Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Elephant in the Room

Hi!



Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know, I know it's February already, but considering 2016 is only 39 days old, I think it's still okay to at least wish you good things. So, I hope 2016 has started off well for you all :)

I thought it fitting to give this post its name because, well, for me to have come back from my much needed break and not say anything felt a bit weird to do. 2015 was a crazy year for me. Actually looking back on it, the end of the past three years in a row have had some monumental events happen in my life. So I have no idea why I thought 2015 would be any different! I'm going to cut to the chase, as they say.

My husband and I are expecting our first child :)



We are excited, nervous, grateful and can't wait to meet Baby O! We have decided to keep this incredible journey private, so I know you'll understand and respect our wishes to not share details of my pregnancy on the blog or any of my other platforms. But in case my bump does sneak into my selfies and videos, you'll know what it is.

A lot of things are happening in preparation for Baby O's arrival, hence my extended break. I don't know if the remaining months will be enough time to prepare me for motherhood though lol. So far it's been interesting. A MASSIVE shout out to the women who have done this before me. I have a new found deep respect for my mama and all mothers out there.

Thanks for being patient with me. Now we can get on with all things hair and beauty x

     

Friday, 11 December 2015

Have a #SmoothSummer with #PanasonicBeauty



The holidays are officially here! As part of our beauty routines as women, hair removal is a common (albeit hassle-some) practice. How we choose to remove is a personal choice and thankfully these days there are so many options available for us out there. I use a mix of different types of hair removal for different areas of my body from shaving my legs to threading my brows and waxing everywhere else. So I've tried it all but I've never tried an Epilator...until last week!

What is an Epilator? 

An epilator is a hair removal tool that has multiple tweezers that rotate. The tweezers grip your hair as it's moved over your skin to pull the hair out from the root. So imagine an electric shaver but with tweezers on the head instead. 

Panasonic ES-EU 20


Panasonic recently released the world's first range of foaming epilators. The one I used is suitable for wet or dry epilation which is quite unique. It also comes with a shaver to shave, a cover and comb so you can clean the head easily. The Panasonic Epilator promises to leave your skin feeling and looking smooth for longer. Because your hair is being removed from the roots, it doesn't grow back to the surface as quickly and it also comes back finer. 

How I Epilated:

Prep

Firstly, I did a bit of research as I was a newbie to this. Enter YouTube! I watched a couple of videos that gave some tips on how to epilate. I'm prone to ingrown hairs so to prep for this, I used my exfoliating gloves to gently exfoliate my legs. I also made sure to use warm water to help open up my pores.

During

At first, I used the epilator on dry skin, but then decided to try it on the wet function. For this, I just wet my skin and put a little blob of my shower gel onto the head of the epilator. When I switched it on, it started foaming straight away. I then put the epilator at a 90 degree angle against my skin and moved it up my leg in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The foam definitely helped with this movement as it was easier to glide over my skin than when I tried it dry. As with other hair removal methods that remove from the root (ahem waxing), the process itself isn't a walk in the park. It was quite painful for me the first time, which a friend of mine who regularly epilates warned me about. But by the time I went over some areas again to get any hairs that escaped, it wasn't as uncomfortable. The process itself took a little longer than when I shave as I had to go over some areas a few times to make sure I got every hair. There's nothing worse than patchy legs!

After

When I was done, I rinsed my legs with lukewarm water and towel dried. Because many of the YouTube videos gave an heads up that the skin could get spotty and irritated from it, I applied my trusted aloe vera gel which I also use after I wax just to sooth my skin. 
I did this a week ago and I haven't gotten any ingrowns - yay! What a triumph. I'm not going to lie, this probably excited me the most about epilation. Only fellow sufferers of ingrown hairs would appreciate my excitement. 



