DIY: Avocado, Olive Oil and Banana Hair Mask

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Would you say that it’s difficult to find a hair mask that really works?

I’ve tried a bunch of different brands but when it comes down to a hair mask that will 100% treat your scalp and hair shafts, this avocado, olive oil, and banana hair mask wins.

Watch my easy masking routine to ensure to maintain the health of my hair and retain length:

 

To make this hair mask, you’ll need:

1 Ripe avocado

1 Large banana

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Method:

Mash or blend the ingredients together and apply.

I’m not joking. It’s that easy.

Why is this a great hair mask?

There are many great benefits of avocado  – one is that it’s rich in good fats that moisturise your hair. It’s  also well absorbed by the hair shafts and scalp.

Bananas are packed with potassium – great for improving the natural elasticity of your hair and preventing breakage.

Olive oil – one of my favourites – not only acts as a hydrator but as a shield to lock in any moisture that the hair already has.

When is the best time to mask?

Whenever you feel that your hair is dull or dry and needs a boost. I recommend masking twice a month for type 3 – 4 hair, and once a month for type 1 – 2 hair.

More about hair types, here.

Should my hair be wet or dry?

When applying a mask that contains oils, it’s best to apply it to dry hair. Since water repels oil, it will prevent the product from seeping into your hair follicles effectively.

If you’re applying a water-based mask, it will be effective on damp hair.

How long should I keep the hair mask on for?

As long as it takes. I’m kidding.

Your only side effect of leaving this organic hair mask on for too long would be carrying a fruity scent for lack of a proper rinse.

If I’m pressed for time, 30 minutes will do but I like applying the mask in the evening and rinsing it, the next morning – gives me the best results.

Make sure that your hair is completely covered if you decide to go my route so that you don’t get the mask all over your pillows.

But does it really work?

I love knowing what I’m putting on and into my body. It’s important to learn the ingredients list of your favourite products so that you know what works for you and which ingredients you should avoid.

Products that seem like great quality treatments are often packed with poisonous components that do our bodies more harm than good.

I’ve become a serious DIYer and a regular reader of ingredients list just to stay on top of what I’m feeding my body.

Your body is your temple. Yes. Yawn. You’ve heard that cliche phrase a hundred times before. But just imagine that your body is your car and in order for you to drive, you have to refuel once a week. There’s no way that you’re throwing alcohol and bubble bath into your tank, is there? You’ve paid a lot for that car and you need it to work.

Well, you only have one body for your entire life. You can’t trade it in. 

I really love this hair mask. Try it and comment below if you have a mask recipe that you’d like to share with the tribe 🙂

REVIEW: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Braid Refresher

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There’s a new addition to Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Range.

Formulated with Jojoba Oil and Peppermint oil, this new wash-free braid refresher promises to condition your hair and scalp while eliminating unpleasant smells.

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What my twist braids look like

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It sure does.

I sprayed the product throughout my hair, making sure that not a spot on my scalp was missing out.

I noticed that the spray has an oily residue that started to drip down my neck, which is likely due to the jojoba and peppermint oil included.

Be careful not to spray a lot of this product, even if you feel that your scalp is quite dry as this can cause a build-up of oil on your scalp.

My braids smelled great and looked hydrated but by the end of the day, my scalp was itchy and felt as though I needed a wash because I had probably applied too much product.

This product is perfect to spritz on your locs if you’re heading out and want to feel fresh.

It’s free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum and of course includes fragrance – the ingredients of the fragrance isn’t specified.

Remember that the spray hydrates and adds a fresh scent to your hair but it doesn’t clean your scalp so be sure to still cleanse your scalp while using this product.

Jojoba and peppermint oils are both comedogenic, which means that it can be easily absorbed by your hair follicles but if you haven’t washed your hair in a while, bear in mind that the oils may not be able to reach your hair if you have already applied other products or if your hair is dirty.

How long do you normally keep your braids?

Let me know in the comment section below.

I like to keep my hair braided for about 4 to 6 weeks depending on how neat they look and/or whether I think it’s time for my afro to make an appearance.

One thing I really love about having braids – if they’re done properly, is that I can just get up and go, there’s not a lot of fuss to apply products, or waiting for my hair to dry.

But one thing that I have noticed about wearing braids over the years is that it can get really itchy if the braids are tight, and can begin to give off a not-so-great odour if you haven’t washed your hair in a really long time.

I still wash my hair because I’m so used to wetting my hair when I hop into the shower. I shampoo my hair using the Stylin’ Dredz Spray Shampoo (available at Clicks) and only focus on cleansing my scalp since the rinse will wash the shampoo down my braids.

Why it’s a bad idea to wash your hair without a spray applicator when you have braids:

1. Your hair strands become fragile when wet and are more prone to breakage.

If you’re wearing heavy braids and wet your hair, chances are that you’re going to be left with lots of broken-off strands of hair once you remove the braids, especially with rigorous movements.

