✨8 Curly Hair Secrets You Wish You Knew About Sooner
If you were born with beautiful, bouncy spirals, you’ve undoubtedly heard: “I wish I had those curls!” Curly girls will know, having a good hair day is harder than it looks. Curls are unpredictable, but there are things you can do to keep your poofing out, frizzing up, and deflating throughout the day. Get swoon-worthy curls with these trade secrets.
Secret #1: Always comb your hair from the bottom up
Ditch your hairbrush and opt for a wide-tooth comb to protect your hair from damage and detangle. Starting from the bottom up will allow you to gently detangle each curl, rather than yanking at your roots. Did you know curly hair is the most fragile? Best to take extra steps to protect your wavy tresses.
Secret #2: Embrace your natural hair
It’s summertime, and curly girls know what that means, frizz, humidity, and wasted time with the flat iron. It’s not worth spending hours straightening your hair just for it to curl 10 minutes after you step outside. Why do all that heat damage? We say, rock your natural curls this summer. Your curls will thank you!
Secret #3: Girls with curls still need to trim often
Damaged tresses are never cute (not to mention split ends cause more frizz!) Your hair will be so much easier to style if you get a quick trim every 7-9 weeks. Styling broke, dead, or damaged hair is a waste of your precious time. In between trips to the hair salon, use a good leave-in conditioner to help prevent split ends.
Secret #4: Deep conditioner is your new BFF
If your curls are on the dry, frizzy side or have a bit of flakiness at the roots, steer clear hair care products with alcohol and go for an ultra-nourishing deep conditioner. Commit to once a week for the best, bounciest, happiest curls. If you’re looking to add more shine to your locks, try a deep conditioner made with natural oils like argan, coconut, or jojoba oil. To help treat damaged curls, restore your locks with a protein-based deep conditioner.
Secret #5: Prevent frizz by drying your hair with a T-shirt
You may have heard of this technique, but did you know it has a name? It’s called “plopping.” Ditch your hair towel (especially if it’s terrycloth) and grab an old T-shirt, or swipe an oversized T from your boyfriend. Drying your hair with a cotton shirt is one of the best secrets for smooth, defined, frizz-free curls. After a shower, wrap your coils into a mound on top of your head and wrap them in the shirt. Curls will stay springy and defined after it dries.
Secret #6: If you want to straight hair, that’s a-ok
If you want a break from your curls, go for it. Curly girls can achieve sleek, straight hair with a little help from hot tools, a bit of patience, and a good heat protectant. If you’re looking for a more permanent straightening solution, you have a few options. Although still controversial, Brazilian keratin treatments (but what isn’t these days) is one way to achieve a straight look without spending hours in your bathroom every morning. It’s important to note, though, the treatment does involve the use of chemicals. Formaldehyde is the kicker. The FDA has classified it as a cancer-causing chemical. Research the ingredients your salon uses before getting a keratin treatment.
Secret #7: Invest in a ceramic flat iron
Rocking straight hair occasionally is fun. Sometimes it’s nice to change up your look for a special event or night out. If you’re going to use a flat iron, opt for a ceramic one. They provide better heat distribution and help keep moisture in your hair.
Secret #8: Go to a hairstylist who knows how to cut curls
Getting the right haircut is so vital for curly-haired girls. And sometimes, hairstylists just don’t know how to cut curls properly. To avoid coming out of the salon looking like you got botched, find a hairstylist specializing in cutting and styling natural curls.
