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Natural Hair Transition Tips

The regular readers on Fashion and Style Police would know all about my natural hair transition story. I decided to go natural some years ago and although I have not looked back ever since. My hair has gone fully natural now, and although it is not at the length I want it to be, it is getting there.

 

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I picked up some life lessons from my natural hair transition. Here a few tips you may useful.

 

You don’t have to do the big chop

I didn’t go down the big chop route because I wasn’t comfortable cutting my hair. So I decided to transition my relaxed hair, and cut off the relaxed ends gradually. This process took forever but I would do it all over again if I had to. Rocking a very low-cut was not something I was prepared to do. So don’t feel you have to do cut your hair low to go natural.

 

Make time for hair wash day

The process of washing my hair takes hours. I wash my hair every fortnight when I don’t have a protective style on, and I always make sure I block out some hours to get my hair washed properly. If you intend to go natural, you must ensure you have the time to care for your hair. Keeping your scalp clean is very important especially when you are transitioning to natural hair. A dirty scalp would stop new growth from coming in, so hair wash days are super important.

I usually start my hair wash days with an oil treatment. Pink Oil Hair Moisturiser is the current oil treatment I am using. I apply the oil on my hair and leave it under a shower cap for a few hours, while I go about my normal day. Then I wash with SheaMoisture Shampoo and Conditioner. After washing, I apply African Pride Leave-in Conditioner and air dry.

 

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Get rid of all hair chemicals

I got rid of all my relaxers, texturises and all hair chemicals in my bathroom cabinets. And I made room for natural hair products. I have loads of  SheaMoisture hair products because they work amazingly well on my hair. I also make my own hair spray with water and almond oil in a spray bottle and that works great too.

 

Try different protective styles

My hair is always in a protective style. I took off my crotchet braids some weeks and I plan to have my hair in cornrows this weekend. I find it easier to manage my natural hair when it is a protective style. It is best to style the natural hair in various protective styles to retain hair length and keep it healthy.

 

What do you think of these natural hair tips?

 

 

 

 

 

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Skincare – How the Environment Affects the Skin

Believe it or not, the weather can play games with the condition of your skin. When the sun decides to be generous and shines its best, your skin responds with fine lines and wrinkles. And when the weather decides to shift gear to cold fierce winds, your skin dries and cracks in response. Which is why skincare is so important.

Your skin is sensitive to the changing environment and I’m not only referring to the weather. Constant exposure to environmental pollution can make your skin inflamed and irritated.

 

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Although you can’t control the weather or the pollution in the air, you are in control of how you can respond to your skin’s needs when it’s exposed to environmental factors that affect the skin. To help your skin handle the negative effects of the environment, you have to understand how each environmental factor affects your skin so that you know exactly what you can do to combat it.

 

Environmental Factor #1: Exposure to the Sun

Exposure to some early morning sunshine gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, but prolonged exposure leaves you at risk of the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most people neglect to apply sunscreen before leaving the house and this increases the risk of experiencing the negative effects of ultraviolet rays.

Exposing yourself to the rays of the sun, even on a cloudy day, can make you experience wrinkles on your face and have uneven skin tone. This is because the UV rays break down collagen that is responsible for keeping your skin elastic.

A simple solution to this is to apply sunscreen even if the weather looks dull and cloudy. This will keep the UV rays at bay.

 

Environmental Factor #2: Cold and Wind

Your skin is at its best when it is moisturized. But cold weather or exposure of your skin to harsh wind can strip your skin of moisture and leave your skin dry. When your skin is dry it can get irritated.

The best way to deal with the dryness and irritation that comes with the cold and wind is to hydrate your skin. Apply more moisturizer or a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid when the weather is starting to get cold. Make sure that you also take plenty of water so that you also hydrate your skin from within.

 

Environmental Factor #3: Exposure to pollution

Dust, smoke and smog are a familiar sight in big cities and it’s inevitable.  They are also the cause of premature aging, inflammation and other skin conditions. Free radicals are generated from environmental pollution. This is because the pollution particles penetrate into the skin and break down the collagen and elastin that is responsible for giving you beautiful and healthy skin.

Because of this, it is advisable to double cleanse your skin in the night when your skin regenerates. Make use of skincare products that contain antioxidants that will help fight the free radicals created by environmental pollution. To take your skincare regime up a notch, you should make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants.

 

How do you protect your skin from the environment?

 

 

5 Things you need to know before getting laser hair removal treatment

I had my last session of my laser hair removal treatment last year. There were 6 sessions in total including the patch treatment. Many people have asked me about my laser hair removal experience, and some questions have been asked a few times by different people. So I thought writing a post on 5 Things you need to know before getting laser hair removal treatment would be useful.

 

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The laser hair removal treatment I had was on my chin. I found my chin hairs very annoying. The best option for me was to have the laser treatment, since waxing and threading were not the keeping my chin hair-free long enough. I would 100% recommend this treatment to anyone in need of it. I found it very effective. But before you go ahead, here are some things you need to know you start the treatment.

 

5 Things you need to know before getting laser hair removal treatment

Avoid the sun before your treatment

It is best to stay out of the sun before your treatment. You won’t be able to have the treatment done if the area has a sun burn. It is best to have the treatment done in the autumn/winter months if possible.

You should also avoid tanning beds, spray tans, tanning lotion and makeup on the area to be treated. I had to always wipe my chin area completely before the treatment to ensure there was no makeup on it.

 

You will need a couple of sessions

You will need a couple of sessions to achieve good results. I had 6 sessions and I know someone who had 12 sessions. The number of sessions you have depends on the area to be treated, the type of hair to be removed and many other factors.

Consistency is the way to achieve good results. So ensure you have as many treatments as needed, and at the right time too.  I went for my treatments every 4/6 weeks.

 

The pain is bearable

I found the pain bearable, but maybe I just have a good pain threshold. Many people I know complain about how uncomfortable it is and I agree. It is uncomfortable but not as painful as I imagined.

 

It is suitable on all skin types 

The laser hair removal treatment I had is suitable for all skin types. You can find out more about it being suitable for your skin type from this short YouTube video.

 

 

Do not wax or thread after treatment

You can shave, but make sure you don’t wax or thread after each treatment. Whilst having the treatment, pulling out your hair follicles through waxing and threading hinders the process.

 

Have you ever thought of having laser hair removal treatment? If yes, what is stopping you?

 

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