28 February 2013

The Regimen: Make Up

My everyday make up is super simple and consists of just a few items, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, A bright lipstick and Liz Earle Concealer. I don't do eye make up everyday, mostly because I wear glasses all the time so a slick of mascara does the job mostly (Benefits 'They're Real)  I've been using Maybelline for years and though it's not the most natural option it matches my skin perfectly (which is total fluke as cocoa is the only darker shade stocked in the UK) until I can find a natural/organic foundation that matches and feels light (and is reasonably priced) I'm sticking with Maybelline I used it many years ago before I officially discovered make up then I was introduced to make up brands and have been from Nars to MAC to Liz Earle but nothing is as good as Dream Matte Mousse for me. 

I apply with a sponge (I buy a big bag of sponges from Superdrug and use one or two per week) DMM is great because it is weightless and looks like your not wearing make up. I also use Liz Earle Perfect Fix Concealer great for covering up dark patches giving a flawless finish. I always finish with a bright lip usually in berry shades, My lipstick collection is possibly the worst for green points (I have shades from MAC, MUA, Lime Crime, Accessorize which are mostly full of crap)  but I'm a sucker for bright shades and can't seem to resist though there are some more eco friendly options from Ilia and Mavala
So that's what I do everyday takes about 5 minutes and I'm good to go!

 (Hair styled using Design Essential Daily Moisturiser and Setting lotion, ear cuff from Topshop)

27 February 2013

The Regimen: Skin Care

I get a lot of questions about my skin and skincare regimen, I have a very simple routine which consists of a cleanser, mask and a face cream I've recently introduced an Oil. When it comes to cleanser I use what ever is handy usually something from a drug store, I've just been gifted Naked Body Cares facial cleanser Bare Faced Cheek (I've only used it once but it seems good) I make sure I remove all my make up and usually use a cleanser that can remove eye make up 

Twice a week I use a face mask, I really love the 3 Minute Facial from Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone because it is quick and easy to use and leaves my skin nice and glowie! I try not to forget my neck when using skin care products there is no point having youthful skin if your neck gives you away!
I use a day and night cream from Organic Surge, a moisturising day cream that moistures but works well under make up and a night cream I sometimes get dry patches of skin when I do I use a little Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil from Aubrey Organics which great for dry skin ad come in a handy roller ball, I love anything that makes life easier and preferably like naturally derived products as I think its important to look after your skin,

Aqua, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Coco glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Mentha arvensis leaf oil, Illicium verum fruit/seed oil, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric acid, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Citral.

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sucrose Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phosphatidylcholine, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Docosahexaenoic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Copper Gluconate

Aqua (Water), *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Glycerin (Veg), *Butyrospermum Parkii, *Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, *Glyceryl Stearate, *Simmondsia Chinensis, *Vitis Vinifera, *Cetearyl Alcohol, *Stearic Acid, *Isopropyl Myristate, Phenoxyethanol/Benzyl Alcohol/Potassium Sorbate, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, *Tocopherol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool. * naturally-derived ingredient. From essential oils listed.

Oil from the rose hips of a rare rose that grows in Chile's Andes mountains. High in vitamin C, and linoleic and linolenic acids, essential fatty acids necessary for skin cell regeneration, it has been used by South American Indians for hundreds of years for its healing and moisturizing properties. Clinical tests have shown that Rosa Mosqueta, applied regularly, helps fade scarring and skin discolorations and encourage skin cell growth. There's no better moisturiser for dry or mature skin and brittle, damaged hair.

No Make up! 

The Ambassador: Shingai Shoniwa for Mizani

Hair care specialists Mizani have appointed the gorgeous Shingai Shoniwa as their first brand ambassador Mizani are a premiium hair care brand and apart of the L'oreal family, they have a huge range of products for relaxed and natural hair types and are the go to brand for many afro hair salons across the globe, Shingai the lead singer of The Noisettes and a naturalista  to boot says;

 I'm a huge fan of MIZANI’s products and their philosophy, so I'm honoured to have been selected to represent the brand as their first ever celebrity ambassador. I love to experiment and I'm constantly changing up my style, so the MIZANI range is perfect for me, particularly their True Textures collection as it caters to natural hair types like mine. All of the products are fantastic and contain the right balance of protein and moisture, which keeps my hair beautifully nourished, shiny and healthy. Plus, with everything from shampoos to strengthening treatments and styling products, whatever style I want to create, they've got all my haircare needs covered.”