How I got rid of my 🍊 hair at home
3 months after my dreadful hair bleach & colouring job, I finally had the courage to dye my hair at H-O-M-E again (I swore not to do this to myself ever again, 3 months ago !!!!) I used two boxes of L'ORÉAL - Excellence Triple Protection Permanent Hair Color As shown in my ‘before’ photos, my hair (unwashed for 1 week) looked rather dry and brassy. Long story short- I had my hair bleached and dyed at home, by my partner who never did this before. I didn’t buy enough bleach so my hair turned out patchy, dry and just....unpleasant to look at. I decided to recolour my hair with an ash tone, hoping to get rid of the orange/yellow tone in my hair - which as shown in the after photos - I think I achieved my goal. Though some is still there, I admit. 💡My hair: ￼￼Long - about shoulder blades ￼￼￼￼￼￼Thick - see the 2nd note in the application‼️ ￼￼￼￼￼￼Processed - bleach, coloring and heating etc. But not damaged, just the end is rather dry. Overall healthy. ￼￼￼￼￼￼My hair has also grown about 3cm - so the root was virgin hair. 💡 Application tips ￼￼￼￼￼￼onto hair unwashed for 1 week, rather oily...hmmm 😬. I didn’t apply any additional ￼￼￼￼￼￼divided into 6 sections because of my hair thickness. You might just need to section your hair into 4 quarters - Google this, there are instructional photos (easy as 🥧) ￼￼￼￼￼￼rinse with luke warm water 💦 💡Results ￼￼￼￼￼As shown in the photos 🥰 ￼￼￼￼￼Soft and very easy to comb, thanks to the shampoo and conditioner that came with the hair dye ￼￼￼￼￼Satisfied overall
🌟💎 A hidden gem in cherie giveaway prize
This is my night skincare routine for oily, combination , acne prone skin. These products are so good and help me lots with painful acne around jawlines. 🧖🏻♀️I use #Senka - SENKA All Clear Water Micellar White[products]#[FiveStars] ove my makeup. I like this one because it has green tea in it and very suitable for combination acne prone skin. 💜 Next, I use TATCHA - The Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser aka the perfect winter cleanser. Even my usually oily skin likes this. It’s very gentle, smells so so nice and luxurious. Lathers beautiful but still creamy. It cleanses your face as it should but doesn’t dry your skin out during winter. 💆🏻♀️For acne treatment, I exfoliate withCOSRX - One Step Pimple Clear Pads 2x/week and use LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment 3x/week but not in the same night. 🔥✨ Then we have this lovely moisturizer INDIE LEE - Daily Skin Nutrition I’ve tried many oil free moisturizer for my stubborn oily skin but nothing works. It’s always look dull and shiny in the afternoon. If you have the same issue this product is perfect for you. This moisturizer IMMEDIATELY sinks into your skin and keeps my skin hydrated all day. It makes my skin so soft, doesn’t feel sticky after applying, even suitable for sensitive skin. The only downside to this is it’s the scent. It smells kinda weird to me but will disappear after a few minutes. That’s all from me. Hope you like this post 😁 *Music: Together( Prod. by Lukrembo)
BYE BYE STATIC👋
Frizz and fly-aways happen to the best of us. No matter how often we moisturize our hair during the winter, escaping static electricity seems impossible. To better understand how to tame your hair static, you need to know a little bit more about what causes it. So, What Causes Hair Static? Static electricity is created when two objects rub against each other. This swap causes a kind of electric charge to build up on your hair. If there is humidity in the air, the charge can usually just go away on its own.🙏🏼 There’s many ways one can get rid of fly-aways and hair static…You can use hair oils, leave-in conditioners, there’s even some anti-frizz, anti-static hair products you can use. However, I have found a way that works best for me. I got this idea from celebrity hair stylist, Jen Atkin (founder and owner of OUAI). She says that one of the best ways to get rid of fly-aways and hair static is by using a blush brush and hairspray. I have very thick, curly and frizzy hair naturally. My fly-aways and static appear on either side of my parting and they normally appear straight after I wash and straighten my hair. All I want is a sleek smooth look, but these fly-aways always get in the way.🙄 #Sorbet - Flexible and Shine Hairspray[products]#[FiveStars] I use the Flexible and Shine Hairspray from Sorbet. I love this product because it keeps everything in place but doesn’t harden your hair (that’s the worst). I spray this hairspray onto a plain old (no name brand) blush brush, and slowly stroke down the strands of hairs that are static. This really does work like a bomb. You do have to go over the strands a couple of times until all of them are sleek and smoothed down. There’s my little trick of the day. Try it out and let me know if this hack works for you! Paula x
