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Much Love Crystal Afro x
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

SUPREMELY SIMPLE STYLE TRIAL

It's been an actual AGE since I last vlogged on Youtube!
But, that's about to change so I'm giving you a notification now to head over to my channel and subscribe to Crystal Afro on Youtube >here<.
Look out for the video tutorial of this style. 
If you know, or you're practicing how to flat twist, it's genuinely a quick and easy style.
(Not like when experienced bloggers say "It's soo quick and easy to do.")
1.)
Start by sectioning off some hair in the front for your flat twists.
Pull the rest of the hair back into a bun.
2.)
Once you've done your 2 chunky flat twist in the front, then go back and neaten the bun. I used a soft brush and my favourite holding product ECO STYLER GEL, to smooth the hair into a bun. 

3.)
Divide the hair in the bun into 2 sections and twist each one. 

4.)
Finish off by using bobby pins to secure the twists in the bun underneath themselves.
Finish by pinning the flat twists off to the back.
This style looks much neater if, unlike me, you use a comb to do your partings.
There's a few reasons I like this style:
It's good for medium length hair. 
It's a good protective style as it keeps the ends safely tucked away. 
It's very quick to create and can be done on wet or dry hair. 
It looks great on any hair texture (no need to do a twistout for texture first)
I went out to the club with this style but I think it's a great professional style to.
If you decide to try it out, let me know how you get on.
Let me know what you think. Would you wear this style? 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

CHEAP MID-WEEK TREATS

Sometimes the main highlight of my midweek is simply getting home!
I can easily spend the day dreaming of being back in my dressing gown and how happy it makes me. Hence, I decided to d this post, while wearing exactly that. 

My hair is in a lazy bun so I can show you my latest undercut. 


I decided to stop off in Anerley (South East London) for a few cheap midweek treats, starting with a £5 polish change on my nails.
I usually neglect my nails but every now and then, I find it fun to choose a colour and have them done. It's not quite a manicure (but depending on where you go it's pretty close), but for less than the price of a Zone 1 travelcard in London, it's a lovely little mood booster. 
For some reason I felt the need for sensual rouge - I love it!  
Then I headed up to Anerley Road to try out Classique Barbers
I'd never been there before, but I'll definitely go back. 
I love going to the Barbers, but you can feel quite self-conscious as a female when initially stepping into this particular male environment, but I tend to end up enjoying the energy and jokes from the men (especially in a Jamaican barbers). 

I must admit, the guys in Classique, weren't nearly as crude as some of the guys in other places I've been to (side-eye: Norwood Junction).
This evening, the men were discussing and cussing about everything from Brexit to England's depressingly predictable football failure in the Euros, to Donald Trump and Boris Johnson's hair.
Quote: 
"It look like 'im [Trump] jus tek one badger n fling it pon 'im 'ed suh!" (Jamaican accent)
 Translation: 
"It looks like he [Trump] just took a badger and put it on his head, like so!" 
As you can imagine it was hilarious, and I only paid £5 for my cut. 
So after getting my hair cut and catching some jokes, I went home happy; and me and my pretty nails slipped into my favourite robe. 
Total: £10 well spent!
I hope your week is going well.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

REFINED OR UNREFINED COCONUT OIL

Bun all this Brexit madness! What I really wana know is what happens now!
What's gona happen to stores like Lidl and Aldi, where I recently discovered that I can buy my organic cocnut oil for £2.99, instead of the bumped up prices in Holland and Barrett?
(Hitting my already vulnerable pocket where it hurts does not fill me with confidence about the state of the UK's future. I might even have to rename this blog!)

So while my country spins in chaos, trying to work out "WTF just happened!", I'm just gona make the most of these Aldi prices while they're still here, and hope this helps those of you who are also budgeting right now.

Personally I prefer virgin coconut oil for my hair but it tends to be more expensive.
You may have seen my conversation on twitter with @Serenitybeaut. She uses refined coconut oil which you can get for £1 at Tesco and Asda. 
I recommend doing your research to decide which one you feel is best, but here's a basic guide to help you tell the difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil.
Hope it helps: 
Do you use coconut oil for hair or skin care?
What type do you prefer?