"To Bloom, Flow & Flourish…"
I e-met Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, a few years ago after doing an interview on her blog, and I distinctly remember her excitement regarding her project in creating hand crafted, organic and natural products with UK based and locally sourced ingredients. I was just as excited as she is, as it seems there aren't as many hair options over here in the UK as they are in the US, particularly in regards to more natural and hand made products. A few years, a lot of hard work and some incredible branding later, The Afro Hair & Skin Co. was born.
With Hazelnut Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil and Frankincense, this lovely smelling facial oil has been working wonderfully with my skin the past couple of weeks. My skin is dry, dry as the sahara desert even, and I generally cleanse, moisturise and seal in the moisture with some kind of oil, usually coconut or olive oil, but by the end of the day my skin still feels quite dry, but i've got to say Flow has managed to leave my skin feeling nourished and dewy until the end of the day which is rare! No scaly skin under my makeup. I will say that you only need a very little bit of product as it's quite rich and goes a long way, one or two pumps at most leaves you with supple skin.
Shea Butter? How about Walnut Butter! This lemongrass scented hair butter is absolutely perfect for sealing in the moisture into freshly washed hair. I've been using this for my nightly braid outs, especially on my dry colour treated ends and this leaves my hair feeling soft, supple and pliable. Again, this product is very rich so a little goes a long way, i made the mistake of slather it on a little too vigorously at first and it weighed my hair down a little, but i've figured out that the best way for me to use this as a type 4 is on damp hair.
Camelina Oil and Organic Thistle Oil form the basis of this hair oil that provides a lush shine, improves elasticity and leaves hair smooth. I use this as a finishing product on my daily bun's, braid outs and twist outs, and it leaves my usually dull hair shiny without being weighed down as it's super lightweight.
What are your favourite UK based hair and beauty companies?