BEAUTY TIPS OF JAPANESE WOMEN!

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SKIN BEAUTIFYING HERBAL TEAS

Japanese herbal teas as refreshing beverages. They can be consumed as alternatives to sugary drinks.

These healthy concoctions offer numerous benefits ranging from weight loss and beautifying skin to allergy relief to ridding body toxins.

  • YOMOGI-CHA (Artemisia Princeps Tea)

For beautifying skin, reducing blemishes, age-spots and sun damage.

Yomogi is the Japanese “wonder herb” and its extract is used by leading cosmetics manufacturers. Refreshing tea with pleasantly vegetal taste.

  • BIWA-CHA (Loquat Leaves Tea)

For healing inflammatory skin conditions and boosting general immunity against infections. Earthy, very mild with subtle hint of sweetness.

  • HATOMUGI-CHA (Adlay Millet Tea)

For lightening skin and improving complexion and getting rid of freckles and spots. Light, roasty, popcorney and slightly sweet tea.

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Hair Care

Beautiful Hair with Little or No Shampoos and Conditioners Japanese women are famous for the beauty of their hair well into old age. and the fact is that shampoos were not even available in Japan until 1930s.

CLEANSING AND CONDITIONING

  • SEAWEED: Cleanse and Condition Hair

Seaweed hair cleanser comes in powder form. It is mixed with water to produce a light gel-like mixture which is used to cleanse hair. It used to cleanse and conditions hair and supplying essential nutrients to hair and scalp, chemical-free.

Seaweed is abundant in calcium, magnesium and iron. It is also a rich source of iodine, the lack of which according to many studies causes the thyroid gland to under-produce thyroxin, resulting in dry hair, thinness, poor hair growth and hair loss.

Reducing use of shampoos or going shampoo-free has many obvious benefits. Shampoo strips hair of sebum, the oily substance we naturally secret to nourish and protect our hair and scalp.

To compensate for the resulting loss, scalp produces too much sebum, leading to the need to wash hair frequently, and necessitating use of conditioners and other aftercare products.

Protecting

  • CAMELLIA OIL: Seal Hair Shaft to Prevent Moisture Loss

The most common use of Camellia oil in Japan is for conditioning hair after bathing, as it works best applied to hair when it is damp.

Camellia oil not only softens hair (because of its very high Oleic fatty acid content) and makes it more manageable, but it also protects hair by forming a barrier against environmental pollutants.

Also, it  seals the hair shaft preventing moisture loss, and can help treat damage from perms and coloring and repair breakage and split ends.

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Grooming

Combing your hair properly distributes hair’s natural oils to the rest of your hair. It also keeps hair from tangling and improves its texture and health.

Proper grooming makes hair more manageable and easier to keep clean and wash.

  • “TSUGE” WOODEN COMBS: Polished, Seamless Teeth Glide Through Hair Without Snagging

Japanese wood combs are handmade and polished tooth by tooth from Tsuge (boxwood,) one of the densest, hardest types of wood.

In contrast to synthetics, wood teeth have microscopic pores which pick up and re-distribute scalp’s natural sebum and any oil you apply in a thin, even layer, promoting natural shine and gloss.

The smooth, seamless teeth do not snag and damage hair. Also, wood does not generate static electricity, resulting in less frizz.

MOST GOOGLED BEAUTY TRENDS OF 2015!!

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When it comes to Googling beauty-related questions, most of us probably aren’t thinking about the contribution we may have on big data, trend reports, and the market. But the most googled trends of 2015, compiled in the search engine’s first ever Beauty Trends Report, show that the inquiries you type into your browser have a direct impact on all of those things.

Google released the first fashion trend report  earlier this year and the findings showed that tulle skirts, jogger pants, and midi skirts were among the most searched-for items. This beauty report follows a very similar structure, but the results are not so predictable. While it’s pretty easy to guess which fashion trends are taking off (we’ve seen enough of midi skirts and joggers, that’s for sure), the results from the beauty search are actually very surprising. I can tell you now that “Kylie Jenner’s lips” and “eyebrows on fleek” do not dominate the list, although that’s certainly what I would have guessed.

