hoe tips 💅💕

• if you have sensitive skin, avoid foaming cleansers that act as astringets!! lemon and witch hazel cleansers are going to tear your shit up and leave your skin thinner and fucked. go with aloe and natural ingredients for better results, no problemo bih 👊

• that drink 8 cups or 64oz don’t work for me. makes a bitch too damn full!! work your way from soda and sugary drinks like juice and take it step by step. but let’s be honest, everyone drinks it, so don’t beat yourself up about it, drink what you want. if you aim to decrease the amount of soda/juice, always go back to the basics: a big ol’ cup of water. consume the amount of water that goes hand in hand with your weight, not just out of the blue 5-6 cups. a good alternative is putting fruit in your water if you don’t like the taste. or, you can always flavor it! 🌟

• don’t go too all out on those lip scrubs! if you do it too often, such as four times a week, your lips are going to get drier, crustier, and feel stripped and thin. we’ve all been there! exfoliate 1-2x a week to avoid this. however, chapstick does the job too 💋

• mix avocado oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera gel and dilute the oils with water and pour it into a spray bottle. this is crucial as a detangler and a boost to the hair. makes it all soft and shit 👏 unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey, so you can always look for sales or discounts online!

• rose hip oil softens lips 💞

• lips are what everybody looks at. do you want them looking chapped asf?! invest in a lip mask. slather on organic manuka honey that is unrefined for 10 minutes, and then wash off with warm water or a washcloth👍

• dandelion root tea is a good substitute for coffee, but coffee’s good too, so just indulge in both!☕

• most of us stay up long into the mornings, which probably makes us wake up with dark circles and eye bags. don’t fret! to nix puffiness, dampen a washcloth with ice cold water and leave it on your eyes and under them for 3-5 minutes. if this is in morning, it can also help you wake up! if you’re looking to treat yourself, invest in some eye patches! 👼

• rose water is a GREAT toner! once you dab it on your face with a cotton ball, you immediately feel refreshed and ready to start your day 💪 teddie organics has a mist on sale for $10.88! it’s on amazon.

• applying sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from those nasty uv rays. but some forget their hair! if you get a sunburn on your scalp, it will hurt like HELL 🔥use spray sunscreen specialized for hair and slightly mist your hairline to avoid it. use a heat protectant like argan oil if you a broke hoe like me 💯 stack up!

on another note, don’t trust hair products with supposed uv filters. those only protect your hair color, not your actual hair!

• washing your hair, it’s better to wash it first with hot/warm water and then do the second wash with cold water to close up and seal moisture into the hair follicles! 4c hair especially needs this 👱

• hair products with OIL, PLASTICIZERS, and SILICONES will definitely clog your pores if they get on your skin and will leave your ass at square 1!! avoid that.

• yogurt and miso soup are probiotics that help fasten metabolism and hold moisture in your skin! 😇 that’s why yogurt face masks are bomb and every person should try them :)

• if you live in new york, atlanta, etc., you are bound to pollution. that’s why it’s always good to wash your face before bed to get rid of pollutant particles that will clog pores. afterwards, apply an antioxidant serum and a good moisturizer! lean towards products with white tea, green tea, and vitamin c to make the ultimate pore-cleansing mask! it’ll leave your skin feeling clean and make it glow 🌟🌟

• deep condition your hair 1-2 times a week or every two weeks!! it’s intense and has your hair feeling silky smooth. avocado, mayo, honey, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil mixture is my go-to, and my curls have blossomed! if you buy a deep conditioner from the store, make sure it’s water based and is sulfate free and paraben free (shea moisture and as i am are superb for beard cleansers as well!)👸💋

• go barefaced. prove to misogynistic assholes that makeup does not define a person’s beauty or attractiveness nor their personality. embrace your flaws and remain imperfect to society, because you are the one who knows that you are perfect 💋👏👏

• be yourself, work hard, and recognize your fucking worth 💕💕💕

• btw, honey ain’t shit if it’s not organic and raw. coconut oil ain’t shit for the hair or skin if it’s not unrefined, organic, and virgin (extra virgin is even better)! essential oil like tea tree oil that helps as acne treatments are skin-thinners if you don’t dilute them with water or a different substance. rose water ain’t shit if it’s not organic and 100% pure 😑😢 invest in your skincare/lifestyle! go online and dig for the right prices and take them before they’re all gone!

happy hoeing!

SWEET DREAMS - model: Gabrielle Richardson - photography: Anairam - beauty editor: Jade Taylor - hair: Sean Michael Bennett - makeup: Lindsey Williams - Nylon February 2017

beauty notes: Nars single eye shadow in night star - Urban Decay afterglow 8-hour powder blush in obsessed - TonyMoly petite bunny gloss bar in bunny 1 - Moroccanoil curl defining cream

The Real Godsend: Almond Oil

Coconut oil? Nah, man, fuck that. Okay, coconut oil is pretty great, especially for whitening teeth, but let’s talk almond oil.

