I’ve been natural now for what feels like ages. I moved from the US to the UK years ago. I’m still trying to find my way around hair and beauty products. What really shocked me when I first moved was how few naturals there are here. It’s gotten a bit better but I stuck out like a sore thumb when I first moved. My afro got stares from everyone, everywhere I went. The lack of natural hair meant a lack of natural products. Some Asian owned beauty supply stores had my staples and a few Jamaican grocery stores did as well.
What’s Easy to Find
I still use Ecostyler gel from either the beauty supply or Jamaican shop. Oils and butters are surprisingly easy to find. Coconut oil is everywhere- grocery stores, discount goods stores, pound shops, etc… just everywhere. Because there are a ton of oils available, I try a new one each time. I currently own rapeseed oil and it STINKS so I haven’t been using it much.
Just a few months ago, I noticed that Giovanni products are sold by the liter in TK Maxx (TJ Maxx). I buy either the tea tree conditioner or the Smooth As Silk for £10- which with the current exchange rate may be cheaper than in the US. For stylers- I’ve switched almost exclusively to Boots own brand curl creme. It’s about £2 for a small jar. I don’t love it but it’s £2, easy to find, and gets the job done.
What’s Here But Expensive
Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk is my go to leave in. It was available in the beauty supply stores but way overpriced. I think I was here for a year before Shea Moisture was launched in Boots (Walgreens owned drug store). I haven’t purchased from them because it’s still overpriced and I haven’t noticed any BOGO offers like they have in the states.
What I Buy Online- mostly from Feel Unique
I get my Dr. Bronner’s Soap from here. I can purchase Shea Moisture from here and with the sales, it’s cheaper than buying from the high street.
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So, it’s been a while! I’ve had a hard time juggling all my work and personal commitments and stay on top of blogging. I think I can commit to at least one post a month and go from there. Just a bit of a catch up- I haven’t done any mini braids…so you haven’t missed much. I have a couple videos coming up that have been in editing status for the past two months. 🙁 I straightened my hair a couple months ago so I could get a professionally cut. I filmed the straightening and I think I edited into two videos- blowdrying and flat ironing.
Here are a couple pics of my straight hair.
I was sent a box of Mr. Blanc Express Teeth Whitening Strips to review for the blog.
The packaging was eye catching. There are 30 strips in the box of Express Teeth Whitening Top Ups. Each are individually wrapped and ready for use.
The concept is really interesting and different from what’s currently available on the market. The directions say to moisten the strip with your tongue, place on your teeth, and let it dissolve for 10- 15 minutes. I found the taste pleasant and minty. At the end of the 15 minutes, however, I was left with a gummy, gooey mess in my mouth. I spat it out. I wasn’t sure if the strip was supposed to be gone but the thought of it dissolving entirely weirded me out a little.
It’s conveniently packaged for travel. I have taken a couple strips on the go when I’m going on a important trip or meeting. These could also be useful on the go because they are dissolvable. I like that they are the same size for top or bottom and you don’t peel away from a backing and waste product like some other strips. With this one, you use the whole strip.
It left some gunk in my mouth (though I’m not sure I did it right or left them on long enough).
While it is really convenient, I don’t think my teeth are dark enough to notice a huge difference. I do use these every now and then just for a boost of confidence. They are easy to take a few with you when travelling and I like that.
FTC: Not sponsored. Product provided for review by www.mrblancteeth.com.
Here’s a quick tutorial for how I take out my mini braids. For more details check out my ebook on Growing and Retaining Afro Hair With Mini Braids.
I was sent Hairburst supplements by Hairburst.com for review. The kind I was sent is a chewable- like old school Flintstones vitamins. Now, they have gummy vitamins available on the website. The retail price is £19.99 (that includes tax) and that’s about $26 USD. Hairburst is a UK based company and they do ship worldwide.
The price is on par with several well known hair vitamin companies. If you’re in the UK, Europe, or otherwise on this side of the world, the price is excellent and shipping would likely be much faster than buying from a UK company. The packaging is cute, the information is easy to read, and the inside is sealed. I liked that there was a non-pill option. It’s easy to take and surprisingly, they taste really good. The texture isn’t chalky at all. I was given a 30 day supply, which is 60 tablets.
Of the vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis, the values does not exceed or come close to 100%… that means you are not mega-dosing on any single letter vitamin. The main hair healthy ingredients are advertised as collagen, MSM, vitamins A, B’s, C, & D, minerals and amino acids.
How It Did
I didn’t take any proper measurements or stretch my hair to see the growth. I was wearing mini braids for 2-3 weeks while taking the vitamins (sporadically). I do think my hair and nails grew at a faster rate than usual. The main thing I noticed is that skin around my nails peeled whilst I took these. Usually, taking a multivitamin stops the skin from peeling but Hairburst didn’t stop it completely.
I would purchase these. Although I didn’t take them consistently, I did see results. I didn’t have any adverse effects and I really liked that they come in gummy form. They are a good price and easily available from the UK (where I currently live). I think if I took these ad advised and measured properly, I would have good results.
FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Product provided gratis by Hairburst for review.
It’s finally here! A video tutorial of how I do my mini braids. It’s hard to fit all the details in a short video, so my ebook is the best place to learn exactly how I maintain my hair in braids. Subscribe to my YouTube channel Thrifty Natural for more videos!
I absolutely love the packaging! There are individual sachets of bentonite clay and organic rose water. The kit also includes a mixing bowl and spatula…making application a breeze.
The clay is very smooth and easy to mix. It wasn’t hard at all to get a nice consistency with no lumps. I haven’t used rose water before but this one smells very earthy and just like pressed roses and stems. There was a lot or each product- way more than what I needed for one application. After putting it on my face in a thin layer, it dried fairly quickly. It was easy to wash off a made my skin feel lovely. My complexion also seems a bit brighter.
Very easy to mix. It’s not grainy or too soft (not flour-like). It rinsed off easily and didn’t leave a mess in the sink. There’s a lot of product in each sachet…but I like that it’s pre-measured and stays fresh.
I do like that there’s a lot of product, but it is too much for just my face. You will most likely have left overs and once it’s mixed, it will dry out. I used my excess on my hair and added a bit of plain water to prevent it from getting to dry.
I have tried several brands of 100% bentonite clay (of different price points). This one is by far my favourite. The resulting mix is the perfect balance- not too grainy, not too soft. It worked well on both my face and hair. If they sold the clay in a bulk package, I would definitely purchase for my hair mostly (and face). The concept for this face mask is great. It’s also nicely packaged for traveling. You can easily take 1 sachet of clay and 1 rose water and treat yourself to a nice spa day during a hotel stay away.
FTC: Not sponsored. Product provided for review by facetox.com.
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