Prior to figuring out a proper nail routine, my nails were very soft, brittle, and I had the weakest nail plate ever. I covered this up by sporting nail extensions/acrylic manicures, but I always found them a little uncomfortable. So I decided to do some research online and discovered that I could go from, weak, brittle and very short to long, strong and very healthy nails. In this post I would like to share with you the steps I followed to grow long healthy nails. If you follow these steps religiously like I did, I guarantee you will definitely see a huge difference in your nails over the next couple of months:

 

1. Keep your Cuticles hydrated

Cuticles act as both a seal and a barrier, keeping in hydration and keeping out possible infections. Constant cutting or trimming of your cuticles can potentially irritate or infect the nail. Gently push back your cuticles instead of trimming using a Cuticle Pusher. I apply cuticle oil to my cuticles daily to keep them hydrated all the time. My absolute favourite is CND Solar Oil. Do not skip this in your routine.

 

2. Use Nail Hardeners Occasionally

Nail hardeners or strengtheners help build-up weak nails, but when used excessively they could cause the nails to become very rigid. Rigidity might sound ok, but ironically if your nails are too rigid they actually break easily on impact with a hard surface or simply carrying out one’s daily chores.

 

3. Remember to Moisturize your Hands

As much as we need water to do almost everything, having direct contact with water regularly can lead to dry nails. we need to make sure that we moisturize our hands especially the fingernails and areas surrounding the cuticles as long as we come in contact with water. I always go everywhere with a hand cream or Vaseline and also my cnd solar cuticle oil.

 

4. Careful Filing Technique

I mainly use a Crystal Nail File or a file that is not more than 180 grit for your natural nails. Anything that is lower than 180 is deemed unsafe to use on your natural nails because it can actually cause a lot of damage. To prevent breakage or peeling of your nails stay FAR AWAY from all types of nail files that are less than 180 grit.

 

5. Use a Hydrating Basecoat

Always use a strengthening and hydrating base coat like orly calcium shield and opi natural nail base coat. This will also protect your nails from becoming weak, from peeling, and also from colour stains caused by nail polish.

6. Indulge in Regular Manicures

The application of a base coat, a regular nail polish (two coats) and a top coat forms a thick layer on your nails which makes the nails stronger and less prone to breakage. Even if you think regular manicures might be a bit to indulgent for you, at least apply a base coat and a top coat rather than leaving it bare to restrict water from drying them out.

 

 

Your nails are a reflection of your overall health and your diet does have an effect on their growth. Eating a well-balanced diet inclusive of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of proteins, an adequate amount of carbohydrates, and plenty of healthy fats. However, our nails need a little help getting healthier and stronger. That’s where proper routines/practices come in.

Remember, you can’t get your nails to magically grow faster. However, if you get a proper routine going, they’ll grow stronger making them less prone to breakage and then you retain length.


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How often have you heard someone say “my hair doesn’t grow”?? How often have you said it yourself?? The thing is, if your hair isn’t getting longer, it’s not because your hair isn’t growing – it’s because you’re not retaining length. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule – if you have a medical condition or you’re under severe emotional distress, it can definitely have effects on your hair growth and you should consider seeing a doctor in that scenario. Length retention is the KEY. Think about it, if your hair is breaking at the same rate that it’s growing, your hair won’t get any longer. It is ESSENTIAL to take great care of your hair so you don’t lose all that precious length and you can reach your hair length goals if you have them! Maintenance is the main way to keep all that length. You can take all the hair growth vitamins in the world but, if you’re not physically taking care of your hair, it’s pointless! So here are some tips to get that hair long and healthy:

 

1. Deep Conditioning

When someone tells me their hair isn’t getting longer, the first question I ask is “Do you deep condition?” More often than not, the answer is no! Deep conditioning is SO important, especially for length retention. We all know that moisture is a necessity for our hair but deep conditioning is what will take that moisture to the next level. If done correctly, it actually allows the moisture to properly penetrate the strands. It’s unlikely you will retain much length without deep conditioning. BONUS: try steaming your hair or using a hooded dryer or heat cap while deep conditioning! It really gives the deep conditioner an additional boost and helps the conditioner penetrate deeper into the strands.

