Shorter or longer? That’s the ultimate question. We all get to that point at different times in the year where we’re debating whether we should brave it and go for the chop or if we should finally act on trying to achieve those long luscious locks we’ve been lusting for but are just not quite sure it’ll ever grow past that certain length. Today’s focus is on the latter, however, if you follow all of these tips, this will lead to much healthier hair in the long run so it’s a win-win!
There is just something about long hair isn’t there? A lot of us think we should make the most of it whilst we’re young before going for that slightly more mature lob but longer strands don’t grow quickly without a rather decent helping hand and miracle-working products. To confirm, Mission: Curtain-Length Locks? Let’s go.
Scalp Care, Yes, Really
When focusing on growing out your hair, don’t forget about your scalp. A good scalp treatment helps to make your hair thicker, healthier and stronger starting from the roots. These also tend to increase blood flow and metabolism in the scalp at the roots of your hair too resulting in… hair growth, of course!
Featuring Australian Tea Tree Oil, this scalp treatment moisturises, soothes and calms irritated scalps. Massage in, leave for 30 minutes or even overnight then wash it out with a gentle shampoo. This incredible product is definitely one to try, it’s all 100% vegan too!
Tone Down The Heat
Curling irons or straighteners, which is your culprit? The likelihood is, is that you tend to have them on the full heat too to get the maximum effect. I’m sure you’re won’t be surprised when we tell you that using heat definitely isn’t helping to grow your hair faster despite all the tugging. Try using lower heat and working through your hair a bit slower, if you definitely can’t live without your trusty hair tool.
A Spoonful Of Sugar Vitamins
What’s so great about supplements, is that they focus specifically on people that may have underlying causes such as a vitamin or immune deficiencies that in turn slow your hair growth. Taking vitamins doesn’t always work for everyone but it’s definitely something you can try on your journey towards longer and stronger hair.
Based entirely on organic green superfoods, nutrients and antioxidants, this formula also includes Digestive Enzymes, Immune enhancing Mushrooms, Acidophilus, Linseed and MSM making this a perfect daily vitamin supplement for strong hair, skin and nails. Unlike most synthetic supplements, your body will recognise these nutrients and readily absorb them.
She Offers Me Protection…
One of the best ways to protect your hair from damage and breakage is to sleep on a silky pillowcase. If you’re not feeling boujie enough to slash out of one of these, a headscarf is always a great way to go too. In addition to this, another way is to use protective hair treatments.
This multi-purpose hair treatment greatly improves the appearance of dry, stressed and damaged hair types. It’s enriched with Pashmina Silk Proteins which provide instant shine and softness in damaged hair whilst restoring a silky suppleness for a healthier appearance. It also improves elasticity and controls frizz whilst repairing damaged ends and preventing future hair breakage.
Don’t Forget The Sun
So, you’re heading out and you’ve applied SPF from head to toe, but as far as your head goes, you’ve not yet reached the top of it. So many of us forget to apply SPF to our scalp but it’s so important. Sun damage to this area can really affect your roots and slow down growth.
Wherever you are, however sunny it is, you’re never fully protected from the sun’s warming yet harmful rays. Before we dive into our complete edit of SPF products you can use all over to keep your skin nourished and protected no matter the weather and your location, let’s bust some common SPF myths!
SPF Facts: Did You Know?
Sun Protection Application > Sun Protection Factor
When it comes to picking our SPF we normally think, the higher the better, sure. However, it’s all about coverage and frequency of application. Whether you’re chilling in the garden or lying on a beach, it’s the topping up that counts rather than one application with the biggest factor you can find.
You Can Still Get Burnt Through A Window
Very true. Though you can’t get as badly burnt, you can still get some level of UVA rays and should still wear sunscreen even if you’re just driving in your car.
If I’m not burnt, is my skin ok?
Not quite. Any change in your skin’s colour after being exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time is classed as damage. Burns are, of course, much worse for your skin but it’s still super important to keep your skin protected!
Now we’ve busted those SPF myths let’s take a look at the products offering us a helping hand…
This invisible, weightless defence blends easily on the skin, featuring only non-nano Zinc Oxide. Say goodbye to thick, white residue with this physical SPF formula that provides added blue light protection and helps soothe away the effect of environmental aggressors. This incredible product also features a bio-active mushroom complex that helps soothe skin and reduce UV-induced redness and dryness along with antioxidant green tea to help defend skin against free radical damage. Ideal for all skin types!
This pigment-rich BB cream offers skincare benefits with sheer to medium coverage. The Beauty Balm formula provides immediate protection from sun and environmental stresses and repairs over time. This product works to improve skin tone and lighten dark spots. Each shade blends seamlessly to offer a natural-looking coverage while providing that extra touch of sun protection underneath your makeup.
