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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fact or Fiction? #4 - Curly hair myths, debunked!

September 14, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


I have not published a Fact or Fiction? post in such a long time, but this is, actually, my fourth beauty myths post. These posts are meant to debunk common beauty myths and misconceptions. For this fourth (4th) post, I chose to focus on curly hair. 


I have a loose curl pattern (2c/3a) and, I have been wearing my hair naturally, on and off, for over a decade. I haven't straightened my hair in almost two and a half years! Needless to say, I learned quite a few tips and tricks along this journey. I found a lot of helpful information online, but also a lot of misinformation such as:


1. Do not wash your hair more than once a week.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


There is no one golden rule when it comes to hair cleansing. If you don’t wash your hair enough, it will become flat and greasy. If you wash it too often, it will be dry and frizzy. You should wash your hair when it needs to be cleansed.



2. You only have curly hair if you don’t have to scrunch it.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Some people believe that if your hair is not curly while wet, you don’t have curly hair. Wet hair is elongated and weighed down with water. Thus, the curl or wave pattern is hidden. This is why shrinkage happens, where curly hair often looks shorter when dry.


women with curly hair

3. You can use high heat to diffuse your hair without causing damage.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Many believe that since the diffuser attachment diffuses the heat, it will not cause damage. Unfortunately, the truth is that heat always leads to some damage. If you must use heat, use it as little as possible, and always protect your hair with a heat protectant.



4. Wash your hair with conditioner only.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


Applying conditioner on wet hair and rinsing it out is moisturising hair, not washing it. If you want to cleanse your hair, you need to use a shampoo, cleansing conditioner or a co-wash. These products contain ingredients that help remove dirt, impurities and product buildup. 



5. Silicones and sulphates damage your hair.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


This is a core rule of the Curly Girl Method (CGM) and a huge misconception:

Silicones coat the hair and cover up the damage. As they build up, the most efficient way to remove them is by using sulphate shampoo. However, sulphates strip natural oils, causing dryness, frizz and damage. Thus, creating a vicious cycle. According to the CGM, you should never ever use them.


Silicones are not inherently bad for hair; water-insoluble silicones do build up on the hair shaft and are difficult to remove, however, water-soluble ones are easily removed with gentle shampoos, including sulfate-free shampoos.

Sulphates can be damaging to your hair. But they can also have some benefits; without cleansing sulphates, sebum quickly builds up on the scalp. This buildup will lead to a lot of itchiness, flakes, and over time this can lead to hair loss. Sulfate-free shampoos are an excellent option for most curlies, but if you feel the need to use a shampoo that contains sulphates, you can do so. The secret is to dilute it with water, only apply it to the hair roots and, alternate its use with a more moisturising shampoo. 



6. You must follow the Curly Girl Method.


Fact or Fiction? Fiction.


I think the Curly Girl Method is a good starting point for learning how to take care of curly hair, but it’s not the end-all-be-all of curly hair care. The truth is, it takes a lot of trial and error to find what works for your hair.


Curly hair is stunning, unique and sometimes hard to manage. Which one of these curl myths surprised you the most?








Sunday, September 12, 2021

Why I choose to embrace my big forehead

September 12, 2021 3 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I want to talk about one of my distinctive physical features; my fivehead. For those of you who do not know, a five-finger forehead (or fivehead) is a term used to describe a forehead that is the span of five fingers or more. Many people consider a large forehead as being an "ugly" and undesirable feature. Some will do anything and everything to try to make it less noticeable. The easiest way to do this is to wear bangs (a fringe). 

a selfie

A few days ago, I wrote about haircuts, more precisely, how often you should get a haircut or trim. I also trimmed my hair a couple of days ago; I cut my hair in layers to enhance the curl pattern. Usually, I cut my bangs every couple of years to change up my look. Then, I maintain them for a few months before the novelty wears off and remember why I hate having bangs. At the moment, I have face-framing layers but no annoying fringe/bangs. The face-framing layers are more noticeable when I wear a middle part!  


