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Protecting your natural hair during winter

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Winter is almost over and I cannot wait for it to end. It feels like the chilly season has gone on forever. I have been rocking my natural hair for some years now and loving it. Sometimes it is a lot harder to manage my hair especially when I don’t have a protective style on for some time but I won’t ever have my hair texturised again. Winter is a very harsh time of the year for the skin and hair, especially when the hair is natural. So it makes sense to think ahead of various ways to protect your hair during winter.

 

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Here are a few tips that you may find useful when it comes to managing your hair during the winter season –

 

Protective Styles

I like to have my natural hair in protective styles. It allows me have a relaxing haircare routine, and it looks beautiful. The fro is currently out to play as I type but I have booked a session with my hairdresser and will have a protective style done in the next few days.

Protective styles protect the hair from excessive breakage and encourage hair growth, which is what every natural hair woman wants. These styles keep the hair ends concealed by tucking them away. This stops tugging, pulling, and manipulation of the hair. Protective styles vary from cornrows to buns, two-strand twists, and braids.

 

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Moisturise

You need to remember to moisturise your scalp as often as your hair needs. I usually moisturise mine and my daughter’s twice a day and that works great for our hair type. Keeping your hair moisturise is very important, especially in the winter months when the scalp tends to be a bit more dry.

Thanks to my amazing spray bottle,  I use water as our main hair moisturiser, along with some hair oil. This combination helps the hair stay hydrated and moisturised. I am currently loving my Cantu hair leave in conditioner and Cantu Shea Butter Hair and Scalp Oil.

 

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Keep the hair clean

Washing the hair is very important as we all know. I like to pay special attention to my hair wash days in the chilly months. My SheaMoisture shampoo and conditioner help me do just that. I have been using SheaMoisture for many years now and it is one of my favourite haircare brands.

 

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Keep your scalp warm

I always wear a hat when it gets really cold, even when I have a protective style on. It is just an added boost, and it helps protect my scalp from the harsh weather conditions. Wearing a hat in the winter months is a great way to protect your natural hair and scalp. I am happy to have quite a few hats at the ready for when I need it.

 

How do you keep your hair protected during the winter months?

 

 

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Are Tattoos Becoming Uncool?

Do you have tattoos? I’m sure you’ve probably got one because it looked cool or because they symbolized something special to you. Maybe they were used to mark an important period in your life, the time when you fell in love or when you had your first child. Or maybe you know someone who has a tattoo and admired it from afar – or at least admired their courage.

 

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The History of Tattoos

The history of tattoos dates as far back as 12000 years. It all started with a need of protection and identity. They were used as a means of differentiating one tribe from the other. For some cultures tattoos were used as a means of protecting themselves magically from harm – more or less like an indelible amulet of some sort.

Fast forward to the 21stcentury, tattoos were used as a means of self-expression. Some do it for fun or just because it’s fashionable. It’s no longer uncommon to see celebrities and other influencers proudly flaunting their tattoos. But it took a lot of time before tattoos became socially acceptable.

There was a time when displaying your tattoos was considered a taboo. Tattoos were associated with gangsters and nobody wanted to be associated with such people. So if you were caught were with a tattoo, you were automatically given “the look”.

Interestingly, there has been a shift. Tattoos seem to be gradually losing its appeal. For example, when Adam Levine took his shirt off during the last Super Bowl, it wasn’t welcomed warmly by viewers. His body was covered in tattoos and people saw the tattoos as looking too fresh with such dark ink.

Of course, this is not the first time the public is seeing someone with their body covered in tattoos. But it seems like the bias against tattoos that was present several years ago never really left our systems.

 

Did tattoos suddenly stop being cool?

It’s hard to tell. But lately there has been an increase in the number of people going under the laser to have their tattoos removed. The increase in the demand to remove tattoos made tattoo removal a lucrative venture on its own.

Although the reasons why people are running to have their tattoos removed varies from person to person. However some of the common reasons are regret, acquired religious beliefs, the end of an amorous relationship gone bad, the need to be socially accepted and to meet employment requirements

The procedure is not cheap. You may be required to do between 4 to 6 sessions depending on how old your tattoo is. And it hurts more to remove the tattoo than to have one done. But this doesn’t stop people. In fact, their numbers are on the increase.

Tattoos have certainly come a long way. They fought the battle, going from being frowned at to being cool and then back again. We can never know for sure what will be the latest trend in the next couple of years. But we can know one thing for sure, that too will change.

 

5 Bridal Skincare Dos and Don’ts

The big day is right around the corner. Just like every bride, you want to look flawless. As your wedding day is drawing nearer, you need to give your skin the much-needed attention. However, there are some dos and don’ts that you need to take note of to avoid any last-minute mishaps.

If you’re a bride to be or you have a friend who is, then here are some bridal skincare dos and don’ts you should keep in mind.

 

 

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DO start early

It takes time for skincare products and skin treatments to work their magic. So the earlier you start working on your skincare the better. It’s better to take the safe approach and give your skincare products the time they need to improve your skin.

 

DON’T try out a skincare treatment without the help of an expert

It’s tempting to think that you can DIY your way through perfect skin in time for your wedding. Although, I’m not saying it’s not possible to make use of home remedies for great skin, it’s only wise to consult an expert before you start applying homemade skincare treatment on your skin.

Just like other chemical-based skincare products, your skin may react to them differently from others. And taking into consideration that your skin needs to look flawless on your wedding day, not consulting an expert is too much of a risk to take.

 

 

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DO nourish your skin from the inside

Many women are so focused on the creams and serums to apply on their face that they forget that the skin also reacts to how well it’s being fed on the inside. Let’s face it, topical skincare treatments is only just one way of ensuring beautiful skin. So as you’re working on have perfect skin, make sure you don’t forget to tackle it from the inside.

 

DON’T use a new facial treatment one month before the wedding

Everyone’s skin works differently. No matter how highly praised or recommended that facial treatment is, stay away. You can never tell for certain that same treatment will work well on your skin. Unless your dermatologist is 100 percent sure that your skin won’t freak out when you apply the new facial, it’s better to not take any chances. You wouldn’t like to end up with a crazy reaction on the big day, would you?

 

DO remember that one blemish is not the end of the world

You know those moments when you go to bed with clear skin only for you to wake up the next morning with a huge pimple on your nose? Yes, we’ve all been there. Even with all the right products, proper skincare routine and expert advice, no one can guarantee for certain how your skin will look the next day.

 

So if you see a blemish on your wedding day, just know that it’s not the end of the world. Thank Heavens for makeup artists. Skilled makeup artists know exactly how to cover blemishes that no one will ever know the blemish existed.

 

 

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