For anyone who is interested in skincare, we all know and love The Ordinary. An affordable skin care brand that burst onto the scene and few years ago. The reason for its launch was to address the fact that the cost of luxury skincare is generally inflated.

The Ordinary based its line on ingredients targeted at specific skin concerns and provide guidance on how best to combine them for the best results. Although this is great for customers, the brand’s popularity means that products are often out of stock. So you may have to wait for weeks to get the product you want.
To solve having to wait for stock, here is a list of 6 brands with similar ethos, price products to the ordinary which can serve as either alternatives or an outright replacement for some of the ordinary products. Each of these brand have an affordable range of high quality products with no fluff just but get the job done.

INKEY List

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This is an ingredient-led skincare brand which launched in 2018 with 15 products priced between £5 and £10. The range includes hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C, caffeine, turmeric and Q10. Its main focus is on customer education, targeted at people who want to invest in skincare but don’t know how to start because of lack of information on how products work. The focus is on transparency, simplicity, high quality ingredients, at low prices.

Key products:

  • Retinol serum
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Lactic Acid,
  • Vitamin C Serum

Available at:

  •  Cult beauty,
  • Victoria health
  • Feel unique

 

Alex Steiner x Primark

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This is one that came to my notice pretty late and it is a collaboration with Glamour beauty editor and PRIMARK with the prices to match. None of the product costs more than £5. The collection consists of 20 products categorised based skincare needs. With a range for city skin, acne and dehydration, which allows you to mix and match depending on your needs.

Key products

  • Plump& Glow Facial in a Stick,
  • Pore Balance Anti-blackhead Stick
  • Maximum Moisture Supreme Sheet Mask
  • Super Detox Clay Mousse Mask
  • Micellar Cleansing Gel,

Available: select PRIMARK stores

 

Garden of Wisdom (GOW) Skincare

 

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This is an oldie which has recently gone mainstream. It is an Arizona based cruelty free brand with a focus on simple ingredient formulations. Prices start from £9 and go up to £20.
Its approach is using serums to target specific skin concerns and encourage skin balance and stability. All serums use the optimum strength additives and the minimum number of inactive ingredients making them more effective.

Key products

  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum,
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Serum
  • Niacinamide Serum

Available at:

  • Victoria health,
  • Garden of wisdom

 

Revolution Skincare

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This brand is best known for its £4.99 concealer but has recently introduced skincare into its product range. The products are vegan and cruelty-free with prices ranging from £5-£10. It is an extensive range with something for every skin type, the products are classified based on the conditions they address e.g. hydration, fine lines, texture and blemishes.

Key products

  •  Niacinamide serum
  • Caffeine serum
  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Rosehip Seed Oil

Available

  • Superdrug
  • Revolution Beauty

 

Beauty Pie

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The Beauty Pie approach is very different from the others mentioned above although the ethos of luxury grade products at an affordable price is the same. Here, you get access to the low prices, only if you sign up for the monthly membership, which costs $10. Beauty pie claims it gets its products from luxury beauty factories and sells them at the cost of production. The range is huge and is categorised based on skin types i.e. dry, oily, combination, sensitive, hyper pigmented and aging skin.

Key products:

  • Retinol range
  • Daily vitamin c defence serum typical price £80 /members pay £9.55
  •  Plantastic™ micropeeling super drops

Available:
BEAUTYPIE.COM

 

CosRx

This is the only Korean beauty brand on the list. However it is the leader in affordable K-Beauty. CosRx focuses on creating effective products with the minimum number of ingredients. The products are targeted to specific skin concerns using well known ingredients in combination with lesser known Korean ingredients like snail mucin or yeast ferment. They are best known for their AHAs and BHA products and have also included Polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) which are less irritating.

Key products

  • Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser
  • Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
  • COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

Available

  •  Amazon,
  •  ULTA
  •  Beauty tap
  •  SokoGlam

 

At the moment, some of these brands are available in Nigerian skincare stores, here are  trusted retailer listed on our directory, BeautyDirectoryNG:

SKINCARE RETAILERS
SK Beauty
Hilary Says
Your Skin's Love
Cho & Zen Beauty
Gebeesq
Allure Beauty Store
Serenite Beauty
Youtopia Beauty

 

Also, most of the international online stores mentioned are willing to ship internationally at a price. Alternatively, you can buy them through UK2ME or MallofAfrica who buy products from US and UK for delivery in Nigeria.


