‘Fish Pedicure’ a Recipe for Bacterial Infection, Researchers Warn

“Fish pedicures” in health spas can expose recipients to a host of pathogens and bacterial infections, a team of researchers warns.

 

The practice of exposing your feet to live freshwater fish that eat away dead or damaged skin for mainly cosmetic reasons has been banned in many (but not all) American states, but it is apparently a hot trend in Britain.

 

So much so that the British researchers sent their warning in a letter published in the June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Officially known as “ichthyotherapy,” the procedure typically involves the importation of what are called “doctor fish,” a Eurasian river basin species known as “Garra rufa.” The fish are placed in a spa tub, the foot (or even whole body) joins it, and the nautical feeding on dead or unwanted skin begins.

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The problem: such fish may play host to a wide array of organisms and disease, some of which can provoke invasive soft-tissue infection in exposed humans and many of which are antibiotic-resistant, according to the scientists from the Center for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) in Weymouth.

 

In the letter, CEFAS team leader David W. Verner-Jeffreys referenced a 2011 survey that suggested the U.K. is now home to 279-plus “fish spas,” with an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 fish coming into the country every week from a host of Asian countries.

 

Verner-Jeffreys noted that in April 2011, 6,000 fish imported from Indonesia for U.K. fish spas were affected by a disease outbreak that caused hemorrhaging of their gills, mouth and abdomen, resulting in the death of nearly all the specimens.

 

In turn, U.K. scientists uncovered signs of bacterial infection (caused by a pathogen called “S agalactiae”) in the fishes’ livers, kidneys and spleen.

 

Following this discovery, Verner-Jeffreys said, his team conducted five raids on imported fish batches coming through Heathrow Airport, which uncovered further signs of infection with a number of additional pathogens. Many of those were found to be resistant to such standard antimicrobial drugs as tetracycline, fluoroquinolone and aminoglycoside.

 

“To date, there are only a limited number of reports of patients who might have been infected by this exposure route,” Verner-Jeffreys said in his letter. “However, our study raises some concerns over the extent that these fish, or their transport water, might harbor potential zoonotic disease pathogens of clinical relevance.”

 

At particularly high risk, the scientists said, were people already struggling with diabetes, liver disease and/or immune disorders.

 

Verner-Jeffreys suggested that spas offering fish pedicures use disease-free fish raised in controlled environments.

 

George A. O’Toole, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., added his own concern.

” I would stay away from this experience,” he said. “It’s probably not feasible to sterilize these fish. And as for the water itself, even if you dump it between patients, these organisms will form rings of biofilm communities attached to the surface of the tubs themselves. It’s like a contact lens case that you never disinfect. Simply wiping them down is not good enough. Unless you’re incredibly responsible about sterilizing those tubs you’re not going to kill them, and they will reseed the next batch of water. The whole thing is a bad idea.”

 

Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and pathology at New York University Medical Center in New York City, agreed.

 

“It’s a bad idea in several ways,” he said. “Because these pathogens can give you a serious wound infection. Or blood-borne infection. Or diarrhea. Or even pose a threat to a pregnant woman’s fetus or newborn.”

 

“Really, you have the potential for multiple types of infection,” Tierno added. “Because theoretically when you’re touching the area that has been nibbled on by these fish, you can still have the organisms there. And then you can inadvertently touch your mouth and introduce them into your system.”

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http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/05/17/fish-pedicure-a-recipe-for-bacterial-infection-researchers-warn

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How self-made millionaire Bobbi Brown built a cosmetics empire by talking to everyone she met in elevators, at the park, at parties

About a year after graduating college, Bobbi Brown moved to New York City to start her career as a makeup artist. She didn’t know anyone in the industry, so she reached for the phone book. “I opened up the Yellow Pages, I looked up ‘makeup,’ I looked up ‘models,’ and I just started making calls and asking a lot of questions.”

Being inquisitive is a habit she’s kept and it’s served her well — talking to anyone who crosses her path literally helped Brown build her eponymous makeup company, which she sold toEstéeLauder in 1995, making her a millionaire. She continued to run the business as Chief Creative Officer and turned it into an empire.

