Hey guys! Welcome back

So quickly this post will be a 1st look at some of the products Cantu sent me. Guys look at my Cantu collection its growing lol!


So I bought most of them with my money expect of the 3 I am about to tell you about. They sent me

Coconut oil shine and hold mist

Curl activator cream

Grow strong strengthening treatment


So from my understanding, the coconut oil shine and hold mist is like a spray leave in conditioner. On the bottle it says it provides lasting moisture and shine and rehydrates and refreshes curls. The curl activator cream is pretty much straight forward and I plan on using this for a twist out soon. The strengthening treatment is a cream which can be used daily to moisturise and strengthen the hair. It also protects from heat damage. So maybe you could use this as your daily hair cream.

I really like the whole Cantu for natural hair line! They smell SO GOOD. For more information about the whole line and the product list, check out my previous post >>

I am planning a Cantu wash day soon! I really need to get the deep treatment masque then I will be set lol. Until then, I will be using the coconut oil shine and hold as a leave in spray under my wigs and I will report back to you! I was really confused on this product, because it says ‘hold’ in the name I thought it’s more like a hold spray that you would you set your hair styles. The curl activator cream feels a bit sticky and kinda thick for a lotion. This will probably be very good for wash and go’s for type 4 hair.

That’s all folks, really quick post to let you know about the products. Thank you Cantu for sending me the stuff and I can’t wait to use them! You can get the full range of the Cantu for natural hair line online at BeautybyZara  >>

That’s all folks,

Until next time




Hey guys HAPPY NEW YEAR!   I hope this first week of 2015 is going great for everyone, exams, deadlines and all.  Taking a quick break from revision and updating you guys on my fabulous Eurasian tight curl extensions from RhoVirgin hair, you can view my first impressions on it here  >>

Let’s get started.

So I have been wearing this just close to a month or a bit over (I am not really sure). I will be addressing

  • Manageability( curly hair right), Hair care routines and Hair products used


ZERO TANGLES, MINIMUM SHEDDING (bear in mind I did cut a lot of my wefts when I was making my unit).  Guys, curly hair that does not tangle (need I say more?). I only experience shedding when I am co-washing the hair and with that it’s very minimal. The hair is very easy to manage on a daily basis- I just spray (using twisted sister 30 second curl spray- smell- amazeballs, £1 from savers)  and go

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Hair care routines and hair products

I make sure I co wash and deep condition every week to keep the curls defined. A side by side picture is shown below of the curls- freshly air-dried (lack of better wording) and after a week of wear. By the end of the week, most of the definition is lost and the hair gets a bit of volume (which I have no problem with). In terms of hair products, for co-washing- I use my co-wash mix (loads of conditioner, minimum shampoo and argan oil), then deep condition with either the smoothing hair treatment oil (by the way this stuff is the, in the picture below with the extremely defined curls, I used one sachet on the hair for 10 mins. YES you’re welcome. £1each I think 3 for 2 in boots. You’re welcome again) or argan oil intensive hair mask (not shown but also £1 from savers). Both of this products work very well on the hair. I deep condition by saturating the hair and wrapping in a plastic bag ( I know everyone has a bag full of plastic bags in their kitchen somewhere, this will come in handy when you have about 3 units to wash anyway) and placing in hot water for about 10 to 30 mins (or more) for extra penetration ( no pun intended)

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Moving on …

So whilst the hair is wet I spray it with the argan oil leave in conditioner.  Short review can be viewed here>>>>  or mixing a bit of the herbal essence wavy conditioner with water or using the mixed roots curl control leave in lotion which works very well. Then allow to hair dry.

And that’s pretty much it! I am still on my hairfinity grow out challenge, month 2 and 1 reviews  can be seen here >>>> month 1>> month 2 >>   . I am on my final bottle which is going ok. Thinking of carrying on or switching to another hair supplement. We will see. If you need the contact details of Rhovirgin hair check below and tell her I said hi (I’m Sarah btw).



That’s it folks and going back to revision. See you guys real soon, first impressions post coming up again.

Love Sarah

Everyday Inspiration- Regal Fro

Hey guys! So I’m back with another post in my everyday inspiration series! This time, the beautiful Regal Fro joins the many women on here sharing her inspirational story and advice for natural hair. So sit back and relax and get to know Regal Fro!

“Regardless of how you choose to wear your hair, remember you are a naturally beautiful woman.”- Regal Fro

regalfro31. Tell me about yourself- where you were born, your name, age what do you do?

I am a 34 year old, mental health advocate/inspirational speaker from Mississippi.


2. Where there a lot women with natural hair from your hometown/ where you were born?

I no longer reside in my hometown. However, I see women who are wearing their hair in its natural state daily.


3. Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?

 It was only difficult because I didn’t have anyone I knew personally to turn to for hairstyling tips. Once I realized that I could get styling tips from naturals on YouTube, things became easier.


 4.Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?

I began my transition because my daughter wanted to know why her hair wasn’t “flat” like other girls. I transitioned for 16 months. I began in August 2011, and I cut off my relaxed ends on Dec. 31, 2012.


5. Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?

I made the decision to return to natural hair because of my daughter. As a result, I really was not concerned about how other women around me wore their hair. In addition, I never felt criticism from those around me regarding my decision to return to natural hair. I had to remember that I was once one of those women who had “silky straight hair”.


regalfro26. Cool, now let’s talk hair products, hair routines- did you have to change any of your hair products?

Yes. My transitioning hair was totally different from both my relaxed and natural hair. When my hair was relaxed, I only used shampoo, conditioner, and oil once a week. During my transition, I keep the same shampoo and conditioner but had to switch oils. I also had to apply oil more frequently and use styling products. The products I used were: Garnier shampoo and conditioner, almond oil, and flax seed gel.


7. What products have helped you maintain your natural hair?

Currently, I use the following products on my hair:

-Clarifying: Apple Cider Vinegar

-Conditioning: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner & 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment

Moisture: Cantu Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream

Oil: Cococare Castor Oil

Stylers: Eco Styler Gel with Argon Oil, Homemade Flaxseed Gel, and Garnier Curl Calm Down


8.Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( weaves, braids, ponytails)

My routine is simple. I clarify and co-wash my hair once every 15 -17 days. I deep condition once monthly and moisturize daily.  I protect my hair at night with a satin bonnet or scarf. I am not a big fan of protective styling because I enjoy wearing my hair out. However, during my transition, I wore mini twists for the last few months.


9. A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?

I rarely recommend products to people because I keep the products I use to a minimum. In addition, I do not switch products often. I would say that I companies have done an excellent job in developing products for natural hair. Product accessibility is probably better than it has ever been. If you are in an area that does not have retailers that carry natural hair products, then I recommend that you search the websites of large retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. If you are unsure about what products to use, or would like to try various product, I would recommend a natural hair subscription box service such as Curlbox or Curl Collection. With your subscription you get products sent to you and you are able to test out the products. This can be helpful in saving time and money.


10. Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?

I believe that deciding to return your hair to its natural state is a personal decision that a woman should be allowed to make without pressure. In my opinion, it is a matter of respect. I wanted people to respect the fact that I wanted to transition back to natural. Therefore, I want to respect the decision of any woman who decides that having natural hair is not for her.


11. And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?

Connect with other naturals as soon as you can and utilize social media outlets. Never be afraid to ask a natural via social media about products, styling tips, or just to vent. Normally, you will find someone who has tried the products, will tag you in a style photo, or experienced something similar. In other words, CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT!!!! You do not have to go on this journey alone.


12. If you want to add anything else please feel free to do so.

Regardless of how you choose to wear your hair, remember you are a naturally beautiful woman.

If you want to connect with me, you can check out my YouTube channel Regal Fro or follow me on Instagram @ regal_fro

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That’s all folks! Make sure you check out her YouTube and Instagram profiles! You can also find her on Facebook. Take her advice and CONNECT, CONNECT CONNECT! Trust me it makes such a big difference and helps! A LOT! She has some beautiful hair and rocking it to its full potential!

P.S- CurlBox and Curl collection are only available in the US to my knowledge. And I am waiting that the Good Lord will touch the owners’ hearts so they can start shipping across the pond to the UK too. (LOL). But if you’re in the UK and want to check out any new products or try any Regal mentioned, PaksComestics is your best chance or online at Of course there is always Amazon/EBay and the others

I’m out of here as I have to go to uni now for my final business presentation( wish me luck!) but I will catch you guys soon! So wherever you are Good morning, good afternoon or evening!


Everyday Inspiration: ESTHER

Hey guys it’s been such a LONG time I updated my everyday inspiration series. (Forgive me, this thing called life huh? lol)Anyway its back and I have a new fabulous story to share with you. You find more about this series by checking out these links.

This time we meet Esther, a 35 year old single mother of 3 ( God bless her!) living and working in Chicago. She shares her hair journey and her love to colour her hair ( and that one time she rocked yellow, orange hair! Fierceeeeee!!)

“I feel it’s a personal journey that people should take when they are ready for their own reasons.” – Esther




1.Tell me about yourself- where you were born, your name, age what do you do?

Hi I’m Esther . I’m 35 single mother of three. I work for the Good Ole USPS only job I’ve ever had. Lol. I’m born and raised in Chicago, IL. With any lucky this will be my last year living here.

