Heat Damage After Straightening Curly Hair

So to understand where it all went wrong let's go back to the beginning... 
Last week I decided after months and months of contemplating, to straighten my hair. I was gifted the DAFNI straightening brush and saw how it managed to straighten curly hair well and wanted to try it for myself! I did tons of research on how to protect my curls during the process.
I bought the most recommended heat protectant CHI Silk Infusion and did a protein treatment using the Aphogee 2 step protein treatment 1 week beforehand to strengthen and prepare it. 

Long story short check out the process I went through in the video below,

All was gravy, I really enjoyed my straight hair and only went over it once with the straightening brush within a whole 8 days. Day 9 came and I wanted to wash my hair and get my curls back. I used the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and when rinsing out my hair felt really light (usually happens after straightening) but I could feel my fingers literally slipping through the front of my hair way to easily and not what I was used to. 

I tried not to panic and followed up with a deep condition Boucleme Moisture Treatment and Curls & Co Steamer (Code: UKCURLYGIRL for 20% off), next was time to reveal my hair and style using SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in and styling lotion again to strengthen and restore my curls. 

It was then that I saw I had terrible heat damage in a section at the front of my curls. (I cried) it is not the end of the world but such a shame!! I had transitioned for 2-3 years and have been through all of this before, I am so glad it is only 1 section of my hair but also ashamed that I even took the risk.

So check out the pictures and video below of the damage.

My first shampoo after straight hair

After styling with the leave-in and styling lotion (still wet)

Hair completely dry

Day 2 - After a twist out

After applying a leave in and styler

Hair completely dry

This picture below of my damage went crazy with views and likes on Instagram! A lot of you guys said to keep the straightening video up but create a follow-up series.

Check out the first video below..

I am now not a fan of heat at all and I really want you guys to be careful, use me as an example as it can really go either way! If this one section was fine it would have been a happy ending but unfortunately, this wasn't happy but it is a great lesson for me and you guys.

I will continue to treat my hair throughout the next few months and see if any progress. Do follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my channel for all updates. 

'Get My Curls Back' book,  http://amzn.to/2g8siuj




Grow & Slay Hair Growth Challenge with CURLS

Hey curlies! So I have taken the CURLS 'Grow and Slay Hair Growth Challenge' and for the next 3 months I will be trying out their new 'Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin' which has amazing benefits for your hair including the prospect of hair growth!

Each month I will be posting my length checks so stay tuned to my Instagram page @ukcurlygirl for a look at how I get on with the length. 

I have never been a fan of taking hair growth vitamins but CURLS gave me the opportunity to work with them and I was more open to it due to the fact that it is in liquid form. 

Now you guys can join me in this challenge by taking the liquid growth vitamin too and posting your monthly length checks with me! We get to go through the challenge together and you guys are also in for a chance to win $1000 !!

For a chance to win you must post 1-2 times a month and tag with #GROWandSLAY #frizzfreeCURLS on Instagram.

To get started you must register here, http://bit.ly/2dxdrU8 & join the Facebook group here for giveaways, tips, inspiration and support! http://bit.ly/2dj4Hlz

CURLS have kindly offered challengers a 25% off discount to use for purchasing the vitamins from www.curls.biz with the code: growslay25

The liquid vitamin is also available to purchase from MyLuxeBeauty in the U.K/Europe and Target stores in the USA.

Good luck everyone and remember to stay tuned, cannot wait to see all of our results!



NEW! CURLS #TripleThreat Blueberry Bliss Collection Review

Yes!! Frizz Free Curls have blessed us with 3 new curly hair products added to their beloved Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection. I am one of the first in the UK to be able to try them out and have been using them for the past month or so! They are officially known to me as the "Ultimate curly girl refreshing kit" and here is why... 

Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment 

This product right here! This was perfect for me as I am a curly that has frequent scalp issues. To find a product that is not only an oil but an oil created to treat the scalp is amazing and I just had to try it straight away! 

