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Cherry Lola Treatment! This is one of my favorite natural hair hydration secrets. This method was created by popular YouTube hair blogger ~Cherry Lola~ hehe and it has changed my hair for the best. *Disclaimer* It’s a little stinky and messy so make sure to do it on a day you aren’t rushing to get anywhere. All you need is: 1-2 Cups depending on hair length- Greek Yogurt(Or Mayonnaise) for protein base 2 Tbs Braggs Amino Acids (the secret sauce) 2Tbs Raw Honey- Natural humectant that will help draw in some moisture 2 Tbs Baking Soda- This is opening up the hair’s shaft to allow for better product penetration. Make sure you hair is fully saturated, leave on for about 30 mins and rise with cool water! This treatment is amazing for any hair texture to help with hydration and defrizzing. But for naturals? WHEW! Concentrate this on your roots, and banish the puffiness, and get seriously defined curls. This is a super affordable way to get amazing results and keep up your hair health. I would recommend 1x a month.For a healthy scalp (and healthy curls)
Want your hair to grow faster? And your scalp to be healthy? Who doesn’t? It’s not just about the hair product, but the actual tools we use for our hair. Good evening 🌃hope you all had a beautiful day This is the Groove by Vanity Planet and it’s saved me! This is an electronic water resistant scalp massager. It has 2 vibration settings, which help promote hair growth and cleaning. Choose whatever setting is most comfy on your head :) Also if you have dandruff! UGH dandruff is so annoying and those of you that struggle with it I know you know it’s so annoying. Especially when you’ve tried everything! And nothing works. Well, I’m happy to tell you that THIS WORKS.👏🏼 (It also includes a little screw driver to change the battery when it’s time. I have had mine for 7 months and still have not had to change the batteries 😹but again I only wash once or twice a week because I’m a curly girl) Thanks for reading 💙T-shirt trick to protect your tresses
The Curly Girl Method isn’t new. My mom has been using this method for so long. I had never done it before because I have naturally curly hair and didn’t think it would make a difference...well.... I was wrong. My curls are dry and thick and nothing seems to make them bouncy and full except a good haircut with layers. But, you know, quarantine and all...so I haven’t had a haircut since February! This is my take on the curly girl method: 1. Start with wet hair! This is me about 10 minutes after I got out of the shower. 2. Use a curl defining cream or gel and scrunch it through your hair. Yep, from bottom to scalp. I used my current favorite which smells great and is such a good amount for the price. 3. Grab an oversized t-shirt. The softer the better, but as long as it’s cotton. 4. Turn your head upside-down. Take the bottom two corners of the shirt and tie them around your forehead to your neck like a headband. 5. Grab your hair and “plop” or stuff your hair into the shirt while pulling up the rest of it. 6. Trap your hair in the shirt and wrap the sleeves up around your head like a headband again. 7. Tie the sleeves together in the front! 8. Leave it on for 20-60 minutes. My hair usually takes about 8-10 hours to fully air dry so I let mine sit for an hour. 9. Take your hair out of the shirt and let it air dry the rest of the way. If it gets too crunchy, re-wet it with water to further disperse the curl cream or gel. ...VOILA! My hair looks super voluminous and full. My curls are also really defined and beautiful, I also love how my strands aren’t clumped together so it looks lighter and thinner. I really love how it turned out. Have you used the curly girl method? What’s your favorite curl cream or gel to use with it? #CheriePartnerA nutrient-packed scalp rinse
