Birthday Holiday Part 3: California (then back to Vegas)

Hi my Cakers Bakers and Beauties!

This is the third and final part of my birthday holiday blog.

Tonia, Rai, Hubby and I piled in the car with lots of snacks and water and made the 4 hour trip to Rancho Cucamonga in California, we stayed in a nice simple hotel and on the way we drove through some fantastic scenery the mountains were so beautiful. 

The main reason for us going to California was to visit  LA and Knott’s Berry Farm a famous theme park. Unfortunately Tonia hurt her foot so we didn’t make it to LA which was about another 2-3 hours drive away from where we were and making the journey on public transport with the wheelchair was not feasible, the public transport infrastructure in that part of USA was not easily accessible or well connected. I have already been to LA, so I really wanted Hubby to experience it, but that will be another trip.  

Knott’s Berry farm was very accessible and we were given a special pass so that we could get on the rides at specific times without queuing. It was very cool in California and we had only bought summer clothes on our trip, it was really cool to the point where I felt cold. The rides were good and we got around the park quickly and easily. I’d like to thank Tonia again for my birthday treat, we had such an amazing time. 

Here are some photos of the day:

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I got to try funnel cake for the first time ever, It was delicious but all 4 of us couldn't finish it!

I got to try funnel cake for the first time ever, It was delicious but all 4 of us couldn’t finish it!

On the way back to the hotel we briefly stopped off at the Beach it was too cold to swim or anything but it was nice to get my feet wet and just look at the ocean, I feel so calm when I look at a large body of water even if the water itself is rough at the time, eventually I have to live by the ocean…  

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The next day we went shopping in Ontario Mills a huge mall 5 minutes drive from our hotel, I wont bore you with my “haul” but I got some really nice outfits,shoes and jewellery we shopped all day and eventually got kicked out of the mall… lol I’m happy to report that the mall was completely accessible we had no problems getting around with the wheel chair at all.  

 

After 3 days in Cali we went back to Vegas and chilled for a couple of days  until my Birthday!

On the morning of my birthday we went to Caesar’s Palace another huge hotel on the strip, to have brunch. Caesar’s Palace has a famous buffet called the Bacchanal Buffet for $50 each and some change you can eat as much as you like with unlimited champagne or mimosas. I’m not usually a buffet person I think they are dirty and breeding grounds for food poisoning with lukewarm food and people touching the food with their bare hands. The Bacchanal Buffet however was AMAZING!!! The food was of an incredible quality and so well presented not to mention delicious! I can’t even begin to describe all of the dishes so here are some photos of that stupendous brunch…

Food Glorious food!

Food Glorious food!

After Brunch I gambled for the first time ever! It was only a fruit machine but I won! So I quit while I was ahead, cashed my coupon in and we met Tonia’s Uncle Jimmy who helped us to get discounted tickets for Cirque du Soleil – Zumanity. The Las Vegas Strip is easier to get around in during the day time and we strolled along the strip with relative ease. The waterfall you see in the photos below are at the entrance of where Tonia lives, obviously it’s a man-mad waterfall as it’s in the middle of the dessert, but it’s still a nice peaceful oasis.

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Later that evening I put on a cocktail dress and 6 inch-heels and we headed out to see Zumanity – yes I was still pushing a wheelchair but it was still my birthday! Zumanity was a good show but I do not have any photos or footage because we were expressly asked not to record or take photos of the performance.

I had a fantastic birthday even though I was exhausted by the end of the day!

What a beautiful mess I was on my birthday. On the right New York New York Hotel where Zumanity was performed, the hotel also has a roller-coaster built around it! Bottom right is the hotel Excalibur.

What a beautiful mess I was on my birthday. On the right New York New York Hotel where Zumanity was performed, the hotel also has a roller-coaster built around it! Bottom right is the hotel Excalibur.

On our last day we took Tonia and Rai to the Bacchanal Buffet as a small thank you for hosting us and looking after us in their home like we were family, I would have never imagined I could make and meet such an amazing lady through my blog. I look forward to hosting Tonia in London when ever she decides to visit. 

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Thank you for sharing this trip with me.

Luv Sian

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Birthday Holiday Part 2: Vegas Baby!

Sorry for the huge delay in uploading this post, I’ve been going through some things… but I’m back on track now and will be trying to catch up on posts.

Our next stop was Las Vegas where we would be staying with my Pen Pal, Tonia.

