Goddess Fro: How To Wake Up With Healthier And Longer Fro

Your hair is so long! How long have you been natural? These are questions that are regularly asked by strangers whenever I let the fro out. With that comes my vague go-to answers that don’t include detail answers to satisfy their knowledge on ways to speed their hair growth. Despite my efforts to answer their question to my best abilities, I feel distraught that I haven’t been of help as I would like to be. Thus prompting me to write my routine and products in a concise and detailed manner.

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The standard staple in everyone’s hair routine is the lather, rinse, repeat process. It’s the generic option which can make us complacent with our hair. The same way our skin needs to be nourished to remain hydrated and glowy, our hair needs that attention and care. Having being natural for almost three years, trailed products that have failed to nourish my hair, and ways to maintain my hair hasn’t been easy. But along the years, I stumble on products that have helped through attending hair company events, gifted by friends and picking at random in my local hair store. And these products have been my holy grail for three years and counting.

The Shea Moisture Range

IMG_9306There are six products in the range, Coconut and Hibiscus, Jamaican black castor oil, and Raw Shea Butter, to run alongside the existing Shea Moisture lines. The raw shea butter caters to those with damaged, transitioning hair, Coconut and Hibiscus enhance curls, while Jamaican black castor oil strengthens and restore hair, which is why I diverge to all three products. As mentioned in a previous post, relaxers have been the catalyst for stagnating the health and growth of my hair. However, thanks to the formula in the raw shea butter restorative conditioner, it deeply penetrates the hair, sealing and smoothing hair cuticles, restoring health and shine to my transitioning hair. While using this product, it softens my hair making the detangling process during my hair wash easier.

For a black consumer that believed using a leave-in conditioner is a myth, I can rest assure that this conditioner softens the hair while blow-drying, controlling the frizziness that occurs when the hair is in a dampened state. The gentle, quick-absorbing formula removes excess buildup, strengthens and retain moisture while leaving the hair looking and feeling healthier and manageable.

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During the warm months, I limit my use of heat that can put a strain on my hair, and opt for different styles. To achieve those styles, I use this enhancing smoothie to tame stray flyaways and create bouncy curls. This formula hydrates and protect hair against breakage that the heat from the sun, which oxidises, wipes outshine, and leave the locks brittle. The silk protein gives a soft, silky finish, adding volumes and definitions to the curls.

How I Care For My Hair

Strolling through bumascloset, you’ll notice I love using braids and different hue of wigs to protect my hair. Wearing these styles mostly during the colder and warmer months as a way to retain length and health without putting stress on my hair. So I always carefully have to follow the steps to ensure the continual growth of my hair.

Don’t Brush, Use A Wide Tooth Comb
The process will help eliminate the process of struggling to detangle your hair mid-wash. I take my time removing my cornrow by using a wide tooth comb to detangle the knots formed from the roots to the end.

IMG_9304Deep Conditioning Before Wash
Being lazy has come in handy when dealing with my hair as I tend to condition the strands of hair using two conditioners, Jojoba Oil, Argan oil of Morocco, interchanging them at times. I apply the conditioner to my hair, let it sit for five minutes before adding a generous amount of ORS Olive Oil Pequi Oil to the hair and gently massage into a rich lather. Then Rinse until no trace of shampoo is gone. Repeat the washing steps twice.

Second Conditioning
Apply a generous amount of raw shea butter restorative conditioner from roots to ends. Concentrate on the last ¼ of the length since this is the oldest part of your hair. Try not to get conditioner on your scalp, especially if you have issues with dandruff and dry scalp. Wait 3-5 minutes or use a plastic cap and heat for a deep conditioning treatment. Comb out your hair then rinse the hair thoroughly and gently squeeze and blot the water from your hair.

Drying My Hair

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There are three ways to achieve drying your hair after using the Shea Moisture range. However, I always opt for the healthier option, air drying. It’s the best method as you don’t have to straighten the hair. On days I’m in a hurry or a last minute special occasion arises, I use the “indirect heat” method.

The Indirect drying is known as the bonnet drying. This method drys the hair quicker and it’s less damaging than using the “direct drying”.

Tell me what you think of this hair care range. Do you think you may benefit from my method of hair care? Tell me how you get yours done. 

A Fulani Classic With A New Energy

Loyalty. It’s a code of conduct embedded deeply within me. My admiration for those that have perfected their craft with a reasonable price tag is the epitome of hidden gems. And when I discovered hidden gems, I make sure that I build a relationship with those that provide the essential needs for me.

IMG_1850_Facetune_06-03-2018-23-36-41Continuing from the previous post that touched on reasons to support black businesses, the hairstylist and hair was the inspiration behind this duology posts. A couple of weeks back, my mum stumbled on Hair By Lola salon due to sheer intrigue while food shopping at Upton Park. When she got back, her raving comments in regards to the way the stylist pays close attention to detail in treating hair made me willing to work with her. Her extensive knowledge and passion in her craft were admirable which shows in her work.

