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Bananas for Healthy Skin & Hair

Posted by HenJa' on May 3, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Bananas are commonly available throughout the world and widely eaten. They are a source of ready energy and help sustain blood sugar levels. Thus, they are the ideal food to be eaten before rigorous exercise. They can lower blood pressure and protect against heart attacks and strokes due their high potassium and low salt composition. They help treat depression since they contain tryptophan, which is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. Serotonin plays a role in elevating mood. For this reason, bananas can also help relieve symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. They also treat insomnia by promoting the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep.



Bananas also prevent muscle cramps. They can replenish the body’s supply of calcium that is lost in urine and can help build strong bones. Due to their iron content, they can treat anemia and boost the production of red blood cells.



Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6. Due to this, they promote the production of white blood cells, fortify the nervous system, and help you lose weight, prevent the development of type II diabetes, and reduce swelling of limbs.



Even the banana peel, which is usually considered a waste product, has many uses. Banana peels contain proteins, essential amino acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, and fiber. They also contain polyphenols and carotenoids. This miracle fruit has several benefits for skin and hair as well.



Cures acne


Rubbing a banana peel on acne-affected skin before bed time will help reduce the condition. Wash your face in the morning. You should be able to see results after a week of regular application.



Treats hair loss and dandruff


Applying a mixture of mashed banana and yoghurt to hair for a month will reduce hair loss and treat dandruff. You should leave the mixture on for an hour before washing off. This remedy also makes hair very shiny.



Softens skin


Banana pulp is ideal for softening skin due to its vitamin A and potassium content. A scrub made of mashed bananas and granulated sugar will soften the face and hands. The sugar granules will remove dead skin cells while the banana will pamper the skin.



Alternatively, another scrub made of banana, oatmeal, and coconut milk can also be used once a week to maintain soft and healthy skin. Oatmeal is less abrasive than sugar and coconut milk nourishes skin, bringing a glow.



Crushed strawberries, mashed bananas, and sugar make an excellent body scrub.



A paste of bananas, uncooked rice, and coconut milk is another good mixture for the face.



Conditions hair


Say goodbye to frizzy hair with a banana mask. A mixture of mashed bananas and honey will condition hair and reduce frizz. Ensure that hair is damp before application of the mask. The mixture can be applied to the hair as well as the scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and allow the absorption of the mixture into the scalp.



Another pack that can be used is a mixture of banana, olive oil, and egg white. This mask makes hair shiny and healthy.



For damaged hair, a mixture of ripe banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder can be applied. This pack repairs damaged hair and makes it soft.



Yet another mixture for dry and damaged hair is mashed bananas and almond oil. Vitamins A, C, and E present in the ingredients nourish hair and make it soft, shiny, and healthy. Leave this pack on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with a good quality shampoo.



Hydrates skin


This tip is useful for people with dry and dull skin. Mashed banana applied to the face for 15-20 minutes can put the moisture back into your skin. You should wash off the banana with tepid water and then finish with a splash of cold water to close pores.



A mixture of banana and honey can also reduce pigmentation of skin, in addition to moisturizing it.



Treats oily skin


Banana can even reduce the oiliness of skin. A mixture of ripe bananas and lemon juice can remove excess oil from your face. The vitamin C content of banana discourages further oil production.



Another mask that can be used is made of mashed ripe bananas, sandalwood powder, and honey. This mask should be left on for around 25 minutes. Sandalwood powder removes excess oil from the face.



Treats itchy scalp


A mixture of bananas, avocado, and yoghurt can treat itchy scalp. You should leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. The potassium present in banana is the ingredient that reduces itchiness.



Prevents aging of skin


Move over anti-aging creams, you have the humble banana on the kitchen counter at your service! Avocados contain vitamin E, which is known to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from appearing on your face. Bananas have an antioxidant effect, wherein they capture free radicals formed in the skin due to the effect of environmental pollutants or the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and prevent them from damaging the cell membranes. A mixture of banana and avocado is a potent anti-aging combination.



Rose water mixed with mashed bananas is another anti-aging formula. The pack should be applied to the face and neck. Leave on for half an hour and the wash off with tepid water.



Reduces puffiness of eyes


The potassium in banana helps reduce puffy eyes. Rub banana pulp beneath eyes and see the difference! Alternatively, eating bananas regularly will also keep puffy eyes at bay as the potassium regulates the electrolyte balance in the body and prevents water retention.



Treats cracked heels


Cracked heels can be naturally treated by applying the pulp of bananas and leaving it on for 10 minutes. You will not stop admiring your soft and pink heels.



Removes warts


Regular application of the inside of banana peels can reduce the appearance of warts and can treat psoriasis.



Soothes mosquito bites


Mosquito bites and bug bites can be soothed by rubbing the inside of banana peels on the lesions. They also promote quick healing of skin.

21 Days To A More Youthful YOU

Posted by HenJa' on August 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Day 1: Pick Up a Jump Rope

Remember how fun it was in elementary school, jumping rope during recess? Though it might be tough to find willing double-dutch participants, going solo can still be a blast. It’s also a major toning exercise and calorie-burner, if you take the right steps. To engage all your muscles, including the smaller stabilizer ones, fitness guru Tracy Anderson says footwork is important: “Jump on one foot, jump side to side, jump with both feet, jump in a running pattern—the key is changing up the motion while keeping the heart rate pumping.”