Benefits and Uses:

This is a perfect face moisturizer if you have dry skin. Unlike coconut oil, this won’t clog your pores. It leaves your skin glowing and even makes it softer, since it contains vitamin E. It also lightens acne scarring.

Almond oil can be used to remove makeup, especially eye makeup and liquid lipsticks. No more rubbing your eyes!

Massage a bit under your eyes before bed. It will reduce dark circles, as well as fine lines.

Use it to treat chapped lips! Personally I prefer to use rosehips oil on my lips, but almond oil works well too.

Use it on your body! Moisturize your hands, feet, and elbows with it. It’s a light oil, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy and it absorbs easily. Almond oil can help prevent and lighten stretch marks too!

Almond oil also promotes hair growth! Use it on your lashes and brows. You can also use castor oil - castor oil is a little heavier than almond oil, so it’s just a preference thing, they work about equally well for me.

Use it in your hair! 1-2x per week, massage a bit into your scalp. It will make your hair more lustrous and it’ll look healthier! Replace any leave-in conditioners with this. Pro-Tip: Try mixing it with olive oil and castor oil in equal parts.

The scent is very light too, it doesn’t even smell like almonds, so don’t worry about the smell. It’s also super affordable. You can buy a 16oz bottle on Amazon for around $10.

Do NOT use if allergic to nuts.

Note: Make sure you are using sweet almond oil.

I’m SO SICK of this idea that if your afro does not touch your shoulders it’s not a good afro or it’s automatically ‘still in progress’. ANY AND ALL AFROS ARE GOOD AND VALID AFROS, REGARDLESS OF SIZE.

How to feel like a nymph

*Walk through puddles with bare feet (or in flip flops)

*Let go of negative emotions–let them flow down stream

*Wear blues and green and purples–the colors of water (but if those aren’t your colors, remember that water at sunset is orange and red)

*Wash your face with micellar water

*Paint your nails with a gold or bronze nail polish

*Take long baths and showers

*Hum to yourself–sing loudly if the mood strikes

*Use a hydrating toner

*Go swimming and then lie in the sun

*Use a mineral water facial mist

*Use perfume with neroli or lavender or bergamot

*Dance with friends

*Volunteer with (or donate to) an organization doing wetland conservation or cleanup

*Go night swimming or swimming in the rain (just don’t swim in storms)

*When you wash your hands, let the water run over your wrists and forearms

*Wear loose clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement

*Eat fruit and drink lots of water

*Read poetry and ancient mythology

Indian oiling method

Y'all would’ve prolly noticed by now that Indian/brown ppl have some of the best hair in the world and is commonly used for wigs. The secret to thick, shiny hair is very simple and had been practiced for centuries and I’m gonna share it with y'all. Tbh it’s not really a secret but I feel like ppl dont realize the potential bc it’s so simple! It’s suitable for all hair types including natural hair since I did some research and saw some of y'all have already been riding this wave😂✨

All you have to do is oil your hair with some coconut oil or avocado oil prior to washing ( if you have fine hair, don’t use coconut oil!! ) but don’t just drench your hair (!) , make sure to massage the oil into your scalp and let it soak for two hours at least or overnight if you don’t mind it. Then you can shampoo and style as usual but skip conditioner if you do this otherwise it’ll just make your hair look flat.

Side note : Bear in mind, sometimes you might have to wash your hair twice to get all the oil out but tbh leaving some of the oil in is good as well for continued nourishment.

Natural oils/teas

Acne= tea tree oil (rub it on problem area if in soap form, let rest on problem area for 30ish minutes if oil/water mix)
Periods pains: coconut oil (you can find tablets of this)
Insomnia, stress: chamomile tea
Tired, slow metabolism: green tea (putting warm tea bags over your eyes will help get rid of dark circles)
Sore stomache: chai tea
Ate too much crap food: oolong tea
Feel a migraine coming, bloated: peppermint tea
Trying to wake up: matcha
Ate smthn that doesn’t agree with u, nausea: Ginger tea
De-stress: lavender (tea or candle form both work)
For colds: white tea
Asthma attacks: black tea
Cramps in your stomache: chamomile tea (I cannot stress this enough, ur cramps will be gone in like 5 minutes, literally)
Maintaining good blood pressure: hibiscus tea
Lowering cholesterol: rooibos tea
Stress: lemon balm
Before you get a cold: elderflower tea
Get sunburned easily: moringa oil
Eczema, rashes: tamanu oil
Aging, stress lines: meadowfoam seed oil
Dry skin like wtf why is my skin so dry: golden jojaba
I’m 15 and I look 50 cuz my skin is loose: Argan oil
Red spots, irregular skin colour: black cumin seed oil
Acne scars, harsh skin: rosehip oil
Dandruff, I bleach my head 10 times a day and my scalp hurts: almond oil
Dry hair: shea butter
Hair fall out: coconut oil
Frail hair, split ends: castor oil
Turns out dyeing ur hair can fuck it up: avocado oil
I want shiny hair: jojaba oil
Grow faster: ylang ylang oil
Prone to matting: eucalyptus oil
Hair too oily: basil oil
Hair loss: Rosemary oil
Ur hair stands up when u hold it between ur fingers: chamomile oil
Dry scalp: myrrh oil

Feel free to add to the list !!

