Miriam C. R Mushaikwa

I had the pleasure of chatting to musician Martha Longwe for our Marigold Series for phenomenal women who are thriving one step at a time in their industries. 

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I’m Martha Longwe, and l was born and raised in Bulawayo. I’m a born-again Christian singer, songwriter, beautician and a mother.

Q: Every musician has that one unforgettable event in which they’d have participated. Which one comes quickly to mind here?

A: What quickly comes to mind is the opportunity I was accorded when l was requested to be one of the backing vocalists for Jimmy D Psalmist when he came to Zimbabwe on tour. It really was an awesome experience!

Q: You were once a member of the Zimpraise Choir. How was your experience there like?

A: Being part of the Zimpraise Choir was a great experience. l enjoyed being part of the band, and l can safely say l learnt a lot during that time.

Q: Zimpraise Choir does tours. May you kindly share with us your travel diaries, and how they positively impacted your career.

A: We went on a couple of local tours, and it was always fun going out as a band and doing what we loved most: spreading the word of God through music. The tours exhibited that music is a powerful tool in spreading the Word of God, and my experiences at Zimpraise Choir also taught me to pray more and to have a closer, personal walk with God. I won’t trade these experiences with anything else because they have helped me in my solo career as well.

Q: How has your background as an ex-Zimpraise member aided in shaping you into a solo musician?

A: Zimpraise Choir had a certain level of excellency associated with it, and being a member means “high expectations” are automatically anticipated from you. Looking back, I regard it all as positive reinforcement, as it encourages one to work hard. My Zimpraise background was all fundamental to my solo career, as l believe it has aided in shaping it. I work so hard, because I’d like to keep getting better and better each time, and as I release new songs, I feel motivated to keep excelling.

Q: Everyone has an icon they look up to. Who inspires your vibe as a musician, and why?

A: Hahaha, one is too little because I have a lot of people that inspire me though they may all have different vibes from mine. Seeing or hearing them perform leaves me feeling a certain way, and I always have this thing inside of me that shouts, “l wanna be like that!” BUT, if I were to pick one musician: l love Ntokozo Mbatha because besides being a hard worker, she is full of the word, and her ministration is power-packed.

Q: Do you have recent musical releases and offerings that are currently being aired on our different channels?

A: Yes. I released a single called “Ofana Naye” in April, and it has been doing well on local radio stations.

Q: Everyone has their ups and downs. Which moments did you feel like you had reached rock bottom during your musical career?

A: I actually hit rock bottom when l started my solo project because l faced a lot of discouragement and momentarily gave up. Three years later and by the grace of God, I am back! I finally pulled myself together and got back into the studio.

Q: How did you work your way out of the dark place?

A: l am thankful to God who sent the right people just-in-time to assist me in getting back in my groove and to start all over again. I believe that if God puts a desire in you, you need to pursue it to the very end. He gave me this gift, so He will see it through.

Q: How has your career as a musician influenced other aspects of your life?

A: Besides being a musician, I am also a Beautician who specializes in doing nails and make-up. l also run a beauty shop named MarLo Beauty situated at Chinhoyi Mall Hop A7, where I sell cosmetics. Music has made me link up with quite a number of people, which is all a blessing as it also directly boosts my businesses and increases my clientele base.

Q: You are in the limelight, and that lifestyle is a bit demanding. How do you juggle your different tasks day-to-day?

A: Well, I would be lying if I say my schedule is that cramped up. With where l am for now in my music career, the pressure is still less so l can still juggle my tasks around easily. I wouldn’t know how it will be like in future though, but I am anticipating the hustle it’ll all bring.

Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

A: I envision myself travelling around the world, and doing the work of God through music.

Q: Being a mum can be a tough call. What’s most memorable about this journey?

A: Watching my child grow is so amazing. Sometimes I feel as if I’m not yet ready to see her getting taller than me!