Day 2: Keep Lips Supple and Line-Free

Thin, shriveled lips are never in style. For a softer pucker exfoliate with sugar; to smooth lines on the lips and around the mouth follow with an emollient salve. Note: Stay away from medicated balms that contain menthol or camphor, says skin care expert Marcia Kilgore. “They might feel good at first, but they create an addiction for your lips by drying them out even more, at which point you feel you have to apply additional product to reduce the dryness,” she explains. “It’s like a dry-lip self-fulfilling prophecy. Look for balms with ingredients like Shea butter and beeswax instead, since these will help reduce trans-epidermal water loss and chap.”

For added plump, create the illusion of Angeline Jolie-like lips by tracing a nude lip liner around the edges of the lips before applying your lipstick or gloss.

Day 3: Start With the Essentials

Put off frowns and furrowed brows—and the resulting expression lines—with a healthy dose of aromatherapy, says Ayurvedic guru Pratima Raichur: “Smell is the ancient root of emotions and can balance the mind and body.” To treat ailments like anxiety, poor digestion, and insomnia, for example, she suggests rubbing essential oils such as orange, neroli, geranium, and lemon between your palms; cup your hands around your nose and inhale deeply for instant relaxation.

Applying essential oils directly onto the face can also be beneficial, says holistic skin care expert Tata Harper, who lists calendula oil and lavender extract as powerful collagen promoters.

For her part, model Chanel Iman covers her skin with an essential-oil blend each night before bedtime. “It’s amazing—it makes the face and body so beautiful and glowing,” she says. “Right after a bath, I rub it all over, and it gets me into that zone of going to bed and sleeping wel

Day 4: Prepare Your Own Food

Okay, so you might not be gearing up to be on the next season of Top Chef, but crafting your own cuisine comes highly recommended by fitness expert Kathy Kaehler. Besides playing personal trainer to the eternally youthful Julia Roberts (pictured here), Kaehler is also the founder of Sunday Set-Up, a program that encourages prepping a week’s worth of healthful meals every Sunday. “It’s really just about taking your food in the most simplistic way—fresh fruits and vegetables that are as close to their natural state as possible—and getting yourself organized at the top of the week,” she says.

The idea is that, by planning out healthful meals and snacks, you’ll be less prone to eating foods that contain loads of sugar and/or hydrogenated oils—two common culprits of weight gain and oxidative stress (read premature wrinkles).


Day 5: Quench Your Thirst with H2O

Everyone knows the eight-glasses-of-water-a-day rule, but actually consuming those necessary 64 ounces can seem like a daunting task. But before you go overboard refilling your Sigg bottle, think outside the box: Fruits and vegetables, for example, are also excellent sources of hydration.

For those times when you go the traditional route, drink your water cold—ice cold. Besides tasting better postworkout, the lower temperature also sheds more calories than its lukewarm counterpart: As your body warms the liquid, you burn between 17 and 25 calories per glass.

Day 6: Eat Your Veggies

Your mom was right: You really should “finish your broccoli!” Although not the most fun food to eat as a kid, the unassuming vegetable is actually a major complexion-enhancer—especially for perimenopausal women 35 and older. “As your estrogens decrease, you can supplement them with plant estrogens,” says dermatologist Cheryl Burgess, MD. “Broccoli is very high in these so it will make your skin look pretty nice.”

The payoff is good for the under-35 crowd too: Broccoli and other greens are packed with vitamins A and C, which are renowned for their ability to fight off free radical damage and enhance skin tone.

Day 7: Do Dance-Inspired Exercise

For a svelte, youthful-looking bod, opt for a dance-inspired exercise routine like Gwyneth Paltrow’s. To create long, lean muscle prior to a film premiere and press tour the star does a dance cardio routine and intense mat work daily. “I prefer my clients to have an hour and a half of strategy-oriented workouts six days a week—45 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of muscle structuring,” says her trainer, Anderson.

Ballet can be particularly beneficial, especially when it comes to toning unwanted flab around the thighs: Standing straight and facing forward, slowly lift one leg at a 90-degree angle, keeping it stiff and pointing your toes. Do this eight to 12 times, repeating the exercise to the side and back, switching sides to work out the other leg.

Day 8: Relax With Yoga

Doing yoga can help you focus and unwind after a stressful day at the office—and according to yoga guru Tara Stiles, who appears on ELLE’s Make Better DVD, the practice has anti-aging benefits too: “It revs up circulation and is believed to rejuvenate cells,” she told ELLE earlier this year. “A lot of people find that after doing yoga for a few months, their skin is glowing, and any acne clears up. It’s not just the sweating, it’s the breathing and the stimulation of the nervous system.”

Day 9: Be SPF-Savvy

Don’t be deceived by waning sunlight—dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD, says you should wear a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher “every day, rain or shine, January through December.”

“UV radiation is the main environmental factor that causes skin aging,” says dermatologist Nicholas Pericone, MD, who lists hyperpigmentation—those dark, unsightly liver spots—as “one of the negative effects of chronic overexposure to sunlight.”

Day 10: Get Adequate Amounts of Sleep

Though it may be tempting to stay up watching all those saved TV programs on your DVR, studies suggest that getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night is necessary to ward off weight gain. Separate research done by the University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania, revealed that sleep-restricted subjects gained more weight over time than those who were well rested. The causes behind sleep-deprived weight gain are believed to be leptin and ghrelin, two hormones that affect how full you feel. When you’re short on sleep, levels of leptin (an appetite suppressant) fall and levels of ghrelin (an appetite stimulant) rise—so you feel hungrier than you would otherwise.