At so many pivotal moments, Brown was helped along to the next step in growing her business because she was friendly and struck up a conversation with the right stranger at the right time.

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“I talk to everyone. I find people really interesting,” says Brown speaking to CNBC at the iCONIC conference in New York City Wednesday.

“Just be nice to people. It’s like common sense. Don’t do it because you want something, it actually makes you feel good,” she says.

A chat at Kiehl’s landed her a business partner

In the late 80s, while Brown was still working as a makeup artist, she started talking to a man in a Kiehl’s pharmacy. He was a chemist.

“I said, ‘I have an idea. I want to make a lipstick that isn’t greasy, isn’t dry, doesn’t smell like my mother’s lipstick, actually looks like the color of my lips,'” she says. The natural look was a novel idea at the time; 80s makeup was bold.

“He said, ‘I’ll make it for you.’ And he made it for me. And then he called me and he said, ‘How about we’re partners? We will sell it for $15, you get $7.50, I get $7.50.’ I thought, ‘That’s great.’

“That’s how it started.”

A talk with a friend gave her P.R.

What began as one lipstick color grew into a line of 10 shades. Brown told a friend about her new endeavor — that friend also happened to be an editor at Glamour magazine. She asked if Brown if she could write about the lipstick collection.

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“I’m like, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ Now, I know it’s called P.R.,” recalls Bobbi.

Brown put her home phone number in the Glamour article, and after it ran, she was flooded with orders. Still a working make-up artist, Brown and her husband, who was then in law school, stuffed lipsticks in manila envelopes and sent them off. The lipsticks didn’t even have a box.

A walk in the park was her market research

“I actually ask a lot of people their opinion,” says Brown.

Early on, she would walk up to strangers in the park and ask them to test her products. “And everyone loved it. I guess now they call that focus groups, but I just asked people’s opinion,” says Brown. “I would go to the park, and I would see all these different nationality women and I would ask them to try certain things and that’s how I knew what worked on different skin colors.”

An aversion to awkward elevator silences led to a production facility

“It’s weird to be in an elevator and people don’t say anything,” says Brown. “I always say, ‘Hi.'”

One time was particularly serendipitous: “I was in the elevator of my New York apartment and I said to the girl in the elevator, ‘Hi, what do you do?’ She said, ‘I work at a lab in Long Island City.’ I’m like, ‘Can I have your card?’ And that’s [the lab] where I made the lipstick.”

Even after selling the company, Brown insisted Lauder have the the lipsticks made at the same Queens facility.

A cocktail conversation got her high end distribution

“I was at a party and I introduced myself to the woman that was throwing the party and I said, ‘What do you do?’ She said, ‘I’m a cosmetics buyer at Bergdorfs.’ So I said, ‘Oh, I’ve got this line of lipsticks.’

“And that’s how I got into Bergdorfs,” Brown recalls about landing her line in the upscale department store, Bergdorf Goodman.

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/09/how-bobbi-brown-built-her-makeup-empire-by-talking-to-everyone-she-met.html

Patrick Starrr Shades Manager Who Asked Him to Remove His Makeup at Work

Before building up a fan base of about 3.3 million Instagram followers and 2.3 million YouTube followers that live for his gorgeous makeup looks, Patrick Starrr had some offline detractors. A manager at one of his pre-beauty vlogger jobs used to tell him to remove his makeup. Starrr shared about this eye roll-inducing experience after doing Katy Perry’s makeup this weekend. ICYMI the pop singer put her life on a live stream for four whole days. She went to therapy, ranked her exes’s sexual prowess, and got her makeup done by some famous beauty YouTubers including Starr and Kandee Johnson.

 

After giving Perry a neutral smoky eye look, lining her lower lash lines in a trendy cobalt blue, and adding some peach to her cheeks, Starrr posted the final look on Twitter. His caption read, “I DID KATY PERRY’s MAKEUP TODAY! I hope the manager at my old job that told me to wipe off my makeup 👀 this! Makeup is a one size fits ALL!” This tea is scalding. And it gets better.

