haircare

Our Top Five Dry Shampoos For All Hair Types

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Whether your mid week flat iron, wash and go or natural curls  have lost a bit of life, and you don’t have the time or the energy to give it the full treatment, let the dry shampoo be of assistance. Now when it comes to the natural kinks and coily hair, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of dry shampoos on the market. This is not the case though! Dry shampoo has been around since the 1970s, and is popular way to refresh and cleanse the hair during the week rather than stripping the natural oils with your normal shampoo. So we have a treat for you. Not only are the ones that we have listed below kinky curly friendly, but you could also lend it to your girlfriends that have a different hair texture from you, to give their a great effect. These products listed below are in no particular order in regards to what they do and how well they perform the task. Here at Beauty By Zara, we like to know that we can provide you with what you need to know is out there in the hair community.

Tip! For maximum results, be sure spray 6-10 inches away from your hair coating the ends, while letting it rest on your hair for about two minutes to then comb or brush through. 

macadamia-natural-oil-volumizing-dry-shampoo-1Macadamia Natural Oil Dry Shampoo– This care treatment works great on finer hair textures to help pump up the volume, while refreshing and revitalising your hair.

evoEvo Water Killer Dry Shampoo– This fantastic dry shampoo doubles up as not just a styling spray, but a texturising styling spray as well. The Evo Water Killer is fantastic at preventing damage to the hair when washing and using heat.

rene_dryRené Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo– A celebrity favourite. The René Furterer Dry Shampoo instantly cleans hair to refresh and restore volume between regular shampoos. It also absorbs excess oil, impurities and environmental odours so hair is lightly scented and full of bounce. This is one definitely for the gym bag.

one_more_dayOne More Day Dry Shampoo– Philip Kingsley has put together One More Day as a lightweight spray that soothes the scalp, as well as absorbing excess sebum. Packed full of calming and soothing ingredients such as Zinc PCA, Allantoin and Bisabolol that cleanse the scalp, tis product would deb idea for those that suffer with an itchy scalp.

No-DroughtNo Drought Dry Shampoo– From the beautiful creator of Lush, the grapefruit and lime flavours add vibrancy and a incredible scent to your cleaner hair. Giving you a matte finish, this product leaves you without any dustiness.

 

Upcoming Event: Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin and Hair- Saturday 22nd July @ Tuttons Covent Garden

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Susan Tomlinson, coach and founder and CEO of Real Coaching  Solutions will be hosting the perfect event that has come just in time for the summer months. Essential oils can play a significant role in skin and hair care.  They have so many uses in so many different ways, that lead to many benefits we don’t realise we have in our very home. Oils aid natural healing, can deal with a range of skin, nail and hair conditions, as well as being able to nourish, soften and heal the hair and skin.

We apply so many different products to our skin, that in the natural community people say “whatever you use on your hair, you should be able to use on your skin” which we at Beauty By Zara believe is true. And by applying specific oils that work for you into a daily routine to support yours and your families skin and  hair, Susan has created The Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin and Hair event to show you how you can apply that method.

On Wednesday 22 July 2015 starting at 3.00 pm if you head on down to Tuttons in Covent Garden you will be able to discover the best oils that can sooth and smooth skin and hair. Tickets for this event can be purchased on Eventbrite, and it’s an outing for everyone in the family to come on down to, so be sure to bring your friends and their families as well.

Beauty By Zara Sale Now On!

Who doesn’t love a sale!

We do!

If you can save a few extra pounds on your everyday must haves and favourite products then you will certainly enjoy what we have online in our sale for a limited time only.

Now that the sun is out the popular EOS lip balm (summer fruit) flavour can go into your bargain basket, and if you are looking for something for your hair then you have a few products from SheaMoisture and 3 Sisters Of Nature to choose from.

While you’re at it you can also check out the latest products added in store and online. The infamous Eco styler have added to their range. Introducing the “cocktail” line, not only is it purse friendly on the pounds but they have created a wash condition and style product what we can’t wait to try out. And once we do, we will post a review. The “Yes To” skincare range have added two new products to their range. The cucumber daily calming moisturising  and the grapefruit even skin tone moisturiser.  And there is a new Jamaican Black Castor Oil edge control in town from Sunny Isle, that all women who love the oil will appreciate.

