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DJ Yuki

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Contents 04 Scoop Breaking beauty news and the latest hair happenings 06 N on-committal style Why clip-in extensions are the answer to instant style gratification 08 S andal season Time to get your toes out 10 T he sound of Yuki In the mix with DJ Yuki 14 H ot girl summer giveaway Win a Spell Beauty kit worth over £150

18 Who, what, wear

16 C reative corner The appreciation page for emerging talent in the creative industry 18 W ho, what, wear The influencers setting the trends 20 M indful skincare – it’s not a gimmick A regime to looking and feeling good

20 Mindful skincare – it’s not a gimmick

22 S pell loves Feed your inner product junkie 24 T he joys of black soap The benefits of using one of Africa’s best kept skincare ingredients 26 B ulletin The latest offers from spellbeauty.com

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EDITOR Jemima Cousins SUB EDITORS Gemma Rusiecki, Julie Vuong WRITERS Jennifer Meredith, Keysha Davis, Erica Matthews DESIGNER Marzena Wilk

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"WE ALL EXPRESS OURSELVES THROUGH HOW WE DRESS"

Founder Crystal White

Interview

Mentally preparing to go natural and West African headdress at its finest

BEHIND THE BRAND

HER DAILY CROWN Through her own natural hair journey, founder Crystal White was inspired to bring stylish West African headdress to the masses Read the full interview at spellmagazine.com

"My inspiration to start Her Daily Crown came after frustration with my own hair. I've always enjoyed wearing wigs and weaves but I was at a stage in my life where I wanted to stand in my own confidence. At first it was challenging dealing with my natural hair. And then it occurred to me that I could try wearing a headwrap. I quickly realised there weren’t many out there that were fashionable, affordable or suited to everyday wear. "The fabrics and styles in the Her Daily Crown range are inspired by West African headdresses. The colours are so rich and because we express ourselves through how we dress it makes sense for headscarves to serve the same purpose. For centuries, women SPELL

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(and men) have worn headwraps around the world for many reasons - whether religious or cultural. And the styles and fabrics have varied over time. "You can wear our headwraps as a form of protective styling or as an everyday fashion accessory. Tucking kinky and curly hair away under fabric reduces the need to manipulate one's curls, meaning less damage and breakage. "Cotton headwraps are lightweight, easy to style and non-slip. If you want to add extra protection and retain hair moisture we recommend that you wear a silk or satin scarf under your cotton headwrap for maximum protection and styling versatility. "I love that fact that the natural hair movement

has encouraged black women to embrace their natural afrotextured hair. My advice to someone embarking on a natural hair journey is to make sure you're in the right mental space. The realisation that you can wear your natural hair and still be beautiful is something many women still struggle to come to terms with. Western standards of beauty push the narrative that long, straight and silky hair is better and we've all bought into this idea for so long. Honestly, I'm here to say that's simply not true. "One of my favourite headwrap styles is the high bun. It's such a simple way to wrap your hair and is suitable for any occasion. You can keep it simple or get creative and add some baby hairs or a curly fringe."


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Amazon has surprised everyone by launching a huge hi-tech hair destination just around the corner from its UK offices. Set in London's Spitalfields, the space is kitted out with every mod con imaginable - from Fire tablets at each station to augmented reality mirrors so you can see exactly how your cut and colour will turn out. We really are living in the prime time!

WINNIE HARLOW SHARES HER HAIR JOURNEY IN PAUL MITCHELL SHOOT Paul Mitchell’s newly appointed global ambassador Winnie Harlow has been opening up about her connection to the brand and relationship with hair: “My mum was a hairdresser growing up," she says. "I loved seeing her transform a client’s hair, put a smile on their face and leave them happy and ready to rule the world. Partnering with an iconic brand like Paul Mitchell is close to my heart; I get to create new personas, personalities and characters with every look."

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VIRGIL ABLOH’S FIRST BOOK Abloh-isms is a collection of insightful quotes by Virgil Abloh, founder of fashion label Off-White. Inside he reflects on a range of subject matters that have played a part in his trailblazing career - from creativity and passion to innovation and race. Price £12.99, Princeton University Press

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NON-COMMITTAL STYLE THE REVIVAL OF CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS

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The Feme Collection Afro Puff, £17.99 The Feme Collection Ponytail, from £14.99

#bunlife to new levels. Trina Nicole, co-founder of CurltureUK, wore two puffs with a baseball cap, serving up effortless chic with aplomb. “It’s so easy to wear – I’m out the door in minutes,” she says, proving the expediency of clip-ins. The 100 per cent human hairpiece can be worn straight out the box or fluffed up to create more volume and texture. Alternatively, if you want to wear a classic ballerina bun, opt for the polished Feme Bun or go for full-on inches with The Feme Collection Ponytail tha goes up to 36 inches. Either way, clip-ins will ensure that you never fall short on style. But when it comes to shopping the look, there are just a few things to bear in mind...

