Hello, my Lovelies! Spring has sprung, finally! Let's celebrate the beauty and inspiration of sunnier times. What better way to do that with some stunning black hair-related art. Ayok'a Deco is a platform for emerging and established black artists to share their work with the world. The online shop sells art prints, t-shirts and phone cases designed by black illustrators and visual artists from around the world. Ayok'a is a black woman- owned UK company, but they ship products all over Europe!
We recently teamed up with Ayok'a Deco to help promote the launch of their new greeting card lineup. Alice (the owner), and I have similar goals and want to offer our customers a little extra something to delight the in this weary word. I hand-picked , in agreement with the artists, the two greeting cards below, from the Crown Collection.
I’ve been wearing my hair in micro-braids for 6 weeks at the point of this video. This is how I keep my scalp clean and healthy, without ruining the neatness of the braids.
We’re chuffed to have the following items featured in Curlture UK’s Black Owned Faves of 2017:
Bespoke Body Wash (sulfate-free)
£4.50 - £16.50
Bespoke Body Wash (100ml, 200ml, 500ml)--No matter the size or fragrance you choose,
this body wash is rich in lather, gentle and sulfate-free. Safe enough for your sensitive parts and for use on children.
Customize your body wash to match the season, complement your personal fragrance, or to suit your personality. Choose one of 12 high quality fragrance blends, essential oils, or choose the fragrance-free option.
Ingredients: de-ionised water, cocoamidopropyl betaine, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, aloe vera leaf juice, sodium cocoyl isethionate, vegetable glycerine, hydrolised castor oil, polyquaternium-7, glyceryl oleate, panthenol (vitamin B5), sodium benzoate (preservative), willow bark extract, thickener, citric acid
100ml, 200ml, 500ml
high quality, hypoallergenic. Use the drop down menu to select the size and fragrance
Bentonite Clay & Goat's Milk Face Mask
£5.00 - £8.00
Only a few left!
It may be the greatest of all time. French green and Bentonite clays combine with the gentle exfoliation of goat’s milk to draw out impurities from the skin.
Tip: sprinkle a heaping dash of filter coffee grounds into a tablespoon of the mask before applying it to the face. The caffeine works to plump the sling, leaving it fresh and dewy. The texture of the coffee grounds help to slough off dead skin.
50 ml, 100 ml
Ingredients: French green and Bentonite clays, de-ionised water, rose water, vegetable glycerine, polysorbate 80, goat’s milk powder, glyceryl oleate, panthenol, allantoin, phenoxyethanol and ethyhexylglycerin, citric acid.
Lavender RefreshMINT Toner
Only a few left!
Calming lavender hydrosol and aloe vera juice serve as the base of this soothing toner.The
inclusion of peppermint hydrosol refreshes the skin, preparing it to better absorb moisturiser. the aloe vera helps to fade dark marks.
Ingredients: de-ionised water, lavender hydrosol, aloe vera juice,
peppermint hydrosol, vegetable glycerine, panthenol, allantoin,
green tea extract, sodium benzoate, citric acid
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4 Tips for Growing Healthy Hair:
1) Wash, condition, moisturise and seal regularly
Those are the boring facts. There's no one miracle product or style that will deliver results. Retaining growth and keeping healthy hair is all about repetition of good habits.
2) Forget hair vitamins, eat fewer processed foods
What you put inside your body contributes to the quality of the strands growing out of your scalp. Those who suffer with illnesses that deplete their immune systems (anorexia, chemotherapy patients, etc), experience thinning hair, or hair loss because their bodies do not have the nutrients necessary to fuel hair growth. By making sure you take in more vegetable, fruits and nuts in your diet, you can ensure you have the proper vitamins you need. You don't have to take hair vitamins. They're just giving you processed versions of what you can get directly from healthy food.
3) Minimize heat and over-styling
Have you ever boiled something, or fried it in oil? Most of the nutrients are depleted from frood when you do that. It's similar with our hair. While the temperatures may not be as high, frequent use of heat can permanently straighten parts of the hair strand, or weaken the hair, leaving more susceptible to splits, holes or breakage in the hair. As for overstyling, try giving your hair a rest sometimes with styles that don't require you pulling and tugging every single day.
4) Be patient and don't compare yourself
This is the most underrated part of recovering healthy hair (because we are all born with it), or growing out our hair. A watched pot never boils, so let your hair just be. It takes 3-4 weeks to see true results from a diet, fitness routine. Try 3-4 months for seeing real changes in your hair, with consistent efforts. Consistency is the key. And remember, don't compare your hair care journey to that of someone else. Focus on you!
