Inspire: Natural Hair Events UK

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seriously waiting for stage 4!

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10,00000 plus natural hair events! *starts thinking of outfits to wear* Where- USA? *so maybe I can’t wear that lipstick after all* Lol ok so maybe 10,00000 is an exaggeration, but I have noticed a lot more going on in the natural hair community overseas than here in the UK! This is why I have really enjoyed going to all these Natural Hair events here in the UK and blogging about them. I am really happy with the progress UK naturalistas have made over the years and I know there is more to come!

I first went natural in 2011. I transitioned for 5 months I think and BC in December that year! back then I didn’t hear of any events that were happening here in the UK and even though it didn’t frustrate me then or I didn’t care about it so much then, now I am very interested in these types of shows and would love to see a lot more happening right here in the UK!

Why the sudden interest?

I believe natural hair is more accepted now than before and is less of a ‘trend’ now. What these shows are doing are providing an opportunity to go and see live product demos ( I have lost count of the amount of companies that now have natural hair care lines, its great but sometimes you need to see it in action), shop till you drop and ask as many questions as you would like IN PERSON! For seasoned naturals, it’s an opportunity to network, take advantage of the amazing offers on the day (you just need to go and see! Lol) and even learn something new (I never seen so many different hairstyles in one room, I always come home and try some). For newly naturals or transitioners (Is that a word yet lol) it’s a fantastic chance to learn about new products and techniques and ask questions to the professionals themselves. It’s one thing to watch YouTube and it’s another thing to actually ask the professional about their products. Also it’s a great chance of business owners to interact with their customers and even produce new products just by listening to concerns etc. it’s honestly a win- win for everyone!

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Of course everyone prefers quality over quantity but I still believe there is a lot more room for more natural hair events here in the UK ( I truly appreciate the hardwork and effort that goes into planning these events).

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I would like to see A LOT more UK brands been represented at these shows as well. I’m honestly going to say I don’t buy as much UK brands like I should (does that make me a hypocrite?). It is so easy to pick up a product and not even realise it’s a US/restofworldbasicallyChina brand (lol). But I’m trying. Anyway I love what UnitedKurls are doing. (Check out their website for more information – http://www.unitedkurls.com/). In the simplest form it is a collection of UK based brands (if you were wondering where to find them- tadahhhhhhhh)

Also card payments/PayPal payments! Could this be impossible? This will be so BENEFICIAL to the attendants if most/all vendors could accept card payments. So far out of the 3 shows I have been too, I think only 3 accepted card payments and even with that it was at one show LOL. It’s just a pain to have to leave in search of a cash point when you get to a show (and somehow they are nowhere to be found lol) and somehow people forget to take out money. But if this can be done, please do so.

Refreshments. With this I can understand if it can’t be done- hotel/venue policies, food safety, health and safety etc etc etc. let me just leave this here (but maybe vending machines? I’m rolling in the deep here lol)

CONCLUSION

It’s simple: I LOVE where the UK is going in terms of natural hair events and we need more. Ticket prices seem good as well. Links to the shows I have been to will be below

Now I want to hear your thoughts. Have you been to a natural hair event in the UK? How was it? And what can be done to improve it? What would you like to see?

Make sure you subscribe to my blog and I will do my best to keep you updated with shows I hear off. Also connect with me on twitter, Instagram and YouTube to check out previous shows I have been to and listen to me rave about stuff lol

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That’s all folks. I’m just sitting here, looking for inspiration for something to write about and I got this. Please bear with me- I am still editing videos from the WITJ event and that’s why my event cover is not up yet. I would like to add the video links that’s why but best believe its waiting in my drafts lol soon come honey! I swear uploading videos on YouTube take forever!

Curlvoluton2015 event- http://wp.me/p1uQOd-ti

NaturalHairWeek2015 event- http://wp.me/p1uQOd-sZ

I hope everyone has a great day and week!

Love

Sarah

 

Bentonite Clay Experience

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Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well. In this post, I will quickly tell you about my bentonite clay experience. I got mine from SheaButter Cottage (http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/home.php) and it was either 3 or 3.60 for 100grams. I purchased mine at the Curlvolution event. I also purchased the rhassoul clay which I have already used and shared here on my blog click the link to check it out >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-us

So I used pretty much the same water mix I used for my rhassoul clay: apple cider vinegar and water (I also used Aloe Vera juice in the mix for rhassoul clay but I didn’t use it this time).  I also used the whole pack which I didn’t have to because I found that it swells a bit so I had a lot left over from my mix. After mixing I did the usual, detangled my hair with coconut oil and applied the clay.

