Get ready for long, strong hair

Growing long, strong hair is a vital part of health and appearance, so it’s important to keep up with and maintain your luscious locks. If you’re currently on “Team Short Hair, Don’t Care” but feel inspired to try something new, the growing out phase is harder and much more time-consuming than it seems.

Some top salon professionals will tell you it could take years to see improvement and you might as well come back for a trim every few weeks. Don’t buy into these money-grabbing gimmicks. There are so many at-home remedies and commercial products that can actually expedite the process.Picture1.png

I have three tips that will help to moisturize and soothe the scalp, the most important part of the process. Go ahead and get the last salon trim out of the way for a smoother appearance if you have dead ends, but be prepared to shift your focus from the actual hair to your scalp as you start the new process.

My first tip is pretty universal: stop over-washing your hair! Not only does it dry hair out, but also causes your hair to stop producing its natural oils. Not to mention,daily washers who routinely color their hair could kill the growth development of their hair through the toxins in the hair-dye. Chemicals in your shampoo can also clog your pores. Bottom line, give your hair a rest and let it breathe.

The next tip may seem irrelevant to hair, but trust me; water will moisturize your scalp, giving back the oils it needs while eating fruits and vegetables will bring back all the sugars, fibers and keratin your body already makes for you. Your body works as one, so if you nourish it right, your body will give you back the rewards. Just like drinking water and eating right helps your skin, your scalp is actually the same concept. If your scalp and skin coincide together as a team, why not go twice as hard on those healthy measures?

Finally, I recommend a product that has worked wonders on my hair ever since I started to grow it out again: “It’s a 10” miracle leave-in. Right after the shower, you lather it all over your hair. It claims to do everything from acting as a heat protectant to improved silky, frizz-free hair. More importantly, this miracle leave-in incorporates keratin, the most fundamental protein in your hair for growth.

Keratin is a natural fibrous protein produced by your scalp and a huge reason why growing out hair is so difficult. Without enough keratin, your hair won’t grow. This creamy product sells for $18 at Walmart for a 10 fl.oz. bottle, which will probably last for months if you follow my first tip.

After trying this product for a few months, my silky hair managed to grow from my shoulders to below my collar bone. I can’t say this product is the only reason, but, logistically speaking, if your hair lacks this natural protein or if you want to quicken your hair growth, why not add more keratin? If you gently lather the product into your scalp, you can actually feel the crown of your head become smoother.

Growing hair down to your butt won’t happen overnight, but these tips can help your scalp produce stronger and more voluminous hair that will add to the length. Start out with a clean eating regimen and your hair will thank you later!

Best shaping method for your eyebrows

When it comes to beauty, we all pay a certain price. In the realm of eyebrows, if they’re on fleek then your life is as well. In the past two years, the allusion of perfect, thick eyebrows skyrocketed after Victoria’s Secret model, Cara Delevingne, strutted the runway without a care in the world over her bushy brows. As social media ran its course, men and women have been aiming for that sharp, arched brow.

In the beauty business, there are two major methods of grooming brows, tweezing and waxing. But how do you know which one is better for your specific skin type or better yet, your type of brow? We got all the answers you need right here.

Tweezing has been the most familiar for years now. Usually men and women lean toward it when it comes down to a quick, out of the house in a minute grooming session. According to thepageantplanet.com, tweezing should only be to touch-up and never to completely change the arch of your brow. Unfortunately, many of us are still paying the price from over plucking years ago with some hairs that never grew back.

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“I tweeze my eyebrows once a week. It costs less, I can’t afford to go out every week and pay for something I could simply do in my room free of cost” urged freshmen at Longwood, Natalie Cox. Experts at Sephora advise customers if you have sensitive skin or are prone to break-outs, tweezing is most likely your best bet. Adding Vaseline to freshly tweezed brows will heal any damage done to the brow area.

Another method that has been on the rise lately is waxing. For this method, it is often encouraged to get it done by a trained stylist due to the hot wax and the quick, abrupt removal. Men and women lean toward waxing when a special occasion is coming up and their brows need to be polished and clean of all unwanted hair.

Madison Carmack, a freshmen at Longwood, claims she only waxes once a month. “It’s way easier and quicker. They rip it off all at once instead of plucking one by one”.

Carmack added that she also tweezes during the month just to keep up with the work from the prior waxing. After that, it’s back to the salon! An advantage with waxing is because of its long lasting effects, this will allow time for the hair follicles to heal for the next waxing, but be mindful to allow yourself at least three days prior to a big event to let the skin underneath your fresh, new brows heal back!

For those contemplating a new look for your brows or just simply a touch-up, consider the options and weigh the cons. Waxing and tweezing have different effects on skin types and most importantly, the look you are trying to achieve. By giving you an inside look and opinions on both methods, which one do you prefer? Try it out for yourself!

5 Tips to fight off menstrual cramps

Ever feel like there are a few ninjas in your uterus fighting around for a few days? That my ladies, is what we call menstrual cramps. But say no more, I have gathered some insight and a few helpful tricks to kick those ninjas out of your life and as far away from your uterus as possible.

Before I jump into the tricks which I’m sure is what you’re yearning for, let’s take a look into why cramps happen to be a part of our menstrual cycle. Although there is not a proven, in-depth reason why or how cramps begin to form, many have studied and found that menstrual cramps are produced by prostaglandins – a chemical compound in your uterus that causes itself to contract. As your uterus is contracting, you may experience the painful sensation of cramps that last for up to a few days. Now, let’s dive into the 5 tricks I’ve put together to combat this.