2.Where there a lot women with natural hair from your hometown/ where you were born?

Growing up I only remember my grandmother with a Beautiful Afro, which she permed later on and lost most of her hair. My mom and aunts stayed permed up and rocking the latest styles.

3.Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?

Transitioning to natural at first was easy. I’ve never been into following fashion. I’m not big on hair Maintenance and I hated all the wasted hrs. at the hair salon. So the decision itself was very very easy.

4.Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?

I didn’t transition. I just went and got a bald fade. It’ll be 6yrs that I’ve been natural in October. Like a lot of women me cutting my hair was a drastic move. I had lost my husband, had to learn how to parent alone and I needed something different. Easy

5.Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?

No. I’m a loner so what others people did never factored into my personal choices. Besides I’ve rocked yellow, orange hair.

6.Cool, now let’s talk hair products, hair routines- did you have to change any of your hair products?

I stopped washing and stick to co-washing. Yes I changed my products. I’m a big fan of Tresseme products and my hair likes creams better than anything else. So I had to find the ones that worked for me.

7.What products have helped you maintain your natural hair

Tresseme conditioner, Shea moisture creams. Water.

8.Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( Weaves, braids, ponytails)

I wear a lot of wash and go’s when it’s short. When it’s longer I stick to ponytails and twist. I will get braids or professional twist when I get tired of managing it on my own. In summer I condition every couple of days because of the sun and I like to colour my hair. In the winter I keep it covered due to the cold and wind and usually keep it braided up.

9.A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?

All the products I listed above work. I grab them at Walmart, Target, Walgreens or any beauty supply. Like they says KISS( Keep It Simple Silly)

10.Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?

Would I No. I feel it’s a personal journey that people should take when they are ready for their own reasons. I will give tons of advice when asked.

11.And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?

Best advice. The best products cost $6 or less. There is no such thing as Heat Training!

12.If you want to add anything else please feel free to do so.

Thanks for the questions!!


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So there you have it guys, Esther’s story and I am so glad she agreed to share it with everyone.  Ladies (and ermm gentlemen) in the UK and beyond, where there might not be a Target or Walgreens, you can try eBay/Amazon for international brands and in the UK maybe Paks or any beauty supply store.  Her motto of KISS is really useful for me (and maybe a few others) because I know I try to over complicate things! And I am going to challenge myself of just buying products under the 6 pounds/euro mark. (Should be fun! Challenge accepted!)

Quick update- 7 months in SPAIN. It’s going amazingly good inspite of some very difficult times.

Until next time which may be very soon, have a good evening. Or afternoon. Or morning. Wherever you are!



Hey lovelies

Hope everyone is doing fine. Just quickly, I wanted to share my new hair colour with you. This was done on the virtue glamour Peruvian hair I bought a while back. For a review on the hair check out my last post (

Okay so I have been wanting a lighter colour for the spring and summer although spring is already gone lool.. After extensive research ( and by that I mean watching YouTube videos lol) I decided on an ombré style colour on my hair. Ombreing is just a colour transition from dark to light. So the hair is dark at the roots then gradually transitions to light towards the tips/ends of the hair.

There are two main ways of achieving this, you could either use a box hair dye or use powder bleach and peroxide. I went for the former because I wanted to use a less harsh method on my hair. Now since dark and lovely was the brand most use on YouTube and one with successfully results, I decided to go for that. Mine is in colour 384 light golden blonde



Obviously I chose this really light colour because I knew my hair was really dark and it was going to go light straight away.

The kit is standard- what you would normally except in a box dye- instructions with those big ass gloves lool. Colour developer, conditioner etc. the brush seen was not included but I still had from my loreal ombré box kit.



So as usual, I divide my hair into two and decided how far I wanted the colour to start.

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why am i pointing to my cheek though?
why am i pointing to my cheek though?



Many photos later, I start. Normal process, dye on leave for 30 mins.

Results- I achieved a really light brown colour which I totally expected, it was pretty but not as bright as I wanted it so I bought another pack and repeated the process. This time leaving it for 1 hour

Finally I deep conditioned with the box conditioner, olive oil deep replenishing conditioner and herbal essence split end remedy. Also olive oil hair mayonnaise. It’s always advisable to deep condition hair after any colouring/bleaching process. These dry out your hair!

results after 1st box
results after 1st box
results after second process. dont worry theres a better picture
results after second process. dont worry theres a better picture
moving houses is a pain/ not enough sleep!
moving houses is a pain/ not enough sleep!


final results side by side. the hair turned out great!
final results side by side. the hair turned out great!
black to golden brown/caramel
black to golden brown/caramel


How is the hair keeping up?

