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Event: Curlvolution presents Luv & Learn Your Hair


Curlvolution presents Luv & Learn Your Hair tour in London with Taren Guy 
and 
We will be there!!

The biggest name in natural hair ‘Taren Guy’ is bringing her super successful 'Luv & Learn Your Hair' tour to the UK for the very first time. For many UK naturals, this lady was the inspiration behind the decision to go natural and she will be sharing her personal natural hair journey, trials, triumphs and taking all your questions! Taren will also host a panel session and meet with guests.
Saturday May 24th 2014 
11:00am
Hilton Canary Wharf 
South Quay, Marsh Wall 
London, E14 9SH


Be inspired by a panel discussion session from style and beauty experts. Panelists include one of UK's favourite beauty blogger Gina of 'Natural Belle' , Taren Guy and natural hair guru Felicia Leatherwood.
Meet your favourite UK vendors, try and buy their amazing range of natural hair, beauty and lifestyle products 
Be educated by LIVE styling demos from our sponsors
Be pampered at our Nail and Beauty bar and get advice from top make up artists
Be entertained with LIVE music, Poetry and tonnes of Giveaways from our sponsors and vendors
Creating awareness and giving back by supporting the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust ACLT campaign
All held together by Mr Curlvolution himself...your host Action Jackson
Join in the excitement that is already building around this years show and help us put UK Naturals on the map!


Come and meet AfroDeity and find out about our new Joliette range, formulated with a Caribbean theme.

Caribbean Inspired and All Natural

Joliette is AfroDeity's own brand of natural products for both hair and skin formulated with a Caribbean theme. Our best seller the amazing Joliette Curl Me Soft is a light shea butter and aloe vera leave-in conditioner. 

There are 3 varieties: Guava & Prickly Pear, Mango & Papaya, and Caribbean Berry

Why did AfroDeity create Joliette Curl Me Soft?
Many people still believe that an oil can moisturise the hair but oils do not moisturise. They can seal moisture into the hair or act as humectants and draw moisture in but they do not actually moisturise the hair. Applying an oil to dry hair will not moisturise it. A build up of oil may even block moisture entering hair strands.

We created Curl Me Soft as a way to add much needed moisture to the hair. It is great for twist outs and doesn't weigh hair down, as it has a light formula. It contains all natural ingredients particularly fruit extracts. This product has a mild fruit fragrance from incorporating fruit extracts like pomegranate and cranberry, these particular fruits giving the product a beautiful pink colour. 


The ingredients include Aloe vera gel, Organic shea butter, Castor Oil, Green Tea extract, and fruit extracts inspired by the Caribbean.


Last few days to get tickets!
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See You There!

Embarce Your Inner AfroDeity 
Leilu

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New Edgestick Video


Hi All,

If you were still wondering about the Edgestick. Here is a video showing you all about this amazing tool!

The video shows is of an Edgestick styling techniques tutorial. Giving more information on the great ways the Edgestick can be used.



Remember 'No More Burns' Get your hands on one from the AfroDeity Store

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu


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Natural Hair Then and Now

(Source: Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair )
Zewiditu Ruffin, Model/Actress/Designer/Poet/Student

This latest 'Naturalution' isn't the first time that women have embraced their natural hair and there were also many mavericks who wore their hair natural even when it wasn't popular, and you know what, we loved them for it. Natural Hair has always featured somewhere over the last few decades but most of us were too afraid of public perception to wear our hair out, so I wanted to share some pics of Afros from before the Naturalution. Let's rewind the clock to the first time the afro was cool.


I love Pam Grier, She is just one of those few black faces that I remember growing up and of course the gorgeous Marsha Hunt. The 'fro is back and looks like at least for now it is going no where!

