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Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth It?

Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth It?

Oct 1st, 2018 3:25 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

Many  years ago I decided to stop shaving my legs and switched to waxing. I was sick of ingrown hairs and the little red bumps that formed on my lower legs from an old school razor. (Note to readers: If this is already too much information, this article is probably not for you.) Waxing your legs, I soon learned, is wonderful—for three days. Then the hair begins to creep back in and you are stuck with it for at least 9month, throughout my pregnancy moments. It was so hard, that everything single on me grow so fast. At that time I knew I have to try Laser after the arrival of my baby. No more of this back-and-forth business, I decided. It was time to look into a more permanent option.

I remembered first hearing about laser hair removal years ago when people were first talking about it and thinking, “Eek, that sounds risky, I’m going to wait and see if this goes the way of the LaserDisc or the DVD.” Basically I wanted to make sure it was legit and worth the time, pain, and cost.

The way laser hair removal works, I soon discovered from a quick bit of precautionary research, is that pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and that destroys the hair. When I read that 90 percent of laser hair removal patients who are good candidates for the procedure report permanent hair loss after an average of three to six sessions, I was sold. “Chewbacca be gone,” I vowed to myself. “Next year, I am getting my legs lasered.”

My interest was particularly piqued by the spate of at-home laser treatments recently on the market. Could it be that easy? An investigation into the leading brands revealed some intriguing contenders, from the Tria 4X (an FDA-cleared device that claims to deliver more than triple the hair-eliminating energy of its DIY peers) to the IluminageTOUCH (which is approved to safetly treat a wider of skin tones than traditional lasers). But while the convenience of zapping away on my couch while watching Law & Order: SVU was seductive, none seemed quite right. I can barely operate my electric kettle—should I really be handling a laser?

“I advise caution because they’re supposed to be much less intense than in office lasers but in the wrong hands you can probably do some serious damage if you’re double- or- triple pulsing areas that you shouldn’t be,. “Typically people at home tend to be aggressive with themselves because they think that they can get a faster, better result without realizing potential consequences.”

I learned that in order to have bikini-worthy legs this season I would need to start the laser process in peak tights-and-boots weather. “Hairs have a growth phase and also a resting and a falling-out phase,. “Some of the hairs are not there right now because they are in the rest phase and not every hair will respond to the pulses.” Hence the need for multiple sessions, spaced about one month apart, the typical length of a hair-growth cycle.


I am next instructed to put on a pair of bottle-green goggles. Before we begin, she shares with me the one description of laser hair removal I have heard before: “It feels like a rubber band being flicked against your skin multiple times.”

Either I am wrong, or my pain threshold is incredibly low, because I find laser hair removal excruciatingly uncomfortable. In fact, I start to think, I would take a flick of a rubber band any day over the repeated burning zap of the laser. It feels like someone is taking a lit match to my leg and holding it up close. The darker the hair, the coarser it is; therefore more energy is emitted onto that follicle, causing greater discomfort. When those hairs are zapped, it feels like a bee sting—and you just have to hope there aren’t too many.

Clearly I’m not alone in this. Nearly half a million laser treatments were performed by dermatological surgeons in 2011 (the last year that collected data is available) according to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, so it must be worth the minor suffering. Most people who get laser treatments are focusing on smaller areas of hair—underarm, upper lip, bikini line. These areas also happen to be much more sensitive: The very idea of getting my bikini line. These areas also happen to be much more sensitive. The lower leg, on the other hand, is one of the largest areas that they laser and it takes about 25 minutes altogether for both legs upon each visit.

By my next appointment I begin to see a real difference when I visit. The laser picks up a lot more “energy” when I find the whole experience far less painful. For several days following each treatment, I have a series of small red bumps on my legs and this actually elates me because I know it means that the laser has picked up that follicle and when the redness dies down that spot will be hair-free for life—a delightful thought as summer, and a season of confidently wearing my favorite miniskirt, begins.


