Admit it, at some point in time you’ve had natural girl hair envy. Maybe you wished your hair was a little bit longer, maybe a little bit thicker, a bit kinkier, a bit less kinky; you’ve looked at other girls’ hair and thought “if only I had her hair". While I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point and maybe some of us are still there, hair envy can immobilize your hair journey, keeping you in a hair rut, leaving you just spinning your wheels. While of course it’s great to be inspired, motivated and have hair-spirations -- don’t make your hair journey about someone else’s.
Below are two simple steps to help you to overcome hair envy:
Change your mindset and the way you think about your hair.
If your thoughts about your hair are negative, then you will never get beyond this step to see your hair for what is really is and you will forever look at others and compare yourself. In order to change the way you think of your hair, you need to first understand the hair you have. Understanding the true nature of your hair will help you solve various issues that you might have regarding it.
Additionally, it will help you select the best products and practices compatible for your hair based on your hair texture. In this day, there is so much information that is readily available for our consumption in the black hair community whether your hair is relaxed or kinked; read hair blogs, and watch YouTube videos of other divas offering often tried and true tips on hair that may be similar to yours. While there is no single “right” method for everyone, hair blogs and YouTube videos may offer a good platform for you to learn from and experiment a bit, which can help you decipher what will work best for you. Hair-ducation and awareness is key, the more you know about your hair the easier you can move on to the next step.
Love your hair and embrace the beauty of it.
See your hair for the beautiful crown that it is. Love it, embrace it, nurture it, and work with what you’ve got instead of focusing on how long or how thick someone else’s hair is, or wishing that your curl pattern was more like theirs. The fact of the matter is that everyone’s hair is different, so focus on the things that may be unique to your hair, things you find beautiful or that you love about your hair, like maybe how perfect your coils are, how shiny your hair is, or how strong and springy your coils are. Make a point to recognize the great things that Mother Nature has blessed you with and understand that your hair is a part of you and that it is infinite until you are no more. While nurturing your hair starts from the inside and then to the out, loving your hair too comes first from within you and your acceptance of who you are.
There is no need to be envious of someone else’s hair, just by simply understanding, and accepting your hair and working with what you’ve got can evoke a new sense of pride in your relationship with your hair. Remember your hair is infinitely perfect and beautiful! You are not your hair.
Leaving 2016 behind got us all excited (let’s face it, it’s been a pretty lousy year), and New Year’s resolutions for most of us include taking better care of ourselves. We promise to join the gym and start working out, we decide that we’ll be filled with good energy, and we promise to ourselves that we’ll take better care of our bodies. This year is all about new beginnings, and 2017 brings us great new trends when it comes to skincare routine.
Korean beauty ingredients
K-beauty tips and tricks have been taking over global beauty industry, and people all around the world got to know more about 10-step Korean skincare regime. Since then, Korean beauty industry has been spilling secrets about the best ingredients to use in your skincare routine. Bamboo fibers and extracts are the best for moisturizing skin, and fermented honey nourishes and hydrates the skin better than regular honey. Another wonderful ingredient from Asia is yuza or yuzu – citrus fruit with incredibly high dose of vitamin C which will brighten up your skin and remove the early signs of ageing.
The rise of mineral makeup
We all know that makeup is full of ingredients which are not completely natural, but we use it all the same because it’s been around for so long that we’ve just gotten used to it. Mineral makeup, on the other hand, is all-natural and incredibly good for your skin. It bonds to oils in your skin, and doesn’t clog your pores, but act as a protective layer which keeps off other harmful particles, such as dirt. This is one of the reasons why famous brands like Jane Iredale offer high-quality mineral makeup. Even people with sensitive skin and some skin problems such as rosacea can use mineral products which will not only look great but help their skin recover.
Hyaluronic acid returns
Hyaluronic acid has been present in the world of skincare for decades, but it has slowly been gaining popularity, losing it, and not it’s on the rise again. The ingredient can be found is many of the great creams and serums because it does wonders in retaining moisture. Hyaluronic acid can be found in our skin, but as we get older, our body’s natural ability to produce it slows down and we must find other ways to get it. Serums with hyaluronic acid make your skin plumper and firmer, and give it that wonderful natural glow by acting like sponges which absorb and hold water. Not only will your skin be radiant, but all those fine lines and wrinkles will be smoothed as well.