 

2. Pay Extra Attention To The Ends of Your Hair

I know a lot of us grew up with our scalps being oiled or greased but a lot of us have focused on the scalp and neglected our ends! Think about it, the ends of your hair are the oldest parts of your hair so, to stop the ends breaking off and hindering your length goals, you need to show them some extra love. This means using more product on your ends, sealing your ends diligently with an oil or butter and being extra careful when handling the ends of your hair. Don’t neglect your scalp – but be sure to give your ends the care they need.

 

3. Protein-Moisture Balance

This is something that can be a little tricky but it’s so important! Your hair is made of keratin (a type of protein). Sometimes, with detangling, styling, relaxing, washing, that protein gets depleted and it needs to be replaced! But with everything in life, balance is key. Protein brings the strength but you need moisture to balance it out. Too much protein and your hair can snap and break off. Too much moisture and your hair becomes weak and limp. If your hair begins to snap and break randomly, be sure to increase the moisturising deep conditioners. If your hair feels limp and mushy, you need a protein treatment. A good place to start is to do a protein treatment every 5-6 weeks and then use a moisturising deep conditioner every week. These things involve some trial and error so you’ll need to do a little experimenting to figure out what your hair needs!

 

4. Protective Styling

Protective styling is a winner when it comes to retaining length! A protective style is one where your ends are tucked away safely instead of being exposed. It is essentially you leaving your hair alone to grow and flourish in a healthy, protected state. So this can include braids, twists, wigs, weaves, buns etc. Here is the important bit: you have to make sure that protective style doesn’t turn destructive. So you NEED to keep your hair moisturised and you must make sure not to keep the style in for too long. Braids are not an excuse to ignore your hair for 6 weeks – nah sis! You have to keep it clean and moisturised. A mixture of water, some leave in conditioner and a few drops of your favourite oil in a spray bottle will do the trick.

 

5. Go Heat-Free (Significantly Reduce Heat Use)

This is probably the hardest thing to change or give up for a lot of people but heat is just NOT good for your hair. It can make your hair dry, weak and brittle. And heat damage is REAL and PERMANENT. If you get heat damage, you have to cut it off – that certainly won’t help your length goals. Try to avoid heat as much as possible. It may take a little longer to get your hair done but at least your hair will be healthier, longer and thicker! And if you must use heat, be sure to use a good heat protectant! My personal fave is the Tresemme Thermal Creations Protective Spray Heat Tamer.


 

Remember, your hair is growing, you just need to make sure it stays on your head! Do you guys have any other length retention tips?? Share below!

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Growing healthy hair is what most of us dream of and it is a possibility for almost everyone (unless you’ve got a medical condition), but before this can be achieved you need to understand your hair. Hair texture, scalp condition, porosity, these are all factors that you discover, along your healthy hair journey, to be crucial at determining the health of your hair. In this post I will be shedding some light on hair porosity, and how an understanding of this will greatly improve your journey to healthy hair.

What is Hair Porosity?

Hair Porosity refers to the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture, and with our texture of hair moisture addition & retention is CRUCIAL. Knowing and understanding the porosity of your hair is the key to determining and streamlining a daily hair regimen that’s actually effective. The easiest and most common method to determine your porosity is ‘The Cup Test”.

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Place a few strands of hair in a glass of water, you can just use some of your shed hair that’s trapped in your comb. If they float, you may consider it ‘low’ or not absorbent; stays in the middle, it is considered ‘normal,’ hair sinks to the bottom, you have ‘high’ porosity hair. So now that you know the porosity of your hair you are better informed to start introducing methods that better allow your products and hair treatments have an effect on the health and growth of your hair.

 

Low Porosity

This when your hair is unable to absorb or retain moisture this is because the cuticles are close together or closed on the hair shaft, blocking any moisture or liquid to be absorbed. Cream or liquid products just lay on the hair having little or no effect. Think of low porosity as a closed door where nothing can get in.

