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In this very business oriented guest post, Kateata – who is an accountant at hairandbeautyaccounting.com – tell us everything we should know about choosing the right company structure for your next venture. 

It’s always a pleasure to collab with like-minded businesses! I met Simone at a Fashion & Beauty networking event; we discussed everything from black hair, growing up black to Vitamin D deficiency awareness. We both agreed it would be a great idea for me to collab by providing a financial blog for hair & beauty business owners, like yourself. So here is the thing, not everyone plans for their part-time hustle to flourish into their full-time job. But, when this happens, it’s best to know what is going to work for you and what your options are. Would you prefer to grow your hair & beauty business as a Sole Trader (self-employed) or Limited Company? Keep reading for my top 5 Sole Trader vs Limited Company comparisons on running a business.

Your year-end obligations

Sole Trader: You’ll be required to submit a Self-Assessment tax return every year and pay income tax on your profits as well as national insurance.

Vs

Limited company: A bit more complicated, you will be required to submit Annual Company Accounts and a Corporation Tax return.

Paying yourself

Sole Trader: You wouldn’t be able to pay yourself a wage, however, you can withdraw money from your business but, be responsible and reasonable.

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Limited company: You can pay yourself dividends as a shareholder and/or you can hire yourself as an employee! You will have to pay yourself the national minimum wage.

Bank accounts

Sole Trader: As a self-employed hairstylist you do not need to open a separate business account unless you wish to do so!

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Limited company: Difference here is, you must open a business bank account, separate to your own personal accounts.

Withdrawing money here and there (for personal use)

Sole Trader: If your hair & beauty business is your main source of income, it’s okay to withdraw money for personal use, it will be recorded the same way as tip #2, “paying yourself”.

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Limited company: If only it was just as easy! You can’t withdraw money from your LTD business as you would as a Sole Trader. There are different options for this as money going in and out of your business bank account must be accounted for.

Hiring assistance

Sole Trader & Limited Companies: You must be registered as an employer if you wish to hire staff to assist you. You could also hire independent contractors which your accountant will put through as a business expense, (Finally, something in common!).

Summing-up, there are many differences between operating as Sole Trader vs Limited Company. This is because Limited Companies are seen as its own legal identity, however, Sole Traders are seen as the same as the business. So, choose what is best for you, you can always change it later!

For more information on this blog contact info@hairandbeautyaccounting.com and mention ‘Afrocks’ for a FREE 30-minute call. Also, connect with us via Instagram: @hairandbeautyaccounting. We post tips there too!

Keteata Reid
Accountant at Hair & Beauty Accounting Ltd

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The natural hair movement in the UK has come a long way, especially in regards to afro hair products. Way back before the movement, we could only find few afro hair products on the scene, and if any were found, they were at best, filled with toxic ingredients. With limited choices available, black women went ahead with these products at the detriment of their hair health. However, since then, we have seen a rapid growth of organic and ethical afro hair products for different needs, hair types and uses. Whether you are a newbie natural or a seasoned one, we have compiled a list of some of the best natural afro hair products on the market you should add to your stash. Before or after booking your afro hairdresser with Afrocks, you can give these a go!

Monoi healing serum, £30, Mahogany Naturals

Got frizzy hair and damaged ends? Sealing your hair with this healing oil from Mahogany naturals is bound to make your tresses feel more alive. Plus, baobab and rosehip are big sources of micronutrients that help rejuvenate the hair.

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo Bar, £11.95, Afro Hair & Skin Co.

It’s less waste and more benefits with Nurture’s shampoo bar. It’s 100% organic, containing no toxic ingredients. It cleanses and moisturizes your rather than strip it of its natural oils as conventional shampoos do.

Marula Oil Leave-in Conditioner, £30, Equibotanics

This is another jack-of-all-trades. If you are a strict follower of the LOC or LCO method in moisturizing your hair, Marula oil leave-in triples as all three components in one pack. It also helps in repairing dry, damaged ends, and works as a styling cream.

Virgin blueberry seed oil, £7.15, Anita Grant

Blueberry contains anti-oxidants that rejuvenate the hair and skin. The seed oil is no different as it helps repair damaged hair and restores shine. It’s suitable for hair, skin, and nails.

Honey Rain Juice Detangling conditioner, £11.95, Root2Tip

Do your curls house a million fairy knots that always leave your tresses in a tangled mess? Then you definitely need a detangling leave-in-conditioner to keep your curls from knotting. It can also be used to refresh your day 2 twist outs.

Smoothing Oil-in-Crème with Macadamia Oil, £15.99, Yako Beauty

This is another multipurpose natural hair moisturizer you should consider adding to your counter or cabinet of afro hair products. From defining your twist outs to taming frizz and even protecting your mane from UV rays, this oil-infused cream does it all. And it’s made with no parabens, sulphates, phthalates, silicones, paraffin, mineral oil and other toxic ingredients. Totally safe.

Restorative Hair Moisturiser With Aloe Vera & Tucuma Butter, £10.99, Folacare

This nutrient-rich butter works as a leave-in conditioner and a detangler. The major ingredients, Tucuma and Aloe vera, have restorative and healing properties that are great for natural hair. This butter also works on all hair types and contains no toxic ingredients.

Afrocenchix Swish – Shampoo Moisturising & Sulphate-Free, £13, Afrocenchix

Every naturalista needs a shampoo that also moisturises their hair. We no longer have to struggle with dry, tangled hair after using a shampoo. A no-sulphate shampoo like Afrocenchix Swish’s is one of those that leave your hair super soft and shiny after being cleansed.

Flower Garden Hair Styling Butter, £26, Flora & Curl 

The sweet-smelling butter every naturalista should have. Let’s face it, we need our hair to smell good at all times. And this comes in a complete package because not only does it smell good, it’s also packed with beneficial ingredients that help improve both your hair and scalp health.

Loc-It-In Daily Moisture Spray, £5, Bourn Beautiful Naturals

It’s no longer news that the trick to mastering protective styles (and in turn grow your hair), is to not neglect it while you have your protective styles on. With a moisturizing spray like Bourn Beautiful’s, it becomes efficient to keep your protective styles in check.

Hair butter, £6, Eyoko

Buying multipurpose natural hair products will save you a lot of coins and time. Eyoko’s all-natural hair butter is one of such products. It works as a scalp nourisher, hair moisturizer, the ‘Cream’ in the L.O.C method and hot oil treatments.

Edge control, £11.99, Ms Hair 

If you are the kind of naturalista who likes her edges slick and ‘laid,’ edge controls like Ms hair’s will always come in handy.  It has a strong hold which keeps your edges slick and non-frizzy all day.

Manketti oil Shampoo, £24, Charlotte Mensah

The stars of this Manketti oil shampoo are the  Manketti Nut and Ximenia oils which condition and nourish natural hair. If your hair has been damaged by wear and tear, you’d need a rejuvenating shampoo like this.

Although this list isn’t exhaustive, these are some of the amazing afro hair products in the UK right now. Let us know if you have tried any of these or plan to give any a try.

Did you like this blog post? We have more for you! Check out our piece on how black women find their afro hairdressers

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We are absolutely delighted to bring this new ‘Afrocks Amazing Clients’ series to you! The concept behind it is very simple: we decided to open our blog to Afrocks’ clients and subscribers who wanted to share their stories and thus give them some exposure. Afrocks is more than just hair: it’s about community and empowerment.
If you are an amazing client with a small business, a community initiative etc. get in touch with us at hello@afrocks.com or register your interest on the following link https://goo.gl/forms/L5HwTJMFWZ6MwMAi2

Can you introduce yourself?
Hi. I’m Khisha, Architect and designer. I currently run my own practice and tutor 1st year students at Oxford Brookes University.

