Finger Coils

It’s funny that one of the first styles that people try when they go natural seems to be the finger coils. A while back I showed photos of two lovely young ladies rocking their finger coils and they’re back and still showing off their fantastic coils. Over the past few months there are others following the Bristol trend. Long, short, curly, coily, kinky, lovely…

Next up, afro puffs!

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

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.

Finger Coils

I haven’t considered myself as being natural for very long although I had locs for 6 years. I am exploring my hair and trying a few things and as I find out more I just can’t seem to help sharing my ideas with friends, family, colleagues etc. I am by no means an expert especially as I can be lazy with hair, but I am reading, watching and trying out different things with mine and my daughter’s hair.

Last week I attended a conference with a friend and we talked hair which seems to be my staple diet at the moment. She has two beautiful girls with different types of curl patterns and she decided to try out finger coils on them. I have been doing coils on my hair for a couple of months and find it so easy that I decided to share. See these fantastic photos of the results.

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

Six years ago, when I turned 40, I decided to locs my hair. No particular reason except I am lazy and wanted to do as little as possible to it and my cousin Karen’s hair looked fantastic. I grew it long but in 2012 decided it was too heavy, too hard to wash and on top of that my reasonably priced locs beautician had done a runner. I decided to keep my hair natural after Serena was disgusted when I uttered the unspeakable word ‘perm’! I did some YouTube research on being natural and well, here I am natural and loving it although still not 100% sure how I want to style my newly discovered coils.