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I'm a huge fan of gel nail polish. I love the fact that it dries quickly, lasts for weeks and keeps my hands looking decent. Unfortunately, gel nail polish also deprives my already weak nails of moisture, subsequently making them thinner and prone to breakage. As a result, I was forced to look for other alternatives to looking great while not jeopardizing the health of my nails. While taking a stroll through the beauty section of Clicks, I stumbled upon Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in the color "Pocket Aces".

Revlon Colorstay Envy promises longwear, high shine and wearability. On average with minimal interaction with the dishes, I get a good 7 days of wear out of one application. Here's how the polish looks on my nails.


It's highly recommended that you use the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat to get amazing shine and longwear. I used a normal topcoat I had laying around the house, and I still got a full week out of it.  I'm looking forward to purchasing the top coat in the near future to see if I can achieve longer wear. I also wantt to try out a few more colors to switch up my look.



If you're interested in letting go of the time you spend soaking your nails in harsh acetone to remove your gel nail polish, I highly recommend trying Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polish.

Have you ever looked at some of our local celebrities and thought that you would love to have their hairstyle or try some of their hair colour ideas? Maybe the style seemed too complicated, or you assumed it took a whole team of professionals to make them look that amazing. Well, today I want to show you a few easy everyday hairstyles inspired by our local celebrities that you can try at home. I’m talking fades, buns, braids and more. Not to mention that there is a way for all of us to jazz these super easy hairstyles up with a few hair colour ideas!

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Nandi Mngoma – Hi-Top Fade

Who doesn’t love Nandi and her unique hairstyles? The hi-top fade was first introduced during the early 90’s in the United States, where men predominantly wore the style, but Nandi shows us ladies how to rock the style in a sexy and ultra feminine way. This is a definite easy go-to style for all my sisters out there that want to rock it natural, short and fierce. Visit your local barber and ask he or she to bless you with their sheers and hook you up with the Nandi Mngoma cut!

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Try some colour!
Feeling bold and sassy? Why not spice up this hi-top fade with a little hair colour? Try Inecto Colours Caramel Blonde for a bold and classy look that allows you to stand out among the crowd and look like a star!

“I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”- Morrissey
 
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Pearl Thusi – Topknot Bun

Who doesn’t long for Pearl Thusi’s thick mane of hair? If you are blessed with thick and long natural hair like Pearl , you can go ahead and create this style by putting all of your hair into a high ponytail at the top of your head. Be sure that the ponytail isn’t too tight. Wrap the tail of the hair around the ponytail to create a bun as tight or as loose as you would like and secure with hairpins.

Add a hairpiece!
If you don’t have the natural length of hair to achieve this look, opt for attaching synthetic braiding hair to your natural ponytail and wrapping around to form a chic topknot bun. This look is easy and appropriate for any occasion.

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Minnie Dlamini – Box Braids

Box braids have been around forever and they tend to be almost every woman’s go to hairstyle. Sitting in the salon chair with 2 people braiding your hair at the same time for 4 or more hours is a daunting task, but the outcome is always stunning. 
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Style your box braids with a half up and half down look like Minnie, try a box braid bang or accessorise with a beautiful scarf.


Anele Mdoda – Straight Backs

If you are a busy host, radio dj and mum like Anele Mdoda, straight back braids are the way to go. They are easy to maintain and you can make them as thick or thin as you like. The best part is that this east everyday hairstyle can last you up to two months. To jazz up this hairstyle a bit, you could add a different colour synthetic braiding hair to give it a fresh and funky look.

As you can see, looking like a star doesn’t have to be so hard. 
Do you have a celebrity hairstyle that you would love to recreate at home? Show us a picture and leave a comment in the section below.

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Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
January 18, 2010



May 13, 2011


A few years ago, I grew my hair from arm pit length to bra strap length in about 1 year. I was obsessed with length at the time, unlike my current obsession which is perfectly defined curls and a shapely fro. I decided to sit down and list the major factors that led to my impressive length retention in one year. The list is surprisingly short and relatively simple.
1.  Minimalist
I seriously used just a handful of products on my hair, and they worked perfectly for me.

