Category Archives: Fashion & Beauty

Just a li’l bit of what we like here & there.

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Event Review: Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon Launch

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The launch of the Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon on the 11th of December 2014 was a fanfare attended by the chic naturals of Jozi. The hors devours, drinks, music and fashion were the backdrop and the natural hair was on the centre stage. This new salon is an extension of the Urban Zulu brand and it plans on catering to all the naturals of Jozi and if the creativity displayed on the night of the launch is any indication, then the world of naturals is about to get a whole lot exciting.

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The hairstylist at Urban Zulu Natural Beauty will be strictly focusing on ethnic hair to treat and style using proudly South African products such as Nubian Nature, Earth Hair, AfroAmour and Urban Zulu, so they will be using products with a low carbon footprint that have benefited Mzansi economically in their creation. The products on offer can be seen displayed on wall-mounted shelves among wooden framed handheld mirrors, and black and white pictures.

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Hair, nails, wax, facials and massages are done under one roof with the Urban Zulu designer clothing store right next door. It is a beneficial marriage of beauty and fashion that will be immensely appreciated by lovers of everything ethnic that are strapped for time, but high on style.

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Phindi, the lady in the above picture is the salon manager and you can check out their Facebook page, Urban Zulu Natural Beauty, for further details on how you can make use of their services.

Urban Zulu Natural Beauty Salon details:

137 Cnr Fox & Kruis

Johannesburg CBD

Tel: 011 047 3235

About the contributor

I am an easy-going extrovert who’s obsessed with all things makeup, hair and beauty. A former face of Placecol Skin Care Clinic, a blog contributor and a Foschini Ambassador. Also, a recovering shopaholic and a student of life. I take every day as an opportunity to learn, grow and be better than I was yesterday.


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Twitter & Instagram: @Meka_Owethu


Natural Skincare

For as long as I can remember clear, smooth and soft skin has always been my number one beauty wish. I longed for perfect skin; ever since the first pimple made its unwelcome appearance on my face, and I have always felt that if my skin was clear, smooth and soft, I would not need any makeup.

I have tried plenty of skincare products and have never really had the patience to allow enough time to see the results. If a product did not do any magic on my face, I would move on to the next product. Then one day I had a realization: if I could take care of my hair the way I have been doing recently, why could I not do the same for my skin? Questions started popping up in my head, like “If mineral oil is not good for my hair, why would it be good for my skin?” and “If water is my hair’s best friend, surely, it is also my skin’s best friend?” (Honestly though, I had always known about this fact, but it’s not always been easy to implement). Good hair principles translated into good skin principles. The benefits of natural, organic products on your hair will also be appreciated by your skin.

So, where to begin?

Rome wasn’t built in a day; and I also could not switch to natural and organic skincare and beauty overnight. I started with a few products that I made myself with ingredients I already had in my kitchen.

Honey and Baking Soda Face scrub

  • ½ tsp. Honey
  • ¼ tsp. Baking soda (optional)


How to use: use this 2-3 times a week instead of your regular face cleanser, after taking off your makeup. Use it as a face mask by leaving it on your face for fifteen minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Benefits: Honey has moisturising and anti-bacterial features and baking soda acts as a gentle skin exfoliator.

Green Tea and ACV Toner

  • 100 ml Steep green tea
  • 100 ml Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Few drops of tea tree oil
  • Small spray bottle
  • Mix all the ingredients in the bottle and shake before use.


How to use: spray the mixture onto a cotton ball and swipe across the face after cleansing. Be careful not to get any into your eyes because the ACV stings. (Pssst…this recipe can also be used as a hair rinse)

Benefits: ACV normalises the pH level of the skin; green tea is anti-inflammatory and calming to the skin; while tea tree oil has healing qualities.

I have used these products for over a month and can testify to the positive effects they’ve had on my skin. (Disclaimer: Different products will have different effect on different people.) I use honey as a face wash every day. I used to think that my skin type was “very dry” and now I know that I was using face soaps/washes that stripped my skin of it natural oils and left it very dry. I struggle(d) to find natural skincare products, that were gentle on my skin, in Mzansi, so this cleanser and toner were a great start for me.

Has the natural hair bug also crept into your skincare routine?

About the Contributor

I am a happily married mother of 3, a Marketing Management student and Training Coordinator for one of the big banks. I am patiently growing out my natural hair and love simple, easy-to-find, natural skincare and beauty products. I am lover of all movies by Woody Allen and Quentin Tarentino, and I am also a TV series addict (thank God for channel 102!) who aspires to a more active and healthier lifestyle. I am bookworm in waiting, a novice foodie and my own work in progress.


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Instagram: mpumie_n

Unravelling The Wrap

The head wrap has been around for ages, but is it only recently that it seems to spark a new flame?

After Mrs Carter (Beyonce) rocked her turban inspired head gear a long while ago, it seems that head wraps have become the new kid on the block.

You will feel like a kid in a candy store as you experiment with wraps of different colours, shapes, sizes and patterns. Head wraps are mostly seen as a fashion statement but that is not their only prized quality; they are practical too. When faced with a bad hair day situation wraps are your best friend.

Let’s unravel an array of different head wraps…

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About the author:

nosi picI’m Nosipho Ngcobo from Durban, KZN.  Having had unhealthy hair for quite some time, thick, long and healthy tresses were only but a dream. Hence I took it upon myself to attain that dream (trial and error included). Call it borderline hair obsession or determination; whatever it is, it evoked a burning urge of true understanding.

SA celebrities chop it (all) off!!


My Latest Obsession – Suede Nike Blazer High Tops


I only bought these in back March but you’d never tell…like if shoes could go on a strike, this pair would be on their 2nd month. I’m not a trend follower; I always know exactly what’s I want in my wardrobe and this pair of Black suede Nike Blazer high tops were just what I needed to alternate with my red (now turned pink) high top Converse All-Stars (which hubby took it upon himself to recolour through a washing machine. story for another day). I love shoes I can wear with pretty much anything in my wardrobe…whether up or down –  this pair is my latest ngamihla (items one’s always sported wearing).

I rock them with pretty much every outfit…

With leggings
With leggings


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My fav outfit: with a BD from Mr Price


With a formal pencil skirt

Heck I even rocked em the entire weekend at my late gran’s in the rurals last week!! Sorry Nike :(

Bundu bashin!

I bought them at Edgars in Melrose Arch; not sure if they still have them as my pair was the last at the time of purchase.

My search for the black and gold leather kicks still continues. Maybe I must start stalking Loot Luv, her Instagram suggests o itse sgoti sa Nike high