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Patrick Wellington, veteran hair stylist and founder of Wellington Hair Salon, has one simple objective for all his clients – hair that glows with inner health. Formerly a senior stylist at the world renowned John Atchison Hair Salon, Patrick Wellington has over 20 years of exceptional experience styling celebrities, executives, and exclusive clientele who demand the very best in cutting edge hair styling and hair care.

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How to Stop Traction Alopecia and Regrow Your Edges

regrowThere is a lot of talk about “edges” in the black hair community. The term refers to the outer front perimeter of your hair just to clarify. They are delicate, they are sacred and they are important.

Too many black women have experienced what experts like to officially call traction alopecia. We have seen celebrities like Tamar Braxton become the target of mean memes, hair articles, and Internet bullying because she, essentially, lost her edges. Traction alopecia is a fancy way to describe the situation, which usually happens due to excessive or forceful pulling. It occurs too often and the main hairstyle culprits responsible for the condition are extremely tight braids and lace front wigs.

Regardless of how you may have lost your edges, the good news is there are steps you can take to stop traction alopecia and even regrow your hair. Here are some tips to guide you along the way.

Stop the Madness

Whatever it is that is causing the issue, stop it at once. That means take out the braids, lay off the corn rolls and stop wearing the lace front wigs that you glue to your head. You have to put things in perspective. Losing your edges is a serious issue from which some people don’t ever recover. You have to decide that what’s causing the loss is less important than gaining control of the problem. Stop the madness. Now!

Add the Moisture

You want to stimulate growth in the area of loss by rubbing a hair repairing oil on it to help get the process going. And remember just that -it is a process. While losing your edges may have been quick or sudden, that will more than likely not be the case as you aim to grow them back to a healthy state.

Pack The Protein

Some women don’t get enough protein into their hair. As mentioned above, stimulating growth is key to getting the results you want and protein is a great way of achieving that goal. A light treatment mixed with some essential oils or your favorite oil that you can work into your hair by massaging is an excellent combination. You can use something like Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque or black castor oil, the latter of which countless women swear by.

Take Your Vitamins

If you have never really been one for taking hair vitamins, this may be the time to consider the trendy practice. There are all kinds of products you can take that are formulated to help in hair growth. From pills that contain ingredients known for strengthening hair to taking specific vitamins like biotin, you have options. The great thing about it too, is that your hair is not the only part of your body to benefit if you do decide to go this route. You will see a difference in your skin and nails as well.

Relieve the Stress

After you have realized the reason for your traction alopecia (and done away with it) relieve your hair of any other stress that can hinder the re-growth process. This can be heating tools, harsh shampoos, damaging styling products and definitely hairstyles. During this time, you are going to have to be creative in how you deal with your hair but remember it will be worth it in the end.

All is not lost if you experience traction alopecia. It can be heart wrenching and traumatizing but don’t lose hope. It takes a lot of effort, patience and time but it can happen. Use these tips and you will be in a much better place.

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4 Ways to Take Care of Your Scalp

ScalpLet’s face it; at some point in time, our scalps can get itchy, dry and annoying. For some people, it’s a persistent problem that affects their quality of life.

It doesn’t matter if you are natural or have relaxed hair; an itchy scalp is no fun. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can be embarrassing because at times, flakes appear due to dryness and of course, scratching.

One of the reasons that we encounter this problem is due to neglecting our scalps. We put a lot of focus on making sure we keep our hair, from root to tip, moisturized and well kept. But have we ever really considered that even in doing that, we may still forget about our scalps?

There’s a lot that goes into maintaining healthy hair and it starts at the base. So to keep you itch, flake and issue free, here are some tips on how to take better care of your scalp.

Oil It

Using the right kind of oil on your scalp is paramount to keeping it healthy. I am not talking about merely applying a product to your hair and leaving it at that. I am talking about parting it, taking a good oil like Curls Hair Growth Oil, Blissful Lengths and purposefully applying it all over the scalp. This is so important and should be a regular part of your hair care regimen. Along with that, I know that a lot of women grew up with their mothers applying grease to their scalps but many stylists and hair experts have debunked that practice. Mainly because instead of strengthening the hair, grease can clog the hair shaft which is counterproductive. Update the tradition and use oil.