70s
Marsha Hunt(Source: themanesource.com)

Diana Ross (Source: thesavvysistah.com) 
Pam Greir (Source: slate.com)
80s
Grace Jones (Source: tribe.net)

90s
Lauryn Hill 
Jada Pinkett-Smith (Source: iwritealot.com)

00s

Rihanna Kenny - Leeds born R & B singer in the 00s


10s Some pics from our fashion world today:

Solange Knowles 
(Source: i.peerezhilton.com and vissasstudios.com)

Corrine Bailey Rae (Source: thehairstyler.com)

(Source: nymag.com)
Zewiditu Ruffin, Model/Actress/Designer/Poet/Student
This last picture I love the most! It is from 'Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair ' a book by Michael July . In the book he has documented men and women with Afros, each photograph with a personal anecdote from the subject about their hair. It is a 450-page tribute to natural hair and the afro


Enjoy!

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu
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Why I love washing with Clays?


Hi All, 

Its has been ages since I raved on and on about how great clays are for the hair. When I was relaxed washing with clays gave my scalp much needed cleansing and somehow managed to add volume without blow drying or using heat. 


Fast forward to 2014. I have been completely natural for over a year now and I still love washing with clays.

My favourite clay is Argyle Rouge Clay from France.

I absolutely love the red colour, it reminds me of the red dirt in St. Elizabeth Jamaica which covers everything. It also gives your hair a natural red tinge, which looks nice and warm in the summer months. It is a highly absorptive clay which removes toxins from skin, face or hair. The red colour is probably derived from the high presence of Iron Oxide and is due to the sunlight which is is exposed to. It is this presence of iron oxide which helps to give the skin a natural radiance.

Another well known and commonly used clay is Bentonite Clay

You will also have noted my love for this clay as I have talked about it many times before. It gives my hair such great curl definition and in my experience isn't as drying as you would think. Whenever I use a clay to cleanse my hair I always deep condition afterwards. Another detoxifying clay, it helps the rejuvenate skin and add minerals, whist its high capacity for ionic exchange detoxifies the skin removing toxins and other free radicals from the body.

Always Raved About - Rhassoul Clay
This is the clay most bloggers rave about. It is not my favourite but it is still a clay I have used before and found beneficial for cleansing both the hair and body. Rhassoul clay foams slightly when added to water. It can be used to wash the body, face or hair and is hypoallergenic which suits all the types of skins, fragile, dry or fatty. Used as a mask, it cleans, purifies, softens and strengthens the skin. Rhassoul is also highly nourishing for the skin, thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition, including silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash.
*Joliette Rhassoul Clay*

These are my favourite clays but there are also many more.
Do you add an essential oil or carrier oil to your clay mixture, or perhaps a bit of banana?
Comment below and let us know which clays you use and how you use them

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu


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MarleOLOGY: A Study of Marley



Hi All, 

My favourite Bob Marley song is 'Redemption Song'. It always leaves me thoughtful and some days it can even make me feel sad. His music always stirs up a well of emotion in people, whether it be defiance, sadness or happiness. Bob Marley's impact on world culture is marked. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, people stood on the remains of the wall singing 'Three Little Birds' for hours that day.
We caught up with author Dr. Winston Sutherland in a gap in his busy schedule to find out about his new book MarleOLOGY, a word he invented to describe the study of Bob Marley.

Synopsis: This book is a resource for students of Jamaican culture, social anthropologists and for those who want to learn about one defining aspect of Jamaica's music and culture; Bob Marley. It simplifies the disparate and copious works on Marley into something more easily digestible. There are numerous other books, articles, films, biopics and publications on Bob's life and so this is not and exhaustive study. As far as I can ascertain there is no other work which brings together so many facets of his life and his work in such a coherent and accessible way. Some of what's inside: Three diagrams of Bob's family tree; Stories behind 130 of Bob's songs; 300 Bob Marley trivia questions and answers; The story about Bob's unrealised dream for football in Jamaica; Over ninety exam questions; Details of Bob's tours and live performances, Stories about Bob by people who knew and worked with him.

Dr Sutherland Thank you for allowing us to interview you. This is your second book and we are fast becoming fans of your work. Your first book Leadership Genius was a compelling read and we are very much looking forward to finishing MarleOLOGY.

