Confetti Proof Your Hair This Easter

Easter is usually around the same time as my birthday. Not only do I get birthday gifts and an Easter basket (still till this day), I also get a double serving of cascarones (confetti eggs) slapped on my head! I guess they are supposed to take the place of birthday spankings. Ha! Growing up with two brothers and my birthday always being around Easter time, I learned through the years how to “confetti proof” my hair. It’s a pain in the ass to have confetti in your hair, especially when your wearing your Easter best, took extra time to fix your hair, and looking all cute. When you have long, thick hair it’s no fun getting it be confetti free. It doesn’t matter if it’s the big chunky pieces or the teeny tiny flakes & don’t forget the little pieces of eggshell that stick to your scalp…ugh!  As it is, your hands are probably stained from dying eggs for the Easter egg hunt.

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Nothing saves your hair better than a pony tail. Most of it is slicked back and all you have to brush out is the ends of your hair. I usually flat iron my hair, so it’s pretty easy to remove confetti out of straight hair. Shake off as much as you can and then use a natural bristle brush starting at the ends working up to your roots. When you get to the root area, get the brush as close to your scalp as you can so when you run it through your lovely locks the bristles will grab a good amount of confetti. If your brush is heavily compacted with confetti, you may want to clean out your brush before brushing again and just continue till you get it all out.

For those of you that wear a curly hair style, an updo, or put lots of product in your hair, you may want to mention to your loved ones just how difficult it is to get the confetti and eggshells out of your hair; they may feel bad for you and not try to egg your head with cascarones. The more you try to shake off or pick these festive goodies, the frizzier your hair will get. Hair products such as hairspray, gels, & mousses have a tendency of building up white flakes when you unset the hair walking around with a white dust cloud on your head would not be a good thing, even more so for those that make multiple stops for the holiday.

happyeaster_tbg1And lastly, let’s not forget about your hands, even when you wear gloves to dye your Easter eggs, sometimes certain dyes will bleed through the gloves and stain your skin. Try wetting your hands and using a nail brush with a few drops of dishwasher detergent on it. The grainy texture along with the stain removers in dishwashing detergent will remove the stain.

I hope these few tips will help you when you’re in that cascarone war on Easter Sunday. Be sure to stash a few cascarones of your own to get back at those that mess up your hair. Happy Easter Everyone!

Stop Picking Your Face!

There are many bad habits out there, smoking, nail biting, pulling your own hair, & so many more. But there is one that many people have and fail to realize it’s even considered a bad habit. I’m talking about face picking, popping zits, poking pimples, squeezing blemishes, whatever you want to call it. As soon as you see a blemish on your skin, you try to squeeze everything out of it thinking it will magically disappear after you’re done. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but you are not doing your skin any justice whatsoever, in fact you are making a whole lot worse.

There are many disadvantages when it comes to picking your pimples, the biggest one is spreading bacteria around the skin which can lead to more acne. For some, it’s like a reflex, you see a pimple, & just start picking. What you’re not realizing is, your hands haven’t been washed, & no telling what bacteria you could have underneath your fingernails. Not only will the spread of bacteria lead to more breakouts, it can also cause an infection, which could possibly lead to you having to pay a visit to the dermatologist.

When a pimple isn’t ready to be extracted, it’s usually red in color, a bit inflamed, with no white or black head, & sometimes a little tender to the touch. If you’re picking at your pimples before they are ready, all you are going to get out that blemish is blood, a scab, & a scar. If you are prone to hyper pigmentation (getting dark spots), picking at your pimples will create another problem for your skin, not only will you bleed, get a scab, & a scare, you will also have a dark spot.

If you have picked at a pimple before it had that whitehead of pus & its bleeding, the best thing to do is immediately wash your face. Once the blood stops, it’s good to put some Neosporin on it to prevent infection. Keep in mind Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment, so this is just to protect your skin from infection, not from future breakouts. After that, leave it alone your skin alone!!!! I can not stress that enough! Ha-ha!

If you have acne, break out scars or dark spots from picking, they can be diminished with facial treatments such as, high frequency facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, & many others. The best way to avoid all these risks, recurring breakouts, & mostly a lifetime of scars is to have your pimple extractions done professionally. A licensed professional has the proper extraction technique, equipment, knowledge to help clear your skin, minimize future breakouts, & steer you in the right direction to proper skin care.  Next time you have a blemish, remember, if you pick at it, your only hurting your skin. 🙂 breakout

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!