5 Hair Products I’m Loving

Hello blogging world, I cant believe it’s been two weeks since my last post *sobs into tissue* – what can I say, life has just got in the way, but, in my time away a lot has happened, one of them being… I am no longer a red head, or more accurately a russet head lol *sobs even more*

I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair chocolate brown. I was scared, but it was long overdue. Being a red head was a stressful time in my life – just take a read of my hair disaster!

No, but in all honesty there was a lot of upkeep that my hair just couldn’t handle, so I decided it was time to go a bit darker and it’s the best decision I could have made, my mum’s immediate reaction was ‘your hair looks so healthy!’ – I don’t think there could have been a clearer sign that I should have went darker a lot sooner.

After making the conscious decision not to go to the hairdressers last year (after my hair mishap) I’ve been loving the freedom I’ve had with experimenting with my locs and exploring new products that have made a real difference in the quality of my hair, so I thought I’d share the hair products I’ve been loving and continually reaching for…

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Monoi Oil is a miracle in a tub… I have high porosity hair, meaning it absorbs water and products quickly, but loses moisture just as quickly and this oil has been the perfect answer for me. Monoi Oil is a leave in conditioning creme and has the beautiful consistency of butter and oil, that I can rub into my locs when it’s wet or dry around 2-3 times a week without any nasty build up or residue. I find this product is perfect for hair that has been dyed as my hair needs to stay moisturised to avoid breakage and this oil definitely helps to avoid that. Made with Coconut oil, it smells beautiful too, so I would definitely recommend it, plus it comes in a big tub so it’s worth its buck.

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Second up is Jamaican Castor Oil. Funnily enough, I initially started using this product in the caribbean. Seeing so many naturalista’s rave about natural Jamaican castor oil really made me want to try it as it had properties stimulated hair growth. Since starting to use this product I’ve gone through two bottles. Embracing your natural hair is hard business especially when everyone’s minds are on how fleeky their edges are these days, but when your hair has been through some trials and tribulations, castor oil is the answer to restore those edges! Have you tried?

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Since starting my dreadlocks I’ve always come back to this Oil. Mango & Lime is a brand that I was first introduced to when I began my locs and their  non-abrasive formulas have been very kind to my hair. Once I wash my hair I go in with this oil and massage it into my scalp. I hate using thick grease on my scalp that leaves a horrible residue, so this oil is perfect if you’re like me and need something that deeply moisturises and sinks in.

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Since I loved the Monoi Oil conditioning creme I had to get myself some of their anti-breakage oil fusion. I’ve found great results using this oil, it comes with a pipette applicator for direct application allowing me to target areas on my scalp and at the end of my hair – really moisturising and tackling breakage, which is something I’m so worried about having dyed my hair multiple times… plus it smells divine.

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Lastly, this is my guilty pleasure hair product – a gel. Since a young age I’ve never been a fan of gel as it can cause hair to break, flake and suffocate follicles, which is why i don’t use this all the time. However, since boycotting the salon, I still wanted to achieve goddess like fleekiness when I do my hair at home, and this really allows me to slay my edges. I don’t go all in as this has a very thick consistency, but once I mix with water to kind of dilute it, I find that it lays down any stray and can really neaten up a look. I would recommend only using this product when your hair is wet and the tying down your hair to achieve a slick look, as on dry hair it can pull and damage your hairs. Also, I use this every so often, as I don’t believe locs should be all neat (defeats the whole point of embracing natural hair) but it’s nice if I have an interview or going out on the town.

So, those are the 5 products I’ve been using in my hair for a while, and I’m really enjoying the results. Do you have locs or rock your natural hair? What products would you recommend me using? Also, who are your favourite naturalista’s on Instagram, I need some hair inspiration!

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P.S – Here is a pic of my new do – even though you cant really see it *hides face* Who else is loving this snapchat filter? Follow me on SC: rirr9316 x

My Hair Disaster!

This is all about the time I ended up with pink/blonde roots and burgundy ends! YES you read that right!

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This is the only photo I could find with my pink roots – but it doesn’t give it justice, thank god!

For us girls, our hair – as much as we like to deny it, is a big aspect of our appearance. We love to take care of it, colour it, cut it and play around with different styles, so when it goes wrong it’s very much a big deal – it’s kind of like having a big spot on your face – Everyone will pretend they don’t see something majorly wrong, but we all know the problem, its right…there! And sadly, it’s an unspoken etiquette that I’ve experienced all too well.

So if you didn’t already know, I’ve had dreadlocks for about 8 years (take a look at my recent hair post) – and very recently cut them into a lob – the length and weight of my hair was just too much.

Anywho, one day I decided to dye my hair red! I love seeing coloured dreads and I just wanted a change. Throughout my childhood my parents never really let me experiment with my hair, which is why I thought I’d finally give it a go.