What do you think will you be trying any of these products? Or are you happy stuck with the ordinary products you know and love.

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Okay, I’m pretty sure everyone has heard such sayings as “you are what you eat” and  “what you put on the inside shows on the outside”. Well, for a vast majority of people,  eating and drinking habits play a huge role in the overall health of the hair. Nonetheless, there are those people who eat fries and burgers all day and still have nice looking hairs, but they are in the minority; but note that such eating habits are bound to catch up with them at some point anyway. I know for a fact, that when I improved my diet and started eating healthier, the quality of my hair improved significantly – my hair felt stronger, it grew aster and it got thicker. Of course, even with the healthiest diet, you still need to take care of your hair to see results, so don’t neglect that side of things, just remember that what’s on the inside definitely matters.

It is important to note that hair is not essential for life, it’s pretty much an added bonus – if someone shaved off all your hair, you may be pretty angry but, you would still be alive and well. In terms of nutrients, the hair gets them last – this means that if you’re not getting enough of those important nutrients, your organs will use up the good stuff first and there will be nothing left to keep your hair healthy. Basically, you really need to eat right for your hair to reap the benefits of what you’re eating.

For starters, we should always eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water too. Having established this, I will go a little deeper and give you 5 things you definitely shouldn’t skip when it comes to achieving your healthiest hair.

1.Protein

Protein is essential for a healthy and strong hair. Essentially, our hair is made up of a protein called keratin. So, if you’re not eating protein, it’s pretty hard for your hair to stay healthy and it is highly likely that your hair will be weak and brittle. Choose fish, beef, chicken, beans as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts. The best part is, no matter what your diet is like (from pescatarian to vegan to vegetarian to meat eater), there are so many sources of protein so eat up!

 

2.Dark leafy greens

Another essential nutrient for a healthy hair is iron. A lack of iron can lead to extreme hair loss and breakage and can even go as far as causing bald spots. And to step away from hair for a second, a lack of iron can also cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Dark leafy greens are full of iron other excellent sources of iron include spinach, kale, chard and bitter leaf.  Of course, you can also get iron from other sources such as red meat or even iron supplements (consult your doctor before using iron supplements) but dark leafy greens have so many health benefits that skipping them out completely is a big no no! They contain important nutrients, such as vitamin C (more on that later), folate and fibre.

Bonus tip: if you really can’t stand the taste, throw them in a blender with some fruit and make yourself a healthy green smoothie that tastes good!

 

3. Water

Now this is pretty much a no brainer. We all know how essential water is for the body – let alone the skin and the hair. It flushes the body of any nasties, hydrates (obviously!) and it can even help you lose weight if that’s your goal. The same way you moisturise and hydrate your body from the outside, you should hydrate your body from the inside too. The amount of water you need depends on several factors such as lifestyle, age, weight, height etc. But it is typically recommended that adults drink 8 glasses of water daily. I am a huge water fanatic so I drink a minimum of 3 litres (about 0.8 gallons) of water a day and more on a hot day or when I exercise.

Bonus tip: you can mix it up by drinking herbal teas (e.g. green tea, peppermint tea, chamomile tea) or adding lemon or lime to your water if you find plain water too boring.

 

4. Vitamin C

We ALL know how essential vitamin C is for our overall health, particularly when it comes to strengthening our immune systems! Vitamin C is so important for many reasons – for example, it is an antioxidant that helps regenerate other antioxidants in the body. We’ve all been told to take vitamin C when we come down with a cold or the flu. But what a lot people don’t know is that vitamin C is also very important for hair health. Basically, healthy body = healthy hair and scalp. It is one of the vitamins that keeps the hair strong and healthy. It prevents your hair from getting dry and splitting and also enhances hair growth.

