18 August 2015

Miss Tribal by TNPscribble


Miss Tribal is part of a series of Natural Hair pieces to be printed in my second e-book coming out very soon. A book which I have been working on for quite a while now, but just haven't got round to publishing yet.

This is part of my endeavour to create awareness of cultural identity and natural beauty, so that we can learn to embrace the very things that make us different from others.

I have named her Miss Tribal because she can belong to any number of tribes out there that look like her, but are equally as diverse as each grain in the desert sand.




This piece is one of my favourites because her eyes speak of an innocence rooted in her birthright. An innocent girl born into a culture that she has embraced without question. Her appearance may seem strange to the outsider, but she is looking back at us, as the strange intruder. She is trying to understand why we look so different to her people.

Her customs and beliefs that distinctly separate her from one group of people to another, is a source of pride and joy. Yet she remains inquisitive, and eager to discover and learn new things without forgetting her roots.

We are not all ready to discard our culture because others may think it inferior to theirs.




Miss Tribal is now available to buy online in black and white.

14 August 2015

Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my locs


For the first time in my 5yr+ loc journey I have decided to try Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my locs. This is because I have heard so much positive feedback about this oil, and was eager to see if it would work for my hair.

The main thing keeping me from using it over the years has been its thick and sticky consistency. I felt that it would do more harm than good to my sensitive scalp, or just sit on top of my skin and clog my pores.

As your locs mature and get longer you want to make sure you are doing your best to take care of your roots. A dry itchy scalp can lead to weak roots, because you are constantly scratching. You end up with hands in hair syndrome and the constant friction can lead to weak roots. Weak roots can lead to thinning.   

Last month I took the big plunge and bought myself a small 4oz bottle of Sunny Isle JBCO, and decided to see if it would do anything to improve my loc regimen. There are many brands out there but, I chose this brand because it does not include any salt.


I sometimes like to oil my scalp with a roll on bottle, because it distributes the oil directly onto my scalp in thin layers. This gives me much more control than when using a nozzle, as I go in-between my locs using the pads of my fingers to massage the oil into my scalp. 
 
 
In addition to the JBCO, I like to put in a few drops of Lavender essential oil to help give it a lovely fragrance amongst the many other benefits.

My routine was to always spray my hair with water first, then lightly oil my scalp every day or every other day, giving my hair time to breath and absorb any nutrients.

I try to wash my hair every week to ten days, and also include a light ACV rinse to get rid of any leftover residue. 


The results have been so much better than I could have ever expected. After using JBCO for nearly five weeks, I have noticed a significant growth spurt. My scalp is not clogged but instead is very moisturised and is no longer flaking or itching. My roots feel soft and appear to be very moisturised too, giving my hair a healthy sheen and supple feel. I don't think my hair has looked this nourished in a very long while.

I will definitely be using JBCO as part of my loccare regimen going forward. My only regret is not having tried it earlier in my loc journey. It's like liquid gold! 


8 August 2015

The Sinners Prayer


Philippians 2:12
And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Several decades ago, I gave my life to Christ. All I had to do was say a few heartfelt words to God and I was forgiven. Confession and Repentance. It was as simple as that, but my brain struggled to comprehend the enormity of this kind gesture from the Creator of the Universe.

In the end, I must have said the sinner’s prayer up to five times on different occasions, just to make sure I had done it right.

Years before then, I had begun to question my existence and wonder about the being in the sky that was in control of everything. For me, this control was not associated with love, but power and authority.

God’s forgiveness lead to a time of further soul searching, because I needed to convince myself that a real change had taken place on the inside, even though my reflection remained unaltered when I looked in the mirror. I still felt the same urges to sin but this time around there was a battle raging in my heart, flesh against willpower.


Matthew 26:41-42 
When he went back to the disciples, he found them asleep. He told Peter, "So, you men couldn't stay awake with me for one hour, could you?
All of you must stay awake and pray that you won't be tempted. The spirit is indeed willing, but the body is weak.

This war continues till today. My words, actions and every decision must be scrutinised by the Holy Spirit. It takes its toll on me because I feel accountable, and do not want to grieve my spirit or lose my peace. For this reason I can conclude that walking within God's grace is literally a life saver, but still not an excuse to be shoddy, for we must work hard to avoid sin and causing hurt to others.


Proverbs 4:20-27
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Trying to live a lifestyle of worship is not as easy as you may think. It's not just about our actions, but it has a lot to do with our thoughts. It's what we have brewing on the inside of us, that will eventually seep through the cracks in our veneers. It's the thoughts that we entertain, that make us who we are. Those thoughts will eventually come out as spoken words, or lead us into action.