Skincare Snacks: Almonds & Kale 🥬
Time for another installment of SKINCARE SNACKS: A little series where I talk about different foods we can incorporate into snacks & meals that benefit our skin✨ Swipe through for a quick run down on the skincare benefits. 🌸ALMONDS: Almonds trees were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees. Native to Iran, the oil of the Sweet Almond is used topically for both skin & hair due to its moisturizing & hypoallergenic properties. Almonds are used nutritionally as well for their energizing protein, fiber & healthy fats like Omega 3 & 6. In addition to these essential fatty acids, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E & Polyphenols. ⭐️Eating raw Almonds is best to get all the health benefits. Roasted nuts, on the other hand, may contain fewer Antioxidants & Vitamins, & some of their healthy fats may also become damaged. ✨A recent study conducted at UC Davis found that wrinkle width decreased by 10% while wrinkle severity reduced by 9% after a 16 week trial of post-menopausal women who ate approx 60g of Almonds, compared to the controlled group who ate a nut-free snack of equal caloric value, with no significant changes in skin barrier function between groups. Check the slides for more info. 🥬KALE: Topically, Kale extract increases cell turnover, prevents free radical damage & detoxifies the skin. Its rich in Vitamins A, B, C & K content, as well as Antioxidants & Phytonutrients. It promotes collagen production, & could also help reduce dark circles. Kale is also rich in protein, high in fiber & Vitamin B6, & has minerals like Potassium, Manganese, Calcium, Copper & Magnesium. 🥗 I added a lil salad recipe if you’re looking for a way to get started with Kale 🍽🥬 ⚠️Kale is also lists highly in the US for being contaminated with pesticides, so definitely wash it thoroughly!💦💚 ⚠️If you have an underactive Thyroid, it might not be a good idea not to consume too much Kale. It contains a compound called Progoitrin, which if consumed in very high amounts, can interfere with Thyroid hormone synthesis & essentially block the Iodine your Thyroid needs to function, which can result in fluctuating blood sugar levels.
how I saved my skin!!
🎶 I’m in love with the CICA 🎶 (lol) but seriously, I’m NOT kidding! It SAVED my skin! If you’ve been following some of my posts, you may know I’ve been using Tretinoin for approximately 8 weeks. I’ve also used a 15% Azelaic Acid cream and a strong benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin mix treatment gel interchangeably. Despite their cell turnover and acne-healing properties, these three products together have pretty much destroyed my skin barrier. Not to mention I recently spent a week on vacation, all of which was out in the sun. I don’t easily burn, but these products made me extra sensitive to the sun and my skin was stinging and inflamed and peeling. It really was not fun, especially when you’re just trying to enjoy a nice getaway. I bought the LANEIGE - Cica Sleeping Mask 4 days ago and it has literally turned my skin around! My skin hasn’t looked this good since before quarantine started! With just one overnight use, the redness that seemed to be everpresent on my cheeks, just DISAPPEARED! And by consistently using this over the course of the last 3 nights, I’ve found my skin has become more bouncy, glowy, and definitely much less red. The texture is really light, really creamy, really hydrating, but not greasy, even for my combination-oily skin! Though this is an overnight mask, I find it light enough to be a good day-time cream for that extra boost of hydration for the changing seasons (maybe not in the hot humid summer though). This overnight hydrating and calming mask is hypoallergenic, vegan, and free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. It contains Fermented Forest Yeast Extract, which Laneige claims to be even more beneficial than traditional Cica products! It’s just packed with hydration and soothing ingredients that you’re gonna wanna just touch your face all the time and marvel at the beauty of your skin! This is targeted for dry and irritated skin, but if you have combo or oily skin, I think you could use this as a mask too! All this goodness is 2 fl oz for $34! Pretty good steal considering a lot of other companies give a lot less product for a lot more money :( All in all, this is my holy grail product for calm, hydrated, dewy skin. Let me know below if you’ve had positive experiences with this product!
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