Hair thrives on moisture and with low porosity hair the trick is to get it into those closed hair cuticles. There are a few things you can start incorporating into your regimen:

  • Heat: Opens the cuticles layers and allows for better water absorption. After washing your hair apply your deep conditioner. Place a plastic cap over your hair and steam under a hooded dryer, steamer, or thermal cap for 20-30 minutes.
  • At the styling stage of your regimen, use the LCO (liquid/leave-in, cream, oil) method not the LOC (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) method, as Oil is a sealant and should be used on low porosity hair as the last step. It is advisable to use lighter oils which works best for this hair type. Examples of Oils to use are as follows; Argan Oil, Grape seed Oil, Baobab Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Apricot Oil.
  • Use water-based products for your conditioners, leave-ins, styling aids (such as hair milks).
  • Avoid heavy butters, these can produce product build up.

 

High Porosity

This hair-type is usually very porous, it absorbs and loses moisture quickly. People with high porosity hair tend to complain a lot about dryness at the end of the day no matter how moist it was in the morning. This is because the cuticles of the hair shaft are open, so everything applied to the hair can’t stay in. High porosity hair can be likened to an open door; so the major concern is keeping the moisture in. There are several ways this can be achieved:

  • Layering: This simply means layering products in order to lock in the moisture, this can be achieved with the L.O.C method, you can start out with a leave-in, follow with an oil, then with a cream and/or a butter or pomade.
  • Sealant: As the name indicates, sealants trap moisture into your hair. For those with thick hair, common sealants used for high porosity include heavy oils such as olive oil and castor oil. You can also use butters or pomades infused with oil. Fine/thin hair may be weighed down by the use of heavy oils or butters. You may need to use a lighter oil or cream to seal such as grape seed oil.
  • Protein Treatments: Will help build up the strength of your hair thus protecting against further damage. Do protein treatments as often as you think your hair needs.

Normal Porosity

This is the ideal hair condition, it absorbs and retains moisture, doesn’t dry out throughout the day. Your focus is finding and using products that work best for your hair.

 

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There are no definitive best care practices that apply to your hair type, but you must ensure to continually monitor your hair to evaluate its needs.

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Iweriaha is an Entrepreneur and Beauty Enthusiast. She owns Beauty Gallery a beauty retail store with a goal to be the one stop for all beauty needs; Hair Extensions & Products, Skincare and Makeup.

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The moment you turn your hobby, talent, interests or knowledge into a business, you become a Professional. Just because you love something, and are doing it alone, doesn’t make it any less professional. As a matter of fact, DOUBLE the level of severity you approach a job interview or an examination is required. Running a business can be scary, you’re literally on your own with no safety net; it is no longer your “Boss’ problem”.

It’s easy to get excited when you start earning from what you thought was a hobby, but you need to begin to understand you are now a Professional running a business and the consequences of negligence are very real.

In this post, we are going to take a look at key factors every Beauty Entrepreneur or “Beautypreneur” as we like to call them, should seriously adhere to, consider and understand before they create their brand and start running a business.

 

1. PLANNING (Projections -> Business Targets -> Budgeting -> Forecasting)

The moment you turn your hobby/talent into a business, you become a “Professional”. Always conduct a thorough research on the sector of the beauty industry you are preparing to go down and with your research findings, map out a proper plan.

 

2. PRICING (Inventory & Costing)

When it comes to pricing products or services a popular common mistake among Entrepreneurs is to base their prices solely off that of their assumed competition. When setting your prices, you need to consider the direct and indirect costs associated with your business. Such as start-up costs, product costs, transportation costs, hiring costs, breakage costs etc.

Also recognise, particularly for Makeup Artists, that when you decide to go into business, things like “your car” and “your make up” automatically become “current assets” and “inventory” respectively. There is now a depreciating monetary value attached to these things and they need to be accounted for in your costs and subsequently your prices.

