So, 2020’s summer is turning out to be one long ‘staycation’ – which I’d be fine with if I could get a spray tan and at least pretend I’ve been abroad… Alas, tanning salons are closed so, I can’t do that either!
FYI: I wouldn’t normally tan, I just want to make up for the fact that both my holidays have been cancelled by looking like they haven’t…
I’m going to be honest with you, although I’ve used sunbeds before – every time I’ve tried them (three times maximum), I’ve been scared poopless in case I get trapped in them, or they explode with me inside. I’m also scared of spray tans too because of Ross from Friends’ incident…
Also – DIY ones need mittens as they can turn our hands and wrists into Tan Mom or Donald Trump… I ain’t about that life either! I’ve always said I’d rather look like Casper the Friendly Ghost than D T.
It’s hard to maintain our healthy tresses during lockdown, especially when all the hairdressers and salons are closed. Enter: ammonia-free dye.
Today, I’d like to share with you my hair-care saviour… Josh Wood! His multiple award-winning Josh Wood Colour turned me from a grandma (98 shades of grey) to 28 (my actual age).
I’d been looking for a natural but permanent DIY hair-dye that doesn’t damage hair for ages!
At what felt like day 4,000,000 of lockdown, I had a brain wave: “what would happen if I typed in ‘ammonia-free permanent hair colour’ into Google!?”. Josh Wood happened. Oh, and I haven’t looked back since.
The problem I had with boxed non-permanent hair dyes was they didn’t last long. I was dying my hair every 3-4 weeks. I wouldn’t advise this at all!
Josh Wood Colour is made from ‘hydrolysed quinoa’ (which sounds like a vegan superhero) and shine complex (which sounds ultra-glam). It’s plant-based and not tested on animals!
The results of Josh Wood Colour ammonia free dye
The result is shiny soft hair, with long-lasting colour.
You’ll notice from the picture above that I bought a shampoo and conditioner too. This is to lock in the colour for longer because: ‘permanent’ isn’t long enough… I need it to last well into the Afterlife (not a documentary by Ricky Gervais).
P.S. I am a frizz ball – something which for years I’ve tried to pass off as “curly”. I’m not worthy of that claim! So, the Frizzy Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner was The One for me.
FYI: the shampoo & conditioner is free from sulphates and all other nasties that strip hair from natural oils and pigments.
Basically, these products are salon-quality from the comfort of your own home! “DIY glam” if you will…
Few more things… (’cause there really isn’t just ‘one more’ where I’m concerned)
Firstly, I made a post-purchase discovery… The ‘Gloss‘ hair mask, which I absolutely NEED!
Typical ‘mii that right after I made my order, I’d find out that the Josh Wood online store stocks a highly pigmented mask – temporarily dyes the hair – while in the shower!
My hair fades to about five colours – thanks to the previous bleaches and hair dyes I’ve put on it… So, this mask will restore it, to one all over colour – allegedly lasting up to 6 washes! *adds to basket*
Make Josh Wood Colour’s ammonia free dye last longer
This ‘gloss’ mask is supposed to work in-between colouring, to lock in moisture and enhance pigment in our hair. The way it works is: right after shampooing, you’d apply this before rinsing off after 20 mins.
The other thing I wanted to mention was: I also discovered some root touch-up products too!
Although my problem is ‘mane-ly’ my roots (you’re absolutely welcome!), I do have faded balyage… Any time my hair fades, it finds a way to go ginger. I have absolutely nothing against gingers. I’ve never seen a ginger shade I didn’t like!
It’s just- my white/grey roots, black/brown mid-section and ginger two thirds through to the ends is… Well… Exactly!
COVID-19 (or should I say COVID-20)… I don’t about you, but I’m already struggling to keep track of the days/months… Therefore, a little referring to the year we’re actually in never hurt nobody!
Unfortunately, dermatologists and beauty parlours are closed… So, getting a much needed facial or prescribed/specially medicated blemish-combatting lotion isn’t easy. Instead, I’ve been resorting to other ways of treating my acne!
It’s gotta be said that I’ve been battling with acne blemishes for years… Weirdly, it seems to have gotten worse during lockdown – which has made me realise that it’s actually stress and hormone-related more than anything else… A change of lifestyle/routine has thrown me off kilter and taken its toll on my skin.
As my acne blemishes appear in cyst-form across my jawline, it’s hard for me to take photos at the right angle to show you what I’ve been dealing with… Also, highly doubt you’d want to see that!
How I treated my acne blemishes
In desperation, I looked online and discovered that drinking two or three glasses of Aloe Vera juice a day for one week (stocked in supermarkets, Holland & Barrett among other pharmacies / whole food stores) clears up the skin nicely!
I did go one step further, though… I’ve been applying Aloe Vera gel on my face & neck twice a day too!
Yeah, I know… There is so much Vera going on in my life right now that I might as well change my name to it by deed-poll.
Side note:I’m also missing my workplace Aloe Vera plant – whom I’ve affectionately called ‘Sebastian’.Shout out to you, Sebass! Come to think of it, I might even dedicate this post to you my ‘bastypoo!
Alternative ways to treat acne blemishes
Positives… Let’s focus on the positives! Such as: I did have acne scars which have noticeably been fading – although I can’t confirm if that’s because of the Aloe Vera or The Ordinary’s peel.
Another positive: I’m 100% certain no-one (except for me) will be panic-buying Aloe Vera juice. It’ll be stocked in bulk at your local stores for a very long time to come!
As I mentioned above, I even tried The Ordinary’s acne range, which I’m sure works for most people, but sadly hasn’t worked in clearing it up completely for me. I was still getting fresh breakouts, even though I’d been giving it a go for a month! Once this breakout clears up, I’ll try using the range for maintenance.
To be honest, not even Kiehl’s and Liz Earle (which I’ve sworn by previously) helped this time around… I seem to have had some bionic invincible Coronavirus ZITS!
*DISCLAIMER: my skin was NOT made worse after using Kiehls, The Ordinary OR Liz Earle products, they just didn’t seem to clear them up either*
Final words on treating acne blemisheS
Aloe Vera juice (and aloe vera gel), however, has proven to be great, so much so that I’m planning to carry on with it as there are so many benefits to drinking Aloe Vera juice, such as: cleansing of the digestive system. The disadvantage? Taste. Don’t even get me started!
To summarise, ‘Coronavirus invincible bionic mutant ZITS’ can be cleared with patience… Aloe Vera juice & gel.