This epilator was really easy to use for a newbie like me. It's a cost saving exercise since it's a once off payment of R799 and it's promised that the discomfort gets better after repeated use. There's a limited pop up shop live on Beauty Bulletin that offers it for just R699. My hair grows fast so I'm looking forward to not having to worry about my legs for a little while I enjoy a #SmoothSummer

*This post was brought to you by Beauty Bulletin*


     

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How to Install and Style Afro Kinky Clip-ins

Live on MyFroandITV:


I'm loving my Afro Kinky clip-ins! Many of you have asked how I install them so I've obliged and show you how in this video. It's also holiday season, so I've added a style you could rock to any of your holiday events this year.

Happy holidays!

     

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

#FabMyFro: WIN Afro Kinky Clip-ins

Bounce Essential Hair is giving one My Fro & I reader a fab set of Afro Kinky Clip-ins!

It's December! That means it's officially holiday season and Bounce Essential Hair wants to spoil you!

I've been rocking them since my birthday last month to fab my fro and I have to say they blend better with my kinky 4C hair than any other extension I've tried. Well, one lucky My Fro & I reader will win Afro Kinky Clip-Ins to fab her own fro, just in time for the holidays. Need some extra length or volume to fab up your fro for that office party, Christmas lunch or hot New Year's Eve celebrations? Here are the details:

The Prize:

Share this photo and you could WIN 1 pack of 12" Afro Kinky Clip-In Extensions worth more than R1,200



The How:

  • Facebook share the above photo with the following completed statement: 
"@myfroandi @Bounce Essential Hair #FabMyFro because ___________"

      OR
  • Instagram post the above photo with the following completed statement: 
"@aishaandlife @BounceEssentialHair #FabMyFro because ___________"
       
The Rules:
  • The competition will close at 6pm on Friday 4th December, 2015.
  • This competition is open to South African residents only.
  • One winner will be chosen and announced by Monday 7th December, 2015.
  • The best answer will win.
  • The winner will be contacted via Facebook or Instagram private message and will need to supply full contact and delivery details.
  • All prize delivery logistics will be handled by Bounce Essential Hair.
**Competition is now closed. Congratulations to Shibejo Nompumelelo Mthebule!

     

Monday, 30 November 2015

Review: Design Essentials Almond & Avocado

Another new range of products is available from Design Essentials!

The new Almond & Avocado collection promises to moisturise and cut down your detangling time by up to 30 minutes. Quite a bold statement! The line is infused with almond and avocado oils (my favourite!) and can be used on all natural hair types. Well, I put it to the test. What did Fro think?

Almond & Avocado Shampoo


This shampoo promises to be a gentle cleanser that's sulphate free. It's infused with almond and avocado oil to help moisturise, detangle and soften hair. It also claims to be gentle enough to be used daily as it doesn't strip natural oils. 

My two cents: Fro loved this! To be honest, I'm always doubtful of shampoos that are sulphate-free. Sulphate-free is known for being gentler on your hair but I've tried many that actually dry it out. This one kept its promise and didn't leave my hair feeling like straw. It left my hair feeling clean but still quite moisturised.

It also smells great; not too sweet nor is it clinical. It has a soft fruity kind of scent which I really liked. It also lathers up nicely, which is another thing I still would like in my shampoo. Call it habit!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (and)Cocamidopropyl Betaine (and) Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (and) Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Tauate, Glycol Distearate (and) Laureth-4, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance (Parfum), Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Glycol (and) Water (and) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium 10, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropanal

Almond & Avocado Conditioner



This conditioner claims to soften and moisturise your hair, all while detangling it. The avocado and almond infused oil also helps to give hair shine.

My two cents: Fro also loved this. I used this right after using the shampoo and applied it while my hair was in sections of 4. It has great slip and I was able to work it through my sectioned hair easily. I've stopped combing my hair so it was a real test to see of it would actually help to detangle my hair or not. I left it on for the recommended 3 minutes then proceeded to finger detangle it. And it did. As it went on so easily, I was able to rake my fingers through my hair with minimal resistance.

