15 January 2015

The Trend: Kinky Curly Extensions




The trend for kinky curly extensions is really heating up and I believe that 2015 is the year that the industry makes a huge impact.

There is a lot of talk about the kinky curly weaves and wigs mostly good but some negative or perhaps wary of the impact this will have on the natural hair community. one that prides itself on educating women on growing healthy beautiful hair. The weave v natural debates runs on (and on and on) and I really have no time for it to be honest.

The Candle: IWNC.Co Natural Soy Wax Candles


Ever wonder how natural your candles are? Me neither, that was until I was contacted by UK brand IWNC company who specialise in soy candles

8 January 2015

The Next Supreme: Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1


If I have one constant in my beauty life it's Antonia Burrell skincare. Antonia Burrell has managed to capsulate all my skincare needs in a few simple yet effective natural products. I've always been an advacote of great skincare above expensive makeup, if you take care of your base you will not need as much make up. So I tend to splurge on luxury brands when I can. Antonia Burrell has released a new product to her small yet effective range. The 7 in 1 Mask Supreme (£57) it's  powerful treatment mask with 7 noticeable actions, to hydrate, smooth, detoxify, repair, clarify, illuminate, protect and perfect your skin. 

4 December 2014

The Hand Cream: Bee Good Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream


Another day another UK natural skincare brand, Bee Good founded in 2008 by a husband and wife team, they create natural skin care using British bees sustainably and ethically. They use three main bee ingredients that have great benefits for the skin. No animals are harmed in the process so all Bee Good products are suitable for vegetarians. 

22 November 2014

The Green People: Green People Sugar Scrub and Body Butter


I've been interested in natural beauty products for quite some time, since deciding to wear my hair naturally 6 years ago and discovering natural and organic hair products my love for things natural has filtered into every aspect of my beauty regimen. One of the brands that have always been on my radar but I have not had the chance to try (until now) is Green People established in 1997 by Charlotte Vohtz who like many other green entrepreneurs saw what was missing in the market and set about making it happen. Charlotte has a huge impact on the standards set for organic health and beauty products and Green People are a leader in the field with an array of beauty products for the whole family.

15 November 2014

The Challenge: Natural Belle X Nazuri Curls Winter Protective Style Challenge


Hi Dolls, I'm a starting hair growth challenge from November to February with a difference! I'll be wearing my Nazuri Curls custom wig to grow out my hair with little to no manipulation. I'm doing this for several reasons.

1. I'm currently suffering from hair loss around my crown my hair is falling out, I've been prescribed a low maintenance hair regimen which includes a medicated shampoo and that's it! so no twist outs, braids NOTHING! until I find out what is the underlining issue. (see previous post)

2. To show that wigs are the ideal way to protect your hair for longer periods of time and still care for your hair and scalp with very little manipulation.

I want you all to join me in the challenge, regardless of if your're dealing with hair loss, Shedding or just want to grow your hair out and protect it from the harsh climate. I'll be offering one lucky participant a goodie bag of my favourite beauty goodies (contents TBA)


The Struggle IS REAL: My Hair Loss


I'm currently suffering from some quite severe hair loss, I noticed a very small thin patch of hair while I was pregnant with Freya, I didn't think to much of it because of pregnancy hormones. After having Freya my hair began to shed drastically all over making the hair loss at my crown more noticeable. I went to the doctors then and was told that shedding is normal and to wait until Freya is a year old if it continues then you may have a problem. My hair started to grow back and thicken up though the middle remained on the thinner side. 
Fast forward a year Freya is now over two years old and I have noticed a considerable amount of thinning around my crown. I returned to the doctors yesterday and saw a new GP as I wasn't happy with the male doctor I saw previously. She great very understanding and let me explain myself and didn't make me feel silly about my concerns.

The GlowwBox: GlowwBox Natural & Organic Edition Unboxing + Giveaway


GlowwBox has released a natural and organic edition of their monthly subscription box. The box is dedicated to bringing beauty samples to women of colour. GlowwBox is £10 (+p&p) and promises that the contents of your box will always be more than the price you paid and always contains at least 2 full sized products. 