It’s been 3 days since my colour change. Hair sheds a bit more than before. Also I think I may have over conditioned my hair( I deep conditioned on both days after dyeing) , the hair does not hold curls as before and feels a bit limp. Now I’m looking forward to co-washing and hopefully it will return to normal.


of course!if you are a first timer and want an easier/ less harsh way of dying your tresses i will recommend dark and lovely box dyes for you! there are so many videos on youtube to watch as well! its easy and less expensive, a box is £3.99 and one is enough!

i’m loving my summer hair colour and let me know if youre doing anything to your hair this summer!

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Ok folks that’s all for now.. Hope everyone had a great day.. Speak to you soon. Xx





Hello guys, as promised I am bringing you the best of the Afro and beauty show live in the UK. This is only like the best, biggest and baddest showcase of Afro hair and beauty products here in the Uk. Get ready it’s a long one. Grab some snacks

My good friend, owner of cjaj09 was sent complimentary VIP tickets by the ORS company( formerly known as organic root stimulator) to the show and access to a VIP bloggers lounge  and a free goody bag! What could be better??


We meet one of the ORS ladies who was really good at her job! Honestly she took time to explain to use the products and its uses taking us through the different lines they have available and also answering all our questions. For more info on their brand and products visit their website. Also on the day, I found that they were offering free hair consultations for the scalp. They had microscopes available which they used to analyse the conditions of your scalp and told you about it or advised you on what to do next. This I thought was really helpful! Afterwards we both revived our goody bags of full sized (yes full sized) products! A ORS tshirt and a bag. Great way to start right? Trust me it only gets better!

lovely ladies at ORS

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Next I made my way to Whitney Marie’s hair stall. One best hair companies in the Uk also used by beautybyjj. If you want a review on their hair you can check out her videos on YouTube. This made sense as to why they had a giant poster of her lol. Personally I have not tried any of their hair but from what I hear its good.

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There were also so many big names in the hair industry present on the day. I was not able to speak to everyone but there are a few pictures of the other players present.

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Totally unrelated to hair, the supermalt stand! Featuring one hottie! (The one that got away even though I never caught him) looool. As a break from walking around( and also what black person is going to turn down free supermalt and a pic with one hottie) imagine after speaking to him I didn’t even ask for his name!! Ahh well moving on!



We then made our way to the beautiful textures stand where they were giving away full sized products as well. I was excited about this because I currently use their moisturizing shampoo and leave in for my hair. I was able to grab 2 products: flatiron oil ( I don’t normally straighten my hair so I am giving this away) and thier deep conditioning treatment which I wanted but did not want to buy lol. Ok we also caught the hair show. The catwalk featured as crazy hair dos lool but very creative!

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I also visited the mixed chicks stall. I was able to take a picture there with one of the ladies only to realise she was one of the owners. After the show when I was on the bus home! I mean look at this pic side by side. Is it just me or is she one of the owners??

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I realised on the day , so many companies that originally catered for relaxed hair now cater for natural hair as well. I’m impressed that more and more women are choosing to ditch the creamy crack and opt to have their hair in thier natural state. In fact most of the ladies I spoke to at the stalls where all natural. It’s great. The industry is booming now having grown and I’m sure will continue to grow.

I had so much fun on the day. And guys so many people commented on my hair literally am so happy cause I made the wig my self lol. I feel a review of the hair is now inevitable.

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so tiredd

Anyone wondering about what am wearing

The corset is from asos

Jeans from bank fashion

The bag- from Zara.

Hair from virtue glamor- Peruvian lengths 12 closure plus 4 bundles- 12, 18, 20 and 22.

That’s all folks! I hope everyone enjoyed their bank holiday as much as I did. Uk weather back to normal- gloomy and cold. Some summer!

Stay blessed guys. Much love..

everyday deserves a smile..
everyday deserves a smile..

Review on the hair will be coming soon. Also all the products I picked will be featured in my new products post and hopefully so giveaways soon. Please enter my previous giveaway as well. Like this post and the last one, either both or one of them for a chance to win amor magazine and free beauty and hair goodies!

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Everyday Inspiration; Fola

“Transitioning for me was very easy, my family were all very laid back about it, almost indifferent. My dad was very happy because he didn’t want me to relax my hair in the first place!”- Fola

Ok folks, Everyday inspiration is back! Meet Fola, 25 years old from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sit back and enjoy her story as she shares it with me. 🙂

She currently works for the not-for-profit sector and loves blogging. I actually started talking to her because a friend of mine referred me to her for a blog feature! ( about hair obviously lool) Here’s a link to her blog and my feature on it . After that, I decided to feature her on my blog too and here’s how it went.

