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How to Revive Hair Post-Summer & Get them Winter-Ready

September is for many of us the start of our year. Our Summer holidays have ended, schools and Universities are open and we are back to our normal routine, reminiscing about our time relaxing on beautiful beaches and watching sunsets. And like us, our hair need time and some care in order to bounce back from the effects of Summer. So today, is the time to start giving our hair some love!

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can have its toll on our strands, damaging the cuticles (the outside cover of hair). You may notice that your hair has lost a little bit of color and vibrancy, have become more dry and brittle, have developed split ends and have become frizzy and unmanageable. All these are effects of the sun’s UV rays. Add to that chlorinated water from swimming pools, air-conditioning, dying, blow drying, and regular washing and you are left with tired, lifeless hair by the end of Summer! Good news is that there are things you can do to revive your hair post-Summer and get them ready to face the harsh Winter weather.

Go for a trim
Visit your hairdresser for a trim to get rid of those split ends and allow your hair to bounce back to normal. Or, simply do it yourself at home if you are skilled enough! Just make sure you use a good pair of hairdresser scissors and not a cheap one from your local store!

Use an emergency repair mask
Use an intensive steam mask once a month to help bring your hair back to life. We are used to regular hair masks here in the West but Asians have upped the game to include steam masks! The benefit of steam masks over regular hair masks is that the heat helps open up the pores of the hair, allowing the beneficial ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the hair shaft, thus deeply moisturizing and repairing hair. Try A’PIEU’s Super Protein Steam Hair Cap, a steam mask made from 10 types of proteins, natural oils, collagen, milk, and other beneficial ingredients. The mask comes with a foil cap which helps the mask heat up. This is an intensive treatment you can do once a month to deeply moisturize hair and address frizziness and dryness for healthy looking hair.

steam hair cap
A’PIEU – Super Protein Steam Hair Mask, €6

Weekly mask treatment
Get in the habit of using a hair mask at least once a week. It is easy especially if you already use hair conditioner. Instead of using your regular hair conditioner, use a mask! Apply it after shampooing, so by the time you finish washing your body, it has time to do its magic. We absolutely adore KUROBARA’s Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil Intensive Repair Hair Mask because it contains the magic ingredient of Japanese camellia oil which helps revive hair, provides deep moisture and leaves hair soft and supple. The addition of Oleic glyceride penetrates deep into the damaged hair and conditions them leading to well-controlled and smooth hair. We use it twice a week and we love it so much that we replaced our normal conditioner with it!

tsubaki hair mask
KUROBARA – Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil Intensive Repair Hair Mask, €28

Leave-in treatments
Once you have done some emergency treatments, you need to also include a regular leave-in treatment into your haircare routine. These are products you can use after you wash your hair which you do not need to rinse out, like serums, oils, and creams. With regular use, they help repair the hair shaft, minimizing split ends, and smoothing out frizziness and dryness. We recommend innisfree’s Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum which contains natural Jeju camellia oil and fermented camellia oil to help revive and treat damaged, bleached, and over-processed hair. We also suggest KUROBARA’s 100% organic Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil for the more damaged hair.

camellia hair oil
innisfree – Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum, €17
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KUROBARA – Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil, €30

Your pillowcases matter
The friction between your hair and your pillow exacerbates and can even create split ends. So switch your cotton pillowcase for a silk one which does not produce as much friction. Otherwise, go for a more budget-friendly satin pillowcase. Do not let your hair down while sleeping; tie them in a loose bun before bed to minimize movement, hence friction, while sleeping.

Let your hair down
Since the weather is starting to cool down a bit, there is no need to pull and twist your hair into tight buns, braids, and elaborated hairstyles all of which can cause damage to the hair shaft. Allow your hair to flow freely and make sure you minimize the use of heat products to allow the hair to recover.

Use a heat protectant
If you absolutely must use heat on your hair, we suggest that you use a heat protectant. Etude House’s Wonder Fun Park Hair Perfume Mist is not only a light fresh and peach-scented hair perfume but also contains oils and fruit extracts to nourish and protect hair from heat before blow-drying.

hair perfume
Etude House – Wonder Fun Park Hair Perfume Mist, €16

Stop messing with your hair
We admit it, we do it too! Twisting and playing with your hair damages it and leads to split ends! So stop messing with it and do something else with your hands when you are bored! Use a fidget spinner, a stress ball, anything within your reach.

