Bloggers Fave – Curly Hair Products, reviews and Routine!🙆

Are you a curly wurly girl like me? If yes read on for my fave products that I use to tame my Indian curly hair!

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When I was younger I admit, I use to my loathe my curly hair! It was frizzy, unmanageable and dull 😕 Oh how I envied my sisters hairs! They all had luscious, thick straight hair and there’s me who adopted the curly hair gene from my mum.

I can’t really blame the outcome of my hair solely on my mum’s gene 😝 as I was lazy as a teenager and did not care much for my hair, skin or my diet for that matter. It wasn’t until my late teens that I really got into looking after myself (yes lucky you guys haha)

Haircut

First things first a good haircut is an important foundation for good hair. Regular trims are needed to tame frizzy and curly locks. I usually have a trim every three months and choose to have a cut with long layers and long feathers at the front. I choose to have this cut as I find that, when I get it cut super choppy it turns flyaway (I have fine hair) and I find it harder to control or style.

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Shampoos and Conditioners

I can’t stress enough about using the correct products for your curly hair! I usually go for moisturising ones or protein/keratin shampoos and conditioners. As the wrong ones can make your curls limp and frizzy. I also use a clarifying shampoo, once a month to remove any product build up (my fave is Redken clarifying shampoo).

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Redken Cleansing Cream (Clarifying) £16.50

Word of advice though, don’t go too crazy with protein/keratin shampoos and conditioners as I learnt that too much protein will actually make your hair fall out! (that did happen to me :'() Speak to your hairdresser and ask him/her what your hair requires at that present moment, then alternate with your chosen moisturising shampoo and conditioner. I have also found that as soon as finish one particular brand of shampoo and conditioner, I choose another brand as I find that my hair adapts quickly to products and loses the ‘effects’ of the ingredients (anyone else noticed this?)

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Chi Keratin Conditioner £12.00

At the moment I am using the new Frizz Ease miraculous recovery range and I love it! I don’t usually go for a drugstore range as I’ve never found a brand that has worked for me! I usually use Kerastase or redken. But this Frizz Ease range leaves my curls soft and very manageable.

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I also don’t wash my hair everyday! As it dries out my hair and scalp. I usually go for every three days, as that also gives a chance for the natural oils to work in your hair.

When I am washing my hair, I make sure the water is not scalding (leads to dry scalp! Ouch) and I use a bit of cold in the last wash, as this gives me glossy locks. After that I squeeze out the excess gently and wrap my hair in a towel.

When drying my hair, I do not let it sit in the towel for very long. I gently start detangling from the bottom and work my way up. Then I distribute my chosen curly hair product and comb it through with a dentangling comb (always use a detangling comb on curly hair! Always! = frizz free curls)

If I have time I will use my trusty friend the diffuser. If not I scrunch the product in gently, trying not to upset the wet curls that have formed and air-dry.

Deep Conditioning

I tend to deep condition with a hair mask every two weeks (if I remember 😜 oops haha) As this gives my hair an extra surge of moisture. My faves are Redken and any of the Kerastase deep conditioning formulas.

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Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Mask £16.50

The Redken extreme lengths sealer is fab too! It really targets the ends of your hair and since I have some bleach in my hair, this is a godsend 👼 plus the biotin in there, is fab for healthy growth and repair.

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Redken extreme length sealer £14.00

One other thing that I love to do is oil my hair! I mix equal parts of pure virgin organic coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil. Almost every other day I apply small amount to the back of hair, on my scalp and massage it in. Then when it is due for a wash, I slightly warm the oil in the microwave (30 secs) massage it in and sleep in it overnight to really let the product work in. I have been oiling my hair for over a year now and I can’t tell you how much it has improved the condition and growth (yes,growth!) of my hair is amazing.

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Pure Virgin Coconut oil, Olive Oil and Castor Oil

Curly Hair Styling Products

To style my curls I usually use a mousse form, as that seems to work best on my curls. I have tried quite a few and here is a mini rundown of them.

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Kerastase Styling Mousse Bouffante £14.45

Now this is marketed as a volumising mousse but I use it in conjunction with my other mousses. It has a lovely, non sticky, light formula and does provide the ‘oomph’ that the curls need.

