Secret tips for growing my natural hair

There are so many articles on how best to grow your natural hair. I have read loads of them and tried various tips recommended but I learnt many of my secret tips for growing my natural hair from experience. Like they say, experience is the best teacher sometimes and that was the case when it came to caring for my hair. Many articles I read on haircare shared advice that didn’t really work on my hair type, which is why I had to learn trying different techniques and products to find out what works and what doesn’t.

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3 Secret tips for growing my natural hair

Here are some of my secret tips for growing my natural hair

Moisturising with 90% water/10% oil

Back in the days, I had about 50% water and 50% oil in my spray bottle. Sometimes the oil was even more than the water. Nowadays I use way more water than oil. I have dry hair and it needs lot of water to keep it moisturised. I use my spray water at least twice a day and that keeps my hair moisturised but not too oily. Apart from the fact that dry hair is dull to look at, it is also prone to breakage and dandruff, so ensure you moisturise your hair as often as it is required.

Regular washing and head massage

Since I no longer go to get my hair professionally done, it is a lot easier to wash my hair regularly. I usually wash my hair every 2 weeks, sometimes I wash it weekly if I have used a lot if hair products that week. Regular washing of the hair makes the hair grow and keeps the scalp healthy. Regular washing also allows you give your hair a proper massage. I massage my hair everyday, but washing allows me give my scalp a proper massage. This is great for blood flow circulation which aids hair growth. However, it is important to not wash the African natural hair too frequently as that could cause hair dryness and breakage. Find the right balance for your hair to make it work for you.

Using natural products

I use natural products for my hair. Sulcate-free shampoos are lovely to use as they clean the hair without stripping off all the moisture. Harsh products can leave the hair dry and unhealthy, so ensure you keep an eye on the ingredients in products before you buy. The more natural, the better.

 

 

How to perform a hybrid manicure?

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Beautiful and well-groomed hands can be a showcase of every woman. Carefully painted nails can complement our everyday styling. If you have previously performed a hybrid manicure at a beautician, we have good news – you can successfully do it in the comfort of your own home.

1. What will be needed to perform a hybrid manicure?
2. Hybrid manicure – how to prepare?
3. How to paint nails with hybrid varnishes?

We suggest which cosmetics and accessories you cannot forget and how to take care of your nails step by step.

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What will be needed to perform a hybrid manicure?

To properly care for your nails and perform a careful hybrid manicure, you need to stock up on some necessary cosmetics and accessories. You can find most of them at, for example, https://roxiecosmetics.co.uk/ or at your local drugstore.

You will need:

• UV lamp, which is the basis for making a hybrid manicure,
• Wooden sticks and nippers – they will be used to remove and cut the cuticles,
• A nail file and a polishing pad, thanks to which we will give the nails the desired shape and matte their plate,
• Cleaner, i.e. a liquid used to clean and degrease the nail plate,
• Dust-free swabs, which are helpful in cleaning the plate,
• Base for hybrid varnishes – it is applied before applying the varnish layer,
• Hybrid varnish – a colored varnish which, when applied to the nail plate, hardens under the lamp,
• Top – a cosmetic that is applied at the end of styling to give the painted nails a glow or matt effect.

Hybrid manicure – how to prepare?

At the very beginning, you need to pay attention to your cuticles around the nail. To make it easier to remove them, it is worth pushing them away with a wooden stick and then cutting them out with pliers. In the next step, use a file to give your nails the desired shape, e.g. almond or square. Then, polish the nail plate with a polishing block. Now all you have to do is rinse them with a cotton pad soaked in a cleaner and the nails are ready for painting.

How to paint nails with hybrid varnishes?

The first stage of painting is to apply a colorless base on the nail plate. This should be done carefully so as not to splash the cuticles. It is also important to secure the so-called free edge of the nail, thanks to which the varnish will last longer on the nails. When all nails are covered with the base, we need to harden them under a UV lamp for approx. 45 seconds.

The next step is to paint the nails with hybrid varnish. Here again, we have to show great precision and accuracy. After painting, harden the nails under the lamp for approx. 60 seconds and apply a second layer, which we harden again. The last step is to apply the top coat on the nails – this layer is also hardened under a UV lamp.