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Tonia and I actually “met” and connected through this very blog, many people would call us both crazy or stupid for going ahead with this trip, Tonia for inviting a totally random English natural hair/food blogger to stay in her actual house where she lives, and me for dragging my poor sweet Husband over five thousand miles across the globe and spending thousands of pounds to go and stay with a lady that we’ve never met before. In fact we didn’t even video chat before we met!  Tonia and I had spent months emailing back and forth and getting to know each other and all I can say is that Tonia is a really cool lady, I’m not going to reveal too much about Tonia out of respect for her and her family privacy but Tonia has agreed to appear on this blog and has given me permission to post images of herself, her daughter and their holiday home.

Tonya's Holiday Home

Tonia’s Holiday Home

Tonya and her Daughter Rai

Tonia and her Daughter Rai

Despite our generational and cultural differences, Tonia and I have so much in common, I could honestly feel her spirit through her writing and I just knew we would get along, and get along we did!

Tonia met us at the airport with her husband “C” and took us for a meal straight away, from then it was further confirmed that we would have a ball. Even our husbands got along well with each other and one day they spent about 12 hours sitting on the patio and talking, I don’t know what they spoke about -neither was it any of my business, I was just glad that Hubby – a natural introvert , was able to chill out and feel at ease in the presence of relative strangers.

Our time in Las Vegas was actually very relaxing, most people when they think of Vegas only think of Las Vegas Boulevard aka         “The Strip” but Las Vegas is huge chunk of desert and the town where Tonia lives – Henderson is around a 20 minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of The Las Vegas Strip.

Tonia’s place is in a secure gated community out by Lake Las Vegas and the scenery was beautiful  the temperature was at an average of 100 °F daily which is almost 38 °C!

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View from Tonia’s patio

 

Tonia is also into relatively healthy living but is not averse to occasionally eating junk food , so we had a great time, eating out, eating in and shopping in organic supermarkets and recipe swapping. I introduced Tonya to the simple recipe of roasted beetroot amongst other things and Tonya shared with me, the secret to an authentic Gumbo (Tonya’s people originally hail from Louisiana) it’s a secret so obviously I can’t tell you but I’ll give you a clue it involves an ingredient called “Gumbo Filé”…

Gumbo!

Gumbo!

Tonya also took us to “The Strip” so we could experience the  hedonistic side of Vegas, during the day we went for yummy gelato at  the Venetian, I was amazed at the size of the hotel. The Venetian is like a small town! It actually has a shopping mall, a Town Square with live musicians and performers and a “canal” inside it, complete with fake sky and Singing Gondoliers!

Left - Outside the Mirage. Top & bottom inside the Venetian.

Left – Outside the Mirage. Top & bottom inside the Venetian.

We shopped and hung out so long in the Venetian that the sun had set by the time we left the hotel so we spontaneously decided to walk down the strip and view the displays that were in front of the big hotels. I’m pleased to say that the Strip is very accessible with nice flat surfaces and dropped curbs everywhere but a lot of the lifts/elevators on street level were tucked away in pissy, dank corners of  The Strip. 24-hour drinking is legal in Vegas and people are allowed to drink  openly on the street,  in addition the streets are very crowded on most evenings so although the paving is smooth and flat our progress was impeded by swathes of drunken/inconsiderate tourists I shouted “excuse me please” so often that I lost my voice!

After a few days in Nevada we went on a road trip to California for some shopping and to visit a theme park… California in part 3!

Thanks for reading!

Luv Sian

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I’m Still Baking!

Hello Cakers Bakers & Beauties!

With all of this hair and travel talk you would be forgiven for thinking that I’m not baking anymore,  I am ALWAYS baking…lol

I just don’t always remember to take photos or blog about everything I cook, life has been so hectic lately…Arghhhh!

This weekend I remembered to take a few pics before everything got eaten and it was too late…

Friday night I made a pizza from scratch, we used to get a takeaway every Friday but it’s a waste of money and most of the time it doesn’t even taste that nice. We live 3 minutes away from an amazing Italian deli so I was able to pick up authentic ingredients on my way home from work.

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My Mum also asked me to make her a Banoffee Pie, these requests come about every couple of months and it’s a bother dragging my pie tin around London, so I bought a stack of disposable pie tins from Lakeland, I’ll leave the stack at my Parents’ house so I can just rock up and bake on demand. I made the base with crushed biscuits, butter oats and sunflower seeds, it had a fantastic texture…Yummy!

