Every Girl’s Guide to Caring for Colour-Treated Hair

 

You finally took the plunge to dye your strands. With an endless inspiration, you dyed your hair lavender or perhaps you went for the classic blonde and auburn shade. So, now what? Surely, you wouldn’t want all the time and money you spent on dyeing your tresses to get easily washed down the drain. With that in mind, we asked some of the top hairstylists in Singapore for tips on how you could possibly keep your strands looking as shiny and bright as when you left the salon, and here’s what they said:

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  1. Avoid Washing Prior to Your Salon Appointment

Regardless of the colour you’re planning to dye your hair, hairstylists recommend not washing your hair two days prior to your hair dye appointment, so as to prevent any possible scalp irritation from occurring. It’d also be good to skip on applying products that could prevent the colour from penetrating your strands, such as hair wax or teasing powder.

  1. Perform Weekly Hair Masks

Every colour-treated hair needs a weekly mask, so ensure that you perform one regularly. Not only will this keep your strands well moisturized, it’ll also help in maintaining the vibrancy of your hair dye. Some of the good hair masks that you can try is L’Oréal’s EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque. It won’t cost you more than S$10, but it can already provide the nourishment that your colour-treated hair needs.

  1. Use the Right Shampoo

If you dyed your hair blonde, then it’d be best to purchase a shampoo formulated specially for blonde hair. Also, limit using a volumizing shampoo after your colour appointment, as it can expand the hair shaft and make your strands look brassy.

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  1. Let the Colour Soak In

Have a brown hair? Then the best thing you can do after getting your strands coloured is to avoid washing it for the next two days. Doing so allows the colour to properly soak onto your hair, resulting in a hair dye that won’t easily fade away.

  1. Apply a Clear Gloss

Applying hair gloss is necessary for colour-treated hair, but do opt for a clear gloss if you dyed your strands red. While there are red hair glosses available in malls, do understand that some of these glosses aren’t made for most shades of red – and it might not also work out that way you wanted it to. Instead, consider using a clear formula for a week or two to keep your red hair as bright as when you left the salon.

Making your hair colour last longer doesn’t need to be stressful if you know how to properly care for it. So the next time you decide on dyeing your strands, do keep these pro tips in mind so you could enjoy your colour-treated hair for as long as you want.

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How to Naturally Grow Out Your Pixie Cut

 

Pixie cuts are irrefutably adorable in its own way, but if you’re thinking of switching up your look for a bit then you might be wondering about how you can naturally grow your hair out without looking like a mismatched mess. With that in mind, we listed down some easy ways on how you can stylishly grow out from your pixie cut.

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  1. Trim Your Strands

Although you may think it’s counterproductive, trimming your hair is actually necessary to ensure that your strands grow beautifully instead of thin and straggly. Since you’ll be waiting for your tresses to grow out, then you might as well ensure that they grow out healthily.

  1. Grow Your Hair in Sections

Aside from regularly trimming your strands, growing out your hair in sections is another way to naturally transition from your pixie cut. As much as possible, aim for a trimmed back of your mane with the front and top pieces kept a bit longer. Your goal is to achieve that bowl-shaggy cut blend that’s cute, spunky and easier to style.

  1. Learn to Love Your Bangs

As you grow out your pixie cut, you have to learn to love your bangs for quite some time. Go for a sexy look by considering a side sweep bangs that dangles over your one eye, or opt for a retro-inspired look with a thick bangs lined right above your eyebrows. If you really can’t find it in you to embrace your bangs, however, simply tuck them away with a bobby pin until they’ve grown out more.

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  1. Make Great Use of Bobby Pins

When growing out a pixie cut, bobby pins will always be best friend. Simply pin those uneven strands that are stuck at an awkward length, and make some cute hairstyle out of it. Using bobby pins to create numerous trendy styles for your tresses won’t only help in covering up that awkward length, it’ll also ensure that you stay stylish all day long.

  1. Embrace the Shag

One of the best routes to go when growing out your pixie cut is to pull off a thick, tangled hairstyle. Not only are shags trendy and easy to style, they also evoke a carefree attitude that matches any girl’s style with ease. So bring out your 1970’s inspiration and make the most out of your shag for a while.

Growing out your strands from a pixie cut doesn’t have to be that challenging. All you’ve got to do is to properly care for your hair, choose a hairstyle that suits you and embrace it.