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This Body-Sculpting Massage Is Fashion’s Best-Kept Fitness Secret

This Body-Sculpting Massage Is Fashion’s Best-Kept Fitness Secret

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 6:00 AM

by Adetoun Adeyemo


“Sorry it’s so painful!” says Marina Baratashvili, a Georgian body guru who regularly tends to the lithe physiques of Vanessa Traina and model Edita Vilkeviciute, and is currently pinching, pushing, and pulling at my bare flesh.

Throughout her 35 years of bodywork, Baratashvili, who studied acupuncture and massage in China and was previously on call at the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi (“I only worked with the prima ballerinas,” she recalls with a smile), has mastered “the secrets of muscular gravity” through strong manipulation that loosens fascia, increases blood flow, and wakes up muscles so that she can “move them back to where they should be.” A sculpted physique is only one of her treatment’s selling points, though; it also can calm the nervous system, reduce chronic pain, and speed the elimination of metabolic waste—that is, if you can handle the pressure.

Marina Baratashvili, the sought-after body sculptor.

Photo: Daniel Zuchnik


“Did you drink water today?” she asks me, as she presses her elbows and forearms onto my thighs, your eyes will welling up with tears (an indication that the tissue is not healthy, she says). Although I regularly refill the VitaJuwel that sits on my desk, she’s quick to tell me, “That’s not enough.” Dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, indigestion, and toxin buildup: “You must drink two liters of water before 2:00 p.m., another liter before 5:00 p.m., and, after that, just take sips.”

At the end of her 45-minute session, she capped with a round of circulation-boosting cupping, you will not only notice a contoured line in your leg that no yoga, barre, or cycling class has ever once revealed, but also that your skin is glowing and you will feel lighter than when you first trudged up the steps to her third-floor walk-up in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen.

If it’s hard to imagine the well heeled making the same trek, consider that Baratashvili’s address may in fact be a welcome relief from the Soho salons that beckon the social media set with their staged Instagrammable backdrops. It’s a feeling not unlike the satisfaction that comes with discovering a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that doles out the most mouth-watering, authentic cuisine. In other words, here you’ll find a treatment that doesn’t need to be buoyed by a populated geotag. Rather, the results speak for themselves. And how refreshing is that?


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Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro

Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro

September 15, 2018 3:32 PM

Editor by, Adetoun Adeyemo.

As if it needs to be said, the full bush is back. But the au naturale look is far more than a fad or trend resurrected from the ’70s. For many women in 2018, body hair has inherent social implications that run the gamut from more newfound self-love to fighting the patriarchy.

While Lillian Tung and Laura Schubert, cofounders of the pubic hair and skin company Fur, firmly believe that how much or little hair a women chooses to keep down there—or anywhere else—is a personal decision, they do agree that online platforms such as Instagram are furthering the conversation around letting it grow out. “With the rise of social media as a ‘filterless’ platform, women are becoming more comfortable discussing [their] body hair,” they explain. And Bea Feliu-Espada, founder of feminine-care brand The Honey Pot, also sees a correlation with shifting beauty ideals. “I think the strong movement towards body acceptance and positivity that has been swelling up for the past few years includes embracing your pubic hair in its natural state,” says Feliu-Espada.

It’s a pivotal shift that New York City–based holistic ob-gyn Dr. Eden Fromberg, who has observed fuller hair down below in her patients over the past few years, believes is a long time coming. “Women are becoming increasingly aware that our bodies are a lot more than the visual or sexual playthings that past cultural norms implied,” she says. “We want to express our diversity and power, live our preferences, and feel comfortable in our own bodies without judgement.” And just as important to Fromberg as shattering stereotypes is getting the point across that pubic hair isn’t dirty or unhygienic. “Pubic hair exists to protect our delicate areas and encourages a diverse and often quite healthy microbiome, which keeps us in balance while preventing infection,” she continues.

And while forgoing regular waxing or shaving for the first time in a long time can be liberating, it can also be uncharted territory for many women. From minimal grooming to gentle cleansing, here the experts weigh in on how to maintain the natural look.