How did you get into design and architecture?
I studied art for my A levels in Barbados and my art teacher and Daddy encouraged me to do architecture as I wanted to do an applied art. I also liked the idea of living in a tree. Designing a treehouse.

(About Gentrification) “As designers we are always working to make things better, that is what we try to do. Improve environments, make them work better for the people living there. However there is more at play than just us as designers and a lot is driven by money and developers.”

What is the most exciting aspect of your craft?
I think the most exciting thing about the craft is seeing it actually come to fruition after all of your hard work.
It can take a long time for projects to get from paper to being built but it is very nice when they are built as you designed it and that the client is really happy, and it has helped them to change their situation. It can be really nice working with the team and the client and seeing their excitement.

You’ve lived in London for quite a while, what do you think of the gentrification of “black neighbourhoods”?
That’s a tough one as an architect…the gentrification of black neighbourhoods. As designers we are always working to make things better, that is what we try to do. Improve environments, make them work better for the people living there. However, there is more at play than just us as designers and a lot is driven by money and developers. I think it is good that spaces are improved and made better. But on the other hand, it is also sad when people are pushed out of their areas due to higher costs. Regarding the feel of spaces and community, it could be up to us as citizens of a space to make it our own, to take care of them and to be involved in the process. As designers and developers, we have to make sure that people are involved in this process as well. And listened to.

“My advice for first time buyers would be save save save as much as you can! Stop buying your prey coffee and bottled water. Carry your lunch to work. Small things I know but every little bit helps. And really what I mean is learn to have a culture of saving.”

So those who buy are part of the problem, right?
I live in an area that has been gentrified and so am also part of the problem as I love the area because it is diverse and has all of the foods I need from home.
But by buying there am I part of the problem?…(sigh) Perhaps, as I am from outside. Thing is, the more people move in the more desirable the area becomes. Of course the more expensive it gets… It’s a tough one to be honest…

Would you therefore have any advice for first-time black homebuyers?
My advice for first-time buyers would be: save save save as much as you can! Stop buying your prey coffee and bottled water. Carry your lunch to work. Small things I know but every little bit helps. And really what I mean is learn to have a culture of saving.

What else should we be looking at when we want to buy?
You have to look at as many properties as possible so you understand what is out there, what really are your priorities and what you can afford. And also, look at the potential of a space rather than what it looks like now. Consider how you can creatively change and adapt a space to suit you. Don’t feel like you have to furnish it straight away. There will be bills as soon as you move in weirdly. So many things you have to budget for. Do you need a bed straight away? A sofa, dinner table? I don’t think so. Live in the space a bit, get to know it and furnish it slowly over time. Also, don’t just take all the furniture and stuff that people give you. Because you will have it forever! I slept on the floor in my sleeping bag for a while until I got the bed I really wanted. It was cosy. My old boss gave me a sofa which was great. It took 8 years until I bought the sofa I really wanted!!

Can you give us some feedback about your Afrocks experience?
I booked prior to a business trip in Berlin and my stylist was really amazing! She was fast and I was very happy with the result. I loved the concept of Afrocks and recommended it straight away to friends. I like the idea that someone comes straight to you and you don’t have to spend hours in a salon.

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We are absolutely delighted to bring this new ‘Afrocks Amazing Clients’ serie to you! The concept behind it is very simple: we decided to open our blog to Afrocks’ clients and subscribers who wanted to share their stories, and thus give them some exposure. Afrocks is more than just hair: it’s about community and empowerment.
If you are an amazing client with a small business, a community initiative etc. get in touch with us at hello@afrocks.com or register your interest on the following link https://goo.gl/forms/L5HwTJMFWZ6MwMAi2

Hi Shaka, can you briefly introduce yourself?

Hello! I’m Shaka and I’m a yoga teacher and yoga philosophy teacher. Additionally, I’m a holistic therapist, activist, public speaker and occasionally, I also write and perform songs.

You are a Green Party candidate for Brent – How did you first get involved in politics? Why did you decide to join the Greens?

I’ve been politically minded for a long time but never really imagined I would get involved in front-line politics. However, I joined the Green Party when I realised that my passion for both the environment and social justice is essentially within the DNA of the Green Party. It’s the only party I have ever felt I could be proud to represent and promote the ideals of.

When did you decide to run for parliament?

When there was a snap election in 2017 I offered to help out and hand out leaflets etc and then ended up standing for parliament! It’s been a little bit of a baptism of fire and I’m learning as go along. Really, my motivation is to facilitate change rather than having a career in politics. I work at the personal level (in holism and with my teaching) and at a social level through my involvement in politics. My wish would be for these two seemingly separate domains to become ever closer and aligned.

You were born and raised in London, a central hub for finance and capitalism. How can we tackle inequality in such a place?

To tackle inequality, we have to directly tackle the root causes of inequality – greed, capitalism, lack of democracy and wealth distribution. Tackling greed means to attack the acceptability and respectability of billionaires and the accumulation and siphoning away of wealth to that degree. The idea that this can ever be ‘self-made’ is laughable when it is predominantly accumulated and maintained through exploitation of labour, generational wealth, debt markets, private property laws and extraction of finite material resources that belong to all of us. Attacking the respectability of greed means to challenge the idea of separation itself. If we are all interconnected and interdependent, which we are, then this is wealth that is wrongly being diverted away from the collective and away from the ability of the collective to shape positive, social change for the good of all.

“Capitalism itself is the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. No doubt, it has been a vehicle for many great and wonderful things but also a source of untold misery for an underclass that it is built upon.”

Do you have any specific applicable policies that could be enforced?

There are many wealth distribution policies that I support – end of austerity, UBI (Universal Basic Income), fair taxation, land value tax, more public and cooperative spaces/businesses/housing and a release of funding for localities to decide how to spend for the good of their communities. 

What is your take on capitalism?

Capitalism itself is the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. No doubt, it has been a vehicle for many great and wonderful things but also a source of untold misery for an underclass that it is built upon. It is on a direct collision course with the environment and the sooner we wake up to that the sooner we can usher in alternatives.

How can we the politics earn back our trust in this country?

Democracy in this country is an illusion. I fully advocate for PR (proportional representation) and a complete overhaul of Westminster-based, archaic concepts of political rule. We need to rethink the whole thing, develop a new constitution and build a political system fit for the future.

“We cannot buy our way ‘ethically’ out of this. Individual (consumer) choices will not change anything significantly, although I recommend you do what you can as it helps. We need a complete rethink and overhaul of our current social, political and economic system to evolve.”

Climate change is the biggest issue we will have to face. How do you bring this up without it being depressive? And what can we do about it?

All the stories of doom and gloom are not great motivators and sometimes, even I’m frustrated with how environmentalists publically address this issue. We are facing one of the biggest challenges of our time and what we need is a collective, post-war effort. We need to be kinder, more in-tune with nature, use less, buy less, recycle more, stop using toxic chemicals in the environment, change diet, have new transport systems, be carbon neutral, be more compassionate and stop using GDP as a means for judging collective wellbeing.

What is preventing us from actually doing something then?