Get the complete Bourn Beautiful Hair Kit , of 7 items, to build your healthy hair routine for 2018!
I used to religiously straighten my curls twice a year, so I could flaunt my length and just change things up for a bit.
I moved away from doing this a few years ago, and now it’s been a full two years since I have straightened my hair. I do not miss it. Here’s why.
Naturally kinky-curly hair is already vulnerable to variables like the weather. Is it windy today? Cold and dry? Well, what’s the humidity like? Rain?
I love my hair, but sometimes
I am fairly lazy when it comes to styling. I care more about keeping my hair moisturized and tangle free, than I do about changing my hair style on the regular. I don’t have the time or inclination. Keeping up a temporary straight style means I have to be careful of my edges every time I wash my face (I don’t use makeup wipes). Not only that, I still have to wrap it and tuck it away, so that I can avoid re-applying heat to sections that have reverted or gone kinky. I have to walk on eggshells with how careful I have to be with straightened hair. It’s too high maintenance!
2. The Split Ends
The ends of my hair split faster than the sun in a British winter, when I flat iron it. So
I don’t have to get inches of my hair cut off as often now that I don’t straighten it. I do still apply heat 1-2 times a year for a stretched look, but I use a lower heat setting and the tension method.
3. Growing Bored
Whenever I would straighten my hair, right away I would be flexin in the mirror and looking like
But then a couple days later, I’d be bored and missing the volume that comes with my natural curls. I'd be questioning why I even bothered.
4. The Compliments I Received
This may seem brattish of me, but I
I grew to hate getting compliments on my straight hair from people who otherwise never said ish about my curls. I would think oh NOW I’m attractive to you? Oh NOW my hair is acceptable? Among the worst comments would be: “Oh, you straightened your hair! You should wear it like that more often!” At moments like that, I would internally scream in Black power fist, while smiling on the outside like
As God is my witness, you gone take this Black birthright on my head because I ain’t goin nowhere. No, I don't think I am allowing others to dictate how I wear my hair. I realized I just don't care that much about the straightness of my hair (see reasons above).
5. Shifting Motivations
When I first noticed I wasn’t so eager to straighten my hair anymore, I searched myself for my original motivations. Sure, I used to think that straight hair = sleek, or formal hair (white European beauty ideals are super entrenched, y’all), and thus would straighten my hair for special occasions. But there were other, more superficial reasons. I realized that I was primarily straightening my hair to revel in my length once or twice a year. But... micro braiding my hair once a year gives me the same opportunity, and is way more flexible!
Micro-braiding gives me all of the length straightening would afford, minus the split ends and high maintenance. It lasts a lot longer, too. The only drawback is the amount of time it takes for installation and take down (~30 hours 😥). 30 hours in exchange for 8-10 weeks of wear is pretty good in my book.
What about you? Do you like straightening your hair, or are you meh on it?
Decided to do a series on my experiences and recommendations as a formulator for hair and skincare products. It's been a long road, sometimes frustrating but usually exciting. I want to share the successes AND the failures. The latter is how we learn.
I am childless by choice, but I do have these adorable, curly haired fur babies who came into my life in January 2016
Bo and Livvie are Shih Tzu-Maltese. The latter breed can have curly fur, and they definetely have that trait! While they do not shed hair (which is why I can own them as an allery sufferer) like short-hair dogs, their hair needs to be taken care of with great sensitivity. At first I tried to use all natural soap, but it made their hair feel dry and straw-like afterwards. I realized my obvious mistake later becaue I would never wash my own hair with soap, even the natural kind. The pH is above neutral, thus not good for natural hair.
After looking up ingredients for puppy shampoos, I noticed that most, if not all, do not include sulfates and lots of other ingredients that most natural hair wearers don't like either. Dogs have really particular skin, prone to all kinds of skin ailents. If you are a person with sensitive skin you can understand. The majority of dog shampoos on the market are comprised of coco betaine as the main surfactant (detergent). It is the one that boosts the bubbles, thickness and efficacy of other surfactants in shampoos. I made my own puppy shampoo by adding this ingredient, plus another one that is commonly used in children's products because of its mildness (also in our sensitive skin face wash!): disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, or DLS Mild.
Air-Drying Their Curls
Regular Detangling sessions
In addition to eczema, I have a lot of allergies and sensitivities, which can produce distressing results on my skin, like welts and patches of redness. I even used to be plagued with chronic urticaria and angioedema. Since lowering my gluten intake and consumption of processed foods and sugar, this condition arises less frequently.
These little creatures are the loves of my life (don't worry, my partner knows). Here's some random cuteness and you can follow Livvie and Bo on Instagram: BournBitches (Yep, I'm one of those 'moms').