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Friday, November 05, 2021

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

November 05, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry is finally waking up, with more consumers demanding cleaner, sustainably packaged beauty products. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle just yet, it’s easy to tweak your skin, hair, and makeup routines to benefit the planet. Luckily, many beauty brands are rising to the challenge with waste-free packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. 


Here are a few simple ways to make your routine greener and cleaner.


  1. Cut down on plastic.
  2. Buy products with eco-friendly packaging.
  3. Go package free.
  4. Choose recyclable packaging.
  5. Choose refillable packaging.
  6. Recycle or re-use your product containers.
  7. Use eco-friendly ingredients.
  8. Avoid microplastics.
  9. Do not use single-use products.
  10. Reduce your water usage.
  11. Shop from brands that give back to the planet.


bathroom sink


Concrete examples:


  • Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use natural toothpaste or toothpowder.
  • Use mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash.
  • Switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor.
  • Switch to soap bars
  • Use shampoo bars and conditioners.
  • Use facial cleansing bars.
  • Invest in some reusable makeup remover pads and washcloths. 
  • Use plastic-free cotton buds.
  • Do not leave the water running.

soap bar

Take care of our planet with these simple tips!



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First day of autumn | Post-summer DIY recipes

September 22, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since today marks the official first day of autumn (fall), I have a special treat for all you DIY beauty lovers. I want to share two new DIY beauty recipes; one for your skin and another for your hair. 

All the time spent soaking up rays has undoubtedly affected your skin and hair.  With the help of a few ingredients already in your kitchen, these DIY masks will give you a much-needed boost. Keep scrolling for two (2) DIYs, guaranteed to nurture skin and hair. 

hello fall

Nourishing hair mask


I have already posted a DIY banana hair mask and a DIY avocado hair mask on this blog. I also published a vegan alternative! Since post-summer, and post-sun exposure, hair can be especially dry, combining the two for extra nourishment is ideal!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana (1/2 for short hair)
  • 2 tablespoons pure coconut/almond/olive oil (whichever you prefer)


Method:

  1. Peel the avocado and the banana.     
  2. Blend or mix together until it turns creamy.
  3. Add the coconut/almond/olive oil to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture from hair roots to tips.  
  5. Let the hair mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse the mixture out with warm water.



Hydrating face mask


This is a recipe for and another avocado mask, this time for your face!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon plain dairy-free coconut yoghurt 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba/pumpkin seed/rosehip oil)


Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Apply to clean dry skin. 
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off using a washcloth.


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I love autumn and am looking forward to the weather changes and the drop in temperature the season brings with it. What is your favourite thing about autumn (fall)?



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?








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?









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, July 18, 2020

Essential oils to add to your shampoo

July 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another easy way to use essential oils adding essential oils to your shampoo!  Making your hair healthy and stronger couldn’t get any easier.  It doesn’t really matter what shampoo you use, you too can experience the benefits of adding essential oils to your hair routine!

woman with long healthy hair

Essential oils are packed with amazing antioxidants and other compounds that are healing, restorative and stimulating.  Nevertheless; trying to incorporate essential oils into your life, can be overwhelming.  Many of you just don’t have the time, am I right?  Well, with this simple technique, you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils for your hair, without a hassle!

Here are some of the ways essential oils can help your hair:

  • Stimulate growth
  • Strengthen  follicles
  • Eliminate dandruff
  • Prevent premature greying
  • Fight scalp acne
  • Oil control
  • Moisturise dry hair
  • Reduce hair fall
  • Repair damage
  • Kill lice
  • Fight fungal infections 

How to add essential oils to your shampoo:

Adding essential oils to your shampoo is easy.  You can simply open your shampoo bottle and add some drops of your essential oil of choice.  Or, you can also do what I do!  Personally, I like to use a narrow tip applicator bottle.  The narrow tip gives me greater control of the amount and placement of my shampoo.  You should only apply shampoo to the scalp and not the lengths of the hair!  (This goes for any shampoo, not just the one you add essential oils to.)  I also dilute my shampoo with water; doing this makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.

shampoo and essential oils

The two essential oils I add to my shampoo every washday are tea tree and lavender!

How much essential oil should you add:

For every 10 ml of shampoo, add 10 drops of essential oil.
If you have sensitive skin, reduce the amount of essential oil by half. 

Here’s a list of the best essential oils for different hair problems:

  • For hair growth: Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Tea tree
  • For dandruff: Tea tree, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Chamomile
  • For oil control: Peppermint, Cypress, Lemon
  • For odour removal: Rose Otto, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Lemon
  • For dry hair: Cedarwood, Sweet Orange, Ylang-ylang
  • For reducing hair fall: Rosemary, Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense
  • For scalp acne: Tea tree, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Helichrysum
  • To kill lice: Tea tree, Lavender, Citriodora, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Depending on your hair issues and needs, you should select the best essential oil/s for your hair.  

Will you be adding essential oils to your shampoo?  Which ones?  Leave a comment and let me know!