Freshly trimmed ends…love it!

9 Mar

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We all had a time when we started our hair journey and we wanted our hair to grow sooo bad that we would only cut a little inch or so to maintain healthy ends. Now I just don’t care as I’ve watched my hair grow. I trim regularly to maintain the ends of my hair and my curls love me for that! Lol x

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Back to winter hairstyle…

24 Sep

Sooo…autumn/winter is just round the corner and I am preparing for the change

Natural hair in the workplace & out…

1 Sep

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Love wearing my natural hair in a slicked up puff every now and then at work. I get loads of comments at work about how natural hair is good and better suited. In my opinion I also get that they love the versatility of natural black hair. For instance when I choose to wear it straight when getting a Dominican blowout (I shall wait another 2 years before going for another one)….

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To when I decide to have my hair in braids…

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Or just wearing my wig caps every now and then…

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But I tell you now…nothing beats having my natural hair out! The extra confidence one feels and the simplicity in styling when you have eco styler gel!

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I’m out!

P.s. just getting my blogging mojo back!

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Quick & slick puff

26 Aug

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Achieved this look by simply using eco styler gel on freshly washed and  conditioned partly dry hair.

Starter’s Guide: Hair Moisturisers

10 Sep

In response to many queries for new joiners on the healthy hair journey. I have picked out a few of the hair moisturisers available to get you started as you learn what will work for you and in doing so being able to select accordingly.

1. Wave Nouvea Moisturising Finishing Lotion

2. S-Curl No Drip Activator

3.  IC Leave-In Moisturiser

4. Elasta QP Mango Butter

5. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in Creme

This is only a guide and you are free to choose and select exactly what works for your hair type.

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Psychology & Healthy Hair

1 Sep

Michelle ObamaI have always been interested in finding out the link between the psychological effects of how a good or bad hair day  affects our self-esteem. Just from my own experience I can relate to this by admitting that I do feel a lot more confident when I have freshly presented hair whether styled naturally, straightened or adding extensions. In any case the hair is a woman’s shining crown and glory. Also, when we look at it from an external view our appearance impacts our lives be it personally, socially or professionally. So that is to say that how we feel surely influences our self-esteem.

A lot of scientific evidence as well as common sense confirms that “an appealing appearance, good health and hygiene positively impacts our lives”. For the purpose of this post we are looking at what role our hair as a physical asset plays in our self-esteem from various different perspectives:

Historically, hair as an important factor in one’s self-image dates back to ancient history. The Greek and Roman times demonstrate elaborate wigs as being signs of status and wealth. As previously mentioned beautiful hair was often associated with royalty in other words worn like a crown. Let’s take for example Samson’s long hair which symbolized supernatural strength and even Cleopatra’s recognition for her thick black locks. To dig deeper let’s take a brief look at both the British and American colonial times where upper class men and women wore white, curly wigs. Till today judges and political figures adorn them as a sign of wisdom and sophistication. Clearly we can see hair as being highly valued throughout history and is thus likely to continue to impact how we view ourselves today.

Developmentally, from new-born babies to toddlers and so forth we view hair growth as a sign of good health. Entering teenage years and puberty we see hair growth as signs of healthy in time development and progress into maturity. Thick, luscious hair on both men and women is often associated with “sensuality and sexuality”. To dig deeper as we enter midlife – thinning and hair loss is a popular topic associated with aging, decline in health and so forth.

Aesthetically, have you ever heard about the impact of first impressions? How would you view someone who walked into a professional environment with unkept dirty looking hair? STOP HERE: (Take a minute to think about how you view someone you have just met for the first time. What do you straightaway look at or what makes you even attracted to them in the first place. How easy is it to start a conversation with someone who you see has nice well-kept hair). As our hair frames our face it is a feature highly important when it comes to first impressions. When two people are attracted to each other it is the first impressions from the face/hair that is greater than the body as a whole. OK – so let’s also mention that a person’s smile, eyes and skin are also equally important. However, on first encounters with people their hair is what we often notice 9 out of 10. A bit of scientific fact  for you – “Hair is among the top three features along with height and weight used when describing others and one of the feature most often recalled after a social interaction occurs”.