The things that are standing in our way are our corrupt politics, oil companies and the satellites of industry built around them. The wealthiest and most powerful cling to power and yesterday’s way of doing things for dear life promoting the idea that if you buy Ecover, use organic products and recycle a bit you can avert this looming disaster. We cannot buy our way ‘ethically’ out of this. Individual (consumer) choices will not change anything significantly, although I recommend you do what you can as it helps. We need a complete rethink and overhaul of our current social, political and economic system to evolve. The beauty is that these changes are good for us, they will make us feel better and they will make us happier! I think it’s more useful to promote the ways in which the changes that need to be brought forth will also have a lasting, profound and positive impact on our way of life and relationships, so this is an incentive for the collective to lend their full weight behind political movements and activism that challenge the status quo. It’s not just about an end of era it’s about the beginning of a new one. We have choice. I’m more motivated by the potentiality of what is possible than by nihilist conceptions of apocalyptic doom.

You are also a Yoga practitioner and teacher. How has Yoga helped you on both personal and professional level?

Yoga crept up on me and transformed my life dramatically. I wasn’t consciously looking for that but it gave me something I needed before I even knew it existed. I was a committed practitioner for around ten years before I decided to train as a teacher. As a passion of mine, it has been a dream come true to be able to share yoga and teach it to others. Yoga begins for most, as a practice of postures and meditation, but then becomes a way of living and a way of being. The tools of yoga are used to allow the mind and body to experience an expansion in the concept of the Self and an expansion in the realisation of what is possible, which expands the idea of reality itself. Personally, it has brought me peace, taught me that softness and strength can coexist and it has been a mirror that shows me where I need to improve. For my students maybe it has just helped them sleep better, have less back pain, have a better body, feel more relaxed, maybe some haven’t had a radical shift and that’s okay too. Ultimately, yoga is a practice in the art of living – it is a lifetime, possibly lifetimes, of practice and humility.

You booked with Afrocks – tell us a bit more about your experience?

As anyone with locs will attest, I am very fussy about which hand I allow in my hair! Due to a change in circumstances, I was unable to see my usual loctician and needed to find someone new to do my hair. I literally couldn’t find anyone I was happy with until I came across Afrocks. The platform was easy to use and I found a new loctician that came to my house, was reasonably priced and did my hair to a high standard. The convenience of having someone come to my house cannot be over emphasized! My hair takes a hot minute to do so taking out travel time gave me more time in my life. My loctician was experienced, on time and good company. I would recommend and definitely use again.     

How to get in touch with Shaka:
Twitter: @ShakaLish
Instagram: @skiesandflorayoga
Yoga Website: https://www.skiesandflora.com/

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Natural hair movement in the UK can be traced back to the 1970’s when natural hair movement
was at its peak, fuelled by the rise of Black power and the civil rights movement in the US. Having a fro back then was not solely based on creating a fashion statement or signature look, it was rather about making a political statement to express and showcase your black identity with utmost pride and confidence.
After few years of going into solitude, the natural hair movement is now on the rise again. New
natural hair care salons have emerged which brings us to the main reason why we put together
this write-up. For all our natural hair Queens and lovers who seek out experts in the natural hair
industry for professional hair styling and treatments, we have compiled the 23  best natural hair
salons in the UK and London that offer top notch services as regards afro and natural hair care services.

Devine Hair Studio, Birmingham

DeVine Hair Studio is an established top rated professional salon which opened its doors March 2013. They specialise in all hair textures European, Asian and excessively curly coily Natural Afro hair. They have a rather nice braiding gallery.
Address: 398 Bearwood Road Smethwick, Birmingham B66 4EX
Website: http://devinestudio.co.uk

Klassic Koncept, Birmingham

Klassic Koncept has received the Midlands Salon of the Year Awards in ​2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and promises a wonderful experience to their clients. Get in there to get your afro hair superbly styled.
Address: 9 Lower Severn Street, Birmingham B1 1PU
Website: https://www.blackhairbirmingham.com

Ama Styles, Birmingham

Ama Styles specialise in locs and natural hair care, maintenance and styling. They have skilled experienced professional loctitians and natural hair stylists who pride themselves in offering a first class service in a warm and friendly environment.
Address: 14 Robertsons Gardens, Birmingham, B7 5NL
Website: http://amastyles.co.uk/

Comforts Hair & Beauty, Leeds

Whether you’re looking for braids or locs services,  the hair experts at Comforts have you covered. They have a team of experienced hairstylists, who can offer professional hairdressing and hairstyling services, as per your requirements.
Address: 601 Meanwood Road,  Leeds LS6 4AY
Website: https://www.comfortshairandbeauty.co.uk/

De Genesis, Glasgow

Started life in 2001 DeGenesis has become synonymous with creative and innovative hair, earning itself an unrivaled reputation specializing in Euro, Afro Caribbean and Afro hairdressing, styling and beauty.
Address: 24 St Enoch Square, 1st Floor, Glasgow, W1 ECH G1 4DB
Website: http://www.degenesis.co.uk/

Beauty Splendor, Glasgow

The team at Beauty Splendor are specialised in various methods of hair extensions and Afro Caribbean hair services in Glasgow, with over 15 years of hair braiding experience.
They are located at 22 Oykel Crescent, Glasgow. G33 1FD.
Website: https://www.beautysplendour.com

Estate Salon, Edinburgh 

Visiting Estate salon means getting your hair done by afro hair braiders with 17 years of experience. They also sell hair products, african clothing and costumes.
Address: 267b Leith walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD
Website: https://www.estatesalon.co.uk/

Culture Lounge, Edinburgh

A highly professional salon Located in the central part of Edinburgh; With an extensive knowledge of African & Afro Caribbean hair, the salon boast of a large working space with highly skilled staff. Culture lounge is widely noted for its expertise hair extensions styling techniques.
Address: 40 Great junction Street, Eh6 5LA Edinburgh
Website: http://culturelounge.co.uk

Junior Green, Kensington – London

Junior Green is a natural Hair Salon located in London, United Kingdom. At Junior Green Hair Salon in Kensington, their award winning hair stylists specialize in natural hair and can give you a bespoke hair color that suits your style. They will listen carefully to you before creating an exceptional hair style or color to enhance your natural beauty. They are situated at 55 Kensington Church Street London W8 4BA.
Website: https://www.junior-green.com/

Hype Coiffure, Tulse Hill – London

Hype Coiffure is an award winning natural hair salon based in London, United Kingdom. Hair Coiffure prides itself in being an excellent trailblazer specializing in natural and mixed textured hair since 1995. Hype professional gurus are committed to the artistic process that challenges them to want to create cutting edge and unconventional hairstyles. They are located in 17 Tulse Hill Brixton London SW2 2TH.
Website: http://hypecoiffure.com

Sen Style Hair, Greenwich – London 

Sen Style hair was established in 2009. Offering a wide range of services combined with their constant drive for improvement in their techniques and abilities, they are committed to hair care and also specialise in hair extensions and hair treatment. They offer mizani, redken, kerastraight products and services. As Woolwich is currently being redeveloped in terms of buildings, the owner Nina is offering mobile service & working from her home where she set up a professional space.  She should be back in a salon later this year.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Senstylehairsalon

Honey Hand, Leytonstone – London

Honey hand is the home of innovation that creates and designs hairstyles to be worn and flaunted by women of colour. They explore their creativity and seek to embellish their clients with a fresh new honey hand experience. They are currently situated at 274 High Road Leytonstone London,  E11 3HS.
Website: https://honeyhand.co.uk

Tia’s Hair, Streatham – London

Tia’s hair salon pays homage to the beauty, strength and freedom of living with all types of natural and healthy hair. They have a solid and loyal client base that they are happy to say grows and becomes diverse every week. They work predominantly with natural hair and offer everything including locs, extensions, colour, cornrows, twists, plaits, dyes and treatments. They are located at 72A Streatham Hill, SW2 4RD London.
Website: http://tiashairsalon.com

