Nkechi Anele from Saskwatch: ‘I’ve hated my hair for most of my life’

In our series Beauty and the books the lead singer of Saskwatch talks about how coconut oil helped change her feelings about natural hair and the Art of War

Nkechi Anele, the lead singer for Saskwatch, also hosts Roots n All for Triple J and is the co-founder of The Pin. Anele has been reading an ancient war manual to help her with awkward social situations, and shares her secret weapon against sunburn.

Whats thrilling

Im really loving The Art of War. Its a 2,000-year-old military manual that came out of China and is written in code. It talks about tactics on the battlefield but its more philosophical so it can be applied to everyday life how to conduct yourself and how to master changes and challenges. Its all about talking about being on the offence, not on the defence. It can be applied to a lot of things, such as conversations or dealing with awkward social situations or turning awkward situations into your favour.

Its really good to apply to personal instances of your life like the way you see things and the way you see yourself in everyday life. Its all about taking care of yourself and making sure youre in the best possible position in your life.

I still havent got over the coconut oil phase. Its been a life changer for me. In the last year Ive followed the natural hair movement of black women and decided to stop having my hair in braids, or feeling like I had to have my hair in braids to feel beautiful. Its been a really big journey and coconut oil has been my hair saviour. Its an all-in-one moisturiser but it also helps curly hair grow; it protects curly hair from the sun. Coconut oil has been part of my transformation into loving my natural hair.

Turning to natural hair happened in two parts. I had my hair braided and it was braided really badly. I was at my friends house and shes one of those friends who tells the truth. She said, Your hair looks horrible. I have to take it out. I cant stand it. And she took it out.

Ive had my hair natural a few times in my life but not really loved it. Theres been semi-traumatic experiences such as strangers grabbing my hair and touching my hair in public. This has been an evolution because every day I wake up and think, Today is going to be the day that I hate my hair, and I dont hate my hair. Thats been a really unique thing for me to experience because Ive hated my hair for most of my life.

Hair is a very significant thing for women of colour, especially African women. My friend explained that hair to African women is like weight to white women. Its very important to maintain and it also establishes how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself in society. It becomes a philosophy: if youre not taking care of your hair, youre not taking care of yourself. The internet and social networking have meant we have a place where people are making black beauty content that isnt trying to say Hey, heres a black option. Its saying, This is what black people do. Now theres so many more resources on how to take care of your hair and so many hacks on how to manage it. Our hair is so intense; so curly and so knotty and so strong. I know so many people who are African and have broken combs with their hair. Its always a battlefield. The natural hair movement has been another step forward for black women in being proud of what theyre born with. Im happy I came to it in my 20s, but I wish I had come to it earlier.

Whats nostalgia-inducing

Recently I met Pia Miranda and it reminded me how much I loved Looking for Alibrandi when I first read it. From ages 12 to 17, I think I read the book twice a year. That book for me was the first time experiencing someone who was seen as Australian but not really the idea of Australian. There was this kick-ass chick full of attitude and full of spunk, had these crazy love crushes and was super intelligent, and was the underdog. When I saw [Miranda], it brought back so many memories of how much I loved that book and I really want to reread it.

Im a moisturising fiend. Im quite obsessed with Aesop at the moment. Ive been using Damascan rose facial treatment ($75) which is like rose oil. The first time I was introduced to Aesop, it was a present my mum gave me the first time I went overseas. Aesop has this smell that reminds me of Australia when I go away. When Im away and using Aesop, I can still smell the gumtrees of home. I live near a park and you can smell the flowers as the seasons change and it reminds me of that.

What I keep going back to

Raymond Carvers What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is something I reread again and again, mainly because sometimes you think, What the hell did I just read? The stories are so short and nothing happens but everything happens in them. I have to read them over and over again because, depending on your mood, the stories can be interpreted in so many different ways and have such an impact. Youre reading his short stories and waiting for the punch to happen, for the moment when it all clicks and all makes sense to you.

Its a classic but Ive only been introduced in the past two years. I still find myself when looking for something to read choosing a random story and thinking, Oh god, this is so epic.

I bite my lips when Im nervous or when if Im working on something [so] paw paw is my saviour. Its like coconut oil in that I use it for different things but I feel like its the only thing when your lips are dry beyond repair that will work.