Once I decided on the shade of red I wanted (I think it was postbox by Schwarzkopf), I visited my usual hairdresser, who I don’t actually think is a trained hair colour specialist, but I did it anyway and it looked bomb! I was so happy!DSC01245

Being a red head was all I imagined lol, I constantly got compliments, even got a new nickname – rasta red! But very soon I learned it was too much to maintain.
I was colouring my hair too often in order to keep its deep colour, which led to my hair becoming super damaged.

I decided to leave the colour for a few months, while treating my hair, using natural products and Jamaican Castor Oil, which really thickened up mu roots.

Skip forward, I had a holiday to Barbados coming up and wanted to have my hair colour popping again, so I booked an appointment to bleach my dark brown roots so the red colour would catch and then colour the rest of my hair.

Well. What a mistake that was.

You know when you sit in the chair and you just don’t feel confident. Like you know something’s up.

All I remember was looking in the mirror and seeing blondey/ginger roots. Errrrm is it meant to be like this? “Yeah, yeah it will be fine, just wait ‘til I put the colour on” – was what my hairdresser replied. To be honest I should have known it could only end badly.

Instead, I decided to stay put and watch my hair being put to the test.

You know when you just don’t know what to do – cry, laugh, refuse to pay?

I left the shop in utter shame, no confidence and a greasy head, smh!
My roots were pink with blonde baby hairs and burgundy ends, three tones in one.

I knew it was game over as everyone on the bus home was just giving me that sympathetic look.

I went to Barbados looking ‘interesting’ to say the least. Everyone told me it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was but talking to my sister about it, and now she actually admits that it was terrible – thanks sis x

I guess the moral of the story is go to a qualified colourist and listen to your gut feeling!

I can obviously laugh at this now, but it’s taken so much for my hair to get back to normal, although I am thinking of colouring my hair again… what can I say, I’m a gluten for punishment.

I know I’m not alone though, what dire hair mishaps have you been through, I really want to hear your stories, I can’t be alone on this one. x

10 questions I ALWAYS get asked about my hair

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Hey lovelies, I thought I’d do a post about my hair.

I’ve been growing dreadlocks for about 8 to 9 years now, and whenever I’m out my locs always get me a lot of attention, whether it’s a random compliment or two, a request to touch or few rude comments, so I thought I’d answer some of the most bizarre questions I’ve received once and for all…

1) Do you wash your hair?
Errrrm… of course I wash my hair! Who doesn’t?!

I find this to be the  most offensive question of all.

For those of you interested enough, I actually wash my hair every 4-6 weeks. This keeps my hair healthy and strong, while maintaining natural oils that are needed to help bind my hair and stop it from breaking.

My usual routine is – wash, condition, re-twist, then air dry.

2) Can I touch your hair? 
NO.

Lol, the way I react to this question really depends on the mood I’m in, but most of the time, the answer will be – Sure!

I don’t mind people asking, I’m all about breaking the negative stereotypes that are associated with having locs, so next time you see someone with locs, instead of staring and making assumptions – we all know assumption make an ASS out of U and ME,  just ask 🙂

3) Do you have to take them out to do them?
No. I cannot take out my locs. Can you take out the hair that’s attached to your scalp? Didn’t think so.

4) Are you a Rasta?
This question always cracks me up! The answer is no… can’t a girl just love locs?

5) How long have you been growing them?
I’ve been growing my locs for about 8 to 9 years. It wasn’t something that I really thought about compared to others who umm and ahh about deciding on whether to get locs, but I’ve always loved the way they look and love that I can embrace my natural hair.

6) Are they real?
Hell yeah, I spent near 9 years growing these bad boys!

7) Can you take them out?
So many people think committing to locs is a lifetime commitment, but you can actually comb them out, which is great, if you’ve got two weeks to spare.

8) Do they smell?
Didn’t you read my first answer?

9) Is it hard to get a job with locs?
Not at all, I feel people use this as an excuse, not to get locs, as you have to go through the ‘ugly’ stage. But in my opinion locs are getting a lot more popular with the likes of Meagan Good and co. rocking faux locs quite regularly.

10) How do you deal with natural hair? What can you do with dreadlocks, don’t you get bored?

This is something that always baffles me, my locs are not something I see as something I have to ‘deal’ with, its just my hair lol. Locs are so versatile, and there are so many styles that can be experimented with, and colours that can be tried… I’ve had a few mishaps with bleaching, but that’s another story in itself.

Most recently, I cut my locs into a short bob, after having long hair for a while, I thought I’d switch it up. The possibilities really are endless and prove that locs are just as cool if you want to express yourself as having non loc’d normal hair.

Have any other questions for me? Let’s talk! I hope you enjoyed and cleared up any questions you might have had about locs x