Big Beautiful Hair Clip-in Hair, from £20.49

Who doesn’t love the idea of clip-in extensions? Stylish and convenient, they enable the hair obsessed among us to change up our look on a whim. So, if you’re looking to dip your toe into the world of clip-ins, your first port of call should be finding extensions that match your natural hair, or its current texture, as closely as possible. Spell Beauty recently launched the Big Beautiful Hair range, comprising premium blend 100 per cent human hair clip-ins in a choice of textures - from corkscrew curls and coily ‘fro to kinky straight and kinky curl - to provide everyone with type 4 hair the perfect match. Staying on the natural vibe, The Feme Collection Afro Puff will take your

Feme Bun, from £6.49

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If you’re looking to add a bit of length and volume to your hair but can’t quite commit to a full head of extensions, clip-ins are a great alternative. Read our essential guide to find your next style and the perfect set for you.


FIND THE PERFECT MATCH

DECIDE ON YOUR FINISHED LOOK

CARING FOR YOUR CLIP-INS

DON’T PRESSURE YOUR HAIRLINE

Clip-ins are pretty straightforward to install. They often come in a pre-installed formation, which consists of rows of extensions with a weft sewn in at the top and clips that you can attach to your natural hair. Celebrity stylist Kevin Shanti advises: “It’s crucial to ensure that your clip-ins match the texture of your hair. That’s rule 101. If you’re wearing it down, brush your own hair into the extension or for kinky curls fingercomb to get a seamless blend.” Always start by installing the shorter length wefts (five inches) at the nape and work your way up, adding the longer wefts to cover more of the head. A standard pack contains strip wefts (approximately three inches). These are to cover the sides or can be wrapped around the base of an updo. “If your hair is dense, go for thick wefted clip-ins,” says Kevin. “They’re fuller and have more strands.”

One of the other main factors to consider when applying clip-ins is how dramatic you want your finished look to be. Are you going for big, bouncy and bold curls reminiscent of a Studio 54 disco queen? Or do you prefer just a subtle addition to what’s naturally yours by adding a little length and volume? Depending on the desired outcome, session stylist Michelle Thompson says she uses different types of extensions: “Synthetic hair is fine to wear for a one-off occasion. They come in a variety of colours and are much cheaper compared to human hair. But for longevity, your best bet is to invest in human hair.” Deciding how voluminous you want your hair to look will determine how many rows you will need to purchase. Typically, you will need to add three to four rows for a complete look, depending on the style.

Clip-ins come in a variety of styles and textures from premium priced options made with human hair to more affordable versions made from synthetic materials. With human hair extensions, you’ll need to care for them in a similar way to how you look after your own hair. Every few weeks, rinse your extensions in cool water and use a mild cleanser like KeraCare Hydrating Shampoo to remove grime and product build-up. When washing the hair use gentle strokes in a downward motion along the lengths to prevent raising the cuticles. Follow with a conditioner like Herbal Essences Potent Aloe+ Bamboo Conditioner to keep the hair nourished and hydrated. Use a leavein product to minimise frizz, or for heat styling try Tangle Teezer and Design Essentials tailored extensions products to keep the hair looking healthy.

As mentioned, clip-ins are a great way to add more volume and texture to your hair. However, they can add stress to the crown so it’s important not to become too reliant on them or you can risk damaging your own hair, particularly on the hairline. “Avoid clipping the hair to the same area to minimise damage,” advises Jimmy Campbell, owner of 305 Salon. And as tempting as it might be to crash out at bedtime wearing your extensions, we don’t recommend it. Not only could this potentially cause damage to your hair and scalp, but the extensions can become entangled - leading to even more damage. Similarly, try and refrain from over-wearing your clip-ins. “When you remove the clips, massage the scalp to improve the blood flow to the follicles,” adds Jimmy. “This is vital to keep your own hair healthy in the long-term.”