Stockist Information: MIZANI products are available from MIZANI appointed salons. To find your nearest stockist, please call 0800 121 4676 or visit www.mizani-uk.com for the MIZANI salon locator.
Mizani ranges include the newly launched Supreme Oil, which follows on from the success of their best-selling hair oil treatment and now includes a Sulfate-Free Moisturising Shampoo, Ultra-Light Moisturising Conditioner and Satin-Crème Moisturising Mask. Also popular is Shingai’s favourite line, ‘True Textures’, designed to care for naturally curly hair

Solange: Week In Chic

Miss Knowles has been on one hell of a fashion tour this week from, showing support for her big sis at the premier of Life Is But A Dream in a gorgeous shirt dress to walking the Vanity Fair Oscars after party carpet in vibrant yellow

Hair Talk With Samio

Firstly introduce yourself? Where are you from and what do you do?
Hi, I'm Samio and I'm a model from England, I'm also soon to be opening a website selling bags that I design and make myself, so watch this space.
How long have you been natural?
 I've been natural all my life
What kept you from relaxing your hair?

The thing, or should I say person, that kept me natural was my Mother. When I was younger the trend was to have poker straight hair, for a lot of my friends that came easily but for me my hair couldn't be more opposite. My mother said I couldn't have my hair relaxed until I was older, because she knew I'd eventually appreciate my hair. It took a while, but she was right and now there seems to be a general desire to have big hair. Now my friends are always asking me for tips on how to add volume to their hair.
If you have transitioned to natural what prompted your move from processed to natural hair?
I've never fully relaxed my hair but I did go through a period of having bleached hair, which after a long time left my hair really damaged. I finally decided to start again with my hair, I went for the big chop and grew my hair back dye free.

What were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair?
I think the point I finally started to wear my hair out was when I got to college (or end of high school in the US), I'd gone from leaving school where I'd always felt so self concious about my curls, to going to this new place with new people. It was like a fresh start to be a new person and that's when I finally started wearing my hair out as opposed to in plaits and buns as I had done all through school.  
What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence your hair journey today?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. There have been so many tears and tantrums in the past over my hair. A funny one I remember was when I was about 13 and one of my best friends (who was the nominated hairdresser of our group), offered to cut my hair. She straightened it first and then I let her cut it (she had no real hairdressing knowledge by the way), the results were disastrous. After washing my hair the curls obviously sprung back and my hair was so short. She's still one of my best friends I just haven't let her come near my hair with scissors since. Now another friend of mine cuts my hair but she is actually trained in hairdressing, so I have learnt.
What does having natural hair mean to you?
Initially I always thought it was a style choice but when I really think about it I actually feel quite empowered by my hair. Without it sounding cheesy, it feels amazing now to walk into a room full of confidence with my big hair, something I would have never imagined when I was younger. I feel confident and attractive with my hair and it's a trademark of who I am. 

How do you keep your hair looking so good?
 My favourite hair product is Aussie conditioner. I use Aussie miracle moist and then leave some in after washing, it works wonders for my hair. If I feel my hair needs more moisture I will add serum (any brand), and I like to use coconut oil spray. I also like the Twisted Sister products; The curl activator cream and spray are great for refreshing my curls the next day. Technique wise, unless I wash and dry my hair on the same day I'll do a braid out. I put some of the Twisted Sister cream through my hair and then put my hair into about 5 plaits. I'll wrap it in a silky headscarf and then leave it like that until the next morning (or when I'm ready to take it out). Once I take out the plaits I'll go through my hair with an afro comb to bring back the volume again and make it BIG.

What are your go to hair style?
My favourite way to wear my hair is out and big, which I archive by just washing and drying as usual or doing a braid out, with added help from an afro comb. I also like to do different up dos using bobby pins. I'll often wear my hair in a puff for convince and then tie a headscarf round my head and tie it in a bow at the front. If I'm maintaining a braid out I'll wear a head scarf or stick a wig on. 

