Protective Styling During Summer

Hey Guys,

So after a several month hiatus (sorry !!), am back eager to share with you what I have been doing all these months.With Summer finally upon us, I thought we could get started by answering a very important question. Can we do protective styles during Summer.

Yes, even Summer is not an excuse to get away from caring for and nurturing our hair. So how exactly do we accomplish this. I was quite excited to try out a wig gifted to me by the lovely Franshaiene and below I have dropped my review!

The wig: Outre Lacefront Big Beautiful Hair 3C – Whirly

 

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Specifications:

Type: Front Lace Wig

Hair Colour: 1B

Hair Texture: 3C

Material: Synthetic

Properties: Heat Resistant Fiber

Length: Medium

 

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Additional ingredients used:
⦁ Edge Control ORS with Olive Oil to smoothen baby hair. This is one of my holy grail of hair products and I would highly recommend this !
⦁ Soft bristle hair brush to style the baby hairs and keep them in place
⦁ Original Argan oil to add a bit of shine to the curls. Note that I only used this lightly to add some sheen. As this is synthetic hair, you only want to use a few drops.
⦁ Black Opal foundation to make the front lace blend in with the skin colour. I used Black Opal but you can use any foundation that matches your skin tone.
⦁ A wig hair cap from Alixpress just to keep everything nice and neat

 

 

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As you will notice, there are accompanying instructions in the pack on how to wear and maintain the wig. I personally agree with all these tips However, I personally would not feel so comfortable with applying a conditioner/water mixture. It’s important to keep in mind that as this is synthetic hair, it needs to be treated delicately as the fibres are more susceptible to damage. Instead I used Argan oil, which I purchased in Morroco while on holiday. I added only a few drops as I dont want to over saturate the hair with product.

 

 

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I do agree with the remaining tips and think they can be a great addition to your hair wig regimen. At the end of the day, you have to make this hair your own. Wear the wig, don’t let the wig wear you.

I genuinely hope you guys enjoyed the review and I highly recommend you have a look at Franshaiene’s website www.hairbyeulogia.shop.  She is currently offering this hair piece and many others so be sure have a look.

With Love,

Lizzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to puff out that Afro

Hey guys,

Following up to my previous post, am sure you are wondering how to get that all important Afro look. Don’t fret, I will be telling all today. 

1.       Wash your hair: you can either use a shampoo with softening ingredients like African pride Shae butter Shampoo or co wash with a Loreal Hair Conditioner. This step is not entirely necessary but I like to start off with clean damp hair. Also, it’s a lot easier to apply hair product if your hair is damp 😉

2.       Dry your curls: Okay, so now your hair is nice and clean, pat the hair dry with a towel. I usually wait about 30 minutes to an hour. FYI I would say to avoid hair dryers because they can potentially damage your hair with heat.

3.       Apply your product(s). Using a wide toothed comb,  part the hair into sections applying drops of Argan oil , to de-tangle the hair.  I would recommend to part the hair into at least 10 sections, especially if its quite thick. Once I was done, I would go over each section with organic coconut oil. This really helps to moisturize the hair and give it some shine!

4.       Stretch those locks: Here is the fun part.  You can twist or braid each section you have made. However, for this look I braided each section and wrapped the braids in a satin scarf overnight.

5.       Free your curls: The following morning, loose the braids with your fingers. Now remember, because we want to get an Afro, the definition of curls don’t really matter. I used my wide toothed comb to comb the hair. What you immediately notice is how much longer the strands look!

6.       Get some gel: Use ample amounts of gel to smoothen the front of your hair. I really recommend Eco gel with olive oil for this (link). To help with application, I lightly used a hair brush to help press down the hair

7.       Don’t forget your hairband: Now, you are almost done. Take a wide black hairband. (link),  and use it tie to your hair in a bun. You can use your comb to stretch your hair further.

8.       Lay down those edges: Take a small soft brush and OrganicRoot Stimulator Control gel to lay your edges! FYI you can also use a toothbrush but make sure it’s a new one so that the fibres are still hard.

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And this is the finished look 🙂

 

 

 

With Love,

Lisa

Discovering the reality of Natural hair..and loving it anyway

It was January 2015, and almost everyone I knew was either talking about it or doing it. That is, transitioning to natural hair. As a black woman, I have always been used to relaxing my hair, to make it somewhat easy to braid, twist or weave into elaborate hairstyles. So the concept of having natural hair was one that not only bemused me but was also plain scary to me. But the main emotion I felt, more than trepidation and more than fear, was curiosity.

One day in January, I took no more than a pair of scissors while standing in front of the mirror. Within a few minutes, I had cut of most of my relaxed ends and was left with a short buzz cut. I felt a mix of emotions. My scalp felt a lot lighter which in itself was liberating. But I also felt a bit sad. As a black girl, growing long hair takes time and effort and my relaxed hair was about shoulder length. By cutting it off, I had rubbed out years and years of effort !!

But hey, here I was with a badly cut buzz cut so I though I have to make the most of this. I immediately delved into the crazy world of natural hair, watching endless you tube videos and having long discussions with friends who were natural. and of course I bought a small arsenal of natural hair products as well. In the first year, I played a lot with my hair , from rubbing yoghurt’s and banana mixtures (pre-pooing), to Bantu knots and twists. It was all fun at first, but I realised that no matter what products I rubbed on or how tightly my twists were, my hair never looked like other girls. That is, Instagram girls. I never got those big defined shiny curls as you see on Instagram.

Over the course of the next few months, I learned that my hair type was 4C. Yes I know, there ARE many, many types of natural hair. 4C is probably the most resilient type of natural hair. With learning about this, I began to appreciate natural hair for what it is; My OWN hair. I realised that I have to use products and do hairstyles that are good for me and that suits this hair type I have.

The most important thing that I have learned on this journey is that natural hair is all about self- love. It’s not about copying instagram photos or getting a particular look. It’s about loving your own hair and embracing its uniqueness.

With Love,

Lisa

But first, Let me introduce myself

Hey guys, 

Welcome to my blog! This is a first for me soo bare with me. I am going to be chatting about a few things that mean a lot to me..

But first, let me introduce myself  lol

My name is Elisabeth (Lisa, Lizzie, Liz,) it’s all good. I am a  woman who currently lives in the beautiful Amsterdam. Now how did I get here, you ask?

 

Right, I was raised in the dutch city of Leiden before moving to a few towns, for example,Vlaardingen. Briefly lived in a England for about a year. Went back to Holland and spent my teenage years in Ireland.

While in Ireland, we took a long break from travelling and I managed to squeeze in a degree in Pharmacology . Like most people, you probably don’t know what that is either . It’s essentially the study of (legal) drugs. Their mode of action, pharmacokinetics, safety profile, indications, side effects etc

Okay so fast forward ⏩⏭

One year later, I got the awesome experience to work with a science company based in, you guessed it, Holland!! And I have been living here for the past 4 months!

On this blog I am going to be talking about different things that mean a lot to me. But expect a lot of posts on makeup, fitness, travel ANND natural hair.

See you next time and stay tuned for upcoming posts

 

With Love,

Lisa