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Shockwaves Curls and Waves £2.75

The cheapest one out of the lot! But don’t let that put you off because this stuff is amazing! Yes it is slightly sticky but in a good way. It holds the curls well and a little bit goes a long way! Use too much and you will defo end up with crispy curls. You have been warned!!!

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Frizz Ease Air Dry Waves £5.89

I bought this in conjunction with the Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner as they had a 3 for £10 offer. And let me tell I do not regret this purchase! This is far by my fave, as it is super light and gives you very soft, fluffy type curls that you can swish around 🙆

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Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum £6.29

This has to be my least fav product 👎 I always try and like the serum range but never seem to! I find them too much hassle as well. You have to make sure, that you put it in very wet hair. Which means straight out of the shower, detangle and apply this product! Naa!!! by the time I’ve done that, I’m a soppy mess and very cold! Haha. Plus even when I use a little amount, my hair feels greasy and the product just feels heavy for my hair. If you have tried this product, let me know if you have any tips on how I can use it better!

Nearly all of these styling products are to be applied in wet hair (minus that soppy wet serum! 😂) I usually use a pump of a golf ball size amount and distribute evenly, using my wide toothed detangling comb.

In the winter or if I’m in a hurry then the diffuser will come out, as the cold weather can snap wet hair! With the diffuser, I apply my product and then using a low heat, I work in sections and scrunch the curls gently (emphasise GENTLY!)

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( My friend the trusty diffuser 😉 )

Many of the products I have mentioned in my post are available widely over the net and in your local drugstores or even supermarkets! The prices vary across the board so please check locally (minus me not adding any links on where to purchase the products) If you have trouble sourcing any of them please ask me!

On a final note guys please embrace your curly hair, let them freee 😝! I now love mine! It’s so easy to wash and go. Using the right products and a technique that works for you can do wonders for your curls. So I suppose I should really say, Thank you Mummy 🙊 haha xxxx

If your a curly wurly like me, what are your fave products? Do you have any tips for curly hair? In fact do you even like your curly hair? Pop up in the comments box 👇 and let me know.

Happy Reading X 

👖OOTD – Boho Chic👡

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Boho Chic is my fave look! The elements of this style has been inspired by bohemian and hippie influences. Think paisleys, floaty florals, braided hair and denims.

This balmy weather is perfect for a Boho Chic look and it also means I can still pull out my summer footwear (bonus!)

I have been looking for a top (a-la Dina tokia check her instagram!) for ages. I love how its short at the front and long at the back. I went for a classic chiffon black as it can be paired with anything!

I have a thing about turned up denims! (I reckon it’s cos I’m short 😂) It just completes a look by giving it a little twist as oppose to them just hanging down.

I have only used three accessories to complete this look. A fringed bag, t-bar long necklace and laser cut out heels. Anything with a fringe is soooo totally in this season! Try it and let me know how you like your fringes.

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And finally with my hair I pulled it into a middle parted, braided hairstyle as I felt it completed the Boho Chic look. But you can put it up into a bun or have loose sexy waves. My makeup has been kept quite matte with a dewy silvery highlighter and a pop of berry lips!

How are you spending your Sunday guys? And let me know if you like the Boho Chic look just as much as I do!

Shop the Fash  
👗Long black chiffon top CHINABOX CLOTHING (you can find them on Fb!)£12
👖Light wash denims PRIMARK £9
👠Laser cut lace up heels NEW LOOK (given by my bestie)
👜Fringe brown bag H&M £10
💍T-bar long chain PRIMARK £5

Happy Reading X

💖Eid Mubarak!💖

Oh no I am so so sorry guys I got carried away with the festivities so this post is up super late! If you celebrated Eid Yesterday hope you had a fab one! And if yours was today, Eid Mubarak my loves. Enjoy my last Eid blog post, will be back to normal from Tuesdays beauty day, Saturday’s lifestyle day and Sundays OOTD! 😘

Yaay it’s finally Eid day! In this post I will share with you how I spend my Eid day with my loved ones and that outfit of mine! 😉

Eid Mubarak you beautiful people! (Eid Mubarak means Happy Eid!) Yes the day is finally here! It’s a bit like Christmas really. You buy presents, arrange dinner dates with loved ones, visit them, dress up and then fall asleep in front of the telly 😂

On Eid many muslims rise early so they can shower, cook an Eid meal, get dressed and not forgetting to pray to Allah for this blessed day and remembering those loved ones we have lost. Also prayers are sent to those in need and suffering.

