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10 Top Winter Beauty Tips

Except for Christmas, reindeers and presents, cold weather also brings sullen skin, itchy scalp and other non-attractive things. Before panicking about your appearance, read a list of beauty tips that will make you shine this winter.

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1) In winter we tend to feel less thirsty and often neglect drinking plenty of water. It is very important though to drink 8 glasses per day even if doesn’t come naturally. Herbal teas and clear soups can also replenish your skin’s moisture.

2) Avoid long, hot showers. According to dermatologist Barbara R. Reed, “Just as you use hot water to get grease out of dishes, you can wind up removing natural oils from your skin”. Lukewarm showers might not be that comforting but at least they will not contribute to your skin dryness.

3) If you feel like snacking prefer seeds and nuts. You will get a zinc boost, essential for preventing rashes and skin irritations. On the contrary, sugary snacks will make your skin look even more sullen.

4) To protect your lips from dryness use a moisturizing, natural lip balm which does not contain ingredients like camphor and menthol (they only worsen a cracked mouth). You can also try an exfoliant on your lips to get rid of flaky patches.

5) To soothe lackluster hair use conditioner. Scan the labels for quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”. Quats such as cetrimonium chloride and behentrimonium chloride “neutralize the static electricity that causes flyaways leaving your hair soft and silky” says cosmetics chemist Jim Hammer.

6) Bolster your beauty from the inside by consuming enough Omega-3s, the essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and walnuts. Omega 3s are so vital for skin health, that we should take supplements to ensure we get enough, said Doris Day, M.D., at Womens Health magazine.

7) The lack of humidity in winter can cause our scalp to peel. If the peeling is accompanied with symptoms such as limp locks, super dry face and rashes on the body, then it is probably dandruff. To get rid of the annoying white flakes use a shampoo with zinc or sulfur. Their antibacterial action free follicles of buildup and eliminate flakes in a few weeks.

8) Some body parts, like arms and legs, have fewer oil glands than other parts and tend to be drier, especially in winter. It is essential to moisturize these parts with a lotion to keep them hydrated and soft. You can try a soothing lotion with milk as the main ingredient. The natural fats and lactic acid in milk can soften our skin, lightly exfoliate, and abate irritation, says Regina Viotto, skin-care specialist.

9) Heat styling your hair in winter could dry it out more. Warren Holmes, International Creative Director at Nicky Clarke, who has styled the locks of Kate Moss, recommends using a low-heat setting on a dryer with ceramic technology, to achieve silky styles without damaging it.

10) You can try adding some moisture to your home with a humidifier in the bedroom, which can help clear sinuses in cold weather and keep skin from over-drying. To prevent your humidifier from becoming a germ haven though, change the water daily and clean it every three days.

Katerina is an avid blogger with a real appreciation of beauty. She is currently blogging about fashion trends, hairstyles and beauty tips for Vixen and Blush vixenandblush.com/contact/hair-extensions-salon-hoxton-shoreditch/ a hair extensions salon in Shoreditch, London.

Top Story: What Does Your Hair Say About You?

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Despite what some of us think, various studies now suggest that the way we wear our hair send strong messages about our personality. According to Rose Weits, ASU Sociologist, hair is a powerful indicator of identity. It is attached to us and as such is an integral part of who we are and how we express ourselves.

The way we wear our hair sends signals about our mood and leads people to make subconsciously assumptions about us. Philip Kingsley, leading Trichologist, claims that hair is a secondary sexual characteristic. ‘You can’t flaunt your primary sexual characteristics in public so that’s what makes your hair important from a social viewpoint.’ This explains why long, glossy hair – which denotes youth and fertility – has been so popular for so long.

COLOR

According to fashion historian Caroline Cox, our perceptions about hair color have changed over the past few years. Blondness for instance – once regarded as a signifier of youth – is becoming dated due to the large numbers of older women wearing it.

LENGTH

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, professor of Critical Theory at the University of Reading, suggests that short hair is still equated with masculinity. On the contrary, it is widely reported that long hair is seen, especially from men, as the most feminine and desirable hair length. Medium length could suggest a woman who is intelligent and good-natured.

