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How to achieve the perfect spa/salon day

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Grooming is a basic need. It is so basic to the extent it has made the beauty industry a multi-million venture. In light of this, it is important to seek the services of experts in order to look the part. Most people make time for spa and salon days. This is where they get their manicure, pedicure, tweezing, waxing, massages, hair styling among other service. These services might take a while, depending on various factors like the speed of the service provider and how you want the service done.

Nevertheless, it is important to be prepared psychologically for the services at the spa. So how can you prepare?

Carry a snack

Most salons provide a small snack nowadays in an effort to please the client. However, it is never sufficient, therefore pack yourself a healthy snack to keep you sane. Irritability comes with long periods of hunger. To avoid this, you could pack slices of carrots, popcorn, crisps, nuts of your preference, and water to nibble on during your stay at the salon.

Dress appropriately

There are services that will require you to lose your clothing. Therefore wear something that will give you an easy time doing this. In the case of a pedicure, your feet up to the knee need to be exposed otherwise you would not get the best of the service. In other cases, even the shoes need to be easy to get in and out of.

Carry a book

We may find ourselves talking to the service provider but, these talks never last. It is important to have something that will keep you preoccupied. Most salons provide magazines which you can flip through, however if you have a specific taste for publications, make sure to bring your own.

Lotion/moisturizer

Some services may use cleaning agents on your skin thus taking away your makeup or skincare product that you had used. Make sure to do a retouch immediately after to avoid any drying effects that occur due to the use of these cleaning agents.

Do not do the job of the spa

People tend to do the work meant for the spa service provider before showing up for their appointment. Then it beats the purpose of you going there if you do the work for them. They are equipped to handle any amount of work you give them. Just tip them well at the end of your foot rub or waxing.

Be informed

As much as you would like to let the service provider to perform their job, in some cases they could compromise your progress. For instance, in the case of a facial, check the products that will go on your face if you have sensitive skin, otherwise, it might cause side effects. In the case of hair care, one is most likely to be compromised if the service provider does not handle it according to its needs. This is information that only you can provide. Make sure to do that at the onset of your consultation so you are served accordingly.

Sit back relax and Enjoy

Most of the services offered at the spa/salon are pretty relaxing, so make the most of them by choosing to enjoy them.

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The hair care industry needs a code of conduct

‘Thou shalt not bring damage to another person’s hair’ and many other rules should be put in place just to protect the hair of the African woman. The hair every woman wears with pride and joy should be protected and taken care of well

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The African woman’s hair has been for a long time subjected to destructive methods in the name of looking good. Methods like heat use, tight hairstyles, and lack of knowledge when it comes to achieving its potential have been used repeatedly, causing dire irreversible consequences to the hair and in turn causing emotional damage to the bearer.

This can be attributed to the fact that hairdressing was regarded as a purposeless venture, that could be carried out by anyone regardless of their inexperience. Until recently when it has become an art to be admired and sought after.

However, still, this trade is being conducted by inexperienced individuals, who bring damage to the hair of their client as opposed to according it the treatment it deserves for its prosperity.

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That is why a code of conduct would be necessary; a written policy that guides the treatment hair is supposed to receive and the penalty attracted in case of any carelessness and violation. This code of conduct should include things like:

Thou shall establish your client’s hair handling history before proceeding to their request (This improves the decision-making process on how to proceed in order to achieve best results)

Thou shall establish a healthy hair routine with your client (This may include how often they moisturise, shampoo, and oil their hair).

Thou shall advise your client on the necessary treatments that will boost the potential of the hair (It is very likely to attend to a client who has insufficient knowledge on hair care. It is therefore up to the hair expert to ensure the client is aware of all the healthy hair options available and how they will work in her favor).

Thou shall provide your client with several options of products to use with clear instructions for best results.

Thou shall not burden the client with heavy hairstyles (The hair being at the top of the entire head means its weight is bone by the rest of the body. Making it even heavier is catastrophic for your client and their daily activities)

Thou shall keep heat away from a client’s hair unless deemed necessary (Hair is made up of keratin, which is a protein. Heat is known to denature proteins. Therefore, excessive use of heat on hair is likely to lead to its brittleness which then breaks away thus undermining all efforts to retain length)

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Thou shall be the expert when it comes to hair care (Make sure to inform yourself on the critical information and trends on hair care. Take a master class if possible to understand how best to care for hair in order to deliver the best of services and to allow your client achieve their goal)

