Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Babies With Curly Hair

Having a mixed race baby usually means having a baby with naturally curly hair.
Curly hair comes in all different types, and as Beyonce has experience with the media and her baby girl Blue Ivy's hair, coping with unruly hair can be nightmare and people are always very quick to judge.

I believe letting a child with natural curly hair be natural is just beautiful, no need to rush into putting crazy hair styles on their little heads.

Jayden has curly light brown hair, and is growing at its own pace, I let it just be - wash and go is the usual style at the moment. I found that it was getting so dry after it has just been washed, so as he got older I looked into some curly hair products to keep it a bit more moist during the day.
I'm so fussy, even with my own hair, so I didn't want any funny ingredients in his hair cream.

I found CurlyKids ! .. A range especially for mixed hair. From curly, kinky, wavy and frizzy hair, its suits all hair curly hair types. Its a relatively new product,  which is a Paraben Free Moisture Cream.
I use a pea-size amount, rub it in-between my hands then on to Jayden's hair. 
It smell AMAZING ! I'm literally sniffing his hair after I put it on him, it lasts all day and makes his curls stand out, and a lot more tight than without. I can tell the difference when he does and doesn't have it in.
Its £2.49 roughly, depending where you buy it from. I found this one at my local black hair shop.

Jayden's hair is not long enough to be properly brushed, so I just use a small comb or my fingers to detangle his hair, but he rarely has tangles. 
But team CurlyKids, and a Tangle Teezer Brush and you will have a tear-free hair experience with your little ones.
To find out about the Tangle Teezer Click Here Priced at £10.60

CurlyKids - £2.49

-Loca x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

My Dermaroller Treatment Experience

I went to the ProSkin Clinic again to get my dermaroller treatment for my stretch marks.

I wasn't nervous because I've had tattoos done before I just thought it would be similar.
I was advised to use numbing cream so like I said in my previous post on one side I would use numbing cream on the other I wouldn't to compared the difference, so I can see for myself the differences, I did and you will see later on in the post how it really did make a difference.

I went in, lay on a nice and comfortable bed, put some tissue around the areas and we got started really quick. 
Before



The treatment in process


I would say ' it's a bit of a lunchtime treatment' as in it doesn't take more than 30-40 minutes.
The lady would performed the procedure was Agnieszka, she really was amazing!

I started with the numb side, wiping the whole area down to sanitise the area.
It was like a mini roller(with spikes may I add) rolling over the whole stretch marked area. It really didn't hurt at it, it actually tickled.. I had a giggle at one point. It was this odd sensation, but it was very quick this side. 





As I was getting it done I was chatting with the manager (Aneta) and lady doing my procedure.
Between each treatment they recommend 2 weeks, depending on skin type and how the body reacts. With my skin type - 4 weeks is a better time to leave between treatments to avoid skin discolouration.
The amount of treatment it takes is between 10-12 to get the most effective results, again it depends on your skin type and how your body reacts to the treatment.

After the one side, I got creams rubbed into the area.



Dermaquest Lotions Used
Essential B5 Hydrating Serum -Essentials

DermaPrime - Professional

Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex - Essentials
We then moved onto the side with no numbing cream, repeating the process again.
Now I'm not gunna lie, it didn't tickle, and I wasn't laughing this time but it wasn't crazy painful.
It hurt but it was a bearly pain, saying that I had to stop a few times because it made me move and twist a bit from the discomfort.
I think my skin reacted better to the non-numb side, it looked more red by the end of the treatment. 






About hour after the treatment and my numb side was still numb, no pain no feeling at all. The otherside, I can feel something but it's not painful it's just that I can feel something different has happened to that side of me.

After about 2 hours the area should go back to normal, just letting the area breath is advised
plus don't do any itching of the area or sweating and working the body hard I.e no gym ( like we need an excuse not to go to the gym!) The treatment itself took about 30 minutes roughly, but chatting etc you want to leave about an hour in your day for this.

All the equipment used was sterile, and in new disposable packets opened in front of my eyes, and gloves were worn during the treatment.



