have online in our sale for a limited time only.

Now that the sun is out the popular EOS lip balm (summer fruit) flavour can go into your bargain basket, and if you are looking for something for your hair then you have a few products from SheaMoisture and 3 Sisters Of Nature to choose from.

While you’re at it you can also check out the latest products added in store and online. The infamous Eco styler have added to their range. Introducing the “cocktail” line, not only is it purse friendly on the pounds but they have created a wash condition and style product what we can’t wait to try out. And once we do, we will post a review. The “Yes To” skincare range have added two new products to their range. The cucumber daily calming moisturising  and the grapefruit even skin tone moisturiser.  And there is a new Jamaican Black Castor Oil edge control in town from Sunny Isle, that all women who love the oil will appreciate.

So whether you are not too far from our Walworth Road store, or in Grays Essex, or anywhere worldwide, not only do we have the latest stock in store for you to pick up straight away, but you will never miss out online as well. And for all those that shop online within the UK, remember that on orders over £60.00 equals free shipping so split the bill three ways with mum dad and the kids and everyone is happy!

Upcoming Event: Ayamour DIY Hair Styling July Workshops @ Saturday 18th July Birmingham Crowne Plaza Hotel

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LEARN TO BRAID, TWIST & STYLE!

braids_twistsCalling all naturalista’s who need a little help from their friends!

Diving into the natural hair world is no joke. Deciding on going back to your roots, and even through the transition period, the reality of what you are going back to only becomes real when you have to start creating hairstyles that you can work with on a regular basis.  It takes time dedication and perseverance to retrain your mind about how to treat and maintain your new kinky coils. And when you have a busy day or week which may include work, studies, running a business or tending to children, learning how to bantu knot or perfect a twist out with your favourite styling product takes time out of the day that you don’t have.

Well help is here!

The ladies at Ayamour are running a July workshop at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham where for beginners you can learn to twist and style and for those women who have left the novice line, the DIY hairstyling session will be just what you need to take your skills to the next level. With both workshops taking place on Saturday the 18th of July starting at 10am, each session will be an in-depth few hours where provided with tools, you will learn all the basic and most popular hair styles that you can take home and make your own. With tips and inspirations given throughout the day as well as you having a go to recreate some designs, why not take a few friends and family along and make a day of it where you then can come home and trade skills learnt!

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.

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!

Upcoming Event: United Kurls Presents- Lounge and Learn Sunday 5th July @ Westfield Stratford

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United Kurls are hosting their first event on Sunday the 5th July at the Holiday Inn in Westfield Stratford. As the one stop shop that offer you a range of UK brands who provide the best in natural haircare products, the team are proud to announce their first Lounge and Learn event.

Bringing the “pop up shop” aspect to life, on Sunday the 5th of July you’ll be able to lounge with some of the members of The United Kurls Collective, and learn through the intriguing sessions about the natural hair care industry. The first session will take a look at why handmade products are so expensive, with founders from Alcomado and SheaButter Cottage discussing why invest, as well as guiding you on how to buy what’s beneficial for you hair. The second session with guest speaker Dr Akingbola also known as Lola’s Curls, will be bringing her advice and tips on how to build a haircare routine that will work for you and your curls.

Amongst the likes of Mane Divas, Naturally Simple Haircare, Be Unique, and I Love Afro who will be bringing their amazing  products to buy on the day, other exciting vendors in fashion, skincare and jewellery brands like Pieces By KeKe will also have pieces to purchase as well.

Starting at 11.30am be sure to get down there early as although it is a free event, both sessions have already sold out. Head over to the event registration page to sign up and to secure your ticket for admission as soon as you can.

Curlvolution 2015 Round Up Review

The 2015 Curlvolution show was the UK’s annual natural hair event where women of all nationalities and ethnicities were able to come together to network, socialise and to talk all things natural. Only in it’s fourth year, Curlvolution has begun an exciting revolution and community which focuses on natural hair and skincare products that are available not just in the US but also growing rapidly in the UK. By bringing worldwide brands and vendors together to the Hilton Hotel on Saturday May 23rd, allowed all coily hair females to heighten their knowledge on their mane with some of the most influential women within the haircare industry.

With vendors like Mane Divas, Beauty By Zara, Pieces By Keke, Super Funky Me, AyaMour, Fashion Fair and headline sponsors ORS and Beautiful Textures, amongst many more, the Hilton was buzzing with fabulous women who came to invest in their kinks and coils. From handmade hair and skincare products, to silk bonnets, having your make up done, to one off African inspired jewellery, to well known brands like Camille Rose, Thank God It’s Natural and Shea Moisture available on the day, had everyone socialising sharing experiences and swapping tips with other women.

With funny man and motivational speaker Action Jackson as the host of the event, this year the show had a variety of workshops and speakers to bring a diverse perspective on the world of natural hair and beauty. This year Curlvolution addressed the business side to the industry with the workshop titled “The Business To Blogging” hosted by UK’s Laila aka (Neffy Fro Fro) and Pelumi who discussed how bringing their natural hair journey to a digital platform has bought them immense success in the business world, and how achievable it is to attain. The make up master workshop delivered by US make up specialist Kluermoi was an incredible insight into the world of contouring and how to achieve the look that’s right for you. And for the new natural newbies that have decided to rock the fro, You Tube vlogger and natural hair expert Jenell Stewart gave a talk and shared her journey which was made insightful with tips and advice on washing styling and gaining that length!

The founders of Curlvolution are on to a good thing here when it comes to providing a growing platform to connect with others. The event embodies a place where free expression of natural beauty is embraced, honoured and empowered. With “going natural” becoming a trend in communities, all over the UK, the only way the Curlvolution show is destined to go, is up.