High-tech face masks
Face masks are wonderful and do wonders for cleaning and hydrating your skin, but the ones with activated charcoal and clay are well-known and pretty much boring. A new era of face masks is beginning with amazing innovations such as dry mask made of fabric and masks made of tin foil. Dry masks are made of fabric which are impregnated with a powerful blend of oils, plant extracts, waxes, and proteins and they leave your skin incredibly soft, like you’ve spent a day in the spa. Tin foil mask has been soaked in a powerful serum, and foil stops the product from evaporating, leaving you with soothed, smooth, and plump skin.
Don’t be afraid to try something new every now and then. Perhaps you already have your own routine you’ve been following for a while, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid other things. You will never discover exciting new ingredients and treatments if you only stick to what you know. Experiment and improvise with your beauty regime, and when you find something else that you love, don’t hesitate to share it with your friends.
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Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you lead a quality and long life.
I have been natural for about four years and I have been trying different products to figure out which ones are my favorite and I always need to have around. I have been through so many products and considering that I have moved from Chicago to New York and now in Dallas, I always had to either change certain products or get rid of them completely. My hair goals are to have big natural healthy hair that will always continue to grow throughout my life. I have had short hair, braids, permed hair, weave, and now I am living the life with a big afro. I wanted you guys to check out my go to products that I think you could enjoy and maybe even already use (:
Even before I moved to Texas, I used moisture hair products to lock in good moisture and not let my hair or scalp dry out. I always have a water bottle to add little water in the mornings because my hair sometimes creates a shape from my night satin hat. LOL. But, I recently added safflower oil to my routine because ever since I moved to Texas the atmosphere really dried out my hair. Then, lets not even get started on the hair benefits of having peppermint oil on your scalp!
When I went natural, I kept going through so many shower caps as my hair got bigger. But going on amazon, I found this extra large shower cap that could be used on any hair length because its expandable. It also has satin on the inside so you can always protect your hair. I also use hair clips so that my hair won't break off from the hair ties. Combs are my best friends and I have two -- shower wide tooth comb and a traditional wide tooth comb.
I love having curly hair and moisture in my hair. So, I always use curling gel, curl enhancing smoothie and soft curl moisturizer. Its amazing for your hair regardless if its damp or dry!
I couldn't forget to mention my two favorite satin products. My satin hat and satin pillow case. I have a few of these items because I never like to be without them. Both of these products protect my hair as I sleep -- because normal pillowcases can create breakage. I do not know what I would do without these two items (:
Of course, I couldn't forget to mention my shampoo and leave in conditioner. I sometimes use conditioner in the shower but most of the time leave in conditioner does better for me because it gives my hair more life! I also use a hair masque from time to time because it gives my hair a nice treatment.
What are your go to hair items? Comment below & let me know.
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Hello everyone! Isaly here. I have an amazing blogger writing a guest blog for me this week and it is pertaining to beauty. Kristy runs a diy, inspirational, and photography to design blog called Life N Reflection. Her motto is "committing to empowering creativity, providing encouragement, sharing inspiration and designing products that are both fun and innovative." She made an awesome post about bath fizzies that I think you all will enjoy (: Kristy from Life N Relfection will demonstrate below...
Pour yourself a soothing bath with our five minute recipe for Orange Clove Bath Fizzies. Soak in the natural benefits of antibacterial and antifungal coconut oil while it softens your skin. For rough areas, rub on epsom salts and orange rind to naturally exfoliate.
- In a small bowl add coconut oil, sweet orange essential oil, and optional soap colorants. Stir to combine and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine baking soda, cornstarch, epsom salt, and citric acid. Stir well. Add clove and grated orange rinds. Mix to combine. Using a whisk slowing add oil mixture, whisking constantly.
- Lightly spritz witch hazel into the mixture and continue to whisk until slightly damp and pliable in your hands.
- Pour into bath fizzies into airtight containers and store for up to one month. Add a teaspoon or more into your next warm bath.
It makes about 20 ounces with these directions and ingredients.
You can find more natural bath and body recipes at Kristy's blog Life-n-Reflection
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