Hey guys! As a curly girl, I am more than aware of Shea Moisture’s various lines and collections. I, personally, love their Jamaican Black Castor Oil collection. Specifically, the and . I’ll do a review on these soon! Today, I was in my local CVS, and picked up . I have been eyeing a lot of rinses for a while and I was excited to make this my first try. My next venture is for a rice water rinse! Fast Facts 1. Moringa Great for hair and skin, beneficial for your bodily health overall Packed with Amino Acids, the building blocks of cells, essential for hair growth 2. Avocado 🥑 Fantastic source of biotin which is great for stimulating hair growth Filled with omega-3 fatty acids and essential amino acids which coat the hair shaft so that the strands can retain moisture 3. Tea Rinses Rich in nutrients which help to add moisture to the hair and prevent frizz and flyways Promote hair growth, can balance pH levels, and can even enhance your curl definition. This product was only around 10 bucks and I think for what it claims to do, it was worth it. It is supposed to lightly cleanse the hair while leaving the hair soft and manageable. I rinsed my hair thoroughly with warm water and then applied the rinse. The reason for the four stars was because of my confusion. The directions say not to rinse this product...even though it is a gentle cleanser and a rinse. After putting the product in my hair, massaging it in and seeing the low lather that resulted, I decided to rinse it from my hair. You can kind of see the little suds on my hairline in the picture. Going past my confusion, I truly loved using this product. It did EXACTLY what it said it’s purpose was. A gentle clean while still keeping my hair soft. For individuals looking for a deeper clean, I would not recommend this product. For individuals that love a big lather when cleansing their hair I, also, would not recommend this product. After rinsing the product I applied my , let sit for an hour, then rinsed. I did my usual moisture method(take a look at my older posts to see) and just let my hair air dry. It honestly felt so great afterwards and CLEAN! I don’t know if I’ll repurchase but I’ll definitely up my tea rinse search! Have you guys ever tried a tea rinse? If so, how did you like it and what brand or was it DIY? Let me know!To define and plump your curls
The Plump Method is a styling technique for people with naturally curly hair to create big, bouncy and fluffy curls. My hair type is 2c/3a, but I’m sure these tips work for all kinds of curls, so keep reading! I’ve been so pleased to learn that I can utilize different methods and techniques and have different curls because of it. Rake & shake, rake & scrunch, and the plump method all give significantly different results. The Plump Hair Method Tutorial Step 1: Co-Wash/Shampoo and Condition as Usual With the co-wash, or conditioner, in your hair, flip your head over and gently finger-comb your hair so it is all going forward. Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute product evenly; this will also smooth your hair and prevent frizz. Step 2: Form Curl Clumps, Apply Product, Finger Curl With hair still flipped upside down, rinse the conditioner out of your hair. Let the water help your curls form into large clumps. Those large clumps will help you get big fluffy curls once it is dry. While still in the shower with hair still pushed forward, gently press excess water out of your curl clumps. Your curls should still be soaking wet. Now would be the time to apply leave-in, if you choose. Once your product is applied, finger curl each clump for more definition. Next, smoosh a small amount of gel into each curl clump. Step 3: Time to Plop Plopping your curls will help “set them” and will also help with volume. I use a soft T-shirt; the key here is to let the curl clumps coil as you set them in the plop. I let my curls sit plopped in the T-shirt for about 20 minutes. Step 4: Time to Dry I highly recommend diffusing, I find it gives me the best volume. Do NOT separate your curl clumps when they are still wet! The curl clumps should start to separate on their own as you diffuse. Step 5: Finishing Touches Once my curls are about 80% to 90% dry, I start to pull apart any curls still clumped together. Once clumps are separated, continue to diffuse until dry. Once your curls are 100% dry, use your fingers to gently shake your curls out at the roots. This will help with volume and also help lift curls from your scalp.
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Trying out the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay!
