Saturday, 25 May 2013

More Than Hair

We are so much more than our hair, beautiful creative beings with so much to give... Let your light shine!

#AlopeciaAwareness #Uk #IAmNotMyHair

Friday, 24 May 2013

More Fundraising for Keanna -June 23, Barbados

Reposted from Facebook (John Roett)
If you're in Barbados, please support. 
If you can't pay please continue to pray. Thank you.

"Ok everybody.  I received authorization from the BCA and Windward Cricket Club to organize and stage a celebrity T-20 cricket match to raise much needed funds for the amazingly strong Keana Banfield, who is desperately fighting to survive toxic poisoning, and has undergone FIVE operations in the last six weeks in a Miami hospital as doctors battle daily to save her life.

" file this date and be SURE to be there. Sunday June 23rd, at Windward Cricket Club in St. Philip. Gates open at noon, yes, Bajan lunch on sale too, and the match begins at 2pm.

"The two teams will be led by Red Plastic Bag and Gabby, and players will be chosen from soca sensations Lil Rick, Edwin, Blood Anderson Armstrong Mikey Michael Mercer, 
Dean Straker from Spice & Co, incredible producer Nicholas E Brancker,
 social commentator like no other Bajan Fari, 
Raga Soca big man Biggie Irie, 
rally stars Roger “The Sheriff” Skeete and Roger “The Ninja” Hill, 
newspaper columnist and all round entertainer Eric Lewis (And alter ego) 
fashion mogul Iam RHaj, DJs Matt Karp the “Karpologist” and Justin Jus-Jay King, 
chick magnets Rupee and Philip 7, radio personalities Admiral Nelson and Kirk Brown,
 Nexcyx hit men Andre Clarke and Kris Clarke, soca junkie Mr. Dale, 
producer Mikey “Red Dawg” Hulsmeier, pan wizard and producer Terry “Mexican” Arthur, formerly of super group Square 1, big shot promoter Gilbert Rowe, spoken word genius Adrian Greene and more…Hard to believe, I know…lol

"There has been REAL talk amongst the fellas already, and all I can say to begin the fun is that Red Plastic Bag has stated categorically, AND told me to post, that NOBODY can get him out…which goes contrary to Gabby’s claim that he will bowl out the entire opposing team with a doosra that he has developed even better than Murilitheran I think it may be called a foosra…cause he say it gon mek de fellas look real foolish.

"NUFF food will be on sale all day, and the bar gon be deadly like headley.
Admission is only $30,00, but still roll with some extra blenzuh, cause there will be lots of auctions on fancy dinners, weekend getaways, electronic gizmos and more.

"I gon have female superstars there too, but I don’t wanna reveal everything ...

"this is about a day of fun for a seriously good cause. If every one of you and all your friends come, that would mean the world to me, but believe me, it would mean more than the world to Keana.
Stay tuned for fun updates and trash talk from the players as well as more details as they come to hand.
Love you all….thanks for reading all of this."

Friday, 17 May 2013

REPOST: Sisterlocks Installation Day FAQ

Most people are aware of how to care for their hair (and sample locs) in preparation for their installation session but I am frequently asked what they should bring to their installation session in terms of food and amenities, so here's my advice.


I provide my clients with access to Netflix and LoveFilm during their appointments, it's worth checking whether your consultant provides a similar service.

If there are no online streaming services available, you should ask whether you can bring your laptop or whether you'll have permission to use their DVD player/PC.  If so, bring along your favourite DVDs and settle in for a good old-fashioned movie marathon. 

Please be sensible in your film choices, X-rated and R-rated movies are probably not appropriate - especially if your consultant's children will be in the house (even though they may not be in the same room).

Your installation session is also a great opportunity to dive into that book you've always wanted to read. If you're a reader then by all means bring along a bunch of magazines, newspapers, books or your Kindle to keep your happy.  If you do want to read, it's wise to let your consultant know - that way she won't keep trying to draw you into conversation or think you're ignoring her when you just wanna zone out!


Another Frequently asked question pertains to food. Check with your Consultant as to whether a cooked meal is available to purchase or already included in your installation package. The provision of hot meals is not covered by my public liability insurance, but there are several takeaway outlets on our local high street (just a short walk away), many of whom will deliver.

As a holistic therapist, I am always aware of the stresses that sitting in one position for long periods places on my client's spine and supporting muscles, so I always encourage them to use their lunch break as an opportunity to stretch their legs either by walking to one of the local green spaces and enjoying the sun (weather permitting) or by walking to and from the high street.

If you prefer to avoid fast food or pub fare, you should bring a packed lunch or keep your meal in a flask (where it doesn't need to be heated up - unless your Consultant has microwave facilities).

You should bring with you enough snacks  (energy bars, granola, fruit, carrot/celery sticks etc) to sustain you for the duration of your session (up to 12 hours per day), you'll also need plenty of water to keep you hydrated. 