Much like our skin, our hair also needs a little post-summer TLC. Follow the tips above so that your hair is ready, strong, and fully equipped to welcome the harsh Winter weather ahead.

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What is so special about Asian beauty?

You will probably be wondering why you should even consider incorporating Asian beauty products into your daily skincare routine. Well, there are many special features of Asian beauty that we, here at Kawaii Beautyland, love so much.

1. For Asian women (and men for that matter) it is all about skincare. They are obsessed with their skin and how fresh and radiant it looks. They maximize their skincare so that make up doesn’t have to work so hard! One key step in pursuing healthy skin is cleansing. Asian women never go to bed with make up on and neither should you. Cleansing your skin should be your number one priority. Ideally, you should clean your face day and night using a gentle cleanser. Shiseido’s famous Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam produces a satisfying lather but also contains moisturizing ingredients that do not strip the skin of its natural oils. It is the perfect daily cleanser to incorporate into your skincare routine and lasts such a long time.

Shiseido – Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam

2. Asian beauty is all about prevention rather than treatment of skincare problems. In the West, we search for products that will help us deal with existing skincare issues like wrinkles, sun spots, or acne and we are late to do so. In Asian countries, people start taking care of their skin very early and build an exhaustive skincare regimen by the time they reach their 30s. We are talking 10-step skincare routines here people (more on that in another post)! The most essential weapon in their arsenal against skin aging is sunscreen. Although we love the sun here in Cyprus, it has harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause premature skin aging among other more serious conditions. It is important that you incorporate a good sunscreen in your daily skincare routine to avoid dealing with wrinkles and sun spots later in life. Preferably, choose a sunscreen with SPF30 and above, which protects against 97% of the sun’s rays. Kao’s Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is the best-selling sunscreen from Japan, loved by beauty bloggers everywhere, but not easily available in the West. We love it here at Kawaii Beautyland and we want you to have the chance to try it!

Kao – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++++

3. Japanese and Korean brands invest money in researching innovative ingredients that we have never even heard of. A prime example is the use of snail mucin. Yes, you read that right. That is snail slime, or snail secretion filtrate as it is called in the Asian beauty industry. The use of this strange ingredient has its roots in Ancient Greece. Snail secretion filtrate contains a number of helpful components such as allantoin, elastin, collagen, glycolic and hyaluronic acid, all beneficial to the skin. This ingredient undergoes thorough sterilization and processing before it is put into skincare, so don’t worry about applying raw snail mucin on your face! Products containing this miraculous ingredient help skin retain its moisture and plumpness. Why not give it a try?

SCINIC – Snail Matrix Eye Cream

4. Make up in Asia is used as a way to enhance one’s natural beauty rather than cover imperfections. It is not about heavy foundation or an overdrawn eyebrow. The Asian skincare industry coined the terms BB, CC, and EE cream as another way of saying light/natural coverage or “your skin but better”. Asian women prefer their skin to be radiant and glowy not matte. The humidity is Asian countries means that what they use as a base needs to be able to control oil and sebum, maintain the skin’s moisture, while also providing a healthy glow! Bonus if it has SPF properties too! Tough job but not at all impossible. Couple that with a nice flick on the eyes using a long lasting eyeliner and a touch of “kawaii” lips and you are good to go.

Holika Holika – Holi Pop BB Cream SPF30 PA++

Etude House – Oh M’Eye Line

Peripera – Ink The Velvet

5. Finally, other than perfect skin and natural make up, Asian beauty is all about baby soft hair. Have you seen how shiny Asian women’s hair is? Enter tsubaki or Japanese camellia oil. This oil is a rich source of Palmitic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids and it’s full of anti-oxidants. It can be used all over the face and body but its benefits for hair are noteworthy. Japanese women apply tsubaki oil after washing their hair as a leave-in moisturizer and as a deep treatment mask once a week. We fell in love with KUROBARA’s Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil‘s many uses. Plus, it is organic!

KUROBARA – Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil

Well, we hope that we have made our case for incorporating Asian beauty into your life. The amazing benefits, the innovative and effective ingredients and the research to back them, plus cute packaging and affordable prices is what we love most about Asian beauty. Go ahead and try it yourself and join our Asian beauty fun club!