The Ultimate Strategy on How To Grow Natural 4C Hair Fast

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A brand new regimen for women with 4C, 4B and 4A hair to help it grow fast and long.

My Strategy to Grow Your 4C Hair

This is a strategy I have created for anyone who is reading and my subscribers. 4C hair alongside 4B and 4A hair is wonderful but it can be overwhelming if you do not know how to care for it. This strategy explains a new strategy that you can follow in order to grow and boost the growth of your hair. Continue reading

The Best Box Braid Hairstyle I’ve Seen In 2019

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The Most Beautiful Box Braids Hairstyle

I love the vibrancy of this box braid hairstyle because I like how she contrasted the hair colour with the threads to create this super earthy African braided look.

Box Braids Hairstyle Top Tips

I would definitely do something like this but I also think if you are going to do box braids like this you should be aware that styles like this don’t last long without getting messy because larger braids go bad faster than smaller braids. Continue reading

Top 3 tips for taking care of grey hair for black women

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Top 3 tips for taking care of grey hair for black women

One of my loyal subscribers, Yvette, asked me to tackle to this topic and I was honoured that she cared enough to get in touch. Grey hair has kind of gone a renaissance – people used to want to hide it but now there are grey ombre hair weaves everywhere and people are embracing it. I couldn’t agree more with it. There is something almost imperial about grey hair. I’m going to share the top 3 tips of taking care of grey hair if you are a black woman. Feel free to use these tips and let me know how you get on.

  • Stop colouring your hair

One of the most important things about managing grey hair is to stay away from colour. If you are a hair dye addict but your hair has started to become grey, just get your colour sugar fix by wearing weaves or wigs. It’s not worth destroying your hair colour especially if you are becoming grey just because you want to have red hair. Black women especially don’t have that luxury because our hair is more prone to breakage compared to other ethnicities.

  • Invest in protective styles

Whether you are an older lady or a younger woman, I believe in the power of protective styles. For grey hair, I love Senegalese twist braids because this protects the strands and you can either opt to have black extensions or you can bask in the beauty of grey hair by choosing grey extensions. You can also do it without extensions as well.

  • Use a good hair vitamin to encourage strength

As women age, keratin and collagen decrease and these are the two most important components for healthy hair and healthy skin. I love the idea of using a decent hair vitamin with Biotin. Some hair vitamins have 5,000 mcg which is a lot. I don’t think you need one this big (although I am a sucker for length so I would get this one LOL). Start taking a good hair vitamin to encourage strength and a healthy appearance in your grey hair. If you want recommendations, get in touch with me and I am happy to share the ones that I like.

The most important thing for black women with grey hair is stay away from anything that encourages breakage in your hair. Whether you are a woman of a certain age or a younger girl, grey hair requires love and care. No pulling, no yanking and don’t overly process your hair either if you aren’t relaxed. I think grey hair for black girls with natural hair is awesome but it needs way more attention than we think. With these 3 tips, you can be well on your way. I’d love to know what you all think of these tips.

 

Top 3 Best Products You Need In Your Life

Girls, I’ve made a list of my top 3 favourite hair and beauty products that I think are just amazing. These products are awesome for black women and they are tried and tested by me. These suggestions are not affiliate links or anything like that – just products I am super passionate about. That said, if you are in the Christmas spirit, you will enjoy my newly opened Etsy store which features printable Christmas card bundles. Check it out after you have learned about the top 3 best hair and beauty products for black women.

1–Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk

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Ladies honestly — this product is it. I remember I first tried it in 2016 and my hair has never stopped being so soft and fluffy since then. My 4C hair flourished under the creamy goodness of these product. If you are in the US, you can purchase it from Walmart for $5.05. In the UK, it goes for around £8.99.

2–MAC Lipstick in Heroine

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This super vibrant purple lipstick looks amazing on black skin. I really like this lipstick but I’ve noticed that MAC constantly has price increases. It costs about $17.50 in the US and £18 in the UK. I love wearing Heroine when I am going out on the weekend with friends or for dates with my boyfriend.

3–MAC Lipstick in Twig

MAC Lipstick in Twig

This is the perfect nude pink for black women of all skin tones. I seriously recommend this product if you want that nude pink Instagram hue that many black girls wear. I love this lip colour and I should be getting another tube of it when I go on holiday to South Africa in the New Year.

I do think any of these products would be amazing as a gift for a friend or family member who loves beauty. Trust me, these 3 are ridiculously awesome gifts. If you are going to be doing Christmas shopping, check them out and also let me know what you think.

Top 5 Best Hair & Beauty Products for Black Women

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5 Awesome Hair and Beauty Products for Black Women

It is Christmas so obviously there is a sense of festive cheer all around the world. This got me thinking about my favourite beauty products that I have personally used and spent my hard-earned female cash on LOL. It wouldn’t feel right for me not share any leads with you girls especially if you are shopping for friends and family. These aren’t affiliate links so I am not being paid for these recommendations however it would be amazing if you do like this post, just check out my Etsy store to check out my Christmas card listings if you are interested. These are my 5 ultimate favourite hair and beauty products and I cannot wait to purchase them for Christmas.

1—MAC Lipstick in Twig

MAC Lipstick in Twig

This is one of my favourite lipstick ever. This picture doesn’t do it justice. I am dark-skinned and it looks wonderful on me for that Instagram-glossy makeup look that we see everywhere.