At Almond & Avocado complimentary English (black) and Herbal Teas are available and are usually served in the morning after the parting session is complete and in the afternoon around 'tea time'. Check with your consultant whether tea/coffee will be available.

Suggested Snacks to take to your Installation (loc start-up) session

Read the full post here:

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Small Business Feature: Article 3 - Cater to Your Senses

Ladies & Gentlemen, 
We are thrilled to welcome  UK Entrepreneur and founder of Cater to Your Senses:  Sian Sian Nelson-Baah to the spotlight this evening.

Sian is a 27 year old, happily married baker, born and raised in London, U.K.

Spotlight: So Sian, tell us about your business
My business is "Cater to Your Senses" I make bespoke baked goods and other sweet treats. I say my products are bespoke because I only bake to order, every order is less than 24 hours old when it's collected or delivered and I also cater to food allergies and intolerances.

I do not use any artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings in my original recipes, and where possible I use organic, fairtrade and seasonal ingredients.

Spotlight: Wow, a personalised bakery service - what prompted you to start this business?
I started this business because, I've always made cakes and desserts for friend's and family's celebrations and often at parties and gatherings people would ask where the cake was from and where could they buy one? I used to make all of these cakes for free but as I received more and more referrals, I realised that I was spending A LOT of time (and money) doing cakes for people, it was ok doing them for family but I was increasingly making cakes for people who were not related to me.
Many family members suggested I start charging for cakes but I used to say who would pay for a home made cake from me when they could go to a Supermarket and get a cheaper one? Everyone used to say my cakes were better than the ones in the supermarket (and without being big headed, it's true they are.) So I started charging people for cakes, at first I was almost apologetic about charging people but they were happy to pay for my cakes, they could see and taste the love and attention I put into every order and the quality of the ingredients I use.

After about a year and with much encouragement from my husband I decided to get serious, print some business cards and do it properly, then "Cater to Your Senses" was born, I decided on this name because I believe my products are a delight to all your senses, fair enough they don't really make a sound but the sounds of people enjoying and munching on my cakes is a delight to me.

Spotlight: What have been the best bits about running your own business?
The best bits about running my own business are that, I'm my own boss, I set my own hours and control all aspects of my business, It gives me the freedom I could not have by working for someone else. Keeping my own hours means I do not have to rush and I can take my time to complete each delicious creation.

Spotlight:  Conversely, What have been the worst bits about running your own business?
The worst parts about running my own business are that, I'm responsible for everything, so as much as I love being in control, I can't control EVERYTHING, if there's traffic, or any cake disasters it's my fault and it's up to me to put it right. In addition there's no sick pay or holiday pay, if I don't work I don't get paid it's simple and the times that most people are chilling and relaxing with their loved ones (Easter, Valentine's, New Year, Christmas etc) I'm working and at my busiest, but I'm not really complaining because I enjoy what I do so much.

Spotlight: What are your top 3 best sellers?
My top 3 best sellers are my
  • Banoffee Cupcakes, 
  • Black Forest Gateau/Cupcakes and 
  • my Bespoke Birthday cakes.

Spotlight: Mmmm those birthday cakes! I can personally attest to their deliciousness. How can my readers find you?
You can find me at:
twitter: @ SianTheBaker
website: http://sianthenaturalhairedbaker.wordpress.comPhone:  07965591784.

Special Offer for your readers
Until June 30th 2013, all new customers will receive free delivery on their first order if it totals £45.00 or more. I deliver to any address in London and some parts of Essex, Kent and Surrey. Please still contact me if you would like a delivery outside of these areas as sometimes I am able to accommodate.

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Friday, 10 May 2013

How can you sell natural hair products - you've got not hair!

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Please see my latest video and let me know what you think about the topic..

I personally often struggle with this - or at least I used to, and it was the reason why I used my logo and not my face for my business profile pages.

I received so many negative comments vis a vis "Who wants to buy hair products from a bald headed woman?" and "if her products are so great where's her hair?"

Harsh. Confidence-eating and potentially soul -destroying - if I let it be. But I chose to pursue my passion anyway.

Y'all who were with me when I had hair know that I was passionate about hair and locs and natural stuff long before I lost my hair... should becoming bald mean that I should give up on my dreams? Sure, I'll admit it, I have to work twice as hard... and I have to keep smiling on the outside when people make snide remarks that cut me on the inside but I do it because I love this. This IS my passion and I will still use my BRAIN to make products that are balanced and naturally good for you - even if I don't have hair to self-demonstrate on.

You want me to prove my products work? See how I grew my hair back with the grace of God  last time.

