Hair

Hello Aloe:)

The Aloe Vera plant has been a hit in the natural hair community. The juice and the gel. From DIY deep conditioners and prepoos to moisturizers and hair growth concoctions aloe has been added as an ingredient. It’s a good natural humectant that helps your hair retain moisture and it has many other benefits that I will list below:

•heals and repairs damaged cells in your scalp

•conditions hair

•contains proteolytic enzymes that promote hair growth

•it has anti-pruritic properties that relieve itchiness and scalp irritation

•reduces dandruff

•it’s a natural humectant

•helps restore the PH balance of your hair

Aloe as a pre-poo

You can use it as a pre-poo by applying the gel to your hair and scalp before your wash. Cover your head with a plastic cap and leave it in for an hour. Rinse it out then go on to shampoo or cowash as usual.

Aloe as a conditioner

You can also use it as a deep conditioner. Mix the gel with your favourite conditioner. Apply it to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave it in for an hour and rinse it out. You can also just use the plain aloe gel without mixing it with your conditioner.

Aloe as a leave-in conditioner

For a leave-in conditioner mix aloe gel, water and a few drops of an essential oil.

Aloe hair growth serum

Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe gel with 3 tablespoons castor oil and 3 tablespoons vitamin E oil. Apply it to your damp hair and scalp and rinse out after 20minutes. You can switch it up to your desired proportions and also depending on the volume of your hair.

How to extract the Aloe Vera gel

•Cut the leaf into sections about 4cm long. This makes it a little more manageable.

•Cut off the serrated edge. Try to get just the edge because it is difficult to get the gel out of those pieces.

•Turn your blade to its side and slide it in just under the skin on the end of one of the strips.

•Carefully slide the knife along the bottom edge of the skin down the whole length of the leaf. Try to stay close to the skin so you get as much gel as you can.

•Scoop out as much gel as you can and put it in a container.

•Blend until smooth. It will almost immediately froth when you start your blender. This is normal.

The froth will eventually go down. You can wait or you can just go ahead and strain the gel into a clean storage container to remove any bits from the skin

•if you’re not using it immediately then refrigerate it. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

Happy hair growing!

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Beauty

Care tips for summer

Hurray! Summer is fast approaching here in Zimbabwe. I am super excited. Summer time is glow time and we have to make sure that whilst we dress up, our bodies are kept clean and our skin is protected from the harsh African sun. I decided to give out a few important tips that are a must to remember!

1. Keep your armpits clean shaven

Yes, yes and yes! Get rid of your armpit hair please. There is nothing that puts anyone off more than sweaty, hairy armpits. Sweat clings on to the hairs and the odour is trapped so nomatter how much you scrub you'll still get stinky armpits from all that sweating in the scorching heat. You can wax, use hair remover or a shaving stick. To avoid razor bumps I suggest you use a home made lemon and sugar wax, it also prevents darkening of the armpits (double yeay!). I got the recipe here.

2. Get rid of sweat

After getting rid of armpit hair, make use of a good anti-perspirant to keep your armpits dry and to avoid sweat stains on your clothes. Not sexy! My favorite is the Garnier Mineral Antiperspirant Roll-on (Even), it also gets rid of dark underarms. It's available in our local OK supermarket for about $2.50 I think. Another cheap remedy for sweat is baking soda paste.

Baking soda paste:
Mix water and baking soda into a consistent paste. You can add an essential oil of your choice (optional). Apply the paste for 25minutes before washing it off.

You can also use talcum powder for other areas that get sweaty like the inner thighs, below the boobs, in between the butt cheeks, in between the toes or anywhere else you find sweat problematic. I prefer Johnson's baby powder (sue me, haha) it's lightly fragranced and doesn't leave my skin feeling too dried out.

3. Make use of sunscreen

To be honest I hate sunscreen. I hate it. It's laborious and some brands feel sticky gosh! But, it's really helped me to avoid getting a really bad tan. I had very light bra strap marks and really dark sun burnt patches on my back which was quite embarrassing because it was very noticeable. I now make sure I never leave the house without sunscreen because it took a lot of work for me to get an even skin tone again. I also try to avoid hanging in the sun longer than necessary. Yes of course my DIY people, you can also make your own organic sunscreen 😉

DIY Sunscreen:
Mix 60ml coconut oil/avocado oil with 20 drops carrot seed oil and 10 drops lavender oil. This sunscreen has an SPF of about 40.