 

3. COMPETITION (Competitors & Pricing)

When starting a business most Entrepreneurs automatically assume that a similar business in their sector of the industry is their competition. Not everyone in your industry, retailing the same goods or providing similar services qualifies as competition. What qualifies a business as your competition is your target audience. Only when you are targeting clients/customers within the same Demographic Pool does a business qualify as competition. It is also important to note that there are A LOT of specifications when deciding what that demographic is (e.g. age, location, sex, financial bracket etc.)

 

4. MANAGING GROWTH (Expansion)

In the early stages of your business it is very possible that your work-load starts to steadily increase but you are yet to secure that constant stream of revenue. However, because you aren’t necessarily paying attention to your numbers, you go ahead and hire an Assistant, who you then put on a full-time salary you can barely afford. A better option is to explore other avenues of employment and empowerment such as NYSC candidates, Interns and Fellow Enthusiasts seeking experience.

 

5. BOOKKEEPING


In business it all comes down to the numbers, you must keep an eagle-eye on, and efficiently track, your transactions. Having a record of all the money that comes into the business will put you in a better-informed position when considering hiring staff,  and also cause you to identify your cost constraints early enough.

In summary, if you have identified that your passion can be transformed into a successful business, that’s great! However you must understand that only with proper Business Planning, thorough Price Evaluation and Proper Bookkeeping procedures in place, will you then be building a solid foundation upon which your business can grow.

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Muna is a finance professional and beauty enthusiast based in Lagos. She is the Principal Consultant at MASAL Consultants, a financial management firm that provides: public accounting, bookkeeping, financial planning & advisory services to SMEs, Entrepreneurs and Private Individuals.

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The Jade Stone Roller is a portable hand-held facial massage device, usually with two jade stones attached on either side. The ‘Jade’ is a semi-precious stone made from two gems, Nephrite and Jadeite. As with most precious or semi-precious stones the grade, purity and quality will always be in contention however, this stone also has huge cultural significance in Chinese history. What’s it for, you ask…. I can explain it a little better after I tell you a bit more about your skincare routine.

Many people have a routine that takes complete care of the skin at the cellular level, it may also include products that provide collagen and elasticity to the tissues, but they will most likely neglect their facial muscles. A tense facial muscle can hinder the penetration of your favourite skincare products which negates the whole point of spending precious thousands on the latest cult product. Regular facial massages reduce muscular tension allowing for better penetration of topical products, it also help improve blood flow in the tissues and cells.

 

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This is where a Jade Roller comes in. Incorporating one into your routine will ease facial tension, increase blood circulation and drain toxins.

Think about the last time you checked yourself in for a Facial treament at your favourite spa, and the Therapist would gently massage each product into your skin, completing a full facial massage with every step on your entire face, neck and decolletage. Your skin looked great and had glow that lasted for days. That’s because during the facial treatment the intermittent massages eased up your facial muscles, allowing for each product to penetrate better and have a lasting effect for days after.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never had a facial and you feel as though your products may never have such a lasting effect, although we do advise getting regular facials, the good news is you already have the KEY product you need for your facial massage… your Hands! So then, a tool like the Jade Roller only enhances the process of conducting facial massages.

Neglecting to care for your facial muscles is a huge disadvantage to your skincare goals. Incorporating regular facial massages into your routine will correct this.

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Is a Jade Roller an absolute necessity for your routine? Personally, we don’t this so, but having one won’t hurt! Do Jade Rollers serve a purpose? I think we’ve pretty-much clarified that 🙂

So, will you be getting a Jade Roller?

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Gone are the days when people used any product off the shelf without considering the ingredients or health effects of the product. These days healthy hair enthusiasts are looking beyond just the label and thinking outside the box in search of ingredients that actually help promote healthy hair growth, one of which is tea!

WHAT IS A ‘TEA-RINSE’?

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One may wonder what the phrase ‘Tea Rinsing’ entails… It’s not rocket science, all you need do is simply brew a bag of your tea of choice in hot water for about an hour or overnight (your preference) and then once cooled, you pour the brewed tea all over the hair slowly massaging it into the hair from the scalp to the tips of the hair. Alternatively, one may pour the brewed tea in a spray bottle and spritz all over the hair over a period of days (be mindful of the tea going bad especially if not refrigerated).