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5 Common Causes of Hair Fall

Hair fall problems are one of the most alarming problems experienced by men and women in Singapore and all throughout the world. We lose some hair when we shower, blow dry or brush our hair. We think of numerous ways on how to address our hair fall problem yet not all the time it’s cured. It’s about time we identify the causes in order to know on how to effectively address such problems:

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  1. Hereditary Hair Loss. Most of the people who experience hair fall are due to hereditary hair loss. It is called androgenetic alopecia which is the genetic cause of hair loss. When your parents experience such problem, more likely you are going to inherit it. You have to consult your dermatologists in order to know how will you solve this type of cause.

 

  1. Excessive Styling. Different hairstyles require different ways on how to make them as fabulous as they are. We use flat irons, hair curlers, and other chemicals just to get our hair straighter, curlier or have it in color shades we think are stylish. Apart from that, too much shampooing, combination of treatments and dyeing can stress our hair which is why it causes our hair to fall out. With that, split ends are usually observed and breakage of hair happens frequently.

 

  1. Telogen Effluvium. This is an alarming phenomenon of hair loss. It is usually experienced after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress. Apart from hormonal effects, the consumption of some medications can trigger this problem. If you do not want to shed all your hair out, you might as well consult experts and make yourself stress-free as much as possible.

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  1. Scalp Conditions. Hair will find it difficult to grow if it unhealthy and inflamed. The usual skin problems in the scalp are dandruff, psoriasis and other infections caused by fungi or worms. There are medications and shampoos specifically made to cure such scalp conditions so you might as well have your scalp checked by your dermatologist as soon as possible.

 

  1. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Those people who are prone to iron deficiency like women who experience heavy periods or those who do not eat enough iron-rich foods. These people lack red blood cells needed to give them enough energy that their body need. If you are one of these people, you might experience weakness, pale skin, fatigue, headaches, and of course hair loss. In order to address this problem, you need to consume iron-rich foods like fish, pork, vegetables, beans, etc. In worst case scenarios, you can consult your doctor for possible iron supplements.

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7 Fashion Trends for Your OOTD

Deciding what trends to follow can be very tricky. If you are a fashion enthusiast, if would be quite difficult to decide since you now there are a lot of trendy styles out there that you can follow like the current hot picks in Singapore and other leading fashion cities in the world. To help guide you, here are the fashion trends you can wear for your day to day OOTD:

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  1. Cropped Tops. These are trendy tops you can definitely use especially if you are confident with your body. You can strut through the streets wearing a cropped top with a mini or long skirt. You can even wear it with shorts or any pants that would best pair with its design.

 

  1. Cape Tops and Blazer. For office and business women, these are very trendy. It’s the perfect outfit once paired with pencil skirt, basic tops, and stilettos. You can also wear these on special occasions like weddings and birthdays. You can be very chic to look at even in both casual and formal.

 

  1. Anything Denim. What’s there not to love about denim? You can wear it with most probably anything. You can wear a denim distressed jeans or a denim button-front A-line skirt and pair it with basic tank, floral, or crochet tops. Denim jackets are also quite popular nowadays especially if you’re living in a tropical country. You can wear these any day.

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  1. Leather Jackets. If you want to unleash the rock chic fashion girl in you, then these are the type of jackets you should mix-up with your clothes.

 

  1. Slitted Skirts. These skirts are quite popular the past few years and most especially this year. Aside from the fact that it’s very comfortable to wear, you can show how sexy and alluring you are by exposing your legs a bit. These are impeccable if paired with the sexy spaghetti strapped tops or sleeveless tops.

 

  1. Mirrored Sunglasses. Nowadays, teenagers and ladies prefer mirrored sunglasses over the usual black shades of sunglasses. With a lot of brands offering these sunglasses, you can have a vast array of choices for colors and designs.

 

  1. Over the knee boots. These are best used on daytime or even night time. You can wear it casually or during special events. It’s very flexible specifically if you have one in black leather or suede. You can pair it with miniskirts to emphasize your long stems or you can wear shorts and slick dresses. It would really depend how you style your whole outfit with it.

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Makeup Tips for Skin with Acne Scars

 

You always hear your mother scolding you for perennially picking your pimples. She said it will leave a mark and just leave it be. You already know that it will make a mark but sometimes it is hard not to notice and get pissed every time you see yourself in the mirror. This is a common scenario for most teenagers here in Singapore.

