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How to wash your hair properly

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It took me many years to realise I have been washing my hair all wrong. We tend to pay more attention to our skin than our hair for some weird reason. We spend time cleaning, toning and moisturising our face. On some days, we even use a face mask. However, when it comes to hair wash days, many of us spend a couple of minutes and we are done. I only recently started washing my hair properly, and I can see the difference already with the way my hair looks.

 

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How to wash your hair properly

So how do you wash your hair properly? You need time and the right products and technique to get your hair clean and moisturised. It is going to take more than 2 minutes in the shower to achieve this. So if you have been washing your hair wrong all these years, these easy to follow steps may come in handy –

 

Use your shampoo sparingly

You don’t need a lot of shampoo to get your hair clean. A little goes a long way. The key is to ensure you massage the shampoo into your hair for about 5 minutes. That way the shampoo sinks into the hair and all the goodness is soaked it.

 

Rinse and rinse again

Once you have massaged the shampoo into the hair, you need to rinse and rinse again to ensure all traces of the shampoo are out of your hair. You should rinse your hair more than you think is required, that way you will be sure there is no trace of shampoo left in your hair and the hair feels like wet hair with no products in.

 

Use warm water

Make sure the water you are using is the right temperature. Warm water is the best for washing your hair. Cold water tangles the hair and hot water will strip the hair off all the moisture.

 

Use the conditioner correctly

You should ensure your read the label on the conditioner and follow the instructions on how to use it. You should leave your conditioner in for the time required.

 

Use the right products

I use SheaMoisture shampoo and conditioner and I have done so since I went natural. There is a range for everyone, so do try the different ranges until you find the right one for your hair type. Here are a few ideas here –

 

 

Have you tried the SheaMoisture range? What do you think of the hair products?

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Stop Believing These Beauty Myths

It’s a good thing to know the right tips and hacks to help you enhance your beauty. But over the years, social media has been able to make us believe some “beauty secrets” that are simply not true.

We have all fallen victim of these beauty myths at some point in our lives – perhaps some of you still believe these myths until now. So, I have put together 6 beauty myths that you should stop believing. I’m sure this will change your life.

 

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Beauty Myth #1: Your concealer should be lighter than your foundation

We see it all over Instagram and YouTube in almost every makeup tutorial that the concealer must be lighter than your foundation. But that’s far from the truth.

You don’t need a lighter shade of concealer. Concealers ought to be the same colour as your skin tone as this will help cover the dark areas under your eye or blemishes and ensure that you have a more even skin colour.

 

Beauty Myth#2: You can erase your pores with the right products

It can get a little annoying seeing the large pores on your face. However, nothing can actually be done to erase pores. This is because pores are part of your skin. So don’t be deceived when you come across a product that promises to erase your pores.

The best those products can do is to temporarily reduce the size of your pores. They do this by unclogging the pores. But after some time, your pores will get clogged again and expand as they fill up.

 

Beauty Myth #3: You must apply eye cream with your ring finger

Ever wondered why many women use their ring finger to tap eye cream into their skin? The ring finger is the weakest finger in your hand. The skin around your eyes is sensitive, so you have to be very gentle on those areas. Since your ring finger is weak, you don’t have to worry about applying too much pressure while applying eye cream.

But the truth is that it really doesn’t matter which finger you use. What’s important is that you apply eye cream gently irrespective of the finger you use.

 

 

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Beauty Myth #4: Your hair grows longer when you trim

When your hair is not growing as long as you wanted it to, the first tip someone would give is to trim your hair regularly. But trimming your hair won’t help you retain length.

Each time you trim your hair, you’re cutting off length. You hair doesn’t get to grow beyond its usual length because you keep cutting it off.

If you really want to grow your hair, give yourself frequent scalp massages. Doing this will help stimulate blood flow and reduce stress on your scalp, which will make your hair grow longer.

 

Beauty Myth #5: Your acne diminishes when you apply toothpaste

Remember this trick? I did this a lot when I was younger. Thank goodness I saw the light! Well, now the truth is out. Applying toothpaste on your skin doesn’t reduce acne or diminish redness. Most times it just irritates the skin.

The ingredients in your average tube of toothpaste are actually too harsh for your skin. This promotes adverse effects rather than solve your skin issues.

 

Beauty Myth #6: Your hair grows thicker when you shave

There are many ways to get rid of unwanted hair on your body. However, the method that is frowned at a lot is shaving your hair. People believe that when you shave your hair it comes back thicker. The truth is that your hair doesn’t actually grow thicker when you shave. When your hair grows, the strand closest to your skin has a thicker base then thins out at the tip. This gives off the illusion that your hair is growing thicker.

 

What are your thoughts on these beauty myths?

Product Review – Japanese skincare with KOSE and Ichikami

Happy Valentine’s Day peeps! I hope you are all having a love filled day. I have always wanted to try Japanese skincare. It has been high on my beauty/skincare list. So you can imagine how super excited I was to get the opportunity to try a few of them some days ago. M went over to get some work done in Japan, and I had the opportunity to place an order 😊.

I will be reviewing all the Japanese skincare products I got in the next coming weeks. So look out for my review posts. They will be worth it. Here is my first review post.

 

KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion £41

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I did a bit of research before getting this product, and I am glad to say it exceed all my expectations. It is an amazing skincare product.

KOSE Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion is a quick absorbing lightweight moisturiser, which balances the moisture level, and softens skin.

 

Key Ingredients
  • Angelica root extract
  • Coix seed extract
  • Melothria root extract
  • Inula Britanica Flower extract
  • Paeonia Albiflora Root extract

 

PROS
  1. I love the packaging. It comes in a compact bottle with a pump.
  2. It is suitable for all skin types.
  3. I found it so easy to use. You just need to apply a tiny bit to a cleansed face.
  4. This product contains Vitamin C, which is great for getting rid of freckles and ageing spots.
  5. It smells so good.
  6. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

 

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CONS

None

 

I am seriously loving this KOSE Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion a lot. It is an amazing product, and I recommend it to anyone in need of some skincare TLC. This skincare product is worth trying.

 

 

Ichikami Hair Styling Water £18.68

I am always on the lookout for great hair products to try out. I normally make my own styling water with water and almond oil. But then I found this Ichikami Hair Styling Water, and knew I had to try it.

 

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Key Ingredients

Moutan Bark Extract、Fermented Black Rice α※1、Rice EX-S※2、Cherry Blossom Extract、Camellia Extract、Blackberry Lily、camellia seed Oil
※1:Lachancea, fermentation solution of hydrolyzed rice, and rice extract 
※2:Selected ingredients derived from water used to wash rice (phytic acids are blended into shampoos only) 

 

PROS
  1. It leaves the hair smelling amazing. I love the fresh fragrance.
  2. It comes in a compact 200ml bottle with a pump.
  3. It leaves the natural hair feeling very soft and shiny, making it easy to style.
  4. This styling water helps repair damaged hair.

 

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CONS

None

 

I will purchase this Ichikami Hair Styling Water again. I love what it does to my hair, and I recommend it to anyone in need of a new hair styling product. This right here is definitely worth trying.

 

Have you tried any of these Japanese skincare products? What do you think of them.

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