STYLING

The dominant trend today is for styling long and glamorous hair rather than cutting it. Fashion icons such as the Duchess of Cambridge create the impression that styling long hair is an indication that a woman has the time and money to spend on her hair. Bearing in mind that a posh element characterizes the British culture, the UK is now the third-largest importer of human hair in the world.

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Long wavy hair has always been associated with beauty and femininity. Wavy locks convey a laid-back style but they could also suggest a lot of time spent in front of a mirror.Across the board, women with this hairstyle are often seen as more likeable and approachable.

Long straight hair on the other hand symbolizes sensuality, efficiency and dominance. It suggests a woman who is serious and practical.

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Bangs – Bangs ooze sexuality since they draw attention to a woman’s eyes. Their form however can create different perceptions. Side-swept bangs give a more classic look suggesting a motivated, career-oriented person. They remain playful and youthful but not as much as blunt bangs which are seen as more trendy and “high fashion”. Blunt bangs also project individuality suggesting a woman who is secure in her likes and dislikes.

Bob Hairstyle – Women wearing their hair in a bob are often seen as daring and elegant. A bob may also suggest that people’s perceptions do not influence those ladies in their decision making.

Pixie Style – The pixie suggest that its owner is confident and bold. This hairstyle that reveals facial features is also associated with an artistic flair.

Katerina has a real appreciation of beauty. She blogs about fashion trends, hairstyles and beauty tips. For natural hair extensions visit Vixen and Blush: vixenandblush.com/contact/hair-extensions-salon-hoxton-shoreditch/

10 Easy Beauty Tips You’re Overlooking

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There is an old adage that “It takes pain to be beautiful,” but this is certainly not always true. Many beauty secrets are much easier and more painless than we imagine though they are so simple, we may be overlooking them. Here are ten easy beauty tricks so simple you may not be taking advantage of them.

1. Have a nice pair of large sunglasses in your wardrobe.

Sunglasses are fashion’s way of allowing you to travel incognito. Have errands to run but not time to put on make up? Simply throw on a pair of shades and some lipstick and instantly look put together.

2. Fix broken eye shadows and powders with rubbing alcohol.

Few things make a shadow palette look unusable like cracked or broken colors, so mend shattered make up by mixing in a little rubbing alcohol. Reshape the color and let it dry.

3. Eat your apple last.

Apples are a natural breath freshener and tooth cleaner, so if you pack a lunch at work, save your apple for last, which will keep your smile looking fresh and clean all the way through the afternoon.

4. Use baby powder as dry shampoo.

Depending on your hair type, shampooing too often can lead to brittle, overly dried hair. Unfortunately, not shampooing enough can leave hair looking oily. Dry oily roots without washing your hair by sprinkling in a little baby powder.

5. Use lotion at least twice a day.

Moisturized skin looks healthier and has a much nicer glow than dry, ashy, skin, so don’t forget to stay on top of your moisturizing schedule. Using lotion all over your body once in the morning and once at night will keep skin soft and smooth.

6. Reduce the appearance of scars with cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is one of nature’s most helpful and magical formulas. This inexpensive oil can be used to soothe rough and dry patches, and can also help reduce the appearance of scars.

7. Look to your pantry for beauty products.

Many simple household objects can be wonderfully beneficial as beauty products. Try using an avocado as a quick and easy face mask for instant moisture or slathering dry hair with coconut or olive oil. Cucumbers can be sliced and used to bring down puffiness in eyes.

8. Get your beauty sleep.

Getting enough sleep is beneficial for mental and physical health, and it is also a wonderful way to stay looking young and vibrant. Aim for seven or eight hours a night for a great skin tone and bright eyes.

9. Ask for samples at the beauty counter.

Never get stranded without make up again! Keep a small bag of samples of your most important items in your purse at all times for emergency touch ups anytime and anywhere.

10. Drink plenty of water.

Water has a detoxifying effect on the body and keeps skin looking clear and fresh. Carry a reusable water bottle with you all day to make sure that you’re sipping often enough.