But enough of the lollygagging — let’s get in to it, shall we?

Here are the top three beauty trends from January to August of 2015, determined by Google’s handy dandy search bar. You know, for whenever you find yourself in a hairy situation (OK, fine, they’re all about hair).

3. GREY & PURPLE HAIR

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Clearly Jenner’s fondness for changing her hair color has sparked a movement. Colored hair has been a major trend for both women and men for the better part of this year. “‘Silver’ and ‘grey’ were among the top-trending colors based on search volume for this year’s hairstyle hues, with search interest in silver hair growing over 2X year over year,” according to the report.

Some stand-out celebrities that Google pointed out as being associated with the trend include Rihanna, Jenner, and Nicole Richie. For purple, there was also Richie, Lauren Conrad, and Katy Perry. Based on the findings, purple hair has had a steady rise to popularity, while silver/grey hair may soon be decline in popularity.

If you’re thinking about dying your hair any of these colors, this may be the perfect moment to take the plunge!

2. BRAIDS

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Braids have always been a popular beauty trend, but in 2015 they were the most-searched women’s hair style. The two key styles involved were the box braids (think Beyonce and Keri Hilson) and goddess braids, better known as halo braids (seen on Ciara and Rasheeda), which were number one and number two most-searched, respectively.

People were searching terms revolving around how to style these looks, such as “goddess braids in a bun” or “short bob box braids.” Both of hairstyles were most popular in the South, with the biggest volume of searchers coming from Georgia, Mississippi, and the Carolinas.

While the style is certainly a classic,braids seem to be making a comeback. Thankfully, there are plenty of gorgeous and inventive braid tutorials on YouTube. Excuse me while I braid my hair into oblivion.

1.MEN’S HAIR

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Drum roll please! The most-searched beauty term for 2015 is… men’s hair. Yes, you read that correctly. There has been more interest in men’s hair than in women’s hair on Google this year, and it’s not just by a slight percentage — it’s by six percent. Six whole percentage points!

So, which styles were people searching? The man bun was the most searched for beauty trend in the nation over the last year, largely accounted by for the weekly #manbunmonday hashtag and the internet’s obsession with them. Both Jared Leto and Harry Styles were associated with the man bun craze, and most searches were related to “how to’s.”

The second most searched for men’s hairstyle was the comb-over. Curiously enough, this style was most popular on the West Coast, particularly in California (maybe it’s a surfer thing?). Associated with celebs like Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo, this look is definitely a more steady search as opposed to the man bun, which has peaked majorly over the past few months, but makes more sense since it’s less trendy.

And that, my friends, rounds out the most popular beauty trends of the year so far. Could you have guessed these hairy results? I certainly didn’t!

LITERATURE: PROMOTING SELF-LOVE & EMPOWERING LITTLE GIRLS!

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While there are children seemingly born with supreme self-esteem and who carry that confidence with them into adulthood, they are few and far between. Most of us will find ourselves with a child who struggles with issues like shyness, fitting in, standing their ground or speaking their mind.

Sometimes, reading the words of someone who is not Mom or Dad helps cement a lesson or a concept in a child’s mind far more than you. Building a strong foundation of self-esteem and confidence means equipping your child with lifelong social, practical, physical and emotional skills.

These books are for all little girls especially those that think their skin isn’t the “right” tone and that her hair isn’t “nice” enough.

The books we read as children can have a huge impact on the weird humans we eventually become. Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you’re buying a book for a friend’s child, your own child, or for yourself (because why not? We would), make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers children. Because, well, those little messages go a long way. Helping children become aware of their dreams and teaching them how to reach for goals is a critical skill parents and teachers need to encourage. Our hopes and dreams shape our lives, the choices we make, and the success we achieve. Everyone has different dreams – and a different definition of success. But everyone needs a dream. Dreams and goals give life purpose, direction, and meaning. They help young people build toward the future, and offer a sense of control and hope.