So whether you are not too far from our Walworth Road store, or in Grays Essex, or anywhere worldwide, not only do we have the latest stock in store for you to pick up straight away, but you will never miss out online as well. And for all those that shop online within the UK, remember that on orders over £60.00 equals free shipping so split the bill three ways with mum dad and the kids and everyone is happy!

Summer’s Here for Summer Hair

flower-731300_1280When it comes to the summer months in the year, it’s a time to showcase your new wardrobe for the picnics and music events, or the time to reveal your new body that you have been working on throughout the winter months. Either way summertime always brings out the best in people.

So when it comes to your natural hair here are five tips that are effective for adults and children to show off all your hard work in maintaining healthy kinks and coils, as well as allowing it to soak up the rays it needs without it being damaged.

Tip 1- The warmer the weather, the more moisture your hair will need. Dependent on the type of hair you have whether your curls are tight or loose, moisture is necessary in avoiding dry and brittle hair while out in the sun. Lighter oils such as coconut, almond and moroccan oils are good examples of providing the hair and scalp with a light coating to protect the root to tip while giving off a wonderful gloss and shine on your chosen hair style.

Tip 2– Sweat- From the month of May onwards, I always notice that because it is more humid in the evening when it’s time to go to sleep my body temperature is slightly higher than in the winter months. Your body temperature travels to your mane, which at when combined with products in your hair, your body heat almost acts as a steamer. Bed sheets with fabrics like cotton and polyester increase friction and dryness in pillowcases which increase the heat in your head to make you scratch and itch. Your hair need to breathe. So whether its plaiting or twisting it into smaller sections every night, or investing in a silk scarf or pillow case this will decrease frizz and dry hair that will make your mornings a lot easier to manage.

Tip 3- Chlorine and saltwater is not your friend- When hitting the beach or the swimming pools be mindful of the water you immerse your hair into. Salt and chlorine crystals weaken and dry out hair’s natural moisture. Make sure you deep cleanse and condition. Hair masks are a really good way to put back what was stripped and having to hand a water based styling product to style with makes all the difference when your ready to step back onto the beach.

Tip 4- Washing your mane more frequently is ok- Now that the sun is a like a free hairdryer, creating fabulous wash and go’s to get out and about with your friends are ideal for this time of year. Whether it be chunky twists or just taming it with a setting lotion or gel, will provide unique styles in an instant.

Tip 5- Wear your hair with pride- Summer is always a good time when women always either change their hair colour, invent new protective styles or rock a new cut for the season. Whatever your way of rocking your hair and however many times you may change it per week, never be afraid if someone asks you how you achieved that look to tell them. Let them know the products and process you used, while being encouraging as to how they can be able to achieve the very same look. You have to remember it always starts with “omg her hair looks so nice” which influences someone else to become more adventurous with their hair.

The Secret to Fabulous Children’s Hair

By Natasha Ferguson

As parents we are complimented on the way we grow and look after our children. Hair is a massive part of how are children will be conditioned and treated in todays society, and various settings that they will encounter as well as the everyday interaction they have with other children and adults. And it’s down to us as parents to make sure that they are confident and proud of their hair texture and quality.

I’ve put together ten tips on how become more aware on what we need to look out for to give our children the best when to comes to their hair.