Whenever I cut my bangs, my friends and family members always comment on how flattering they are. I do love the look but, wearing a fringe can be a real pain!   

hair bun selfie

Truth be told, I wear my hair up 90% of the time, especially in the long, hot and humid summer months we experience here, in Malta. As you might have guessed, bangs are not a very practical style to wear in such weather conditions. Because bangs lay against the forehead, they pick up sebum very quickly. Not only is a fringe super prone to looking greasy, but it could also cause acne breakouts. Working out with bangs is a nightmare, and don't get me started on windy days. Most of the time, I pinned my bangs back anyway, and that defeats the whole purpose. A blunt fringe is also very high maintenance; I used to trim mine every two weeks.


I choose to embrace my large forehead and wear my hair however I want and part it whichever way I feel. It's not something I let bother me. But that being said, there's nothing wrong with some little tricks that may help you boost your confidence. Aside from a fringe, two such "tricks" are wearing statement earrings or wearing bright lip colour.  



Always remember that you are unique and irreplaceable!








Monday, September 06, 2021

How often should you trim your hair? ✂️

September 06, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You have all heard that you should get a trim regularly if you want to keep your hair strong and healthy, but how do you know when the right time is?  How often you should cut your hair depending on your hair texture and your current haircut.

hairdresser cutting straight hair

Many hairstylists used to suggest getting a trim once a month, every four (4) weeks.  Yes, if you have short hair, you should trim it every four weeks; if you want to keep your current hairstyle.  However, if you have medium-length hair, a cut every four weeks is probably too often.  Getting a haircut every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks is a better option to keep your medium length looking healthy without growing it out long.

If you have long hair, you can wait even more than eight to twelve weeks between haircuts.  A  haircut every three (3) to four (4) months will work best for your needs.  You have to give your hair time to grow (about 0.5 inches each month) between cuts to avoid sacrificing length.  When I used to wear my hair straight, I trimmed it every three or four weeks.  Nowadays, I wear my hair in its natural texture (I have a loose curly hair pattern), and I plan to trim my hair at the beginning of each season!  By doing so, I will be giving myself a haircut four times a year, once every three months (12 weeks).  To be honest, I am still getting used to waiting this long to cut my hair.

hairdresser cutting curly hair

If you have fine hair, you should get a trim every four (4) to six (6) weeks.  Fine hair is more susceptible to damage from styling tools and products than other hair types.   For this reason, frequent trims are a must for healthy-looking hair.   


If you have layered hair, you might notice that within a couple of months, your haircut loses its shape.  Usually, longer layered styles can stretch a bit longer between trims.  Layers should be reshaped every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks.   Fringes or bangs should be trimmed monthly, but you can go longer if you have lower-maintenance styles like wispy bangs or curtain bangs.


Here are telltale signs that you need a haircut:  


  • Your hair tangles easily and it gets harder to detangle.
  • Your hair is thick at the roots but thin at the ends.
  • You have more bad than good hair days.
  • Your curls start losing or changing their shape.
  • You notice split ends.
  • The ends of your hair stick together/tangle.
  • The ends of your hair start breaking off.
  • Split ends are travelling up your hair shaft.

No matter how thick and strong your hair is, you should never wait longer than six (6)  

months in between haircuts.  After a certain amount of time, no matter how well you treat your hair, your ends tend to get damaged!



How often do you get a haircut?









Saturday, September 04, 2021

Cute and easy back to school hairstyles

September 04, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


I lived here in Malta all my life.  What many of you might not know is that: students in Malta have to wear a uniform.  They also have a strike dress code, and makeup is not allowed.  There are also regulations regarding hairstyles, schoolbags and the wearing of jewellery.  


But since this post is all about back to school hairstyles, let's focus on hair regulations for a second.  Hairstyles "unbecoming the school uniform" (whatever that means) are strictly forbidden.  Students have to keep their hair tidy and tied back if it is long.   No "extravagant" hair colouring is allowed.  Only simple hair bands matching the school colours may be worn; other hair accessories are not allowed.  Needless to say that fashion-wise, my schooldays were not fun at all!


For this reason, in today's post, I will include simple hairstyles that can be worn by most hair types.  And for all the lucky ones who can rock their hair however they like, I will also include links to some cute and trendy hair accessories.


