16 January 2015

Beta Group


As previously mentioned in the New Year, I am currently looking to set up a small Beta group, who will have the opportunity to read my material prior to official release dates. This will be a forum to provide feedback and get initial impressions from you.

If you are a regular on my blog, then you will know that I have a few writing projects on the go. Most of my writing is based on personal and general life experience, and falls into the Christian, Religion & Spirituality or Non Fiction genre. You can check out the list in the right hand bar of the page, which also includes a word count to show my progress. 


Work on my first novel 'Soul Mates' has been painfully slow, but in the interim I have been working on other mini writing projects. The first one titled 'Instruments of Praise & Acts of Worship' has already been published, and is a Christian guide written for musicians, singers, choirs, worship teams or bands. It's a brief discourse on the nature of worship and the use of instruments, from a musician’s perspective. If you are a Christian musician or singer interested in this resource, please feel free to get in touch.


The second mini project titled 'For the Love of Locs' will be published this month. This time I share the reasons behind my decision to go natural, highlighting some of the questions you should ask yourself before embarking on your journey. It takes a personal look at my natural hair origin from birth, to my current status as a black African, British born, Christian and professional. If you have been thinking of going natural, then this guide is designed to help navigate your way to natural hair freedom. Interested? Get in touch.


So if you want to get involved, are interested in getting a free copy of my little books or doing a review then, please register for exclusive updates. Fill in your details using the registration box on the top right hand side of this page or contact me.

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12 January 2015

3 Reasons to rinse your locs inbetween shampoos


This is a quick post in response to an email received last week, asking about loc rinsing, and I have put together a few points that should cover your question.

What is rinsing?

It's simply flushing water through your hair, from root to tip, until it is clean. This can be used as an alternative or supplement to your usual shampoo wash, which can often leave residue in your locs, causing long term build-up. Some Freeform Loc'ers do not like to use any shampoo on their locs but prefer to use all natural remedies. I am a huge fan of herbal rinses, and you will find that there are a few Tea Rinse recipes available on my blog. Rinsing can be done with the use of plain water under the shower or a natural herbal brew in a basin.

Over the years, I have found it to be extremely beneficial to do several rinses in-between my shampoos, especially during the warmer months when my hair can air dry quickly, and because it keeps my hair in great condition.

Reasons to rinse?

1. Add Moisture

Water is the most important thing you will ever need for your locs. Keeping your locs moisturised can only be achieved with the use of water, and anything else is secondary.

It's OK to spritz your hair with a spray bottle when your hair is thirsty, but rinsing is much more thorough and effective for my hair needs. 

2. Keep Clean
It's a great way of flushing out any debris from your locs and any residue left over from your shampoo will be rinsed out too.

3. Eliminate Odours
Rinsing in-between shampoos helps to freshen up my hair before washday comes around. I always put a few drops of essential oils in my rinses, to give my hair that extra pampering it needs. Essential oils are mostly medicinal and can help improve the health of your hair. My favourite is Tea Tree oil, which has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and leaves my hair smelling fresh.


Caution

I must mention here that if you like to saturate your hair with oils, then rinsing could be counterproductive for your locs. This is mainly because the excessive oil that sits in your hair will turn stale with time; make your locs heavy and difficult to dry. Eventually mould mildew or an oily build-up will set in, which will require a good clarification to cut through the entire product in your hair.

If you live in a hard water zone, then stay away from tap water which can cause your hair to dry out when used excessively. Invest in a water filter to improve the water quality.

Excessive rinsing can cause dryness and scalp problems, especially if you already have underlying health issues. Do not overdo it, because you don't want to lose your hairs natural oils.

Always make sure your hair dries completely, to avoid any mildew issues.

 



If any of you do rinse your locs in-between shampoos, then please tell us what your experience has been like, and if you would recommend it too.


5 January 2015

It's a New Year


Happy 2015

Hey Everybody, Happy New year to all of you! Thank God, we made it into 2015!

At the start of the New Year, we are often fired up and filled with so much enthusiasm to take on new challenges that it's very easy to exaggerate, only to end up setting unrealistic goals. However, we must still set those goals because we need to have a vision, whether it is big or small.


Latest project update

My mind is full of loads of ideas and the list of projects keeps getting longer. There are already a few things in the pipeline for me this year, including the publishing of my second mini writing project due to come out this month. Very pleased with how it is looking so far and excited to see the finished results of all my labour.


Beta Group

I will be looking to set up a small Beta group, so if you are interested in getting a free copy of my little books or doing a review, then please register for exclusive updates. Fill in your details using the registration box on the top right hand side of this page.

Sign up, and be the first to know of any updates, book news and giveaways.

More details coming soon.
 

Intentions and expectations

This year is going to be an exciting year for me because I intend to share it with you. Yes, I mean you.

I will be introducing a new schedule for the blog, so that you have a clear idea of what to expect in the coming months. So for this, I will be running a small poll to get a better feel for what you would like to see on this blog. I want to hear from you. A more detailed post will be coming soon, so please be on the lookout.

There will also be more random but 'small personal giveaways' from me to you, just to show my appreciation to all of you who have been supportive, and taken the time to stop by all the time.

If you have been a regular on my blog, and enjoyed reading the content then, now is the time to join in and really get involved. This is an exciting time, and I look forward to getting to know you all much more, as we head into the year


Hope to see you all there.

