Hair Update.

Hair Update.

Hello my lovelies! I hope you’re all staying warm during these dark and colder days. I’m loving these colder days, but I will say that this year I’m feeling the cold quite a bit more because I cut all my hair off in March as many of you know! My last hair update was around April, which I can’t believe was 8 months ago; so I figured I would give you another update because my hair has changed a lot recently!

So, let’s jump in to how my hair has looked over the course of the last few months!

First up, we’ve got March, where I finally took the plunge and shaved my hair off, which is still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made not only for my hair health but also for my mental health. I never believed everyone when they said that shaving their hair off was super liberating and freeing, but it really was and it completely shifted my views on my own beauty.

March Hair
March 2020!

Next up we’ve got April, where I made the decision to trim my hair every two weeks and then at the end of April I made the decision to grow out my hair and see what my curls look like when they’re completely healthy!

April 2020!

After deciding to start growing my hair out, we’ve got May, and my hair is a little bit longer; but it’s not a length where it can be styled yet!

May 2020Q

Next up we’ve got June! June is when my hair got to a length that it could actually be styled, and I ended up going pink for about 2 weeks!

June 2020!

In July I was able to actually get my hair trimmed and then I went back to being a brunette so my hair could grow out as my natural colour without my roots being super bold! Here I had a brief moment where my hair was long enough to be styled, and due to my hair type I could make it fairly straight when I brush it out and dry it without a diffuser, so that’s what I started doing.

July 2020!

Next up is August, and here is when my curls and waved started to come back in full force! I stopped drying my hair to avoid any heat damage, but on the off chance I did dry my hair with a diffuser I used heat protectant spray.

August 2020!

In September I had about 2 weeks of straightening my hair to try and make myself look a little more presentable when going out and about because my hair was getting to a length where the sides were sticking out a bit too much, and then I decided to just go for it and let my crazy hair be what it wants to be.

September 2020!

Next up is October, where my hair health is back in full force and my curls are finally at a point where they’re crazy bouncy and feel super soft. This month I also decided to dye my hair with a semi-permanent dye, which ended up staying permanent (a happy accident!).

October 2020!

And finally, here I am now! I’ve found a method/routine that works well for me, and my curls are now insane! My hair is finally shiny, soft and super bouncy, which I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get before I shaved my head! Some mornings my hair looks absolutely insane, a bit like I’ve been dragged through a hedge, but most mornings that can be hidden with a headband or refreshed with my spray bottle.

November Hair
November 2020!

So.. that’s where I’m at with my hair now! I’m not going to lie, I now don’t feel like myself when my hair isn’t its natural texture, even if it does look a little crazy from time to time!

My current routine involves washing my hair with shea moisture manuka honey shampoo, following up with shea moistures manuka honey conditioner, then shea moistures strengthen and restore styling lotion and finally a little bit of twisted sistas gel! Then I go in and add a spritz of heat protection spray and diffuse until my hair is 90% dry. Then I scrunch it out and fluff!

I straightened my hair yesterday to check its length and I’m nearly at a short bob/mullet length now, so I can’t wait to check my hair length again in a few more months to see how long it is!

I used to hate having to look after my hair, but now I love looking after my hair and usually dedicate one day in the week to do a hair mask and just chill.

How do you like to take care of your hair? Have you had any big hair transformations over the last year? Show me on insta!

And with that, that’s all from me for today! Have a great weekend my loves!

Love,

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Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony!

Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony!

Hello my lovelies! As you can guess from the title of this weeks post, I’ve had a busy week and exciting week. My week started off as usual, a busy week of work ahead, first up I hosted my first ever live stream for the non-profit I work for which was nerve wracking but exciting. Then this Thursday I had my ‘Celebration of Learning’ event for the college where I did my first part of my apprenticeship (I’m currently doing the next level up at the same place).

When the day came to go to my ‘Celebration of Learning’ and awards ceremony I had no clue what sort of thing to wear; which is funny, since I’ve actually got several posts on here all about fashion and outfit ideas! But you know how it is, you forget about what options for outfits you’ve already got when you’ve got an event coming up.

I figured smart casual is the best way to go, since I had no idea what everyone else would be wearing there. Maybe I’ll do a post on smart casual outfit soon, let me know if you want one in the comments!