FOR KEEPS Spell’s pick of essential products for getting the best out of your clip-in hair extensions

DESIGN ESSENTIALS Wig & Extensions Finishing Thermal Serum, £8.99

HERBAL ESSENCES Potent Aloe + Bamboo Conditioner, £6

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The sound of Yuki From listening to Beyoncé on repeat to telling her Nigerian parents she was ditching law school for the turntables, we get in the mix with DJ Yuki

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Depending on when you’re reading this, June 21 is fast approaching. And unless you’ve been burrowed under a rock for 18 months – and who would blame you given the turbulent times – it marks the end of lockdown rules. So, as DJs limber up to play for partygoers itching to relive prelockdown days, DJ Yuki (real name Osayuki Omo-Uwamere) has yet to confirm her plans. “I can’t reveal anything yet but whatever it is, it’s going to be epic,” she says. The in-demand and genre-blending DJ has a penchant for playing in style. Jet-setting around the globe to spin for Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or playing at Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launch are just some of her career high points. But it doesn’t stop there: in the last year, DJ Yuki expanded her CV with the addition of producer following the release of dancefloor summer anthem Weekend Love.

COMES TO YOUR SETS, BUT WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF MUSIC IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE?

That’s such a hard question. I really don’t know as I listen to so many genres just depending on my mood and the whole vibe. If I had to say right now at this very moment, it would be R&B to listen to and then Jackin House for my sets. WHAT WAS MORE CHALLENGING TELLING YOU PARENTS YOU WANTED TO BE A DJ OR TRANSITIONING FROM DJ TO PRODUCER?

Definitely telling my parents. Telling Nigerian parents, who thought I was going to be a lawyer, that I wanted to be a DJ was not something that I dropped randomly over the dinner table. It was a carefully thought out operation, which sounds so dramatic,

but it really was. I always felt like there was so much expectation in the sense that I am my mum’s only child. And after going to boarding school to Warwick Uiniversity to then starting law school, everything seemed to be going in the direction of me becoming a lawyer. So for me to drop out of law school and tell my parents that I wasn’t happy and wanted to do music full-time was so difficult. It’s not as though they didn’t know that I wanted to do music for years, but I think they thought that it was just a phase and would pass. However, it never did. Thankfully my mum is my biggest supporter now and has all my tracks and playlists on repeat. WE’RE OBSESSED WITH HOW YOU STYLE WIGS. IS THERE A PROCESS TO DECIDING YOUR NEXT WIG LOOK?

We catch up with the glamorous cover star to talk about issues close to her heart, from music, wigs and fashion to telling her Nigerian parents that she wanted to change career and become a DJ... WHAT ALBUM GOT YOU THROUGH LOCKDOWN?

I’ve been loving Beyoncé’s Homecoming album. I watched the documentary when it first came out but listening to the album is just something else completely. It’s the fact that it’s live - not just a live vocal, but recorded as a live performance. She’s singing, dancing, doing it all and just sounds flawless. It’s a fun, nostalgic album and just a throwback for festivals and live events, which I’m missing so much right now. Listening to the album just gives me all those amazing feelings again and has me reminiscing about good times.

“TELLING NIGERIAN PARENTS I WANTED TO BE A DJ... WAS A CAREFULLY THOUGHT OUT OPERATION”

WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE OF MUSIC COME FROM?

My parents were always playing music when I was growing up and they always had such eclectic tastes. They listened to everything from Fela and Victor Uwaifo to acid house, jazz and disco. It’s definitely shaped how I view music and my personal taste. NO GENRE IS OFF LIMITS WHEN IT SPELL

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Thank you! I tend to go for 5x5 or 6x6 closures as I don’t have the capacity for frontals, so it has to be a style that will work with that. I also never glue down my wigs. I work really closely with Edmund Bossman on my looks. He will sometimes just be like, ‘listen the blonde is cute and all but we need some lowlights, we need some colour, we need some spice,’ so we kind of work like that. I’ll tell him what I have coming up and we’ll just get to work. It’s really fun. YOUR STYLE IS SO ON POINT, HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH EVOLVING TRENDS?

Thank you! Instagram is great, I’m also always on the fashion blogs and I never thought I’d say this but Pinterest is so good for discovering emerging trends. YOU’VE PLAYED FOR A LOT OF COOL BRANDS LIKE FENTY SKIN AND FILA, WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLAB?

Oooh there are so many brands I’d love to collab with! I’ve got loads of ideas for beauty collabs from make-up palettes to nails and then of course I would love to work on a project with something to do with DJing, like creating my own headphones or something totally from scratch. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR 10-YEAR-OLD SELF?