What inspired you to write MarleOLOGY?
I have always been curious about Bob Marley. There isn't enough recognition of contemporary artists particularly in Afro-Caribbean culture so I decided to do some research on him, his life and his music.

What qualities do you admire about Bob?
His courage to write about contemporary social issues in Jamaica even though it meant that it made him unpopular with the ruling elite and those in the political sphere.

What were your first impressions of Bob Marley when you were a child?
As a child I could not actually sing Bob Marley songs because they were not approved of by the society which I grew up in. So I had to listen to them surreptitiously.

Where were you when you first heard his music?
When I first heard his music I didn't know it was Bob's music I just knew it was *shea-shea.
I sometimes heard it on the *pye radio or from the sound systems in the neighbouring village.

*Shea-Shea - local Jamaican music which was not acceptable music to be listening to*
*pye - old style wireless radio with a little blue light*

Did your parents approve of his music?
The rule was 'No that is not suitable music' and so it was never discussed.

If you were on a deserted island and you could only take one Bob Marley record which would it be?
That is a difficult question to answer now. If you had asked me six months ago before I wrote MarleOLOGY, I would only have been able to choose from 10 songs... now I can choose from 135 of Bob Marley's song.

What was your childhood ambition?
Like everybody else to be a medical doctor, but the way we learnt didn't facilitate application of knowledge. You were not allowed to ask questions or say I don't understand as you were then labelled stupid. I knew the theory and I could recite the theory but I couldn't apply it. I now hold a PhD so in some way I have achieved that ambition.

Do you remember Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica. What effect did it have on you and your peers?
I remember it didn't have immediate impact on me but I knew it was a big thing at the time.

Do you think  it worth learning about Bob Marley in school?
Yes. Even if just to provide a different view of literary classics. We are accustomed to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Cervantes(Spanish), Webster and others. I think Bob's work is just as rich classically as these authors.

This is your second book. Do you think you will write more?
Yes. Once I get an idea in my head. I just start writing.


You can buy MarleOLOGY for only £12 here. I've got my copy(hugs book). Happy reading!!

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity

Leilu

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Hair Update: March 2014


Hi All,

Its been ages since I did an update post. The last time was probably after my big chop, so I thought I would post an update of my hair journey over the past year since my big chop. It has been different.


So after starting my blog and growing in my bald patch and growing my hair to just beyond arm pit length I decided to go natural. I updated then in my post embracing the big chop, and really just a whole new me. Someone asked me what 'being natural' meant to me and I have to say Freedom... Freedom to express myself. I have alway been shy and not the most confident person and after the big chop I felt free to let the real me out. I know everyone wont feel this way and I know it sounds all very cliche and cheesy but I really do feel this way. Everyone who knows me says I've really come out of my shell. 



I learnt to love my teeny weeny afro and kept it like this right through the summer!

Then October came around and I got that awkward stage where I really didn't know what to do with my hair. After a while I opted for a weave. This last about a month before I took it out and canerowed it and was at that point participating in the AfroDeity Castor Oil Challenge.


October - December 2013

February 2014

March 2014 - Loving My Hair now!

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Leilu

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Jamaican National Dress and Miss Jamaica Universe

Dancing the quadrille In Traditional Jamaican dress

My sister-in-law was asking me what the Jamaican National Dress looked like (I've forgotten how we got onto the topic, she had just gotten back from India). I always remeber vibrant reds and yellows and a plaid like design. This red and white chequred costume is often called the Bandana costume a mixture of African Kente and Scottish tartan. There is also often dresses based on the Jamaican flag black for hardship, yellow for the sunshine and green for those beautiful green lands.


Another variation of the Jamaican National Dress
(Source) Full Bandana Costume

These kids are too cute (Source) Calico & Bandana costume

I did a quick search as you do and found the traditional ones, but also found these beautful costumes worn in the last four years by Miss Jamaica Universe they were so stunning I had to share them with you.