IMG_1858_Facetune_06-03-2018-23-44-12Fulani. A tribe in Nigeria with similarity to Arab countries. They are the masters of cattle herds, legends of the Sahel, vicious warriors, power-grabbing aristocrats, beautiful and charming individuals. Perhaps the most influential tribe in Africa. My proximity to the tribe was due to my grandma’s business dealings in the northern region of Nigeria, with her restaurant positioned in an estate that housed the majority of Hausa/Fulani. During my childhood, I would attend their weddings, sometimes talk to the kids and family when they visit my grandma’s restaurant which allowed me to learn a little amount of their language, which I’ve lost the ability to speak. I was in love with their culture, their hairstyle to their method of henna. So it’s no surprise that I gained inspiration for my braids from their culture.

IMG_8549This hair exudes exotic holiday vibes which have induced travel bug, almost to the point, I wished I had gotten my hair done closer to my holiday. That said, I’m thrilled that I would get similar hairstyle done for the summer as the festivals and holiday approaches.

IMG_1853_Facetune_06-03-2018-23-41-27If you ever find yourself looking for a place to get your hair done, be sure to visit Hair By Lola in Upton Park. Don’t let the market environment discourage you from stepping into the salon. As her customer service is incredible, providing you nourishment and beverages upon entering her store. If you have a sensitive scalp or don’t want to have problems sleeping at night, she’s gentle and will cater to your needs. For more information, please contact her telephone and mobile number: 020 3643 4990, 0739202 5602. Her Instagram is Hairbylolauk.

Bumascloset Is Putting Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Foundation To The Test

Two weeks is the magic number that finalises my decision when it comes to a product. It gives my skin the opportunity to adapt to newly added skincare and makeup products. Now that the trial period is over, I’m ready to indulge you in the product that creates a fresh looking glowy skin without injecting luminiser, and illuminator drops to enhance the skin radiance.

Kevyn Aucoin, a cult brand famed for creating products that have garnered an army of devoted celebrities, models and makeup enthusiast alike. And recently, myself. Aucoin’s approach through his makeup line is to create a subtle, natural enhancement for the everyday woman. A makeup philosophy I have always adhered to, which peaked my interest to try the Sensual Skin Enhancer.

IMG_7824When it comes to my everyday lifestyle, there are many variables I consider from getting up in the early mornings, ready to start the day, sometimes doing a photo shoot, running errands and catching up for dinner with friends. Throughout the day, I always aim to have a fresh, flawless face. Amongst other things in life, we can all relate to wanting our makeup to look blended with long-lasting wear. The difference this time was my aim to achieve the effortless dewy look.

IMG_7825The Sensual Skin Enhancer is the definition of luxury, a decadent foundation that uses Jojoba oil, Honey, and Minerals to hydrate and create the ultimate soft, dewy complexion. This versatile, waterproof face perfector covers, conceals and corrects with its ability to provide medium-to-complete coverage, and sometimes give that no-makeup makeup look depending on the amount used. The formula can double up as a concealer, highlighter, contour and body foundation, using different shades to achieve the desired effect.

IMG_7826Packaged in a small pot, to gain maximum control and extend its longevity, always take a small amount out and place on the back of your hand, as a palette to avoid having too much on at the same time. It’s a highly pigmented foundation, so a little goes a long way. It’s an investable product that’s worth the money with a wide range of shades for Women Of Colour. We all know that Kevyn Aucoin was an advocate for the beauty industry to produces a wide range of foundation for black women.

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Three Skincare Products To Banish The Post-Festive Slump

The dawn of New Years provides the opportunity for the outpours of resolutions to target areas in our life that need to be improved, with life goals to achieve. During our excitement of making our vision boards and writing the lists, we often, if not, always overlook our skincare regime resolution. Personally, January is the perfect time to implement some new skin care rules that will last the year, with the opportunity to give my skincare regime a much-needed overhaul.

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With our skin yearning for a little TLC, out with the old and in with the new buying decision was made easier when I worked out what my skin needs and the right products to target the areas. From a deep-cleansing steam treatment to open the pores to a serum that unveils a healthy luminosity, a calming toner that targets dead skin cells to keep dullness at bay. Here are the skin care products that reveal a glowing and healthier-looking skin.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
IMG_7499 copySwitching out my Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner for the Calming Toner gave my skin the hydrating boost without drying the skin. Every morning and at night, I use a little drop on my cotton pad to give the skin some protection against the dryness that’s caused by the cold temperature. The Aloe Vera helps heal and moisturise the skin.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference
IMG_7528 copyThis cream is fantastic for people with dry skin, or in need of deep moisturising. We often underestimate the dry and flaky effect caused by the winter weather and central heating. The face cream nourishes the skin and gives a protective layer similar to a primer, leaving my skin feeling smooth and glowy as it gets a surge of hydration. IMG_7526 copyThe texture of the cream makes it possible to double it up as a night cream. The first night I applied it, I noticed the result instantly as it gave my skin a plump, glowy skin with an even skin tone.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth

IMG_7495 copyThis serum is perfection. It’s the foolproof way to reduce the look of pores, hydrate and smoothes the skin. I use these drops every morning and at night before applying my moisturiser. It dries very quickly which prompt me to massage my skin to avoid having a tacky residue forming. After a week of using this product, I’ve noticed the added firmness of my skin and the radiating glow that gives a healthier looking feel. It’s perfect for combination, sensitive skin.