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Saturday, November 05, 2022

Why you should wash your hair ties and scrunchies

November 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Your list of items to clean may seem endless, but there might be one last thing you overlooked; your hair tie. Adding more to your laundry pile might not sound appealing, but washing your hair ties and accessories is a must. I wash my hair ties twice a week, that is, every time I wash my hair.


3 colourful hair scrunchies


I was shocked to discover that many do not wash their hair ties and scrunchies! Hair ties made of fabric, just like clothes, can become magnets for dead skin cells, oils, bacteria and products. When you use them over and over again, you're putting the same old dirt and oil back onto your hair. Yuck!


Many fabrics absorb sweat and bacteria throughout the day, including hair ties and headbands, especially during workouts. Washing your fabric hair accessories is really important, especially after you sweat.


Despite absorbing bacteria, dirty hair ties won't necessarily trouble your skin; unless the items come into contact with the skin, like headbands. Fabric headbands rub on the forehead and can contaminate the skin with a combination of sweat and bacteria.


How to wash your hair accessories and scrunchies:


To wash your hair accessories, fill your sink with warm water and a few drops of liquid soap. Use your hands to gently wash the accessories, then soak them for up to 30 minutes. Then, hang them up to dry. Some fabrics, like silk and wool, you always be hand washed.


4 silk hair scrunchies

Alternatively, you can put your hair accessories and scrunchies into the pockets of your clothing and throw them in the washing machine. 


Otherwise, plastic hair ties will stay cleaner than fabric ones, but you should still wash them regularly.


heart-shaped plastic hair ties


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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?