Look what we’ve got coming up…

Timagehis week at Haircoustics, we’ve got it all going on.

We are kicking off the week with a review of some beauty products, followed by a preview of next weekend’s Afro Hair & Beauty Show in London. As Europe’s biggest hair and beauty event specialising in black hair and beauty products and advice, we will be bringing you a rundown of who’s attending, what to expect and what’s on offer.

We’ll also be catching up with a few of our readers with a chat about their hair gripes. Tune in on Thursday for that. We would love to hear your views too, so join in the debate @haircoustics and on Facebook.com/haircoustics.

The Haircoustics gang will also be attending the show, so if you are attending, look out for us!

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The Twist-Out After a Week of Wearing Twists

Women always tell me to not bother with a twist-out if I wear the twists for too long, but I find these to be THE most defined twist-outs. The one I’m showing you now follows my post on how to blow-dry your hair with the comb attachment – the golden rules parts 1 and 2. The twists are loose by nature, because the hair was blow-dried prior to twisting. The twist-out, therefore, is of a similar loose pattern.

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I haven’t put any additional product in. Now that the twist out is a few days old, I’ll put some coconut oil in tomorrow. I’m starting to realise that I really don’t need much product. On top of that, I’ve been co-washing more often instead of using shampoo (that’s washing with conditioner only).

My hair is so soft and my scalp is free from all the usual nasties!

If you want to know more, please give me a shout. I’m happy to help 🙂

Rainforest Moisture: The Review

Rainforest Moisture, but The Body Shop

Rainforest Moisture, by The Body Shop

It’s getting to that time of year when your hair needs some added nourishment. As the hot weather sets in, it’s not long before your hair starts screaming for ‘MOISTURE’.

So I am trying a ‘Do It Yourself’ treatment that promises to restore moisture in your hair and all in five minutes.

As it describes on the tin, it’s a hair butter that is quite thick, but it does mean that you don’t need to use too much in each application. I have used it twice and it doesn’t even look like I have opened it yet! Continue reading

7 Days of Croatia Sun, Sea and Limited Baggage Allowance – What to pack?

It’s time for my first holiday of the year! Like most people, I don’t have the luxury of forking out a bucket load of money for short-haul flights. I’m going to Croatia for a sailing and cycling holiday on Saturday (freakin’ excited yo!), and I’ll be flying with Ryanair and staying in a boat, so I have to pack light and smart. What are the essentials for my hair during this activity holiday in the sun?

2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner because with limited space, one bottle is better than two. I like Dove Hair Therapy and African Pride.

Silky smooth and thick, it does the job.

Silky smooth and thick, it does the job.

Leave-in-conditioner to apply everyday, before heading out in the sun and sea (Gemma posted on this previously – I’m reiterating her point!) It’s a good idea to apply your leave-in-conditioner right before bed as well. I don’t have a preference so check out Gemma’s post for her faves.

Satin cap to sleep with, because you should never go without it.

Hats and/or head-wraps for the daytime. When you’re out exploring in the sun all day, it’s smart to occasionally cover your hair from the sun’s damaging rays. You don’t have to look like a granny, there are some pretty cute ways to tie your hair. Check out these effortless looks.

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I’ll have to do some hair prep before I go on holiday. Check out Gemma’s Top 4 Tips for making your hair summer-ready!

Love your hair, it’s yours for the keeping

So you know the phrase, ‘Love the Skin you’re in’? well, how about ‘Love the Hair you’re in’? I think we spend way too much time thinking about how we can modify our hair and what we can do to improve it, make it better and in some cases, change it all together.

As our slogan states, our hair is our statement. We need to start being grateful for ‘what your Mumma gave ya’ and less focused on what wig to buy next, what colour to dye your hair and or deciding which extensions to clip, glue or sew into your hair. Don’t you?

There are all sorts of hair types; curly, straight, wavey, afro… the list goes on. Not forgetting, short, long, shaved, braids, thick, thin… and so on. There is so much that can be done with your natural hair without all the accessories and we need to embrace it.

