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Treat Your Hair Better With Water

We all do it. Natural, relaxed, or even transitioning, we have steered clear of this at some point. Even our shower routine may switch up due to this key element: Water and our hair meeting up with it. But the once believed enemy may just be what the doctor ordered. As the temperature rises and the air becomes drier, the best thing for both relaxed and natural hair is water- both internally and externally. Drinking water aids in digestion, transportation and circulation of nutrients from the food and vitamins we eat, which encourages a healthy scalp and hair follicles. Water also helps those with dry, brittle hair, and flaky itchy scalps. Just how you have developed that new hair routine, incorporate a water routine into your daily...


Dr. Ayo Gooden: All In The Mind

Dr. Ayo Gooden is a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy. Her many specialties include women’s issues, African American issues, and cultural/ethnic issues. She is a Board Certified African Centered/Black Psychologist (ABPBC) and received an education at Lincoln University and the University of Cincinnati. In addition to being a psychologist, Dr. Gooden also teaches psychology classes, including Crisis Intervention and Mental Health and Abnormal Psychology. She currently runs a practice in Wesstown, Pennsylvania....


Quick Tips To Get Makeup Out Of Clothing

So many shirts have been ruined by that innocent hug that left a large foundation smear on the shoulder. While your first instinct might be to reach for the makeup remover, think again. The oil, which is meant for the skin, might actually make the situation worse. How to get powders out of your clothes  First of all, don't rub it in! It's easy to dust off excess powder, but a ground-in stain is harder to deal with. Instead, mix up a solution of white vinegar and water to remove the smudge — test it on a spot first for colorfastness. This concoction also works well to get rid of dried-up stains on the bathroom countertop <fyi How to get liquid foundation out of your clothes Turn to...



Women of all ages suffer from the symptoms of toenail fungus. Whether in one or all toes, the greenish-yellow, flaky, and misshapen nail(s) can be something of an embarrassment. There are a slew of treatments from oral pharmaceuticals, to topical salves, to costly laser treatments. I've heard of these treatments costing anywhere from $10 to hundreds of dollars. Over the years I have come across an OTC treatment that can diminish the look (or in some cases cure) the fungus. The only catch is that it takes discipline. In a small spray bottle combine, pour 3/4 white or apple cider vinegar and 1/4 room temp distilled (or bottled, NOT tap) water. Prior to spraying, make sure toes/nails are clean and trimmed. Nail fungus can grow into skin...


Quick Tips To Manage Your Daughters Hair Better

Now granted managing the hair of a squirming, tender-headed, rambunctious, toddler can be difficult. However, she’ll thank you so much when she’s submitting baby pictures for her senior year book (poor Blue Ivy). It seems like that once soft, curly, fresh out the womb hair changes up on you so quick, and becomes something only Jesus could tame. But rest assured it can be done. Braided styles, beads and all can prove to be your savoir. They last a good while, and the beads help protect hair against any friction that may be incurred when they sleep. Of course be mindful of braids being too tight, which could lead to hair loss. Now for our little divas that may not have enough hair to braid, natural styles...


Taunya English: Making It Write

Taunya English (fitting last name, isn’t it?) is the senior health editor for WHYY, a media company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also contributes to the company’s radio show The Pulse. The Pulse focus on the latest information in the health, science, and innovation fields. You may see her pop up in Harrisburg every so often because she covers health policy developments in the state capital. She writes about topics ranging from nutrition, workplace health, and health history. Taunya has created several article series for WHYY. One was the Designs on Health series, which discussed the influence of one’s environment on health. Another was In the Gap, which explored the lack of healthcare access African Americans can have...


How Cheap Makeup Effects Your Skin

Being budget conscious should definitely not take a toll over the largest organ of your body….THE SKIN. You can be real particular about not eating something which can harm your body directly or indirectly but, the same degree of caution may be missed while using make up. The Chemicals used in make-up can pose adverse health effects which can be matched with those caused by pesticides in food. The love and attraction for grooming can make you tempted to purchase cheap make up cosmetics, even if you don’t intend to use them daily or frequently. If you want to explore cheap make up, better do a bit of research before trying it out. You can manage to grab some discounts provided by good brands; but you may...


The Most Popular Nail Color For Summer 2014

With every change of season comes a cycle of seasonal colors. For winter most colors stay on the darker side and for summer, the pinks, the oranges and bright neons come out to play. Every season there seems to be one or two feature colors. The most popular colors for summer 2014 seem to be Barbie pinks and temperature changing pigments.  However, there’s a new comer to this year’s palate. The more I see the color the more I like it and repeat it each week. It’s a nude, pink color that is actually done with a French manicure color. For the look in the picture I used 4 coats of Pink Nude by Orly. And I used a base and top coat of my go-to...


Leave In Conditioners That Leave Your Hair Looking Great!!!!

The hair tossed look is not just for our admired celebs, us common folk are now rocking that care free look now too. The beloved days of a bottle of “Pump it Up” or our coveted brown gelled to perfection hairstyle is gone (well maybe not for everyone, finger waves just won’t seem to die). So just how can we get that effortless yet polished look? Well if your genetics aren’t contributing to the festivities, the use of rollers, flexi rods, twists, or even a curling wand will help you get there. With the right combination of water and a good leave in conditioner (leave-ins add moisture, shine, and movement to your hair) you can even get him (YOUR MAN) to believe you woke up like...