Curly Girls Guide - By Megan Kelly

[#365BeautyTips] Curly Girl’s Guide

The twenty-eighth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS…

Curly Girls Guide - By Megan Kelly

This week’s #365BeautyTips features fellow Eastern Cape Parenting Blogger, Eleanor from Just Ella Bella. This girl stalked me 3 years back and eventually we had the opportunity of meeting one another. Since then, I have come to love and respect the bubbly and crafty mom that she is. You might remember Ella from my review of her business called Oh! Boy Kid’s Clothing.

“ have super curly hair which I wear in an afro of sorts, all big, curly and crazy. I used to use chemicals and heat to beat it into submission, but I have learnt to embrace the fro and work with it instead of against it. I think having a “boskop” little boy aided in the self-acceptance thing.”

Follow, Stalk and Like Ella on her social media accounts, and do check out her recently remodelled blog and appreciate this girl’s eye for design.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 198

Dr Miracles Feel It Formula deep conditioner - By Megan KellyDr. Miracles Feel It Formula Deep Conditioner

Curly hair is prone to becoming very dry and that is definitely the case with me – especially in winter. To combat this I do monthly treatments. The Dr Miracles Feel It Formula is awesome, it has a tingly sensation that might be fooling me with a placebo effect, but I like to think it is legit. My hair feels soft, moisturised and tangle free after using this and it’s pretty much a steal, price-wise. Most people only need one sachet for two treatments but the Hair-Gods were not stingy over here so I use the whole packet.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 199Dark and Lovely Amla Legend rejuvenating ritual hair mask - By Megan Kelly

Dark and Lovely Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual Hair Mask

Although this is technically a hair mask I use it as my wash day conditioner and detangler (I wash once a week – too much washing strips hair of natural oils which is hell on my hair). I know real naturalists (people who swear by only using natural products on their hair) would not be super keen on this product because some of the things on the label were most certainly created in a lab, but I could not imagine a wash day without it. It makes my hair feel instantly (and I mean instantly) softer and it is the only thing that can really handle my prone to tangling hair. Even at my age my tangles have almost reduced me to tears, so this is a true miracle product to me

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Dr. Miracles Soft Hold Creme and Edge Holding Gel

The state of the packaging shows how often I use this and how long it lasts, hehehe I use the Dr. Miracles Soft Hold Creme when I need my curls to really pop and be extra defined. Although the name says soft hold it has a really decent hold and makes my chest length hair curl up to a chin length bob if I use it in a wash and wear style. The Edge Holding Gel is great for braids or any style that needs my roots to lay flat, it doesn’t flake and even adds a little shine.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 201

Aunty Jackie's Curl Lala defining custard and Knot on my watch instant detangling therapy - By Megan Kelly

Aunty Jackie’s Curl Lala Defining Custard and Knot on My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy

The curl custard is a must must must! It has an amazing smell and leaves your curls really soft and lose. Curls enhanced with this does not last as long and is not as defined as with the Dr. Miracles creme BUT curls are easier to manipulate into the style of your choice from braids to up-styles. My chest length hair becomes shoulder length when using this. The detangling therapy is a must have for curly haired folks, I use it on myself and on my son. I particularly like using it when I braid my hair from dry into mini braids/twists – one of my favourite winter-looks (only way I can fit it into a hat or beanie quite honestly)

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 202

Mark Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion - By Megan Kelly

Mark Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion

This is my “hair gel” of choice, I will scrunch some on for extra hold and definition. It is great for frizz control so I will often take a little and rub it through my hair once my curling creme of choice has dried a little. But my all time favourite use for this product is for doing the ends of my mini braids/twists into ringlets. It has great hold and lasts really long.

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 203

Lipstick! - By Megan KellyLipstick!

This sounds like a weird curl product but bear with me. I only recently started using lipstick but it has quickly become a must have. If you wear your hair big and bold like I do you run the risk of it overpowering you somewhat. A pop of colour makes sure you are not overshadowed by your hair. My favourites are the Essence liquid lipsticks and also Revlon Super Lustrous Moisturising Lipstick and if I am feeling daring I will step out in Avon Matt

#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 204

Shampoo heads Awesome Annie Detangling conditioner - By Megan Kelly

Shampoo Heads Awesome Annie Detangling Conditioner

Aidan has a giant bush of curly hair which is prone to dryness. I tried this conditioner when he was complaining about an itchy head and I suspected a dry scalp. It has been AMAZING the smell is great and it does what it promises. The “boy product” is Busy Bob; a shampoo, conditioner and body wash all in one, but I don’t trust products that try to do it all, sorry I don’t. Luckily Aidy isn’t in that “boy things” “girl things” stage so he doesn’t mind Annie and I LOVE her and the detangling moisturising properties she possesses.

And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?

NEXT WEEK’S THEME IS…7 uses of tattoo addict - By Megan Kelly

I am the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl (4-years old) and Eli (1-year old), and local business owner of Dr. Design. I live on copious amounts of coffee, spend my free time listening to podcasts while I garden or journal, and really enjoy baking fresh treats for my family. On the weekends, you’ll likely find me exploring our local city, looking for new family-friendly places for our kids, but that’s only if I am not already shouting at the soccer on TV. I support Tottenham and enjoy pretending to know what  I am doing in the Fantasy League, but really I am just in it for the laughs. I can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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