Posts Tagged ‘hair’

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A BEAUTIFUL HEAD OF BRAIDS

February 5, 2011


Oh we love braids and so does the whole world.
One of the ultimate aesthetic expressions for women of African descent has got to be braids. The hair style spans back to ancient Africa, and is so culturally significant that the technique was used to communicate different tribes and groups.

In the UK braids for Black women and men are often a look you go towards to be creative and also fuss-free.

From many years ago leading up to today, braiding has prompted a multi-million dollar division in the beauty industry. `High fahion thinks its too black when worn by women of color but are often worn by white chicks to give them that cool look. But now loads of salons, independent braiders, and hair products have emerged. Braided styles like the early nineties “dookie” or “goddess” braids have become a staple for women, adorned by golden beads and other hair ornaments.


Do you remember Brandy, the singer-actresses signature look centered on her gorgeous pigtail or knotted braids. Also Janet Jackson starred opposite Tupac Shakur in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” using her “goddess” braids as a cornerstone of her character’s personal style. And todays Alicia Keys who wears them so well.


But we can’t forget about the men , Lemar, Trey Songz, have worn the classic braided cornrows braided by the sista around the corner. Singer Mario even had a song called “Braid My Hair.’ lol

Throughout our collective memory, we can recollect the seconds, minutes, and hours that we’ve spent in between our mother’s knees, wincing with pain or at the community stylist, having our coiled strands interlocked together, tighter than Simon Cowells jeans.


Today, we can see the visual evolution and versatility of present day braided styles. The look has become more global, high-fashion, and has even taken cues from other cultures blending it with traditional African elements.

Braids are beautiful, diverse, sexy and classic. Here’s to the love of braids and all the beautiful people that wear it.

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HAIR STYLES TO COMPLIMENT YOUR FACE!!

January 30, 2011

Us women are their worse critics when it comes to photos and we look!!!!
One of the major issue that we have is our face and how it looks in photos. So the thing to over come that ‘ i hate that picture!!!’
Is to practice your face angles in the mirror, make-up to shape your face and then hair styles that suite you!!!
So here are a few hair style that can help compliment your face!!!

LAYERS
Long layers that are vertical-shaped, not horizontal, can elongate your face shape. Layers should not be too short nor too wide. Curls can shrink a considerable amount when cutting layers, so be careful about the length. Hair should ideally fall somewhere between the bottom of the ear and the top of the shoulder. Just like clothes, the structure and length of your hairstyle can work in your favor.

If you haven’t changed your hairstyle in awhile, find a photo of a new style and get your hair cut. A bad hairstyle can make you look 10 years older.
When it comes to improving our appearance, we are always searching for the fastest way to reach our goals. While quick fixes often fail, even the slightest change in your hairstyle can produce noticeably positive effects.

Certain bob hairstyles will add a few pounds instead of visually subtracting pounds. If you want your face to look slimmer, wearing a bob hairstyle that frames your face will call more attention to that roundness. Also, if you have a double chin that you’d rather hide, a chin-length bob will draw the eye right to your problem area. Chin-length bobs also tend to add volume on the sides of the head, which will make your face look even wider. Instead bring your bob above chin level to draw eyes upward or consider an asymmetrical bob cut with the back short and the front being longer than your chin. When hair is all one length, it tends to make the face look fuller.

Long, side-swept bangs are great for hiding a high forehead. Steer clear of blunt-cut bangs. Full, straight-across bangs will reduce the overall length of the face. Stick to wispy, side-swept bangs to perk your style up without compromising your efforts. Sweeping your bangs or any long layers diagonally to the side breaks up and softens a round face, and accentuates your cheekbones.

A side part will also help to de-emphasize your face’s circular symmetry. The deep side part is a stylish way to wear your hair up or down, and can help elongate your face.

Add volume at the top of the head. It will draw the focus to your eyes as well as your forehead. Flat hair on the top of your head or “pyramid head” does not have any face-thinning qualities.
Try to use a diffuser to dry your hair and up side down. This will lift hair at the roots and add needed volume to the top of your head.

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10 TIPS TOWARDS HEALTHIER HAIR!!!!!

January 20, 2011

Hair is the ultimate accessory; it can add to (or detract from) your overall look instantly and can create that instant wow factor to your image. So Keeping it in healthy condition is the most important thing you can do to help it look and feel fabulous. And, while it seems easy, this isn’t as simple as minimizing chemical treatments or slapping on a weekly deep conditioner. While these can make your strands softer and less split-end-prone, what really matters is the daily handling; this is what creates the most stress–and potential damage.
Heres some tips to keep them locks looking and feeling healthy.

1 Steer clear of plastic-bristle brushes. “The proper bristles are key A combination of natural boar bristles on either a round or flat brush are best for dry hair, while soft, rubber-toothed wide-paneled brushes are best for damp hair.” Our favorite brushes include the Mason Pearson Boar Bristle brush and Aveda’s Wooden Paddle Brush

2 Brush/comb before shampooing. A few gentle strokes on dry hair will help remove product buildup and scalp flakes, as well as stimulate the scalp and promote blood flow (which delivers nutrients like oxygen) to hair follicles.

3 Know your water. If your hair looks dull or is hard to style, the problem could be your tap water (yes the water!!!) Tap Water contains natural minerals (called “hard water”) that can leave hair lusterless and hard to manage and can impart a brassy, orange hue. Soft water, on the other hand, has fewer damaging minerals. (Ask your local water department if your water is soft or hard, To rid hair of mineral buildup, suds up every week with a clarifying shampoo.

4 Trim your troubles. As the ends of your hair get older and damaged by rough handling, they become prone to splitting so trim every 6 months to maintain healthy ends.

5 Use color-protective products. Chemical treatments like color can damage hair because the chemicals have to penetrate the outer layer of the hair (or cuticle) to allow the hue to be absorbed. Color-protective products are specially designed to minimize dryness, keep color true and prevent damage.

6 Give wet hair extra TLC. It stretches and snaps more easily than dry hair does, so be extra-gentle with it. “Use a wide-tooth plastic comb while hair is wet; then, once it’s towel-dried, switch to a good brush. And avoid wooden combs; wood can have microscopic divots that snag hairs.


7 Deep condition once every two weeks. “These treatments penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen strands can intensify deep conditioning, as the heat causes the cuticle to open and the ingredients to penetrate.

8 Try an ionic dryer. Ions are atoms with a positive or negative charge. These particular hair-dryers bathe your hair in negative ions, which help break up water molecules faster and cancel out hair-damaging positive ions, your hair-drying time is cut in half.

9 Give textured or relaxed hair a break. Black peoples hair tends to be coarse due to a lack of natural oils (more so if chemically processed). for gentle color choices like semipermanent or vegetable color. Spacing processing treatments at least two weeks apart, with weekly conditioning treatments in between for shine maintenance, helps.

10 Use the right accessories. Put hair in soft braids or twists and using claw clips rather than barrettes, which can pull hair. Other options: gentle soft elastic bands