Monday, December 24, 2012

Natural Hair

Game Show Host: What is natural hair?
Contestant: Natural hair is hair that has not been blown-out, dyed or colour treated, relaxed, texturised (texlaxed), doesn’t have any form or extensions in it and has been flat ironed.
In my honest opinion, natural hair is hair that hasn’t undergone a structural alteration with the use of chemicals. If curly, straight, wavy, kinky hair or a mixture of some of those normally grows out of your scalp, that’s natural hair. If your hair has been relaxed, permed or texturised (“texlaxed”) it is no longer natural because its structure has been permanently, chemically altered. I say that “if you douse your hair with water and it doesn’t turn back, even if just partially, to how it normally grows out of your head, it ain’t natural!” If your natural hair has undergone a blow-out or has been flat ironed, it is still natural. Although it’s structure has been changed (though only temporarily), you can still get your natural hair back in about a week or less, or, well, if you just douse your hair with water, like I said, it’ll turn back to its natural state showing that indeed, your hair is still natural. Heat damaged hair on the other hand is..... heat damaged hair. Yes, the structure has been permanently altered, but, not chemically so, some may argue this one out – whether to call it natural or not – I don’t know, don’t ask me. As for dyed hair (colour treated hair), I still consider it natural because your hair’s still gon’ be in the same state in which it grows out of your head, only that it’ll be a different colour.  Extensions: honestly, I find this one stupid, the whole saying that your hair’s not natural if you’ve got extensions in, but, honey, once you take ‘em down, what’s your hair gon’ look like? Chemically altered? If you douse your hair with water (after separating clumps and possibly detangling, of course,), would it stay straight, looking like a braid out or twist out? IT’S GON’ BE IN THE SAME STATE AS THAT OF THE HAIR THAT GROWS OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

So, fortunately, this isn’t one of my super long posts where I just talk and talk and talk and talk, I’m just going to end here.
So, have fun, and spread the word!

Tangle Teezer Review

Picture got from FeelUnique
*Sammy appears wearing a toga*
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Friends, Curlies, Citizens of the world, lend me your- (, lend me your eyes. I have come to tell you about the Tangle Teezer not to.....(okay! I've got nothing!)
*Toga disappears and Sammy stands in*looks down*) uniform*

Hello everyone :)

So, I'm finally reviewing the Tangle Teezer! Yay! *happy dance*

Before I start I will let you read a description of the Tangle Teezer which I got from Amazon:
"Tangle Teezer professional detangling hairbrush delivers impressive results on both wet and dry hair. It has been swiftly referred to as a ‘miracle brush’, whilst children excitedly declare it a ‘magic brush’. It’s a detangling hairbrush that finally ends the torment and misery of shampooing your hair. It reclaims the hours lost with bottles of conditioner and incorrect brushes and combs, waging war on tangle prone hair. Your hair’s future has never looked so smooth.
Tangle Teezer professional detangling hairbrush works like no other brush or comb. It boasts a unique teeth configuration that has a revolutionary ability to flex upon contact with tangles. Quick and simple to use, it makes brushing your hair easy and stress free by removing tangles and not your hair."

 Now, let me start by telling you that this brush won't necessarily work for everyone.

Need to knows:

It costs about
  • £10-£11 at Boots (in England) and at

  • $12-$18 at Sallys (in the USA) and at


I liked this brush and I like this brush, I really do. People complain about it's shape and how it has to be held and all that, but they're just fine to me. This brush takes out my tangles like there's no tomorrow. It slides through my hair with ease. It also goes through my hair wet or dry, with conditioner or not easily. No more fussing around with other combs.

Unfortunately, this is a ripper for me. I don't use my tangle teezer that often (maybe just once a week or twice a week) because it breaks off my ends some times and that's not good. Also, when the tangle teezer is wet, it tends to become slippery and might just slip out of your hands especially if it has conditioner on it. Mine's fallen a couple of times, but it's still without a crack or dent so, I guess that's good.

Besides those little disadvantages, the Tangle Teezer is a keeper. I love it! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Twists with extensions tips, care and stuff


So, I don't know if I told you guys this, but I had a bad experience with those twists with extensions,so, I'm never using extensions again. However, I learnt a couple of things from them.

