How to tame you curly, frizzy hair Do you ever wake up with a flashing, worrisome thought? Like “Can I get away with my hair today, or has it turned into a frizz ball?” For those of you with hair that likes to twist, frizz, tangle, wave and bend; you know exactly what I’m talking about. Drying Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to put a dryer anywhere near your hair. You will end up looking like a lion, and not in a good way. Letting it dry naturally is always best, even if it takes hours. Ideally, don’t sleep on it while it’s damp. Detangle Use a Detangler like the Motley Crew Untangle my Tangle, and use your hand to scrunch up those strands of hair that are threatening to straighten or hang limp. Keep repeating this till it holds itself. This is best done while your hair is wet. Styling We all know that not all curls hold the way we would like them to and this is where you can cheat at little. Try using a small bit of the Motley Crew Strong Hold Hair Gel. Simply rub into your fingers and then scrunch the curls some more. Often treated or dyed hair tends to lose it’s natural bounce, so the gel helps it stay in place again. Loose ends If all else fails, take out the curling wand and fix up any strands of hair that didn’t follow the rest of your locks. Benefits of letting go The benefit of letting your hair go its natural, kinky way is you don’t have to keep fixing it throughout the week. In fact, often curls look their best on day three or four after washing. To keep it neat for the day ahead, I brush out any ratty ends, keeping my brush away from the root and mid-lengths. Natural is healthier Lastly, in a perfect world, avoiding hair dye and heat will do wonders to your curls. Protein treatments can also strengthen your hair and help keep the overall condition and shine. Curly hair isn’t built the same as its straighter counterpart. It is much weaker, and therefore needs to be taken care of. Make sure you condition it after every wash. We recommend the Motley Crew Head Rush Conditioner, which contains aloe vera and shea butter to keep it smooth and silky. Lastly, don’t forget to rock your curls!
How COVID-19 will change your life As lockdown lifts and social distancing eases, there will be a new “normal”. Some of the changes we’ve made and behaviours we’ve adopted will stay. Some aspects of life will have changed forever - and that change may even embrace improved and healthier ways of life. Here are some of the areas where the world might have changed for good. Hand Hygiene Hand washing, which proved to be the most effective defence against the spread of disease, is likely to become second nature and remain a frequent daily habit. Meanwhile, handshakes might well be gone forever! Expect more contactless interaction in all areas of life, for instance, tapping your credit card, or swiping your own gym access card in a scanner instead of handing it over to a person. Hand Sanitisers will also become a constant part of our lives, featuring in our bathrooms and handbags. We’ve got a great Hand Sanitiser in 250ml, for your hand-or-school bag and 500ml for your office or home. Home is the New Office The lockdown has been a huge experiment in working from home. It’s likely that this will be a more widely accepted phenomenon as companies have seen that people can meet work expectations without spending five days a week in an office - and that there are huge savings to be made in terms of travel time and cost, and office space rental. And now we’ve wrangled the technology and protocol for online meetings and the like, they are likely to play a bigger role in our lives. Online Shopping More people will have tried and tested online shopping during lockdown and found it to be a reliable, convenient and less risky alternative to going to the supermarket or the mall. For your convenience, Motley Crew products are sold at Clicks online, www.clicks.co.za as well as directly on our site at www.motleycrew.co.za. New Exercise Regimes With the gyms, pools and parks closed, we’ve tried all sorts of different ways to keep fit, from online yoga to YouTube pilates to health and fitness apps, in group classes and with individual trainers, alone or with family members. If exercise was on the backburner for some before, the lockdown might have created the opportunity to make time for it and underlined its importance. Regular exercisers have been forced to experiment with new sports or workouts and some of them will stick. Wholesome Hobbies Facebook and Instagram have been awash with homemade sourdough loaves, and bread-baking has been so popular that at times flour was hard to come by. It’s not just that baked goods are delicious to eat - there’s something calming about this and other useful, non-digital hobbies like gardening, knitting and crafting that appealed in this stressful time. With outside help unavailable and fewer distractions, people will have done more house and garden maintenance, more cooking and cleaning, more reading and music making. Having rediscovered old skills and talents, some will maintain them even as isolation eases. Education will be Transformed The pandemic has changed how millions of people around the world were being educated, as attendance at schools and universities was suspended and learning moved rapidly online. Outside of formal education, regular folks have used their downtime to learn anything from a new language, to computer coding to meditation. The lessons learnt in this rapid adoption of online learning will be useful in designing innovative educational solutions that operate online, or that rely on a blend of online and in-person teaching and learning. Together and Apart We’ve felt the pain of being separated from friends and loved ones, and the joy of spending time with our closest family. We will appreciate even more intensely the value of our relationships, and recognise that building connections takes commitment and time. Our Zoom or House party get togethers with people far away (and even not so far) may well continue. Moving Forward We are going through a period of change and crisis. In the coming months, as lockdown and social distancing eases, we will find ourselves in a different world - perhaps one that has changed for the better in some ways. Motley Crew products are sold in selected Clicks store nationwide or online at www.clicks.co.za or at www.motleycrew.co.za