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I forget to take a pic when it was whole, sorry!

Last week my dear friend CeCe had her 4th baby, I wasn’t able to attend the baby shower as it was the day before my birthday and I was in Vegas so I promised myself I would go and see her while the little bubba was still tiny. I decided to make my own “congratulations it’s a girl” gift, I saw some gorgeous baby socks with a touch of sparkle, one foot has “little” on the sole and the other one has “princess” on the sole, so adorable. I made a balloon bouquet from assorted pink balloons in my decorations box, pink hydrangeas from my garden and the first lily that bloomed in my garden this summer.

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I actually made 12 cupcakes because I wanted to try different toppings and piping effects.

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Then I picked the best 6 to bring to CeCe and her family of 6 (including CeCe and partner.)

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For some reason I decided to be “clever” and I cycled from London Bridge to Croydon on my “new” bicycle to deliver this gift package. I got into a spot of trouble along my way and every single cupcake got flipped upside-down! Luckily nothing else got damaged including me, the balloons and my beloved bike!

CeCe loved her gifts and the cupcakes were still delicious!

Thanks for reading.

Luv

Sian

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Birthday Holiday Part 1. New Orleans – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Hello My Cakers Bakers and Beauties!

This is the first post about the (birthday holiday) I took with my Husband to the United States in May 2014-  we went to 4 different cities/towns in 3 different States, so since I’m prone to writing long posts anyway I decided to split the trip into 3 posts and try to keep each post relatively short and sweet. *Someone* forgot to bring the memory card for our proper camera and decided not to buy one while we were away so all of my photos/videos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S4. I would apologise for the picture quality but I think that my little phone did really well!

I know that the title of this post is not grammatically correct, “proper French”, it is Cajun French phrase which has been literally translated from the English  “Let the Good Times Roll!”

In this case “roll” is quite literal…

If you haven’t figured it out already our first stop was the Crescent City  aka New Orleans!

We arrived in the dead of night and the first thing that hit us was the heat and humidity, I wasn’t complaining though!

For the duration of this holiday my Husband (who shall be also referred to as “H”or “Hubby”) happened to be in a wheelchair, a manual collapsible wheelchair that he was not able to operate alone which meant that I was pushing him in the wheelchair for the majority of the time.

We stayed in the Crowne Plaza Astor Hotel on Canal St which is on the edge of the famous French Quarter,  the hotel is actually on the corner of Canal/Bourbon street so we had an interesting view in the evenings from the balcony in the hotel.

View from hotel balcony

View from hotel balcony

On our first full day in N’awlins we discovered that the French Quarter is not really wheelchair accessible, the paving is atrocious! The Paving slabs are not at an even height and in some places the paving slabs were not present! Instead there were large holes full of broken glass and murky liquid from the previous night’s activities, it was very, very difficult for us to navigate the streets of the French Quarter and we often had to cross the street because of hazards and obstacles on our side of the street, on Bourbon St particularly we had to cross back and forth about 12 times, because of this we did not experience any of the night life the FQ has to offer, the pavements and roads get very crowded with rowdy and often roaring drunk tipsy tourists at night so we decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle.

Despite only venturing out during the day we had an amazing time in New Orleans and we will definitely be going back.

Just in case you are new to my blog I have to mention that I  love food, not just baked goods but practically everything (except cheese)

Without further ado I present to you a small selection of the best food we ate in NOLA (New Orleans, LouisianA) and some of the places we visited during our 3 day stop over.

We had beignets and chocolate milk/ Café au lait in Café du Monde on Decatur Street,

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I was enjoying my choccy milk until… I read the ingredients and discovered it had High Fructose Corn Syrup in it, I can’t get into why HFCS is so bad for you but Google it if you don’t believe me. HFCS is evil and I avoid it like the plague.

We listened to live Jazz in Jackson Square.

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We visited St Louis Cathedral  the oldest (active) Cathedral in North America,

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We went on the Riverside Walk beside the Mississippi River

 (This was the most accessible part of the FQ the paving was smooth and even)

The Mighty Mississippi

The Mighty Mississippi

Frozen Chocolate dipped Bananas from a street vendor. Yummy!

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We ate a Seafood Platter at Deanie’s Seafood and had cocktails including NOLA’s most famous cocktail, the Hurricane.

