Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sew Slow

Can you guess what this is going to be?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

This week's protective style:

A simple bun with plaited ends ends plaited/braided and pinned to my head. I smooth my hair down into a ponyail, split the ponytail into 4-5 sections and then plait each section. Then I treat all the plaits as one ponytail, wrap it around its base and pin in down in several places.

 It's been so easy to maintain - I put a scarf over it at night to keep the front smooth (not sleek - that's far too much effort and is often, in my case at least, counter-productive) and spray it with a..well, spray every morning, tie a scarf to stop the curls springing up in raucous joy and celebration and then by the time I take it off at work, I'm sorted. When it gets a little frizzy, I undo the plaits, add a moisturising cream, seal with my aloe-shea butter and plait it back up. I don't detangle when I do that (well, not properly. There's some light incidental detangling, but that's it). I also don't object to getting it wet in the shower (read: dunking my head under the shower faucet at least twice a week).

For the sake of moisture. Clearly.

I don't know when I'm going to unravel this style and deal with the detangling monster but that's a problem for next week really. Future Simple Thing can deal with that.

Right now, I'm more interested in breakfast. Because, you know, priorities.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

First flexi-rod set.

Did you guess that I was hiding some lovely lumps under my head wrap?

Sometimes, Queens gots secrets. Sometimes that secret is that you are going out that night, want to actually look good and there's no way in Heck nor Hike that your hair is going to dry in time.

So you improvise.

Now, every time the British queen wears a hat, I'ma be thinking, "Liz, you got curlers under there?"
Snap, Liz, snap. I see you.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Is..that a headwrap?


In bright, bold 'African' fabric? You did it yourself? In 5 minutes?

And you wore it all day? Even to work??
And, fear of repetition be acknowledged, KABLAMO!

The thing I learnt was that, whilst wearing a headwrap, you could NOT walk apologetically.
 It won't let you. If you put your head down, with the extra added weight, it's going to go ALLTHUHWAYDOWN. 

So you overcompensate and start lookin' regal and stuffs. Like, "Yes, I would like salt and vinegar - and a bigger kingdom while you're at it, chum. Oh and ketchup too please." 

Queens gotta be polite.

It was AWESOME. And terrifying (draws attention and people reminisce at you about this one time, in Africa..,). Mainly awesome though,

But Simple Thing, why does it look so lumpy though? 
Because it's hiding a purple and not-so-terrible secret...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Week 4 - Childish antics.

I would like to say that I didn't spend the last week in five or six huge plaits/braids.

That I jazzed it up and made it funky and fabulous.

I would love to say that, but I can't. If I did, I'd be lying.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Oh dear.

In light of my recent reaction, I was really surprised (and saddened) to come across across this article discussing lead levels in a well known natural hair brand.

The link simply mentioned a beauty brand and I hadn't known it was going to be Alikay Naturals, since the site where I found the link was completely unrelated to natural hair.

For your own safety and information, whether you have used Alikay Naturals Bentonite Me Baby or not, I would urge you to read the article.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Week 1 - In buns

I stretched my hair using Curlformers on Monday and decided to put my hair in buns this week as part of the protective styling part of the challenge.

My first bun this week was my 'usual' bun - I made the ponytail using a Goody banana clip and the tucked the ends under on top with a mini Goody flex barrette.

I know it's hard to see since all my goody tools are black and so is my hair (doi!), so I've included the first blurry picture so you can see the placement of the mini Goody flex barrette since the light reflected off it at that angle there (I never get it on straight, and readjusted straight after this picture, so now it's on the other side).

"This thing? I call her Old Faithful."

A good picture of the banana clip making the ponytail.

Here's a shot from the side.
  After moisturising my hair on Thursday night, I decided to switch it up a little a split my hair into two sections - a top and a bottom. The top section is actually one ponytail split into two extra mini buns.

 This is the best picture of the triangular strucure of the two top mini buns and bottom bun I could take. I'm not sure it was the most flattering on me, but I wanted to be a bit more adventurous with my styling instead of sticking to Old Faithful all the time.

From the front, I simply twisted my fringe/bangs for some interest.
 I've been moisturising every day using the Eden BodyWork Moisturising Souffle (First impression? Me likey), and sealing occasionally with rosehip oil. Sometimes I sprayed aloe vera juice on it too.

As I was moisturising, I notice that my ponytail hung quite comfortably below my shoulders and the sight (despite my premature fairytale ends) made me ridiculously happy, so I decided to snap a pic (or fiften - this is my instagram, okay?) for posterity's sake. I changed my two sections on top into more of a bantu knot to make them easier to pin down and to see if I preferred that look to the two cinnabun-esque sections.

It's been an okay week, but I don't think my hair is holding on to as much moisture as it could because it's loose. After my next wash day, I plan to twist or plait it for the first week, and release it for the texture towards the end of the first week and see if that helps it to retain moisture. Also,  don't think the aloe vera juice by itself is a good idea on dry hair - I might need some water in there too!