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Starrr told seventeen.com that his old job wasn’t at a movie theater or fast food restaurant where makeup isn’t a staple. He was working at a cosmetics counter in Orlando, FL, in 2012 when this happened. “The manager said it wasn’t department store-friendly and asked me to wear ‘boy glam’ instead of the blue cut crease smoky eye,” Starrr told the publication. Excuse me, but what is “boy glam”? And what is wrong with a blue cut crease? It’s no wonder that Starrr is so devoted to his motto of “makeup is one size fits all.”

About a year later, a manager at another makeup counter asked Starr to change his makeup, too. “This was when I was wearing polka dot black and white eyeliner,” he added. (We wish we could see a picture of that. It sounds amazing.)

As you could imagine, Starrr was devastated both times. “It made me feel so upset,” he told seventeen.com. “I remember apologizing so many times. I remember crying in the back when they asked me the second time to wipe it off and in my head, I was thinking to myself, ‘I’ll set the trend one day.” And in Starrr’s case, ask, and work your ass off, and you shall receive.

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http://www.allure.com/story/patrick-starrr-manager-remove-makeup-at-work-tweet

Évolué’s 3 Natural Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin Souls

Celebrities… they’re just like us! Well, not always, but it turns out trailblazing actress, feminist, and conscious consumer Emma Watson is in fact quite like you, our dear Organic Authority reader, as she’s on a mission to incorporate sustainability and transparency into all that she wears — and slathers on her skin.

“Recently I’ve become super interested in sustainability and transparency and understanding what I’m putting on my face and on my body,” she told IntoTheGloss.com. “It’s been a fun little mission to see how far I can go with it… Can I create a completely sustainable wardrobe? Can I put together a hair and makeup look with completely organic products? I needed to figure out if it was achievable or not.”

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We’re thrilled to learn that our beloved whip-smart Hermione is on a roll to get organic on her face, which is why we created the Évolué Skincare + Organic Authority collaboration — to bring high-performance, luxury (and yes, Emma-approved!) skincare directly to you.

Emma Watson recently revealed her entire beauty routine to the world — and now we know exactly why she’s always so fresh-faced and glowy. The secret: Évolué Skincare.

“Recently I’ve become super interested in sustainability and transparency and understanding what I’m putting on my face and on my body,” she told IntoTheGloss.com. “It’s been a fun little mission to see how far I can go with it… Can I create a completely sustainable wardrobe? Can I put together a hair and makeup look with completely organic products? I needed to figure out if it was achievable or not.” – Emma Watson

For just a limited time only, we have Emma’s favorites in a very special box — The Évolué Belle’s Kit — just for the Organic Authority family (and you can’t get it anywhere else)! This is the only place you can get these Belle-loved products at a 10% savings + free shipping.

There are only 300 boxes available, so make like Hermione: act quick and perform some (skin) magic! If you want to grab yours now, go here

When you buy this kit, you’ll also automatically be entered to win an Évolué skin care kit of your choice that’s perfect for your skin type, valued at up to $420. There’s no purchase necessary to enter to win (but with Belle’s Kit, your skin is already “winning” — and it will show). 

There are SO many natural skincare brands out there… why did Emma Watson choose Évolué Skincare?

Aligned with Emma’s new mission, Évolué Skincare is all about transparency and effectiveness. There are absolutely no mystery ingredients (in fact, they’re all listed right here), and each and every one serves an important purpose, whether it’s to replace the elastin that you lose as your skin ages, or to replenish bountiful moisture with sodium PCA. This is why Évolué’s superior-performance formulas are very minimalist; as in, you won’t find a litany of ingredients in them. And everything in Évolué is natural, gentle and, most important, healing and rejuvenating. 