What was my bad experience?
I lost over an inch of hear in front 'cause of the twists. They suddenly fell out, I took out the extensions that fell out, undid them and voila! my hair was in them. I hand-stretched the hair in front that had been below my lips and they were like nose-length. Not funny. I also lost quite a lot of my nape hair which I had managed to grow out till it had started going down my back I had like just stubble or what left when I hand-stretched it to see its new length.

What type of extensions did you use?
Synthetic ones

Aaaah, must be why. You should've used human hair extensions.
I would never use those

'Cause the did it come from? Either:
1. The heads of dead people, or
2. Temples (used for sacrifices)

I can't use hair from any of those on mine and like none of us really know where those human hair extensions came from by just looking at the pack-thingies they come in. All we'll see is something like,"Malaysia" or "Thailand," "India,"or something. We won't know that someone died, their hair got scraped off and sold or some person went to a temple for tonsure or something, their hair got shaved off, some person went over to the temple, took the sacrificed hair and sold it.

Oh.... that makes a lot of sense, but quick question: didn't the extensions dry out your hair?
No, they didn't. I was extra careful with taking care of my hair while I still had the extensions in to prevent them from drying out my hair.

So, you knew there was a possibility of them drying out your hair?
Yes, I did. I actually just found out about it a few days before I got the extensions 'cause I was chatting with Chris-Tia Donaldson (founder of ThankGodI'mNatural) and she mentioned it.

Okay! So, please, please, dish on the care, tips, and need to knows. I need to know them.
Here we go, then!

1. Installation: When getting your twists done, make sure your hair and scalp are clean and moisturised and work some combing conditioner into your hair prior to installation. Make sure the twists aren't done too tight especially around the name area and edges. Don't use a lot of extensions on a tiny portion of your hair. If you do, it'll weigh down your hair giving it a reason to fall off. *Ensure you start the twists from your roots and you don't start them by braiding at your roots first. Also, hot water isn't needed and you don't need to trim the hair down the length of the twists after installation. Hot water's not good for your hair and the trim's just going to unevenly cut your hair off.

2. Washing: You don't need to wash your hair or scalp every single week. I washed mine only once and I had my twists in for 2 months. I guess because your scalp isn't as exposed to the air and all the pollution in it, it doesn't get as dirty as fast. Anyways, to wash your hair, all you need is a bottle, some water, some shampoo, some conditioner and some extra virgin olive oil (or whichever oil you prefer). Pour about a teaspoon of shampoo into the bottle, followed by about a tablespoon of conditioner. Add a teaspoon of the oil to it, shake the bottle up a bit then fill up about 3/4 of the bottle with water. Shake it really well till the shamconoil (don't ask why I suddenly made up that word) has totally dissolved. get your hair into about 6 sections and braid each of them securing them at their ends with either hair bands or rubber bands. Wash your scalp well getting some of the washamconoil on your hands and working it into your scalp. Leave the washamconoil in for about 2-5 minutes then thoroughly rinse it out using warm water. In a scrunching motion, squeeze out the water from the braids you made then leave your hair in those braids till it dries or is 70-90% dry before you let it out. Some people might just let it out after washing, but that's just going to get everything, including you, wet.

3. Night Routine: All I'll say is, Satin bonnet or scarf. Remember your hair's still there, it didn't magically disappear when you installed those twists. So, ensure you always sleep with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf on. Also, ensure your hair's held up in at least a loose ponytail before doing so..

4. Care: Every few days or once a week, work some extra virgin olive oil into your scalp and hair (about a 50p coin size in total). Never pull at your hair. Don't fiddle with it much. If it hurts anyways, you take it down. After about 3-4 weeks, take down the hair at the edges and at the napes. Detangle and twist your own hair (alone) and style it whichever way you want with the other twists. If your hair is shorter than the other twists, you hold you hair up then tuck your own hair sorta behind the other twists in a way that it still blends in if you know what I mean. You don't want the hair around those places falling out.

5. Take Down: Below where the ends of your actual hair, turn the twist in the opposite direction of how they were installed or get your finger through it. When you have an opening, gently pull the extensions apart then gently finish up the take down.

6. After Take Down: Get your hands wet work them around sections of your hair at the roots to make sure any possible lint has been dissolved (I didn't have lint, by the way). Detangle your hair starting from the ends with a wide toothed comb (your hair should be sorta damp during this). If you can, run a tangle teezer through it then wash it out how your normally would on a wash day and leave it to air dry whichever way suits you best. For at least a week, do not braid or twist your hair, even if just alone as a hair style. Let your hair and scalp rest, okay?