Treat it At Night

Speaking of oils, you can also use essential oils at night to promote a healthy scalp and hair growth. Before you go to bed, treat your scalp with lavender or tree tea oils, which are both antiseptics that can help prevent fungal dandruff. When you mix them with a quick-absorbing oil like jojoba or neem, you have a great elixir that will work wonders for your hair in the long run. Your scalp easily absorbs essentials oil so take advantage of all they have to offer and do this two to three times a week. You will see a great difference in no time.

Massage It

How you handle your scalp will heavily determine your hair’s health. Massaging it is extremely beneficial and the best time to do so is in the shower. Take a moment to give your scalp some concentrated attention. Take your hands and gently rub your scalp. You can add pressure to your pleasure but don’t get too aggressive. Your goal here is to stimulate the circulation of blood and promote relaxation.

Exfoliate It

I know, exfoliation is something that you do to your face and body, but believe it or not, you can exfoliate your scalp and reap the benefits of the important habit. This is especially true if you don’t wash your hair often or if you use a lot of different products. Exfoliation of the scalp can be done through a mask formulated specifically for this purpose. It will thoroughly cleanse your scalp and lift away build up. The Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask is a great product or if you want to DIY this one, use peppermint oil, olive oil, ground almonds, brown sugar and cornmeal.
Your scalp is such an important aspect of growing and maintaining beautiful hair. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

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Keratin Treatments: Some Things to Know

Some Things to KnowThere is a lot of talk amongst black women when it comes to safe and effiective ways to manage natural hair. The overall consensus is that natural hair is great because it comes with some major versatility. While wearing your hair curly is fun and fierce, sometimes you may want to straighten it. This is where folks are torn on the best practices to do so.

A popular method that many have turned to in the past is the keratin treatment. There is no doubt that this process garners amazing results, but it has also gotten a bad rep amongst some stylists because of the ingredients found in the treatment. Ultimately, keratin is protein. It’s something that our hair needs and the biggest question that people have is, “Are keratin treatments safe?

To help you better understand, let’s explore a few things about keratin treatments, that way you can determine if it’s something that your hair can benefit from in the long run.

Keratin is Not a Relaxer

This seems to be a common misconception about keratin treatmentsf. You don’t have to worry about losing your curl or whether or not you’re relaxing your hair. It plugs in the porosity of your hair, which helps to rebuild damaged areas. A keratin treatment differs from a relaxer in that it is considered a smoothing method that naturally “fades” out of your hair within a few months, so your hair returns to its natural state. A relaxer permanently alters your hair through straightening that breaks down the protein bonds of your tresses’ structure.

Watch the Ingredients

A lot of research has been conducted on keratin treatments, and studies found that many of them contained chemicals considered to be extremely harmful not only to your hair but also to your overall health. The biggest hit the treatments took happened a few years ago when the FDA reported the chemicals involved posed potential hazards to both the one getting the treatment and the one administering it. What do you expect when most of them at the time contained formaldehyde? Because of that, a lot of women stayed away from them, but new formulas have been created that are safer. As with anything, you have to watch the ingredients.

Along the same lines, remember that even the treatments that claim to be “formaldehyde free” could have other ingredients that are just as harmful. Making sure that what you put on your head is safe should be at the forefront of your mind. Don’t ignore red flags. I know beauty costs but losing your hair isn’t worth it.

Use Sulfate Free Shampoo

If you do take the plunge and get a keratin treatment, keep in mind to use sulfate free shampoo after the waiting period (four days). This will help maintain the treatment longer and ensure you’re not doing any damage. Along with that, sulfate free shampoos are just the best option period for regular cleansing. Remember that what you put on your hair definitely affects the way it works with or against your efforts.