It comes in a jar-like bottle and honestly just looks pretty, sticking to the blueberry bliss colours, blue and yellow. With this product, you are getting your money's worth, the bottle is full of the oil and a little goes a long way so expect to have the product last a long time! 

The first thing that really stood out to me was the long dropper. I have never seen a product with 1 this long and honestly, this is what won me over at first glance. I have very thick hair at the roots so applying oil to my hair whilst it is out and curly can be a mission to reach the right spots. 

The length of this dropper solves this problem for me and also allows it to hold more oil! You can apply one drop of oil to your whole scalp if distributed carefully. Now let's get on to how the actual product worked..

 So straight away you can smell the blueberry and mint so you know it's natural! It doesn't smell synthetic at all. The oil isn't thick, it's a lighter oil great for the scalp as it won't clog your pores as much.

Whilst my hair was in braids my scalp had a bad reaction so applying this oil really benefited me! I straight away felt relieved from the itchiness and felt my scalp tingle, this is due to the scalp/blood being stimulated from the mint which is great for promoting hair growth. So, all in all, great impressions of the scalp treatment! 

Aloe & Blueberry Juice Curl Moisturizer 

Next up we have a curl refreshing product! I haven't got any spray hair products in my collection so this was great to try. Again the product smells of blueberries and goodness. Its consistency is like water so again you shouldn't get much build up with this product.

I LOVE Aloe Vera so this won me over straight away. Aloe is a great natural moisturiser and great for you if your hair is of a lower porosity level (like mine). I gained moisture from this product but not enough to last me as the only product in my hair. Due to my hairs thickness, I definitely needed some kind of cream/conditioner to put on top.

The actual spray part of the bottle (which is a great size by the way!) doesn't spray outwards like most sprays, instead it sprays in a straight line so great if you want to direct and focus on smaller sections of the hair but not so great if you are in a rush and want a quick once over. 

All in all happy to have a curl refreshing spray to my collection and think it would be best for pool side and beach days, not so much needed for London in the winter *sighs* time to book a holiday!

Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk

Great! We have the conditioner/cream my hair needed after the spray. So this product is shaped and looks just like the CURLS blueberry bliss leave-in conditioner BUT is much lighter in consistency and works into the hair easier. I really enjoyed this hair milk and prefer it over the leave-in! 

Not much more to report about this product but it is also a great base product you can use for your twist-outs and curly hair styles before topping with a styler (souffle or gel). 

 CURLS I am so happy you have added these 3 products to the blueberry bliss range! I would add the scalp treatment and the hair milk to my new favourites list and also am impressed by the curl moisturizer and its amazing ingredients, All smiles from me. 



Cheap Curly Hair Products For A Wash & Go

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my followers is, What hair products work well but aren't too expensive?

As a advocate for natural hair products I always respond that you have to pay more for higher quality products and ingredients unfortunately, however I recently took part in a YouTube challenge (See below) whereby I had to find products for a curly hair routine with a budget of $20/£15!

It definitely was a struggle as I wanted to find completely new brands and ones that had HQ ingredients and no harsh chemicals! Eventually I managed to find 2 products for my routine, 1 co-wash and 1 styling product.

Check out the products used and my results in my latest video.



Top 5 Back To School Curly Hair Essentials

My latest video talks through a list of 15 Essentials you will need for going back to school/college/university. I wanted to break that list down to my top 5 things I think YOU CANNOT live without during this time.

As a fresher at University, I neglected my hair and the GHD's were my best friend due to the quick results and not having to do my hair every day before classes! So to make sure you do NOT go down the same path I did! Check out my top 5 essentials for back to school.

5. Water 

Simple right? But as easy as it seems the majority of us do not drink enough water! Drinking water is going to replenish our bodies, help our hair to grow and feed the brain. I recommend drinking at least 2 liters of water a day and I swear to you, you will see a change in hair growth and many other positive body changes.

