Hair & Beauty | My Top 10 Natural Hair YouTubers

Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine. I’d been starved for images of myself.” – Lupita Nyong’o

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

The decision to stop chemically straightening my hair was basically made for me when I was in secondary school. My mum was tired of the process and I was tired of managing the constant changing textures. Within 3 weeks of perming my hair the regrowth would come back so soon we struggled to keep up with the frizz. Despite my hair being thick enough to handle the chemicals, my mum knew if we continued it would eventually damage my hair. Nobody wants that! So in year 9 (age 14) my mum decided to stop with the perming and start with the learning.

Lucky for me I grew up around people who could help me maintain my hair despite not understanding how to take care of my natural hair. From random hair sessions in the playground and after school to weekends spent at an aunt’s house or the hair dressers. I did what I could to maintain my 4C thick and curly hair. After a few years of getting my hair done by someone else I decided to learn the trade for myself. Saving some money and gaining more knowledge on my hair didn’t sound like a bad idea to me.

Thank God for YouTube! I could kiss Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim right now.

Watching video after video and practising on anyone that would let me (including myself), I learned how to do basic styles and tailored them to my liking. Natural hair is a mystery to a lot of people and I’ll admit it takes a long time to truly understand it. It’s kinky but soft, its oily yet coarse, you can have more than one texture and don’t get me started on the shrinkage!

I’ve been natural for about 10 years now and it’s only in the last 3, I have really started to understand and appreciate my natural hair. I love rocking my natural hair but it’s taken a lot of self-confidence to allow me to ignore certain views society has on black natural hair. I’ve had my fill of comments like “your hair is huge” (am I rocking a bush on my head?)  or my personal favourite; touching my hair whilst asking “can I touch it?” (am I a pooddle?)

I get a lot of these comments (at work and other places) but I’m used to these comments and choose to take them as compliments despite how uncomfortable I may feel at times.

We go through a lot of challenges as women whose naturally frizzy hair may not necessarily fit society’s standards of beauty (but we’ll save that debate for another post). It’s not an easy thing to deal with, but it’s worth dealing with it if your natural hair is what you want. Kinks and all!

If you are going to embark on this journey (and trust me, it’s a journey) you will need a little help and a lot of inspiration along the way. I know I did!

So I thought I’d share with you some of the YouTubers who have helped me and are still helping me along my journey.

Here we go!

Isimeme Edeko

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YouTube: Halfafrican Beaute
Twitter: @halfricanbeaute
Instagram: @halfricanbeaute

April Bee

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YouTube: April Bee
Twitter: @aprilbeee_
Instagram: @aprilbeee_

Danyelle

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YouTube: MsDanti1
Instagram: @msdanti

Kim

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YouTube: TheChicNatural
Instagram: @thechicnatural

Janaé Mason

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YouTube: Janae Mason
Instagram: @nae2curly

Kerry

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YouTube: SimplYounique
Intagram: @1simplyounique

Anneka Mclean

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YouTube: Lovelyanneka
Instagram: @lovelyanneka

Shantania Beckford

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YouTube: Shantania Beckford
Twitter: @ShantaniaBeckfd
Instagram: @shantania_beckford

Jess

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YouTube: OnlyOneJess
Instagram: @onlyonejess_

Chiaka Valentina

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YouTube: ChiakaValentina
Twitter: @chiakavalentina
Instagram: @chiakavalentina

What I gained from these beautiful and talented women was the knowledge to maintain my hair. What I didn’t get was how to take care of it. For example many would say straightening your hair often isn’t good, but my hair doesn’t mind it because of how thick it is. Many say using gel isn’t good but a sleek bun layer using eco styler gel and a moisturiser is one of the best protective style for me.

A lot of the products they incorporated into their routine weren’t necessary for my hair (or I couldn’t find them in the UK) yet I managed to grow my hair whilst keeping it healthy. I did that by listening to my own hair – what it liked, what it didn’t like and how much attention it needed. You’ll be surprised how much your hair cooperates when it gets what it wants. Aren’t we all like that anyway?
Every hair is different and what works for one person may not work for another, but it’s worth trying, right? What you learn from trying is knowledge that will be useful to you and someone else.