Teresa Thomas is a fashion and beauty logger who loves dispensing advice to help people look great. Learn more about her work at Hollywood Tans.

6 Hairstyles That Will Always Impress

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Your dress is gorgeous, your heels are killer and you’ve just applied a fresh coat of lipstick to take on the world. But what about your hair? What styles will be able to complete your look and turn every head in the room? Here are just a few ideas.

1: The Bob
Sleek and straight, the bob is a classic style that also speaks to sophistication and class. It’s the kind of hairstyle that you can’t roll out of bed with: It takes time and dedication, symbolizing your commitment to a fashionable look and the effort you put into taking care of yourself.

2: The Chop

The chop is a compromise between long locks and short crops. It falls to your shoulders, usually in layers, but it can be styled with curls, waves, straight hair, et cetera. It’s the perfect hairstyle for those who aren’t ready to cut it all off but are tired of a daily battle with longer hair.


3: New Jersey Curls

Popularized by the ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, these big, bold ringlets are a statement of confidence and fearlessness. Drop by a
Freehold Barber Shop and tell them to do their worst.

4: French Braids

Unlike ponytail or pigtail braids, French braids offer an older, more mature look that’s easily customized depending on mood or outfit. They also look great but don’t take long to achieve in the mornings, making them perfect for working women or moms on the go.

5: The Updo
Dare to impress with an elaborate updo, a name given to any hairstyle that sweeps the hair off your neck and into a slightly-messy collection at the back of your skull. Just remember to leave a few tendrils hanging, because that’s where you’ll tempt men into tucking it back behind your ear.

6: Pixie Cuts
Short and boyish, pixie cuts are cropped close to your head, usually leaving your bangs for a hint of femininity. They work best with oval and heart-shaped faces and can really make your eyes pop with the right kinds of mascara and eye shadow. If you aren’t afraid of going all the way, welcome the breeze on your neck with a pixie cut.

If you’re looking for great hairstyles, take your cues from these six, which are some of the most lasting and iconic looks of our generation. But don’t forget to experiment, too! You never know when you’ll accidentally create a signature look just for you.

 

Halloween Hairstyles: Mermaid, Witch, Corpse Bride, Cat, Day of the Dead

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It’s one of the favorite times of year for many people, whether you’re a child or an adult. The most fun part of Halloween is getting dressed up!

So whether you’re going for something gruesome, fun, or pretty, the next step is going to be hair and makeup. Makeup is usually quite easy to do – green face paint and fake warts for witches, or red fake blood and white paint for vampires. But what about hair? Hairstyles are often the part that people struggle to find inspiration for.

So we’ve picked out 5 of our most popular hairstyles for various Halloween costumes.

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Mermaid

Mermaids are a popular choice for Halloween parties as it lets you show a feminine side. For this look, team sparkly pastel makeup with luscious long locks. For the extra length, use clip in hair extensions and create waves or curls to give a true mermaid style. For a pop of color, you could also clip in small clip in highlights in pinks and blues.

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Witch

One of the easier costumes, the witch is a great idea if you want something quick and easy to style for Halloween. Again, using hair extensions and heat spray, crimp the hair to create that messy, crazy witch style. Try leaving some pieces straight for an even better disheveled look.

Corpse Bride

This is a fantastic costume to try if you want to go all out on hair and makeup. Makeup is still girly and made up, but using very pale colors on the face to give the corpse look. For the hair, firstly use hair extensions to give extra thickness and length, as this is key to the look. Start off by creating a deep side parting and curling the hair and hair extensions. Next create a braid across the front from one side of head to the other. Keep the sections large so that it creates a chunky braid, bringing in more hair as you go like you would with a French braid.

Secure with a bobby pin behind the ear then the rest of the hair at the roots. Create a side ponytail with the remaining hair and this is where you can either bin into a side bun or leave it loose and wavy.

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Cat

Like the witch costume, a cat is also a popular and easy choice. The best hairstyle to match this costume is a long, sleek and smooth ponytail.

