The Ultimate Natural Hair Routine: For Thick, Curly Hair

I stopped perming my hair a few years back and decided to embark on a journey of embracing my kinks and coils. It has not been a very easy one and I have had multiple set-backs in 2 years but I would not trade this glorious hair for the world!

A little bit about my hair….

  • I have type 4, low porosity natural hair. This means that my coils are very tight and some areas of my hair do not clump together to form a visible curl pattern. My hair also does not take up moisture quickly.

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Knowing these facts about my hair helped me build a simple regimen that makes my hair flourish and grow.

Soak/Spritz your hair daily with water: Curly hair (especially low porosity) needs a lot of water to be moisturized and soft. Oil’s are not moisturizer. They only seal moisture in your hair.  Water is the ultimate moisturizer. I stand in the shower for 2 minutes to let my hair be fully saturated.

Condition your hair daily: My favorite conditioner is Shea moistures Raw shea butter restorative conditioner. It helps with detangling my hair and removing shed hair. I apply generous amounts and rinse out after 3-5 minutes. It also acts as a leave in conditioner.

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Utilize Heavy creams: Shea moistures curl enhancing smoothie adds that extra dose of moisture and defines my coils. I use it 2-3 times a week as needed. 

Shampoo your hair often: Hair buildup is not cute. It’s clogs your hair follicles and promotes breakage and stunted growth. I try to shampoo my hair once a week with any shampoo I have around. My current favorite is Head & Shoulders classic shampoo

I also do hairstyles that stretch my hair occasionally. These include twist outs and braid outs. I only do stretched styles when I feel like having longer hair but for the most part I embrace my hair shrinkage. 

That’s it! I hope you guys liked this post. What is your ultimate curly hair routine? 

LONDON: Visiting The Victoria And Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert museum is the worlds largest museum of art and decorative design and the 7th largest art museum in the world. It is located in South Kensington and houses a collection of art spanning over 5000 years! It is pretty impressive.

To be honest I was not really looking forward to going to this museum. Art history bores me to death and I really wanted to go to a contemporary art museum but I actually had a pretty good time here!

Some of the pieces that really stuck out to me where the religious altar pieces. They were absolutely breathtaking and they all told a story of either Jesus or a Saint. My favourite altar piece was this gold-like wooden structure that depicted the story of Jesus. It was very intricate. The man who carved the alter piece even carved himself kneeling at Jesus’s feet. Almost all the alter pieces were either made in the 14th or 15th century! That is amazing!

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These artists really had no chill for Jesus when it came to their art….

I also saw some cool Japanese contemporary art, war equipments, buddhist sculptures and a vast collection of paintings and architecture which was really fun to look at. This museum is not a place you can see in a day. I know I said the exact same thing about my visit to the Natural History Museum but this is a thousand times worse. Its HUGE-ER!

Anyways I hope you enjoy the pictures of my visit and I’ll see you soon!

The Quarter Life Crises 

You know how people experience a mid-life crisis when they’re in thier 30’s or 40’s and they start to wonder

 “What am I doing with my life?”

Well, I was talking to a friend a while back and she told me that she feels like she’s letting life pass her by and she didn’t really enjoy her teen years. Now she’s twenty she wants to do all the things she never did because of the FOMO (Fear of missing out) and the fact that she’s entering the “real” world. It is kind of scary…and I can sort of relate.

It’s like we spend our whole lives looking forward to the future. Never really just enjoying the present moment. We are in primary school to get into secondary school, secondary school to university, university to a job. Until one day you’re 30, married with kids sitting down thinking.

How? Did I really enjoy the journey? When is my life supposed to feel like it should?

Because everything went by so quickly you never got a chance to savor it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to work towards a goal and look forward to the future but I think sometimes it’s okay to just sit back and enjoy that stage of life you are in. You may only get it once. You’re young for a really short time and an adult for the longest.


I realized that in some things in life the journey is more memorable and gratifying than the destination. Once you get what you wanted it’s a 5 second euphoria and then you’re like “Okay, what’s next?”. That’s how your teenage years or even adult years pass you by.

The “real” world is also scary because school is all I’ve ever known. How will I cope with never doing it again? Am I ready for it? Did I really make the right career choice?

These are serious questions. However I always try to have faith in the future and positive outlook. Obsessing over a future I can’t control is a waste of time. Why kill myself with worry? A positive outlook is not a very easy mindset to adopt but whenever I am stressed out I remember this bible passage:

(Mathew 6:25-27):

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

That being said pick up a good book, play the ukulele, go out, get some fresh air and just enjoy the moment.

