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Say Goodbye To The Twist Out That Didn’t Dry

28th October 2015
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It’s close to bedtime and  you’re on your final twist, it’s a lot later than you expected to finish but you hope for the best and get some sleep. Looking into the mirror the next morning you take down your hair only to discover that 4 out of 12 twist have dried and set. The truth is super thick hair shows absolutely no mercy when it comes to drying. Using heat to set your hair works wonders but it’s simply not practical for the health of your natural hair. I began to think to myself, why do I need to load my hair down with styling products anyway? What exactly do they do that my hair couldn’t do on its own? One wash day I accidentally stumbled upon something that would change the way I did my hair forever. Here is how I get great results without a ton of products leading to twist outs that are always dry and defined. Note: This method works best on freshly washed hair.

 

The way to a great twist out is excellent definition but how do you expect to get it when you’re loading your hair down with products that would probably take your hair (depending how thick) around 1-2 full days to dry? One day after I’d gotten done washing my hair I twisted my hair off into sections to apply my hair products. As I went on and took down the twist I realised that my hair was setting to the point where there was excellent definition with only my leave in conditioner in it. You’d be surprised at just how agile clean hair really is. Styling products are great but all they do is help to eliminate frizz and coat your hair strands so they’ll bind together easily and the kicker is that clean and moisturised hair actually does all of that on its own.  So on that note I’ll break down exactly what you should do on your next twist out.

  1. After you’re hair has been washed apply your leave in conditioner and allow your hair to dry until it is damp. The most important part is that your hair is damp and not wet. If you can grip your hair and have wet hands it’s still too wet.
  2. A lot of naturals use the L.O.C Method at this point to seal in moisture but this will cause your hair to be too weighed down. You are still following that method except you won’t be applying any cream after the oil which is why it’s important to use an oil that seals in moisture really well.  Next you’ll want to go ahead and section off your hair into the layout for your twist out.
  3. The next step is to apply your oil to a section of hair, once you’ve done so it is important that you twist it immediately. To combat shrinkage since fresh hair causes your curls to revert I would recommend using this method for twisting you hair as done by youtube natural hair guru Naptural85 it’s really simple and involves flat twisting your hair at the roots which will stretch your hair. I also apply styling cream only at the ends of my hair and twist it around my finger to create a nice curl at the end.
  4. Once you’re done twisting leave your hair uncovered for as long as possible this will help your hair to continue drying from its damp state.
  5. When taking down your hair the next morning it will be dry and moisturised. When untwisting your hair coat your hands with a greasy or thick oil to help with any frizz depending on your hair type. You should now be the proud wearer of an amazing twist out!

Final Notes:

  • This method works for thick hair but depends greatly upon whether or not your hair was cleansed and moisturised properly.
  • A great way to test out and see if it will work on your hair is when letting your hair dry twist up a section of hair where the curl pattern is the tightest (for those who have several textures of curls in their hair) and leave it until your hair has dried for a while. When taking down the twist look for how frizzy the hair is and how deeply the curl has set. If there’s tons of frizz or twist has not set at all then your hair probably won’t turn out very well using this method.
  • The biggest secret of natural hair is it doesn’t need a lot of different substances just the right amount of the right things. As long as your hair is  moisturised and loved it will show that love back!

What you want in a twist out is stretched hair, definition and neatly styled waves and every time I use this method my results reflect just that! Styling products get the job done but remember you do not NEED them, I hope this easy styling method works and eliminates the days of undried twist outs.

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Easy Hair Practices For The Lazy Natural

21st October 2015
easy natural hair regimen

If there’s one thing that does not go together it’s natural hair and being lazy . The same fun and funky curls that frame and compliment our faces are the same curly, poofy and knot prone strands we battle with most days.  I’ve currently found myself experimenting with different methods that could be beneficial for me during a lazy spell and came up with this regimen. Here are a few practices that keep my natural hair moisturised, flourishing and growing when I’m in a lazy state of mind.