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The brainchild behind this innovative luxury skincare brand is internationally renowned beauty expert Jean Seo, who spent years diligently curating natural brands at her eco-chic Beverly Hills beauty boutique. Although the products she offered were non-toxic, she noticed her customers were still unsatisfied because they weren’t seeing results. So, Jean harnessed her library science degree and began investigating why natural brands didn’t perform as well as their traditional counterparts.

She learned that merely taking away harmful chemicals wasn’t enough to achieve gorgeous skin — you also need to add in safe yet powerful ingredients that restore the qualities of healthy, young skin. This is why Évolué Skincare focuses on why skin ages — because skin loses certain elements as we get older. We lose things like collagen, elastin, and natural moisturizing factors such as squalane and lipids. Évolué Skincare’s scientifically formulated skincare products help you replace these things — and then some. This is the only way to turn back the clock as much as possible.

(Fun fact: Jean is now a coveted soul here in the City of Angels for her transformative elixirs and her ability to resurrect sensitive and over-processed skin damaged from years of sunbathing, harsh peels and laser treatments… into skin that appears youthful, alive, and pretty much Photoshopped.)

“I worked 80 to 120 hours a week for last 10 years to perfect Évolué so everyone can have the skin they deserve,” says Seo.

She flies around the globe to nab the absolute best ingredients from all corners of the world. Évolué Skincare’s ingredients are chosen for their effectiveness, and carefully sourced from partners who provide the highest-quality ingredients. For example, she regularly flies to Madrid to ensure the collagen and elastin for her formulations are fresh and refrigerated to protect their potency. She gets her freeze-dried organic milk from New Zealand where it’s only auctioned off twice a year. She jets to Switzerland to gather the creme de la creme of lipids.

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http://www.organicauthority.com/exclusive-evolue-natural-skincare-products

5 Things That Happen to Your Skin After You Get Microneedling

Microneedling is one of the most popular skin rejuvenating treatments at the moment, and for good reason. Not only can it improve the look and feel of the skin, but it can also work wonders on reducing acne scars, lines and wrinkles. What you’ll experience at the doctor’s office is a more intense treatment than what you’ll get if you do it yourself at home (with a microneedle roller). But for as much praise as the treatment gets, there are a few things to take note of, especially when it comes to what you’ll experience once the treatment is complete.

Your skin will be red. 

It’s totally normal for your skin to appear red after you’ve had microneedling done, but the majority of the redness should subside within 24 hours. However, if a more aggressive treatment was done, the redness may linger for a bit longer. “I uses the Infini Radio Frequency Microneedling device in my office to treat acne scars, fine line and wrinkles around the eye and to lift and firm the skin,” says Seattle dermatologist Jennifer Reichel, MD. “Directly after the treatment, the skin looks bright red from the heat with an almost sunburn-like feeling (but it’s not all that bad).” Keeping the skin hydrated can help take down the redness, too.

Your skin may feel rough to the touch.

Directly after a microneedling treatment (and even in the coming days post-procedure), your skin may feel a little different than normal and a bit rough when you touch it. There may be some swelling and bruising, too. Santa Monica, CA, dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, says that the swelling can range anywhere from being mild to more severe, although it is more frequently mild. “But it really depends on the type of microneedling done. Taking an antihistamine beforehand helps, too.”

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There may be some minimally visible marks.

Because microneedling makes hundreds of tiny safe yet controlled microinjuries on the surface of the skin, it’s not uncommon to see some very small marks on the skin after the procedure has been performed. Not to worry, whatever you see on your skin is short-lived at most. As the skin heals and recovers, any marks will slowly fade away. 

You may break out.

If you’re prone to breaking out, you’ll definitely want to let your doctor know beforehand because micrnoneedling can cause breakouts. This is especially the case if there are active lesions on the surface—the treatment may make them worse. While it can work wonders at improving acne scars, microneedling can actually spread bacteria in the skin, making breakouts worse. 

Pin point bleeding isn’t uncommon.

According to Dr. Reichel, it’s normal for there to be some pinpoint bleeding on the skin from having the needles inserted into the skin. “Because some microneedling treatments are more invasive, like Infini, we use topical numbing, local anesthetic with mesoneedles, and oral or IV sedation,” says Dr. Reichel. 