You are never going to be able to please everyone and that’s OK. Do what makes you happy. Follow @DJYuki

On the playlist Four tracks that get Yuki in the right frame of mind

Work out Weekend Love feat. Laura Davie

Make out Drunk in Love Beyoncé

Night out Ye Burna Boy

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WHO: @afroglory_ What: She’s absolutely fabulous darrling. Yes, we’re talking about Edwige À La Mode, the queen of all things luxe. At first glance, her platform is the perfect source for high-life style. Yet on closer inspection she has a talent for reworking highstreet brands and making them look expensive. In a nutshell, she’s a strong advocate for women seeking the finer things in life but are sensible to work to a budget. Wear: Edwige continues to evolve her OOTD co-ord collection by matching basics with statement colour. Follow suit and hit those luxe goals.

What: So what if we are already halfway through the year? We’ve put this naturalista on our Ones To Watch list for 2021! Afro Glory founder Shahira is a beauty influencer who uses her platform to showcase everything from flawless skin to wearable art. With her insight into working behind the scenes in the beauty industry, we love that she supports small creators and even lets her audience get involved with deciding upcoming content like her next make-up looks! Wear: Love it or hate it, Shahira has nailed the faux freckle trend and has a dab hand for baby hair art.

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WHO: @simplydeborah What: Need more colour in your life? Emerging style influencer and yummy mummy Simply Deborah has a natural finesse for creating wearable outfits made up of block colours. The busy life of motherhood can sometimes slip you into a wardrobe slump, but we love how she shares bursts of motivation with her audience, inspiring them to always look on the brighter side – both in life and wardrobe. Wear: Simply Deborah’s signature piece is a blazer and you can recreate her bold and beautiful looks by going for key accessories like a fedora hat or boldly coloured bag.

What: Contributing curve editor at Cosmopolitan and a big proponent for challenging beauty standards, Lauren Nicole Coppin Campbell’s days of body dysmorphia are far behind her. Today she’s a signed model and has landed campaigns with Superdrug and Erdem. If you haven’t already hit the follow button, you can expect to see an eclectic fashion sense that appeals to all shapes and sizes. Wear: With the fashion on lock and a strong hair and beauty game, there are so many worthy looks to recreate from Lauren Nicole feed. All you have to do is choose one.

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MINDFUL SKINCARE - it’s not a gimmick

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Create the ultimate at-home skincare ritual to alleviate stress and spark inner joy

These days we all need to grab enjoyment wherever we can. Recent studies show that most of us are either stressed or extremely stressed as a direct result of the pandemic. And it’s no wonder - despite life slowly returning to normality, many of the pastimes that brought us joy have been restricted intermittently for an entire year. Women on the whole have been more adversely affected by the numerous

lockdowns than men, with many citing a skewed work-life balance. Whether we’re still working from the kitchen table, anxious about our finances or taking on more than our fair share of the housework and childcare, it’s unsurprising that 64 per cent of the women in Britain are thought to be suffering from extreme tiredness or fatigue. The old adage ‘enjoy the little things’ has never been more relatable than it is right now. Because even though SPELL

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our daily pressures and responsibilities have risen to new heights, it’s absolutely imperative that we invest in our own wellbeing. Thankfully, turning a twice-daily skincare routine into a bona fide selfcare ritual is something we can all make time for. So from decadently nourishing serums to massage tools that can help you relax before bedtime, here’s how to take five minutes of ‘me-time’ to improve your stress levels and enhance your complexion…


STEP FOUR: Peace and nourishment The right moisturiser will not only beautify your skin, but can also elevate your mood. Dr Hauschka is calling its new Balancing Day Lotion, £26.50, “happiness in a bottle” thanks to its soothing botanical blend. With extracts of anthyllis, field horsetail and nasturtium to support the skin and soothe blemishes, it leaves skin moisturised, clear and glowing.

STEP SIX: Going balmy For a heightened sensory experience, supplement your skincare routine with a balm containing essential oils. Try massaging Lab Tonica’s invigorating POW balm, £12, into your pressure points if you’re in need of a pick-me-up before a long day ahead. For a night-time alternative, Skin and Tonic Calm Balm, £13, contains lavender, chamomile and calendula to soothe your skin and aid your sleep. STEP SEVEN: Final touches No skincare routine is complete without a slick of lip balm. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm, £3.75, in Peppermint cools the skin, clears sinuses and sharpens your mind so you’re ready for the day. Meanwhile, you can improve the results of your evening skincare ritual by investing in a decadent silk pillowcase. Gentler than polyester or cotton, the Mane Silk Pillowcase, £40, is handmade from high quality fibres to minimise wrinkles and frizzy hair.

