Over the weekend, i had the pleasure of attending the Curly Hair Festival at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. I had previously attended a number of the Natural Hair Week events in London so I was excited to see what the founder of the iconic event Vinna Best had in store following the recent rebranding from Natural Hair Week to Curly Treats Festival rebranding.
After years of attending hair events, i’m always astounded by the number of natural haired lovelies that attend and in this, i’m sure that they were not disappointed by the offering in this instance. Throughout the day guests were treated to hair and health workshops, demos and interactive discussions, a fashion show in celebration of Black Girl Magic and of course some of you favourite brands such as Cantu beauty, Creame of nature, Mixed chicks and Softn’ Free were in attendance as alongside some amazing independent brands. Popular influencers such as MahoganyCurls, Lekoia Lee and the girls from Curlcuture were also on deck taking part in workshops, discussions and meet and greets. I especially loved the fact that men were catered to with a dedicated afro men’s hub which offered free shape-ups, beard maintenance and skin care advice for the man in your life. For mini curlies, there was an empowHER lunch and a children’s corner which provided fun interactive activities and storytelling.
Over the weekend I attended AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE 2017, at the Business Design Centre in Islington which in its 36th year still managed to draw a large crowd.
You don’t know anything about it, AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE is an annual hair & beauty event in London which hosts stalls of many different products for all types’ textures and even some body products. They also host a variety of workshops live demos and fashion shows.
I have religiously attended the show for the last few years so I knew what to expect and was excited to discover some new hair products.
Despite my planning to get there early to avoid the rush ... Let’s be honest that never happens it was lovey to see so many eager faces and try out so many products.
This year AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE welcomed Afro Man, which catered to the grooming, hair and lifestyle needs of the man in your life which included skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters.
While us mere mortals gorged chocolate, and went to church over the Easter weekend somewhere in the Colorado Desert celebs, socialites and the uber trendy were getting down at Coachella.
Festival of festivals the four-day event which was held over two weekends boasted a star-studded a line-up of music greats which included Kendrick Lemar, Lady Gaga, Schoolboy Q and our very own Stormzy to name a few.
But can we talk about the fashion?
No rules no trends just do your thing boo boo. Make sure and take note because the inspiration for many of this summer’s trends will defiantly be drawn from the valley this summer.
Check out some of the looks:
Don’t you love it when fashion trends come back around? This 90’s throwback was recently featured in a number of designer’s collections during showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes NYFW for Spring 2016.
And now the cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence, and it just so happens to be the perfect way to ease yourself into showing a little skin during this changeable weather we are currently experiencing since you can keep the rest of your arms coverer.
Do you dare to bare (shoulders) this summer?
Want a chemical free way to colour your hair?
Want to colour your hair without subjecting you locks to all those harsh chemicals?
Well let me introduce you to Naturigin
Founded in 2004 by the Danish couple Stig and Mette NATURIGIN offers 19 permanent colour shades which are all 100% free from PTD, SLS, ammonia, resorcinol, and parabens. Containing a naturally derived formula, with a special blend of certified organic lemon and mandarin essential oils, along with 10 additional pure and gentle organic extracts and natural oils, which protect the hair during colouring to reveal shiny nourished locks!
This innovative Danish brand won the best Natural Beauty Product 2014-2015 in the US market and Naturigin is the only hair dye in the world to have an organic certification and is made from using 98.2% naturally derived ingredients, making it a vegan product.
I recently tried the product myself as I was concerned about the health of my hair and wanted to avoid using any chemicals and I must say the process was super simple and I was thrilled with the results.
If you’re ready to stop colouring with toxic chemicals, why not give NATURIGIN a try.
I cannot think of a more versatile team of clothing then the humble white T-shirt. Seriously what piece of clothing are you able to wear any day of the year, in any season. That said, it’s in the summer that white t-shirt truly becomes a wardrobe necessity, as it can anchor statement pieces such as wildly-printed shorts or colored jeans, take the formality out of work wear, add a casual element to silky, beaded, or even sequin skirts, just convey a sense of laid back summer style with a pair of blue denim cut-off shorts or jeans or nick your boyfriends oversized t-shirt chuck on some statement jewellery and voila you have a tunic dress.
Whether it’s a crisp cotton crewneck or the paper-thin slouchy styles made popular in recent season the white t-shirts are a must for your wardrobe.
Being a child of Caribbean descent Palmers Coca butter was one of the main beauty staples in my house (No one was leaving the house with no dry arms and legs), so of course I jumped at the chance to check out their award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range which includes a Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Body Cream and Body Oil.
I had been incorporating coconut oil in to my skin and hair care regime for some time now so it’s nice to cut out the middleman as brands are realizing the many benefits of including coconut oil in their products.
The Coconut Oil Formal aside from smelling amazing and leaving my skin feeling soft supple and moisturized without feeling greasy consist of mainly ethically and sustainably sourced raw, organic Coconut Oil which is infused with ancient Polynesian sacred oil, Tahitian Monoi Oil and is also free from Parabens, phthalates, mineral oil.
My favorite product from the range is the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil as I loved the way the oils absorbed into my skin quickly and easily without feeling sticky and left me smelling heavenly.
I also like that fact that you can add a few drops to your bath to make your bathing experience a little bit more luxurious.
Palmer’s Award-winning Coconut Oil Formula range is available for purchase at Boots, Sainsbury’s, Feel Unique and Amazon.
Now you can sweat like Beyoncé... Well kind of!
R&B megastar Beyoncé and Topshop's billionaire owners, Sir Philip Green are to launch a sexy active wear label called Ivy Park
THE Ivy Park’s debut collection combines fashion led design with technical innovation resulting in an extensive active wear line which is suited for everybody and every body shape.
The collection includes leggings with three different rise options, as well as a range of second skin pieces i.e. tanks with built-in sports bras, bodysuits, and medium-impact sports bras. There will also be streetwear pieces like logo sweatshirts, T-shirts, and parkas which can be mix and matched to create the ultimate outfit for punching a bag or pounding the pavement.
You will be able to shop the Ivy Park collection at Topshop from Thursday 14th April
Tired of being confined to night time glamour? This season, metallic will be hitting the streets for SS16!
Unleash your inner magpie with shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories from rose gold glitz to high shine shimmer and of course everybody loves a bit of bling!
Chunky trashy jewellery is a quick way to add some flash to your everyday office outfit and metallic shoes will shine some light to your old faithful jeans and take a casual daytime outfit through to the evening.
Check out some of the hottest metallic trends to wear at all times of the day.