It is REVOLUTIONARY! The all new Moroccan Oil Colour Depositing Hair Masks.

It’s here, the product we have all been dying to get our hands on. The all new colour depositing hair masks by Moroccan Oil. Yes, you read it. So, obviously you want to know more. All the deets. So here we go.

What is a Color Depositing Mask?

These dual-benefit masks give you beautiful, temporary color, plus all the nourishing benefits of a deep conditioning treatment. Because they come in 7 shades—ranging from the tropical pink Hibiscus to the rich, velvety Cocoa—there’s something for just about everyone. Play with fun fashion shades (like Aquamarine, Hibiscus, Rose Gold, and Platinum), enhance your existing color with, say, golden-hued Champagne or crimson-brown Bordeaux, or apply as needed to maintain your salon color between visits.

How long will my color last, obviously we want to know this?

Color Depositing Masks add temporary color that’s designed to gradually fade out over time. How long your color lasts will depend on several factors—including your starting shade, how often you wash your hair, and your hair’s porosity. Which mask you choose also affects longevity. Hibiscus and Aquamarine are the most vibrant colors and may last longer than other shades.
Generally speaking, people with lighter or more porous hair will experience a brighter and longer-lasting result. That means that if you have dirty blonde hair that you’ve never colored, your best friend is a platinum blonde, and you both try Hibiscus, her hair will likely be to be a lot pinker for a lot longer than yours will be.

If I leave the mask on longer, will the color be more intense?

Yes, the longer the mask is left in the hair, the more intense your results will be. (Up to a point, at least—leaving the mask in for a few hours won’t yield results all that different from those achieved by leaving it in for, say, half an hour.)

However, you can play around with the amount of time you leave it in to achieve different color effects. For example, I am a bleach blonde and wanted a fairly pastel pink – I didn’t want INTENSE colour, so we mixed Hibiscus with a normal hydrating hair mask to ‘dilute’ the colour. We also only left it on for about 2 – 3 min, if that much.

Will the mask color my hair evenly?

Because some parts of your hair may be more porous than others, the shade and intensity of the color may vary. As a rule of thumb, assume the color will be more vibrant and longer-lasting on lighter strands of hair—or parts of your hair that have been previously colored. That means if you have highlights, ombre, or balayage, you can expect the color to show up most vividly on whichever strands have been pre-lightened. Makes sense?

Will these masks damage my hair?

No. In fact, they do the opposite. The masks are intensely nourishing treatments, and do not contain ammonia, peroxide, or bleach. They also contain a star-studded roster of ingredients, including our exclusive ArganID™ technology, which infuses argan oil deep into hair’s cortex and helps seal the cuticle. They also feature an amino acid blend to nourish, detangle, and boost shine, plus Apricot Kernel Oil to help soften hair and improve hydration with oleic acid, linoleic acid, and Vitamin E.

Will my hair go back to its original color?

Yes, the Color Depositing Masks add temporary color that’s only deposited on the outermost layer of the hair. With regular washing, the color will eventually fade out over time. To hit reset and speed up the color washout process, visit a Moroccanoil salon and consult with your stylist.

Will these masks stain my hands?

Minimal, temporary staining may occur and can easily be washed off with soap and water. But if you want to be extra careful (or have a brand-new manicure, for instance), you can also wear gloves while applying the mask for extra protection against staining.

The above info was all pulled directly from the Moroccan Oil site, and was also shared with us at the launch event yesterday. We were able to experiment with these masks at the event and have our hair coloured and treated with them, then and there. So here is some pointers from personal experience.

  • It really does depend on the colour and the condition of your hair.
  • Your hair feels NEW after the application of this product. Moroccan Oil truly is a DIVINE brand and well worth the investment
  • I would recommend asking someone who has worked with these masks before to advise if you want a particular outcome.

You can purchase these in 30ml sachets too, which I think is great if you don’t want a whole 200ml tube in ONE colour.

200ml retails for R620

30ml retails for R175

You can purchase them on www.splush.co.za

And check out www.moroccanoil.com for some before and afters.

The only beauty supplement you’ll ever need – Beauty Greens

Have you been looking for that all-in-one magic supplement to just do the most for your hair, skin and nails without having to take 9 different vitamins and minerals? We have found the solutions for you. Beauty Gen has created a 5-in-1 beauty booster called Beauty Greens that makes it super easy for you to take ALL the necessary ingredients to promote beautiful skin, hair and nails all at once, without the fuss.

Here’s the lowdown. Beauty Greens consists of 5 key ingredients. These ingredients are natural and haven’t been damaged by heat. Here are more on each of the 5 ingredients in Beauty Greens.