4. Denman Brush 

Cut down your detangling time throughout the week by using a Denman brush (instead of a comb or your fingers) this brush is a gift sent from God! Use on damp hair with conditioner and you will see the magic, it glides through knots effortlessly and even creates the perfect definition you'll want for your curls when they are dry! 

3. Eco Styler Gel 

This is simply for those lazy days, we all have them and as always after the first week or so, the effort we put into our appearance for classes/school goes all the way out the window!

Eco Styler gel is going to be your savior as it makes any curly hairstyle look sleek and can even be used to spice up your edges whilst your hair is tucked away in a headscarf/headwrap.

2. Thermal Haircare Heat Cap

I LOVE this hair tool and it is so perfect for those who are staying away from home for school. It's cordless, easy to store and will transform your hair every week! This heat cap is amazing to use when you are deep conditioning, it adds heat to your treatment which is the best way to get soft and moisturised curls after washing. 

Simply place it in the microwave for a few minutes, the beads inside the cap warm up and you can then cover it on top of your shower cap and finish that assignment you've been working on! 

1. Satin Pillowcase 

The 1 thing (Asides from hair products and routine) that has changed my curls health completely! IS sleeping on a satin pillowcase! It is amazing for maintaining moisture, preventing frizz, keeping your curls defined and no more waking up to knots and hairs on your pillow!

The softness of the satin allows your hair to glide when you sleep instead of the friction cotton causes which ends up in breakage and frizz which I used to get all the time when waking up! This allows me to not have to completely restyle my hair every day!


Check out the full 15 essentials video below,



UK Curly Girl Picnic Event!

This weekend I hosted my first ever picnic event! It was held in Hyde Park, London and intended to be a curly girl link up to network, share hair advice, take pictures and meet my followers. It was a great day!

My guests recieved 4 full sized products from SheaMoisture in their goodie bags! Along with 5 guests winning an extra product in the product hunt!

Check out footage and images from the day below..

A huge thanks to everyone who came and bought a ticket! The event sold out so fast and I can't wait to plan my next event where we can have even more guests!


HUGE Cantu Giveaway!

I am back with another giveaway!! (Expect weekly giveaways this month!)

This week is the launch of the chance to win 2 Cantu products!

See all entry details below,



Sleek Top Knot Bun Tutorial

Have you guys seen my latest hair tutorial? It all started back when I posted this picture on Instagram

A lot of you guys wanted to see how I created this compact top knot bun with sleek edges so here you go!

Also check out my first edition of 'Hair & Hip Hop' my new weekly Instagram video series where I will be making 1 minute hair tutorials with some of my favourite hip hop beats in the background. Hip Hop is LIFE to me so I am so excited to share my passion of both that and hair.



BeCliShea Giveaway

The lovely team at Clishea are giving 1 lucky winner the chance to get a moisturising hair kit! You can check out their range of natural hair products here, https://www.clishea.co/

For a chance to win you must..

1. Follow @beclishea on Instagram
2. Comment on my post, https://www.instagram.com/p/BXbLquDANrf/?taken-by=ukcurlygirl tagging 2 people
3. Finalise your entry with your email address via this link, bit.ly/beclishea


Attention UK curlies, the website states you will have to pay for postage BUT please ignore this as Clishea have kindly offered to pay for the shipping so you will receive the prize with no fees if chosen.

Good Luck!



CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly Review

Back with another tutorial! I love sharing new products with you all as that is one of my most FAQ, What products should I use??

Today I am sharing a great curl styler from CURLS and it is from their 'Blueberry Bliss' line called the 'Curl Control Jelly'. I am not a fan at all of applying gel to my curls during a wash and go but this 'Jelly' is more of a gel/cream which leaves no flakes!

I have tried the Blueberry Bliss line (minus the Jelly) for finger coils a few months back and fell in love with the smell of the products! This time watch as I use the product for my typical wash and go routine, ending up with big defined curls.