One of my goals for 2017 was to reach bra strap length hair and in June 2017 I achieved that. You can too if you take the time to learn how. Hopefully once I get used to this blogging thing I’ll share some of the products I use and routines that have helped me so far. There are people out there with far much longer and thicker hair than me but that’s their hair and this is mine. They shared their story and I’ve learned from them so why not share mine.

I hope this has been helpful to you in some way and be sure to check these ladies out.

Till next time!

Your Turn…

Have you been on a hair journey? What have you learned?

Share your experiences, questions and tips with everybody in the comments below or get in touch with me via…

Twitter: @lydiaonlife
Instagram: @lydiaonlife
Email: lydonlife@gmail.com

If you have your own favourite natural hair YouTubers or websites, please feel free to share them too. I’m also on the hunt for a good natural hair salon in London so please let me know if you have any recommendations.

Love,

Lydia x

Skin Care | Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask Review

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” ~ Linden Tyler

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

So, I’m having a bit of a pamper day today. Everyone needs one of those every now and then, right?

I’m going to Venice next week and wanted to treat myself to a little me time to relax and get my skin (and my mind) ready for my holiday. Recently, I’ve been keen on improving my skin care routine in order for me to get my skin to a place I’m confident with it. I’d love to go on holiday and confidently enjoy myself without any make-up on. Take photos without the need to use filter and angles to give the illusion of clear skin. No spots, no large pores, no acne marks or rough skin. Just smooth, soft, spot free skin. How realistic that is I don’t know but I’m doing what I can to get there.

Even though I’m on a journey to not wearing make-up as much as I do, I’m still not ready to bare all in holiday pictures. So I thought I might as well invest in some skin care that will help the skin underneath the holiday make-up look good.

One of the products I purchased yesterday on my usual Superdrug run was the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask along with the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask.

I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask after using the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask as my face was feeling a little dry and needed some moisture back in to it. I love anything that boosts moisture to my skin as it tends to feel quite dry even though it looks oily.  Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask definitely delivers on this account.

If you haven’t read my review for the clay mask go ahead and check it out before reading this review.

OK, let’s get into the review.

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I used the pink Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask which is for sensitive skin. The mask claims to:

  1. Intensely hydrates
  2. Comforts and soothes
  3. Skin feels softer

BEFORE PLACING THE MASK

I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads to wipe my face after washing off the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask then placed the tissue mask on. It was a little messy putting it on as it was folded up inside the packaging. It wasn’t too messy but could be packaged a little better in my opinion. It would also be helpful if they placed a label on where the front and back of the mask was on the mask. I couldn’t find the packet it came in when I was applying the mask and if it wasn’t for the YouTube video I saw before buying the mask I wouldn’t have known what I was doing.

WHILST WEARING THE MASK

It felt really cooling and refreshing to my face the moment I put it on. I didn’t want to take it off. The mask stayed on without any issues or slipping off. I could move my face comfortably and there was no irritation at all. I liked how it felt on my face. Not sure about how it looked though. A little scary don’t you think? Maybe it was just me.

AFTER REMOVING THE MASK

Removing the mask was easy (wish everything in life was that easy). I peeled it off and gently messaged the excess serum left on my face with my hands. My skin felt hydrated, soft and really refreshed. I could totally do another mask. After a while (30 minutes or so) my face felt like it needed a little bit more moisture so I used my daily moisturiser from Nivea Soft. I’m not sure if you should add a moisturiser on top of the serum or not but I felt like I needed to.

Would I use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask again?

Yes, defiantly. I think I’m going to add this to my weekly skin care routine. If only they did this for your body.

OVERALL RATING

I’d give this product a 9/10. The price was good, the product did what it said it would do and it was easy to use. What more could you want? I’d highly recommend trying it if your skin is dry or dehydrated. I’m really impressed with this mask so I might see what the other products from their Moisture Bomb range are like. I’ll definitely be trying their other 2 moisture bomb masks.

