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It goes without saying that I am a huge fan of coconut oil, not only for my hair but my face as well. That's why I thought you all would love this simple yet effective recipe.





Get your beauty treatments right for 2016!



CLEANSING GREEN JUICE

We've said it before, but a reminder never hurts: beauty starts on the inside. What better way to start that yea than with a beauty cleanse? This green smoothie is as delicious as it is beneficial, so don't be surprised if you decide to drink it every morning going forward! By drinking this, you'll do everything fro flush toxins from your system to reduce bloating and aid in digestion. You may be one smoothie away from the best body and skin of your life!
Recipe:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 inch. piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon (juice, squeezed)
  • 3/4 cup of cucumber
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 2 cups ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



KIEHL'S CREAMY UNDER EYE TREATMENT WITH AVOCADO

The skin under your eyes is the thinnest and more delicate than anywhere else on your face; cut it some slack and show it a little love with a luxe, but gentle under eye cream that will hydrate and brighten even the most tired skin. Fighting back crows feet and dry skin in 2016? Get a running start as we close out the year by dabbing a little of this around your peepers morning and night.

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For many Black women, changing our hairstyle is like changing our lives. Changing our hair affects our confidence, for better or worse and makes a big impact on how we feel about ourselves. However, there are some women who go into changing their hair styles blindly, not knowing the right questions to ask their stylist and factors to take into consideration. Celebrity stylist Ro Morgan offered his straight-to-the-point tips that will help every Black woman understand how to find her best hairstyle for the season (or even for life!).



If you had to narrow it down, what are the three important factors every woman should consider before they change their hair?
The first factor is always their budget. Your budget let me know where I can go in terms of color, chemical services, and hair extensions. Secondly, I look at their face shape. It’s so important to be honest about the shape of your face and what looks best on you. Everyone can't wear every hairstyle. Lastly, I always ask about their lifestyle. I want to know if they workout and how often, how much time would they have to spend on their hair in the morning and even prepping it at night.

What are the 3 important questions every woman should ask her stylist?
That’s easy:

  • Will it be flattering with my facial features and skin tone?
  • Will I be able to maintain the style under my budget?
  • Do I need to purchase additional products be to manage the style?

What would you love to see women stop doing when selecting their new hairstyles?
Honestly, there are quite a few. But for one, I really would like women to stop picking a style on a celebrity or model that obviously wouldn’t suit you. I know we get enamored by our favorite celebs and their looks, but there is nothing worse than seeing a style on a celeb that you know in your gut wouldn’t work for you personally. I’ve also seen a lot of women choose hair colors that are not complimentary to their skin tone. That’s another big “no-no”. A lot of women also tend to choose styles that make them look older. If you want to look more mature for your age, great. But choosing a style that adds a decade to your look shouldn’t be your goal or outcome. The final thing I want women to stop doing is selecting styles that require too much of your time.

Should women really take their hairstyles this seriously?
You know, I think so. I think hair makes just as big of a statement, if not bigger, as our fashion sense. Hair is the ultimate accessory. Especially for Black women. It hits close to home when we love or don’t love our hair.  It should compliment your sense of who you are and even your fashion, completing your look. Instead of me saying I like your outfit or I like your hair, I would rather say I like your look! But, I do want women to always be themselves. Find a style that makes you feel beautiful, yet still who you are within. Confidence really is every woman’s best asset.

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Once the clock strikes midnight and you get your new year's kiss, do you have a plan in place for your how to look better in the new year? 



If not, we've started you off with 7 habits that you should definitely leave in 2015 to make 2016 your best—and most beautiful—year yet!




Clinique Moisture Surge

THINKING THAT YOU DON'T NEED A MOISTURIsER

I get it; you think your oily skin in moisturised enough, so why would you add even more by using a cream? Here's the thing: sometimes our skin produces more oil in reaction to not receiving enough moisture. But whether your skin is oily or not, you still need to protect your skin with a moisture barrier both morning and night. This becomes increasingly important as you age because your skin naturally produces less oil with time. Additionally, if you're a makeup gal, then you'll notice that makeup yields better results on moisturised skin than it ever will on dry skin.

