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Curls, koils, kinks — whatever you call your tresses, there’s no denying we all feel a little twinge of pride when we see a Black woman claim her time in the spotlight while rocking natural hair. Sure, this may be an everyday occurrence on the street, but in Hollywood and the media our hair textures still take a little getting used to. That’s why we’re so proud of these curly girls doing their thing loud and proud — big hair and all. We guarantee one of these favorites will become your hair muse by the time all is said and done. Be sure to check out a few of these women share their natural hair journey in our new series Curls Run The World launching this week.
With all that life has to throw at us, sometimes we inadvertently let ourselves go. Between work, kids, and maintaining relationships, we often forget to add ourselves to our to-do lists. In the hustle and bustle of work, school, and just trying to be epic, I hadn’t realized I was looking as tired as I felt until my boyfriend casually donated his two cents on my looks.
“You know it’s time for a new wig right?” #true story.
Despite being slightly mortified, I couldn’t help but appreciate his honesty, because it really was time for a new wig. While in between hair-dos, I opted for a quick and inexpensive fix, and for that I paid a price. To save you from a similar experience, here are a few tricks you can implement into your schedule to keep your man, and your appearance on fleek! Keep it right, keep it tight!
- “Treat yoself”: Treat yourself to great investment pieces for your wardrobe. Stretching your bucks on staple, yet transitional items like, blazers, jeans, shoes, and accessories will allow you to look fab in half the time. Choose neutrals that you can work casually and professionally while using bold colored accessories to spice up your look. Patterned clothing is also great because it makes a bold statement and chic look effortlessly. You will also be able to mix new and old items in your closet creating a wide range of looks for any occasion.
- Pamper yourself: Be it in the salon, or at home find time in your schedule for a mani & pedi. Lunchtime is the perfect time for a mini escape, and quick foot rub while catching up on E-mails, updating your schedule, and taking a moment to decompress. If you prefer to DIY, grab your favorite ESSIE or OPI nail polish, and finger nail kit while going over homework with the kids. While your mini is working out math problems you can sit still long enough to let your nails dry without feeling like time is being wasted. If you can squeeze in a quick polish before dinner prep, this would be the perfect time to get it done, allowing your toes to dry while you chef it up!
- Don’t skimp: Take it from me, when it comes to your hair, go the extra mile. No matter what hurdles you may have to jump, make it a point to set and keep your hair appointment. Be it natural, weave, or wig, find your best go-to look and perfect it! With spring upon us, and summer on the horizon you can’t go wrong with a fiery short cut. Bobs and pixie cuts are perfect for moms on the go due to very low maintenance. If you have an undying affinity for lengthy tresses, you can’t a sleek up do, be it a ponytail or bun you can dash out of the house at a moment’s notice looking polished in either!
The not-so-great news? The size of your pores actually has a lot to do with genetics. Some lucky ladies really do wake up with smooth skin and tiny, flawless pores. For the rest of us, though, visible pores are a fact of life and one of the reasons why magnifying mirrors are our frenemies.
Luckily, being born with it way isn’t the only way to have flawless skin. If I can be upfront and honest, you’ll never be able to actually change the size of the pores bestowed upon you by genetics. But, with the right regimen, you can make them look much smaller to give yourself skin that appears and feels much smoother. And since everyone’s pores loosen up over time, even the #flawless among us should start putting some of these pore-shrinking tools to use.
For the best results, try each change for a week to give your pores time to adjust to the changes. Then find the right combination that works for you!
We all have long-term plans to look better naked. We’re planning to purchase that gym membership, start doing more shopping at Whole Foods and maybe even look into laser hair removal if that Groupon ever comes around again.
But life doesn’t always wait around for us and our so-called plans, and you do have a hot date tonight. It’s that date, and you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level — as long as you can keep the lights low…
We all have a few body insecurities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not as hard as you think to fall in love with your body and learn to see it in a more positive light — and start having a confident outlook about it as soon as tonight. Try these tricks of the self-love trade before your next overnight date and you’ll look forward to the next time you get naked — even if you never sign up for that membership contract at 24 Hour Fitness like you said you would.
I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many moisturizers. You have to have one that is your go-to for optimal moisture after washing your hands. You have to have something light but effective in your purse for those days where you ran out of the house ashier than you thought. You have to have some kind of body butter or in-shower lotion to give you a certain type of glow. And you need to have something extra special to deal with your feet–especially if walking everywhere in New York City is your second job.
All the lotions you and I possess play a part in keeping our skin healthy and our melanin looking flawless. But I hadn’t encountered anything like Waxelene before, and now that I’ve tried it, I’m glad that I did.
The moisturizer, which is touted as “the petroleum jelly alternative,” is an all-natural product. At the basic level, yes, it hydrates the skin. And like petroleum jelly, it’s waterproof. But at the more sophisticated level, this product is cut from a different cloth. No sulfates, parabens or mineral oil. It’s made with organic oils like rosemary and soy oil (there are only two other ingredients–beeswax and Vitamin E oil), doesn’t clog your pores and can do a whole lot more than just add some sheen and comfort to dry lips and limbs.
Waxelene is also good for everything from using it as an aftershave, a relief for psoriasis, to remove makeup (including pesky false eyelash glue), to hold down flyaway hairs, keep shampoo out of the eyes, be a diaper cream for your kids, prevent blisters on your heels, lubricate your door hinges, deal with your pet’s sunburned belly or nose, thread a needle, block ant holes, lubricate a bike chain, and do just about anything you can think of. It is, all in all, a source of relief.