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Once or twice in your life, you were plagued by acne. The dark marks are expected if you perennially picked at your pimples. What is the best way to hide the unpleasant dark spots? Makeup can at least conceal it ideally but sometimes, the more you hide things, the more it can draw attention. In this line, it is important that you know what makeup to use to achieve the right look.

Here are some makeup tips for skin with acne scars:

  • Always prime: Before anything else, do not forget to do priming. With the help of a good and trusted primer brand, you will prepare your complexion. Primers are important because it can smoothen your problem areas. Some primers are effective when it comes to filling out the scarring at the same time brightening your whole face.

 

  • Forget about glowing: You are always tempted to get that dewiness or glowing look but if you have many scars, it cannot help conceal. You should know that luminous formulas have content that can emphasize the flat skin and the scarred skin. The best thing to do is to choose matte products. Matte products are effective because of their ability to absorb light. This will result to softening of scarred areas.

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  • Use color-correct: After putting layers of concealer but dark spots are still visible, it is time that you learn to use color-correct. There are different products that you can consider so do not worry about it. To totally hide the dark spots, use a peach-toned concealer.

 

  • Consider setting spray: Putting makeup is in itself hard work. You should always preserve your hard work so think about having setting spray. Setting spray will extend the life of the base you used plus it will not leave a dry powdery effect on your skin.

 

  • Try buying an airbrush: Finally, for a smooth application around the scarring, you should at least try or purchase airbrush. There are many airbrush available in the market. You just have to buy this because at the end of application, it can leave your skin naturally glowing.

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How to Treat Acne Scars

 

If you have acne breakout, you always wish that there is something that can fix it overnight. You also know that this is not possible at the moment. All you can do is face it in the mirror and learn to treat it. Learning how to treat it is important. Before anything else, you should know what caused the scarring.

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Acne scars are permanent indentations and it can come in many shapes and sizes. There are some scars that are thick – scars that stick out above your skin while others are keloid – scars that have overproduced skin tissue. Then there is atrophic scars that leaves depression on your skin.

If the acne is severe, the body will create little or too much tissue that can eventually lead to a depression in your skin. You have to remember that the deeper the acne lesion or the more it is squeezed or picked, the more likely it will lead to scarring. There are some Singaporeans who have this issue and it is time to know how to treat it.

Since scarring is more serious than marks, it is important that you consult your dermatologist first about your status. If you are that conscious, you should not waste time sulking. You cannot restore it to its former glory but you can do something to at least lighten it up. Dermatologists will base the treatments on the following:

Steroid injections

This is perhaps the fastest treatment of them all. As soon as you identified the pimple, a steroid shot can easily be asked from your dermatogist. The importance of steroid injections is to reduce the inflammation. If you take care of it immediately, you will not give your fingers chance to prick them.

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Dermal fillers

This can be a long process but dermal fillers can be one of the most effective treatment. In this treatment, dermal filters will elevate the depressed areas immediately. Dermal fillers have two ingredients that can help improve scarring. Polymethylmethacylate that can help the body make protein to allow scarring to heal then collagen.

Lasers

To reduce the redness, lasers can be considered. This is only for scars that are still red. However for scars that are no longer red, a different kind of laser is used. Remember though that the result of lasers will vary depending on treatments and the downtime of your recovery process.

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You just do not continuously ask for topical prescriptions every time you think that it doesn’t work. Scars are different from marks. Topical prescriptions will not work for the scars. To know about varying treatments, you should see your dermatologist right away.

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8 Foods That Can Help Whiten Teeth

Having white teeth may not be important to other Singaporeans but if you constantly face different people, you will eventually wish you have white teeth. Having white teeth is no brainer these days. If you have lots of extra money, you can go directly to your dentist and demand it. However, if money is an issue, you can always rely on natural remedy.

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Natural remedies include foods that can actually help white your teeth. Oh yes, you heard it right. You can munch your way to whiter and beautiful teeth. Here are some foods that you should consider:

  1. Strawberries: Eating strawberries is inconvenient because its juice can stain however its powers in whitening your teeth can make a difference at the end of the day. Strawberries contain malic acid which is capable to whiten teeth. Malic acid can remove the stains in the surface. The stains will make your teeth look aged and dark.