The most painful area for this treatment are the upper lip and forehead, although being quite slim myself, when it hit my hip bone it was quite painful aswell. 

I had such a lovely person doing my treatment it put me at ease instantly, everyone in the place in general is lovely and friendly.

As a mother I wanted to know if the treatment could be done on Breastfeeding mothers , I was told that they do not advise it for breastfeeding mothers , although the treatment won't directly effect the milk, the skin would be more sensitive for breastfeeding mothers so they would not recommend the treatment.

This is a treatment like all other clinical treatments, it takes time and money.
So make sure that you take time your time and consider the aftercare and other factors when you are thinking of getting anything.

The treatment price menu is below from the website:

A few hours after my treatment and I can see a difference within the stretch marks, I feel as if they not as visible as before, from a non-medical point of view I would say I wouldn't even need 6 sessions to get rid of them completely.


To find out more information about ProSkin Clinic  Click Here .

-Loca x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pro.Skin Experience

I got invited to visit the ProSkin Clinic, and to be honest at first when I heard about it I was a little bit sceptical about it. I visited the website of the clinic, and quickly changed my mind. The website is a friendly clean looking site, as a media geek I can tell a good website from a bad.



I started reading through all the treatments offered at this clinic and straight away one popped out to me, the Derma-Roller, basically to eliminate stretch marks, it also works for ache, scars etc.
As a mum, my tiger-marks are my war marks; I'm not ashamed of them at all. I never actually got stretch marks throughout my pregnancy; they only really appeared at the end whilst I was overdue by 8days. I tried bio-oil, it didn't work for me, I tried Cussons Mum&Me stretchmark products, and again it didn't work for me. All these creams and oils just didn't have any effect on me.
I know as a mummy that feeling confident in my own skin is important, and I would like to give this option a try, before judging it and saying that cosmetic treatments are a no-go area, I want to try it for myself and see how I feel about in first hand.

So I booked myself in for a consultation, at the Welbeck Street clinic opposite the Marylebone Hotel. Seeing as I live on the central line, it only took me 20minutes to get to the appointment, the closest station is Bond Street, it's about a 5 minute walk (in heels) from the station to the clinic.
As soon as you come out the station, you walk towards Debenhams department store, walk behind the store, and it's along Welbeck Street about 2 minutes.





I walked down Welbeck Street for about 2 minutes, until I found 24 with a sign for ProSkin Clinic on the outer wall. I went down some mental stairs to a door, and entered a little lobby with a big open windowed counter.




Waiting for me was Cherelle, and the Manager (Aneta). Cherelle has introduced me to ProSkin, and works for them. All the staff were so friendly and I got along with everyone instantly, making me feel comfortable and at ease straight away, because being in a clinic can be a scary place but this was very calming. The Clinic itself was very clean; they were actually vacuuming as I was coming in and light, I find that it makes a difference when the clinic itself is bright and clean.






I went in for a consultation and a chat with the manager, she was a lovely lady who really explained to be about the procedure, the clinic itself, and medical information behind procedures and machines. This made me feel very confident in the clinic, not only did I get explanations and the procedures I also got before and after pictures of previous clientele.








3D Lipo Machine


I decided I'm going to get the Derma-Roller, I got information and the treatment and how long it will take, the pain scale and aftercare.
I will get getting the treatment next month (October), I was advised to use numbing cream on the sides where my stretch marks are an hour before the treatment to make the discomfort of the needles better. As a blogger I have decided to test out the pain threshold of the treatment, one side I will be numbing the side of my stomach with numbing cream from a chemist, the other side I will be without the numbing cream, and I will give an honest opinion on both sides. Saying that I have over 15 tattoos, so I can handle pain, so I'm anxious to figure out if I can hack the pain or not, because I can get tatt'd but a blood test I absolutely HATE!

