Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Jingle Bell Rock - Holiday Hair Special (featuring Fabulous Bloggers)

The holiday season is always one filled with excitement, celebration and gratitude. It is usually a time for holiday parties, dinners, family get-togethers, weddings and such, therefore I came up with the idea of giving you all some style inspiration to rock at these events. 

A group of the most fabulous hair bloggers ever will be showing you their Christmas day look featuring both their hairstyles and the outfits they wore; you will all definitely be spoilt for choice. However on my blog is just a snippet for more pictures and details of their hair styles and stunning outfits, kindly check out their individual blogs.

For my Christmas Day Hairstyle I decided not to use any heat on my hair for this look because heat always seems like such a hassle to me so I took an easier option which was setting my hair with flexi rods overnight, as I am away for the holidays I had nothing to give the curls extra hold. 




I however used my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil whilst rolling my hair with 12 flexi rods. In the morning I took out the rods fluffed my hair separated a part of my hair for the front section and pinned the back of my hair into a bun pinning the ends of my hair inwards to complete the bun look. I was aiming for an ever so slightly messy look.





For my glamorous outfit I went for the colour green as it is a colour for the season and gold accessories because I feel gold is the most opulent, luxurious colour ever.


Here are the pictures of the fabulous bloggers who took part in Jingle Bell Rock to fill you all with good cheer and Christmas spirit.



Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow 


Lesley of Fresh Lengths 


Dr. Fomsky of The Sizzling Mommy




Please don't forget to check out their blogs for more details of their holiday looks.

Enjoy and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Be merry all, be merry all,

With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.
~William Robert Spencer

Monday, 24 December 2012

Marion Cotillard Inspired Bun Hairstyle


There is something very graceful, demure and elegant about Marion Cotillard and after seeing this huge bun which she did I decided I would attempt to recreate the look.



I like this bun because it can be made as big as possible or can be more restrained depending on what you want. It shows that you are proud to wear your hair and make a statement (yet there is a form of restrained elegance to this bun).
It can be made very glamorous or dressed down and is so simple to achieve. Simply open up the hair, like I always do anytime I want volume for my hair (see how I open up my hair in paragraph four of my fuller bun tutorial here) and pin the very ends of your hair in the centre of your head. Take bobby pins and apply them in a half moon, across the crown of your head to form the bun shape. Add some pearls voila.



I wore this bun to church and received quite a few compliments. I think it will show off the beauty of anyone’s hair and can be done on shorter or longer hair perhaps with some slight modifications. It will be fabulous to wear during this Christmas season.



Hope you enjoy my take on this look, some bloggers and I are working on some fabulous holiday hair looks for you all. Do stay tuned!!!

I hope you all feel the Magic that Christmas Eve brings.


PS. The New Year Perfection Hair Growth Challenge is drawing to a close, hope everyone has been sticking to the rules.


TONKABELLE,xoxo



'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....
~Clement Clarke Moore

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Difference between Hair Shedding and Hair Breakage


There is a world of difference between shedding and breaking hair, however it is a common misconception to use both words interchangeably.


Shedding is a process that is necessary for hair re-growth, it is a natural and healthy process which occurs in everyone after the hair strand has attained the end of its growth cycle. When a strand of hair falls naturally, a new strand of hair grows in its place. A piece of hair is therefore shed to enable a new strand of hair grow in its place.

Shedding is a healthy function of the scalp, however there are periods where shedding may be increased due to pregnancy, treatments such as chemotherapy, menopause/ menstrual cycle/ birth control pills, harmful hair styling practices, heredity, illness, poor nutrition and so on.

Hair breakage on the other hand, occurs when the hair splits at varying sections of the hair shaft. It is often as a result of improper and unhealthy hair care practices, stress, improper nutrition, illness and so on

A broken strand of hair

How to identify whether your hair is shedding or breaking:

1. Take a fallen piece of hair and examine it closely (no need to go plucking hairs from your own head).

2. Check how long the hair strand is; if it is quite long chances are that the hair is a shed piece of hair. If it is a shorter strand, chances are that the hair is broken.

