August monthly products!

Hey family! Summer is officially over! The weather is week has been terrible but I have something to brighten your day (well hopefully), product junkies sit back and enjoy my monthly products!

These are all the products, I bought and where sent to me. I will include any links if I have reviewed them here on my blog. I will also include prices where I remember and any external links. Let’s get started

So at the beginning of this month I had to get another one of my fav red lipstick from Sleek! ( my girl conveniently kept my old one lol) Clearly liquid matte lipsticks are in and the Matte me collection from Sleek does the trick! This red, Rioja Red (£4.99) is beautiful and its staying power is great! The only downside I can think of is its too matte lol and can be quite drying. Check it out on the Sleek website >> .

both of us wearing the rioja red
both of us wearing the rioja red

I got the Garnier micellar water in the small size (£1.99) since I am now obsessed with micellar water. I have tried a few different types and I am always on the hunt for a new one. Did you see my post on micellar water? I know you did but for my new readers, you can check it out here, you will find suggestions on which ones you can start off with and reviews on what I have used so far >>

I was invited to the press breakfast of Sukin skincare, Australia’s top skincare brand which is now available in the UK. Check my event cover ( ) to find out where you can purchase and the full collection. In my goody bag, I got the rosehip day cream, the body moisturizer and the facial moisturiser for the classic collection and a cute pendrive.

Rosehip day cream, their best seller body lotion and face moisturiser from thier classic collection and a very cool looking usb stick
Rosehip day cream, their best seller
body lotion and face moisturiser from thier classic collection and a very cool looking usb stick


Boucleme also sent me some products to review (check out he post by clicking here >


If you have been looking for the orange corrector from L.A girl look no further! BeautyByZara has them in stock! £3.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know these have been hyped for so long but they are worth it! I got that and the ApHoogee curlific leave in conditioner. This stuff is Link >>



From British Curlies, I ordered the rosemary jbco and a black stain scarf


I went to the launch event of CurlyHairMag and got some goodies from there. Read the event cover here >>

Goody Bag!
Goody Bag!

Almost there guys!

Loveshea, a vendor I met at the mag event also sent me some stuff to review! This is up on my blog, check it out here>>


I also bought this makeup setting spray from Avon



Finally, I went to the launch event of the light expert click brush by Terry! Read the cover here and this is what I got in my goody bag!


Phew! These are all the stuff I got this month! What have you guys been spending your money on? Let me know your thoughts below! Until next time, love








Hey guys and welcome back to my blog. If you’re new here, I hope you love the new website!  For my loyal subbies how are you loving the new site? Let me know in the comments below!

So this post will be part of the Shea Moisture mini- series currently on the blog! This time we are talking about their Jamaican black castor oil collection that aims to nourish, repair, grow, fortify and renew your hair while encouraging healthy growth. It is recommended for all hair types including heat styled, natural and transitioning air. It also aims to restore dry, brittle and damaged hair.

The full collection has 6 products:

  1. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore leave in conditioner
  2. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore styling lotion
  3. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore hair serum
  4. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore edge treatment
  5. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore treatment mask
  6. Jamaican black castor oil strengthen, grow and restore shampoo

So I just noticed it doesn’t have a regular/rinse out conditioner but I guess we naturals prefer a deep masque/ conditioner instead right? Lol. I really love jbco and I swear by it to thicken your hair and re grow your edges. I am definitely putting this collection on my to-try list!

Review time!




As always I have to let you guys know where you can get the full collection in the UK. I got you.  The full collection of the jbco line and many of their other collections can be bought from British Curlies > .

We have two more posts in this mini-series (boooo, noooo): the Tahitian noni and monoi collection and the Manuka honey and mafura oil collection. For more information on the jbco line or any others please visit the Shea moisture website

That’s all folks! Let me know our thoughts on the shea moisture collections and my new website! Love you all, I hope you have a great week and see you soon!






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Hey family! How’s everyone doing?! Can you believe we are more than half way through 2015?! And only 26 more weeks left of 2015! These months be flying by likeee (insert a sentence you think would rhyme here lol). Anyway, so I am back with another monthly products post. Just to clarify, these are not my monthly favourites these are the products I have purchased in the month (Because I realised, I think I buy new products every month #productjunkie). This is a way of me keeping tracking of what I bought and also to help anyone who is looking for new products to try. I will add more information and thoughts if I have used the product and where to buy. I will add price as well where I remember.