It also smells super yummy and not too strong - you know how much I hate strong smelling hair products! It's just sweet and fruity enough. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Adomethicone (and) Cetrimonium Chloride (and) Trideceth-12, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxethanol (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Glycol (and) Water (and) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Avocado Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Almond Butter), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl acetate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropanal

Almond & Avocado Leave-in Conditioner



The last of the three products I tried in this collection is a creamy leave-in conditioner that aims to also cut down your detangling time while leaving your hair moisturised.

My two cents: I didn't think that this worked as well as the shampoo and conditioner in terms of living up to its promise. But it's a good leave-in option. The scent was much less fruity and almost clinical so I wasn't such a fan of that. I initially liked the idea of a creamy leave-in but when I used it I realised I prefer spray leave-ins as they aren't as messy. My hair felt slightly moisturised but not as much as I'd have liked.

Ingredients: Water (Agua), Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-32 (and) Mineral Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol (and) Coprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Avacado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Propylene Glycol (and) White Nettle (Lamium Album) Flower extract (and)Scots Pine (Prinus Sylvestris) Cone Extract (and) Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Root Extract(and Chamomile(Anthemis Nobilis) Flower Extract (and) Rosemary(Rosemarinus Officinalis) Extract Leaf (and) Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) Extract (and) Garlic (Allium Sativum) Bulb Extract

It seems this specific line doesn't have styling products which would have been nice to try, like a butter or something to use after the leave-in just to finish off my wash day with the collection as Fro loved most of them. 

Design Essentials is locally available from their website and also on Niche Hair Care's site.

For more reviews, check out my fellow hair gurus experiences of the new line: Wisaal & Tendayi.

*This post was brought to you by Design Essentials.*

Monday, 23 November 2015

Happy Birthday to You: Afro Kinky Discount

In celebration of my 30th birthday, Bounce Essential Hair is giving My Fro & I readers a pressie!

It's no secret I'm always on the hunt for extensions that would literally just add to my hair without having to fuss about blending. I've envied women from afar for years and now we in South Africa finally have some options when it comes to us kinky haired girls. The ladies at Bounce Essential Hair were so kind to send over these 18" Afro Kinky Clip-ins for my birthday fro and I've been wearing them every day since.


They're so easy to install, even the most style challenged woman can rock these. And don't worry if your hair is still a TWA, if you want that extra length and volume, this is a great quick way to get that look no matter your length. What I love most about them is that even I sometimes can't tell the difference between my own hair and the extensions, they blend in that well. And as you can see, the styling options are endless.

Well, Bounce Essential Hair wants to also spoil you! From now until December 11th, my dear My Fro & I readers and followers can get the below discount on all their hair pieces except wigs (which are currently 10% off by the way). Enter the code below at checkout for your discount:


Head over to their online shop to choose your treat. They have a selection of clip-ins, wigs and weaves in the natural-gal-friendly textures of afro kinky, coarse straight and kinky curly.

Happy birthday month to you!

     

Friday, 20 November 2015

30

It's not everyday that you get to celebrate the day your life started. It's not every birthday that you get to celebrate a milestone birthday.


Yup, this week, I turned 30. On Monday 16th November to be exact. It got me thinking, why is turning 30 such a big deal? 10, I get. 18, yes. 21, ummm still don't get that one unless you're American. But why 30? Why has society all of a sudden labelled you as 'old' or expect to by now you  should have your ish together. Or is it as simple as it's a new decade, therefore it's big just by that virtue. Either way, I knew I wanted to something different to celebrate this one. And so I did. 

My husband got an intimate group of my favourite people together last weekend to celebrate and party in style. And what better way to do so than on a boat! It was a gorgeous summer day as we cruised the Vaal river. We had the entire boat to ourselves with delish canap├ęs, bubbly, laughter and dancing.







My hair? A birthday gift from Bounce Essential Hair. I'm wearing 18" Afro Kinky Clip Ins to give me some mega volume. As you can see, the wind was real that day but Fro and its helpers held on like troopers!







Here's to being grown, reaching another decade and a reason to celebrate life.
Here's to 30!


     
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