Actually we have been talking( emailing lol) since February about this feature! but due to hectic lifestyles I can only bring it to you now in April (lol) better late than never i guess… Well lets get started!

Born in Freetown and left when she was 5, Fola can remember from pictures that the women around hair had natural hair. (Grandma and her sisters) Her aunties she recalls had a variety of styles ( very expectable lol)

Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?

Transitioning for me was very easy, my family were all very laid back about it, almost indifferent. My dad was very happy because he didn’t want me to relax my hair in the first place!  ( I think this is great because I havenot heard of men usually been ‘motivators’ (lol) of natural hair, most of them usually dont bother or dont even notice but its great here to see dad do this….

Ooooh that’s a tough one. I’ve actually transitioned twice in my life. The first time I was 16 and just bored of relaxing. My hair never came out as thick or as long as I wanted it and it was always breaking. So I stopped relaxing it. I transitioned again when I was 20 for pretty much the same reason. It was never a conscious decision that ‘I’m going natural’ I just decided not to relax my hair anymore. So I have been natural for 5 years now. – On why she transitioned!  And a lot of people ( including myself) have transitioned because of that reason reason : THICKNESS….

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Having straight hair was never an issue for me!”  Fola on if transitioning was difficult because of having curly hair instead of straight ( and I mean look a ther hair! am sooo jealous!)


What she had to say

“Over the years I have changed the way I look after my hair tremendously! I’m more aware of the chemicals in products and not just the smell. The more I’ve learnt about afro-textured hair the more I’ve leaned towards using gentler more moisturizing products to help maintain the health of my hair.”

TOP 3 PRODUCTS she uses? And tries to have all the time?

coconut oil

as recommended most most naturals

water, not that you needed a picture but you get the point lol

and any moisturizing conditioner

Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( weaves, braids, ponytails)

The biggest change has been with washing my hair. Before I was natural I washed my hair every 6 weeks probably, but now, if my hair is not in braids I wash it at least once a week. If it’s in braids then I’ll wash it once a fortnight. 

Fola on product recommendation– A few of my faves apart from the ones I already mentioned are Tresemme Naturals conditioners, they always leave my hair feeling amazing! Another one of my all time favourites is Rhassoul Clay which I buy online from Shea Butter Cottage, it’s a great cleanser and deep conditioner. I also really like the Rhassoul and Honey deep conditioner from Mahogany Naturals UK. I would say that finding products that works for your hair is a process of trial and error in my opinion. What works for me might not work for you!

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I must say, i never heard of this but after some intensive research ( basically googling LOL) its pretty popular and useful. hmmm added to my never ending list of products to try… after further more intensive research ( youtubing LOOL)

Her Advice – Since going natural I have gained such confidence in myself and my self-esteem has had a bit of a boost! So, of course I would encourage anyone who told me they wanted to stop relaxing their hair.


Learn to love your hair in all it’s different forms. Many women go natural and get frustrated because what they really wanted was the thick long natural hair, but it takes time to get there, so whilst you’re waiting, love your hair for what it is!

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ok folks, that it from MISS FOLA…. check out her facebook page for more info on her and her hair! also her blog for more info about natural hair…

its now 4.57am and have a good morning from Sarah xxxxx


its the 24th of Decemeber so i should start with this


lol.. ok so that’s out of the way and the real reason for this post, well 3 main reasons


firstly, its the end of semster 1 for me and i must say it was challenging! it was great fun to see me placed in a whole new environment, away from my comfort zone and watch how i would cope. i barely made it here however i still made it, whether crawling or standing. this semster for me has been tough- spiritually, emotionally and academically. been challenged in every area everywhere i go. ad i meanthat literally! i have met some amazing people, who have impacted in my life in such a short while. i have also had to say goodbye to some people who still impacted my life but for the greater good some connections had to be cut. i hope the new people are ones to stay for longer especially some friends who has helped me in diverse ways. already. PHEW!

secondly, its almost the end of the year 2011 and i must say GLORY TO BE THE LAMB. WHAT!!!  there is a saying that goes ‘ if you have seen anything you cant say anything@ ( or something of the sort LOOOL) but this year? nah i think i will leave it till the manifestations of seeds take place. but all i can say is WOW.

thirdly and quite importantly my hair journey. i started the transition from relaxed hair to natural and in April and i really didnt think i would take it seriously then. i thought it was just  phrase i was going to go through but eight months now the line and am still transitioning. NO WAIT. I BCed!!!! ( big chop for y’all who dont understand. bascially i cut my hair LOOL) oh gosh…. i have so much growth underneath them relaxed hair that when i cut it, i was surprise at it…

