Showing posts with label Black Beauty & Hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black Beauty & Hair. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Black Beauty & Hair | Dec 2015 / Jan 2016


Another year is almost over (scarily) and with it brings the Dec/Jan issue of Black Beauty & Hair.


The holiday season has given me some time to actually sit down with a magazine as opposed to a quick flick through on my commute. As usual there's lots of styling tips, new beauty buys and how to get ready to party this season. I've especially enjoyed reading how YouTube beauties, , , and spend their days during the festive season and How to be a Bobstar in which Lathaniel Chambers shows how a weave can be cut into a gorgeous natural-looking bob.


This is issue is pretty special for me too as I'm in it both as a writer and as a blogger. My article this is issue is Hair Mask 101 which talks through why you need a hair mask, what to use and how. Deep conditioners are my favourite type of product so naturally I can't help strongly suggesting others rely on these too.


Also inside is 'Bloggers Makeover' with KeraCare involving Megisa (), Diane () Fatou () and me. We were styled by award-winning hairstylist Michelle Thompson at the  back in August for a 70s themed photoshoot. I've already posted what happened the behind-the-scenes over the course of the photoshoot and in the magazine you can read what the other bloggers had to say and a word from Michelle Thompson.

Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Black Beauty & Hair | Oct/Nov 2015


Is it really Autumn already? This year feels like it's gone so fast, but with another month almost over it brings another issue of Black Beauty & Hair which is out now.


Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover? The image is from UK Hair company Khairmax featured inside the mag. The company's founder Sade Akinosho is all about inspiring women to 'do more' when styling wigs and encourages her clients to try different hairstyles and colours whilst still making them look natural. This grey curly unit is just one stunning look of six shown inside. Reading the feature has definitely made me think more about being more daring when wearing wigs and extensions.

Also this issue is the Africa Fashion Week Manchester 2015 (AFWL) report, beautiful makeup looks for this season and hundreds of hairstyle ideas. My article 'HD Curls' talks through tips on getting and keeping curl definition, as well as a few products to help. Below is a small sneak peek of my article.


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Behind the Scenes | KeraCare Blogger Photoshoot



If you follow me on you've probably seen the majority of my snaps from the past weekend, but for those of you who don't know, I was invited to a weekend of pampering by in Birmingham along with other bloggers Megisa (), Diane () and Fatou (). The weekend included a makeover and 70s themed photoshoot to be featured in Black Beauty & Hair magazine where we were styled by award-winning hairstylist Michelle Thompson at the .


Day 1 - Prep 


I arrived at Francesco Group Salon around 11am and straight away Michelle got to work, asking what I use on my hair already and how I care for it generally. We'd been asked to send in photos of our hair before the shoot and I explained that my hair is a big mix of textures from relaxing and texlaxing. Michelle decided that she wanted my hair to be in wavy styles for the shoot and showed me her mood board depicting some classic wavy styles from the 70s. 

My hair was quite tangled and dry when I arrived so KeraCare Conditioning Mist (which melts away even the the difficult knots) was sprayed throughout my hair to detangle. My usual Shampoo from the Dry & Itchy range (reviewed ) was then applied neatly with a tint brush in small sections on my scalp. I sat for 5-10 minutes with the shampoo applied and then my hair was washed, deep conditioned and blowdried. A few drops of silken seal was smoothed on my strands before blowdrying to protect my hair from the heat. My hair was then straightened in very small sections and trimmed to even my ends. I now have blunt bra strap length hair and I've never been happier with the look of my ends! Finally my hair was delicately wrapped into a neat bun at the nape to complete the prep.


Later that evening we were all treated to a relaxing pampering session at the hotel we were staying - the . I have to admit other than the odd face mask and mani/pedi I don't really indulge in pampering. It was definitely an experience, a surprisingly enjoyable one, to have a full body scrub, back massage and facial. All of us were feeling so relaxed and ready for sleep by the time our sessions had ended. Last on the day's agenda was a spot of dinner before finally retiring to a ridiculously comfortable bed. It definitely made it harder to get up the following morning!

Day 2 - The Photoshoot 

With an early start we all arrived at the salon just before 8. My hair was blown out and straightened again as it had started to revert a little - my hair never wants to stay straight which is why I rarely bother with heat. My hair was then curled with tongs in between sprays of KeraCare Styling Spritz before rolling into pin curls to set.

My makeup was then applied for the first look - a natural fresh face with pink lips and subtle eyeshadow to compliment a casual peach-toned playsuit. My hair was then carefully combed out and moulded into waves with a centre parting. I studied Michelle in awe of how she twisted the comb in certain directions to get my hair to fall exactly how she wanted.


For the second look I was dressed in a lilac jumpsuit with gold floral detailing on the straps and across the waist. Dressed in evening attire, my hair was swept to one side and held with (15) criss-crossed bobby pins to keep it in place - it actually held the same shape until the end of the night! My makeup was ramped up slightly with a little MAC heroine applied to my lips and purple shadow swept across my eyelids.


After the shoot we popped to George Kosit's salon opening and found a bite to eat later in Birmingham town centre rounding off a really lovely weekend. Michelle's team worked tirelessly to ensure not one hair (literally) was out of place and MUA Jess gave me some awesome tips on how to cover really bad scarring on my leg from insect bites last year. Lets just say colour correcting is key and MAC's face and body foundation is now on my wishlist. I'd like to thank everyone involved, it was organised perfectly with such a great group of people who I hope to see again in the future. The photos from the shoot should be featured in Black Beauty & Hair magazine soon. 