I finally tried this mask for the first time as SO many people have raves about it online!! Ive heard everybody saying nothing but good things about it- so I had to give it a go! 🙊 I have acne prone skin and have had acne scars ever since I was 15, with my pores getting bigger as I get older so this mask sounded like a miracle! 😝 My best friend brought it online and got 2 so gave one to me for around $35NZD, so seemed like an awesome deal considering this bad boy was sold out everywhere at one point it was that popular! The size of the tub is huge too so will definitely last me for ages! 😍 It was amazing to smooth onto my face, and I loved the green colour. You just mix with a bit of water or apple cider vinegar and stir (avoiding metal as this can alter the performance or the clay). I left my mask on for 20minutes as I don’t have sensitive skin- if you do have sensitive skin you leave it on for around 10minutes. It changes colour to a slightly lighter green as it dries and starts cracking after a few minutes- I love the look of the cracked clay 🙊 I loved the tightening feeling of this after around 8minutes- I could barely move my face but I loved that sensation! 🙊 It made it feel like it was really sucking out my pores and getting rid of any nasties. After I washed it off with warm water and a flannel I had only a little redness, but holy moly my skin felt SO soft and smooth and my pores appeared smaller already!! Also my skin felt tighter (it was!) after the mask and my fine lines wern’t as noticeable because of that 😍 I can’t wait to try out this mask more to see if it clears any of my active breakouts and blackheads. Definitely recommend so far, but I will keep you posted again on how it goes for me 😊❤️ AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay
Natural Looking Concealer Application Tips & Tricks
The best concealer application makes you look awake, brightened up, and doesn’t age you by settling into your creases! Since I truly believe the magic is in the application, the concealer you have is probably just fine. That said, I really love the Kosas Revealer Concealer because is nourishing to the under eyes and the formula dries down nicely while still looking like skin! Kosas products are formulated without fragrance, talc, parabens, and dimethicone/cyclic silicon’s just to name a few. They are also cruelty-free. My skin tone is fair, and my skin type is normal to dry. I like to use my concealer for the occasional blemish and to brighten up my under eyes but the tips below are still applicable for wherever you might apply your concealer. For flawless concealer application: 1. Don’t apply too much product. I try not to apply the product directly to my face but instead to the back of my hand. 2. You could use your finger to tap a teeny bit of the product on the desired areas but using a Real Techniques beauty sponge to thin the product out on the back of my hand first (by blotting), then apply to the face delivers best results and is much faster. 3. Avoid applying directly under your eyes, smile lines, forehead wrinkles, etc. If you MUST have concealer on one of these “creasy” spots, go light. 4. Set it! Use a good setting powder to set immediately. For those areas like under my eyes where I want to conceal (even knowing I have wrinkles there) I use a setting powder to avoid creasing. I love the Aisling Organic Rice Setting Powder. Since its translucent it will work on most skin tones. It goes on light and I love the blurring properties it has.
⛅️End of Summer SPF roundup! Face & body🧴
Just because Summer is coming to an end, your love affair with daily UV protection never should. These are the sunscreens I tried this year that I wanted to share with you guys. 🌤An obvious disclaimer: my skin is very pale & I can’t totally predict how these products will blend into deep skin tones regarding “white cast” (the washing out effect that zinc based sunscreens can have) But I tried my best to give an idea of the texture before & after blending/absorbing, check out the slides🤍 KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 Texture: creamy & moisturizing Finish: very dewy/shiny SPF: 32 Type: Zinc Oxide 22.4% I did a thorough review of this probiotic moisturizing sunscreen in a previous post, it’s very detailed⚡️ Has a light natural vanilla-oatmeal scent & a slight beige tint. I love this one for being so moisturizing & comfortable to wear, but the finish is quite dewy, so I feel I need powder over this to wear it in public. sun bum - Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30 Texture: creamy & lightweight Finish: matte SPF: 30 Type: Titanium Dioxide 5.3% /Zinc Oxide 2.4% This is such a great inexpensive option for a matte, mineral sunscreen that leaves very minimal white cast. The cast is slightly blue, though it blends away on my skin, this could be problematic for darker tones. The texture is so creamy yet very lightweight, it reminds me of makeup primer. It’s quite moisturizing, has no scent & is the most matte out of the 3. SHISEIDO - Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 42 Texture: liquidy & lightweight Finish: matte SPF: 42 Type: Zinc Oxide 12.5% /Octinoxate 4.9% /Octocrylene 3% This has been my go-to for years. It’s a combination of mineral & chemical sunscreens, & is oil free. You have to shake the contents really well first, but it has a little shaker ball inside to help. I love the texture of this, really light & absorbs well without being overly matte. I do always need moisturizer on under this though. The white cast is really minimal even with reapplication, & it’s never irritated my dry skin. Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 45 Texture: lightweight liquid aerosol Finish: satin/semi sheen SPF: 45 Type: Homosalate 15% /Oxybenzone 6% /Octisalate 5% /Avobenzone 3% /Octocrylene 2.35% Honestly this makes my skin feel itchy & tight after applying, even after I moisturize. I’ve been steering away from purely chemical sunscreen formulas like this, but chemical sunscreens do work better for sone people. I wouldn’t recommend for dry or sensitive skin. sun bum - Mineral Continuous Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 Texture: creamy, medium weight aerosol Finish: velvet matte SPF: 30 Type: Zinc Oxide 14% Has a sort of tropical scent & feels good on the skin. Though some white cast, it’s not the ‘blue’ tint the face lotion has. Full review in a previous post.
