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I had no idea about the Konjac plant until I found The Konjac Sponge and I found it fascinating so I thought I would share a little info with you guys about it.
Firstly, what is the Konjac plant?
The Konjac plant is native to Asian countries including South Korea, Japan and China. Many people have compared it to a yam in terms of its looks and texture and it is incredibly versatile. With a history of over 1,500 years dating back to the sixth century in Japan when it was used as a medicinal food, it’s clear that it’s held its own over the years.
What makes the Konjac plant so special?
Apart from being 100% sustainable, the plant is rich in vitamins (not to show off, but a casual abundance of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E) and lots of essential protein. It is also jam packed with natural minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and iron.
Konjac is made up of almost 90% water so it doesn’t hurt to injest some when you need a dose of hydration.
How can Konjac be used to boost your health?
Konjac is a fan with those keeping an eye on their weight as a small portion will make you feel full very quickly. Glucomannan (a sugar made from the root of the Konjac plant) will increase up to a whopping 200 times of its original volume after absorption. Konjac also balances salinity, cleans the stomach and intestine and removes toxins from the body.
Diabetics in particular can benefit from Konjac as glucomannan has fantastic supporting effects such as lowering blood sugar and increasing insulin in the blood.
How can you bring Konjac into your beauty regime?
Prepare yourself for one little sponge that will change the way you look at cleansing your skin in the most natural and gentle way possible.
Each of these special hand made sponges are perfect for not only delivering a really deep skin clean but also gives cell regeneration a kick start, meaning skin looks radiant and free from dead skin cells.
Given that Konjac is naturally alkaline, it is super kind to even the most sensitive skin. Konjac sponges are free from chemicals, colouring and irritants and completely biodegradable meaning you can do your bit for the planet through your beauty routine. The sponges proudly carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbol as part of the Konjac Sponge Company’s commitment to cruelty free skincare.
The Konjac Sponge Company is stocked at Wojooh stores in all major shopping malls, Holland and Barrett, The Nail Spa, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. Prices start at 75 dhs, visit www.facebook.com/thekonjacspongecompanymiddleeast to find out more.
I went to the Belle Femme salon in JBR, they have a very professional service and they use my favourite L’oreal products so I always feel confident putting my hair in their hands. The colourist Najat had a look at my hair and told me it would be almost impossible to lift it to the previous ash blonde and she did a colour test…after the bleach my hair had become weaker so we decided to just get it to a nice brown with some highlights.
Najat was amazing, a lot of colourists would just bleach it regardless of the condition and that is one of the things I love about Belle Femme! She took 6 hours to do my hair because she lightened it gradually 3 times. A lot of places just want clients in and out for a fast turnaround but she took the time to ensure she did my hair the best possible way. I was really happy with my hair and highly recommend Najat for a colour, Belle Femme have never disappointed me.
This years hair trends are a toned down version of last year, hair contouring with very natural highlights and gradual ombres with less of a contrast. L’oreals pro fibre treatment is great if your lightening your hair to strengthen it again and get it in good condition.
- I try to put coconut oil in my hair once a week overnight.
- Avoid ammonia in hair dye when colouring your hair, the new inoa colour from L’oreal is a great alternative.
- I have a habit of washing my hair daily which is actually really bad for your hair because it strips it of natural oils, in summer I try to do it once every couple of days instead and use heat protecting spray.
- When I’m going to the beach I leave my conditioner in, its great if you have naturally dry hair because when the salt gets in your hair you get beachy waves instead of a hot frizzy mess.