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A Chat with Radio Host & Beauty Non-Conformist, Sherlin Barends

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Towards the end of 2012, KFM Breakfast presenter and feminist Sherlin Barends refused to keep up with beauty standards or the obsession with female beauty being equivalent to a hairstyle, its length or colour any longer…so she shaved off her shoulder length hair and never looked back. Her goal was to directly challenge traditional beauty standards and become, as she puts it: “…completely and unapologetically Sherlin Barends. She answers some in-depth questions with us revealing her refreshingly frank take on beauty and how she approaches her radio career as a millennial.   On Hair  MELENIAL: Growing up as a coloured girl in Cape Town, did you find that there’s subtle politics of hair in your community similar to perhaps colourism?  SHERLIN: I grew up in a community where straight, sleek and long hair was seen more desirable. ‘Poor’, ‘unattractive’ and ‘untidy’ were some of the words associated with ‘kroes’ hair. Bald head shaves were put ...

5 Things to Know about Vuyi Zondi and her Skincare Business

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You may have heard of the Corium Naturals skincare range already but did you know that the founder is a young black woman? Vuyi Zondi, a management consultant, spoke to Tim Modise on Touch HD Online about how she runs and sustains her skincare brand. This is what we found out about the entrepreneur and her business.    The brand's name is taken from an old romantic language, Corium means 'truest skin'  in Latin.    Vuyi started the skincare range from her own pocket and has sustained it thus far, she says so far it has "payed for itself but the brand's traction garnered will mean that they will need to look for funding soon." When asked about how she and her team have marketed the brand, Vuyi states that the marketing strategy was and is rooted in consumer education. This made customers and potential customers confident enough to speak about it to the next ...

Turn 2 of Your Regular Routines into Self-Care Musts

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Putting your smart-phone on flight mode, going on that 20 minute run, finishing a chapter in your current read or running a bubble bath and sitting in it until your fingers and toes prune - all of these are forms of self-care. The 2017 woman knows that she can switch off from a world that demands the most from her regularly for self-preservation and to show some self-appreciation. Below I have gathered some of my favourite cosmetics and linked them to some self-care activities where I turn the world off even for just a few minutes, and turn the pampering on. Face-Masking We really all should be face-masking at least once a week but the way that beauty advice columns have framed this activity as a chore, I often get lazy to do it. This all changed when I shifted my thinking from a weekly must do process, to a relaxing activity that ...

Different Faces for Different Spaces

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In the last two years I have garnered a big interest in make-up products and application, this has much to do with the fact that I started working and actually had the coins to spend on something other than food and toiletries. When I started interning after varsity, I noticed that appearance matters - I would feel a little insecure when I hadn't made an effort on my appearance and a client came into the office or we had a big meeting. So I started slowly buying make-up and watching tutorials on how to apply what, where and why. Disclaimer alert, I am definitely not a beauty blogger but I have a very keen interest in my face and what I put on it when I want to look banging. So these looks are based purely on my routine and how I have maneuvered what looks work for certain occasions. As ...

An Ode to Yeoville’s Rich Style

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On Africa Day, 2016, the South African filmmaker Zandile Tisani released a short film to celebrate. And what better back drop is there than Yeoville, the pan-African cultural melting pot? At first, white flight – you know, that thing white people do when a neighbourhood begins feeling a little too diverse, they did it to the Johannesburg CBD too – threatened to flatten the suburb of Yeoville. But it still stands, likely a shadow of its former pristine visage, but richer for it. Yoeville is a sort of “little Africa” home people who bring with them the loneliness being away from home makes of you. They also bring with them the optimism it takes to survive outside of home’s embrace. Whether home is outside of Kigali or a lesser known village right next to Mthatha. In that loneliness and optimism, there are moments that look and feel like thriving. In Tisane’s new ...

My Skin Found Love in a Tub

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Moisturize the Royalty in you... There is always something new in the beauty world to try on the market. If these big brands are not trying to sell us their latest and so called "best" product in town, then someone has found a new DIY solution. Sometimes, it can become really overwhelming deciding what to pick and which one is really the best.  So, for the last two weeks, I decided to try out the new kid on the beauty block, Taji; an all organic and natural skin and hair (yes hair) Butter Crème. I'll admit it, I was impressed. After recently finding out I have eczema, keeping my skin well moisturized and nourished has become more of a challenge, let alone the exorbitant dermatological expense that comes with it. Without a daily dose of proper hydration (moisture), my skin becomes flaky, itchy and tight. I used Taji in the morning and evening after a bathe, and sometimes on my ...

Curl Without The Perm

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A natural afro can be so difficult to maintain while also trying to keep it healthy. Since I decided to transition from relaxed hair to natural, the upkeep has been time consuming and requires much work. Here is a full-proof formula to getting a curly fro and keeping it without the fuss. What you need Shampoo Conditioner Towel Coconut Oil Hair Ties Comb   Wash & Treat Shampoo hair with luke warm water & towel dry. * Hot water dries and breaks hair Condition with Hair Mayonnaise or treatment of your choice Pat hair dry with towel For curls that are more wavy, blow dry with a hairdryer before knotting Moisturize Apply Coconut Oil to wet hair generously. Bantu Knots Separate hair into small sections. Section by section, twist the hair using the index finger, around the index finger. Keeping the hair in a twist, twirl it around to make small balls and tie with a small hair tie. Repeat until all the hair sections are small knots around ...