Hey ladies! We all know how frustrating 4c hair c n be, especially when it refuses to cooperate. Well, here are certain tips to help in achieving a more manageable hair if you’re on the 4c side.

MOISTURIZE

Be consistent in Moisturizing your 4c hair daily, this helps in improving dryness, and reflects in the condition of your scalp. You realize when your hair is dry, it can affect your scalp. Right? Right. So, in as much as you want to see progress on your hair, you should also endeavor to find a good moisturizer and work towards massaging from the roots to the ends of your hair.

DEEP CONDITION

There are many DIY deep conditioning treatments available for 4c hair, take time to browse on them and look for whichever suits your 4c hair best. Deep conditioning helps the hair in maintaining its strength and volume while ensuring that your hair is easier to manage while style or combing. Do this once in two weeks for better results.

WATER

Yes, water again! Drinking water helps in managing difficult hair, so if you ever find yourself struggling after exhausting all your efforts to manage your hair, try water. Not only does it help in improving your hair, it also affects every area of your body and causes your organs to function properly well. Drink 6-7 glasses of water a day and watch the amazing transformation it brings.

EAT HEALTHY

One way of maintaining your hair is by eating well, we already know that what goes into our bodies reflects in every inch of our appearance, thus, eating healthy should be a top priority if we want to maintain a healthy hair growth.

DETANGLE GENTLY

When you find yourself taking out a protective style, do not be rough with your hair as it can lead to hair breakage which can in turn damage your scalp and cause uneven ends. So, try as much as possible to detangle gently using your fingers before combing. This can help in reducing the number of strands you see on your comb.

GET UP SLOWLY

Let’s paint a scenario; you’ve been using your phone all day and suddenly there’s a blank screen, so you try to bring it back on and of course, it remains off. why? Why didn’t it come on immediately you pressed the switch, and why does it take seconds to load before it comes up after it’s been charged? My point exactly, the human body can be likened to a machine that runs and gets better when given adequate care and servicing.  When we rush out of bed after hours of sleep, it sends a weak signal to our brains because we need a few moments to load the devices in the body. Yea, just like your phone loads its app before coming on. So, when next you feel like rushing out of bed immediately you wake up, take a deep breathe and count 1-10, then get up slowly… Else you incur the wrath of the wobbly sensation and constant morning headaches.

DRINK UP TO 2 GLASSES OF WATER

Although when we get up every morning, there’s a longing in our bladder to release urine and this is completely normal. So, why should I drink water since I’m already expelling it out in another way? I’m glad you asked. Did you know that drinking water every morning has specific benefits like flushing out the toxins from your body? Also, it helps in preparing your body for the day’s work.

MEDITATE

This is so important especially if you are an employer of labor or an employee. Think about the things you need to achieve for the day, look over your journal and focus on doing at least 70% of your daily plan. Do this consistently and you’d be surprised how much progress you can make in such a short while.

EXERCISE

You don’t always have to visit the gym every day to keep fit. Every morning takes a few minutes (10-15) minutes to exercise and reenergize your body for the day’s work. It helps in strengthening your bones and aiding your body to function properly for the day.

ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR BREAKFAST

Never skip breakfast! No matter how much of a hurry you are in, you should ensure that your body is equipped with the necessary nutrients for the day. Try as much as possible not to work on an empty stomach because this can in turn distort your progress for the day, as your body needs enough nutrients to be able to function properly.

Follow these tips constantly and watch your health go from 0-100 quick!

For so long we have been living our lives without the fear of a worldwide pandemic. Going out with friends, clubbing, and going on vacations to various parts of the world without a care in the world. Suddenly, we were pushed back from all these for reasons beyond our control. Locked in the houses and required to take proper precaution so as not to entertain the corona virus. Uninteresting, right? What do we need to do to curb the spread of the virus? What are the preventive measures we should take to protect our families and friends from this deadly virus?

