10 Hair Commandments Of Every Beauty Addict | Clozette

Do you differentiate your days according to good hair days and bad hair days? You’re not alone. While the sad news is that it takes more than just a shampoo and blow dry to maintain great hair, the good news is: maintaining healthy, beautiful hair is not as difficult as you think. 

All you need is dedication and just a few uncomplicated tweaks to your daily lifestyle and you’re on your way to a good hair day, every day. Think you’re a beauty addict and you know all 10 commandments of bouncy, shiny, hair commercial-ready hair? Keep reading to find out!

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Eat all the right foods



It’s true: staying healthy on the inside reflects on the outside, so tank up on foods rich in hair lovin’ nutrients and half the battle is won. Hair is made up of protein after all. In order to enhance growth and strength, consume foods that are packed with iron, zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids, such as lean meat, chicken and fish.

Skip the hot shower

High temperatures can dry out your tresses, flattening hair and leaving you with limp, dull-looking locks. Instead of a hot shower, opt for warm water (or better yet, cool water) instead. It helps to lock in nutrients into each strand more effectively. 
Get a good protective treatment



For hair that speaks volume, length and shine in all literal sense, you must own a good protective hair treatment – whether it is a conditioner, detangling treatment, or a heat styling protector. Make sure you’re well equipped with these products on hand, or better yet, get all three benefits in a one beauty essential.

Formulated with Pantene’s exclusive Pro-V Complex and an enhanced cationic polymer with up to 80% more key conditioning ingredients, the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner is touted to smoothen three months of damage in an astonishing three minutes! This conditioning ace not only repairs hair damage from deep within to restore healthier-looking hair; it also works to minimise protein loss to prevent further damage in the long run.

Use this three-in-one champ as your daily conditioner, mix it with water as a hydrating hair mist, or use it to prime your hair before styling. Sometimes, all you really need is that one good protective treatment.

Know when and where to shampoo

Excessive washing of hair can strip your hair and scalp of necessary natural oils, which can either result in dry hair or oily hair caused by the over-production of oils. Consider shampooing your hair once every two to three days, and shampoo only where needed – your scalp, not the ends.


Invest in a dry shampoo



Can’t stand not washing your hair every day? Embrace a good dry shampoo. It works to reduce oil buildup, adds volume and texture to your hair – giving you an instant style up whenever you need.

Master the art of blow-drying

Knowing the right way to blow dry your hair is a good way to start caring for your strands. Avoid blow-drying your hair when it’s soaking wet after your shower. Instead, let it air dry for 15 minutes prior to blow-drying. Remember to keep the blow dryer at a distance to prevent excessive heat exposure on your hair.

In addition, the nozzle of the blow dryer should be pointing downwards instead of the sides to prevent frizz and static. Lastly, move your hair around as you blow dry. It helps to enhance volume and prevent heat damage on a single spot.


Equip yourself with different brushes



Do you know that different types of brushes have different uses? For instance, you should always use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush when your hair is wet to prevent bristles from the brush to pull and tug at your strands. For a fuller blowout, reach out for a round brush. To section hair and achieve extra volume, use a tail comb and teasing brush respectively. Alternating between these brushes can make a big difference to your crowning glory.

Get regular trims

Yeap – you should get regular trims even when you’re growing out your hair to combat split ends and breakage. Aim for an interval of six to eight weeks for a rough gauge.


Avoid elastics and rubber bands



When it comes to hair accessories, stay away from elastics and rubber bands. The friction caused by these culprits can result in breakage. Instead, try smooth, seamless hair ties that are gentler to your strands.

Sleep on silk and satin

Want silky smooth hair? Forget rough-textured cotton pillow covers – sleeping on silk or satin pillow covers will keep your hair smooth and frizz-free. Known for their delicate textures, silk or satin helps to reduce hair breakage and frizz, one of the most effortless ways to ensure you wake up to a good hair day.


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Wouldn't it be nice to have gloriously clear skin? Alas, not all of us are lucky. Some of us have pimples as our biggest enemy, while others see wrinkles as foes. And for some, the bane is having enlarged pores. Sometimes you get so frustrated you literally ask yourself why these problems exist. For noticeable pores, there are myriad reasons. And here are just a few of them.


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Genetics


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As unfortunate as it may sound, sometimes you're really just born with skin problems. Some people are predisposed or more prone to getting different conditions, including enlarged pores. Ask your mum and dad how their skin fared when they were younger to know what to expect.



Hormones


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Men, in general, tend to have larger pores. But females go through different hormonal changes, like menstruation, which lead to more visible pores.

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Stress


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Remember what they say about aging faster when you're stressed? To an extent, that's true. Our lifestyle affects our health. In the case of the skin, stress triggers the secretion of male hormones, which promotes — you've guessed it — enlarged pores.


