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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!








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!