5 Min­utes with… Aza­nia Mosaka

Real Talk pre­sen­ter and Ra­dio 702 host talks im­pres­sive self-care tips and her skin­care ob­ses­sions.

Glamour (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - Words by JESÉ-CHÉ LILLIEN FELDT

I AL­WAYS DREAMED OF…

… Be­com­ing an econ­o­mist and be­ing Trevor Manuel’s right hand woman. That, or be­ing a pi­lot. When I was younger, I re­mem­ber look­ing into the cock­pit of an aero­plane and think­ing how much I wanted to com­man­deer a craft like this. I haven’t got­ten there yet, but just you wait.

THE NAIL TREND I LOVE

The perks of be­ing a salon owner means I have my nails done twice a week. I’m ob­sessed with mir­ror nails and neg­a­tive space right now. I love that the nail bed is left nat­u­ral, it’s fresh and mod­ern.

EAT YOUR SKIN BEAU­TI­FUL

Veg­eta­bles are the se­cret to bet­ter skin when you don’t have the genes. For years the fo­cus was on the top­i­cal stu, like what you put on your skin. I of­ten got break­outs, so I went to see a di­eti­cian and she re­vamped my diet to in­clude more plant-based foods and pro­tein. I saw a differ­ence in my skin in two weeks.

MY RED CAR­PET HAIR CRUSH

I love what Man­the Ribane is do­ing cre­atively and her aes­thetic as a whole. She is ex­pres­sive, bold and break­ing bound­aries. She’s the epit­ome of the promise of what African cre­ativ­ity holds.

MY GO-TO HAIRSTYLE STARTED AS A MIS­TAKE

My braids were be­ing cut, as it was be­ing un­done. When I looked in the mir­ror, I saw some­thing that I re­ally liked. I guided the hair­styl­ist on how to cut and curl the braids. It’s been years since then, and ev­ery­one al­ways asks me about how to get this look. To be hon­est, this style makes me the hap­pi­est and I al­ways go back to it.

THE BEST AD­VICE FOR MY TEEN SELF

Be gen­tle on your­self. Some of the things you stress about ac­tu­ally turn out not to be that im­por­tant in your adult life.

DRENCH YOUR­SELF IN CON­FI­DENCE

I love and col­lect fra­grances. It’s one of those things that I se­cretly cov­eted when I was younger. My mood is in­stantly el­e­vated when I have a fra­grance on.

HEALTHY SKIN IS EV­ERY­THING

My skin suffers be­cause of harsh light­ing in stu­dio. My dermo put me on a high­per­for­mance skin­care range from Obagi Nu-derm. Try (4) Obagi Nu-derm Gen­tle Cleanser (R696). Com­bine good skin­care with rest, hy­dra­tion, vi­ta­min D and a good pro­bi­otic for the best re­sults.

MY BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

I pride my­self on my crown, and I’ve been grow­ing my nat­u­ral hair un­der­neath my braids. I’ve re­cently fallen in love with (5) Carol’s Daugh­ter Hair Milk (R299), and my nat­u­ral hair is flour­ish­ing. I also see a tri­chol­o­gist once a month. She gives me a sense of what my hair needs so that I’m not blindly treat­ing it. I never leave the house with­out Ms Lon­don Cos­met­ics Min­eral Makeup, which is par­tic­u­larly made to work for African skin tones – it’s a per­fect match for my com­plex­ion.

I’M VERY PAR­TIC­U­LAR ABOUT MY HAIR

My hair is nat­u­ral, so once it’s braided I use a gel to keep the edges in­tact. When my edges stop be­ing flat, then it’s a sign that it’s grown out and time for a salon visit. I like my hair done in a par­tic­u­lar way. When I feel like the stylist doesn’t have an un­der­stand­ing of my face and what’s most flat­ter­ing, I some­times take the comb and takeover com­pletely. I ac­tu­ally only need the salon for their big hair dryer and braid­ing. I guess you could say I’m a night­mare of a client!†

THE PRO­TEC­TIVE STYLING GUIDE I SWEAR BY

En­sure that your hair­styl­ist doesn’t braid on your hair­line. The minute you feel any pulling and it starts to feel sore, tell your stylist and let them undo your hair. Do not com­pro­mise on this un­der any cir­cum­stances. To avoid any break­age, get your hair done ev­ery month in­stead of wear­ing your braids for long pe­ri­ods of time. Take a breather in be­tween di‰ffer­ent styles – if you don’t, you’ll cause trauma to your hair.

NOUR­ISH YOUR HAIR

Al­ways take the dry air and pol­lu­tion around you into con­sid­er­a­tion. If you live in a dry cli­mate, opt for an in­ten­sively-nour­ish­ing and a high-shine leave-in con­di­tioner.

NEVER SKIP CUTICLE CARE

Your nail grows out of your cu­ti­cles, so the health of your nails can change if you don’t take proper care of them. Of­ten, I hear clients say they don’t have time for nail­care. When you’re sit­ting in traffi’c, massage cuticle oil into your nail beds. Gel­ish or acrylic can give your nails a bat­ter­ing, so cuticle serum is a must!

MY SPIR­I­TUAL JOUR­NEY HELPED ME GET STRONG

I do Yoga. It makes me aware of my body and helps calm my mind. There are also such great ben­e­fits which add to the bal­ance of your body as well as strength­en­ing your core and how you feel over­all.

THE MIND BODY CON­NEC­TION

We’re liv­ing in a time where so much of what we do is in our mind. When the mind is lead­ing, you tend to ne­glect your heart and body. Par­tic­u­larly when your mind is con­stantly go­ing be­tween so many di‰ffer­ent things: so­cial me­dia, in­for­ma­tion over­load and thoughts about what you’re go­ing to do next. We sim­ply aren’t mak­ing enough time to be re­flec­tive and take care of our emo­tional states. It’s not only about look­ing good, we need to treat our bod­ies with love, too. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t think that th­ese ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences are go­ing to stop, es­pe­cially when look­ing at tech­nol­ogy and the role it plays in our lives. Peo­ple are al­ready strug­gling to come back to them­selves to un­der­stand who they are and their im­por­tance in the world. In the fu­ture, we’ll run the risk of hav­ing so­ci­ety dic­tate who we are. Thanks to ev­ery­one’s ex­pec­ta­tions of you on so­cial me­dia, you stop think­ing about who you, as an in­di­vid­ual, want to be.

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AZA­NIA’S BEAUTY ES­SEN­TIALS 1. Ms Lon­don Min­eral Blush in St Tropez R300 2. Ms Lon­don Hy­dro Min­eral Lip Balm in Child­ish R160 3. MAC Eye Brow Styler R285 4. Obagi Nu-derm Gen­tle Cleanser R696 5. Carol’s Daugh­ter Hair Milk R299 6. Soft n’ Free Styling Gel R32.95 7. The Body Shop Hemp Hard-work­ing Hand Pro­tec­tor R135 7 6

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