I think using the moisture bomb mask every week and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day should get my skin to a healthier and more hydrated place. I hope. We’ll see.

Your turn…

Have you tried the tissue bomb before? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other product from this range have you used? Would you recommend them?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

Product Review | L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life” – Renée Rouleau

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

I love skin care.

With skin problems such as mild acne, large pores, hyperpigmentation and a whole list of other impurities I could do without, I need to love skin care. However, my solution has always been to cover it up with make up or invest in cheap skin care products from the local beauty shop that are usually no good.

It’s a battle I’ve been having since puberty. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I can afford to invest in better quality products and take the steps needed to get my skin to where I want it to be.

The first step I took was to stop wearing make-up to work. This was a big step for me but it was something I needed to do to truly start this healthier skin journey I’m on. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to go a week with no make-up at all and still feel as confident as I do with make-up. Baby steps.

The second step was to invest in better skin care products. I’ve always been into skin care but never spent the money needed on good skin care. I’d always look for a cheaper alternative. This worked for me sometimes but more often than not I either didn’t see any results or things get worse. Much worse.

So, last week on my usual trip to Superdrug I decided to buy the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. It was on offer and I’ve heard Patricia Bright mention it a few times as part of her skin care. I’m a fan of hers and since she liked it, I thought why not try it. It being on offer for £5 also helped.

I’m going to Venice next week to celebrate K and I’s 2 year anniversary so wanted my skin to look as good as it can be. Is it normal for non-married couples to do that? Anywho, this was a bit of a risk for me as things could go completely left and I end up with a face full of goodness know what days before my holiday. But I have faith that God won’t do me like that.

OK so let’s get into the review.

LOreal has 3 masks in their pure clay range – a purity mask, a detox mask and a glow mask. The detox mask is used to detoxify and clarify the skin

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L’Oreal claim that by using the detox mask, you should see instant and lasting results:

  1. Immediately – skin is pure and cleaner
  2. In one week – Skin feels fresher and luminous
  3. Use after use – skin can breathe and is visibly transformed

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The clay smells nice and isn’t too thick or too runny. It’s easy to apply and feels lovely on the skin as you apply it. I applied it using my fingers and I felt a slight tingle or stinging sensation. This could be due to the fact that my face had just been washed and I didn’t have any product on it so it was very dry. I usually get that feeling when I wear face masks so it wasn’t alarming. Does that happen to you? Or it could have been all the impurities getting rattled. Who knows.

I applied it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth area and waited for 15 minutes. It says you should leave it on for 5-10 minute but I got carried away writing the intro for this post I lost track of time. It wasn’t uncomfortable when it was drying and I was able to speak without feeling like my face is about to crack.

WASHING OFF THE MASK

I decided to use warm water as I don’t like using cloths on my face unless I’m patting my face dry. It took about 5 minutes to get everything off and there was no mess in the sink. Yay!

AFTER WASHING THE MASK

My face didn’t feel that different to how it felt before putting the mask on. I did feel as though there was residue on my face (a waxy kind of feeling) but nothing alarming. My face wasn’t as dry as it was before but it still felt dry so again nothing significant to rave about.

 

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PURE AND CLEARER SKIN? 

Well I’m not sure what they mean by that. My spots were still there. I even found a new one but I wouldn’t put it down to the mask (probably time of the month approaching). I wouldn’t say my skin looked or felt pure either (whatever that means). I could see the pores around my nose and my skin looked pretty much the same as before. So no it didn’t purify and clear my face immediately. Perhaps I’ll notice a different over time.

The box didn’t say what I should do after the mask so I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads and then put the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. My face has been really dry lately and since it was a pamper yourself kind of day for me I thought why not.

Would I use the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask again?

Well It cost me £5 and I still have a full jar left so yes, I would. A little bit of the products goes a long way which is nice. Nothing bad happened to my skin so I’ll probably use it for the next 3 days before going to Venice and see if anything amazing happens. If I like what I see I’ll continue using.