I advise that you use a leave-in conditioner (like the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner) before applying the Jelly as for my type of hair I feel the Jelly needs a boost of moisture before styling. 

The jelly has amazing organic ingredients like Blueberry extract, Olive oil and Argan oil! It also is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A,C,E and B Complex! Your hair is in great hands.

The full collection is available to purchase from the below retailers

MyLuxeBeauty https://myluxebeauty.com/collections/curls 

Target https://www.target.com/bp/curls 



'First Lady' Garlic Oil 1st Impression

I was sent a garlic hair oil by 'First Lady' which is a brand that has a full range of oils from Argan, Olive, Jojoba and more.

Garlic oil has great benefits for natural hair including, 
  • Preventing hair loss
  • Fighting dandruff
  • Faster hair growth
  • Strengthens the roots

I used the oil as a pre-poo treatment, which is basically detangling and moisturising the hair before you go ahead and shampoo. This helps to soften the hair and prevent further damage during the wash process. It's also a great way to stimulate your scalp, moisturise it and promote hair growth.

I first applied a generous amount of the oil to my palms and began applying it in sections to the scalp and then downwards to the rest of my hair whilst slowly detangling any knots.

Once each section had been oiled and detangled I gathered all of my hair together in a bun and applied a shower cap to my hair for 40 minutes (You can add heat at this point if you want a hot oil treatment.).

After the 40 minutes I definitely saw a difference, my scalp felt soothed and no long dry/itchy and my hair was stretched and really soft! I then went ahead with shampoo, deep conditioning and styling a wash and go.

I won't see the growth benefits of the Garlic oil until a few months of using it but I am convinced to try it as a prepoo as I noticed my curls were very moisturised after styling also. 

Check out my full tutorial and results here!



'Noughty' Product Review

Introducing a NEW natural hair line available in the beloved hugely accesable 'Superdrug' store in the UK! Yes for once we have a line that is ours and 'not available in the US (Just yet!). I was lucky enough to be approaching by 'Noughty' as I had never heard of the brand before but am soooo happy I was able to try. 

The brand has a number of product lines with catering to different hair needs. I asked for the 'To The Rescue - Moisture Boost' line as I am a fan of moisturising products. I was given the Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in so I could test out a full wash day.

The brand also have the collections, 'Rise & Shine - Everyday Shine', 'Care Taker - Scalp Soothing', 'Wave Hello - Curl Defining' and 'Detox Dynamic - 2-in-1 Detoxifier'

Here are my thoughts on each product (keep reading to watch how my hair took to the leave-in!).

'Moisture Boost' Shampoo

First impressions were good as I felt the texture of the shampoo in my palms before applying to my hair. It was soft but also thick which I could feel straight away that it was going to be moisturising as it looked like a conditioner. The product lathered a tad but left my hair detangled and moisturised without the sticky stripped feeling you can get with other shampoos (I am convinced it is 97% natural!).

'Moisture Boost' Conditioner

Again good impression the conditioner was thick also and was easy to apply to my curls. It didn't have the best slip however my hair was damp (due to filming, I wasn't applying in the shower). I feel like you would have to use a lot more product to get the slip you really want. At just £6.99 I am sure you can be ok with over doing it!

'Intensive Care' Leave-In Conditioner

As you know, my favourite part of the routine is applying the leave-in conditioner, this is make or break for me when it comes to products! Straight away I was impressed by the products slip, it didn't feel like it had a chemical film to it and was easy to detangle with. My curls soaked up the moisture straight away and left my hair defined.

The craziest part was that I only used this on my hair, no other leave-in and my hair was still defined, moisturised enough and soft!

Demo Using The Products: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIj8YlAvGY/?taken-by=ukcurlygirl

All in all I am VERY impressed by these products and amazed at how stores like Superdrug have transformed by allowing natural hair brands in! (Not to mention the gorgeous mixed curly girl as the face of the brand!).