Limit Your Treatments

I get it. It will be tempting to maintain your smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair all year round. Most keratin treatments last anywhere from two to six months so enjoy the freedom the process brings. But know that you shouldn’t get more than three treatments within a 12-month period; especially if you do in-salon hair smoothing treatments. It can become counterproductive.

When it comes down to it, a keratin treatment and a relaxer both involve putting chemicals on your hair. One alters your curl permanently, and the other does so for only a period of time. Don’t forget, anytime you put chemicals on your hair, you run the risk of possible damage in some capacity. But if you don’t want a relaxer, and want to make your hair more manageable, keratin treatments could work out nicely for you.

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6 Hair Tips Everyone Needs

6 Hair Tips Everyone NeedsWe are all created differently. From how we look, how we act and how we work, that’s the beauty of the world in which we live. Diversity is something that we hear a lot about, especially right now in the news and other media outlets. It’s the cornerstone of who we are as people and it’s the very thing that helps us grow, learn and live more meaningful lives.

One of the most diverse aspects of who we are is our hair. No one has the same anything when it comes to this part of our existence. We may have similarities but ultimately, what’s growing out of my head is not the same as what’s growing out of yours.

There is a lot of talk about the different types of hair. From 4c to yype 3, it’s a lot to keep up with. While this may be the case, some things ring true across the board for all hair types. Yes, there are practices all of us can put into effect to make sure our hair remains in tip top shape.

Here are a few tips.

Head Wrap

How many women go to sleep without wearing something on their heads? Too many is the answer. The best thing you can do for your hair as you lay your head down at night is wear a satin bonnet or scarf. Even if you don’t style your hair before you get into the bed, protect it.

Deep Condition

I know I talk a lot about this, but that’s because it’s so important. Deep conditioning is something that needs to be done, and some even argue that it should happen often. One to two times a week for at least 20 minutes is ideal, but of course, it all depends on your hair. You want to use something that serves as a humectant for the sake of retaining moisture, and it doesn’t hurt to add some heat to help really open up your scalp.

Educate Yourself

Even if you are not a natural, it’s not a good idea to put just anything on your head. Make sure you read the labels and education yourself about what you’re using. It’s so important to ensure you are giving your hair the best ingredients possible to guarantee its manageability and growth.


This is a good rule of thumb just in life. But taking vitamins for your hair will help replenish its body. Vitamins can be anything from biotin to other products that prove beneficial for your tresses. You want something that will promote elasticity, that protects against dryness and that produces keratin. There’s a lot to choose from out there so do your research.

Drink Water

Is there anything that water cannot do? Not only is it excellent for your body, but it also aids in keeping your hair shiny and healthy. It’s interesting how your diet affects the quality of your hair. Water is a “super food” that works wonders from the top to the bottom.


People have their opinions about whether or not getting your ends trimmed is a good idea, but overall, you can’t go wrong in cutting off damaged or split ends. Some folks believe that you should do this as a sort of good “housekeeping” rule. While there are certainly people who don’t follow it, experts that recommend trimming suggest every six to eight weeks. It is also a good idea to let your stylist handle it for you.

See, we are not that different after all. No matter what kind of hair you have, incorporating these practices into your regimen is great for everyone.

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Aloe Vera DIY Hair Care Recipes

DIY Hair Care RecipesWith all the different products out today, there is one plant in nature that is a constant, faithful go-to for natural hair women- Aloe Vera.

It’s summer, and one of the best ways to keep your tresses healthy is to get some of this super “hair food” in your life as much as possible. Aloe is a natural source of so many wonderful things and what it can do for your hair speaks volumes to its healing powers.

It is considered a miracle plant by a plethora of people because of all the ways in which it can be incorporated into our daily lives. From using it on our hair, body and even drinking it, Aloe Vera is a multi-purpose organic remedy for life. With its translucent gel made of 96% water, other properties that contain 18-20 amino acids and vitamins A, B, C and E, you cannot lose using this on your hair.