OVERALL RATING

I’d give it a 5/10 since it didn’t really do what it claimed it would do immediately. However, it didn’t break me out and I might see results after continued use so I can’t completely disregard it. After a week, I’ll give an update on whether I experienced any noticeable difference. If I do, I might invest in their other 2 masks.

Wish me Luck!

Your turn…

Have you tried their clay masks before? Which one of the 3 have you tried? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other clay masks have you tried? Would you recommend them?

Let me know by sharing your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Update…

5 weeks later I still have the jar and a lot of product left so that goes to show how much i used it. I didn’t see any results if I’m honest and I probably wouldn’t buy it again. Maybe this clay mask wasn’t right for me and one of the other 2 was or maybe this brand just isn’t for me. Either way I’ll probably invest in another brand of clay masks before trying out the ones from LOreal.

Maybe LUSH?

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x

CONFESSION | I’m Afraid to be Seen Without Make-up

“Enjoy your body. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own ” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m sat in bed with a thick layer of Sudo cream all over my forehead. Panic!

For the past week or so I started to develop some itching and dryness on my forehead. I didn’t think anything of it but once the skin on my forehead started to wrinkle and peel a little I got worried. I have no idea why but it just happened. I was so busy with work that I had no time to book an appointment with the GP and a part of me thought it would go away after a while. But I didn’t. It just got worse and covering it with make-up didn’t help.

My forehead is the oiliest part of my face. The make-up would slide right off throughout the day or get caught in the wrinkles and dry patches. It was horrible.

As much as I wanted to hide away in my room till my skin got better, I had work to do and life wasn’t going to wait on my forehead. So, I had to decide. Either keep walking around with patchy wrinkly make-up on my forehead or stop wearing make-up till my forehead got better. To some, this isn’t a big deal but for someone who’s been wearing make-up since they were 13, it’s a big deal. I couldn’t even go to the corner shop without eye-brows, concealer and foundation at least.

Like many people out there, when puberty hit, the beauty store or their sisters make-up was their place of refuge. Where you could make that dark mark from the spot you popped last night disappear or not look so bad. Unfortunately, they don’t tell you that it only gets worse the more make-up you use. Or maybe they did, I just didn’t get the memo. 13 years later I’m still trying to cover up old and new acne marks, uneven and dull skin. Isn’t puberty meant to be over already?

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Dealing with problematic skins means you are constantly battling with your self-confidence. You wonder whether other people notice your imperfections the way you do. Sometimes they don’t but that doesn’t matter to you. Why? Because you notice them. It’s hard not to when you are so used to seeing your skin flawless when you have make-up. Once you wipe it off, all you notice are the things you tried to hide.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t hide this wrinkly dry forehead of mine. And the more primer, foundation and setting powder I put, the worse it looked. So I decided to stop before it’s too late. My skin was telling me it needed a break and my self-confidence was telling me it needed a boost. So I decided to listen to it.

I’ve spent years trying to love my skin until I was forced to. Till I caught myself preferring the marked up, uneven, dull skin I had to the one I could have if the itching and wrinkling persisted. I felt like I was developing eczema and would hate to think I spent all those years resenting my skin as if it was the worst it could get.

You never know what you have until it’s at risk of being taken away. So I decided to embrace what I have and learn to love it. Even if I wish it could be better. My skin may not be perfect but its mine and I should enjoy it. I shouldn’t be afraid to show it to the world.

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One of my 2017 goals is to love the skin I’m in. Perhaps the universe was helping me take the first step to achieving that goal. By forcing me to bare my skin in a way I’ve never done before. To wear it with pride and appreciate it as it is. Scars and all.

I’m hoping not only will this help me figure out what is going on with my forehead but also help me feel more confident and comfortable going out without make-up.

I am beautiful with or without make-up. I need to believe it, not just say it. It’s going to take some time to reach that point of self belief and acceptance but at least I’m making small steps toward my goal. Actions speak louder than words.

Your turn…

How often do you go without make-up? Do you feel comfortable without it? How do you deal with some of your insecurities? What did it take for you to get to that place of accepting your insecurities?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com