Coconut Oil – hairline saviour

This here has got to be one of my all time favourite hair care products. I’ve only just discovered it after having the big chop and I have to say its doing wonders for my hair, most especially my hair line.

During university my hairline took a battering with me constantly having braids. I always seemed to have hairdressers that believed braiding was not complete until they had totally picked at all my fine baby hair on my hairline. I learnt the hard way and by the time I caught up my hairline was damaged to what seemed liked total disrepair. In the last six years, I have spent time and money trying to grow my hairline back to no avail. Until now.

In the last 3 months, I have noticed that my hairline is growing back thicker and faster and I can only put it down to my daily use of this enriched coconut oil. Granted this one is also formulated with castor oil (along with other growth promoting herbs) which also encourages growth and thickness of hair. The oil itself keeps my hair looking lustrous and completely moisturised all day long. This is very important for afro hair, which can be so prone to extreme dryness, relaxed or natural.

I’ve got a hair update with photo’s coming up soon, so the difference will be clear to see then. In the meantime, if you’re hankering after thicker and fuller hair, then I’d highly recommend this oil. I only use a tiny bit over all my hair then really spend some time massaging it into my hairline, but I can imagine even more amazing results if I used it as a hot oil treatment every now and then.

I bought it from Tesco’s. I don’t remember the price, but I’m pretty sure it was less than £5 and its worked better than any other product I’ve spent more on.

Celebrating Hope

Last week was long and hard. I spent most of it working outside of London and home time on Thursday evening I was ecstatic to be on the train heading straight for St. Pancras. One of the things I miss when I work outside of London during the week is my copy of Stylist Magazine. It just makes the journey home nicer and I love my weekly dose of everything girly, a little bit of something serious and a slice of entertainment.

Lucky for me the hotel I stayed at stocked copies in their gym. And because I’m that sort of girl who packs her gym kit when I go away and ACTUALLY use it, I was lucky to pick one up, which I saved for the journey back to London. If you read Stylist, you’ll know that there’s a section under Careers called WORK/LIFE which focusses on one woman’s typical working day. A bit like a day in the working life of ‘insert name here’.

Last week, it was a day in the life of Hope Powell, the coach of England’s Women’s football team.  Hope is the first black woman to attain such a high-profile  position within football and she has several accolades to boot, including an OBE. I just absolutely love seeing women attain such loft heights within their careers, but I also feel a teeny bit extra special when it’s a black woman as I feel that it’s another role model for young black kids to look up to, girls and boys. As much as I hate to acknowledge it and wish it to be very different in today’s society black role models can be a bit scarce. So I for one welcome any opportunity to uncover and celebrate more black role models.

Anyway, you can read about her WORK/LIFE here. I couldn’t find the article online, so I scanned it in.


As an aside, Hope rocks a short afro, just like mine. So I just have to admire her some more, right?!

Simple Pleasures

It’s bank holiday Monday and typically its raining! I’m starting to think summer was that freakishly hot week last month.

An indoor day for me working away on my laptop. This is my current view 🙂

simplicity most beautiful

Polishing Up – OPI’s Vodka & Caviar

Every Sunday night, I choose my nail polish for the week. Before I get to choosing, I always toy with the idea of ‘oh, this week, I’ll do blue or orange or maybe even purple.’ Never happens! No matter how much I tell myself to do something different, it NEVER happens. I have failsafe colours that I always revert to and they never change.

I think I’m coloured out. I have well over 100 nail polishes, some never opened – all the colours of the rainbow and back again. But they just don’t appeal anymore. I’ve been there, done that, have several t-shirts. All these new nail polish trends and fads that come along, don’t do anything for me. There was a time, I wouldn’t ever be caught without the latest. But, now I’m grown (imagining my mum’s face – ‘I can still smack you!’ Guess one can never going to be too grown) I’m stuck in my ways perhaps. If I want colour, I stick to red, if I just want to low-key I stick to nudes.  Easy peasy, just the way I like it.

Even within those two colour choices, I have failsafe colours that I stick to. Life is complicated enough, than to start giving myself too many options. My favourite ever red, the one that always makes me love red nail polish even more is OPI’s Vodka & Caviar. It’s blue based and stands wells against my medium toned black  skin. Its got depth and is a stalwart red. The kind of red, everyone should have. It sometimes tends to compete with Essie’s Russian Roulette, which is a warmer red. Looking at it, it seems I have a thing for colours with a Russian connection.

By the way, can you tell which nails I’ve got falsies on?  Suffered a major break on two nails and had to rectify the situation with faux nails courtesy of Broadway Nails….which by the way aren’t bad for a quick fix.