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How to Tie a Turban/Headwrap and my YouTube return

When my is looking like a mess with no way to salvage it, the only way option I have is a headwrap. I get loads of people asking me how I tied it so I decided to make a video on YouTube about it.

I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube. Love in the sense that I go on the platform at least once a week to watch some of my fave YouTubers. However, I hate being in front of the camera. The first time I gave making videos a try was in 2014. But the whole editing process put me off.

I love reading and writing but with two children, I never seem to find the time to do any. SoI’ve found that it’s easier to just put on a video and get on with other things. This got me thinking about producing such content for my blog readers who may also be like this.

I’m still unsure on what kind of content I’ll be making videos on because lets not lie Joy to the World is a mish mash of everything. I want my YouTube channel to be more refined. I want it to be a place that I can interact, give information and for people to get to know me and my family. So to kick thing off, I’m showing you how to tie a turban/ headwrap in three easy steps. After you watch it, please subscribe to my channel as I begin this adventure.

 

Bumble and bumble Bb Curl

Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl

One of the perks of my job is that I get to hear about and try out products even before they’ve launched. This month, one of the products to land on my desk is the new Bumble and bumble Bb Curl Range.

Bumble and bumble is a hair care brand that I’ve always heard good things about but never tried. The Bb Curl collection has been created to replace the current Curl Conscious range and consists of six products. “Whether it’s loose and free, or used as a starting point to create a variety of looks—up, half-up, twists—curly hair is always so stylish. This new Bb Curl collection will change the lives of curly girls.” said Laurent Philippon, Bumble and bumble Global Artistic Director

I got out the range bar the conditioning mousse – the result was so good that I had to share.

Bumble and bumble Bb Curl

 

Bb Curl Sulphate-free Shampoo – I have a thing for shampoos that don’t strip my hair – that is why I loved this shampoo. The Bb.Curl sulphate-free shampoo worked well in cleansing my hair from product build-up. It contains Bumble and bumble’s HydraSculpt Blend™ – a cross-linking polymer that blends styling benefits with moisturisation so that each curl is controlled and hydrated.

Bb Curl Custom Conditioner – It’s no secret that I love a good multitasking product but I’m not going to lie, this one confused me. In the last year or so, I have grown to love co-washing by hair, it’s a great way to keep moisture in my hair for longer. On the odd washdays, I might use shampoo followed by a leave-in but more often than not, I co-wash. This Bb Curl Custom Conditioner can be used a leave-in, co-wash or rinsed out. When used as a co-wash, its apparently meant to remove product buildup while retaining moisture. But when used as a leave-in, it hydrates, detangles, and leaves hair manageable. I’m still trying to figure out how this works and if I like it.

Bb Curl Defining Creme – My hair loves a good defining crème and this one is just lush! Ideal to use before air-drying hair – I like the defined curls it created on my hair. It’s also infused with the Bumble and Bumble HydraSculpt Blend™; as well Brazilian oils which are suppose to help keep hair moisturized and shiny. Unfortunately I didn’t feel my hair was any shiner after using this product.

Bb Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil – I read the description of this product before using it and was instantly excited to try it. It sounded as if it was made for my hair. Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil that helps loosen and lengthen wound up curls” I mean, YES PLEASE!! The formula is not one I’ve come across before – the hold of gel and the nourishment and shine of oil? Intriguing. This gel is amazing at holding twists in place. I’m partial to twist outs so anything thing that can keep my twists in place is welcomed. 

Bb Curl Pre-style/Re-style Primer – Hands down my favourite from the range. Why? Well, for one it’s a multi-use product. Secondly, it’s filled with UV inhibitors to protect hair against the drying effects of the sun. With summer approaching this is a must-have for all curly-haired ladies.

Any natural hair maven can attest to the fact that curly hair can be unpredictable. A beautiful twist out can easily turn to an undefined ‘fro come the end of the day. The Bb. Curl range is great at keeping hair well styled all day. Me likey!

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

Sofn’Freen’Pretty

Sofn’Free is range of hair care  products that I’m very familiar with. Their Curl Activator Lotion used to be my must-have back in the day. To my surprise though, I had never tried the Sofn’Freen’Pretty range for kids. As a mother to two girls, hair care is very important to me. I began relaxing my hair at the tender age of 5 – I refuse to do this to my girls. In fact, relaxers are not the only thing I avoid putting in my children’s hair. I’m also doing my best to not use any hair extension on their hair.

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the Sofn’Free n’Pretty CoCo Curl Up to try and I’ve been using it none stop since. It has led to happier hair days in my household.  The CoCo Curl Up is a moisturising pudding that is formulated to fight frizz whilst sealing in moisture and adding shine.

