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Beauty Queen Secrets: Miss Black Georgia Nakeia Staley

Being the daughter of an Army mom, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and live all over the world. However, I love to tell people that I am a Texas born, South Carolina raised, southern girl now residing in the beautiful state of Georgia. Growing up in the south has definitely affected what I eat. Soul Food is a staple where I am from and I am addicted to sweet tea. It is somewhat difficult to eat healthy when every Sunday you are surrounded by the smell of collard greens, fresh fried chicken, and your grandmother’s sweet potato pie, but I have learned that in order to obtain a healthy lifestyle you have to be dedicated and disciplined. Since becoming Miss Black Georgia, I have traveled throughout...

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MOVING AWAY FROM HOME IS A GOOD TIME TO GO NATURAL

Looks like everyone is back in school now, even adult. For many, deciding on a major or preparing for the work load is not the only thing to think about, but its finding a new hair dresser. So right now, your freakin’ out thinking,  “ what am I going to do with this head of mine?” “ If I get a new hairdresser will she destroy my hair?" Many try to space out relaxers, get braids, or even decide to make the turn to becoming natural. But really such a decision can be pretty overwhelming. Transitioning can be a beast all in itself. From finding the products that work best on your hair to finding that style that bests suits you and your crazy schedule can be...

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LET YOUR SHOES BE YOUR MOTIVATION TO RUN

Run Forest Run! I love a good run in the morning. It is a great way to clear your head and give your body an exhilarating jump start. An amazing run starts with great running shoes. To keep from injuring yourself and to get the best workout possible, you should invest in some good running shoes that meet all your fitness needs. Experts say that running in bad shoes can cause damage and stress to your spine, muscles, and nerves.  Click on this link to learn how to buy the right running shoes, http://running.about.com/od/shoesapparelandgear/ht/runningshoe.htm As a BGH girl, I also like to jazz up my running shoes, it gives me motivation to run more throughout the week. So, I get shoes with different colors or buy fun...

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CHEMICAL HAIR RELAXERS LINKED TO FIBROIDS AND INFERTILITY

Recent medical research reports some chemical hair processes negatively impact women’s health. A study by the American Journal of Epidemiology says the chemicals used in hair relaxers may be linked to tumors and early puberty in black women. The study followed 23,000 African-American women and found that black women are two to three times more likely to have fibroids. Research claims that higher tumor rates may be connected to chemicals that enter the bloodstream through hair follicles, cuts or burns on a woman’s scalp. As a national hair research dermatologist, with more than 15 years experience and reviewed nearly 70,000 African-American hair loss cases, it is clear that chronic use of chemical hair relaxers in African-American women causes hair loss, especially in the crown called “Follicular Degeneration...

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT MASCARA PART II

Last week we spoke about using the right mascara for your eyelashes. This week we break down each mascara's pros and cons. Water soluble Mascaras get easily smudged/ flaked and are not for long wearing. They can be easily removed with any basic makeup remover. Water proof Mascaras don’t get smudged & are long lasting. They are the best bet for summers & monsoons. They are hard to remove with ordinary removers and it needs special oil based makeup removers. These are highly processed formulas, which stay intact on eyes for long hours. Powder Mascaras are very different from wet and dry mascaras. You add a few drops of water into it and use it with a wand. The mascara gives a false eyelash kind of a finish. Creamy Mascaras provide volume to...

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The Best Nail Strengtheners

If you are one of the millions of women plagued with weak, brittle, nails I have good news for you.There are products available today which will help to strengthen and improve the condition of your fingernails.Since fingernails and hair are both made of keratin, you will find that products which work for your nails (internally taken of course) may also improve the condition of your hair.With that in mind, there are various products and forms that nail strengthening products come in for strengthening your nails More: http://www.essortment.com/reviews-nail-strengtheners-66465.html#ixzz3CjGDIPii Original article published by Essortment.com...

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How To Rewire Your Thinking

How do you treat yourself on a daily basis? Are you good to yourself or do you badger your ego with rude comments? Most people do not realize how important our own voice is. Those comments we say in our head day after day make us whom we are. These comments are called mantras. These mantras can be negative statements like: “my thighs are so big”, “I can’t stand my hair”, “(insert attractive friend’s name here) is always stunning when we go out”, and “why do bad things always happen to me?” At first these statements just sound like words. In reality, these words eventually evolve into beliefs after we’ve said them over and over again. We can use this fact to our advantage, with positive mantras....

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25 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Natural Hair

Here are 25 things you can do to improve your natural hair and prevent damage.  The goal here- to keep your hair on your head! Not including the obvious elimination of chemical treatments, this list contains all you need to maintain a healthy head of hair. They are categorized by care/maintenance and styling. Click here to read more...

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Smoothies on the go!!!

Smoothie on the go! What better way to jump start your morning workout then with a fruit smoothie filled with the best nutrients guaranteed to give you energy throughout the day. By: Latoya johnson, Certified Zumba Instructor In my smoothie I use frozen blueberries, strawberries, a banana, whole cherries, mangos, Whey protein power, flax seeds, and coconut almond milk. Put all these ingredients into your blender then let the magic begin. Not only is this drink extremely healthy, but it tastes amazing. Use this in place of sugary sports drinks and energy boosters. Trust me this will give you twice the energy without the sugar overload, which makes you sluggish in the long run. All ingredients can be found at your nearest grocery store. Remember stay FIT, stay...

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JORDAN SPARKS TALKS ABOUT HOW HER LIFE CHANGED POST WEIGHT LOSS

Are you over-sized or know anyone that is? Well, there is never a time you can say "it's too late!". Jordan Sparks, a popular entertainer, has begun to look on the bright side after her surgery. She has dropped at least 50 pounds over the past time! So it's more than likely you have the ability to do it as well! Sparks explains, "For me to be on stage singing and dancing, the stamina that I have now is better." When you improve, you feel the move! Staying focused, determined, and prepared for ANYTHING, will get you to where you want to be and the way you want to look. Sparks also gives further information on how everything is basically a relief. She says, "I don't get...

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