Results

I noticed it didn’t define the curls as much as the rhassoul clay when I applied it however I found this easier to apply and work with. I then covered my hair with plastic bags and went about my day. I washed it out after 45 mins and proceeded to deep condition after. I did notice it left my curls more defined after I washed the clay out than the rhassoul clay and my scalp was much cleaner. My hair was also very soft.

I am definitely purchasing this clay as I am trying to move away from shampoo all together! I prefer this than the rhassoul clay as it left my hair cleaner and softer. *checks account to see if I can purchase more lol*

That’s all folks. Really quick and to the point post about my experience with bentonite clay. Let me know your thoughts and comments below. Are you trying it? What was your experience? Let me know!

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Until next time

Love Sarah

 

Instagram Response: Hair Typing

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Hey guys, so if you follow me on Instagram (Which you should btw- @sarahfynn), you would see a post I posted about 4 weeks ago regarding a topic I was researching for my blog. The question was:

Is hair typing absolutely necessary, or are we placing too much importance on it? Do you also know your hair type and how much has that as affected your choice in products or routines?

Firstly, I want to thank all those who responded. J Greatly appreciated. Secondly, sorry it took a while to actually finalise this post lol. I originally wanted to write this 3 days later but then more people started commenting, I travelled to Germany and the rest is history lool.

Anyway first let’s talk about hair typing, what exactly is it?

In its simplest definition, it is a system created to help determine the various textures (Type 3, 4 etc) of hair among women with curly or wavy hair. So to type your hair, (there is a picture chart below and above) you would use it to compare your hair in its natural state with and pick the one that matches closely with it. The different variations e.g. type 4a, 3c etc depend on how closely your curl match the ones in the curl group e.g. type 4, type 3.hairchart2From my Instagram response and also other women I have spoken to, it seems most of the ones that know their hair type are the ones on the natural game. As in they have a lot of knowledge about their hair and how it behaves and also how to manage it. These were the women who have been natural for a while now. On the other hand, newly naturals also knew their hair type for obvious reasons that they were transitioning and also every video/post you see talks about how their hair is type 3 or 4 so that may then have driven them to find their own (I could be wrong).

But does this information really matter?

Some people said knowing their hair texture allowed them to find products that better worked for their hair or were geared towards them. Others felt it helped them choose what videos to watch on YouTube and what hair styles their texture could produce.

What I also found though was discrimination where some types of hair were seen as good hair and better than others. Type 3 regardless of variation were mostly seen as good, nicer, beautiful and easier to manage whilst type 4 was dry, brittle and difficult to manage and ‘nappy’.

My thoughts

First I didn’t really type my hair (Type 4c and actually I didn’t know my exact variation until this year at natural hair week 2015, yh that real) until a year ago I think and I have been natural for 5 years! Then I found that I was really frustrated with my hair not been as perfectly defined as I would see other girls (mostly with type 3) with (I didn’t know of hair typing at this point. I thought all naturals were supposed to have perfectly defined curly hair). My twists outs and whatever outs were not defined as well. My hair as with other girls with this hair type can testify to shrinkage, it’s no joke! I was left wanting my ‘curls’ to be defined as type 3 and if they didn’t turn out like that I thought either the product was defective or my technique was wrong. Obviously, as I have grown in my journey I realised I have no ‘curls’ and my hair will never look like that and that IS FINE!

What I DON’T AGREE with is the discrimination? Wasn’t the whole point of been natural to have healthy hair? And isn’t healthy hair ultimately good hair? Be it type 3 or 4 or 4f. Another thing I don’t understand are these variations? Every year I swear a new letter is added lol, sometime ago I heard about type 4f? Really 4f? What I also don’t understand is no head of hair is exactly one type of texture so what happens then?

Anyway, to me hair typing is not absolutely necessary. You can survive without knowing your hair type. After all, before it was created I am pretty sure naturals were doing fine. I also believe too much importance is been placed on the exact variations and obviously companies are banking on this. (I am happy though that I haven’t seen (so far) any products that transform one hair type to another with promises of ‘better manageability e.g. from type 4 to type 3 or 2 BUT if you have PLEASE let me know) knowing my texture has had some impact in my routine in that I know my hair is mostly coily not curly, what hairstyles I can do and to some degree the products I use too.

So I want to leave this post open ended. Do you this it’s important? Has it had an impact in your hair journey? Please let me know your thoughts!

The pictures below are some of the responses I got from Instagram, feel free to added you 2 cents J

Until next time

Love

Sarah

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NATURAL HAIR WEEK 2015- LONDON EVENT COVER

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Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing great. Remember when I told u I had a bunch of things for you? Well this is the first of many!! I was sent tickets to the natural hair week show 2015 London by the lovely team at NaturalHairweek and I am here to give you the low down of what happened! Stay tuned. Lots of pictures by the way and some YouTube videos! (Channel- Sarahfynn, I am just getting started on YouTube, I know I’m late lol. I always had the channel but never used it, so please support and subscribe. It’s freeJ). Let’s get right to it!

