Its going to be a long weekend. Yayyyy!

Here is wishing you our readers a Happy Workers’ Day on Monday! A day to celebrate every working person out there trying to make a living for themselves and other people who may be depending on them.

Celebrate and be proud of yourself. You sure are doing a great job!

So whatever you do, always remember, there is absolutely dignity in labor.

Cheers!

Dry hands and feet can be inconvenient and unattractive and because our hands and feet are the busiest parts of our bodies, they tend to wear out faster compared to the rest of our bodies. It is therefore important that some level of attention be paid to the hands and feet.There are several helpful tips on how to care for dry hands and feet using natural ingredients.

Moisturize your hands and feet with essential Oils 

After each and every wash, moisturize your hands. Carry moisturizer with you. Use coconut oil to moisturize your hands and feet. It will keep them moisturized and nourished all day.

Exfoliate your hands and feet

People often exfoliate their faces, but neglect their hands. Yet the skin on the hands is thin, fragile, and even more susceptible to damage than some areas of the face. If you’re severely dry and calloused, try a pumice stone after bathing. You can also put about 1-2 tablespoons of sugar in your hands, add in some olive oil, and rub both the front and back of your hands to loosen up that dry, dull skin. Use at least 3 times a week, depending on your skin’s needs, and always apply a moisturizing lotion immediately afterwards.

Wear gloves to bed

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Damaged hands need constant moisturizing, so it’s time to deep-treat overnight. Apply olive oil or coconut oil and put on some cotton gloves or wool socks and go to bed. You can also try placing Ziploc bags around your hands with rubber bands around your wrists to lock in the moisture. Rinse off in the morning

Avoid hot-air dryers

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These are becoming more and more popular because they save money and the environment, but they can easily dry-out your hands. Pat-dry with some toilet paper or simply shake dry, then put on your lotion!

Enjoy the weekend!

All work and no play, you know the rest of the story.

Fridays are fun and even though some of us work round the clock, it is a time to relax, evaluate what happened in the course of the week, retreat and gear up for the next week. There are several fun things you can engage in this weekend and you don’t have to break a bank to do so.

See a Movie 

Who doesn’t love movies? Go out and see a movie by yourself or do it with friends after all, the more the merrier.

Treat Yourself 

If you don’t give yourself a treat, who will? It could be going for a swim, a shopping spree or whatever you consider as your guilty pleasures and while you are at it, make sure you don’t go bankrupt.

Hang out with Friends

What would life be without friends? We think it will be an empty boring place. Go out with your friends this weekend and catch up on old times.

Get your Hair done

Look beautiful, be confident, be happy. Visit the salon and get some hair pampering.

Meditate

Always reflect on life itself. Meditate on what makes you better and stronger.

Have a great weekend!

Coconut oil is a precious gift of nature made from coconuts. It has a million and one benefit for the body, skin, hair and pretty much anything you can think of. Using coconut for your hair can provide your hair with a lot more good than you can ever imagine.

Moisture retention – Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity which helps the hair retain moisture and also seal in moisture thereby making hair soft and avoiding breakage.

Cooling Effect – Coconut Oil has a cooling effect on both the hair and scalp. It can soothe people with hot heads or those suffering from severe scalp sweating.

Styling – Coconut oil can be a good styling oil as well, as it melts on heating and condensing when cooled. So when you apply it on your hair, it thins and spreads evenly due to the heat on the scalp and as the hair comes in contact with air, the oil on the hair condenses, thus working as a styling gel or cream.

Lice Protection – Lice is a very common pest in the hair and can cause embarrassment for anyone. They also have a tendency to come back again and again. While there are several chemical products that can take care of lice from one’s hair, it can also damage the hair and scalp in the process. Wet hair and apply coconut oil and comb through the hair to get rid of lice. The coconut oil protects the hair from falling off while combing when wet.

Hair care for dry hair and scalp – Coconut oil is a great ingredient to combat dry hair and scalp as it keeps the hair soft and shiny especially dry hair. It can also serve as a great from of hair conditioner.

 

 

Hair is part of what makes you look beautiful. When it break at the ends, it makes your hair appear dull making it appear frayed and frizzy, thin or ragged. If your hair is breaking, it may be the result of frequent hair coloring or perming, heat styling tools like blow dryers and hair straighteners, or swimming in chlorinated water amongst many other things.

