Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MY HAIR - Back to Black

I told y'all the ombre was gone and BLACK IS BACK!
I sound excited but I wash't at first.
Instead of getting a natural black, I got Silken Black from Clairol Textures & Tones
Why? I'm not sure. Now I still kind of regret doing it.
I'm not a fan. I'm thinking I should have done a dark brown instead.

I have to let you lovelies know the good, bad and ugly of my hair.
Initially, it looked hella fake. To me at least.
I shampooed twice in one week with sulfates to spread up the fading process.
That deep of a hate.

It's not as blinging black as before but I want it to fade more.
This reminds me of the time I did a red rinse when I was relaxed.
At least I knew that would fade, this is a permanent color.

The urge to chop is heavier than before..

Artiste Spotlight - Kristine Alicia

What a way I've been missing!
Anyways, we won't dwell on that.
What we will dwell on is this amazing artiste - Kristine Alicia
Who would I be if I didn't feature someone of the reggae genre from my beautiful island Jamaica?

I've had the pleasure of knowing her for almost 10 years
(since I was a teen)
and I've always been blown away by her unique voice.
It's soulful and sticks with you. 
So much so I find myself repeating her tracks.

She's also a fellow curly girl!
Isn't her tapered cut awesome? Makes me want to chop mine off.

Get into this acoustic version of her song Perfect Time
which just happened to be shot by yours truly :)
For more vids of her singing and giving her take on life
subscribe to her YouTube -> KristineAlicia 
Enjoy =)

Time & Ombre Hair

Summer is over and so is this ombre hair. It was short lived as was Summer. Where did the time go?
It's as if time said "Peace out homie" & left me behind.
I realize I tend to go missing on this blog during those months .. I'm not sure why.
Maybe it's because I get into a state of reflection which turns into a funk.
Life picks up & drops me - then Fall rolls around & I'm back. Two months just flew by me.

Recently, I was reminded by God how time is precious. Time is a gift.
Time is priceless. Time is also fleeting.
We are suppose to invest our time wisely and not squander seconds. Why am I posting about this? Well since 2014 is coming to a close 
[quicker than I thought]
Why not remind y'all to use it wisely as I've been reminded.

Yes You!
What things haven't you accomplished yet for this year?
Ready for this Fall/Winter season?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Artiste Spotlight - Seinabo Sey

Today's spotlight is on Seinabo Sey
A singer that hails from Sweden.
I think I have a fascination with singers from the continent of Europe.
Their vibe and tone of voice is just exceptional.

I came across her music on Spotify. 
I have an infatuation with the related artistes tab and my affair tends to give me gems.
Seinabo Sey being one of them.
Her discography is small at the current moment with Younger and Hard Time 
[the latter I absolutely adore]

then this Swedish Soul is one you should be tuned into.If you like the sounds of Disclosure, Banks or Maipei
Peep my fav Hard Time below.

Enjoy =)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MY HAIR - Blonde Marley Twists

Greetings Lovelies!
Where is Summer going? Felt like it just started. I'm a bit sad about it :'(
I did do something "summery" last week by going to camp! No, not as a camper but a counsellor.
It was soooo good. I enjoyed my time :)

Now I didn't want to be bothered with my hair at camp so enter in the Marley Twists.
I've wanted to do this for some time now but hair in the UK was just ridiculously expensive so I didn't but clearly now I did :)
My sister actually did them for me. I did try.. but fail. Thank God for my sissy!

I washed my hair as normal but this time I used Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave In Conditioner and sealed with Jojoba Oil.
I put my hair in 6-8 braids to dry over night. The next day I rocked a braid out and then my sis proceeded to do my hair.
I bought 4 packs of Bobbi Boss Jamaica Braid Hair in #27.
We started late Saturday night and finished it the following day after church.
To hold the twists, we used the
Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer + Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel 

I'd like to think I was on my Solange meets Bey vibe. 

I'm still rocking these twists. Almost two weeks.
Gonna say bye to them real soon though because, scalp.

Any protective styling for the summer?

ME, Myself and.. Imperfection

As much of a non-Yonce fan that I am, I realize some of her song lyrics spur on numerous thoughts in my head when it comes to myself and life.
Take for instances, Me Myself and I.
A popular saying that I use to reference myself instead of just saying me.

 I thought of the last part.. and I.
What words start with I that reflect pieces of me I love to show or bits I like to tuck away?
So for that - today's word is Imperfect.

Perfection. A state a lot of us aim for or think we've attained. I hear the word perfect used frequently in the natural hair 'sphere. The perfect twist out, the perfect wash n go. So many posts and videos with these titles that lure women in and telling them how to achieve the "perfect" do.

I tend to steer away from these #noshade .. I'm not looking for perfection when it comes to my hair. It makes me feel as if something is inherently wrong with me. What's wrong with the way I'm doing my twists? What makes the way you do something perfect compared to how I do? How do we define perfect when it comes to hair?

Sleek, shiny and frizz free. Controlled. Defined. (I guess)
Eh. I rather not devote more time then I already do to my hair. Ain't nobody got time for that!

I also think it feeds into the stigma some women deal with of not being good enough. What I do or what I have isn't good enough. I'm not saying one shouldn't have goals and try to better themselves but in this world, nothing is perfect. 
No one is perfect

 I am imperfect. That doesn't sound affirming at all but it's  something I need to remind myself of daily in this race of life. When I trip over myself multiple times.  Punishing myself over and over for stupid mistakes. The times I don't get it -school, work, my kinks & curls- "right".

I don't need my hair to be perfect. Wasn't it the same Bey who once said something about flaws and all but now women feel they need to "wake up like this #flawless". I also realize I won't achieve perfection in this lifetime but I can still keep on keeping on and get better at everything.

Give me my messy, frizzy mane on this imperfect shell of mine. That's so perfect to me.