How do you protect your hair in the winter months?
In the winter months my hair car regime doesn't change too much, if my hair is looking particularly dry I'll usually add more coconut oil or serum. I'll also try and have more days where I'll leave my hair braided with product in when I can. 
Do you have any advice for women starting out on there natural journey?
1. Don't give up, the road can seem long but it's defiantly worth it and the start is always the hardest part.
2. Look for plenty of blogs like this one, find websites, ask for advice, speak to people; It will give you lots of encouragement and ideas and also make your natural hair journey a really fun one.
Tell us about your style?
My style is a random mix of all the the things I like. I don't consciously follow fashion. I buy what I like and if it's 'on trend' then that's fine but if not I'm not really bothered. If I feel good in what I'm wearing then I'm happy.

What are your favourite places to shop?
My favourite place to shop is Asos, I probably buy from there about once a week because it's so convenient and they always have new stuff in. I love eBay for all the great bargains you can find, it's amazing how little I've paid for some great items on there. High street wise I like Urban outfitters, they always do good shoes. And then I like all the rest of the other high street shops. I'll shop anywhere if I can find something unique and for a good price, I'm not overly fussy where I get my clothes. I think it's how you put together and style an outfit rather than where it's from. I just usually avoid items that are displayed in the shop windows or on the mannequins as they are always the go to items that everybody buys.
 How did you get into modelling?
When I went to University, photography students started asking if I'd model for them to help with their projects. I started to build up a portfolio from that and then I found professional photographers were asking me to do test shoots for them, so I started getting better images in my portfolio. From that I started getting people contacting me offering me paid work but it wasn't until after I graduated from university that I decided to join an agency and start modelling properly.

How is you natural hair perceived in your job roll?
My hair seems to get me a lot of work. I'm lucky that I get regular work and I think I can thank my hair for a lot of that, although I am often miffed when I get booked for a shoot and they want to straighten my hair, but I guess that shows they like me for more than just my hair at least.
How do you protect your hair from heat styling on shoots?
It varies how I protect my hair. Often on shoots I get there and they will say something like  'Today we are straightening your hair, we have half an hour to do it in', then hair stylist will be go go go, to get it done. In this case hair care goes out of the window and I don't mind too much because it doesn't happen all the time and it is my job. But I do often wish I'd been told prior to the shoot and then I could have prepped my hair, which would always make things easier for the hair stylist. If my hair has been straightened on a shoot though I usually make sure that the next day I do a deep condition on my hair. There are times when I turn up to a shoot and they tell me they are leaving my curls natural and the hair stylist may only have to give it a quick spray and a tweak, which is always great for my hair.

My website where you can also find my blog - www.samio.co.uk Instagram and twitter @samiorenelda  

26 February 2013

The Naked Curls: Naked Bounce

After trying out the Little Miracle Leave In from Naked Body Care I ended up ordering, 6 more items from the Naked website, these included items from the Naked Bounce range for curly and wavy hair, I'm aware that I have neither curly nor wavy hair my hair is in fact kinky however I was enticed by the claims that the bounce range moisturised and defined curls, If I'm honest I wasn't expecting miracles with this line which is why I'm pleasantly surprised! That I'm happy with the results

I co washed my hair with the Curl Defining Conditioner a thick lightly perfumed product, the conditioner had great slip which made it easy to detangle with  my trusty Tangle Teezer, Its a rinse out conditioner but my hair still felt soft after rinsing out.

Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl dimethylamine, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, Aspartic acid, Dicaprylyl ether, Lauryl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, Crithmummaritimumextract, Laminaria digitata extract, Chondrus crispus extract, Citrus aurantium amara (Bitter orange) leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Ferula galbaniflua (Galbanum) oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic acid, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Benzyl salicylate, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropional.

Once I rinsed out the conditioner I used Curl Taming Cream as a leave in, which is said to help define and add lustre, I found this to be my least favourite product of the three I used as it didn't have a lot of slip and found it didn't run through the hair as smoothly as I would like (though now my hair is dry I can feel that it has benefited from the moisture obtained by the Curl Taming Cream)

Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl ether, Sucrose laurate, Alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Stearalkonium chloride, Corn starch modified, Mangifera indica (Mango) butter, Parfum, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric acid, Benzyl salicylate, Amyl cinnamal, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl benzoate, Limonene.

 To set (applied mousse and combed through from root to tip leaving to air dry)  my curls I used the Curl Styling Mousse, the mousse claims touchable defined curls, this products has no hold, if you wanted really defined curls you'd have to follow up with a gel, but the mousse did define my natural curl pattern which is as you know very tightly coiled

Aqua, Hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed corn starch, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, Corn starch modified, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) extract, Parfum, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric acid, Benzyl salicylate, Amyl cinnamal, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Eugenol, Geraniol.