Devine Rootz, Enfield – London

Devine Rootz is a family owned business that is dedicated to providing all customers with top hair results through their salon, Rootz Hairdressing and through their natural hair blended product line -Devine. It is owned and run by a multi certified hairdresser with great passion and innate skill for hair. They are located at Enfield, Greater London.
Website: https://www.devinerootz.com/

Peckham Palms, Peckham – London

The palms is a new Afrocentric retail space located in the heart of Peckham, providing exceptional hairstyling and beauty services with a high quality drink and food offer and a multiuse event venue.
Address: Unit 1-14 Bournemouth Close, Peckham Rye, London SE15 4PB
Website: https://peckhampalms.com

Afrocks, London

Afrocks is not a hair salon per say but clients can book mobile natural hair care services in London. It is an on-demand platform that helps you find and book the best mobile natural hair dressers and specialists. Opened in 2017, we have a whooping 97% of positive ratings from our clients. So what are you waiting for?
Website: https://afrocks.com

Afrotherapy, Edmonton – London

Afrotherapy is recognized as one of the best specialist hairdressing salons offering professional and expert afro and mixed race or multi textured hair dressing. They are located at 235 Fore Street, Edmonton London N18 2TZ.
Website: https://www.afrotherapysalon.com/

Morris Roots, London

Morris Roots is also an award winning Locs and natural hair salon in London. They have four different salon locations in London. They specialize in hair styling for Twisty, kinky & Rasta hair locs. They are located at Tooting High Street SW17 Fulham High Street SW6 and Highgate N6.
Website: https://www.morrisroots.com/

Ziuzo, Lewisham – London

Zuizo is a natural hair salon located at Lee high road, Lewisham SE13 5PT London, United Kingdom. Victoria Akuagwu is the founder of the Zuizo Hair Salon and has 20 years in the hair care Industry. Over the years, they have endlessly provided their clients with exceptional results.
Website: https://www.ziuzo.com/

Hair Lounge, Notting Hill – London

The hair lounge salon is a multi-award winning salon that is situated on Portobello road. As one of London’s best known salons, Hair lounge is synonymous with quality, style and reliability. They are committed to not only providing with a first class service in natural hair care and maintenance but also strive to deliver an excellent customer service experience. The salon is run by award winning natural hair stylist Charlotte Mensah.
Website: https://charlottemensah.com

Purely Natural, Stratford – London

Purely Natural Contemporary Natural Hair Salon is a multiple award winning salon, with specialists in Afro and Mixed texture natural hair. If you’ve ever dreamt of having beautiful and healthy natural hair, purely natural is the right place to be. Situated at 199, The Grove Stratford London E15 1EN –their team knows exactly how to give you a sensational look to suit your individual personality and lifestyle perfectly.
Website: http://www.purelynaturalhair.com/

Adornment 365, Brixton – London

Adornment365 salon occupies a very special place in the UK natural hair industry. This natural hair and lock salon situated at 81 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN offers styling underscored by a theoretical knowledge of afro hair and an excellent customer service experience. It’s a boutique and it’s fresh.
Website: https://adornment365.com/

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Natural hair movement in the UK can be traced back to the 1970’s when natural hair movement
was at its peak, fuelled by the rise of Black power and the civil rights movement in the US. Having a fro back then was not solely based on creating a fashion statement or signature look, it was rather about making a political statement to express and showcase your black identity with utmost pride and confidence.
After few years of going into solitude, the natural hair movement is now on the rise again. New
natural hair care salons have emerged which brings us to the main reason why we put together
this write-up. For all our natural hair Queens and lovers who seek out experts in the natural hair
industry for professional hair styling and treatments, we have compiled the 22  best natural hair
salons in the UK and London that offer top notch services as regards afro and natural hair care services.

Devine Hair Studio, Birmingham

DeVine Hair Studio is an established top rated professional salon which opened its doors March 2013. They specialise in all hair textures European, Asian and excessively curly coily Natural Afro hair. They have a rather nice braiding gallery.
Address: 398 Bearwood Road Smethwick, Birmingham B66 4EX
Website: http://devinestudio.co.uk

Klassic Koncept, Birmingham

Klassic Koncept has received the Midlands Salon of the Year Awards in ​2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and promises a wonderful experience to their clients. Get in there to get your afro hair superbly styled.
Address: 9 Lower Severn Street, Birmingham B1 1PU
Website: https://www.blackhairbirmingham.com

Ama Styles, Birmingham

Ama Styles specialise in locs and natural hair care, maintenance and styling. They have skilled experienced professional loctitians and natural hair stylists who pride themselves in offering a first class service in a warm and friendly environment.
Address: 14 Robertsons Gardens, Birmingham, B7 5NL
Website: http://amastyles.co.uk/

Comforts Hair & Beauty, Leeds

Whether you’re looking for braids or locs services,  the hair experts at Comforts have you covered. They have a team of experienced hairstylists, who can offer professional hairdressing and hairstyling services, as per your requirements.
Address: 601 Meanwood Road,  Leeds LS6 4AY
Website: https://www.comfortshairandbeauty.co.uk/

De Genesis, Glasgow

Started life in 2001 DeGenesis has become synonymous with creative and innovative hair, earning itself an unrivaled reputation specializing in Euro, Afro Caribbean and Afro hairdressing, styling and beauty.
Address: 24 St Enoch Square, 1st Floor, Glasgow, W1 ECH G1 4DB
Website: http://www.degenesis.co.uk/

Beauty Splendor, Glasgow

The team at Beauty Splendor are specialised in various methods of hair extensions and Afro Caribbean hair services in Glasgow, with over 15 years of hair braiding experience.
They are located at 22 Oykel Crescent, Glasgow. G33 1FD.
Website: https://www.beautysplendour.com

Estate Salon, Edinburgh 

Visiting Estate salon means getting your hair done by afro hair braiders with 17 years of experience. They also sell hair products, african clothing and costumes.
Address: 267b Leith walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD
Website: https://www.estatesalon.co.uk/

Culture Lounge, Edinburgh

A highly professional salon Located in the central part of Edinburgh; With an extensive knowledge of African & Afro Caribbean hair, the salon boast of a large working space with highly skilled staff. Culture lounge is widely noted for its expertise hair extensions styling techniques.
Address: 40 Great junction Street, Eh6 5LA Edinburgh
Website: http://culturelounge.co.uk

Junior Green, Kensington – London

Junior Green is a natural Hair Salon located in London, United Kingdom. At Junior Green Hair Salon in Kensington, their award winning hair stylists specialize in natural hair and can give you a bespoke hair color that suits your style. They will listen carefully to you before creating an exceptional hair style or color to enhance your natural beauty. They are situated at 55 Kensington Church Street London W8 4BA.
Website: https://www.junior-green.com/

Hype Coiffure, Tulse Hill – London

Hype Coiffure is an award winning natural hair salon based in London, United Kingdom. Hair Coiffure prides itself in being an excellent trailblazer specializing in natural and mixed textured hair since 1995. Hype professional gurus are committed to the artistic process that challenges them to want to create cutting edge and unconventional hairstyles. They are located in 17 Tulse Hill Brixton London SW2 2TH.
Website: http://hypecoiffure.com

Sen Style Hair, Greenwich – London 

Sen Style hair was established in 2009. Offering a wide range of services combined with their constant drive for improvement in their techniques and abilities, they are committed to hair care and also specialize in hair extensions and hair treatment. They offer mizani, redken, kerastraight products and services. They also aim for 100% customer service satisfaction. In conjunction with other great hair care brands, they offer a service second to none. They are situated at Shooters Hill SE18 3HP London.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Senstylehairsalon