During sleep is also when skin cells regenerate and are more receptive to antiaging creams. “There are circadian rhythms that happen in nature and also with the skin,” explains Burgess. “During the day, our skin wants to protect itself, and at night it wants to repair itself.”

Day 11: Treat Yourself to a Massage

Body work and massages are “critical,” says nutrition specialist Oz Garcia, PhD, because they reduce levels of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline (which have been linked to weight gain) and increase feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Getting regular massages also results in greater relaxation and blood circulation, with less bloating.

When it comes to massage, don’t forget about your face: Like body work, facial massage can create positive feelings and a rejuvenated appearance. “It helps you relax and stimulates lymphatic flow,” says celebrity esthetician Christine Chin, who places special emphasis on the eye area. “When you put on your eye cream, gently press several pressure points—the beginning and end of the brows, corners of the eyes, and temples—to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.”

Day 12: Embrace Healthful Carbs

Contrary to what you may think, it’s okay (and, in fact, necessary) to have carbs, but they’re not all alike. Select the healthy complex variety—fruits and veggies like cantaloupe, berries, green beans, and cauliflower, which are full of fiber and absorbed slowly into the bloodstream. Though cookies, bread, and pasta are tempting and provide a quick release of “feel-good” serotonin, these simple carbs will catch up with you in the long run. For a similar head rush without the backlash, dietician Carrie Wiatt, RD, says pasta and bread junkies should opt for whole-grain versions. “They have a lot of fiber, which is good for your digestive system.”

Day 13: Trade In Coffee for Green Tea

While nothing can beat the heady jolt of a good cup of joe, we asked Garcia to spill the beans on a healthier way to get your daily caffeine fix: green tea. “Coffee increases cravings. It can control appetite in the moment, but it will cause you to be hungrier in the long run—it makes your blood sugar shoot up, then crash hours later,” he reveals. Green tea, on the other hand, is a powerful antioxidant and natural diuretic that can “help control your cravings and raise your metabolism.” Garcia recommends drinking up to four cups daily for caffeine-like energy minus consequences.

Day 14: Get Lustrous Locks

Protein damage—incurred by sun exposure, heat styling, and chemical processing—can result in dull, damaged hair. And let’s face it, dry and brittle tresses aren’t exactly the picture of youth. To revamp your mane, book an appointment with your stylist to trim split-ends and finish with a semipermanent glaze: “There are a lot of conditioners in it that make the hair supershiny,” says Victoria Beckham’s colorist, Jessica Galvan.

Available in clear and pigmented formulas, a glaze can pump up your shine, color, or both. “Even over top of highlights I always finish with a glaze, whether it’s clear or tinted to add warmth and sparkle,” says colorist Rick Wellman of Patrick Melville Salon. “Whenever you use lighteners, you’re opening up the cuticle—a glaze brings hair back to its natural state and helps seal in color.”

In between salon visits, keep strands in tip-top shape by using a weekly hair mask and/or massaging essential oils onto the roots and ends.

Day 15: Fill Up on Good Fats

“After water, fat is the most abundant substance in your body. Fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a concentrated source of energy in the diet and are the building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and prostaglandins,” says Perricone. But before you dig into that fettuccine Alfredo, take note: The type of fat you ingest is key, so stick with the “good” ones—the essential fatty acids found in avocado and virgin olive oil. And when it comes to more “bad” fats like cheese, consume in moderation.

Day 16: Don’t Skip Breakfast

Never underestimate the benefits of jump-starting your day with a protein-rich breakfast. An eight-week study done by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University System found that those who ate an eggs-and-toast combo versus bagel and cream cheese reduced their waists by 83 percent more. Investigators also found that subjects who ate eggs in the morning (think an egg white omelet or protein shake) instead of a bagel went on to consume fewer calories over the next 24 hours.

Day 17: Turn Off the Television

If you feel good, it shows—and unfortunately for all the TV-addicts out there, it appears that watching television isn’t the path to feel-good vibes: Data from the recently completed General Social Survey of 45,000 Americans found that the more TV people watched, the more likely they were to report being unhappy.

Being a couch potato has also been shown to have an effect on your waistline: A study by Yale University found that TV viewers who saw snack commercials were inspired to eat just about anything (regardless of whether they were actually hungry). The most successful dieters, say experts, watch less than the adult average of four hours per day and weigh in at less than 10 hours per week.

Not ready to give up your time in front of the tube? If you plan to be glued to your TV for awhile, be sure to delve into healthy foods if the urge strikes (we suggest having vegetables and a yogurt-based dip or low-fat pretzels and hummus readily available).

Day 18: Score a Perky Posterior

Squats or lunges are a surefire way to firm your glutes—doing two sets of them with 12 to 15 repetitions will suffice (add light hand weights for more of a workout). To stay centered, focus on pressing down through the heels while pushing your hips back, which will place rightful emphasis on your glutes and hamstrings. Another way to squeeze in tush-firming exercise: Choose steps over the elevator and/or do a hard-core stair workout at home, running up and down as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then slow-climbing for two minutes (repeat this routine for a half hour).