So this month, I did not buy a lot of products even though the picture proves otherwise lol. That is because I purchased most of them in a deal e.g. 3 for 10 (lol). Most of them I got from the WITJ event (Check out my event cover by clicking here > )

I got 3 of the Naat Creams for 10 pounds. Amazing right? The size is just everything #allconditionersshouldbe1kg! There are 7 in the full range but I got the Avocado oil and fruit complex, the argan oil and macadamia and the garlic and Cupuacu creams. Currently I am using the garlic and Cupuacu cream and I must say I am loving the results! It has no harsh garlic smell. My shedding has reduced and my hair feels very soft.  I will do a more in depth review once I used it about 4 times. For more information on the range, check out my video below. The NuNaat lady explains all the NaatCreams and their uses.

The Cantu products also came in a 4 for 15 deal and a free t-shirt. I got the leave in conditioner, 2x of the complete conditioning co-wash and their conditioning creamy lotion. All these products are part of their natural hair line! I LOVE everything! For the full natural hair product range check out my post on it >> . They all smell amazing especially that hair lotion! It softens and moisturises my hair to the t! The leave in conditioner also does it job well. Honestly between my Naat cream and the leave in plus the lotion I don’t know what exactly is making my hair so soft but hey I am not complaining! The co wash is ok, I haven’t seen amazing results or a difference yet.

KTC pure coconut oil. £2.99 from ACE hair and beauty shop. Of course everyone knows the benefits of this oil. I mainly use this to detangle my hair now but I also use it in my oil mixes.

Simple micellar cleansing water- if you read my May monthly products (Link> ), you would see how I am now completely obsessed with micellar cleansing water! Simple’s version leaves my skin hydrated and clean although I feel like I have to use more than the Superdrug’s version to remove all my makeup. Nevertheless I really like it and what’s better it contains no harsh chemicals! It was £2.19 from Superdrug

Olive oil. Well lol olive oil £1.49 from ACE

Mango and Lime’s version of jbco. I haven’t used this yet but we all know the benefits of castor oil. Check out my previous posts on hair growth oils > I decided to try it again from another company. I have run out of my sunny isle jbco. Mango and Lime is a good brand so I thought why not? It was £3.99 from Diva hair and beauty. When I got home I then decided to look at the ingredient list and it contains other stuff compared to the sunny isle one! (why didn’t I check in the store lol) also it’s not as thick as the sunny isle one and jbco should be thick! Even though I haven’t used it yet I won’t be repurchasing afterwards (This is when trying new stuff goes weary lol) is not ‘pure’ if its cut with other oils is it?. I even tried to con my bro out of his sunny isle jbco and he said no lool.


Finally L.A pro concealer. This was so unexpected. I have been wanting to try this concealer for ages and I never knew you could get it in stores in the UK. I have been trying to convince myself to get it online but then the problem is I have to get more stuff lol. So I went into ACE with a friend looking for wig caps and randomly I asked them if they had it in store and they said yes! So of course I had to get one! Just in time too, I needed another concealer. I love it so much. All the hype is true, it’s really good and it was £3.99. I think I will go back and get some more shades.

Best swatch video I found

I also got a satin bonnet.


I got sent these products to review for the blog. From her product collection, I chose the pure shea butter soap and shea oil. I will be bringing you a review soon so check back on here. If you haven’t already check out my post on my first look at the products by clicking here >>

That’s all folks. Let me know what products you have been buying and using this month! #sarahfynnmonthly. This is actually a fun way to keep track of your products and the money you’re spending on it. I don’t think I will be buying new products every month (I mean I have conditioner for life lol) so in those cases I will be bringing you favourites (I think that’s better)

Until next time



Traction Alopecia


Hey guys, I want to share the results of a mini observational study I did for the last month. It was just me observing the different hairstyles and choices black women made, my intention was not to judge or shame anyone. I was very interested in seeing how many women chose to wear their hair out. By hair I mean their real hair- whether natural, relaxed etc without any extra hair i.e. weaves, braids, wigs, clip ins, pony tails etc. In short I was looking for how many women actually wore their OWN hair WITHOUT anything added to it.


The MAJORITY of black women had some sort of hair extension added. Mostly wigs/weaves. Braids were very popular among the younger generation. I did see a few women with their OWN hair out but majority had something added. In fact of the women I personally know, those that had their own hair out often were natural (And no I don’t only know women with natural hair).

This worried me a bit.

Then I started to think, how many of my friends have I actually seen with their OWN hair out? Most of the older women in my church (And in fact other black churches) have some sort of extensions. I don’t recall ever seeing them with their hair out.