Starting with the most important thing that lays the very foundation for any of this to work, I cowash and steam every other week. When you’re not doing much to your hair it’s not going to get terribly dirty too fast so there’s a little wiggle room in how often you’re washing it. Normally  I wash my hair every week and steam it every other week while washing with shampoo once a month. Whenever I do cleanse my hair I have to make sure that everything is evenly distributed, locked and sealed in. Steaming is great for helping products and oils to penetrate the hair strand, read about more of the benefits of steaming here. In doing this my hair remains soft for long periods and doesn’t easily dry out and tangle.

I’ve gone through so many different looks and hairstyles but putting my hair into a bun has become my favourite and  most important practice. I bun it all of the time! I mean literally when I’m done washing my hair I allow it to dry follow with my oils, leave in conditioner, a little styling gel and put it into a bun. I keep my hair tied up at night with a silk head wrap and take my bun down once a week to moisturise my hair. When you do take it down there will be tons of strands coming out because they weren’t shedding freely. Do keep an eye out for globs of hair as this could be a sign of something more.

Simple enough isn’t it? Ah yes, the glory of doing hardly anything and reaping the benefits can make you feel like you’re getting away with something. Just a few things to be specific about and then hopefully you’ll try these out on yourself. When it comes to my washday here’s everything I do to make sure that I can keep up my laziness successfully for months at a time.

1. I apply whatever I’m co-washing with to my roots and spray water on top of it working it in with my finger tips to break up whatever needs to wash out. I also pull downwards on my hair with my other hand to keep my hair from tangling while I’m rubbing the co-wash into my roots. Sometimes if I feel my hair could really use a boost of moisture I heat up my conditioner using this cool mini-frying pan I bought. There are more simple ways to do this but I just love using the frying pan, seriously check it out.

 

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2. I then heat up and melt a chunk of raw shea butter in my mini frying pan and massage it into my scalp and my hair. This feels so good and it’s an amazing hot oil treatment. Raw shea butter comes in chunks and is very thick in its solid state so heating it up melts it like butter and makes for easy and even distribution. After this step I plat my hair and place Mamado Organic coconut oil over them and put a plastic bag over my hair and a beanie on top to let everything set in. Or instead I just use my steamer for 15 minutes.

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3. Whenever I’m done washing everything out of my hair I use an old t-shirt to dry up some of the water and once it’s damp I coat my hair with Jamaican Black castor oil using a bottle with a long nozzle (due to how thick the oil gets on your hands after a while) and then I follow up with Palmers coconut oil. I find this coconut oil as opposed to Mamado’s brand is a lot greasier and coats my thick hair a lot better. However Mamado’s is great for hot oil treatments.

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4. Finally, when putting my hair into the ponytail I use castor oil to generously coat however much hair is in the pony tail. After I do this I simply wrap my ponytail in a circular motion until I get my desired bun shape. When I tie my hair up I do so with a scarf that I tie specifically to wrap around my bun snugly and then place a satin cap over it. This is just a little extra security to dissuade product transfer onto my pillows.

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All that’s left is making sure you’re taking your bun/hairstyle down to detangle and moisturise if you need to. My hair has grown so much and I’m keeping all of the length because I’m not messing with it! This practice carries over into any protective style and for the lazy natural knowing how to cut corners without sacrificing your hair is important. I love my hair but sometimes I just want to do the bare minimum and still have gorgeous hair and this has absolutely worked for me.

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Is Oil Washing For You?

3rd August 2015
oil washing

Oil washing is probably one of the most creative methods I’ve seen amidst the natural hair community and it intrigued me greatly. Naturally, I did some research took to youtube and discovered that quite a few people were doing this and they all were having different experiences. I couldn’t wait to try it out and I’m glad that I did I learned so much more about my hair! Here’s exactly what happened during my four week trial of oil washing.

What is oil washing? It’s a method used before washing your hair or in between your shampoo and conditioner application to retain moisture and to soften the hair. You coat the hair generously (depending on your hair type) with a heavy or light oil and then wash it out like normal. From my research people were mainly using olive oil which is due to the fact that most of the women had thick densely compacted tight curls. Olive oil is thick enough to coat without the greasiness like coconut oil leaves behind. Watch an oil wash in action here via the NappyChronicles youtube channel for a visual.

