How to achieve your dream hair?

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I’ve always wanted long blonde hair, but I struggled for many years trying to achieve that. I made the mistake of bleaching my hair, using too much heat and not having the best tools to treat my hair. It’s not a coincidence my hair now looks better than ever, after using Aquis hair towels for a year.

As funny as it might sound, I’ve actually managed to achieve my dream hair!

A big thing is obviously the fact, that I’ve decided to be more content with myself and with what I got. I’ve learned to love both my natural hair color and my natural hair texture, which is wavy curly.

I know I’m not the only one wanting healthier and longer hair, so in this post I’m giving you some hair care tips.

 

Hair care tips for healthier and longer hair

 

  1. Give your natural hair color a chance.
    Instead of bleaching or dyeing your hair totally, try highlights or balayage and give your own hair color a chance. You might be surprised how nice your natural color looks! I know I was, because I always thought my hair was grey and colorless. But I’ve actually gotten tons of compliments on my hair color. Spoiler alert: your natural hair color probably suits you really well too.
  2. Pay attention to your diet and lifestyle.
    I don’t claim to be an expert on diet or lifestyle, but I try to live healthily.  I eat nutrition rich foods, I take food supplements and I exercise and sleep well.  Most of the time. Humans are complex and your lifestyle affects your looks, your skin and your hair. I’ve also tried biotin for hair growth a few times with good results. So biotin is also a good option for a little hair growth boost.
  3.  Try the curly girl method – or at least a few changes in your hair routine.
    I would at least stop heat styling (except diffuser or blow dryer on low heat) and switch to gentle moisturizing products. I’d also like to encourage you to start rocking and appreciating your natural hair look – be it curly, wavy or straight!
  4. Switch to hair towels that dry your hair fast and gentle.
    I actually use very little product in my hair nowadays. I just usually use curl gel instead of a million products. And more importantly, I really value the towels I use to dry my hair, because those I use daily. I also find the turban helpful in bringing out my curls.
  5. Use scrunchies made from soft fabrics.
    I only ever use scrunchies. My favorite scrunchies are made from silk so you can only imagine my excitement when I saw Aquis come out with silk scrunchies. Silk truly is the ultimate fabric for your hair. It’s luxurious and soft on the hair and especially helpful for curly hair, which can easily get frizzy.

 

Read also: How I managed to grow out my natural hair color
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How you dry your hair makes a difference in your hair’s condition

A simple thing, like how you dry your hair, can have a huge effect on the quality of your hair. I’ve written about Aquis towels multiple times here already, but here’s the important things in a nutshell:

Why AQUIS fast dry towels are the best option for your hair

  • They cut down the drying time even 50%
  • They are gentle on the hair – wet hair is fragile and you have to take good care of it
  • They give your hair shine, rather than making them frizzy, like regular towels do
  • They suit naturally curly hair perfectly and help to bring out the curl

As I mentioned, it’s not a coincidence that my hair has grown this long and healthy during a year where I only used Aquis towels. I use the towel first when I come out the shower and then I tie my hair in the turban. When I travel, I just pack the turban, because you can also use it as a towel first and then tie it up. Aquis towels are made from a special fabric that really soak up the water quickly from the hair, making your every day life a bit easier. With long hair comes the dreading of wash days – and these help!

My hair dried with Aquis towels. In the first photo I used no styling products (naked curls). The sunlight really captures the shine these towels give my hair! In the second photo I had added curl gel and mousse.

New travel set from Aquis

Aquis recently came out with this handy new set containing a beautiful blue turban and two silk scrunchies.

The turban is a bit smaller in size so it’s perfect for travelling (and yes, sleepovers or going to the gym count as travelling these days). I find the size perfect for my hair. Especially since I don’t wrap my hair inside the long part of the turban, but I gather my hair up to make the best out of my natural curls. The blue color is inspired by Pantone’s color of the year 2020. I love blue and find it very calming. I’m actually dreaming of painting our bedroom wall blue some day.

The turban comes in a handy sealed travel bag.

The size difference between Aquis travel set turban and the normal sized turban.

The silk scrunchies that come in the set are just perfect. I couldn’t have asked for better colors! I adore navy blue and I think that it’s a perfect color for the season. And the lighter beige silk one fits all seasons and all outfits. The fabric is amazingly soft and these instantly elevate your look – even if it’s just a simple ponytail!

Aquis travel set (turban, travel bag & 2 silk scrunchies)

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Aquis face cloth for makeup removal

Another travel essential from Aquis is their face cloth. I usually remove my makeup with a cloth – just because it’s so quick and effortless. It’s handy for travelling, because I don’t need a makeup remover, I can just swipe off my makeup. Because the fabric is so absorbent, it takes away the makeup easily. It also exfoliates the skin gently, so it doubles as an exfoliator. Again, great for on the go. Especially since you can carry it in the package it comes – even if it was a bit damp.

Aquis face cloth

Now – if you want try and see the difference Aquis towels make in your hair, you can try the products with a discount. You’ll get -20% off with the affiliate code ‘CHARLOTTA’. It’s valid until 31.12.2021 in the Aquis Finland shop. Shop here!