  1. Investigate. Understand your child’s hair texture. Does it dry out in the sun? Is the scalp always dry? What breaks or snaps or thins the hair? Once you have an idea, you’ll then know what points you need to focus on and what to look for with products.
  2. Research. Take the time to research what you will be applying to the hair. Cheap is not always cheerful. However some brands are cost effect and do exactly what they say they will do. Build your own awareness of what you’re looking for and what it needs to do. When I try new products, I try to use a few from the range and give it at 6-8 weeks to see how it works out.
  3. Not everything works in their hair. What works for one may not work for the other. Each hair type and texture is different. So if you like the effect of what a product does, ask for a sample.
  4. Eat good grow good. A good meal is a reflection on the consistency and strength of hair growth with the right balance. Healthy body and healthy hair. We all get days where convenience saves the day, however keep in mind the future effect that can take place if it becomes to regular.
  5. Don’t pull it so tight. Be cautious of how tight you pull hair. Children’s hair scalp and roots are sensitive and regular hairstyles will begin to thin the area’s most affected. Try to find bubbles hair clips and bands that don’t have small seals/clasps to avoid damage to the roots or to the ends.
  6. Get that routine in place. From wash days to plaiting before bedtime. Always be forward thinking of what needs to be done so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Wash days should be a chance to check on their growth and what their hair needs. School days are the best place to input and maintain routine that will keep the entire family in clockwork.
  7. Mix it up. Get creative. There are weeks were cornrows or a twist out work for us. Whatever your preference, make it work for you and your needs. If you choose to use hair extensions, please be advised that the weight of the additional hair can causes weakening and sensitivity to the scalp, alongside the strength of the hair elasticity decreasing.
  8. Less manipulation. More growth. Having to comb wash blow dry and style hair is no joke. Set a style. Once the hair and scalp is moisturised, you give the hair time to breathe and grow without any problems. Again if you are using extensions please be advised that the growth may be slower for your child.
  9. Remember their children. Their hair never stops growing, but give it a chance to do that. Let it breathe. Teach them about their hair so that they can be conscious and confident in understanding the differences between them and others.
  10. Note it all down. Don’t throw away what didn’t work for your child’s hair. As you grow confident in what you’re doing that will show. You may have others come to you for advice and giving them the basic steps with a few samples may help them on their way to a healthier and happier outlook on how to care for their child’s hair.

The secret behind the amazing quality shine and texture is all down to you. You’re the secret. Invest in them and you’ll reap the rewards unconditionally.

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About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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Going coco loco for Camille Rose Naturals coconut water penetrating hair treatment

by Maria Tumolo 

Coming from the Caribbean, the coconut is precious to me.  It’s in my food and beverage, it’s on my skin and in my hair. Living in England, finding a fresh AND tasty coconut is rare. I’m told by my elders that the phosphorous has several health benefits. No scientific report, but my mum also told me it’s also good for pregnant women and the foetus.  In the summer of 2012 I drank three and ate the jelly in rapid cessation, when I was pregnant with my second baby. It’s so refreshing and hydrating. The taste was divine, like an elixir from the gods. Yes, I’m passionate about a coconut. Naturally, when I read that one of my favourite natural hair brands, Camille Rose Naturals, had a product that contains coconut water as one of its ingredients I was intrigued.  I used the Camille Rose Naturals coconut water penetrating hair treatment on two consecutive weekend washdays and found it to be a good product.

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The Camille Rose Naturals coconut water penetrating hair treatment is, to quote the brand a ‘concentrated rinse-out conditioner for silky, for hair’. I used the treatment in conjunction with my staple washday products.  It’s hard to gage for certain whether or not the other products influenced the end results I had but I’m happy. The fragrance of the treatment is mild and coconutty but not like fresh coconut. The consistency is very rich and creamy but sort of dry if that makes any sense. The product doesn’t give any instructions for use. I contacted the brand via social media and was advised to use heat for 30 minutes for best results. I always apply my conditioners and treatments to lightly towel-dried hair and I did so with this one. Upon application my hair was well-coated but I felt that the product didn’t have enough slip. I didn’t detangle at this stage as I normally would do. I left the treatment on for 45 minutes with my cordless thermal heat wrap, then I rinsed. My hair felt soft, fortified but not that silky.  I detangled my hair after the product was rinsed out.  Then followed my usual steps to apply applying a leave in conditioner, sealing the moisture in with oil and applying my styling product and twisted my hair to dry. Once my hair was dry I untwisted my hair the following day. My hair felt light, bouncy, and super soft and moisturised which doesn’t always happen after washday, since I’ve colour treated my hair.

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On the second trial I followed the same procedure starting with a pre-shampoo treatment with coconut oil except I didn’t use a heat wrap. I wrapped my hair with saran wrap and allowed my natural body heat to help the treatment do its job. I left it in for an hour then rinsed.  After rinsing I detangled. On this occasion, I noticed that my detangled towel dried hair looked less full. The strands seemed a bit straighter and smoother. Additionally, my hair felt soft, fortified but not that moisturized with a slight crunch VERY slight. I think the crunch comes from the fact the hair is less silky after the treatment when in comparison to others I’ve used.  However, once gain once my was dry and untwisted it looked amazing, shiny bouncy and soft.

