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New Anita Grant Clay Hair Wash & Cleansing Co Wash Conditioner

Did you know that we have a few new products added to the Anita Grant range that we stock in store and online?
So here’s the 411 on the  Anita Grant Curl Conditioning Clay Hair Wash:
CLAY_WASHThis product works better on women who have tighter coils, and works as a shampoo or co-wash alternative. By thoroughly cleansing your hair by it brings better moisture retention for styling which is necessary. With silica and iron, which are excellent for cleansing the hair, the product also does wonders in enhancing your curl pattern too, so it’s a win win all round.
It is proven that after using the clay hair wash for the first time, your guaranteed clean but not stripped coils, improvement in natural texture, heightened sheen and curl definition to be topped off with manageability and softness. For maximum results be sure to only use plastic or wooden utensils when mixing, as the metal will lessen the effect of the clay. Apply the Clay Hair Wash in small sections, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then  rinse thoroughly with warm water. Detangle and proceed to condition on create you wash and go style.
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The sulfate free, low suds, co-wash conditioner is excellent for removing residual build up. and a great in-between shampoo wash while combating frizz. Rich in vitamins C and E, amino acids, protein and antioxidants to improve scalp circulation, you curls will love the nourishing after effect. For best results apply to the hair in sections making sure your hair is completely soaked, applying from root to tip and using either your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle. Leave on for an extra five minutes for extra penetration to the hair, rinse with warm water and your ready to style!
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We Are Loving: Miss Jessies’s Quick Curls

missjessies_quickcurls__13557.1433579693.1280.1280If you visit ourwebsite often, you will see that there are a few products that are on rotation that we are in love with. One of them is from the Miss Jessie line called “Quick Curls”

Founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch (who sadly passed in December 2014), Miss Jessie’s products took the curly hair market by storm in 2004. Creating a successful line of hair products for afro kinky hair, as their was nothing on the market for black natural women at that time, from their salon to workshops, they are now known for their expertise in styling curly, kinky, and wavy hair of all types and textures,which made the Miss Jessie’s Salon become the go to place for curly hair solutions. Today, the girls have taken their brand worldwide and have been featured in numerous publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Marie Claire, and many more, with a strong celebrity following as well.

So why do we love Quick Curls? The weightless styler was created to give you your desired look fast! With the leave in conditioner combining fresh fragrances of ginger flower and lime fruit, the best way to use this products and see it in it’s full effect is to apply a tablespoon  to damp hair, section by section. Be sure to rinse out. Then dependent on how you dry your hair whether naturally or with a blow dryer, one tip for extra volume is to use a diffuser for extra volume for a great wash and go!

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.

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.

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!

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

Natasha Ferguson

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