My First Treasure Tress Box!

My First Treasure Tress Box!

 

 

Starting the Natural Hair Process with Treasure Tress!

Disclaimer; This post contains affiliate links. 

 Welcome back to my page, hope your well, hope your healthy & most importantly I hope you are happy. If you have read my previous post, “That time I did the big chop ” or even if you’ve had a look through my Instagram page you would have seen that earlier this year I decided to finally participate in doing the Big Chop. This post will focus on the aftermath of my big chop & the products used, provided by Treasurrre Tressss

I quite enjoyed the experience of watching my hair grow back, but then I was left with the question of what to do with all the new hair growth. The thought of going through YouTube trying to find a tutorial that would be best suited for me, was just too overwhelming. I had previously watched videos so I kind of had an idea on how to find out what my hair texture was & of course a wash day routine was already in place. So I wasn’t really a novice to natural hair care but I was most definitely a novice to new growth. 

Styling my hair has been a myth, I genuinely have not done a single thing with it but plonk a wig on top. Product wise I don’t even think I was treating my hair with the correct products that it needed, I was still using the same products I used before my hair was shaved and the funny thing is those products weren’t even working with my hair so it was like “Really Naomi, are we still trying the same old methods expecting new results….really?.”  So I ditched those products and decided to sign up for The Treasure Tress Box.

Now for those of you who aren’t aware of what I’m talking about so excitingly, let me fill you in.

Treasure Tress is, and this is according to their official Instagram page, a monthly product discovery box.

Founded by Jamelia Donaldson.  Treasure Tress was specifically created to assist Black women with haircare. The monthly subscription box features several different products each month, the reason behind this is to give Black women an opportunity to discover hair products that would usually be hard to procure within local hair shops or be priced at such an extortionate price, you start questioning whether you actually need the hair on your head.

Treasure Tress I believe is a £20 monthly charge with like £3 p + p. The quality and amount of hair products delivered within the box will have you paying that monthly subscription with no concern. 


Box Content….

I recently signed up & received the June 2019 box, when I opened it up & actually deeped (realised) the products within & their actual individual retail price, I knew I had made the right decision. Within the June box, which was all about Originals by Africa’s Best I received ;

  1. Coconut Creme sulfate-free Moisturising Shampoo (100% Pure Coconut Mike & Aloe Vera)
  2. Coconut Creme Restorative Conditioner also (100% Pure Coconut Milk, Avocado, Grapeseed & Flaxseed oils)
  3. Coconut Creme Leave in Conditioner with the above ingredients + Argan Oil
  4. Coconut Shine Regenerative Oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E)
  5. A beautiful large, thick shower cap. (Trust when I say the shower cap is efficient as my son thinks it’s okay to turn my bath into a swimming pool but still manages to keep his hair superbly dry lol).
  6. Also included were just a few mini samples of the products already provided in the box.

I happened to receive this box on our actual wash day so it was great to be able to dig right in & try out the products & it was an actual pleasure. The conditioner held up amazingly, my short curls loved the deep condition that was done using the products. Also the regenerative Hair Oil spray worked great as quick hydration for my natural hair but it also added some great oomph to my wig. So yeah I would recommend, if you’re still trying to find the right products to best suit you, your hair & your budget, give Treasure Tress a looking at, it will most certainly save you some money, time & probably space in your hair draw/cupboard.

Quick Update: So as I was writing this post the July 2019 Treasure Tress box was delivered & Ohhhhhh Myyyy Dayyys, honey honey, it was just what I needed. Couple couple Shea Moisture products, five to be exact & if you know Shea Moisture, you know it ain’t cheap. So just imagine that, at least £50 worth of products for £20….How can you go wrong?. 

 

 

 

 

That time I did the BIG CHOP!

That time I did the BIG CHOP!

For yearrrsss I’ve wanted to cut my hair,  I think since I was in school to be fair because I remember when my younger foster sister first did the big chop & I was so gassed and excited for her, I agreed to cut mine the following week. If memory serves correct I believe I made the same promise at least 8 times.(shame on me).

I’d be right to assume people actually got sick of hearing me say it but not actually doing it. What the people close to me didn’t know was that each time I went to cut my hair, I would get distracted by something.  At first I failed to notice the two factors related, I knew I wanted to cut my hair but for some reason I was never able to allocate time to doing it…well it was after a few failed attempts & a long chat with my friend & mentor, did I realise it was only my bloody anxiety, hindering me, as always 🙄.  The thought of making such a dramatic change no matter how badly I wanted it was just too overwhelming for me.