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  1. Hot baths – A trick some athletes do after a long day is taking a hot bath to relieve their muscles. Who’s to say menstrual cramps aren’t the same? Hot baths will relieve all muscular tension and studies show that it will also mentally relax you. So grab a book and light some candles, the usual bath routine.
  2. Water and herbal tea – Stay away from caffeine! The most natural remedy to fight back cramps is to give back what your body needs. Both of these remedies will prevent bloating from occurring and increase the blood flow reducing the amount of cramps you get. Still not a fan of water? Tea comes in different flavors, try it out!
  3. Exercise – Exercising a few days before your period will unfortunately do nothing for you. The main point is to consistently exercise throughout the month and lead into your cycle with healthy endorphins already prepared to fight back pain from cramps. Even for 30 minutes a day, studies infer that just by walking can be a healthy fit for exercise and prevent cramps.
  4. Daily dose of Vitamin D –By drinking or eating substances that contain vitamin D, this particular nutrient will reduce prostaglandins and prevent inflammation from producing. Certain foods with vitamin D are oranges, fish, and yogurt! But don’t let that stop you there; keep a clean diet throughout the month to avoid stuffing your face with vitamin D the day before your cycle starts.
  5. Pads vs Tampons – There has been no study to prove this but from my personal experience I’ve had more tolerable cycles with pads when it comes to cramps. There have been theories that tampons will actually block the flow of blood from the uterus and cause the muscles to work harder and end up straining themselves. For my tampon users out there, if you can attest to this then maybe consider making the switch to pads!

Disclaimer: I understand every woman’s body is different and these tips may not work on everyone. But to be informed about your body and learn tricks for a healthy lifestyle is essential to feeling confident and having you one step closer to a happy menstrual cycle. Be open about the topic and try-out one of these tricks!

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Glazed donut era

Judging from all social media, apparently glazing like a donut is the new thing. But hey no complaints here. You are what you eat, right? Working as a retail advisor in the beauty industry has given me detailed access on those products that all of us have been dying to rub our faces in. The preparation is just as important as the right product in achieving this glazed, sun-kissed look. Whether you have dry or oily skin, this look is one to try out.

For my dry skin readers, dewy skin is probably what you dream of. An overly-done, matte look can extenuate any dry patches or flakiness. So to counteract this would be dousing yourself in sparkly oil (whoever came up with this is a genius). Providing a luminous look for dry skin can camouflage dryness and in essence, actually moisturize your skin.

Oily skin can also be super frustrating when in less than 30 minutes, you look like you just ran a 5k marathon. Oily skin is known for its large pore sizes and the ability to bring out more to the surface of your skin. TRUST ME when I say this, you too can achieve this look by targeting the specific spots between glow and matte-ness. We like to concentrate the highlight on spots where the sun would naturally hit us. This could mean the bridge of nose, brow bone, cupids bow (top of lip), and cheek bone. Fortunately for dry and oily skin, highlighters are available in liquid and powder form!

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A liquid product I recommend is the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter. I had purchased mine from Sephora for $38.00 with 1 Fl. Oz. This lightweight product worked wonders when it came to that champagne-y sheen beneath your foundation. The only problem was it didn’t fill my pores or even my laugh lines; I still stick with my Smashbox primer (targeted for large pores) before the BECCA Backlight Primer. Nonetheless, this primer gave me a natural glow, great for a long day out!

My all-time favorite powder highlight is MAC Soft and Gentle. This product was on sale for $33.00 with 0.35 Oz. This was my most recent purchase and for the past few weeks, I have not been able to put it down! This highlight gave my skin an iridescent, toned-down pearl-esque look. I found that on days when I went on casual errands, this highlight gave me a natural glow and on nights when I went out, by spraying MAC Fix Plus gave me a bright, wet look to the face.

Dewy skin is an in-style trend and whether you have dry or oily skin, it’s a must. It will give you the appearance of healthy, luminous skin… who doesn’t want that? So while you’re on the hunt for your next highlighter, I’ll have myself a glazed donut.

Artist icon, Rihanna releases debut beauty line for Fall 2017

After a $10 million deal with LVMH (Louis Vuitton) last April, singer and songwriter Rihanna will be launching her new beauty line with a complete makeup collection this upcoming Fall online and in Sephora’s near you. If that doesn’t make you want to save your money, I don’t know what will.

If you’re wondering how this collaboration came about, keep reading.

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Diana Espino, LVMH global president of marketing said, “what she produces has the authenticity of a fashion icon and an entertainment trendsetter. She is really a developer.” Rihanna has been awarded eight Grammys, 12 Billboard Music Awards and not to mention is the youngest solo artist at the age of 28 to complete these.

Recently, Harvard University has named Rihanna as Humanitarian of the Year 2017 for promoting human rights back home in Barbados. So it’s no wonder how Rihanna is making waves in all aspects of entertainment.

Surely Rihanna has already been exposed to the makeup world with her limited-time collection with MAC Cosmetics, “RiRi Hearts MAC” in 2014. Also her on-going perfume collaboration with Parlux Ltd. is now at their seventh launch from Fall 2015 profiting almost $75 million, so to say Rihanna is an amateur in the field of beauty chaos would be a flat-out lie. She clearly knows what she’s doing to keep us running back for more.

Kendo, a Sephora affiliation with Fenty Beauty seeking to develop and advertise the brand has been on the hunt for world-class makeup artists to join the team of Fenty Beauty. Erik Soto, global educator in beauty, posted a ‘help-wanted’ on Instagram calling all makeup- artists to come out to locations of either New York City, Dallas, or Los Angeles to audition for the chance of a lifetime late February. Anyone down for a road trip?

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Rihanna’s new line, Fenty Beauty, have revealed their first product to be a holographic lip stick (clear and shiny formula) inspired from her Fenty x Puma Spring show from early 2017. Although LVMH haven’t released any other news regarding her collection, we’re dying to see what Rihanna has in store for all us crazy fanatics!

Stay tuned to Pauly’s Beauty Community for updates.