I usually rise quite early and get cleaned up, then do my early morning prayers called Fajr.

After that it’s on to the Eid food. Even when I use to live with my mum, we would marinate the chicken breasts in Tandoori masala,  marinate the minced lamb in spices, so that it developed flavour and was tender to cook in the morning.

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I prefer to grill the chicken under a grill and turn the minced lamb into meatballs ready to be cooked  into a dry meatball curry. Then chappatis are made (flat, round indian bread) and a special milk called ‘Kheer’ which is very similar to a rice pudding!

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Once that is done it’s time to get your glad rags on! 😆 (check my Eid inspo post on where my outfit is from!)

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(If you would like more detailed deets on this hair and makeup, let me know in the comments box guys)

After that we pop over to visit my mum, dad and sisters anndddd lots of relatives! Hehe

The sacrificed meat is cooked into a lovely meal called Biryani  (rice and meat) or a meat curry with bread. At the end we then bless our lord for the food we have recieved.

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Honestly the amount of eating we do on Eid day is terrible haha (I am still feeling the after effects today! Lol)

But the best thing I love about Eid is FAMILY! It’s so lovely having your loved ones in one place and relaxing with them. I am truly blessed as I have a humongous family! And we always have lots of fun.

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Damn I love these guys! They seriously make my day! I am so grateful to Allah that I am truly blessed and that I have many more Eids to share with these guys!

So that’s it really, that sums up my Eid week and hope you guys enjoyed it! Hope you all had/have a fab day with your loved ones and don’t forget to be grateful as there are many who are less fortunate than us.

Tell me what you did or do for Eid guys! Did you have as much fun as me? Did you stuff yourself silly too? Haha. And for those who don’t celebrate Eid I hope that my blog post week gave you a fab insight of this lovely day! So the next time your fellow friends are celebrating Eid, wish them Eid Mubarak they will love it!

Happy Reading X

Henna…Mehndi…Temporary Tattoo! Whatever you wanna call it! 😝

Sorry this post is late guys! Busy with Eid preps. Enjoy my loves xxx

Come and look at how I adorn my hands with this gorgeous temporary stain called Mehndi (well thats how I know it😜😝) done by my beautiful sister MEHNDIBYYAZ

First let me explain what Mehndi is (pronounced Meh-en-dee). The art of Henna (or most commonly known as Mehndi) starts with the Henna plant. Its leaves are picked, dried and crushed into a powder. To this powder lemon juice, tea or water is added to make it into a paste. The paste is then piped through an ‘icing’ type cone (usually made of plastic) After the paste has been applied, it then dries and cracks off, leaving behind a beautiful orangey-red stain. The depth of the stain depends on which areas of the body the Mehndi has been applied and how long for (palms of the hands and feet usually stain darkest and longest)

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              Image of mehndi cones

Mehndi has been used since ancient, pre biblical times as a way of adorning ones body as a hair mask or hair dye! The traditions today continue in many Middle East countries. In many Eastern cultures Mehndi is applied to a brides hands and feet as beautiful decoration. Mehndi is also used on festivals such as Eid, Diwali or other significant functions. The applied Mehndi can roughly last about 1-4 weeks before it fades away. This natural product is usually harmless but the ingredients that are added may be the culprit for some people, who develop or have  sensitivity to the ingredients.

Every Eid me, my sisters, nieces, aunties and first cousins! (Literally all the females in my family 😂) get ready to have our Mehndi done (not very common for a man to do Mehndi)

I am incredibly lucky to have a very talented sister who willingly does my Mehndi whenever I want her too! (She’s  a good’un ;))

I am usually fussy about what design I would like on my hands or feet. This consists of trawling through the net, instagram or pinterest 😂 (all credits are always given when the mehndi artist is known! Honest) I tend to push my sisters skills even further by choosing unique and trendy designs (even though she moans at me! Haha)

Whenever I have my Mehndi done for Eid, I make sure I choose an evening slot. So by that time dinner has been eaten, faces are washed and I put my Pj’s on. This then means that, after my sister has done my Mehndi, I allow it to dry and then go straight to bed as I like the stain to develop overnight!

