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My Hair!

Hey guys!

This post is all about my hair! I’ve been wanting to write a post about my hair for a while because it’s definitely something I feel quite proud of, and I’d love it if some like-minded ladies found some hair inspiration in this post 🙂

I hope you enjoy!


BEFORE… 

(Dying process took place sometime between 3rd June 2014 and 16th July 2014.)

Before I began growing my natural hair out, I had been dying it for the previous 8 years or so. I literally hadn’t seen what my natural hair looked like since then, and I always assumed it would be a mousey, grey-blonde, super unattractive colour going by what I could see of any roots that would show.

Nonetheless, I became absolutely sick and tired of trying to maintain a dyed hair colour. It just felt like a losing battle against nature, so in the end I thought “Fine hair, you win. If you want to be natural, healthy and long, you can be natural, healthy and long.” I decided it was time to let nature take its course and to just accept my unique genetics for what they are – rather than trying to hide them. I decided to go all natural, and to grow my hair out completely. My goal was to grow out my natural hair, without any cuts besides trimming off split ends, to the point where I would find my hair to be actually less attractive than when it were a tad bit shorter. I’ve always loved long, natural princess hair, so I assumed this would turn out to be a very long length!

To begin this process, I first cut my hair at the time as short as I possibly could without getting upset, so that I would have as little “starter” hair as possible. I also dyed it with a permanent dye in my favourite colour (magenta) – both so that I could enjoy having beautifully coloured hair one last time, and so that I would have a permanent marker between where my old, damaged hair ended and where my natural, new and healthy hair would begin. Basically, I had a very short (around lip length) straight across magenta bob, with a fringe (or bangs.) The natural hair process had officially begun!

DURING…

During the hair growing process, I would check my roots everyday in the mirror for any progress. I was SO EXCITED by the sign of any new, healthy, natural hair growth! I took such good care of my hair during this stage – I made sure to wash it very, very rarely (only once it would become very, very dirty,) and made sure to condition it in the shower every single day. I even went so far as to put BODY BUTTER AND BODY LOTION into my hair, to help add in EVEN MORE moisture!

Every now and then, when my hair would start to become a little bit longer, I’d ask my partner to cut my hair back to its original bob length, straight across, whereas I left my fringe to grow out. My plan was to get all my hair to be natural, and all the same length.

After maybe a year or so, my hair was entirely natural and my fringe had pretty much grown out – yay! It was also just below shoulder length. I decided to cut a fringe in around this point, which I then grew out, and I then cut another fringe and some face-framing layers in a year later. I basically have just maintained my fringe, grew my face-framing layers out and have just kept growing my hair out, only trimming it straight across to get the split ends off every now and then.

AFTER…

(Hair at the present, 3rd September 2018)

After all that time, 4 years and 2 months later (wow, I didn’t realise it had been that long,) my hair is now pretty damn long, and I still have my fringe! I still haven’t reached a moment where I look in the mirror and think to myself “My hair actually looked more attractive before, when it was a bit shorter.” So, I’m still growing it 🙂 After all of this process, I now absolutely LOVE my natural hair. I think the colour is absolutely gorgeous – a golden, sunshine caramel colour, and think that it’s such a unique colour for people with my warm, olive skin tone to have. I love how healthy it is. I love how free it is. I don’t interrupt its natural process at all – besides to shampoo / condition / add hair moisturisers to it, and apart from cutting it to maintain my fringe length and to keep the split ends at bay. I just really, really love it. I feel that my hair is more unique, true to myself and self-expressive than I have ever felt it has been before.

I aim to keep growing it until I reach the point I stated earlier, and to then to cut it and maintain it at the length I decide looks the best. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting a fringe – I love how I never have hair in my eyes and I just think a fringe really suits me (and most people honestly!) After reaching my ideal length, I MAY cut it into some sort of style – like into a V-shape, cutting layers into the front to frame my face and layers into the back, MAYBE. It’s far more likely that I wont though, because I just really love my hair and don’t want to cut any of it off! I have also toyed around with the idea of perming it – I’ve always LOVED curly hair, but the thought of it growing out, having to maintain it and it just not being natural really puts me off. I’ll more likely keep trying overnight hair curling methods. As for dying it in any way, I do love the look of sun-kissed hair – pretty surfer-esque highlights or a balayage effect, but I don’t know… I think I’d prefer to try to achieve that naturally, by applying chamomile and lemon to my hair and sitting in the sunshine! Basically, I kinda love my hair now, like, a lot. The thought of it taking on another colour besides my own scares me! I absolutely love bright colours like magenta – just not on my hair thank you very much!