 

5. Omega 3 fatty acids

I know the word ‘fat’ always freaks people out when it comes to food but the fact of the matter is that, it is an essential part of a balanced and healthy diet. The important part, is making sure you are eating the right kinds of fat. For example, fried chicken is bad fat, avocados are good fat. Other great sources of healthy fat include salmon, nuts and seeds. Healthy fats are amazing when it comes to hair growth and health, particularly when it comes to having that healthy, glossy hair a lot of us crave. These fatty acids reduce scalp inflammation, promote hair growth, help to increase hair strength and thickness and prevent scalp dryness.

 

There we have it guys! Of course, there are SO many other things you can include in your diet to see great changes and improvement in your hair but these are just my top 5. And hey, diets/eating habits are not a one size fits all thing – a vegan diet may be incredible for you and horrible for the next person. The important thing is to make sure you are taking a balanced, nourishing diet. Not just for your hair, but for your overall health!

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I am not a makeup artist by any means, but I do love a good makeup brush. Because I want my makeup to be flawless, I have learnt what brushes work best to provide the best results.

 

Here are 5 tips to help you choose the right brushes for your needs which will leave your face looking like your make was applied by a Professional.

1. Decide what Brushes you need based on Products you use

Although having a matching set on your dresser may look good, the individual brushes may not work for all your needs. The best way to choose would be to identify what steps you use in your routine and identify the best brush that would work for each task. A basic collection should consist of at least 5 brushes (foundation, blush/highlighter, eyeshadow, concealer, brow brush with a spoolie)

 

 2. Natural or Synthetic?

 

 

Most of the cheaper brush sets are made from synthetic fibres which make them affordable and more accessible; however, they do not work well with all product formulas.

Synthetic fibres work best with liquids and creams and provide a smooth finish. Natural fibres on the other hand which are made from animal hairs than to work better with powder formulas because they pick up more product. This is because the hair shaft if not smooth as seen above.

 

3. Get the best quality you can afford

Brushes have a wide range of price points, and you do not have to spend a tonne of money to get good results. So do your research and pick the best you can afford, and learn how to use them properly to get stellar results. Your technique rather than the brush itself may be the reason for your ‘not-so-great’ results. If you want brushes that will not need frequent replacement, go for synthetic brushes. They do not shed as much and tend to last much longer saving your pocket.

Hakuhodo $72 | Sigma $25 | Real Techinques $9 | I have all three brushes and they work equally well.

I have had my Real Techniques-Expert Face brush and Sigma F80 brushes since 2012 and they still work like a dream.

 

4. Allergies or sensitive skin

Depending on your needs, natural or vegan could be better for you. For people with sensitive skin animal or natural hair may cause allergies, not the makeup. So if you have sensitive skin or are allergic to animal products like dairy or have animal allergies stick with synthetic fibres. This is also important for people with combination or acne prone skin because synthetic brushes ‘’cleaner’’ because their bristles are flat (they have no cuticles) and they can be cleaned more frequently with little or no damage.

 

5. Choose the right size

As much as having unicorn or mermaid shaped brushes looks like fun they are unlikely to work well in real life. Having brushes with the right size and weft will determine how often you reach for and use them. Brushes which are easy to use make your makeup application easier and consequently your look flawless. Expensive brushes tend to be heavier and sit better in your hands also make sure the brushes you choose are the right length. With the proliferation of makeup brands, there are many affordable brush ranges to choose from so that you can find one to fit your needs.

 

Those are some of my tips on the factors you need to take into account when choosing makeup brushes for your collection.

 

How do you choose what brushes to use and which brushes can you not live without?

 

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An Entrepreneur earning a steady income from their business(es), is a sign of sustainable growth and success. Unfortunately not a lot of Entrepreneurs know this, most people believe that once they step into the world of entrepreneurship, salaries become a thing of the past.

As an Entrepreneur one of the crucial ways to monitor if your business is growing or successful is when you are able to put yourself on the payroll.

So at what point does an entrepreneur start earning a constant salary? The business’ ‘Break-Even Point’ is the key determining factor.

“The Break-Even Point is the production level where

Total Revenue = Total Expenses.”

Basically in layman terms, this means when the money coming into your business is enough to cover all the costs associated with running the business; essentially the business is running itself. Until you achieve this benchmark, you have no business putting yourself on a fixed salary. There has to be discipline on the part of the Entrepreneur not to touch their business’ earnings till the business can cover its costs of production.