6 November 2014

The Treatment: Mahogany Naturals Rhassoul Cocoa & Honey Deep Hair Treatment


Another Amazing Treatment from Mahogany Naturals! you may remember my utter love for the Hair Detox Treatment from the same brand and now I have a new love Rhassoul Cocoa & Honey Deep Hair Treatment is giving me life! It's literally smells good enough to eat and my hair feels like heaven. Mahogany Naturals is a spa brand, so it's not cheap, yes! I was gifted this product however I'd definitely part with £35 because I know how good the products are, however I really wish the brand did sample sizes. I can understand people being unwilling to part with £35 without knowing if the product will work for them hopefully this can be remedied in the future. 

4 November 2014

The Custom Wig: Nazuri Curls U-Part Custom Wig Prt 1


I've been sitting on this news for a little while, but just yesterday my Nazuri Curls Custom U-Part Wig arrived in the post. My initial thought on the wig is that it is AMAZING!

22 October 2014

The Shampoo: Serwaa Clay Shampoo



Clay cleansing has definitely been one of the most important discoveries of my natural hair journey. Clay cleansing is an amazing way to clean your natural hair without stripping it of it's natural oils (ya'll know how much our hair loves it's natural oils!) as part of the Max Hydration Method I've been using clay rinses which I've been mixing myself, which just adds time to an already lengthy regimen. So I've been looking into ready mixed clay cleansers and I've found the perfect one by Cioccolatina from the Sheabutter Cottage.  Serwaa Clay Shampoo mixes Bentonite Clay with Shea and Cocoa Butter for a 100% natural product that cleans hair like a dream.

2 October 2014

The Update: Max Hydration Method & Me


Where do I start with the all consuming Max Hydration Method! My life revolves around Freya and Max Hydration, Clay treatments come before, Laundry and Sex (Sorry Mr NaturalBelle I have a treatment that needs to come off in 10 minutes!) I want to give up, but I know the secret that binds us to Max Hydration.......my hair feels unreal! 

The Brush: Air Motion Pro More Than Just A Tangle Teezer With A Handle?



Of course my child is perfect in every way! she farts flowers and is a baby genius. However even I have to admit that bath time is a struggle, combing out Freya's hair is a bit of a mission to say the least. Due to my hands off approach to styling opting to have her roam free when she is not at nursery. This does leave us with a birds nest at the ends of the week. Like most people I dug out the Tangle Teezer and struggled to grip hold of it whilst dealing with a wriggly 2 year old. I found that as good as the Tangle Teezer is at de-tangling I still had to section the hair and take time or Freya's very curly hair would sometimes tangle in the brush I have also found that Tangle Teezers can cause breakage on very curly hair. Then I got my hands on the Air Motion brush which I initially believed was a Tangle Teezer with a handle, which rectifies one of the grips I have with Tangle Teezers. However I have been using the Air Motion on Freya's hair for a few weeks and have noticed how much easier it is to brush her hair. If you want details on how the Air Motion brush works you will have to visit the website, because it's like some kind of science that Nasa could of thought up! 

The Mini Fashionista: How To Have An Insta-Cool Baby & Not Go Broke



If you follow Natural Belle on Instagram then you know that I love to dress Freya up in cute clothes, she is quite the fashionista and have taken over my Instagram with her diva demands and on point shoe game! You can't log into Instagram these days with out seeing some kid looking cuter than you and I'm not ashamed to say that I'm pretty much addicted to baby fashion.
That being said I'm not about to go broke for kids clothes that they can only wear for 6-9 months tops, and if you ever see me purchase a designer handbag for Freya you have permission to punch me in the face!

11 September 2014

The Protective Style: Freya's Bantu Knots


I have posted about Freya's hair regimen a few times now, and those who keep up to date know that I'm a fan of fuss free styling when it comes to children's hair. I get a lot of questions about hair styles for toddlers and my reply has always been to let their hair be. However recently I have had to start putting Freya's hair in protective styles, due to an outbreak of Head Lice at her nursery. I really didn't want to spend hours braiding Freya's hair (not that she would let me!) or putting ornate baubles and hair ties in her hair. But I've managed to find some simple styles that I can actually do!

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