This worried me further.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way or form shaming the use of extensions. I have a growing collection of wigs in different textures and lengths that I love to wear. I also understand that having your own hair out takes some time to manage and in the morning if you are in a rush, you may simply not have that time. I understand to some, wearing the extensions just makes it easier to style/manage their hair. Fair enough.

I also noticed something else…. The more women I saw, the farther back their hairlines where. The loss of hair from the hairline is traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused from constant traction (pulling) of the hair over a long period of time. What moved me to write this was when I say a girl, probably the same age as me or younger with severe traction alopecia BUT still had braids. In fact she had very a tight cornrow pony hairstyle and you could clearly tell had loss some hair from where her hair line started. It may have been caused by something else but from what I saw, it looked like traction alopecia. This usually happens around the temples (edges) and nape area at the back. We have all seen the above picture of Naomi Campbell right?

Then I thought of my own hair journey and hairline and I know one of the reasons why I became natural was to re grow my hairline. I was lucky to catch it at a point where it could be saved. Then after my BC (big chop), in attempts to get out of the twa (teeny weeny afro) stage, I started braiding my hair A LOT, I’m talking every 6 weeks, take them out for my hair to breathe for 3 days then back again. It worked though. It grew out my hair but again my edges were affected so I stopped. Then I discovered wigs and I wore them constantly in attempt to re grow them but I discovered another problem. I realised it’s easier for the hair to come out completely with braids etc but with wigs it starts to thin out and not necessarily come out. I say this because I started to wear wigs about 3 years ago, at this point my edges were in good condition and were growing back. Good right? I never braid my edges when I am doing my cornrows for my wigs and I don’t do them too tight. I always wear them for a week, taking it off at night and letting my hair breathe for a week before wearing it again. So I was taking good care of my hair. However as I got more and more into wigs, owning more than 2 or 3 at a time, I started wearing them more often. Then I discovered the elastic band method and sewing combs to the sides which make it more secure and lay flatter I became invincible (lol). I completely swore of braids for a year (my survival series) and wore nothing but wigs. Towards the end of last year (right before I started my hairfinity challenge in October), I noticed my edges stopped growing out and started thinning out.  Of course I was worried. I wasn’t braiding my hair so I wondered where it was from.  After 2 years of not braiding my hair, I braided it lol (single plaits, medium size). I took this out though 3 weeks later because I was really worried about my hairline. To cut a long story short, I realised you can get traction alopecia from wearing wigs. I realised I was wearing my elastic bands too tight and putting the comb in at the same place all this time (I almost always have a middle part). So the hair was under constant tension and started to thin out (again I caught it at a stage where it can be saved). I still wear my wigs but in different positions, not using the combs and a loser elastic band and I am actively wearing my natural hair out – which can be a pain sometimes but it is also allowing me to re discover my hair again and what I can do with it.

Traction alopecia is serious. It may not be evident straight away but give it 2 to 3 years. From what I know, it happens in stages and can be reversible if you spot it early.  So with this been a very prominent problem in our community, why are there is many women who excessively wear extensions? Could it be uneducation? But if you woke up one day and saw half your edges gone, would that not ring any bells? If every time you braid your hair is starts further back, would that not alarm you? Or do women not realise traction alopecia and its severity?

It especially pains my heart when I see little girls with the tightest of braids! I almost want to just take them out for her!  Should the hairdresser be blamed? If your client comes in with alopecia do you advise them otherwise or do you lighten your grip a bit? To be honest when I used to braid my hair, some of these braiders want to grip the most shortest of hair possible to braid (When I realised this and asked them, they actually asked if I was sure otherwise the hairstyle ‘would not be nice’) is that extra 15 mins you save not doing your own hair really worth it? Because the way I see it, it’s a cycle and what was meant to protect your hair will actually end up harming it. Then you’re spending more money on products/methods on trying to grow it back.

What happens now?

To each their own. If you want to do something about it you can. First you can start by asking them not to braid your edges when you are getting your hair done. There is also countless of products out there you can use to safely grow them back out providing it can be saved. I am currently using jbco and taking biotin supplements. There is also surgery if it’s that bad. (If you want a post of the different ways to recover please let me know)

I want to ask you guys though to observe how our women decide to wear their hair and see what you find. Let me know by dropping a comment on this post or through my twitter- @slimtings1

That’s all folks. I just wanted to share my results with you guys. Please subscribe if you enjoyed this post.

Please know I am not saying no body should wear extensions or I do not wear them myself.