Well this year I decided to take the leap, a lot of negativity had occurred at the start of the year. It genuinely got way too much for me and I kind of had my own little Britney moment with the benefit of my foster sister doing the shaving. 

It was a tremendous moment, I hadn’t had my hair cut since my biological mother shaved my hair at the age of 5. I felt like all the pain & anger from my past was literally falling away to my feet, the weight on my shoulders were slowly unburdening. With each stroke of the clipper I felt the relief engulfing me. 

Having no hair was most certainly a shock to my system. Over the years I’ve experimented on my head in different ways, using relaxers & hair dyes, weaves, wigs a bit of everything. I’ve damaged my hair & brought it back to life again. As black women, our hair is our crown, even when unhealthy & damaged, we try to hold onto it because it’s what we’re used too. I was quickly able to adapt to this change. Although it took me a long time to do it. I did it and for me that is an amazing accomplishment. I love feeling the fresh air on my scalp & being able to actually to feel my scalp.

Everything about my Big Chop was a delight, it came at a point in my life when it was truly needed. For me, personally cutting my hair was a moment of growth. It awakened something in me, encouraging me to cut other toxic things out of my life. 

Before I sign off, I’d like to recommend to my users, if you are planning to shave your hair completely or even an unexpected dramatic cut, definitely make sure you document it. Before and After pictures are amazing to look at, share & keep for memories.

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

  – Coco Chanel 

 

 

 

Aunt Jackie’s Natural Hair Products

Aunt Jackie’s Natural Hair Products

Ohhh yes it’s time to talk about one of my favourite natural hair product ranges, none other than Auntie Jackie’s Curls & Coils Hair products. I found this line umm i’d say about 8/9 months ago & ohh am I ever so grateful.

First of all based on the ingredients, packaging etc I would make a very big assumption that the hairline is aimed at Natural hair ladies but I’m sure it can be used on most hair types. Secondly the smell, oh wow the smell of every single product is just scrumdididelicious. My favourite smell of all is the Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk, the marshmallow roots smell so cute & yesss I know it’s not possible for a scent to be cute but trust me the smell is just adorable.

(Disclosure: There are affiliate links included within this post.)

1. The Defining Curl Whip. Filled with hydrating & moisturising ingredients like Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Flaxseed & Mango Juice the DCW is nothing but amazing. I tend to use it mostly when I want to give my hair some chill time (after washing & air drying). I apply a small amount from root to end & plait my hair in medium sized plaits or twists, depending on my energy level, this is something I do on a chill day or if I’m going to sleep. For your extra curl defined hair-do’s I would recommend using with the Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel. The combination holds curls in quite well & doesn’t leave any white residue.

2. Next we have the Multi-purpose Hair Oil, *sighhhh* I just love it, I really do. The oil isn’t heavy on the scalp, you know some hair oils you can clearly see on your forehead & sideburns, wipe it off & cream your hands with it & what not well this Hair oil is far from that which I’m ever so happy about. Again the product is enriched with Shea Butter & Flaxseed as well as Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed & Ginseng. This product is essentially nourishing for your hair, body, face, hands & nails leaving you moisturised & smelling gooooood!.

3. My favourite my favourite myyyy favourite the Hydrating Silkening Milk, I use this daily not only in my hair but in AJ’s as well, just to give it some quick moisture. Made up with Avocado, Flaxseed, Coconut milk & Marshmallow root. The hydrating silkening milk leaves your hair well nourished, moisturised & once again smelling gorgeous. (Don’t know if you’ve realised yet but I love hair products that give your hair a juicy smell).
The silkening milk is one of my favourites it comes with me everywhere I go, certified handbag product.

4. Right so out of all the products can you believe this is actually the one I use the least, don’t get me wrong the Oh So Clean Moisturising Shampoo is a great product & it does exactly what it says on the bottle but I genuinely prefer the Co-wash shampoo to the actual shampoo. I think it does the same great job but the co-wash has more nurturing products within the bottle. Enriched with Shea Butter & Olive Oil the shampoo most definitely leaves your hair feeling soft & manageable.

5. The Instant Detangling Therapy does exactly what the bottle says detangling natural hair as well as knotted weaves. Queen of all the products this detangling serum does absolute wonders, allowing you to finger comb or brush your hair with great ease. Filled with Shea Butter & Olive oil this product is moisturising, nourishing & absolutely amazing.