Honey Hand, Leytonstone – London

Honey hand is the home of innovation that creates and designs hairstyles to be worn and flaunted by women of colour. They explore their creativity and seek to embellish their clients with a fresh new honey hand experience. They are currently situated at 274 High Road Leytonstone London,  E11 3HS.
Website: https://honeyhand.co.uk

Tia’s Hair, Streatham – London

Tia’s hair salon pays homage to the beauty, strength and freedom of living with all types of natural and healthy hair. They have a solid and loyal client base that they are happy to say grows and becomes diverse every week. They work predominantly with natural hair and offer everything including locs, extensions, colour, cornrows, twists, plaits, dyes and treatments. They are located at 72A Streatham Hill, SW2 4RD London.
Website: http://tiashairsalon.com

Devine Rootz, Enfield – London

Devine Rootz is a family owned business that is dedicated to providing all customers with top hair results through their salon, Rootz Hairdressing and through their natural hair blended product line -Devine. It is owned and run by a multi certified hairdresser with great passion and innate skill for hair. They are located at Enfield, Greater London.
Website: https://www.devinerootz.com/

Peckham Palms, Peckham – London

The palms is a new Afrocentric retail space located in the heart of Peckham, providing exceptional hairstyling and beauty services with a high quality drink and food offer and a multiuse event venue.
Address: Unit 1-14 Bournemouth Close, Peckham Rye, London SE15 4PB
Website: https://peckhampalms.com

Afrocks, London

Afrocks is not a hair salon per say but clients can book mobile natural hair care services in London. It is an on-demand platform that helps you find and book the best mobile natural hair dressers and specialists. Opened in 2017, we have a whooping 97% of positive ratings from our clients. So what are you waiting for?
Website: https://afrocks.com

Afrotherapy, Edmonton – London

Afrotherapy is recognized as one of the best specialist hairdressing salons offering professional and expert afro and mixed race or multi textured hair dressing. They are located at 235 Fore Street, Edmonton London N18 2TZ.
Website: https://www.afrotherapysalon.com/

Morris Roots, London

Morris Roots is also an award winning Locs and natural hair salon in London. They have four different salon locations in London. They specialize in hair styling for Twisty, kinky & Rasta hair locs. They are located at Tooting High Street SW17 Fulham High Street SW6 and Highgate N6.
Website: https://www.morrisroots.com/

Ziuzo, Lewisham – London

Zuizo is a natural hair salon located at Lee high road, Lewisham SE13 5PT London, United Kingdom. Victoria Akuagwu is the founder of the Zuizo Hair Salon and has 20 years in the hair care Industry. Over the years, they have endlessly provided their clients with exceptional results.
Website: https://www.ziuzo.com/

Hair Lounge, Notting Hill – London

The hair lounge salon is a multi-award winning salon that is situated on Portobello road. As one of London’s best known salons, Hair lounge is synonymous with quality, style and reliability. They are committed to not only providing with a first class service in natural hair care and maintenance but also strive to deliver an excellent customer service experience. The salon is run by award winning natural hair stylist Charlotte Mensah.
Website: https://charlottemensah.com

Purely Natural, Stratford – London

Purely Natural Contemporary Natural Hair Salon is a multiple award winning salon, with specialists in Afro and Mixed texture natural hair. If you’ve ever dreamt of having beautiful and healthy natural hair, purely natural is the right place to be. Situated at 199, The Grove Stratford London E15 1EN –their team knows exactly how to give you a sensational look to suit your individual personality and lifestyle perfectly.
Website: http://www.purelynaturalhair.com/

Adornment 365, Brixton – London

Adornment365 salon occupies a very special place in the UK natural hair industry. This natural hair and lock salon situated at 81 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN offers styling underscored by a theoretical knowledge of afro hair and an excellent customer service experience. It’s a boutique and it’s fresh.
Website: https://adornment365.com/

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We have spoken before about the silent sacrifices many afro stylists make in order to provide an exceptional service to clients. We bend, turn, twist and place our bodies in awkward positions as well as the standing for long periods of time. We should also acknowledge the emotional toil of styling (also discussed before). The difference between a stylist and someone who ‘does hair’ is the attention to detail, which requires concentration, all the while ensuring the client is comfortable/entertained – and it is only emotionally taxing because we care so much about meeting the client’s expectations. As there is no professional certification for afro styling, see this as an afro stylists guide to personal health and safety. Even if you are not a stylist, please continue to read – these tips apply to all in some way or other.

At work

Feet – starts the list as they are often the most neglected part of our bodies. When doing installs that take a few hours, our feet take a ridiculous amount of pressure. Try to keep both feet on the ground (the tendency may be to shift from one foot to the other but this will only add pressure to the hip). Pay attention to your footwear! Invest in insoles for extra comfort. I advise all mobile stylists to wear socks and/or bring slippers to their bookings – should you have to remove your shoes your feet are prepared. If your client has wooden flooring and you are standing for hours, I promise you your feet will thank you for the consideration. We are such soldiers that if we realise that something is wrong with our left foot, rather than seek help we would rather hop. DO NOT IGNORE! What can start off as a simple foot cramp can easily develop into a career changing condition. Chronic Tired Feet Syndrome is actually a thing!

“Think about how your knee movement is limited during styling, and as soon as you’re finished you are rushing to another booking or to catch the last train home. Your knees have gone from chillin’ for 8 hours to moving like Usain Bolt.”

Ankles – When we are tired we know our shoulders start to slouch but so do our knees (observe a stylist that has been plaiting for more than 3 hours). This pressure, however slight, will gradually cause your ankles to say “awww hell no”. The frustrating thing is that the pain usually hits suddenly. As there is no build up of pain, you are only aware that you have hurt yourself when it is too late. Acknowledge the work your limbs and joints are doing, make time to rest them. Do gentle rotations while you are styling, your client will never know. If you currently feel tightness once in a while or pain that comes and goes, invest in a support sock and avoid doing styles that take forever for a while.

Knees – When standing for long periods joints can easily become ‘stuck’ and you may experience some cracking and/or stiffness. Think about how your knee movement is limited during styling, and as soon as you’re finished you are rushing to another booking or to catch the last train home. Your knees have gone from chillin’ for 8 hours to moving like Usain Bolt.
Like your ankles, every once in a while get them moving – do baby squats (baby squats I said, I am not suggesting you start a Mr Motivator workout behind your Client’s back). I know when doing a long install, the temptation is to go as fast as you can but if you need to, do take a break. It is NOT unreasonable to tell your client you need 10 mins.

Back – Ohhh the dreaded back pain! You may feel ok now but not being mindful of your positioning and posture can, and will lead to muscle fatigue and back pain. If your client is on unsuitable seating, try to rectify this rather than making your body accommodate discomfort.
In our attempts to offer the best customer service we often don’t wish to ‘trouble’ the client but this is your business, your health is paramount. Direct them to a position that is best for you, if they are asleep and you keep having to bend…wake them up!
Really consider seating when styling children, this is usually where excessive bending is required. It may be an idea to travel with a cushion? And even if height is not an issue, think about what angle you placing your body in. I know I would put myself in some silly positions just to complete a patterned style and because you don’t wish to invade your client’s space the positioning can be all the more awkward. And…another thing! Product placement! Before you start styling, set up a workstation with tools, products etc. close to you, either in front or to the side of you. Continually having to turn around to replenish the blob of edge control on the back of your hand is a back’s nightmare. Stylists, please, pleassseeee be aware of your body placement and weight distribution.

