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BN Beauty: 8 Beauty Essentials You Need in Your Home!



BN Beauty - BellaNaija - February 2015_001Beauty is a personal journey. It is all about you discovering your hair, skin, likes & dislikes when it comes to makeup, manicures, pedicures and more, that will help you discover more about yourself, and how you can feel more confident in your own skin.

That is why, apart from regular trips to the salon and the makeup artists chair, there are a few things you need to help you on your journey to discovering your beauty. These range from the right combs to lotions and creams – no matter what brands you may choose, you absolutely need them in your home. These tools not only help you learn, but are with you through out your journey to discovery.

So to help you hone in on the acquired skill of understanding your beauty, BellaNaija Beauty has come up with a list of 8 essentials you need in your home. The list in truth is quite lengthy, so we have narrowed it down into 8 categories.


1. Shampoos & Conditioners
As much as we all love those days where we get to sit back and let someone else worry about washing our hair, it is also a great personal skill to acquire. And that is why you need to have your own bottles of shampoos and conditioners.

You not only get to learn more about your hair, what it needs, chemicals it reacts to and more, you also acquire the basic knowledge on your hair that you can pass on to your hair stylist. This makes her job and your salon experience better and saves you money from less visits to the salon on wash days.

2. Hair Straighteners & Curling Wands
These go hand in hand. Whether you’re achieving bombshell curls, getting that bone straight look or simple getting your natural hair to lay down flat, straighteners and curing wands are tools that you need to have in your home.

Even though they are more technical, having a curling wand and straightener helps you learn how to use them – as long as you read the instructions and terms of use. Gone are the days where you only know how to place your hair in a bun, knowing how to use these other tools and skills you need to style your hair to your preference.

3. A Set of Combs
I know, you’re used to using one brush for everything. But the fact is, you actually need a few more. Different brushes & combs perform different tasks. For instance, did you know that you should only use a wide tooth comb to brush out Human hair? Using this type of comb reduces shedding and soothes tangles better without the strain. Buying a set of combs just might be what the mane doctor ordered.

4. Oils, Lotions & Creams
These are some very important essentials too. You should buy a lotion for your body, oils for your hair and creams for your face, to give your skin moisture and Sheen. They also help replace lost moisture from the body that may be lost during dry weather or from illness.

5. A Manicure & Pedicure Set
A lot of women don’t own this, but it is very necessary. This set, which should include a number of tools like your file, buffer, nail clipper, cuticle remover etc, is a vital tool because of its personal use. Nails are a big part of overall beauty, and dirty looking or unflattering nails can make or break a good first impression. So it is important to have some knowledge on your nail’s needs before you hand them over to an attendant at the salon.

For example, I discovered that my nail beds are quite sensitive and swell easily. So now, when I head to the salon, that’s one of the first things I let the attendant know so they can take note of it.

6. A Makeup Set
Today, when almost every woman wants to have a flawless makeup look, this sort of goes without saying. We recommend that every woman has this, not because it is trending, but to know what type of makeup looks work for you.

Chances are, if you head to a professional makeup artist to get your makeup done, they might create what they give just about anyone, and it might not look good on you. We think your input should always be taken into consideration, and as such, you need to have input to give – one that can only be gotten from experience.

From buying, owning & using your own makeup, you’ll learn what type of eyebrow arch you prefer, if highlighting & contouring is something you want to continue, lipstick colours you don’t like and more. This does not mean the makeup artist doesn’t know what he/she is doing, but now, you have a say and you know what you want.

7. Exfoliators, Cleaners and Toners
On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to all kind of things. Sweat, dirt and so much more get into our pores and clog them up. That’s why we end up with sudden breakouts and discolored skin. Using exfoliators helps remove dirt, excess oils and dead skin from the skin’s pores & surface; cleaners help remove left overs, breaks oil on the skin’s surface and gives a squeaky clean finish; and toners help maintain skin tone. Keep in mind that toning and bleaching are not the same thing – toners maintain, bleachers change.

8. Wipes & Face Towels
These make up the cleaning crew. Face towels and wipes help clean and remove dirt, makeup etc, and are quick fixes for a lot of problems. You can use a face wipe to take off makeup before you exfoliate, cleanse and tone, instead of spending extra time washing the original makeup off. And face towels can be used to wash the face gently with some soap, and offer an alternative to using your usual towel to clean your face.


All these tools will help you learn so much more about what you like and don’t like when it comes to beauty, and we hope it guides you well. These are only 8 essentials and we know there are loads more, so share which beauty essential you would recommend!

Photo Credit: Dreamstime/William Moss

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at) or style(at) | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle


  1. Anon

    October 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Black soap as shampoo. Best thing ever. Most shampoos do damage to the hair, except it’s a chelating shampoo.

    Blackhead extractor – a must have.
    Henna hair dye. Any sign of my hair tips going brown irks me. Black all the way.

    • deee

      October 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Pls wher can one get dis black soap?

    • nnenna

      October 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Dude Osun is good

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