Q: Are you the only musician in your family, and is your daughter also talented music-wise?

A: So far, l’m the only musician in my family. My daughter loves dancing, and she is good at it. I’d like to urge her to pursue her talent as well, because the only limit is self-doubt.

Q: When taking a casual rest after work or recording something, which movie is your go-to?

A: Pitch Perfect (It says it all.)

Q: As Girl Grandeur Zimbabwe, it is our responsibility to uplift other women. Feel free to share with us any works you’re currently engaged in.

A: Currently, I am working on my second album which is almost complete. The “Ofana Naye” video will also be coming out soon. Be prepared!

Q: All good things come to an end. As we conclude the interview, kindly leave words of advice to other Ladies who might be dreaming of embarking into this career.

A: l would like to just say to budding musicians: Know who you are, whose you are, and who you serve. Never look down upon yourself, because inside of you is greatness. Let Jesus be at the center of it all, and I guarantee you success. If you follow your heart and His lead, you will be walking in greatness.

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Hello Ms. Sue Chigorimbo. I’m Miss Miriam C.R. Mushaikwa from Girl Grandeur Zimbabwe, and it’s my pleasure to have you here for this interview.

Q: To kick off the interview, kindly tell us more about yourself.

A: My name is Sue Chigorimbo, and I am the eldest child in a family of three. I was born in Harare 40 years ago, then we moved to Mutare when my mom passed on. I am a single mother to three lovely children, two boys Tinashe aged 18 and Noel 15; and a little girl Nicole aged 6.

Q: Childhood is an exciting phase in life. What is your most vivid childhood memory? 

A: Well, my childhood was like any other in the 80s and 90s. I was energetic and loved playing ‘Maflawu’ and ‘Hwishu’ with my friends. My most vivid childhood memory would be when I was in Grade 7 in 1993 when I was chosen to travel from Harare to Victoria Falls [all expenses paid!] The program was planned by an organisation that chose two intelligent and well-behaved children per school from a couple of Primary Schools. It was amazing because the journey was by train, so it was a memorable experience. I had the time of my life.

Q: Success is not an overnight thing. Kindly walk us through your journey. 

A: Like you rightly stated, success is a journey and I am still far from where I aim to be, but the journey so far has been insightful. I started off knitting in 2018. My daily routine had become boring and I bought myself some yarn and knitting needles. I began by making headbands for my daughter. One day I posted them on Facebook and Instagram and people loved them. Next, I made placemats, accessorized them with buttons and orders started coming in. Then I thought, “Why not knit a cushion cover?” I did, people loved it and began getting orders. An aunt of mine saw my work on Facebook and she came by and asked if I could use a knitting machine. I had never used one before, so she offered to get someone to teach me. I learnt how to make cushion covers on a knitting machine in 3 hours. From then onwards, I was making up to 20 a day. I bought my own knitting machine, and that’s when Knits n Krafts by Sue was born. The cushions were a hit for a while then I stopped because I was battling depression due to some personal problems. The whole of 2019, I didn’t make anything and when the depression got really bad, I attempted suicide. As time went on, I figured out that keeping busy kept my mind off my problems. I needed to keep busy to ward off the anxiety, so I started knitting again in 2020. I wasn’t so sure if it was going to help, but I started posting again on my then dormant Knits n Krafts by Sue page, but the responses were amazing! I started getting calls and messages from all over, women were inspired by my work, and some even wanted to be taught how to knit. I then started writing my patterns and listed them on Etsy, Lovecrafts and Ravelry. The money started coming in from the pattern sales and this pushed me to keep going. I am yet to achieve my goals, but I have come so far.

Q: I saw some of your knitting works on Twitter and I was immediately drawn to them. What motivated you to venture into this enterprise? 