Shoulders – Now, remembering your shoulders is easier said than done! As a mobile stylist you need to be aware of your shoulders before you even get to the client’s home. If you are travelling with kit and do not drive, invest in suitable luggage. Do not let stushness see you develop a chronic injury – use a rucksack so the pressure can be spread over both shoulders.
Remove/put down your kit every chance you get. Think about your outerwear! In our bids not to freeze, our heavy coats often weigh our shoulders. Also, when we are cold, our natural instinct is to hunch our shoulders. So, before you even start that large feed in cornrow/canerow, your shoulders are already tired.
When braiding, you may believe it’s just your hands doing all of the work and tend to forget that it is all connected. Your shoulders are moving every time you move your hands. When using additional hair, you have to move your shoulders back to keep the hair untangled.

Arms, Elbows & Hands – You know that saying: ’you never know what you got until it’s gone’? Well best believe that is the first thing that comes to mind when you start feeling pain in your elbows – I mean who thinks about their elbows?
Stylists, ensure you are using the best technique for YOU and not whichever youtuber is current flavour of the month. Sizing and the amount of hair you are working with all plays a part, so if you are doing a full head of long box braids be sure to rest your hands before and after styling. AND I don’t know about you but after years of prepping synthetic hair, my fingers are a mess. The course fibres have made me lose skin, get cut, discolouration and all sorts. Luckily, we now have some wonderful products that will assist (look out for part 4 of this series!) Remember to #switchitup – I know it’s uncomfortable and feels odd but if you are right handed try deliberately using your left hand and vice versa.

Neck/Head – As a mobile stylist, unless working from your home where you have the appropriate equipment, it is very rare that a client has appropriate seating. As a result the client is often lower than you would like, which forces you to look down, causing pressure on the neck. This automatically affects the back, and that is a lethal combo. If you cannot resolve the seating, remember to look up whenever you can and try some head rolls. Another issue is lighting, always make sure you can see adequately and not have to strain your eyes.

Outside of work – 13 suggestions on how to practice self-care
  1. Time to get serious –
    everyone has their own idea of peace so connect with what yours is and make it your mission to engage in it. Use that same passion and ferocious intent that you display when someone in your circle requires a favour from you in pursuing a time and space for you to have on your own. I can hear the ‘I don’t have the time for all that’ but sis you better make time, like you made time to help your child with their school work, the time you found staying up late doing your cousin’s hair knowing you had work in the morning, or when you found time to cry with your bestie. when you think wellbeing, you may think of saunas and chants that go on for time.  When you are being pulled in all directions you need to be reminded to check in with yourself.
    Most offices have prayer rooms; go to the library, take annual leave and don’t tell your family (one of my faves). Literally take some time and physically learn to be still. We have this perception that stillness reflects procrastination, as though movement demonstrates intent – we always have to be doing something!
  2. Listen!
    Ok so I know you are used to hearing me say: ‘listen to your hair’
    Now it is all about listening to your entire body. Our bodies gives us cues all the time, we have just become seasoned in blocking them out. The fear of being labelled a moaner, and inability to share our struggles are our biggest threats. Your hair starts falling out? Can’t sleep? Craving sugar? Constant headaches, heart palpitations, feeling tearful, no motivation, feeling confused …all cues. Oh and best believe that insistent desire you have to scream is also, if not the clearest, cue that you need to put yourself in time out.
  3. Rest-pect yourself –
    Let me say at this point, that sitting still or laying in one position does not mean you are actually resting. Mental and physical health go hand in hand, one should not take precedence over the other. How many times have you sat down to watch tv or read a book and find yourself not being able to concentrate due to the constant itinerary playing in your mind, of things you need/should/would like to be doing. Wash the dishes, write that report, check emails, pay that bill, wash school uniform, look after mum and/or dad, sort out your social media, overdrafts, your confidence, the future, the past, how to stay cute when you feel like crap….thoughts such as these won’t go away simply because you sit still or simply close your eyes. This is what I’ve come to know as feign rest, it’s pretend, it’s like skim reading a book. Rest will only come if your mind is restful. How to make your mind restful? Scroll up
  4. Feeling a bit better? Remain seated –
    Do you find you never give your body a chance to recover 100%? As soon as we feel just a little better and/or symptoms slightly relieved, we are ready to start doing ’something’. Here is an idea that just came to me, how about resting even when you are well – don’t allow pain to be the reminder you need to look after yourself. AND to all of you who are members of the, “I never ever, ever, ever take a day off work even when I’m sick” crew, let me let you into a little secret – your employer (as a system, not your individual colleagues) don’t care for you, you are replaceable! You are a Paye code, an employee ID reference number. If you are sick, stay in your yard!
  5. Stretch it out! –
    Prevention is better than cure people! Before you even leave your bed in the morning simply rotate your ankles and your wrists. Simple things! Yet simple things that can help you save your joints. There are some great stretches you can do before bed and in the morning. Even when you are standing on the bus, the canteen, church…you can do discreet stretching anywhere. AND there’s no need to go killing yourself with a regime or add something else to your ‘to do list’ – as soon as it comes into your mind just stretch #NoPressure
  6. Delegate –
    So the floor isn’t as shiny as you would do it and no one can fulfil a task like you, yes I get it but look at the bigger picture. Save your energy for the significant undertakings. The more pressure you put on yourself, the less you will get done. Exhaustive lists of things to do is the breeding ground for procrastination and loss of motivation.
  7. Guess what! It’s now ok to get help –
    Yep, I have spoken with the counsel at the Elder Elder Black Women Association (don’t look that up, this is only bants) and they have said it is no longer a sign of weakness or diminished womanhood to ask for help! yay! We have an issue with our perception of weakness and what it looks like. Combine that with our ‘don’t talk your business’ syndrome as well as the dreaded ‘I’m not going to ask for help because I don’t want anyone having anything over me’ phobia, it is clear that our current thought patterns are damaging.
    actively asking for support is a BIG deal for black women. We are hypocrites in our own fate as we open our arms to help all and sundry – yet struggle to seek support for our own selves. We are the best counsellors and yet the worst patients. Take your own advice, consider that people want to help you just as much as you want to help them. You don’t have to be a psychologist to know that your immediate space is often reflective of your mental state (that’s why my house is a mess! I just blame it on the 4 year old). If you need someone to help you, and it is within your means – hire a cleaner. Your friend wants to come and chill, make that friendship prove useful and get them to help you with [insert task].
  8. Put the phone down –
    Better yet, turn it off – Believe it or not, the world will not end if you don’t go onto social media for a while. However, it is less about engaging with social media and more about making yourself and your senses unavailable for a few mins. Even if you are not looking at your phone, can you really rest hearing the insistent bzzzzz of your notifications? If you are feeling anxious or even slightly manic, the constant usage of your phone could be a trigger for further issues. The internet is a time seducer, have you ever started out looking at one thing and before you know it, you have lost an hour just looking at random or unrelated things. Turn the phone off! Even if it’s for the duration of your break. Laptops, tablets, phones, computers…give your brain and your wrists a rest.
  9. ‘Cork yu ears’ –
    I love how parents say this to their children before saying the most totally inappropriate thing! Sometimes your hands didn’t even make it to your ears in time ha!
    It is always good to listen and take advice but you are your own expert. You know yourself best, sometimes you have to cork your ears to other people’s opinions. How many times has someone’s reaction to what you’ve had to say cause you to doubt yourself?
    The worst for me, is when you explain you are ill or in pain and someone (with the best of intentions) says, “oh well, at least you haven’t got….” or “sorry to hear that but think about the people that have…” although meant with love to inspire optimism, all it does is discredit our pain. I often say to people, if you banged your little toe (you all know that pain right) and then you met someone with both feet amputated…would that stop you from feeling the pain in your toe? People, in their desire to be helpful will fire solutions at you, eat this, drink that, sleep upside down, say 6,000 hail mary’s and it can become overwhelming. Remember, just as you may not eat everything on your plate, it’s not every piece of advice you must digest #Message
  10. Be Honest –
    With yourself and with others. I spent the first 4 weeks denying what was happening to me and it wasn’t until I started sharing with others did I find some comfort in knowing that it wasn’t just me, I wasn’t being targeted.
    I am pro chat your business. Sharing is how we know our experiences aren’t isolated. It will ease the feelings of loneliness in your situation, whatever it may be. Don’t be afraid to say you’re overwhelmed, don’t be ashamed to say your child/ren get on your nerves (top tip: if your child is stressing you, swearing at them under your breath behind their backs is extremely rewarding) Our recent stylist meet up was the first event I had attended with my new accessory (my nan’s walking stick). It was such a big deal for me and I left that meet up feeling supported, and it made the world of difference. Be honest with your clients! Providing good customer service does not include hurting yourself. Wake that client up, ask them to sit still, place their head the way YOU want it.
  11. Repeat after me..NO
    In line with being honest people, start getting comfortable with the word NO. We may have to run a workshop on this as so many of us struggle with it, especially if feelings of guilt rule you anyway. Trust me! It is so liberating! Reclaim your time, energy and resources back. Some are taught to take care of themselves and the surplus they distribute to others, we are taught to give our all surplus or not, even if it means sacrificing our own peace. You don’t want to go to your friends’ party…don’t go! Your feet are killing you…don’t take anymore bookings! Let’s practice…NO, NO, NO!
    Feels good doesn’t it?
  12. Breathe –
    A big huff, a sigh or a few deep breaths do not constitute for what I am suggesting. Don’t write this off as basic. Learning how to breathe makes such a difference. There are various techniques – here are the two I use:
    – If you are feeling anxious and need to steady, focus on a square or imagine one.
    Inhale as you trace the top of the square, exhale as you go down the side, inhale as you trace the bottom, exhale as you go up the other side and repeat. This will help to regulate your breathing.
    – If you have a moment to yourself try this breathing exercise I learnt in Jamaica a few years ago. It’s more about being aware of your breathing than the actual breaths. As you inhale try and poke your tummy out, then as you exhale suck your tummy in. Ok so it looks a little silly in script but give it a try, when you get the hang of it you will find that as you focus on which way your breathing your mind clears even if it’s for 10 seconds.
  13.  Sleep –
    Your body can’t withstand the trauma it used to. Raving through the night and going into work the next day with little or no sleep is a thing of the past. Quality sleep is essential! I will even be dramatic enough to say it’s life saving. Have you ever spent a entire day wondering what’s wrong? Why are you so angry? Why are you so close to tears? Only to realise once you’ve fallen asleep on the bus that you are tired (remind me to give you all that joke another time).

