BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS

Written by lyricsmama on January 2, 2018 – 10:09 PM -

BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS
International Stylist and Curl Master Creator of The Doux Gets Real About Real Hair

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.

Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro.

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel. They suck up every last bit of moisture. Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting. A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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6 Foods That Can Help Save Your Skin From Sun Damage

Written by lyricsmama on March 21, 2017 – 6:32 PM -

Just as an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your skin and health, a healthy diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can help protect your body, even from the sun. Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and free radicals, loading your diet with them will go a long way against sunburn and skin damage as a result of UV rays. We connected with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine for his list of foods that help prevent sun damage.

To be clear, Dr. Calapai is not saying you should completely replace using daily use of sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin. So if you’re looking for some ingestible sun protection, add these six sun-friendly foods to your next shopping list.

1. Berries & stone fruits
Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.

2. Leafy greens
If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.

Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to cruciferous vegetables.

3. Red & orange produce
The antioxidant lycopene has been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene when it comes to blocking UV light. It also helps rid the body of free radicals. Chow down on tomatoes, papaya, guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit. Watermelon is an especially good choice: it contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes.

4. Micro-algae
Spirulna has been dubbed “the next great superfood,” and for good reason. This micro-algea, along with chlorella, contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against UV radiation. It also fights free radicals and inflammation to prevent sun damage by preventing UV-induced cell damage.

If micro-algea isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can find this powerful antioxidant in shrimp and salmon.

5. Chocolate
As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sunburns and other UV-induced issues.

Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

6. Green & black tea
The myriad health benefits of tea are well known, but it’s nice to know that the cups you’re drinking can also help protect against sun damage. Green and black teas are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area. Green tea can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.

About the Doctor:
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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‘Kate Middleton recommended it’: How Michelle Obama stays youthful with a £43 ‘organic Botox’ gel thanks to a tip from the Duchess

Written by lyricsmama on February 21, 2017 – 11:48 AM -

She’s spent eight years navigating the tricky waters of the White House and supporting
arguably the most powerful man in the world, yet Michelle Obama doesn’t look to have aged a day.

Now the secret behind the 52-year-old’s youthful look has been revealed, and her fresh face is apparently thanks to a tip from the Duchess of Cambridge.

The First Lady’s make-up artist Carl Ray says that Kate recommended £43 ($54) Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel to Michelle – a non-injectable ‘organic Botox’. www.biotulin.com

[caption id="attachment_13156" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Kate shows off her youthful glow at the premiere of a Streetcat Named Bob in London. The Duchess has reportedly been sharing her skincare secrets with Michelle Obama.[/caption]

‘Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton,’ Carl told Celebrities Style, adding that it is ‘unbelievable’ for erasing wrinkles. The gel contains a natural local anesthetic extracted from the plant Acmella oleracea, which promises to reduce muscle contractions and relax the facial features around the eyes and between the eyebrows. This promises to reduce fine lines and make the skin noticeably smoother. It also contains extracts of Imperata cylindrica, a hardy grass that grows in South America’s desert regions, which gives an intense moisturising effect.

[caption id="attachment_13157" align="aligncenter" width="234"] Kate and Michelle first met at a reception at Buckingham Palace in May 2011.[/caption]

The third key element is skin-plumping Hyaluronic acid to restore fullness to the face. Biotulin claims to provide visible results in 60 minutes that last up to 24 hours. Carl has previously revealed that Michelle likes to keep her skincare regime simple and natural, relying on exercise, plenty of water, a good diet and sleep to keep her glowing.

‘It’s really pretty basic. I wash my face with a good cleanser, and I use a moisturizer with an SPF,’ she told Prevention. ‘Every now and then I’ll go to a dermatologist for microderm or a facial, but I don’t have time to do that all the time.’

[caption id="attachment_13158" align="aligncenter" width="351"] The pair had the chance to catch up again when the Cambridges hosted the Obamas for dinner at Kensington Palace in April this year.[/caption]

And the First Lady herself confirmed in an interview that she doesn’t go in for a complicated regime. The Duchess is also a fan of natural skincare and is reportedly a convert to Beuti Skincare’s Beauty Sleep Elixir, which contains 14 plant-based oils that neutralise the enzymes that inflame and damage the skin.