 

  1. Cauliflower: This food will inspire more chewing. Chewing is good for the production of saliva. Saliva is beneficial because it can wash away discoloration that accumulated on the enamel’s surface.

 

  1. Broccoli: Broccoli can help by creating a protection for the tooth enamel. For best cleansing solution, you should consider raw broccoli.

 

  1. Pineapple: Of all foods, pineapple is known as the only one that contains bromelain. Bromelain is famous because of its cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. If given by pina colada, you should not deny it.

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  1. Carrots: Carrots are famous for its water content. Body conscious people love carrots because they are perfect for the waistline. Apart from that, carrots can help whiten teeth by encouraging saliva production. Saliva can actually sweep away food debris as well as strengthening your gums.

 

  1. Cheese: Another food to consider is cheese. Cheese is good for the teeth because it is rich in protein and calcium. These can protect the tooth enamel. Cheese also contains lactic acid that can prevent decaying of tooth.

 

  1. Apples: It is true than an apple a day keeps the doctor away (including dentists). If you chew apples for a whole, it will stimulate saliva. You know the importance of saliva as it can wash away food debris on your teeth.

 

  1. Yoghurt: Yoghurt works similarly with cheese but it is your healthy choice. If you do not want to get fat, yoghurt is the best food to eat. It contains phosphorus and calcium that can neutralize acid and re-mineralize enamel.

There is nothing wrong aspiring for white and beautiful teeth. If your teeth are already white and beautiful, you should take care of it.

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite affects more than 80 percent of women – from all shapes and sizes – in Singapore. It’s most common in the thighs, but is also present on the buttocks, legs and stomach area. Luckily, this beauty problem can now be solved. To manage your cellulite problems, use these simple and easy home remedies.

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  1. Cayenne Powder. Not only will cayenne powder assist you in eliminating cellulite, it’ll also help you lose some weight. It increases the blood circulation and metabolism, removes the toxins and naturally heats the body from the inside.

 

To make this natural remedy, simply add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, a teaspoon of finely grated ginger, two teaspoons of cayenne powder and a glass of warm water. Mix everything well and enjoy the drink twice a day. Use this remedy for a month or two, then take a one month breather before continuing the treatment. When you finally reach your ideal skin tone and weight, just drink it once or twice a week.

 

  1. Ground coffee has long been proven to be healthy. More than just increasing the blood circulation to keep the body and skin healthy, ground coffee can also be used as an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin cells.

 

To do this, you’ll need three tablespoons of sugar, two tablespoons of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of ground coffee beans. Mix the ingredients together to create a paste, and with a small amount, massage it into the affected area for several minutes then rinse it off with warm water. Perform this twice or thrice a week, or daily if desired.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar. Cider vinegar has long been known as a great cellulite fighter. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, minerals and potassium, which assists in fighting cellulite while getting rid of the toxins in the body. You can use it as a drink or as a body scrub.

 

To use it as a drink, simply mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey. Drink it twice a day, daily. For the apple cider scrub, mix one part of the vinegar with two parts of water then add some honey (optional), and apply to the area to be treated. Leave it on for thirty minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use the scrub twice a day or until you reach the result that you want.

 

  1. Dry Brushing and Coconut Oil. One of the popular and widely used combination among the home remedies for cellulite is dry skin brushing and moisturizing with virgin coconut oil. This method is so effective since it tightens the epidermis and helps in breaking up the toxic materials that cellulite is made of.

 

  1. Omega-3 Rich Foods. It is believed that the consumption of wrong kinds of fats is what causes cellulite to appear – and that consuming enough amounts of omega-3 fatty acids will aid in reducing appearance of cellulites over time. Either way, fat soluble vitamins and omega-3 are essential for the body, so it won’t hurt to try it out. Add some fermented cod liver oil into your daily diet for healthier skin.

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  1. Vegetables and Fruits. Another easy way to eliminate cellulite is by eating healthy foods. Fill your diet with fruits and vegetables not only to stay healthy, but also to lose some weight and keep your body well hydrated. Just make sure that you shed off weight steadily since losing weight too quickly could result to loss of muscles instead of cellulite.

 

  1. Workout Activities. Yes, time may not be always on your side, but if you want to get rid of cellulite – and want to achieve your dream body – you’ll have to learn to make some time for exercising. Find an exercise routine or an activity that’ll target the area of your body affected by cellulite.

