Curly hair is one of the many ways to achieve a different look.
So, it’s important to know how to style your natural hair and other extensions into defined curls.
This also saves you the time and cost of going to the stylist to get your hair and extensions curled.
Here are do-it-yourself ways to style your hair and extensions into defined curls.
3 Basic Steps For Defined Curls
First, there are three basic steps to follow to style your hair into perfectly defined curls.
Step 1 – Section Your Hair
You need to tame your crown into workable sections to be able to achieve your hairstyle goals. The sections don’t need to be perfect but should be secured together with clips or simple braids or twists.
Step 2 – Detangle each section
Once your hair is sectioned, you’ll need to hydrate your crown with moisturizer. It’d be better to use the LOC method or a very good leave-in-conditioner.
Step 3 – Moisturize and seal
After you have nourished your tresses, the next thing to do is to seal in your moisture with the best natural hair products you can get. Sealing in your moisture helps to protect your hair against breakage. It also helps to retain the length.
Natural Hair Styles With Defined Curls
The following curling techniques can only be done after you must have completed the three basic steps for defined curls mentioned above.
Defining our curls has to be one of the greatest challenges we face in the natural hair game. For this guide, the focus is on how to get various styles of defined curls using tested and accurate curling techniques.
Many of the recommended methods below are heatless, simple and guaranteed to last for up to 5 days with the right natural hair products.
Bantu knot-outs are simple heatless ways to get defined curls and can be done on different lengths. If you are on short hair, you’ll need to divide your hair into smaller sections. For longer hairstyles the section sizes are flexible.
To get Bantu Knot-out curls:
Twist and wrap the section of your hair against itself like a screw
Wrap it against itself at the base
Tuck the ends at the base close to your scalp or secure with a pin
Leave to dry/set overnight
Unravel and fluff
Flexi Rod Sets
Flexi Rod Sets use Flexi rods to achieve curls that range from tight curls to big and bouncy curls. The bigger the rod, the bigger the curls, the smaller the rod, the smaller the sets. This is how you can achieve Flexi Rod curls:
Decide on the size of the curls you want and use the suitable flexible rods.
You can start on damp or dry hair. Damp hair takes longer to dry and could be shorter due to shrinkage while dry hair gives more length but less definition than damp, in some cases.
Section your hair with a rat tail comb.
Detangle as desired
Apply a leave-in conditioner and sealant, or a setting lotion/foam
Twist the section of your hair around a Flexi Rod
Twist both ends of the Flexi Rod to put your hair in place
Repeat all over your head
Unravel when dry and style
Straw sets are similar to Flexi Rod Sets but are a more economical choice. They are also great for short hair and best styled on wet / damp hair. To achieve a straw set, simply follow all the steps in the Flexi rod procedure. But instead of using Flex rods, use straws.
Twist and Braid Outs
Twists and braid outs are the fastest and more simple ways to curl natural hair and extensions. While twist outs give more definition, braid outs give more volume and length.
Apply a gel or curling custard. (Optional)
Braid/twist each section.
Unravel when dried, separate curls and fluff for more volume.
How To Choose Your Perfect Shade Of Concealer
Concealer is an important part of makeup that helps you achieve a flawless finish.
Concealer can be used for more than brightening and concealing, if you’ve got the right one.
What you should consider most when choosing a concealer is the purpose you want it to achieve and your unique coloring. However, take note that it’s not advisable to use concealer to even out skin tone – that’s the work of your foundation. Concealer is great for blemishes and dark circles.
No matter your intent for getting concealer – from dark under-eye circles to red spots – you will learn the perfect shade for you as you read on.
How to get a concealer shade for your skin tone?
The rule of thumb for picking your concealer shade is based off of your foundation shade.
According to beauty experts, everyone should have two shades of concealer: one lighter, one darker, since daily sun exposure means your skin tone shifts slightly all the time. Plus, makeup artists use multiple shades of concealer for different end effects.
Your under-eye concealer shouldn’t necessarily match your skin color
It is not compulsory for your under-eye concealer to match your skin color if you really want a brightening effect. Although your foundation has to be appropriate, there’s a lot more you can do with your concealer.
For red spots, your aim is to get them to blend into the rest of your skin. Therefore, it is only sensible to make use of a concealer that is exactly the same shade as your skin.
For dark under-eye circles, the objective is slightly different. What you want to achieve is a lighter look. So, go for a lighter shade to lighten the area.
For under-eye concealer
Select a shade that’s around 1-2 shades lighter than your skin. If you have to choose between two products, say one that’s one shade lighter and one that’s three shades lighter, go for the concealer that’s closer to your natural skin tone.
Take this tip
An easy way to find a good match is to test cover-up on the veins on your wrist. If the product hides your veins and looks natural, then it’ll look perfect under your eyes.
For contouring, choose a concealer shade that’s 1-2 shades lighter or darker than your foundation shade match.
How to match your spot concealer to your skin
If your goal is to cover pimples and red spots, then opt for a product that’s exactly the same colour as your own skin. Although it’s nice to colour-test your concealer before you buy, there are some general rules of thumb to follow.