Invest in Trimmer Scissors

While a buzzer for your bikini line can be handy, Fromberg recommends cutting pubic hair with small trimming scissors (“Not a scissor that you use to cut paper or things in the kitchen!” she cautions), as well as sterilizing the blades beforehand with alcohol. For better results, use a magnifying mirror, and if the hair is long enough, a fine-tooth comb can help hold it in place as you trim. If you prefer to shave simply to neaten the area, do so with a natural shaving cream, like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shaving Soap, and be sure to disinfect the blade with a toner infused with witch hazel afterwards.

Exfoliate to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can be par for the course no matter how you wear your pubic hair. “When it comes to keeping ingrowns at bay, exfoliation in the shower works wonders,” say Tung and Schubert. Fur’s Ingrown Concentrate is infused with moisturizing coconut oil and antibacterial tea tree oil to help banish bumps; it comes with an exfoliating finger mitt to help lift dead skin and trapped oil in special spots. For extra care outside of the shower, you can also massage the area with Cap Beauty’s Bikini Dry Brush to boost circulation and speed up any needed healing.

Cleanse Gently—But Not Too Much

“When you grow out your pubic hair, a healthy cleansing regimen is important as you may have more issues with sweating and hair can trap odor and bacteria,” says Feliu-Espada. She advises using a gentle pH-balanced feminine wash free of artificial fragrance, parabens, and sulfates, such as The Honey Pot’s Feminine Wash Sensitive. “Avoid soaping up your vulva, labia, or inside your vagina, which can cause drying and irritation,” says Fromberg.

Nourish and Soften the Hair

“Cutting and shaving pubic hair will make the ends feel more scratchy and bristly in texture, so [one of] the benefits of leaving pubic hair long is that it feels soft,” says Fromberg. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the texture even silkier. Fur Oil is a cult favorite among many women—including Emma Watson—with its quick-drying grape seed, anti-inflammatory clary sage seed, and strand-softening jojoba oils, as well as its light citrus scent.

Let the Area Breathe

Another benefit of pubic hair is that it protects the skin against irritation from uncomfortable fabrics. That said, airing it out is important too. “Avoid tight clothing and let your pubic area breathe after a long day or sweaty workouts,” says Fromberg. And to that end, stay away from moisture-retaining synthetic fabrics and opt for organic cotton underwear, such as Skin’s organic cotton boy short briefs. A few adjustments to your regimen aside, you’ll find: The more pubic hair, the less to worry about.

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Find out the New Breast Cancer Detection Device Can Identify Tumor Tissue in Under 5 Minutes

Find out the New Breast Cancer Detection Device Can Identify Tumor Tissue in Under 5 Minutes

By Adetoun Adeyemo. September 11, 2018 9:00Am

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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide with an estimated 1.7 million new diagnoses each year, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A global health emergency, it’s that much more acute in developing countries where the majority of cases are identified in late stages. Which is why a new weapon in prevention is causing a global fervor. Known as iBreastExam, the FDA-cleared wireless handheld device can detect tumor tissue using new tactile sensing technology in under five minutes without causing pain or emitting harmful radiation.

As highlighted by The New York Times, the revolutionary tool is the brainchild of computer engineer and developer Mihir Shah, who recognized a dire need for early detection in India, where for every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one will die. There, and in other developing nations across the world, the lack of access to early detection often comes down to the dearth of mammograms (attributed to their high cost) and a shortage of trained radiologists. And while incorporating iBreastExam technology into routine checkups globally could help the medical community zero in on the women that need it most, it could also play a pivotal role in early detection for countries at the forefront of breast cancer research, like the United States.

While Ari D. Brooks, M.D. and director of the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, underlines that the iBreastExam isn’t meant to replace or compete with mammograms, which remain the standard of care in the field, he acknowledges that it could serve as a more thorough precautionary measure in routine physical exams for women of all ages, especially those under 40 who are not eligible for screening. “If placed in primary care and ob-gyn offices, it could help document and augment the physician’s exam of a patient’s breast,” he explains, adding that it might also identify more women with findings worth sending on for mammogram and ultrasound evaluation. Additionally, this technology may help women and their doctors feel more comfortable during in-office breast exams. “Many women feel [lumps, but] they aren’t comfortable with their own self-exam,” explains Dr. Brooks. “Using the iBreastExam in the doctor’s office may help them feel confident that they do or do not feel something.”