  • Shampoo - It wasn't even sulfate free!
  • Conditioner 
    • Used for co-washing every 2-3 days. 
    • I would also dilute the conditioner with water and oil for a great and simple leave-in conditioner.
    • I would use the conditioner as a styling aid as well for twist-outs and braid-outs.
  • Coconut oil
    • Used for sealing my ends and massaging my scalp
    • Hot oil treatments
I either finger de-tangled or used a wide tooth comb in the shower with lots of conditioner.
2. Protective Styling
My hair was in braids or a weave for about 6 months out of the year. I would spend 8 weeks in a protective style and 2 weeks out. When my hair was out, I would be sure to spend my time in low manipulation styles such as braid-outs and twist-outs. My hair was very happy with this routine.
3. Deep Conditioning and Hot Oil Treatments
I would consistently deep condition or do a hot oil treatment on my hair. Once a week faithfully this was going down without fail.
4. No Cutting
I just didn't get a hair cut unless it was absolutely necessary. A light dusting of my ends and search destroy missions for split ends were my option of choice. No cutting!
5. Consistency
I had a hair schedule that I kept to without fail. I moisturized and sealed daily, conditioned weekly and kept my hair covered most of time. I knew what was working and what wasn't because I was consistent. Period


Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think about how I achieved significantly longer hair in one year.


Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
You're lazy. I know.

You're tired. I know.

You just don't have time. Make time!

The majority of the time I sleep on white or cream bedsheets, which requires me to be a fairly clean person if I intend to keep them stain free. For the most part, I've managed to keep my sheets clean, but a few times I've woken up to foundation or mascara stains on my pillowcase. I definitely cleansed my face before bed, but there always seemed to be some residue left over. Well, now I have the trick to get your face completely cleansed and save your pillowcases. Double Cleansing!

Cleansing Oils

Try not to run screaming in the other direction. I know that some of us have oily and acne prone skin to begin with. Cleansing oils aren't greasy and they solubilize oil-based products such as foundations and mascaras. That means that regular foaming cleansers aren't really suitable for the tough job of removing makeup while remaining gentle on the skin. Try these cleansing oils.



Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil helps remove day-to-day dirt and oil build-up from your face without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
R79.95 - Clicks

VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE CLEANSING MICELLAR OIL, a breakthrough cleansing oil with unique micellar technology to gently dissolve impurities from the skin, including waterproof makeup. Formulated with nourishing Camellia Oil to leave skin supple, soft, and moisturised.
R230 - Dischem


A true cleansing sensation! Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel transforms into an oil that melts-away every last trace of excess oil and impurities — including the heaviest make-up. Water-activates into a silky milk that rinses skin clean. Soothes and nourishes with Marula Oil for optimal radiance and comfort.
R350 - clarins.co.za

Follow-up Cleanser
So the whole point is two cleanse twice. First with an oil cleanser and now with a gentle foaming cleanser. Try these gentle foaming cleansers.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is made with hydroxy acid to go deep within pores and remove trapped dirt and oil. Also helps remove dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin that is beautifully clear. Alcohol free.
R107,95 - Clicks


Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam is specially made with Ceramide Bright, vitamin C and LHA to gently exfoliate skin for a smoother, more even-looking complexion and radiant tone.
R208.00 - Clicks


CLARINS GENTLE FOAMING CLEANSER is a non-drying, creamy cleanser that removes impurities, make-up and excess oil while respecting skin’s natural moisture balance. Almond cottonseed extract possesses emollient attributes, a skin conditioner. Gentle formula neutralizes the drying effects of hard water. Rinses easily with cool water.
R295 - Dischem


Don't forget to use a moisturiser suitable for your particular skin needs after double cleansing. 