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Stunning and natural looking tan for fall

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I waved summer good bye quite some time ago, but this time I let my tan stay. Here’s an idea: why not keep your self-tan routine going now that it’s dark and it probably cheers you up even more?

I think a beautiful tan goes perfectly with all the fall makeup trends, oversized knits, warm colors and chai lattes. A lightly tanned skin also looks great with dark lipstick, which can easily make you look a bit pale.

Natural glow for Fall

I’ve never gotten as much compliments on my tan as I have while using Vita Liberata’s products. People are amazed at how natural my tan looks, especially when they hear it comes in a mousse. Though I have to admit that this is the first year I’ve actually managed to maintain my tan pretty much from spring to this day. These products just make it so effortless!

Sure, exfoliating your skin and applying a mousse all over the body takes a few minutes, but at the same time you’re taking care of your body. I can’t be the only one who’s lazy when it comes to bodycare. These products make me excited about it. Fall is all about self care and having cozy evenings at home. Think of this as your bodycare, which lasts for a week and more.

The best self tan products from Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata’s products are cruelty free, 88 % natural and odorless. The color that they give looks very natural. I’ve honestly almost fooled myself. Then I exfoliate my skin and remember that I’m not actually tan -I’m pale (which is a good thing, because I’m not at all about sun damage and wrinkles). The products are easy to use, they don’t have that self-tan odor and they keep the skin soft. They are definitely the best self tanning products I’ve tried.

My favorite product is the Invisi mousse, which gives me the perfect tan in just one night. I’ve also liked the serum for face, the gradual tanning lotion and body blur.

Links are to Oletkaunis.fi store.

Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water (Medium-Dark)

The Invisi Foaming Tan Water is clear and colorless, when applied. It gives a tan in 4-8 hours, though I like to leave it overnight (and my beauty sleep can be a bit more than 8 hours). It’s applied with a mitt using big circular motions. It dries quickly, but not too quickly, so there’s enough time to blend it. I’ve tried a few mousses that dry too fast, cling on to my skin and give me an uneven tan. With this I don’t have to worry about it. It’s surprisingly easy to get an even tan, even though there’s no color in the product.

The beautiful tan lasts for about a week or week and a half. It wears off naturally – I’ve never had any problems with patchy skin or anything.

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How I apply it & pro tip to getting self tan on your back

Remember to exfoliate your skin before applying this and don’t use any lotion under it. Always apply it on dry skin.

I always start from my ankles and go through the whole body, stopping at my arms. I apply it one area at a time. So I go like this: first shins, then my thighs, bottom, lower back, stomach and my sides, decollete, back and finally hands. I apply it to my back using a brush. I simply put the mitt on top of my brush and use that as a tool.

I apply the mousse in the evening, leave it on for the night and in the morning I take a shower. It always feels like a little miracle waking up with a beautiful tan on. My skin also feels soft and hydrated after using it. The foam does contain hydrating plant-based ingredients like aloe vera juice, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

You can also use this on your face. If you do, just lightly swipe it on with your mitt once you’re done with everything else. Don’t add more product into the mitt – use what’s left in it! A safer bet would be the serum though, I just feel like it’s easier to use on the face.

 

Shop:
*Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water, Medium-Dark

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

The gradual tan lotion is perfect for maintaining the tan or to use by itself for a subtle color. You can go very natural or build up the color by using it many nights in a row.

It’s one of those two-in-one products, since you can replace your body lotion to this and get a nice tan as a bonus. This I would recommend for anyone who’s very pale or scared of self tanners. I also have a feeling it’s gonna be my go-to in winter.

The lotion feels very nourishing and as promised, odorless. It’s key ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter and natural silk.

Shop:
*Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

For my face, I like to use products that I can mix in with my skincare routine easily. This Anti Age serum I can mix in with my lotion, which is handy. It has a nice gel-like texture and it applies very smoothly on the skin. It contains natural rose and cucumber extracts as well as marula oil.

I also like that you can customize your tan by using less or more of the product. I usually take a few drops into my lotion, but you could also apply it all over as a serum for a deeper tan.

Shop:
*Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

 

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish

This one I’ve used a few times on my Instagram stories. I love it as a quick fix for my body, when I need a bit of glow and color. It gives an instant tan, that can be washed off.

I like to apply it on my legs and decollete for a party. It’s also good for fixing up the color difference between my face and neck, if my tan has faded. I have a bit of color on my face naturally, but my neck and decollete are very pale. When I use this I can make my neck and decollete match to my face.

There are a few colors available. My shade is Latte Light.

Shop:
*Vita Liberata Body Blur Latte Light

And there’s all my favorites from Vita Liberata. I’m sure you’ve heard of the brand by now and I assure you, they’re worth the hype.

 

I also want to wish you a happy fall! Even though it’s usually a busy time for everyone, make sure to take care of yourself and enjoy the little moments. I know I will hold onto my little relaxing tea moments on the balcony, keep my bodycare routine with these products going, I’ll have as many candle lit dinners as possible and I’ll try and get a few rainy walks in my schedule as well.

 

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