Shine on Award

I was just nominated for the Shine On award by foreverasiam.  Thank you very much for this as this is my first award since starting my blog and I am very excited about getting it.  I was ecstatic yesterday as it was my best day for visits to my blog as well.  Looking forward to sharing more natural exploits with those interested.

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The Rules:

1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  

2. Add the award logo to your blog. 

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire.

5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Seven things about me:

1. I love crafting such as scrapbooking, making cards, creating bookmarks (mainly for church) etc.

2. I have been blogging randomly for a while but this is the first time I’ve kept it up on a particular subject.

3.  I had locs for 6 years and recently had a big chop. 

4. I am a teacher working in a primary school as an Inclusion Leader/Every Child a Reader (ECaR).  I love it!

5. I have 2 children aged 20 and 11 years.

6. I am the Church Clerk at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK.

7. I love gadgets.  My most recent gadget was the iPhone 5.

My Nominees:

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/

http://naturalrify.wordpress.com/

http://thisbrownqueen.wordpress.com/

http://napzrbeautiful.wordpress.com/

http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/38847060/

http://naturalhairess.wordpress.com/

Thank You

Naturally Yew

My Favourite Hair & Body Butter

Butter me Up

Shea & Grapeseed Butter (Butter me Up)

I’ve been making a range of butters over the last 10 months and I think I have found a favourite for my hair and body. I found it in ‘Beauty Oils and Butters’ by Elaine Stavert. It is simply Grapeseed oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E oil and essential oils. It’s light and smells really nice because I add Orange Essential Oil to it and it doesn’t cost loads to make!

Butter me Up
Shea and Grapeseed Butter (Butter me Up)

What you need:
250ml/1 Cup of Shea Butter
125ml/1 cup of Grapeseed Oil
1/2 tsp of Vitamin E oil
10 drops of Orange Essential Oil

How to:
Melt the Shea Butter then add the Grapeseed and other oils. Put in the freezer for about 20 mins then begin to whip it up. Once whipped place in containers. Mine was a little over whipped (house is still a bit cold so hardened more after I’d finished whipping).

I bought the book really cheap here: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&productId=252957

Beauty Oils and Butters

A First for Hair

I am lapping up every moment of my hair. This holiday I’ve been able to do a few ‘firsts’:

1. We had a ‘Hair Party’ (or whatever you want to call it). A few of my friends from church are thinking of going natural. Believe me something’s happening and loads of people I know are thinking this is the way to go – natural. I’ve been natural now for 10 months and a couple of friends dropped by to talk hair. We talked about how to wash, what to apply, why we do it, we looked at combs, gels, shampoos, conditioners and 3 hours later came to the conclusion that it was great fun and we needed to do it again – next date is 9th June 2013 @ 2.00pm and it looks like at least 13 people will be crammed into my little front room, eating, sharing, discussing and listening (can’t wait!)

2. During the ‘Hair Party’ a friend brought up eczema so my next ‘first’ was to look for something that might help with a sensitive scalp and body. I’ve not made as much butter this winter as my house is freezing and the butter turned to rock. My daughter made me make some a couple of weeks ago and that came out creamy so I thought I’d try again. To make this butter I used the following:

Shea & Coconut Butter
Shea & Coconut Butter

1 cup of Shea Butter
1/2 cup of Coconut Butter
1/2 cup of Jojoba Oil
10 – 12 cups of Orange Essential Oil
10 – 12 cups of Peppermint Essential Oil

I melted the Shea and Coconut Butter first then added all of the oils. Next I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes until it began to get hard (I tripled the ingredients so needed longer). When it came out I whipped it until it began to get creamy. I needed to put it back into the freezer for an extra 10 minutes and voila the result is above. I usually squeeze it out of bag like icing but this time just scooped it out with a spoon.

It looked yummy! Unfortunately I’m not a great fan of the smell of coconut butter (don’t get me wrong, I can eat it no problem but for it to be on my body… for a long period of time, not so much.

3. My third ‘first’ was a pretty decent twist out – I’m not saying the style is all that but the texture and softness was great and I love the definition of this twist out. I’ve not done my hair on such big twists for a while as it didn’t work well but now my hair is growing it’s looking better and filling out. Not so much ‘picking’ to fill out the gaps.

Twist Out
My Softest Feeling Twist Out

4. My final ‘first’ was to do finger coils on a friend’s hair. It took about an hour and a half and didn’t turn out too bad (if I do say so myself). It was a finger coil on transitioning hair so there were some stringy ends which she later cut off. I’ve been doing different styles on my hair so it was scary doing it on somebody else’s hair and there were lots of prayers going up asking that it came out OK.

Well enough firsts – lets see what the next couple of months bring, especially as the weather is trying to warm up here in Bristol.

Natural Hair Goal

Since cutting off my locs, I have been thinking about a goal for my hair. I liked having long hair and would actually like to have it again but this time with hair that I can change, manipulate and enjoy.

After 6 years of locs, not being a creative person with my hair, needing to go to the locs specialist for styles that were a bit more creative (see below) and frankly becoming a bit bored with it, I look forward to experimenting with my ‘fine’ natural hair.

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With all this in mind, I’ve been reading up on my natural hair and came across the following on this website – http://www.naturalhaircommunity.com/grow-long-hair:

‘The truth is that the process to grow long hair can vary for each person and it’s really about increasing the number of right things that you do for your hair and the reducing the number of wrong things that you do for your hair. Note: The key phrase in the sentence above is “for your hair”. What works for someone else, may not work well for your hair.’

And

‘If we assume (for the sake of example) that the measurement from the top of your head to the top of your shoulders is roughly 12 inches and that you have an average growth rate of ½ inch per month, it will take two years (or more) with excellent length retention for you to achieve shoulder length hair assuming that you have recently big chopped down to a brush cut (or for your natural hair to reach shoulder length if you’re transitioning).’

How true. Wouldn’t we all like a process that works for all or even just me! I’ve already realised that this is just not going to happen so continue on my journey to explore my new found natural hair and grow it to the length that my locs were.