Are you ready to reveal those heels?

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Heads up Ladies & Gents.  Are your heels ready for the warm weather, or, are your heels cracked, dry, and generally pretty embarrassing?

How many of us leave the salon with a beautiful pedicure, but within a few days our heels are dry, and cracked? Do you know what some of the causes are for cracked heels? According to a website I visited there are many reasons why you might be having this problem.  In some instances the cracked heels might have a medical reason. Continue reading Are you ready to reveal those heels?

Stress Less with Yoga

canstockphoto18331442We’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before. Do yourself a favor and take some time today to learn the benefits of Yoga.  Afterwards, treat yourself by viewing and using  the free videos available at DoYogaWithMe.com by clicking the link at the end of this post. Continue reading Stress Less with Yoga

Celebrating Black History of African American Beautiful Skin

canstockphoto9925263How do you imagine that African-American women ever thought that their skin was different from everyone else?  How many of us remember the concern for ‘ashy’ skin.   As young girls African-American girls learn to ‘lotion-up’ their skin .  How many of us remember ‘Jergens’,  and that wonderful smell in the morning before you put your clothes on?  Well it turns out that training we received from our parents, cousins, grandmothers,  has proved to give many of us beautiful skin late into our older years 🙂

The truth is African-American skin is no different from other skin-types, except that we have more melanin. And, having more melanin means that you will have darker skin.  Darker skinned ladies will havecanstockphoto4301241 better defenses against the sun, but they still have to protect their skin from the sun.  This is very important to remember.  We all burn in the sun.

Below are some tips I found for you to help you take care of your skin.  When you find the time, read the full article, and learn about the many care steps you can take to stay beautiful !

What You Must Know

  • Always use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser (avoid bar soaps; they are too drying, can clog pores and cause skin to look ashy and feel dry).
  • Always choose products that are right for your skin type (i.e. gels and serums for oily or combination skin; creams and lotions for dry skin).
  • Always use a well formulated sunscreen during the day (the most typical cause of uneven skin tone for women of color is sun damage).
  • Always use products loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients including antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.

via Skin Care for Women of Color: Basic Skin Care Tips: Skin Care Advice: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice.

Winter Skin Tips for Everyone

  • Add humidity to your home. Portable humidifiers or those that work with your heating system put moisture in the air that will be absorbed by your skin and hair.
  • Use an oil-based moisturizer. Ointments or heavy creams seal water in the skin and preserve moisture better when the humidity is low.
  • Slather on sunscreen. Before heading outdoors, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed areas. Sunscreen protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Clean up the right way. Frequent bathing or hot showers or baths can strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol. Instead, use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash. Limit your showers or baths to no more than 10 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize while your skin is still damp.

via Fighting Dry Skin: Beat the Itch of Winter.

Black Beauties Celebrate Black History Month

canstockphoto4506025[1]For too many generations, beautiful black women worried whether their beauty was something to celebrate.  As a matter of fact, for too long their hair was thought by some to be  a source of embarrassment! canstockphoto15964695[1] Oh my goodness, get caught in the rain and get it wet!  What a disaster!  Flash forward . And how wonderful it is to see today’s young, old, beautiful black women of  many hues celebrate their hair, as well as their beautiful diversity. With that said, as we celebrate African-American beauty, we will bring you tips for taking ‘beautiful’ care of yourself, including your hair.

Click the picture below to see 12 Beauty Blogs for Natural Hair

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Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show

last_pic for downward postWe’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before, and how yoga can be part of your routine.  I found a very nice website, which will help you explore yoga.  Click the link when you find an opportunity, and stay beautiful!  The demo will start after a brief Ad 🙂

Yoga in 10: Basic Flow

You don\’t have to practice like a guru to benefit from yoga. Ten minutes a day can improve your balance, breathing and flexibility. Start stretching your way to better health with this fun introduction to the fundamentals of yoga from Steve Ross.via Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show.

Enjoy!

Remedies for Dry Skin Season

Happy New 2014 Year!  It’s January, which for many of us is dry skin season!  So what can we do?  I searched around for remedies that we can easily use.  As always, check on the link for details.

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  • Take short showers (no more than 10 minutes) and use warm water. “Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated and itchy,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY.
  • Use creamy cleansers.
  • Opt for mild face and body washes—the milkier looking, the better. Steer clear of harsh detergents such as triclosan and ammonium lauryl sulfate; instead, check the label for gentle surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate and cocoamidopropyl betaine.
  • Slather on a rich moisturizer.
  • Postshower, pat skin dry and apply an oil-based cream instead of a lighter lotion to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness.
  • To boost absorption, warm your jar of cream in a sink of hot water while you shower.