Hair Feels Gummy

When healthy hair is wet, it should feel smooth and glossy. When damaged hair that is prone to breakage is wet, it can feel gummy or sticky to the touch. Hair that feels gooey is damaged and may break off. Individuals with sticky-feeling hair should not dye or perm their hair, swim in chlorinated water, or use heated styling products. Sticky, gummy hair will break if much more damage is done.

Hair Gets Tangled Easily

Hair prone to breakage may feel frayed or like straw, and these coarse strands can get tangled more easily than hair that still contains sebum, the natural oil in hair. Although hair may become tangled, brush hair only when it is dry, because hair breaks more easily when it is wet. To avoid hair breakage while brushing or combing your hair, use a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing and spray with a detangler before brushing hair out when it is completely dry.

Hair Elasticity

Hair breakage may occur in hair that’s brittle when dry and stretchy when wet. To determine whether overprocessing has compromised the strength of your hair, pull a piece of hair from your scalp and submerge it in water. After removing it from the water, pull gently on each end of the hair. It will either break, stretch or stay intact. If hair breaks or stretches, it is unhealthy. If the hair stays intact, it is strong and healthy.

Hair Dries Slowly

Hair prone to breakage may not dry as quickly as hair that is healthy, due to lack of protein and and moisture in the hair. Hair will try to retain moisture, making it stay wet longer. Even if your hair takes longer to dry than usual, avoiding blow drying or using heat to prevent it from becoming more damaged. The healthiest way to maintain damaged hair is to avoid styling products and hair color until hair grows out completely.

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Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, a fascinating mystery in the history of mankind.

Although pregnancy can be such a fulfilling experience, it however comes with its own baggages. Pregnancy can affect hair in many different ways. It will shock you to know that this is often the case during pregnancy  and this can be largely owing to increased stress, hormonal changes and changes in lifestyle when expecting a baby.

In a study conducted with women, 40% of women reported that their hair looks better than ever during pregnancy. In fact they claimed it felt thicker and fuller by their 2nd trimester. Another 30% claimed their hair became more problematic than usual, it became drier and needed extra moisture especially in their 2nd trimester. Others barely noticed any difference.

So this begs the question, could it all be in the mind?

The conclusion is this, Hair changes will be as a result of hormonal changes which varies in each individual and during different pregnancies. Also, the sensitivity of hair follicles to these changes is different. It’s impossible to estimate in advance what these effects will be. Your hair can be great during a first pregnancy and be quite the reverse in the second – or vice versa.

Rest assured though, if you do experience hair issues, it’s very rare for a woman to have problems with her hair all through the 9 months. The last 3 months would normally become better.

FIRST TRIMESTER

Perceived thickness happens because pregnancy immediately increases oestrogen levels and reduces the circulation of androgens (male hormones). This causes your follicles to produce less sebum – oil – and so you get bouncier roots and more body. However, less sebum can also make your hair feel drier, so make sure to moisturize and hydrate your hair.

HAIR BREAKAGE DURING PREGNANCY

In general, very few hairs are shed during pregnancy, so your hair will often be much thicker and fuller towards the middle and end of your pregnancy. This is because raised oestrogen levels keep your hair in the growing (anagen) phase for longer than usual.

However, post-partum hair loss can occur a few months after giving birth due to oestrogen levels dropping back to normal.

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR HAIR DURING PREGNANCY

A foetus requires a huge amount of energy to grow, and so do your hair cells. However, your body will quite rightly prioritize your baby’s needs over that of your hair. To help keep your hair healthy, make sure you follow a healthy hair regimen. Who says you can’t be fabulous whilst pregnant.

Your hair may appear drier than usual during pregnancy. To combat dryness, treat your hair to a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment such as the 3 step solution, which consists of shampoo, cholesterol, leave-in conditioner and castor oil. This will help regularize your hair and scalp whilst boosting volume and body leaving your hair fabulous during your pregnancy.

For hair breakage not related to pregnancy click here for detailed information.

Establishing a good hair care routine early on will help your child form healthy hair habits. Once children start school, and other siblings potentially arrive, time may become too short for you, but ideally your children’s hair should be washed at least once a week and always after sport – especially swimming.

