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Dark and Lovely Au Naturale & My Hair Journey

So hold on to your afros ladies, Dark and Lovely FINALLY released their range of products designed specifically for natural hair in South Africa!

With the natural hair revolution rapidly gathering momentum, Dark and Lovely stepped in to cater to a market that was hungry for products that would allow them to be able to take care of their hair the way they wanted. I, myself, have been rocking my natural hair in all manner of different styles for about 10 years now, however, it’s only been within the last year that I have finally begun to fully understand my hair, what it needs and it’s endless potential for crowning-glory levels of awesome.

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale; Google Images

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale; Google Images









So through my most recent hair journey, I have found myself delving into the rabbit hole that is endless YouTube videos laden with advice, reading countless blogs and articles, watching innumerable tutorials, all in the quest for healthier hair. I transitioned for about 10 months before chopping my shoulder length tresses down to a short afro and I am now happily growing and experimenting with what I have.

After using the shampoo, conditioner and butter.

After using the shampoo, conditioner and butter.

I have tried so many different products my cupboard looks like a stock room for the nearest Clicks, so here is my take on some of the products from the Au Naturale range.

The Afro Moisturizing Butter was the first thing I tried and first off, I loooooooved the smell. Made with guarana root, honey and mango oil, it smells heavenly. Intended as a daily moisturiser, I loved that it didn’t let my hair dry out and harden through the day, instead it remained soft and moisturised. I was slightly disappointed that it did not have any curl defining aspects to it considering that it would be the one thing I apply to my hair every day before styling and leaving the house, I thought how great it would be if I could put on my butter and walk out with my curls popping. image1

The second thing I tried was the Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo and the Knot-Out Conditioner and these were my favourite products. I have had many a sad experience with a so-called “natural hair shampoo” which leaves my hair feeling stripped of all moisture and feeling “straw-like”. After a few attempts I stopped shampooing all together and instead always did a co-wash (conditioner wash). This one didn’t do that, in fact, I felt like it added moisture while it was at it! Best natural hair shampoo by far and same with the conditioner.


The third thing I tried was the Plaiting Pudding Cream, which was supposed to give amazing results for braids, twist-outs, bantu knots and other heatless curling methods. As my hair is short, I did bantu knots. They went in very well, my hair twisting without trouble and the knots all held, so I felt like it did what it set out to do, however, after taking the bantu knots out, my entire head had small flecks of residue, which would’ve passed for dandruff were it not for the fact that the little grains were an orangey colour. I haven’t yet gotten around to trying it for a second time to see if perhaps the product always does this or maybe if it was me and I applied it wrong, but my experience with this one was bad.


So there it is, overall the range is definitely something worth exploring. My ratings would be:

Afro Moisturizing Butter                  – 7/10

Knot-Out Conditioner                       – 10/10

Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo   – 9/10

Plaiting Pudding Cream                    – 5.5/10

I would love to try some of their other products and see how well they work but all in all, I am happy that us naturals now have something to turn to to enhance our curly crowns.


What products have you been trying and which ones worked or didn’t work for you?

xoxo MM.


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Red Carpet Flops At The Golden Globes

So it seems third time’s the charm for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who got their “final” stint as big-time award hosts at last night’s 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. I hear they did a stellar job and the night had more than it’s fair share of touching and memorable moments.

I wont say much else, but I just came across some of the red carpet pictures from last night 2015 Golden Globe Awards.


All I could think while going through the pictures was, “What happened!!!??”

Television and movie stars who are usually so beautifully turned out failed to produce even a decent outfit, let alone a red-carpet-worthy one. As I scrolled through, they all managed to disappoint me, one after the other.

All of them. All of.

Rather than spew a bunch of haterade, let me just allow the pictures to speak for themselves.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig in uhm…

Lena Dunham in shapeless red

Lena Dunham in shapeless red

Kerry Washington...no comment.

Kerry Washington…no comment.

Amal Alamuddin in gloves for goodness sake

Amal Alamuddin in gloves for goodness sake


Tina Fey… *sigh*

Rosamund Pike in ill-fitting

Rosamund Pike in ill-fitting

...no words....

…no words….



Lupita Ny'ongo disappointing all of Africa

Lupita Ny’ongo disappointing all of Africa

Zosia Mamet & Jemima Kirke...dont...just dont.