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STEP THREE: Moisture plus A serum or facial oil, depending on your skin type, is a great first step to

STEP FIVE: Time out Taking time for a massage will upgrade your regime into a self-care ritual. The gentle action of using the Kitsch Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller, £29.67, will increase blood circulation, and in turn, lift, sculpt and tighten the skin. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling flush, the selfheating Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment, £249, device combines advanced dermal technologies with exclusive Korean mask formulas for a decadent facial treatment in seconds. Designed to be used with the Foreo mini sheet masks, its vibrating sonic waves strangely bring over a sense of zen. Alternatively, the Magnitone SteamAhead, £30, provides a deeply relaxing spa-at-home experience for more than half the price and beats the

old school method of using a towel and boiling water.

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STEP TWO: Tone it up Contrary to popular opinion, a toner isn’t always necessary – especially if your other products are doing their job properly. But if you’d like to use one for sensory purposes (essential for self-care), we recommend SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner, £30, which calms the skin and doesn’t contain alcohol. Simply spritz and you’re done.

Likewise, investing in a luxe nightcream will bring extra joy to your bedtime routine. Olivanna Intense Repair Night Cream, £96, contains collagen-boosting organic cotton thistle extract and proven powerhouse botanicals to revive your skin while you sleep.

nourish your skin. You can mix it up from day to night: hyaluronic acid is great for an overnight moisture boost while vitamin C will give your complexion a glow. For stressed out skin that needs rescuing, The Organic Pharmacy’s aptly named Skin Rescue Serum, £39, contains a super-soothing blend of healing tamanu oil, calming chamomile and cooling rose oil. Alternatively, if you suffer from dehydrated skin, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Radiance Emulsion, £55, is for you. Loaded with hyaluronic acid and cordyceps, just one pump delivers multi-level hydration for instantly visible results.

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STEP ONE: Cleanse and calm The uncertainty of the world – and not to mention mask wearing – has sent our complexions haywire. So if you’re finding your skin’s a little bit angry (who can blame it?), Science of Skin Cleanse No. One, £15.99, will help you restore balance and calm in no time. Its vegan-friendly foaming formula contains a host of actives such as spot-busting salicylic acid, rednessreducing green tea and pore-shrinking witch hazel.

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LIGHT LOAD

Monday 21 June officially marks the beginning of summer, so when it comes to your foundation you’ll need to lighten the load. Swap heavy-duty formulas for tinted moisturisers - they’re oil-free, offer buildable coverage, contain SPF and let your skin breathe in the summer heat. Tip: be mindful of the undertone if you’re buying online.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint, £25

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, £32

Nars Tinted Moisturiser, £31

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector SPF 20, £36

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GYM BUFFS

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Back in the throes of gym life? Then consider these fitness-friendly beauty saviours after working up a sweat. AirFro 00.1 PHiT is a protein-rich co-wash with a 3-in-1 action plan: cleanse, condition and hydrate. For your face, use Booster Serum by Gym For Your Skin to minimise post-workout breakouts. And after using equipment, kill 99.9 per cent germs with a spritz of Soapmith rinse-free spray.

AIRFRO 00.1 PHIT!, £18

SOAPSMITH Brick Lane Rinse Free Hand Wash, £7

GYM FOR YOUR SKIN Skin B-Hit Vitamin B Booster Serum, £37

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We’re going back to the 90s baby! Yes, that’s right – hair scrunchies have been resuscitated. Whether you wear them in a nonchalant up-do or stacked high on the wrist, several is better than one. This stylish satin set from Flora & Curl (£12) definitely makes the cut.

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“As far as I’m concerned, there aren’t enough curly fringes in the world. With celebrities adopting the look and going for a 70s vibe, here’s how your can make it work for you. If your hair is curly rather than tightly coiled go for layers to encourage movement and volume. For tighter kinks, extend you coils so the fringe drops. Try the SheaMoisture Red Palm & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding.” Stefan Bertin, celebrity hairdresser


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THIS TRADITIONAL INGREDIENT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES, SO ISN’T IT TIME THAT YOU ADDED IT TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE?