If you haven’t got long hair, use hair extensions to create a ponytail. First tie your hair in a high ponytail, using hairspray to make it as sleek as possible. If you’re using hair extensions, create a small ponytail with just the middle section of hair in the center of your head (leaving all hair around the outside of your head free). This is the base ponytail that you will clip in the hair extensions pieces around. Then take the remaining hair and pull into a ponytail over the top of the base ponytail – this will then hide all hair extension clips and make it look natural.

Use hair straighteners to smooth the hair and hair extensions as you want it to be as straight as possible for a cat look. Now you can add your cat ears and you’re good to go!

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a great way to show off your makeup skills. But if it’s hair you’re struggling with then clip in some hair extensions and curl both your natural hair and extensions to create volume and gorgeous barrel waves. For this look you want to show off the makeup and the best way to do that is to create a very deep side parting and sweep all of your hair over the shoulder on the opposite side. Continuing with the Day of the Dead theme, get some flower hair clips to keep the hair in place at the side and off your face.

Laura is a hair and beauty writer with extensive knowledge in Beauty, Makeup and hair care.

 

Best Hair Products For Your Hair Type

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Not all heads of hair are the same. What’s best for dry hair is by no means what’s best for oily or normal hair. What type of hair do you have? How do you choose the right hair products for your type? Read on to find out!

Dry as the desert hair

Is your hair looking and feeling somewhat straw-like? Has its lost its elasticity? Do you wish you could do something to restore its bouncy, shiny, youthful state?

One of the best remedies for ‘Sahara Desert’ hair is a rich treatment, which should be applied once a week. Argan Oil by BaByliss is one of the best hair care products on the market. It contains a long list of fatty acids (of the unsaturated, essential variety), as well as oleic acid, linoleic acid, omega-9, omega-6 and Vitamin E. A weekly application will bring much-needed hydration, repair and conditioning to dry hair, and relief to a dehydrated and itchy scalp.

Macadamia Natural Oil is another option. It’s available in a range of hair products. Two of the most powerful are the Healing Oil Treatment and the Deep Repair Masque. Both make hair more manageable and shiny. The first also offers the helpful quality of reducing drying time by 40-50%, and the latter features the addition of Argan Oil. Macadamia Natural Oil hair care products can be used on all hair types, but they’re most beneficial for dry hair.

Normal hair

Is your hair in a healthy, natural state? Are you happy with the way it is and would you like to keep it that way? The key to finding the best hair products for normal hair is simply selecting those that are mild enough to allow frequent use, yet nutritious enough to keep things at their moist, elastic best.

Toni & Guy’s label.m Organics pretty much fit the bill. The label.m line was established by professional stylists back in 2005. The Organics range includes two shampoos and two conditioners. The Organic Moisturizing Lemongrass Shampoo and matching conditioner features quince, oats, rice milk powder and jojoba oil. It does have a ‘hi-drenching’ effect, so it’s best when used on normal hair just once or twice a week. If you’re looking for hair care products for daily use, then the Organic Orange Blossom Shampoo and matching conditioner is the way to go. It’s more lightweight, containing a delightful citrus blend of Tuscan Mandarin, Mediterranean Bergamot, Regal Maltese Oranges and Cypriot Orange Flower Water. Needless to say, it smells totally amazing!

Oily hair

Is your hair driving you crazy because it’s more oily and greasy than it should be? What to do? One of the most effective strategies for dealing with oily hair is deep cleansing. TIGI Bed Head Superfuel Recharge Octane Shampoo is one of the best, as it works to remove any product build-up and emphasizes the shine factor.

Colored hair

The trick to choosing the best hair products for colored hair is finding those that maximize the benefits of having color, while minimizing damage. S-Factor by TIGI does pretty well in this department. Their ‘True Lasting Color’ range, which includes a shampoo, a conditioner and a hair oil, works to enhance shimmer, reduce fading and protect hair from heat damage.

Katherine West is a health freak and freelance writer who in 2003 studied for a Diploma of Nutrition. She is also into fashion, yoga and Pilates.

