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My contribution work on Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

I have been a little off about posting the different articles I have contributed to Global Couture. If you haven’t already visited the site then you really should! It is a wonderful source of information and inspiration! 

I just wanted to share some of the previous articles along with the links to them. 

I would love to hear what you think if you read any of them.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Featured on AJANI Handmade

Hey Maicurlies,

A little over a week ago I was honoured to introduce you to Ms. Sharon Njavika from AJANI Handmade. The lovely Sharon was kind enough to feature my natural hair story and journey on AJANI Handmade’s Blog.

 I am flattered to have my story as part of her beautiful Blog, Thank You Sharon! 

You can read the full story here and please take a few minutes to go over the rest of the wonderful stories and information provided on the Blog. I love the feel, look and content of her Blog and I am sure you will enjoy reading through it too! 

Once again Thank You Sharon, you turned my story into a wonderful feature! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 1 Update

Good Morning Maicurlies,

Protective style challenge 1st weekIt has been a week since I started the Protective Style and Castor Oil Challenge setup in Napturally Curly.com’s forum.

How did my first week go?

It went really well! I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to do too much with my hair in the morning. I literally just fixed the top of my hair (I slept with a satin scarf which sort of helped keep down fly-aways). “Fixing” didn’t take long and I was out the door. My roots felt super soft and I only moisturized my hair 2 times the whole week.

What Did I do?

  • I washed my hair the day before the challenge started (which was the 21st September), moisturized, sealed and then let it air dry in twists.
  • Day 1 – First hairstly: After taking down the twists I massaged a little of my mixed Castor/Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil with Peppermint on my scalp, hairline and a  tiny bit to my ends. This is the style I did for the first 3 days.
1st style

I put my hair in a ponytail, made about 8 twists, wrapped them around to make a bun and held it in place with bobby pins.

  • Day 3 – I reapplied some castor oil mix to my scalp and hairline.
  • Day4 – I re-moisturized my hair with my leave-in conditioner, again massaged my scalp and hairline with the castor mix and also put a dab on my ends and changed my hair style to this:
I put my hair in a ponytail and then rolled my ends up and under towards my head. Using bobby pins I keep my ends tucked underneath.

I put my hair in a ponytail and rolled my ends up and under – towards my head. Using bobby pins I kept my ends tucked underneath and used a ribbon for a little added color.

  • Day 7 (yesterday) – Washed my hair and did a henna gloss;

I put my hair in twists to air dry, pinned them down for the night and will be styling my hair for the next 3 days!

Looking forward to the new week ahead!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Challenge (Sept – Nov)

Hey Maicurlies,

Protective Style & Castor Oil ChallengeAs I write this I am bouncing around in my seat! So as the title says, I am going to be doing a protective style and castor oil challenge from September 21st – November 2nd with a few lovely ladies on the Napturally Curly (forum). This is my first proper challenge and I am uber excited!

I have previously mentioned that I am a member on Napturally Curly which is run by the beautiful Naturallista Lisa (I have linked both her Site and YouTube Channel for your reference). After going through her site, following her on YouTube (of course), join the forum! Even if you are not interested in taking part in the challenge there are a lot of fantastic women on there to share ideas, learn from one another and just discuss EVERYTHING (none hair related too!)

If you do want to join the challenge it is never too late. You can also opt to just join one part of the challenge, all up to you!

So back to the challenge, we have a forum member who has always been on top of all the challenges agreed upon by the group. I am not sure if she would mind me mentioning her name here as she also reads my blog so I will just say Thank You hun (you know who you are :D) She deserves a shout-out for all the effort she puts into organizing the challenges, providing us with style inspiration and motivating words!

In case you are curious about the guidelines for the challenge here they are:

Protective Styling Challenge

  1. You will wear your hair in a Protective Style for no less than 2 days of each week of the challenge. (Some of us are installing twists, braids using weaves, wigs etc).
  2. Please post pics of your hair throughout the duration of the challenge, it would be great to see not just all of the styles you come up with but also any and all length that you gain, improvement to the health of your hair and even see how your styling progresses and your aesthetic changes.
  3. Each week you will answer several questions about your progress or setbacks from the previous week and so forth.