My Mac Makeup Essentials 

In the past I had a love-hate relationship with Mac products because they looked really good on me but I always broke out . After switching to a different type of Mac foundation I fell in love with thier products again.

My Mac makeup essentials are the timeless kits that I constantly buy in the store when they run out. I cannot live without them….or maybe I can and I’m just being dramatic.

  • Studio Fix Fluid foundation ( NC50). Life without my foundation would be bleak. I don’t even need a concealer to cover my dark spots because it’s full coverage. It  lasts throughout the day and doesn’t run out too quickly. I wear makeup 4-5 times a week and it lasts an average of 4 monthsfoundation
  • Studio fix powder plus foundation (NC50): I use this powder to blot any shiny areas on my face after applying foundation. It is a life saver.
  • Mineralize Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze is literally the best bronzer/highlighter  I have ever tried. You should try it! It was literally made for my skin tone. I always get complements whenever I wear it because it gives a really nice glow.
  • Retro Matte Ruby Woo is my go to red lipstick. It’s not too drying even though it’s matte. It’s also one of the only red’s that fit every skin tone I know.

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And thats it! What is your essential or favourite mac product that you can’t live without? Have you tried any of these products?

London: My experience at the ZSL London Zoo 

I have an irrational phobia for many animals like dogs and cockroaches. That being said, I should be the last person going to the zoo. However, this was something I really wanted to do before I leave the UK. The last time I came to the London zoo, I was only 1 years old! For some reason, the only memory I retained was holding my moms hand and looking up at the tallest giraffe.

I wanted to come back here to reconcile with my old memories and make new ones! I saw a lot of beautiful and strange animals that I usually only see on TV. I also noticed that zoo animals are much more calm in real life. 80% of the animals I saw were either sleeping or eating grass. Except for the monkeys, monkeys are crazy.

 The main highlight of my trip was seeing a gorilla . I believe I saw Kumbaka who is around my age and weighs 190 kg! It came out of the bushes and walked slowly around the perimeter of its enclosure before retreating into the bushes. They are truly majestic animals.

I am so glad I came and it is an experience I will probably not forget again.

 

Visit the ZSL London Zoo website for tickets and more information.

London: Visiting The Natural History Museum

I visited the Natural History Museum in London! This museum is located in South Kensington and is near other popular museums like the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

I love museums because they are educational, fun and there is always something to look at.

This place was HUGE! We walked around for over 3 hours and we were no where near done looking at the artefacts. This is a place you absolutely cannot see in a day.

I learnt mostly about geology while I was here because my brother studied geology. Besides all the rocks and cool fossils there were a lot of educational sections to learn about different aspects of the human body. I was like a kid at the candy store once I walked into the biology section. The biomedical scientist in me was ecstatic!

I experienced a computer simulated earthquake and I learnt about how they happen which was pretty cool. I also learnt about the history of the earth, from the big bang till now. I also saw a piece of DNA and a human brain! It really gives you a weird out of body experience seeing something like that.

Looking at all the animals and fossils in the exhibit I couldn’t help but wonder how they survived when they were alive. How did they adapt and feed? It’s crazy that these animals were alive millions of years before us. It’s crazier they’re extinct! How sway? How?

All in all it was an amazing experience and I would really like to visit here in the distant future.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

 

A New Beginning 

I’m starting a blog! This is so exciting! For some reason I wasn’t as nervous starting a blog as I was when I started a YouTube channel.

I think the allure of hiding behind a screen drew me to blogging ultimately (The introvert force is strong with me). I can finally live my dreams as a couch potato…until my next YouTube video.

I wanted to start a blog to express a different side of me, doing Pearl things, creatively, in my own space, for everyone.  I feel this is the right place.

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So here’s some little facts about me:

  • I just finished my final year in the University of Salford, I studied Biomedical Science
  • I love watching movies – I watch almost every movie that is showing in the cinema.
  • Music is an integral part of my life – music is capable of provoking strong emotions in me or carrying me through mundane things like reading a book
  • I love travelling to popular tourist sites and doing basic tourist stuff.
  • I am a natural hair and makeup enthusiast. I’m always trying new products and techniques to get the best out of my hair and skin.

That’s it! I hope this kicks off the blog and any suggestions are highly appreciated!