Why Natural Hair Extensions Are Dope:

One word, versatility!  Natural hair extensions are now offered in coil patterns ranging from loose wavy to kinky curly (or if your down with natural hair terms, 3B-4C).  Most 100% virgin natural hair extensions can be purchased in the form of machine wefts, wigs, closures, and clip-ins.  Happily allowing natural girls the ability to finally experiment with various hair lengths, volume, curl patterns, and color choices all without the commitment of altering their natural curl pattern.  Not to mention, the freedom to still rock a fierce natural protective style like twist-outs, bantu-knots, buns, etc.

How Natural Hair Extensions Are Installed:

Most natural hair extensions are installed using a professional sew-in method.  Therefore, to prevent hair damage and breakage we always suggest visiting a professional hairstylists that specializes in natural hair care versus choosing to install yourself. During the sew-in method, your natural hair is braided into a intricate braid-pattern, and then the weft of the extensions are sewn onto the braids to create a flawless blend.  This installation method takes between 3-5 hours depending on your desired finished hairstyle and costs anywhere between $200-$1000 based on the expertise of your stylists.
Natural Extensions; Installation Process for Natural Hair Extensions Source: Pinterest
Installation Process for Natural Hair Extensions
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If you’re looking for a more DIY approach wigs and clip-in extensions are the best choice because they allow for you to install and remove your extensions as needed with minimal effort.

Natural Hair Extension Maintenance & Upkeep:

Most sew-in installations last approximately 12 weeks before they need to be removed or refreshed, so upkeep is very minimal if you properly care for your hair extensions as you would your own hair with regular cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, and wrapping your hair at night with a silk scarf or satin bonnet.
Most importantly with any protective style, it’s very critical to thoroughly cleanse your scalp and hair while wearing natural hair extensions to maintain healthy hair.  First, we suggest cleansing your scalp and hair every 7-14 days with DE Strengthening Therapy Cleansing Sulfate Free Shampoo to rid the hair and scalp of product build-up and impurities.  Follow up with DE Natural Curl Cleanser and Natural Almond & Avocado Leave-In Conditioner for added moisture and easy detangling.
Furthermore, because natural hair extensions crave moisture like real hair, be prepared to hydrate your curly extensions frequently with water or a lightweight curl refresher like ourCoconut & Monoi Hair Coconut Water Curl Refresher.  But, when it comes to product on natural extensions, less is always best to avoid tangling or matting.

All In All:

If you’re looking to change up your coils then natural hair extensions may be for you!  Do your research on quality hair brands, find a trusted hair professional, and be sure to care for your new curls as you would your own for the best results
The article appeared first on Design Essentials

I absolutely enjoy answering all of your questions!


"My name is DaMiya and I am 15 years old. I have been natural for a year and I only have four inches of new growth. I have 4c hair. it is really thick and short so I don’t know what hairstyles to do with it. I would like to know what you use in yours to make it grow so fast and healthy. What hairstyles would you recommend for my hair type? 
Thank you so much!"


Hi Miya!

Afro textured hair on average only grows about 6 inches (15 cm) per year. I would recommend that you deep condition your hair twice a week, and keep your hair moisturised and sealed with oil daily.

As for hairstyles, I would recommend you try protective hairstyles. Leave your hair in braids, twists or even a wig to protect it from daily damage. Let me know how it goes :)


Send all your hair related questions to kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com and your question could be featured on the blog.

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!
Don't you feel like you are constantly trying to figure out a way to say sorry to your hair? You know that protective style I left in too long? I'm really sorry! Sorry for leaving you high and dry last week. It won't happen again.

Check out this DIY Rosemary & Thyme hair Rinse below, and show your hair how truly sorry you are.

Applying a rosemary and thyme rinse after you’ve shampooed your hair can increase shine, enhance color and more. Rosemary has been traditionally used in an array of natural remedies. Elements of the herb can help prevent hair loss and darken your strands for a richer hue or to mask grays. Rosemary also has antibacterial properties that can battle an itchy scalp. Combine this with thyme and the benefits are next level – thyme has been known to rid of dandruff and keep hair lustrous. So how do you apply to your hair? Glad you asked.