 

BENEFITS OF TEA-RINSING

Herbal tea-rinsing has become popular because it works! Most of these herbal tea products are a blend of different tea leaves like green tea leaves, black tea leaves, nettle and herbs or flowers like hibiscus, chamomile, ginger, garlic, moringa, mint.

Benefits:

  • Tea is packed with antioxidants that protect the hair from damage of UV rays from the sun.
  • Tea contains antibacterial/anti-inflammatory ingredients that fight dandruff, soothe itching and treat dry scalps
  • Tea serves as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blockers and thereby promote hair growth; DHT is hormone responsible for hair loss

 

IS TEA-RINSING A NECESSITY?

Tea-rinsing shouldn’t be yet another thing to do just for the sake of it. The practise of Tea-rinsing can address/alleviate specific hair conditions; most common being excessive hair shedding, dandruff/itchy scalp or receding hair lines. If you find that your hair is experiencing these issues, regular herbal tea rinses have been found to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp, thereby soothing and clarifying it. This provides more nutrients and oxygen to the hair which fosters healthy hair growth. If your hair is not experiencing any similar conditions, there might be no reason to add tea rinsing as another step in your hair regimen.

 

WHERE TO BUY A TEA-RINSE FOR YOUR HAIR

Herbal Hair Rinse: N2,000 (ea.)

Nigerian brand ‘Savvy Chic Hair Beauty Hub’ have formulated three herbal tea rinse blends, loaded with all-natural, organic ingredients that will stimulate and treat the hair follicles. They come in 3 variants specially formulated to tackle: Shedding, Dandruff (itching) & Thinning (bald spots).

Product Details

Price: N2000
3 variants- 8 tea bags in each(2 months supply, if you rinse weekly)
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We are starting a series sharing tips and tricks on how to grow healthy nails. What better way to kick things off than with a mini breakdown of  what makes up a Finger-nail. The first step to achieving strong and healthy nails is understanding your nail structure. There’s more to your nails than your cuticles you know:

Matrix
Where new nail plate cells are created and the nail plate begins to form.

Lunula
A bluish-white, opaque area that is visible through the nail plate. This area is the front part of the nail matrix. Sometimes, it’s called the “moon.” The lunula is the front part of the matrix we can see, or in other words, the visible matrix.Since it is the exposed portion of the matrix, this area is not protected by the eponychium. It is easy bruised with every day life tasks.

Eponychium
Living skin at the base of the nail plate that covers the matrix area. This should NOT be confused with the “cuticle”.
Proximal Fold Of The Eponychium

Healthy Proximal Fold
A tight band of living tissue that most people incorrectly think is their “cuticle”.The proximal fold is a required guardian seal that prevents germs and bacteria from getting to the nail matrix, where new cells are created.The best way to keep this skin soft and tight to the nail plate is with a high quality, penetrating nail and cuticle oil.

Cuticle
A thin layer of dead tissue riding on the nail plate to form a seal between the nail plate and the eponychim to prevent pathogens from infecting the matrix area. The cuticle pulls away from the underside of the eponychium and attaches tenaciously to the nail plate

Nail Plate
Composed of hardened, flat, translucent, non-living, keratin nail cells that form a solid, protective layer over the underlying soft tissue.The average person has 50 layers of keratin cells that make up the nail plate.The thickness of your nails is determined by the size of your matrix.

Nail Bed
The soft, pink tissue that sits underneath and supports the nail plate while it grows. The nail bed should NOT be confused with the nail “plate”.

Hyponychium
A soft tissue seal underneath the extended “free” edge of the nail plate whose purpose is to prevent pathogens from infecting the nail bed.

Bone
Bone supports and shapes both the nail matrix and nail bed. The flat or curved shape of your nails is determined by the shape of your fingertip bone.

Now you know what different parts makeup your precious fingernails, stay tuned to learn more valuable knowledge about how to grow healthy nails!

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You can find her:

Instagram @kifycutie