Day 19: Squeeze In a Brisk Outdoor Stroll

Follow in Jessica Biel’s footsteps (shown at right): Power-walking just 20 to 40 minutes a day can make a huge difference, says David Kirsch, personal trainer to Liv Tyler, Kerry Washington, and Heidi Klum. He recommends using half your lunchtime at work to take a quick alfresco walk. “This is enough to get your endorphins up, improve your mood, and help you regulate your cravings better,” adds Garcia.

Day 20: Moisturize Regularly

Regardless of skin type, keeping the dermis adequately moisturized is important for a clear and line-free complexion: Dryness can clog pores (sebaceous glands overcompensate, causing oil production to go into overdrive) and age the skin. To maintain radiance, Burgess suggests using an overnight face lotion with hyaluronic acid (“it acts like a sponge, drawing moisture into the skin and plumps it”;). Show your neck and hands some love too—if not properly cared for, these often-missed spots can age you beyond your years.

Day 21: Drink Responsibly

Partying like you just turned 21 is fine, but be sure to supplement alcoholic beverages with water. “Alcohol dehydrates you,” says Burgess, noting its ability to work against supple, youthful-looking skin. Opting for red wine over beer is also a wise anti-aging move: According to a study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, light to moderate alcohol consumption—especially red wine—is not only good for the heart, it's also good for the waistline. Though a glass of wine contains about 150 calories, subjects who drank one to two glasses per day over the course of 13 years gained less weight than nondrinkers (of the 19,220 participants, the risk of obesity was 30 percent lower for wine consumers). A potential explanation? Resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine, appears to inhibit the development of fat cells.



8 Foods that Give You Gorgeous Skin

Posted by HenJa' on August 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Give your typical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally, as well. Nutritionist Dana James shared her favorite things to eat for a flawless complexion.


1. Papaya

You've probably used papaya in a facial scrub, but are you eating it, too? The fruit is a vitamin C serum and exfoliant all-in-one. It contains two days' worth of vitamin C, which helps to brighten and tighten skin. It's packed with vitamin A compounds, which regulate cell turnover in much the same way that a topical retinol-A does, albeit gentler. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which helps decrease redness in the skin by combating inflammation.

The Easy Recipes: A golden smoothie made with papaya, almond milk, and raw honey is a skin elixir. Or try fish topped with a papaya, carrot, and cilantro salsa.

2. Coconut Kefir

You've heard of coconut water. Now it's time to get acquainted with its even richer counterpart, coconut kefir, which is made by fermenting coconut water with beneficial bacteria. A shot of coconut kefir contains 15 billion CFU of probiotics, which is three times more than most commercial yogurt. These beneficial bacteria keep skin clear by crowding out pathogenic microbes, which can cause acne and hormonal imbalances. Coconut kefir is naturally sweet, which means it can also help to appease cravings for our skin's biggest foe, sugar.

The Easy Recipe: Drink coconut kefir first thing in the morning on an empty stomach; this will keep more of the probiotics alive.


3. Black Sesame Seeds

If late nights, alcohol, and indulgent food have taken a toll (no judging!), black sesame seeds help restore your skin's radiance and elasticity. Packed with essential fats, oleic acid, amino acids, potassium, and fiber, these seeds are so abundant in skin-beautifying nutrients that they deserve to be added to every meal-and probably could be!

The Easy Recipes: Sprinkle black sesame seeds over an organic green salad, add them to avocado on toast, or toss them through a quinoa salad.

4. Beets

Beets reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and removing waste from our cells. Beets can also increase the oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent, bringing brightness and vitality to the skin. They may even help reduce the appearance of cellulite by strengthening the dermal skin layer.

The Easy Recipes: 16 ounces of beet juice will have skin looking peachy and pretty for up to 12 hours. If juice isn't your thing, try a roasted beet salad or grate raw beets into a spinach salad.

 5. Lemons

Lemon juice helps remove fat-soluble toxins and old hormones, which may trigger breakouts and worsen oily skin. Lemon juice also emulsifies fats, which helps keep skin hydrated. Not to be left out, the lemon rind contains the flavonoid limonoid, which kills bacteria in the mouth and intestines, preventing bacterial-driven acne flare-ups.

The Easy Recipes: Starting your day with hot water and lemon is no secret in the beauty world, but to get the detoxifying benefits, you'll want to use the juice of at least half a lemon. Also add more lemon into your diet by using a lemon and olive oil dressing (versus a balsamic vinaigrette) and by topping sautéed vegetables with organic lemon zest.

6. Red cabbage

Red cabbage contains anthocyanins, the same purple pigment found in blueberries. These phytonutrients help decrease the formation of wrinkles and inhibit hyperpigmentation. Red cabbage has six times more vitamin C than green cabbage. It also contains the detoxifying nutrient sulforaphane, which helps clear toxins from the body that can lead to fine lines.

The Easy Recipes: Red cabbage looks pretty added to a kale salad and makes a refreshing summer slaw when paired with grated carrots and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

7. Pumpkin seeds

If you're only eating pumpkin seeds in October, you're missing out. Loaded with zinc, vitamin E, sulfur, and omega-3 fats, the seeds heal, nourish, restore, and hydrate the skin. They can also repair blemish marks when you've had a breakout.

The Easy Recipes: Eat them raw because their delicate fats are destroyed when exposed to too much heat. Snack on them, toss them into an arugula salad, or add a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds to a smoothie.