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july. 4 months


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5 months


6 months


7 months


and 8 months? BC!!! the end of my transitioning journey!!!! pictures

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OK SO THAT ME WITH MY HAIR NOW AND ACCORDING TO A FRIEND I LOOK LIKE A TWO YEAR OLD! LOOOL. my journey has been amazing… i learnt a lot of new things and not to mention the amazing people i interviewed for my everyday inspiration series! the new products i have tried and some am still waiting to try. the people that tried to get me to keep relaxing my hair, the people that dared me to and the people that encouraged me, to y’all thank u!!!!!

so 8 months and am done with transitioning now its time to focus on growing my natural hair to my desired lenght which is breast lenght (lool) . and i guess i have to feature myself on my series now? hm! but thts another day… anyways from me to you




Everyday inspiration: Rachael Twumasi

“Hmm. That’s a tricky one. When I began to transition I was at university so I’m not sure how much my home town perceptions affected me. It was really out of necessity – a receding hairline and frequent scalp scabs at the age of 19 is not okay!” – Rachael

A truly inspirational woman in all aspects, Rachael Twumasi, Co-founder of the product line, Afrocenchix shares her transitioning story with me. Afrocenchix is an amazing line for transitioners and naturals featuring all natural products at an amazing affordable price! (links at the end and yh you guessed it! i would be purchasing some very soon)! lool

Rachael Twumasi ( am guessing ghanaian if so eti sen? lool), co- founder of Afrocenchix, was born and raised in North London. She has recently graduated from the university of Birmingham and currently holds a Law degree!

Being the only black girl in her primary school, she often encountered questions like ‘ why does you hair move with the wind’ ( pls read that in a whiny voice for max impact) which eventually lead her to be uncomfortable with hair. Then there were the few mixed race girls around and that led to hair envy ( i can imagine!)

As I grew up, moved round and began to encounter more black people, I began to believe that relaxers and weaves were the norm.

Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?

Hmm. That’s a tricky one. When I began to transition I was at university so I’m not sure how much my home town perceptions affected me. It was really out of necessity – a receding hairline and frequent scalp scabs at the age of 19 is not okay! As my hair was pretty much always relaxed from the age of four, I found (and still find) afro hair fascinating – this made it easy to avoid the temptation to get back on the creamy crack (and oh was I tempted.)

from the age of four till university!! wow… girl i can imagine your the temptation. This goes to confirm something i have been thinking about over the past couple of days, many people think transitioning is a physical process that takes place, you know, its just your hair, you’re just transitioning to a different texture thats all! but please dont make light the situation. i have found and i think most ladies would agree with me that, a woman’s hair is her glory ( Maya Angelou ) ( had to put tht in here lool), a woman’s hair is so personal ( hence the reason why you cant touch most black girls hair lool) and to have it straight for so long then change it to a completely different texture is something that requires commitment, dedication some form of will power and the Holy Spirit! ( yes!). it is a journey of self discovery because within that one or two maybe three years a woman would transition, she would have encountered several temptations, discouragement, the feeling of ‘ugly’ lets not forget the looks and  the disapproval of many including some family members. Transitioning is more than just a hair journey, its also a self discovery journey ( but ok lets get back to Rachael and her wonder-full hair)

Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?

Okay, so when Joycelyn (now my business partner) refused to relax my hair one day and we had a discussion about natural hair, I thought I’d try it out. This was around May 2009. I transitioned for around 6 months till around November 2009 when I chopped off all but around 2 inches of hair. So I’d say I’ve been natural for about two years now however I only began to take care of my hair properly in July 2010 – so the last year has been the most successful part of my natural hair journey.

so i get the picture and its called failed twist out so i had to put it in here!lol

Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?

Yes! I had many days/weeks of feeling just plain ugly and it has taken a while to accept my natural texture. It’s been worth it – being comfortable with yourself in your raw and natural form is a beautiful feeling! Everyone should get to experience it. I have to agree with you there sista!

hair products!!!

Yep, I was a case book product junkie. Every miracle cream, hyped product and famous brand was on my dresser table. When I began to care for my hair in 2010, I decided to only use my own natural products and, hair wise, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. ( i find i got the same symptoms too!!! hands up, i confess, am a product junkie tooo….. )

She says the Afrocenchix essentials range and Dr. Organics pomegranate shampoo and conditioner( never heard of that but will be researching it soon, found at holland and barret) have helped her maintain her natural tresses. Whilst transitioning she had her hair in kinky twists to get used to the afro texture ( thts actually a good idea) and went through a serial weave wearer phrase ( now if you dont know what that means, you can ask her lool, i dont know but am pretty sure it is what i think it is and no am not going to tell you )

the products she recommends and uses

ok i find that the kinky curly product line is used a lot, recommended and used by many.. hmmmm

also her own range of product she makes and uses! introducing, to the slimtingz blog, Afrocenchix( you are advised to read that in a loud voice)

Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?