30 December 2014

Benefits of Rosemary Herbal Tea Rinse for my Locs

I decided to do a quick rosemary rinse for my locs the other day, because they were looking a little dull and needed some pampering. With the festive season in full swing, and having spent a lot of time cooking, I didn't want the smell of all that spicy food to linger in my hair.

As mentioned in my previous posts, I enjoy incorporating natural herbs into my hair regimen, especially herbal tea rinses. This enables me to get the full benefit of all their goodness in its simple natural state.


Many freeformer's easily survive on a simple regimen of rosemary rinses for weeks, and their locs thrive with no issues. It is easier to indulge in herbal rinses during the warmer months, because your hair will air dry much more quickly. In the colder months I reduce them dramatically, and only indulge when I can no longer put it off.

The herbs I use are dry, and are stored in sealed air tight jars ready for use. That way it's easier for me to measure out and brew when required. 

 
Benefits

Conditions hair
I like to use this once in a while, as an alternative to regular conditioner, so that I can avoid the buildup that some products can create in your locs.
 
Gives hair a natural shine
It is a great remedy for dull looking hair, and leaves your hair with a healthy natural shine.
 
Promotes hair growth
It stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth.

Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial
If you have a problematic scalp, it is known for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and will help clear up dry, itchy or inflamed skin issues and eliminate any odours.




 

So, if you are looking for the one herb to use as an introduction to herbal tea rinses, then this could be it. Give it a try and let me know what you think.



9 December 2014

TNP Waistbeads - New for Dec 2014


Opelenge Two Strand Waistbeads (red tones)

This two strand set of waistbeads consist of a mixture of dark red to purple toned glass beads. Also includes a red rhombus glass bead as centrepiece. Very stunning and sleek finish, made to fit sizes 22-40 inches. 

If larger size required, then please feel free to contact me by sending a custom request.
Available to buy online.


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5 December 2014

My Skincare (part 2) - Using Aveeno Products


After having wonderful flawless skin throughout my teens, looking on in confusion as my peers struggled with their problematic skin, I was certainly not prepared for the onslaught that would later occur in my adulthood.

Fast forward to the present day, and I now have extremely sensitive adult acne prone skin, which constantly has me on the lookout for anything that will help control the breakouts, without creating any further long term problems.

I always strive to use natural products wherever possible, because I am very conscious of the damage that harsh chemicals included as ingredients in some of these seemingly harmless everyday products can do to your skin, in the long term. However, let's be truthful here, you may find yourself bending under the pressure, when things get desperate. So, these are some of the products that I would like to share with you, because they have been tried and tested over the years and have worked well for my skin type and issues.


Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser


This product serves as a creamy cleanser and gentle scrub. I was looking for a cleanser that would help fight my acne and keep any breakouts in check. 

Reasons why I like it:
  • The main active ingredient is Salicylic Acid (2%) which works to fight blemishes and clear breakouts
  • It contains moisture-rich Soy extracts to naturally even out skin tone and help smoothen skin
  • It has a nice creamy consistency but is not greasy on the skin
  • It has tiny particles that gently exfoliate
  • Is very gentle on my sensitive skin
  • Leaves my skin feeling very clean


 Aveeno Clear Complexion Foam Cleanser


This product serves as a foaming cleanser. I needed something that would remove any traces of makeup but would also help combat my adult acne breakouts. This range has given me the option to use one or the other depending on my cleansing requirements, also providing equally similar benefits.

It is perfect to use with my cleansing brush. 

Reasons why I like it:
  • It contains Salicylic Acid (0.5%) to control breakouts
  • Also contains a Total Soy Complex which naturally helps to even out skin tone and smoothen the skin without the use of harsh chemicals
  • It has a rich foamy consistency that quickly lathers up on the skin
  • It is oil free 
  • It is soap free
  • It effectively removes makeup  
  • It's very gentle on my sensitive skin (hypoallergenic)
  • It does not block my pores (noncomedogenic)
  • Leaves my skin feeling very clean


Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturiser


This product serves as a good daily facial moisturiser. I was looking for something good enough to moisturise my skin but would also help to gently fade any blemishes.

Reasons why I like it:
  • It contains Salicylic Acid (0.5%)
  • It is oil free
  • It contains moisture-rich Soy extracts
  • It has a very rich, thick, and creamy consistency but is not greasy on the skin
  • Very absorbing
  • Is very gentle on my sensitive skin
  • Helps to clear up blemishes
  • Brightens and evens out the skin tone
  • Leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth
  • Smells citrusy and fresh
  • A little goes a long way

These products work for me...

Having to deal with adult acne is a pain, and the mild marks or scarring that is sometimes left behind can be very disheartening in the race for beautiful skin.  These products have worked really well over the years, and have helped to bring my acne under control, proven to be one of the best 'over the counter' skin products out there.


Salicylic Acid: is one of the main ingredients I was looking to include in my skin regimen, and although these products only contain small amounts, it can sometimes be drying on the skin. I find that in the colder months I need to apply some coconut oil, if my skin feels too tight.

Total Soy Complex: is the natural harnessing of the soy protiens to effectively promote a clear, bright and smooth complexion and is not damaging or harsh on the skin. 

Please note that this is not a sponsored post or a full product review, but only a brief description of why these products work for my skin.

Let me know which products you have used over the years to help combat your own skin problems? It would be nice to hear your thoughts and experiences.