2. You strip your hair of moisture without replenishing.

It’s pretty hard to moisturise your braided hair if you’re not using a spray applicator so try to make sure that whenever your hair is losing moisture, that you replenish it by spraying your favourite hydration product.

Giveaway! Capture your 2018 moments with a Nikon Coolpix camera

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Stand a chance to win this cool Nikon CoolPix camera by subscribing to Be Whole.

You have a whole year ahead of you.

No matter what, it’s going to be an adventure.

There will be moments so beautiful that you’d wished you’d had a cool camera to capture the moment to look back on it.

One lucky reader will.

Subscribe to join the tribe below for your chance to win:

*Giveaway closed! * Congratulations Tarryn-lee Veldsman

What’s cool about the Nikon Coolpix?

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It’s super lightweight.

Its 20-megapixel camera is great for taking those spur-of-the-moment pics or videos. You could pop it into your bag or carry it in your pocket with ease if you’re heading to a concert.

The pics are high-resolution. There’s nothing worse than having an awesome night and taking lots of pics, only to find that most of them are blurry and the only clear photo didn’t capture your good side. You don’t have to worry about blurry pics with the Nikon Coolpix’s auto-detect feature. The camera will focus on your intended subjects automatically to make sure that your snaps are clear.

It also has a tripod portal so that you can connect your selfie stick to make sure that you’ve got the best angle.

Zoom for days. The optical zoom feature lets you zoom in on objects a good distance away and snap them at a high resolution. No grainy pics unless that’s the look you’re going for.

How many pics can you take?

As many as you’d like. Similar to most digital cameras, the Nikon Coolpix has a memory card slot for you to decide how much storage space you need. While the camera itself doesn’t come with a memory card, once you have your own memory card, sharing photos and videos is made easy by simply inserting the card into your pc.

Increase your chance of winning by letting me know why you want to win in the comment section below:

NOTE:

  • This competition is valid for South African entrants only.
  • Only one entry per person will be allowed.
  • The winner will be announced on this post on 6 February 2018 and contacted via the email address provided.

GIVEAWAY! Win a night for TWO at Dolphin Beach Hotel

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Do you need a break? Everyone should get to take a little break away from their routine once in a while and spend it in nature.

Relaxation does wonders for the body and mind and can literally add years to your life if you get enough rest. But not all of us can take an overseas holiday or even a full weekend break at that.

This is why I love coming to Dolphin Beach Hotel in Blouberg. It’s not far from the city but far enough from the bustle to offer complete serenity.

Wake up to the scent of the ocean, scroll through the perfectly manicured gardens, pop over to Blowfish Restaurant for a breakfast, dinner or sushi, and best of all, walk out onto the beachfront, mere steps from the hotel.

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Sometimes the most beautiful adventures are lurking right under your nose. You don’t need to be long-flights away from home to feel a little free. That’s the beauty of it.

I remember my first night at Dolphin Beach so vividly. I could smell the sea breeze from behind the thick drawn curtains that darkened my room so much that not a peep of light could disturb my sleep.

Strangely, I could hear the soothing sound of the waves breaking against the shore but no sound from the hotel’s side – not even from staff or guests passing by my room.

You’ll never know how refreshing a short break can be until you check-in and experience it yourself. This is your chance to enjoy the downtime you deserve. 

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When’s the best time to stay?

A seaside stay, even in winter, is an awesome experience. Winters at Dolphin Beach are rainy and windy but still quite scenic. It’s the kind of place you could go to write a book. It holds a warm atmosphere right from the entrance regardless of the weather.

Summer stays are of course the best for hopping out of bed and walking to the beach after breakfast.

What are the rates like?

The style of the hotel is really nautical and cosy. It’s a white-linen pants and sandals destination rather than a suits’ hub, even though checking-in on a business trip would make your time in the Mother City all the more memorable.

You can view the pricing and availability on the hotel’s website, here.

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Why should you win this prize? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below 🙂

Terms and Conditions: 

*Entries open to South Africans only.

You must have a valid driver’s license or ID for the chance to win.

One winner will be notified via email on 8 December 2017.

The prize, one night’s stay for two will be valid to the winner for one year from the announcement date.

Only the original winner can redeem the prize unless an alternative has been arranged with the hotel manager.

The winner must arrange a suitable stay-date according to the availability dates provided by the hotel.

This prize excludes any amenities not mentioned in this blog post.

 

Guy VS Girl natural hair tag with Malik Einero

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Highly Requested!

Thank you so much to all of you who requested to see this video via my Instagram poll.

When I’d first met, model, Malik Einero, I’d had so many questions about how he maintains his hair and vice versa. I thought that it would be cool for us to share a bit of that conversation and most of you agreed.

Click on the play button below to watch the video:


We answered some of our most frequently asked questions and this video was originally inspired by the Youtuber, Shanel Inspired.

These questions include the worst and best products we’ve used, our go-to hairstyles, hair goals, routines, and some throwback pics of our earliest hair-journey memories.