Another thing I use again and again is vitamin E cream. I get sunburnt on one part of my face. Ten years ago my friend put me on to vitamin E cream and its the best thing. Whenever you burn yourself or you want your skin to look really lovely, its just the thing. I rarely wear foundation; I use moisturiser as my foundation. If Im going out and I want to look fresh or dewy thats what I put on my skin. Its the be all and end all for me.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/14/nkechi-anele-ive-hated-my-hair-for-most-of-my-life

The ‘vampire breast lift’: just another grotesque beauty boob | Van Badham

A procedure that draws blood from a womans arm and extracts the platelets to pump into her breasts has doubled in popularity

Through conquest, Alexander the Great established one of the most vast land empires of the classical age. It stretched from the Mediterranean, through North Africa and on to Asia. He was undefeated in battle, awash with the trophies of victories, self-anointed as a god. Yet a popular quote describes the young conquerer-king viewing the magnificence of his achievements with despair: And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. Most people know these words from when Alan Rickman says them in Die Hard.

Its a shame that Alexanders lifespan pre-dated the modern beauty industry. Because if you desire territorial conquest opportunities that are limitless, you dont need to bother with the satrapies of Asia Minor, the kings of Persia or a shoeless Bruce Willis anymore. Just grab the nearest female body and slash, slice, stab, burn and pillage away. No phalanxes of Macedonian foot-soldiers are necessary merely gather an Instagram account, a willing celebrity endorsement and the kind of prevailing external culture of misogyny that wont let any human female rest her own self-hatred for a single minute. Actually, you dont even need the celebrity or the Instagram account. Just the last one although it never hurts to shove a freebie into the Oscars showbag.

My assessment is based on how last years Oscar treat is todays latest abomination masquerading as self-improvement. Its a breast plumping procedure adapted from the equally grotesque vampire facial innovation of some years back. You may remember Kim Kardashians blood-smeared face promoting it in 2014 as if summoned to do so by human sacrifice and Satanic ritual.

This week News.com.au reports that the popularity of vampire breast lifts has doubled in the past year. Over the course of two 60-minute sessions, the plot of every body horror movie in existence is spun together for the procedure: blood is drawn from the patient/victims arm, then whorled through a centrifuge then platelet-rich plasma is sucked from the blood, which is pumped into human boobs, with needles.

You dont go up a cup size, regain lost years of youth or achieve dominion over the ancient subcontinent, but apparently it gives the cleavage a fuller look.

Full disclosure: I watch a lot of genre movies and whenever a woman shares a context with blood and centrifuges, nothing good happens next. Human females are actually being encouraged to pay about $2000 for an experience that rationally one would hire a therapist or many to forget.

Dr Herbert Hooi, the man owning the dubious honour of being the one of the worlds pioneer cleavage-enhancing breast-embloodeners, advocates the procedure for those seeking shapelier breasts, which is a thoroughly objective, scientific criteria for wilful bodily trauma if ever there was one. It seems an appropriate punishment for women who have dared to saggen their breasts with the self-indulgence of nursing children or growing older to oblige them into redness, swelling and possible bruising after getting their tits re-pumped with fresh blood.

Dr Hooi says his vampire boob-needles are not for everyone, so, please, be assured that makes everything OK. Tattooing a penis on your face is not for everyone but people do that, too. Ramming your face full of nails to more resemble the bubbly side of a pancake can also be niche activity, kind of like more of a hobby than anything else, pfft, whatever, live and let live, people can do what they want, there are no broader social implications, Yolo.

Yes, of course some women choose to do these things to themselves. But how rarified and elusive has the standard for the optics of female humanity become that mere shapelierness of boobs is now in competitive play? Ive listed the non-invasive procedures advertised to women before. How is it now possible the radical arc of breast enhancements, liposuction, chemical peels, eyelifts, browlifts, backlifts, grin lifts, butt implants, jawline advancements, bellybutton inversions, eyelash transplants, areola reductions, vaginal canal tightening and hacking off ones labia is still not enough?

An industry-wide business model understands that as long as female beauty has greater cultural value than female achievement, it doesnt matter how gruesome, barbaric, cruel or painful the new treatment to improve beauty may be. It doesnt matter to which part of the body its targeted or what it does. You just need to convince a viable market share of women that theyll be deficient without it, and as a sense of deficiency is admitted and shared among women, it will spread like aesthetic contagion. The size of your empire surely will double in a year.