SPF

NEGLECTING TO USE A SUNSCREEN

You hear it all of the time, "Black don't crack," and while it may be true that our skin is more resilient than our lighter counterparts, it is not immune to skin cancer. While skin of colour is less susceptible to UV radiation, we can still fall victim to melanoma (skin cancer) if we are not cautious of protecting our skin from the sun's harmful rays year round.
You should apply an SPF everyday of the year—yes, that means during the winter months, too. If you're thinking that your foundation with an SPF of 15 is enough coverage, then you're mistaken. You should be using an sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 for basic protection. Use a higher SPF for areas of your face and body that are more prone to burning.

CREATING UNNATURAL LOOKING BROWS

Gorgeous brows have been ruling the beauty sphere for quite some time, so it's natural to want to rock a bold pair yourself. The trick is creating brows that look natural. Ditch the popular boxy brow trend that seems to have overtaken Instagram and opt for filling in your brows with swift, gentle strokes using your favourite brow powder, pencil or gel. For the most natural look, use two shades of products and focus on keeping the beginning of your brows light and feathery by using a shade that's a tad lighter than your natural hue.


LETTING YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES COLLECT PRODUCT

Dirty makeup brushes are not anyone's friend. Oil and products build up along the fibers of your brushes and become a haven for bacteria, which you then put on your face and contaminate your products with repeated use, which can lead to breakouts. When it comes to makeup, clear skin is always key, so washing your brushes is essential. Set aside some time each weekend to give your brushes a good soak in your favourite dish washing liquid and warm water, or your favourite brush cleaner.


CONSTANTLY TOUCHING YOUR FACE

Your hands collect so many germs and bacteria throughout the day, so resting your face on your hands or picking it only spreads bacteria and makes your skin more susceptible to breakouts or worse—bacterial infections. We know it's tempting to want to rid your skin of a blemish or lean on your palms, but do your skin a favour and leave the picking and face touching habits in 2015 for clearer—or just cleaner—skin.


NOT CLEANING YOUR CELL PHONE

Admit it: your take your cell phone everywhere—the bathroom, the nursery, the kitchen and then your put it against your face to make calls. Your beloved cell phone is a breeding ground for bacteria that are often trensferred between your hands and your face everytime your use it. While it may be unrealistic to recommend that you clean your phone afer each use, it's totally feasible to clean your phone at the end of each day, and maybe consider leaving your cellphone in your purse or your bedroom when you're using the restroom. We promise, Instagram or sending that e-mail can wait.

USING A FACIAL BRUSH EVERYDAY

We know your love your facial brush; we love ours, too, but using a mechanical exfoliant everyday is not always the best choice for your skin. Opting for a gentle chemical exfoliant like a peel or an exfoliating glycolic cream can still give your the glowing skin you want with out being too harsh no your skin. Try using a facial brush a 2-3 times a week and opting for a gentle exfoliant for the duration of the week.

Let's make 2016 the year we practice better beauty.

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I WILL TRY ACCESSORIES

Accessories are more than just sparkled headbands—try nice booby pins, hair ties, scarves and clips.


I WILL SLEEP ON A SILK PILLOWCASE

You've heard it a million times, when are you finally going to stop laying on cotton pillowcases? Be smart in 2015, and protect your strands.

I WILL SAY THANK YOU

When someone says nice things about your hair, say 'thank you' with a smile. Leave the 'oh, it's a mess' responses in 2014.

I WILL AVOID PARABENS AND SULFATES

Stay away from items that contain methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, ethyl-, or isobutylparaben.

I WILL THROW AWAY OLD PRODUCTS

Why are you keeping item long past their expiration date? Get rid of it!


I WILL EMBRACE MY CURL PATTERN (or lack thereof)

Let's face it, your curls aren't changing. Embrace them and learn to style them.


I WILL BE BOLD

Try a new colour, cut or style. Dare to be different.

I WILL ESTABLISH A HAIR REGIMEN

For starters, try this basic routine: cleanse, condition, moisturise, detangle, and opt for protective and or low manipulation styles.

I WILL DEEP CONDITION

Promise you'll commit to regularly deep conditioning your hair. Your hair will grow tremendously.