This time of the year is the perfect time to try on some new hairstyles for school.  Keep reading for some cute and easy hairstyles for school anyone can try, even those who oversleep.



1.  Double side buns aka space buns


woman styling little girl's hair

If the hair buns feel loose, secure them with bobby pins; use as many bobby pins as you need.  Once you are happy with your style, always finish with hairspray to keep it looking pretty all day!

teenage girls taking selfies

Space buns look good on girls of all ages.


2.  High ponytail


I wear my hair up a lot - my tip is to flip your head upside down and brush your hair to the crown of your head. Then secure with a hair tie.

 

3.  Half-up, half-down


Half-up hairstyles are easy, totally effortless, and are perfect for a lazy hair day.  Try the half-up bun or top knot, the half-up pony or the half-up braid or double braid.


woman with hair accessories

4.   Add a little quick sparkle to your look by clipping in a few barrettes or adding a trendy hair accessory.


5.  Braids


There are different variations that you can try out depending on your mood and the occasion.  Many are familiar with the French braid, the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid.  However, let's not overlook the traditional, simple three (3) strand braid; easy, practical and still cute.  This simple braid can be styled into an endless number of hairstyles as well.


woman braiding her curly hair

teenage schoolgirl with two braids hairstyle

woman braiding schoolgirl's hair

This was my mum's go-to hairstyle for me in my primary school days. 


6.  Braided ponytail


If you are bored with how you typically wear your ponytail, you could try the braided pony.   Starting just off centre, create a French braid down the side of your head.  Secure with a ponytail, and you're done!


woman in the park with a braided ponytail hairstyle

How do you typically style your hair for school or work?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Talk to you soon!








Sunday, January 03, 2021

Favourite curl creams / leave-in conditioners of 2020

January 03, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! 

In this first post of the year, I want to share with you some of my favourite hair care products.  As I previously told you; I've been wearing my hair, exclusively, in its naturally wavy/curly state (2c/3a) since June 2019.  Using a curl cream or a leave-in conditioner is an important step in my curly routine, one I cannot skip.  

Here are the four (4) hair creams I purchased and repurchased in 2020...

curl creams and leave-in conditioners


The reason I use four different leave-ins is that I rotate between them, and use the cream that my hair needs on that particularly wash day.  Your hair should maintain a balance between moisture and protein and finding and maintaining the balance between these two is critical for achieving and maintaining healthy hair.  Neither protein nor moisture can work well without the other.

When my hair feels a bit dry and is in dire need of moisture, I use the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air-Dry Cream.  This product is very moisture-rich and it does an amazing job at hydrating dry hair.  It is ideal for dehydrated hair, highly moisturising, with aloe vera extract and vegetable glycerin.

On the other end of the spectrum, if my hair feels over moisturised and needs protein, I use the Garnier Fructis Hydra Liss 10 in 1 Air Dry Cream.  This product is rich in protein and it also acts as a heat protectant.  In fact, it claims to be a ten actions in one product; heat protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, anti-breakage, anti-split ends, repairs, moisturises, softens, gives shine and does not weight down hair.  This leave-in treatment is enriched with argan oil and liquid amino-keratin.

I use the Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream (with natural shea butter and pure coconut oil) when my hair is balanced and doesn't need more moisture than protein or vice versa.  Coconut oil does not contain proteins itself, it is composed of approximately 50% lauric acid which helps restore and strengthen the protein structure of your hair.  This product enhances my natural curl pattern and helps fight frizz while adding moisture and shine.  I only use a small amount of this cream as it tends to weigh down my hair if I use too much.

The Garnier Fructis Hydra Ricci Air-Dry Cream, has a little bit of hold, that the other three hair cream I use do not.  It does a good job at defining my curls, however, I still need to use a mousse or gel on top for hold (as I do with any cream I use).  This leave-in treatment is enriched with pistachio oil and in fact, it spells just like pistachio.

These products are very affordable and work well for my hair type.  If you use strictly CG (curly girl method) approved products, you can try the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air Dry Cream; it is the only one of the four hair creams I mentioned that is silicone-free.  