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I wanted it grilled, hubby wanted it fried – guess who won? At least I got my veggies even though they were not even on the menu & I had to make a special order!

My "Ice Cream Martini" to the left Hubby's "Hurricane" to the right.

My “Ice Cream Martini” to the left Hubby’s “Hurricane” to the right.

Crawfish Boil! @ The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar,  the ground floor is accessible but the toilets are on 3rd floor !!!(another Hurricane – this one was better I suspect the Deanies one had HFCS & E numbers in it!)

We did try to shop in the actual French Market but I was disappointed in the stalls. On the 3 separate occasions we visited the market not one vendor was selling locally made/crafted souvenirs, everything was made in China or other Asian countries,  I have nothing against China and when I visit there I will be happy to purchase souvenirs made there.

So tasty, boiled in a seasoned and peppery hot base.

So tasty, boiled in a seasoned and peppery hot base.

We also visited the beautiful and historic Louis Armstong Park,

the park was also wheelchair accessible with lots of smooth flat surfaces but there was also a lot of gravel.

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PicMonkey Collage

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We also took the streetcar out of the FQ to the Garden District, the streetcar wasn’t really accessible at all, but H could walk a little bit so the streetcar operators helped me fold the wheelchair and stow it behind the driver’s seat.

The streetcars were quite  slow, obviously I know they are old and I think they are mainly for tourists (kind of like the Emirates cable car in London) because they don’t seem an efficient mode of public transport at all, especially as there are buses everywhere that travel much faster.

If I thought the paving in FQ was bad, Magazine street in the Garden District was even worse, there are a lot of old trees in the GD and the trees roots cause the paving slabs to break up and become uneven and quite frankly dangerous I saw many able-bodied people tripping up on this “crazy paving”  even the dropped curbs were useless as they had been raised by tree roots, I mainly ended up pushing the wheelchair in the road. Yes we could have taken Taxis everywhere but I love walking, pushing the wheelchair was great exercise for me and we were able to spend more money on FOOD!

Lunch at the Rum House

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To be honest our trip to the GD was a bit of a waste of time, yes the lunch was nice but none of the shops/restaurants were immediately accessible, they all had narrow doors and you had to step up or down into the establishments, very few of the places had portable ramps but I had to leave my husband outside in the baking hot sun and go inside the shop to ask if they had a ramp and it felt like such a long process just for a bit of window shopping, if a sales assistant took the hassle to drag the ramp out I felt really bad for not buying anything. Of the few places that had portable ramps we always had to use the side/back/service entrance which really made me feel like we were 2nd class citizens.

I did find a lovely shop called Fleurty Girl which was full of locally made garments and items designed by locals,                                     so I bought his/hers New Orleans t-shirts mine has a design that was  a doodle from a napkin and H’s shirt is a voodoo skull which includes  a lot of  NOLA imagery including the po’boy (sandwich), streetcar, voodoo symbols, fleur de lis, crawfish, alligators, oysters, and many more.

Thanks to hubby for modelling, you can't see my design properly when I'm wearing it.

Thanks to hubby for modelling, you can’t see my design properly when I’m wearing it.

All in all we really enjoyed our time in NOLA despite most of the city not being wheelchair friendly. This was not the first time I’ve visited “The South”  but NOLA has it’s own unique charm and style, for the most part the natives of the city were friendly and helpful. We even met a retired guide called Dave who gave us a map and instructions on how to experience the best parts of the city cheaply/free, we didn’t get to do half the things Dave suggested but we still have that map and we will bring it with us next time.

In many ways New Orleans reminds me of the Caribbean, there is a laid back – easy going vibe, local music is ALWAYS playing when you’re out and about, the people and food are a delicious melting-pot of Cultures and Ethnicities and of course the hot and humid weather.

The Crescent City has much more for us to discover, there was so much local food we didn’t get to try like muffalettas, po’boys, gumbo, jambalaya and anything with gator in it. There are also many, many things we didn’t experience, horse and carriage tours, steamboat rides, cemetery tours and so on.

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I’d also like to learn more about Voodoo (‘Voudou’ is the preferred spelling of some) and Spiritual side of the city but I understand that many aspects of Voodoo have been appropriated by store keepers looking to make a quick buck from gullible tourists looking for love potions and fake “Voodoo Dolls”. Voodoo is a religion and  should be respected in the same way that people respect Christianity, Islam and other “Major” religions. Having Jamaican ancestry I know a bit about Obeah and Myal other Religions that have some similarities to Voodoo and Hoodoo beliefs and practices. Contrary to popular belief Voodoo isn’t a cult, black magic or worship of the Christian devil.

