Sunday, 13 April 2014

Vintage Glamour!




This blog post is about the vintage glamour look that I did on my straightened hair around Christmas time. Yes, yes, I know that it's definitely not Christmas but let's be honest: glamour is on-trend in every season! It was inspired by the gorgeous Pinup Doll Ashley Marie

I decided to pair this look with the classic pin up look of a cat eye and red lip, much like the model in this picture.

Source: glambistro.com

This hairstyle works best on straightened hair in my opinion, or at least hair that has been stretched, as you will need to use a brush to complete the styling. All you will need is:
  • Some setting foam, for example:
Elasta Qp Design Foam 7.5 Oz


  • Flexi rods:
Diane Twist-Flex Rods, Purple, 7/8"



  • A round brush like this one:
Cricket Technique Barrel Hair Brush, XX-large Round, 2 Inch


Have a look at the tutorial for full details:



And this is how the style turned out! Of course, my hair is not as long as the model's hair but I think it looks just as good on shorter hair as it does on longer hair.



I love this cute retro look on me and I can't wait until my hair grows more so I can see how it would turn out on longer hair.

Let me know if you would try this hairdo and how you would style it!

Until next time,


Mary. x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

My Hairfinity Experience

My Hairfinity experience started in New York City. The hair enthusiast that I am, I heard about the 'Let Your Hair Down Expo' that was taking place downtown on a Saturday last September and decided to get my first taste of a hair event in the States. The day was hosted by Jenell Stewart of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com and was sponsored by Hairfinity.

Upon entry into the expo, I was given a free sample in a cute pink bottle.

Hairfinity bottle and packaging from January 2014
Later on at home, I got curious about what these pills could do for me and what they contained. After some reading and research, I decided to take the plunge... and decided that I would approach this like a real experiment, for 30 days. I would take the recommended dose of two pills a day and record my hair growth on day one and again on day thirty. (Two dreaded length checks within the space of a month?!) I would do everything else in my hair routine as normal, so nothing else could interfere with the interpretation of my results. Could these pills really make a difference in my hair growth? I was about to find out...

Here are the ingredients:



I had just done a fresh texturiser and straightened my hair, so this was definitely an easier time to measure my length. And of course, in the true spirit of science, I recorded it all! 




To be honest, I found the experience of taking the pills relatively easy. I just made sure to keep the bottle in a visible place in my room, so I'd be reminded to take them daily. I did my best to keep myself hydrated, as I'd heard horror stories of those who had developed acne as a skin reaction to large doses of biotin. The times I took them varied but I pretty much kept to the two pills a day, as recommended, barring a weekend off.

After two weeks, the curiosity bug bit me. I wanted to see if anything unusual had happened to my hair, do I did an impromptu length check on my non-straightened hair. Imagine my shock to discover that I had gotten a month's worth of growth in two weeks! I could not believe my eyes. The shock is visible in this video:




This spurred me on to complete the course of pills... And what was the verdict? Yes, you guessed it. The majority of my hair had grown an inch in one month, doubling my average growth rate of half an inch a month. Not only did my hair get longer, but can you say thickness?! The results are shown here in the flesh!





The evidence is shown here in the final reveal video!





I have been thoroughly impressed by my experience with Hairfinity - and I say that as someone who was not approached by Hairfinity to test their products at all! So much so that I have decided to become a Hairfinity affiliate, so don't be surprised if you happen to see some of their adverts on my blog! This is a product that I decided to try for myself with genuine, impressive results and one that I am happy to promote because it has worked for me.

You can find more information about Hairfinity and buy some HERE!

Have you ever tried Hairfinity, and what was your experience?

Thanks so much for reading!

Until next time,

Mary. x








Sunday, 23 March 2014

How to FAKE a natural hair puff (on texturized / texlaxed hair)



One day I had a simple flash of inspiration: what if I could create a high puff WITHOUT having thick, kinky-coily hair?

I don't regret using a texturiser at all but one of the drawbacks is not having the thickness needed to create some of those luscious, juicy puffs that i regularly see on Instagram or YouTube. You see, thick natural tresses can be seen as a curse by some but I disagree: it creates volume to be envied and means that twist outs, braid outs and afros can be created with a lot more fullness.