If you have acne in this area, this might be why
So for the past month my skin has really been going thru it. I’ve been having acne and closed comedones all along my cheek, chin, and jaw, to the point where my skin almost feels like sand paper. Truthfully, I don’t let it affect me too much. I know I’m a human being and acne is completely normal. So there’s no need to take it out on my self confidence or self worth that I worked so hard on! That being said it’s still my body talking to me, and it’s still something to treat! If you sprained your ankle and knee accidents happen and everything will be ok, you’d still treat it! So even though I know I’m still ok and healthy and my skin is going thru a phase, I can’t ignore that it needs treatment. I have a pretty great skincare routine. YTTP kale cleanser, chemical exfoliant 1-2x a week, top tier moisturizers and serums and evening curology! But for the past month NONE of them have worked on me! So I finally went to a dermatologist because this clearly is way above my knowledge as a self-proclaimed skincare junkie. I did a televise and paid my insurance co-pay if $20, and after sending my derm photos of my skincare and a ton of other info on my the verdict was..... Hormonal acne caused by too much testosterone production! My doctor let me know that the placement of my acne, along the cheek, jaw, and chin, is 100% hormonal and that acne that closed comodones and acne he was seeing on my face is due to over production of sebum because of my body overproducing testosterone. He also said that this is super common among women over 25! I felt relieved to finally pinpoint what exactly was causing my acne (because I didn’t change anything in my diet or routine and just months before my skin was clear) and I was prescribed ￼epiduo forte ￼Spironolactane, a pill that blocks testosterone He also advised me to chuck my skincare routine and just use CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser as a wash and CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion along with the AM version as well. I am so happy I went to a derm because I would’ve been trying product after product feeling hopeless! I should receive my prescription later this weekend and I also have a 6-week check in coming up, so I will let you guys know how it goes :) If you have any q’s about seeing a dermatologist IRL or online, drop them below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
retinoids: the basics
Let‘s talk about aging and damaged skin‘s saving grace: retinol and retin-A. Though they are both in the vitamin A family, there is one obvious difference that is worth mentioning right away. Retin-A is actually the brand name for tretinoin (retinoid acid), which requires a prescription from your dermatologist (Differin is the only retinoid that is found OTC DIFFERIN - Acne Treatment Gel). You may hear Retin-A used interchangeably with retinoid, however Retin-A is a type of retinoid. Retinoid refers to the class of vitamin A derivatives. Retinol is a type of retinoid that is easily available since it is found over the counter. I personally use the CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum. CeraVe - Retinol Face Serum For Post-Acne Marks As mentioned above, tretinoin and retinol are both types of retinoids. Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A. Vitamin A occurs naturally in our body. It has many functions, but with regard to our skin, it works as an antioxidant to help fight cell damage and also to promote the turnover of epithelial (skin) cells. In addition it helps brighten skin tone and help with acne. Why it‘s so good for acne is unknown, however by boosting cell renewal, the appearance of acne scars is greatly reduced. Tretinoin (aka Retin-A) and retinols are often confused with one another. Think of them like cousins, rather than twins. The biochemical difference is that retinol must be converted to retinoic acid, whereas tretinoin is already a retinoic acid and does not need to be converted to anything. Retinoic acid is the active metabolite that will directly affect the skin cells. Because of this conversion, retinol yields a lower concentration of retinoic acid and therefore is not as strong as tretinoin. So, if you feel as though you need something stronger, Retin-A might be the better match for you. Incorporating retinoids into your skincare routine is easy. Using it in your nighttime routine is more favorable, because retinoids make your skin more sensitive to burning. That’s why it’s also important to wear an SPF in the morning. It pairs great with products containing niacinamide. Try to avoid using it with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide or AHAs. Remember, you can first try an OTC retinol and then talk to your dermatologist to work your way up to something stronger, should you feel like you need that. Retinoids and easily available and applying one every night can make all the difference. Just as we want to take care of our heart or liver, we should take care of our skin, too! It is the largest organ and protects us from so much everyday. —————- Thank you for giving my post a read! I am new to the platform and am excited to share my thoughts on topics I am passionate about. If you'd like to follow me on my medical school journey, follow me on TikTok: @louisatarrasch. :)
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