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

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Christmas is in the air and the shopping is still on for many. I am so organised this year. I have posted a couple of Christmas gifts already and I have a couple more left to wrap and put under the tree. The countdown to Christmas Day is always fun. My kids are so excited and I think I have caught the excitement bug as well. This Christmas will be very different, just like the year 2020 has been so different, but we are going to make the most of it and have a great time. How are you preparing for Christmas? Are you done with your Christmas shopping? If you are still on the hunt for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, you will find this blog post very timely. Here are some gift ideas for you:

Endopure CBD Bath Oil

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This CBD Bath Oil from Alphagreen is a fab skincare product to try. I have used it a few times now and it makes my bath time even more relaxing. It is a fab luxurious blend of ultra-pure 200mg of CBD with hemp seed oil and other natural essential oils such as Helianthus annuus seed oil, Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil, and Zea mays oil. The ingredients used are vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and ethically sourced. You can check out the Endopure Bath Oil here.

Endopure Lip Balm

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This is a great idea for a little gift this Christmas. It is also super handy with this chilly weather we are experiencing here in the UK. This lip balm from Alphagreen is a combination of ultra-pure CBD, sea buckthorn, and beeswax. All the ingredients used are natural and ethically sourced. You can shop this Endopure Lip Balm here.

Endopure Moisturiser

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This Endopure Moisturiser from Alphagreen is simply amazing. I have been using it for weeks now and I love how moisturising it is. It is packed with enriching vegan-friendly, natural ingredients that leave the skin soft, smooth, and supple. This moisturiser contains ultra-pure CBD, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. It is great for my sensitive skin and most skin types. You can have a look at the Endopure Moisturiser here.

AVEENO® BABY CALMING COMFORT® BEDTIME® LOTION
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This is a great small gift idea for a little one this Christmas. It would work great as a Christmas stocking gift. We are huge fans of Aveeno skincare products here and we pretty much use something Aveeno every day. I love this Aveeno Comfort Bedtime Lotion. It moisturises the little ones’ skin for 24 hours and helps them have a good night’s sleep as well, thanks to the soothing oat and the calming scent of lavender. You can shop it via the link below.
AVEENO® BABY CALMING COMFORT® BEDTIME® BATH & WASH

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This is another great small gift idea for the little ones. I love how this wash gently cleanses baby’s skin and keeps them relaxes just before bedtime. The gentle lavender and vanilla scent also smells divine. It is a great skincare product. I still use it for my kids even though they are 7 years old. If you are after a new skincare product for babies to give away this Christmas, check out Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bedtime Bath and Wash.

Aveeno Mum & Baby Giftset

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This Aveeno Mum and Baby Giftset is a fab gift to give this Christmas. The products are great for both mum and baby. The cute teddy is an extra that comes with the giftset. I love the skincare products in this set. We use them here and they leave the skin hydrated and nourished. The set contains a daily moisturising lotion for mum, a dailycare baby hair and body wash, and moisturiisng lotion for baby. It is a great gift idea for new mums.

Fenjal Classic Creme Bath Oil

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If you are after a luxurious skincare product for a Christmas gift, this Fenjal Classic Creme Bath Oil is the product you need. It is made with pure plant oils and it leaves the skin hydrated and silky soft. This Fenjal Bath Oil is designed to lock in your skin’s moisture to prevent dehydration and improve suppleness. It contains no alcohol, colourants, parabens, mineral oils, or preservatives. I think it is a great option for Last minute Christmas gift ideas.

 Fenjal Vitality Body Wash

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This body wash nourishes and cleanses the skin perfectly. It is a great idea for a Christmas stocking or a little gift. The ingredients include vitamins B5, E & C combined with precious grapeseed oils to gently cleanse the skin. It contains no preservatives.

Fenjal Classic Body Oil

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This Fenjal Classic Body Oil hydrates and replenishes the skin leaving it soft, smooth, and supple. It contains natural ingredients including beauty oils and passionflower oil.

Fenjal Classic Body Spray  

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This body spray by Fenjal smells divine. I love the fragrance so much. It contains no colourants, preservatives, mineral oils, or parabens. If you are after a little gift this Christmas, this product should be on your list.

Fenjal Classic Shower Oil

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This Fenjal Classic Shower Oil cleanses and moisturises the skin. It contains natural ingredients such as grapeseed oils and natural lipids. This product leaves the skin soft and supple.

You can check out these Fenjal products and more on their website here. There are loads of other options for your Last minute Christmas gift ideas.

Happy shopping!

 

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