I began oil washing once a week for 4 weeks. I applied oil in my hair after cleansing with a conditioner and a light cleansing co wash shampoo at my roots to loosen any dirt or product build up. After doing this I applied olive oil to my hair and let it sit for 15-20 minutes under a bag. I then washed out as much as the oil as I wanted. I always left behind a good amount because it made my hair a lot softer and much more manageable.

I began seeing results after week 2. I noticed that my hair was a lot shinier and was beginning to soften! As far as moisture retention I saw no difference even after my 4 week trial had ended. Looking back on it now I understand why I didn’t, with all of the oil that I was placing in my hair it probably affected how much sebum my hair was producing. I think that if I were steaming my hair or doing hot oil treatments the moisture loss I was experiencing would’ve been cut in half. After all that olive oil was just sitting on top of my hair and probably creating a bit of a barrier between my hair shaft and the water that could’ve provided more moisture.

 

What I learned:

Oil washing isn’t necessary for my hair

It made my hair SUPER shiny to the point where people noticed & the shine was gorgeous!

It did nothing whatsoever for my moisture levels

It made the feel of my hair softer because the oil was able to distribute wonderfully & work its magic

This method is more of a beautification process for my hair rather than constructive to my hair’s health

 

 

If You’re Going To Try This:

Be sure to use an emollient (an oil that softens the hair) otherwise kind of a waste

If you notice you’re losing more moisture than normal don’t oil wash as often & if you’re using a cleanser like a shampoo or co washing shampoo make sure that you’re replacing that moisture loss

Don’t apply directly to your scalp as this might affect the level of your own naturally produced oils

It’s a pretty messy process but your skin will feel so soft if you wash in the shower

Let the oil sit on your hair for a while before washing it out

 

Overall if I ever needed my hair to be shinier or was looking for an easy to do method that would make my hair super easy to deal with after a wash I’d do an oil wash. Otherwise, I’ll stick to my steaming and hot oil treatments.

Beauty

5 Cheap & Easy Hacks For Controlling Oily Skin

6th July 2015
oily skin hacks

Oily skin can be a pain, right along with the shiny forehead and cheeks it brings. I have this problem so I constantly have to find new methods that work to keep my pores from becoming clogged and morphing into giant pimples. Along the way I’ve discovered a few hacks that have helped me that has my skin looking fresh and very unreflective. Here are 5 cheap and easy hacks that have helped me with my oily skin drama.

 

Blot…A lot

oily skin hacks

This has probably helped me the most. I wear makeup on a daily basis and I used to buy those flimsy strips of paper that are specifically made to soak up oil. Don’t get me wrong oil blotters do a great job but they also removed my foundation and caused me to have to reapply my makeup. That’s when I discovered the toilet paper trick. Most squares of toilet paper have two to three layers so I’d just pull them apart so that I had a single layer of tissue. The thin sheet of tissue acts as a light sponge and only soaks up the oil and leaves my foundation untouched! Just lay it wherever there’s oil and press down and voila all gone!

 

 

 

Astringent Is The Bomb Diggity

One thing that I do after I’ve washed my face at night is apply astringent. Astringent is just a fancy word for a product that attracts and traps oil and dirt. It has alcohol in it as well and leaves the surface of whatever it touches pretty clean and sterile. I use it on my forehead and cheeks and throughout the day if i’m not wearing makeup. My favourite brand to use is Seabreeze, this formula is strong so I would’t use it more than 2-3 time a day. It works so well that it can actually cause you to have dry skin. If regularly astringent can also shrink your pores which is what causes excessive oil in the first place!

 

 

Don’t Reapply Your Foundation

I know this one’s hard not to do but it’s not worth the painful pimple that could spawn from it. I noticed that when I was practicing this habit I would get random breakouts. They didn’t happen right away which is proof that reapplying was causing build up in my pores and since I also have sensitive skin (which makes everything much more complicated) I can’t use harsh cleansers. So this buildup wasn’t going anywhere and I’d get these huge painful blemishes which were nurtured by my oily skin and were hard to get rid of. If you must reapply blot before you do otherwise you’re just putting makeup on top of oil and sealing it in, creating a fresh zit in the process.