WEAR A MASK

This cannot be underestimated as it helps from a two-way curve, contracting the virus and preventing others from contacting it. A lot of people argue about how uncomfortable it is to wear a mask all day every day, but it’s more comfortable than being in the ICU while subjected to a ventilator or an oxygen mask.

WASH YOUR HANDS

This is very essential as our hands are the gateways to reaching every other member of the body. Do you know that bacteria can spread from your hands to your eyes, nose, mouth and ears? Washing your hands periodically decreases the chances of transferring germs to your body whether consciously or unconsciously.

EAT HEALTHY FOODS

One of the ways we can combat this virus is by aiding our immune system with enough strength to fight against potential harm, and we can only do this by eating healthy and taking enough vitamins. Foods such as vegetables, proteins, zinc, and other nutrients help in strengthening the body against harm and this can in turn protect you from getting the virus.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Don’t wait until you are weak to exercise regularly. Regular exercise strengthens your bones, boost your energy, improves your mood and combats health conditions.

DRINK A LOT OF WATER

Let’s take this test today, for the remaining days of the month take up to six glasses of water daily and report whatever you’ve noticed in your health.

The world will soon be back to normal, but for now let us ensure we take necessary safety precautions to curb the spread of this dangerous virus.

Everyone loves a smooth face, especially one free of spots. It doesn’t matter if you’re fair complexioned or dark complexioned, you would agree with me on the fact that a smooth face does wonders! You wake up in the morning  and run your hands over and over your face, you look at yourself in the mirror and just enjoy the natural glow it gives, you take a selfie and you don’t have to add a filter  because your face is fresh like that! Oh well, this is not so when you have unwanted guests known as ‘’blackheads’’ loitering around your face. It is a total buzzkill. Here are five tips for getting rid of blackheads and restoring your natural glow?

Firstly, what are blackheads and what causes them? Blackheads are the small bumps which appear on your skin as a result of stuffed hair follicles.  They are called blackheads because the surface affected becomes dark. Although they are usually found on the face, but these bumps can also appear on other body parts such as the back, chest, arms, shoulders and neck. They tend to be present on the skin when hormones lead to an increased production of sebum, an oily substance underneath the skin.

Blackheads might prove a little difficult to tackle but employing some of these methods can make the job easier.

One way of getting rid of blackheads is by getting medications. Since blackheads are formed by hair follicles, medications containing vitamin A could be very useful as it keeps the plugs from building in the hair follicles and promotes fast turnover of skin cells. Drugs which contain benzoyl peroxide can be of great help, especially if the blackheads come with pimples or acne cysts.

The use of chemical peels should also be noted. Chemical peels help in removing the clogs that form on the skin alongside the dead skin cells that promotes the presence of blackheads. The application of a chemical peel on the skin, clears off the top layer while revealing underneath, a smoother skin. Mild peels can be gotten over the counter. Although, the presence of a dermatologist is needed during the application of stronger peels.

In the quest to tackling blackheads, the right oil-dissolving ingredients should be used on the face with a wipe. Ingredients containing malic, glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acids can be used in blocking the pores responsible for blackheads and setting them loose from clogging.

Fourthly, minimize the use of comedogenic products on your skin. Instead, make use of non-comedogenic products which do not clog pores and keeps them clear and open, which in turn reduces the buildup of dead skill cells.

For our last method, make sure you get enough rest. It is quite important that your body relaxes as this can also avoid stress. Stress triggers the production of sebum which is responsible for blackheads too. Do the needful and save yourself the stress of fighting blackheads. Rest, exercise, and rest some more.

Learn to engage in these acts and in no time, you will see the obvious difference. Remember, health is wealth.

If you’re reading this, you made it…

Happy new year everyone! 2021 is finally here and although, there has been a lot of unpredictable events in the past weeks, let us all look to this day with a new a positive mindset because indeed, the latter shall be greater than the former. So, how do we start? Where do we begin? For many of us, our yearly resolutions have been revised and revived to fit our individual perspectives. When you think about it, we forget many of these resolutions before January is over and keep living like we never made them in the first place. Any day from now we would start our methodological plan, quarterly reviews and so on. Are you ready? Below are some steps to help in fulfilling our aspirations for the new year.

The first step to actualizing our plans starts with constant effort. We can’t just say we are ready to do things based on words alone, our actions must align with our aspirations. In other words, after writing down your plans for the year, start working on it immediately. It doesn’t have to be the full exhibition of it at first, take it little by little and watch your dreams come alive.

Secondly, learn the art of self-improvement. Although, there are certain people who remain complacent with their lifestyle and it works for them, but if you really desire to achieve great things, you must always improve. Learn a new skill, take an online course, expand your horizons, know what you want and the market competitions, just IMPROVE in every form. Trust me, it works like magic.

Thirdly, don’t lose hope. In all your doings, you must always have it at the back of your mind that everything works better with time. Don’t rush yourself, don’t procrastinate, and don’t lose hope. Always find a balance between these three worlds and the world will soon be at your feet.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN EVERYONE, CHEERS TO A SEASON OF LOVE, GROWTH AND NEW BEGINNINGS.

HURRAY! Its Christmas! Okay, this year really did a number on us and I know that many of us have not gotten the hang of it yet, but firstly I want to say a very big congratulations to us all. YOU MADE IT. Of all the highs and lows, the good and bad, and all sorts of events this rollercoaster of a year filed us in; you’re still standing strong, and for this, you’re more than a conqueror. Now let’s face it, 2021 is on the way, and as much as some of us might have given up on a whole lot of things we had planned for the year 2020, DON’T. This is the perfect time to learn the art of strategizing.

A lot of us had things planned before the Christmas season and as a result of all that transpired in the year, none of those plans came to pass. Although, I want to assure you that being alive is more than a treasure especially in this season, we make so many plans that we don’t even bother to think if we’re still going to be here to achieve them, but look at you, still here, still planning…  that is something to be grateful for. We may not have the resources to go out with our family members this season, or travel outside the country as a result of the newly imposed lockdown being put in place by a lot of countries, but there are a list of indoor activities we can always engage in, to spice up the moment.

Some of these activities include; cooking together, playing board games, watching movies, non-stop Christmas songs to liven the air, decorating together, taking pictures together, walking our pets, and a list of other fun activities we can do while being indoors and practicing social distancing.  All these activities help in bonding and appreciating the time spent with our family and loved ones. Some of us are workaholics whose jobs take up a lot of family time and maybe, this is a time of reflection for those of us in that category. Take a moment to think about how important this season is for that child you barely see except on weekends, for your partner who only sees a glimpse of you at occasional periods. Do this for them, and in a short while you would realize how beautiful it is to spend time with people you love.

Merry Christmas everyone, I wish you the best holiday ever. May the remaining days of the year be merry and bright to you. Cheers!

When it comes to styling your kids, there are a thousand and one options you can pick from. Although, we’ve selected a few of these methods in order to make them even more beautiful and satisfied with their hair. Many of us parents may have noticed how difficult it is trying to get your child to cooperate with the hairstylist, and in as much as we try, sometimes it gets too difficult and we give up. ‘’just do anything simple for her’’, you say to the hairstylist, irrespective of what you had planned. I once took my sister to the salon to make her hair and I spent a lot trying to placate her, in the end, we got home and few hours later, she had loosened all the strands of hair picked. Annoying, right?

Anyway, here’s a list of things to do in order to avoid all that drama.

MAKE SURE THEIR HAIR IS IN GOOD CONDITION

Most times we underestimate the importance of keeping our children’s hair in good shape. A meagre amount of hair cream here and there and we think it’s all good? No. we need to consistently condition their hair, wash when necessary, and apply a wide range of products to ensure it is healthy enough to be plaited, else it might be difficult to manage and could lead to hair breakage.

 

FORGO UNREASONABLY TIGHT BRAIDS

Contrary to the opinion that says ‘’beauty is pain’’, our children do not have to go through all that struggle just to look beautiful. When styling their hair, make sure you’re not putting them through more than they can handle, as this can make them uncomfortable.  If necessary, ask the hairstylist to go easy on the scalp and this could in turn prevent redness or blisters resulting from overly tight braids.

DO AWAY WITH EXTENSIONS

Adding hair extensions can be a major cause of pain while styling, and this can also have other adverse effects such as weakening the hair, which could ruin it in the long run. Let their hair breathe, there are many fashionable items these days that can be added to the hair such as beads, rubbers, etc. Do this instead and watch how helpful it becomes afterwards.

UNDERSTAND THE TEXTURE OF THEIR HAIR

There are a lot of beautiful styles we see on the internet, magazines and so on, and sometimes we get carried away and impose that on our children, without even knowing if the texture of their hair is suitable for it. So next time you think of doing that style you saw in a magazine for your child, make sure her hair is suitable enough for it, in order to avoid any sort of damage.

So, these are a list of options to pick from in order to achieve a flawless look for your child. Remember, practice makes perfection.

 

 

 

In our last publication, we promised to give you tips on how to handle and manage your dry skin so as to have the glow you desire in case the basic skincare routine doesn’t work for you. Well, this is us keeping to our promise and bringing you tips on how you can best soothe your dry skin. We are sure you will find these tips very useful.

1. Rinse your face in the morning
Cleansers are known to remove good oils from the skin, so it is best you avoid them in the morning. Settle for warm water instead. Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry. It is however okay for you to make use of the cleanser before going to bed at night.

2. Remove your makeup with oil cleansers
Most makeup products comprise alcohol and other harsh ingredients that can dry out your skin and cause irritation. Oil cleansers remove makeup more gently than makeup removing wipes, and you don’t even get to stress yourself. All you have to do is apply the oil to your dry skin and wash off with warm water.

3. Wait! Apply the serum before the moisturizer
Serums are water moisturizers that give an extra boost of hydration to the skin. Since you have dry skin, it is best to leave it as hydrated as possible to avoid your skin from getting irritations. Use a cotton ball to dab the serum onto your face and allow it to absorb well into your skin before you apply moisturizer.

4. Make use of creams that contain oils
For those with dry skin, oil-based products are the best friends you can ever have. They do not only keep your skin hydrated but also seal the moisture into your skin. Oil-based products usually have oil listed as one of the first ingredients.
While mineral oil or petrolatum may come in handy to those with cracked skin or flaky patches, Rosehip oil and jojoba oil can help lock moisture in your skin by preventing it from going out.

5. Settle for soothing ingredients for your irritations
Those with dry or sensitive skin are usually prone to irritation or flaky skin and will need products with moisturizing ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea extract or Vitamin C to take care of it.
However, be mindful of the amount of Vitamin C that you apply as too much of it can cause dryness. In case you start experiencing the dryness, resort to using Magnesium ascorbic phosphate to remedy it.

6. Stay away from products that contain alcohol and other astringents
Alcohol can dry out the skin and cause irritation to sensitive skin, so be sure to read the ingredients of all the products you use, so you can avoid alcohol. Apart from alcohol, other irritating ingredients that you should avoid include; Witch hazel, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, fragrance and acids.

We are pretty sure that if you follow these tips religiously, you would begin to experience a positive difference in your skin and attain the glow which you have always desired. In case you have more suggestions that people with dry skin can follow to give their skins a facelift, do well you drop them in the comment section below, so they can read and learn from it.

In our last publication, we gave you tips on how to set up a basic skincare routine. For many people, following the simple tips to creating a good skincare routine and having an awesome skin is not the problem. The problem is that their skin is not like others’ so the therapy doesn’t work the same way on them because they either have oily skins or dry skins. Not to worry, in today’s publication, we will be giving you tips on how to handle and control oily skin to give you a perfect skin.
In order to control oily skins, you’d find the following tips very useful;

1. Get a foaming cleanser
This is the best choice for oily skins as foamy cleansers remove oil gently from the skin. You do not need to apply much to your face, just a little is enough. They come in gel, pump and cream forms, so whichever one you prefer to make use of.
Be careful to wash your face only twice a day as washing it too often can actually cause the skin to produce more oil and pimples.

2. Go for ingredients that battle acne
If your skin is acne-prone, then it is best you use tougher ingredients that will reduce oil and pimples on your skin. Such common and effective products include; Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, retinoid, etc.

3. Use a water-based moisturizer
Using heavy moisturizers will do more harm than good to your skin as it only tends to make it oilier. To avoid this, make use of water or gel-based moisturizers instead. To easily recognize these moisturizers, they are the ones that usually have water listed as the first or second ingredient.

4. Do not ignore clay masks
Clay masks are awesome friends for people with oily skins. Always smear them on your face after cleansing, then leave them on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. Apply moisturizers afterwards.

5. Keep your hands away from your face
There is no easier way to transfer bacteria to your face than touching your face with your hands. If you must touch your face, then make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water first to avoid causing pimples on the face.
Never pick, squeeze or pop your pimples. It would only make it hurt more and look worse and may eventually leave an ugly scar there.

In our next publication, we will give you tips on how to control dry skin.
We do hope these tips work for you, and we anticipation your positive reviews and testimonies. If you have any suggestion on any other ways people with oily skins can control it, please do well to drop in the comment section, so other readers can read and learn as well.

With the numerous number of skincare products we have in the market, it is usually difficult to choose the right combination. Nevertheless, creating a skincare routine can be absolute fun. Identifying the type of skin you have is very necessary in making sure that the skincare routine is effective. When you are able to tell the type of skin you have, putting together a personal ‘arsenal’ of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, exfoliants and masks will be very easy, and within a few months, your skin will reward you for the efforts and steps you have taken to give it a glow.
Steps to take in setting up a basic skincare routine include;

1. Removing makeup before going to bed
Makeup wipes or removers are easy and convenient in removing makeup. All you need to do is use a soaked pad to wipe off the makeup until it is gone.
Sometimes, eye and kit makeup are usually harder to remove. So it is best to use special makeup remover meant for those parts.

2. Cleanse your face twice a day
This should be done once in the morning before you put on makeup and once at night before you go to bed. Use warm water instead of hot water as warm water will remove the dirt on the face, but hot water will leave the skin dry.
Apply cleansers and massages it onto your skin in upwards, circular motions. Then remove completely by using a sponge of splashing warm water. Dab your face dry with a clean towel afterwards.

3. Yes, you need to apply a toner too
Pump a little toner unto a cotton pad and apply on your skin while avoiding the eye area. Allow the toner to dry on your skin, do nor t rinse it off.
For those with dry or sensitive skin, find a toner that is alcohol-free and use.

4. Moisturize your skin
After applying toner to your face, the next thing to do is moisturize the face. Apply the moisturizer the same way as the toner. You can alternatively apply it to your clean palms and gently pat it in.
If you have dark eyes or are bothered about wrinkles around your eyes, you can use a separate cream for eyes. Carefully apply the cream around your eye with your finger.

5. Exfoliate your face once or twice a week
This should be done only once or twice in a week or else you may cause damage to your skin. Rub the face gently during exfoliation as vigorous rubbing or scrubbing can be harmful.
For those that have active acne breakouts or hyperpigmentation, you should avoid exfoliating as it could worsen your condition.

6. Make use of sunscreen daily
Exposing your skin to the sun daily can cause premature ageing, hyperpigmentation and other problems, so it is necessary to wear sunscreen before leaving the house. The sunscreen should be SPF 30 or higher and should be applied fifteen minutes before leaving the house.
Sunscreen should be applied as the last step of your routine after you have put on moisturizer but before you have put on any makeup.

In case you still have tips that we didn’t mention and you feel may be useful, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comment section for others readers to read and learn as well.