Moisturize again before bed

  • Hydrating skin at least twice a day is ideal—after a morning shower or bath and then right before turning in for the night. “There’s a slight elevation in body temperature while you’re sleeping, so products seep into skin better,” says Dr. Bank.
  • Slip into gloves and socks at night.
  • Dampen hands and feet, slather on cream, and wear cotton gloves and socks for a few hours or to bed—they’ll block evaporation and help the cream penetrate more effectively, says Dr. Day.

More from Prevention: Best Cold-Weather Skin Tips via Skin Care Beauty Tips for Cold Weather – Prevention.com.

I hope this is helpful! 🙂

Holiday Tipping for Beauty Service

canstockphoto6580269How many hours have you spent this year with your manicurist and/or hairstylist?  And more to the point, how dependable have they been for you? Well, now is the time for you to let them  know how much you appreciate their service by giving them a holiday tip. I searched the web to get some guidance on what the experts think. This is what I found out. (By the way, some of these articles were written in past years; however I believe you can still use this information to help you decide.)

Tis the season for holiday tipping, and etiquette expert Anna Post has a message for cash-strapped consumers; just because you’re broke, it doesn’t make it OK to cut back on tipping at the salon. Ms. Post recommends giving your manicurist a holiday tip that’s the same amount as the price of a manicure.

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 The rule of thumb for salon tipping applies even in a shaky economy, says Ms. Post, an author and speaker from the Emily Post Institute. She recommends a 20% tip on all salon services, before tax, unless the person giving you the haircut or massage is the owner of the salon. “That’s a different kind of relationship,” says Ms. Post, who says you don’t have to tip if your stylist is the owner of the salon. “The idea is that tips are given to people who don’t make that much money.”

 When it comes to haircuts, she typically also tips the shampoo person $2 to $3 – she goes up to $5 if the person “goes the extra mile”, offering an extended scalp massage. If a different person blowdries your hair, she recommends tipping that person $2 to $3 as well. These tips would be in addition to the 20% of the price of your haircut that you’re giving your stylist, she says. via http://www.emilypost.com/out-and-about/tipping/89-general-tipping-guidelines

 

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Happy Holidays!

Native American Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto9030450Some of you may remember our post last year, which gave us ideas for using natural products to enhance our beauty.  As you may recall, those suggestions came from old beauty rituals used by Native Americans.  Well, once again we have found some wonderful suggestions for taking care of yourself using ancient Native American Wisdom.

Native American Beauty Wisdom:  Blueberry Honey? Honeysuckle Chamomile? Body Butters?  These are just a few of the names used for the products made by the Native Wisdom company.  Why don’t you check it out for yourself.  I assure you, it will be a nice learning experience. Native Wisdom is a 100% Native American owned company. Products are made from the highest quality ingredients utilizing Native American Herbology passed down from  family elders.  The co-owners of the company are three sisters.  The eldest sister, a former chemist for the FDA, did extensive research on herbal products.  The middle sister has over 10 years experience in the skin care industry.  The youngest sister, a dean’s list student pursuing her MBA, specializes in marketing research for the company. via: http://www.nativewisdombeauty.com/index.cfm/fa/pages.main/pageID/2

At Hairblues, we can never get enough information for helping us make our locks easier to manage. Check out what kind of remedies American Indians use for their hair.

American Indian Remedies for Hair

  • Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/way_5729694_american-indian-hair-grow-remedies.html#ixzz2lj32MFjJ

Natural Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto14988903Do you think about whether your beauty is ‘Natural’?  How does one become a ‘natural beauty’ ? What about all the signs fashion and cosmetic experts tell us define beauty?  Does beauty get defined from within?

Well, it turns out that there are  ways to enhance your beauty, as well as other ways to define it.  According to an article I read,  natural beauty can be had without facials, makeup, hair extensions, or the latest fashion item.  Yes, you can have beauty just by doing some, or all,  of the following things:

  • Stop Smoking!
  • Cut down on sun exposure.
  • Stress and depression contribute to aging.
  • Overweight adds to making us look older.

canstockphoto0122697Did you know that people who smile, and laugh are perceived to be younger?  They usually have a more cheerful and younger outlook. Have you ever seen older people who look annoyed, and are, or seem to be, frowning? Chances are they appear older to you.  So keep that positive outlook, it will not only make you feel better, it will make you look better.

Other Suggestions

  • Pursue activities you enjoy.  Remember my post about Yoga and “downward facing dog”?
  • Exercise. Lift weights. Keep active.
  • Travel keeps you active and gives you a younger outlook when you learn and see new things.

Read more at: http://www.well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/a-youthful-glow-radiating-from-within/?_r=0

Remember you’re as young as you feel and if you feel young, you will look younger!

I hope this is helpful 🙂

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