Let me show you some Mehndi designs that my sister has done for previous Eids.

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           This is a pic of the stain! 😍

Amazing right? I love Mehndi as when you get tired and bored from it, it just fades away and then you can start with a fresh spanking new design!

If you feel inspired or would like more info follow my sister MEHNDIBYYAZ on fb or insta. If you would like to use any of her designs please credit the image to her as she would love it ☺ (PS she has even more pretty pics on her pages! Go follow!)

Have you ever had Henna/Mehndi done? If yes, how was your experience? Is anybody else getting their hands adorned for Eid? Let me know in the comments box!

My last Eid post will be up on Eid day which is Thursday! in that post I will share with you how me and my family celebrate our Eid day! Post should be up around 3pm (GMT)

Instagram- Mehndibyyaz

Happy Reading x

👗Eid Outfit Inspiration Lookbook👠

Stuck for ideas on what to wear for Eid? Take a look at my lookbook for inspo and if your lucky I may give you a sneak peek at my Eid outfit 😉 (yes! I finally found one in fact two! haha)

This is the best bit for me about Eid, the clothes! Eeekk I get soo excited about a new outfit like a little girl in a candy shop!!! But it can be such a pain finding the right one as I am quite petite and always have an idea in my head of what I want (which trust me is not a good idea, as majority of the time I don’t find what I have in my head! 😂)

Here’s a few outfit inspos from previous Eid’s and let me know what you think of them ☺

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Sorry guys some of these are old pics from when I first ventured into Instagram! hence the quality. The beauty of Indian outfits is that they keep reverting back into fashion! Many of the styles turn into classics with a little twist here and there.

As you can tell from my pictures I love colourful outfits as they reflect my personality! So I always try and purchase something that I know I am going to wear again. Indian outfits can be pricey! So that is another reason to buy something that you are going to like! Also it doesn’t need to be new, you can always rejig an old outfit by pairing it with different accessories.

Most of these outfits are from India or locally in Leicester and Leicester is quite multicultural so you can get a vast selection of clothes. This can range from sarees, lenghas or shalwar kameez.

This year I have gone for a Pakistani style twist with my Eid outfit. This style usually consists of colourful or elegant flowing kurtas and wide legged trousers.

I found a fab new shop in Leicester, Highcross! It’s called KHAADI (check them out on fb guys- khaadi clothing) It is a pakistani based retailer with a few stores dotted around England.

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I was mesmerised with their array of colours and unique styles 😍 (they had fab indian music in the background too! Bonus!)

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Each selection of clothing had a different theme such as oriental, aztec or colourful floral and these change according to seasons. Many of the styles had a Pakistani/Western twist, which appeals to all! As they can be dressed up or down.

The sales assistant who helped me was lovely and was willing to get out lots of different sizes so I could try them out. By the time I had tried on nearly most of the store 😂 I finally settled on two.

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They are both in a kurta style which means they are just literally casual long style tops (seriously guys the pics don’t do the outfits any justice! 👎) that can be paired with any bottoms you want or none for those summery babes 😝 I bought a pair of black and cream straight cut, cropped linen trousers to go with mine ( don’t worry will post a full outfit pic on Eid day which is Thursday 😜)

I am not going to lie the starting prices are from £30! But if your like me, who likes statment pieces this place is defo for you! The fabric used on most of their outfits is polyester or cotton, so be prepared to handwash, delicate cycle wash or dry clean only! I also loved the way they pack up your purchases in a fab bag and tissue or cello wrapped your purchases, which gives it a nice, luxurious touch.

They don’t really have an online shop in Leicester (well thats what I got told by the sales assistant in the store) at the mo which is a shame.

I haven’t really decided on my accessories yet but quite possibly pearl studs for my ears or mid length diamantés? Any thoughts guys? What do you think? In fact I am not sure which outfit to wear! Help??!! 😅 But I am pretty sure I would like to tie my hair up in a high bun or a quiff style pony? And my makeup will defo go for a winged eyeliner and a bright lip!

