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Eye Care for Dark Circles – Reasons & Solutions

For some of us, dark circles under our eyes is a beauty issue we would rather not have. As a matter of fact, when I speak with others about this issue, they often don’t know why dark circles appear under their eyes. I am sure you have heard that rubbing your eyes constantly is a cause of dark circles. I was eager to search the www to find out what was available for us to learn.  It turns out that the Mayo Clinic had a very simple list of reasons why this occurs. Continue reading


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What’s Your Fall Beauty Regimen?

FALL  &  BEAUTY …  

canstockphoto10814817 As the Seasons change, so does our skin. How we treat these changes can determine how our skin will look.  In this Post I want to share with you some suggestions for taking care of your skin in this Fall season.  See what some of the experts say about what we should do, and what products can help us.  After you read the summary, click on the link to read the full details.  Continue reading


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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.


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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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perm it ,

curl it,

hat it

protect it,

gel it, sell it,

braid it,

unbald it,

buzz it,

bald it,

lace wig it,

unfrizz it

every six-week it,

straighten it,

texturize it,

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French roll it,

dry it then un-dry it

adorn it,

Biotin it,

bonnet it,

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volume it,

French braid it.

beauty parlor it,

kink it,

dye it,

ribbon it

brush it,

scarf it,

condition it,

cut it,

dermatologist it,

Bosley it,

weave it,

freshen it,

shampoo it,

transplant it,

rogaine it,

minoxidil it,

grow it….

Good genes it!

Are you a slave to your hair?


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Are You Tattoo Savvy?

tatoosSome of us may think that Tattoos are the latest fashion craze, but it turns out that in fact, Tattoos were around almost 5000 years ago!  Other research suggest that the word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu” which means “to mark something.” It is arguably claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC. The purpose of tattooing has varies from culture to culture and its place on the time line.http://www.powerverbs.com/tattooyou/history.htm

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Needless to say, there is plenty of information about tattoos, however for this post we will focus mostly on some of the do’s and don’t when considering whether you want to ‘beautify’ your body with one of these picture expressions. As always you can click the links provided to read the details. 🙂

The word “tattoo” was brought to Europe by the explorer James Cook, when he returned in 1771 from his first voyage to Tahiti and New Zealand. In his narrative of the voyage, he refers to an operation called “tattaw”. Before this it had been described as scarring, painting, or staining.via Tattoo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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So what are some of the things you should consider before tattooing?
What are the Risks?
1)
Infection – Dirty needles can pass infections, like hepatitis and HIV, from one person to another.
2) Allergies – Allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems.
3) Scarring – Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo.
4) Granulomas – These small knots or bumps may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
5) MRI complications – People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This happens rarely and does not last long. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm048919.htm

Making Sure Your Tattoo Parlor Is Safe

Follow these safety checks from Tanzi
1) Treat a tattoo as you would any other medical procedure. “You want a tattoo parlor to be at least as clean as a dentist
or dermatologist’s office,” Tanzi says.
2) Ask to see the tools the artist will use. The needles should be new, sterilized, and wrapped — no exceptions. The ink should be in small pots meant for single-use and anything that touches your skin should not be reused. And the artist should wear gloves.
3) Make sure the work area is free of any possible contamination from items like purses and cell phones. via Tattoos: Are They Safe?.
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Tattoos & Corporate Jobs Advice

A study by Careerbuilders shows the perils of tattoos for aspiring professionals, and confirms the conventional wisdom that tattoos are a bad choice for anyone who hopes to work in a corporate position:

  • Over 42 percent of managers said their opinion of  someone would be lowered by that person’s visible body art.
  • Three out of four respondents believe that visible tattoos are unprofessional

First Amendment Freedom of Expresson and Tattoo laws

This article titled “Body art in the workplace” confirms that companies have a constitutional right to ban employees with tattoos:

Companies can limit employees’ personal expression on the job as long as they do not impinge on their civil liberties. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers are allowed to impose dress codes and appearance policies as long as they do not discriminate or hinder a person’s race, color, religion, age, national origin, or gender.

There is a strong legal basis for discriminating against the tattooed, especially if the employer fears that having tattooed employees might hurt their professional image. http://www.dba-oracle.com/dress_code_tattoos.htm

tattoo_pinkWhat About Temporary Tattoos ?

A temporary tattoo is a non-permanent image on the skin resembling a real tattoo. Temporary tattoos can be drawn, painted, or airbrushed, as a form of body painting, but most of the time these tattoos are transferred to the skin. via Temporary tattoo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Types of Temporary Tattoos: Know Them for Safety Reasons

Temporary tattoos are offered in several varieties. Decals (press-on) are the most common and the most easily applied. Airbrush-style tattoos are generally applied by a tattoo artist. Henna tattoos are painted on the skin. via Are Temporary Tattoos Safe? What Consumers Need to Know – Tattoo Manufacturing.

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You can visit the FDA’s page about temporary tattoos to learn more about their oversight of these products.

I hope this is helpful 🙂


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A Beauty Discussion

Helpful Beauty Ideas & More…

In the past HairBlues has focused mainly on hair loss and hair care suggestions. However, in the future this blog will focus on various types of beauty issues; nails, hair color processes that promote articles about beauty, and what others define as beauty.

 Are tattoos taboo, or beautiful? To whom? What is “body art”?

What is the false hair and human hair industry doing for and to women? Which women primarily? What is ethical human hair?

Is it important that you have a particular hair salon and hair beauty specialist attend to your hair?

 Does it make a difference if you pay $100 or $50 to have your hair done? What do hair specialist do, that you can not get done by doing it yourself?

Can women get a good haircut at a barbershop?

Are some beauty salons community hotspots where discussions of various topics, and seeing friends take place?

Do nail gels ruin your nails? What do some people say about ultra violet nail drying machines?

HairBlues looks forward to the coming conversations, and exchanges. We hope that you will join in. The calendar format will change to a monthly update rather, than a post every other week. We welcome your continued interest and ask that you make sure to continue to follow us, as well as hearing your ideas of topics you would like to view and learn about.

Stay beautiful !