Yes! For the health and self image benefits I think natural hair is for EVERYONE.

10 months post BC… still hot and rocking!

And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?

Do your research. Read up about products, regimes, styles and hairdressers and take advantage of the wealthy of blogs, youtube channels and facebook pages dedicated to natural hair and you will soon love your hair as you find it easier and easier to tame.

ok folks you heard it here first! Rachael Twumasi is the latest fab woman to be added to our everyday inspiration series. From her journey she was able to bring out a new hair care line, which goes to show transitioning is not just a hair jounery! Smart, beautiful ( ghanaian) lool and natural haired ( of course) she provides inspiration for us all. So whether you are transitioning or thinking about that, take her advice ‘ natural hair is for everyone!

her afrocenchix products can be bought at

have a fab day guys and oh just to let you know its been 4 months for me! yayyyy….

everday inspiration- Myriam Osei


“Well I think first of all, people have the wrong misconceptions of what natural hair is….” – Myriam



I met this young beautiful lady last month at my mummy’s birthday party now as ladies we naturally started talking but it wasn’t till a couple of weeks after I found out she is a fab naturalle!! Yes! So knowing this I decided to interview for my blog and this is what she had to say….

Her name is Myriam Osei, a French born Ghanaian ( yaay just coz I am as well lol) who lives in the UK ( but sometimes runs off to France lool) and is a student. Her decision to go natural came after watching Chris Rock’s Good Hair film( and I must say I recently watched this and boy does it give you a lot of information! Oh and we both watched this film out of curiosity too lool). Now this girl is brave. She Bced!! For all of you who don’t know BC( big Chop is when you cut off all your relaxed ends to leave your natural hair underneath. She describes her transitioning journey as ‘not intention’ as she describes in her own words….

I did not transition, well actually I did technically but not intentionally (laughs), okay, okay I will explain. So basically what happened is, one day I was watching “Good hair “featuring Chris Rock out of curiosity really, it was around midnight, something, it was late.( I had braids in actually).So as I was watching that, I got more and more interested, we got to see where certain weaves comes from, we also got to see interviews from celebs who wore weaves and were pretty confident admitting it, which made me think if they’re that confident, why are they not bold enough to show and wear their natural hair, it looked as if what black people imagined as natural hair was nappy, incredibly thick, ugly hair. But I personally did not think that. So, after watching that, I made my decision to go natural. When I took off my braids, a month after, I was still firm on being natural, but my hair it did not look natural yet, it was still a little bit relaxed. Then, I did not know what transition, big chop whatever meant, I had just made my decision of being natural and that was it, so I did not relaxed my hair, just shampooed it, and braided my hair again, 2 months after I took the braids off ,shampooed it and did another hairstyle, this one was with pick n’ drops and weave in the middle, so while I had this hairstyle I went in YouTube watching videos of people who are natural or just started being natural Etc. And that’s when I got to learn about transitioning, BC (big chop) and all these wonderful words, so a month after I took my weave/pick n’drops style out and actually realized that my hair was getting thicker, more natural now while I was touching it, which I found nice and weird at the same time, it’s as if I’ve forgotten that I hadn’t had a relaxer for five months, which made me realized that I actually transitioned technically for five months without knowing it. Basically, when I was touching the inside of my hair it was thick, felt heavy and then when I was touching the ends or seeing the ends of my hair in the mirror, it looked straight, like my hair had actually 2 different textures.

So all night I was thinking “should I cut off the relaxed perms of my hair or not??” Then I came to the conclusion, that I actually should because otherwise this thought “what could’ve been if I had actually big chopped my hair” would keep coming and plus it wasn’t as if I will get bold, because I had transitioned for five months without knowing, I thought my hair wouldn’t be very short anyway, so the next morning, I got up more exciting than ever, took the scissors and cut,cut,cut!! until I had a TWA(another word I learnt from YouTube which means tweeny weeny afro) it took me about 2 hours to cut, because when you do the Big chop by yourself, you never know if you’ve done it alright, or if the shape look even, so it’s a bit nerve-racking. But it’s worth it. I got my last relaxer in November 2010 and did the Big Chop the 10th April 2011, and how long it’s been? You lot can do the calculation yourselves hah”. ( yh so do the math for yourselves. ok incase you cant do it its been 5 months)

Hair products

Not having to relax her hair anymore meant she had to change her hair routines and hair products. The number one place she went for research on hair products? Youtube( I must admit me too!!!!) but she found Pure African Shea butter to do the trick1( I must say I have heard good reviews about this and it seems to me that in the natural world shea butter is really good! Ok. Noted). She mixes this with her usual moisturizer cream which is hazel oil and nut oil( never heard of these but noted!) her shampoo? Olive oil shampoo and leave in conditioner

Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( weaves, braids, ponytails)

Well, yes there are ,for example now, I braid (not tight braids) or twist my hair much more than before, before it was more weave than anything else, but now I rather like doing natural hairstyles than having weaves and things like that. I also condition, moisturize my hair more and I use a net for my hair at night..