 

 

Try Not To Sleep In Your Makeup 

For those with a busy, party hard or lazy type of lifestyle this can be a regular thing that just kind of happens. Habits like this not only cause acne and clogged pores but also damaged skin. Most makeup products that are on the market including some expensive brands contain toxic chemicals. Our skin is a living organism with pores that excrete and absorb whatever’s on top of it. This can cause you to prematurely age due to cell damage from the chemicals in your products and also cause your pores to enlarge. The bigger your pores the more oil they’ll produce and the more shine you’ll have.

 

Use Soaps & Natural Products v.s. Manufactured Formulas

The only thing that I’ve used to wash my skin with for the past 4 years is Dove soap for sensitive skin. I actually learned this from my grandmother who at the ripe and tender age of 70 had butter milk smooth skin. Manufactured products work and are great for fixing blemishes quickly but they also contain chemicals that no one can spell or pronounce that are absorbed through your pores filling your body with toxins. Try using clay washes like Rhassoul clay which is found in nature and has been used for hundreds of years by royalty and indigenous tribes because of its amazing properties. I always think when buying products would a queen have used this?

 

Your skin be it oily or dry is what you must live with for the rest of your life and that should be the best reason to take very good care of it. Oily skin can bring it’s share of problems but it also is beneficial in ageing and makes your skin less prone to wrinkles. Practicing these 5 hacks for oily skin everyday will make a vast improvement and will save you several headaches.

 

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My Natural Hair Care Regimen, Trade & Steal These Tips

9th May 2015
natural hair regimen

Every natural has their own rituals and regimens that they’ve created or borrowed from within the community. We must keep this silent tradition going by continuing to share secrets and trade information. So in the tradition of things I will now share my regimen that has allowed me to retain all of my hair growth and put an end to my dry hair streak!

 

Daily Regimen

I start by spraying my edges and putting castor oil on them, specifically for this oil’s nutrient rich hair growth promoting properties. My spray bottle contains aloe vera juice, tressemee naturals conditioner and argan oil. Lastly I apply castor oil to my ends (if my hair is out) and work it through with my hands.

 

Nightly Regimen

I wear a lot of protective styles so at night I apply a bit of coconut oil to the sides of my hair and on the back of my hair. These areas are where I lay and some of my products soak through my satin cap and rub off. I then wear a silk scarf over my hair then use a satin scarf to place over that one to lay down my hair (I try not to use a lot of gel in my hair) and then place a satin bonnet over it to keep my protective style in place.

 

For My Itchy Scalp

If I feel that my scalp is itchy but my hair is moisturised I usually take my hair down and spray my hair lightly with aloe vera juice and massage it into my scalp. It seems to really hydrate and quench my scalps thirst. I then massage either coconut oil or argan oil through my scalp and style my hair back again.

 

If My Hair Feels Dry

There are certain levels of dryness that tell me what’s going on with my hair because I pay attention to my curls very closely. If my hair itself feels dry but doesn’t appear very frizzy I know that I just need to hydrate the hair strands and use the L.O.C. method. If my hair looks feels and sounds (crunchy) dry then I know I need a co-wash as major moisture needs to be restored.

 

Things I Avoid:

Coming my hair more than 3 times a month (combs cause breakage)

Using too many styling products (build up, yuck)

Going more than a month without protective styling (leaving your hair alone is key to length retention)

Trimming my ends often (you just don’t need to)

Finger detangling on dry or damp hair (always have my hair wet)

 

Things That Have Made BIG Differences:

Steaming my hair twice a month with my own DIY conditioner mixes

Putting castor oil on my ends and edges

Using aloe vera juice on my scalp

Protective styling often

Not using combs hardly ever

Co-washing with Tressemme naturals

 

Key To My Healthy Natural Hair:

Steaming

 

All of these things have really helped my in my journey and have caused me to retain serious length and have healthy hair. My regimen isn’t full of tons of product but oils and natural supplements. If it’s found in the earth naturally then I love it and use it frequently. I’m not product junkie but I love my little regimen and it has done me justice because I see the effects in my hair everyday! 

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6 Tips On Straightening Your Natural Hair

6th May 2015
straightening natural hair

As naturals we love our fierce curls and kinks that make our hair gorgeous and full of body. It’s a given that we’ll want to change up our hair style every once and while and rock straight hair (mainly for the length checks). However when straightening your hair you should know a few things that will keep you from a number of negative outcomes that could effect the health, look and feel of your hair.