8. Tomato juice

Heading to the beach or poolside? Start your day with a fresh tomato juice. The lycopene in tomatoes helps prevent UVA and UVB damage. An eight-ounce glass gives you a sun protection factor (SPF) of 5, so don't forget to add some sunscreen! Tomato juice also brings back life to dull skin-that's why a Virgin Mary is served at brunch (okay, perhaps not, but that's why you'll drink them)!

The Easy Recipes: To avoid pesticides, drink organic tomato juice. Alternatively, enjoy a tomato and watermelon gazpacho; watermelon has similar sun-protecting properties as tomatoes.


Easy Egyptian Nails

Posted by HenJa' on August 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to another edition of Nail Tips where we fawn over (and copy) the hottest nail art looks found on Pinterest. This week we’re all about this fierce Egyptian-inspired look that features awesome hand-painted designs. It only looks tough to execute, but when you break it down, just about any nail newbie can rock it out.

You’ll need:


Black nail polish (we love Ginger + Liz Menswear)

Matte top coat (try butter London Matte Top Coat)

Gold nail art pen (try Topshop Nail Art Pen in Fool’s Gold)

Gold nail polish (try Essie Shifting Power)

Small metallic studs (you can snag these at your local craft store)

Nail glue

Paint your nails with the black laquer and add one coat of the matte top coat (leaving your ring fingers for the gold polish). Let the nails dry completely. Then take your nail art pen and carefully draw the imitation hieroglyphics (it looks hard, but they’re really just perpendicular lines draw in secession. Ditto the “Pharaoh” face—it doesn’t need to be exact. Then add the studs with nail glue (use a pair of tweezers so you don’t get your hands all messy) and you’re done!

via StyleBlazer

5 Wonderful Haircuts for ladies with round faces

Posted by HenJa' on July 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)


*waves* I hope the summer is treating you all GREAT!! I haven't been on "vacation" yet, but I have been enjoying myself!!


But anyways! On to the best haircuts for ladies with ROUND FACES (which is said to be the perfect shape!)


1. Mixed Length Layers

Adding mixed length layers avoids "boxing" of the face and keeps the beautiful round shape that you have.

Mixed length layers can also be considered "long layers" with a mix of shorter layers up top


2. Angled Bangs

Angled bangs are the opposite of what one may call a "Chinese bang". It is not blunt; it gradually gets longer as you get closer to the outside of your face.


3. Tapered Pixie Cut

With the "perfect" shape face, a pixie cut is PERFECT! Add edge and style to your hair by cutting it short and leaving a long dramatic bang


4. Long Barely There Layers

This one is pretty self explanatory. This look can be achieved with thinning shears. [A professional is highly recommended]


5. Side-Swept Bang

This is a go to cut for not just round faced individuals, but for everyone. If you are comfortable with adding layers to your hair and just want to switch it up a bit, the side bang is perfect.



Summer Skin Tips

Posted by HenJa' on June 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It's almost official summer time! And we all love to spend time outside in the sun for fun. Here are a few tips to have brilliant skin in the summer!

1. Having sunburn problems?

To reduce the pain and swelling, pop 2 aspirin or ibuprofen as soon as possible. Nex, do a milk compress: Soak a washcloth in a bowl of ice-cold whole milk (skim wont do), and drape it over the burn until the cloth is room temperature.

2. Mosquito FREE!

To keep Mosquitos away from you without repellent, take a daily vitamin of b12 supplement

3. Got pimples?

Who doesn't?! This are common in the hotter temperatures because we tend to sweat, our faces become oily, and we may not have the time throughout the day to properly clean our faces. With that being said, to get rid of a pimple within minutes, wet the tip of a cotton swab with Listerine and dab it on the spot. The alcohol within it will dry up a zit fast

* I personally use toothpaste*

4. Dandruff standing out a little more than usual?

Stay hydrated so that you are able to push the dead cells out of your scalp (aka dandruff) and keep your hair CLEAN AND MOISTURIZED

5. Maintain a squeaky clean face

Be sure to wash all sunscreen and makeup off completely. Facial cleansers with oil have been said to be the best because they can break through all of the products and rinse them away completely. Water should be beading off of your skin if you have cleaned it correctly. 

Old Flat Twist/Updue

Posted by HenJa' on April 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok, so I wore this shiny cute BCBG inspired dress that I bought last year from Forever 21 the other day [just to go grocery shopping] lol. I pinned my hair up on the left fron and left back side just to give it a more glamourous look and dress it up. I'll update photos of the back later and the full length pic of this dress is somewhere in this blog! lol

Rihanna Concert

Posted by HenJa' on April 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the great experience of going to my first Rihanna concert this past Monday! Anybody who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with her style and music! The concert was great and my outfit was simple with a touch of punk with my wild hair and bold red lips!

My ENTIRE outfit [minus the shoes that you cant see] came from H&M at a pretty inexpensive price.

