In this Handbook, we will be providing you with useful tips on how to maintain your beauty routine at home.
In these quarantine times, I’m sure we’re all missing our hairstylists, nail techs, eyebrow ladies and beauty therapists. You might not feel 100% yourself right now, but a little bit of self-care can go a long way to lift your spirits. Taking steps to improve your physical appearance can have positive effects on your self-esteem and help keep you going through these uncertain times.
It can be tempting to wrap your hair in a silky headscarf and let your eyebrows remain untamed until the lockdown is lifted, and then sneak to your beauty therapist under the cover of darkness for a much-needed treatment. However, there are some things you can do at home to ensure that your hair remains strong and healthy, allowing you to look your best without breaking the bank.
Tip 1: Six Steps to Revive Damaged Hair + DIY Silk Press
Everyday styling can affect your hair, damage can occur when friction (like hair brushing), heat and chemical treatments breakdown the outer layer of your hair (cuticle). When the cuticle opens up your hair can become damaged, brittle or broken. Neglecting to keep your hair hydrated and health underneath your wigs can cause extreme breakage especially if you have 4a - 4c hair.
I give my hair a restoring treatment once a month to repair any damaged caused by everyday styling, especially because I straighten my hair I need to make sure I'm preventing excessive damage. Even if you wear wigs, make sure you are taking care of your natural hair too.
Here’s an easy step-by-step home treatment to repair damaged hair, by restoring strength and elasticity, giving you that salon sleekness at home.
Step 1: Shampoo your hair with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling shampoo.
I love this shampoo because its super hydrating, it cleans my hair without stripping it dry. I reckon you could even skip conditioning your hair if you was in a rush after using this shampoo. My hair feels so soft and clean after using this shampoo.
Step 2: Apply Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment.
Gently towel dry hair, then apply Protein Treatment. Now, this can get a little messy but trust me the results are worth it. Once applied to hair let the Protein Treatment dry, I let mine air dry while relaxing with a face mask or cleaning. You can use a hairdryer on a cool setting to speed the process up, but try not to touch your hair as the product dries very hard. It usually takes about 30 mins for the product to fully dry, rinse hair after.
Step 3: Condition hair using Aphogee Balancing Moisturiser, and AtOne with Nature Reconstructor conditioner.
I like to add some essential oils to the mixture, such as Tea Tree and/or peppermint, they both help stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. Cover your hair with plastic cap (but let's be real most of us just use a plastic bag), use a heat cap if you have one or wrap a towel over the plastic cap, leave on for 10- 30mins or longer if needed.
Step 4: Spray your hair with Aphogee Leave-In Conditioner
Rinse the conditioner out and gently towel dry hair. Spray your hair sparingly with Aphogee Leave-In Conditioner, detangle and separate hair into four sections.
Step 5: Apply KeraCare Creme Press to each section
Only a pea-sized amount to each section, this product is very concentrated so a little goes a long way. If you apply more than needed your hair will end up looking weighed down and greasy, and we don't want that for a salon-fresh silk press. You can apply this to damp or dry hair, I personally apply the Creme Press to my damp hair before I blow dry it as it protects hair from heat damage.
Step 6: Flat Iron and style.
Once blow-dried, flat iron hair in small sections. You can apply a little more of the Creme Press if needed.
This is how my hair looked once styled, not sure why I look so serious but I promise I'm smiling internally lool.
TIP 2: At Home Nails, Gel Polish Mani Pedi
- Wednesday 13th