28 December 2014

DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Whipped Shea Butter, my new love...  Last year I realised that using coconut oil alone to seal the moisture into my hair during winter was not cutting it for two reasons:

25 November 2014


Around £3.50 for 16oz/454g

Product Description: 
"An intensive conditioning treatment that moisturizes and strengthens helping to reduce shedding and breakage and enhance shine"

Key Ingredients: 
  • Whole Egg: Protein is essential for repair of tissues and for carrying minerals and nutrients into cells. It has been known to help strengthen the hair.
  • Wheat germ Oil: Rich in essential proteins and B Vitamins which are essential for healthy hair and skin. It helps repair damaged tissues.
  • Nettle, Sunflower Oil, Soy Beans, and Amino Acids: help to reduce shedding and breakage of hair.

How to use: 
Apply small amount to hair and comb through for even distribution. Cover hair with plastic cap and let process under warm dryer, heat cap or warm towel for 15 minutes. If heat is not available, cover the head with a plastic cap and let set for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Rinse hair with warm water and proceed with styling.

17 October 2014

Hairspiration: Tia & Tamera

It's been a long time since Tia and Tamera's Sister Sister days and now they are beautiful grown women still holding their own in Hollywood. I've been a huge fan since their Nickelodeon days and I'm loving how they are sharing their natural hair journey via social media and  giving some serious hairspiration at the same time!

Just because you're natural doesn't mean everyday curly hair and Tia and Tamera are perfect examples of the versatility of natural hair. They're constantly varying between their curls, straightened hair and wearing wigs and weaves and giiirrrlll do they rock these styles well.

>Read More<

8 October 2014

DIY: Sugar Scalp Scrub

I'm sure most of you have heard of using a sugar scrub for the lips, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to use a sugar scrub on your scalp? Probably not, because it's quite an unusual concept. However, I stumbled across the idea whilst looking online for natural remedies for dry scalp issues today and decided to give it a go seeing as my scalp was in a pretty bad state.

The recipe I found is in the above photo, however I chose to use Almond Oil instead. You can use any oil of your preference. All you have to do is mix the sugar and oil together to form a paste and use prior to washing hair. Also note that brown sugar is recommended but I used what I had in the kitchen ('golden granulated' is nearly brown sugar right?).

29 September 2014

Back to blogging

I'm back...It's been a while, but I am definitely back now.

It's fair to say that at the beginning of summer everything got quite hectic for me in between finishing a work placement, moving house and preparing for a volunteering trip to Morocco. In the midst of all this Kinks, Curls and More slipped to the back of my mind and I started to lose my blogging mojo. 

Now after all the fun of summer I'm trying to start off the new academic year as I mean to go on, including getting Kinks, Curls and More back to a being a blog worth reading. Although I am going into my final year at university, I will be trying hard to keep the posts regular both on here, Facebook and Pinterest - between all the assignments I think it might be the only thing to keep me sane!

Considering that I haven't posted all summer, I definitely have a lot to share... I'll start with a new post this week ;)

PS. Click the instagram link on the right hand side of the page to see whats been distracting me this summer.

27 March 2014

Natural on a Budget: Conditioning

Natural hair care can be expensive if you're a bit of a product junkie and find yourself buying new products all of the time or just trialling lots to find the right ones for you. However, going/being natural really doesn't have to break your bank because there are actually plenty of products available for a good price which are easily accessible in most local hair and beauty stores. So, I wanted to do a mini series on the ranges of products that you can find on a budget, starting with conditioners.

I've done a small section on a few of my favourite low cost regular conditioners, leave-in's and deep conditioners that everyone should be able to access easily. All but one of these I have tried and tested myself and I can definitely say that the low cost definitely does not mean low quality.

Rinse Out Conditioners

Tresemme Naturals: Available in two variants - Vibrantly Smooth and Nourishing Moisture.
Don't be fooled by the fact that Tresemme is marketed predominantly towards european hair because these conditioners are amazing. They are my must have staples.
  • Sold at around £4.99 and are often on 3 for 2 offers in Superdrug & Boots.
  • Great slip which is beneficial for detangling.
  • Sillicone free
  • 750ml bottles, so great value for money as they last a long time.
  • Leave hair feeling revived, smooth and soft after use. 
  • You can leave some in after rinsing so it double's as a leave in.

Deep Conditioners

ORS Replenishing Conditioner:
If you are not fazed by silicones being in the ingredients list, then this is a great conditioner to use.
  • Usually priced around £4 and is now available in Boots and some Superdrugs as well as the black hair and beauty stores.
  • Thick consistency that is easy to spread through hair and also has great slip
  • Enriched with olive oil and sweet orange oil which leaves hair with an amazing citrus scent.
  • Moisturizes and strengthens the hair and is especially good for treating damaged hair.

ORS Hair Mayonnaise:
  • Protein conditioner great for strengthening weak hair.
  • Probably not a good choice for those with protein sensitive hair
  • Contains silicones so not ideal if you try to stay away from these ingredients.
  • Ideally used every 2-4 weeks 
  • Comes in various sizes, prices ranging from as little as £2.29
  • Available in Boots and Superdrug now, in addition to hair and beauty stores.

Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair:
Again, if you try to stay away from ingredients such as silicones then this one might not be one for you. I usually try to avoid silicones, but I decided to give this a go after I received one at Curlvolution last year and was pleasantly surprised.

