Could you also share what you do every evening?
I follow the same routine every evening. I wear make-up daily to switch up my look at work, so to remove my make-up, I use Micellar Water by Garnier. I then wash my face with Liquid Black Soap and apply the Ndanaka Rose Water Toner, followed by the Ndanaka Citrus Oil mixed with my Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. If my eyes feel a bit worn out, I apply Blue Seal Vaseline under my eyes, to just wake up looking a bit refreshed.
What advice can you give to maintain healthy skin in summer?
Start a good skincare routine. Make sure you have a morning and evening routine, incorporate weekly DIY facial masks and ALWAYS remove your make up before sleeping. I can’t imagine waking up with pores full of make-up. Water is KING. This is the obvious way to help keep your skin hydrated. It is easy to tell when someone doesn’t drink water because you’ll find creases in their skin (not wrinkles) and that’s the first thing I notice when I know I have not been drinking enough water. The constant in any skincare routine, whether you change products or not, should be suncreen. I love the Dermalogica sunscreen because it is not oily and doesn’t give you that grey ghostly look. I also discovered Oils. I used to think oils would result in an oily and greasy look but I’ve fallen in love with oils. Essential oils like Tea Tree oil for acne or Citrus Oil are amazing for your skin.
How do you maintain healthy hair in summer?
Maintaining natural hair should be added as a national essential service. Natural haircare is very demanding, but, once you get a good routine going, it becomes really easy. I went natural in August 2016, and getting into the groove of things took long, but I finally got my routine. Owning an online store that retails a plethora of hair products also forced me to learn about various oils, ingredients and all the natural hair jargon. My basics are a good shea butter, good moisturiser, a good hair oil/serum, water and good wash day products. Most of the products I use are sulphate and paraben free and are also local.
I prep my hair every evening for the next day. I sleep with my hair in bantu knots. Before knotting it I apply a self-made hair spray and apply a shea butter. I make sure my hair is moist before pulling on it because it lowers damage and hair loss. The knotting just makes styling the next day easier. In the morning I undo the knots and apply a shea butter and good moisturiser to soften my hair. Hair oils and serums are also a constant in my routine. Hairline care is so essential for women who braid and weave. I apply Castor Oil to my front and back hairline nightly.
I do a weekly deep conditioning wash. Wash day takes about two hours but it’s so worth it because it makes my hair manageable for the next week. As with skin, a good haircare routine is essential and if you stick to it you will see good hair results.
What are some of your 2018 beauty resolutions?
My resolution is Back to Basics in all spheres of beauty and actually want to make it Beauty on TApp’s 2018 campaign. I think beauty has become so complicated recently to a point where there is 3D make-up. I really want to use more organic and natural products and want to be more conscious of what I apply on my skin and hair. We’re so conscious of what we put into our bodies but we are not as pedantic about what we apply externally. So I just want to go back to basics and want to stop complicating beauty routines. I’m looking forward to the results.
Are there any 2017 beauty trends you’d love for us to continue in 2018?
Beaded Braids have been my favourite 2017 beauty trend. They’re so beautiful and are just a celebration of black women. We look so beautiful with them and people have been so creative when it comes to beaded cornrows and braids. I’d also love the back-to-natural trend to continue. Beauty has become such a hard hitting way for women to celebrate their ethnicity and make a statement. I hope this is a movement that will continue beyond 2018. Black Women have the Beauty industry shook and I love it!
What are your summer beauty must-haves, across skin-, hair-, nailcare and make-up?
You definitely need a good hydrating face oil and good sunscreen for summer. A good summer glow is a must have throughout summer. Taji Shea Butter is a must have for my hair. I can’t go a day without it for my hair. I do my nails every two weeks at Studio MoMa without fail. I can’t have crusty nails for work so I’ll always make time for my nails. I’m not into summer nail colours, I love nudes, reds and white only. All ladies should carry a good mascara and nice red lipstick. Ruby Woo by MAC is my go-to red lip when all else fails. Cracked lips have never been a good look, so I swear by 8 hour cream by Elizabeth Arden for my lips. Also, all ladies should carry a good hand cream. I love the Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Cream. It is so rich and nourishing and does the job.
What are your Holy Grail beauty products?
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing cream is my Holy Grail product. I can promise that there isn’t a face skin cream out there that does what this cream does. It’s AMAZING. Taji Shea Butter for my hair is a must-have as well and also doubles up as a body butter. Black Soap is also an essential for me. Most facial soaps out there wash out natural oils, but black soap manages to cleanse your face without ridding it of oils.
Do you have a favourite celebrity/ influencer whose beauty looks always make you swoon?
I’m all about local. I swoon more over fashion than I do make-up or hair looks. Melody Molale, Sarah Langa Mackay and Siyanda Bani are fashion goddesses. They do so much with so little and I draw some fashion inspiration from them. I’m not so big on hair and make-up influencers, I do what I can and learn as I go along.
What’s the one thing you think every woman should invest in, from a beauty perspective?
Good skin products. You cannot comprise on your skin. I justify my skin care spend by calculating what the effective monthly spend would be. So if a cream lasts me 5 months and costs R500, your face essentially costs you R100 a month.
Tell us about any plans for Beauty on TApp for 2018
I’m so excited for Beauty on TApp in 2018. In 2017 I noted the need for a more Africa-focused beauty online store. We don’t have that in the market and Beauty on TApp is bringing products from as far as Ghana into the country. Our main goal this year is to get more quality South African and rest of Africa products onto the online store, and to also start a distribution channel into Southern Africa. We get so many enquiries from other African countries, and we need to find a way to get products into these countries. We’re also going to be incorporating lifestyle and home décor onto our online store, which is so exciting, because we’ll be sourcing African made décor and lifestyle products. We’ll also be transforming our mobile App in 2018. This will possibly be the biggest project in 2018, but we look forward to bringing users a better and more interactive app.