#ClicksCurls Wrap Up & Giveaway

From the moment I walked into the #ClicksCurls event at Spier Wine Estate, I was wowed! Let’s just say that the curl army was out in full force. I was surrounded by natural haired beauties from all walks of life, basking in the glory of their crowns, I couldn’t get enough. I spent most of my time staring, meeting up with old and new curlfriends and taking as many selfies as I could! That was when I wasn’t visiting the stands for product samples, listening to the curl education talks and participating in some interviews with curl experts. Really a perfect day all in all.

One thing I noticed at the #ClicksCurls event was that there was such diversity in curl patterns, textures and hair colour that a one size fits all curl product wasn’t going to cut it anymore. And while I personally have my holy grail products (like Twisted Sista and Aunt Jackies), I admitted to myself that natural hair brands are really making an effort to cater for all types of natural hair. Apparently, there are hundreds of different curly and coily hair types! If you haven’t already, you should visit any Clicks store to check out the aisle of natural hair products available to suit your specific hair type and texture.

TIP: Cannot find what you are looking for at your nearest branch? Do some homework pre-shop and find out which branch stocks the products you are looking for. You could call Clicks Customer Care or ask your fave naturalista which Clicks branch provides her fix!

Switching up my haircare routine

Just in time for the spring/summer seasons, I thought it might be fun (and beneficial to my hair) to try out some new products. You never really know if something will work for you until you try, so try I did.

And the results? These five brands will be making their way into my wash day routine:

Design Essentials

The Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Soufflé is a popular sample sachet – and I almost wonder if a hair event is a hair event if it does not include something from this range! Haha. I believe that your curls should feel as good as they look. And with that being said, my 3b curls live for lightweight products, as anything else causes limp hair and crunchy curls! Not this soufflé though! I promised myself that when the next Clicks 3-for-2 promotion happens, I would be rushing out to Clicks to stock up!

At the #ClicksCurls event, I got my hands on shampoo and a curl enhancing mousse from the Almond and Avocado collection. The Design Essentials Global Texture Specialist made some amazing finger coils (using the mousse) which lasted for a few days on the model’s hair. I am definitely going to be trying that because so far achieving 2nd, 3rd and 4th-day hair is a struggle in my house! The Almond and Avocado range is also great for detangling without adding heaviness to your hair. Who wants a heavy head in the hot months? Not me!

Loreal Elvive

Before I went natural, I was a loyal supporter of the Loreal Haircare range. So I was super excited when Loreal launched their Loreal Elvive Curl Nourishment range for curly hair and really wanted to try it. When I saw them exhibiting at #ClicksCurls? Day made!I was so surprised when I read that their shampoo does not foam. Wait. What? Yes, it gives you the instructions on how to apply it on the bottle and cleanses your hair without creating any foam. I can’t wait to try it this weekend. I did, however, do a flexi-rod set on my mom’s hair last weekend using the Loreal Curl Nourishment Oil-in-balm and it worked like the bomb. Her hair was soft and shiny, surprisingly not oily at all and it retained the curl so well.

My Natural Hair

My Natural Hair is a local South African brand who just launched some new additions to their range. They now have a leave-in conditioner, a curling cream and a bigger 500ml size hydrating conditioner – because who doesn’t need more conditioner? I think they outdid themselves with their new products and #ClicksCurls tends to agree – they won an award for best stand on the day! I am currently working my way through the new Leave-In Conditioner and absolutely loving it. I tend to go through a lot of product really quickly, but I’ve found with the My Natural Leave-In and Curling Cream, you don’t have to use as much to get your desired effect. It also leaves my hair really moisturised and helps retain my wash ‘n go for a few days if I protect my hair well at night.

Garnier Ultimate Blends

I would probably never have considered the Garnier range prior to #ClicksCurls because I always had the idea that it wasn’t meant for my hair. But I was wrong! Thanks for coming to the party and introducing me to your range, Garnier. Firstly, it smells amazing! People smell your hair first when you walk into the room! I love that! Secondly, it adds moisture to your hair, so even though it is meant to give you frizz-free hair and super sleek smoothness, it still helps with curl definition. A bonus is that it has no parabens and is available at a really affordable price. So if you are a naturalista on a budget then this is for you!

 

ORS

I received a sachet of the creamy aloe shampoo in my good bag at the #ClicksCurls event. I don’t have a picture of it because I used it this past weekend for my wash ‘n go. I must say I was rather impressed. For a sulphate free shampoo, the ORS creamy aloe shampoo created a lot of suds and left my hair and scalp feeling clean and fresh. Also, the sachet lasted two washes and is really affordable, so that would be a great option if you wanted to try a new shampoo before committing to a full-size product.

 *All the products above are currently available on promotion at Clicks during their Beauty Fair and you can get them online and instore as well.

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Giveaway

#ClicksCurls tickets were sold out mighty fast and I know many curlies were sad not to attend!  So, to cheer you up, I have a hamper of natural hair goodies from Clicks to giveaway!

To enter you must:

1. Follow me on Instagram and tag a friend
2. Leave a comment below and let me know which new natural hair products you would like most to try
3. Subscribe to my blog

That’s it! You’re entered! Competition open to South African residents only. Competition closes on Monday, 2 October 2017 at 12pm.

Good luck queens!

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My Hair Story

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My return to natural was an issue of practicality. In 2010, I moved to the US to complete my Master’s degree, I lived there for 2 years. The climate was so hot and humid that maintaining straight hair became impossible! If you went from sleek to frizz by noon each day, you’d also be considering your options! This is when I decided to loosen my grip on the flat iron and let my curls run free. I did have the benefit of testing the waters in a foreign place where nobody knew my name, and by the time I returned to South Africa, I was armed with confidence and dark, bouncy curls!

All of this is not to say that my mum and I did not battle it out on a Sunday afternoon when it was time to wash (read fight) my hair. She did decide to relax my long, thick hair, preaching manageability! I continued to relax my hair for the next twenty years because this was a norm reinforced by society. My lovely hairdresser ululated over my beautiful waves and begged me to stop relaxing my hair. I did quit the crack intermittently, though still not willing to go natural. Blowouts and a GHD was my lifeline.

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Thing is, I was already much older when I returned to natural. I had gone through life experiences and formed values, ideas and a lifestyle that shaped who I am. I was a well-rounded career woman with a loving husband, I had friends who enjoyed me in the skin I am in. I learned to care less about what irrelevant people thought of me and I knew what I wanted to improve about myself. My hair was an inconvenience at the time but it did not run my life. I love my hair, and it affirms my confidence, sure, but it will always be the tip of the iceberg, a crown atop my head. I am the queen of this castle!

What is your story? Let me know in the comments.

 

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