Tuesday, 28 January 2014


Following on from my 'New Year, New Hair & Time For Success' post you'll know it's going to be a serious year in hair on the blog, and my soft spot for hair care mixes and D.I.Y has taken a step up the ladder!

 I'm all steam ahead on the scalp care front this year as I believe this is where the real magic happens. I had been researching top oils since last year December in order to throw together a super oil that would stimulate, condition, nourish, fortify, and all in all enhance the health of my hair, as well as its quality and appearance.

Here are the ingredients as well as benefits of my new fave wonder oil, I'm honestly sold on this - check it out for yourself!

Infused Hemp Seed Oil* 30ml
Jamaican Black Castor Oil 30ml
Argan Oil 10ml
Coconut Oil 10ml
Meadowfoam Oil 10ml
Neem Oil 10ml

Essential Oils
 Lavender 10 drops
Bergamot 5 drops
Pimento 5 drops
Bay leaf 5 drops
Camphor 5 drops

*Oat Straw * Horsetail Powder * Rosemary

Method: I simply infused a tablespoon of Oat Straw, Horsetail Powder and Rosemary in Hemp Seed oil. I left the oil in a dark cupboard for 3 days and then sieved the ingredients out of the oil. I then measured the oils out into a bottle and voila!


Hemp Seed Oil
 Contains anti-oxidants, protein [which strengthens] as well as a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium, iron, zinc and phosphorus. Also contains twenty known amino acids e.g A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D and E [*]

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains large amounts of triglycerides, proteins, antioxidants and vitamin E. It is also anti-bacterial and due to its ability to penetrate the hair shaft it is also esteemed for protecting hair from hygral fatigue [*]

Argan Oil
High in vitamin E and antioxidants, strengthens hair and contains high amounts of omega 3 and omega 9.

Castor Oil
Used as treatment for hair thinning and hair loss, antibacterial, emollient, prevents dry scalp, used to promote new growth thickness.

Meadow Foam Oil
Moisturising, extremely stable, and capable of adhering and staying on the skin. It is one of the most stable oils and will extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. When applied to the skin it forms a moisture barrier and will assist in preventing moisture loss. 

Neem Oil
Acts as an antibacterial powder which is widely used to cure or control dandruff, relieves dry skin, soothes itchiness.

Horsetail Powder
 Contains silica which plays a vital role in the formation of keratin. Keratin helps form the collagen in skin and helps to strengthen hair. It also keeps hair looking smooth and shiny. The potassium, manganese and selenium may also encourage hair growth.

Oat Straw
High in silica, emollient qualities that can benefit your hair health. Used to fortify hair and reduce hair loss.

Stimulates hair growth, disinfects scalp.

Stimulates hair growth, helps relieve itching and helps with dandruff

Stimulating, antiseptic, refreshing and cooling properties

Antiseptic, reduces hair loss, stimulates hair growth

Bay leaf
A reputation for good hair and scalp tonic, stimulating growth and easing dandruff. Used in bruise remedies and to sooth inflammation.

Used therapeutically to control thinning hair and also stimulate blood flow to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth

*** Just in case you're wondering, I purchased my oils from 3 suppliers: SheaButterCottage , NaturallyThinking and Baldwins ***

Avec amour…


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

5 January articles… [First of 2014]

It's been a hot second since I last did one of these so I decided it was high time I brought them back! Whilst the blog is mainly hair hair hair, every girl is allowed to like shoes, clothes and other randoms right?!

Enjoy! Here are some of my faves for the month...

Zara… need I say anymore!
New products to review from Earth Science, I heard great things from Pelumi of Care For Your Hair so a review is well on its way!
My daily must have… Kiwis, berries, pears and grapes… Delicious!
A year of whites and creams! New bedding gets me so excited! Am I the only one? 
Featuring alongside my other beautiful sisters in this months Black Beauty & Hair magazine… go get yours!!!

Avec amour… 


Sunday, 19 January 2014

New Year, New Hair & Time For Success

An official Happy 2014 my loves!

I feel like this post should have gone up on the 1st of Jan but with new goals, getting back into the swing of things at work etc etc I figured I'd save it for a day when I could 100% chill out, zone in and talk to you!