When we say that herbalism - the study and practice of plants as medicine - has been around for a long time, we mean it. Sixty-thousand years, as a matter of fact. For millennia, humans have relied on plants as a way of healing ailments, from the use of myrrh as a painkiller to hemp for arthritis relief. While it may seem as if we’ve lost touch with these practices, herbalism is still very much around today. But thanks to research and an increased understanding of plants and the human body, medicines, cosmetics and other applications have developed far beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined. Yet, there are still certain natural formulas that require no processing or complex chemical additions. They aren’t produced by a multi-national brand or backed by an A-list celebrity, but formed through years of experimentation, with recipes passed down by oral tradition from generation to generation. And what better endorsement is there than SPELL

a history of proven success? One of these very products is African black soap, with its seemingly endless skin benefits and completely natural ingredients. It joins a handful of herbalist cosmetics that have garnered interest in recent years, from Jamaican black castor oil to shea butter. But what exactly is it and what can it do for your skin? BACK TO OUR ROOTS African black soap can be traced back to West Africa where the Yoruba people mix natural oils with the ash of local plants - depending on what is available - like cocoa pods, palm leaves, plantain skins and shea tree bark. The plants are then harvested and sun-dried before being burnt until ashy. But why not just use the plants in their original form? Although they have benefits when utilised in other applications, the ash in African black soap has an exfoliating and balancing effect, clearing away rough patches on the skin while absorbing excess oils.

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WHAT NOT TO BUY As with any product that earns a certain amount of popularity, African black soap has been picked up by non-traditional brands that are prone to altering its recipe. This usually means bulking out the product with inexpensive ingredients or using additives to increase shelf life. When buying African black soap, a quick glance at the ingredients should tell you everything you need to know about whether it’s been adapted. Unlike the many skincare products that we see on the shelves in shops, this soap should have no dyes, fragrances or fancy colourings on its label. An authentic product will contain only a handful of ingredients WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR? African black soap really is a miracle worker with benefits for dry, oily or normal skin types as well as specific skin issues. Here are just a few ailments that African black soap has been shown to alleviate:

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✓ Hyperpigmentation ✓ Shaving rashes ✓ Psoriasis ✓ Fungal skin infections ✓ Scarring ✓ Eczema

The oils are added to the ash along with water, before being heated and hand-stirred. These oils can include coconut, shea butter and palm oil, all of which have the ability to boost hydration and soothe certain skin conditions. Once the ingredients have been appropriately mixed together, the soap is then left to set and cure (a process that allows the water to evaporate) before it can be used or packaged and sold.

R&R Luxury Liquid Black Soap, £15

You can use African black soap as often as is appropriate for your skin type. And thanks to its lack of harsh chemicals, it can be used on the face to cleanse and exfoliate. It can even be used to remove make-up! Plus, its antimicrobial properties help fight against acne as it cleanses away the pimple-causing bacteria that live on oily areas of the skin.

KAE Black Hamman Soap with Eucalyptus, £18

THINKING OF TRYING AFRICAN BLACK SOAP? Always read the label to ensure that the product does not contain any ingredients that you know to be irritating to your skin. If these are clear then it will undoubtedly become a new staple in your skincare routine. WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY Eni Salawu, founder of Natural Jem, says: “African black soap is a true multi-tasking skincare product, with the ability to do way more than just cleanse. It’s a good option for addressing common skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis and costs a fraction of the price to highend products. Also, if you really shop around, you can find good Fairtrade brands that ensure employees based in Africa are paid a fair rate.”

NATURAL JEM African Black Soap, £5

MAMADO African Black Soap Infused with Coconut, £6.95

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In a recent Instagram post you got a lot of likes for wearing The Feme Collection Afro Puff HH… I love how real it looks! It matched my texture perfectly - and because it fits so well, it wasn’t obvious that it was a hairpiece. I also felt secure wearing it and didn’t feel like it was going to fly off! Haha. You also tried out the Perm Yaki Instant Pony. What are your thoughts? I really enjoyed having a long ponytail that was textured and not dead straight. It SPELL

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looked similar to my natural hair blow-dried straight. I love how my natural blow-dried hair looks, but if I were to rock it out, it reverts and shrinks really easily, so the Perm Yaki Instant Pony solved that problem for me. I could rock a ponytail that looked similar to my natural blow-dried hair – maybe a little sleeker – without having to worry about the style getting messed up! It also felt very secure like the Afro Puff. Which Spell Beauty product best sums up your hair personality?

I love all the different X-pression braiding hair options. I love to switch up my look and braiding hair is an easy way to do that! Different lengths, different colours, different styles… you can create so many fun looks without damaging your hair. What’s your secret to healthy curls? Not doing too much! Find a nice simple routine that works for you and your hair. Take time to learn and listen to what your hair needs. Don’t be afraid to break the natural hair rules. Have fun with it!


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