That's all I have for now.

Wow! That's a long list!
No, not really

I guess. It looks long, but it's pretty simple.

So, with this, you are guaranteed healthy, soft hair?
Well, like I always say, what works for one person just might or might not work for another. This worked for me and I hope it works for a lot of other people.

It was nice to talk to you about this.
You too.

I hope all you've said helps someone out, Sammy.
I hope so too, Sammy.

Bye, for now.
You too.


I promised you

I promised you:
1. Tangle Teezer review (and it's G.O.O.D)
2. Afro Pick review
3. Denman Paddle Brush review
4. Twists with extensions tips, care and stuff
5. Hair Care (finding what works for you, etc)
6. BeeMine hair products review (when I finally get them)
7. Journey towards Graduation Hair (land). This is going to be from September till June (when I graduate). It's also a 6-inch new growth challenge 'cause I'm wearing my hair out long and curly for my graduation.
8. Goody Ouchless Bands review
9. Goody hair grips

So, far, I've only done the Ouchless Band review.

I am one person who doesn't make empty promises and when I make a promise, I keep it so, (wait! did I actually say, I promised to post those? *Sammy goes to check*  Nope, I didn't. Anyways.....). I'm going to post as many of these as I can today.

I'm at school, I've only got 2hrs and 38mins left here. When I get home, I can't get online (don't ask). So, since I've got nothing to really do today, I'm going to post stuff.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Lily.B (natural skincare), along with their brand ambassador, Colbie Caillat, have partnered with to help women embrace their natural beauty. Grand prize includes a year of free skin care from Lily.B, an autographed guitar from Colbie Caillat and a copy of her new Christmas in the Sand CD.


Naturally Glamorous Curly Parent!

 So, y'all know, I dish the story on how I ended up being able to interview someone. So, here it is!
I had seen this parent at my school many times and I was like, "oh my days! I love her hair!" I had mentioned many times in the car on my way home that I would so love to interview her and like, well, I procrastinate a bit some times so, well, I  never asked her if I could then one day, while my mum and I were leaving school, she was walking in and my mum stopped and talked to her a bit then told her that I'd like to interview her sometime. I know, I know, my relax-haired, not-planning-on-going-natural momma. Anyways! here's what this curly parent had to say after I sent the interview questions to her: 
(Interview questions will be put up in a link ASAP)

I actually was converted by my cousin who stays in the States. It took a year of persuasion to get me on the "natural hair" train. Initially it was a hard decision because I had really long permed hair but I got tired of chemicals constantly applied on my hair and my daughters, so on the 15th of jan 2011 we did the "Big Chop" and started from scratch.
Fortunately for myself and my daughters,we have natural curly and soft hair which makes it very easy to maintain our natural hair.
My siblings were surprised about d BC but my dad was a bit upset I cut off my hair.
I loved and enjoyed every sec of growing my hair because I always Rocked and still rock my hair with style.
I wash my hair at least once a week,sometimes once in 2/3wks depending what hair style I have on and only comb my hair when I condition,that means I can go a whole week or more without putting a comb through my hair but for my girls,I comb regularly. I always sleep in satin scarfs,this locks in the moisture.
Don't have a particular hair style,I weave,braid,twist,pack into a donut,extensions etc....I do whatever I feel like actually
In as much as the natural hair grows faster than processed hair,it also tends to break a bit too....for me and my girls,we use alot of natural oils,Shea butter,aloe essence,we use natural base products and try as much as possible to stay away from using excess heat on our hair. For natural hair,moisturising and conditioning and the keys to having a healthy hair.
For me its only a few people that actually touch my hair.
Any type of hair can be unprofessional depending on how one takes care of his or her hair. My hair texture really makes it easy for me to style any how I want so it's not really an issue for me
My girls have always loved the natural look so they are knowledgeable in everything to do wit natural hair.
My journey so far with the natural look has been fantastic and I don't see myself or my girls ever going back to processed hair.
Like I tell everyone, been natural doesn't mean you shouldn't take good care of your hair. You have to make time to moisturise and condition your hair often,you have to make sure your hair is clean and tidy all the time and most of all,you should always keep learning about the natural look and various styles you can rock with your natural hair.

I'm hoping this lady can convince my mum to go natural! :)