Mar
28
2014

Beautiful Hairstyles with Hair Extensions and Hair Weaves

Long, silky, healthy hair can radiate beauty, fitness and youth. A change of hairstyle is often enough to make you look more sophisticated, younger or simply different. Hair extensions Hair extensions are becoming an increasingly popular way of instantly getting that long beautiful hair some of us can only dream of! Growing your hair long takes 5-6 years at an average of 1 cm per month! Hair extensions can give you around 21 inches of thick hair in just a few hours! There are two main types of hair extensions. Hair extensions can be made out of synthetic fibers and are referred to as synthetic hair extensions or out of human hair and referred to as human hair extensions. Human hair extensions tend to be the preferred kind of hair extensions because they look and feel a lot more natural than the synthetic kind. Also, heat cannot be applied to most synthetic fibers causing some inconvenience if a person needs to use some hair appliances. The downside of human hair extensions is that are usually much more expensive then the synthetic ones! Notwithstanding, there is no fixed price for human hair extensions because this differs according to the quality, style and length of extensions required. Hair extensions that are untreated and uncolored usually cost more because they are more durable! Hair Weaves A change of hairstyle is often enough to make you look more sophisticated, younger or simply different. Hair weaves are a good idea for those who fancy some braids, dreadlocks or simply a fuller head of hair and a different look! Hair weaves are another form of hair extensions and can also be made out of synthetic or natural hair. There are three types of hair weaves: (1)Bonded Hair Weave - This is the least durable kind of hair weave and only lasts 1 month until it would need to be replaced. This kind of hair weave gets glued to the scalp (2)Braided Hair Weave - This is a 2 step procedure. The natural hair is braided along the center of the scalp (under the hair) and then the hair weave gets sown into the braids. This type of hair weave normally lasts around 2 months. (3)Fusion Hair Weave - This is the most lasting kind of hair weave, since it needs be changed every 3 months. This procedure involves waxing the hair weave to the natural hair. Both hair extensions and hair weaves require considerable maintenance. The hair need to be treated with gentle respect and cleaned and moisturized daily with a good conditioner. Remember, that while natural hair gets the necessary oils and moisture from your scalp, hair extensions and hair weaves don’t! Also, depending on the style and procedure for your hair extensions/hair weaves, you might also have to visit the hairdresser every 6 weeks to fix your hair extensions due to your natural hair re growth.  Whichever kind of hair extension you choose, always consult your hair specialist for advice, and pick the safest procedure. Finally, enjoy your beautiful hair! 
Mar
10
2014

Teeth Bleaching Kits Provide a Whiter, Brighter Smile

So many people are embarrassed to let their smiles show. Bright smiles often become a memory of the past due to age, coffee, or tea. However, there are many solutions available today to bring back your pearly whites.  Here are several options for the person who wants to enjoy a whiter, brighter smile:  1. Laser teeth whitening is an option that has increased in popularity in recent years. One of the most popular options is the Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure, which can make your teeth up nine shades lighter. Laser teeth whitening can give you a brighter smile, but you can expect a fairly high price tag. This procedure can also be fairly time-consuming.  2. You could also get your teeth whitened professionally at the dentist. This option is costly and time-consuming as well. 3. Another option is to use whitening strips. One of the most popular options in this area are the Crest whitening strips. This can increase the lightness of your teeth by several shades. These have been found to be quite effective. They can be easily purchased at a pharmacy or drugstore and are worn up to twice a day for half an hour each time. This option is much more cost efficient. The only drawback that you might face with whitening strips is that they only whiten the teeth they are in direct contact with. Some people have found that the strips are not long enough to cover all they show when they smile. A tray based system will solve this problem by delivering whitener to all the teeth equally.  4. Whitening trays can be worn for up to several hours a day. This is a very successful method because the whitening gel is kept continually on the teeth. However, it is not used as much as the other options because it tends to interfere with daily life.  However, there are a variety of options to fit anyone's lifestyle.  Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. You can now make it a lasting impression. 
Feb
16
2014