The quote about Alexander the Great that they use in Die Hardis actually bastardised from dramatist William Congreve. The context of it is relevant: Having only that one hope, the accomplishment of it must put an end to all my hopes; and what a wretch is he who must survive his hopes!

It doesnt seem much blessing for women pursuing what society deems most to be beautiful that this particular wretchedness is one theyre unlikely, ever, to know.

  • Van Badham is a Guardian Australia columnist

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/10/the-vampire-breast-lift-just-another-grotesque-beauty-boob

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Health Blogger Reveals The Reality Behind Instagram Pics

While fit models and round booties are taking over Instagram, this blogger is trying to show the world that you shouldn’t believe everything you see online.

Sara Puhto, a 20-year-old body-positive Finish blogger, shares side-by-side pics revealing how much an angle or sucking your tummy in could change in a pic. In every single one of her pics, you can see a striking difference, making it hard to believe they’re the same girl at the same time. “Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles,” she writes. With hashtags like body confidence, be kind to yourself, and progress not perfection, Sara is trying to tell the world that beauty starts with self-love and those ‘perfectly fit’ pics online are not what our definition of ‘beauty’ should be. Keep on scrolling to check out some of Sara’s body-positive pics!

Meet Sara Puhto – a 20-year-old body-positive blogger who is trying to show the world that you shouldn’t believe everything you see online

To show just that, she took two side by side pics just seconds apart, the only difference was her posture

“Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down,” she writes

“The other day I saw an Instagram post by a celebrity who had clearly photoshopped their body to make it look more curvy”

“The beauty industry strives off our insecurities, and only shows so few body types, please don’t let this make you hate yourself”

“Clothing sizes have the ability to make us feel bad about ourselves when we’ve gone up a size and feel good when we’ve gone down a size”

“But I’ve realized that it actually doesn’t matter at all”

“Just because someone wears a smaller size than you doesn’t make them a better person or a more beautiful person”

“Clothing size doesn’t define you”

“You are beautiful no matter what size you wear!”

“Being you and having confidence is what makes you beautiful”

“Not what some beauty magazine portrays as beautiful”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/health-blogger-instagram-real-life-difference-saggysara/

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7 Ways To Be A Natural Beauty From A Girl Who Hates Makeup

I want to just spit it out, I absolutely hate make up. Putting on make up is by far the worst part of my day. Contouring whatever that means? Yeah, too much work for me. I am a mascara and go kinda girl. I believe in enhancing your natural beauty. Some girls may believe they NEED more make up. We live in a consumer world of excess and indulgence. All these products we use take away our individuality and we all end up looking like different versions of the same.

The flaw that you are desperately trying to cover up, maybe the most beautiful unique thing about you. When I was a child I used to hate my freckles, I absolutely despised them. I would secretly pray at church, begging God to give me a clear complexion like my sister. I was convinced the brown spots on my nose were leprosy. Then something called Abercrombie and Fitch came out and all of sudden freckles were beautiful and so was I. Now ironically, I embrace my freckles and wish they were as prominent as they were when I was a child. I may not be a strong supporter of make up, but I am a firm believer in skin care.

Make up is a trend, Skin care is timeless. Preserve your skin, so you dont need botox at 25. You dont look younger, you look like a Real Housewife .Girls these days are running around looking like clowns, rocking fake eyelashes to the grocery store. It is like every day is Halloween and every day their costume is hooker. I understand make up can be fun, like dress up. It is an art, but do you need to paint a full face every day? Hate to break it to you girls, but long term you can be doing some serious damage to your skin (if you are not protecting it right). Your skin is an investment, treat it like one. You need to TAKE CARE of yourself, NOT FIX YOURSELF.

Now, that we got that out of the way. I am going to show you how to become a timeless beauty instead of a make up fad clone. Now is the perfect time to start working on your skin, because it is the most difficult season of all Winter. Winter is here which means pale complexions, dry skin, chapped lips, and frost bitten cheeks. Here is a list of the finest defences to mother natures inevitable cold front.

1. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

Like i said ladies winter = dry, dry. dry for our skin. Not to sound biased, but Dermalogica is my personal favourite brand, I swear by it. It is how I keep my 12 year old girl complexion. I have everything from the miracle making age smart eye cream, skin smoothing cream and the daily microfoliant. The DERMALOGICA PHYTO REPLENISH OIL is their latest miracle skin creation, it is a feather light oil treatment that works in 3 phases. 1) TO STRENGHTEN 2) HYDRATE 3) SHIELD. This is your ultimate winter defence! While defending your skin, it also corrects your skin! A beautiful natural blend of orchid flower and chia seed oil smoothes visible already there lines and locks in moisture!

The rice bran oil is rich and vitamins B and E, it also helps protect your skin against UV rays, free radicals and aids in cellular circulation. Protection against UV rays are key to keeping your skin looking young. The sun is the most damaging to our youthful complexion! The 4 areas it covers 1) forehead wrinkle release 2) revitalize eyes 3) glow point detox 4) jaw line stress release. After cleansing your skin press 4-6 drops on your skin or mix with Dermalogica moisturizer. Moisture is the key to well kept skin ladies. If you want your skin looking young forever, less make up more moisture. Hydrate over cover up.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Godess Skin Clay Mask

AKA BABY SKIN. Speaking of youthful looking skin, this is your new go to mask! Not to mention Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and Sienna Miller practically swear by this stuff! You are kept in good company my friends. The beautiful scent alone can make you feel like you have just walked into a 5 star spa, while perfecting your skin in the comfort of your own home. This age rewind mask is simply like no other.

It stiffens and strengthens your skin. You can literally feel the tightness on your face in this masque. It is like an ageless time capsule. With just 10 minutes this masque boost collagen, hydrates, and plumps poreless skin. What is most intriguing about this mask, is that is mostly clay. In theory clay is known to dry up your skin while Charlotte Tilbury does the exact opposite and hydrates! This mask is fit to make you a VS angel over night, in just 10 minutes actually to be exact. Just ask Gigi.

3. The Face Shop Green Grape Hand And Body Shiffon Creme

I cant stress this enough moisture is your best friend. We found the youth fountain and its called hydration. Your face isnt the only place that needs hydration your whole body does. Do not make this rookie mistake and only moisturize your face, because then your body wont match! Especially around the neck area (we all easily miss this!). You cant have a tight fresh face, with a loose wrinkly neck! The Face Shop Body Chiffon Creme comes in various flavours like gold kiwi and strawberry. They all smell like your childhood.

The Green Grape greatly resembles the coveted gummy bear scent! But these cremes are more than just fun, they are also good for you! They all contain jojoba seed oil, which is great moisturizing oil! Performance wise it is a thick strong chiffon creme, (not as thick as body butter, but more than body lotion). The main appeal is the formula is not greasy!

4. Rocky Mountain Soup Pumpkin

This soap is your god forsaken hero, for dry irritated skin. All natural products. The pumpkin pulp relieves the itch. and wheat germ gently exfoliates your dead skin. For your skin to look perfect, it has to be clean. Sounds simple to some, but soap can come a really long way. The sweet almond oil provides your moisture intake. Spoiler alert all of these items are moisturizing! Just in case you havent caught the pattern πŸ˜‰ Moisture= MIRACLE WORK.

5. Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment

Much more than a regular chapstick my friends. As I said before these are our darkest hours.Winter. The rapid climate change, it gets dark by 6 pm, is it snowing or raining? We are all bound to get sick. This illness is going to creep up on our lips first. It will be dry, chapped and maybe even a bit painful. Prevent this the best way possible with Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment.

It smoothes already damaged skin and creates a barrier against future weather changes. It is an all in one action it protects your lips against pollution, temperature, extreme stress, and horomonial factors. This chap stick is basically a fortune teller. What else can save you from future weather changes, that havent even happened yet.

6. Rocky Mountain Soap Bosy Lotion, Vanilla Coconut Flavor

As I mentioned before it is important to keep your skin hydrated, not just your face! Shea Butter and Coconut Oil are the perfect combination for a long lasting lotion. Extremely easy to spread on and smells like an all inclusive vacation. This is the perfect in a rush, throw some lotion on my razor burn legs to make them feel smooth product. It is quick and easy and will make a world of a difference to your skin. It is those little extra things, that go a long way!

