Hey lovers!

We all know just how time consuming self care can be, but also just how important it is to take the time to give your body and mind the LOVE and ATTENTION it deserves. I have been meaning to write this post for a while now. With the busy summer season fast approaching, I believe there couldn’t be a better time to share these two time saving beauty tricks I’ve come to love, Co-washing and Multimasking.

Co-washing

Co-washing is basically using only a conditioner to wash your hair as well as condition it, as opposed to using shampoo as well as a  conditioner. For the ladies with kinks, this trick not only saves time but also ensures the natural oil and moisture isn’t stripped away from your hair. Knowledge definitely is power, and by doing some reading as well as following hair enthusiasts, I have discovered why co-washing has become such a thing. I believe the main reason to be that most shampoo  formulas include sulphates which aren’t good for your hair.  While sulphates are the key ingredients at amplifying the effects of shampoo,  they unfortunately also end up even stripping your hair of the natural oils and moisture it needs to stay rich and healthy. And we all know, dry hair = breakage! Click here for Sulphate free products you can use from Clicks. I have also included a list Sulphrate Free Shampoos you can try from BeautySouthAfrica.Com

HASK Monoi Oil Nourishing Shampoo, R139

INOAR DayMoist Shampoo, R245

L’Oreal Pure Colour Shampoo, R139

Marc Antony Defrizzing Coconut Cream Curls Shampoo, R139,95

Mizani Moisture Replenish Shampoo, R202

OGX Nourishing Coconut Shampoo, R169,95

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo, R110

Silicone is a mineral. It is an effective ingredient commonly used in hair-care products. It provides slip and shine, can help smooth and straighten hair, and gives hair a luxurious, conditioned feel. —Bridget Brager, Celebrity & Editorial Hairstylist

It also seems as though we aren’t all the way safe when using conditioner either.  While silicone is a miracle worker at doing away with spit ends and making dry dull hair look healthy again, it isn’t all that great when used on your kinks. In conditioner, silicones are  responsible for the lovely  shine after conditioning. However, that shine is short lived, and ultimately the silicones create build up on your hair.  With that said, try look for a conditioner which doesn’t have silicones.  Below are some conditioners which are free of silicones. 

TRESemme BOTANIQUE Nourish & Replenish Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Smoothie – Black

Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash

How to co-wash: For the longest time I believed co-washing only involved one step and I’d simply wash my hair with conditioner. Big mistake! Here’s how. Wet your hair, apply a small amount of shampoo on your fingertips, then begin to rub your scalp as you would when using shampoo. Following that, you need to once again grab your conditioner, apply a generous amount to your hair and begin to gently untangle your hair. You may use a wide tooth comb if you like, but I prefer using my fingers throughout this process.

Multimasking

Multimasking is the act of layering your products in order to get maximum benefits of the products you are using, all at once! Sounds a bit tricky right? But trust me, it’s well worth the try.

It’s no secret that different parts of our skin go through varying challenges. Your nose may sweat a lot just like mine does, while your cheeks or forehead often experiences a break out. What ever your variation may be, with multimasking you tackle each areas problems with the necessary mask. For example, the area which experience break outs you would apply  charcoal or clay on. For dry areas of your skin you would get a helping hand from a hydrating cream. This method will work as a great facial, and work particularly well for people with combination skin while saving you a great amount of time this summer!

Be sure to get your mask on once you have taken a shower, your pores are open and most receptive at that time to soak up the good “food” you feed it. Just because you are using a variation of masks, it doesn’t mean they have to stay on for an equal amount of time. You still need to follow each masks instructions and strategically apply the longer duration masks first. Listed below are some masks you can try out and see if they manage to give you satisfactory results.

L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure-Clay Glow:  Detox (Black) Purity (Green) Blemish Rescue (Blue) and Brighten (Yellow)

Estee Lauder: prone to breakouts: slather that area with a clarifying, detoxifying formula like Clear Difference Purifying Exfoliating Mask.

Try an infusion of moisture on naturally drier areas like your cheeks; like Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost.

Typically oilier T-zone with a light clay mask, like NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask, which will help to restore a smooth, glowy surface where skin tends to become most dull. 

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