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https://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/slideshow/2646-skincare-after-microneedling/5

What Do You Do When “Loving Your Body” Is Hard?

Late last year, I got an email — a long one. It was from a reader who was outraged over The Anti-Diet Project. But unlike the typical vitriol that occasionally pops up in my inbox (“You’re glorifying obesity!” “I hope you die of cake!”), this was legitimate and totally righteous anger. The reader hasn’t given me permission to quote her email, but trust, she schooled me. To summarize, her primary message was this: Stop telling people to love their bodies. Not everyone can. You’re being an asshole.
My first instinct was to feel defensive. I always knew body positivity wasn’t as simple as saying, “You should just love your body! Problem solved!” I knew from my own experience that one had to allow for insecurity, mixed emotions, and even outright negative feelings. Expecting to make the switch from self-loathing to total, unadulterated self-love was unreasonable — perfectionism in a different form. “Should” was an unhelpful word here. But, looking back over years of Anti-Diet posts (especially in the early days) after I received this email, I realized that I might not have written the word “should,” but sometimes, I sure as hell implied it. And I noticed that a lot of words I had written were just as unhelpful to many people: “love,” “embrace,” and even “positivity.” One word I wish I’d used more often? “Neutrality.”
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Body neutrality is an ever-more popular concept, popping up in trend pieces everywhere from college newspapers to The Cut. In fact (and in full disclosure), the first time I’d heard of it as a separate entity from body positivity was when journalist Marisa Meltzer reached out to me for commentary on that Cut piece. As she described it, body neutrality was, if not better than body positivity, then certainly more accessible. “It’s a kind of détente,” she explained, “a white flag, a way station between hating oneself and loving oneself.”
For many of us, that’s what it is: a crucial stepping stone toward the greater goal of self-love. But for others, neutrality is the goal, full stop. And in the grand scheme of things, body neutrality may indeed be a better, more inclusive mission for us all.
“The body positivity community seems to only give voice to a specific type of person,” says journalist and activist Keah Brown, who often writes about the experience of self-acceptance as a disabled woman. It’s an obvious fact, but a woefully unrecognized one. See the term “body positivity” and most of us think in terms of size — specifically women and size, and even more specifically, women of larger size. This is a deeply marginalized population, to be sure. But it is by no means the only one. Yet, often it seems this is the only group to whom the mainstream body positive movement speaks.
“[Consider messaging like] ‘Your body always loves you, and it doesn’t fail you,’” suggests Brown. “For some disabled people, that is just not the case. Your body does fail you and your body does break down.” On a personal level, Brown says, she does relish in truly loving her body now. But true acceptance was a hard-fought battle — and one she fought alone, she adds. “I felt like there [wasn’t] a movement for me, where I was truly celebrated in terms of my body.” Even if (hopefully, when) the body positive movement does someday champion people with disabilities as much as it does those who are plus-size, it will have to do so while recognizing that positivity is not available to everyone. They should be included, Brown concludes, “without feeling the need to love a body that isn’t quite working for them. I believe in loving your body and celebrating it, but I also understand those who simply can’t.”
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To that end, consider people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, eating disorders, or mental illness which might impair their ability to even assess their body, let alone adore it. Issuing a blanket statement like “just love yourself” leaves all of them out in the cold. Many in these groups spend their whole lives struggling toward a stable sense of neutrality. Carelessly ordering them to be positive adds insult to a complex and often invisible injury.
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Swimsuit fashion show promises a hint of Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Electrical tape on private parts. Really?

Welcome to the latest fashion fad in beauty-obsessed Rio de Janeiro, where some women are sun-baking in bikinis made of black tape in search of tan lines so perfect that they practically jump off the skin.

“Here’s where you get the white tan lines that make all the women jealous,” said Alexandra da Silva Prazeres, tanning with about 20 other women at Erika Bronze salon, one of several using the technique in Rio.