A: Initially boredom was the motivation for me to start knitting. Then personal problems and my battle with depression and anxiety also created a knitting zeal, because the craft became therapeutical. It was my outlet. Each time I felt the anxiety coming on, I would start knitting and would produce amazing creations. I realized that when knitting, my mind was constantly focused on what I was creating. I didn’t allow myself to think of anything else other than my creation. Knitting is also highly Mathematical; with so many sequences to follow, a lot of counting and remembering involved, so you really don’t have a choice but to block out everything else. I regard it as a highly cognitive craft.

Q: You are an entrepreneur and a mother. How well are you juggling both roles? 

A: I won’t lie to you here, juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship is challenging. Especially now, with the lockdown and home schooling. I have to monitor my children`s work on a daily basis. My daughter is in Grade one and I have to take her through her work step by step. I’ve have had to adjust my work times. I now start a lot later than I used to, and most of the time I have to work late into the night to meet orders. My 24 hours feels like 12 because there is always so much to do and very little time! Further to that, raising teenage boys and trying to run a business is hectic. There’s a time where I want to be involved in everything they do, but at the same time I have so much on my plate… but I try.

5b) In the household, what’s your favourite chore as “Mummy”?

I enjoy shopping for my kids, if that’s even a mommy chore. That’s the only time they listen to me and play along! Besides this one, I don’t think there’s a chore I enjoy anymore. I used to, when I was younger. I guess I got burned out [Laughs].

6.a) The public space can be hectic. What’s your best or worst experience with a client?

My best experience with a client so far has been when a client pays much more than I asked for. That happens a lot when people see my “kraft” and appreciate the talent. The worst experience I’ve had so far is when I received a knitting order and made it, only for the client to ghost me. Knitting takes some time, so I was gutted.

6.b) How well are you managing your social media presence, and is it effective enough?

I majored in e-commerce so I am a social media freak. I understand what a powerful tool it is in business, how effective it is in building a brand and I have also learnt so much through my social media marketing journey. I used to advertise and post my work on Facebook mainly, never on Twitter. There are some conclusions that I have drawn with regards to the effectiveness of the various social media platforms. I can confidently say my brand grew more via Twitter than any other platform. The same applies to sales. More than 90% of my orders have been via Twitter. Facebook Ads really helped me push my pattern sales globally. Entrepreneurs in this tech era need to embrace social media marketing, it is highly effective. It is less costly than the traditional marketing means, the reach is global and it is ubiquitous. An aggressive social media marketing approach is one of the most important strategic tools that a businessperson can possess.

Q: The line of work you’re in is still a niche market. Do you plan to start teaching others too?

A: Of course, imparting my craft skills is one of my goals. My skills are so diverse and it’s been difficult for me to focus on just one. I am literally all over the place, I make anything and everything. This made me think long and hard on how to make the most from my diversity, and the dream is to open a crafts school. This would offer opportunities of employment to other creatives like myself to teach what they know. My dream is to nurture young creatives from a young age, instil confidence in them to showcase their talent, and change the perception that crafts do not pay. I have been teaching knitting virtually for a year now, and I am working on turning it up by doing face to face classes once Covid-19 dies down.

Q: Apart from being the Knitting Lady, what else are you involved in?

A: At times I am into retail hustles, but currently I am focused on growing my brand.

Q: Being a woman is not easy. What are some of the struggles you face in your line of business?  

A: Perception is my greatest challenge and it trickles down to my pricing strategy, as people expect handmade crafts to be cheap. There is general lack of understanding and appreciation of the creative process, how taxing and complex it is. Talent needs to be appreciated and the prices of our products need to reflect the worth of the creative process. I once applied for funding from an organisation that was giving out loans to start-ups. The moment I told them I needed funds to import yarn for my next line of product: a baby range, they switched off. If perception changes and crafters get support from government, our journeys would be a lot easier. Women are not taken seriously if they do not have a white-collar job. We are expected to take on the more ‘respectable’ careers such as being a lawyer, doctor or an engineer. Crafting has always been looked down upon and not taken seriously. The moment someone asks what you do and you say you are a crafter, they think you are a joke, that you are not smart. Like I said before, a lot of people do not realize how mathematical knitting is, it is for the sharp mind. So there needs to be a lot of education from a young age, on how important crafting is alongside other career paths.

