Why does no one else call them singles?

I now have single plaits - or box braids to seemingly the rest of the world - for the time being so no hair experiments but it's a hell of a lot less hassle. You can see them in my profile picture. My hair is too short for simple pinned up styles and that seems to be where my talent lies...

At the minute I just wash them once a week with leftover Avalon Organics Lavender Shampoo and Tresemmé Naturals Vibrantly Smoothing Conditioner but I'm in no position to see how it affects my actual hair. Ho hum.

This post isn't very interesting if I just talk about my hair at the minute. So life stuff! Back to university and again I feel the first flushes of enthusiasm for the term's work which is brilliant and I will hopefully maintain this time. Also the Terrifying Spectre of Examination looms high above all proceedings but I suppose that if I work hard from now until the end of term I should be fine. All my society stuff seems to be going swimmingly so far; President of our university's Stop the Traffik group (which works to stop human traffiking) and still trying too start up an upcycling group (which repurposes stuff that would otherwise go to landfill).

That's all I have to say for now.

How have you been?


I'm now fully natural (ish)

Hello everyone!

I've horribly neglected this blog (November; whoops!) but I'm going to blog a lot more now. To be fair I wasn't really doing much with my hair at that time; despairing that I couldn't get my relaxed ends to conform to what I wanted and more often that not just whacking a scarf on my head so I didn't have to think about it.

Well no more! I cut as much of the relaxer off as I could - from the front and sides anyway since I cut myself with my scissors when I wasn't paying attention (shut up you it isn't funny) and then stopped - when I took out my braids and so far I like what I see! From what I can tell my hair is pretty healthy and it's actually soft. Wonder of wonders.

So I BC'd 27/2/12 seeing as I feel I should write it down for future reference. ^_^ My last relaxer was on the 23rd December 2010 so I transitioned for over two years... Never conquered transition styles in that time unfortunately. :/ Everyone makes it look so damn easy but I clearly am neither handy nor dandy with these things.

Not very long yet but I will wait and see! I've seen pictures from when I was young and springy and my hair was huge so I have high hopes. Currently I have a bantu knot out setting on my head for bed. Last time I tried this on my transitioning hair it was failtastic - the curl didn't set in the relaxed portion at all so it just looked limp and weird. We shall see.

I also realised I have no pictures of my hair on the site, another huge fail. I will remedy this when I think my hair is suitably good/bad looking to show you. If you aren't going to be impressed or appalled it's a waste of both our time right?

'Til next time sports fans.


Dry hair BEGONE

Well that's the idea anyway. I co-washed my hair with Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner and did something new with my leave-ins! This is what I do with my Friday evenings (I know I'm way cool).

It wasn't my idea though; the technique is outlined here at the wonderful Anyhoo what you do is apply a water based leave in and immediately follow it with a creamy one and then seal this with oil. My hair is generally kind of wiry feeling and since I don't really know my texture yet I kind of thought that was normal...

This is an experiment to see if it's at all possible for my hair to cottony soft. At the moment i have high hopes but we shall see. I used Naked Miracle worker as my water based leave in - Naked is a good brand all '97% natural' and against animal testing so I was keen to give it a try - and Lush R&B for creamy. My hair really liked R&B on it's own early in my transition but I guess hair has it's whims. Oh and I sealed with castor oil because I'm unwilling to gouge into my new bottle of Vatika oil tonight. Coconut oil should always be sold in jars. The bottle I bought is really small and cute though so it's hard to stay mad at it.

I can''t wait for my hair to dry so I can admire its downy softness see if this technique has worked out for me.

In other news I am utterly failing at NaNoWriMo and am going on a Alpha course retreat tomorrow which should be interesting. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a fifty thousand word novel in the month of November... I got close in college with about thirty but this year I'm dragging my heels at a measly three thousand.

The Alpa course is for atheists, agnostics and new Christians to better understand the religion. Predictably it's brought up more questions than it answers. But I'll see how it goes. I'm a spiritual journey and all that malarkey.