2010 Miss Jamaica Universe, Yendi Phillips
(Curtesy of The Telegraph)



2011 Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin

Miss Jamaica Universe 2012, Chantal Zaky

Miss Jamaica Universe 2013, Kerrie Baylis


Just stunning dont you think! 

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Leilu



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5 of my Favourite Kids Products for Afro Hair


Hi All

As you know my kids have two different hair textures. One a bit more coily than the other. I probably am quite good at really looking after my little girl's hair but not paying too much attention to my son's hair. I was however able to find product I could use on both childrens hair.

1) Curly Q's Milshake
Curly Q's Milshake

This product is perfect for my daughters hair and I have used it in mine too. Great texture and not too runny. What I love most about it is the smell, just gorgeous, like caramel. Its not greasy at all and my for my daugters fine hair this is perfect. If you wanted to know more about how to style and take care of kids afro hair Click Here.

I first mist her hair with Root2Tip ColliKinki Honey Rain Juice which is another favourite and then apply this leave in. Perfect Curls Every time.

Ingredients: Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lecithin, Milk Amino Acids, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Certified Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Certified Organic Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Juice, Soytrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Caramel.

2) Root2Tip ColliKinki Honey Rain Juice
Root2Tip ColliKinki Honey Rain Juice

Another of my favourites, this is a great mist for hair when it needs refreshing and is a bit dry. I start all my daughters hair styles with this product. 

Ingredients:  Water, Aloe Leaf JUice, Vegetable Glycerine, Shea Butter, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methosulfate, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol & Chlorpeneisin, Parfum, Guar Hydroxyprpyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Honey




Another favorite of mine. Works for me and both children. Gives perfect curl defination on both of them and even for me too. My sis has started using it on her hair too and loves it. 

Ingredients: Behentrimoinum Menosulphate, Cetyryl Alcohol, Lunum Usitatissimum, Butrospernum Parkii(Shea)Simmondsa Xhinesis(jojoba)oil, Prunus amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium chloride, Hydrolised silk protein, panthenol, soy lechtin, capryl glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance oil.


4) Mixed Chicks Shampoo for Kids (and conditioner)

(Naturally Curly)
I bought quite a lot of this last year when the kids were swimming so haven't experimented much with any other shampoo and conditioner, but so far I can't fault them. The ingredient in the shampoo that keeps me with this set is the citric acid which is perfect for washing chlorine out of the childrens hair. I put shea butter on their hair usually Vintage from Hug My Hair before they go in the water to keep as much chlorine out of their strands as possible then I wash with the Mixed Chicks Shampoo and conditioner for kids. I look forward to trying California Baby kids swim shampoo too!

Ingredients: Water, Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glyco, Caprylo Hydroxamic Acid, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil 

5) Hug My Hair Vintage



An natural moisturiser that I use before the kids go swimming. It is also packed with ingredients that promote growth, nourish the scalp and moisturise the hair. 

Ingredients: unrefined butyrosermum parkii (Shea Butter), cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, prunus dulcis (Almond) oil, olea europaea (Olive) oil, persea gratissima (Avocado) oil, castor (Ricinus Communis) seed oil, vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, lavandula officinalis (Lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) oil, salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) oil, mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil extract, vegetable glycerin and Love! 

Also check out this article on dealing with lice in afro kids hair, how to rid their scalp of this pesky guest with natural oils and butters.

I am always on the look out for other gentle products to use on my kids hair, so comment and let me know what you use. Hope this is helpful 

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu



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Natural Afro Caribbean Hair Styles on Pinterest




                                           

Hi All, 
I have mentioned the AfroDeity Pinterest Boards before in other posts but did you know we had a board of just Hair Styels!
Looking for inspiration or just bored of your current cut and colour, come and see whats new on Pinterest.
There is something for everyone, whether you have long or short natural curls, 2c or 4z hair. I love to rock a scarf and have been inspired to dabble in colour from these great images.



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