Q: As Girl Grandeur Zimbabwe, our role is to celebrate women. Do you have anything you would like us to prepare for that you’re working on in the shadows?

A: As alluded to earlier, I am working on opening a School of Krafts to nurture crafting from an early age and create employment for lots of crafters locally who have hidden their talent for fear of ridicule or because they are not confident it will put food on the table. So, watch the space.

Q. As we wrap up the interview, are there any words of advice you would love to give to fellow women who would like to follow in your footsteps?

A: My advice to fellow women who want to follow in my footsteps is: go for it, the sky is the limit. Start today, with the little that you have… voice shaking, trembling legs, just start! Unleash your creative giant, do what you love regardless of what they say, even if they don’t support you, go on. I always tell myself that my greatest supporter is my hands because they are capable of doing so much.

 Q. Kindly share your social media handles so that we can like, share, follow and buy your products..!

A: I am on Facebook as Knits n Krafts by Sue, same as Instagram. My Twitter handle is @KraftsQueen

M: Thank you very much for your time.

S: The pleasure’s mine.

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A lot of women find it difficult to accept the reality that just maybe, they were never meant to be mothers. Funny right? I sometimes have the lingering thought that not all wombs are meant to carry an unborn child. Past traumas, feelings of inadequacy, failing to meet the right partner, and even freewill are other determinants of uninhibited motherhood. We all have that inner child who’s there to constantly remind us that maybe we will be sucker mums, so if you fit into any of the following categories, appease your spirits by saving your eggs from the little growth (just yet…)

  1. If you are career-oriented

The possibilities to motherhood are probably endless since nowadays there are a lot of ways to conceive other than the conventional two-way man and woman street. There’s artificial insemination, where one just books an appointment with their gynae and bravo! a baby is planted in the womb. One can even opt for adoption if need rises which ideally takes the “mating” out of the equation if one is really not up for carrying a whole baby for 9 months. Either way, being a mother to that child brings the optimum satisfaction one can get. But some women are just not into all that charade and feel as if they are better off as career-oriented beings who spend most of their time working, crunching huge deals, handling corporate affairs and drinking loads of success champagne afterwards. If you’re this type of woman, do you Mammie, and never feel the need to explain your choices to anyone.

  1. If you just don’t want to be a mum

Society is quick to judge such women, as they usually feel as if choosing not to be a mum is an act simply brewed by selfish tendencies. Far from it: NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A MUM, because motherhood is a real commitment, and is more of a 24-hour on and off the clock job that is cut out for SOME but not restricted to all women. I was listening in to a conversation not long ago of a certain lady who decided to forego child-bearing with the blessing of her husband, and the reaction she got from her peers were astoundingly all negative criticism. I then wondered if child-bearing is supposed to be forced or expected of everyone, and I came to the realization that just because a woman chooses not to be a biological mother, it doesn’t necessarily imply that she lacks that motherly instinct. Nonetheless, it’s just a choice which people have to respect.

  1. If you’re not ready, yet

I’m almost 31, and sometimes I feel as if my eggs play table tennis with my uterus whenever I pass through a baby clothes boutique. I so badly want to be a mum (chuckles) yet I strongly believe in all earnest that sometimes, being a parent requires wholesome preparation. If you’re still a singleton, wait until you’re 100% sure you can actually take care of that child alone before you get pregnant. Hormones are deceiving: you don’t want to be a charity case a few months down the lane when reality strikes that you really can’t sustain motherhood. To newly weds who’re yet to find financial rooting: take the time to know each other instead and start saving for the child. There’s no need to rush into parenthood just so that Uncle Tom and Aunt Maria’s spirits are pacified, yet in reality you’re still struggling to make ends meet.