Personally, I do not use sulphates or silicones in my shampoos and conditioners, but I don't mind using silicone in my stylers.  Here in Malta, the air is very humid all year round and the silicone in my stylers create a barrier against the moisture in the air.  I tried following the curly girl method to a T but my hair loves silicone curl creams and leave-in conditioners. 


What are your favourite leave-in hair products?


Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.




Saturday, August 29, 2020

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

August 29, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
If you live in an area with hard water, chances are your hair is suffering the consequences.  Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium, lime, and magnesium.  While not dangerous, hard water can leave your hair dull and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.  It can also discolour lighter hues and strip colour-treated hair.  Minerals dissolved in hard water create a film on the hair strand, which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.  This results in dry, dull and tangled hair.  The best way to combat issues related to hard water is to incorporate a deep cleansing mask once a week to eliminate buildup.
The key ingredient in this DIY deep cleansing hair mask is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!  I often use ACV in my DIY beauty recipes.  The enzymes and nutrients in ACV make it an amazing natural hair conditioner.  
Combined with the goodness of agave and olive oil, this apple cider vinegar hair mask recipe is the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning remedy!
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions according to the length and thickness of your hair.

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

Keep in mind that you should use wholesome apple cider vinegar, which is RAW, unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
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Method:
  1. In a bowl mix, all the above ingredients with a spoon until a smooth mask is formed.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair from ends to scalp.
  3. Pull hair back and allow the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out completely, no shampoo or conditioner is necessary unless oily residue remains.

ACV nutrients and their benefits for the hair:
  • Ascorbic Acid - Also known as Vitamin C, makes hair grow faster, detoxifies hair, is rich in antioxidants fight free radicals, fights dandruff, and cleanses scalp and hair strands.
  • B-vitamins - Stimulates blood circulation in hair follicles, remedies baldness and hair loss, a remedy for greasy or oily hair, moisturizes hair and leads to shiny silky locks of hair.
  • Acetic acid - Kills off lice and nits, detoxes hair, breaks down chemical product build up in hair, cleanses the scalp of bacteria and germs, fights dandruff, fights smelly scalp.
  • Probiotics - Friendly bacteria fights odour in the scalp, disinfect scalp.

Make sure the accompanying ingredients used are also good quality in order to get the best results.  

Role in the hair mask:
  • Olive Oil - Oldest pressed oil known to mankind, rich in antioxidants, hydrates and moisturises hair, powerful hair conditioner.
  • Agave - A soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and a lustrous shine.



And there you have it; a recipe for the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning hair mask!

What is your favourite hair mask (DIY or store-bought)?  Leave a comment and let me know!



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Saturday, August 15, 2020

My current haircut

August 15, 2020 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Through the years, my hair has been anywhere from pixie short to knee length long (when I was 9/10).  A few years back I did a tag post where I answered questions about my hair; check it out - Tag post: My hair.  My hair usually flows between a mid-length that is a few inches below my collarbone, to something longer roughly at bra strap length.  

My hair right now (August 2020) is pretty long; mid-back length with layers throughout.  I also have soft face-framing layers (grown out bangs).  The shortest layers start just below my chin when curly.  I prefer a u-shaped cut over a v-shape.  Now I trim my hair every 8 (eight) weeks, I used to trim it every 4 (four) weeks until a few months ago when I wanted to keep it shorter. 

I've been cutting and dying my own hair since 2007-2008!  I am not encouraging anyone to cut their own hair.  I'm just telling you what I do and how I get this haircut.  If you do not feel confident do not do it.- leave it to the professionals.  But if you have wavey or curly hair and you want to cut your own hair I recommend watching Manes by Mell videos on YouTube.  

My hair colour is 7.1, dark ash blond is the name on the box but I describe it more as a lightish brown.  My natural hair colour is a medium brown but since I started going grey at the age of 21 (twenty-one) I felt like I had to colour my hair.  
If you are heading in for a hair appointment soon, I highly suggest taking photos of whatever haircut you are going for!  It’s helpful to discuss what you like and don’t like about each of the photos you bring so the stylist can have a clear vision of your hair goals!
I hope you are having a great hair day!