Most fans of Ari Lennox love that the songstress prioritizes giving it to us straight with no chaser in her music. Turns out, the stripped-down and raw approach does not only influence her lyrics but also her beauty routine. Let's face it, the billion-dollar beauty industry can be downright exhausting.
From following trends to brands sneakily adding unhealthy ingredients, to just being downright confused about what products are best. Instead of getting tripped up by the hype, when it comes to skincare, Ari decided to go with what feels right for her. She shared with Allure:
"I'm open to someone glowing me up and enlightening me on key products to have in my house — but I don't go out of my way to do that. And then I don't really... I mean, I do kind of care what people think, but it's more about what makes me comfortable, what makes my skin happy. I've noticed my skin doesn't need much to be happy, so I just stick with simple."
Water and Shea butter? Can you believe it? Shea Butter Baby is about to hit so differently, ain't it? When the songstress isn't singing from her p*ssy, or partnering with Crown Royal and The Main Street Alliance in order to give a helping hand to those who worked in bars, clubs, and stages that have been shut down as a result of COVID, sis is just one of us trying to find a protective style that makes her feel pretty. Ari explains:
"My only thing is, when I do protective styles, I [typically] do braids, [and then I feel like they] are so not cute. Other people's braids be looking so beautiful, but mine don't. It seems like they're just not luscious when I try to braid my hair. [Once I get to day two], they'll feel a little dry and shriveled up. Do you ever experience that? Do your braids really listen to you?"
While I highly doubt that there is a protective style that Ari cannot pull off, the woman is speaking the truth about how it is a journey to find a protective style that feels good on you. It takes trial and error, and a stroll into the kitchen to grab household items like apple cider vinegar to help aid itchy wefts and hair that is about to be braided directly to your scalp.
All the money that Ari appears to be saving by adding an 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mentality when it comes to her skincare routine seems to have stacked up enough for her to become a new homeowner. However, she is not letting the newness push her into spending money that she does not have on decorations and renovations that she cannot afford:
"I find I have to, once again, be still and accept that I can't do everything that I want right away. That's been hard to accept because I like to watch a lot of home improvement shows. To know that I can't do everything in one day or in a month, [knowing that I can't] fix everything I want to fix is driving me crazy."
Phew, speak on it. It's kind of hard not to vibe with someone who is so moisturized.
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