When it comes down to it, Aloe Vera can function as shampoo, a conditioner, and even a moisturizer. There truly is no limit. So to help you get more of it into your life, here are some DIY Aloe Vera hair recipes to try now.

Aloe Vera and Honey

The great thing about both of these powerful ingredients is that when used on your hair, they draw moisture because they are humectants. Add in apple cider vinegar, and you have a winning mixture that will effectively break down oil build up to properly clean your hair. You won’t get suds with this one, but that’s okay. Trust it’s doing the job. For this recipe, use ¼ cup of aloe, two tables spoons of honey and to a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You can also add some essential oils to give the mixture a nice fragrance.

Aloe and Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner

Who doesn’t love a good deep conditioner? Most people know that they need to do this once a month and others do it as often as once a week. Regardless of your regimen, you want your action to count. Mixing aloe and some coconut oil serves as an easy, sure-fire way to really give your hair what it needs. Just add a ¼ cup of aloe gel and a ¼ cup of coconut oil. Apply to the hair and leave in for about 20 minutes.

Aloe Detangler

If you have coarse hair or find that your hair is often tangled, you can use aloe and plain water to detangle your curls. Mix it together until smooth and put it in a spray bottle. Generously apply to your hair and it will help to easily get rid of knots and tangles.

Aloe Hair Mask

A mask takes giving your hair moisture to another level. Using aloe with a few other key ingredients that you can find in your refrigerator provides you with a potent mixture that will work wonders for your tresses. Mix an egg, three tablespoons of any herbal powder you’d like and curd (dairy product). You want to make it a paste that you can apply liberally to you hair. Keep it on for about 35 minutes before rinsing. The good thing about this mask too is that the eggs and aloe work to promote and stimulate hair growth.

Along with beneficial hair uses, remember that you can use Aloe Vera for your face and skin too. You want to do whatever you can to give your body the things it deserves so don’t skimp on the good stuff.

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The Softest Curls

CurlsThere is nothing quite like beautifully soft curls, especially when you are a natural. The natural hair movement is a force that has taken over black hair. Women everywhere are embracing and learning how to rock their hair just as it was given to them- chemical free.

One of the best things about this movement is that it offers a lot of versatility in styling. With that, having curly hair also means that you have to put just a little more effort into making sure it is fresh. In the end, the fruit of your efforts wills show that it’s all worth it.

If you are a natural who has struggled with finding the right kind of products and regimen to garner the softest curls possible, there are some things you can do to make your hair more manageable. It’s all in the details.

So to help you achieve optimal softness, here are some tips.

Shampoo Your Hair

I know a lot of naturals believe in co-washing on the regular, but your hair does need to be shampooed. Simply put, shampooing gets rid of the build up. Now, there are different kinds of cleansers you can use, and the best are definitely free of harmful ingredients. You can also make your own with everyday products you have in your fridge. See our article on Aloe Vera DIY Hair Care Recipes for more ideas.


This may be new to some people, but a lot of women actually do a pre-shampoo “treatment” the night before they plan to do a wash. This primes your hair for cleansing by detangling and strengthening. It also helps to soften it a little more. What you use for your pre-shampoo can be a tried and true ingredient like coconut oil, argan oil or something that you have created yourself. If you’ve never done a pre-shampoo, try it before your next regularly scheduled wash.


Believe it or not, steaming is an excellent way to achieve softer curls. The process lifts the cuticle and allows warm water to penetrate and hydrate your hair. The great thing about it too is that you can do it anytime; before a wash, in the middle of the week or after deep conditioning. It’s totally up to you. There are tools that can help you do this too, like the Q-Redew. Or you can steam the old fashion way in the shower.

Deep Conditioning

People have different opinions about when deep conditioning is necessary. But if you really want the softest curls, you should deep condition every single time that you wash your hair. This is a piece of info that scores of naturals swear by because it hydrates, softens and strengthens your hair.


