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I was selected to attend an event at the London Frame Studio
organised by Total Greek yoghurt and of course I dragged my
American guest along with me to share the experience.
We were happy/nervous pupils being taught how to Rumba, Salsa
and Tango by the pros - Dee Thresher celebrity fitness expert and
Jesรบs Reyes Ortiz Jr dance instructor from the US.

 O' yes, it was a PROPER work out whilst trying to not look like the odd ones out
...hard work! However, it was fun and very friendly, which helped us shake off
any embarrassment or pressure.

The class was rounded off nicely with a generous spread of tasty food,
refreshments and other great stuff courtesy of Total Greek yoghurt.
If you don't like the gym, this could be an alternative keep fit method for you.

Now I have the hunger for more Rumba dancing so 'Strictly Come' or 'Dancing with' -
here these happy feet come!

More Fun on the Floor

This time it was fun on the 6th floor, where I ate lunch at the London Ken…



I would like to share the beginning, middle and end of my hair nightmare.

I visited a salon with the idea of simply dying my hair dark brown (semi-permanent)
and a deep conditioning treatment last year. 

I left my hair in the hands of a 30 year experienced hair salon that I did
not know at the time may not have had enough experience in managing 
natural afro hair.

I thought it might be great to see my hair straighter for a length check.
The hair saga followed:
  • The junior stylist put a protein treatment in my hair
  • Put me under a hooded dryer on medium heat
  • Washed my hair
  • Added dye "semi permanent"
  • Put me under a hooded dryer on medium heat
  • Washed my hair (at this point my hair felt strange, dry and course to the touch)
  • Blow dried my hair
  • Straightened my hair with flat irons
  • Then manager straightened my hair again with same method.
My hair started shedding a lot on that very same evening. I lost inches as my hair
fell everywhere.

I complained to the salon manager, the manager said it was heat damage - I suspected
more damage was cause by a permanent product - the dye. The dye which is still
at the tips of the small section of grown out strands left amongst broken hair.

The salon's offered to treat it further for free but the treatments made my hair fall even
more. I resorted to them just styling my hair in protective styling but was made to
feel unwelcomed with don't care attitudes and accusations that I must have put
a chemical in my hair prior to my dooms day visit. That was the last straw...
I approached my lawyers. The hair claim specialist lawyers were horrified
when they found out I was not given a strand test. I have evidence of the
'semi perm' dye still in my hair after one year.

Side note any court proceedings must be commenced before the 
third anniversary of the treatment.

Steps to claiming compensation:
  • Take pictures of the damage asap.
  • Ensure the claim is within the legal time limit.
  • Make a statement
  • Get hair tested by professional.
  • Get a second professional opinion
  • The lawyer should ask salon to pass details to their insurance company if they
  • have one.
  • Calculate how many treatments you will need to resolve the hair loss and wigs
  • and other things that you have purchase due to the issue.
  • Take the above steps asap
My case with Cinda's Hair Salon, New Cross Gate, London UK continues as
Cinda is now denying my claim and not taking ownership of the problem she
recklessly caused.

Cinda eventually referred my compliant and claim to her insurers who later agreed to 
settle out of court for an amount that I am happy with. My hair has grown back 
and is healthy although my length is not as long as I would like but that's expected 
because of this setback. 

So many lessons learnt; like don't assume black hairdressers know how to 
treat all natural hair types; As soon as I feel uncomfortable with a person doing my 
hair I just simply need to call it quits - even with an "expert".  

The hair scientist of 30 + years, educated me about my hair and now I have very little
to do with hair salons and trust that I can look  after my hair with TLC as I continue my
journey of growing healthy hair. The End



I have learnt so much over the last two years about
caring for my natural curly hair. Here are
my notes that I would like to share with you and feel
free to share it with others too.

Curly hair needs to stay moist for three reasons to
aid growth, avoid tangles which create knots and
combat dryness that causes hair to break off at the ends.

Hair products can be found online, in health stores,
afro hair stores and supermarkets and they don't have
to expensive.

There are a few You Tube videos about caring for
mixed race hair/afro hair. I recommend
  • haircrush
  • leobodyc5
  • fusionofcultures
  • mstasiaasia

Here is my Curl guide...

Shampoo hair with Tresemme naturals. See pic.
Put the Herbal Essences  Conditioner in her hair every time it's washed, detangle hair with the product and leave some in after  rinse to keep it moist.
After add pure oil like olive oil or coconut oil to seal in the moisture. Try to finger comb and detangle from ends towards scalp.
If using a comb, use big wide tooth comb by combing patiently section by section. The more sections the easier it is to comb.
Then put it in a style. Best to plait at night to keep it moist. Two pig tail plaits are sufficient.
Use the just for me 2in 1 detangle hair spray (in pic) to help reduce daily knots and tangles.

Little knots will always occur but can be reduced by specific styles. if you leave hair completely out then it will be more prone to getting knots. Finding a good deep conditioner will help reduce knots. Deep conditioners are usually the products that you leave in the hair for 10 minutes or more on a weekly basis.

Don't comb her if dry, alway comb hair that is moist or dampened with water and conditioner.
Don't comb hair from roots to the end only vice versa.
Don''t dry hair with towel but pat dry with a (old) T -shirt. Towel creates more frizz.
Don't put chemicals in hair if you want to retain a lot of length.
Try the above and tell me how you get on. Hope this helps
My braids. No extensions

Hat day with a lot of shrinkage
Hair goals
Protective styling

Inspiration protective styling

 1st protective style after hair cut in Oct 2012

Fringe Texture Shot 1

Texture shot 2

Texture shot 3

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