What did you get up to at the weekend?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Black Beauty & Hair | April/May 2015


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The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now. I've not chilled out and flicked through a magazine in a couple of months so it's been great to have a good read today. It's wedding season, so this issue of Black Beauty & Hair features lots of hair and makeup advice to get brides-to-be ready for the big day. There's also a really interesting article on waist training. As someone who's body is more 'straight up and down' than curvy, I'm so intrigued to know whether waist training could actually work for me. Keisha Meikle explores the pros and cons in her article.


Also inside this issue is my article on how to add volume to fine hair. For a good number of years I couldn't work out why my hair looked so flat and lifeless until eventually I realised that a lot of my strands were naturally 'fine' and some had thinned out from chemical use. Fine or thinning hair needs completely different care so I've outlined the best way to treat fine strands and how to achieve a thicker-looking mane.

Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Black Beauty & Hair Feb/March 2015



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is in shops now and is filled to the brim with hair and makeup ideas and with V-Day (Valentines) around the corner I'm looking to switch up my style next weekend. There's also a massive guide on wigs which have become more popular in the last few years. I'm starting to really come around to the idea of wearing a wig regularly in order to give my hair a break, but finding the right one has definitely held me back. There's so many options between synthetic, human hair, lace-fronts and u-parts, BBH breaks down the jargon and has rounded up the best-selling wigs to make choosing the right one for you a little easier.

My article this issue is on how to transition long-term. I'm currently transitioning (to texlaxed hair) and the one thing I've noticed with a lot of the available tips is that they all focus on transitioning to natural hair. This article is for anyone that wants to transition to a range of textures, whether you're looking to grow out colour or heat damage or if you're transitioning to texlaxed or natural.

As always, there's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got a copy?


Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Dec/Jan 2015



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now, fulfilling all your needs for festive makeup looks and hairstyle ideas, a handy gift guide and fashion news. Our hair can take a battering during this cold season and also inside this issue is my article on protecting your hairline from the elements. There's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Aug/Sept 2014



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair actually came out a little while ago but where I took a small step back from blogging recently I didn't get around to posting about it until now. The issue came out in the height of summer and as a result this issue is jam packed with tips on keeping your holiday hair in shape, how to battle cellulite and as ever hundreds of hairstyles to try. This issue also focuses on natural hair so whether you're thinking about transitioning or just need a few tips on how to care for your 'fro check it out.

My article this issue was on keeping your hair happy during the summer - and if you're lucky enough to still have some sun where you are there's loads of tips on how to keep a cool head. There's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got your copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Black Beauty & Hair June/July 2014



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now. Inside is an eclectic mix of the latest hair, fashion and beauty trends and various articles focusing on relaxed hair. With the wave of my favourite relaxed hair gurus announcing their transition to natural hair recently (, , , ,  & come to mind) I've been thinking more about why I relax my hair. I support anyone trying to make that transition and I constantly have dilemmas about transitioning, but so far I always end up deciding to continue relaxing.

I'm not alone it seems and even with a decline in relaxer sales, so many women still relax their hair. Editor Irene Shelley looks at the reasons some women relax their hair and I briefly discuss why I relax my hair in the article. Also inside, are my articles on how to combat breakage in relaxed hair (FYI that's my most asked question) and how to reach your hair goals regardless of hair texture, length or the goal you have in mind.


There's also an article on the Vixen Sew-In with Radiant Hair Salon and if weaves were my thing I'd be rushing out to get this as it gives you so much more freedom in how you wear your hair. I saw a video on the Vixen Sew-In a few weeks back and my jaw dropped at how natural it looks. There's also some beautiful natural hairstyles which I'm going to try soon as I think they'll really work with my textured roots. So if you're interested, go grab a copy.

Have you got a copy?


Christine Stewart x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Black Beauty & Hair April/May 2014



The latest of issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now.

This issue is the Bridal supplement so there's lots of info on getting your hair and makeup perfect for the big day. Also inside is an interview with TV presenter AJ Odudu and stunningly beautiful Lupita Nyongo, an article on how to get great skin and my article 'No Heat Challenge'.

I honestly believe that drastically reducing the amount I rely on using heat on my hair helped a lot with retaining length and having the longest hair I've ever had. No Heat Challenge is all about staving off heat and outlines alternatives to those blowfryers, hot wands and straighteners. There's a sneak peak of my article below.


Have you got your copy?

Christine Stewart x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Black Beauty & Hair | Feb/March 2014


The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair has hit the news stands. With Valentines just around the corner (eek already?) BBH brings you the latest beauty products and fashion picks to keep you looking on point. Also in this issue is makeup artist Joy Adenuga's tips for contouring and highlighting, the winning collections from the Black Beauty/Sensationnel Hair Awards and ways to zap cystic acne.

My article this issue is on porosity. I had a lot of fun writing this one as porosity seems to be something that not a lot of people know about or it gets forgotten about as the importance of knowing your hair texture or typing is emphasised more. Porosity to me is a major indicator on how to care for your hair as it can affect how your hair reacts to products and chemical treatments. Want to know what it's all about? It's on page 114 of the issue and there's a sneak peek below


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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