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Hope These Books Help At Least One , If Not Many! Feedback Is Welcomed With Open Arms! #GirlPower ❤

What To Know About The Vixen Sew-In Braid Pattern

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Usually with weaves, you are often limited to certain ways you can wear it. But this bad boy not only let’s you put your hair up in a ponytail, but you can also part it down the middle, part it across, rock French braids, and even a crown braid, all without revealing a single track.

All that seems to be left is choosing extensions that match your own color/texture, and you’re good to go with this protective style right? Wrong.

Yes this is still a weave, but there is a downside to this style that can be a big draw for many:

Not Really A Protective Style. So with a traditional weave, most of, if not all of your natural hair is braided underneath the extensions. This is a great way to let your hair rest, grow, and stay free of damage.

Not so with the vixen sew-in! What creates the versatile middle and side parts is your actual hair. With so much leave-out in the middle and all around the perimiete of your head, your natural crown is way more exposed to the dangers of flat iron heat and constant styling.

Traction Tension. Many wearers of the vixen sew-in report that the broad pattern is installed rather tightly. This is essential in order to style the hair in different updos.

Vixens beware! We all know that tight braids, coupled with the weight of extension tracks can lead to traction alopecia.

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Uneven Hair Health. Think about it. You’ve got some of your hair tucked away in braids, but then there’s still a whole lot left out too. So while some of your hair is getting a break, the rest is working over time to blend with your extensions and keep up with the daily styling.

That being said, the vixen sew-in technique still looks great, but like all good things, enjoy it in moderation

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FIND YOUR PERFECT HAIR COLOR!

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Just 8 Quick Questions To Answer Before You Start Coloring…

WHAT IS YOUR HAIR TYPE?

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-WAVY-

-CURLY-

-COILY-

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DO YOU HAVE ANY GRAY HAIR?

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-NO-

DID YOU KNOW

 Permanent color has 100% gray coverage, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.(ex. Bigen)

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IS YOUR HAIR CURRENTLY COLOR TREATED?

-YES-

-NO-

WHY WE SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION

Previous color treatments affect how well your hair can take additional color. We’ll recommend the colors that will work best with your hair.

IF YES,

HOW OFTEN DO YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR?

IF NO,

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HAIR NOW?

Knowing your current hair color helps determine your best color match.

WHICH IS CLOSEST TO YOUR CURRENT HAIR COLOR?

LIGHT BROWN

LEVEL 7

MEDIUM BROWN

LEVEL 6

DARK BROWN

LEVEL 5

DARKEST BROWN

LEVEL 4

BROWNISH BLACK

LEVEL 3

BROWNISH BLACK

LEVEL 3

BLACK

LEVEL 2

LIGHT RED

LEVEL 7

MEDIUM RED

LEVEL 6

DARK RED

LEVEL 5

LIGHT BLONDE

LEVEL 10

MEDIUM BLONDE

LEVEL 9

DARK BLONDE

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DO YOU WANT TO GO LIGHTER, DARKER, OR STAY THE SAME COLOR?

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WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TONE?

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PRO TIP:

Warmer skin tones tend to tan more easily while cooler tones tend to burn more easily.

RECOMMENDATIONS

WARM TONES :

  • Natural brown with hints of gold.
  • Rich auburn with hints of copper and gold
  • Natural vibrant auburn
  • Brown with warm auburn undertones.
  • Mahogany brown with hints of gold.
  • Taupe brown with cool tones
  • Dark natural blonde with hints of gold.
  • Cool blonde with smoky undertones.

COOL TONES:

  • Mahogany brown with hints of gold.
  • Brown with warm auburn undertones.
  • Auburn with hints of copper and gold.
  • Copper blonde
  • Natural blonde with hints of gold
  • Light Natural blonde with hints of gold

HAPPY COLORING GUYS!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Extensions!

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The Top Methods

Fusion (or Bonded) Hair Extensions (like Great Lengths). Individual keratin-tipped strands are fused to your natural hair using heat.

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Tape-in Hair Extensions (like HotHeads). Wefts of hair are attached to small sections of your natural hair using double-sided tape.