2–IC Fantasia Heat Protectant Serum 

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This is one of my favourite heat protectants for black hair because it softens your hair, doesn’t change your curl pattern either. I haven’t done a blow dry in a while but I find this serum excellent for stretching 4C hair without heat and it is also good for daily moisture.

3–MAC Lipstick in Photo

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This is my favourite nude brown lipstick for black girls. I think it is the best nude brown lipstick in the world. So creamy, so chocolatey, so amazing!

4–Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk

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This is the best hair moisturiser for 4C hair – yes you heard it here first. It is hard to find but you can get it at Amazon. It’s $5.05 for US customers, £8.99 for UK customers on Amazon UK and it ships internationally.

5–MAC Lipstick in Heroine

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This is a super vibrant shade of purple that leans towards violet. I love how creamy the texture is and it always brings me tonnes of compliments from men and women about how good I look with it. Definitely recommend.

These 5 products are amazing and I genuinely adore them so much. I can’t wait to stock up on them before Christmas. Which ones are your favourites? Let me know if you decide to choose some Christmas gifts from this list. You can also visit my Etsy store to get more Christmas inspiration.

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2 Unique Christmas Cards For Gift Giving This Season

2 unique Christmas cards from Pop Printables

Guys, I am so excited to show you a selection of 2 beautiful Christmas cards that I commissioned for my brand new Etsy store. I wasn’t going to share this initially because I don’t want to annoy anybody but I am so proud of the high standard of these Xmas cards and I think you all could benefit from having them if you are celebrating this holidays this year.

I brainstormed with my designer and we came up with this unique bundle of 2 printable Christmas cards that come in 2 options for sizes. I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas, holidays and sharing gifts with people so I think these cards are a wonderful way to start celebrating the holiday season.

I would love to know what you all think of the cards or if you think they would be something you are interested in. I am currently working on a gift guide for hair, beauty and style for black women so I will share my top suggestions for Christmas gifts this week as well.

Merry Christmas babes and let me know how you are celebrating this year!

Natural Afro Hair Blow Dry with Cold Air

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This is an example of how natural afro hair looks when it is blow dried. I got this blow dry about a month ago at my local salon in Mikocheni. It was a good blow dry but I told Thomas to use cold air instead of hot air.

He also used a heat protectant so that my hair would not be damaged.

Just wanted to share a blow dry afro update.

5 Protective Hairstyles for Black Women

(Updated November 2018)

5 Stunning Protective Hairstyles for Black Women

  1. African threading Afro 1
  2. Two Strand TwistsAfro 2
  3. Chunky Box BraidsAfro 3
  4. Long and Unique CornrowsAfro 4
  5. Chunky Two Strand Twist BraidsAfro 5

These are 5 of my favourite protective hairstyles for black women. These afro hairstyles are ideal to help you hair grow while keeping your hair safe and protected.

These stunning protective styles look best when you also do grooming with your entire look. For example, when you are getting box braids done, make your box braids pop with red lipstick or enhance your cornrows with a bright slick of purple or burgundy lipstick. Makeup brings protective hairstyles to life. I am totally OBSESSED with the African threading hairstyle and I cannot wait to try it.

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Afro Hair

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-This is an image of me and my Afro-

If you want to grow your Afro hair, you need to have a dedicated plan in order to see growth. Every woman has a different regime and method to make her hair grow long. I’m going to share all of my ideas that work on how to actually see growth with your Afro.

Drink water to make your hair healthy

Guys – water is really important if you want to make your hair long and healthy. Healthy hair comes from within and your hair follicles need nourishment in order to grow. Drink water that is filtered if you want extra brownie points. I like bottled water and sparkling water – always drink water every day to keep your hair hydrated.

Eat kale, spinach and avocados

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Eat healthy portions of kale, spinach and avocados to give your hair strength and growth ability. Avocados are wonderful for grow and so is spinach and kale. You can add these into your diet at least 3 times a week so that you can see results.

Trim split ends

Get rid of split ends. They help no one in this world least of all your hair. It’s better to have healthy hair that is going to grow quickly as opposed to hair full of split ends. Go to your favourite stylist to have them take care of the problem if necessary.

Always plait your hair before going to bed 

You should always plait your hair into two strand twists or three strand braids before you go to bed. If you sleep without plaiting your hair, you make your hair more susceptible to it breaking.

Use protective styles to help your hair grow

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Protective styles such as the box braids before are a wonderful way to help your hair to grow because they lower daily manipulation. Don’t get them done too tight to avoid hurting your edges.

Consider vitamins to supercharge your hair growth

Hair vitamins can be used if you are impatient and you want to see results quickly. Choose vitamins that have a lot of Biotin inside because this is the active vitamin that is responsible for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Measure your hair growth by taking pictures

Do length checks by measuring how long your hair is growing. You can also take pictures or shoot videos to see if your hair is growing and if you are retaining length.

Do African threading to let your hair GROW without you touching it

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Use African threading styles like the one above to help your hair look beautiful and long quickly. African threading is the best way to make thick Afro hair grow long. If you want to see results, I would recommend this ASAP.

Keep long nails out of your natural Afro hair

Keep long nails out of your hair if you want to maintain long Afro hair. Long nails can literally cut your hair off and make it break. Keep your nails short or wear protective styles if you love long nails.

With this guide, you are going to have long gorgeous Afro hair and I would love to know if these tips work for you.

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