 

You must prepare your hair properly especially if you’re straightening your hair after you’ve just washed it. A good way to lift your cuticle to absorb more moisture is by using a steamer with your deep conditioner as well as a good sealant. This will pump way more moisture into your hair and avoid dryness. Also try to avoid blow drying and straightening in the same setting as this will increase your chance of moisture making whatever products you’ve put in your hair beforehand a non factor.

 

The golden rule every natural should follow is always straighten your hair on low heat, you may want sleek and straight looking hair but using high levels of heat will cause damage. Remember straight hair will last only a few days and is not worth messing up years of work that you’ve put into the health of your hair.

 

Never straighten your hair without a heat protectant. There are many out there that work brilliantly in coating your hair strands and repelling heat penetration to the cuticle layer. I left this step out of my regimen when I straightened my hair a few years ago and stripped my curl pattern along the back of my neck. Heat protectants are inexpensive and normally come in a spray form and cause a lot of steam as you straighten your hair because they act as a buffer between your hair and the heat.

 

Always be aware of just how many times you’re going over a section of your hair with your straightener. Even with a heat protectant on your hair too much heat is still too much heat. During the straightening process the ultimate goal is to get the look you desire with very little heat damage.

 

Never attempt to fully straighten your roots. Your roots are where your new growth peaks and this hair is fragile as it is the newest and most under nourished part of your hair. You could strip your curl pattern and create straggly unnatural looking curls as well as cause the hair to weaken and break off.

 

Lastly, protect your ends by applying the heat protectant evenly and by properly moisturising your hair beforehand. Failure to do so will certainly result in dry and brittle ends that will lead to the loss of length.

 

Overall keeping these 6 tips in mind will lead to a much healthier straightening process. There is no sure way to stop heat damage from happening as using high levels of heat will always effect your moisture levels. Never hold unrealistic goals for your natural hair remember that it will look a certain way (poofy with a hint of kink) and will not be bone straight. Use light weight products that promote sleek looking hair like argan oil. This will help weigh down the hair even more and give a healthy finish to your look!

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Why You Should Be Steaming Your Natural Hair

30th April 2015
steaming natural hair

After using a product on my hair I discovered that it had changed my natural hair’s porosity  causing it to change from normal to low. My hair had a hard time letting moisture in and led to my moisture retention dropping so low that I had issues with dryness. After researching I began experimenting with steaming my hair and the results were astounding! As promised in a previous post I will now share those results with you!

 

I followed my normal wash day regimen only changing the part where I deep conditioned with a plastic cap/bag. Instead I used a steamer that I’d bought online a few days ago. Compared to most available on the market I went with the cheapest option. I was unsure how my hair would take to it and didn’t want to end up with an expensive piece of equipment that did nothing for my hair. I stayed underneath it for exactly 25 minutes and washed out my conditioner. I used Tresemee Naturals with aloe vera juice and then sealed with castor oil.

After I’d washed everything out I noticed right away that the look of my hair was different. There was no frizziness and my hair had a natural shine to it! My curls were also very defined and my hair felt soft, not the faux softness you get from ingredients either. Basically I had all the signs of very nourished, healthy and moisturised hair. I applied my castor oil to my hair to seal in the moisture and twisted my hair into sections to let it finish drying. A few hours later I noticed that unlike my hair had been behaving before, the castor oil wasn’t just sitting on top of my hair but was being soaked up along with my leave in conditioner as well!

I started working on my protective style and completed it within 15 minutes and headed to bed. The next morning I woke up to find that my hair was shiny and still soft and most of the product I used was absorbed into my hair. I am now on day 7 of my post wash day and I can say that I’m a firm believer in steaming your hair, especially if you have issues with dryness and absorbing moisture.

What Steaming Your Hair Does

Steam is a natural way to lift up the cuticle layer of the hair that is cover in scale like shingles that lift up and down to let moisture in and out. Steam causes those cuticles to swell and lift letting in the molecules of whatever you’ve coated your hair with to easily enter into the hair shaft. That’s why it’s important to follow with a sealant because the inner layer of the hair also makes the cuticle layer lift to release the moisture back out again. If you have issues with getting moisture in your hair steaming is a great way to give your hair a better chance at changing that very fact. This could also lead to changing your hair’s porosity and ultimately the moisture retention you experience.

