Event Alert!! – Afrocenchix Presents #HairCare101 – The Launch

Hi Everyone

UK brand  Afrocenchix founders Joycelyn and Rachael have a new event coming up.

They hope to make make natural hair care as simple as possible by teaching you the fundamentals of handling curly and kinky hair whilst dispelling the myths that natural hair is unmanageable, unattractive and unprofessional.

As well as this you will have opportunity to ask questions to them and guest speakers, trichologist Stephanie Sey and vlogger Chiaka Valentina.

You can read more about it and get tickets right here…

Afrocenchix Presents #HairCare101 – The Launch

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Natural Inspiration- Janice Mutema

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What’s your name and where do you live.
Hi my name is Janice and I live in Weston-super-Mare, Bristol in England.

How would you describe your hair and texture?
I went natural December 2010 after transitioning unknowingly since March that year.

I guess the Chris Rock documentary ‘Good Hair” challenged me. I don’t even think I watched it all but I just remember watching him on TV shows on YouTube talking about it. What I asked myself was, why am I more comfortable with extensions? Why did I decide to relax my hair in the first place and finally , What’s wrong with the hair God created me with?

I had a total mindset shift of realising how society and the mainstream had convinced me to be less of who I truly and naturally should be.

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How do you take care of your hair?
My hair is 4a/4b type. I don’t really know. All I know is compared to when I was a younger, my hair is now soft and fluffy and loooves water!

I twist my hair almost every night (almost). I don’t use too much products on it and finger comb it when detangling. I’m currently doing the CG method (no shampoo just conditioner cleansing) and my hair texture has improved immensely to more defined curls.

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What are your words of inspiration to our readers?
Since I become natural, I have noticed that I really don’t care for people’s opinions. The natural journey is so diverse and for me I found that other people thought I had a problem for going natural. “Don’t you have enough money to relax your hair?” , “Your hair will never grow” , “Is everything ok at home” and to top it off, I had a family member at my house and they brought a texturiser as a gift !!

Fast forward to now, the natural hair movement has developed and people are more accepting but my point is how amazing is it to live in your skin and to top it off, embrace the natural curls that have been frowned upon for so many years by people who were born in it ! We are all beautiful and what I love the most is that although natural hair doesn’t define me, it has set me free

So if you have embarked on the Natural hair journey, don’t give up! For some , it’s not really about the hair but realising your inner beauty and confidence in stepping out of  the status quo

I recently started my own Youtube channel you can find it here: Janice Naturalé

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Lovely Inspiring words Janice, thank you so much!

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Wigs, Weaves & Winter – Protective Styling Tips from Nazuri Curls!

I hear the phrase from a lot of people that they like to ‘put their hair away for winter’ this usually translates as either purely protective styling (wearing their own hair in buns, twist and up-do’s) and for others this means putting on a wig or weave for a little while.

There are so many options out there for the weaves at the moment and one I came across recently is called Nazuri Curls it’s a UK based company that provides natural textured hair extensions, clip-ins and wigs to ladies who want to embrace their hair texture whether that’s natural, transitioning or relaxed. They have been operating since 2013 and have gained a great international customer base since then particularly with natural hair ladies and with their custom wig offering.

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Afro: Wefted Hair From Nazuri Curls (Starts from £60) Cant believe this is not her hair!!

 

One of my favourite bloggers Natural Belle is doing a hair growth challenge at the moment using her Nazuri Curls custom wig click this link to check it out 

So, for my wig and weave wearing readers, I asked one of the founders of Nazuri Curls, Yasmin Kamara if she had any protective style tips for people this winter and she gave me their top tips!

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  1. It Starts at the Roots

Is your braid pattern protecting your hair?

*Look after the perimeter of your hair as this will be where the most amount of pressure is being applied – try and use a horizontal ‘anchor cornrow’ at your nape to hold your wig or weave in place.

*Do not wear cornrows that are too small – you’ll need to access your scalp when washing / moisturising your extensions

*Do not wear cornrows that are too tight! This pressure could pull on your scalp, break your hair and prevent the growth your trying to achieve

*If adding extensions to your cornrows bear in mind that these may remove additional moisture from your hair

  1. What’s in your spray bottle?

It’s essential that you keep your hair underneath your extensions hydrated!

*Water is of course the most important thing to use for moisture and we recommend accompanying this with a leave-in conditioner. You can also add a light oil such as coconut oil or almond oil to the spray mixture.

*Try not to use heavy butters or conditioners / creams that have silicone’s on your scalp on a daily basis – you do not want to clog your scalp / create build up as if this accumulates under your extensions you will stifle your hair growth

*Don’t forget to look after your leave out if you have any. Spraying a water based mixture or using a cream on your leave out regularly works well with textured extensions but for other styles, using an oil based product will avoid your hair reverting to its natural state whilst still allowing you to add some moisture

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  1. Let’s Keep it Clean

If you’re wearing your protective style for a long time then washing your scalp cannot be avoided

*This is the make or break of protective styles – build-up on your scalp can stifle growth and also reduce the longevity of your style. This is where wearing a wig has its main benefits as you have full access to your scalp. If wearing a weave, we recommend co-washing using a spray bottle and gently rubbing your scalp with your fingers to cleanse the scalp

*If using a shampoo to cleanse make sure you rinse out all the product, residues of shampoo on your scalp can dry out your hair

*Make sure that your hair is completely dry, do not walk around with a damp head it could cause mold! We recommend air drying or sitting under a hooded dryer with the temperature on cool or using a blow dryer on a cool setting. Alternatively you could wear your hair up to reduce drying time whilst air drying

Yasmin also kindly gave the readers of The Natural Lounge this wonderful discount code allowing for 20% off Custom Wigs. The Code is NATURALBELLEPSC20

For more information visit www.nazuricurls.com

Do you protective style during the winter? Have you tried a Natural Weave or Wig before?

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