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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...


How To Find The Right Foundation For Your Skin

Foundations today come in so many different types–cream, powders, liquid, and a mousse– it’s overwhelming sometimes to try and figure out which is best for you. If you have dry skin, go for a hydrating liquid or a cream. If you have oily skin, then a mineral, powder or oil-free liquid formula is better for you. Know Your Undertones Undertones are the subtle tint or cast of color underneath your skin–before foundation application. Knowing your undertones is essential to finding the right foundation because only a foundation that matches both your skin tone and undertones is going to blend in seamlessly and effortlessly. There are three types of undertones: Warm, neutral and cool. If you’re not sure what you are, I recommend looking at the inside of...


How To Find Healing Through Prayer and Meditation

There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have considered myself a Christian. It was a selfish time when I thought I could conquer anything, alone. It took me many years to see the error of my ways and find my path to God. By the time I paved my way, many of my friends had these indescribable relationships with Him; relationships like a daughter has with her father. I wanted that. I needed that. I had been raised as Catholic, but just going to church, daily prayer, and reading of the scriptures was not enough for me. I watched a very dear friend of mine, Annie, die from Lymphoma. I remember laying on my bed sobbing and the only thing I could think...



As many fingers we may point, Black women are often the culprits to our own hair falling out. Don’t worry sistahs’ there are three pitfalls you should avoid seeing your locs on your pillow: Keeping your weave in way too long, getting braids too tight, and consistent use of chemical relaxers. We all know the cost of that new Malaysian deep body wave, but sometimes the cost is more than monetary. Leaving those tresses in for longer than 12 weeks can leave you open to a dirty scalp, and possible infection. While we are told “if it’s tight it will last longer”, those same tight braiding foundations can lead to inflammation on your scalp. Such inflammation can lead to hair bumps that can break and blister,...


5 Quick Tips On How To Preserve Your Makeup

Tip: If your water-based foundation dries out before its expiration date, simply add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to mix it in. No need to do this to oil-based foundations. Because they have oil, they will tend to separate. You’d have to shake anyways. Tip: Skip the push-up lip liners. They're expensive, tend to break and you never really know how much you have left until you run out (REAL TALK). Save your money for powders and foundation (Just my opinion) Tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer. Tip: If you don't want your mascara to expire faster than its fresh date, don't pump the wand in and out -- you're only exposing the product to the air, which will...