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Weave (or Sew-in) Hair Extensions. Your natural hair is braided in rows from ear to ear and wefts of hair are woven (with thread) onto the braids.

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The Rundown
Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, weaves are best suited for curly, kinky hair. “Weaving extensions are best for African-American hair, which has enough strength and texture to hold the cornrow braid,” says Chabbi. Fusion extensions tend to be the most expensive ($500 to $4,000) and have the most time-consuming application process (up to three hours); they also last the longest (three to four months). The tape-in application process is much faster (about an hour) and more affordable ($300 to $2,000), but requires more frequent maintenance (every six to eight weeks). “The same tape-in extensions can be removed and reapplied, though,” says Conner. “You don’t have to purchase new hair each time.” The same goes for weave-in extensions, which last about three months, can be applied in an hour or two, and are the most affordable option of the bunch ($100 to $1,000). (Fusion extensions are a one-shot deal; once removed, you can’t use them again.)

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Human Vs Synthetic Hair
When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length. Virgin (never-before-processed) Remy human hair is the highest quality and runs upwards of several hundred dollars per bunch (and some heads may require more than one). “The hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture,” says Conner. Synthetic hair is much cheaper ($50 to $100) but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. “It can’t always withstand heat styling and tangles easily,” says Anita. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, though.

What to Look For
“It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair,” says Conner. Touch the hair first. “If it feels dry, it’s going to tangle more easily,” advises Anita. And avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. As for your stylist, experience is a must. “Improper application or removal is when damage can occur,” says Chabbi. And Conner recommends looking for someone with a colorist background: “If the color match is off, your extensions will be very obvious,” she says.

How to Cut and Style
Good extensions should be entirely undetectable—blending your natural hair with the extension is critical. The best way to do this? A great cut. “After the extensions are in, your hair should be cut dry, with layers that blend the two hair types,” says Anita. You can color extensions darker (no bleaching!), but it’s best to choose a shade close to your natural color to avoid overprocessing. Or you can mix and match various shades for a more natural-looking blend. As for at-home styling, extensions should allow you to wash and wear.

TLC
Extension hair should be cared for just like your natural hair: gently. “Be extra careful with wet hair,” says Anita, who advises drying hair completely with your fingers before using a brush to style. Avoid tugging or yanking at the extensions while brushing. Instead, hold hair at the root, and begin detangling starting at the ends. You can use all of your favorite hair products, but keep oils away from the roots in order to prevent the bond, tape, or weave from slipping. “At bedtime, put your hair in a loose braid so it doesn’t get matted or tangled while you sleep,” recommends Conner.

The Damage
“The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it’s important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair,” says Conner. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Placement is also essential. “Extensions should be placed where hair is strongest,” says Anita. “Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile.”

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How To Use a Curling Wand Like a Pro

Curly hair can look gorgeous no matter whether you are walking on the beach or sitting in the office. There is a great chance you have already used the curler at least once or twice in your life even if you have been blessed with the naturally curly hair. But do you remember how you did it?

To start with, you need:

  • Curling Wand – innovative styling tool that curls your hair without clamping it (as opposite to curling iron), creating naturally looking spirals;
  • Heat Protective Gloves – As mentioned above, curling wand does not have a clip that holds your hair on to the barrel. For that reason, manufactures often provide a special heat resistant glove to protect your skin against unwanted burns;
  • Hair Brush – to use before and during the styling process;
  • Sectioning Clips – These lifesaving appliances will help you to divide the large section of your hair into several manageable parts;
  • Thermal Heat Protectant – to give your hair the necessary protection against the heat it’s about to endure;
  • Curl Definition Mousse – perfect frizz fighter;
  • Hair Spray – Although this can be optional, but applying hair spray after curling will help to keep your locks for maximum period of time.

It is more about preparation rather than actual curling, the better you are prepared, the easier the process!