So before getting your egg pumped up, remember that fertilization is just the beginning of a really long journey. Take your time, decide if you REALLY want the child, and never compromise yourself so as to meet a societally constructed expectation.

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After going through a series of stories about Gender Based Violence, nothing strikes my conscience more than the stinking realisation that most African families overlook Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. How many times have you read or heard of families concealing rape by a relative(s)? Sometimes, women bear the brunt of keeping the family unit together, even if it means having to undergo sleepless nights and keeping the “mystery” from the public eye. Most women that protect child perpetrators do it so as to…

  • Protect the marriage union

Yes, marriage is seemingly an achievement in many homes and for African families, the obsession is just too real, which is leaving most women vulnerable to the act. I once read an article in which a woman’s 16 year daughter was impregnated by her 30 year old niece, and in order to keep the family unit “intact”, she had to conceal this act. The child had to live with the reality that her child is a product of rape, teenage pregnancy and incest, up until she mastered the courage to speak out later on in life. Why? Simply because mum wanted to save her marriage and look like “a good sister.” One question that comes to my mind is: Are women so desperate to stay married up to an extent of brushing under the carpet a hideous deed perpetrated against a child by the father/brother/uncle/aunt/a family friend? Until women realise that marriage isn’t a prison sentence or an open field where any Tom, Dick and Harry can take advantage of innocent children, rape by relatives will certainly continue.

  • To avoid public humiliation

Nothing breaks my heart more than coming to the realisation that most victims of rape live to endure the vivid memories of sexual abuse and exploitation simply because, “Mummy and daddy didn’t want to undergo public disgrace and shaming.” Now wait a minute… is child safety and protection something that two grown adults need to give a second thought about? If a family member or close friend abuses your child, run straight to the Police or Courts and make your voice heard. The scar rape leaves is something an individual is forced to carry for their whole life. No amount of social dignity and good societal standing surpasses a victim’s justice. If you were concealing an abuse which is currently undergoing in your family just because of pat talk or in the name of, “People know me”, do yourself a favour… Simply let go of your personal pride, and claim justice for your child.

  • What will people say?

Many people have forsaken their justice and opportunities to liberal lives due to this very question… Injustice and unfairness in life stems from an internal conflict of seeking to please people at your own expense. Think of it all this way: the very people who will say something negative when you gather the courage to speak out against a child’s rape are the same people who were concealing it from you. Under no circumstance should you let external forces determine your decision-making abilities. Rape is rape, be it against a minor or an adult. So, the moment your mind starts playing hide-and-seek with you, just do the right thing: follow your heart and report that perpetrator! Rape is a crime, and nobody should ever think twice when it comes to reporting a child offender.

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I love being African, and my black melanin rocks! But, the gruesome reality is that not all black is bold and neither is celebrating blackness always a glitz and glam affair. If it all goes unnoticed, black might be the epitome of darkness. Your head might now be spinning as you are probably getting lost in your thoughts as to why I have such notions. My views are neutral, and highly based on my observation of different individuals. After studying my fellow brothers and sisters, I have come to the realisation that:

Actions matter MUCH more than words…

Yes, Black Lives Matter, and our own African culture advocates for brotherhood and having your neighbours back at all times. But the ugly reality is; being black is not all rosey and with the advent of injustices, the lines of its beauty are slowly fading. I have observed with shock how black on black exploitation is taking a toll on many people. If you are an employer, ask yourself how many times you have cared for the welfare of your employees. Needless to say, the economy is in turmoil, but some employers are blessed to be sailing in the storm. The painful reality though is that: most employees are living lives of endurance whilst sitting at a fellow brother/sister’s table. So, what matters are your thoughts and actions, not words. If you can give to Ceaser his dues, extend that same hand to your brother/sister too!

