June 28, 2016

Experience of being Newly Natural

Newly Natural, Natural hair, Curly hair, African hair

About 3 weeks ago, I took a pair of scissors into my hands and started cutting. I had been transitioning for 1.5 years and felt like I was finally ready to say goodbye to the damaged ends, and welcome being fully natural. At the same time, I was nervous because I wasn't sure if my new length would look good. I did a wet cut because it was easier for me to see how much I need to cut off. Once I was done, I looked into the mirror and was so happy to see my curls. I had forgotten about shrinkage and cut it a bit shorter than I wanted, so I tried a wash and go the next day to see how it looks dry. The result was an afro.

This left me quite uneasy as I had no idea what to do with my 'new' hair. The first week after cutting my hair, I was really busy so I ended up doing a wash and go or putting it in a ponytail. I have been doing a lot of research on what hairstyles I can do with my current length, hopefully I will have it under control soon. Long or short, I was extremely happy for being able to let my hair air dry after wake-boarding with my brother. This is one of the reasons I felt I was ready to cut it this summer. I do a lot of swimming and snorkelling, so having transitioning hair in the summer was a bit difficult. 

Last weekend, I tried my first braid out and loved the results. I'm looking forward to trying out different products on my hair and will probably be doing a natural hair growth series. If you have any holygrail products for hair growth, I'd love to know about them. 

Lots of my friends have told me how much they love my hair and I've had a few strangers comment on it on the street. It really does feel amazing and I am so proud to have a fro. If you'd like to stay updated on my hairstyles and products I am using, make sure to follow me on instagram (styleofcolours).

What are your tips for long, healthy curls?
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June 26, 2016

Review: Maybelline Big Eyes Rebel Black Mascara

Maybelline Big Eyes Rebel Black Mascara
Maybelline Big Eyes Rebel Black Mascara Review
Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara
Maybelline Mascara

There are 3 products I never skip when doing my makeup daily: Foundation, brow pencil/ powder and Mascara. Mascaras add colour to the eyelashes and open up the eyes. My eyelashes are naturally dark and curly, but I like to give them extra length and volume. I've tried a few drugstore mascaras which I really liked, but recently the Maybelline Big Eyes Rebel Black Mascara has stolen my heart.

The mascara comes in a tube and has 2 ends. One end has a large brush which is great for the top lashes while the other end contains a small brush for applying mascara on the lower lashes without making a mess. I find this extremely comfortable and easy to use. With other mascaras you have to use the same brush for both upper and lower lashes which means you'll be making lots of faces in the attempt not to get the mascara everywhere when applying it on the lower lashes. With the Maybelline Big Eyes, I've been making less faces as the size of the brush allows you to get to the lashes perfect.

As the name suggests, this mascara really does give you that big eye effect when you use both brushes. The large brush adds volume to your lashes while at the same time giving them length. I usually use 2 coats with each brush and I am in love with the results I get. Some drugstore mascaras hold a lot of product when you take out the brush, but this one has just the right amount every time. The mascara isn't waterproof but it doesn't smudge or become flaky when I use it. If you are looking for a new drugstore mascara to try out, I would definitely recommend giving this a go.


Summary
Price - approx. €11.
Likes - adds volume and length to eyelashes, gives the big eye effect.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - repurchasing.
Available - drugstores.

Have you tried the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara?
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June 3, 2016

Natural Hair Wishlist {June}


In my post on the Struggles of transitioning to natural hair, I shared my plan to go fully natural at the beginning of June. For me, this is a whole event and I'll probably have champagne to celebrate because well, champagne is always a good idea. Anyway, I have very little time left and there are a few things I have been lusting over. I already have a lot of products which I am still working my way through, but I'm lacking some haircare and styling tools.

Haircare

I try to deep condition my hair weekly or bi-weekly and usually use a hooded dryer attachment. This is the only time I use heat on my hair because heat helps the products penetrate deeper and properly moisturize my hair. But the heat from blowdryers is still bad, so I would like to eliminate this from my routine and the Microwaveable Deep Conditioning Cap from Hot Head Thermal Hair Care is just what I need. It's easy to use and you're not fixed to one one place as there are no wires involved. 

Staying on the topic of washing hair, I've seen Scalp Massage Brushes being used by quite a few bloggers now and I really want to try one. Massaging the scalp stimulates new hair growth and encourages the hair nutrients to flow through the shaft. Since I'll be growing my hair as long as possible, I can use all the help I can get.

Another haircare item I need is a Satin Pillowcase. Cotton pillow cases are the path to hair breakage, so I usually sleep in a satin bonnet/scarf. But sometimes, my satin scarf comes off and my hair gets exposed to the cotton. For double protection, I think it would be nice to have satin pillowcases which are milder on the skin and hair. 

Lastly for haircare, is a T-Shirt Towel. During my transition, I found out that using a towel isn't the best way to dry your hair. The fibres increase frizz and there is a higher chance of breakage, so I took some old t-shirts from hubs and have been using those instead. But then I came across Breezy Tee and I am loving the Turquoise and Cobalt Hair Towel.

Hair styling

One hairstyle I am beginning to love is a good wash and go, but at the moment, my hair takes minimum 6 hours to air dry which means it's not something I can do if I need to get ready quickly. I've seen videos where you get amazing results using a Blow Dryer and Diffuser but mine is so old, that I want a new one. I plan to use it on the cool setting and the diffuser will help distribute the air to give me a nice voluminous wash and go.

Lastly, Curlformers. After seeing videos on results achieved using curlformers, I was slightly hooked. The process is so easy and the results are amazing. Who doesn't want perfect curls right? Since the original Curlformers are quite expensive, I've found a cheaper alternative on ebay called Magic Hair Curler.

What other interesting haircare or styling items do you think I need for my natural hair?
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