Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Upcoming posts | February

Greenhouse Effect - Steaming your way to longer, stronger, healthier hair
Transitioning- The Ultimate Know How
Weave 101 - Pre installation video
Weave 101 - Caring for your weave

Weave 101 - Whilst rocking your weave video
Weave 101- Post install aftercare video
Seamless combs - useful or worthless?
D.I.Y Scalp invigorating mist

and more!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Hair Blogger Bloopers! Just Grow Already #Tag

You guessed it! 

Another #tag response. This time it's from Jeni from JustGrowAlready. Her hair grows like weeds and she definitely knows how to look after her hair. Her blog is a hair care manual in itself, with a gazillion pictures...You need to check her blog out!!!

Check out her blog for more!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Week in Hair | Goodbye January... hello February!

I'm filming my weave vid tomorrow! Whoop whoop! I was supposed to get my hair layered last week before filming but my schedule has been ridiculous! Where have all the hours in the day gone? Either way I've grown to love the hair regardless. 

In other news I went swimming on Saturday... I wore a supermarket carrier bag, 2 headscarves and my swimming cap and guess what...

My hair was still D-R-E-N-C-H-E-D! 

I'm just glad my wash day was simple and quick- I didn't feel any manipulation at all.

Weave wash day Regime
- I separated my leave out hair and weave and commenced to pre-poo 
using Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme because my Gingernut Brulee pre-poo had finished.

- I then rinsed out the pre-poo and went on to co-wash and 
deep condition using two new products I was sent to review
1] Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care Treatment 
2] Kerastase Nutritive Nutri-Thermique Masque

I was also sent some samples from both brands such as the
 Kerastase Paris Resistance Fibre Architecte which has one seriously enticing 
product description... Can't wait to try it!

[I didn't do my usual DC with heat because I simply couldn't wait to finish, put my feet up, watch a movie and relax!!!]

- I followed up with a Leave-in which doubles up as a heat protectant, 
and added a few squirts of Pantene Serum before commencing with blow-drying and straightening my hair.

Had to cop me this Aztec skirt after seeing it on the Gina [NaturalBelle]! Cheers love ^_^
 How were your weekends? I'd love to hear :D

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hair | How to be a better Product Junkie... QUICK TIPS!

The word junkie is usually negatively used but hello it's 2012 baby and 'junkie' is the new way of saying 'crazy about'... ever heard of Jesus Junkie? Well it follows the same suit!

I can confess I am a hair product junkie, and slowly becoming a shoe, clothes and jewellery junkie! Eeek!!!

However, fortunately my years of studying Econ and a serious African upbringing, have taught me how to save the odd dollar, so thank God I've found me a balance. Here are some quick tips on how to keep your inner PJ satisfied but not broke!

# Swipe swipe keep the change lol

I don't care what anyone says, I am never too shy to ask for samples. In fact I would never have discovered my love for Dermalogica products if I didn't get me some samples first!  Back to topic, hair samples do exist! You can even buy tiny trial sizes from online hair retailers like 'Anita Grant' and 'British Curlies' to name a few. I have a stash of samples under my bed that I've tried and will never try again! Imagine if I had bought them!!!

Learn to compare your favourite hair products. I'm not saying you shouldn't try something new, but if you're looking for something worth investing in and know you have product junkie traits, why not look at some of the key ingredients in some of your favourite hair products and look for the same ingredients in the new product you're after. That way you might just have similar results!

Reviews are your no.1 stop for product truth. Before you dash the dollar and splurge, it's worth seeing what the hairsphere thinks... in fact why not find a review on Youtube or check out the product site, there are usually tons of reviews. 

So there you go... some quick tips for those quick product junkie fingers! Let me know if i've saved you the odd quid *wink wink*!!!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Hair Blogger Bloopers! Longing4Length #Tag

Ello folks... hitting it up with another tag response! Goodness, i love my fellow hair blog sisters ;)

Ebony's blog is defo a major go to for tresspiration! She's got tresses that make your jaw hang!!! 

Click on her blog link for more... you know you wanna!!!


Avec amour...
edF ❥

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Hair Blogger Bloopers! Care For Your Hair #Tag

I love tags! I'm definitely going to do some more this year! Especially after hearing that i'm not the only one that has the odd ditsy moment o_O!!!

Here's a snippet of Pelumi's [Care for your Hair founder] response to...

Check out her blog for more! P.s she doing a Mixtress Challenge too! Im defo involved!!!


