So the 30 Day Challenge to use up as many samples as possible for the month of February is done. It has been fun trying some new products, I didn't find any new favorites, but I didn't expect to either.
Before I took in this challenge my scalp felt amazing after having Marley Twists in for five weeks. Now my scalp is miserable. :(
I hope to figure out away to nurse it back to happiness. Stay posted on how things turn out!
It's been a while since there was a Behind the Blog post, so here it is. :)
My life is more than just hair, and this year is already looking very busy. When I'm not blogging I'm working on a few other projects, some hair related, some not. At times there is a lot to keep in my head at one time.
April is the blog's third birthday, so there is some planning going into what will happen on the blog then. Three years! I still can't believe it! :)
There is also something else, very exciting in the making for April which I can't wait to share with you. But for now, you'll have to wait. ;)
I was asked to hold a talk on hair and race for a group of high school students in April as well (April will be one busy month), will try to blog about this event if possible. Two or my favorite subject to speak about, and I think it's a combination of a topic that doesn't get enough spotlight in Sweden. As black women we think about this a lot, but I don't think non-black women think about how closely our hair is linked to our race. What will be interesting with this talk is that it will be mostly non-black girls attending, let's see how it turns out.
Looking at some collaborations with a few product companies we well as fellow bloggers, which I hope will work out. Watch this space and find out! ;)
My pregnancy is progressing well, the belly is growing by the minute, and I still feel very good (since morning sickness has completely left me alone). But of course preparing for the little one takes up a lot of my time and thinking. This is my second child, but the experience has been very different from my previous pregnancy. I'm trying to enjoy every moment, but I can't wait for it to end so I can meet this little person who loves re-arranging my womb.
That's a little update. :)
Let me know if there's anything you would like me to write a Behind the Blog post on!
When I started this blog almost three years ago there was no forum for Swedish naturalistas, no blogs/vlogs and no events. But this seems to be the year! If you follow the HoH Instagram you already saw the news, but if not here it is: a Facebook group for people in Sweden with natural hair!! Yay! The group is called Afrotalk - Hårforum för dig med curly/kinky hår i Sverige. So if you are in Sweden reading this and you got curls/kinks on your head join the fun! Everyone is very excited in the group about the group and convos are moving along at rapid pace!!
I predict 2014 to be team natural Sweden's year indeed! Whoop, whoop!! :)
The next product I tried for the 30 Dag Challenge was the Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner. I tried Mixed Chicks shampoo and conditioner years ago (before the blog), my sister loved their products so I hoped that they would work for me too. Unfortunately I knew right away they were not for me, my scalp started to itch a few hours after I washed my hair. Since then I haven't tried their products, but since I had the sample I thought I should try it.
Well a few hours after I applied the leave in and dried my hair my scalp started itching. Now, I've been fairly itch free since my Marley Twists. Now I used a cleanser on my scalp that I don't usually use, but I'm not sure if it was the cleanser or the leave in,I mean the leave in was put on my hair strands, not on my scalp. I don't know...
The leave in had great slip, and a little went a long way, I only used half of the sample for my application, which was great since I had some to refresh with the coming days. I can't say I'm overly impressed with the results, neither am I disappointed, it's a good enough product. This product is fairly easy to come across in Scandinavia, so if you don't have a leave in in you routine give this a try, it may work for you. I won't buy it though.
This product comes from a company I know nothing about called U R Curly. The directions said to use it after shampooing and conditioning your hair, no mention of a leave in conditioner. I was a bit worried, I have to admit, because when I opened the packaging it looked like a gel, and I instantly I worried about it drying out my hair. But I followed the directions and was pleasantly surprised. Once my hair dried it wasn't dry or crunchy, it was pretty soft. A little went a long way, and since the sample was a nice size 52ml (other product companies should follow suit) it lasted a few applications/refreshment sessions.
The reason why I wouldn't buy this product is that I don't feel I need it in my life. Not saying it's a bad product, but I have plenty of products that I love and nothing I want to replace with this product. But I was pleasantly surprised, and this sample introduced me to a new company, which is always good.
There are many parents with whom I interact thanks to HoH who don't know what to do with their children's hair. It can be difficult and stressful if you don't know how to care for your child's hair, but with the right knowledge you can do it. Check out the For Parents page for some tips!
Some decide to loc their child's hair which can be a great idea. Check out this vid of Chescaleigh's Chescalocs channel talking about putting locs in your child's hair. The channel is also a great overall resource for locs!
Remember to do your research well before you choose to install locs. Locs do take time to mature and they are a commitment. If your child wants locs I'd suggest you give them a few months to really think about it before you install them, just to make sure this is what your child really wants!