With so much on offer these days to style and look after the hair you were born with, why not just concentrate on treating your own locks to some TLC?

Courtesy of: Sharon Pruitt, Flickr

Courtesy of: Sharon Pruitt, Flickr

@Haircoustics we’ve already given you tips on how to maintain your tresses with some natural oils (See Essential Oils: The Facts), and how to look after your hair at night (see How to wrap your hair at night) so come on girls take the hint!

Apart from looking after your hair, it’s also about showing off your natural beauty. Your hair is part of your heritage, identity and makes a huge differenc to your outfit, exactly like an accessory, depending on how it is styled.

I am all for natural, but I can see how easy it is to just clip on some extensions and go, or make a dramatic change to your look with a bright, vibrant new colour.

Our hair is our statement, and don’t you forget it!

 

Photo courtesy of gtpete63, Flickr

Photo courtesy of gtpete63, Flickr

Golden Rules of Blowdrying with the Comb Attachment (PART 2)

IMG_20150506_232000So hopefully you’ve read yesterday’s post and you’re eagerly awaiting the rest. We talked about deep-conditioning before a blow-dry, always using heat-protection, keeping your comb attachment clean and replacing the comb when it cracks.

Now the Golden Rules continue:

Tools are cool – Use your tools to fully detangle the hair. I use a wide toothed comb and then the Denman brush to get my hair silky smooth. This sets you up perfectly for the next point…

Work from the ends up to the roots. This is the quickest way – it is also painless. If your hair is smooth and detangled, blowdrying is a breeze (pun intended).

Long, slow, gentle strokes will get you there hehe… Once you’ve dried that section of hair, you can go over the section with the blowdryer one more time. Keep the hair taut by holding the ends and move the dryer down slowly. This will straighten your hair more.

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Do not put anything else in your hair. If your hair was a kid, it would be fat and dirty. We are obsessed with overloading our hair with product. Pre, during and post shampooing, styling, drying etc etc etc. If your scalp is dry, put a bit of oil on it, but your hair was just deep conditioned, you don’t need more stuff in it.

Style as desired. I did some massive twists which are as soft as cotton wool. They are a few days old now but I love them still.

I followed these steps to get this result. Please share this post if you like it!

Golden Rules of Blowdrying with the Comb Attachment (PART 1)

What greater joy is there than blowdrying one’s hair?

I use Wahl PowerPik. It’s cheap and the attachments are readily available (and cheap).

My hair has spoken, and the path of least resistance is using the comb attachment when blowdrying. I’ve tried the tension method, and after doing one section of hair, I realised that it takes way too long. They talk about marginal gains, but I’d rather be doing other things than spending hours blowdrying my hair. You have to be somewhat careful though. If you want a decent solution – check out my Golden Rules to blowdrying your hair without the nasty stuff:

Thou shalt deep-condition thy dry trashy tresses beforehand. Dry upon dry equals dry, guys. Come on, treat your hair before blasting it with hot, dry air. It only takes 15 minutes – you’ve got no excuse.

Raise your middle finger to those who lead you away from heat-protectant. Okay, sometimes I feel like hair companies are ripping me off – those like Elasta QP, whose heat-protectant spray feels water thickened with cornstarch. But I wouldn’t stop using heat protector. Better be safe than sorry mate…

To maintain non-ratchetness, keep your comb attachment clean. Gunk will transfer to your hair, so wash that comb attachment regularly.

Your comb will fail you so if it’s broke, replace it. While we’re on the subject of the comb attachment, let’s talk about it’s fragility. If a few teeth break, it’s not the end of the world, but if the mouth (bit that slides onto the blowdryer) gets even the smallest crack, introduce it to the bin. Do not even think about the crazy glue. The crack, like many things in life, will only gain momentum as time goes on. Its size is directly proportional to the raising of blood pressure and coining of new swear words for inanimate objects.

Tomorrow we’ll continue with the Golden Rules. Stay tuned!