11 Hot Haute Couture Hair Styles

 

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1.     Ethreal and Enchanted.

This look comes from Chanel and sweeps the hair away from the face, in feminine yet untamed swirls, gathering it together to bring volume at the back, then letting it fall to one side.  Adorned with pastel, white and black translucent flowers the hair and make-up gives this look a wild and delicate sensibility.

 

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2.     Suck Me Sweet.

This look from Dior, despite making the model look like a giant piece of candy is not as sweet as one might expect.  There is a harsh Grace Jones element to the look, with the deep purples contrasting the model’s pale skin, set against her blackened lips.  One can make out the towering shapes that form her mounting hair underneath the plastic wrap, that all comes together to create a look that is severe yet sweet.

 

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3.  Period Dandy

This haute couture hairstyle melds together the wide, white bouffant of dramatic period femininity with the opposing dark dandification Victoriana.  Infusing explosive blond hair a the black top hat and feathers to create a look that is utterly arresting, not just because of the enormity of the hair, but the entire contradicting composition.

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4.     Pastel Princess

This pastel princess hair is utterly fantastic!  Calling to mind a school-girlish innocence, all the hair is placed in a vast updo, sweeping in two buns around the sides and back.  Infused with silvery white that offsets and cutens the model’s blonde hair, it all comes together with a bow and pastel pink rose set at the front, above a dramatic and straight cut fringe.  My favorite part, however, is when it all comes together with an intricate, pink seam that covers the hairline running from the nape of the neck to the top of the head at the back.  Beautiful!

 

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5.  Breaking News

This haute couture hair from John Galliano is one of my absolute favorites!  Looking like a post-apocalyptic perfection the model has her hair back combed and swept dramatically upwards, the back of her head is covered with stuck on newspaper that follows the natural shape of her head.  The sides are given an extra special twist with two curls molded along it, to give a little extra shape and intricacy.  The entire look is garnished with an assortment of pink and purple hair sprays for the extra grungy, graffittied look that really brings out the models metallic make-up.

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06.  Frost Bitten Thorns

This is the most elaborate and enchanting hair of the list, and is an absolute fantastical beauty.  The hair is styled to fall down, and is long and completely crimped, to give it an utterly textured effect, but what it incredible is all the styling that is going on above the head.  Styled in the piece are a network of spiraling crimped strands that form interweaving vines, laced with large snowflakes that sprawl across the top of the model’s head and up along the network of auburn vines.  The sides of the head are finished with a crimped flower-esque bow. Utterly divine!

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7.  Woven Weave

This unusual hair is a wonderful rendition of a medieval maiden.  The hair creates a canvas that starts right up the top and weaves in and out of itself falling in a long, straight but textured sheet all the way down.  The back is finished with all the hair being braided in a feminine, circular swirl.

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8.  Asian Empress

These hair styles are all in keeping with the same theme, a beautifully maintained and ornate quality.  The hair is slicked extremely close to the head.  Separated at the front with a precise middle parting.  The hair then forms a band that goes all the way around the head, covering the ears.  On top of this is an elaborate bun.  The styles swoop forwards in perfect swirls, and are then completed with a spray of hair on the very top, the tips fanning out dramatically.  A contrast to the precise and smooth hair beneath it.

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9.  Stormy Turbulence

This hairstyle by Pepis London dramatically rises skyward in jet black.  It winds itself round and round emulating the eye of a hurricane, when reaching a certain point it changes direction and begins to decline again, as it does so the pitch black color becomes intermingled with a silvery grey, adding to the stormy effect of the style.  It culminates in pure silver, having become narrow it is as though one has discovered the heart of the storm.

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10.  Rose Garden

This hair is so naturally feminine.  Red hair wildly rises upwards above the head, and then falls in gorgeous curls on either side.  On one side, nestled by the head are three roses that match the hair so perfectly it is as though they are made of it.  The haute couture hair is the absolute epitomization of what it means to be an English rose.  Stunning.

