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Lace Front Closure

We have all seen it, yes the unfortunate situation where our weaved up sista has a gorgeous weave, except for one fatal flaw, her au natural coiled locks do not quite blend with her extended wavy Malaysian tresses. The strenuous blending situation happens when someone’s real hair is left out to cover over their weave extensions. With all the different textures available, it’s hard to choose one that best blends with our own natural textures. Well praise be to the hair gods who have come up with a solution to the avoid having a ‘party in the front, business in the back’ type situation. When worn with a weave, Lace Front Closures provide you with a seamless, natural looking scalp and hairline. You no longer have to...


Annette Boynes-McCray

Annette Boynes-McCray is a lupus advocate and survivor. Her symptoms started back in 2006, but she wasn’t diagnosed with Lupus until 2011. Her battle with Lupus over the last 8 years has affected her joints, skin, and the tissues surrounding her heart, causing her severe chest pains. She has gone through hair loss, and experienced blurred vision, which has caused her to be hospitalized and undergo chemotherapy Even with lupus, Annette is determined to find a way to get her body to a healthy state. Therefore, she has decided to go vegetarian, in order to limit the consumption of foods that cause inflammation.  She now has a personal trainer to get in shape to keep her joints moving. Annette has founded a non profit organization called Flowers For Lupus. Being...


Beauty Products

Every client I have has a pile of makeup in her bathroom that she "sometimes" uses….Translation: Never uses, but keeps just in case she finally learns how to properly apply blue eye shadow. Beauty products do expire. So the following is a list of make up expiration dates. "PS": Please keep in mind that these are estimates, no matter what anyone tells you, it's unlikely you'll go blind from using 2-year-old mascara but, I wouldn’t recommend it! •Concealer- Up to 12 months. •Powder- 2 years. •Cream & gel cleansers- 1 year. •Pencil eye liner should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years. •Eye shadow will last up to 3 years. •Sponges Wash weekly and discard monthly. •Foundation, check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based...


Lupus Awareness Month

The color purple means many things to many people. Most commonly, purple is the color chosen to symbolize Lupus awareness. Did you know that African American, Asian, and Latina women are much more likely to develop Lupus than white women? Women as young as FIFTEEN can develop this incurable illness. Lupus is an autoimmune affliction, meaning the body does not recognize its own tissues and defense systems. It causes inflammation and pain that can be mild to debilitating. Lupus can also cause extensive damage to the kidneys. Treatment options can range simply from Ibuprofen to extensive chemotherapy. “Flares” (when symptoms become heightened) seemed to be triggered more at periods of high stress. As with most illnesses, it is crucial to get the right amount of rest and relaxation....


Getting Heart Disease?

A commonly asked question from many of our readers has been how to prevent heart disease. Publisher Porcha Johnson sought advice from Dr. Jose.Taveras MD. He is a non-invasive cardiologist practicing at Montefiore Einsten Center for Heart a Vascular Care in the Bronx, New York. What are the 3 top things minority women don't know about how to prevent heart disease? Dr. Taveras: Most people are not aware of the risk they expose themselves to with a poor diet. Heart attacks in the United States are at epidemic proportions, yet, when you ask the average joe they tell you they had eggs and bacon for breakfast. How beneficial, easy and incredibly delicious a healthy diet  can be is, I would say, the most important thing most...


Health Coach Rox

Health Coach Rox, another one of our health ambassadors, is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same. She uses psychology and exercise to ensure maximum results for her clients. Coach Rox’s journey began when she gained 80 pounds during pregnancy. She knew that she needed to make changes in her life, and quick. She lost all of her gained weight by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Now she helps her clients live the healthiest lives possible by consulting and training them....


Keep Makeup Brushes Clean

Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, so it’s best to wash your makeup brushes at least once a week. I prefer to clean my brush after each use. Every time you use one on your face, it picks up dirt, bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells (not to mention spit and tears). After a while, dirty brushes get stiff, the bristles separate, and your makeup streaks when you apply it. This is not ideal versus using a clean brush, which is softer on the skin and can distribute makeup more evenly. Clean brushes will give your make up a smoother application. To clean my brushes I use Pink Soap (you can purchase at Michaels craft store for $7.99) along with olive oil...


Gel Nails

Before you go running to the salon for a quick fix, ladies we need to have a little chat… about gel nails. Yes that are a quick solution to nails that won’t grow, paint chipping, they last a long time, and are a refreshing break from DIYN (Do It Yourself Nails). Like all good things, gel nails are good in moderation. Let me stress again… moderation! With back-to-back and frequent use of gels nails, your natural nails are suffering! They are becoming more brittle and weak to the point where you won’t have very much of a nail to apply gel too. Not to mention the increased risks for skin cancer with frequent use of the UV curers. (UV related cancer, basal cell carcinoma) The chemical used...


Bad Edges

Sometimes genetics aren’t always so giving, so your "mane" attraction may need a little extra help. Ladies if your edges are balding, receding, or thinning this vitamin could be your miracle grow and your best kept secret. I’ve gotten great reviews from my clients.   The vitamin works, Hair, Skin, and Nails by enhancing your own natural collagen and keratin production. It moisturizes while enhancing skin’s elasticity and flexibility. It also promotes healthy cell growth, strength, and shine, allowing you to enhance your beauty from the inside out! If you want to see what this vitamin can do for you, contact me at my shop, “Hair at the Square,” located at 3 North 3rd Street in Harrisburg.  ...