Children often hate having their hair washed because water and shampoo get into their eyes. However, we’ve found that if you make it into a game, hair washing can be a fun activity. One tried and tested method is to give your child a face cloth to hold over her eyes and ask them to guess where you’re going to touch their head first. Or where the water will be felt – a bit like blind man’s bluff. Use of bath-time toys and stories can also be helpful.

Detangle
Detangle long hair with a wide-tooth comb prior to washing. If you start off with tangles, you’re likely to end up with more. Start near the bottom of your child’s hair and work up to the roots. Do this until the hair can be combed/brushed from root to tip without hitting any tangles. If your child’s hair is exceptionally knotty, you can comb through first with a bit of conditioner or a detangling spray.

Shampooing
Children up to 3 years old should have their hair washed with a baby shampoo or a diluted version of your own shampoo. Thoroughly wet your child’s hair before applying shampoo. This creates good lather and also means less shampoo is needed.
Lather using both hands in a gentle kneading motion, working from forehead to nape. Don’t pile long hair up on top of your child’s head. This can lead to knots and time-consuming and uncomfortable de-tangling later on. Simply allow the lather to run down and rinse thoroughly.

Conditioning
Apply conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends of your child’s hair. A little is all that’s needed. Conditioner should be rinsed out, but your child’s hair should still feel a little slippery afterwards.

Towel Dry
Gently squeeze excess moisture out with a towel – never rub. Rubbing can cause hair breakage and tangles. We suggest you gently comb through with a comb rather than a brush, starting at the tips and working up towards the roots. Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage and combs are gentler on your child’s hair and won’t pull as much.

Dry
Ideally your child’s hair should be left to dry naturally. If you do blow-dry, use a low heat setting and hold the dryer at least 15cm away from their hair. A child’s skin and scalp are very sensitive to heat.

Plait

Plait hair to the desired style. Remember, no tight braids and no forceful pulling of hair.

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Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Stay positive and always look for the good sides of people. It makes your life easier and better.

Cheers,

Natures Gentle Touch Team

Starting your morning out right means you have a better chance of having a great day. Adding the following to your daily routine would definitely help you to look and feel your best every day. Whether you are a student, an employee or a stay-at-home mom, you want to do all you can to have the best day possible. We all love to have a good day dont we?

1. A glass of water first thing in the morning


Drinking water gives your body the hydration it needs after a night’s rest. It also keeps you full and that way, you don’t get to overeat. You will notice a difference in how you feel once you drink enough water throughout your day, starting with a glass when you wake up.

2. Healthy breakfast with Protein and Complex Carbs


It’s easy to make an unhealthy meal choice due to convenience, but remember it won’t keep you full for long leaving room for overeating and weight gain. Unhealthy meals can actually leave you hungrier than before because they’re simple carbs. Instead, choose a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbs. For example, eggs and whole grain toast bread with some oats in the mix can make a tasty and balanced breakfast keeping you full for longer period of time.

3. Moisturizer with SPF


Our weather is hot and humid! It only makes sense to protect your skin. The best way to protect your skin is to use a moisturizer with SPF and because the face has more exposure than any other part of your body, except of course your neck and hands, wearing moisturizer with SPF can lessen the amount of sun damage you sustain.

4. Skin type appropriate body lotion


We all have different skin types ranging from dry, to oily to sensitive skin. Lotion improves the look and feel of your skin. It helps to lock in moisture, preventing dry skin problems. There are different types of lotion you can choose from to suit your skin type and to keep it moisturized all day long.

5. Go to Bed Early


In other words, get enough sleep. When you’re well rested, you will definitely look and feel better. Lack of sleep can make you look stressed and tired. Getting enough sleep will help your overall effectiveness and body metabolism.

6. Happy Thoughts


Being positive can uplift your soul thereby making you look and feel great. Negativity on the other hand drains your energy! Our thoughts have a great impact on our attitude. You’ll feel better when you focus on the good things in your life and you’ll also look more attractive too. Who doesn’t like to look attractive.

7. Exercise Regularly


Want to feel better and have more energy? Regular exercise is the way to go. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are innumerable. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. A few minutes a day is all that is required.

These are a few things you can do every  morning to jumpstart your day into looking and feeling your best. Which tips do you need to add in your morning routine? You’re always welcome to share with us!

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