It's the Spirit of God on the inside, that is constantly reminding me of His will. However, we must feed the spirit by dwelling on His word. His word becomes alive in us and strengthens us. His word enables us, giving clarity and wisdom to deal with everyday life and situations. It is the word of God in us that we will speak forth to counteract the enemy.

Please know that you cannot give what you do not have. You cannot speak the words that you do not know. It's what you take in, that will eventually come out. So it is important to read His word, and know it well.

It's not just about Gods forgiveness, but it's also about our obedience from day to day. It's about relationship.

Do you have a relationship with God. Have you read your bible today? How do you spend quality time with God? I'd love to hear from you.  
 

6 August 2015

What's in your spray bottle? - (Aug 2015)

It's summer time and my hair is as thirsty as ever. So, it’s time to make sure my spray bottle is ready for heavy duty.

This week I have boiled water, Lavender and Patchouli essential oil in my spray bottle and will be sharing the reasons why I have chosen this combination.

Water
We all know that water is the best moisturiser for your hair. I prefer to use boiled or distilled water for my daily moisturising because it's much safer than using tap water, which can contain all sorts of harsh chemicals that can dry out your hair. I don't drink tap water either, so there is a good supply of bottled water to hand. Another alternative would be to use Rose water, which is great for moisturising natural hair and leaves your locs smelling nice and fresh.

Lavender Oil
I love to use Lavender essential oil mostly for its therapeutic properties, which have been known to calm anxiety and relieve tension. However it is also good for mild skin irritations, cures ring worm, helps to combat itchiness and dryness. Amongst many other benefits, Lavender is a great natural moisturiser and deodoriser, which are essential requirements for my daily loccare routine.

Patchouli Oil
Patchouli essential oil has several benefits for your hair skin and general wellness. It is a great deodorant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant. I love to use it for its antifungal properties, because it eliminates the growth of fungus and protects you from infections.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is a close mimic of sebum, which is a natural secreted lubricant for our hair. It is completely absorbed into the hair shaft and moisturises from the inside out. For this reason it has become my favourite staple oil for moisturising my locs. It also acts as a good carrier oil with the use of other essential oils included in my loccare regimen.

So this is my current combination of oils, but I will be changing them up as soon as I feel the need for change.

What's in your spray bottle?


22 July 2015

The Call

 

For a long while now, I have been chasing a phantom dream. The misconception of what I thought I should be. However, the realities of my life and every experience have been slowly nudging me in a very different direction.
 

John 10:27-28
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand

Like the persistent voice of my Sat Nav, the Holy Spirit has been mapping my course and steering me along my path. At times He became silent, but only because it was not time for me to deviate. Even when I thought I knew what I was doing and where I was going, often ignoring the planned route, God has been patiently re-routing my life’s journey. Whenever I felt lost and alone, I have turned to Him for help and He has calmly put me back on track.

It has been a long time coming but finally at this point in my life’s journey, I have put aside all my preconceived notions and accepted my lot. It has been a tiresome and drawn out process but I can now admit to my wholehearted surrender. I am not ashamed to admit that I have been wasting my own time.

My inner battle is over. Every invisible chain that bound me to all the things I thought I had let go, have been completely severed. I have given all my personal hopes, dreams and ambitions back to God. This has enabled me to willingly pick up my mantle once again.

I was running away like Jonah but by His grace God has kept me, despite myself. Thank God that all roads should eventually lead back to the Father, if you truly love and commune with Him. Thank God for divine grace and constant loving tender mercies.



7 July 2015

JULY 2015 Give-Away (Open)



This July I am hosting a give-away for a huge 2.36Liter 5lbs tub 
of 
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel.

Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel contains 100% pure olive oil for deep conditioning while maintaining maximum hold.

Benefits of this brand:
  • Olive oil helps your scalp naturally regulate its own moisturizing system
  • Retains moisture to your scalp resulting in a healthier scalp and healthier hair
  • For all hair types
  • Contains UV protection
  • Maximum hold
  • No flakes 
  • Anti-itch
  • Alcohol free
 
Rules:
  1. Follow me on Instagram @TallNubianWoman to participate... 
  2. Leave a comment saying "Enter me"
  3. Repost Giveaway post and tag a friend.

Entry:

3 IG images will be posted randomly
You get one entry per post
3 chances to win.
**Open to UK only (due to size of item)**
Entries will close on the 7th August 2015.
Good luck folks!