Castor Oil Challenge

  1. You will use choose how many days (between 3-7 days each week) and the way you will use your Castor Oil. You are free to choose the type of Castor Oil and how you will apply it to your scalp and or hair. (Some of us are diluting the castor oil a little with another oil)
  2. Don’t beat yourself up if you forget to use your oil each of the days you originally set for yourself, if this isn’t something that you normally do then you are creating a new habit.
  3. Just as we will check in on a weekly basis for the Protective Style Challenge we will do the same for this challenge.

My Challenge tactic:

First off I am going to trim my hair between today (19th) and the 21st September. I want to start off “fresh” so a trim is in order. I will be taking off more hair at the back since this is were I have the most uneven length difference to the rest of my hair and then lightly dusting the rest to get rid of SSK’s.

  • I will be doing low manipulation/protective styles but not in the sense of using extensions, additional hair, wigs or weaves. Things like twist and tucks, buns, jumbo twists, medium two strand twists with my hair tucked away will be the styles I’ll use.
  • I plan on trying to keep my hair in styles for at least 3 days (touch-up my roots when needed) and will take my hair down to re-moisturize and then put it away again.
  • I will wash my hair once a week (as normal) which will include DC’s.
  • I also plan to do henna glosses at least 3 times during the challenge.
  • I will be using a mix of castor oil and infused rose oil (in a couple of weeks my combination of Ayurvedic infused oil will be complete and I will be using that). Castor oil is just too heavy for me so I will dilute it 70% castor to 30% other oil.
  • I will apply the oil 3 times a week to my roots/scalp, hair line and a tiny bit on the ends of my hair.

The purpose of me taking part in the challenge is to help thicken up my hair and for overall healthy hair. I want to retain length (if I see growth that is of course a plus) but my goal is to help boost my hair line which is quite fragile and has always been thin, even as a child. (I will write a little more about my hair line in another post). I also need more practice at simple low manipulation styles so this will be a great opportunity.

I will be taking photos during the course of the challenge of my hair styles and will also do a measurement check after I have trimmed my hair to compare to the end results in November.

I am so excited to get started and hopefully see positive results!

Are you currently doing or planning to do a protective style or castor oil challenge? If so what are you doing, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

The Natural Hair Blog Directory GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

The NHBD Giveaway

The Natural Hair Blog Directory (NHBD) has officially been up and running for 6 months and are about half way there to their 500 blogger/vlogger goal! 

In case you haven’t heard of the NHBD, it basically works as an online “naturalista directory”. If you are a natural hair blogger or vlogger you can sign up with the directory (for free) and get your blog/channel listed! If you are looking to find new bloggers/vloggers for styling inspiration, natural hair advice or suggestions then all you have to do is visit the directory and click away on any of the beautiful naturalistas on there. 

So, they are doing a giveaway to say thank you for all the support!

“In celebration of such a great momentum to this point, we want to thank all of the naturalistas that have used and helped spread the word of the directory! One lucky naturalista will win a box of the following items listed below”.

What’s the giveaway? I have to say I am amazed at how much there is! 

  • Raw Shea Butter from AntiguaBarbudaGirl
  • T-shirt from Aphrodite Kinks
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from Lovethyintrovert
  • Curlkit by Nappyfu.com
  • Waist Beads from Natural Hair Junkies
  • 2 Eden BodyWorks products from Naturally Glam
  • BYOB tshirt from The Confetti Collective
  • Jewelry from Fro and Bro
  • Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner from Natural Nicole
  • Sample sizes of Motions Light Styling Foam, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Parnevu T-Tree Shampoo, Parnevu T-Tree Ultra Deep Repair Conditioner, and Parnevu T-Tree Cream Glosser from Tresses and Treats
  • Maxi Hair Bows from Yellospace
  • Natural High T-shirt from The Natural High Blog
  • Jewelry from Overxposedkc91

Like I said AMAZING right?! 

So how do you sign up for a potential win?

To enter, click the link below to get to the NHBD page and follow the instructions there.

Good Luck Maicurlies!

Maicurls

Maicurls

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

Nominated for The Fashionista Award!!!

The Fashionista Award

                                                    The Fashionista Award

Hey Mailcurlies,

I am SUPER honored to be nominated by the beaaautiful Ms. Kesia owner of IslandKynks (thank you love!) for the Fashionista Award hosted by That Chic Fashion Blog.