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11.  Frost Bitten Thorns

This is the most elaborate and enchanting hair of the list, and is an absolute fantastical beauty.  The hair is styled to fall down, and is long and completely crimped, to give it an utterly textured effect, but what it incredible is all the styling that is going on above the head.  Styled in the piece are a network of spiraling crimped strands that form interweaving vines, laced with large snowflakes that sprawl across the top of the model’s head and up along the network of auburn vines.  The sides of the head are finished with a crimped flower-esque bow. Utterly divine!

For more information about Hair Extensions for models please visit VixenandBlush.com.

 

Abi Sehmi has a real love of beauty. She is currently writing for VixenandBlush.com, she talks about fashion, hair styling and hair extensions.

 

Great Birthday Gifts For Men Who Care About Their Appearance

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When it comes to caring about one’s appearance, most people may think that women are the only group who are obsessed. There are plenty of studies concerning the amount of money women spend on their hair, beauty products, and the latest trendy styles. Walk into the beauty products section of a drug store or a high end retail outlet in Houston and you will find that the number of women’s products far outweigh products created for men. However that trend is rapidly changing. Men in Houston and across the country are spending more money on items like shaving products, body wash, clothing, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. So to help the man in your life look his best, here are some great gift ideas you can use for birthdays or any other special occasions.

Try a gift certificate to a shaving spa

Gentlemen’s grooming options in Houston are expanding on trend with other large cities around the country. There are several shaving spa options for men who desire a designer shave complete with aromatherapy to help tighten pores and relax your mind. Some will also offer manicure and pedicure services for men who pay attention to detail. The daily drudgery of shaving becomes a luxury experience in a spa atmosphere.

Spruce up your man’s appearance with a bow tie

Bow ties are becoming a popular trend amongst trendy men in Houston. It’s nice to see that amongst the sea of jeans and t-shirts, there are some men who want to step up their wardrobe with a colorful bow tie. What’s nice about a bow tie is that they are not only reserved for tuxedos and suits. You can easily dress up a pair of jeans and canvas sneakers with a cool bow tie.

Hair options for balding men

It is often assumed that men are comfortable with becoming bald, that it is just another part of growing older. The truth is that not every man is content with watching his hair fall down the shower drain. You’ve seen some of these men with the comb overs and hats worn all year, even during Houston’s hot summer days. Many men are ready for an option that is much more natural looking.

Some of the options for men to cover their bald spot demonstrated on national TV have been laughable, at best. Spray-on hair, artificial hair pieces, and hair plugs never really looked natural at all. Now more men have the option of a hair transplant. Houston has a few facilities that are specialists in this field. The way hair transplants work are that hair is removed from other more full areas of the head (usually towards the nape of the neck) and transplanted onto the bald spot. What you get in the end is a much more natural looking head of hair because it is your own hair.

There are tons of men out there who appreciate a thoughtful gift that will help him to look and feel his best. A couple of hours at a shaving spa, a new bow tie, or a hair transplant in Houston will boost any man’s ego. But great birthday gifts for the man who cares about his appearance don’t have to stop there! If in doubt, ask the man in your life what kinds of grooming products he enjoys and let your imagination run wild.

 

By Danny W., a men’s health and wellness advocate who loves to bowl and go rock-climbing.

The Origin Of Human Hair Extensions

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The hair extension industry is booming, with many girls between the age of 16-30 having some experience with using hair extensions to enhance their looks.  There are many different types of hair extensions, and knowledge on what methods are safest for our natural hair is openly available.  However many tend to find that their knowledge becomes unstuck when dealing with the slightly more complex issue of the type of hair, more specifically hairs origin and the best types.

Here we will go through the most common types of hair used for human hair extensions to gain a greater understanding of what girls should be looking for in quality hair extensions.

Chinese Hair

Chinese hair is commonly used for inexpensive wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions. The hair is thick and coarse and tends to be naturally straight and dark in color.