The SOUL has an outer radiation…

Being a keeper is also being real and doing reality checks from time to time. Just because your business partner X believes that a person ‘s existence is highly dependent on basics doesn’t mean that you should use that same standpoint. A lot of house helps are being exploited left, right and centre and needless to say, those girls and women have families too. As you’re reading this, I want you to step back a bit, stroll to the supermarket and assess the price of sanitary towels. Afterwards, calculate just how much that lady’s salary is worth. Just remember that the soul has an outer radiation, and no matter how good your speeches are, if they’re not put into action: you sound like a Broken Record.


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There’s nothing as depressing as walking into a lingerie shop and seeing very sexy lingerie, but when you ask the assistant for one or two sexy numbers, you get a cold, “We don’t have bigger sizes!” Having a bra size 42DD+ is next to a curse in Zimbabwe. Girl, the misrepresentation is on the next level leaving us ‘the gifted ones‘ with bland-looking bras, boring corsets and sagging granny panties. The question then is: do plus size women feel comfy in the boring lingerie? None of that is to my liking, so here are a few tips to lingerie stockists out there…

Represent all women

Yes, this is the first step in the right direction in ensuring that all ladies feel confident in their underwear.  All women want the right lingerie which is well-defined and sits perferctly in the right places. Good lingerie makes a difference and can aid in creating ambiance, confidence and that sexy vibe for a woman. Plus size ladies also want jaw-dropping stockings, bra sets, swim wear and all-things-necessary for different occassions. So before stocking your shop, remember that all women need to feel great and look hot! Order very stylish lingerie which is not only lacey, but comfy. Don’t forget the printed pieces: we also wanna look dangerous, LoL.

Be familiar with your clientele

It’s one thing to have a successful lingerie business and another thing to know your clientele base. The bulk of plus size women still lack rendition, and finding a place in the fashion world is taking forever. Lingerie is what defines a woman, and if we all agree that it echoes taste and class, then there is need for shop owners to know, listen to and respond to their customer needs. Time and again, women with bigger boobs end up forcing their tresures into smaller sizes which are usually uncomfortable. So the next time three or more women who wear DD/E/F/G cups request them, make it a point to order them. Why? It’s simple: we will give referrals which will boost your business…

Design to impress

No matter the size, all women want to feel good and look drop-dead gorgeous. Sexy is good too, and every man wants to just see the beauty in his choice of a woman. Lingerie is a hype for every woman (me included), so if you are a designer out there, take time in crafting designer pieces which work wonders for African women. This would go a long way in helping us plus size women in reclaiming our sexy appeals and take control in the bedroom, swimming spaces, at the beach or anywhere where showing ‘a bit of flesh’ is appropriate.

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Have you ever stared at your mirrored reflection in disbelief because instead of seeing ‘cute you’, all you see is a dishevelled image grinning back? Yeah right, winter mirrors have a funny way of presenting what you NEVER anticipate, simply because that time of the year isn’t that chiq or friendly. If you don’t up your skin moisturising game, you might find yourself more chapped than fair. So if you’re as tired of chapped skin as I am this winter, you need these go-to moisturisers. They’re must-haves, because not only do they work wonders, but they’ll keep your skin glowing and radiating in the mist!

  1. Shea Butter.

A perfect moisturiser which is soft on the skin and gentle when applying, shea butter cream might salvage your skin this winter. Considering that the butter is natural if bought in a ‘raw’ state, there are little side effects it poses, so you can whip it up with your usual hydrating cream. It will aid in locking-in the moisture, whilst also giving off that aromatic scent that is welcoming and soothing.

2.Essential Oils.

There are a wide array of essential oils which can come to the rescue in winter BUT, you need to pick the right ones. The must-have essentials include coconut, almond, jojoba, avocado or olive oils. These contain fatty acids, which penetrate the pores effortlessly without leaving a greasy feeling. So to avoid the extra ‘shine’, you can mix them with a bland lotion so as to also maintain their fragrance.

3.Petroleum Jelly.

