I’m Hosting An #AMAFeed This Weekend

This Saturday at 8pm, I’ll be hosting my first AMA (Ask Me Anything) feed.

An AMA event is a online platform where anyone can raise awareness of the things that they care about the most. As you know, I’m very passionate about all things lifestyle, wellbeing and beauty related, I will be answering questions in those areas but feel free to submit any other questions you may have too.

All you need to do is submit your questions here.

Please use the link I have provided above to submit your questions and I will be answering them on the AMA site – I’ll also share the answers on my Twitter page.

Kel xo

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How I Look After My Crochet Braids

Hey guys, welcome to my space.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about how I look after my crochet braids. Since I decided to stop religiously relaxing my hair almost two years ago, crochet braids have been a Godsend. There are so many different styles to choose them and they are very easy to install (check out YouTube tutorials) so here is how I look after mine (with some words of wisdom to making your crochet braids last as long as they can)…

1) Try not to tie your crochet braids up all the time

2) Ensure your cornrows are small-medium size so they can keep your braids in place for longer

3) If you are a crochet braid newbie, look for hair from brands that comes with a loop or has ‘suitable for crochet braid’ or something along those lines on the packaging.

4) Feel the hair! Just like you would do if you are buying weave, open the packet and feel the hair to determine whether it’s good quality or not. Always feel the hair before you buy and read reviews too!

5) When you go to sleep, keep your braids down. Try not to sleep with them tied up as this can create tension which may leave you with a headache.

6) If you are doing crochet braids for the first time, use a mirror. I’ve been doing this for almost two years now and I still use a mirror.

7) Oil your scalp! I have bought a bottle which comes with a nozzle and I’ve put my favourite oils in it (olive, castor and jojoba) and I oil my scalp twice a week. Braids and a itchy head are a irritating combination so look after your natural hair while it’s in its protective style.

8) Research different styles and decide what will work for you. You may want curly hair crochet braids or Senegalese twists. Whatever you decide to do make sure you are happy, especially if you are getting them installed by a hairdresser.

9) Try not to be too forceful with your braids because as time passes, the cornrows will loosen and they won’t be able to hold your braids. So if you do want to tie your braids up, make sure you don’t do it too tight.

10) Buy an extra pack. So if 5 packs per head are recommended, buy 6. You may actually decide to go for a more fuller look so having an extra pack will stop you making another visit to the hair shop.

11) Treat your crochet braids like you would a weave. Don’t put too much spray or leave in conditioner on them because the hair will get tangled. Just use a small amount no more than once or twice a week.

I hope these tips have been helpful and feel free to share any that you may have.

Kel xo

How to: Managing Synthetic Hair

Hi guys,

So as promised in this post, I will be talking about synthetic hair and how you can manage it best. I am a huge fan of ‘wigging it’ (as I call it). Over the past year, I’ve found that I’ve been able to be more experimental with my hair (and it’s all down to wigs).

As a WoC, I am aware of what goes into looking for a perfect hairstyle. I think that the brand is one of the most important things as well as price, durability and also what other people say about the particular style of hair that you are interested in.

My wigs are all from Spell Beauty. I actually came across Spell Beauty by chance. I was looking for X-Pression’s Senegalese Twists in a smaller size and I messaged Outre, asking them where I could find the style in the U.K. They directed me to Spell Beauty and since then, I’ve been hooked. There’s something for everyone, no matter what you’re budget is, and all of the brands whose hair I’ve used, Sensationnel Empress Custom Lace Wigs are definitely my personal favourite.

I buy synthetic wigs because I think that, if looked after properly, you can definitely get your money’s worth. I’ve experimented with possibly every type of hair colour (black, dark brown, brown and most recently, red). With synthetic wigs, it’s all about how you care for them. With all wigs, you should treat them like they are your own hair.

IMG_6263So I’m going to share some tips with you on how I care for my synthetic wigs…

  1. Don’t be afraid to wash your wig – With most hair brands, there are washing instructions on the back of the package. They are there for a reason so don’t be afraid to follow them. Do not put your synthetic hair/wig on the heater to dry as this will ruin the hair instantly and you won’t be able to use it. What I like to do is swish my wig in some cool water with a small amount of ACV (apple cider vinegar) in it and then I hang it to dry.
  2. Embrace heat (to a minimum) – I think the biggest con as far as synthetic hair is concerned is that you can’t apply too much heat (because this will ruin the hair) but some brands have hair that is heat friendly (180 degrees and below). So you can curl or straighten your hair to keep it looking fresher for longer. When I tong or straighten my wigs, I will always use a bit of spray afterwards just so the hair doesn’t have that sticky ‘just been straightened or curled’ look.
  3. Maintenance is key – When you aren’t wearing your wigs, keep them in a safe place. Make sure they are covered in a pouch or a net. Try not to throw your wigs left, right and centre, especially if you’re wearing synthetic hair. They won’t last.
  4. Research – I think it’s so important to do your research because ideally you want your wig to last as long as possible. I used wigs from a brand called Trendsetter and after three weeks, the hair started to shed and the quality just took a bad hit so I had to buy another one (and the wig was £35!). I’m actually glad that I found the Sensationnel Empress range because the wigs are reasonably priced and the quality is amazing. The only thing I have to do on receipt of the wig is remove hair from the part and add a bit of concealer to give it that natural look.
  5. Don’t be afraid of oil – you can use a leave in conditioner and a bit of spray on your hair. I like to use Mazuri’s Leave In Conditioner on my synthetic wigs when they need to be refreshed. I use a spray from the same brand to give the hair a bit of shine.
  6. Don’t judge by price – You can buy a synthetic wig for £50 and after you’ve worn it once, you can have issues with it. You could later buy one for £25 and it can be the most amazing wig you’ve ever owned. Don’t discriminate when it comes to price.

The reason why I wanted to do this post is because there is a bit of stigma surrounding synthetic hair and I don’t really think it should exist. Some women keep their wigs for 3 months while others can keep theirs for a year and a half. I would say that it’s nice to also alternate between styles because if you wear the same wig day in, day out you will need to probably wash it every week just to ensure the quality of the hair remains good.

I’m going to share details of the wigs I am wearing in the picture below:

Picture 3 (top right hand corner) Empress Custom Lace Wig (Straight) – £29.99

Picture 4 (top left hand corner) Empress Custom Lace Wig (Bohemian) – £29.99

Picture 5 (middle picture, second row) Instant Fashion Wig (Couture Maylene, colour: DRBG) – £20.99

Picture 6 (last picture, right hand side, second row) Instant Fashion Wig (Couture Elena, colour: F1B/30) – £19.99 

The lovely team at Spell Beauty are offering It’s Kelle’s Space readers 10% off their first order – Use code WELCOME 10.

Have you worn a synthetic hair wig? What did you think? Are there any brands that you prefer? How do you make sure your synthetic hair wigs last? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts.

Kel xo