These cases WILL NOT DEFEAT ME!!!!

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Heathrow beware…… This could be a potential reality for you to check in for me!

I swear  I have been at these things all week and I don’t whether I have case anxiety or I just can’t be asked to get done…… My previous track record in terms of packing has been far from minimal to say the least but this time I want at least pack logically (i.e. 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of trainers MAYBE! instead of day heels, club/dinner heels and my infamous ‘show-off trainers’ and my neglected gym runners).

Not to mention the art of rolling your clothes around your toiletries and making sure you won’t need them BEFORE you leave!!

Also everyone always forgets extra bags! I mean weekend bags, little black bags, work bags and etc, I know I’m a bit of  flashpacker if that but jeez these things r important and bring comfort away from home.

When I say toiletries I’m putting my fro maintenance jewels in that category, I managed to braid back the beast so can deal with it at a later date….. (queue future Super Sayan Battle)

Either way, whatever happens……

IT’S OFFICIALLY THREE DAYS UNTIL TAKE OFF!!!!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!

 

 

 

These cases WILL NOT DEFEAT ME!!!! was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

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Pep talk with my Fro….

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So i thought as i’m about to embark on another big adventure i better prepare my best friend and soul mate….. MY AFRO!!

Here’s how it played out:

ME: *spritz with water and rub in some almond oil and shea butter* So fro are you ready for this??

FRO: Well…… tbh i don’t know what to expect, the last few years I have spent so much time in the sun I don’t know how to prepare!

ME: It’s going to be amazing! We are going back to Latin America to teach english again, remmeber how much fun we had last time…

FRO: Are they going to judge me??

Me: Why would you say that?

FRO: In Cuba it was ok because i was a hot mess trying to grow out the perm but i felt comfortable because there were so many others like us. In Mexico, i LOVED the attention but sometimes i think people loved you because of me…. I don’t want that this time.

ME: I mean, yeh we have been through a lot but where we are going is practically a mixture of the places we have been to. Colombia has a vibrant culturally diverse mix of people so we will be just fine.

FRO: Do they have Sally’s? Will Pak’s send us braid hair like in Mexico?

ME: You know I won’t let anything happen to you, i love you and don’t forget that. The first week i’m there i will make sure you will be ok, even if we do have to get onto Pak’s and express our stuff over.

FRO: Is there going to be sand?

ME: We are moving to Barranquilla, it’s not on the beach itself but i predict we will be spending a LOT of time at the beach if I can help it!

FRO: TRY not to get sand in us all the time though, when we went to Playa Del Carmen i loved being in twists with you as we didn’t get the main impact :D

Me in Playa

(Me in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 2012)

 

ME: *covers eyes* OK OK, I know i can gt lazy once i find a style but i promise i will spend more time with you and make sure you’re having as much fun as me!

FRO: Do i have to ask if people are going  to squeeze, stroke or pat me……

ME: Ah fro…. If anyone touches you without my permission, they will have me to answer to, NO EXCEPTIONS!!

FRO: OK…… I guess it doesn’t sound all that bad, will get to experience some new air, have natural steams, go into the ocean, meet new hair folicles and bask in some lovely breeze. Maybe I could get one of the cool thread braids….. Would look nice! :D

ME: *brushing up the side and admiring my curl pattern* Maybe fro, Maybe……….

WE WILL BE JUST FINE FRO……. WE ALWAYS ARE!!!

P.S. If all else fails, we always have Valderrama to look up to! ❤

Frotastic July 2014

 

 

 

 

Pep talk with my Fro…. was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Event Review: The Afro Hair and Beauty Show 2013

Event review: The Afro Hair and Beauty Show

Date: Sunday 26th May 2013

Location: Business Design Centre, London

Event Review.