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It works like this. First, a piece of gauze is placed over a woman’s private parts. Next go the strips of electrical tape to mimic a bikini. Then small pieces of wet paper towels are placed over parts of the tape. Using sticky tape instead of a cloth bikini ensures crisp lines that stay just so.

Holding black electrical tape and scissors, beauty salon owner Erika Martins instructed a woman to stay still while she carefully placed tape between her buttocks where the bikini would have gone. After a few more strips, the young woman was ready to bake, Rio style.

While pulling it off would normally hurt, temperatures close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) ensure plenty of sweat and a smooth removal.

“You must have a lot of determination because it’s tough,” said 36-year-old sunbather Miriam Rodrigues of the heat. “But we can handle it.”

Martins said she decided to start the salon after years of experimenting with the technique on herself and friends. She said in working-class neighbourhoods women often use similar techniques, as they are far from the beaches.

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http://www.torontosun.com/2017/01/25/brazilian-womans-trademark-electrical-tape-bikinis-all-the-rage-in-rio

Embracing Your Natural Hair: The Ultimate Guide To Everyday Living

The beauty of natural hair is in being worn free. The natural hair trend is catching on as more women gain the confidence to wear their hair just the way it is. Natural hairstyles can look simply fabulous with twists, knots or that big curly up-do. But with that gorgeous mane comes a different type of hair-care most women are not used to. They cannot understand why their natural hair keeps breaking or having split ends no matter what they do.

 

It’s simple: Your natural hair is as beautiful as the care you give it. Here is a guide to save you stress and time on your natural hair journey.

In determining what type of care to give to your natural hair, there are two important factors: Width and Porosity.

 

Width deals with the thickness of the strands of hair. It ranges from coarse to medium to fine. Coarse refers to strands that are wide and resistant to damage. Medium refers to strands that are not too thick nor fine but strong enough. Fine refers to delicate stands that require extra care to regain length and stop breakage. Understanding the width of your natural hair strands helps you determine what the amount of products and care needed for healthy hair growth.

 

Test- You can determine the width of your hair strands just by holding up a shed strand to the light to see if the strand is thick (coarse) or neither thick nor thin (medium) or plain thin and almost invisible (fine).

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Porosity refers to the ability of your hair strand to absorb moisture. Determining the porosity of your hair will help you know how often to moisturize your hair to keep your hair looking healthy. Hair types with low porosity have the tendency to look greasy and oily because products do not get absorbed easily. For hair with high porosity, you have to moisturize and layer in your products more often

 

Test- If you drop a healthy strand of hair in water, the speed of the hair to sink to the bottom determines the porosity. If it immediately sinks, your hair has high porosity. If it sinks slowly, you have normal porosity. If it floats, you have low porosity.

 

When you have discovered the width and porosity, the next step is understanding what care your natural hair requires. Here are some tips to help you get through everyday living.

 

Water

 

Moisture from water is very important for length retention. It helps protect the hair from drying out from the weather. Spritzing your hair with water daily could help it stay healthy. Avoid spraying too much water onto the hair. The aim is not to get your hair wet but to get water into your strands.

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Pre-poo and Shampoo

 

Cleaning your scalp involves every stage before you get your hair shampooed. Washing your hair can cause the strands of your hair to experience fatigue and cause breakage. Pre-poo helps prepare your hair for the shampooing process. You can achieve with any natural oil that works best with your hair. It helps get your hair into the healthy state required for washing and conditioning.

 

Shampooing for natural hair is best done with a shampoo that contains protein or saponified oils. A protein based shampoo will help treat the hair while washing. You want to avoid stripping your hair of all the oils needed for healthy growth and length. Shampooing can leave your hair dry and fragile. It should be followed by deep conditioning to help it stay strong.

 

Deep Conditioning

 

This is to ensure that your hair is getting the protein it needs. Natural hair tends to be curly so product might not travel down the strand of the hair properly. Deep conditioning ensures your hair gets all the protein and moisture it needs. There is protein conditioning and moisture conditioning. Both are important for achieving healthy and luscious locks. Protein conditioning should be done every 4-6 weeks while moisture conditioning should be done every 1-2 weeks.

