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Much Love Crystal Afro x
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A WASH DAY WALK-THROUGH

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.
POST-WASH
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

MY MINI-BREAK IN PARIS


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,
BISOUS!
xoxo

Saturday, 16 August 2014

SHEA MOISTURE FOR SUMMER 2014

Thanks to the lovely people at Shea Moisture who were kind enough to gift me this amazing bundle of hair and body products from their various ranges; THIS is how I plan to see out the rest of Summer!
In the 3 and a bit years that've been natural, I quickly discovered that Shea Moisture is one of the most popular brands for natural hair. With that in mind, I'm sure you'll understand just how excited I am about recieving these products.
However, for those of us here in the UK it hasn't always been easy to get a hold of, and when we could find it, it was pretty pricey.
Nowadays it's not so bad. You can find Shea Moisture in most Black hair shops in London, at least (read here), and the price is bit better than it used to be.
As someone who's trying to avoid silicones, as well as a few other ingredients, it can be quite a challenge to find a good quality, decently priced product (particularly in the case of conditioners), but Shea Moisture is one of the main brands responding to the demand.

I've only ever dabbled with a couple of Shea Moisture products. Mainly the African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner. For some reason it completely disagreed with my hair and wasn't the fabulous experience I'd heard so much about. 
A number of people reassured me that the right Shea Moisture product/range for my hair is out there so I'm looking forward to trying the selection; especially the ever popular Coconut & Hibiscus range.
I'm also looking forward to trying out the different range of body products, especially the baby lotions that I can already tell you, smell incredibly good.

So, roll on the rest of Summer!