Brighten Up Dull & Tired Skin

As we grow older and are constantly exposed to the UV rays of the sun our skin starts to appear dry and dull. This is the result of the outside layer of the skin getting excessive build up and is not exfoliated on a regular basis. Build-up is especially noticed after we have spent the summer in the sun. It’s more apparent to women since we realize that our make-up doesn't look as fresh and our foundation begins to fade within a couple of hours. Our make-up and foundation is actually being absorbed into the accumulated dead skin cells, which gives a very tired and unhealthy look to the skin. To keep your skin vibrant and healthy on a regular basis, you must have a regimen that incorporates exfoliation and nourishing the skin. Your regular skin care program does not have to be a department store or drug store solution. You can prepare an all nature skin care program right from your kitchen table and manage to get the same results if not better results that your store bought product promises. Exfoliation: You should exfoliate at least 2-3 times per week (daily is even better) to keep the skin’s healthy glow. One solution for exfoliating the skin in an in expensive way is to use sugar. Yes, Sugar! Glycolic acid which is found in most AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) products is from sugar cane. You can benefit from glycolic acid by using sugar for exfoliation.  Simply mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar in with a small amount of your favorite skin cleanser. Wet your face and massage the cleanser/sugar mixture over your face for 1-2 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove this mixture and you will instantly feel a difference in your skin. Nourish: Give your skin a refreshing drink with a simple nourishing facial mask. The ingredients are powerful and can be found in your kitchen. Combine one or more main ingredient with a liquid ingredient for to make a wonderful facial mask. Base your ingredient choices on the health properties of each item. Base Ingredient: Honey - It is a humectant (which draws in moisture) and it has antibacterial qualities that also stimulates and smoothes the skin. Mango - Provides natural fruit enzymes which also exfoliates the skin and the oil in mangos help moisturize. Avocado - A naturally rich moisturizer has essential fats and oils. Oatmeal - Moisturizing and slightly exfoliating Liquid Ingredient: Milk - Enzymes and Lactose acid to exfoliate and milk fat to condition the skin. Aloe Vera Gel - Healing and softening. Egg White - tightening and conditioning. You will want to follow your treatments with your favorite hypoallergenic moisturizer. For best results, these treatments can be done 2-3 times a week to help keep your skin youthful and vibrant. 
Jan
30
2014

Hair Removal

Hair removal is a personal dilemma for many people. Everyone has unwanted hair somewhere and wonders what the best way to get rid of it is. Epilator? Electric shaver? Electrolysis? Waxing? Here's are various hair removal techniques to keep you from looking like the shaggy dog.  Electrolysis - Hair Removal  The electrolysis hair removal process has been around over a hundred years. As a hair removal process, electrolysis is effective, but has a few drawbacks... it's costly, may cause you pain, damage your damage and grows back before you know it. In short, electrolysis is yesterday's news in hair removal. In the internet age, women prefer an epilator in their purse for a quick shave to a three hour appointment for electrolysis. Shaving - Hair Removal  Shaving is cool, everybody knows that, it's sexy and does a good job of hair removal. It's long-lasting - you can buy designer shavers and do it at home. How long does this hair removal technique last? Longer than some relations, that's for sure. As a hair remover, shaving is much less painful that Electrolysis, sorry to disappoint masochists among you. Aside from a few cuts and skin irritation, shaving is ok, but lacks pizzazz.  Waxing - Hair Removal Waxing for hair removal is an ancient practice and healing art. It takes a highly skilled professional for the waxing hair removal session to be a success. The treatment involves applying hot wax on your skin and pulling it off quickly. Ouch! A strip of paper or cloth is pressed against your skin and quickly pulled away taking hairs with it. Waxing has some other drawbacks like uneven hair removal and extra time involved. Try it at least once, then go back to your epilator  Epilators - Hair Removal  Epilators are popular hair removal products for soft skin and smooth legs today. They are compact in size, easy to use and remove hair by the root almost with little pain. Compared to electrolysis and waxing, epilators are a breeze. In minutes, a woman may have smooth skin that lasts for weeks because the epilator slows hair growth. Compared to epilators, other hair removal techniques are jilted lovers.  
Jan
12
2014