The Camille Rose Naturals coconut water penetrating hair treatment is not specifically for colour treated hair as mine is. However, I thought it worked amazingly well in conjunction with my staples. I think it should give good results to any natural hair texture. Although I must highlight, on both occasions I did pre-treat my hair with oil before shampooing etc.  The product is not on the cheap it RRP at £19.99. However, I think for something that works it’s good to purchase as treat and use when your hair needs a little something extra. Because it’s so rich depending on how long and thick your hair is you could easily get up to six treatments from it. My hair is thin and shoulder length and after two uses still have more than half a jar left of the product. The first four ingredients listed are:  Ionized water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, the latter of which is a mild detangling agent according to my quick online search. See this link: http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/learning-center/Behetrimorium_Methosulfate .  Notably, the pretty but more importantly the font style and size are clear and although it doesn’t have direction on it the product description all other texts clearly legible and I truly appreciate that. I would recommend this product to my curl friends.

 About the Author

I’m a full time stay at home older mum and blogger. My blog is called The Tiger Tales, it covers lifestyle, education, food, beauty and just about anything that has an impact on me and my mixed heritage family.

 

Keep your mane looking fly healthy and fierce this summer

by Natasha Ferguson

We love this time of year. The summer clothes burst onto the wardrobe scene. When it comes to reflecting our personality, which makes us unique to us, our hair rocks! And in it becoming so, being experimental is essential.

Here, I have put together a few tips and some of my staples and favourite products as a template that you can personalise and make work for you.

  1. Invest In some Great Hair Tools

Like all great hairstyles, there are the essential items that bring it to life. Whether you’re a pro and use your fingers as your comb, or whether your just starting out then your must haves in your hair kit includes a wide tooth comb, a soft brush (to help control your edges) and a detangling brush.

  1. Keep It Clean So It Doesn’t Get Mean

With day to day styling amongst occasions, for that amazing hair you’ll need clean hair. Product build up weighs down your kinks and curls and can also cause those little spots around the edges of your face which is a telling sign. My favourites at the moment for a Co Wash are the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser and Camille Rose Caramel Co Wash. Both smell great, are lightweight and rich as they are wholesome products so less is more. If I need to shampoo then Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream Shampoo completely removes the build up in my hair naturally. TIP: Don’t forget to detangle throughout the process otherwise you’ll end up spending more time then you need going over it again!

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  1. Hydrate, Moisturise or Butter Your Hair With Care

The sun is really beneficial for our hair at this time of year. And a great way to maximise that is finding what oils, butters or moisturiser works for you. I have to say that for twist outs and defining curl styles Entwine Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator is wonderful for keeping your hair looking and feeling moisturised and defined without weighing it down. ShyMiah Rosehip Serum and Lush moisturisers provide versatility as they are light enough to use daily to maintain the hair from going dry and frizzy.  One of my staple hair gloss must haves is E’tae Carmelux Hair Gloss. With bergamot and clary sage not only does it strengthen, but penetrates into the hair follicles and doesn’t leave an oily residue.

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  1. Night Night Sleep Tight

Whether you twist plait, pull it back in one or high up in a pony, it’s so important to invest in your hair at night. Silk or satin scarves, bonnets or a pillowcase will help prevent dried out hair in the morning. Why? Well with the other material headscarves, are not as supportive of retaining the hair’s oils and moisture when sleeping. So by using a softer material like silk or satin to protect your mane, not only does the quality help retain moisture to the hair, but acts as a barrier to not waking up to a tangled bomb site in the morning.

  1. Take The Time To Care for Your Hair Daily

Give yourself at least 5- 15mins a day to pamper and love your mane. Getting ready in the morning or evening is paramount to make yourself known through what you wear. And it should be the same for your hair too. It’s necessary to give your hair whatever it needs before you start your day. So if your edges need a touch up, revitalising your kinks and curls to keep your hair looking fabulous, allow that time in the day to become a routine. You’ll see the benefits and you also become more knowledgeable and understand why your hair is unique to you, which could also be an inspiration to others.

About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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Divas on the Grow!

We are proud to be sponsoring the Divas on the Grow Mobile Healthy Hair Workshops on Sunday 6th July at the prestigious Water Lily Banqueting Suite in London.

