Saturday, 30 June 2012

Upcoming Event: 'Ladies Day Out' with 2inspire network

The 2 Inspire Network is hosting a 'Ladies Day Out' on the 19th August (2012) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in the Docklands (see flier below).

According to their Facebook site "2 Inspire  provide platforms that enables women in business and those interested to promote, network & communicate. A place where we can all share, learn & grow".




Tickets are available via eventbrite: http://2inspireladiesday.eventbrite.com/

Website: http://2inspirenetwork.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/2inspireltd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2inspireltd

Hope to see you there!



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Monday, 25 June 2012

Ever wanted to try an alternative therapy?


The Chamomile Clinic in Rushey Green (London, SE6) is currently offering a summer special on all their therapies until 31st August 2012.

The clinic is led by Aromatherapist Sorrell Robins who is also a skilled herbalist and hypnotherapy practitioner.  Sorrell is supported by a team of five qualified practitioners (including myself) - who together offer a wide range of natural therapies including:

  • Aromatherapy (Clinical Aromatherapy)
  • Aromatherapy (Aromatherapy Massage)
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Hot/Cold Stone Massage
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Life Coaching
  • Metabolic Balance Coaching
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Shamanic Healing
  • Solutions Focused Coaching
  • Therapeutic Massage
Read the entire post over at my 'work' blog http://feelbetterbewell.blogspot.co.uk

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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Uzima - Natural Holistic Expo 2012

UK naturals and holistic afficianados have been spoilt for choice recently, 2012 has seen a slurry of natural hair meetups, workshops and special events all recognising this emerging audience - and still there is more.


Promoting - Health & Lifestyle, Hair & Beauty, Fashion & Culture
on Saturday 28th July, 11am - 9pm
@Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London,WC1R 4RL


UZIMA - is an independent partnership that was created out of the parallel vision of 2 professional entrepreneurs who are active within the local community and committed to realising their belief that natural beauty has an important role to play within the regeneration process and health consciousness that is detrimental to their customers, the environment and the community.

The objective of the Expo


  • To become an annual expo that enhances the lives of the African Community by providing an atmosphere that aids the mind, body and spirit with health conscious alternatives within the natural holistic industry.
  • To provide the backdrop to a wide variety of activities to interact with service providers, while enjoying a fabulous day.
  • To offer inspirational messages and different types of services that is based on principals: Empowerment, Education, Health, Cultural and Environment.​
  • To promote health, beauty and conscious organisations to sustain holistic goods and resources within the community.




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Tickets and More information available on their website
http://www.uzimaexpo.co.uk


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Monday, 18 June 2012

Teenage Sisterlocks Swag

What a difference a year makes eh?

From this


to this





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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sisterlocks Appointment Etiquette Part 2

Hey everyone,

I'm recovering from another flurry of Sisterlocks installations and retightenings but I wanted to pop in and share with you a post I wrote for my 'official' blog over at Almond & Avocado Natural Hair Services.

This is part of the series I'm calling: Appointment Etiquette.
You can refresh your memory with the first post here: Sisterlocks Appointment Etiquette Part 1

This is the second post in the 'Sisterlocks Appointment Etiquette' Series - but to be honest these are principles that can apply to any personalised Hair service.

Let's talk about clean hair. Of course, if your hair appointment/service is for a 'wash and set', 'wash and retwist', 'wash and condition', 'wash, detangle, condition' or similar variation etc' this doesn't really apply to you.

One of the questions I am frequently asked by prospective clients is :

"Why do I have to wash my hair within 24 hours of my appointment?"


Background

Without wanting to get too deep into the science - suffice it to say that there are 5 layers of skin and the skin we can actually see and feel is the outermost layer of the epidermis known as Stratum Corneum which is constantly shedding as the cells are damaged and die.

Like skin anywhere else on your body, your scalp sheds dead cells every day - a process known as 'desquamation'.  (Superstock has a really cool microscopic image of the skin and hair where some shed skin is visible - but it is copyright so I can't reproduce it here but you can click this link to have a look. Click here to see an image by the Science Picture Company which shows skin and hair without debris.)

These shed cells can accumulate and manifest itself as a layer of debris at the surface and needs to be removed by shampooing. Since our skin cells contain lipids and these mix with the naturally occuring oils (sebum) on our scalp - simply brushing or rubbing the scalp will not completely remove shed cells - you need the aid of a surfactant like shampoo to help dissolve the fatty content and properly cleanse the scalp.

It is important not to confuse this normal shedding with dry scalp, dandruff or scalp eczema.

Now add to this 'normal' desquamation - any environmental pollutants: dust, pollen, microscopic bugs (blown in by the wind while you were walking through the park) and even tiny particles of lint suspended in the air and you can see that without a nice wash the chances of your scalp or hair being truly clean  are very low. (This does not mean that your hair will LOOK dirty, in fact it may actually look CLEAN but the particles are there).

How is this relevant?


Scalp Debris:
excessive scalp debris on protective cape
If you retighten hair with a significant amount of scalp debris, there will be a corresponding significant amount of 'scalp fall' i.e. lots of little white flakes on your back and shoulders after your session.

I always cover my clients with a hairdressing cape to protect their clothing but if the scalp debris is excessive this won't prevent particles of dead skin cells from transferring to my own clothing, the floor and the air (and therefore my eyes and nose) while I am working on you.


Interlocking is a manual and repetitive process so it is inevitable that tiny particles of debris will be disturbed and dislodged from the scalp during retightening and if this debris is significant it will become noticeably embedded in your locs. Do you really want that?




Dirty Hair
If you retighten hair that contains a significant amount of shed cells, oil (natural sebum or added plant oils), dust, pollen etc - you will cause these pollutant particles to become a permanent feature of your locs as they will become 'permanently' embedded as the dreaded 'build-up' or 'lint-up'! Do you really want that?

An ACV soak can help dissolve accumulated build up and using a tweezer to pluck out strands of lint can be fairly successful in redressing these problems but prevention is always better than cure.

The image below shows trapped lint in a lock. It is used for illustrative purposes only and does not mean that the lock rocker retwisted her hair while it was dirty etc as lint can be attracted to locs from our pillows, clothing, sofas etc. I'm just saying that retwisting/retightening unclean hair will lead to trapped lint/dirt and will make things worse if you already live in a very fluffy environment and this is a very good picture of trapped lint. (Please read her entire article for her tips and advice: Trapped Lint & Build-Up)

Source: locrocker.com

Summary

If you have washed your hair and scalp with the correct techniques within 24 hours of your appointment then chances are there'll be no or very little debris on your scalp when we begin your retightening session as we will have eliminated most of the naturally occurring desquamation and any product or environmental build-up as well. This in turn will help maximise your chances of having debris, lint and build-up free locs in the long term.


Conclusion: 



Q: Why do I need to wash my hair within 24 hours?


A: To cleanse hair and scalp and keep your scalp free of naturally occurring desquamation prior to your retightening session. (Remember - skin cells shed EVERY day.) Commit this bit to memory: This in turn will help maximise your chances of having debris, lint and build-up free locs in the long term.

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If there are any questions you'd like me to answer feel free to drop me a line (see the post footer).

Until next time my lovelies,


Feel better. Be well

xx



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