Laser Hair Removal - how does this process work

Laser hair removal became very popular in the past several years. There are several benefits that make laser hair removal so popular. The main benefit is the fact that laser hair removal is a cosmetic method that is considered non-surgical. Through the use of the laser hair removal patients are able to permanently remove the undesirable (or excessive) body or facial hair. Since this is a permanent removal, the laser hair removal procedure allows you to achieve results faster and for a longer period. The actual laser hair removal procedure is not invasive and is usually not painful. This is also a procedure that is not too expensive. Prices for laser hair removal are continuing to drop as the technology continues to improve. Different laser hair removal methods are developed and offered by different organizations. The actual time it will take to go through the laser hair removal procedure will depend on the skin type and area from which you would like to have the hair removed. This can be as short as few minutes or as long as few hours. The laser hair removal procedure is based on the use of low-energy laser. In general, this laser removes hair by disabling the hair follicles. You will find laser hair removal a soft and virtually painless process that will cause only smallest discomfort. There are few other things that you should know about laser hair removal. For example, most of the clinics that offer laser hair removal will ask you to follow the procedure several times (several sessions, to be more precise). Though unlikely, you might feel slight brief irritation or swelling. The laser hair removal may also require you to use certain prescribed skin care products for a certain period of time. Also different types of hair will respond differently to the laser hair removal. For example, it is extremely hard to remove blond hair than dark hair). Before going through the laser hair removal procedure, you should consult with a doctor or medical consultant. 
Jan
5
2014

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the recent advancement in the cosmetic medicine field. This is a technology that continues to be developed. For example, at this point in time laser hair removal technology allows removing black and brown hair. It is still very hard and many times impossible to use the laser hair removal technology on white and red hair, but as technology develops, more and more possibilities are opening. There are many clinics that offer laser hair removal services and many doctors that can tell you what the laser hair removal procedure can do specifically for you (based on your type of hair and skin). In general, the laser hair removal is a medical procedure that allows men and women to eliminate or reduce the hair coverage on many areas of their body. Though the laser hair removal is a method that allows for permanent hair removal, this is not done right away. You will have to attend several laser hair removal therapy sessions (usually five to ten sessions) during a certain period of time (usually eight to fifteen months). Only going through the full laser hair removal treatment will result in long-term results. The actual number of treatments and the overall laser hair removal treatment period will depend on the type of your skin, hair and the type of laser used for the procedure. In general, the laser hair removal is the process that is used to destroy the hair follicles without causing any damage to the skin. You will be advised to stop waxing the skin area where you would like to have the hair removed for the period of approximately two months before the laser hair removal treatment. The reason for several sessions is the fact that not all hair follicles are destroyed. The new hair that grows after one session is removed during the next laser hair removal session. This process goes on until almost all hair follicles are destroyed. 
Dec
14
2013

How To Use Color Correction Techniques Like The Pros

Almost everyone has a home color disaster or two lurking somewhere in their past. While color disasters are correctible and not the end of the world by any means, many people only cause more problems when they try to correct their color. Then, ball cap in place and tears in their eyes, they march to the salon only to pay big bucks to fix a problem that could have been prevented in the first place.  One of the most common mistakes made by people who color their hair at home is to make the problem worse by applying the wrong color to correct their first mistake. For example: Have you ever colored your hair and ended up with a color that is too red or brassy? To correct this problem, many people try to pull the red color out by lightening their hair. This only causes more problems and more brassiness. Other people try to darken their hair again only to have it turn too dark. Both of these approaches are wrong and you will understand why with a quick course in color correction. Have you ever seen a color wheel used by painters? It looks like a wheel with a different color between the spokes of the wheel. You can create your own basic color wheel by taking the primary colors, red, blue and yellow, and positioning those colors equal distances around a wheel or circle. Next, take the spaces between the primary colors to list the colors that are made when the two colors next to each other are blended. For example: yellow and blue make green.  Once you have done this you can easily correct color that is too red or too green. All you have to do is look at your color wheel. If your hair is orange, look at the orange space on your color wheel. Then, look directly on the opposite side. What color is there? It should be blue. Colors with a blue base are considered beige colors. So, to counteract or cancel the orange color, you need to choose a color with a beige base. You don’t need to darken or lighten at all.  So, the next time you have a color dilemma, don’t try to strip the problem out of your hair. Simply use your color wheel to cancel out the unwanted color. Doing so will save you a lot of time, heartache and money. 
Nov
22
2013