Unhealthy diet


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As much as eating sugary and fatty food is enjoyable, its effect on the skin is not really pleasant.



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Aging


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As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity. This, in addition to sun damage, makes pores look more visible. The skin thickens, making the edges of pores become more noticeable.


There's no need to worry, though, if you ticked off all the factors above. Yes, there's still hope! There are quite a few things you can do to make your pores look less noticeable.


Aside from a lifestyle changestart saying goodbye to soda and make working out a priorityyou can also promote better skin health by using products that target your problems, like the new Pore Perfection range from Pink Beauty.



It's made especially to target all your pore-related problems. It promises to cleanse deeply, regulate sebum production, minimize the appearance of pores, tighten open pores, hydrate the skin, and refine your skin's texture. The entire line contains a combination of Pink Clay, Jeju Volcanic Ash, Jeju carbonated thermal water and natural Pink Flower Complex that promises to give you clear, smooth skin.  


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The Pore Perfection range from Pink by Pure Beauty is now available at all Watsons branches in Malaysia.


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Let’s be real: whether you’re a beginner in makeup or a full-fledged beauty addict or a makeup artist, drugstore makeup is something you will always love. These affordable brands prove that makeup can be cheap but still have amazing quality. Case in point: when an item from the drugstore is similar to, or an exact replica of, a well-loved high-end beauty product of yours, it feels like you’ve hit a goldmine, right?

Finding drugstore dupes for your favourite luxury purchases isn't only easy on your wallet and bank account but, because you'll be saving money, it also means you'll have more chances to buy makeup — which is a win-win situation, if you ask us. 

So if you’re looking to save more than splurge this year, or want more affordable options for your travel makeup kit, ahead we have the best drugstore dupes for eight of your favourite high-end beauty products.

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Product: Benefit Gimme Brow
Dupe: Essence Make Me Brow



If you were to change the packaging of Essence’s Make Me Brow to silver, it would immediately turn into Benefit’s Gimme Brow, from the brush to the tones of the shades. The main difference between the two? Essence’s version has more of a liquid texture, while Benefit’s is mousse-like, ensuring that your brows stay in place longer. But seriously, even with the price gap between the two, you’ll hardly notice a difference.

Product: NARS Audacious Lipstick in "Anna"
Dupe: Colourpop Lippie Stix in "Lumiere"



Everyone went crazy over Anna when the NARS Audacious Lipsticks first came out. But at a whopping USD32 per lippie, it’s no wonder everyone started searching for a dupe. Luckily, Colourpop released Lumiere (in collaboration with KathleenLights) — a perfect dupe for the coveted Anna. Both have that same mauve colour, are long-wearing, and won’t dry out your lips.

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Product: Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil
Dupe: L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush



Yes, Lancôme has more blush shades than L’Oreal, but if you’re just starting to get into the cushion blush game, L’Oreal’s version is the best one to buy. Why? Just like its French counterpart, the Magique Cushion Glow Blush is also long-wearing, pigmented, and has a glowy finish. So we suggest you save yourself a ton of moolah and get the more affordable version.

Product: beautyblender
Dupe: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge



Ever since the beautyblender came out and dominated the makeup bags of people everywhere, dozens of brands have tried to match its soft, fluffy texture and ability to blend all types of liquid products. But the only one successful was Real Techniques. It works just as well, but it’s also equipped with a flat side, so if you want a higher coverage from your product, you can easily do that using their sponge.


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Product: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Dupe: Maybelline 24Hr Color Tattoo



Maybelline Color Tattoos may crease just a tad bit faster than MAC’s Paint Pots, but rest assured, all your favourite Paint Pot shades have a near-perfect dupe in Maybelline’s line. And they’re just as creamy and pigmented as the original one, so now you can buy more shades.

Product: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter
Dupe: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer



No need to spend a ton of cash to get that radiant glow because Revlon’s Perfecting Primer is the exact same thing as BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter. Both blur imperfections and act as an instant filter. However, just use a light hand when using Revlon’s Perfecting Primer as it has chunkier glitter particles unlike BECCA's fine ones. 


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Product: Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Dupe: Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner



This cult-fave eyeliner just got duped by another famous product: Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner. While Stila has a felt tip and Maybelline is equipped with a brush tip, both contain jet black and waterproof formulas that are easy to use. However, Maybelline’s finish is glossier than Stila’s, so at the end of the day, it's all down to your preferences.

Product: NARS Orgasm Blush
Dupe: Sleek Rose Gold Blush



Just about everyone loves NARS Orgasm and it’s easy to understand why. Its peachy-pink colour and gold shimmers make a universally flattering flush shade. But when you want to pinch a few pennies, you can opt for Sleek’s Rose Gold Blush. It’s the exact same tone as Orgasm, but it just has chunkier shimmer particles, making it extra glowy. So if you’re not ready to give up a lot of money for Orgasm, Rose Gold is the one for you.

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