It’s so refreshing to see a guy who’s embracing a natural hair journey too, as well as to see the differences and similarities that guys face with their hair.

Let me know if you enjoyed this video by posting a comment below and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them directly at robyn@bewhole.co.za

Rob x

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Review: Buuya Hair and Body Butter

Woah, this product smells amazing.

It actually began melting between my fingers before spreading it all over my arms this evening. We’ve had a good couple of hot days in Cape Town this October, so the heat from my fingertips easily liquified the ingredients.

Have you used Buuya before? Let me know in the comment section below. 

I’m a sucker for beautifully fragranced products. This reminds me of those expensive scented candles that people keep in their bathrooms but never use. It’s likely the rich vanilla essential oil and shea butter that you’ll get a whiff of first.

Shea butter is my go-to for full-body hydration from hair to face and body, so I was eager to try Buuya’s blend of African and tropical butters.

Texture and packaging:

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The butter comes in a 125 ml resealable hard plastic container. The packaging is quite earthy and neutral-looking which would suit the bathroom setting at a luxury nature reserve.

The ingredients are said to be whipped into its rich, buttery texture, which explains why it melted so easily onto my skin as I applied it.

Experience as a styling cream: 

First of all: don’t use a lot. I’d read the direction on the container before using the product and was expecting a much creamier texture to style my hair. I’ve tried twisting my hair using unrefined shea butter before and my hair literally frizzed within an hour of untying the twists. I really had no expectations for this butter.

My hair was freshly washed – damp – and had absolutely no other products on it before applying the butter. And with only one product applied after twisting, my hair dried quite quickly and was 90% dry when I woke up the next morning.

Tip: Your twists should be completely dry before untying them otherwise your hair will frizz. Click here to watch my twist out video tutorial. 

Pro:

Once I untied my hair, I did have a bit of frizz but I was really impressed with how shiny and defined my twists looked, especially since achieving a defined style with a butter is extremely difficult with my hair type (3c/ 4a). The twist out lasted me three days with the help of my sleep cap.

Con:

I used about a R5 coin size amount on each half of my hair, which is a lot for a butter but a little for a styling product (on my hair).

At the touch of my hair, I could still feel an oily residue on my hands by day 3. This was of course because I’d used too much product, but also because one of the ingredients, likely the coconut oil, wasn’t being absorbed by my hair follicles. I’d recommend using an almond size amount on each half of your hair if you have type 3 or 4 hair, and much less for type 2 hair.

Experience as a body product:

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I definitely wouldn’t need to wear any perfume when using this butter on my skin. `Since it blends some of my favourite natural ingredients to use on my body, I liberally applied it from my hands to my feet. It’s rich but doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and a little goes a long way.

I’d recommend using this as a body butter in the evening, after a shower, since the use of oils as a daytime moisturiser can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

What’s in it:

Unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, olive fruit oil, Mongongo seed oil, Mafura seed butter, vanilla essential oil blend, and pure vitamin E oil.

Price Range: 

With the caliber of ingredients in this butter, I’d say that it’s a massive bargain for R125. A tub of each ingredient on its own would cost much more.

Buuya offers a variety of other hair and body products, which you can find on their website via this link.

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Save on natural haircare products at Clicks

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Hey hun!

Clicks is running a massive promotion on beauty products until 11 October 2017. If you buy three beauty products in the same range, you get the cheapest one free.

Yaaaas?

All the haircare brands that were at #ClicksCurls is on sale.

(Fetch me a basket).

You can even buy the products online and just collect them in-store when you have a minute.

(Girl, are you serious?)

Let’s just say that it’s been a beautiful morning. The doorbell rang with a heavy press drop and it brightened my day.

Here’s what I received:

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A box filled with haircare products that I’ve never reviewed. And all of them smell really good. Plus: SALE. A four-letter word that lights up my eyes.

There, in the box, among the haircare products, I find a Clicks Beauty Mag, listing all the products that are on sale at the moment. Brands like Tresemme Botanique, Shea Moisture, Auntie Jackie’s, Dark and Lovely, Cantu, Twisted Sista, Design Essentials, My Natural Hair, Hask – and so many more are available for less that you’d normally pay –  at the beauty fair.

I love a good sale. And I was even more impressed that I could skip the queue to buy my favourites online and collect them when I have time – without missing the discount.

There’s more:

It’s not just haircare products that are on sale.

(Wow, she cares about other things too.)

Skincare, make-up, body products – even the Sorbet facial cleansing brush that I’ve been raving about since I bought it last year, is on sale right now.

If you’re a Clubcard member, you get 10% extra off colour cosmetics like those Revlon ColourStay lipsticks that’s perfectly matte but doesn’t feel dry at all.

Here’s the online catalog: 3 for 2

You can also stand a chance to win a Spring beauty box worth R 5000. Simply head to Instagram and search the hashtag: #Clicksbeautyfair for more details on how to enter.

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