A Week in Review (21st – 27th Jan)
A Week in Review (13th – 20th Jan)
How to Enhance Your Natural Curls
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Whether you love or loathe your natural curls, there’s no denying that they can be difficult to maintain.
AW17 catwalks were full of models with all manners of curls. From soft waves to corkscrew curls, the fashion world couldn’t get enough of curls. So we think it’s time for you to harness your natural curls and start strutting your stuff.
Like we said, this is about natural curls, not creating curls with heat stylers, so ditch your curling wands and straighteners. Not the hairdryer though, we’ll need that. it’s time to embrace your hairs natural movement and here’s 4 ways to do just that.
Use the right methods when hair drying.
We’re all guilty of drying our hair too rough after a shower. But, the rigorous motion can crush natural curls and encourage a lot more frizz than you’d like. It’s much better to gently twist and press your hair to soak up any excess water. You should also use a diffuser. We feel like this goes without saying, which woman with natural curls doesn’t know to use a diffuser. But, a diffuser is essential for evening out curl patterns. To give your curls some shape, all you have to do is to turn your hairdryer on to the ‘low’ setting and drop them into the diffuser.
Use your hands to push your hair around to make sure you define every strand.
Get the right haircut.
Ask your hairdresser to feather your hair when you have your next visit. When you curl a ribbon with scissors, you scrape them along the surface of the ribbon to make it curl. This is essentially what feathering is and it will encourage all over volume and you get a healthy trim too!
Treat your hair right.
Curly hair is more likely to be dry and frizzy, which could mean it needs a little more TLC. Avoid using your hairbrush too much. Pulling a hairbrush through you hair will cause breakage and iron out your natural curls. To untangle, run a wide-toothed comb through your hair while you condition in the shower. Unless it’s an urgent tangle, try and leave it alone after that.
Since your hair is a bit more brittle and dry, it’ll need a bit more moisture to keep it going. Treat your curls with a deep condition treatment. This could be anything from a hair mask to an oil. Do it once or twice a month and you should notice the shine!
Use the right products.
A lot of products that would suit other hair types, wont suit your natural curls. Shampoos, conditioners and serums that claim to get rid frizz and flyaways will only give weight to curls and drag them down. Opt instead for light mousses or curl crèmes. These will define your curls and strengthen them, without the weight. If you notice some drooping throughout the day, fix with a light hold hairspray (to avoid the dreaded crispy curl) or spritz some salt spray and scrunch your hair a bit. Adding more mousse is just adding more weight.
We’re sure as someone with curly hair, you’ll no how to take care of it and keep it looking amazing. However, if you didn’t, we hope this article would have been of some help to you!
Do you have any hints or tips for dealing with natural curls? We’d love to hear them!
A Week in Review (7th – 13th Jan)
Is Foundation Bad for Acne?
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
We’re sure we’ve all been told at some point that wearing a lot of make up will give us spots. But is it? Is foundation bad for acne?
We don’t think so, no. If you maintain a regimented skincare routine and wear a layer of foundation every day, you shouldn’t have much issue. Your skin will be cleansed of any overnight buildup before foundation and it will be properly removed at the end of the day. However there are certain ingredients in make up that could ruin your complexion. So instead, lets ask which foundation is bad for acne?
What you should avoid.
Shimmery formulas. High-sheen finishes are likely to be the result of Bismuth Oxychloride, a pigment that comes in a pearlescent finish, so is often found in bronzers, blush and eye shadows. This can worsen cystic acne in some people. However, if this finish is the one you desire, you’ll have to be very strict with cleansing your face. Twice a day is usually a good shout.
Solid foundation. This kind of foundation can come in the form of a pancake or a stick. Yes they conceal every little thing, but they might also be causing all those little things too. So when you ask yourself ‘Is foundation bad for acne?’ and you’re using one of these, the answer is probably yes. Thick and long-wear foundations are more likely to be pore clogging. Acrylics can often be used as a binding agent in these types of foundation. Acrylics are very pore clogging and can aggravate oily, blemish prone skin.
Alcohol and fragrance. Is foundation bad for acne? Scratch that. Is alcohol bad for your skin in general? Yes! Alcohol can be extremely drying for skin. This means your skin will over produce oil, resulting in acne or spots. Unfortunately, alcohol is often used in foundation as a carrier to help other ingredients sink into the skin or for its astringent properties as a treatment for oily types. It’s good to have products that smell nice, but the ingredients might not be that nice for your skin.
What you should go for.
Matte finishes. Try foundations that are oil-free or use water as their base ingredient. Adding excess oil to already problematic skin isn’t the way to go. You’ll only end up with more problems.
Ingredients that prevent acne. It’s also good if your foundation is armed with spot-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid. This kind of acid removes excess oil and dead cells from the skin’s surface, which is perfect for skin prone to blocked pores and blemishes.
To conclude, the answer to the question ‘Is foundation bad for acne?’ is no. It’s not. But some if it’s ingredients are and that’s what you need to watch out for!
A Week in Review (2nd – 6th Jan 2017)
How to Match Your Hair and Beard
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
You may think the only option you have when styling your hair and beard together is whether or not to actually have a beard.
We don’t think this is the case…
Beards come in and out of style, however, what doesn’t change is the many ways to style them. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to be clean-shaven to suit your hair, it’s likely there’s a beard style for everyone! So how do you match your hair and beard?
You don’t have to focus on one before the other. If you’ve got a great head of hair, don’t let it go to waste because you’d like a beard. That goes both ways, if you have thinning hair, don’t feel like you can’t focus on a beard. You can choose facial hairstyle that will draw attention away from your hair, therefore tying in you hair and beard.
If you have brown hair and your beard starts growing in ginger, don’t panic! If you have grey hair and your beard grows in dark, you’re lucky! Some people spend thousands of pounds a year trying to replicate what you can do naturally. However, problems can arise if you’ve already dyed your hair, like dark roots emerging through bleaching, or a peroxide job looking mousy ginger. There are certain colour situations that won’t work too well. Avoid dying dark hair a lighter colour, and try to match your head hair to your beard hair, if you’re using artificial colouring, unless you’re making a statement of course.
When it comes to different styles, marching your hair and beard can follow stricter rules.
If you’re partial to a buzz cut, a bit of stubble or a very short beard is a good way to give a bit more something to the look, and to bring out the more rugged, military quality of the cut. Growing out a full beard could run the risk of making you look a little bit like an egghead.
Short, cropped hair is more suited to a business environment. Clean-shaven is the usual go to look for cropped hair; however, a little stubble shouldn’t be too offensive.
Medium length hair looks great with a lot of texture added in. You have more options with your facial hair. Anything can work here from a clean-shaven face to a long beard. But, try and match your hair and beard. If you have quite unruly hair, have a neat, well-groomed beard. This will make you look more put together and prevent you looking disheveled.
If you’re blessed enough in the hair department to have long flowing hair you’ll probably want a bit of facial hair. Unless you have a very chiseled jaw, we recommend at least a short beard. Otherwise, you could end up looking a bit more feminine.
If your barber offers a beard service, you may be able to ask them for advice. Or, you could use our listing website www.defactosalons.com and find the perfect place to sort out your barnet and your beard!