Coconut oil>SPF2-8
Avocado oil>SPF4-15
Carrot seed oil>SPF38-40

4. Hydration

I can not stress enough the importance of keeping yourself well hydrated in summer. It's not just for health reasons but also for beautiful skin and hair. I mean it. Our bodies lose so much water 💦 in summer especially if you're an active person and we have to ensure our bodies are well replenished. Drinking water is definitely not easy for most people including me so I try by all means to tweak it up a bit. I add a slice of lemon to it, you can also add strawberries, mint leaves, ginger or cucumber depending on your preference. Try drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.

I hope I gave you some very useful tips for summer. If you have any you'd like to add on please feel free to share with me in the comments. I can't wait to get sunkissed!

Beauty, Hair

FEED YOUR HAIR AND SKIN FROM WITHIN

We all want great hair and glowing skin. We buy numerous products, some a bit more expensive than others just so we can get longer hair or the clearest skin. God knows how extra I am always willing to go! When it comes to skin and hair I believe in a holistic approach. You can’t just buy the most expensive facial serum  or the most expensive hair oil and expect 100% results. I am sure some products do bring amazing results but whilst spending on all those products you should also make sure you’re feeding your hair and skin from the inside too. I have listed below things you can include in your diet for healthy hair and skin.
•AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which increases blood circulation to your scalp and hair follicles thus promoting hair growth. They are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that improve your skin from the inside by moisturizing it and protecting it from free radicals.
•WHOLE GRAINS

They are rich in biotin. Biotin is required for the production of cells and its also involved in the production of amino acids necessary for hair growth and healthy skin.
*PS:Biotion is also good for growing healthy and strong nails!!!!!!
NUTS

Omega-3 fatty acids nourish and thicken your hair. They also reduce inflammatory skin conditions like acne. Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain these fatty acids.
CARROTS

The vitamin A in carrots protects your skin against the sun’s rays and helps to repair skin tissue. Cell regeneration on the scalp also increases hair growth and vitamin A  helps produce natural sebum on the scalp, keeping the roots and scalp nourished.
EGGS

Protein is the building block of hair and eggs are rich in protein. It is essential that you have enough protein in your diet. They also contain antioxidants that protect the skin from UV damage.
WATER

I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water. H2O IS A MUST!!!!!!!! It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water flushes out toxins from your body. It helps combat skin disorders leaving your skin smooth and glowing. Water also keeps your hair moisturised from within and helps it grow. So if you don’t want dry and brittle hair I suggest you drink a glass soon after you’re done reading this😜
To ensure you get enough nutrients you can also take supplements like the regenesis collagen matrix for a healthy skin tone and strong hair. However, I personally prefer simply maintaining a healthy, nutrition filled diet as it is less costly. What are you feeding your hair and skin?

Beauty

Skin!