Looks like I need lots of help on the finishing touches so if anyone has any ideas drop them 👇👇👇 below pls!

Have you got your Eid outfit ready?  Pls tell me you are excited just as much as me 😂😂😂 and a little more excitement for tomorrow’s post tomorrow’s post guys it will be, all about Henna/Mehndi as that is another ritual that is followed for Eid! (Yaay) stay tuned peeps. Henna post should be up around 4pm (GMT) Fingers crossed!

Here’s Khaadi Clothings official Facebook page, if anyone wants more info please go ahead and check it out! (PS all items of clothing have been purchased from my own pocket! And the opinions are my own too)

www.khaadi.com

Happy Reading X

🐏A Special Celebration week🐑

Come join me and my family as I take you through a special blog post week, showing you how and why we celebrate  Eid-Ul-Adha also known as Bakri Eid ☺

In this first post I will try to explain what Eid-Ul-Adha (pronounced as eed-ul-aa-da) is and the importance of the festival. (Right thinking cap at the ready! ;))

What is Eid-Ul-Adha?

Eid-Ul-Adha  (Festival of Sacrifice) also known as the greater Eid, is the second most important festival of the Muslim calendar.

The festival remembers the Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son when god ordered him to.

The story of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) sacrifice Eid-Ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah (SWT) appeared to Ibrahim (AS) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to god.

The devil tempted Ibrahim (AS) by saying he should  disobey Allah (SWT) and spare his son. As Ibrahim (AS) was about to kill his son, Allah (SWT) stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.

The story is also found in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament  (Genesis 22) Here god asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Issac, his son with Sarah. Isma’il was his son with Hagar.

The pilgrimage – Hajj

Hajj is a pilgrimage to Makkah. It is the Fifth pillar of Islam and therefore a very important part of the Islamic faith.

All able Muslims should make the visit to Makka in Saudia Arabia, at least once in their lifetime. Every year at least 2 million Muslims from all over the world visit Makkah!

They stand before the Kabba, a shrine built by Ibrahim (AS), praising Allah (SWT) together.

The Pilgrims (we call them Hajjis) wear simple white clothes called Ihram which promotes the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, by showing everyone that they are all equal in the eyes of Allah.

During Hajj the pilgrims perform acts of worship whilst at the same time renewing their faith and sense of purpose in the world.

Celebrations

These two practices mentioned above are very important factors of Eid-Ul-Adha. They define the celebration and why we celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha.

In Muslim countries Eid-Ul-Adha is a public holiday. Today Muslims all over the world offer a sacrifice  (if they can afford it) as a reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) obedience and patience to Allah (SWT)

The sacrificed meat is then shared out to family and friends. Or is distributed amongst the poor.

Giving charity to the needy and poor is a another pillar of Islam and this practice is reinforced on Eid-Ul-Adha.

Eid usually starts with prayers at the mosque, dressing in your best clothes, gifts, visiting family and friends. Also not forgetting to thank Allah (SWT) for all our blessings and happiness 🙂

I have tried to explain Eid-Ul-Adha as best as I could guys, apologies of any mix ups. Hope this helps 🙂 as I wanted to share the importance of the day with you and make you feel part of my community :mrgreen: Eid-Ul-Adha will be celebrated on 24/9/2015 in the United Kingdom.

Do you have any special festivals? If yes, why not share them down below?!

Join me in tomorrow’s blog post as I show you a glimpse of my Eid outfit and accessories 😉

Happy Reading X

OOTS- Outfit Of The Season!

Are you Autumn/Fall Season ready?

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I love Autumn/Fall! One of my fave season next to Summer of course! I love it when the leaves change colours and when you step on them, it’s like a colourful, crunchy path 😍

Layering up and burgundy shades just scream ‘Autumn/Fall’ to me! As it’s not too hot or too cold. My leather jacket, snoods and burgundies will all be my staples for now. Not forgetting my booties and a few fedora hats thrown in here and there! 😉

What’s your Autumn/Fall staple? Do you like this season just as much as me? Tag me in your OOTS! Till next time my loves 💖💖💖💖

Happy Reading X