Avec amour...

edF ❥

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Wednesday's Words


# How big is your heart?

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The 25th Hour

I had an awesome weekend back in London to celebrate a beautiful friends 25th b'day! Of course my weave came with me and it was a fab night! I love spending time with fabulous people [especially these fab ladies below!!!] Shame i didn't get any with the birthday girl... hmm- blame the guy with the camera!!!

In other news, i'll officially be getting some layers put in. I think it's all just a little bit too rigid and long for my liking! Here are my final pics before I get them done! My side fringe was very disobedient... Tut tut tut!

Hope you've all kicked started the week with a blast!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Monday, 23 January 2012

Haircare ain't easy | Hair Blogger Bloopers!

One of my favourite things about blogging has got to be the reader emails I get! Some from new found hair lovers, others 
from long lost friends and the odd email from aunties who use to tease my hair obsession!!!

I've realised how easy a hair journey may look and seem coming from a hair blogger but y'all, trust me it ain't! I have finally come to a point where I can say my regime and staple products are here to stay... but really and truly even haircare can switch on you every now and again! 

Point is I've made many mistakes and its taken me a whole 2 years to get here so be encouraged already ^_^ 

Here are some of my...

#1 Henna Wars

 This one was not cute! I had just taken my hair out of the final LYT Protective Style Challenge weave install and after having read so many blog/forum posts on the wonders of Henna, I couldn't help but try it out too! Thing is, a super quick detangle after taking out your weave cornrows followed by Henna... NEVER goes down well! I even took a picture of my tennis ball sized clump of hair which came out 
as a result of it! 

#2 D.I.Y Disaster

 Haha I kept this one under wraps! The embarrasment would have stolen my dignity at the time! Let's just say I hadn't even qualified as a mix your conditioner with oil kinda mixtress, but something inside me told me I could rule the world with my medley of Banana, Yoghurt Water and Oil... Results were shambolic!! [Dare I use the word!] 
I had washed and blowdried without looking in the mirror only to find white yoghurt bits all over my hair when blowdrying... I had to wash again! Major manipulation!!! 

#3 Oils... A Girls best friend?

Using just Tea Tree oil directly on my scalp! Damnnnn it was painful. Folks please remember Essential oils must be added to Carrier oils and should NEVER be used alone! Carriers e.g. Olive oil, Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil etc 

#4 Darn UK Weather 

Leaving home without a brolly and newly flat ironed hair is like eating gravel with sprinkles of dust on top [does NOT make sense]. On this fine day let's just say the rain had an agenda for me! Of course the ex hair lover I was went right back home and flat ironed my hair again! Difference is this time my hair was damp! #Sizzle sizzle

#5 ... The Verdict 

 So here's the verdict. You will make mistakes during your healthy hair journey. Hopefully none as silly as mine. But eventually you'll get there! It does get easier! Drop me an e-mail, I'm always here to offer some words of advice/ encouragement! Till then healthy, happy, h-amazing hair journey ;)

P.s Jeni, Tola, Ebony, Pelumi, Gina, Shika, Michelle and Ally you're TAGGED!!!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Sunday, 22 January 2012

New Hair Do | 18 inch Weave !!! Yikes

Did I mention that I would be resorting to a weave as a protective style for the next 6-8 weeks? Well now you know! I have NEVER used 18' in my hair so the length still makes me feel weird! The longest i've had is 16' and that was with curly hair!

I've convinced the sis [Love Lamide] to give the hair a big trim seeing as she refuses to cut it!
I'll be doing a bi-weekly update on youtube and uploading a review of the hair aswell as a maintenance 101 video... so stay tuned ^_^ !!!

What do you think ... keep the length or trim trim trim?

P.s any guesses on what kind of hair it it?

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Hair Tutorial | Doughnut bun a.k.a Cinnabon

Just finished exams and essay submissions! It's so nice to be back to blogging- though I didn't really take much of a break! Anyway here's the first of four video tutorials from the LYT 30 days 30 Hairstyles challenge! I love this look! It's so simple, quick to do and chic... what do you think? 

Check out the video!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wednesday's Words ...


Avec amour...

edF ❥

Blackhair Magazine Feb/Mar 12| Corioliss Red Leopard Glamour Curling Wand

Hey lovelies ^_^

Do you remember these curls from my day 27| 30 days 30 hairstyles challenge? 
I can finally share the secret behind this head of curls... 

Haha cats out of the bag now! Here's my review in Blackhair Magazine... Have you bought your issue? It's out on shelves already!!!

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Natural Beauty | Singer... Ayo [Joy Olasumibo Ogunmakin]

I fell in love with Ayo during my year spent working in Munich. My poor housemate must have gotten tired of her being on repeat! Well... she really is that great! Check out her gorgeous voice! 