A babycare delight, petroleum jelly is a must-have in winter as it works pretty well on the lip, and also shields feet from cracking. Not only does it help repair damaged skin, but it is also warm after application. Who wants to snag their overpriced stockings with cracked heels, which simply need a lick of petroleum jelly? Not me definitely, so to avoid the inconvenience, grab a P.J. bottle! And remember to thank me later, after your heels, skin and lips mend.

4. Glycerine.

While you want to maintain your make-up regimen, winter can play punk on you, causing unnecesary breakouts. That’s when glycerine comes into play, as it is a good make-up remover. Since it is water-based, you can mix it with an essential oil and just swab your face with a cottony facial pad. A great toner, facial mask and leave-in conditioner, glycerine is definitely perfect for every skin type!

P.S. Winter has a funny way of humbling even the best of us, so always be on the look out because summer is coming, and you definitely want to be slaying in that bikini/short with perfectly smooth skin. (*wink*).

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My nails have always been my weakness, and at some point, I had a nasty tendency of biting them off. So one day whilst I was in the saloon getting my hair done, habit caught me off guard, and I religiously started doing what I knew best! Little did I know I was under the radar, and after sometime, a Nail Technician walked over and introduced herself, “I’m Martha Longwe, and I have been watching you for a while. Would you mind having a little chat?” I reluctantly stopped chewing them off, and she began to explain the importance of nail health and maintenance. The long and short of it all: she taught me “Nail Love”, and I grapsed a thing or two which I’ll share here:

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1.  The nail journey all starts with healthy nails…

Yes, a healthy diet matters when it comes to nail health, and failure to eat a well-balanced meal might result in fragile nails. The body is just like a flower, and it needs constant nourishment for it to function soundly. Ever wondered why your nails keep breaking off regardless of how careful you are in maintaining them? It might be because of that little food item you are neglecting, or a nutty/fruity snack to distract you from biting them off. Just remember to incorporate all the nutritional elements in your meals always, so as to retain healthy nails.

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2. Choosing the right artificial nail type matters…

After you have strong nails, its very important for you to choose the right artificial nails when you visit the saloon, because they might damage your nail bed if too much stress is involved. Ever wondered why your nails ache after you get long stick-ons or acrylic nails? The answer is simple: the longer an attachment, the more inconvenient it is with regards to getting along with your day-to-day chores. So if you are looking for comfort and covenience, consider shorter nails BUT if you love them long and eye-catching, go for them!… plus the little discomfort too (wink).

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3. Nails need to breathe too…

Slaying and looking chiq is a MUST, but moderation matters. Yes, we all want sleek naturals, glittery stick-ons, or fancy French tips BUT never do it in excess. Too much filing, application and removal of articifial nails can lead to more damage than good, so allow them to breathe. After nail removal, it is advisable to wait for at least a week before getting a re-do. Also, get them polished during the healing process because a good nail hardener goes a long way in helping the repair process.

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When it comes to fashion and beauty, every woman deserves the best.  NEVER overlook nail beauty… Buy hand/nail creams, nail trimmers and buffers, and even go for a hand massage once in a while. Your nails are as equally important as any other fashion statement you own, so make them a Brand!

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The Lockdown is more than a nightmare if you are a naturalista, because not only is natural hair a hustle, but it’s also 100% unmanipulatable at times! I know the struggle because I’m part of it too, and with salons on “forced vacation”, nothing is more depressing than moppy natural hair which is just too brittle to even comb out, let alone shampoo or condition.  Natural hair can be a snub in the back in winter, and it can send shivers down your spine plus breakages if you overlook some simple steps. Yeah, you might end up posting ‘Bad Hair Day’ more often than not if you decide to go all macho this winter. Not only that, your comb might start sending fallout signals too, which might then force you to run straight to the barber in summer. To save you from the bad-hair-day brought about by dreadful winter chills, I’ve jotted down 3 ways to beat the snag this winter…