Bad Tee: H&M $14.95 [I bought this 2012 Spring in NYC...who wouldve thought it would come in handy! lol]

Leggings: H&M CLEARANCE $9.94

Plaid Shirt: H&M $30 - 20% discount for signing up to receive emails =]

Boots: Steve Madden $60

Shades: Forever 21 $6

Lipstick: Mac Makeup - MAC RED $15

Hair: [Flat twist - see no heat challenge video on youtube]

All and all, the concert was DOPE and my look went with the scenary lol

2 weeks in [No heat challenge]

Posted by HenJa' on March 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)
I'm 2 weeks in and can already see a faster growing pattern. Although I have been getting a ton of compliments on my hair, I do miss my straight hair! Lol. So after my month of no heat, I've decided ill do at least 1 week a month without heat (: if your in this challenge will me, I hope all is going well

Search Engine Diaries

Posted by HenJa' on March 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Like I stated in a previous blog, I'm able to see the things that people search and what brings them to my website. I saw a person search "how to get mold out of your tracks" **RED FLAG!!** DON'T! Please throw the molded hair away. Mold is a fungus and my recommendation if it appears to be on your tracks, is to disregard all contaminated pieces. It could easily be a reoccurring problem that you will get tired of dealing with. 

How to prevent mold on tracks:

Shampoo/condition your hair thoroughly and sit under the dryer for your hair to completely dry or hang your weave up on pants hangers

Do not put a bonnet or scarf on wet hair and seclude it from air

Natural hair DONTS

Posted by HenJa' on March 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (2)


Many people think that because they have natural hair, there is possibly NO WAY that they could go wrong. BUT WAIT! That couldn't be more FALSE. I find that a lot of natural people do not comb their hair at LEAST every other day, they do not moisturize their hair, and they don't keep their hair trimmed.


The hot weather is approaching slowly but surely and keeping your hair MOISTURIZED is essential. It's like the LIFE of your hair. When you continuously shampoo your hair once or twice every week with shampoos and conditioners that are not professional products that contain alcohol, you only dry your hair out. The best type of moisturizer is a type of oil (ie argon or morrocan). Grease clogs your pores which can then stunt your hair growth. The area to focus on the most is your ends. (If you have color in your hair, deep condition bi weekly)


I know that many of you wear your natural curls or flat twist, that's not an excuse to not comb your hair at least every other day. I'm currently doing the no heat challenge and I went 4 days with out combining my hair (which is texturized) and it was tangled!! The reason why our hair gets tangled and should really be combed daily is because we shed 50-100 strands a day. When you have those loose strands lingering in your hair, it gets tangled up with your other hair which then makes it harder for you to comb out. All in all, do what I do for my no heat challenge.I at least run my fingers thought my hair every day before re-twisting for bed.


Trims are important. They play another huge factor as to why our hair tangles up. Many naturals think that if they aren't using heat to flat iron or blow dry their hair, they don't need a trim. FALSE. Because if you aren't keeping your hair MOISTURIZED it becomes dry, brittle, and breaks; which means you need to trim your hair. Regardless, I recommend getting natural hair trimmed at least 3 times a year IF you don't use heat. If you use heat, 4-5 times a year. Be sure to find a professional that actually knows what the word trim means and doesn't use extreme temperatures to flat iron your hair.

Stunted Hair Growth?/No HEAT Challenge

Posted by HenJa' on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (2)

We all go through periods each year where our hair just doesn't seem to be growing; Because I know I do. What I did for a year was wore sew-ins (I took them out and got them redone every month and a half). That helped with the growth of my hair and gave me a chance to give my hair a break from the heat. But, now a days, my hair doesn't seem to like being braided up for a sew-in because my scalp itchs like CRAZY. So, for the month of MARCH I personally decided to challenge myself to a NO HEAT CHALLENGE.

I challenge everyone to pick a month in the fall/winter and a month in the spring/summer to do the no heat challenge to see how your hair changes and grows.

For the entire month of March I will only air dry my hair. As stated in a blog a while back, I was converting from regular relaxers to texturizers. I started in July 2011, and I have about 2 inches of relaxed hair at the ends left. Texturizers have provided me with "relaxed" hair BUT also with a curl. So flat twists make for a great style for me now. Where as before I had to cornrow my hair for waves.

The air drying style consists of flat twist and nothing else. I do about 5 or 6 flat twist, unravel in the AM and I'm on my way. At night I retwist and have no problems maintaing the curl/wave pattern for a week at a time. 

The other challenge I am participating in is oiling my scalp NIGHTLY. I wouldn't dare do that to my hair when wearing my wrap because I like for my hair to flow and move lol


Tips on why your growth may be stunted:

Scarf too tight at night

Too much heat

Braids or Ponytails too tight

Not moisturized enough

Ends getting caught up on cotton shirts

Hair not being trimmed properly

Split ends / Damaged hair

Prodcuts Used On Flat Twist:

MoroccanOil Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Bio-Silk Leave-In Conditioner

MoroccanOil Treatment

MoriccanOil Finish

[All can be found here]

Spring/Summer Hair Tips

Posted by HenJa' on March 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As the seasons change from dry and cold in the winter to warm and moist during the spring and summer, our hair changes with the climate. Hair often goes from dry and full of static to frizzy and sun bleached by the end of summer. Preparing for these changes of the warmer season can help you have better hair days.

Moisture Balance: As the tempartures begin to rise and the humidity in the air increases, your conditioning habits should as well. 

Products to purchase: Bio-silk Leave-In Conditioner & MoroccanOil Treatment

Healthy Highlights/Color: Frizzy and dry ends on highlighted or lightened hair can be more pronounced in the warm season, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun or water. 