☕️teas that help your hair!!🍵

🌑Darken hair: black tea (plus sage if you can)
🌕Lighten hair: chamomile tea
💧Oily hair: green tea
❄️Dandruff: rooibos tea or sage
🌞Hair growth: Rosemary or black tea (also using a small amount of Rosemary essential oil has similar effects)

I like to steep these teas for longer than is recommended Bc I’m extra and then use them as a hair rinse either before my shower or after I shampooed but before conditioner. Do what makes you happy tho!!!! But keep in mind some of these need to stay in your hair for a while to work :-)
Advice on growing your hair
  • Brush with a wide-toothed comb and tie it up with soft ties that don’t snag
  • Brush your hair from the ends up
  • If you hear a ‘tearing’ sound, that’s your hair breaking, so try to avoid it
  • Hair is most fragile when wet
  • Avoid bleach and perms
  • Avoid heat-styling, and use the hair dryer on low/cool or not at all
  • Gently rubbing your scalp can stimulate hair growth
  • Putting too much tension with tight ponytails or braids can cause alopecia (hair loss)
  • Vitamin B, vitamin C, biotin (vitamin B7/vitamin H), niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin E and keratin have all been reported to improve hair and nails. The most important thing however is to eat a wide variety of foods.
  • Regular trims can prevent split ends and lead to healthier, longer hair long term
  • Wearing hair in loose plaits, wrapped in a scarf, or wearing a hat can protect hair from the elements
  • Leaving conditioner on the hair for longer than an hour has no proven benefit and can actually cause damage to the hair and irritate the scalp
  • Hair needs both moisture and protein. Eggs whisked together can be used as a protein treatment, and coconut oil can be used as a conditioning treatment. There are many more inexpensive DIY treatments to be found online
  • The rate of hair growth is tied to metabolism; the faster your metabolism, the faster your hair will grow. Exercise can help.
  • The most important thing needed to grow long hair is patience

Updated beauty routine

Face:

Wash your hands before cleaning your face or you’re just rubbing germs all over your face

Wear a head band while washing your face to avoid getting chemicals in your hair

Cleanse your face (make sure you cleanser is the right one for your skin eg. oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, normal skin)

Apply toner (if your cleanser is PH balanced you do not need a toner and if you do need toner use an alcohol free toner)

Apply rose hip oil, this stuff is honestly a god send, I had such red, uneven skin my whole life and I just accepted that’s how my skin was but after using this my skin is completely even and never looked better!!

Apply eye cream to soften and smooth any smile lines

Moisturiser (once again find one that’s right for your face, my skin kept breaking out so I went to the doctor and he told me it was because my moisturiser was too thick for my skin type, if you have oily skin use a light moisturiser)

Apply daily face sunscreen (slows down aging so you can be looking 20 when you’re 35 😉)

Pluck eyebrows, only if you want to and know how, don’t go giving yourself thin ass eyebrows cause they won’t grow back

Lip balm, preferably a more natural one like paw paw cream

Try to avoid wearing makeup but if you do always use a primer before hand and take your makeup off with micellar water instead of makeup wipes as they dry out the skin

Clean your pillow cases!!!

Hair:

Look at the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner, my hair used to have so much breakage and it turns out it was because I had sulfate in my shampoo and conditioner which dries out your hair, go for shampoo and conditioner which has more natural ingredients

Only wash your hair 2-3 times as it takes the natural oils that your hair needs away, if you’re used to washing your hair every day and it goes greasy if you don’t purchase a dry shampoo while you train your hair

Only apply shampoo to the scalp and massage it for about 40 seconds

Apply conditioner from the roots up, avoiding the scalp and keep it in your hair for as long as you can, I like to shave while my conditioner is still in just to leave it there a little longer

Avoid towel drying your hair as your hair breaks easy when it’s wet

Do not comb your hair while it is wet

Apply a leave in conditioner after the shower to moisturise the ends of your hair

Avoid using straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons but if you do use them make sure to use a heat protective spray

Put coconut oil in your hair and put it up in a bun and leave it over night once a week to restore your hairs natural oils

When brushing your hair brush the ends first and slowly make your way up to avoid breakage

Avoid tight hair do’s as your hair will break where the hair tie is, if possible avoid tying your hair up


Teeth:

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, you might not want to but once you get in to the routine it will do miracles for your dental health

Make sure you brush your tongue as that is where most of the germs that create bad breath are

Use a mouth wash twice a day

Add baking soda to your toothpaste once a week for whiter teeth