After using Eco Styler Gel over the last week it would be easy for me to say that the naked range didn't really work as well at defining my curls, but it actually worked very nicely at defining my natural curl pattern (the pattern that I have with out applying heaps of gel) I basically washed and added some product no twist outs, finger coiling or shingling methods where used and I can see my coils popping which doesn't usually happen when I don't manipulate my hair. My hair doesn't feel like I have too much on it which is great for the touchability factor but not so great for gaining second day hair (we shall see)  Overall I'm pleased with the results I got, I'll use the conditioner again and the taming cream because my hair is super soft right now! The mousse was OK but I think it would work better on a looser curl pattern as my hair needs a little more hold for real definition

for a drug store brand with added benefits of being 97% natural, with no parabens or silicones and easy on the pocket (everything is under a fiver!) I'm glad I stumbled across this brand!
I must also mention the speedy delivery and packaging of the naked products which was wonderfully presented (I'm a sucker for good presentation!)

Hair Talk: Postnatal Hair Loss (Shedding)

A lot of people have been asking if I suffered from postnatal shedding/hair loss and how I have dealt with it. Well the answer is yes I have had a lot of postnatal hair loss, my hair loss seems to be concentrated in two areas the crown of my head and on the right hand side of my hair. After Freya's birth I thought that perhaps I was one of the lucky few that had little to no hair loss, as I didn't notice much difference in the beginning. Then at about 6 weeks post I noticed that my hair was thinning and that I was getting a lot more shed hairs during hair washes then I noticed the thinning areas. Though I knew about postnatal hair loss I was still shocked and a little upset when it happened.
But we are not alone, hair hero Philip Kingsley explains;

"Pregnancy always affects hair due to hormonal changes, nutrition changes (ie two to feed instead of one) I was involved in a scientific study with Cuckfield (Sussex) Maternity Hospital in the mid 80s.  It showed that approximately a third of women experienced better hair, a third worse hair and the other third no noticeable difference. This was a little surprising because oestrogen (female) hormones increase, which causes the growth cycle of hair follicles to lengthen and less hair is shed than normal, resulting in more voluminous (thicker appearance) hair.  Further, as oestrogens increase androgens (male hormones) decrease.  Androgens encourage oil to flow so the hair becomes less oily and appears drier, also adding to volume.  On the other hand, from a nutrition viewpoint, other than taking pre-natal supplements, nutrition is often worse with the well-known “cravings” for junk food – and oddly – not eating as well anyway because of potential weight gain added to the baby bump.  The hair follicle is the second fastest producer of cells in the body, (bone marrow is first), but as hair is considered, by the body, non-essential tissue, it is the last to benefit from good nutrition.  And, the “bump” would take precedence anyway"

So while all this is happening during pregnancy hair loss can be a given, add to that the stress of motherhood in the early days and you have a pile of hair and it's not on your head! thankfully Philip Kingsley goes on to reassure us; 
"The good news is that post-partum fall always regrows – or it should.  If it doesn't, which is rare, there would be cause for extra professional advice and various blood tests.  Another point that should be born in mind is post-natal depression, which can effect hair fall and growth.  Post natal fall, though, usually begins after 6 weeks- 8 weeks of birth and can last until the 7th month, so don’t panic – it will regrow eventually"

Though it's hard their really is no real way to stop the hair loss, I've been doing stress free styles such as puffs, and wearing my hair out, I try to take good care of my diet and scalp

(head massages are a must for me) also be sure your hair is shedding and not breaking, shed hair should have a little white bud at the end, also it is normal to shed hair (pregnant or not) we loose up to 100 hair a day! If you hair loss starts to concentrate in one area don't panic! it could be due to excessive styling, stress or your diet.
Phillip Kingley adds;
"You can’t do anything to stop true post-partum fall but good hair care habits will make it grow faster and look and feel better.   Use products suitable for your hair type and whatever styling aids you require.  Apply scalp masks and hair masks regularly, and massage the scalp with a kneading motion each time they are used as well as when shampooing, Eat nutritiously with plenty of proteins and take a good all round supplement.  You may need an iron supplement, too, as well as Vitamin B12.  (Philip Kingsley has supplements and Masks).’ 
I've used both the Philip Kingsley Supplements and the scalp mask*, the mask is great and really refreshes the scalp, the supplements worked as part of a healthy diet (results can be seen after 3 months)

*scalp masks by Philip Kingsley have been relaunched, now there are two! one for stimulating and the other for exfoliating the scalp 

Visit www.philipkingsley.co.uk and be sure to check out Philip Kingleys Hair Bible here 

Thanks Phil!