Griffindor outfit

So, I ended up going with my more Griffindor inspired look because it’s one that’s a good comfy and smart casual look that can be dressed up or down. To make it a little smarted than in the picture to the right, I swapped out the trainers for heeled boots with burgundy, red and white embroidery and swapped the cardigan for a smart coat.

Alright, so after I finally decided on my outfit, it was makeup time! I’m a little stuck in a rut with my makeup to be honest, but it works for me so I did my usual routine and I was lucky enough to be having an amazing hair day which is something you have to worry about if you’re a person who wears their natural hair texture out and about!

Here’s how my makeup and hair turned out (featuring Nikkietutorials in the background haha):

Makeup

Let me know if you want to see my makeup routine sometime! Also, this was the first time I’ve worn my natural curls to an event!

After I was finally ready.. we left for the ceremony! Something I knew about the awards ceremony was that Warwick Davis was going to be there, presenting everyone scrolls and awards! And if you couldn’t tell already from my outfit, I’m a big Potterhead; so I was crazy excited!

So, one stop at McDonald’s for something small to eat and off we went to Peterborough Cathedral. Now, if you’ve never been to the Cathedral there, it’s absolutely beautiful, especially the painted ceiling, so definitely check it out if you’re ever in that area!

We made our way into the Cathedral, were taken to our seats and then at 7.30pm it began! It was amazing to see so many people together to celebrate how much they’ve achieved with all of their family and friends there to support them.

Here I am with my mum and Matt! (They coordinated by accident haha)

Mum, Matt and Me

We all took turns going up to receive our scrolls in front of the 700 people that were there and had our photos taken with Warwick, and I’m not gonna lie, it was hard to keep it together meeting him, especially with so many people watching!

Warwick and Me

I’ll have professional photos to check out and put up soon of me getting my scroll; I’ve just gotta wait for them to be sent over from the photographer at college! So in the mean time, here I am on the little screen by our seats.

After everyone went up for their scrolls it was time for the awards to be announced. The first award to be announced was the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards. Now, I heard someone behind me say they were told beforehand that they were nominated for the award, so I just assumed that meant that I wasn’t in the running since I hadn’t heard anything and that was fine by me. After all, I got to meet Warwick, something I never thought I’d do, so I was already over the moon.

Then they started announcing the nominees. They announced three names, and then the last name gets announced, and its mine. I was just sat there like:

So I’m just sat there like, wait what?! I wasn’t told about this! And then they do the whole.. ‘And the Apprentice of the Year is…’

And they say Victoria Morton. Me! My name!

Apprentice award

I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t really paying much attention because I didn’t think I’d win, so it took a second for me to actually realise what was happening and get up to walk to the front to get my award.

Award flatlay

I won’t lie, it’s still not really sunk in now! But here’s what the award looks like! The only award I’ve ever gotten other than blogging awards from the amazing blogging community is a most improved dance plaque from when I was about 10. And that’s a ‘most improved’ award.. aka I was the worst one there hahaha. My dancing career was very short lived. Which I think we can all say is a good thing.

Anyway, back to the awards! I was presented this really cool diamond shaped award and had another photo taken and then when I got back to my seat I was congratulated by my loved ones. And to think, we debated even going to the event! The part I loved the most about this was: number one – it was a complete surprise to myself and my loved ones, and number two – it reinforced in me that it’s perfectly fine to be an apprentice at 23 years old, and just because I’m older than typical apprentices does not mean I’m no good at my job. Oh, and that you should always be proud of your hard work.

Then the event ended and I was lucky enough to get another photo with Warwick and say a proper hello; since when you’re getting your scroll, you can’t really just stop and chat whilst hundreds of others are waiting for their turn.

For those wondering: Warwick was so lovely and genuine and was happy to take a photo with me just before being bombarded from children!

So whilst I wait for my other photos to arrive, here’s the photo I got!

Warwick and me

And that’s what happened at the awards ceremony this week! It was a happy, shocking, exciting, stressful and fun day!

Friendly reminder:

Don’t ever doubt yourself based on where other people are in their lives. You’re right where you need to be and you’re doing amazing. Be proud of your achievements no matter how big or small, you’re incredible!

Well, that’s all from me today, have you ever felt like you’re behind or not where you’re supposed to be in life? It’s completely normal to feel like that, but remember, everyone’s journey is different and taking a different path in life is no better or worse than others.

Have you been to any events recently? What did you wear? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

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Me and my awards
Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony pin