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First, start by washing your hair, especially when it is naturally oily. After all, you will be applying several styling products and the last thing you need is greasy hair. Then use thermal heat protectant (try TREsemme Protective Spray) from roots to ends of your damp hair to prevent damage. Even if your curling wand was advertised as the most damage-free tool ever, you need to take care of your locks!

You may go ahead with light weight mousse, although try to keep the application to a bare minimum in order to avoid crunchy curls. Blow dry your hair, best upside down (assisting with your hands when necessary) until your hair is completely dry.

Brush your dry hair so to remove any tangles and break up strands. Divide your hair into several large sections using hair clips, this way you make the styling process so much easier! No doubt, the more hair and the thicker it is, the more sections you will end up with. Don’t worry, there are no strict rules to this technique, just go ahead with what is comfortable for you.

All done and now you are ready to move on the next step!

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Allow Your Curling Wand to Preheat

Although it pretty much depends on the model of curling wand you have, most are able to achieve the desired temperature within 30-60 seconds time frame. For better results is important you patiently wait for your curler to achieve the required temperature.

These days we are hardly surprised with variable heat settings as many commercial curling wands can top 400 to 450 degrees. However there is no need to run for higher temperatures. Your hair type should determine your heat setting. Start low and notice how your hair responds to the heat, then increase the temperature accordingly. As a rule of thumb, thin, colored or damaged hair should be curled at lower heat settings, just avoid using temperatures above 300 degrees. For curly, coarse or thick hair, you can go for mid-range temperatures, but never above 400 degrees unless you want to dry out your hair completely.

Although there is quite a broad choice of curling wands choose a ceramic-plated one, which will provide more heat protection compared to other options. Remember that any curler can damage your hair if used without common sense. We also suggest reading your curling wand manual for more tips on curling before you even start.

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Don’t Forget Your Heat Protective Glove

So, you have done everything to prepare your hair and your curling wand for the main stage. If you have medium to long hair, we suggest starting at the back of your head. For short hair, it’s easier to start curling at the crown. Follow these 4 steps:

1. Holding a curling iron vertically, wrap a small section of your hair around the barrel always starting from the tip and curling outward direction. Pick only a little hair at a time as small sections add some depth to overall style. For the sake of safety, use the heat protective glove and keep the wand away from your face. Over heating is the real danger, since you only need about five to ten seconds to achieve the desired look.Repeat: wait no more than 10 seconds at the time. Curling wands tend to heat up very quickly especially those made of ceramic.

Create Spiral Curls

2. Release you hair and allow the curl to fall to retain its shape. To avoid the mess and help yourself with further styling manipulations, roll the just-curled section around your finger, and secure it in place with a bobby pin to preserve its shape while you keep curling.

3. Repeat the above two steps with the next section of hair, but this time, twist the barrel toward your face. Alternating the direction of the curls prevents them from clumping together. Just follow this pattern and you will be safe. Keep going until you finish curling and pinning up all your hair. For more defined and long-lasting curls leave them untouched to cool down for a few minutes.

4. Remove all the bobby pins, and run your fingers through the curls to break them up. Do not brush them if you want to preserve those romantic and naturally looking locks. Once they’re styled exactly the way you want them, apply a layer of hair spray accordingly.

Hurray! Now you are ready to go!

Follow Our Hair Care Tips

We have shown you how to use a curling wand, but here are even more tips to keep in mind when it comes to styling your hair.

  • Never curl your hair when it is damp or even slightly wet! Not because the wand is too hot, but because the water will turn to sizzling steam.Dry your hair thoroughly in advance with a cool blow dry, just play it safe and your curls will form properly;
  • If you’re a regularly using your curler, don’t forget to nourish your tresses. Make serums and hair treatments your best friends and your hair will always look healthy! It is important to use quality moisturizing products that will restore your locks accordingly;
  • Take care of your appliance! Regularly wipe down the barrel with a damp cloth (after it’s cooled down) in order to prevent the styling product residue build up. Store your curler in a heat proof pouch if the same has been provided by manufacturer.

Follow our easy curling techniques and you will turn your otherwise flat or just boring hair into the splash of glorious frizz-free locks.