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It's been two years since my first henna tutorial post- or confessional rather. I finally admitted to you (and myself) that my hair was no longer the vibrant orange from my youth. I can remember the very moment that I became aware of the change my hair had ever so slowly made. So slowly in fact that I wasn't sure if it was my eyes playing tricks on me. They weren't. It had changed. I was having coffee with a new acquaintance and I mentioned something about being a redhead. "You're not a redhead!" he said. That was it. That was the moment. I had spent my whole life identifying as one of the 2%. I had the freckles, the skin, and up until then the hair. I had suffered through the nicknames and the jokes, and now this person had the audacity to say that I didn't have red hair! I wont relive the horror of my first dye attempt after this revelation. You can refer to the original confessional for that. However, shortly after was my foray into the all-natural world of henna. Now, two years later, I stand by my choice.
So why henna? Henna (Lawsomia Inermis) is a flowering plant whose leaves contain a natural orange/red pigment. Because it is such an effective dye, people have been using it to stain their skin and hair for thousands of years. While salon and drug-store hair dyes are full of nasty chemicals that damage your hair over time, henna is all-natural. In addition to depositing color, henna actually nourishes and revives your hair. After using henna, people notice more bounce and silkiness. Also, unlike other hair dyes, I find that henna fades slower and lasts up to 8 weeks before I feel the need to touch-up the roots.
How to use henna? I use Henna King in natural red, because it's good quality for a good price (about $12). It comes with gloves and a shower cap, but I recommend getting better gloves for more freedom of movement.
Step 1: Combine the henna powder with water and mix it into something of a paste (not too thick or too watery- think pancake batter!). Everybody has their own set of recipe tricks when it comes to henna. Some add olive oil, sugar, etc. I just use as-is.
Note: It retains it's green color until you wash it out. So don't freak out if you find yourself resembling the Swamp Thing.
Step 2: Apply to dry hair and make sure you get the roots. I recommend putting some oil around your scalp and ears so as to not stain them in the process. If you didn't make your paste too watery, the whole process will be easier.
Step 3: Now it's time to wait. You can keep henna in for up to 3 hours but no less than 1 hour. I find that any longer than 2 hours and it comes out a little too bright for my liking. So I aim for 1.5- 2 hours.
Step 4: Wash it out and Voila! Henna has been described as smelling like hay in a barn so you will be tempted to wash with shampoo- don't! Wait at least 24 hours before your first real wash in order to allow the color to set. You will smell like a dirty hippie for a day or two.
This is a photo of me a couple days after I touched up my hair. If you decide to give henna a try, let us know how it goes!
It's finally Spring! The snow has melted (at least for some of us- sorry Chicago) and the flowers are blooming. Now it's time for your Spring makeup fling. What trend will you rock to get into the season? This year it's all about the color, so don't be afraid to be bold!
1. Blush Bomb. Need I say more? Don't be shy when it comes to accenting those cheek bones, but if you decide to rock this look, make sure you tone down the rest of your makeup. Pair it with a simple eye and lip.
2. Bold Lips. Pinks and Reds in matte are in. So how do you find the right color for you? Some makeup artists are firm believers in matching your lipstick to your skin's undertones. If you have cool or warm undertones than find a red or pink lipstick to match. However, I find that you can pretty much wear whatever color you choose just as long as you follow these two rules. First, don't match your lipstick to your hair. For example, if you have more orange hues in your fiery strands, don't wear an orange pink or red. Second, match the rest of your makeup with your lipstick tone. This means, if you go with a cool red, make sure your blush and shadow are also cool shades. Check out this blog to find your skin's undertones.
3. Glow for it. Make your skin glisten and glow in the sun! The natural glow requires a bit of prep work before you put on your makeup. First, exfoliation is key. Lightly scrub your skin with either a brush or face scrub. Second, moisturize! You can use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning or try a foundation that has moisturizing properties. Third, after your foundation, apply a shimmer cream to your cheek bones and brow bones. The 'glow for it' look goes best with light eye makeup. However, if you want a pop of color, add a bold lip.
It's that time of year again. And whether you plan to spend it with that special someone, or with friends, or hugging a bottle of wine with Bridget Jones, you should be wearing some sexy lipstick. Here are two tricks to making that lipstick look even sexier and last even longer!
1. Prep your lips with a homemade sugar lip scrub. This will exfoliate your lips and remove any dry skin so that the color can go on smooth. The following recipe is pretty easy and customizable for whatever you happen to have around the house.
2 tablespoons of sugar (brown or white)
2 tablespoons of oil (olive oil or coconut works great)
1 tablespoon of honey
Generally one should exfoliate their lips at least once a week, however this recipe is gentle enough for daily use. This is an especially good treatment for your lips during the winter months when they are more prone to getting chapped.
2. Line those lips! Using a lip liner of either a similar shade to your lipstick or a lighter more neutral color, outline your lips and fill them in a bit. I personally use a light rose colored liner regardless of the shade of lipstick I'm using. This ensures that your lipstick lasts longer and it gives your lips a more full and even look.
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