Are all hand sanitisers equal? We think not! By now we all know that the best and most recommended way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria is to wash your hands. But in instances where you might not be near a bathroom or just want extra protection, hand sanitisers are the next best thing (or best additional thing) — especially as we're all trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When it comes to hand sanitiser, there are two types of people: Some of us have kept a little bottle in our bag for a decade, while others only associate it with hospitals and doctors. Either way, there are millions of hand sanitisers available on the shelves now – ranging from R30 for 250mls, right through to R175 for 250ml’s. Are some brands ripping you off or is there actually a difference in the product? The first thing you need to look out for is that it contains at least 60% alcohol in it! Look for one of these three active ingredients on the label: ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. Those ingredients all indicate that the formula contains alcohol and so, you know, you’ll be covered. Other active ingredients, may allow the manufacturer to sell you a cheaper product but may be ineffective. Alcohol-free sanitisers (which are advertised for those with eczema) rely on other ingredients and are not effective in killing the type of germs that can cause norovirus and coronavirus. Beyond the alcohol levels, there’s not much to it really. Some will be fragranced, some will come in nice packaging and some will be produced by small, local companies – all, which will have an additional cost to the sanitiser. At the end of the day, which one you choose to use is your choice – as long as you are using one! Motley Crew Hive Five Hand Sanitisers come in a handy 250ml bottle (R79.99), which is perfect for the hand or school bag and a value size 500ml bottle (R119.99), which is perfect for home use. Find us at Clicks store or purchase directly from us here.
Be Wise, Sanitise! With all that’s going on with the Corona Virus right now, people have gone made buying hand sanitisers! In fact, you will be lucky to find one in the shops right now! So, why does everyone want one? Well, hand sanitisers were developed for use after washing hands or for those times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most viruses. Benefits Hand sanitisers are convenient, portable, easy to use and not time consuming. Several studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal (stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use hand sanitisers. Commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness. Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing. Studies show that adding hand sanitizers to classrooms can reduce student absenteeism due to illness by 20 per cent. What's more, many kids think instant hand sanitizers are fun to use. Limitations Not all hand sanitisers are created equally. Check the bottle for active ingredients. The alcohol content may be in the form of ethyl alcohol, ethanol or isopropanol. All of those are acceptable forms of alcohol. Be certain that no matter which type of alcohol is listed, its concentration is between 60 and 95 per cent. Alcohol content of less than 60 per cent isn't enough to be effective. Alcohol does not cut through grime. All dirt, blood and soil must be wiped or washed away first if the alcohol in the sanitiser is to be effective. In such cases, hand-washing with soap and water is advised. Hand sanitisers are not cleaning agents and are not meant as a replacement for soap and water, but as a complementary habit. Sanitisers are most effective when used in conjunction with diligent hand-washing. The use of hand sanitisers is a habit that can help keep us all exposed to fewer germs, and therefore may decrease our chance of illness. Whether you are on the playground, using someone else's computer or visiting a friend in the hospital, take the time to rub some on your hands.
5 Tips when buying hair gel for your kid If your child has hit 9 (especially the boys), you’ll be getting nagged for some hair gel to start looking cool! If your daughter dances, then you’ll already be an old hat at sweeping it all back into a tight, neat looking bun. Either way, there are a few things to consider when buying hair gel. 1. HAIR TYPE What type of hair you have is an important consideration before buying any styling product. Whether you have curly, thin, coarse, fine, or thick hair, choose a gel that’s appropriate to that type. 2. HAIR STYLE It’s also important to choose a gel that works for your hairstyle. A dancer, getting ready to perform will be looking for a strong hold gel, whereas many of the boys prefer the tousled, “messy” look that only requires a light- hold gel? (plus they can get away with it in school!) 3. HOLD A product’s hold refers to its strength for keeping your hair in place. A gel with a stronger hold will “set” your style in place, so you probably won’t have to restyle it during the day when a few hairs go out of place. A weaker hold means that you can restyle it (and works well for many “natural” hairstyles). Meanwhile, a medium hold indicates that you can do some midday styling, but nothing too complicated. 4. SHINE Shine means just that, i.e., how shiny your hair is after you’ve applied gel to it. The higher the shine, the more slicked-back your hair will look. Many hair gel brands have a high shine, as do traditional pomades and waxes. Again, it all depends on the look that you’re trying to achieve. 5. INGREDIENTS A hair gel’s list of ingredients varies from brand to brand, but keep in mind that many of them contain alcohol. While alcohol often gets a bad rap, it also has some benefits for hair – including that it works as an anti-bacterial agent. Another type of alcohol – fatty alcohol – isn’t an astringent but instead helps to retain moisture on the surface of your skin. Plus, they’ll improve your hair’s overall smoothness. Many gels are water soluble, which makes them easy to wash out of your hair, and some contain antioxidants. Paraben free is also a good one to look out for.