  1. Collagen

It promotes plump, wrinkle-free, supple skin, supports healthy aging, it strengthens your nails and builds long, thick hair. It supports all the connective tissues, promoting healthy joints and strong bones along with supporting lean muscle mass, strength and enhances muscle regeneration.

     2. Probiotics

Probiotics helps to balance out the good bacteria in your digestive system and alleviates digestive discomforts. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to help tackle skin issues and promoting a clearer complexion. Probiotics also hydrates the skin, builds collagen and strenghtens the skin’s barrier function. It supports the liver, help eliminate toxins and free radicals, contributing to a smoother, more youthful complexion. It supports the immune system, digestive system and general health, nourishing your body from within.

      3. Omega-3’s

Omega-3’s are powerful anti-inflammatories that helps to tackle skin issues such as psoriasis, allergies and acne. It strenghtens the skin barrier function, helping to hold moisture in and keep irritants out. It combats dry, brittle hair follicles, promotes stronger and shinier hair too. In the same way, it promotes stronger nails too. It helps preventing heart disease and strokes, it also assists in lowering the blood pressure and supporting a healthy immune system.

      4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and speeds up the healing of wounds, brightens the skin and battles free radical damage with antioxidants. It figts bacteria on the scalp, thanks to it’s antiviral properties and may help to even combat hair loss and prevent premature greying. It also assists in supporting a healthy immune system.

      5. Superfoods

This helps your body reach its quota, giving it the tools it needs to run at and look it’s best. High in vitamins and minerals, superfood improve all processes in the body. A rainbow of phytonutrients means a rich supply of antiioxidants – one of your best anti-aging weapons. Once again supports a healthy immune system, containing 50 organic superfoods ranging from Kale and Wheat Grass to Beetroot, Berries and even 10 medicinal mushrooms.

With Beauty Greens you won’t ever have to question if there is a lack of anything in your system or not.

You can miz this in with your morning porridge, smoothies, yogurt, smoothie bowls and even have it just as it is mixed with a bit of milk or water.

 

Biosense supports the Pink Drive

South African born hair care brand, Biosense has joined forces with NGO cancer association, Pink Drive to lend a helping hand this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Biosense has launched a pink Spoil box in aid of the Pink Drive where they will be contributing 10% of all sales to the Pink Drive between August – October 2019. This is a fabulous initiative and I wish more local brands would do this.

Biosense has been a South African brand for 20 years and has established itself as a household name in professional Haircare with salons and consumers too. The brand not only provides products that compete with the best international brands, but they also combine cutting edge science, local stories and the latest consumer trends.

PinkDrive NPC, a health sector NGO, was founded in 2009 by Ms. Noelene Kotschan, on the premise that “Early detection will help prolong life.” PinkDrive’s cardinal purpose is to contribute meaningfully towards preventing as many people as it can, from succumbing to breast, cervical, prostate and testicular cancer. Its primary focus is on citizens without access to reasonable care for these conditions, and who reside in areas where health services do not reach.

As a non-profit organisation, Pink Drive is always in need of assistance to maintain the amazing work they do. Biosense saw the importance of making a small difference that will go a long way. “We are so excited about this initiative and really hope we will get the support we need to keep Pink Drive going. They are doing such important work with minimal support, any input will make a huge difference,” says Marketing Manager Megan McDonald.

The spoil box retails at R280, I’ve bought one, will you be buying one too?

Use sunscreen before your next mani/pedi

We all love going for a gel manicure or pedicure, don’t we? Gel tends to lasts longer than regular nail polish (about two weeks) and it doesn’t chip, lift or peel as easily. Consider applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands or feet 20 minutes before going for your next gel manicure/pedicure, especially if your salon uses a UV lamp during your treatment. We recommend using Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Lotion as it’s hypoallergenic, water-resistant and won’t block your pores. This will prevent premature aging from the hands as well as prevent skin cancer. Applying sunscreen to your hands before a manicure/pedicure protects your skin from the ultraviolet radiation used to seal gel nail polish to the nail.

Remember not be late for your nail appointment, in fact, show up 10 minutes early for your appointment. Try pay in advance so you aren’t fidgeting with money and cards once your nails are painted and bring flip flops with so you can slip them on after your pedi. Get comfortable at the salon, order a drink, pick your nail colour/nail art and maybe start your soak off if you can.

Call ahead and find out how much time you need to book for your treatment and ask what their nail art encompasses. Allow enough time for your treatment, including 20 minutes extra if you’re doing a soak off. Know what the different nail shapes look like and which one you would like for yourself that day. Don’t be too chatty with your manicurist either. Most don’t mind a little small talk, however, you need to allow them to concentrate so they can do an efficient job, especially when shaping nails or doing nail art.