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Get the right brushes

Your eyes might be rolling out, and you might be asking yourself, “Does it really matter?” but here’s my little secret: natural hair needs suitable brushes and combs. Ever wondered why your hair breaks every time you try to use a seamed comb or one with pressed-together tongs? It’s simple…natural hair is wiry, so forcing a thinly-spaced comb might do more harm than good. Please look for combs and brushes that are wide-toothed and seamless. These not only detangle hair ever so gently, but they don’t mess up the roots. A healthy hair bed is essential in guaranteeing perfect growth and rejuvenation in instances when the hair falls out due to strain.

Bag-in a good moisturizer

Now this really is essential to ensure that your hair is always hydrated. A natural crown can be a nightmare if it’s dry, so always moisturise it. Moisturisers differ but what I can safely vouch for is anything water-based. I know the feeling one gets when’ wet’ is mentioned, but believe it or not, natural hair thrives well if it’s a bit damp. Funny right? Well just give it a shot: mix a few natural oils then add some water. Go ahead, spray that hair and plait whilst it is moistened. The next time you remove the plaits, also make sure it’s a bit damp when you detangle it. I can guarantee you one thing: Less Breakage, and More Bulkier Hair (not forgetting the silky natural shine…)

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Try out a suitable DIY protective style

Self-plaiting isn’t fun, but the Covid-19 period has helped me appreciate the positivity in a bit of hair DIY protective styles. Just because I am plaiting my hair and incorporating the afore-mentioned right hair brushes and moisturisers, I now know my strong hair points and the weak ones. Aaaargh yes Queens, we all have these. There are those spots on your head that cannot take strain when it comes to combing, like edges or even the midi parts. Hair differs, and some ladies are blessed with good hairlines but one thing I have learnt over the past few months is: hair can actually grow faster if you know when to comb, how to twist and when to renew your hairstyle.

So get crafty ladies. And remember: all hairtypes matter but with natural hair, a dose or two of extra love can make the crown bigger!

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Funny how I never – in a thousand years – dreamed of spending 24/7 indoors, slouching on the couch and munching away on some popcorn, whilst constantly refreshing my screen for the latest Netflix movies. Life is unpredictable, and some twists just elevate one’s state from zero to hundred…and here I’m simply referring to being stuck at home!


Most of us are finding ourselves wearing sleepwear more often than not, and we have all of a sudden forgotten to add some kinky finesse to our night-turned-day clothes. That sexy, girly-girl feeling is what we all crave for, so don’t lose yourself in that boring nightie. Spice it up a little, and get shopping online for these three essential looks that you can get away with during this Covid-19 lockdown:

1. The Onesie

If you’re that chicky, yet laid back girl who simply hates having to button up the whole shirt, the onesie is our thing so, cheers to us! Buying a onesie is the way to go, as it saves you the hustle of putting on too many pieces. Plus since winter is staring blankly into our faces now, a warm and colourful cartoon themed or polka-dotted onesie is a must-have. So go over to a departmental store online, add it to your cart, and have it delivered at your doorstep!


2. A fluffy gown
Who doesn’t love fur honestly? We all do, especially if the fur is comfy enough to be worn late afternoon, while you lackadaisically flip through a novel. A fluffy gown is ideal, because not only is it cosy, but it can also up your ratings on your IG #stayhome #staysafe uploads. Who said staying indoors, in a nightgown should be boring? Plus, soon when life isn’t all stay-home-all-day, you won’t have time to show that fluffy gown off. Go grab it, have it and remember to flaunt it!


3. Get Lacey…
Just to keep that love spark burning, there’s nothing more alluring than a lace nightie that is comfortable to rock in the living room as you eat dinner with your better half. Instead of wearing that oversized T-Shirt that you inherited from your brother, order something that says, “Yes I’m stuck indoors, but I’m still a tigress underneath my skin.”


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