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Who are the Mane Divas?
Mane Divas is a hair experience company based in Essex, specialising in the distribution of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil range alongside their own Natural Hair extensions. Unlike other companies they are not #teamnatural, instead consider themselves #teamhealthyhair. All textures are welcome as their slogan states; Naturalista or Executive Extensions we are the Mane Divas for you!

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The event will enable guests to sample bespoke sessions designed for women of colour in the UK whilst donating to a good cause; The Sickle Cell Society.

The taster workshops include:

  • Consultation and Porosity Check

Learn the benefits and uses of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and all the natural oils including Jojoba and Coconut oil plus others.

  • Hair Loss

Come and learn the causes and remedies of hair loss with Dr Lola Akingbola. Author of 8 weeks to longer hair.

  • Divas Kitchen

Learn how to use the things in your kitchen to  create your own personalised hair cocktail.

  • Mini Divas

Learn how to treat your child’s hair; not sure on what products to use; regimen to follow; mixed heritage or combination of textures? Flora Okumagba of ‘Funmiloves’ will be discussing healthy hair care practices and how we can teach our children to take good care of their own hair, and encourage them to learn good hair hygiene techniques.

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Not to be missed!

Some excellent prizes such a Nubian photo-shoot, a pamper session at Lush, an African umbrella alongside other natural goodies from Beunique, Shea Butter Cottage, SheaMoisture plus much much more!

There is still 48 hours to confirm your space and goodie bag for the event!

Book here

My ‘it’ vit?

My hair is currently stuck at that mid length stage. The stage where it is no longer short enough to be considered quirky and cute but yet still far from the long sleek tresses I so desire. Consequently I am looking for solutions to speed up my hair growth.

As a health conscious 30 something year old, I do like to maintain a healthy diet. This involves the usual consumption of fruit, vegetables, chicken, fish and eggs. Many of these foods contain a good source of protein that should encourage my hair to grow and yet I am still left feeling dissatisfied and rather impatient.

My mother, bless her good intentions, has suggested a plethora of home remedies which she assures me will do the trick. This includes either a blend of curry leaves (think I prefer coconut conditioners over a curry spiced treatment) or frequently soaking my hair in rosemary waters. Admittedly, I was looking for something that at least sounded a little more scientific!

Many of you have been flaunting your super-fast growing hair on Instagram using Hairfinity, and some of you have asked me if I stocked this product or if I would be stocking it soon. So, after some careful research I finally got my hands on some…

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What is it?

HairFinity is a nutritional supplement and has been carefully formulated from a combination of ingredients which include Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin A, C, D, B12, Silica and MSM. And unlike other fast growing hair miracles -it is suitable for afro-textured hair as well.

The HairFinity Hair Vitamins contain the basic nutrients required for overall health. The healthier we are in general, the better chance we have to grow healthy hair fast. The individual ingredients help to maintain healthier locks.

  • Biotin helps produce Keratin which increases the hair elasticity and protects against dryness.
  • Antioxidant supplements such as Vitamin C are able to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function and improving scalp health. Finally,
  • Vitamin D helps prevent against shedding, leaving a healthier and fuller head of hair.

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Before you jump in…

It is important to remember that afro-textured hair is different to all other hair types. It is naturally dry and prone to breakage, making it harder to grow to longer lengths. It is important to ensure that this type of hair is in good condition before attempting to grow, otherwise it may just break. In order to get your hair in premium condition avoid products with sodium laureth sulfate, petroleum and lanolin. Apply regular treatments to add protein and moisture which will enable your hair to grow longer and healthier.

So I think I’m ready to give it a go. I have already made a conscious decision to reduce heat styling and to really look after my hair until I get it to the length I want. Wish me luck. Just wait, next season it will all be about the short pixie look again…!

Have you tried it? What do you think?

Do tell…

You can buy your bottle from Beauty by Zara here

Karen’s Body Beautiful – Bringing it home!

It’s been practically ages since my last post. So sorry. I have been caught up in a million and one other things, that have needed all of my attention.

So…All my naturally curly people and/or natural product junkies will be happy to know that Karen’s Body Beautiful haircare products have made it firmly to the United Kingdom…long last!

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Now, I have not tried these products yet. But I have heard thousands of good things about the brand. I shall found out for myself soon enough but in the meantime…I have asked a lovely naturally curly online customer and blogger in her own right to try some of our KBB haircare products and to tell us what she thinks too. Post to follow soon…stay tuned!