Or see my daughter's hair. She is 3 years old now and has always used MY Almocado products on her hair.
at age 2

at age 2 and a half

Old twist out using Twist & Twirl

natural afro at age 3

waist length when stretched

I can't make people buy from me but I can challenge them to think outside the box. I know another natural product creator who is the sweetest woman you will ever meet and her products are organically beautiful and premium quality. She also has alopecia and wears weaves/wigs - sometimes straight weaves/wigs. If you saw her selling would you walk away too? Don't be so quick to judge - because you never know what demons someone has triumphed over in order to be standing in front of you at that natural hair show knowing she does not ostensibly personify 'natural hair'.

Food for though guys, lemme know what you think xx

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Thursday, 9 May 2013

My Sisterlock Installation Photos are now on YouTube

Hey guys,

Just a quick one to let you know that my SL installation videos are now on youTube.
Hope you enjoy. The music is "I got sunshine" by Avery Sunshine because I think she is awesome and my clients left feeling as though they had sunshine in them :) (at least that's what I tell myself).


Volume 1 (2010 to 2011) or watch below

Volume 2 (2011-2012) or watch below:

I'll add 2013 later in the year :)

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Naturally Me Interviews by Vongai Lyrique

Vongai recorded these interviews in January 2013, the mini docu features SoTonye, Mel & Hugette of Bespoke Hairstyles and Annette from Almond & Avocado.

Please let us know what you think.

Naturally Me (2013) from Erin P & Vongai M on Vimeo.


These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Please help! On behalf of Keana Banfield

Hi Guys, I need for your help, please

This daddy (pictured above with his two youngest children) is a friend of my husband HRH. He was at my wedding and his parents live opposite my parents-in-law.  His oldest daughter (pictured below) is very seriously and very suddenly sick. And although I don't live in Barbados, I have met this little girl (and her sister) so I am feeling their pain right now. Even if I hadn't met her personally, I would still be calling on you because it is the worse feeling in the world to see your child suffering and be unable to help them or to be worrying about how you are going to afford to pay for the cost of treatment.

Copied below is the original letter circulated by Kysha (mummy) and Dougie (daddy) requesting help for their baby girl.

"To Whom It May Concern:
Dear Sirs
Re: Financial Assistance for Keana Naomi Ansha Banfield
We are Douglas and Kysha Best, the parents of Keana Banfield. Keana is 8 years old and a pupil at the Christ Church Girls’ School in Barbados. On Thursday, April 4, 2013 morning our daughter awoke with what appeared to be a mild rash around her eyes which we assumed had come from an allergic reaction to something she may have ingested. As a precautionary method, we took her to the Elcourt Clinic in Christ Church where they prescribed antihistamines and steroids. By Friday April 5, 2013 the rash had spread to her back and her body started to swell. On Saturday morning we took her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they also prescribed antihistamines and steroids and treated and discharged her. We continued to monitor her and had to return to the hospital on Sunday April 7, 2013 around 4:00 p.m. as the rash had covered her entire body and the swelling was even more severe as even her eyes were now swollen closed.
She was then admitted to the Paediatric ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under the primary care of Dr. Michelle Lashley. On April 10, 2013 her lungs partially collapsed and her kidney function has significantly slowed. Dr. Krishnamurthy was the doctor who conducted the x-rays on Keana and she has been diagnosed as having Staphylococcus and Acute Toxic Shock Syndrome. A letter from a member of the medical team is attached for your reference, and we have formally requested a medical report from the hospital. Keana’s condition continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has said they are not equipped to offer the level of care required for this case should her condition worsen. They have advised that we seek medical attention abroad.
We have been in contact with the Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, United States of America and Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto; their doctors are on standby to receive Keana. Our family members in Miami and Toronto have offered to house us while Keana is hospitalised in the U.S.
The approximate cost for the air ambulance to transport Keana has been quoted at $50,000.00USD and the hospital deposit has been approximated at $300,000.00 USD. Due to financial impecuniosities we are unable to pay these costs and are seeking whatever financial assistance can be rendered to help our daughter. Unfortunately, we do not have any medical insurance to assists in these unexpected costs. "
Keanna was indeed airlifted from Barbados to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition at the pediatric intensive care unit.
Barbados does not have an NHS, and 'regular' people don't normally have medical insurance either (you just pay as you go), so you can imagine what it must feel like to be trying to raise over $300k USD... (exchange rate is $1.98 Bajan dollars to 1 USD). If you can contribute to their cause I'd be grateful, if you can't contribute - please pray and share... Thank you x

If you're in the UK you can credit account 73623459 sort code 209467. This is a genuine legitimate request. Further bank details and IBAN codes and status updates on the official facebook page below.

FB page

US friends can donate to this charity:

As you can see from the images below, there have been several fundraisers and several businesses in Barbados have been doing what they can to contribute.
There are collections being arranged in London as well and as soon as I can upload the code I will be donating proceeds from selected products from to the UK fund.

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Friday, 3 May 2013

Bald not Broken

Light therapy (reconnecting with the sun).
I may be bald but I am not broken.
Don't let your disability, illness or fears prevent you from pursuing your dreams.


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