It’s not known for certain when Kate passed on her skincare secret to Michelle, but the pair were first introduced at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2011, shortly after the royal wedding.And they had the chance to catch up again when the Cambridges hosted the Obamas for a private dinner at Kensington Palace in April this year. More Information: www.biotulin.com

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DIY Chocolate Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub

Written by lyricsmama on February 1, 2016 – 5:26 PM -

This sweet and tasty scrub is perfect to revive dry hands and feet! The cocoa in this scrub is rich in antioxidants which are very beneficial to your skin. Skin is very absorbent and will draw the antioxidants from the cocoa, helping to battle free radical damage that makes it look dehydrated and dull.

DIY Chocolate Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients:
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (in solid form)
1/3 cup almond oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a few drops of coconut extract or essential oil

Directions:
Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until combined. Make sure to mix enough so there are no chunks remaining. To use the scrub, simply rub it all over your hands and feet and let sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse it off using warm water and follow up with a hydrating moisturizer! Also always apply a cuticle oil to keep nails looking fresh.

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Hair Care with Weaves and Extensions

Written by lyricsmama on October 30, 2015 – 6:22 PM -

What is a hair weave?
When you integrate hair — human or artificial — with your own, the result is known as a hair weave. The additional hair can be interwoven with your own, or it can be placed on top of the latter. People make hair weaves for various reasons — some may want to enhance the colour of their hair without having to put in chemicals, which can be harmful, or radically change their hair texture. They may also want to give their hair more volume or length, or hair weaves may simply be in fashion in a given place at a given time. Some people wear them to conceal hair loss, although hair weaves can themselves be a cause thereof, as we shall see.

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Starting with a brief history…
The use of hair weaves dates back at least to the time of the ancient Egyptians, who used extensions of various sorts to make their hair look more elegant. Wigs, made in a variety of shapes and styles, were popular in Europe and the colonies beginning in the seventeenth century. Hair weaves as such did not, however, become popular until the 1950s.

Examples of hair weaves
There are a variety of hair waves for people with varying tastes and styles, such as Remy and Indian. Some dark-haired packages look great on people with light skin.

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Others look just fine for those with darker complexions; this “Brazilian ombre” hair weaves contrasts beautifully with the skin of the wearer:

For quite some time, Indian and Latina locks have been especially popular because of their structural similarity to white hair and their low cost compared to Euro technology hair.

There are also companies that specialize in providing hair weaves for customers. International Hair Company is one such place, and they perform ECO Indian hair, Remy hair (closures and blond), clip-ins, tape and styling tools. One good book on the topic is Hair Weaves for Dumb Girls by Tanika Torrice.

Traction alopecia
Sometimes, wearing a hair weave — or any style — for prolonged periods can make the hair just above the ears or along the fore hairline fall out, a condition known as traction alopecia. Black American women are particularly vulnerable to this kind of thing, which can cause scarring in (and is also the chief cause of hair loss among) such people. The fact that hair weaves can cause traction alopecia sounds ironic, given that so many people wear them expressly to conceal that condition; but it can be avoided if the wearer takes care to perform regular maintenance on the weave.

Traction alopecia takes place because the hair of the braid to which the weave is attached continues to grow, and because the tight braiding and the snug fit can create tension on hair when the risk of it falling out is already great, putting pressure onto the follicles.

The longer the follicles remain dormant, the more conspicuous the hair loss will be in those areas that have been subject to the stress that the weaves put on them. The braids, being confined in the hair, create their own “tracks” that enable them to stand out therefrom.

To prevent traction alopecia from occurring, you should take the weave off regularly, re-braiding your natural hair and snugly reattaching the piece.

Further information
To learn more about the different styles of hair weaves, and how to decide which one is right for you, watch the slide at “Different Types of Hair Weaves: How to Choose a Hair Type and Style to Suit your Face and personality.”

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