 

The second key factor is to identify ‘Indirect Costs’ associated with running your business. These are usually things most Entrepreneurs overlook and consider as their own personal costs, it is crucial that all Indirect Costs be identified and captured, otherwise you will, unknowingly, be running your business out of your own pocket. Indirect costs are usually things like petrol in your car/transportation costs if you’re an Entreprenuer that moves around (e.g. MakeUp Artist, Nail Tech, etc.) or if you’re a Influencer: data, editing software, phone credit etc are indirect costs. For more about Direct/Indirect see my previous post here, where I explained how to determine the direct & indirect costs in your businesses. It’s a MUST READ!

 

Once you determine your indirect costs, you realize that it takes a huge burden off you, these then become part of the costs & expenses that contribute to production of your goods or fulfilment of services. When your business’ income can cover these costs and expense, then you may begin to consider a salary.

The next stage…..

How do you determine your salary?

First you divide your needs into the sub categories in order of priority: Healthcare, Feeding, Rent, Transportation, Bills, Pension, Grooming & Leisure.

Healthcare & Pension

There are so many options for healthcare and pension in Nigeria these days AVON, AXA MANSARD, STANBIC PENSIONS to name a few. The HMOs offer a variety of packages at very affordable premiums to cover a range of healthcare services at multiple hospitals all over Nigeria. You may decide to cover the one-off fee from your personal funds and the company will make monthly remittance to you as part of your salary earnings.

Pensions

These can be remunerated monthly at your own discretion and can be as high or as low as you decide to set it.

Rent

If rent is one of your expenses or you are considering living on your own, then divide your annual rent and service charge costs(if any) by 12 months and see how much it will cost you monthly. There are a number of property websites in Nigeria now one that really caught our attention was www.fibre.com for those individuals who do not mind shared accommodation. Platforms like this create options for monthly rent payments. However if you currently have accommodation and your business is your only source of income and said business cannot bear such a cost it is advisable to table that cost until you scale.

Bills & Transportation

It is also important to calculate how much transportation and bills cost you monthly and include in your salary breakdown. Bills include phone & data costs, DSTV,gym etc. However if your business requires frequent use of your phone and constant internet, then these should be covered in your business’ costs & expenses.

Grooming & Leisure

In this area, you can calculate how much you spend on grooming yourself in a month or socialising? For example, hair appointments, going to the cinema, drinks with friends, etc. There is a reason why these are the last sub categories; they are not necessarily priorities even though the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is relevant. These are the luxuries you can afford to scrimp on for the first few months till you can steadily cover your other more important expenses.

 

Below is a salary breakdown for a female entrepreneur in her mid 20s. She recently invested in an HMO policy with premium of NGN42,000 for the year and is making a monthly remittance to her company. She has also decided to start depositing NGN100,000 annually into her pension account with plans to review upwards. She was fortunate to find a beautiful studio in Lekki via www.fibre.com. Her leisure budget is currently too high but she feels she deserves it especially since she hadn’t taken money out of the company for 8 months.

The breakdown should look something like this:

 

Its important to state that the sub categories listed are based on our research and client demands and can be tailored to include domestic staff salaries and other expenses. This is just a blueprint to get you on your way.


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We’ve all heard how great protective styles can be for our hair – they protect your hair, they help you retain length and moisture and they can give you a much needed break from your hair. Plus there are so many cute styles you can do, from box braids to two strand twists to buns. But the same styles that help your hair flourish and grow can have some unintended consequences for your hair. There are certain mistakes that people make when protective styling that can actually lead to breakage, excessive shedding, dryness and hair loss.

 

So to define it, a protective style is a hair style that protects your hair from the elements, physical damage and general wear and tear. The aim of these styles is to help your hair retain moisture and, therefore, retain length and potentially even gain thickness. We ALL love the convenience of getting braids or having your hair neatly woven into cornrows under your wig, knowing you won’t have to comb and detangle for the next couple of weeks but where do we cross the line into ‘destructive style’ territory? As the name suggests, a destructive style is a style that causes damage to the hair, usually in the form of breakage, excessive shedding, hair loss and even heat damage.

