Beauty Secrets

Beauty isn’t everything and some people are just blessed with clear skin, others beautiful bodies or thick luscious hair, hence the saying ‘I got it from my Mama’, looks are just in their genes. We can talk about why it’s important be healthy because it’s good for the blood, or the functioning of the brain and body. Let’s also get real, taking the time to be healthy makes you beautiful. You can use various beauty and hair products or make-up, wigs and getting a manicure done, but the old school beauty regimen is adopting a healthy lifestyle.

There are various reasons as to why one should consider adopting a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous biological reasons, like aiding your body [the organs, brain and central nervous system, blood flow, skeletal structure, muscles, the lymphatic system, etc.] in maintaining optimal functioning and therefore achieving health. When this is attained you feel rested and a sense of well-being. Taking the time to cultivate the sense of well-being is a core principle of living your best life and practicing self-love.

The Oxford dictionary definition of well-being is: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

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These Are The Core Tenants of Health and Beauty

  1. Hydration
  2. Diet
  3. Exercise
  4. Sleep 

Hydration

Khanyisile Msebenzi wrote an informative article on the importance of staying hydrated as well as the beauty benefits of getting adequate H20. In the name of not repeating what has already been stated, I gently suggest that you read the article, Keep Hydrated To Look Good & Improve Overall Productivity.

Girl Boss articles aim to get you feeling beautiful, confident and informed. Drinking water makes you confident as it keeps your breath fresh, so you can confidently flirt with your squeeze or laugh at your crushes jokes.

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Diet

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Often times we get trapped by the short-term gratification of food. We want that high calorie, rich tasting food that will be gratifying when we are consuming it but after we have swallowed, it sits in the stomach uncomfortably because it’s difficult to digest. As your stomach can ache and or bloat from eating too much dairy, or foods that are too rich. These foods create acid in the body, this results in acid reflux, inflammation and discomfort in the body. Therefore, don’t be short sighted, besides the plentiful biological reasons to eat healthy there are also beauty benefits, like: 

  • getting strong and healthy hair 
  • reversing the signs of aging and or stress
  • healthy, strong and white teeth 
  • sparkling and clear eyes
  • soft and plump lips
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • reduce bloating, making the stomach flatter
  • radiant skin
  • healthy nails
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Eating healthier is eating more plants, the less processed the better. If you are struggling with a big belly, watch your portion size. Also, eat with presence, pay attention to when you feel satisfied. That is the bodies marker of when you should stop eating. On the other end of the spectrum, starving yourself is not going to make you more beautiful, eating disorders leave you nutrient deficient which means you will look sickly, have dull hair and skin complexion.

For more information on incorporating plants in your diet consider reading the following articles

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Exercise

Exercise is good for the heart, blood, and detoxifying your body but it also gives you that powerful presence which is part bodily confidence but also increased present moment awareness. Take athletes for example when they are in their element they’re not thinking they’re just doing their thing, with their full present moment awareness. Present movement awareness is where your power is. That is when you are the most powerful. This is why many consider exercise as a meditation and a central self-love practice. This powerful presence makes your energy attractive.

Exercise also makes you physically attractive. When you see someone, who has been working out, their body is impressive and sexy. Your skin also gains that healthy glow because you sweat out toxins through the skin when exercising. Your brain rewards you for taking the time to exercise your physical power by releasing endorphins, that is why you get that post work out feel-good high. Hence the saying, follow your bliss, keep doing what makes you happy and exercise literally makes you sexy, beautiful, radiant and happy.

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Here are some Girl Boss articles on exercise

Sleep

It’s so important to be well rested. Cultivating sleep hygiene is so good for your body and brain. But it also makes you beautiful. That’s why it’s called getting your ‘beauty rest’ or ‘beauty sleep’. When you’re tired your skin is dull and thin. Your eyes are strained and you get dark skin around the eyes. Your eyes themselves are not bright and present, they’re strained and blood-shot. Your skin may break out. Your body repairs itself during sleep, therefore while your consciousness roams the astral plans, your physical body the unconscious mind, is doing intricate processing like repairing skin cells and pumping nutrients to where they need to be for optimal functioning, this results in a healthy glow and a peaceful presence. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try exercising as it improves the quality of your sleep, everything is connected.

Maintaining a sense of well-being is serious business and one should look at it as a personal investment. It’s all about getting Girl Bosses to live the life in which you are the most blissful, joyful and performing at your peak. This isn’t something you do once, it is a lifelong commitment, to choose and prioritize your well-being. 

Human beings are beautiful, we are truly a beautiful creation. The secret to boosting your beauty is adopting a healthy lifestyle. Always remember, vanity is not the answer to whatever woes you are going through. Being obsessed with the perfect body and or losing weight in itself is not good for a healthy mind. Therefore, be aim to impeccable with your mental hygiene as well. Exercise, eating and drinking healthily also improve your self-esteem. It’s all about self-love. Which is getting to the place where you love and appreciate who you are.