My excitement for this year is beyond what words can describe, I've crowned it a year of self growth and challenging myself to make my aspirations come to life and that starts with right here on the blog. My posting days reduced by more than 50% when I stopped university and started the world of work. At first I was satisfied with the 'I've started a new job,  I have to focus on my career' excuse because well... it was valid!  HOWEVER it has now been well over a year and I no longer take that as an excuse, I've had more than enough time to get acquainted with my work-life balance so it's time to start acting like it! 

So this means many many more posts in 2014, hair care tips, tutorials, new series, hair styling, videos, lifestyle and food... the works!

It's easy to say it all so here is a more in depth list of what 2014 has to offer from LYT.




HAIR CARE FOR KIDS ft Younger Sister

and much more!

If there is anything you'd like to see then let me know you're just a comment away!

Till then, have a blessed Sunday

Avec amour... 


Thursday, 16 January 2014

[Product Rave]: Aunt Jackie's Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

Aunt Jackie's Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

426g  @ £3.49

Product Claims
Kiss frizzy, hard-to-tame hair good-bye.  The mega-moisture humectants in Curl La La give long-lasting bounce to curls, and shine and definition to spirals and coils.  Define your signature look by adding a little or a lot. Whatever your style, rest assure that it will be well-moisturized and soft to the touch, without caking or flaking.  Use it as often as needed on wet or dry hair.

Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, PEG-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lanolin Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, d-Limonene, Hexyl cinnamic aldehyde, Linalool, Amyl cinnamic aldehyde, Lilial,Benzyl alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamic alcohol, 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow 5)

My Thoughts
I'll admit I heard about this from a friend a while back and avoided it like no mans business, I tend to raise the eyebrow at coloured products, or should I say products that don't come across as naturally coloured! Whilst killing time as usual in my local Afro Caribbean hair shop I saw the product sitting in the corner on the shelf, straight away the price tag gave me the 'even if it fails it was cheap' push!  You know the one that we all need every now and again in order to take the product to the counter and buy the darn thing, and boy am I glad I did! 

I put about 10 twists in my hair with the cream and it gave me a super soft twist out result with not a drop of flaking or any unpleasant curl cream residue. It smoothed on so nicely to my hair and the smell absolutely kills me every time, it smells so good!

I would recommend this for absolutely any hair type, it quenched my hair of its post wash and airdry thirst, and I was able to rock my hair for a good couple of days.

A definite new fave!!!

Softness: 10
Definition: 10
Shine: 8
Moisture: 8

Has anyone else tried other products from the range?

Avec amour...



Monday, 13 January 2014

Making your Own : D.I.Y Winter Supple Lip Scrub

Over the last few months of 2013 I started to take grooming a lot more seriously, I'm a huge believer in getting into a habit of all things girly before living with someone else i.e the hubby,  so that it's not a huge lifestyle change when you do tie the knot and realise you can't always live in a headscarf or stretch your chipped nails for weeks on end! Basically my new motto is waxing, nails done, hair done, everything did! 

So I decided I'd start pampering and treating myself more often, i.e manis, pedis, waxes and of course a good massage just because. But some things you simply can't really pay for and kinda shouldn't have to because your kitchen cupboard can seriously hook you up!

Have I rambled there? I think so! Point is, in celebration of my all new groomed up lifestyle I've been paying a lot more attention to my physical self and the winter dry lips thing was killing my swag! I just had to get D.I.Y on myself and put together a super simple and my goodness delicious but shouldn't be eaten lip scrub

It has my lips super soft and supple [baby bum supple] and I'm totally in L-O-V-E!


- Literally pour an equal amount of all of your main ingredients into a jar -
- Add any extras e.g. herbs at your desired quantity -
- Use a spoon to fold ingredients into one another -
- You can then use your fingers to gently rub the scrub all over your lips - 
- Finally use a warm damp cloth to remove and follow up with a thick lip balm -

Vitamin E Oil - softens, heals, prevents moisture loss, reduces scarring
Honey - softens, soothes dry and chapped skin
Brown Sugar - humectant, contains glycolic acid, natural exfoliator
Rosemary - soothes dry skin
Extra Virgin Coconut Oilstrengthens underlying tissue and removes excessive dead skin cells, antibacterial, moisturising.

* If your Coconut oil is hard then you can lightly warm this by placing your required amount in a bowl in a warm water bath to slightly melt this. Be careful not to over warm as this will cause the sugar to melt.

Avec amour... Fiona ❥