Natural Hair in Cape Town – A rapidly growing movement

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

I’ve just returned from a very inspiring trip to Cape Town, my hometown,  where I not only holidayed for 10 days, but where I also co-hosted the type of event I have thus far only dreamed of being involved in. I am a natural you see. What does that mean? Well, it means I wear my hair the way it grows from my scalp – curly. Sometimes it decides to act kinky and other times it decides to act coily. However it wants to be a certain day, that’s just how I wear it.

There are others akin me. Up until a few years ago I honestly didn’t think there were. But just like me, there have been a number of women and men who have been growing weary of the constant societal pressures of manipulating their hair to look a certain way, or to fit in somewhere. In other words, the pressure to straighten, relax, perm, blow dry, flat iron or any other method of unnaturally achieving straight hair have become highly questionable to them too.

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

Little did I know that they were getting just as fed up as I had been for a long time, especially in Cape Town. So when the time came for me to join forces with Kasuba and Chantal from Rockin Naturals and with Mandy from The Mandy Expedition two years ago to form an online group to empower individuals with information that was going to help them along on  a path to self acceptance through healthier hair practices, I jumped at the opportunity.

Our Facebook group is called Cape Town Naturally, which inevitably led to our first ever meet-up over drinks, suitably dubbed Curls & Cocktails. Mandy’s post over here and Rockin Naturals’ post over here will give you all the event details and photos.  Of course we’d been aware of the growing interest in natural hair care in Cape Town, but I suppose the huge turnout did, in fact, take us by surprise. And what a testament that turnout was to the growing movement as women are hungry for information and resources. Of course I was conscious of this, which is in part why I started this blog. But perhaps none of us realised what impact this group would have in terms of empowering natural hair expression.

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

Honestly, sometimes I’m just amazed at how far our group has come. I mean, we’ve just hit over 400 members! Would it even have been possible a few short years ago? I just hope that the reach of the group continues to grow as the support and knowledge sharing remain absolutely amazing.

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

eleanor j'adore - natural hair in cape town - a rapidly growing movement

I did this shoot with Roger Williams right before the event as I was totally feeling my look and wanted to celebrate my birthday, which happened to be on the same day, with some awesome pictures. Even though I’ve been wearing my hair this way for a number of years, I honestly don’t know if I would have had the confidence to do a shoot like this back when I first started my healthy hair journey. So for me this shoot is further evidence of how far I’ve come personally.

But back to Cape Town Naturally: My dream is that the group carries on growing and that it inspires more and more women to return to their natural state, until wearing their hair naturally is the natural choice.

As always, love your curls

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Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv – Final Update

Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv - Final Update

It’s been a month since I started subjecting my skin to a new moisturising routine with Vichy LiftActiv in collaboration with Beauty Bulletin. And oh my word, my skin is now definitely thanking me for it!

Let’s recap quickly. I was sent the following products to try out: LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme, LiftActiv Supreme Day, LiftActiv Night Supreme and the LiftActiv Advanced Filler. Areas on my face that I wanted to address were dark circles around the eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and possible dehydration.

My routine comprises washing and toning my face, after which I proceed to apply one drop of the Serum 10 Supreme and lightly massage it into my skin. I follow this by applying a little of the Advanced Filler, concentrating it around my eyes. Lastly I apply the Supreme Day cream and massage it into my skin. At night I follow the same routine except that I finish it off with the Night Supreme Creme.

How has my skin fared?

Here are the results:

Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv - Final Update

Before / Immediate use results

Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv - Final Update

2 week results

Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv - Final Update Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv - Final Update

1 month final update

With regards to addressing dehydration, I’m giving this new routine a 10/10. I don’t think my skin has ever felt this moisturised using any other products. My skin stays hydrated throughout the day as well as when I wake up in the morning and it never feels tight. In addition my skin is definitely brighter, which fights any signs of fatigue. I don’t have any fine lines around my eyes yet, but I’ll continue to use the the products, especially the filler and I’ll keep an eye (pun intended) on that sensitive area. My skin also feels much firmer.

Generally, I love the fact that friends and family have commented on my rather youthful glow of late.

Okay, I know I’m wearing makeup in the final update pictures, but I wanted to end of this series of posts looking absolutely fabulous and I do think the results are entirely visible, even through the makeup.

Unfortunately the new regime has not done anything to improve the dark circles under my eyes, so I suppose I’ll have to come up with another solution to address this concern as it’s quite a big one.

I’m going to end off by saying that I really hoped you enjoyed coming along on this journey with me as much as I have.

The products are available at all Vichy counters in selected Dis-chem, Clicks, Red Square, Edgars, Woolworths, Foschini stores and selected pharmacies at the following price points:

  • Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme – R560
  • Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Day – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Filler – R490

You can have a look at what other bloggers have to say about the products on social media by searching for #MySerum10.

Love your skin,

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