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Here are a few tips to help you avoid a destructive style:

  • Don’t keep your protective styles in for too long – I know we all love the extra time we save in the mornings from having our hair braided up but keeping your protective style in for too long is a recipe for disaster, particularly if your hair style involves synthetic hair. The hair tends to get extremely dry and the prolonged tension on the strands can cause severe breakage – this is worsened when your hair is woven with synthetic hair because it tends to absorb a lot of the moisture in your hair as well as weighing the hair down. Of course, you know your hair best, but when it comes to box braids, I suggest a maximum of 4-6 weeks to maintain optimum hair health.
  • Don’t make your styles too tight – yes, your braids may last longer and look neater when you braid tightly or your wig may lay more nicely but it can wreak havoc on your hair, ESPECIALLY your edges. Traction alopecia (the loss of hair due to tension on the scalp) is real and VERY common – and in some cases, it can be permanent. So loosen up!
  • Remember to moisturise your hair – your protective style is not an excuse to completely forget about and neglect your hair. You still need to moisturise your hair and keep your scalp clean even with that protective style. All it takes is a spray bottle with water, your favourite leave in conditioner and a few drops of oil – spray it on a few times a week and off you go! Don’t forget to protect while you sleep – as I said in the last point, a protective style doesn’t mean you should forget all about your healthy hair care practices. You should still sleep with a satin pillowcase, scarf or bonnet regardless of the style your hair is in. This will keep your hair neat and prevent dryness.
  • Size matters – okay so this one is always up for debate but the size of your twists/braids/cornrows do matter. If you make the braids too big and the extensions are heavy, it can literally rip out strands of your hair. If your twists or braids are too small, it can cause problems for your edges. This is particularly a problem for the wig/weave-wearing ladies – try not to make those cornrows too small. It really puts a lot of pressure on your edges!

 

There we have it guys! Just a few tips to make sure that protective style doesn’t ruin all your progress.

 

Happy styling!

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I’m sure you’ve heard a ton of people talk so much about their face routine that it’s almost as if they forget that their body is also skin and should be cared for. That’s why I’ve put this piece together on how you can have naturally glowing and beautiful skin without having to turn to bleaching creams to do the magic.

1. Exfoliate. Honestly, the first guide to naturally glowing skin is exfoliation! There are many ways to exfoliate your body and you can either explore the physical or chemical route. Lately, I’ve been using viscose mittens which are quite popular among Koreans to slough off dead skin. Only recently did I get to know about dry brushing, which is an excellent way also to physically exfoliate the skin and improve blood circulation. If you’re too lazy to do any type of scrubbing at home, there are spas that offer full body scrubs. Alternatively, there are quite a number of body care products that contain AHAs/BHAs which gently removes dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin.

2. Choose products with skin brightening ingredients. I love to glow, and another thing that aids that, asides exfoliating my body, is using products with natural brightening ingredients like Turmeric, Licorice extract, Papaya, or Lemon. My favorite skin brightening ingredient is Turmeric. I usually love to have them in my body washes as turmeric also helps to fades dark spots on my body. The good thing about these lighteners is that they gradually help to fade discolorations while evening out the skin tone without making you three to four shades lighter like bleaching creams do.

3. Choose body care products with skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Vitamin E and plant oils. I especially love Cocoa butter and Vitamin E because they help to even out my skin tone so I reach for body butters & lotions with these two ingredients. Oils also make the skin glow so you could opt for body butters with light oils or just light body oils themselves to keep your skin glowing. I have dry skin on my body and in the colder months of the year, I always mix my body lotion with body butters to keep my skin hydrated for a longer period of time.

4. Choose hydrating bath and body care products. Truth is dull skin is not only skin that isn’t exfoliated but also skin that isn’t hydrated either. When skin is well hydrated, skin glows from within so look for body lotions and creams that contain ingredients like honey, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides and squalene that will help maintain your skin’s moisture levels.