DIY Rosemary & Thyme Rinse

  • Combine 1 TBSP of dried rosemary or a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to a large glass.
  • Add 1 TBSP of dried or fresh thyme.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and pour into glass.
  • Let the solution sit for up to 1 hour, steeping the herbs in the water to create the rinse.
  • Then strain and apply to hair after shampooing. Do not rinse out. After multiple rinses you will start to see results.
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 I did not purchase these products with my own money.
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I waited a very long time for this product to reach South Africa. I'm happy to announce that it not only came, but it was re-formulated with the Southern African hair in mind. Dark and Lovely has proven in my eyes why it's been called the leader in black hair care. They are finally speaking directly to the African woman. Enjoy the review!



Product Name: Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo  - 250ml R31,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Cleanses and provides a rich, quick lather that brings moisture to hair and scalp. Suitable for frequent use and for wash and go hair styles. - Moisturizes hair and scalp - No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum

Product Ingredients: 42914 SS1 - AQUA / WATER / EAU, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, C O C A M I D E M E A , S O D I U M C H L O R I D E , PA R F U M / FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, POLYSORBATE 20, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCOL STEARATE, MANGIFERA INDICA SEED OIL / MANGOSEED OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM PCA, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, CI 14700 / RED 4, CI 17200 / RED 33, CI 42090 / BLUE 1. F.I.L. D54782/4 

My Review: This shampoo along with the rest of the line of products smells like a tropical vacation. Everything has a sweet mango-like scent that lingers for a while. I was surprised that this shampoo had sulfates in it, but since I don't use natural products exclusively, I wasn't afraid to try this shampoo. It gently cleansed my scalp and hair, and felt safe to use up to twice a week. Most importantly, when I rinsed the shampoo out I felt that the rest of the products that I had to use would take well to my hair because of the fresh base that the shampoo provided. I'm happy with the product overall, and I believe the sulfates will help some of the lines heavier products to rinse out properly. 4 out of 5 Mangoes!

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Product Name: Knot-Out Conditioner - 250ml R31,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Get the slip you want, the ease of detangling you crave, and the protection from dryness you need. Featuring the moisture rich recipe that immediately softens, making it easy to comb through and ready to take on any style with defined curls - Protects from dryness - Provides easy detangling - No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42913 SS5 - AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL A L C O H O L , E L A E I S G U I N E E N S I S O I L / PA L M O I L , BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, MANGIFERA INDICA S E E D O I L / M A N G O S E E D O I L , C A P RY L I C / C A P R I C , T R I G LY C E R I D E , C I T R I C A C I D , C H L O R H E X I D I N E DIHYDROCHLORIDE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS EXTRACT. F.I.L. D158442/5

My Review:  I love this conditioner. I need it in a bigger bottle! I used this conditioner in its traditionally intended way, and I also use it as a leave-in conditioner, which is why I need a bigger bottle! It smalls amazing and the slip is awesome for my texture of hair. I need a bigger bottle. 4 out of 5 mangoes!



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Product Name: Plaiting Pudding Cream - 250ml R63,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Treat your curls and coils to a lightweight moisturizing delight with a medium crunchless hold that instantly defines and softens tight curls and coils. A styling cream to help you achieve beautiful curls from twist-outs, braiding and threading hairstyles. - Medium Flexible Hold - No Drying Alcohol, No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42914 SS1 - AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA OIL/SOYBEAN OIL, POLYSORBATE 80, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, TRIETHANOLAMINE,OLETH-5, CARBOMER, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYTHANOL, BIS-DIGYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MANGIFERA INDICA SEED OIL / MANGOSEED OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL,LIMONENE,CI 14700/RED 4, GERANIOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS SAP EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, CITRIC ACID.(F.I.L. D55311/4)

My Review:  Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I don't like crunchy hair at all, but I also want to achieve 3 to 4 day hair and spend my time doing other things that really matter to me. This Plaiting Pudding Cream has really been a welcome to my arsenal of hair products. I use it strictly for wash-n-gos and I apply a small amount in sections and allow my hair to air-dry. The result is defined, crunch-free curls that smell great. This is my favourite product of the entire line. 5 out of 5 Mangoes


