My extreme hair loss story

This is a very difficult post to write, but here goes… The story of my extreme hair loss. I’ve always been the one with the hair. ‘Charlene? Oh, the one with the big, bushy curly hair.’ That’s how people have always known me. My hair has always defined me. Even when I hated my hair as a child. I fell in love with my curls when I was about 20 and I have embraced my big hair ever since. God blessed me with a gorgeous head of hair. My hair was always there for me. It may sound silly to some, but no matter whether I was fat or thin, whether my skin was pimply or clear, I always had my hair. Until recently… 2016 is year that I would love to forget. On a few occasions I felt that my worst nightmare was coming true – losing the people closest to me. I thank God that it didn’t happen, but the shock and stress of seeing loved ones ill and in terrible pain took its toll. I bottled up all the hurt and the fear and my body just couldn’t take it. My extreme hair loss story In November 2016 I noticed that I was starting to lose more hair than usual. I wasn’t too worried at that stage, but with every wash the loss started to increase. I didn’t want to talk about it as everyone’s reaction was the same… ‘Charlene, you put your hair through too much’. I was having fun with my hair in 2016. I went from blonde, to denim, to various shades of...

Bring back your summer shine with Pantene

Ah summer holidays. How do I love thee? I don’t necessarily love what you can do to my hair though. Sun, sea and wind can wreak havoc. Thankfully, the Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect collection comes to the rescue. Bring back your summer shine with Pantene The Pro-V Repair and Protect collection is very hydrating. With regular use is prevents cuticle damage which aids in keeping hair’s moisture management barrier intact. This in turn reduces dryness and dullness and leaves hair smooth, soft and shiny. Pantene Pro-V also protects your hair against future damage keeping your hair looking and feeling great all summer long. The Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner has been a staple in our home for ages and both are top notch. My husband is also a huge fan. I reviewed the shampoo and conditioner last year over HERE. The shampoo and conditioner retails for R109.99 for 750ml and R69.99 for 400ml. The Pantene Intensive Moisture Masque is a bargain at only R48.95 and I often use it as a leave-in conditioner when my hair is very dry and needs a little extra TLC. My favourite product in the range is Pantene Gold Deep Moisturizing Soufflé. Oh my, this leave-in treatment is to die for. If you struggle with hair that is dry and damaged, this conditioner is worth its weight in gold. Think soft, smooth, shiny hair. It is only available while stock lasts though, so hurry. Before I beat you to it ;) R74.99 I tried the Pantene 24-hr Frizz Fighter on my gran’s hair a couple of days ago and it did wonders for her...

#RBSecretBox 30 – So what’s in the box?

I still wanted to post another hint on what’s in the #RBSecretBox #30, but before I could, it sold out! It goes to show that people are still loving this exclusive Retail Box offer. Just in case you haven’t heard of the Retail Box Secret Box before… The Secret Box is a little box filled with big surprises! Secret Box contains a secret selection of premium products from leading beauty and hair care companies and the products are deluxe travel sizes to full size. Secret Box is an exclusive offer with limited stock and a massive discount making it a much sought-after offer. #RBSecretBox 30 – So what’s in the box? Retail Box’s 30th Secret Box consisted of an Indola Innova Hydrate Pack and the box retailed for R300. The secret hint for this box was ‘Moisturise and gently cleanse your hair with this Trio’ and that is exactly what it does. I’ve never heard of this brand before so I was curious to see how it performs. So here’s what I think: Indola Innova Hydrate Shampoo 300ml R179 They say the Indola Innova Hydrate Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that can be used daily to cleanse and moisturise. It contains bamboo extract, sweet almond oil and provitamin B5 to hydrate hair, add shine and strengthen. I can’t comment on strengthening yet (but I’m hoping as my locks need it!), but it does tick the boxes in the hydration and shine department. This shampoo creates a lot of foam and you really need very little to get the job done. It leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. I like...

Blog Birthday Giveaway: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Care Hamper

Last year I discovered the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Care range and I am still crazy in love. The shampoo is still a favourite and I am currently using the protein mask which is doing wonders for my hair.   You are welcome to pop over HERE, HERE and HERE to read my reviews on a few of the Coconut Oil hair care range products and a few other Palmer’s must-haves.     Are you keen to try this fabulous range? Then don’t go anywhere! Also note that the shampoo and conditioner is now better than ever and it comes in gorgeous new packaging. Blog Birthday Giveaway: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Care Hamper This awesome hamper includes: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Repairing Conditioner Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Shine Boost Hair Polisher Serum Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots Spray Enter via the Rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed! a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms and Conditions: All entries will be verified. The giveaway is open to SA residents only. Giveaway entrants are not obligated to like any Facebook pages, but it would be appreciated. The sponsor will send the prize to the winner directly. Good luck!...

Review: Aromas Curl Shampoo & Conditioner

Pay attention curly girls… I may have found your holy grail shampoo and conditioner! No jokes. I introduce to you Aromas Curl Shampoo and Conditioner. Review: Aromas Curl Shampoo & Conditioner AROMAS is a vegan-friendly, sulphate and paraben-free hair care range formulated with gorgeous blends of essential oils. AROMAS LUXE BOTANICALS is a collection brought to us by NAK. NAK is an all Australian haircare company passionate about creating innovative and versatile haircare products for the professional hairdressing industry, salons, stylists and consumers. What they say about AROMAS: AROMAS LUXE BOTANICALS bestows harmony and wellbeing to all hair types. A thoughtfully considered, environmentally conscious, vegan-friendly haircare range. Where nature and science combine perfectly to naturally protect hair and skin. Sulphate free and paraben free formulas provide beautiful cleansing care and styling rituals for superior conditioning. With 4 different ranges everyone will be able to find their perfect hair care solution. Enriched with ancient Moroccan Argan Oil, Almond Milk proteins and exquisite essential oil blends of Lavender, Patchouli and Geranium. AROMAS is available in four ranges, namely Blonde, Curl, Smooth and Colour. We got to try out the Curl Shampoo and Conditioner. And I am impressed to say the least. I did try the shampoo and conditioner, but as I have to use a silver/purple shampoo to preserve my blue grey hair, my little girl’s locks gets treated to all of the AROMAS magic. And when I say magic, I mean it. Her curls have never looked so perfect. The shampoo is extremely gentle, yet it cleanses beautifully. Once rinsed, her hair is left feeling so soft that I can almost skip the conditioner. But if you have curly hair, you...

Blog Birthday Giveaway: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer!!

If you are an avid beauty blog reader, I’m sure you’ve come across many rave reviews of the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. It is a cult product and reviews include words like ‘amazing’, ‘excellent’ and ‘simply the best hair product I’ve ever used’. It has been on my lust list for years and I am more than a little jealous as today I am giving one away! Blog Birthday Giveaway: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer!! Originally created for Audrey Hepburn in 1974, Philip Kingsley celebrates 40 years of the iconic Elasticizer. The world’s first pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment, formulated to provide unrivalled elasticity, manageability and shine. The limited edition kit has been created to celebrate this legendary product. What can you win? The 40 Years Elasticizer Limited Edition which includes the Elasticizer (250ml) PLUS a Luxury Hair Wrap! This prize is worth a whopping R1 500! What are you waiting for? Enter, enter, enter… a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms and Conditions: All entries will be verified. The giveaway is open to SA residents only. Giveaway entrants are not obligated to like any Facebook pages, but it would be appreciated. The sponsor will send the prize to the winner directly. Good luck! If you can’t wait, head on over to www.bestofbeauty.co.za now to get your hands on some Philip Kingsley goodness....

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