However I was a bit let down that the packaging was smaller for this product as I really could have done with more of the leave in that the Shampoo and Conditioner (#CurlyHairProblems). 

I am also sceptical at how cheap these products are!! 

All at £6.99 each, is this a prank!? Definitely go and try it out yourselves!



BioKari DIY Hair Butter Review

BioKari Review

BioKari is a service that allows you to create and customise your own whipped Shea Butter with a recipe chosen by you, for your needs. They have a range of mixtures ranging from body butters to hair masques. With the box you are given all of the tools and ingredients needed to be able to mix your own butter (Something you probably have always wanted to get round to doing yourself but never do). 

This was just like me! I find whipped butters so much easier to apply to the hair and body as they are softer then plain Shea butter. Really great concept and different to any other box style products on the market. 

With Biokari I was directed to the website to look through their different box options. I looked at the hair masques that included certain oils good for certain purposes. I chose the 'Essential Elixir' box which is a mixture for a mask to help dry and damaged hair (but I mainly chose because it included the lemon scent, which is a favourite of mine!). 

This box included, 

100g Shea Butter 
30ml Avacado Oil 
30ml Olive Oil 
5ml Lemon Scent 
x1 Empty pot 200ml (for the whipped butter) 
x2 Sticky labels
x1 Whisk

 At first I had no idea where to start but luckily the BioKari website has a great video step by step that you can follow,

 Making the whipped butter took no long than 15 minutes and was so easy!

You transfer the Shea Butter to the empty pot and apply the oils with a table spoon or 2 of each oil, mixing with the whisk in-between.  The Shea Butter then changes colour and becomes more like a whipped cream texture when it's ready! (I mixed my butter on a warm day so it was already soft for me).

 Here are my final results! I am so happy I was able to try and even learn about this brand as I now know how to make my own butter and feel so proud that I can now use something that was whipped up by me for my hair/skin!

The only downsides to this product are if you don't want to go through any effort of making your own butter and would rather buy it ready made, the website isn't too easy to read or navigate around, it may be out of your budget at £27.

 All in all I enjoyed the whole experience of making my own butter, it felt as if I was in control of something being used on my body as I went through all of the steps to make it!

 You can order your choice of box from the Biokari website and follow them on social media @biokari 

(The website is in another language so make sure to press translate to English when it appears on your browser)



Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Masque Review

It's holiday season! Which means heat! Great for us wanting a nice break on the beach and in the sun, however this can leave a bad effect on your hair!

My recent holiday left my hair feeling very dry! My wash and go's would dry and frizz up a lot faster than usual, so when I got back from holiday I turned to the Superfruit masque to give my hair the tender loving care it needed.

The Superfruit Complex collection from SheaMoisture, I discovered last year and instantly fell in love with the line, its design, scent (very sweet and fruity) and its moisturising formula. The masque has now become my favourite masque from the brand and always works wonders on my hair when it is in serious need of a revamp.

As it is a masque the texture of the product is MUCH thicker than any other product from the Shea UK lines, even thicker than the Coconut & Hibiscus 'Curl Enhancing Smoothie.' When applying to the hair, you almost feel as if your curls won't soak it up. 

After washing and conditioning (with a rinse out conditioner) apply the masque to your hair (a small amount goes a long way so try not to use the whole tub!). Make sure that every part of your hair is saturated in the masque.

Next you want to finger detangle your hair whilst its damp and moisturised (the best time to do so). 

Once you are all detangled it's time to twist your hair into a bun and cover with a shower cap. I like to go the extra mile and wear my heated cap for 40 minutes with this masque to get the FULL benefits. The ingredients such as Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Mango are great for infusing moisture into the hair.

Once rinsing out with cool water I was left with soft, light and moisturised curls! This product never fails to revamp my hair and I have recommended it to friends with more kinkier hair types and they also love it! 

10/10 from me!!

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?

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