We MUST stop taking refuge in sufferation as though we were made simply to endure. This label of SBW (Strong Black Woman) is not conducive to our cause it simply reinforces the lie – the same lie that suggests seeking support is a sign of weakness. Refrain from perceiving yourself as a strong black woman and start seeing yourself for what you actually are:
A woman.
A fully fledged human being!
What is it to take 10 mins a day to check in truthfully with yourself. Keep in mind that longevity is the key and remember you can’t do what you do if you are no longer around to do it #FinalMessage

Do you need help with self-care? Discover these 16 businesses and initiatives that will help you on your wellbeing journey

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We hope you have enjoyed our selfcare series as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. We haven’t finished yet! Here are some wonderful businesses/initiatives that can help you on your journey of wellbeing and self-care. Remember, first and foremost, you are your own backer. Invest in yourself  #OneLove

PAMPERING Afrocks

Not only does Afrocks provide the opportunity to be styled in your own home (or venue of your choice) you are also safe in the knowledge that you have a professional dealing with your hair. All stylists are vetted and must complete a set of competency questions prior to joining. Having your hair styled in a way that makes YOU feel comfortable/happy is paramount. After all, wellbeing is centred around loving yourself and there is nothing like bad hair to make you feel like crap. With a quick and easy to use booking system, Afrocks truly takes the stress out of afro hair care. Look out for Afrocks events 2019!
https://afrocks.com/

Signature Braids

Have you heard of Signature Braids? If you are a client that uses synthetic hair for your box braids or a stylist that preps synthetic hair, then you should know about this product. Synthetic hair for braiding is coated in an alkaline base and this company not only wash and treats the hair they also feather/pull out the ends of the hair (essential for a neat and secure braid). For clients, untreated synthetic hair can cause your scalp to itch and/or leave your hair feeling dry. And for stylists, do your fingers a favour – the hair is so much softer and easier to handle.

Bien Etre (Magnesium Therapy)

Magnesium does not get the credit it deserves! We love Bien Etre! Magnesium deficiency can lead to a whole host of problems and these products provide a nice top up without it feeling a chore. Whether you choose the magnesium oil, body butter or bath salts the minerals will absorb naturally into your body. A mega mood booster!
https://morgangenus.com/

Rejuvenate Natural Skincare
Only one word to sum up this range…gorgeous! All natural (plant based) ingredients, all handmade. Their best selling Peppermint Hand & Foot Butter is perfect for stylists. You can’t help but feel valued when applying this premium product – don’t believe us, check out the reviews! One delighted customer said she want to cover herself in the body butter and “marinate”. Currently free delivery on orders over £30.

Macob Macob Organic Skincare & Wellbeing


“Do you want better skin? With help from nature!”,  is the question this company asks and after seeing their products it is a resounding YAAASSSSS. Luxurious yet organic products infused with ingredients from “tropical lands”. Just when you think you will not put one more item in your basket – you scroll down and see the organic make-up! Can’t decide what you want? Invest in the Naturbox! Use code PRIV15 for 15% off
https://macob.co/

Sheapureness


Holistic care straight from the motherland! Sheapureness has a whole host of products that will make you feel like a new person. With ingredients sourced directly from Gambia, Mali and Senegal, many of the herbs used are grown right here in London. From moisturisers for the children to Moringa Oil, Sheapureness products are pure quality and promote healing from the inside out (literally). You can also find Bitter Kola (reduces inflammation, improves lung function) and Soursop Leaves (immune system booster, reduce blood pressure). Get healing y’all!
https://www.sheapureness.com/

Taylor Grace Beauty Bar


What says ‘I love me’ more than a Me Time Face Massage? Hmm maybe a Rejuvenating Eye Cleanse? Taylor Grace Beauty has an interactive and flexible diary for a range of services to assist in the emergence of a new, relaxed you! Offering such a professional yet accommodating service, you will instantly feel comfortable. Before you know it, you will feel no way requesting a full facial thread!
https://www.instagram.com/taylorgracelondon/

Mothers Inc.