6. I kid you not, The Curls & Coils Co-wash Shampoo is something else, I use it more than I wish I did. Compared to the other products, I’ve had to replace the bottle at least 5 times once May. I just love it, leaves my hair soft & manageable without losing its ooomph! Enriched with Flaxseeds, Avocado, Coconut & Apple Cider Vinegar it’s nothing but pure natural greatness.

7. The Elongating Curling Gel oh wow, if you struggle with finding a gel that will hold your natural hair real slick, than look no further this is the one. Honestly my hair struggles when it comes to Gel, it usually just sits on my hair & adds like a weird extra frizz but this one does wonders, I sometimes have to mix a small amount with some EcoStyler to give it that extra hold but all in all the Gel is worth buying. Side note: Also great for; Twists, Flat twists, China bumps & any other curl enhancing style you wish to wear.

 

This is not a sponsoring post, it’s just my opinion & review on an underrated product line. I hope you enjoyed it. 

 

Peace + Love

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My 1st attempt at Frozen Yoghurt

  1. So AJ’s father recently brought over some pears his mother grew over the past summer. I’m not a big pear eater, not a big eater of most fruits to be honest, unless they’re baked into a dessert but anyway, he brought over quite a lot & for a while I’d been contemplating what to do with them.
    Then today after deciding I was sick of buying the same types of yoghurts for AJ I thought why not make our own. If you’ve got a selection of fruits why don’t you give it a try, the only extra things needed is an All Natural Yoghurt & a blender.

For our 1st attempt we made a Pear & Orange Frozen Yoghurt;

1 Orange sliced & diced
1 Orange – Juiced
2 Sliced & diced juicy Pears
2 tsp of Honey
2 cups of Natural yoghurt

I was a bit wary of how AJ would like it, his been a bit funny with his fruits recently but to my amazement he actually loved it, I gave him a little taste before adding them to the freezer for about 45 minutes. The texture & temperature was just right for AJ especially due to the fact he’s currently teething. He ended up demolishing both batches I made & cried for more. I’m happily confident he enjoyed the frozen yoghurt.
Will most certainly be doing this a lot more & trying out different fruity flavours.

Let me know if you come up with any amazing flavours, it’s lovely too share mumma’s.

Peace + Love
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DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

Hello Hello ,

We all love a good old pamper session & when your on a budget or if you have kids, treating yourself at the Hairdressers or Spa can be a complete myth. So I like to try different things at home, I believe if the food in your fridge is good enough to eat why can’t it be good enough for your hair or skin.

Enter Do It Yourself Sunday, each Sunday i’ll be posting natural recipes tried throughout the week on my hair, face & lips. I’ll be more than happy to share the good & the bad with you. Hope you enjoy.

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1. Olive oil – When I’ve ran out of coconut oil or my Jamaican black castor oil, O.O is my next best choice, good for your diet & yout hair. Olive oil provides vitamin A & E to your beautiful locks. Repairing damaged hair, moisturising dry scalp & providing a sheen like no other. Olive oil penetrates your scalp without leaving too much oily residue.

2. Honey is a great healing source filled with vitamins such as B1, B2, C, B6, B5 & B3. It is anti-bacterial & anti-fungal. Assisting the hair in retaining water & moisture, honey is able to hydrate & nourish dry, brittle hair with vitamins & minerals as well as encouraging hair growth.

3. Aunt Jackie’s Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque – I usually like to use this as a quick conditioning tool when I don’t have time for a full deep condition. When the tub starts too run out I tend to mix in the rest of these ingredients just to boost up my deep conditioner. Next week i’ll be doing a post on Aunt Jackie’s whole product range that I use, so I’ll go into a bit more detail on the Conditioning masque then.

4 & 5. Mixing a bit of lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with water can create a quick & easy rinse solution for your hair after shampooing. Lemon reduces any excess oil whereas ACV helps to balance scalp that’s prone to dandruff. ACV will add shine & definition to curly hair but if you prefer a less curl-enhancing effect & a more straight effect on your hair, lemon juice is better suited for you.

6. Diet wise I actually cannot physically eat an Avocado, the texture & my taste buds just don’t get along for some reason but on the other hand my hair absolutely loves avocado. Packed with vitamin A, E, C, K, B6, potassium & protein among many other nutrients, avocado moisturises hair, promotes hair growth, treats scalp problems (dandruff, dry scalp, eczema etc.) and heals damaged hair.

7. Egg, rich in vitamin A, D & E, promotes hair growth as well as strengthening your locks. Full of protein egg rebuilds damaged hair & assists with increasing the thickness.
Side note: Egg white mixed with honey produces an amazing rejuvenating face mask.

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