How To Stay Beautiful During The Harmattan

As Harmattan continue to Haze, here is how to protect yourselves and also maintain your beauty during this season without and artificial cosmetics 


1. Honey and almond oil: 
All you really need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of honey along with 2 tablespoons of almond oil. Blend this mixture and spread it evenly on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild cleanser.

• Why it’s good for your skin:
Honey has the ability to retain moisture while almond oil is extremely rich in Vitamin E, which naturally keeps dry skin lubricated.

2. Cucumber and aloe vera: 
You need to mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and ½ blended cucumber for this concoction. Massage this paste on your face gently and relax for about 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Why it’s good for your skin:
Due to its high water content, cucumber helps in keeping your skin hydrated. Aloe vera is a natural humectant that’s non-greasy and works to moisturise both oily and dry skin.

3. Papaya (pawpaw) and strawberry: 
Blend 2 large strawberries with 2 tablespoons of ripe papaya. Let it turn into a paste and apply this on your face and let it stay for at least 15 minutes.

• Why it’s good for your skin
I bet you didn’t know that papaya contains papain enzymes and Vitamin A that not only remove dead skin and also rejuvenate it. Moreover, strawberries are full of Vitamin C, which works wonders to hydrate skin.



1. Moisturize your hair with a water-based cream or hair lotion (e.g., carrot hair cream or Oil).

2. Cleaning/Washing:
Stay away from shampoos during harmattan, instead cowash. Do not shampoo your hair because it dries it out. Cowash helps retain moisture and will still give you a clean hair. Cowash with warm water because the weather is obviously not nice.

3. Spray Bottle: 
A spray bottle is where you have water – oil – leave in – glycerin mixture. Its very essential. You can have a small spray bottle so you take it with you wherever and you can spritz from time to time to re-moisturise your hair.

4. Deep condition your hair regularly: 
Deep condition your hair weekly to lock in moisture and strengthen the hair. The harmattan season can also make your hair look dry and dull, moisturize daily to add shine and reduce dryness.

5. Protective styles are a great option: 
What’s a protective style? Any hairstyle that keeps your ends hidden, and has low to-no manipulation. Basically, you want your ends to be well hydrated and covered up.
Tuck your hair away and protect it from the harsh weather. Natural hair is versatile and you can wear weaves just like anyone else.

6. Increase your water intake: 
Water is good for the body. Everyone should drink up to 8 glasses of water per day for healthy skin, hair and nails. If you have to take 8 glasses of water when the weather is normal then you certainly have to take more when it is Harmattan. So, drink up! Your hair will thank you for it.

7. Avoid dust or dusty environment: 
It is almost impossible to avoid dust this period but it’s one of the things you should do to care for your hair. When going out you can wear a hat or Scarf to prevent dust from settling on your hair.

8. Eat more vegetables and fruits that can provide you with the daily vitamins and minerals that you need: Eat three meals a day or five little ones, and keep to a regular healthy eating routine.

9. Hot oil treatment: 
The heat from the oils (or dryer, depending on your method) opens up the strand cuticles, ensuring penetration of moisture into your hair.

Remember always moisturise and seal hair as frequently as possible. Don’t let your hair dry out. Take care of yourself and your hair more. Best to use butters to seal the moisture in.

Shulamite george

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