However, I found a way to compensate for my lack of thickness: good old perm rods! I must be honest and say that perm rods are my number one styling tool, and one thing that I have NEVER regretted buying.

I did this style on an old, frizzy braidout for the volume factor. Firstly, I moisturised and sealed using the L.O.C method. I used African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave in Conditioner - 15oz Jar

 

Followed by some good old Asda grapeseed oil (or any other brand you like):



Then I used one of my most favourite staple products, ORS Olive Oil Incredibly Rich Moisturising Hair Lotion: 


You can also use some setting lotion to help the curls set and last longer if you like. I used Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Wrap Set, 7 Ounces :



Finally, I set my hair on perm rods and went to sleep. The rods I used are similar to these:


In the morning, I took the rods out and gently combed my hair up and secured my puff with a large band (a stocking could also come in handy here!). Finally I separated and moulded the curls, and rocked my puff with confidence!

In order to see the steps I took, check out the tutorial here!




The style turned out amazingly well for the first attempt and I will definitely be repeating this style in future!







Are there any styles that you have wanted to try but not done because you felt that you lacked the thickness to do so? Comment back and let me know if you enjoyed this, or if there are any more styles that you would like me to try!

Until next time!

Mary. x


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Answering your questions! (Even the controversial ones...)

Hey everyone,

This is just a quick blog post to let you know that I've FINALLY gotten round to answering the questions from the "Ask Me Anything" video that I posted a year ago! (I know, I know... better late than never!) I decided to be candid about my beliefs on heaven and hell, women priests and recovering from heat damage on natural hair - yes, I really was!

I wanted my subbies to get to know me a little better and there's no other way to do that but being 100% honest. Feel free to listen to my answers and chime in!




Love, Mary.

Friday, 21 February 2014

New Products for 2014!

Who doesn't like trying out some new stuff, especially hair and beauty products? After cutting my hair toward the end of 2013, I decided that something new was in order. I needed to really care for my hair and give it a new lease of life.

Check out my new hair product haul in this video:


The first thing I did was replace my horrible sulphate shampoo with a sulphate-free one. Now, I've only ever used one sulphate shampoo before but the experience was a pretty good one, so I decided to take a chance on Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil: 12 OZ.




I also decided that my hair needed some TLC whilst deep conditioning so I opted for Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner, a really rich and creamy deep conditioner, which I've reviewed here.




Having run out of my beloved Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion, 8 Ounce, I decided to try out the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk 8.5oz. On first impressions it seems lightweight but quite rich, so I will see how it fares in the long run.




Something that also caught my eye in a hair shop in Brooklyn that I'd never seen in the UK was Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream 16oz. I am more than familiar with the Shea Butter version of this product but this was something I immediately wanted to try! Hopefully, it proves to be as good, if not better, than its predecessor.

 

I am definitely looking forward to giving all of these products a go and letting you all know how they fared with my hair. Are you trying any new products out for 2014?

Love,

Mary. x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Four Romantic Curly Styles for Valentine's Day and beyond...




If you didn't know already, I love curls. They can give you a cute, sultry or romantic look, depending on how you do them and which tools you use. I decided to use perm rods, which work best for me on straightened hair - and the great thing about them is, I can sleep in them overnight! Even if you don't like sleeping in rods or rollers overnight, these styles can be done in a matter of a few hours, and don't require heat. And of course, they work on all hair types.

Check out this video to see how I achieved these beautiful curls and the four styles above:


Of course, I wouldn't just leave you with a video! Here are the pictures in full detail:


Style number 1: The Curly 'Fro

This style is gorgeous for Valentine's Day but also at any other time of the year. Wear as a true curly afro or with a side parting.



Style number 2: Pinned Up Front

This style works beautifully if you want to highlight one side of your face or if you just want to get some hair out of your face!





Style number 3: Sassy Curls

A slightly more sexy, playful and sultry look that can draw attention to the eyes.





Style number 4: Pinned to One Side

This one is easy to do but can work well if you want to show off your neckline in that sexy dress! Some height can also be added to the front for a more formal, elegant look.





So now it's over to you! Which of the styles is your favourite?

Let me know and enjoy your Valentine's Day guys!

Love,

Mary. x