25 February 2013

The Little Miracle: Naked Hair Care

I'm currently in product junkie mode, I was running low took one hit and now it's like I need a daily fix! So I was out seeing my dealer (the great British high street) and came across naked body care A 97% natural body, hair and skincare company and everything is practically under a fiver! I almost OD'd the hair care range is huge with a vast array of products for all hair types. We all know that most drug store lines are not made for afro hair in mind but that has never stopped me as we all know most products can work for all hair types and the fact that Naked Body Care has 97% natural ingredients has me sold! Naked is also Made in the UK (carbon footprint friendly) they also don't test on cute animals (or ugly ones) 
I finally decided on purchasing the Little Miracle (£3.32) Leave In Conditioner , which contains shea butter and argon oil, it's silicone free and also paraben free, however it does contain a  alcohol and parfum which can dry out hair

I used Little Miracle after shampooing with tresemme naturals shampoo and conditioner, I then used Little Miracle in place of my usual leave in conditioner on damp hair I used two big squirt, Little Miracle has great slip so de-tangling was not too bad I used it with Eco Styler gel and Little Miracle really plays nice with others! no clumping or turning white (so no flakes in the morning) also Little Miracle held up to it claim of heat protection as stretched my roots with a blow-drier and no waxy clumps or jellys! 

You can check out more on my Instrgam for other products I'm using

This morning my hair is soft to touch and defined (due more to the Eco Styler Gel) but Little Miracle was a great base for defining products, Little Miracle is great value for money it's currently on offer at www.nakedbodycare.co.uk along with most of the hair care range (I should know I just brought 7 products lol!) If you are not into spending a fortune on natural hair products this is a great little product to pick up.

Ingrediants: Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Brassicamidopropyl dimethylamine, Aspartic acid, Ceteareth-20, Dicaprylyl ether, Lauryl alcohol, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Parfum, Tocopheryl acetate, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Coumarin, Linalool.

The only downers is the size, 150ml will last me a bit but for those with long tresses you my need to pick up a couple of these at a time but at this price you can afford too. Also the alcohol (guess that is the pesky 3%) but if you are not averse to these things go get some Little Miracle!

Little miracle is available at boots as well as online

21 February 2013

The Wash n Go 2: Curls Unleashed **updated**

Those of you that follow me on Instagram or Twitter may know I have been trying out Curls Unleashed by Organic Root Stimulator, I saw it in my local hair supply shop and thought I'd give it go. People have told be good things about the whole range but I decided not to jump in with both feet and just try one thing at a time (been burned like that before) I brought Set It Off Curl Boosting Jelly. I used it for a wash n go, I used my Tangle Teezer to de-tangle and smooth in generous amounts of the jelly in sections the Tangle Teezer helps to smooth hair and create defined curls I finger coiled some of my ends so my curlies are less uniform. I was a little dubious of the purple colour, Curls Unleashed is not an all natural product and it always concerns me when products are an unnatural colour I makes me thing of chemicals also it has quite a chemical smell (it actually reminds me of Jam gel a bit sickly) But it does do what it says on the tin (crunchless defined curls) the good thing about the jelly is that I did't get much shrinkage, also there was no residue left on my hair nor did it leave my hair looking wet, I checked out the video on the curls unleashed website and my hair didn't come out like the models in the video their hair looked kind of wet look (maybe I didn't use enough) but I'm happy with how my hair looks this would probably work well for twist outs and braid outs for a stretched out defined look, It cost me £9.99 for a reasonable sized tub not sure if I'd purchase this again as I prefer lotions and foams for wash and go's but this was not a bad product


I had to update you on my feeling for Curls Unleashed Set It Off Curl Boosting Jelly as I'm in love with my second day hair! I slept with my hair in a pineapple (in a loose band atop my head) and this more added some water and a little eco styler gel to any unruly ends, my hair still feels good. Day 2 YOU RULE!


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