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#10 Tips for healthy beautiful Hair:

#1. Drink at least eight (8oz) glasses of water daily. Eat a lot of fresh fruits which also has water. (No Surprise there) You also need to exercise your body regularly. Here is why. Hair grows from your body temple and if you are deficient on vitamins and other nutrients that keep it healthy not only can your hair be dry and wearing thin but your nails and skin can get bad too.

#2. Make sure your hair is trimmed by a professional regularly. Remember the human hair grows a half inch every month but if you have split ends and it stays dry it will surely break off something serious. Only trim off about a 1/4 and no more than one-half inch every six weeks to six months. The time will vary depending on how well you treat your hair and how much chemical is riding the follicles.

#3. Make sure you find a moisturizing hair product that you can live with because it’s literally your new best friend. Black hair is, of course, dry by default and needs moisture to look it’s best. (This is why my website is called “Thirsty Roots”).

Also, do a little research on some Shampoos and Conditioners that are on the market to see what fits your hair type. Don’t just stick with products strictly for black hair because you can really box yourself in. I’m not sure what your background is and if you have Indian, White, Chinese or whatever in your bloodline and all that matters from person to person. Find what’s right for you and keep your hair moist.

#4. Stop brushing and combing your hair a million times a day. You are manipulating the structure of your curl pattern and wearing your follicles thin with each stroke. Take the time to get a style you like and stop there that day. The less you do it the more you can expect fabulous results as it grows out.

#5. Protect your hair with some styles that keep your ends from rubbing up against things you encounter everyday like car seats and shirt collars. You work hard to keep your hair healthy and to grow it long and the wear and tear of items constantly touching and rubbing it will break it off at the ends which is the oldest on each individual strand of hair. Cotton is the worst! Experiment with cornrows, braids, twist, Bantu knots and buns to hide those fragile ends from wear and tear. Don’t forget to rock something at night to cover the head like silk or satin. It is also worth your money to invest in a set of silk pillowcases.

#6. Easy on the heat. If you need to flat iron or curl your hair make sure that it’s not excessive and DO NOT have the heat on full power. If you can no heat is the best option but I understand that some hairstyle preferences won’t allow this so just be easy. Good styles to rock that don’t require any heat are wraps, twist, and wet sets.

#7. Watch what kind of tool selections you choose to style your hair. Yup, certain combs and brushes are good at taking your lovely hair out of your head every time you use them. Use styling tools that don’t pull, tug or drag the hair and you will be fine.

#8. You may have heard this a million times but MAKE SURE YOU CONDITION your hair. A great shampoo and conditioner is just the beginning. You also need a great leave-in conditioner. Even deep conditioning the hair is vital to good healthy growth and should be done at least once a month. Remember when your hair is moist you can retain more of it due to less dryness and breakage.

#9. If you are relaxed find a stylist that understands healthy hair. We all know that chemical relaxers are damaging but there is a way to have them and still grow long healthy hair. Make sure your stylist understand that relaxing frequently is a NO NO!!

However, when he or she recognizes that you need to be touched up it needs to get done pronto. Waiting for all natural new growth and relaxed hair to make friends will leave you looking crazy. Your hair will start breaking off right where the two touch and that could be 4 to 6 inches or hair that you are losing. OUCH!

Lastly, DO NOT overlap a relaxer. Relaxing hair that has already been chemically altered is BAD NEWS. If this happens you will experience some major breakage. Again, find a stylist that knows and understands what it takes to grow long healthy hair.

#10. I don’t ever want to force this on any women but unfortunately, many women who have suffered hair damaged due to relaxing chemicals has to go this route. What you ask?

Go Natural! I know it’s NOT for everybody and wearing your natural thirsty roots is a real change. However, if you were to do a Big Chop and cut off all the chemically altered hair you could really have a fresh start on growing long healthy hair with the tips I have given above. Again it’s NOT for everybody but I had to list it because it is a great tip…LOL.

The last tip to grow healthy black hair is to join the Thirsty Roots Community. There are 1,000′s of women there of all hair textures. They are all sharing information about what products they use on their hair and uploading pictures and video for visual results. It’s fun and very educating.

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#10 Winter Skin Care Tips

1. Seek a Specialist
If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product — and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”

2. Moisturize More
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skincare routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. “It would just sit on the skin,” she says. “And it would be really greasy.”
You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

3. Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.

4. Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.

5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.

6. Hook Up the Humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill., tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have super dry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”

8. Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely during the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.

9. Pace the Peels

If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.

10. Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You’re better off with just warm water,” LaPlante advises, “and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.”
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy, Bielinski notes. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist. “You may need a prescription lotion to combat the dry skin,” Bielinski says. “Or you may have a condition that isn’t simply dry skin and that requires different treatment.”

November 2017 Hype Hair Issue ft. Desiree Ross

Hi, Kittens & Cuddles

We got our Hype Hair Magazine on time this month. Look at God! 🙂

Well, here it is I’m about to check it out look at with me.

http://digital.hypehair.com/2017/nov/?goal=0_59164c8c9b-dfe85a2671-4679829

 

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Important Message!!!  I also wanted to let you all know in this post your new nicknames are…. DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kittens & Cuddles 🙂 I hope you all like that name use hashtags #SKAKittens for the ladies and #SKACuddles for the guys… if you would like something different please comment below. XOXO Enjoy this months mag. 

October 2017 Hype Hair Digital Issue

If you missed it here is the October 2017 Hype Hair Magazine Digital Issue Link:

http://digital.hypehair.com/2017/oct/?goal=0_59164c8c9b-7b5ce497cc-4679829#page/1

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I should be getting an email soon for the November 2017 Hype Hair Magazine Digital Issue I’ll let you all know first thing as soon as I get the email 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

 

2017 Easy/Glam Haloween Makeup Looks – Blogmadness- Halloween Edition

 

This pop art makeup is not easy but I had to put Manny New video in here because I love him so freaking much and he just uploaded like 5mins ago!! 🙂 lol SO PIGMENTED!!