This week saw my first visit to Brighton this academic year. It’s odd that this blog started as a place where I intended to write about studying, but it just ended up being about my life. Nowadays writing about my course feels so difficult. The presentation was challenging and, despite my weeks of internal monologues, I blathered.

But it’s over. I’ve done my assessment. I may need to redo it as I know I missed the point. If I do, I do.

According to my calendar I have seven more sessions of my module left. Then I’ll have my PGCert. Who knows what I’ll do next? I just know that as terrifying and stressful my presentation felt, I was pleased to be back in Grand Parade thinking about art. I’m happy.

I started my new job this week too. My team are a lovely bunch of folk. My user account hasn’t been set up yet so this week has been all about shadowing and induction-related activities. The lack of structure has been unnerving.

Lavender hair

This year, for my birthday, I got loads of hair care products. I mean loads. For a year I have been trying to embrace my natural hair. On the whole, I like it but sometimes I think I can look scruffy.

I’m guessing the hair care products are my friends’ way of encouraging my endeavour rather than subtly letting me know my efforts aren’t working. Regardless, I’m enjoying my deep conditioning masques and shampoos.

A few years ago I went to a salon and had the most amazing hair cut. It sticks out in my mind because it was the first time that a hairdresser did not straighten my hair. They bobbed my hair in the style of Queenie Goldstein, and used a lovely shampoo and conditioner on me. A few days later I emailed asking for the name of the brand but I didn’t get a response. So I started researching online for similar products. I eventually found a product that I use regularly.

But today I was visiting TK Maxx and as I walked down the stairs to pay for a journal a brilliant blue bottle caught my eye.

I was sure this was it! As I got closer I could see a conditioner with mint in. I grabbed the bottle and smelt the nozzle (that sounds so weird). I was transported back to that day in the hairdresser’s chair.

EO have a wonderful range of products for curly-haired people. My favourite one, which currently isn’t on their official website is, the rosemary and mint conditioner.