Lately I have been posting a lot about hair. Sorry about that! It’s just that it’s been a new and wonderful journey so I tend to get a bit overexcited. It’s 12:08 am here in Zimbabwe and I can’t sleep so I decided to share my words of wisdom. Writing is better than counting sheep till I sleep😂.  I love my skin! I have to keep it fabulous because it represents me. I am not the type of girl that freaks at the sight of a pimple but I do worry and weep in silence. My mom always tells me that I’m too self conscious but really there is nothing wrong with that. I think it’s good to be particular and to always want to look just right. I am young I should care about my looks to be normal lol. So here are a few of my beauty tricks and tips. First of all skin is different!!!!! Know that and let it sink in. Just because it solved Jeani’s acne problem, doesn’t mean it will automatically do the same for you. Beauty products are not a one-size-fits-all. If they tell you that, they will be selling you non-existing dreams,okay. So before you pick a product know your problem and know your skin type. There are 3 skin types; oily skin, combination skin and dry skin. I have combination skin and boy oh boy finding the right product is a pain. I like to call it confused skin because the cheeks get really dry and the t-zone gets pretty oily so when I get a product it either solves the oiliness on my t-zone and dries my cheeks like the Sahara or it nourishes my dry cheeks well and leaves my t-zone oily with a nasty break out, sigh! However, now that I figured the products that manage my skin a bit I can safely say I found my skin haven. Now I’m just trying to get rid of the scars. I will probably try African black soap but I’ll write a piece on that a bit later. Once you know your skin type and have the right products you should stick to a solid regimen; cleanse, tone and moisturize. You have to adhere to your regimen and wash your face twice a day. Cleansing removes all the dirt and excess oils on the skin. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser as a harsh one can strip your face too much and leave it dried out. I have noticed ever since I started toning that my break outs are few and if they do occur they remain under control. You also have to make sure you moisturize. Same as hair our skin needs moisture. Especially now that we’re in the winter season. Dry skin is dull and unattractive so we have to keep our skin glowing and feeling soft and supple. For glowing skin you have to make sure you exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells. You can buy a good facial scrub but I personally use baking soda mixed with lemon juice.  It makes my face feel so smooth and the vitamin C in the lemon lightens my scars and clears blemishes. I try use it once every 2 weeks because  I have heard warnings of baking soda being harsh on the skin. Make sure you also use a facial mask regularly it nourishes your skin so well leaving it healthy especially after exfoliating. I wil share some diy face masks some other time. After all is done on the outside we also have to take care of our skin from the inside by eating healthy food, fruits, veggies and drinking lots and lots of water because the water will moisturize our skin from the inside. Taking multivitamins also helps our skin. Those who smoke should also try and quit as it affects the condition of your skin leaving it dry and dull. Let’s care for our skin because it’s our most important outfit! One final and very important tip NEVER EVER EVER, sleep with make up on no matter how tired you are try by all means to wash it off, tone and moisturize before going to bed otherwise your skin will always be prone to breakouts. Trust me I am speaking from experience🙂

Beauty

Best remedy for dry skin in winter😊

I was always a fan of creams in winter before I knew about the benefits of natural oils ofcourse. I never thought extra virgin olive oil would be good for my skin and not just to sauté my veggies😂.

 

My all time favourite cream was vaseline even tone cream oh my it kept my skin feeling so moisturised never thought there was something better. Thanks to Facebook I joined a beauty group and there I was told of a miracle mixture. It was during my june holidays, I was back in Zim and when I saw the number of people that used this oil mixture and the amazing testimonials I decided to give it a try too.  I am all for research and I looked it up and it seemed it was actually a craze in South Africa. A lot of bloggers talked about it and seems like I was the only one in the dark. But thankfully I stumbled upon this formula and decided to give it a try.

Okay lets get to it, I am dead sure you’re losing patience now and want me to share the secret ingredients so here we go. The mixture comprised of;

●100ml Coconut oil(Extra Virgin)

●100ml Bramley’s Tissue Oil (Most recommend their Magnolia range but trust me it’s all the same so you can try the Lavender or the Cocoa butter both of which I tried and loved)

●75ml Castor Oil (I recommend 100ml because castor oil works wonders for stubborn stretchmarks and the more you add the better)

●50ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

●50ml Glycerine

The coconut oil and olive oil are very good skin moisturisers. I gurantee you healthy and glowing skin. Tissue oil repairs damaged skin gets rid of scar, stretch marks and dark spots. The castor oil is also good for stretch marks so I love the combination woth the tissue because the mixture is like a double measure to make sure you get results. Glycerine is a known humecant so it draws in moisture and retains it. The fact that this mixture is made up of oils makes it better because the oil acts as a barrier on your skin against the harsh winter weather.

 

The oil is so good for my skin that I even use it in summer but if you dont want to be like Riri and “shine bright like a diamond” then I suggest in summer you don’t use it during the day and apply it after your evening bath or shower. Lately I have been using it as a combination with the ingrams tissue oil cream. I haven’t really seen much of a difference from when I just used the oil by itself besides more moisture but I’ll keep on for now and see how it goes. You can get the oils in dischem and clicks. The tissue oil is available in all PEP stores( South Africa) and Powersales( in zimbabwe). If you are also like me and love to try out new things then you can mix the oils with the ingrams tissue oil cream maybe skin will love the combo. Below is a picture of my knees 6 months after I started using the oils.

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Yes, it took 6months for me to notice the change. You have to be very very patient like with any other product. Over nightfixes do not exist or if they do, they are way good to be true😉.

I am considering adding more to this mix maybe shea butter or baobab oil but that’s a story for another day. If you have any good oils to recommend feel free to do so in the comments. If you have had any good or bad experiences with the oils also feel free to comment and share how they were for you. I want to keep this as interactive as possible because I am still learning as well so would be nice pick your brains too😊