Services to receive: Hydration treatment, or deep conditioning treatment (Consult with your stylist on type and frequency)

Extra Tips:  When swimming in pools containing shlorine, please be sure to shampoo and condition hair thoroughly after each swim. This along with Bio-silk Leave-in conditioner will help prevent chlorine build up on your hair, which can damage your hair and dry it out.

Wholesale Hair

Posted by HenJa' on February 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Ladies and Gentleman,

I'm writing this blog about wholesale hair and the great advantages about it.

Anyone can purchase whoelsale hair from us. It's a great investment for not only salon's but individuals that are stylist or do hair on the side. It's an easy income. Right now the hottest hair around is brazilian hair. Our prices are placed competitively with all other companies that over grade 5A virgin hair. Your profits can rangeanywhere from $30-120+ for one bundle. The price you set for your virgin hair is up to you and exactly how many people in your area are providing Virgin Hair.

Our wholesale orders come with 10 bundles or 12 bundles.

As stated above, we offer grade 5A hair, that is the highest grade of virgin hair on the market.

Another great thing I've realized is that clients are more liekly to purchase hair from salons or their stylist because they trust them enough to know that they know their knowledge about virgin hair.

Any hair that you are interested in purchasing in wholesale that you do not see on our website can be ordered through us. Simply send us an email and we will let you know the price.

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Posted by HenJa' on January 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What is a protein treatment

Posted by HenJa' on January 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


What is a protein treatment and what does it do?


Hi ladies! Forgive me for slacking on blogging! I must do better for the new year!


Anyways, A protein treatment is an excellent regimen to add to your bi/tri-monthly routine if you have one of the following:


Color, relaxer, texturizers, or use heat regularly.


Notice that I said bi/tri-monthly (every 2-3 months). Overdosing on protein will eventually dry out your hair; which of course is not what we want. You must remember to balance protein with moisture. What I do for my clients is a protein treatment, sit them under the dryer for 15 mins, THOROUGHLY rinse the treatment out, then place a 5-1/6-1 deep conditioning treatment on their hair and place them under the dryer for 30 minutes to restore treatment.


For women who color and straighten their hair, protein treatments strengthen areas of the hair that are weakened by chemicals. They work to build your hair shaft back up because much of the daily care and "extras" you do to create a hairstyle chip away at your hair's cuticle, or outer layer. Even if you chemically treat your hair and it seems healthy enough, a bi-monthly or tri-monthly treatment will keep it in tip-top shape.


If you have any of these signs, try a protein treatment and follow a regular protein regimen right away:


Loss of elasticity - Hair in good condition can stretch under normal conditions without breaking. If you're wondering about the elasticity in your hair, try this test: stretch wet hair and see if it easily snaps back without breaking. If it does, your hair is in good shape. If you stretch it and it breaks easily, you need to increase the protein in your hair.

Serious damage - When hair has been overprocessed with chemicals, it can feel and look like seaweed when it's wet. When dry, it may feel like a rough Brillo pad. This isn't regular dryness that black hair is prone to. Although black hair may not feel exactly like silk, healthy hair is soft to the touch.

Severe breakage - This isn't the average hair shedding that everyone experiences on a daily basis. Regular shedding often comes out in a comb or brush. When your hair breaks due to weakness, you'll find strands of it everywhere; on your pillow, on the back of your seat, on your shirt. It may make a snapping or popping sound when you comb it.

For severe damage, a protein treatment may hold off the inevitable and prevent shedding all over the place, but eventually you should cut off all of your damaged hair. This is the only way to enjoy healthy hair over your entire head!


***CUT ALL DAMAGED HAIR OFF! It can not be restored***

How Much Hair is Needed For a Full Sew-in

Posted by HenJa' on November 24, 2012 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (2)

So, as the owner and creator of my own website, I am able to see what people search and are drawn to on my website. A lot of people visit my website from search engines where they type in "how many packs/bundles of hair is needed for a full sew-in?" "how many bundles do I need for a sew-in?"

And here is your answer ladies!

A lot of people have different definitions of a "full sew-in". 

But for the most part, with a full sew-in If you are using any hair that is larger than 18", I recommend you use 3 BUNDLES or more (depending on the fullness you are trying to achieve)

For a partial sew-in; depending on how much you leave out on the top, and around the perimeter, as well as the size of your head (lol) 2 BUNDLES will work.

I myself have a nice size head (lol) and I use 2 bundles, I leave about 2 inches of my hair out in the back, 1-1 1/2 out around my edges, and 4 fingers width out at the top which makes my sew-ins look natural and just like my hair. 

REMEMBER THAT THE WAY YOU PLACE YOUR TRACKS AND HOW CLOSE/FAR APART THEY ARE PLAYS A HUGE PART IN HOW MANY BUNDLES YOU WILL NEED. If you only want to use 2 bundles, I recommend spacing the first bundle at the bottom out 1 - 1 1/2 inches apart, as you get to the middle get closer and as you work your way to the top get even closure. But once you get close to finishing, do NOT stack and pile too many tracks on top of one another or it wil make your sew-in look bumpy!

Ounce wise 6oz-8oz = good for a partial 

9 oz + = good for a full

Check out our virgin premium hair HERE and order today!

If you have any questions let us know!

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7 Products That Help Repair Your Hair

Posted by HenJa' on September 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (3)

We've all been through a stage in our lives where our hair has been damaged by heat or chemicals that were both unproperly used on our hair. Within this blog, you will find 7 products that are exceptionally well with helping repair your damaged hair. 