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Product Name: Afro-Moisturizing Butter - 250ml R63,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Quench dry hair with a delectable, hydrating treat just for your natural hair. Hair feels nourished and supple without the build-up or greasy transfer. Use daily or as often as needed - Moisturizes and reconstructs damaged hair for supple, shiny finish - No Drying Alcohol, No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42929 SS2 - AQUA / WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE,COCOS NUCIFERA OIL/COCONUT OIL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, STEARETH-100, POLYACRYLAMIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, STEARETH-2, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, MYRISTIC ACID, LAURETH-7, MANNAN, XANTHAN GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PAULLINIA CUPANA SEED EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINIONE, CITRONELLOL, CITRAL, GERANIOIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 14700/RED 4, CI 17200/ RED 33, CI 42090/BLUE 1. (F.I.L. D162571/4)

My Review: I like this butter but my hair cant handle it more than once a week before needing to be washed. Because I have very fine and curly strands, this product even in the smallest amounts really weighs my hair down. If my hair is feeling very dry, I will spritz my hair with plain water and apply this cream at night before wearing a doek. It's not great for my hair type, but it may very well be what your hair has been missing. 3 out of 5 Mangoes

 MY HAIR
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My curl definition and softness is really awesome. This was after using the shampoo, conditioner and plaiting pudding. I used the butter in the evening for added moisture.
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I still have a lot of shrinkage but my hair happily got bigger as the days went on.


Purchase your very own products at your local Clicks pharmacy. If you would like Good Hair & Beauty Diaries to do a giveaway with these products, please leave a comment below!
A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. 
I am so happy to see 2016 end, and I'm hopeful that 2017 will be so much better.

I wanted to share a few power affirmations in order to encourage, inspire and motivate you to be and do more then you ever thought you could.




I am enough!




I can!

 

 

There are new ways to make money keep flowing my way!


 

 

I grew up with Vaseline in my home. The package has changed over the years, but the goodness in the bottle remains the same. Fast forward 30 years later and I'm a new mom that keeps a miniature bottle of Vaseline PJ in my sons nappy bag. I use it as emergency bum cream, a moisturizer after bath time and a soother for his sunburnt cheeks.

Its for this reason that I am so happy to partner with Vaseline Healing Project!


The Vaseline® Healing Project is an aid effort in partnership with *to provide medical supplies and dermatological care including Vaseline® Jelly needed to help the skin health of people affected by poverty or emergencies around the world. Through this project, nurses across the country are receiving the correct equipment, products and training to properly diagnose and treat skin problems, with the mission to help restore the skin of 5 million people living in vulnerable conditions by 2020.

For many, time spent at clinics is time away from work or school whch impactson the entire families security and future. It's why I was excited to nominate a school to receive vaseline products and a first aid it. I also want to give you a few things as well!


The Mission

  • Donating Vaseline® products to people in need through Direct Relief's kit programs and global network of healthcare organizations and clinics.
  • Sponsoring dermatologists to go on medical missions to treat people affected by crisis or emergencies
  • Developing training for community health workers to help properly diagnose and treat skin conditions

Enter to Win!

I'm also going to give you a first aid kit! Your hamper includes the following:
  • 1 x 450ml Original Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 x 250ml Vitamin E Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 x 250ml Germ Safe Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 x 250ml Aloe Fresh Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 x 250ml Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 x 250ml Men Petroleum Jelly


Rules: 
  1. Leave your first name and surname below with your email address.
  2. Tell me what you use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly for in your home.
  3.  Tweet, Post or Instagram the following: “Stand to win a Vaseline PJ family hamper with @goodhairdiaries here http://www.goodhairdiaries.com/2016/08/enter-to-win-im-also-going-to-give-you.html “

Entries close on Friday 2 September 2016 
Winners will be notified by email
Prizes are not transferable/negotiable and may not be exchanged for cash. This giveaway is open to South African residents only!