A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?

I think it also depends on the texture of the hair, some products are easier to find than others depending on how the texture of the hair is in its natural state ,for me, I have an afro-like texture, so there were no point in going to the curly hair session in the shop, cos this is not how the texture of my hair is, so I think first of all that you have to really know what texture your hair is and be realistic in finding products that are good for your hair texture, there is also a lot of help you can find via the internet, YouTube videos etc.

Good hair products? I would recommend, for people who have an afro like texture, like for e.g. Lauryn Hill or Solange Knowles would be 100%Shea Butter, I mean this cream is good, and it is non-greasy, I think as a cream it works best for afro-textured hair, and it is best to mix it with a moisturizer to make it a bit smoother. You can also buy Shea butter as a shampoo, or mix it with other products, this one works for all types of natural hair texture .You can find them in your local hair shop, I’m sure, you can also buy olive oil shampoo and live-in conditioner, this is what I use and it works very well for the texture of my hair.

Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?

What I think first of all is, people have the wrong misconceptions of what natural hair is, some think that natural hair doesn’t grow, is hard to manage, nappy ,ugly all the negative. But there is not a lot of people talking about the benefits of wearing your hair natural for example, the Versatility ,when you wear your hair natural there is loads of different styles you can do like,-two-strand twists-bantu knots- -flat twist,-affro puffs Etc.

Going natural can also make your hair much healthier, whether you want it or not chemicals used after a while in your hair can damage your hair and scalp, therefore one can get a lot of breakage. And I got to say since I’ve been natural I havent had a lot of breakage at all, the amount of breakage I got in 3 months is the amount of breakage Id get in 10 days altogether with relaxed hair, no jokes. Having natural hair makes you unique and you get to be yourself, you dont have to be afraid having to pass through the rain and it also save up money hah.there is a lot of benefits being natural. But I also got to say though, that I think it is a personal choice and I also believe that as long as you DONT get a relaxer to hide your real hair texture or is ashamed of your hair texture but rather get relaxer simply cos u like how your hair looks relaxed and so on, then its okay ,but I firmly believe that everyone though, should try to at least once, not getting a relaxer for at least 3 months because this is how you would know that you are not ashamed of your real hair texture, and you would maybe get to like it- or not.

I tell you something there is a lot of people who dont know how their hair texture is until they went natural, there is a lot of girls who dont know what to expect when they go natural, I mean how their hair texture would be like and they get surprised when some see curls coming out theyre like “Oh my gosh, I never thought my natural hair would have curls in it” People shouldnt expect the worst to happen. So in overall, yeah I would advise women to go natural, I mean its wonderful, and also when you go natural, you get to notice women who are natural more in the street you are like “oh shes natural too” its as if you just want to make conversation with them, its a good feeling, it puts a smile in your face. So to sum up, yes I would advise any women to go natural but as I said it is only a personal choice.

And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?

I’ve got 3-The three best advices I can give are :

1-Be sure that it is what you want to do and that there is no going back, and also you should not expect everybody to like it, I mean do not get into this expecting everybody to like it, because obviously they are some who are going to like and also some who would not, so you have to be sure it is what you want to do, what you like.

2-Secondly, I would also advise one who want to go natural to be confident in themselves first and not go natural to gain confidence or try to be unique,cos you are already unique in who you are, and the natural hair should just add to the uniqueness you already have.

3-.And, thirdly, embrace each part of your journey I mean enjoy every moment and do not get so caught up in wanted to see growth or get to your target length that you don’t enjoy the present of being natural, embrace each moment.

And Also, watch videos that keep inspire you you’re not alone there is a lot of women going natural too, or if you ve got friends, family that are going natural with you too, stay together and keep motivating, encouraging and enjoying this journey together, it helps.

Enjoy your Naptural Journey!

Ok folks, a young girl, blessed and ahead of her time she paves the way for other young girls( or even older like me) to take into consideration the decision to transition. She is a true inspiration to us all including the writer( me lool) and has showed me that your transitioning journey does not have to the the hard way as in sit down think about it do some serious soul searching( lool) but can come out of curiosity, be unintentional but totally love the results!!

She is fab and we are in total support of her!! #teamNatural!! Invading the UK…

For more information contact her on twitter- @AngelPeaceJoy

Thank you and Good night…xxx