Hydrate, tame, and protect your hair with these seven treatments.

If your hair and scalp are dry  I recommend 2 products.

1. Moroccanoil Treatment


This product is PHENOMINAL. I use this on my hair and scalp after I blowdry my hair and before flat ironing my hair, and every 2 days right before bed when I wrap my hair. Not only does it liven your hair, it adds a great smell. ( buy here 0.9 oz for $14.00 )

2. One N Only Hydrating Mask

This is another one of my favorites that I use faithfully everytime I shampoo my hair. It gets an even better result when you sit under the steamer(hydrator) for extra penetration ( buy here 8 oz $18 )

If You Want Shine

3. Moroocanoil Glimmer Shine

This finishing touch product is PERFECT after styling. It adds the shine that you need ( buy here 3.4 oz $33 )

(Also for shine, the Moroocanoil Treatment)

If You Want to Fight Frizz I recommend a few products

4. Moroocanoil Frizz Control

This product goes on after styling to help maintain style, and eliminate frizz

5. Olioseta (Shampoo & Conditioner)

This stuff is AMAAAAAAAAAAZING, But also very expensive! 

Here's a little background of the product since I don't carry it in my products store

It gentle cleansing that gives hair a sublime texture and leaves it soft, smooth and incredibly shiny right from the first application.

ARGAN OIL: Penetrates deeply into the hair, repairing the fiber for a lifting effect: hair appears instantly stronger, shinier and full of body.

LINSEED OIL: Performs an effective restructuring and elastifying action.

PANTHENOL: Keeps in moisture, preventing dryness and frailty of hair.

For pricing and purchasing, please e-mail me: [email protected]

If You Prefer a Leave-In

6. Bio-Silk Silk Therapy Leave-In

This product is applied after the hair has been shampooed and conditioned and completely rinsed out. Leaves the hair feeling silky smooth and smelling great! *This size will last you well over 50 shampoos*

( buy here 5.6 oz $25)

If Your Hair is Color-Treated

7. Moroocanoil Repair Shampoo & Hydrating Mask

Although the Repair shampoo has a repair conditioner, my personal opinion is that the Hydration is lighter and does a better job. This set will leave your hair feeling wonderful.

(Shampoo $25 Hydration $32 buy here)

If any of these items seem too high for you, remember that your hair is an investment and when you LOOK good, you FEEL good. These products are all professional TOP of the line products and can only be purchased by those with a license. The products will last you well over 3 months (depending on the amount of times you shampoo per month). 

Also, all of these products are products that I use in salon on my clients and that I endorse. Book your appointment today

Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair and Nails

Posted by HenJa' on September 6, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Biotin/Vitamin H— Biotin can improve hair that is splitting or thinning as well as strengthen weakened nails Foods to try: Bananas, beans, cauliflower, eggs, peanuts, salmon

Omega-3 Fatty Acids—To get shinier hair, introduce more omega-3s into your diet, which “help support scalp health and may give your locks extra luster and shine. Foods to try: Eggs, flaxseed, fish oil, salmon, spinach, tuna, walnuts and sardines

Protein—Protein intake is important for many reasons, notably when it comes to hair and nails. Foods to try: Chciekn, eggs, lean red meats, lowfat dairy, nute, seafood, soybeans and grains

Vitamin A—Vitamin A helps produce a conditioning substance for the scalp known as sebum, which keeps hair looking and feeling healthy. In addition to these beauty benefits, this vitamin contributes to better eye health and immune system function. Foods to try: Apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, cheddar cheese, egg yolks, mango, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.

Zinc— Zinc is a component of hundreds of enzymes in the body, some which regulate the body’s ability to make new proteins that become building blocks of healthy hair and nails. Foods to try: Cashews, green beans, lean beef, lobster, oysters, and soybeans


Timeless beauty tips

Posted by HenJa' on July 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Gorgeous Hair

1. Camouflage roots by zigzagging your part instead of having a straight one

2. Detangle hair from ends to roots, then use paddle brush starting from roots and brush through to ends. This disstributes natural oils throughout the shaft and gives hair a healthy natural sheen

3. Be direct when telling your hairstylist what you want, and bring photos from magazines of styles you like, or photos that you have found online

4. Let the professionals handle all chemicals

5. When shampooing hair at home, part hair off into sections before detangling. Start from ends, work your way to the center, and then to the roots. Take your time. You will notice less hair comes out

Beautiful Brows

6. If you are into tweezing, soften skin before doing so by dabbing the area with a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream

7. Tweeze in the direction the hair grows

8. Don't chane the place where your brows peak and never pencil the whole brow. Instead only fill in hoels for a more natural look

9.Use the side of a sharpened pencil - not the pointed tip - helps to not have a hard line

Bright(er) eyes

10. Treat your eye area gently. Cleanse with care; blot, never rub

11. Reduce puffy eyes by splashing with cold water or applying a cold compress such as ice cubes in a washcloth; in the rhythm of 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off

12. When applying mascara, do not lower your chin; prevents mascara from getting on lids

13. Prime your eyelids with moisturuzer and foundation to make your eyeshadow stay in place longer

Pretty Face

14.Don't touch your face unnecessarily. Breakouts can be caused by your own fingers

15. Using your urine on bumps on your face will dry them out and they will be non-exsistent within 48 hours. No need to pop pimples


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