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LET YOUR NAILS BREATHE!

Let your nails be free in the air sometimes. Even though the nails are dead cells, they do need oxygen to grow. It is very important that you allow oxygen to reach your nails, which will make them stronger. Without proper oxygen, your nails could end up with disorders that could be costly to clear up.  Here are some helpful tips for your nails: Every now and then allow your nails to be free from any products (ex. Nail polish, acrylics, gels, etc.) Always keep your nails protected with gloves when doing work with harsh chemicals (ex. Dish detergent, laundry detergent, and home cleaning products). Use a product which is designed to provide oxygen to your nails. (Try this oxygen nail treatment by Julep http://www.sephora.com/oxygen-nail-treatment-P382335 ). Do not neglect your...

DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS STRESS YOU OUT—FIND OUT HOW TO COPE!

As an advocate for mental health, I know first-hand how stressful the holiday season can be; with family schedules, buying gifts, grocery shopping for huge holiday dinner, working overtime to ensure you get the holiday bonus & making sure you attend all the holiday parties you RSVP'd to- the stress load can be INTENSE! The little voice within that tells you to "just hold on" could really get beat & battered before the fresh start of a New Year. To strengthen this internal voice I've gotten in the habit of practicing daily affirmations. Literally looking in the mirror and saying to myself "I am the captain of my fate" and "I am a wealth of energy and a source of knowledge" can be cheesy but truthfully it...

ARE YOU CHOOSING YOUR HAIR OVER YOUR HEALTH?

Have you ever took into account how the condition of your hair could be impacting your health? It may sound crazy to some, but not to others who are bogged down and even depressed over the health of their hair, so much it could be preventing you from exercising and effecting your overall wellness.   However, maybe you’re reading this article and thinking it doesn’t pertain to you because your hair is perfectly healthy, and in fact you could be touting the length and thickness of your hair. And perhaps the  the reason you don’t exercise is simply because of the hassle and stress of managing the after workout hair problems.   Well, I have news for you rather hair is in poor or good condition,...

GOODBYE FOOT ODOR & ATHLETE’S FEET

Summer is gone and now we are in closed toe shoes for cooler seasons, which can breed foot odor or even athlete’s feet. Foot odor may be caused by sweaty feet and rapidly growing bacteria. On the other hand, athlete’s feet is caused by a fungus (Tinea pedis) that gets into the upper layers of the skin of your feet of predisposed moist feet. It is contagious from contact with folks that have fungus, walking barefoot in public moist places such as health clubs, locker rooms, and swimming pool areas.  Here are some common symptoms and over the counter tips! SYMPTOMS: MOIST RED, ITCHY TOE WEB RASH (esp. between the 4th/5th toe web) and BLISTERING DRY,THICK, SCALY, CRACKED SKIN ALL OVER BOTH FEE (with or...

FIGHTING POOFY AND FRIZZY HAIR!

Hair problems seem to always come at the wrong times.  Your hair can easily fall victim to the environment or sweat. The excess of moisture is just enough to swell your hair so much that it poofs up, and for some not manageable.   We all know that getting your hair to look perfect for work or a special date, can be a tall order that causes frustration. Therefore, if you’re like many women, who feel they’ve tried every product in the book, but their hair continues to poof up and/or frizz, then this article is a MUST READ. Click on the link for products and tips to fight hair frizz. http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/07/frizz-fighting-products-that-really.html #Fabuloushairfridays...

Detox Your Mind

Ladies, today is Day 1 of detox. Detoxing what? Detoxing our minds, souls, lips, and bodies of our self- harmful, bullying thoughts. When we "oops" up, we oops. So what?! The second after that oops is new! It’s the time to tell yourself, "I handled that, so well", " I'm proud of myself", "I’m sure as heck won't do that again", and "I definitely deserve that new dress now!"  Just as if you're commending your kids or loved ones for "a job well done", baby girl...

HOW TO PREVENT A BAD HAIR WEAVE

The purpose of hair weaves are to enhance your style in a natural looking way.  This doesn’t mean you should neglect your hair, because “what goes in, must come out, sometime or another.” And when that happens, you want to have YOUR HAIR.  Many women have gotten weaves without doing their research, YES researching how weaves should be installed, is a MUST in maintaining the health of your hair and achieving a natural looking weave. If you’ve had problems with your tracks showing or edges balding by wearing weaves, you need WEAVE 101.   These are some weave tips to help you avoid a disaster: Make sure your cornrow base under your weave is not too tight, especially around the hairline. Make sure you wash your...

LEARNING TO FORGIVE WITHOUT AN APOLOGY

There are over 7 billion people walking this earth, all with different personalities and life experiences. Conflict is bound to happen, tempers will flare, communication will be broken down and feelings will get hurt. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting others to be affected by it. When you find yourself in situations where someone has wronged you or even if the offender repeatedly wrongs you, forgiveness is not to excuse the offender nor is it to dismiss the offense. Forgiveness isn't for the offender...

PROTECTING YOUR NAILS AND YOUR FOOD WHILE COOKING FOR THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is coming up and what a great way to spend time with your loved ones while, helping out and learning how to cook in the kitchen!  There are 4 ways you should protect your nails to be well prepared to get dinner started, and be safe. No nail polish while cooking because it’s a chance you can chip a nail polish in the food, if you are wearing polish, be sure to wear gloves.  Make sure you clean under nails. Your nails actually hold a lot of bacteria. So be safe and clean under your nails with a nail brush or nail stick. No fragranced lotion on your hands while cooking. The perfume lotion is actually really toxic and can get into your...