People who practice Voodoo are not witchdoctors, sorcerers or occultists. Voodoo isn’t a practice intended to hurt or control others.

Unfortunately Racism clouds people’s view of Voodoo, it is rooted in slavery and intricately connected to political and social evolution. Voodoo was first practised in America and the Caribbean by slaves of African descent, whose culture was both feared and ridiculed. Slaves were not considered fully human. Their religion was dismissed as superstition, their priests were denigrated as witchdoctors, their Gods and Spirits were denounced as evil. As usual people fear what they do not understand.

Mosaic on the floor of a corner shop

Mosaic on the floor of a corner shop

Anyway as per usual I’ve gone off on a tangent and this post has ended up being way too long, please forgive my digression…

 Until next time don’t forget to Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Our next stop is Las Vegas, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together, it has taken a week to get this post up!

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Thanks for reading, Luv Sian x

Sources: The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook by Kenaz Filan (btw a very interesting read)

             What is Voodoo? Understanding a Misunderstood Religion – Article by Saumya Arya Haas on HuffingtonPost.com

 

Purple Afro! – Mane Divas Hair Part 2

Hi Naturalistas!

I decided to do a follow up on the Mane Diva NHA Afro Kinky hair, I wore my first installation of the hair for 6 weeks straight.

Before I carry on with this post, I’m not recommending that anyone should follow my hair practices I did what I did to really put the hair through it’s paces and test it out.

During the six weeks I hydrated and moisturised my leave out and my canerows underneath on a regular basis, I was really scared that I would retain my hair under the tracks but my leave out would break off… so I treated my leave out very well, I moisturised my leave out every single day and the left out portion of my hair from ear to ear (round the back of my head) was kept in flat twists and wound into a tiny bun at the nape of my neck, I didn’t undo the twists to moisturise my hair, I only took the twists out on wash day or if I wore my hair up in a high bun or puff.

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High Puff with Leave Out

The leave out at the front was also twisted the majority of the time and sometimes loosened when I wore a fro, but the hair is so voluminous that I didn’t need to undo my leave out every time I wore my hair down.

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Fro’d Out!

As you read in my first review, to keep this hair looking soft and to prevent mega tangling this hair needs to be treated like highly textured hair that grows out of a scalp. Regular moisturising and de-tangling is required the frequency depends on how you wear your hair during the day and how/if you have a good bedtime routine.

I shampooed my hair every 2 weeks while I wore the weave, rinsed my hair whenever I felt like it and deep conditioned after every wash.

Whenever I fully saturated my hair I was standing in the shower directly under the water – never with my head flipped over.

To wash my hair  I used a diluted sulphate-free shampoo on my scalp which was dripped on using an applicator bottle, the weave was in a few chunky twists so I could access my scalp easily and not tangle the hair.

I gently used my finger-pads to distribute the shampoo mixture into my canerows then applied some more shampoo mix onto the chunky twists and used the “milking a cow” motion (squeezing and GENTLY pulling downwards) to  get the shampoo into the twists.

At no point did I rub the hair, dig my scalp with nails or heavily agitate my canerows not only was this to prevent tangles but also to prevent breakage to my hair underneath from dragging it about too much.

After standing under the jet of water for ages, to rinse all off the shampoo out I deep conditioned my hair + tracks, I used moisture treatments because I had done a protein treatment just before getting the weave installed.

I put a shower cap on and my “Look Great Heat Wrap”  for 45 mins before getting back in the shower and rinsing out all traces of product from my hair. I wrapped my hair in an old t-shirt to absorb most of the excess water before doing the L.O.C method on my hair and weave. I let the hair air dry each time I wet it.

As you can see the whole process is quite involved -which is why I only did it fortnightly. If I felt like I need to  get rid of product build up or pollen (which was abundant at that time) I just went ahead and rinsed hair by standing under my shower jet.