Until next time

Love Sarah





Hi guys, hope everyone is doing well so far and the year started good for you. If not, don’t worry it will pick up soon!

Anyway since I am on a mission to get to minimum bsl (bra strap length) by the end of this year (my hair is currently above my breasts when stretched out, still on my hairfinity challenge, final bottle to go) I have been doing a lot of research into alternative and cheaper hair growth aids (not every day spend £70 on hairfinity lol, sometimes £10 or less on other stuff lol). So this post will be about a few oils I have come across and hopefully will incorporate into my regime. I have tried some of them and the others i am yet to try.

If you have any more oils in mind just comment below and let me know how it worked for you.

Let’s get started


. Castor oil- holy grail product for some women. Most women swear by it as it has helped them grow out thinning edges, increased hair thickness and helped with length retention. From Youtube research i am sold! There are numerous videos on application methods, castor oil mixes and recipes. I am yet to try castor oil for myself so of course I will be keeping you guys up to date when I start. Most popular ones I have seen is the Jamaican black castor oil (jbco) either from sunny isle or tropic isle living. But of course you can do your own research and choose for yourself. Whatever brands or type you choose make sure it’s cold pressed and processed (To do with the extracting process, this simply means its retained most of its nutrients during the manufacturing process) and 100% pure, virgin oil.

Castor oil is a humectant which means it has the ability to both attract moisture and retain it as well (great!). It is also rich in vitamin e, minerals and proteins. Its small molecular size allows it to easily penetrate the hair shaft.

Below are some really helpful videos on castor oil to help start your research process

Natural hair. Jamaican black castor oil for hair growth>>

Jamaican black castor oil >>

Tropic isle living Jamaican black castor oil >

Faster hair growth? Jamaican black castor oil >

Tip- try mixing castor oil, olive oil (grapeseed oil can work) and peppermint or eucalyptus or tea tree oil. Supposedly aids in growth and thickness. When applied to eyelashes and eyebrows it allegedly aids growth (note- allegedly)

You can purchase from, or from amazon. Direct links>>  Jamaican Black Castor Oil Regular 8oz. (236ml) Jamaican Black Castor Oil Regular 8oz


Doo gro oil- my staple product whenever I have braids! I can personally vouch for this product. It is the product that helped me thicken my hair when I first went natural! Please note it comes in 3 different types, I have only used the mega growth oil. I recommend getting a minimum of two bottles to start with. It’s fairly cheap with £3.99 a bottle. Only con is it’s not drip free therefore tends drip down to your face if you use too much. It has a fairly pleasant smell and already comes in an applicator bottle making it easy to apply.

It also claims to tame frizz and add shine to your hair. It contains oat protein and extract, shea butter and botanical thickeners that promote thicker growing hair. It’s safe for children and all hair types.

Tip- also use as an hot oil treatment.

Below are some videos I found useful

Doogro mega thick oil, it really works >>

Doogro mega thick oil review >>

You can purchase from amazon. Direct link>>  DOO GRO® Mega Thick® Growth Oil

ultimate organics
ultimate organics

Ultimate organics stimulating oils- I used both the coconut oil and the tea tree oil. I remember disliking the smell of the tea tree oil. I did not experience any growth with these products only thing was at least my scalp was moisturised. I can’t really comment on this as I havenot gone back to try them but do let me know of your experiences with them if you have tried it.

You can purchase from beauty supply stores or from amazon. Direct link>>  Ultimate Organic Tea Tree Stimulating Growth Oil 120 ml

Other oils yet to try/ heard of

Hair hope growth oil

Wild growth oil

Concluding thoughts

Obviously there are many more oils out there that claim to aid in hair growth.  I chose these products because I have personally experienced some of them. In the near future I will probably update this post or post another as I experiment and use other oils in my hair growth process. One area I am doing more research in is essential oils in particular tea tree oil and peppermint oil.

Final advice to anyone on a hair growth journey BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT! Hair growth can be a slow process (no matter what wonders the product says IT CAN DO it’s still not going to grow your hair over night!) be consistent, you will produce much better results. If you are a serial length checker, you will have your fair share of good and bad months- just don’t give up! Keep going and you will reap your results soon. My next post in the hair growth series- hair growth 102- supplements will be up soon!

For more information/ where to buy

Paks cosmetics >>,-serums-and-oils/hair-oils

Doogro >>

Castor oil- solution for hair growth, split ends and more >

Castor oil hair benefits >>

What are the benefits of eucalyptus? >>

Tea tree oil for hair growth >