Natural-origin haircare line Biolage R.A.W. invites inspirational women to share their thoughts about living R.A.W. Meet fashion editor and stylist Nadia Kandil.
What defines you?
– I’m ambitious and passionate—a third-culture-kid in love with my job. Never tired, kind of funny and easy going. But on the other hand, I’m kind of high maintenance in some ways being stubborn, hotheaded and not so easy to deal with. However, the fact that I’m sometimes perceived as arrogant and a little bitchy is just a big misunderstanding, haha!
Would you say you live close to nature?
– No. I wish I could say yes, but that would be a lie. Nature makes me feel a bit stressed and restless. A weekend on the countryside every now and then is enough for me. I like the noises and the pulse of the city; it makes me feel very alive, but also kind of anonymous and invisible. I love that. But then again, I really try to live as “natural” as possible, avoiding semi-finished products or putting unknown chemicals on my skin.
How do you define “raw”?
– All natural ingredients prepared in a way that doesn’t spoil their good qualities.
What does “raw” mean to you?
– Products and food that you can consume without having to think about what chemicals you put in your mouth or on your body.
How much effort do you put into making greener choices in your everyday life?
– Not enough! I try to shop as little as possible and reuse as much as I can. Whenever I shop for groceries I search for locally produced products, and I recycle. But I feel like that’s the bare minimum and that I really could do so much more.
What’s your best sustainability tip?
– Before you buy anything new, if only a top from H&M, think it over for a couple of days. Do you really need it? If yes, you’ll still be thinking about it after a week. If not, I can guarantee you’ve already forgotten about it the next day. And please, consider second hand before buying new stuff.
What’s your food philosophy?
– To eat a lot of vegetables, drink a lot of water and try not to eat meat. Also just trying to eat properly prepared food that’s been made from good quality ingredients. However, if I’m craving a cheeseburger, I’ll get one without thinking twice.
What’s good health to you?
– Drink water, eat well and don’t obsess over the small stuff. You want a cookie? Have a cookie. You want a lot of cookies? Have them all. And exercise. It’s good for your body, health and inner psycho-bitch! However, before you drift of thinking I’m a pillar of health—that’s not the case. I smoke, I party, I drink alcohol and all that; but I figure that if I also exercise and eat vegetables, I’ll end up on zero. No?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
– Hanging out with my girlfriends eating candy, lots of pasta and cheese while gossiping and stalking people on social media. Or, eating candy by myself watching old episodes of Friends and/or stalking people on social media while being on the phone with my friends, gossiping.
What’s your hair type and how does it behave?
– I have thick hair and lots of it. It’s kind of dry, but that’s my own fault since I’m lazy and don’t really take care of it that way I should. On the other hand, it’s exactly the way I want it to be—kind of “surfer-messy”.
How would you describe your relationship to your hair?
– I love the fact that I don’t have to make an effort to get my hair to look the way I want it to. It’s effortless. My sister thinks I look like a rag doll though, but I don’t care, haha.
Tell us about your hair routine!
– I don’t really have a routine. I don’t own a hair dryer or a flat iron and I just recently got a hairbrush. The only products that I use, except for shampoo and conditioner, are saltwater spray and dry shampoo. I try to wash my hair as seldom as possible, and never more than three times per week.
Have you ever detoxed your hair?
– Several times, haha. But for me it’s not called detoxing, it’s more like: “I can’t be bothered to wash my hair”.
Do you have any homemade recipes for hair and beauty treatments, or any natural ingredients you swear by?
– For the hair, I try to use good products that are as natural as possible and then leave it be. The best beauty advice I’ve received I got from my grandmother, telling me to drink lots of water and to wash my face with natural, old-school soap once a day in the evening. I hate creams and lotions of all sorts—especially on my face, but also on my body—so I don’t use that. Instead I dry brush my body and use a homemade coffee and almond oil scrub on body and face. I try to do that two to four times a week and it’s magic.
How do you hope your hair and beauty routine will develop over time?
– I really hope that I’ll be able to continue this rather basic routine for as long as possible!
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