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Maintaining curly stresses

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
by Sck

Curly HairCurly Hair is totally different from straight hair. Its formation is different and its needs are different. Like short hair styles of any other type, short curly hair styles make a statement. Maintaining Curly hair demands a different approach. It begs for understanding.

And it’s not for reasons of fashion alone that that you need to look at curly hair in a different light. There are just two ingredients you need to ensure at the very outset - the right hair cut, and the type of care that your curly hair really, really needs to retain its style.

Curly hair styles that look wonderful are the natural result of combiningCurly Tresses those two essential ingredients - the curly hair cut, and the curly hair care.

Curly short hair styles are sexy and cute. Curly short hair styles signal a confident woman. They give her sex appeal, too, if they suit her. Curly hair short styles can look gorgeous or they can look horrible. In both cases, the reason is face shape.

But happily most people will prefer to work with the face they have. That’s where hair styles come in, after all. A woman’s hair is more than a mere accessory as its essential to her to look striking.

Style your hair as per your Jawline

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
by Sue

Going to the hairdresser can be a menacing experience, especially if you aren’t sure what you want. Ease your nerves by doing some research ahead of time, browse women’s magazines or the internet for examples of the style you’re looking for, and don’t be afraid to bring a few pictures into the salon with you. Sharing these pictures with the hairdresser will give him or her visual idea of what type of cut you’re interested in.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that just because a particular haircut looks good on Jennifer Aniston does not mean it will look good on you. Different cuts are flattering for different face shapes; determining what shape yours is can help guide you in the right direction. Tie your hair back in a ponytail and look straight ahead into a mirror. Focusing mainly on your jaw line, see if your face is round, oval, heart-shaped or square.

According to famous hairstylist John Frieda, your jaw line is the most important factor in deciding what length your new cut should be. Look at your profile in the mirror. If you have a sharp angle where your jaw turns to meet your ear, you’re lucky–you can pull off almost any length of hair. If your jaw is long and sloping, avoid wearing your hair up or pulling it back, and stay away from really short styles as they will expose your jaw line. Before selecting a style, however, let the hairdresser know what type of routine you keep and how much time you have to spend on your hair each morning. Choppy, layered cuts, for example, require much more prep time than straight cuts. Very few women have exact, ideal proportions in their countenance, but read on and you’ll learn ways you can use your hair as a frame to fool the eye into thinking you do.

ROUND FACERound-face

Soft, choppy styles such as layers cut around the cheeks work better for round faces than pin-straight, flat or sleek styles do. Layers that fall just around the cheekbones will shade them and cause the face to look narrower. Volume on top of the crown will create a domed look that adds height and thus elongates the roundness of the face. If you like bangs, graduated bangs cut on an angle that also fall just around the cheeks are your best bet. If your neck is also round, choppy layers that fall around the neckline will also downplay the plumpness.

OVAL FACEOval Face

The oval is believed to be the “perfect” face shape due to it’s popularity and versatility. This is the shape that all haircuts seek to achieve, and people who already have this shape can get away with almost any haircut. The only thing you’ll want to be careful about is if you’re going for an uber-short look. Your face may be a “classic oval”, but if your scalp isn’t beautifully shaped a short cut can look misshapen.

LONG FACELong face

The solution for a long face is to make it look shorter. This can be achieved by wisphy, see-through bangs and chin length cuts. Longer, shapeless styles and straight bobs serve only to further elongate. The fullest, thickest part of the hair should rest behind the ears and be soft and low on the crown. If your chin is pointy, make sure your hair doesn’t curve in towards it, but sweeps up and away instead.

SQUARE FACESquare face

Square faces need to avoid short crops, symmetry, or anything geometric which will enhance the square ness; instead, go for soft curves which will soften the severity of the square jaw line. If you can get a slightly voluminous point at the crown, this will also detract from the square outline. Light, wispy, see-through bangs can also soften the features. Stay away from blunt cuts and hard, sleek lines as these will exaggerate the square shape. A cut with soft curves, slight bangs would be best for this face type.

HEART-SHAPED FACEHeart Shaped face

Faces those are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top need a cut that hides the hairline with graduated bangs and a choppy style that flips out on the ends. When the hair turns outwards rather than inwards, it equalizes the shape by giving volume around the narrow bottom of the face. If, on the other hand, your face is an upside-down heart (narrow at the top, heavier at the jaw) make sure there is fullness at the top of the head instead to balance out the chin.

Ways to have best Hair

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
by Ann

Today hair styles are simple and natural. After decades of over styling, we’ve come to a full circle and are letting our hair look natural. But making your tresses look effortlessly sexy is an art. Here are the 5 easy ways to make your hair look hot.Light colored hair

1. If your hair’s light coloured, more in the area of light brown, you are lucky. Its an incredibly rich and warm colour and reflects light beautifully. Make sure you maintain the shine of your hair with regular upkeep. Style brown hair well for dramatic results. If its poker straight, bring in a waves at the front. Or if its long, then add curls to it for special occasions. It will give your hair an exotic and sexy look.

Dark Brown or Black hair

2. If your hair’s dark brown or black, add dimensions to it to make it look glamorous. Go for highlights, but not too many, just towards the back and a few to give your face a spicy frame. Add waves to straight hair with streaks to show it off.

