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BBC 3 – Hair – The Series Episode 2

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Final Round – Dominika’s fascinator -made entirely of hair

I know I have only watched one other episode (Review Eposide 1 here) but unless something better comes along this was my favourite. You might want to read the review of the first one to get an idea of who is who and what its all about

The first round was all about plaits and braids so you know I loved it. What’s the difference between a plait and a braid? The Plait is off the scalp and a braid is on the scalp they even explained what cainrows were! The styles were amazing but unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of that round but you have 12 days left to watch it on iplayer. The styles were fantastic and I could easily see how they could translate for our hair!

Something that made me laugh this episode was where Kobi said plaits and braids are ‘not current’ I wonder what rock he has been under the last few years. The second round the technical one and they had to do layering and then set the hair on rollers. For saying these people are amateurs this looked complicated and Dominica won this one with Marvin a close second.

The final round was where they had to create hats out of hair! WOW! Obviously only for the catwalk but these styles were incredible, I wouldn’t know where to start some real talent here:

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This was Marvin’s Miami sun hat, see the model’s hair makes the hat and the rim is made of fake hair.

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This is Annie’s Russian Cossack hat – the top bit is the model’s own hair and the bottom is the fake hair. Again Alain said to Annie as she was doing it “how do you feel about working with this type of hair?” “are you aware of its limits, what it can and can’t do” two weeks he has questioned black hair, this man and I are not going to get on.

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The winner, Kate’s Mad hatters hat! brilliant, the models hair is the brim of the hat and the fake hair is the top.
This won!

But who went home…poor Ebuni, she didn’t listen to the judges and didn’t incorporate the model’s own hair into the hat.

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The Inversion Method – Grow an inch of hair in a week!

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Bloggers are talking about it, on Youtube there are videos about it, hell even on Instagram there are people taking photos on it but what is the Inversion Method?

Google it and you will find that quite simply you are to massage your head with warm oil every night and hold your head upside down for a period of time and then my dear readers, after only one week you will see an inch of growth. To some this will sound interesting, for others bad science and for a few of you, you might be tempted to give it a go.

There are rules though, lots of rules for health reasons, don’t delve in if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure etc etc and you should make sure you read them all before starting. Since I am on my no scissors year I decided that for you folks I would give it an honest try and see if it works. Did my hair grow an inch in a week?

 

First thing Sunday morning, no make up is not a pretty sight

Sorry – first thing Sunday morning, no make up is not a pretty sight

Sunday – Length Check
I measured my hair and just under my fingers, that length was 12 inches, not all round though and to be honest I think I am definitely going to aim for 12 inches all round. Then I washed it and that evening I was ready to begin. Now the experiment nearly ended right there as I was ready for bed and thought ‘oh let me quickly do this inversion before I go to sleep’. Somewhere along the line I had not read the instructions properly and didn’t realise I had to heat the oil.  I wasn’t going to bother as it was late and I didn’t want to get up but I had to make this a true experiment so I dug out something suitable to put the oil in. This is where applicator bottles come in useful.  I chose a little ramekin dish and shoved that in the microwave for about 30 seconds. I didn’t heat too much as I felt like seven days of putting oil on your head would create a too much build up. It was warm not hot when I had it, and I literally dipped my finger in it and ran it all over my scalp. Then I mentally parted my scalp into four sections and massaged each section for 1 minute each. I used a scalp oil that I already have. (Review here)

Now my yoga is not that strong to hold a back bend or a headstand for 4 mins – the minimum required time for an inversion so I laid on my bed and just hung my head off the end. This seems to work for others who have tried it. I have even seen some hanging their head over the kitchen sink (not for me) so this was my best option. 4 mins went by quickly I just thought through the day and that was that.

Monday  to Wednesday – Same old stuff
Nothing really to report here, just shoved on the oil massaged, hung over the bed and that was that.

Thursday – upped the anti
My head was not greasy at all, although my hair does get dry in the winter, I was also starting to enjoy the little nightly massage I was doing . In our busy lives taking some time every day to pamper yourself is needed. This day I decided to add a little more oil than I had been doing and I mixed in some JBCO in my ramakin and upped my inversion time to 6 minutes (really not sure if you are supposed to do this)

Friday and Saturday – Itchy Itch Itch
My hair was still not greasy this surprised me, I feel like my scalp was just drinking the oil I even decided to put more. Perhaps I was getting carried away as on these two days the itching started, not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing but my head started feeling really itchy.

Sunday  - Final Day
So did it work, I presume that’s why you are still reading….drum roll please….

My hair grew exactly zero inches that’s right nada, nothing, not even a centimetre anywhere. The inversion didn’t do ish for me. I could not even be bothered to take a photo.  If it works for you perhaps you have some tips on where I went wrong.

This story has three morals

  1. What works for the goose is not always good for the gander (please don’t ask me to explain the saying)
  2. You can’t force your body to do something, your hair will grow at the rate and speed it’s supposed to – concentrate on hair health and you will enjoy it more and the length will come as a secondary
  3. On that note a nightly massage on your scalp is heavenly, go spoil yourselves!

 

For further reading/watching

Inversion Method: Grow 1inch of hair in 7 days

 The Inversion Method | Grow 1-2 Inches of Hair in 7 Days!

The Inversion Method for Hair: Grow an Inch of Hair in 7 Days? 

Inversion Method for Hair Growth – One Inch in One Week

 

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Weave get gone!!…..well for one day only

Project Embrace an organisation which aims to create more natural hair images in the public eye is calling for all weave wearers to ditch the weave for one day only.  On the 31st March they are holding an ‘I am enough’ day.

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This is how they describe it:

The IamEnoughDay is a Project Embrace campaign to promote and celebrate self-acceptance and self-love. Many women find it difficult to ditch the weave and sport their natural hair even though they know the weave is damaging their own hair.

So we are calling every woman on the 31st of March to be courageous and ditch anything fake about their hair and go about your business for the day with their own hair. 

They have T-shirts and badges for sale and encourage those taking part to facebook, twitter and Instagram thier pictures with with reason’s they are  enough #iamenoughday

The aim is to encorage women and girls that they are enough and beauty is not dependant on what hair you have. They also want people to embrace their hair and they are hoping it will raise money for their billboard campaign.

So, I like the idea its simple and easy to be part of it especially for me that doesn’t wear a weave. All us naturals need to do is take a photo with our hair out and put why we are enough.  My husband however says its impractical for weave wearers as you cant get rid of a weave for a day (I have to laugh at this, I have taught him way too much about natural hair!) What are your thoughts? will you be taking part?

For more information please visit this link iamenoughday

 

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