Part of the nomination is to answer a few questions and then to nominate other bloggers and share the love so here it goes:

1. What motivated you to start blogging?

The number one reason was because I personally found so much help online and I truely believe that if it was not for the online naturalista community I would not have come as far as I have with my hair. My family were very supportive but I was able to share & learn through the online community and wanted to “give back” in any way I could. If my blog can help one transitioner/natural I am a happy girl! Plus I am obsessed with all things natural so this was a way for me to unburden my family who have to listen to me go on about hair  A LOT! 🙂

2. Favorite movies?

I am a big crime, “true life”, thrillers and “movies that touch the heart” fan so: The Godfather, Blow, I am Sam, Schindler’s list, American Gangster, Donnie Brasco, The Departed, In America, The Pianist, Invictus, and basically ALL Johny Depp movies because he is an amazing actor & HOT!

3. What is you’re dream career?

I would love to own my own Cafe where have a little section to sell DIY Jewelry and homemade Hair products (mainly butters) .I want to work with a non-for-profit organization in Africa to help raise funds for African Women and children to help build hospitals and schools.

4. Top wish list items at the moment?

I do not REALLY need/want but I wouldn’t mind a ticket to visit New Zealand to see my best friend who got married and had a baby and I couldn’t make it for the wedding or birth or her beautiful baby girl.

5. Favorite television shows?

Currently just finished Game of Thrones, Hannibal & Grey’s Anatomy impatiently awaiting new seasons!

6. What store do you find yourself shopping in the most?

Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Pimkie

7. Favorite fashion designers?

Charles and Keith Wong (CHARLES & KEITH Shoes and Accessories), Calvin Klein

8. Describe you’re dream vacation?

Going to a lush tropical island with my sister for a little bonding time doing absolutely nothing apart from visiting the spa, sun bathing, eating good food, drinking yummy cocktails, visiting local markets and mingling with the locals!

9. What are the goals for you’re blog?

I hope to be able to help some people through my own personal experiences, learn from others and develop a great connection with my readers and other bloggers! I would love for it to become and learning and sharing platform.

10. If you had the opportunity to interview a celebrity, who would it be?

If I had the opportunity (and the capability of inventing a time machine) I would go back in time and interview Tracey Chapman! I love her voice, music & her hair! 

I nominate:

Love Thy Introvert

Clueless Curl

Natural Review 

Crazy 4 Coconut

Classy Curlies

Glam Natural Life

Tiffany Nichols Design

Healthy Hair and Body 

Natural Nicole

Minimalist Beauty

Go ahead ladies! 

The requirements for the competition can be found on That Chic Fashion Blog.

Once again Thank You Kesia means a lot girly! 🙂 

Maicurls

Maicurls

I can touch your hair right?

Hey Maicurlies,

I came across two videos on YouTube and maybe some of you have already seen this as it was out in 2013. Nevertheless, I loved the conversations that were brought up, opinions, points of view etc.

It basically boils down to whether you are fine with people touching your hair or not. Personally, I do not really have an issue with someone wanting to touch my hair but I do have some “conditions”. By conditions I mean it depends on how the person approaches wanting to touch my hair.

  1. If you are asking because you are genuinely  curious as apposed to treating me like I am a dog who’s hair you want to pat, and more importantly,
  2. If you ask!

I have no issues with people wanting to see what it feels like, asking me how I maintain my hair etc but if you randomly touch my hair just because you happen to be standing next to me and feel like you have a “right” to touch my hair… without asking…then I get mad!

Granted I think I have only had two random people reach out and bounce their hand on my hair (without asking) saying “oooh it is soft and bouncy” while looking at their friends. Yeah, that didn’t go down well! Usually people will say something nice and ask “how do you get it like that?” LOL…I’m like ummmm like what? Curly? Ask my mama :). My sister gets a lot more people who want to touch her hair because she has a lovely big, full, fluffy Afro so that sort of catches peoples attention. She is less inclined to let people touch her hair especially if she feels like you are just asking so you can turn around and have a giggle with your friends and say “No it isn’t really hard…it just feels weird”. If you randomly touch her hair….watch out LOL!

In the video one lady was saying how someone really dug into her hair …actually reaching her roots! Now that is just crazy!

I had a discussion with a few of the lovely ladies on  NapturallyCurly.com (you need to check out the forum if you haven’t already). I love talking with the ladies on there because we cover everything from: “how to” styling videos/images/advice, how we take care of our hair, suggestions for newbies as well as general conversations (not hair related.)

We all shared our own views as to whether we are OK with people touching our hair, why or why not, under what conditions etc. 

I really would love to hear how you feel about people wanting to touch your hair. Are you alright with it? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls