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Shine!

February 2nd  •  Posted in Beauty

I bet I’m not the only one who envy some healthy (and not-gross) shine on normal not oily hair! The thing with having a oily scalp is that you have to try and eliminate as much oil as you can to avoid to feel the need of washing your hair twice a day, this means using targeted products that aim to get rid of the excess oil but that also sometimes leave your hair a bit dull and too matte. This is not my thing, I like my hair to be as voluminous and texturized as healthy and shiny looking!

As with my oily skin, I’ve always been afraid to put on my hair any kind of oils as I’ve always thought it would have just made it worst. But just like with introducing natural oils in my skincare recently and being that my skin seems to (actually!) quite enjoy them, I thought maybe I should do the same with my haircare… and I wasn’t wrong!

Hair :: Shine!
Hair :: Shine!
Sahar Morocco Argan Oil  ℅ Hairtrade

Of course I’ll always stay away from anything too heavily oily, but I’ve found out oils are not always that bad onto a oily scalp. This Morocco Argan Oil* is perfect for lightly moisturize and add some healthy shine to my hair: I love the fact that is made out of natural ingredients and that aims to rebuild and repair damaged hair; even though it’s targeted at dry damaged hair, I think it can be a great addition to any normal-to-oily haircare routine too.

I apply a very small amount (just a few pumps) of the oil right after the shower directly onto my damp hair, concentrating it on the ends and going up towards the scalp with the remaining product, this way my scalp doesn’t get too much excess oil – that is the worst nightmare of any oily girl! Then I simply dry it and in the end I’m always left with softer, shiny, moisturized, healthy looking hair. And it isn’t more greasy than usual in the slightest, not even when dealing with second day hair!

So far so good, I’m definitely not going back to a skin/hair care without oils! How does your hair get on with oil-based products? x

Hair :: Shine!
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Back to Basics.

January 25th  •  Posted in Beauty

Back to Basics
Back to Basics

My skin was being very itchy and nasty lately over my whole body. It was going on since a long while, months, years, and it seems something chronicle and I couldn’t really see an end to it any time soon. So now I’m making the switch to all natural basic skincare (and haircare too) to see how it goes! I can’t deny the definitive push was given to me while reading this post by Freya; I started thinking: “why am I still thinking oils can only be bad for oily skins?” and decided to finally give the whole coconut-oil-only thing a whirl. I’m doing it since only a few days, but so far so good and my skin is reacting wonderfully, not even near to my most positive expectations! Now every time I take a shower, I firstly wash my hair with my favourite shampoo from Lush, then I wash my body with nothing more than natural shower gels or, even better, castile soap (any harsh bath sponge is strictly forbidden) and then I cleanse my face with pure virgin organic coconut oil and nothing else! If I feel like I need a bit of exfoliation I only commit myself to my beloved Let The Good Times Roll (cleanser + exfoliator in one means I can really keep my skincare stash to the minimal!). A bit extreme? I know, but so far I’ve seen the best results I was hoping to see since a while!

Are you planning to go natural with your skincare products any time soon? Let me know if you have some natural gems one with oily skin and bad dry patches needs to know about! x

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New year, old hair.

January 10th  •  Posted in Beauty

It doesn’t seem so but it’s been a while since my last hair update! I usually do them when I chop my hair, but this is a different one because I’m keeping my hair this not too annoying mid-length a bit longer and, and I’d never thought I would have ever said this, I’m trying to embrace my natural hair texture. What? I know, I’ve always complained about my hair looking flat and plain, but I’m finding that adapting my hair care routine slightly and using the right products, I can wear my natural hair (without involving any iron as well) on a daily basis!

Like any other hair update, the usefulness of these words might be highly dubious, but maybe some of you have very flat boring hair as much as I do and live a complex relationship with their locks, then maybe this post can inspire someone to start this new year with a different approach to their hair!

New year, old hair.
New year, old hair.
New year, old hair.

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Coming to an age of 22 of having very oily hair, I’ve never jumped on the leave-in conditioners bandwagon, as I’ve always thought anything you pile on your hair after washing it will make the oiliness appear faster. This is also why I go from being over excited to try a new volumizing spray or any other leave-in hair product, to just stop loving them after one use. Most of times trying to achieve a more voluminous style is not worth the hassle to me, but this was before I tried anything salt infused! I’m using the Fudge Salt Spray lately and I’m reckoning that salt acts at drying up my hair scalp a tiny little bit – which is actually a sort of miracle for one with oily hair! – and this means I can spray a leave-in product that actually helps at volumizing and texturizing my locks without worrying about how horrifying my second day hair would look, as it would look fine! Pretty awesome, right?

From here to say my hair will ever look like I have natural soft beach waves, there’s a huge insurmountable gap, but with said salt spray I feel like it has more grip and stays into place more easily, so here is what I do:

1 :: I wash my hair with miraculous Jumping Juniper shampoo bar by Lush (an ode of which can be found over here) and no conditioner at all!
2 :: I spray a modest amount of Fudge Salt Spray around the root area and a bit more also on the ends – beside from smelling amazingly coconutty, it not only adds a bit of texture, but also offers UV protection and conditions your locks in the meanwhile!
3 :: I use the hair drier on low until my hair is 90% dry.
4 :: I braid it up into a loose and messy french braid and keep it there as long as I can – but even half an hour is fine most of the times! It gives my hair a bit of texture and added volume.
5 :: I spray the Fudge Salt Spray on a second day hair too if I feel it needs more body!

This might be the most obvious hair care routine ever, but it’s being a game changer to me and I highly suggest trying it if you have oily, flat, plane hair too! That’s it from me for now, but if you have other revolutionary advices, I’m all ears! x

New year, old hair.
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