Regimen + Goals

My Hair Regimen: I moisturize and/or oil my hair daily. As needed (usually weekly) I cleanse my hair and scalp with a moisturizing shampoo (or a clarifying one if there's build up). I do a moisturizing OR protein treatment with every shampoo. I stretch my relaxers 3-4 months.

My go-to protective/low manipulation styles: buns, braid-outs and halfwigs. In 2012 I want to start experimenting with more heat-free styles. I air dry most of the time and flat iron for length checks only.

I'm currently midback length (MBL) and actively working towards reaching waist length by my graduation in mid-2012.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Skin Tips

I've always been into skin care since a young age. It was one of my very first hobbies and my first career aspiration was to be a dermatologist. Anyway, here are some tips I've learned that have helped me keep clear hard science behind it but it's what works for me, so thought I'd share

#1 - Keep the scalp clean. For example if my scalp is a greasy, itchy, flaky mess I wouldn't be surprised if my forehead breaks out next

#2 - Change pillowcases often (at least weekly)

#3 - Drink water

#4 - Sephora Oil Blotting Papers (pictured above). This is one of those things I always have on me along with my lip balm. Basically how you use these is you take one thin strip and press it over your forehead, cheeks, nose and wherever else you get shiny. It does not leave anything on your face just takes away oil which you can visibly see on the strip. Gives your face instant matte finish. I don't wear foundation, concealer or powder so I'm not sure if these strips would affect those things if you wear it but it's a really great way to quickly get rid of that shiny look on your face and gives you a matte finish.

#5 - Clean your cellphone. Nothing major, just wipe the keys down with rubbing alcohol once in a while. Think about (and maybe other people) touch your cellphone, then you throw in your (probably messy) bag. Then you answer your phone and press it to the side of your face. It's the little things like that which really make a big difference. I learned this tip from AndreasChoice a while back

#6 - Use a facial scrub weekly. The brand really doesn't matter as long as it's gentle and has decent ingredients. Queen Helene Oatmeal Honey Scrub is my personal favorite. Sometimes I also use a separate scrub for my lips it really makes a difference: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

#7 - Use a moisturizer every day...preferably one with SPF 15. I know "black don't crack" but harmful effects from the sun affects everyone :)

I have a ton of tips these are just a few! Let me know what you think & tell me your own skin tips below


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