The new technology CC Complete Cream is a multifunctional coloured cream, which ensures even coverage, regulates oil while providing the desired matte finish. An enhanced composition containing Unilucent, a plant extract, which offers youthful glow and brings back the brightness of the skin, Vitamin PP for hydration and regulation of the melanin levels and high protection from UV rays and free radicals.
This moisturising lip balm protects and nourishes your lips all year long. Infused with Zinc Oxide, this natural broad spectrum SPF15 lip balm provides sunscreen benefits without the typical whitening appears and leaves your lips richly moisturised and soft. Rain or shine, Burt’s Bess All-Weather SPF15 Lip Balm glides on smoothly with moisturising balm texture to nourish dry lips while keeping them protected and hydrated.
This night moisturiser helps to target the deep-set wrinkles that appear with age. With this anti-wrinkle firming cream, the skin feels firmer, and wrinkles appear reduced, helping to create a more youthful appearance. With added SPF15 UV protection, the product will also help to protect against sun damage too.
Helioplex technology provides photostable UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection while Vitamin E helps neutralise free radicals which cause premature skin ageing. A rich hydration complex helps your skin remain moisturised all day, leaving it smooth, silky soft, sweat and water-resistant too.
Decléor Skincare Specialist, Fiona Brackenbury, knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Today she shares with Fragrance Direct the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.
“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful parts of the plant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power packed ingredient.”
Why Are Essential Oils So Amazing?
Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.
Did You Know They Can Be Inhaled Or Applied To The Skin?
It takes 4 seconds for Essential Oils to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply one of Decléor’s serums, take a deep breath and inhale it before applying it to the skin.
So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.
Best for: Skin that’s lacking firmness, with slackened skin or wrinkles
Lavender Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces the glycation ageing (the sugar damage build-up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Lavender Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.
Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skins protective barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering from sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress, hereditary) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity, soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.
Best For: Oily and combination skin prone to breakouts
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering from breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).
Best for: First signs of ageing (expression lines, dehydration)
Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple-action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.
Best for: Mature Skins (Loss of contour, loss of density, loss of colour and definition)
Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts as a support mattress for more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to reshape, re cushion and re densify the skin.
Are you a saver or a spender? When payday hits are you calculating your monthly budget, or have you already planned your next big purchase? Either way, you’re going to love what’s in store for you today on the blog. Whether you’re keeping an eye on the pennies and you’re on the hunt for some budget beauty essentials or you’re in the mood for a spontaneous splurge, you’ll find all the inspiration you’re looking for and more below.
If you’re a fan of sweet and fruity fragrances, Laurelle Parfums Miss Conduct Eau de Parfum Spray is definitely one to try. With delicious notes of blackcurrant, orange blossom, tonka bean, praline and more it’s one of those scents that’s guaranteed to be a hit. Whether you’re after a budget fragrance for yourself or searching for a gift, you’ve got to try this one.
So, you fancy a taste of the finest? Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge Eau de Parfum is pretty extraordinary. Sensually refined, Collection Extraordinaire is a floral yet woody scent with sparkling notes of pink pepper, blackcurrant, cocoa, rose and so many more. Botanical and fresh, it’s the perfect signature scent to make a statement for any lover of rich chypre fragrances. As you can see, the bottle is also gorgeous.
Illuminate and brighten tired-looking skin with the Balance Vitamin C Power Serum. This lightweight and non-greasy pro-radiance serum contain active vitamins to help illuminate your skin and give you a much-needed energy boost.
Dermalogica’s Phyto-Nature Firming Serum works via a dual-phase to restore and preserve the nature of younger-looking skin by reducing the appearance of premature skin ageing. In the firming phase, biomimetic peptides help firm skin and reinforce skin defences to counter visible signs of skin ageing. In the lifting phase, Phyto-Nature technology uses potent, plant-derived bio-extracts to visibly tighten skin.
The perfect choice for being on-the-go, this Intrigued Pressed Pigment Palette is great for switching up your look. Featuring a plethora of different looks, this simple palette packs a punch providing you with all the tools you need to sample different hues and blend multiple shades.
The SOSU by SJ Aideen Kate Face & Eye Palette is a must-have for those of you who don’t mind spending over the £20 mark for an iconic makeup palette. With a colour display of 14 matte and shimmer shadows, a peachy blush and champagne gold highlight, this palette is all you need to spice up every makeup look. Whether you’re after a natural daytime glam or a bold bright evening look, this is definitely one to add to your basket.
