Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Next Chapter - Africa @ Spitalfields

Hey loves,

Remember my post about taking part in The Woman in the Jungle Hair & Beauty Show? Well, it was amazing!! I loved it so much, I have decided to take part in amother event - Africa @ Spitalfields. This event is being held at the famous Spitalfields Market (near Liverpool Street Station) and will exhibit African inspired produce. The market is on Monday 26th May (Bank Holiday) and it is completely free!! I will be selling my luxury butters and oils and some t-shirts! Come by, say hello and pick up some goodies =)

The Woman in the Jungle experience

I had so much fun setting up my stall at The Woman in the Jungle Hair and Beauty Show
and meeting some really lovely people. It was very well organised and it was inspiring meeting so many naturals and discussing my true love - hair!

I talked my mum into volunteering for the day and I am so grateful to her for waking up at an unsociable hour to help me at the show.

I would also like to thank my wonderful friends for coming to support SJ London and enjoy the experience. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the event and it marked the beginning of something special. I hope to see you all at Africa @ Spitalfields! For more information about the market, click here.


Friday, 25 April 2014

SJ London is Born!

I know I have been missing for a while but, that is because I have been working behind the scenes and wanted to wait for the right time to tell you guys. Remember my wonderful Luxury Hair Butter that I told you about in You Butter Believe It! Well . . . You lovely people are going to have the opportunity to see it along with my other products at the Woman in the Jungle Hair & Beauty Show! I am so excited about this and looking forward to meeting you lovlies on May 5th.

It will be at this show that my brand SJ London is born and I will be talking about hair care and you will have the opportunity to win some wonderful goodies.

What will I be selling? SJ London features a range of beautiful butters and oils that will make you fall in love! All the products are natural and contain no harsh chemicals, parabens, sulphates or anything that will harm your hair. I know that hair needs to be treated with love and care and SJ London meets this need.

I am honoured to take part in this show and have been working hard to bring you SJ London. Look out for me and this logo:

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, 17 February 2014

'I Can't Go Natural, I Haven't Got Good Hair'

Good hair . . . I have heard this term for as long as I can remember.  It frustrates me that some people identify 'good hair' by the texture, rather than how healthy it is. When I was growing up, good hair was said to be hair that has a loose curl/waves, shiny, easy to comb etc.  

I do however feel like there has been a shift recently. With more and more people identifying with their naural hair, good hair is more likely to be linked with healthy hair. But there are still statements like 'you haven't got good hair, don't go natural' floating about and I don't want this to discourage anyone who is thinking about going back to natural hair. Keep your hair healthy and that will lead to 'good hair'.

It is problematic to class certain hair as 'good hair'. This could dissuade people from going natural and create a divide in the natural hair community. You're hair is beautiful,  whatever the texture.


Monday, 6 January 2014

Her Hair Has Grown Ten Inches in Two Weeks!

I’m back!! Happy New Year. I hope you all had a wonderful rest and feel ready to take on 2014. First post of 2014, let’s go!

I have been guilty of feeling like someone’s hair has grown at a ridiculous speed when I look at their journey, it feels like they have super grow hair and mine is still waking up! But, fear not! Hair is growing, we might just not notice it happening. Think about it, you see your hair every day and might unknowingly be doing a length check every day so it may not seem like any progress has been made. I thought I’d had hardly any growth and realised my hair had gone from collar bone to about bra strap length (yay). So I would recommend taking pictures of your journey, you might surprise yourself.

Also, when watching YouTube videos, be aware of the timeframe. I have spent hours watching an embarrassing amount of videos and it feels like the person has gone from chin length to belly button length in no time and I have to remind myself that is not the case and to have patience.

Remember everyone’s hair is different. Hair grows an average of half an inch a month, I believe my hair grows slower than average, but who wants to be average anyway? Lol.

Comparing your hair growth to someone else’s can act as a motivator, but don’t let their growth dishearten you – enjoy the journey guys!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Go Natural . . . Throw All Your Clothes Away!

I know, throwing all of your clothes away because you are choosing to go natural sounds extreme, but, people are seriously considering it. I have been speaking to a number of relaxed ladies and they have told me if they go natural, they HAVE to change the way they dress – completely. So out with the saucy dresses, nice skirts and glamorous blazers and in with the ‘ethnic looking clothes’ Now, don’t get me wrong, I love prints, they scream ‘I am BEAUTIFUL’, but, it is not by force! Going natural can influence the way you dress and the way you feel about yourself, but changing your dress sense is not a bi-product of going natural.

During this discussion, I said that going natural does not mean you have to change the way you dress and I was met with blank stares and the comment ‘but these clothes don’t look good with natural hair’. As I stated in Take Your Hair to Work Day wearing your hair natural is not a hair style, it is a type of hair and it can be styled in so many ways that will work with any outfit.

Now, I am not trying to force anyone to go natural, but if you are genuinely thinking about it, I assure you, you don’t have to throw away your lovely clothes =)  

Monday, 2 December 2013

Help! The Middle of My Hair Feels Like A Desert!

Now I know deserts can be beautiful places, but no one dreams of desert hair because it is not an ideal situation. The middle of my hair seems to suffer from desert syndrome, but I have found a way to reduce this.

(Picture from Google)

What causes desert hair?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I show a bit of favouritism to the front and back of my hair. If I am putting my hair in a bun for example, I will make sure the front and back are smoothed down and the middle is squashed between the two. Due to this, this middle of the hair needs some TLC. Also, when moisturising the hair, it is easy to miss the middle of the hair so it might feel a bit neglected and we all know what happens when our hair is not happy – angry hair.

How to Combat the Dryness

o   Put hair into smaller sections. This will help when trying to distribute the moisture effectively. Smaller sections will allow the moisture to get into those hard to reach places.
o   Deep condition. This is an excellent treatment that puts moisture back into the hair and what does dry hair love? Moisture! So deep conditioning is brilliant for replenishing the moisture dry hair needs.
o   Steam the hair. This allows you to put that much needed moisture into your hair and encourages ingredients to penetrate the hair properly. This is great for getting all the nutrients into the hair.

So there you have it! How to banish the desert from your hair with some TLC. Also, if winter is causing your hair to suffer, check out winter care for natural hair for some winter survival tips. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

What I Learned From Burning Off My Hair

Some of you may recall from My Natural Hair  that due to inappropriate use of heat, I burnt off my hair – sad times. At university I started to wear weaves and these were straight weaves that needed to be blended with my natural hair. I therefore straightened my leave out consistently and I did this without the use of a heat protectant. I don’t know what I was thinking, I must have temporarily lost my mind or believed my hair was made of metal! Anyways, I burnt my hair on one side and then other when I switched the parting because obviously once was not enough for me. This prevented me from putting my hair into a bun because there were fuzz bits poking out from everywhere and this was not a good look =(

I knew I had to do something to get my hair back to normal and the only thing I could think of at the time was a full head weave to let my hair rest.
I HATED it! It didn’t feel like I was looking at myself in the mirror and so I had to take it out. My hair was still short, but I had to find a way to nurse it back to health without scaring myself when I look in the mirror. I knew I needed to stop touching it and checking to see if it had grown because it was making my hair unhappy.

I learnt that my hair was dry and needed intense moisture and protection from combing and brushing. I also learnt that I needed to be patient. My hair had had a shock and was sulking from me accidentally burning it off so it needed recovery time. It was not going to grow over night and I just needed to leave it and let it do it’s thing. Patience is key with regard to hair growth in general including growing back fuzzy burnt off bits of hair  - so keep it in mind. ♡