Self-Esteem, sense of attractiveness = Confidence & Positive Self-Esteem. Confidence in many men and women is often linked to feeling in control. Hair is one way to actually take control. How? Simply because it can be altered through cutting, coloring and highlighting, but controlled through straightening, curling and styling. Neatly styled and well-kept hair gives us the external appearance of being well-managed and it can contribute to feeling that way internally. Another example is when people say that a manicure or pedicure creates a similar sense of feeling in control.

So, why does a good hair day matter? The answer lies in all the reasons above. Our looks matter and hair matters a lot in our general sense of attractiveness. Researchers have now demonstrated that bad hair days may actually have a negative impact on self-esteem.

Dr. Marianne LaFrance, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Yale University found that:

“Bad hair days impact self-esteem by increasing levels of self-doubt and personal criticism. Interestingly, both women and men are negatively affected by the phenomenon of bad hair days. Even more fascinating is our finding that individuals perceive their capabilities to be significantly lower than others when experiencing bad hair.”

To sum up the findings of this study indicate that it is important to maintain a good appearance in order to continue feeling good about yourself. So what can you do to prevent bad hair days? The first step is to make sure your hair is healthy and always cared for.

Hope you Enjoyed!

Sarah

Organic African Black Soap vs. “African Black Soap”

9 Jun

African Black Soap Ok. So many of you may be wondering what is the difference? Are they not the same thing? Soap is soap – what is the big deal?

Well, guys let’s meet halfway! – African Black soap also known as Anago Soap and Alata Soap, originates from West Africa (hence African Black Soap).

In terms or properties – African black soap is a brownish-black colour. Likewise, it is softly shaped, unscented, pure and chemical free. It is created with only organic ingredients such as plantain skin, palm oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, cocoa pod, natural sodium, tree leaves and barks.  The main ingredient is the plantain skin which contains natural sources of vitamin A & E and iron. Interesting fact is that it takes half a month for the soap to be fully cured and for the process to be completed.  It is known predominantly for its beneficial organic features and multi-use from head to toe.

On the other hand there is the Fake “African Black Soap” which contains black dye and is hard. Unlike the organic type it has cheap vegetable oil and is chemically processed. There are also some types that are scented. As you may expect the benefits are not those you are likely to experience with the Traditional Organic African Black Soap. 

Which one have you been using???

Always check the ingredients of products that you put onto your skin, just as you would check the ingredients of the food that you put into your bloodstream!

Stay Healthy till next time.

Sarah’s Best Practice – (Hair Care)

22 May
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First of all a big shout out to the lovely ladies that bless their tresses with the very best hair care treatments!

Moving on to our lovely ladies that are yet to realize the potential of their hair I am super curious to find out why this is the case. Actually I have made it a priority to continue to research why there appears to be a lack of care in the world amongst women of colour to maintain healthy hair. I do believe the time has come to enforce the education of correctly rectifying the issues that many women experience when it comes to exercising healthy hair care practices. However, the important question to ask is how do we raise awareness in this area? What are the necessary steps that can be taken in order to build a community of strong black women proud and representing the beauty of the black hair. Many of us are already out there educating and teaching from our very own life experiences, but yet there are still many that are yet to be reached. So, in essence ladies – when you see another one of your ladies that you feel you can appropriately encourage and motivate – drop an effective word of encouragement on the importance of maintaining healthy hair. Be encouraged & inspired. Spread the education of healthy hair care. 

Speak soon.

HHS Ltd .

Sarah’s Top Hair Shampoos

3 Mar

Healthy Hair Gurus,

Just wanted to share with you all some of the shampoos that I used in the early stages of my natural hair/hair transition. I preferred to use a shampoo and conditioner separately as opposed to using both combined together. Using a separate shampoo from a conditioner meant that my hair experienced better results, it was softer, manageable, cleaner and easier to maintain.