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5 basic dos and don’ts of using relaxers

These are the most basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind when using relaxers. Some may seem rudimentary and obvious but they are worth mentioning because many people know about them but don’t necessarily understand the importance of doing them or staying away from some.

DOS

  1. Do condition your hair

It is important that you condition your hair every time you wash it and especially on the day of using a relaxer.Conditioners help to strengthen and nourish hair.

  • Do use a neutralizing shampoo

Neutralizing shampoo is needed to stop the relaxing process. So, after you’ve used a relaxer and the time specified for application has passed, you have to rinse out the relaxer. You then have to use a neutralizing shampoo so that all the relaxer can be removed from your hair. Do2-3 washes with the neutralizing shampoo after every time you relax your hair.

  • Do section your hair

Dividing your hair into small sections will ensure that you apply the relaxer evenly throughout your hair. It will also prevent you from using too much of the relaxer. Sectioning hair will make the application process easier and quicker.

  • Do use a protein treatment

The protein in hair gets striped once a relaxer has been used. Hence the need to use protein treatments, they work to replace the proteins removed by relaxers. Balance this by doing moisture treatments so that you don’t have protein overload.  

  • Do base your scalp

Base your scalp and hairline with an oil,Vaseline or hair food to protect your scalp. This is due to the fact that the relaxer is (or rather should be) applied from the roots of the hair till where the new growth stops (and the previously relaxed hair begins). By basing your scalp, your assisting in preventing scalp burns.

DON’TS

  1. Don’t wash your hair before using a relaxer

Washing or simply wetting your hair before applying a relaxer will lead to burning once the chemical has been applied. Do not shampoo or wet your hair for at least one week before using a relaxer. On the day of using a relaxer, do not use any hair products before applying the relaxer; the only exception is basing your scalp.

  • Don’t leave the relaxer on for too long.

The time recommended on the relaxers is there for a reason. Failure to adhere to the time stipulated time will result in scalp burns and thinning of hair. Do not wait for the relaxer to start burning. If you feel a burning or tingling sensation before the recommended time has lapsed; wash it out immediately and leave it in for a shorter period the next time you relax your hair. Leaving the relaxer on for too long will not make the relaxed hair “last longer” before you’re due for another one.

  • Don’t comb the relaxer through

Combing through the relaxer will cause severe breakage. The chemical only needs to be smoothed and worked through the hair with your hands. Protect your hands by wearing a pair of latex gloves.

  • Don’t overlap chemicals

When its time to relax your hair again, make sure that you don’t apply the relaxer over the relaxed hair. This is called over-processing which will cause damage and breakage. Apply the relaxer only onto the new growth

  • Don’t relax your hair too often

Spread out the frequency of doing a relaxer so that your hair can recover from the harsh chemicals found in relaxers.Relaxing hair too often thins it out causing breakage, which may lead to hair loss. Aim to relax your hair no sooner than 8 weeks after using it; that’s roughly relaxing your hair 2-3 times a year.

The dos and don’ts mentioned above are only the most basic ones, the list can go on forever. Look out for more topics of relaxed hair in articles to come which go into more details.

Evolution of the Eyebrows

“The eyebrows frame the face.”

We hear this statement from make up artists and beauty bloggers all the time. 2017 was the year of the “eyebrows on fleek” trend that saw a drastic change in the way eyebrows appeared on the faces of women all over social media. YouTube was flooded with tutorials on the not-so-simple technique that would help girls achieve this fashionable look and thus, the eyebrow element of make-up took on a life of its own. We can now find complete eyebrow kits in the cosmetics section of stores, whereas eyebrow makeup used to be as basic as drawing one thin line above the eyelid with what would now be classified simply as a lip liner.

The makeup industry can seem quite aggressive to someone who hasn’t taken the time to keep up with it. There’s a brush for everything now. Several brushes for each part of the face, in fact. The eyebrows are no exception to this. But why? Who determines what the eyebrows should look like? If the eyebrows “shape” the face, then why do we keep changing the frame?

Looking back to the early 1900s, when the eyebrow trend wasn’t as bold or technical as we know it to be, we can see that the main influencers of this trend were performers. Whether it was ballerinas and actresses in the theatre or the dancers and gymnists in the circus, women admired what performers looked like. The same way that performers constantly have everyone’s attention today, they were also always looked at back then. Men were mesmerised by them and women wanted to be them. So women would emulate their style, from head to toe. This is how performers throughout history, have been able to dictate the general aesthetic of society. When we open instagram and see Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce wearing Burberry, best believe, Burberry sales go up and we suddenly see that same beige pattern on millions of girls on instagram.

People who are good at getting attention become an instant influence. People gravitate towards them and even begin to adopt their aesthetic. Social media has birthed a new type of celebrity, solely based on this principle. “Influencers” are the new celebrities, and they are the ones dictating the trends in beauty and fashion. The new makeup trends are enforced by them.

Here is a timeline of the eyebrow trend as it has evolved over this past century.

1920s – 1940s

The thin, rounded, drooping arches.

1950s – 1970s

Full, arched and brushed.

1980s – 2000

Full, natural brow.