For whatever reason, some women don’t understand how important using the right leave-in product is to long lasting super soft curls. Some don’t even apply any.  Adding a leave-in is one of the things that has to be done. Leave-in conditioner is a kind of first “layer” of all the products you plan to use. Oh, by the way, you should plan to use more than one product. You can use extra conditioner or something created for leave-in purposes. Make sure it is a water-based mixture with ingredients that serve as humectants.

How ever you like to wear your hair, your goals should softness. As you see from above, this can be achieved in so many ways. Remember when handling natural hair, it takes patience and commitment. Most of all, you must have a course of action.

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Three Ways to Achieve the Perfect Fro

the Perfect FroOne of the great things about natural hair is the versatility. I mean you can wear it curly, straight and in all kinds of different, funky styles. The natural hair movement continues to grow in support and pop culture. Black celebrities are embracing it, making the ever-popular afro all the more popular.

Let’s talk about “the fro” for a minute. At the height of the trendy hairstyle during the 70’s, black women everywhere wore it proud and out loud. Today, it is a go-to for many natural divas. Yes, the oversized fro is envied by all who would dare rock it. But after trying time and time again, many women find themselves asking the question, “How do I achieve the perfect fro?”

It can be tricky dealing with natural hair. Believe it or not, there are some do’s and don’ts that can make or break a hairstyle. So if you are looking for a way to achieve the coveted afro, here are some tips to help guide you through the afro creation process.


The foundation of most fros, big or small, is the wash-n- go. This is where you wash your hair, add some product and then, go. It is a basic method and doesn’t take much effort. While that is the case, know that more than likely, you will experience tremendous shrinkage, especially if you have kinky hair. If that is what you want, go for it. If not, you can shape it with a comb to get the size you prefer as well.

Bantu Knot Fro

This is a naturalist’s fav, in part because it is so easy to do. Bantu Knots are a tried and true way to create many different hairstyles, including the afro. The great thing about this method is that it gives you the stretch you need for a big fro. Simply wash your hair per usual. Make sure to use a good moisturizer. Separate your hair into about eight even sections. Here, make sure your hair is detangled as much as possible. Tightly twist and twirl it into knots. After your hair is dry, use a wide tooth comb to stretch and shape your fro.

Roller Set

If you want a big, fluffy, soft afro with a bit of curl, then rollers are the way to go. The best rollers to use here are medium to large ones as they will give you a nicely shaped fro. Start off with clean hair, again making sure you detangle thoroughly. I cannot express to you enough how important it is for your hair to be free of any knots that might turn into a breakage hazard later. You can use your fingers, as many naturals do, or you can use a comb. If you choose the latter, make sure it is wide toothed because again, you want to avoid breakage. You can blowdry your hair before rolling it or do it while it’s damp; it’s up to you. Let your hair dry completely. Take the rollers down and use the comb to fluff the curls out. This method also gives you a lot of leeway as to how to style your fro.

As with any hairstyle, you want to use a moisturizer. I mentioned it earlier, but I want to reiterate how important it is. I suggest using a proven hair oil like Curls Hair Growth Oil. You can use a cream based moisturizer if you prefer, but go for something that is light. You don’t want to weigh your afro down.

Rocking a bold, bad fro is within your reach. Use these methods to achieve your look or use the knowledge you have of how your hair works along with other techniques. The choice is all yours.

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Summer Skin Care

bigstock-Joyful-woman-wearing-curly-hai-76217942If you live in the U.S right now, you know that summer 2016 is in full swing. With the heat wave spreading across the country, if you’re like most people, the beach, and the pool are your friends. By all means, please have your fill in the bodies of water of your choosing, but make sure to take care of your skin afterward.

We talk about hair a lot because we love hair! It’s our passion and what we know. We also want to spread the word about the importance of taking care of your skin. And with this summer projected to be one of the hottest in a while, the need to pay extra attention to what you use or don’t use on your skin is all the more relevant. From sunscreens to lotions to creams, keeping melanin skin healthy takes effort, just like anything else in life.