And while Dr. Brooks acknowledges that on the flip side, it’s possible iBreastExam could lead to more “false alarms,” that is, use of ultrasound and biopsies for evaluation of benign conditions, he also cities the importance of a 2016 study published by the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, which concluded that the the tool demonstrated excellent sensitivity when identifying significant lesions that warranted further evaluation with diagnostic imaging.

Whether or not the iBreastExam becomes a doctor’s-office mainstay or not, there’s no denying that the technology is already having a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer, not just by making early detection easier for those who need it most, but by creating more awareness in how women can be more proactive in lowering their risk—and offering one more tool in the fight against this crucial disease.

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Checkout The New York City Detox Shop Where Cryotherapy and CBD-Infused Smoothies Are on the Menu

Checkout The New York City Detox Shop Where Cryotherapy and CBD-Infused Smoothies Are on the Menu


August 10, 2018 10:06 AM


Clean Market, a new Manhattan wellness boutique, takes an inside-out approach, with IV drips and smoothies alongside organic skin care.

Photo: Courtesy of Clean Market


Picture a day spa, and you might imagine an ’80s movie heroine: hair swirled up in a towel, a plush robe tied around her waist, cucumbers on her eyes, and a pair of manicurists lacquering each set of talons. The apt word here is pampering, yes, but there’s an undercurrent of efficiency—all the beautifying rituals in a single place for maximum unwind. What is the present-day equivalent, then, in an age that prizes peak wellness? The answer might look something like Clean Market, a new health destination that just opened in Manhattan. Here, a leisurely visit could start with a subarctic blast in the cryotherapy chamber, then segue into an infrared sauna for a meditative thaw, and wind up in a lounge chair for a vitamin-packed IV drip. There are still robes (by Parachute); cucumbers, too—only those come blended into a made-to-order smoothie. CBD is optional. (And for sale.)

Lily Kunin—whose blog, Clean Food Dirty City, spawned a cookbook last year—is the creative force behind Clean Market.

Photo: Courtesy of Clean Market


“I really wanted to create an oasis that brought you away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and offered multiple wellness products and services under one roof,” says Lily Kunin, the health coach and mastermind behind Clean Market. A Los Angeles native who moved east this past January, she gives off an even-keel warmth that seems out of sync with someone putting the finishing touches on her first-ever storefront. What to ascribe it to? It could be the repeat doses of cryo (a perk of the job) that have left her with “more energy, better sleep, and a boost in mood,” she reports. Or the swirl of powdered RelaxMax—an Xymogen supplement designed for stress management—that she mixes into her water every morning. And then there’s the daily matcha, supercharged with grass-fed collagen, locally made cashew milk, and a rotating mix of adaptogens. “I’ve been feeling Moon Juice’s Power Dust these days,” she says, referring to the cult herbal blends out of L.A.; the brand has partnered with Clean Market for its first functional latte bar on the East Coast.

The shop’s neon sign doubles as a road map for the well-stocked supplement wall, which includes CBD tinctures, vitamin-C gels, and probiotics.

Photo: Courtesy of Clean Market


Following in Kunin’s health-minded footsteps is easy, because it’s all on offer. Up front, near the glowing neon sign that reads like a cosmic shopping list (Energy, Flow, check, check), begins the deep dive into ingestibles. There are familiar favorites, including Beauty Chef’s skin-boosting powders, tiny squeeze packets of Lypo-Spheric vitamin C, and glass vials of the marine elixir Quinton, along with jars of coconut butter from the downtown kindred spirit in wellness, CAP Beauty. But the prized cache here are the medical-grade supplements, which are backed by clinicals and can only be stocked by an M.D. (The storefront has a medical doctor on staff through NutriDrip, the in-house IV service.) Kunin rattles off a few essentials: the Metagenics PhytoMulti, B Activ by Xymogen, a forthcoming probiotic by Designs for Health “specifically formulated for your gut-brain axis,” she says, and a Thorne hemp oil so popular it’s back-ordered.