Rimmel are a staple and this Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara doesn’t disappoint. This scandalous, popular mascara is back with a breakthrough allowing you to enter a new dimension of extreme volume without clumping and now with unstoppable, sweat-proof, smudge-proof, 24-hour wear.
Make an impression with Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara that captures every last lash to lengthen, separate and define for a never-ending lash look. Infused with Ceramides for strong, healthier-looking lashes this clump-proof, smudge-proof and flake-free mascara is amazing.
For less than one pound, yes you heard that right, this Technic Colourmax Matte Lipstick provides great pigmentation with intense matte colour for the perfect pout. After applying, Technic recommends for you to blot your lips with a tissue for increased wear too.
We all know and love Huda Beauty, but if you haven’t yet tried any of the brand’s products you’re missing out. This Trendsetter Lip Contour Set features the seriously sought-after Liquid Matte Minis and a Lip Contour pencil. Both of them combined create the perfect pout-perfecting kit unveiling a velvety-matte conditioning colour combo.
Liquid + oil + cream = what? We have established a verdict. Our Beauty Blog Editor tried the LOC haircare method on her own curly locks and today she’ll be revealing all on if it actually works and the kind of products she used to follow this regime that is recommended for curly, textured hair.
Before, we get into the good stuff, let’s find out exactly why curly and more textured hair types are in need of so much more nourishment. Why do these hair types qualify for a triple combination out-of-the-shower haircare regime?
1. Just how many hair types are there?
If you didn’t already know, there are actually 10 hair types in total. These range from straight and wavy, to curly and kinky/coily. Lots of the latter hair types often show signs of having stunning Caribbean, African or even South American heritage. Despite, how beautiful they are, they can be quite the hassle to fully care for – I’m speaking from experience of course.
2. How does my hair shaft and oil production relate?
The reason these thicker hair types need so much more product to hydrate is because the natural oils that our scalp produce struggle to travel down a curved, curly hair shaft. If your hair type is similar to that of 1 and 2 (previous image) you’re likely to find that your hair gets greasier much quicker with oil travelling straight down whereas us curly girls are out here trying to lap up every inch of moisture we can get.
3. Introducing: The LOC Method
Liquid, Oil, Cream. The idea behind this method is that you’re meant to apply the products in this exact order. A liquid-based product, an oil and then a conditioning cream after your typical hair wash cycle once you’ve towel or part dried your hair. As you can see, my hair type is around the 3C scale as its made up of quite the curl so I was more than happy to give this method a go…
For the liquid: I chose to simply add water. When my hair is wet, it’s much easier for me to detangle any knots and I like the slip that this adds to the products I use.
For the oil: I used my classic tub of coconut and castor oil that my nan (Jamaican) hooked me on a few years ago. The consistency of this is super viscous and it’s like a more transparent, gloopier version of Vaseline and I’m sure other curly girls will be drooling at their screens just at the thought of it. I find that these oils help to weigh down my curls enough to prevent shrinkage whilst locking in every inch of moisture.
For the cream: I used a leave-in conditioner that has the same consistency of a regular conditioner however I focused this purely on the mid-lengths and tips rather than applying all over like I did with the oil.
Overall, I would say that my hair definitely retained a lot of moisture this way and as weird as it felt applying a super thick oil to rather wet strands, I could tell that all of the ingredients were locked in and ready to settle and mix after my typical plaiting-hair-for-bed process in the evening. I’d try this again for sure, however since then I definitely still have the urge to put my conditioner in first purely from being stuck in the same routine!
One of my favourite go-to black haircare brands is Shea Moisture and I’m obsessed with so many of their fruity, delicious-smelling ranges. If you fancy trying out this method for yourself, definitely take a look at some of my favourite products below to get selecting your cream!
Catering specifically for fine to medium hair, this Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Shampoo expertly cleanses and hydrates from root to tip. Infused with Organic Shea Butter and Pure Coconut Water, this luxurious formula gently refreshes and rejuvenates hair whilst the brand’s signature blend of Dragon Fruit, Lychee Berry and Green Apple Extracts energise limp, lack-lustre locks. The Cream Rinse Conditioner also works wonders with many of the same magical ingredients.
This treatment mask works amazingly with the conditioner and detangler to deeply moisturise and repair dry, damaged or over-processed hair. With Sea Kelp and Argan Oil, these organic ingredients work together to smooth dry hair enabling you to remove knots and tangles more easily while also restoring body, shine and manageability.
Shea Moisture’s luscious Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil haircare combo offer intensive hydration and detangling action along with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to help boost further nourishment while protecting each strand from environmental influences and pollutants leaving hair soft, shiny and easier to style than ever before. If you’re after stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair, these products are a must-have!