We’ve given you suggestions about the best shampoos to use after your dip in the water, now here are some tips on the best products to use on your skin for your time in the sun at the beach or pool.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 50

First of all, let me debunk a myth that too many black women hold- the need for sunscreen. Everyone, regardless of your complexion, should wear sunscreen. Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer in young adults between the ages of 15-29 so your time in the sun must be accompanied by a UV blocker. With that, L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sunscreen SPF 50 is a great one for brown skin. It’s a liquid silk sun shield for your face. It’s cooling, non-greasy, lightly scented and leaves your skin glowing. So you can look fresh and sexy while fighting the rays of the sun without the traditional chalky film. It’s only $11 too at most retailers.

CeraVe Sunscreen SPF 50 Face Lotion Invisible Zinc

This is another great one. The biggest issue for women of color, especially darker complexions, is that the sunscreen does look chalky on them, which is just not fun. It can be hard to find the right balance of the things you need to make an effective sunscreen. CeraVe Sunscreen SPF 50 Face Lotion Invisible Zinc is a good option. It is lightweight, oil free and water resistant for 40 minutes. It is formulated even for sensitive skin and developed by dermatologists with zinc oxide. Furthermore, it has ceramide, which help repair and restore the natural protective skin barrier. It will run you about $15 at most retailers.

Olay Body Collection Soothing Cucumber Moisturizing Body Wash

Olay has popular products, so it comes as no surprise that their Olay Body Collection Soothing Cucumber Moisturizing Body Wash is an ideal cleansing agent to use after swimming. It is gentle and calming with cucumber extract and is safe for sensitive skin. It smells great too. One of the most important things to do after spending a day at the beach or in a pool is moisture your body to replenish your skin.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact, SPF 25

If you like to wear makeup to the beach or the pool, then having a foundation with the right amount of SPF knocks out two birds with one stone. Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact, SPF 25 is an innovative foundation that’s silky and smooth. It is flexible to fit your complexion as well as lightweight with argan oil and vitamin E. The brand’s makeup embraces the same quality standards as the clothing line. It will run you $64.

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer

You need something that is going to add immediate moisture that lasts. Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer is perfect for application after swimming. It works to repair your skin while it nourishes and heals thanks to hydralucene and Vitamins C, E, and B5.

Remember summer is about fun, but don’t neglect your skin care. These are just a few products to get you through summer with healthy, glowing skin.

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Swimmer’s Hair: How to Take Care of it This Summer

How to Take Care of it This SummerSummer is here, and that means it’s time to take a dip in a pool; or a lake or a hot tub or the ocean. Regardless where you plan to cool off for the next few months, one thing is for sure- you have to take care of your hair.

The chemicals and elements present in many of the bodies of what we love to swim in can be harsh. From salt in the ocean to chlorine in the pools, our hair can take a beating. The thing about it too is for most of us, we don’t even think about how our swimming activities can damage our tresses.

So yes, it is necessary to have a summer regimen. More than that, if you plan to take many dips in many places, it’s a good idea to have a different course of action to address what your hair will go through. Here are some tips on what to do and products to use to take care of your hair this summer.

Wash It, Immediately

This should be a no-brainer, but there are an alarmingly large number of women who don’t wash their hair after swimming. Or rather, take their time in washing their hair after swimming. That is not a good move. As mentioned above, there are too many harmful things in pools and the sea that can wreak havoc. Whatever you do after swimming, wash your hair.

Proper Washing

Okay, so you know you need to wash your hair. Did you know that there are shampoos specially formulated to remove chlorine? For those who forego the ocean and spend your summer swimming days in the pool, it’s a good idea to keep some on deck. TriSwim is a great shampoo. The brand has a socially responsible approach to creating its products, which are not tested on animals. TriSim also has five “agents” that help in removing and containing the chlorine. Furthermore, it has vitamins A and, pro-vitamins B5 and organic aloe vera. If you aren’t getting the picture, TriSwim is good for your hair.


After washing your hair, it is paramount to give it moisture. The chemicals from the water have already dried out your hair and the shampoo, while needed, has probably stripped it a little as well. Now more than ever you have to moisturize. It’s in your best interest to get something that works very well for your hair. This is not the time to skimp on the good stuff. You can never go wrong with Shea Moisture products as their lines are generally all natural and promote hair strength and growth.