Zosia Mamet & Jemima Kirke…dont…just dont.

Keira Knightley traumatised me. Fully.

Keira Knightley traumatised me. Fully.

*Haterade: n. A liquid generally contained within those who are filled with hate for another. Known to spill out of the mouth when said hater begins to share their hate.

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Dear friend

I am writing this to you to let you know that it is okay. Really it is. Always.

Life is harder than they will tell you, decisions are a nightmare and you will rarely know the right thing to do, but that’s okay.
Living is for making mistakes and the more you make, the more you learn. As long as you are following your heart, you cannot go wrong. Even when you do.
Also, when you make a mistake, don’t be ashamed to backtrack, apologise and try again.
(Going home and crawling into your mother’s bed until you are ready to face the world again is also allowed in this instance)

On those bad days, of which there will be many, when you find yourself in bed, trying to muffle the sounds of your cries, know that it is okay to be sad and cry and that when you’re done, you will feel better. Also, know that you are loved and cared for deeply.

When you feel like things are not going according to plan and life is taking you three steps backwards, remember to take a moment to breathe and appreciate that God has a plan and whatever you are not getting now, is for a good reason. Know that in the end, everything will work out, and if things haven’t worked out, it is not the end. You will always be smarter and stronger than you give yourself credit for and you can perform miracles, should you choose to do so. So sit down, lick your wounds, feel defeated but do not stay there too long. Get up and go back and fight another day. The world is full of people trying to run their own races and the only people who could possibly have the time to judge you are those sitting on the sidelines, and well…do you really want to concern yourself with what they think of you anyway? I mean, they aren’t even IN the race.

When you feel unwanted and unloved and “not-good-enough”, remember that you have been wrong about so many things. Add this to the pile.

Most importantly, don’t forget to keep pushing yourself. The comfort zone is no place to grow old in, it’s drafty.

Keep your head up, your crown might fall off.

xo Me


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Tribute: To A Phenomenal Woman


Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014


I know a lot’s been said about her in the last day or so, but it would be a huge injustice if I did not take some time to pay tribute to our dear Dr Maya Angelou.

It was with a heavy heart that I read the news of her passing, having been the one woman who made me want to write in the first place.

I have always been an avid reader, but it was not until, at 15 when I did an English class project on Maya Angelou, that I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing. I remember standing in front of the class, reciting “Still I Rise” with a certain Miss Dionne Song, and recognizing for the first time, the immense power that words have in our world…recognizing their magic working in and through me, and I have never looked back since.

Maya Angelou

Dr Maya Angelou’s last tweet

It was easy to be inspired and motivated with a mentor like Maya, a woman who lived her life to the absolute fullest. She was, after all, an extraordinary human being who managed to touch the lives of millions worldwide through her almost ethereal command of language. Works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, all textured with depth and wisdom and peppered with her youthful sense of humour. She was unconventional, confident, fearless, graceful, brilliant and a phenomenal woman.

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… Gratefully.”

During her exemplary life, she breezed in like a breath of fresh air, inspiring millions, teaching the multitudes, trying to help whomever she could and stealing accolade after accolade from those who, unsuspectingly, had underestimated her. Until one day she was able to look back and see titles such as Author, Poet, Singer, Dancer, Director, Playwright, three-time Grammy Award winner, Civil rights activist, Mother & Teacher.

The epitome of what is means to be a real woman, with every facet celebrated and loved, she has inspired me to bolder routes, comforted me in darker times, uplifted my spirits in sorrow, and provided words of wisdom galore.

You will be sorely missed Dr Angelou.



Be inspired to be great.

Be blessed to be a blessing.

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Lil’ Fashionistas

It’s Fashion Friday again!!!!!

A long time ago, perhaps in another life time, children spent the entirety of their days outside, getting dirty, playing in mud puddles, climbing trees, skinning knees and eating mud pies.

So understandably, fashion was the domain of the teens and adults, but things have changed, and children’s fashion is carving a new niche in a fast expanding market that was once reserved only for the select few. I’m all for allowing kids to remain kids for as long as possible but I wont lie, I love little things in high-end gear or just looking well put together and adorable in fashionable pieces.

Below are a few cute lil’ fashionistas I’ve come across:



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