5. Eat fruits and veggies! As cliché, old and over-flogged as this may sound, taking fruits and veggies will really help your skin glow from the inside out. Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants and vitamins that help protect our skin from free radicals, help blemishes heal fast and properly and promote radiant skin. They also help to detoxify, regenerate and renew the skin from inside out.

6. Take supplement for beautiful skin; Vitamin supplements are an easy way to help your skin stay healthy and glowing. Some good vitamin supplements to take include Fish oil, which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which support collagen growth and promote skin moisture, Zinc and calcium which helps fight wrinkles, keep skin tight, promote cell regeneration and cell growth, evening primrose which smoothens skin, improves its elasticity, moisture and firmness, Probiotic supplements that help to reduce skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema to mention a few. Because of the stress associated with having to swallow many tablets, there are actually supplement tablets like well woman which combine all the essential vitamins for good skin and health in one capsule. That way you get to only take fewer tablets.

7. Exercise! Probably another cliché statement but by increasing blood flow, exercising helps nourish our skin cells with nutrients that repair damage from the sun and from environmental pollution. When we work out, our sweat carries toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. More so, exercising encourages the production of the skin’s natural oils (although in moderation) which help to grease the skin and made it plum and healthy.

8. Wear Sunscreen: Don’t be that person who would religiously wear SPF on the face but leave out their body. I can be very guilty!! Just as you protect your face, it’s also super important to protect your body from the harmful effects of the sun. It’s really common knowledge that the sun causes sun burn, wrinkles, rapid aging and makes you more predisposed to skin cancer so slather your body as well with SPF 30 or above!

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As promised in my last post about hair levels and undertones, I’m back to continue the series sharing how to safely colour your hair. In this post I’ll be talking more about bleaching powder, developers and a step-by-step guide on how to safely bleach your hair.

 

First things first, bleaching comes before coloring; you can’t put hair dye or color on dark hair. For every hair coloring process, it is always necessary to mix bleaching powder with a developer. Bleaching before coloring, aids deeper penetration of the color.

 

BLEACHING POWDER

Achieving your desired hair colour depends hugely on the  type of bleaching powder you use. Premium quality bleaching powder, makes all the difference! Compromising on that is like gambling, it can make or break the hair’s outcome. Remember in my previous post, I mentioned the fact that there’s melanin in your hair right? So bleach mixed with the developer strips the hair’s melanin.

 

HAIR DEVELOPER

Hair developer contains hydrogen peroxide, which opens up the hair cuticles and reacts with the bleach to lighten the hair. The developer choice depends on how light you’re trying to go with the hair. Developer comes in different volumes: 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%. The volume represents the developer’s oxidizing potential

  • 10 Vol – is the lowest volume and can only be used to lift hair by 1 level.
  • 20 Vol – will lift 2 or 3 levels and can be used for color removal as well. Best for subtle highlights and for people with sensitive scalps.
  • 30 Vol – one of the best options for lightening hair. It lifts up to 4/5 levels.
  • 40 Vol – lifts up to 8 levels. Best use for black hair, always recommended to use on weaves and wigs if trying to go from hair level 1 to hair level 9/10. Always advisable to take extra precautions when using 40 Vol to prevent or reduce damage to the hair.

There are other developers in the market i.e. 50% Vol. I, personally, will not recommend you use that at all, unless you’re a professional.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS

  1. A mix of 1-part bleach and 2 parts developer is recommended, mixture shouldn’t be too runny or too thick.
  2. The only time you need really thick consistency is when bleaching closure and frontal knots.
  3. Bleach shouldn’t be on head for more than 30 – 45 minutes, on weaves and wigs, it can last for about an hour.
  4. Having the perfect mixture makes it easy to cover the hair evenly and avoid patchy results.
  5. Once the bleach mixture is dry, it doesn’t lift anymore on the hair.
  6. You must keep watching the hair during the bleaching process to see how fast it is lifting
  7. Rinse hair using acidic shampoo to close the hair cuticle after bleaching process.

 

If you would like to see all I mentioned broken down in a video format, here is the perfect tutorial on how to bleach hair: @shadesofbella_

 

In the concluding part of this series, I will share about the different types of hair dyes and how to use them. Make sure you check back, and if you’ve got any questions leave me a comment in the comment section below and I will respond.

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