Deep Conditioning

Some people may want to take it as far as doing a deep conditioning. This is especially true if you are an avid swimmer. Additionally, it may be beneficial to make a DIY deep conditioning mixture. You can use ingredients that most people already have in their homes to create an effective and powerful remedy that will keep your hair shiny, healthy and fierce. Avocado, eggs, and olive oil are all ideal and are only a few you can use for deep conditioning purposes. You can also add a little mint or lavender for fragrance.

Swim Cap

Obviously, this is a before-swimming tip and is one to consider. Minimize the risk of damage to your hair or getting unwanted pollutants on it by wearing a swim cap. They come in all sizes and colors. Some even have fun designs on them to add flavor to your swim wardrobe. Caps can be very effective in lessening the risk of getting your hair wet. For a lot of people, wearing one keeps their hair totally dry. It all comes down to the kind of swim cap you get.

Swimming is fun and a great way to pass the summer hours. Make sure to keep your hair in mind and take steps to ensure its safety.

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Best Foundations for Your Skin Tone

for Your Skin ToneLet’s talk about foundation. I know we talk about hair a lot, but just as important as what we do with our heads is what we do to our face. Recently, Alicia Keys has made headlines for the “make up free” look she’s been rocking. Some people say she started a “no make up” movement with her fresh face look. A lot of folks love it, others, not so much.

Regardless of how you feel about it, the awareness Keys has brought to the discussion about make up brings up an important aspect that some women have yet to master- foundation. There are many reasons ladies continue to wear foundation that doesn’t flatter their skin tone. In the past, a large part of the issue lied in the fact that there just were enough brands that catered to black women. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Today, numerous brands exist that make products specifically for black women. There are also other companies that jumped on the bandwagon and created lines for women of color within their already established offerings. These products include foundations, lipsticks, and even moisturizers. They work very well because they are meant to do so.

If you appreciate Alicia Keys’ move to present herself unfiltered, but you’re not looking to forego your makeup anytime soon, here are some brands and lines to consider trying for your foundation wearing needs.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This line comes highly recommended by Beyoncé’s make up artist, Sir John. It is an award-winning liquid foundation that works wonders for women with darker skin. It comes in various shades and has been called the butter of foundations because it’s that smooth. With a seamless, silky finish, it is lightweight and made with Micro-Fil technology, giving wearers a beautiful glow. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation will run you about $62 at Nordstrom.

Black Radiance

If you are looking for something a little more affordable, Black Radiance Color Perfect Oil Free Liquid Makeup is a good alternative. The line is for black women and has deep, rich textures that are sure to match a broad range of skin tones. That’s one of the things that women like about it. It is virtually painless to find a shade that matches. With an appealing price tag of $4.99, go for it.

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation

Another recommendation by Sir John is the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation. He loves the fact that it “looks like glowing, luminous skin and it’s not heavy at all.” It balances out the completion and almost acts like a second skin. It is a liquid foundation that many have found to be one of the best for women of color. It will run you about $80 at Nordstrom.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

This is a product by which many women swear. Priced at $43 and sold at Sephora, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation is an excellent choice. It gives your skin a high definition look and comes in over 40 different options, one of the few brands with that much variety. Make Up For Ever includes ingredients formulated specifically to give a flawless look. You cannot go wrong with it.

Iman Cosmetics Foundation (Many)

With high-quality products and a price range that suit most budgets, Iman has many foundations for many skin tones. Having launched in 1994, it specializes in creating products for multi-cultural women of color. They have cream to powder foundations, pressed powder foundations, luminous foundations and so much more. Founded by supermodel Iman, it is an ideal option for women looking for different types of foundation without breaking the bank.

These are just a few from which you can choose. Finding the right foundation is paramount to owning your makeup look. Too many women get it wrong, but now you don’t have to be one of them.

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