Thou shall keep tabs on your client’s hair development journey (walking the journey with your client is the one thing they need in order to uphold the standards you are setting for them. Clients are likely to be lax when it comes to ensuring a regimen is followed. Be ready to offer any advice in case of a challenge)

Thou shall deep condition your client’s hair during all her consultations (Deep condition is the reinforcement the hair needs to grow stronger against external pressure. Deep conditioning should become second nature)

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Thou shall protect your client’s hairline and scalp at all costs (Do not force neatness by straining the baby hairs on your clients hairline. A damaged hairline is very difficult to repair and it diminishes a woman’s view of her beauty)

The above would make for a good foundation when it comes to hair care. These provide the basic requirements for hair care, due to the consideration for the general health of the scalp and hair strands.

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Hydrate, you’ll glow different!

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It is said water covers three quarters of the earth’s surface, it could be the same case with our bodies. Most of our organs are made up of water or depend on water for functionality. Especially with the knowledge that bloods flows in every single one of them. Therefore, it is just important that you consider taking enough water so your body can function optimally. So how exactly does water get you the glow?

  • It burns stored up fats: The first step of metabolizing fat is hydrolysis. This occurs when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids which are the simplest form of fat therefore can easily be eliminated. When excess fats are eliminated from your skin/body you are likely to manage acne and white heads that deteriorate the outlook of your skin. Thus the glow!
  • Flashes toxins out of you urinary system: The body through the kidneys gets rid of excess salts and amino acids thus leaving the body with only the necessary amount. These components when left in the body have a destructive effect to other organs like the skin which then appears dry.
  • Aids in bowel movements: Lack of bowel movement can be frustrating. To avert this, water is required. It provides the necessary lubrication for stool movement. Frequent bowel movement makes one look lighter and healthier. Accumulated dirt in your bowel also reflects on the dullness of your skin.
  • Gives you a youthful skin: Dehydration makes skin prone to wrinkles and other skin conditions. Taking enough water is necessary in keeping the skin succulent.
  • Improves breathe: You glow different when your breathe is fresh as a result of water intake. Water clears food debris from your mouth thus lowering the activity of bacteria in your mouth. This boosts confidence and allows one to express themselves.
  • Improves vision: There is a glow in being able to utilize all your senses optimally. The eyes especially. They serve a very important role of directing the rest of the body therefore they ought to be in tip top shape. This can only be achieved with enough intake of water. Dehydration can alter the physiological balance inside the eye and has been associated with some types of vision loss such as glaucoma, cataract, vitreous detachment and uveitis.

Therefore, no matter what you do on a day to-day basis, make sure to incorporate your water intake schedule.

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All about the yarns

The moment I saw crotchet pieces on the runway, I knew this was it. The trend is here. And we shall embrace it.

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We can’t deny it. Crotchet outfits and accessories have become the it. Who would have thought the fabrics our African mums used to cover every object in the house would now become a statement fashion trend? To imagine that someone can come up with a whole fit using yarn and a crotchet hook is impressive. Think of the hours and discipline it takes to be a crotchet designer. Staggering right?

I’m here to plug you with the best and most affordable crotchet designers I know. I appreciate all the other crotchet designers and stan you for the hard work and creativity. Read on!

Empress crotchets

If you are around Moi University, you have probably heard of this award-winning brand. Wairimu, as she is popularly known, makes stunning crotchet fits. The photoshoots that follow these designs make you want to purchase everything on her timeline. They look so good!

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Gorrety Ndar

I always thought crotchet outfits were hella expensive till I met Gorrety. Her crafts are top-tier and affordable. Talk about your moneys worth! She exudes creativity and well-thought concepts through her designs. I’d definitely want to look as good as she does in them, because, pure greatness!

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Diana Muthee

During my usual idle scrolling on Instagram I came across such an alluring picture of these cropped up jumpers. But now in crotchet. Diana did that! I mean, if this isn’t talent then I don’t know. Just check her out and you’ll see what I mean.

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Vee crafts

Enough about crotchet bikinis, dresses and sweaters. Have you seen crotchet earrings and chokers? I also didn’t till I came across astoundingly talented Vee. She literally makes art out of any accessory. And they come out so beautiful!

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Dollup_crochet_Kenya

For my people in Nairobi! Dollup_crochet_Kenya got your back with beautiful designs and free deliveries in CBD. Her crotchet style is unique, with beautiful patterns and makes. Her Instagram speaks for itself. You’ll be wowed just as I was.

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