 

If you’re going to experiment with steaming your hair for the first time I’d recommend trying it out on a cheaper alternative like a steamer cap. The one that I bought online at ebay.uk was £9 and if your hair responds well to steaming with this cap then it will do so even further with a full on steamer. It’s cheap and the writing is in Chinese but it works! I recommend letting it heat up for 45 minutes on the highest setting before use as it takes a while to accumulate steam. Do not use the low setting on this model it will barely get hot enough to create steam. Also depending on which country you’re buying this model from be sure to purchase an adaptor for the appropriate wall socket based on your country. Also try amazon as well for this model.

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Things To Know About Steaming

1. Never steam your hair longer than 30 minutes it can actually begin to break down the bonds on a molecular level that give your hair the curl pattern you have and cause your hair to become relaxed.

2. Wear a towel around your neck as your conditioner will begin to run down after a while

3. Seal in the moisture you’ve received from your deep conditioner with a sealant after you’re hair has dried a little and has become damp.

4. Never steam your hair more than twice a month, while steam is better for your hair it is still a form of heat.

 

When steaming your hair be sure to use products that are as natural as possible. Include moisturising agents like aloe vera juice or ingredients found in DIY deep conditioners soft nourished hair. You can even deep condition with castor oil alone (hot oil treatment) as it is amazing at coating the hair and is pumped with nutrients that your hair loves and needs. I love steaming my hair and have now added it to my hair regimen! My hair is so much softer now and I don’t have to apply products to my hair everyday for hydration and softness. I recommend steaming to every natural especially those battling dry hair. I guarantee your hair will thank you!

 

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Why Combing Your Natural Hair Can Become Harmful

27th April 2015
combing natural hair

As natural’s we must obtain extremely hydrated and tangle free curls to maintain the health of our hair. The detangling process can lead to over combing causing many issues. Here is a list of causes and reasons why every natural should be weary of just how much they comb their curls.

 

Damage To the Hair Cuticle

The hair strand is far from singular and is made up of different layers, the outer most being the cuticle layer. The cuticle layer of the hair is responsible for letting moisture in and protecting the hair from damage. The cuticle layer is made up of scale like layers that lift up to let moisture in and down to seal it in. The individual bristles of a brush can abrasively rub against the cuticle layer causing cracks and wearing the layer down. Causing the protection to thin and creating extreme damage to the hair strand and the layers inside.

combing natural hair

 

Breakage

If you’ve ever gotten braids before and they were too tight you’ve probably experienced sore spots and even blisters which led to hair loss. Combs can cause these same problems as well, they pull and tug on the scalp and unnaturally stretch and re stretch your curls. The twist of each curl pattern is gorgeous but is also very weak because they can twist and bend in all directions and once those areas are being tugged at they will snap off. Now advocate this happening daily and you’ll have a ton of unnecessary breakage. Combing your hair while wet will cause less breakage but won’t totally stop it from happening, the water is just a buffer for what is still occuring.

 

Slowed Length Retention

As naturals we love seeing new growth and the only way to keep seeing new growth is by really taking care of our hair. The simple fact is if you comb your hair everyday you will see more breakage especially at the ends. When most of us work our way through a section of hair to detangle our kinks and curls we’re combing through a jungle of hair strands that are pointed in millions of different directions. When you’re raking a comb through your hair you will be pulling at tightly wound curls and hairs that might be twisted around each other causing them to knot and then become broken apart by the teeth of your comb. Doing this everyday will take away length in several areas and cause knots to form.

 

The simple fact is if you’re natural and have curly or kinky hair (all of us) you shouldn’t be combing your hair everyday or even every other day. Even if you’re not visibly seeing breakage why even open yourself up to the possibility? Combing is a resourceful and time saving tool but it has it’s down sides and they are steep. If you’re a natural that loves her comb and cant detangle without it, be sure to use wide tooth combs with hard plastic teeth and finger detangle as much as you possibly can before hand!