Which Teeth Whitening System Is Right For You

Modern dentistry has improved and changed a great amount in the last ten to twenty years, and this has led to new treatments being available to everyone, rather than just the few rich people who could afford it. People are visiting dentists for 'cosmetic' dental treatment in the same way that they would visit a cosmetic surgeon to have their body altered or enhanced.  With more and more celebrities having cosmetic dental treatments and exhibiting perfect teeth in magazines and on television, tooth whitening is one of the dental treatments that have soared in popularity for people young and old. Other treatments include implants, veneers, and alteration of the gum line. This article looks at the different types of teeth whitening systems and will help you assess which is best for you.   There are various teeth whitening systems available, and they range from the very expensive to the relatively cheap and accessible. All teeth whitening systems fall into two main categories - those that must be carried out by a professional such as a dentist, and those that can be done at home. Home treatments are often cheaper, but can be less effective and can even cause lasting damage if applied incorrectly. The key to selecting which tooth whitening systems is appropriate for you is to ask yourself the following questions: Am I good at following written instructions? What is my budget for this treatment? Am I looking for immediate results or a course of treatment? Am I comfortable visiting a dentist? Do I have minor or extensive tooth staining? Home tooth whitening systems are cheaper, but they normally use a peroxide bleach based formula and so the instructions that come with them must be followed to the letter. Otherwise, the results may not be what you expected, and the sensitivity of the teeth can be increased.  However, if you are confident about applying the treatment yourself and are prepared to finish the whole treatment without expecting instant results, home teeth whitening systems can be a cost effective way to achieve that celebrity look. Salon or dentist based teeth whitening systems are more expensive, but can have longer lasting and more immediate effects. Dentists use similar peroxide based formulas to the home systems, but the effect is enhanced by the use of a laser. Laser whitening can make your teeth 5-6 shades lighter on the first visit by activating crystals inside a gel, but if you have extreme discoloration you may need to go back more than once. The risks of laser teeth whitening are not great, with the most common side effect reported being increased sensitivity to hot and cold. Rubber dams are used to protect the gums when bleach based formulas are being used, and this ensures the gums are protected from the effects of the tooth whitening system. Modern lifestyles can have a bad effect on our teeth, with drinks like coffee, tea and red wine causing staining and discoloration. Teeth whitening systems are a way to instantly reverse the effects of our lifestyle, but are no substitute for regular brushing and flossing. 
Nov
5
2013