3. Most importantly, check whether there is a white bulb at one end of the hair. If a white bulb is present then you can be sure that the hair strand is a shed piece of hair. If there is no white bulb however this is a broken piece of hair.

A shed strand of hair

Knowing whether your hair is shedding or breaking is very important as this will enable you to correct the problem at hand. Hair breakage obviously requires immediate attention, however if hair is merely shedding there is nothing to worry about except instances where the shedding is excessive.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Christmas, tis the season to be jolly after all. I will be posting some holiday hair styles to give everyone some inspiration and to ensure you all look fabulous for the Holidays, so please watch this space.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

Friday, 7 December 2012

Cheryl Cole Inspired Beehive Hair Style


I decided to seek a bit of inspiration from Cheryl Cole because she has an amazing sense of style and her hair is always done up in lovely hairstyles. 






I decided to recreate her beehive look on my own hair, with a bit of a variation. I did not want so much volume or a huge pouf at the crown since I was only going out to the shops (nothing fancy) therefore my goal was for more of a laid back look. 





I absolutely love the beehive look because it is a protective style and it is a show stopper where you don’t have to look like everyone else. This is also reminiscent of Adele's hair style in her "Rolling in the Deep" video.




It can be made more glamorous with only a few modifications, i.e. fake hair can be added to increase the height of the beehive, the hair can be backcombed for additional volume. However I did none of the above, I simply pinned my hair in the center after creating some volume by opening up my hair lightly. See how I open up my hair in paragraph 4 of my fuller bun tutorial here.

Hope you enjoy my take on it.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Though beauty is, with the most apt similitude, I had almost said with the most literal truth, called a flower that fades and dies almost in the very moment of its maturity; yet there is, methinks, a kind of beauty which lives even to old age; a beauty that is not in the features, but, if I may be allowed the expression, shines through them. As it is not merely corporeal it is not the object of mere sense, nor is it to be discovered but by persons of true taste and refined sentiment - Fulke Greville - Maxims, Characters and Reflections



Sunday, 2 December 2012

Hot Oil Treatments


Hot Oil Treatments promote long and healthy hair and are an effective way to ensure that our hair receives adequate and proper nourishment. It is a process whereby oils are heated and applied to the hair for a required amount of time, with or without an external heat source. It ensures that the hair remains healthy and is an excellent remedy to treat damaged, dry or chemically treated hair.



Here is a recipe to try out:

Utensils

Comb
Plastic Cap
Towel
Small bowl for the oils
A tablespoon

Ingredients

1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 -2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
1 -2 tablespoons of grape seed oil

Please note that the above listed oils can be substituted with any other oils at your disposal such as sweet almond oil, hemp seed oil, Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil and so on.

Procedure

Add the oils into a bowl and mix them together properly.



Application

1. Detangle hair with a wide tooth comb and part hair into four sections to enable you work within each section (you can slightly dampen your hair prior to sectioning if you prefer). 

It is best to section hair with fingers only at this point. 

2. Heat the oil by either placing the bowl of oil in a pot of hot water or popping the oil mix into a microwave for a few minutes; the oil should be warm and not hot. 

3. Part each section into four smaller sections and apply the oil to the scalp and the entire length of your hair concentrating on the mid section and the ends until the entire hair is coated with oil. 

4. Cover hair with a plastic cap and go under a hooded hair dryer or steamer.

If you do not have a hair dryer/steamer however you can try placing a hot towel (make it hot by dipping in hot water and wringing the excess water out) over the plastic cap. Another alternative is to use a regular hand held blow dryer for about 5 minutes and then cover the hair with a towel. 

5. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes with heat or about 30 minutes or more without heat (depending on how long you can stand it). 

6. Rinse off, then begin the washing process.

Hot Oil Treatments are quite luxurious and ensure that the hair is fortified and replenished with moisture and other valuable nutrients. I would love to know if anyone has done a hot oil treatment, their experience and recipes or whether others will consider it as a possible option for healthy hair.

I wish everyone a glamorous December.

TONKABELLE,xoxo



Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful - Norman Vincent Peale