1. Motions Lavish Conditioning Shampoo 

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2. Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo

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3. Tresemme Natural Shampoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Body Shop Honey Moisturising Shampoo

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5. Natural Black Soap (as Shampoo)

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Remember, these are simply recommendations to get you started, thereafter I believe you will be in a better position to select what best works for your own hair type in the same way that I did.

Hope this helps.

Enjoy!

Get Rid of the White Stuff (Dandruff)

22 Feb

I get a lot of questions on how to get rid of dandruff. A lot my clients mentions that this is the most common hair problem that they “used” to suffer from. So what I have done is provided a summary of my natural home remedies that have all worked and proven to be effective for my clients and I. Why I think these simple but effective home remedies are useful is because dandruff is a very common scalp disorder and instead of running out to buy a new product each time you notice the condition, instead you can buy these natural and effective products as part of everyday use products.

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So, in order to know how to cure dandruff, it is important to first know what it is in order to treat it. To be simply put – “Dandruff is the result of excessive shedding of dead cells from the scalp”. Unknown to most people it can be the root of most symptoms such as hair loss, acne, pimples and hair premature greying. Therefore, if you identify Dandruff you should treat it before it gets severe and chronic. For the obvious reasons, the treatment of Dandruff is necessary as you know it can be embarrassing and is known to create self esteem problems, particularly among young adolescents to middle aged adults. It can be spread if you make use of common comb, hairbrush, soap and towel. The taboo that it is very difficult to get rid of Dandruff is not true! Simply follow my recommended home remedies, which are natural and very effective. You can achieve long term results and thus keeping you away from harsh chemicals and expensive hair care products.

Yogurt and Black pepper as a anti dandruff treatment – Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of yogurt and blend it thoroughly. Rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo, followed by a deep conditioning treatment or good quality conditioner. 

Olive Oil Treatment – Using olive oil consistently is a naturally clarifying and moisturizing agent. A lukewarm oil treatment of olive oil can help you to treat your dandruff. Don’t make the olive oil too hot. Apply the olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning. This can also be done prior to wash day treatments. 

Lemon juice and Coconut oil  – Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Lemon juice is a natural home remedy for dandruff and will clear away flakes from your scalp. Leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo, followed by a regular deep conditioning treatment. 

Vinegar to get rid of Dandruff – Vinegar is extremely effective as it is rich in potassium and enzymes which will help to cure an itchy scalp and dandruff. There are several ways you can make use of vinegar to prevent dandruff. You can massage apple cider vinegar into the dandruff scalp 5 to 7 minutes. Apple cider vinegar will help you to get rid of the dead skin cells, which are responsible in clogging the hair follicles and lead to dandruff flakes. You could also mix a tablespoon of vinegar in your last mug of water when you wash your hair.

Baking Soda to remove dandruff flakes – Baking soda is potential to clear excess flakes and clarifies the scalp from dandruff. You can add 1 tsp. of baking soda to a handful of shampoo and you will find that it can remove dandruff flakes even hiding in hair strands. Very effective, simple and efficient natural home remedy!

Aloe Vera gel to cure dandruff – Apply aloe Vera gel on the scalp to remove dandruff. Leave on for 15 minutes. Aloe is a natural home remedy, which clarifies and repairs damaged skin. It fights dandruff and let you get rid of dandruff flakes so the scalp can heal. 

Apply Eggs to remove dandruff – Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.

Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds and Oil to get rid of dandruff – Soak methi seeds in water for overnight and mash these fenugreek seeds in about half cup of warm coconut or olive oil. Apply all over the scalp. Leave it on for two to three hours. This home remedy will help to get rid of dandruff naturally at home.

Onion is a natural anti dandruff solution – Apply the paste of onion into your scalp. Leave it on dandruff skin for one hour. Wash thoroughly. This will assist to get rid of dandruff. Apply lemon juice to remove smell of onion from your hair.

Combining the above natural home remedies with washing your hair regularly or at every alternate day can help you to get rid of dandruff. Choose a home remedy for dandruff, which suits you and use it constantly to treat dandruff. I am sure once you try, you would love these natural home remedies.

Good Luck!