So the show took place in 4 cities: Manchester, Nottingham, and Birmingham with the finale in London on the 9th of May at the London Marriott Hotel (excellent location and venue I should say!). The day was jam packed with workshops, panels, product demonstrations and free hair styling. Also if you’re a product junkie like me (#productjunkie), then you would be spoilt for choice with all the different vendors (just to name a few: Motions, Cantu, Quanace, Grassfields etc) and deals that were there! From  3for£10 on the monoi ORS range to 5for £20 on CANTU line (you should have seen the queues for this stall!), I literally could not make up my mind! Had to stand there and take it all in lool then side bar with myself for 10 minutes as to what I want to buy (hey sometimes you need expert opinion), in the end I went with 4for £10 on the motions natural line, I didn’t know they were in the natural hair game so decided to go with that. Plus they had a product which was every interesting to me. Here’s what I got:

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Hydrate my curls hair pudding

2x pre wash detangling butter- now this was what caught my attention. First because it’s a butter and second because I haven’t tried any products specifically for pre washing and detangling, there could be some but I haven’t come across it. And I got 2 because to detangle my 4c hair, I would need a lot. QUICK UPDATE- I have now used this product and I LOVE the smell. Its works well with my hair and left it really soft. Only con I have would be the size, by the way companies should really make bigger conditioners/styling products and smaller shampoos lol. Anyway, I am so glad I got two because honey gurl, I finished one tub! (1 tub is 239ml?!-reallly?)

Deep conditioning masque- UPDATE I have used this product and it left my hair butter soft! In depth review coming soon.

Of course, you don’t even need to ask. Reviews will be done in time lol. I also got a curls unleashed sample pack which I am very happy about because I have always wanted to try that line but just couldn’t (you know when a product excites you and you just wanna buy it? Not this line. When ORS first unleashed it lol I was like greeeaaattttt, then I was like greaaaat now am like great lol. So this sample pack of the products I actually wanted to try, may help me decide if I want it or not.

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I didn’t get many samples today probably because there were a lot of offers going on and product demos so samples weren’t really given out or maybe I didn’t ask nicely lol. (I did btw).

So the first workshop which I really enjoyed started with a background of the founders and some product owners telling us about their stuff. Did you know drinking cold water is bad for the liver and kidneys (apparently what I heard) but what I want to really talk about is this man named Kevin (kpthetextureman) and what he is doing lol.

His talk was probably the most informative of them all and the fact that he did a quick question and answer from the crowd put the cherry on the cake for me( you can  check my Instagram for a quick snippet @sarahfynn or YouTube for a longer video). He did product demos on stage as well and you could tell the man is really passionate about what he does. After this his stand was jam packed with a LOT of people just wanting to ask questions including myself lol. Water will make your hair dry?! (What he said) I need a bit more research on that tbh but his explanation was something like this, paraphrased of course:

The hair will not want to let go of the water because it would think its moisture and so etcccc lol

His advice was pretty decent. My question to him was ‘ how can I get my twists out to be defined? Because they never seem to work?’ Answer: let’s type your hair first. You have 4c hair, you want to do bigger twists (at thing point I asked but will I get definition?) And use something with a good hold that will add moisture. Smaller twists will not work on your hair because it will just frizz up and look like an afro. He then went ahead and showed me what size of sections should be and recommended products for me and used it on my hair. Good stuffs! (All in an American accent of course which was probably why I stood there for ages hearing him talk because I am obsessed with the accent lol). What I really liked about him was he did product demos on everyone that asked him a question and hair typed everyone too. No lye (see what I did there). His talking would tell you he was really passionate about what he does and I quote ‘look at me I don’t have any hair (takes hat off) so everything I have learnt about natural hair I have learnt listening to you’ check out my  video on YouTube for more info also follow him on Instagram, he’s tagged on my page.

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After that it was pretty much me going to the stalls, learning about products and talking to people. What I really did was listen to how owners were interacting with their customers- this is what I spent most of my time doing tbh. I did get a few snippets of some of the conversations if anyone is interested. Check my YouTube. In general, most of the interacted well with their customers, explaining their product and its ingredients and offering demos (obvly this is a good sales technique but it also helps to have your questions answered PROPERLY).

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blogging duties

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I went to another workshop about alopecia- this is real guys. It hurts me to see women/girls with it and still wearing tight braids/styles etc. I am suffered my traction alopecia myself when I was younger and my hair is still recovering. Trust me I hardly do braids now and if I do they ARE NOT BRADING MY EDGES, no matter what they tell me – it won’t look like, am I sure? (Honestly I think some of these braiders/hairstylers should be educated in areas like these. Just because you’re talented or can do some hair doesn’t necessarily mean you should be doing it). When I wear my wigs- I never braid my edges, anyway I digress. I didn’t take and pictures because it was in a small room and I arrived in the middle of the workshop so I thought it would be quite rude to just start taking pictures.