Chinese hair is great for business as there is a high quantity available; the hair is long lasting, durable and low in cost.  In terms of strength the hair is very strong and can withstand multiple chemical and mechanical procedures.  There are however down sides to the use of Chinese hair in hair extensions.  Due to the extreme chemical processing that is undertaken with Chinese hair the quality tends to be quite poor.  It does not naturally have the same properties as European hair therefore for sale on the European market it undergoes an extreme amount of processing which damages the hair.  As the cuticles are large and the layers are dense Chinese hair is the most likely to tangle so it’s not desirable at all.  Additionally the thick strands reflect light differently to European hair, therefore when fitted they tend to look artificial despite the fact that it is human hair.

European hair

European hair is mainly used for high priced handmade hair extensions, custom wigs and hair pieces.  European hair is fantastic as it is high quality and true Caucasian hair, therefore it is perfect for the European and American market.  Typically the hair tends to come from Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States.  The texture is fine and there are a wide range of natural colors meaning that in some cases the hair does not undergo a dying processes and this is what the industry refers to as virgin hair.  Due to the fact that it is Caucasian the match with Europe and American markets is perfect, and the extensions blend perfectly.  There are downsides to European hair however.  Due to a low quantity available on the market the hair tends to be very expensive.  There is an availability problem with European hair with many manufacturers struggling to source lengths longer than 15 inches.  The hair fibers of European hair are also very fragile, and therefore European hair is more complex to care for than stronger hair types such as Chinese and Indian.

Indian hair

Indian hair is by far the most desirable of all hair types as it sits right in the middle in terms of quality and price.  Indian hair is typically used for custom made wigs and hair extensions.  The Quality is excellent and there is a high quantity available.  Indian hair has very similar properties to European hair, and therefore with minimal processing can be made to look and feel just like European hair.  Indian hair comes in a range of textures and lengths, as well as colors.  The only downside to Indian hair is that it is not available in a virgin form and therefore does require some degree of chemical processing, however virgin hair is very difficult to maintain.

With all the information laid out, it is clear to see that although European hair has some fantastic qualities, it is Indian hair that comes out on top in terms of quality and value for money, unless of course you are happy to spend the kind of money European hair requires and take the time to care for them in the correct way.

Hi, my name is Amy and I am the owner of hairextensionskent.co.uk.  As a business we are passionate about educating customers about hair extensions and the different options available.

Top Story: 5 Professional Hairstyles You Can Do At Home

It is natural to want to ensure that your hair always looks perfect, as if you’ve just left the salon. The problem is, we all have bad hair days and we’re not all salon professionals. However, there is an easier and much cheaper way to get fabulous looking locks on a daily basis without the need for professional styling every day. After all, we can’t all have our own team of stylists on hand. You need to know simple tricks for your hair that you can do yourself. So with that in mind, here are five professional-looking hairstyles to recreate at home.

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  • Side Ponytail

You’ll require some serious holding power for this ‘do so it works best on day old hair. Gather your hair into a half ponytail and secure at the back of your head, right in the center. Then push up this section of secured hair to create a bouffant style over the back of the crown. Pull your fringe section free and brush to one side of your head before securing with hair grips. Pull the rest of your hair into a full ponytail and drag to one side of your head, securing with a hair tie. Then take small sections of your hair and curl for a feminine touch. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to hold it in place.

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  • Posh Chignon

Wash hair and condition with an intensive moisturizing formula to eliminate frizz. Comb through hair and section into a side parting. For a more dramatic look, go for a deep side parting. Gather hair at the nape of your neck and secure with a hair tie. Then twist the hair and wrap it around itself to create a bun. Secure any flyaway strands with grips and spritz with hairspray to keep it looking chic all day long.

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  •  Half up, half down

This look is really easy to recreate and takes a matter of minutes which is ideal if you are in a last minute rush. Wash and condition hair with a deep conditioning treatment to ensure super smooth locks. Squeeze the excess water out and leave to dry naturally. If you’re running short of time then blow dry hair. The great thing about this ‘do is that it doesn’t matter if your hair is a little wavy as that will add to the natural looking appeal. Use grips to pin back hair at each side and brush your fringe forward. Use your fingers to muss your hair up slightly as it is supposed to look lived in.