Beauty

How to Apply Powder Cream & Liquid Foundations

24th April 2015
how to apply foundation

Whether you’re a powder, cream or liquid foundation girl the importance of application is dyer. Not having the right tools to make your base blend in smoothly can revert to your base wearing you and not YOU wearing your base.

 

Powder foundation is one the easiest types of foundation to apply to the skin and comes in a pressed powder or loose powder form . Loose powder is the form that is generally used in mineral foundations and looks like textured baby powder. Pressed powder is the most common and is smooth in appearance and powdery in texture. Both of these require a totally different application process depending on your skin type.

Pressed Powder Foundation

Pressed powder should be applied with a sponge or if you have problems with oily skin try a foundation brush with a variation in bristle height like a stippling brush. This will ensure even strokes and a light layer over the skin preventing clogged pores. Other foundation brushes range in all sizes and feature more compact bristles for different coverage types. Remember the denser the bristles the heavier the coverage.

If you have problems with blotches or uneven texture try a flat brush rather than a rounded one. Flat brushes make it easier to notice the amount that is actually on the brush and provide even strokes. These brushes work best for those who like heavier coverage and have problems with blotches. When choosing a sponge know that you should experiment with what works best for you skin and what feels best in your hands. They come in all shapes and sizes and yield the same stroke. Keep in mind that the cheaper they are the more they will lack in quality. My favorite sponge is the diamond shaped sponge it allows for great manipulation when it comes to creating strokes.

*A good makeup sponge will be thick in texture and will last long and not crumble, providing even strokes.

 

Loose Powder Foundation

Loose powder is very light and fluffy in texture and can provide a very natural finish. This powder can appear almost translucent on top of the skin and is a favorite of the natural makeup loving girl. This foundation is best applied with a short handled densely compacted brush. Due to the very nature of this powder when being applied they will fall loosly with every stroke and therefore need to be spread around evenly. Larger brushes do just that and can apply loose powder foundation to large areas perfectly. These brushes come in a flat and round shape with a long or short handle. It all comes down to what feels best in your hand. If you’re prone to quick light strokes a short handle will feel best where as longer handles are better for longer and slower strokes.

*The key is to pick up an even amount of powder from light dabs, with this powder a little truly goes a long way.

 

Liquid Foundation

This is one of the trickier foundations and can be difficult to master. This foundation comes in different consistencies  and coverage levels but can deliver flawless coverage. One thing to now about the application of liquid foundation is that every stroke counts and must be moulded to make a beautifully even face. Some great applicators include oval shaped blending sponges and flat or sparsely bristled brushes.

If you have problems with oily skin and enlarged pours go for a liquid foundation that is watery in texture and stay away from oil based liquid foundations as these contain pore clogging ingredients. Dry skin textures should massage the skin with moisturiser before application and look for liquid foundations that contain ingredients that hydrate the skin. Not Properly keeping your skin moisturised can lead to wrinkle like lines in your foundation and promote dry patches. Remember with liquid foundation it’s not about layering it’s all about the stroke of your brush that matters in flawless coverage.

 

Cream Foundation

Last but not least cream foundations are a less widely used option but one that is not to be put on the back burner. Cream foundations are an amazing option for those who like an extremely natural looking coverage. They contain water and many other ingredients that make them really blend into the skin while letting your pores breathe. They come in a pressed form a thick and creamy like custard.

I’m an absolute lover of natural makeup and I received the most compliments on my skin when I was wearing this form of foundation. It brought a glow to my face and seemed to melt and disappear into my skin and looked so natural! One thing that I can say is that if you have any scars or blemishes they will not be covered by this foundation and should probably be used with concealer. It is similar to liquid foundation but lighter and less streaky in wear. The best applicators for pressed cream foundations are compacted short bristled brushes and rounded stubby sponges. If you’re using the creamy like custard form I suggest a flat shaped compact brush for better manipulation. This type of foundation is friendly for all skin types!

*The key to applying cream foundation is much like liquid foundation being that it’s all in the stroke.

 

Natural Hair Care

Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

23rd April 2015
cantu shea butter product review

This our very first product review & we’ve done it on the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream! I hope you find my personal experience and feedback helpful and remember to always be selective with hair products you’re trying out for the first time!

 

  We will be posting more product reviews so stay tuned for more and feel free to submit any questions!