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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?

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Good Hair Club Launch


Event: 'Yeah, That's My Best Friend' Photography Exhibition
Photography: Kariima Ali
Venue: Viva, Dalston, London E8 

Description:
An intimate exhibition looking at style and friendship, and exploring how it shapes visual identity. Featuring a diverse range of black British females, it was created to celebrate the launch of The Good Hair Club - new specialist retailers, providing products for Afro hair. In particular, supporting home-grown brands such as Root 2 Tip, Big Hair Beauty and Anita Grant.

Overview:
In all honesty, I was so impressed by the theme of the exhibition, that it wasn't until I was leaving the event that I realised, it was actually a launch for a new online hair shop. 
 
I arrived with the ever-stylish Queen Teshna and we quickly bumped into many familiar faces, as well many of the featured models. The small, basement location was perfect for the petite size of the display, and created a perfect social setting, and even complimented the subject matter of the photographs themselves. 




Although it was a tiny exhibition, the collection was still lovely to see, and the emphasis on friendship was very inspiring to me.
One of the most important parts of my hair journey has been the friendships I've made, which I can honestly say, have been positively life changing for me; so it was lovely to see an exhibition shedding some light on these connections.



Congratulations and thank you to Oyin Akiniyi - Founder of The Good Hair Club, for my invite to such a lovely and unique launch, and for the opening of her new company.