  • Great moisturising deep conditioner
  • Aimed at repairing damaged strands so great if your hair is in need of some TLC from heat damage, colour treatments etc.
  • Price is very cheap - available from £3.99

Leave in Conditioners

Creme of Nature Argan Oil - Strength and Shine  Leave In Conditioner

  • 2 phase liquid formula combining Argan Oil and a protein complex
  • Protein formula helps strengthen weak hair, whilst the part of the formula helps to moisturise and add shine
  • Easy to apply as it is in a spray bottle
  • Priced around £4

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner

Although I haven't used this product myself, I have heard so many good reviews from other naturals that I couldn't leave it off the list, plus it is fairly well priced.

  • Available from £4.99
  • Creamy conditioning formula enriched with Shea Butter and other natural oils to help reduce breakage and repair damage whilst moisturising.

If you know of any other great, but budget friendly conditioners then please leave a comment below or on the Facebook page wall - Sharing is caring!

12 February 2014

Mini Twists!

If you read my Winter Regime Update post, then you would have seen that I have been consistently doing mini twists as my protective style during the week. I am completely in love with the twists that I put in this week, so I wanted to share the details and some photos.

No Heat - My scalp has been quite dry recently, which I am sure has something to do with the fact that I have been lightly blowdrying it after washing to thin my roots out a bit before twisting. As a result, I opted to play the long game this week and let my hair airdry and stretch it without applying heat.

After washing my hair I put it into 5 bantu knots and left them in for a few hours. When it was around 50% dry I unravelled the bantu knots and halfed the sections so that it would dry a little quicker and stretch my hair at the roots more. I left these in overnight and until the afternoon the next day (see why I said I was playing the LONG game now?)

Results - My hair was left feeling more moisturised than when I blow-dry it and it stretched just as well! You can see in this photo that the roots weren't left puffy at all.

Products used - 
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie  >  Great for twisting with as it gives a little bit of hold but doesn't make hair stiff at all as well as keeping hair moisturised. It is also great for twistouts and I am pulling to unravel these twists for a killer one at the weekend!

My DIY Shea Butter & Sweet Almond Oil Whip to seal  >  Just the right consistency to seal in the moisture during this awful weather and light enough to not weigh the hair down.

Virgin Coconut Oil  >  Put on my scalp in all the section parts. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry scalps and strengthening hair.

Rope Twist Method
I twist using the rope twist method, which you can see a tutorial for >here< (It's a long video, but there is no need to watch it all!).I find that this method makes the twists tighter and helps them to stay neater for a longer time, especially at the roots! My hair is very soft so often the roots become messy quickly and this is seems to work well as a solution to this. 

So basically, the moral of the post is that I love these twists! They seem to be coming out on top as my #1 protective style this winter!

4 February 2014

Blog's 1 Year Birthday!

Yesterday was Kinks, Curls and More's first birthday, so I had to do a quick post to mark the occasion! First of all a massive thank you to all you followers - those who have been reading the posts from the very beginning and the newbies. Your support is much appreciated!

I've learned so much about my hair and how to handle it over this past year and hopefully I have been able to pass on some information along the way. It all started with the Heat-Free Challenge which forced me to experiment more with my curls and then I got hooked on natural hair! I was the girl that was never seen without bone straight hair and last year I went 9 months without using straighteners because learning about my natural hair, it's versatility and how to handle it was so much fun!

I have some exciting plans for this next year so keep reading! Follow Kinks, Curls and More on Facebook & Subscribe to stay updated!

God Bless x

19 January 2014

Hair Talk With Patricia

What's your name and what do you do?
I'm Patricia and I'm doing a top up course in Banking and Finance at Derby University

How long have you been natural for?
7 months, since June 2013

Can you describe your hair in 3 words?
Short, natural and sexy

So you recently big chopped - How long ago was this and what made you decide to go for it?
7 months ago I decided to big chop.
I was beginning to lose my hair line due to having braids and weaves. I wanted to be able to leave my hair out in the future without being ashamed of it. Plus I really got inspired by someone else who did their big chop 3 years ago and now has amazing hair :O (@kulchicbeauty)

How did your family and friends react to your short hair and what were your initial thoughts after cutting it?
My dad doesn't like it to date and got me to have braids in for my brother's wedding :( 
and the rest said it suits me...With a few friends trying to get me to put a weave on. Huh no !!!
My initial thoughts - I didn't like it!
Had to wear a turban scarf or a wig I bought when I was out the house. 
It was only two weeks after when I tried using the twist and lock gel on a sponge with little circular wholes in that I thought it looked cool and left it out. Found out about this method from youtube (@nudred). 

What are your essential hair products now?
Any sulphate free shampoo, Water, 100% Shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil, eco styler gel

Do you have a basic hair regime and if so what does it involve?
 The more it grows the less I wash it. I wash my hair every 3 days now and towel dry it, put coconut oil in my roots, shea butter all over, comb it through and begin my two strand twist all over my hair and sleep with it in. 
In the morning I untwist it using more coconut oil on my fingertips and style it using my eco styler. 
The next 2 days I would just spray water on when I'm ready and use the eco styler to revive the curls. 

What has been the hardest thing about going short?
The first two weeks was hard, Just missing my weave after cutting it :( 
Also now that its cold and windy, i can really feel it in my head. A part from this Im happy with it. 

Do you have any advise for ladies considering big chopping or who have recently big chopped?
 They should be strong, they might not like it straight away as its a big change. 
I always say to myself that it has been the best investment that I have ever made for healthy hair growth and proud of it and its future results. 
Always watch videos of other people that have done it in the past for inspiration and tips :)