If you can, take it easy for the rest of the day, after your mani. If you can avoid washing dishes or cooking that evening, that would be ideal and it’s a great excuse for a night out on the town! Remember that certain foods and spices can stain your nails. Just be conscious of what you are doing with your hands, post mani.

Will you be using this tip for your next nail appointment?

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks breast cancer awareness month across the globe. In order to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of this disease.

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer found in women worldwide.

Currently, there is not enough sufficient information on the causes of breast cancer, therefore early detection of the disease is vital.

  • 1 in 28 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime
  • The survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage 1 is almost 100%, for stage 2 it is 93% and for stage 4 it is 22%
  • The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast
  • 1 male for every 100 female patients will develop breast cancer
  • Common in women over 40 years old
  • Not all women need to lose their breast, the breast can often be preserved if the cancer is detected early on
  • Stage 4 breast cancer means that it has spread to surrounding issues

 

Breast cancer can be detected through a self-examination, mammogram or ultrasound screening of the breasts and it is advised that after the age of 30 women should go for a mammogram at least once a year.

 

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STUNNING “ROOIBOS BRA” IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS REVEALED

A jaw-droppingly beautiful bra, made almost entirely of used Rooibos tea bags, has been created by a leading lingerie brand to shine the spotlight on breast cancer which affects 1 in 27 women in South Africa.

The masterpiece was unveiled today to mark the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and will be auctioned in a few weeks at a high-profile fundraising dinner in aid of CANSA’s women’s education programmes.

The novel idea, which was the brainchild of the SA Rooibos Council (SARC), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and lingerie retailer, Storm in A-G Cup, has been months in the making.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says they have been overwhelmed by the support from the public as thousands of “used and dried” Rooibos tea bags poured in from around the country.

“While only 450 Rooibos tea bags were used in the final design, the bulk of the donated tea bags were used to trial various styles. Rooibos tea was specifically chosen as it contains powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation – a leading cause of cancer.

“An added benefit is that Rooibos tea, naturally stains the tea bags red, which created the depth in colour we were aiming for, while creating awareness of Rooibos’ cancer-fighting properties.”

After countless hours spent behind the sewing machine, experimenting with Rooibos in all sorts of ways, the dedicated focus of Storm in A-G Cup’s design team finally brought the unique concept to life.

Isla Lovell, owner of Storm in A-G Cup says they’ve never shied away from a challenge and creatively it was a very rewarding project to work on.

“We were immediately drawn to the idea as we often use Rooibos tea to dye our undergarments and have always flown the flag high for breast cancer survivors – our extensive mastectomy bra range is a testament to this.

“Our primary challenge came with using Rooibos tea bags for a garment that inherently relies on stretch to fit, so we had to adapt the material to the final product. We were surprised at how versatile a product Rooibos is – we experimented with the leaves, tea bags and even made beads from the packaging. Pretty much all the detail, including the delicate rose, have been fashioned from Rooibos tea bags.

“The colouring process was the trickiest part as the final look was very much reliant on how the tea bags took to the dye. We used both Rooibos tea leaves and natural pigment powders to dye the tea bags. It took us several months and four prototypes later until we settled on a design,” notes Lovell.

The Rooibos bra forms part of several other CANSA initiatives this spring to create widespread awareness of breast cancer and other cancers affecting women.

Lucy Balona, spokesperson for CANSA says she hopes as interest continues to build around the Rooibos bra, that women – young and old – heed the call for regular breast screenings and examinations.

“Detecting breast cancer early means a much higher survival rate. Regular screenings and mammograms are critical – we need to have less women affected by cancer and having to face that journey.”

There’s plenty of speculation around how much the Rooibos bra will fetch… Some years ago, a white lacy bra worn by screen icon, Marilyn Monroe sold for a cool US$20 000 and two of Madonna’s iconic cone bras fetched US$52 000 and US$26 000 respectively at an auction at Christie’s in London.

Balona says while these figures are steep, she is confident that bidders will dig deep in their pockets for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind Rooibos bra.

“It’s a true work of art! Not only is it exquisite, but all the proceeds raised will help to save more lives through education and early detection,” she says.

To follow the Rooibos bra campaign, go to https://www.facebook.com/rooiboscouncil/

GiveYourBraForBreastCancer and help women with breast cancer

Breast cancer can affect both women and men.1 In fact, 1 in 28 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.2

You can support breast cancer survivors with Roche’s latest initiative #GiveYourBraForBreastCancer. The campaign is asking women to donate a pre-loved bra in any size, colour, any style and any condition in aid of Reach for Recovery.

Roche will proudly donate R10 to Reach for Recovery for every bra donated throughout the campaign. Money raised will be donated to Reach for Recovery for the work they do for breast cancer survivors.