This company got us at “Everyday is Mother’s Day” – their well known slogan is so fitting. We love Mother’s Inc. A beauty space to receive all of your treatments but guess what…you no longer have to find/hunt/bribe a babysitter. This wonderful establishment has certified childcare providers and play room ON SITE!! You can be getting those legs waxed in peace while your lil prince/princess has a good old time making a mess (a mess you don’t have to clean!!)
https://mothersinc.co.uk/

Naphtalyworld


This award winning brand makes looking after yourself so easy. Anti-stress candles, body scrubs, the entire collection is based on self love. The range is so vast, you truly could take care of your mind, body and soul in one shopping trip. Not only do they provide products to assist your wellbeing, they also offer advice and support. Check out the website or instagram for upcoming events.
https://www.naphtalyworld.com/

FOOD & DRINK Livity plant based cuisine

The Ladies at LPBC make it easy to eat healthily! If you are curious about vegan food or just fancy a change, then this is the place to be! It is a wonderful and comforting introduction to a meal without meat. Full of flavours you love and recognise as well as flavours you never would have considered. Jerk Lentils, Curried Jackfruit, Ital Veg Stews and more. What we love most about them is the ‘big people’ portion sizes…ever satisfied belly! If you can’t get down to see them, no worries, they offer great and inspired meal suggestions for healthier eating as well as providing meal preps for you!
https://www.instagram.com/livityplantbasedcuisine

Original Flava


OMG! If you look at the food prepared by these culinary creative brothers you feel instantly hungry. The Original Flava Cookbook (self published may we add) is available on Amazon. From inspired veggie greats like Spiced Lentil Bolognese and Escovitch Tofu to joy for meat lovers with their Curry Goat Shepherd’s Pie. Cooking is relaxing for some, this cookbook will bring you joy. If timing is an issue for you, make one day a month available to cook as a family – good food, bonding and a perfect mark of culture appreciation.
https://originalflava.com/

CnD Drinks

Tired of the same old, same old well let us tell you about CnD Drinks! Have you ever craved some Sorrel or that taste of REAL Ginger Beer but can’t be bothered to make it ? Or maybe you are having a function and getting stressed. Fear not! This family owned business offers some great flavours. You know when you order a fruit punch and you get coloured water instead, well not a chance with these selections. The authenticity is all in the taste and they certainly lifted our spirits.
https://www.facebook.com/CNDdrinks/

COACHING, MOTIVATION & HEALING Dr Paulette Kumar

Coach and motivational speaker, Dr Kumar specialises in stress management and chronic fatigue (please see parts 2 and 3 of this series). Dr Kumar bravely shares her own story at events and has written a book entitled, “Healing M.E Naturally”. This book is so personable that after reading you will have to stop yourself from emailing Dr Kumar requesting a hug. Truly inspirational.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Healing-M-Naturally-recover-Fibromyalgia/dp/198754952X

Laura Liles


This spiritual teacher and motivational speaker is so vibrant, you feel motivated before she has even spoken. Laura is the founder of ‘House of Her’ which is an online coaching academy dedicated to empowering women. With the empowering motto, “no woman left behind”, Laura’s pep talks and affirmations can truly make a difference to your day.
https://houseofher.kartra.com/page/Avy12

Heal your story – Carmen Harris

We believe Carmen Harris should receive an award for the title of her book let alone the amazing work she does. “Shit Happens Magic Follows”, is just one of her many publications. Heal your story is a beautiful and very honest concept that gives an entire new meaning to healing from the inside out. Taking healing to a new level, you can attend the emotional release clinic (distance healing is available) or energy release at the pain clinic among other amazing services. All entrepreneurs should definitely check this out: is your story holding you back in business?
https://www.healyourstory.co.uk/

Destiny Achieved Coaching – Lorraine Givans


“Step into alignment with your vision” is what is suggested and Lorraine Givans is on hand to show us how it’s done. Offering a supportive coaching service for business owners and entrepreneurs, Destiny Achieved provides a service that is so necessary. Starting a business is one thing but working within and towards your vision is something different. With this service you will no doubt, be inspired AND motivated.
www.destinyachievedcoaching.com

Hope you have enjoyed our Wellbeing series of blog post on Afrocks. Let 2019 be the year where you put yourself first.

Hello! My name is Simone, I am Head of Afro Hair & Business at Afrocks. I am a London-based self-taught natural hair stylist and braider. 
You can also follow me on Instagram Hairpassion UK
Want to say hello? catch me on simone@afrocks.com.

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Alright guys let’s get real here: we LOVE buying new natural hair products from our faves black owned businesses right?
Also it’s January and we’re all broke following Festive season and Boxing day shopping spree, and we might need to do a bit a DIY to take care of our crowns and manes.
Well good news! You won’t need to go too far and to spend too much cash as we have something for you: HONEY!
Honey is literally one of those miraculous natural products for skin and hair care! It has healing, softening, purifying, moisturizing and antioxidant properties – so keep browsing for some cool DIY hair and skin care right before you book your mobile afro hairdresser with us!

DIY mask for dry hair: Honey and Olive Oil

What you need:
– 2 tablespoons organic honey
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 tablespoon water

Applying raw honey alone can be a tedious process as it is quite sticky and you will need additional ingredients to help you smooth your hair mask. Olive oil is the perfect candidate as it is easy to find and fairly cheap. It also has a large number of benefits when it comes to hair: it contains anti-inflammatory properties, improve blood circulation when scalp is massaged, great sealant to keep moisture etc.
Mix the honey, the olive oil and the water together then warm everything over the stove or microwave – this will facilitate application. Don’t hesitate to add more water and olive oil if your mask is still too thick.
Apply from scalp to end and leave on for 15-20 mins before rinsing or shampooing.

DIY mask for scalp cleansing & dandruff: Honey and Yogurt (Yes, yogurt)

What you need:
– 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
– 2 tablespoons organic honey
– 1 tablespoon olive oil

Believe it or not but yogurt might be one of the best ingredients in your kitchen if you need to get rid of dandruff without spending half your salary on expensive hair products. The lactic acid in yogurt will help cleansing the scalp whilst its exfoliating properties will help dislodge stale oils and grime from deep within the hair follicles. Combine all ingredients and whip vigorously to desired texture. Apply mixture onto slightly wet hair to make it easier and massage gently, from scalp to ends. Leave on 15-20 mins before rinsing/shampooing.
Our tip: If you need a deep scalp cleansing you can add ½ lemon juice into the mixture. Do not use if your hair is already dry or damaged.

DIY mask for hair growth: Honey, egg & castor oil

What you need:
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 2 tablespoons castor oil
– 2 eggs

Here’s the hair routine that could help you grow your hair faster. There are strong cases against using castor oil by itself on natural hair as it is quite heavy and sticky – which could cause more buildups. However if you combine it with honey and eggs, it will most likely stimulate your hair growth, increase manageability and add shine.
Start by whisking your eggs in a container then add the castor oil and honey – blend everything to perfection.
Apply from scalp to ends and leave for 15-20 mins, covered with a shower cap, before rinsing or shampooing.

DIY mask for deep conditioning: Honey & Banana

What you need:
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1 ripe bananas
– 2 tablespoon olive oil

Ok people, this one is an all time favourite. They always say that you should only use hair & skin product ingredients that you could actually eat, so here it is!
We would rather eat those bananas but don’t lie: there’s always 1 over ripe bananas on the kitchen counter (we never want to eat them, but we don’t want to throw them away either). This recipe will certainly leave your hair incredibly moisturised and soothe itchy scalp.
Easy-peezy – blend all ingredients until you have a creamy texture then apply from scalp to ends. Make sure you have scalp fully covered with mixture before covering your head to avoid drippings, then leave for 20 mins. Rinse, shampoo and enjoy!

Try these, you will thank us later. Let us know if you have any DIY hair recipes that works well with your natural hair. We would love to hear them!
If you need some hair advice or looking for a vetted mobile hair stylist in London, don’t forget to check us out afrocks.com

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