I wash my kids hair every two weeks. Their wash routine includes shampoo and conditioning, detangling, moisturising before braiding it into a style. Many a time there’s tears involved.  CeCe –  my eldest has super coily locks and her sister Amelia has what I’d describe as 3c. I found that this product worked differently on the two textures.  On CeCe’s hair, I was disappointed to notice that there was no added shine or bouncy curls. It literally only added moisture to her hair which in essence made it easier to comb through and braid. With Amelia’s hair however, I found that not only did it moisturise her hair but it gave her defined curls and less frizz. Although still no shine.

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

The texture of this product is described as ‘gel hydratant’ and I have to say it was my favourite thing about it. It wasn’t sticky or greasy but felt more like a skin moisturiser. The fact that the CoCo Curl Up promised shine but didn’t deliver made it lose some browny points from me.

The smell of this product evoked some pleasant memories and for the longest time, I couldn’t put my finger on what it smelt like. Thankfully, when I asked CeCe she immediately replied “ Mummy it smells like bubblegum”. YES she was right, it smells like Hubba Bubba!! I literally can’t stop smelling it. Its amazing!

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up is available from Paks or any afro hair store on the hughstreet.

Natural Hair

Once again I have given up on going natural *sad face*
For those of you who didn’t know I was ‘transitioning’ my hair from its chemically treated state to its natural state.
The process is not easy, it takes real commitment and I commend those who are able to do it. The last time I tried to go natural I transitioned for 7 months then texturised my hair then I started again, this time lasting another seven months. What I came to realise is that I am not ready.
Whenever I go to the hair dressers, I get made fun of  “chil’ your hair is tough you need a relaxer” or wow it feels like a sponge. Such comments can really take a toll on a person. If I was lucky enough to have found someone who will do my natural and  very thick hair with no complaints about their finger then I would bee 100% natural by now.
I feel like I’m backsliding but my mindset is too focused on what I look like or what other think. Like I see other natal haired girl and Im like wow I love your hair and wish mine was like that. And yes I know mine could be like that but I just don’t have the patience. I work full time and the spare time I have I want to use to ‘chill out.
I may try going natural again but for now I will stick to what I know best.

People need to understand that going ‘natural’ requires care and attention and your hair will not immediately start looking like the ones is this post I done called Hair Envy.

Should you wish to go natural or want to learn more about your hair why not visit the following blogs:
Black Girl with Long Hair
Natural Belle
Curly Nikki

The Bun is back

Since I took my Brazillian hair extensions out, I have been wearing my hair in a Top Knot/Top Bun and have been getting a lot of questions about how I achieve the look. Its actually really simple. 
Things you will need:
1. A wide tooth comb or hair brush
2. A couple of bobby pins. ( You’ll probably need just one but have a few just in case)
3. Hair spray ( I use Tresemme Smooth Serum which contain the infamous Moroccan Argan Oil)
The below video by Youtuber, Britpopprincess, shows you a very easy way to get the look. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing then simply fast forward to 3.00 minute in.

Hair Trend: Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian Hair Extentions

I am sure by now you have all heard about the new weave phenomenons like Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Indian, Chinese the lists goes on. Figures from 2008 show that British women spend approximately £65 million a year on hair extensions. I have never understood the obsession we (especially black women) have with hair extensions and weaves. I read a 2008 article on the Daily Mail website headlined “Why I’ll never wear hair extensions again” (Read more here ). The article was for a documentary called Whose Hair Is It Anyway? by Singer Jamelia who was carrying out research into the source of our hair extensions, a side we hardly hear about. Another great article is this one posted yesterday. I literally just came across it on twitter as I was about to post this blog. Read it here its crazy and rather saddening to see that hair is such a big deal.  One thing we never consider is how ethical these hair extensions. We don’t mind forking spending ridiculous amount of money on them but we don’t stop and think about where they come from. Although I am yet to watch the documentary, what that article does is shed some much needed light in the hair industry.

After reading the article I was left with some unanswered questions like why do we chose to wear these hair and questions for the sellers like why do they choose to sell them. This led to a little research. I found an ‘eBayer’ selling Brazilian hair and luckily for me she agreed to answer a few of my questions.

What do you thing caused the rise in human hair extensions?

Human hair extensions have been around for a LONG time. The goal for some women is to achieve the most natural (not in the African sense) look possible. The problem with affordable human hair that was on the market previously was the fact that it was quite unmanageable. By this I mean the tangling after washing, the shedding of hair, the fact that fibres in what was apparently “human hair” were synthetic or animal hair. So there was always a place in the market for something better.

When did you start using human hair?

I started using virgin (unprocessed) Indian human hair in 2005 for her braids, before discovering its full benefit after using it to do weave. It did not tangle, I was able to curl it and wash it and it still retained its quality”

Why do you think this type of hair has become a trend seen on Black Women?