2000 – 2009

Skinny, waxed, pencil-thin arches.

2010 – 2015

The Natural, Trimmed & Manicured Brow

2016 – Today

The Instagram Brow

The Bleached Brow

The Bold, “Messy” Brow

Trends are ever-changing and the aesthetic is constantly evolving. We look at some past trends and laugh at them but we also seem to circle back to some older trends. What will eyebrows look like next year, or ten years from now? Will we return to some older aesthetics? Will they get thinner, thicker, rounder, sharper?

Which eyebrow style do you subscribe to? And which trend do you think should make a comeback?

by Zani Tsabedze

Body Products For Dry Skin

BODY WASH

Gently cleanses skin and hydrates skin

Deionised Water, Decyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter), Lauroyl Lactylate (Lactic Acid), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

HOW TO USE:

Apply directly to skin using a wash cloth, sponge or loofah. Rinse off with water and apply either the Girl Boss Body Butter Cream or the Girl Boss Body Lotion. Suitable for bathing and showering

BODY BUTTER CREME

  • Moisturizes and nourishes skin and gives it a youthful glow

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua (Water), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquidum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

HOW TO USE:

After using the Girl Boss Body Wash, apply cream and massage gently onto skin

BODY LOTION

Hydrates and softens skin without making it greasy

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua (Water), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquidum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

HOW TO USE:

After using the Girl Boss Body Wash, apply lotion and massage gently onto skin

Relaxed Hair Products

Our relaxed hair range strengthens relaxed hair, gives hair shine, and prevents breakage.

CONDITIONING SHAMPOO

Cleanses, moisturises and conditions hair

INGREDIENTS:

Deionised Water, Decyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter), Lauroyl Lactylate (Lactic Acid), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Hydrolysed Keratin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

HOW TO USE:

Apply a generous amount to wet hair. Massage lightly into scalp and hair. Rinse out with clean water. After washing apply Girl Boss Hair Mask.

Daily Strengthening Oil Lotion

  • Replenishes relaxed hair with moisture lost during processing
  • Boosts hair strength by adding keratin as protein bonds are broken during relaxing
  • Nourishes hair, preventsbreakage and gives hair smooth and shiny finish


INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Juice, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil,Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride,  Ricinus Communis (Castor)Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indicus (Mango) Butter, DimethiconeCopolyol, Hydrolysed Keratin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E),  Panthenol,Methylparaben, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA

HOW TO USE:

Apply daily to wet or dry relaxed hair to nourish, moisturise, strengthen and give a smooth and shiny finish. 

GROWTH HAIR FOOD

  • Nourishes and strengthens hair
  • Keeps hair moisturised and protects against breakage and split ends

INGREDIENTS:

Mangifera Indicus (Mango) Butter, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolysed Keratin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

HOW TO USE:

Apply to hair and work though from roots to tips. Can also be applied to scalp 2-3 times a week to combat dryness.

STRENGTHENING HAIR MASK

  • Fortifies hair follicles and nourishes hair and scalp.
  • Infuses hair with rebuilding and strengthening protein to reverse damage from the relaxer

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Juice, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indicus (Mango) Butter, Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolysed Keratin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA 

HOW TO USE:

After washing with the Girl Boss Conditioning Shampoo, massage into damp hair and work through roots and tips. Leave in for 5-10 minutes and rinse out thoroughly with clean water.

For Deep Conditioning: cover with plastic cap and leave on for 30 minutes under a hooded dyer with moderate heat. If not using a dryer cover with a plastic cap and leave on for 1 hour. Rinse out with clean water and towel-dry/ air-dry. Follow with the Daily Strengthening Oil Lotion or the Girl Boss Growth Hair Food. Hair Mask to be done twice a month to strengthen hair

DAILY STRENGTHENING HAIR & BRAID SPRAY

  • Nourishes hair while in braids
  • Moisturises and prevents breakage
  • Conditions and strengthens hair, reversing damage from relaxer process

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Juice, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indicus (Mango) Butter, Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolysed Keratin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E),  Panthenol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA 

HOW TO USE:

Apply daily to dry or damp relaxed hair or braided hair to moisturise, nourish and strengthen hair. Always follow with Girl Boss Relaxed Growth Hair Food or Girl Boss Strengthening Growth Oil.  Apply to braided hair every second day to keep hair moisturised.

HAIR GEL

  • A medium-hold gel suitable for laying edges, holding curls (S-curl) and adding shine to hair
  • Apply to edges and smooth down with fingers, a brush or fine-tooth comb. Alternatively, apply it to hair after using the Girl Boss Daily Strengthening Oil Lotion and style as desired

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Juice, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerine, Mangifera Indicus (Mango) Butter, Dimethicone Copolyol, Hydrolysed Keratin, PVP, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA 

HOW TO USE:

Apply to damp or dry hair and style as desired. Apply to edges and smooth down with fingers, a brush or fine-tooth comb. Alternatively, apply it to hair after applying small amout of Girl Boss Daily Strengthening Oil Lotion or Daily Strengthening Hair & Braid Spray and style as desired.