As a natural hair transitioner i decided to go and check out this event with a dear homie Amu.Dat and see what this famous exhibition was all about.
Brought to us by Black Hair and Beauty Magazine this event boasted everything and anything to do with Black Hair and Beauty all under one roof…
Over 2 days there would be a chance to see new products available, try out new styles and socialize in general.
In my opinion this was a great event but it lacked some vital features that could have made it a lot better.
If you are new to my blog, you can see my natural hair journey in previous posts from my days in Mexico up until now and as many other transitioners one of the main topics between us is that we lack general advice and versatile style tips that don’t take more than an hour to do!
One of the things that blew me away just from walking around the exhibition was the amount of people actually going natural and the variety of styles i saw. Amongst other looks, the attendees made sure they were on point!
The Business Design Centre was a good location for the event however i do feel the layout was a bit overwhelming. Upon entrance you were introduced to the fashion side of Black Hair and Beauty with stalls selling from ethic inspired clothing and jewelry to general clothing stalls including one that had the aptly named ‘Natural Girls Rock’ T-Shirt.
Once through this section you then had to go up to the main section which to me was a tsunami of products and demonstrations. There was nothing wrong with the amount of products on display but to get an equal amount of time with each stall was impossible as some aisles were so narrow it was impossible to pass. I saw many people stop and think about how they would tackle the route around. Maybe a suggested route or a simple stall map would have been useful, that way if you missed a certain stall you had the information with you to take away.
Once we had a gander, we saw a lot of the big brands in Black Hair care which was nice to see because we recognized the products and most of us have already had some contact with their products. However from a natural point of view, even though we are all about integration there was no real direction for people with natural hair. I personally approached a few stands and asked about their products and was mainly told that the products for natural hair were mainly the same and it was personal choice on which ones to buy. I felt that it could have had a bit more support in that sense as i’m sure some people came out of there with repeat purchases.
Shout out the these two fashionistas who approached us for an on the spot review!

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During the day there were various fashion shows and stage events including a ‘Battle of the Barbers’ which kept people entertained. One of the highlights were fashion shows inspired by the British Heart Foundation and another by Sleek Hair and Cosmetics. Check out my slideshows below! (Do excuse my amateur photography skills!! Got some good shots though!)

British Heart Foundation

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Sleek Hair and Cosmetics

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Here are some of the Beautiful attendees i met today:

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Overall it was a must do event even if it was just to see what was out there because in an age where people are rebelling against style and fashion conforms it was nice to see the amount of people supporting this event. In the mainstream we may be seen as a minority but today we definitely were not alone.

All images were taken by me.
If any bloggers would like to be linked to this post feel free to comment below.

My Fro-gress….

Hey peeps,

Thought i would update you on my natural hair journey and my latest throwback discovery!! So over the past few months i haven’t strayed from putting my hair into kinky twists and leaving my Afro out for a few days in between. (I’m 18 months natural btw no b/c)

So along came 2013 and i though i would try something different, i didn’t want to dye it or anything (even though i am tempted!) but needed a change.

So after a 6 week stretch in twist i took out my twists and this is what beauty i had waiting for me…

afro 2013

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

But in the back of my mind i was dreading the daily detangle and bed plait routine not to mention the dreaded wash day!! So i decided to go to the professionals and let them have fun with it this time.

So i arrived at the salon with an untamed Afro and after a good Blow Dry and Hot Comb Press (Old school straightening) i would pleasantly surprised to end up with this creation…..

hot comb 2013

 

I know some people don’t agree with heat on the hair and to be honest i do miss my Afro but this ease of finding my scalp makes me smile and i love that i achieved this look without chemicals!!

We’ve come a long way from Grandma’s kitchen but the Hot Comb is back!!!

Now lets see how long it lasts…..

Enjoy Napturalistas!! xoxo

Fro Fro made it mainstream

As you know i’m an Afro Rebel and would like to share this amazing article with my followers that was published today in a major UK newspaper by Eva Simpson . The Sun newspaper did an article about the dangers of straightening Afro hair and this itself is a massive breakthrough in British media as many people don’t know the logistics of ‘Afro Hair’ and assume a perm is the simple answer rather than it stripping down a layer of your identity.

Feel free to comment on it here and be sure to check out the inspirational women mentioned in the articles in the links below.

Ciao!! xoxo

The Article: Dangers Of Straightening Afro Hair

Inspiration:

Journalist :Eva Simpson

Sky News Presenter with Advice Website for Black and Mixed Race Girls : Lukwesa Burak 

Marianne Miles (tbc)

Isabella Broekhuizen

Also check out Amudat for fashion focused ethnic inspiration

LOVE IT!!!

Fro – Tastic!!!

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So you have all been with my on my natural hair journey and i’m proud to say that i’m actually there n i’m lovin my fro and all it’s fierceness!! Even though i have to plait it up every night n watch where i lean to avoid yucky germs, this black cloud above my head is exactly what my heart desired….. Hope you like the pic!!

Officially a BlogStar!!!

Hey bloggers!!

As you know from my previous posts the battle on my head has been a hard one and following a request from a dear friend and fellow blogger i decided to tell my war stories for the world to see…….

Below is the link to the BlogSite and please feel free to check out the rest of her amazing site ‘amudat’ and if you scroll through you will find another link to fellow blogger from blogspot ‘The Jaybee Show’

www.amudat.com

Enjoy!!