The dictionary defines self-love as the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. But in all honesty self-love is different things to different people, what’s important though is that you take time out to recognize and appreciate yourself. One way of showing yourself love is by loving the skin you’re in.
Loving Your Hair
You hair is your crown, you need to love it in its entirety. Embracing your natural hair is all about giving it TLC and obviously having a consistent hair regimen that works for you and contributes towards keeping your natural hair healthy and looking its best, all the time. Nonzuzo Mkhwananzi, founding owner of Nguni Botanicals, a locally made hair care brand that takes a realistic approach towards hair healthy natural hair care, says “We all have beauty rituals no matter how simple or complex they may be, and at Nguni Botanicals we believe that natural hair care should also be embraced as such. It’s more than “just hair” – it’s about acknowledging, nurturing and celebrating SELF. Nguni botanicals offers hair products and in-home styling services,” says Nonzuzo.
This amazing multi-purpose Rose Hibiscus Mist, is made with ingredients that work together to ensure your hair is moisturised (rose, hibiscus and witchazel), they calm irritated scalp and fights against hair loss. You can also use it on your skin to rejuvenate, hydrates and balances PH.
Loving Your Skin
Getting that ‘must-have’ facial glow doesn’t always have to be a hassle, especially if you know exactly how to give your face all the love and attention it needs. I’m almost certain that most of you already know the basics around getting and maintaining good skin like, cleanse, tone and moisturize, the works. But, things can easily go south if you use the wrong products. That’s why using products with natural ingredients may be the best route for you to take. Sinenkosi Mntambo of Sne Natural Skincare is formulating natural skincare product using natural ingredients like carrier oils; clays and charcoal, essential oils which are ecocert approved preservatives.
Product: Sne Natural Skincare Charcoal Facemask, Charcoal Cleanser and Serum, R320
For everyday facial radiance, Sinenkosi recommends the Sne Natural Skincare charcoal facemask; charcoal cleanser and aloe vera and hynaluronic hydrating serum set. These product can be used by both men and women especially if you work outdoors. It caters for very dry skin and acne prone skin.
Loving All Of You
Beauty sleep is as important as any other beauty regimen that you have. But are you cautious of how you’re sleeping? Is your bedding ideal for your hair and skin? To or not to wear a doek when you sleep? These are all the necessary questions you need to ask yourself. Neliswa Makhaye of LeMonNade by NLM Hair Accessories, who makes handmade reversible satin hair bonnets and pillowcases says, “wearing a satin bonnet when you sleep helps prevent friction while you sleep resulting to split ends, it also helps protect your hair from the dryness caused by friction between your hair and moisture-absorbing materials such as cotton.
Product: LeMonNade by NLM Satin Hair Bonnet, R150
This also helps to greatly reduce breakage, tangles and thinning.” However, if the bonnet life is not for you, get a LeMonNade satin pillow case, “this means less frizz in the morning, more moisture, less breakage, fewer wrinkles and peaceful sleep.” Why? Well, while other materials like cotton, flannel and wool can cause friction while you sleep from your strands not being able to move freely. With a satin pillowcase, your face and hair glides off the pillow smoothly with no friction.