Archive for the Beauty Category

Miss Petaluma On…Sesame Hair

Posted in Beauty on October 15, 2010 by Mums That Slay

I find it so upsetting to hear beautiful young girls hate their naturally kinky hair.  Thanks Sesame Street for a wonderful song:



Miss Petaluma On…Corinne Bailey Rae’s New Look

Posted in Beauty on July 20, 2010 by Mums That Slay

The lovely Corinne Bailey Rae has not had the best of years – her Jazz musician husband died of a heroin overdose, leaving the young widow to pull herself out of a very dark funk.  So it was great to see her looking so serene and beautiful at the Mercury Awards Photocall.  Looking forward to her new album!!

Miss Petaluma On…Naomi’s Hair Line

Posted in Beauty on July 1, 2010 by Mums That Slay

This is a prime example of the lengths black women will go to, torturising their hair, in the name of long locks.  See exhibit A, 40 year-old supermodel, who’s ravaged hair line was exposed on a recent fashion shoot in New York.  Apparently years of chemical relaxers, combined with weaves and wigs have had their wicked way. 

I don’t know, it’s so clear Naomi Campbell is still absolutely stunning.  She could shave it off, start again and still rule.

Miss Petaluma On…I don’t think I’m ready for these jellies

Posted in Beauty on June 10, 2010 by Mums That Slay

And so the time has come for the Big Brother swan song.  I remember the watching the first series in Stanstead airport on my way to Ibiza at 18, over the years I grew into a huge fan and then over the last couple of years finding other ways to spend my summer evenings.  However, I am determined to embrace the final series and so sat down to watch the housemates enter.  Representing the brown crew is Rachael White a Beyonce-a-like, who checks herself in the mirror 100 times a day to make sure she’s still beautiful and then Ife, an ex-backing dancer of Cheryl Cole, who was once stunning with shaved hair, but too has succumbed to the weave for her TV debut.  Let’s see how they get on.  I’ll never forget Makosi’s weave watch on Big Brother’s Little Brother, after her fro began to slip and itch, poor dears be warned….the nation’s watching you.



Miss Petaluma On…Oil La La

Posted in Beauty on June 9, 2010 by Mums That Slay

With my new natural hair et al, I’ve been taking natural to a whole new level, by attempting to use pure oil in my skin and hair regimes.  It’s been just over a month and would you believe soft, glowing skin and healthy hair.  It’s  a poignant discovery in the face of the ridiculous amounts of money black women spend on their hair and products, on top of expensive creams and ointments.  I’d rather not think about how many hardly used products I’ve thrown away over the years.  They had impelling packaging and ingredients to lure me in.  Every time, i’d pathetically await the transformation and every time nada!

One bottle of oil for all of this. What would you choose?

The concept is nothing new, 1000s of years BC and the Ancient Egyptians were combining oils and herbs to maintain their skin.  In fact, workers were regularly paid in body oil.  The oil protected their skin from the harsh sun.   Once it was applied to the body, they would scrape it off to clean them selves, water much more of a precious commodity back then.  Even ancient Greek athletes were in on the tip, coating their bodies with oil pre-events, to prevent their pores from getting clogged up with debris and even lowering their body temperature.  Roman’s thickened their hair with a healthy dose of olive oil.

The one’s to look out for:

Kemi Oyl

Kemi Oyl from around £2.50 for mini bottle, most black hair shops

I’ve been using this on and off for almost 10 years now.  Originally it was just for my hair, but it really is an all-encompassing wonder oil, which can be used all over the body.  It’s an African herbal oil, made of 100% precious essentials oils (no one knows what – but there’s  most likely Jojoba in the mix).  It’s lightweight and smells divine.  Try it out the next time you do a mani-pedi, wonderful!

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil available in most health shops and black hair care shops

This is what I’ve been using on my skin.  Perfect timing for summer, I say, as it’s super soft and I have had the driest skin since birth.    Smooth on straight out of the shower for all day coverage.  A powerful anti-oxidant, it’s perfect for all skin types and has been known to heal scars, stretch marks and burns.

Now there”s loads to choose from Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sea Buckthorne….the list goes on.  So just spend an hour at a black hair care shop or Holland and Barratts  and check out the offer.  The next year’s going to financially draining, that doesn’t mean you can’t look flawless.  It’s just a frugal attitude, Make Do and Mend, where making do actually involves using age old foolproof  methods and no computer-generated explanations for all the scientific ingredients.

Misspetaluma On…Oh You Nasty Weave

Posted in Beauty on May 21, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Janet's traditional tresses

It seems the celebrity hair extension backlash has gained another fan (even if temporarily).  Miss Jackson if you’re nasty, like Cheryl Cole and Tyra Banks before her, has said “goodbye” to her weave, sporting a fantastically chic crop.

Janet Jackson has been spotted with this new super-slick hair cut

Miss Petaluma On…Jennifer’s Waist Watch

Posted in Beauty on May 18, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Wow, Jennifer Hudson – the face of Weight Watchers, is really turning heads with her weight loss.  It’s not one of those, blatant knife jobs, you can tell she’s put some effort into creating the body she wants.  Posing on the red carpet for her new movie Winnie, she definately stands her ground next to the typical starlets.   I love the way despite having a little way to go, she carves into her waistline with body-fitting dresses, for that va va voom silhouette….Dreamgirl!