Hair & Beauty Tips

Hair

DIY tricks

  • Highlights – squeeze some lemon juice into a pot and apply to the hair with a toothbrush.  Sit in the sun for 45 minutes (not forgetting your sun screen) – the perfect trick to give natural highlights.
  • Dry shampoo for brunettes – mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of corn flour and shake through to your roots. This is a quick and easy way to go a day or two longer without washing your hair.

Swimming protection – to protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine – saturate your hair with water and apply your regular conditioner. This will help prevent damage to your natural hair and stop coloured hair fading or turning gawky (green).

Volumise – to create maximum volume – apply L’Oreal extra volume moose to towel dried hair, tip your head upside down and blast the hair (without the dryer nozzle) until it is 80% dry. Then tip your head the correct way up, attach the dryer nozzle and smooth ends as desired. 

Beauty

Quick hints

  • Dry flaky lips? – Use an old toothbrush to gently exfoliate.
  • Blemishes – apply toothpaste over blemishes to aid quick heeling. The fluoride in the toothpaste helps to kill bacteria.
  • Prolong your spray tan – apply a gradual tanning product daily.
  • Oil for oily skin?!  Using oil on oily skin actually helps! By applying a good quality oil, such as argon or avocado, before bed can educate your oil glands to produce less!

Skin vs Climate Challenges

  • If you happen to get caught in a sandstorm again, place a bowl of water in your bedroom while you sleep. This will help to humidify the room helping to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Wear an SPF of a minimum of 30 every day to help combat the effect of the harsh sun in Qatar. Even if you work in an office, or spend a lot of time in the car, the sun still gets to your skin causing premature aging and pigmentation.
  • Hydration is the key to youthful looking skin. Make sure you drink a minimum of 1.8 litres of water daily. This is even more vital in Qatar with its hot and harsh climate, not to mention the constantly air conditioned buildings which suck moisture from your skin.
  • If you find yourself having to go outside in a sandstorm, avoid wearing contact lenses as your eyes may easily become very irritated.  Cover your nose and mouth with a face mask or a cloth and line the inside of your nose with petroleum jelly to prevent it from becoming dry and sore.

Make up

  • Always wear a primer under your make up to protect your skin, refine pores and prolong makeup.
  • Use lip liner to avoid your lipstick bleeding into the surrounding skin.

Nails

  • Apply a nail and cuticle oil (such as CND’s solar oil) daily to strengthen nails and soften the skin surrounding them, improving your nails’ appearance.

Health & Well-Being

Swollen ankles/feet could be a sign of poor circulation. Aid circulation with regular exercise, massaging cream into the area and elevating legs when sitting or lying down.

Cellulite? Try using a body brush daily before bathing to stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Use long smooth strokes towards the direction of your heart. Make sure your body brush is made of natural hairs as synthetic fibres can irritate the skin.

Bloating? Herbal tea such as peppermint or ginger can help to alleviate it.