Besides Derma-roller, they also had another treatment that caught my eye and that was tattoo removal. Now this is a big thing, and I have lots of question on this, I have a few weeks until my consultation in which I was also offered a patch test for free, so I may decide on trying that out but I got plenty of time to think on that because as you will find out soon in an upcoming post I have reservations on this one tattoo I have.

I am super -excited about my treatment next month, so I will be keeping you up to date all things ProSkin, I will post information about prices, treatments, and offers.

Outfit

Black Knit Front with Mesh Back Top- Tk Maxx
Jeans- Pull and Bear
Chelsea Boots- Boohoo 



-Loca x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

14 Months Old


The love I have for this boy is unexplainable, more than words can even describe.
Time has flown, 14 Months, From Crawling to Walking and Now Talking, I just appreciate every moment I spend with him.
<3

-Loca x

97 Days Till Christmas !

Like seriously, am i actually talking about christmas in september ?

But when you walk around your local Morrison's and find these ! You realise christmas is coming sooner or later.


Chocolate oranges are available all throughout the year, but not with snow on the packaging, not in mini version, (i'm actually enjoying them right now, so tiny and tasty!).

Not going to lie, I think I may finish them by the time I have finished this post.

So yeah, i'm excited ! Not for christmas.. yet.. but mini chocolate oranges.

They have a deal on in Morrison's at the moment for them, roughly £1-1.50.

Life of a mum, getting excited over chocolate whilst the bubba is sleeping.

-Loca x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Away for the Night.

Jayden's first night away from me in the one year and 2 months since he was born.

I had been putting it off for the longest time, I really didn't think he was ready to be away from me for the night.
He spends a full day away from me in the day when I have a full-day at work, but he always wakes up to me, and in the middle of the night if he wakes i'm there to put him back to sleep.

I took the opportunity this weekend, while I had a weekend shift at work, and was going out on saturday night to take the plug and let Jayden stay away from me for the night.

Now it's never been a case of will he be looked after okay, because I know that he will be, he loves being at his grandma's , it's more are we both ready to be away from each other for a night.
I felt like we were both ready, and it was a success !

I think because I was kept busy with work, and being out, I wasn't given a minute to be sad, I was happy, and looking forward to be see him next. Yeah i'm acting like its a week, but baby-steps, 1 night at a time.

I think its been great, for both me and my little man.

So take a breath, don't worry so much, and everything will fall into place at the right moment.

 (Off in his backpack)

Red Angry Bird Backpack - Peacock
Denim Shirt- H&M
Trousers- Grandma Purchase
Puma Suedes (Grey and Red L.Edition)- Kids Footlocker


-Loca x

Night Off !

I have two posts i'm about to do, both related.. but you'll understand after you read them both.

First Post- Night Off

So it's was my good friends birthday and she invited me to go out to WestEnd Clubbing. Ekk.
She literally had to book me a month advanced, because she knows the baby situation, I had to get a baby-sitter for the night, get the night off work.. etc.

Anyway

Got a baby-sitter, outfit, heels (which hurt after dancing all night with the girls), so I was ready to go.

Honestly I'm not the big raving type, I think I got it all out my system when I was 18, so after I had Jayden it really didn't bother me when other people go out raving, because it's not my scene. Saying that it is nice to go out with friends for a birthday to a club once every 6 months, its not illegal !

I personally think that going raving every weekend when you're child is at home, practically living with there grandparents is not acceptable. I love spending quality time with my little one, I would choose it over raving any day of the week, all these mums like ' TUN TUN UP, TURN DOWN FOR WHAT'.. urm Turn Down cause your child is at home and your out whining with next man.

Working to provide for our children can be stressful and every parent deserved to have time out to step back from the family life, and remember to be an individual themselves and have a laugh.
Its important to find the balance, as thats key.  You have to be able to put motherhood first no matter what, then give yourself a time out once in a while to rejuvenate.

Children grow up so fast, and its so important to cherish the moments and times we have with them.



Turquoise Dress- Pull&Bear
White Snakeskin shoes- Bershka (Previous Post)
White Snakeskin Clutch- Gigi NewYork (Previous Post)




-Loca x