The way I do add some interest to my hair is by using overnight curling methods to curl my hair, by maintaining my fringe, by using hats and accessories, and by putting my hair up into different styles like braids, high ponytails, side ponytails, messy buns etc. I love my hair! 🙂


 

Thanks for reading this essay about my hair!

What are some things you love about your hair? What are some things you love about your natural self?

Let me know in the comments below!
– Storm

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Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser Review

R&B Hair Moisturiser (100g:)

Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

This product will make your hair get greasy faster than it would do otherwise. I have really fine hair and also have a fringe, meaning this effect on me was really noticeable! I normally like to wash my hair daily as it is (or at least my fringe,) but when using this product my hair almost NEEDED to be washed daily.

A lot of people really hate the smell of R&B. To me it actually smells nice, but really, a LOT of people dislike its scent, so it’s definitely a product you should smell in store before purchasing.

The scent is really strong and clings to your hair. That means that if you happen to hate the scent of this product, even using the tiniest amount in your hair will cause you to smell of the stuff all day!

Although I personally do like the scent of R&B, just the fact that it is such a strong scent can make the product a little tedious to use. It’s like using the same perfume every single day for a REALLY long time! I mean, I’m not sure how noticeable the scent is to other people when it’s in my hair, but I personally can smell it very strongly throughout the day.

Using R&B correctly could be a struggle for some people. Everyone’s hair is different, so the amount you need to use in your hair wont be the same amount that somebody else needs in their hair. I personally used a really small amount at first, and kept adding more until I felt like there was enough product in my hair for it to have its full effect. After a while I learnt around how much product my hair needed. I also found it best to apply the hair moisturiser after washing and towel drying my hair. I’d begin at the tips, and work my way up to my roots, so that the least product would be on my roots and the most on my ends. I’d then brush my hair through, followed by using a hairdryer to dry my hair whilst running a brush through it. I’d brush one more time and voila! Learning how to use R&B to achieve the best effect for your hair might take some time!


Pros:

I personally love the scent of R&B, and really like the fact that the scent is strong and that it lingers in the hair (most of the time!) To me the scent is a very natural, sweet, buttery, herby floral scent. I REALLY like how it smells in fact, and so does my partner! I’m genuinely surprised by the amount of people that hate the way it smells.

Okay, so as I said before, my hair is SUPER fine. It’s also pretty long. R&B was a life saver for me when it comes to tangled hair. I could never imagine how easy it could be to comb my hair after towel drying it until I started using this product. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is dry, damp or completely wet, R&B makes it SO easy to comb your hair. Brushing my hair is a job that literally went from taking what seemed like 15 minutes to 15 seconds after using this product.

My hair has never felt so healthy and moisturised in my LIFE until using R&B.

R&B would also leave my hair feeling SUPER silky, smooth, soft and looking really shiny. It also helped my hair to look more bright and vibrant – it really helped my natural highlights to stand out! I always loved how my hair looked when I had used R&B.

This product would also help a lot with fighting static – I don’t remember hair static being a problem much at all during the time I used R&B, and it’s normally a pretty big problem for me and my fine hair!

My individual strands would look a lot thicker once I had applied this stuff, which is something I really enjoyed!

I’d find that my hair was stronger, healthier and would break a lot less when I had used R&B. The frequency of finding split ends reduced a LOT.

My 100g pot lasted me quite a long time. I asked my partner to run to Oxford Street after work to grab me a pot of the stuff on the 6th January 2017. I’m not 100% sure when I used it all up but I know it was very recently, so I’m going to go ahead and say that 100g pot lasted me around a year. Not bad!

The feel of the actual product by itself is really lovely. It feels super buttery and soothing.

R&B is a pale creamy yellow colour by itself – it even LOOKS buttery!

Despite what a lot of other people say, this product never made my hair feel greasy in a bad way. It would leave my hair feeling moisturised and healthy, and my hair would only begin to feel and look greasy if I didn’t wash it for over 24 hours. Even then, the greasiness was only really noticeable in my fringe so sometimes I’d just wash my fringe quickly in the morning – and tie my hair up if I was a bit paranoid about the rest of my hair looking greasy.

I didn’t have a conditioner to use in my hair for the longest time, so I relied on using R&B after washing my hair to keep it moisturised. It worked SO well, and a little really did go a long way. When I used it after having conditioned my hair, I’d need such a teeny bit to get the best effect from the product.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I absolutely loved this product and am really upset that it’s all gone now! I could hardly flaw it at all. In fact, I don’t really think I can really find a genuine flaw in the product personally.

I 100% recommend that everyone try a sample of this, or purchase a small pot of it. It isn’t recommended for my hair type but dayum, it worked wonders! I didn’t even think my hair was dry until I started using R&B and realised how healthy my hair could be!

Overall, I rate R&B a solid 5/5* rating.

– Storm