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I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very prosperous and joy filled new year.
May you manifest all that you want and need!


THIS IS A SPONSORED PRODUCT REVIEW
What does this mean? A cosmetics company has sent Good Hair Diaries products to do a HONEST review on.



Product Name: 
Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate-Free Shampoo


Product Ingredients: 
Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (and)Cocamidopropyl Betaine (and) Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (and) Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Tauate, Glycol Distearate (and) Laureth-4, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance (Parfum), Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Glycol (and) Water (and) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium 10, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropanal.


Product Description
Design Essentials® Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo is a gentle cleansing shampoo infused with hydrating Almond and Avocado plus nourishing botanicals to hydrate, soften and detangle even the curliest and coiliest hair textures. This moisturizing formula is gentle enough to use every day without stripping hair of natural oils.

Benefits:
  • Almond & Avocado deliver intense moisture and hydration
  • Gentle formula cleanses hair without stripping
  • Maximum detangling properties
  • NO PARABENS – NO PARAFFIN – NO PETROLATUM – NO MINERAL OIL
Product Directions: 
Step 1: Wet hair
Step 2: Apply Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo and lather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as necessary
Step 3: Follow with Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner. 

WARNING: Keep hair away from open flame or any source of ignition. 
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.

My Review:
This is a very moisturizing sulfate free shampoo. It definitely helped to detangle my kinky curly hair with a breeze. There is nothing better than a shampoo with slip. 5 out of 5 combs.

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Product Name: 
Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner



Product Ingredients: 
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Adomethicone (and) Cetrimonium Chloride (and) Trideceth-12, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxethanol (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Glycol (and) Water (and) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Avocado Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Almond Butter), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl acetate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropanal



Product Description
Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner uses the hydrating power of Almond, Avocado, Shea Butter and Coconut Milk to nourish and replenish hair moisture. Softens, moisturizes, and detangles to leave hair soft and manageable.

Features & Benefits:
  • Almond & Avocado deliver intense moisture and hydration
  • Supreme detangling and conditioning for all textures
  • Adds softness and shine
  • NO PARABENS – NO PARAFFIN – NO PETROLATUM – NO MINERAL OIL
Product Directions: 
Step 1: After shampooing with Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo, apply Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner and comb through.
Step 2: Allow to sit for up to 3 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse thoroughly.
WARNING: Keep hair away from open flame or any source of ignition. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.

My Review:
This particular conditioner didn't do much for my hair. since my hair was in need of a deep conditioner. it did feel soft, but my hair needed more moisture since it had been exposed to a lot of sun. 3 out of 5 combs.

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Product Name: 
Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner



Product Ingredients: 
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-32 (and) Mineral Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia ) Leaf Oil, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Propylene Glycol (and) White Nettle (Lamium Album) Flower extract (and) Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) Cone Extract (and) Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Root Extract (and Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Flower Extract (and) Rosemary (Rosemarinus Officinalis) Extract Leaf (and) Ivy (Hedra Helix) Extract (and) Arnica Montana Flower Extract (and) Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) Extract (and) Garlic (Allium Sativum) Bulb Extract



Product Description
DE Natural Almond & Avocado Leave-In Conditioner is a lightweight, non-sticky moisturizing conditioner with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E for hair health and detangling. Penetrates quickly. Instantly soften hair and smooth the cuticle for easy detangling. Natural oils improve manageability and provide luminous shine.

Product Directions: 
Step 1: Apply generously to damp hair and distribute evenly.
Step 2: Gently separate strands to remove knots and tangles.
Step 3: Follow with wide-tooth comb. Do not rinse.
Step 4: Style as usual.


My Review:
This product will absolutely be added to the rotation. A leave-in conditioner is everything in my hair regimen, and this particular one seems to double as a styling product for me as well. It has excellent slip, but isn't greasy in the least bit. It also didn't weigh down my curls, which was a plus for my fine strands of hair. 4 out of 5 combs

Design Essentials® Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Collection
Interested in getting your hands on the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Collection? Click HERE for all the goodies!

Also, find out what my fellow Healthy Hair Gurus thought of the range here ---> Aisha, Tendayi & Wisaal