That glamorous look is what everybody is striving for which can now be achieved using weaves made from virgin hair. Brazilian hair give you a lot of versatility (straight, wavy and can hold curls well), it blends well with our relaxed hair, it has excellent volume and the natural colours it comes is goes well with our natural colours.I think lace wigs have played a part in the bringing of virgin hair to the market as seen on various stars such as Beyonce and Tyra banks.

What made you set up a business in selling these types of hair?

It’s started as a hobby. I have been using hair extensions since I was about 9 years old, but I must confess I only started selling 2 weeks ago (This was in Jun 2011). I have had HUGE interest! We black girls LOOOOOOOVE hair (I wish I’d have thought of this name for my hair lol).

What sets you apart from other sellers? 

I think my unique selling point is the affordability of the hair and my customer services. I spend a lot of time with customers on the phone, via text or email discussing their hair choices with them. I’m also very polite and try to be as understanding as possible. When you 1st messaged me I had JUST started with literally only a handful of sales and things keep getting better. It’s a whole learning curve and a very enjoyable experience.

I also found a Brazilian hair wearer who was willing to answer a few questions…

So as a wearer I just wanted to find out why you chose to wear it?

I first started using Malaysian hair about 4/5 years ago. I was initially convinced to make the investment because I was sick for paying up to £50 for crappy hair every time I did my hair. I saved up and spent £200 on two bundles of Malaysian hair and I used this for almost 3 years! I loved it because I could wash my hair while I had a weave with no problems at all. I also thought the weave better blended in with the texture of my relaxed hair.

 

When did you start wearing it?

I started using Brazilian hair about 2 years ago and I bought some Mongolian hair this year. The price has definitely gone down since I started buying this type of hair a few years ago. I think this is because the market has become flooded and most of the hair out there is of really poor quality. I also don’t think there’s any such thing as actual “Brazilian” hair. I think that 99% of the hair marketed as Brazilian, Peruvian, etc is Chinese and Indian hair that has been altered for its texture. I don’t know about you but Brazil is one of the plastic surgery capitals of the world so I can’t imagine that many Brazilian women willing to sell their hair!

How long does you hair last for before you have to buy again and How much you spend on buying and taking care if it?
My hair has lasted me years and I don’t spend much money taking care of it at all. I wash it once a week with Herbal Essences or Tresemme shampoo and conditioner. I only really spend money getting my actual weave done and that costs me about £30 every 5/6 weeks. I definitely think I’ve saved way more money with this type of hair.

Friends of mine know that I am not one to spend a ludicrous amount of money or time on my hair so going out to buy these hair was not even an option so when Annie of Epiphannie A offered me some hair at a very discounted price (what I would have paid for my braids) who was I to decline. They say don’t knock it unless you try it so I will try it and let you all know what I think.

Blondi-Rae and Earth Hairdressing Event

I was invited to an event by Carrot top PR but as I was on by way there mother nature decide to be a *****. 
The event was held at Earth Hairdressing which I talked abou here and was a demonstration of a new hair product by hair brand Blondi Rae.

I really wanted you all to know about the product which is peroxide, bleach and ammonia free and removes unwanted hair color from the hair by shrinking the dye molecules.

You can watch a live demonstration of how to use the product here:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/blondi-rae-s-live-demonstration

Style Envy | Solange Knowles

Solange, Solange, Solange, Oh how I love your style.

Back in the day I could never understand Solange’s style. Its like it was never there because she was always ‘coping’ her sister. However. since last year after I saw her in this Boxing Kitten dress I thought she looked amazing and she kept coming out with more amazing outfits and I fell in love with her style.

Above is some of the ways Solange has influenced my style recently. Now, I am not copying her I am simply carrying elements of her style and making it my own.
Her stylist is apparently Charles Wade and although sometimes it is a bit hit and miss I still love it and think she should definitely stick with him.
Solange is DJing in London tonight  at :  RSVP Esssential, 78 Wells Street London W1T 3QL 
(Images are from google image search))

Earth Hairdressing

This is long overdue (well only by a week) but last week I attended the Earth Hairdressing bloggers event in Oxford Circus which I decided to take my girl Annie along(it was her first event).

It was a great night with wine, sushi, facials, eye brow threading and consultations.
 



The Selection of Sushi(Picture taken by Jen from www.jjnoir.blogspot.com)



 My favourite part of the night was speaking to an Afro hair specialist in regards to my obsession with wanting to go natural. She explained to me that I didn’t have to CHOP my hair off which was great news and she told me which products and hair styles to go for soo I’m excited to start my six
 months NO relaxer trial(Wish me luck).
 
I got to meet some great bloggers on the night like the lovely 
Jen and Nnena
I also got to finally meet Ree from www.reallyree.com who I already knew from emails lol. The lovely Anna Paolo designer of
Poalita beachwear was there because it is her hairdressers.

I had a great time and would like to thank Lois from www.bunnipunch.co.uk and owner of Carrot Top PR for inviting me.


For more information on please Visit:www.earthhairdressing.co.uk