 

If you have cellulite on your stomach, then body twists, crunches and leg raises are the ideal exercise routines for you. For cellulites in the thigh area, leg exercises are ideal. For the arms, try swimming, push ups, pull ups and more.

Getting rid of your cellulite problem is quite easy. Just be disciplined enough to eat healthy foods and perform your exercise routine, and you’ll surely be rewarded with a fit and cellulite-free body.

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Secrets to Smelling Good

Smelling good can be one of your assets. If you smell good, people will definitely swarm around you. If you smell that bad, many people will surely ignore or avoid you. You do not want to be ostracized. You have to accept that sometimes, you are judged by how you smell.

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Smelling good is a challenge here in Singapore and because of the humidity, you tend to sweat a lot. As your day progresses, you lose that freshness but it does not mean that you have to yield. You can do something. Here are some things that you need to know about the art of smelling good:

  • Wearing fresh clothes: It is imperative that you wear fresh clothes every day. You have to be particular about choosing your clothes though. The best thing that you can wear is airy clothes. Sweat is not smelly but if bacteria accumulate, it can yield a funky smell.

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  • Laundering right: There is even the right way to launder clothes. You need to pay attention to how you wash your clothes. You need to rinse your clothes at least three times and employ fabric conditioner. Fabric conditioners have the power to keep the clothes fresh longer than ordinary detergent soap.

 

  • Coat scents: Even the most powerful eau de toilette is not a match for Singapore’s humidity. Keeping the scent long is a challenge but it is possible. The best thing that you can do is to coat the scents so it will last long. You have to consider products that carry the same scent from the body wash to the lotion and the perfume. The scent will surely linger.

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How to Properly Apply Concealer  

 

Normal people like us do not have expert makeup artists at our disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is why we have to learn how to perfectly apply makeup on our own. Part of this is learning to put on concealer seamlessly.

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To help you in learning quickly, we give you essential concealer tips that can help you achieve that perfect makeup look.

 

Concealer 101

  • Always choose the right color. Choose a shade closest to your natural skin tone and color.
  • Always start with applying foundation before topping it with concealer. This will ensure that the concealer won’t be erased by the sponge or brush used in applying foundation.
  • Always put on concealer mildly. Spread a light layer over the blemish, scar or spot.
  • Do not rub the concealer over the skin, instead do light dabbing and tapping strokes to blend the concealer in.
  • Always set the concealer with translucent powder so that it doesn’t slide down.

 

For scars

  • For dark scars, use orange concealer to offset the color of the mark and make it unnoticeable.
  • For raised scars, using a light concealer shade can draw more attention to the scar. Instead, use a concealer that is perfectly similar to your skin color and blend it properly.

 

For dark circles

  • To conceal dark circles under the eyes, use a concealer in the color of orange or peach. The orange color of the concealer will cancel the blue-colored shadows in your under eye.
  • Top the orange concealer with a makeup base that matches your skin color perfectly.
  • Apply this using your ring finger, the one with the lightest touch so as not to pull at the delicate skin of the eyes.
  • Do not simply concealer on the under-eye area by using a simple dotting motion. This only draws attention to the puffiness of your eyes.
  • Instead, draw an inverted triangle under your eyes and blend well.

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For pimples and blemishes

  • In concealing a pimple, use a green concealer to cancel the redness. Use a clean brush on the pimple to not worsen the irritation and avoid spreading bacteria.
  • On the area surrounding the pimple, use cotton buds to cover the area in liquid concealer.
  • Apply a finishing powder to set the concealer.
  • For blemishes on the chest area, simply alternate between concealer and setting powder until the blemish is completely undetectable.
  • On days when you don’t have a concealer with you, use a dot of liquid foundation on the blemish and let it dry until it reaches the consistency of a concealer. After which, don’t forget to always blend properly.

 

For instant highlighting effect

  • A concealer can act as a double duty highlighting product. Use a light-colored concealer and apply it on the brow bone below your eyebrows, in the inner V of the eyelids, on the center of your forehead and the center of the chin.

 

Concealer colors for different problems

  • Yellow- use for discoloration and to even out skin tone
  • Green- used to conceal redness from spots and blemishes
  • Orange/Peach and Pink- use this for the blue shadows and dark circles under the eyes

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