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Much Love Crystal Afro x
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Secrets of the Afro comb,
6,000 years of art and culture blog tour
A Legacy of the Origins of the Afro Comb

Last Summer I worked with Kandace as a fellow community committee member, helping to develop the Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Kandace also wrote the children's book to accompany the exhibition - Secrets Of The Afro Comb.
The great thing about the exhibition, which aimed to be both engaging and educational, is that even after it's gone we can all continue learning and sharing the knowledge. 
So here, as the final stop in the Secrets of the Afro Comb Natural Hair Blog Tour, Kandace visits with me at The United KinKdom to share one of the ways it's legacy lived on through a Children's workshop this Summer.

Kandace, tells us all about it:
During the summer I had the pleasure of participating in a summer school for young people aged 14+. 
My role was 2 ½ days based around the Secrets of the Afro Comb book.  We did a variety of workshops around several of the topics covered in the book and enjoyed a day out visiting two different museums.

Looking at the Afro combs in the British Museum’s Early Ancient Egypt gallery
One of the three top voted lessons was African hair type.    Yet surprisingly it was one of the most difficult to learn at first.  It’s easy to describe how African type hair is but not so easy to understand the why.  I am still not sure why but I think this session was popular because it is so rare for children of African descent to learn things about themselves in this way.

With a smiling student at the end of a long day!
Looking at the hairstyles on the Benin plaques.
So peeps this is your final chance to enter the prize draw!  Leave a comment below for your chance to win an autographed copy of the book.  Remember all comments are also entered into the grand prize draw to win:

·      Your face and your favourite natural hairstyle captured in a forthcoming book!

·      A limited-edition quality print of the illustration in the book ‘collage of beautiful faces’.

·      An autographed copy of Secrets of the Afro Comb, 6,000 Years of Art and Culture.

About the Author
Kandace (K.N. Chimbiri) is the author of three ancient African history books for children; Step back in time to ancient Kush activity book, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt and Secrets of the Afro comb, 6,000 years of art and culture.
Secrets of the Afro Comb, 6,000 Years of Art and Culture (ISBN 978-0-9562525-3-1) is available from Amazon click here for details or from the author’s website www.goldendestiny.co.uk.

Secrets of the Afro Comb Blog Tour Schedule

Sunday 5th October

Monday 6th October

Tuesday 7th October

Wednesday 8th October

Thursday 9th October

Grand prize draw winner announced on www.facebook.com/goldendestiny and on www.black-children-reading.com

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


I recently mentioned that I'll be seeing out Summer with my Shea Moisture products.
Well, I decided to get started with the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo.
I don't have the Curl & Shine Conditioner (if there is one) so I used the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner instead. 
I decided to try and create a Wash Day Walk-Through pictorial, for anyone who had questions about how I wash my hair. Hope it helps.
Steps 1 & 2: 
Divide hair into 4 sections using crocodile clips
(I used to Pre-poo my hair first but, my hair no longer seems to get as tangled before washday as it used to, so I don't need to do it as often anymore.)
(>Learn about 'Pre-pooing' here< )

Step 3 - 5:
Rinse and shampoo first section (repeat if necessary)

Step 6:
Rinse out shampoo and twist off section.
Repeat steps 3 - 6 for each quater.

Steps 7 - 9:
Work from the tips upwards.
Apply moisturiser to the tip of the section first before raking it through the rest of the section. Finger comb hair and gently detangle while smoothing the conditioner along the hair.
(N.B - You can use a comb or brush but I prefer to fingers comb it through)

Step 10: 
Twist off section and pin it up.
Repeat steps 7 - 10 for each quater. 

Step 11: 
Rinse each section thouroughly 

Step 12:
Pull hair into ponytail, roll the end and pin it up.

Step 13:
Cover hair with t-shirt to dry.
Once I'm out of the shower, I re-section my hair into 4 and use the t-shirt to dry it a bit more, then immediately apply a leave-in conditioner to each section while my hair is still damp. Once I've done this I'm ready to twist or style my hair. I tend to put my hair into twists to allow it to dry naturally with out tangling. I don't use heat. 

Hope this helps. 
I'll be back with another 'walk-through' grid soon. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


A couple of weeks ago I did something that I haven't done in about 3 years.
I took a day off work to go on holiday abroad!!!!
Granted, I didn't go very far, but my 3 days in Paris with 12 of my girlfriends from work, was magnifique!

We left straight from work on Sunday evening; hopped on the Eurostar, and before I could believe it, we were in France. We only had one full day to go sight-seeing, vintage shopping and of course indulge in some food and wine before heading back to work on Tuesday afternoon.

I'm very much a city girl, so I loved looking out for the street art and artists.
Check out some of my favourites in the grid below. The guy playing football up the lamp post was especially impressive, and so was the guy cutting hair on the street. I was tempted to ask if he could cut Afro hair, but I changed my mind.

Paris is a beautiful city, although we did nearly get pick-pocketed on the Metro.
Aside from that it was lovely.
I couldn't help but notice that quite a lot of black women were rocking their natural hair. I found this really positive to see and it makes me wonder how far across the continent the the growing influence of women 'going natural' is spreading. 
I recently found out about a natural hair event that will be taking place in Paris this October - In The Hair Show. Although I won't be able to go, I'm excited to see that Fusion Of Cultures (Laila-Jean) & Woman In The Jungle (Wunmi), are going to be special guests. 
If another opportunity to attend a French hair event comes up I'd definitely like to go. Who knows what wonderful things could happen as we strengthen our connections across the diaspora.
Until next time,