I had fun on Saturday and overall it was a good experience. It was great to see everyone there and how many mainstream brands now carry products for natural hair. If you went to the London show or any of the other ones let me know how it went for you! Thank you NaturalHairWeek for the show and I look forward to it next year! Please do check my YouTube for more videos on the show!

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free hair styling
free hair styling

Not hair related. Isn’t that lovely?!

strawberry tart realness.
strawberry tart realness.

Until next time guys, have a lovely week! My YouTube video is still loading can you imagine lol. UPDATE- it’s STILL UPLOADING! I didn’t know it could take this long (28% only??! Its been 24 hours), so I will let you guys know via twitter when it’s up!

 

look who i bumped into- UKafrolista!
look who i bumped into- UKafrolista!

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BIOTIN 1 MONTH UPDATE

It’s officially spring! And almost Easter!

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well and has had a fantastic week! I just quickly wanted to do a one month update on my biotin hair challenge so let’s dive right into it! But first check out my previous posts for more information on my hair journey and past challenges!

Hair growth 101 & 102 >>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-qx , http://wp.me/p1uQOd-qM

Hairfinity final update>>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-re

Introduction to biotin>>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-rn

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It looks like I didn’t have that much growth and here’s why. I trimmed my ends after my hairfinity measurements and I FORGOT (more like I was lazy and in a hurry) to measure them again. I would say I cut off about 1 to 2 inches of hair. With that been said I still feel like I have experienced some growth. I added Sunny isle’s Jamaican black castor oil on the 1st of March to help my hair get THICKERRR (yass hunty the bigger the better and closer to heaven! Jheez!) So I will also keep up updated on that

In terms of any side effects etc. After two weeks, I did notice my nails were stronger and looked healthier. I previously had my acrylics done and kept them for about 6 weeks (I do not recommend, again I was lazy, wait I had exams! Perfect excuse!)  And when I took them off my nail bed wasn’t too happy about that.  So they biotin really helped my nails grow and become stronger. In terms of breakage, I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary apart from my usual break outs when I’m stressed etc no extras. I have been drinking at least 1 litre of water daily which may have contributed to that but there has also been some days where I have slacked on that big time! My skin looked a bit brighter too.

I read on Amazon (reviews for this brand of biotin) that it really helped with their energy levels throughout the day and people were swearing by this etc but for me I didn’t really notice a change. On two occasions I took the pills quite late in the evening and I had difficulty sleeping but I find it hard to sleep anyway. On two different occasions I took the pills in the morning after breakfast and didn’t really see that much of a difference in my energy levels during the day although sometimes around 4/5 pm I get really tired (because my body thinks it’s had enough but it doesn’t know I am the master lool, you wanna sleep now but be awake at 3 am, nah sweetie) And this time around I wasn’t so tired? Hmm. I will keep experimenting with this and let you know the out. I don’t really mind if it doesn’t help my energy levels or not because the primary purpose of getting the biotin was for my hair but I guess this could be an added benefit. I will keep you posted!

I also did a mini experiment to see how long it takes for the biotin to break down in the body so I sacrificed one pill and timed how long it look to dissolve in water. After 24 hours it had pretty much dissolved but there was still some ‘white residue’ at the bottom of the glass, so that if you stirred it you could see the particles. I did take some pictures but they turned out really horrible so unfortunately I won’t post them, but I am hoping to repeat the experiment again and let you know the outcome. However the problem I had with that is 1. How long the biotin is ‘sitting’ around in my body for and 2. Just water alone is not an accurate presentation of the conditions in a cell (don’t let me go full scientist on y’all. You aint ready. Team scientist by day, blogger by night, poet by 3am LOL)

*thinking of anything else, in the meantime here is picture of a RAINBOW UNICORN NINJA*

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*nope! Epic fail*

That’s all folks! It’s been a positive first month for me and I am hoping for it to continue. I did cut off 2 inches again (I maybe growing through something major if am not afraid of cutting my hair like this!) so my next update may not look like much! Please, please follow me on instagram so I can keep you updated with products, discounts etc – sarahfynn.

Apologies for this late post and minimal activity on this blog, uni been CRAZY! Final 4 weeks! BUT I have so much planned for this summer!

Have a fantastic day and enjoy your weekend and please remember just because its sunny that don’t mean pull out your denim shorts haha

Love Sarah

just because am feeling this picture!
just because am feeling this picture!