I wore a few different styles during the time I had the weave in, please excuse the picture quality they are mostly selfies. The hair can be defined or brushed out when fully dry to the touch to get the full Afro effect, I tried chiney bumps a couple of times but they didn’t dry on time so they were fluffy which is my fault but the twist outs turned out really nicely. Although I don’t have any photos (sorry) I flat ironed the hair 3 times not to wear as a style because I didn’t want to use heat on my leave out, but just to test if the hair would revert every time- which it did.

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(Twist Out) Selfie with gorgeous Dionne of Qemamu Mosaics.

During the last two weeks of wearing the hair, I intentionally treated it very  badly, I didn’t twist it up at night,  wear a bonnet, moisturise it or detangle it before going to sleep, I wore a folded satin scarf around my head to protect my left-out hair. In the mornings the hair was a  mess but I was able to spritz it and detangle it before going out and it still looked presentable.

On the last 2 days I literally did nothing to  the hair and wore a hat when I went out during the day. When I tried to remove the tracks I could not detangle it at all so I carefully cut through all the stitches and took the hair off like a wig, the weave was in a state one huge dread lock I could not separate it at all.

I dumped it all in a big plastic bowl and squeezed Tresemme Naturals Conditioner all over it before adding warm water and leaving it in the bowl for a day, then I panicked and consulted YouTube for how to detangle used weave – I then panicked some more because the ENTIRE interwebsuperhighway told me that putting water on it would make it tangle up even more! I flew home from work that day and drained the water out but to be honest the water/conditioner mix had done what I thought it would do which was to soften the hair enough for me to separate the tracks. I ended up with 3 separate pieces which was what had been installed, I didn’t have to cut through my wefts at all, I then coated each weft in cheapie conditioner from Savers and painstakingly combed and brushed through ALL of the hair under my shower jet- the entire process took about 3 hours but I didn’t lose much hair doing it like this, you could do it much more quickly I’m sure- but you would lose hair by ripping through it with your tools.

I spread the wefts out in my bathroom and let them air dry loose, when they were dry, I out them on skirt hangers and put them in my wardrobe to stay detangled until my next install.

3 weeks later  I decided I wanted to colour the hair a bright vibrant colour…

I knew that since the weave is a natural 1b colour I would need to bleach the hair first in order to get the colour to show up as brightly as I wanted it to.

I had consulted the mighty YT and watched several videos on bleaching and colouring hair before my holiday so I had already bought the extra items I needed from Ebay.

This is what I bought:

Dcash Hair Dye Platinum Blonde  White Toner + Bleach (40%)

Adore Purple Rage Colour.

I also used items I already had around the house:

Latex Gloves

Tresemme Naturals Conditioner

Plastic Recycling Bags

Raggedy Old Clothes

Plastic Bowl and Spoon

The technique I used mainly came from the video below,  I did not want to damage my own hair by bleaching it in order to match the weave -so I decided to do an “ombre” effect and not colour the entire length of the strands.

 

But as you will see I didn’t feel the need to get my hair as light as this young lady did, I also only bleached my hair extension twice for a total of 2.5 hours.

The process 1

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After I washed the bleach out, the bleached portion of the hair felt quite straw-like and “trashy” like chewed up sugar cane but I resisted the temptation to deep condition it straight away  because I knew that the colour would “take” better on unconditioned hair. I towel dried, then lay the hair on large plastic bags before mixing some of the Adore Purple Rage hair colour with a squeeze of conditioner to lighten the shade a bit. I tried an ombre effect by using undiluted hair colour on the middle third of the hair and used the diluted colour on the very ends of the hair. I left the colour on the hair over night  and rinsed it out in the morning until the water ran clear. My last step was to saturate the coloured tracks in conditioner put them in a sandwich bag and zap the soggy hair in the microwave for 2 mins, I then wrapped the bundle in a towel and left it for an hour to deep condition, after this the hair felt really soft and back to normal.

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That was 2 weeks ago now and Iv’e been wearing the coloured hair since then, the coloured section has tangled up more than before but I just make sure I moisturise it well twice a day and that has cut down on the tangles.

I’ve also used heat on the coloured hair, by doing wand curls and I’m pleased to report that the hair curled well, and reverted again back to it’s original texture.

I can say that this hair is very good value for money and has been able to handle everything I’ve thrown at it so far, I think the main thing is to make sure the hair is hydrated and if you get serious tangles conditioner and patience are your best friends!

It was a long process but I’m glad I did it, what do you think of my “new” purple hair?

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I bought all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money – including the hair.

Thanks for reading

Luv

Sian

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