Is it time for your child to start wearing deodorant? You may want to keep your child a baby forever, but kids grow up fast. In the blink of an eye, they’re starting kindergarten, learning how to ride a bike, and before you know it, they’re going through puberty. Kids start puberty at different ages, with many girls beginning between the ages of 9 and 13 and many boys between 10 and 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source. Puberty causes undeniable physical changes in your child, one of them being a distinct odour coming from your child. Just about every parent expects their child to start wearing deodorant by their teenage years. But some children develop body odor at a much younger age. It’s not uncommon for a parent or child to start thinking about deodorant as early as 8, 9, or 10 years old. You may feel your child is too young for deodorant. But the truth is, there’s no specific age for a child to start wearing deodorant. Each parent and child have to make a decision together based on what they feel is best. Deodorant vs. antiperspirant Some people use these terms interchangeably, or feel that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing. But there are clear differences between the two. An antiperspirant is a product that stops perspiration, and a deodorant is a product that eliminates odour caused by sweat. Since sweat is usually the underlying cause of body odour, you may look for products that only control perspiration. Although an antiperspirant can be effective, some people are concerned about potentially harmful side effects of these products. Side effects of antiperspirants If you check the label of antiperspirants in your bathroom or on a retail shelf, you’ll find brands containing the ingredients aluminum chloride or aluminum zirconium. These ingredients work like a plug by constricting and stopping up sweat glands. If applied daily, your child may stop sweating completely or only sweat a small amount. While aluminum-based antiperspirants are effective against sweat, it’s been suggested that aluminum and other ingredients founds in antiperspirants (parabens and propylene glycol) might be linked to an increased risk of some medical problems. If you’re concerned about these ingredients, you can skip the antiperspirant and choose a gentle deodorant for your child or tween. If you need a product to mask your child’s body odour, and you prefer a product that doesn’t contain parabens, or other similar ingredients, then you might want to try the range of Motley Crew Roll-on Deodorants. They are PH balanced, paraben free and endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, plus they come in some amazing scents. Motley Crew deodorants can be found at selective Clicks doors nation-wide or bought online at www.clicks.co.za *support local Benefits: pH Balanced Beauty without Cruelty Paraben Free Recyclable Packaging
Should my 9 year old be wearing a face cream? We all struggle with the question, of when it is appropriate for our kids to start using face products? Some people will tell you that using a face wash or face cream, will bring on acne (which of course is untrue). Some will say that they don’t need anything till their early twenties. And others, recommend that you only start, when there is an issue to address, like acne, eczema or rosacea. Obviously the decision is yours as the parent and every child’s skin is different. Dermatologists do agree though, that cleansing regularly is a habit you can’t start early enough. The next is wearing a light moisturizer. Good skincare habits start young and should be encouraged from at least 9yrs on. What should you look out for in a face cream for this age? It has to be gentle. This means no harsh ingredients and preferably fragrance free. Active ingredients are not necessary. At this age, they don’t need oil control, anti-ageing, blemish control or cellular renewal. These will all be too harsh and irritate their delicate skin. They should contain something to hydrate and soothe the skin. Shea butter and Aloe Vera are both natural ingredients that do this well. The cream should be PH Balanced and paraben free It is also best to use a high SPF sunscreen separately, as creams that usually contain an SPF, don’t go a high as 50 SPF. It is only necessary to cream the face once a day, either after cleansing in the morning or evening, however it won’t be harmful to do both. Children with a specific skin condition or ultra-sensitive skin, that react to many products, should seek the advice of a dermatologist first.
Why your Tween should be washing her/his face? We all make our kids wear sunscreen right? But how many of us check that they are washing it off afterwards? What about when they have been playing sport and are all sweaty? Here are 5 good reasons, why kids should wash their face every morning and evening: Clear the dirt Washing your face removes dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. During the day, your skin builds up bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and dead skin. If you go without washing your face, your skin will continually be covered with dirt and grime, which can lead to blocked pores and blemishes. Regenerate At night your skin gets rid of toxins through the skin, which it struggles to do, if there is a dirty layer on top Hydrate Regular facial cleansing (along with the use of a gentle moisturizer) is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough. Cleansing helps manage PH levels of the skin; enabling sufficient water and product retention. Maintain Clean Skin Tiny glands under the skin produce oil called sebum to protect the skin from the dangers of the outside world. These glands use hair follicles within the skin as a pathway, allowing the oil to reach the skins surface (outer layer) to form a barrier that prevents the penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents. Excessive dirt build up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skins surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne. Regular cleansing is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant, healthy and maintain proper pore size. There is a reason they say “you are never too young to start investing in your skin”!
Just do it and wash it!
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