Back to listening for me... ciao!
image sources

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Monday, 16 January 2012

Upcoming Hair Events Spring 2012 [1]

If you haven't already heard... haircare is taking leaps this year! London will be the home of many hot to trot haircare events this year, and here are a few that are NOT to be missed!

P.s I have my tickets already!!! See you there ^_^


Avec amour...

edF ❥

Saturday's Hair | 20 minute Deep Conditioned Burgers!

So here's a quick recipe for when you're beyond peckish and on a hair deep conditioning break. These bad boys take approx 5 minutes to prepare and another 15 minutes to cook... hungry anyone?

[inspired by Jamie Oliver's Botham Burger]

2lbs minced beef
2 medium onion
1 tomato
1 egg

Seasoning : salt, black and red pepper, maggi cubes, crushed garlic

  • Preheat the oven to medium high.
  • "Mix and scrunch all the ingredients together. Divide into 4, then gently mold and pack each burger into smallish slightly flattened balls."
  • Brush grill grates clean, then brush lightly with oil. Place burgers on grill and cook rotating after 3 minutes, roughly 6 minutes per a side, until burgers are cooked through but still juicy. Toast hamburger buns placing cut side down on grill.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite fixings! [mine were homemade chips!]
  • Avec amour...

    edF ❥

Saturday's Hair... in photos

Had an amazing wash day experience on Saturday. I achieved such silky flowing hair, nothing that compares to any other wash experience I've had since starting my Healthy Hair Journey! 


- Pre-poo'd with LYT Gingernut Brulee Prepoo -
- DC'd with heat for 20 minutes with ORS Replenishing Pak -
- 5 minute treatment using Porosity Control -

- Used Joico Leave - In Conditioning Detangler -
- Followed by a few pumps of Pantene Serum -

- Blowdried using the cool air setting -
- Straightened with 160 degree heat setting - 

Avec amour...

edF ❥

My Hair Regimen and Staples

My Hair Regimen and Staples | Jan 2012

With every new year comes plenty of change and new goals... well my regime hasn't changed much but my staples sure have! 
I was way to laxed last year and forgot to update y'all! So here's my updated Regime.

Wash once every week or once every two weeks
 [alternating between Shampoo and Conditioner]
Moisturise and seal every day/night
Trim ends every 3- 4 months or when necessary

The Wash...
Prepoo* | I prepoo every wash day which softens and prepares my hair for washing, whilst also protecting
 it from being stripped of its natural goodness.

Wash/Clarify | I wash / co-wash my hair once every 1 or 2 weeks.
 I alternate between shampoo washing and co-washing , and only clarify when I feel I have 
a lot of product build up, usually once every two months.

ConditionI DC with heat for 20-30 minutes. This can be under a few carrier bags! Or under my trusty hooded 
dryer and shower cap! I use a moisturising DC most wash days and a protein DC when my hair feels weak
 and/or when I will be using a reasonable amount of direct heat. 

Treatments | The two products I use on my weekly/fortnightly wash are Porosity Control for reducing porous hair
 and Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor for a quick protein boost.

Upkeep and styling...
Leave-in | After washing I follow up with a Leave -in and then proceed to styling my hair. 
I dry by blowdrying, airdrying [scarf method]
 or rollersetting my hair.

Moisturiser/ Sealant | I moisturise and seal every day/night. I also baggy my hair once a week.

Heat | Before applying heat to my hair I always use a Heat Protectant

Scalp Stimulation | I massage my scalp every night and every 2-3 days I massage it using a  stimulating scalp oil.

My Staples

LYT Gingernut Brulee Prepoo
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Anita Grant Shampoo bars 
Hair One Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner

ORS Replenishing Pak
Queen Helene Cholesterol
Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner
Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft Intensive Mask

AtOne Leave-In Conditioner [moisturiser]
Joico Daily Care Leave-in Conditioning Detangler [moisturiser]
Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Cream [moisturiser]
Pantene Pro V Repair and Care Serum [sealant]
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil [sealant]

Joico Daily Care Leave-in Conditioning  

Homemade Castor oil concoction
Jamaican Black Castor oil

ORS No-Lye Relaxer [normal strength]

Henna BAQ Powder
Biotin Supplement

* pre shampoo treatment

Avec amour...

edF ❥

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Don't hate the Apron... hate the Game!

Hi nice to meet you. I love to cook. That is all!

- Mrs in the making -

Yesterday's Food

Today's Hair

Tomorrow's Future 

Avec amour...

edF ❥