Oh-la-la Elvine!

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  “I started to bleach my hair five years ago. I can say that I have probably changed my hair color every 6 months since!”

Our site editor, Yanar, spotted Elvine on the tube in east London recently and had to stop her to ask where she has her done – at the time is was a beautiful lilac-grey. It turns out Elvine – nickname, ElvineOhlala – is a French blogger with a bold and beautiful style.  

We know Afro and curly hair can be scarily brittle and needs a lot more TLC so we were curious to know how she manages to bleach and dye it without breakage. ..

‘ElvineOhlala’ shares a few of her haircare secrets and more…

I am originally from Gabon, my both parents are Gabonese. In my country people used to wear colorful clothes. I love the colour of African patterns. I think my love of color comes from my origins.

When I was younger, I didn’t like my hair and I used a relaxer to straighten it. Cut to the age of 18 with my next hair-changing phase, when a true hair-disaster happened and I lost my hair.  My best friend was a apprentice hairdresser, and one day she made a mistake (you can see where this is going..) when she dyed my hair. A few weeks later she used a relaxer on top of the dying because of those curls that ‘I hated’.

I learnt the hard way. After this accident I’ve kept my curls.

The upside is that I now understand how to ensure I do not break my hair, while having the freedom to express myself by colouring it. These are my steps and the products I use to ensure my hair stays in well-conditioned shape.

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Elvine and her favourites!

My favourite products are:

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TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo – helps detangle
Mizani True Textures Curl Balance Shampoo – gives a silky touch
TRESemme Colour Revitalise Conditioner


Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 15.00.40 copyMizani Supreme Oil Mask  – nourishing treatment to boost shine and manageability.

Mizani True Textures Moisture Stretch or Mizani 25 Miracle Milk – reduces dryness and adds softness.

Adds shine and helps to give a perfect curl.

This definitely helps to improve the quality of relaxed hair.

Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Styling Gel – creates waves and generally styles and controls my frizz. Elvine in Pink Suit


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In my videos on Youtube, I explain that I have different routines for my hair but I always use almond oil before washing my hair, overnight or just 2 hours before.

– Wash your hair only once a week

– Put cream on your hair before sleeping every 2 days – I like Mizani Coconut Souffle Hairdess

– Put a scarf on before sleeping to protect it from frizzing

I first started my YouTube channel because a lot of people were asking me for advice and hair care tips, after seeing my hair. I love helping people out. So many people don’t trust themselves so I want to push them and try to help them do what they want to do. Whether it’s wear their hair a new colour or wear a colourful outfit.

My favourite vintage and secondhand shop in London in TRAID; I can always find a beautiful bargain in there. I also like Dotty Theresa Vintage where you can find fabulous clothes with good quality.

I am generally a happy person – my friends call me ‘joy’. I love to be happy and make others happy. I like to tell people there is hope and they are loved.

Elvina for thandiekay


How to dye your Afro hair pink


Follow Elvine on Instagram: @elvineohlala

Watch her on YouTube

Check out her blog: www.elvineohlala.com



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