I think I'm going to stop writing now.


This weave is coming off...

I'm really fed up with my hair at the moment... I guess the minute I take this off I'm going to regret it. I'm still transitioning and I'm at the 10 month mark now so I should be glad of the respite. I'm torn between doing it right now (4.30am like a boss) or waiting until after lectures.

Decisions decisions.

I've been neglecting this blog. In future I'll be blogging at the very least weekly.

But anyway I'mma get this mess off my head today I'm sure of it.



Argh?! A Tiger in Hampshire?

Terrifying! Or about as terrifying as a toy can be, anyway (well, almost). I haven't got much to say about this really, other than it was pretty hilarious and as such I feel it should be recorded for all prosperity, as a gift to generations before the melted polar ice caps juices fold over our heads.... I digress - digress quite horribly - I should be proud that my adopted county springs to the defence of its citizens so readily, sending a helicopter and tranquilliser darts after a stuffed animal.

It kind of makes me depressed in light of other instances when the police took their sweet time and it had repercussions but surely this is the start of a new era of lightning fast, over zealous responses?

In any case I guess it's not completely ridiculous, peacocks escape all the time and aren't seen until they turn up in people's gardens, but somehow I think a tiger is a bit more attention grabbing.


Politics and the rise of apathy

Well the AV votes have rolled in like the evening tide and predictably enough NO seems well set to win. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you'd probably be better off going here or typing AV into you tube. I'd have nothing very well researched by way of  explanation.

Done? The whole situation annoys because although I didn't vote the lack of difference it'd make upsets me. I left my passport at home and wasn't sure which end my poll card would end up at anyway and by the time I realised when the polling was and that I hadn't got a card it was too late... Which sucked. In any case my tinny shout of 'yes' against a crashing wave wouldn't have made much of a difference.

The point of this is that I never feel properly informed. Any political decision that I make feels hasty, spiteful or improperly formed. I guess it's good that I care, if you'll forgive me a slight air of pretence, but caring and feeling informed enough to make a good decision are completely different things.

And yes, spiteful, I said spiteful, mostly because of the slightly stilted internal dance I did when I discovered Cleggy lost a good deal of seats (slightly marred by Cameron's triumph of course) and conversely seeing on facebook that someone went and voted 'no' to negate someone else's yes.

Anyway, I'm going to shut up for now.



When it next occurs to me:

Henna - Caca Noir from Lush (it was hellish to wash out but I like my hair to be dark, pitch as opposed to off black, don't judge me!)


Pre-poo with Vatika Oil.

Shampoo with QP Elasta Creme Conditioning Shampoo or Lush's Trichomania (the latter I realised has SLS but I'm not too strict with the ingredient stuff, I'll see how it goes).

Condition with Lustrasilk Shea and Mango Butter Choleserol (which I've only just got an dhaven't actually used so i'll tell you how I find it) or ORS Hair Mayonnaise (which in my opinion smells kind of manly and doesn't seem to do much, so I'm the market for a new protein treatment, any suggestions?).

Final rinse with Black tea or Aloe Vera juice (I'm trying to use this stuff up, it's kind of expensive but I don't feel it's amazing for my hair).

Leave in condition with Lush's R & B (this shiz is expensive but all the reviews I've read seem to covet things of a similar price, so I'll let it fly. I guess it's just expensive to a stingy student at £9.95/100g and it smells and makes my hair feel lovely)  or Africa's Best Kid's Organics Shea Butter Detangler (feels a tad snotty and now has a ton of aloe vera juice in it and may be decanted into a spray bottle, I bought it so I could leave my expensive Lush stuff at uni) or ORS Carrot Oil.

Seal with Vatika oil (love this stuff!) or castor oil (though the one I have has lemon flavouring in it so I'm using it up) or Grape seed oil (using up) or Sweet Almond (yeah I'm a bit of a PJ).


2x Moisturise with Shea Butter dentangler or AVJ/Rose water spritz and seal.