Reach for Recovery is a support programme that supports more than 5 500 breast cancer patients each year, and helps them restore their confidence, especially after undergoing a mastectomy. Survivors who choose not to opt for breast reconstruction surgery can give the appearance of the breast, with a breast prosthesis – a free service offered by Reach for Recovery.

“Good quality mastectomy bras are an everyday necessity for survivors of breast cancer who choose to use an artificial breast following surgery. Bras help with the healing process and empower survivors to return to a normal lifestyle,” said Stephné Jacobs, chairperson at Reach for Recovery.

The breast prosthesis is an artificial breast worn inside the bra and is available in different shapes, sizes and colours.3 It can prevent,3

  • spinal curvature as a result of imbalance, and
  • muscle contracture in neck or back pain.

Not only does the breast prosthesis restore the natural appearance of the breast, but it also maintains body balance,3 and helps survivors deal with the trauma of their cancer treatment.3

With 137 treatment centres across 6 provinces, Reach for Recovery relies on volunteers, who themselves are breast cancer survivors, to support newly diagnosed patients.4

Early cancer diagnosis and treatment is vital to saving lives, and Roche South Africa encourages women to do a self-breast exam #Every30Days. Roche has advice on how to check your breasts which can be found on roche.co.za.

Be part of this inspiring initiative and #GiveYourBraForBreastCancer. Make your donation at an oncology practise or State hospitals near you.

Also, join the conversation on Twitter @RochePharmaSA and remember to check your breasts #Every30Days.

 

I just found out about collagen coffee and I’m hooked!

Recently, I read an article that said a woman’s collagen levels start to deplete after the age of 25. 25, holy cow! So in order to keep your hair, nails, and skin looking amazing, you need to supplement them. Millenials are all about their designer coffee, now we just need to add a scoop of collagen to it in the morning. I started taking Be Bright supplements and I saw a difference in my nails almost immediately (about a week later).

Hair growth:

This supplement is great for hair growth and skin appearance too. I was under the impression that I would only see the results in three months time. After a month of using collagen supplements, I started to notice lots of new baby hair growing around my crown. I was excited that my hair was growing but wasn’t loving all the little fly-aways’ framing my face! I’m so excited about all my new hair, long, luscious, healthy locks here I come! I went to the hairdresser for my 6-week root tint and I saw him examining my hair, I asked what he was looking at and he said I have a lot of in-between hairs that he hasn’t seen before. David was assessing if this was broken hair, or baby hair. He said it’s too long to be baby-hair, but it doesn’t look broken either. That reaction reaffirmed that the supplements were working!

Skin changes:

After 8 weeks of using the Be Bright collagen I started seeing a difference in my skin. I was no longer having regular breakouts and my skin was looking smoother. I had two shoots that week for my blog. One make up artist said to me ‘I can see that you never wear makeup hey, your skin is so healthy’. When I told her, I wear makeup, every day to work and I wear even more on the weekend, she gave me the stink eye. I know she didn’t believe me. Another makeup artist asked me if I wear sun cream every day, I told her I didn’t, and she replied with  ‘wow, you’ve got really great skin, you need to look after it’. I am so happy with these results and this is a brand I will be using for years to come.

How I use my Collagen

I put a heaped teaspoon of collagen in my coffee every morning and take three capsules with vitamin c in them in the evenings. The vitamin c helps the body to absorb the collagen, so I also try to sip on water with strawberries or blueberries in it during the day. The collagen powder is completely odorless and colorless so it’s easy to add to anything, I’ve also added it to my soups. I find it makes my morning coffee frothy and creamier too which is an added benefit. Tip, I found if I add the collagen to a fizzy drink I found that it took the fizz away, so I would not recommend that. I also noticed if I added it to a drink with sugar in it, like concentrated juice then the collagen went clumpy, so I would not recommend that either. I found that hot drinks, soups, or plain water works best.

The science behind the Be Bright Collagen that I use:

Collagen is a key protein in the body that ensures the elasticity and regeneration of skin, tendons, organs, fibrous cartilage, and bone. The process of renewal can be disturbed by disease, poor nutrition, stress, UV rays and toxins. Collagen is beneficial for joint pain and as an anti-aging nutrient to help the skin remain youthful. Be Bright is a bioactive protein that supports collagen replenishment. Collagen contains high levels of the amino acids glycine, hydroxyproline, proline and arginine.  As peptides are of nano size, they can easily pass through the intestinal wall and accumulate in the blood. After only 15 minutes, these peptides are distributed to the connective tissue stimulating endogenous collagen synthesis. Prices: A 350g jar (R470)  will last you 35 days and 700g jar (R800) will last you up to 70 days. You can buy Be Bright collagen powder online at www.bebright.co.za