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  • Smart up-do

A great look for the office or for any formal event which requires you to dress up, the smart up-do can be created easily from the comfort of your own home using only hair grips and a brush. Here’s how to create the look. This ‘do works better with day old hair as it will hold better and is less likely to create flyaways. Comb your hair into its natural parting and gather up into a pony tail. Instead of securing with a tie, twist your hair around and in on itself at the back of your head, before securing with hair grips. Pull a small section of your side fringe free and give hair a quick spritz with hairspray to finish.

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  • Loose

Don’t be fooled into assuming that this look is created simply by brushing your hair and leaving the house. Make sure hair is washed, conditioned and blow dried straight. Use straighteners to give it a poker straight finish. This hairstyle looks great if your hair is cut into layers as it really frames your face. Keep hair in place all day long with a spritz of hairspray.

Guest post contributed by Lauren Belfield, a fashion blogger with a love of easy to do hairstyles and fashion tips.

 

National Photography Month Photo of The Day – Day 21

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The Frohawk!

365 Days of Dangermas: Day 121 – Alcohol By Fed Ex

DANGERMASLOGODay 121 – May 1, 2013:

Highlights of The Day

  • I’ve been asked to participate on the SmarteRita “Get Waisted” Challenge. I’ve been drinking and I currently have a buzz. Results coming soon!
  • I dyed my hair a shade of dark drown (to get rid of the grey) that is giving me a red tint. Not sure I like it yet. We’ll see how it looks when I get dolled up.

Nothing for the Dangermas tree.

If you’d like to donate items to the Dangermas tree, please view our wishlist for ideas, or you can send ornaments or other light weight items to:

Dangerous Lee

PO Box 7317

Flint, MI 48507

365 Days of Dangermas: Day 115 – Pizza, Scandal & Shampoo!

DANGERMASLOGODay 115 – April 25, 2013:

Highlights of The Day

  • Not much to report today. I worked at Wellness. I ordered pizza for dinner with banana peppers, peperoni, ground beef, mushrooms, green olives, and onions. Yummy! I had a nap and now I am watching Scandal. What a life!
  • My arms are sore from lifting two pound weights and so is my ass from riding an exercise bike with a horrible seat. Yea, I am trying to get in shape…again.
  • Product Review – For the past month or so I have been testing out the System 1 Nioxin shampoo and conditioner products for fine/thinning hair. My front edges going over to the right side of my head have always given me growth issues, which is why I love to wear my hair short or shaved, but since using these products I have noticed a slight increase in growth and thickness. I believe it is suggested that the products are used daily, but Black people cannot and should not wash their hair daily because it strips the hair of natural oils. Also, I do not have fine hair; it’s thick and coarse. Nioxin smells minty fresh and tingles your scalp so you know it’s working. If you’re a man or woman with thinning hair issues give it a try! I do wish they had a product line for people of color. Hopefully when they see this review they will take it into consideration.

Nothing for the Dangermas tree.

If you’d like to donate items to the Dangermas tree, please view our wishlist for ideas, or you can send ornaments or other light weight items to:

Dangerous Lee

PO Box 7317

Flint, MI 48507

National Poetry Month Spotlight: Jodi Pliszka

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Laying to rest on a big comfy bed,
Waking to find three hairs on my head,
Here is the decision that I happily made,
Taking three hairs and making a braid.
Although my coif was starting to fail,
With two hairs left, I wore piggy tails.
When I lost one more hair, while getting the mail,
I thought it was time for a smart pony tail.
The next morning my head was shiny and bare,
Hurray! No more wasting time doing my hair.
Life is what you make it and take it from me,

You’re perfect, just the way God made you be!

Bio:

Winner of 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award. The world’s leading SOLUTIONOLOGIST® Celebrated host on Ripley’s Believe It or Not radio’s; Weird Medical Maladies. Inventor of HEADLINE IT! ®, Award Winning Author, Clinical Therapist, President/CEO. Featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Top Finalist on ABC’s American Inventor TV Show, Lifetime TV‘S Health Corner, NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC news and more.

www.JodiPliszka.com

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