Essentially, if you have a light-to-medium skin tone, you’ll want to go for a yellow-based concealer. If you have medium-to-dark skin, go for a red or orange undertone.
Applying your concealer
Regarding applying concealer, applying concealer, some makeup artists suggest that using a clean finger to lightly dab works well. This is because the warmth from your skin helps to soften the concealer making it smoother to apply.
Why Banana Is Good For Your Skin
Many may not know that banana has amazing skin benefits.
One of the most popular fruits eaten to gain energy, banana is also very beneficial for the skin.
One major benefit of banana for the skin is fighting premature aging.
While there are other benefits of banana for humans, the focus here is on the benefits of banana for the skin.
Rich in potassium and vitamin A, B, and C, the natural moisturizing properties of banana makes it a good choice for skincare.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of banana for your skin.
It works well in moisturizing the skin
For a well-nourished skin, bananas are very reliable and effective. Banana is rich in potassium, moisture and vitamin A and it works in hydrating and moisturizing dry skin. Vitamin A in banana also helps to smoothen out the rough texture of the skin and heals dry, parched skin.
Simply get a small bowl, mash up a ripe banana with the back of a fork, and apply to your face. Make sure you avoid the area around your eye and mouth.
Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. After this, rinse with cold water and enjoy the soft feel of your skin.
It is a powerful oil control agent
Banana works well as an exfoliation agent as it sheds off excess sebum on the skin surface. The abundance of potassium in banana also helps to hydrate dry skin and make it soft and supple.
Simply mash a ripe banana with the back of a fork. Then add one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice to make a face mask. Finally rinse off with a wet cloth or cold water.
It has anti-aging effects
The high level of antioxidants in banana works in preventing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
To make a banana anti-aging face mask, all you need to do is mash a ripe banana with the back of a fork. Then one teaspoon of orange juice and one teaspoon of thick yogurt.
It fights acne
The many nutrients in banana work well for the skin, particularly against acne. Vitamin A, zinc, and manganese are, for instance, anti-inflammatory. Simply by rubbing a banana peel on your face, you are already fighting blemish and acne off your skin.
To make a face mask, however, simply mash a ripe banana. Then add honey and turmeric. Wash off after 15 minutes with cold water and pat your face dry. Repeat this consistently to get desired results.
It lightens dark spots
By applying mashed banana on your face at least twice a week, you help your skin get rid of dark spots, acne scars, tiny moles, or even age spots. The general discoloration on your face will also be evened out.
Banana Face Mask for Oily Skin
Simply combine one mashed banana with lemon juice and honey.
Banana Face Mask for Dry Skin
Use one mashed banana, one tablespoon of pureed avocado and olive oil.
How To Apply Perfume Oils The Right Way
Perfume oils are different from the commercially available perfumes that have a high alcohol content, which sometimes is even up to 95%.
Now the pure perfume oil in the alcohol mixture is only a small amount of 5 – 20%.
There are concentrated perfume oils that do not contain alcohol. They are, in fact, much stronger than eau de parfums or eau de toilettes and therefore should only be used sparingly.
For a beautiful fragrance result, just a few drops of the concentrated oil on specific areas should be enough.
Traditional application of perfume oils
The traditional way to use perfume oils is to apply the fragrance indirectly to the garment/clothing. The perfume oils can be applied with the roller head of the perfume bottle or with the applicator stick. To do this, take one or more drops of the perfume oil into the palm of the hand or the inner wrist and gently rub the palms together. Then the perfume oil is applied to the clothes by gently stroking the palms of the hands over the clothes.
This helps to ensure that your clothes are not soiled and it also allows the perfume oil to be spread over a large part of the clothes.
But when doing this, you should consider the sensitivity of the clothing as well as the color of the garment. For light-coloured clothing or sensitive fabrics such as silk, you should test it in a non-visible place beforehand. This is particularly recommended for darker oils.
Applying directly on the skin or hair
Apply a small drop of the perfume to your inner wrists, along your jawline, behind your earlobes, and the ends of your hair.
You should be careful when doing this. When applying on your wrists, avoid rubbing your wrists together after you have applied the perfume oil on your wrists. What it does is ruin the fragrance.
You can also apply the perfume oil on the back of your knee. Simply rub the perfume oil right behind your kneecap. The friction caused when you bend your legs or walk will heat up this part of your leg and you’ll be able to achieve a stronger fragrance.
When applying perfume oil behind your earlobes, you need to be careful of not applying too much. This is because your ears are close to your face and nose and you’ll be more sensitive to the smell if you add too much.
Remember that the sillage usually does not start immediately and can be overwhelming. So, you should be careful and don’t be tempted to use more oil quickly – you’ll need to wait for a while and see.
This is because perfume oils usually gain strength when warmed by your skin and movements. You can always “top up” the perfume a little, but it’s harder to weaken the fragrance afterwards if you have used too much.
As with all products, care should be taken when using perfume oils. In case of skin rash or itching, discontinue immediately and wash thoroughly with soap and water. See your doctor if necessary. Keep fragrances away from children.
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