3. If your hair’s curly, make sure they are well conditioned and neverCurly hair frizzy. Leave-in conditioners are perfect, choose one that suits your hair type. Never brush out curly hair, leave it a bit messy. The idea is to make it look sexy and glamorously tousled, but never overstyled.

4. After you shampoo your hair, rinse it with a mix of black tea with 2 tbsp of lime. Wash off with cold water. Your hair will be squeaky clean and incredibly shiny.

5. Make it a point to nourish your hair with a hair pack. Nothing can beat the beauty of a healthy mane. Here’s the recipe for a mask you can make at home. Take an egg, beat it well. Add to it warm coconut oil, a dash of lime and 10 crushed curry leaves. Massage it well onto your scalp. Leave it till dry. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and plain water.

Mind your own SKIN

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
by Ann

Here are some easy-to-make face and body scrub recipes

Oats and roses scrub

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup milk powder

1 tbsp rock salt

1tbsp cornmeal

1tbsp crushed and dried rose petals/dried and powdered lemon or orange peel

1tsp dried and powdered neem leaves.

Gently mix all ingredients in a mixer. Don’t make the mixture smooth, leave it in a granular stage. Gently massage this on to moist body and face. Leave to dry. Rinse well. Regular use will make your skin smooth and baby-soft.

Rice and sugar scrub

5 tablespoon baby oil

4 teaspoon coarsely ground rice flour

2 teaspoon lemon juice


Mix all the ingredients, and gently massage your body and face. Rinse off with tepid water. If you have pimples/acne, avoid using this scrub.

Honey and olive oil scrub


2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp oatmeal

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp coarse brown sugar

1 tsp lemon juice


Mix all ingredients, except the oatmeal. Once a smooth paste is made, add in oatmeal. Gently scrub all over body and face. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

This scrub will make your skin glow with health.

Pineapple and papaya scrub

1 cup diced pineapple and papaya

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp baby oil

2 tbsp oatmeal and sugar

Crush the pineapple and papaya pieces and squeeze out the juices into a jar. Add oatmeal, sugar, baby oil and honey to the fruit pulp. Make a coarse mix. Moisten your face and body. Massage onto your body and face in a circular motion. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Lightly massage the fruit juice all over your body and face. Leave for 15 minutes. Take a cold shower. If you regularly follow this ritual, you an be rest assured that your skin will remain satin smooth and healthy.

Ways to protect yourself from sun during picnic

Friday, June 20th, 2008
by Ann

Summer is the ideal season to go outdoors and have fun with the kids, family, friends and even pets. It is the time when you go to beaches, have picnics and enjoy frolicking under the sun. Although summer is a great time to go out and have fun, it is also important that you do not forget to protect yourself and your family from the sun.

The most common conditions that are caused by overexposure to sunshine are prickly heat and sunburn. Although these two conditions are benign, they can still be trulySunshine annoying. Prickly heat can be terribly itchy and scratching the area affected could lead to wounds and infection. Sunburn, on the other hand, can result in the formation of blisters, which are also prone to infection.

It is important to note that prolonged or frequent exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to skin aging. Skin blemishes, discoloration, and formation of age spots and wrinkles on the face, hands and arms are some of the ill-effects of unprotected sun exposure. If you think that your skin–particularly in the eye area–seems to develop fine lines and wrinkles prematurely, then you need to start findings ways in which you can protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Following are some tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s rays while you enjoy the outdoors.

Know When to Stay IndoorsStay Indoro

If you want to lessen your exposure to the sun’s rays, you better stay indoors from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon. This is the time when the sun is at its hottest; so you do not want to be swimming, playing games or doing any outdoor activity at these times. Try to schedule your activities early morning so you can still reap the benefits from the sun.

Drink Lots of Water

During the summer months, people tend to sweat and expel a lot of fluids. Since water is Drink lots of waterimportant in many bodily functions, including the moisturizing the skin from within, you need to make sure that you drink plenty of water during this season.

If you are on a beach or exposed to the sun, it would be better to drink at least two to four glasses of liquids per hour. However, make sure that you stay away from caffeine-rich beverages and alcohol; such beverages are diuretics and can make you lose instead of keep fluids inside your body.


Apply Sun Block
Apply sunblock
If you have to go out, always remember to wear sun block, preferably with a sun protection factor of 30 and above. Make sure that the product you are using shields you from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun.

There are many sunscreen and sun block lotions available in the market. However, you need waterproof sun protection cream when you are going to swim or basking on the beach. Furthermore, you need to reapply your sunscreen as often as possible for continued protection.
Use A Hat and Sun Glasses

Many people are not fond of hats, sun visors and sunglasses because they think that these things are hamperiUse a Hat and Sunglassesng their style. However, these accessories are important because they can shield you from direct exposure to the sun. Besides, they also protect your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive so just a little exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin discoloration, wrinkles and dryness.

Use Moisturizer

When you reach the age of 30, you should start using moisturizer for your face to keep your skin hydrated, especially during the summer months. It is also important that you use an eye cream, to counter the effects of skin aging that sun exposure might bring to the eye area.

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