 

Scalp Massage

 

If you are looking to strengthen your hair and help its growth, scalp massages could just be the key. Scalp massages are effective for promoting blood flow to your scalp which helps your hair grow.

 

A weekly scalp/hair massage will be sure to help your hair regain all the moisture it deserves and stop it from drying out no matter the weather. If the weather is excessively dry, increase the frequency of your scalp massages to twice a week.

 

You can try massages with various oils and treatments like coconut oil, olive oil or even almond oil warmed and left to cool to room temperature.

 

Sealing

This means ‘locking in moisture’. It could be done with any natural oil like castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil or even coconut oil. You can also use a butter-based product like Shea butter. Sealing ensures that the moisture that entered your hair shaft does not dry out with the weather or environment. It helps your hair stay as moisturized for the longest time possible. You can effectively trap in moisture to aid healthy growth and length retention.

 

Advice: Do not go overboard with too many products. Stick to the products that work for you and avoid your hair looking greasy.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/embracing-your-natural-hair-the-ultimate-guide-to_us_593a7749e4b094fa859f1778

Getting Your Hands On These Cheap Makeup Brushes Is So Easy

When it comes to beauty brands, Maybelline is a true legend. From its iconic Great Lash Mascara to the newly-expanded Fit Me and Dream Cushion foundation ranges — which work for more complexions than many drugstore lines! — the brand’s offerings are equal parts classic and revolutionary. Plus, it’s all crazy cheap. So when we heard that the brand was launching a set of luxe, duo-fiber makeup brushes, our hearts skipped a beat.

So what can you expect? None of the brushes above will be priced over $10, which means you can scoop up the entire set for a fraction of what prestige tools cost. Even better, the five-piece collection is sold separately, which makes rounding out your collection a breeze. There are three face brushes:
A large slanted beauty for powder formulas like bronzer, blush, setting powder, and contour; a curved contour brush for any formula; and a flat stippling brush for cream, liquid or powder foundation. Plus, as you can see, a concealer brush and slanted shadow brush for carving out the crease.
According to Allure you won’t be able to get these bad boys online until January 2018, but there’s a bright side. Until then you can scoop them up at select Walmart locations, which makes a lot of sense, considering the store stocks nearly every necessity you can imagine. (As if your shopping list needed another reason to hit the megastore.)
Only time will tell if the line with be expanded to more brushes — we’d like to suggest a brow, lip, or highlighter brush, please — but until then, we suggest grabbing these babies while you can. And a tube of Great Lash, while you’re at it…
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Ashley Graham’s Bedazzled Manicure —How To Get The Look For Prom

Ashley Graham was the hostess with the mostess at the Miss USA contest on May 14th & we loved her look from head-to-toe. It was her manicure that stole the show & you can recreate for Prom, right here!

We are obsessing over Ashley Graham’s, 29, bedazzled manicure at the Miss USA competition on May 14th. Ashley was the backstage correspondent and co-host, so of course she had to look amazing, and we loved her entire look. Not only did we love Ashley’s hair, makeup, and dress — it was her mani that we’re freaking out over. She rocked a Red Carpet Manicure crystal-encrusted manicure by celebrity manicurist, Mar Y Soul, and you can get her look right here!

We loved that Ashley’s nails were nude and subtle but then covered in crystals by her cuticles. It is the perfect mix of subtle but glam. If you want to get Ashley’s glam mani, you can get the exact one without breaking the bank! To create the look, Mar Y Soul used:

 

1. Red Carpet Manicure 3-Step LED Gel Polish in Fake Bake.
2. A nude beige ($10 at Ulta), to create a skin-flattering manicure.
3. Then added just the right amount of sparkle by encrusting each one of Ashley’s nails at the cuticle with Swarovski crystals from Red Carpet Manicure’s Flawless Nail Art Kit ($10 at Redcarpetmanicure.com).

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Ashley Graham’s Bedazzled Manicure — How To Get The Look For Prom

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