Archive for the ‘Hair’ Category

Beauty: 5 Ways to Go Natural and Still Shine!

April 8, 2010

 I left my relaxer behind in 2002. Since then I embarked on a quest for healthier hair with more flexibility and style. For more than a decade I have watched my hair transform into a remarkable part of my being. With proper care and attention, I saw my texture go from kinky/curly to curly/wavy. The so-called “good hair” we strive for grows abundantly from my scalp. But I’m not one who subscribes to the “good hair” philosophy, all hair is good and if it isn’t, it can’t be. But first we have to stop masquerading our hair problems with chemicals, weaves, and braids and for once, let it breathe. Here’s how:

1. Leave the Weave. As visually appealing and sometimes, entertaining the weaves can be, they are hell on your hair. Whether you’re having them sewn-in or glued-on, you’re not giving your hair much room to breathe. And quite frankly, many of you have forgotten what your real hair (if you have any left) looks like.

2. Use natural products. I swear by Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap. It’s old school, with no additives and fancy ingredients. It gives hair a clean feeling and comes in 8 different varieties. Using oils like jojoba, almond, and peanut on the hair are great for conditioning. Apple cider vinegar is great for for treating itchy scalp, hair loss and dandruff. For scalp treatments, try coconut and castor oil mixed with a few drops of rosemary, peppermint or sage essential oil for conditioning.

3. Get a boar…brush that is. Avoid plastic bristle brushes, they tend to snag the hair and cause breakage. Boar’s hair brushes are a lot safer and softer on hair. And go wide….Wide tooth combs help detangle hair and prevent snagging.

4. Turn down the temperature. I used to flat iron my hair every day, and the more I did it, the more it thinned and eventually broke off. Now I may use a flat iron once a month and the ends don’t split as much. Now when I want my hair straightened, I get a light press. Even though it’s still heat, it’s not as severe or damaging when it’s done on a smaller scale.

5. Get creative with your styling. I like how Miss Jessie’s provides online manuals for styling your hair with their products. You can do braid-outs or twist-outs and give your hair a funky look. Think variety when styling you’re hair and shoot for hairstyles with little manipulation.

Beauty: Rihanna’s Blonde Ambition ‘ Yay or Nay?

March 3, 2010

Rihanna’s striking blonde hair color is not much of a stretch for the cutting edge fashionista. She changes her look more than some of us change shoes. I always look forward to what the leggy singer will do next. She lives for the rebel in all of us.

Beauty: The Chignon Bun

October 12, 2009

Whether it’s pulled back to the nape of your neck or pinned up to the side, the classic bun, better known as the chignon is a beauty trend for the all seasons.

From the runways of New York and Milan to everywhere in between, this timeless hairstyle can be seen in multi-faceted, variations throughout this season’s runway shows.

Once reserved as a hairstyle for the wealthy, the bun hairstyle has evolved over time and can be seen worn by women from all walks of life. Chignons are the perfect option for a carefree hairstyle.

From designers like Behnaz Sarafpour and Zac Posen, designers have doted on the versatility of the chignon bun. Chignons can take you from day to night with ease and can be worn in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer a messy look, a sleek look, or intricate style the chignon is classy and versatile.

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Beauty: Long Waves

August 27, 2009


 Hair’s pretty waves frame the face gently, adding a hint of glamour and mystery. Keep your long hair in top condition with Oscar Blandi’s Smoothing Hair Treatment.

Beauty: Shorty Do-Wop

August 14, 2009

Short hair has been a hot trend since Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, and Monica appeared on the scene with their sexy, short locks. Short hair is low maintenance and a great look if you dare to pull it off. Keeping your short do healthy and shiny is a cinch with great products. Start by using a moisturizing shampoo like KeraCare’s 1st Lather Shampoo, follow up with a moisturizing treatment like Mizani Moisturfusion Silk Cream Conditioner; for hold, try Let’s Jam Mega Hold Styling Gel. Keep ends moist with a light touch of almond oil.

Beauty: Get the Glow

August 7, 2009
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Glowing skin and pretty hair are abundant this summer. Whether you’re having cocktails with the girls or sailing the shores of Nice with your man, add a little shimmer with a a bronzing powder like Nars Bronzing Powder, $30 to give skin a natural glow from NARS Skincare.

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Beauty: Summer Hair

July 31, 2009

Summer nights make for pretty hair looks. Whether you choose to let it fall loose and free, keep it swept to one side, or let the tendrils flow, choose a look that’s easy to maintain.