And for me, to like it is a big deal. I’ve never liked anything too thick or greasy. After years of having petroleum jelly placed around my ears and hairline before getting relaxers on my hair, I was sick of the product. So when I was told about Waxelene, the “alternative,” I was skeptical. But once I found out that it’s a must for stars like Halle Berry (via her makeup artist Fiona Stiles), I was sold on trying it. And I’m glad I did. I love the fact that while it’s a petroleum jelly alternative, Waxelene does not leave you feeling oleaginous (read: greasy like fried chicken). But rather, it leaves your skin feeling soft with just the right amount of sheen. And the waterproof barrier it creates lasts for hours on end. I’ve used it while on the go and while moisturizing my skin after using the shower. My surface hasn’t felt so supple since, well, probably ever. And for someone with skin sensitivities, it’s a must.
Waxelene comes in five different options. There’s a lip tube (that one is more of an oil than a solid), a peppermint lip balm, the flip tube to throw in your purse, a 2 oz. jar for your gym bag, and a 9 oz. jar for your home. The product can be found at places like Whole Foods, Target, Amazon, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more.
I don’t know what your daily beauty routine consists of, but I do know that it (and you) could benefit from a dollop of Waxelene. Learn more about the product through the company’s website.
I am currently entering my fourth month of post-NOLA depression. And although many people would suggest reliving the memories via pictures or recounting the funny mishaps that occurred during the trip, that is beginning to not suffice. To give me the extra New Orleans pep I needed in my step(s), I purchased OPI’s New Orleans nail polish collection. So, whenever I wear the “Rich Girls, Po’ Boys” nail color, I feel like I’m transported back to the French Quarter.
I figured you might be interested in repping your favorite city or country as well so I put together this list of nail colors inspired by destinations that might help with your post-travel blues… or inspire you to book a ticket.
OPI’s New Orleans Collection
If you’re in the mood to get crawfish on your nails or earn Mardi Gras beads, check out OPI’s Crawfishin’ For A Compliment and I Manicure For Beads nail colors. The collection also has beautiful hues of purple, gold and green, Mardi Gras’ official colors.
Is your hair-care routine up to date? The hair we have in our teens is much different from the hair we have in our 20s, or even our 30s. And if you want to keep lovable locks your whole life long, it pays to change up your hair-care routine as you age.
Pay attention to your follicles and you might be surprised at the changes going on up there. But aging hair doesn’t have to be a way of life. Gray hair might be inevitable, but breakage, thinning edges and hormonal hair loss don’t have to be — if you follow these hair-care rules as you get older. You’ll keep your hair beautiful, longer.
Teen To 20s Damage Control
These years are when we change our hair the most. While you’re staying fried, died and laid to the side, pay close attention to the products that you’re using. Stay away from goods with sulfates, alcohol and glycol, which can dry out your hair.
And focus on moisture. Leave-in conditioners and heat-protectant serums will help protect your hair from too much heat and sew-in stress.
Since the early 2000s, Mixed Chicks has been known for saving one kinky curly head at a time. However, with over a decade of being a trailblazer in the Black hair market, which is the fastest-growing in the market, the beauty company has some new and exciting products to add to their repertoire.
“We have to try and provide them with products that are requested and necessary. Making consistent products that work keeps you alive but staying in tune with the desires of our customers and hair community is what will keep us in the game!” CEO Kim Etheredge said in a recent interview with ESSENCE.
So, what exactly are customers wanting from Mixed Chicks these days? Apparently makeup is their latest endeavor. Continuing to build their empire, Etheredge explained that the company has decided to further expand their cosmetics line “In the Mix.” For now, there’s the Quick Stick, a smooth foundation and shimmering bronzer duo, that launched last spring.
While there’s no word on when the new products or full line will be released, we’re hoping for a liquid-based foundation, some concealer pots, and maybe some sweet lip gloss in spring/summer shades.
Remember back when you were in high school and acne was one of your biggest problems? Who would have guessed that years later you’d still be battling acne even after your teenage hormones had calmed down? Sometimes, life just isn’t fair — especially when it comes to skin. Mortgage payments and major acne breakouts shouldn’t be faced at the same time, but sometimes, that’s just the case for people.
But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Scarring breakouts don’t have to be a part of life — that is if you can pinpoint the cause of your skin’s rude behavior. Battling breakouts as an adult is much different than tackling teenage skin. We’ve gathered several tips, tricks and tried and tested methods for getting rid of breakouts for good. So read on to find out how to return to the smooth skin you used to have.
Read on to rock more backless dresses, wear less foundation and feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in.
Having a team of makeup artists beat your face to perfection before a night on the red carpet sounds like a Hollywood dream. But not every celebrity uses professionals to look their best each and every time they need to step out for events or just a night on the town. They’ve been contoured, shaped and highlighted so often that they’ve turned into makeup experts themselves. Some of them are so good at DIY makeup that they’re even responsible for their signature red carpet looks.
Can you guess which stars are gifted with their brow liner and brushes, and which sport a strictly professional look? We certainly didn’t expect to see some of these stars on this list. (Spoiler Alert: And that goes double for Beyoncé.) From A-listers, who like to play in paint to Black models who say the professionals still don’t carry the right shade for them, get ready to be surprised by some of the names that you find on this list.