23 March 2010

Sleeping on PhytoSpecific?

Ok, so I'm sitting at my PC reading my email and I saw an email from and the subject was: "PhytoSpecific Celebrates 12 Years". I'm like, "I've seen this before at the beauty supply, I think". So I followed the link in the email and it said PhytoSpecific was "Targeted Care for Textured Care". I'm like "Really? I must have been sleeping on this stuff". (Btw, what's with the relaxed girl in the photo? Hey relaxed girls need healthy hair too)

I went to the product website it I have to say, it sounds great. The bit that really got me was
"The products contain no harsh detergents and are loaded with plant extracts such as shea butter, macadamia oil, kukui oil, wax of mimosa, jojoba oil and mango oil, as well as vitamins and amino acids".
I thought that I'd become a pro at reading ingredient labels and had read everyone at my local beauty supply, but I reckon that I must have been sleeping on this one.

Here's another good line from the article:
"PhytoSpecific has become a favorite of celebrity powerhouses such as Oprah, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. And it has become a favorite of a growing number of stylists who work with texture".
Next month, I plan to get a few products from the range and do a review on them for you guys (and me!!). I'd hate to miss a good natural hair care line that's not only targeted for textured hair but also available in the UK (hehehe). So keep an eye out for that next month.

Till next time,


Switch it Up for Spring

Spring is finally here - Yay!!! You know when you begin to see tulips that the weather's a-changing.

Personally, I'm pleased with the warmer weather. It means that we can start putting away all those heavy coats, hats and scarves. I'm soooo pleased about that. The only downside to the Spring coming is the dreaded 'Spring Cleaning'. It means now the sun's shining everyone will be able to see the dirt that the winter shadows were hiding.

The same's true with our hair, I believe. The changing weather means it's time to re-evaluate our hair care and hair styles. In winter, you shouldn't be using glycerin rich products because they dry out the hair. This is because Glycerin attracts moisture to its own molecules, if there's less moisture in the air than in your hair, it'll suck the moisture right out of your hair to beef up it's own molecules. This makes Gylcerin my best friend in the warmer months because my hair's biggest bug-bear is DRYNESS!! So, now it's gotten a touch warmer, I've introduced glycerin back into my regimen.

I'm going to be doing some more reserch into other Spring-friendly natural hair products and will be looking at ways to switch up my regimen for Spring.

You all know I'm on the 90-day Twist challenge (update #1 coming soon) so won't be making the style switch just yet but Twist Outs will definitely be featuring big time, as will Flat Twist Outs, Braid Outs and maybe some Bantu Knot Outs. Lots of big hair is what I'm feeling this year for the Spring/Summer. will have to pick up a really good frizz buster - any suggestions?

How will you all be switching your regimens and styles up for Spring 2010? Bring on the sun baby!!

Till next time,


04 March 2010

Style File #1 - dontuwishuknu

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the look out for amazing natural hair styles to inspire me and what I do with my hair. One of the best places to look has got to be You Tube. There are so many natural sistas on there rocking such amazing styles, it can be a little bit overwhelming. The Style File is going to be a new feature that I'm going to use to bring you all those amazing styles I find to inspire us all. Here's first entry to the Style File.

02 March 2010

90 day Twist Challenge

I've been inspired by one of favourite YouTubers/Bloggers AGrlCanMac to go on a personal twist challenge. She's challenged herself to rock twists till 1st April and she's been on it since January. So go'head girl. She's also one of my favourite mixtresses so check her out.

Since according to my hubby, I suffer from chronic hand-in-hair disease and we all know that over-manipulation leads to breakage, I've decided that something needs to be done to break the cycle. Now, I haven't any major breakage but I know that if I don't ease up messing with my hair, I'll begin to suffer breakage. So there you have it - this is the reason for the 90-Day Twist Challenge.

I'm challenging myself to rock twist styles consistently for 90 days to minimise the manipulation and stop breakage in it's tracks!! I'm going to follow AGrlCanMac's challenge rules (with a little personalised twist). Here are the rules:

1.I will wear my twists for and re-do them every 2-3 weeks

2.I will condition and wash my hair every 2-3 weeks

3.Challenge will officially end on 1st June.
The only twist on the rules is that I'm going to try to stretch my twists to 3 weeks at a time and she's a regular user of Henna, which I'm not. Henna is on my list of things to try this year, so you never know, it could creep it's way into my challenge.
I'm going to twist my hair with Fantastia IC Gel Hair Polisher Styling Gel. I was going to use a new hair mixture but my hubby's put my on strict hair budget - LOL!! I'll moisturise daily with my glycerin,water,olive oil mist. It's not really cold here so I can still use glycerin - but if the temperture suddenly drops, I'll switch it up with aloe vera juice.
I'm going to be following AGrlCanMac's progress on her challenge and I hope I can stick it as well. I'll post starting pictures once I've finished my twists. I'll update you guys on progress monthly.
Till next time.

25 February 2010

Loving and DivafyingTWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)

Ok, so I've done my BC - yay! (pics coming soon I promise). Now, I've been giving some thoughts to the perception of the TWA - what we and other people think about them.

I did a coil-out this week and got lots of compliments from either natural haired sisters or sisters considering going natural. On the other hand, when I do a Twist'n'Curl, I get lots of compliments from relaxed haired sisters. My point is that the TWA is super versitile but it influences the way we're perceived. Did I mind that on one day, I got more compliments than others? I did at first but then I learned that as long as you 'own' the style, the confidence just flows out of you and that's what people are really complimenting.

As I was thinking about that, I came across an old video from one of my favourite YouTubers - BlackOnyx77 where she talks about loving your TWA that I wanted to share with you. Hope you enjoy it.


16 February 2010

It's been a minute!

Hey peeps, what’s poppin? I know it’s been a minute and I’m so so sorry, I’ve been caught up in life.
So I’ve got a few updates to give you guys. So here goes!
Update #1
My girl Claire is going to joining me on the blog. She’s transitioned for some months and did her BC late last year but I’ll let her come through and share her story with you.
Claire’s been my friend for close to 4 years now and I’m blessed to be sharing my natural journey and this blog with her.
Update #2
The Conditioner Only method didn’t really work for lil’ Jasmine’s hair. It left a lot of buildup so we abandoned that after about 2 months. I needed to use a sulphate shampoo to get it all out. And that’s now left her with a really bad case of dry scalp.
Update #3
I’ve done the BC!!! Yay! I BC’d after 11 months of transitioning on January 13th. So I’m already 1 month post-BC – that’s so cool. I know I was going for a full year tranisition but I honestly couldn’t take it.
So those are the updates guys. I’m going to put together a Transition Journey slide show to chronicle my transition to natural and some of the hairstyles I rocked during that time.

Till next time, xx Muwah xx