Skin Whitening Zeal - The Fight Against Black Enzyme

Do you know what the biggest enemy of skin’s natural fairness is? The answer is simple: black enzymes. Do you know that Asian skin is more prone to dark spots? Skin color is determined by the amount of pigment (or melanin) present. Asian skin contains a heterogeneous mix of 2 types of melanin - phaeomelanin and eumelanin - that results in pigmentation irregularities such as dark spots and increased sensitivity to sunlight. Over the past years, aesthetics companies and medical professionals have been introducing numerous skin whitening innovations into the consumer market, ranging from high-end niche treatments to budget skin whitening solutions, all of which promise to deliver that desirable lightening result on your skin, to give you that lovely fair skin that you have always wanted. When it comes to fashion, you choose what fits you. With such an overwhelming range of skin whitening options available, how do you decide which is the real effective skin whitening solution that is going to work for you? Savvy consumers will know that it is not sufficient to just choose the best skin whitening product / treatment, you have to choose the skin whitening product / treatment that works best for you. Consumers can consider the following guidelines when they are looking for a skin whitening remedy or are already in the midst of a skin whitening course: 1. Identify your problem  - There are many types of facial pigmentation. The most common types are freckles, solar lentigines (or age spots), melasma and Hori’s naevus. Many have a genetic basis, although factors like sunlight, ageing and hormones also play an important role. By identifying the source of your problem, you will know how to pick out the product / treatment that is going to help you rectify it. 2. Have some basic knowledge about skin whitening ingredients - Every company has its own specialty skin whitening ingredients that are responsible for delivering that miracle on your skin. But how do you know that some of these virtually unknown ingredients are going to do the trick? A savvy consumer should not be going to a counter and take at face value in what the salesperson says during that 10 - 20 minutes of sales talk. Instead, listen to the salesperson, take a step back, do some simple research on the ingredients or talk to your dermatologist to see if this particular skin whitening product is going to be useful in solving your problem. There is no point buying a product whose only effects are to moisturize and provide your skin with UV protection when what you actually need is a product that can lighten melasma.  3. Be a responsible consumer - Broadly speaking, it is possible to prevent / reduce skin pigmentation because many types of pigmentation are induced and aggravated by sunlight, therefore a suitable product and sufficient sun protection can delay the onset of skin pigmentation or improve the appearance. Using a skin lightening product may help improve the pigmentation, but regular use of sunscreen and active sun avoidance is also compulsory and should be undertaken responsibly. 4. Understand that not every product / treatment works for everyone - Topical skin lightening products are effective for melasma. However, laser therapy does not work very well for melasma. In fact, laser may sometime cause temporary darkening (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), which can last several months. On the other hand, laser therapy is effective for pigmentation such as freckles, solar lentigines and Hori’s naevus.  5. Talk to a medical professional when necessary - Besides sunlight, certain types of pigmentation - specifically melasma and Hori’s naevus - can be stimulated and worsened by hormonal factors, for example during pregnancy, taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement. In such cases, topical skin whitening products will not be able to rectify the problems effectively. Instead of hopping from one product to another and exposing your skin to further damages, talk to a medical professional who will advise the appropriate treatment options for you. Solve the problem when it is at the early stage, not when it gets out of hand. 
Oct
1
2013

How To Cover Gray: Your Complete Guide

Gray hair is stubborn and it can sometimes be difficult to color. In some cases it turns a smoky unnatural color and in other cases it simply does not cover at all. So, how do you get 100% gray coverage each and every time you color your hair? The key lies in choosing the right color for your hair type. There are several types of colors including temporary (washes out with 1 shampoo), semi-permanent (washes out gradually over about 4 weeks) and permanent hair color (will not wash out). The main difference of each is the strength of the developer used in each. Color developer is the ingredient that is responsible for pushing the color beneath your cuticle layer so that it cannot be washed out.  In gray hair, this cuticle layer is extremely compact and difficult to open making it hard for the color to get inside the hair strand. If you don’t succeed at doing this, the color will not take or will wash out very easily and fade over the next few shampoos. To make sure that you get your color into the hair strand, use a permanent color with at least 20 volume Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as the developer. Difference of hair color is caused by the amount of pigment that is in the hair strands. Blond hair has the least amount of pigment, then there is red followed by brown and black. Gray hair is lacking color pigment altogether. In order to get color back into gray hair, you need to go through all of the stages depending on what color you want to achieve. If you want blond hair, the process is quite simple. All you need to do is use a golden color. If you want brown hair, on the other hand, you need to choose a color with a red or warm base so that you can get a natural looking brown. If you use a green or ash base, you will end up with a greenish or smoky cast.  When coloring gray, you should also leave the color on for the maximum amount of time allowed by the instructions. Doing so will give the color sufficient time to deposit in the stubborn and coarse gray strands. The only time that you can skimp on time is if your hair is 30% gray or less. In those cases, the gray hair will absorb enough color to make it look like you have natural highlights and you can avoid the rest of your hair going too dark. So, if you have had poor results when it comes to covering your gray, follow these tips to get complete coverage and you will have beautiful results every time. 

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