7. Hot Lips Charlotte Tilbury: Tell Laura Shade

Now I saved the most iconic/ironic for last. I know I mentioned the dangers of too much make up earlier, but you cant argue with a classic red lip for winter (or any season, really). Every natural beauty needs a good red lip. This look is timeless and will never get out of style. What I absolutely adore about Charlotte Tilbury is that she tells a story with her creation.

Lipstick is POWERFUL. It has the ability to completely change your state of mind: It can boost your CONFIDENCE, pick you up when youre feeling down, REENERGISE you, add INSTANT GLAMOUR to any outfit and immediately enhance your beauty theres HAPPINESS in every tube! With Hot Lips I want to celebrate the mood-enhancing power of lipstick by creating a shade that captures the personality of each of the 12 incredible women that I admire, and in so doing raise awareness for an amazing charity, Women For Women. Charlotte Tilbury. As Demi Lovato would say whats wrong with a little confidence?

The shade I chose for this season is called Tell Laura who is inspired by Laura Bailey.Laura is the ultimate bright, bohemian British beauty. I like to think of her immersed in an English secret garden in summertime, or as the quintessential, cool, Portobello girl. This fresh Geranium red encapsulates her irreverent, fun, eclectic style! In case you were wondering the other 11 muse styles are : Miranda Kerr, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Kate Bosworth, Salma Hayek, Liv Tyler, Poppy Delevinge, Emily Ratakjowski, Helena Bonham- Carter, Carina LAU, and finally Kim Karadashian- West.

If those incredible style muses have not convinced you, did I mention this if for charity?

When I first sat down with the charity and heard the many stories of the women in the programme, I was shocked, devastated and determined to do something to make a real difference. Not only do I aim to help Women For Women by raising money through the Hot Lips collection, I have also called on an army of powerful, influential women to help raise awareness of their cause and highlight the hidden suffering of so many women. Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury is practically a reincarnated angel, just trying to make us all beautiful and give her profits to charity. If that isnt inspiring to you, I dont know what is. We live in a media crazed world of indulgence. With technology advancing by the second we have lost all sense of control and privacy. Beauty in the media, will always be an uphill battle for women.

Charlotte Tilbury is using her super hero powers for good. Giving back in this consumer world, is the closest we have to control. Charlotte Tilbury has changed the game for beauty in the media. Beauty in the media can easily broadcast all the ugly truths, it can cause eating disorders, plastic surgery, and low-self esteem issues. Charlotte Tilburys Hot Lips charity fund saves women. She is empowering women to be confident and helping the unfortunate at the same time. It is too easy to drown down the rabbit hole. It is refreshing to see an amazing influencer change the perspective of true beauty.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/jennifer-meade/2016/12/7-ways-to-be-a-natural-beauty-from-a-girl-who-hates-makeup/

Coconut oil enthusiast’s relaxing bath gets a little too slippery

Baths are a great way to unwind after a long day of garbage reality. This bath did not fit that bill.

On Thursday, Imgur user denshan posted to Imgur live from the tub inspiring, BTW to let the internet know that, thanks to a heavy hand with the coconut oil, she’d gotten herself stuck there.

“Went to get out after pulling the plug and I just slide around like a giant greased up potato in a roasting dish,” she wrote. “There is no traction. No grip.”

We see how that might be difficult.

Luckily, denshan eventually managed to get herself free. “I escaped by refilling with water and cleaning the bath with closest soap like product,” she wrote.

Perhaps a bath bomb would be better next time.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/04/coconut-oil-stuck-bath-reddit/

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Most of us depend on prescribed drugs to remedy our pains and ailments – and while this can’t really be avoided, it is good that we must also experience the world of natural alternatives and homemade remedies.

For example, there are lots of foods that can fight stomach problems and indigestion, and other ailments – the coconut oil is one of these most powerful remedy.

In this slideshow, we would like to share you the top health benefits when using coconut oil.

From fighting harmful bacteria to boosting the function of your brain and increasing stamina, the fatty acids found in the coconut oil help eliminate and destroy the harmful substances in our body and helps promote healthy cell growth.

And while professionals recommend you to look for opinions and do regular checkups, the coconut oil can be safely added in your life because of its many benefits.

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