Across the room, takeaway meals by Daily Dose service the fitness-minded neighbors (SoulCycle on one side, Equinox on the other) and also echo how Kunin got her start in the health industry. After spending her teenage years grappling with crushing migraines and vertigo, she wound her way through traditional and alternative medicine before nixing gluten—a dietary change that, rather miraculously, worked. “That was the moment where I was like, Wow. What we do and what we’re eating and how we’re using our body has such an effect on how we feel,” she says. She launched a blog (Clean Food Dirty City), which spawned a cookbook (Good Clean Food), and got her health-coach credentials along the way—skills that all come together in the refreshing, deeply nourishing smoothie recipes served at the bar. The Majik takes its color cue from blueberries and E3Live; The Pines tempers the peppery anti-inflammatory roots turmeric and ginger with pineapple, mango, and coconut milk. But Kunin calls The Core her favorite: a quencher of a recipe designed for the inevitable heat waves ahead. Make it yourself with the how-to, below. Or swing uptown for a summer cooler—paired, if you’re so inclined, with a flash-freeze in the cryo chamber.

The Core smoothie, blended with hydrating ingredients like coconut water and cucumber, is a summer standby.

Photo: Courtesy of Clean Market


The Core


10 oz. coconut water

⅓ cup frozen banana

½ frozen pear

Handful of frozen baby kale

Handful of frozen baby spinach

1 small Persian cucumber (or 3-inch English cucumber)

Squeeze of lemon (1 tsp.)

Scoop of ice.






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Haircuts styles to Indulge in, for 2018

By Editor, January 23th, 2018


Haircuts styles to Indulge in, for 2018

If 2017 was anything, it was the year of multi-colored unicorn hair and loose, delightfully lazy lobs, courtesy of the awesome advancements in color technology, as well as the prominent desire to have a fun, not-quite-short, not-quite-long style. Braids were also everywhere, as were pixie cuts adopted by usually long-haired celeb lovelies.

But those looks are all in the rearview. What’s on deck for hair in 2018? What picture will you be ripping out of a fashion mag or saving to your phone while browsing Pinterest or Instagram so that you can show it to your stylist at the salon and say “Give me that!” next time you sit in their chair? What hues, textures, and lengths will reign supreme over the next 365 days? Here are the haircuts you’ll be asking for in 2018.

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Shoulder lengths

Short hair, don’t care, Damaged hair is ready for a rest. In order to achieve a clean, sleek look, women will be going shorter in order to get rid of those fried ‘n’ frazzled follicles.

“Due to the more aggressive color techniques over the past four years, such as ombre and balayage, hair is brittle and damaged with over-bleached ends,. “You’ll start to see a lot of chin and shoulder-length styles.”

However, if you are not quite ready to snip, snip, and snip some more, the colorist suggests trying extensions to nurse your hair back to a healthier state, along with taking vitamins.

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A more natural look will eclipse the aforementioned wild, crazy, and ultimately daring styles and hues that defined 2017. “The trends for 2018 will focus on enhancing natural beauty,. “As we move away from aggressive hair colors, you will see more natural blending, using paper-thin highlights to create a gradual blonde, instead of sun-drenched blonde.”

Moving away from unusual hues in favor of colors actually found in nature may not be as adventurous, but it’s certainly more wearable for the office, at school, and formal occasions. Plus, these techniques will give tired tresses a much-needed break.

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Wild colors will fall by the wayside not only in favor of the natural looks, but also for something known as “undercurrents.”Some, clients want to tone it down with multi-dimensional colors woven through out their hair.” It’s surprisingly easy to get this depth of color, so hair “moves” beautifully and bouncily!

Honey blonde with highlights that you liked? Infuse that blonde with some copper, blush pink, or soft mint. We call these tones ‘undercurrents.’ They help move the overall haircut and hair color.” A cut and color being in synch is important for a pulled together coif in 2018.

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The shaggy bob

Haircuts will have grown out from the short, severe shapes into a sophisticated bob that can be worn straight and sleek, or shaggy and messy.”The versatility that longer bobs can have,” affirming that this cut “can still be pulled back and styled in many different ways.”

Taylor Swift loves to wear the Shaggy bob, Vanessa Quiles and Gabrielle Fishman of Soho’s Takamichi Hair also nod to the ’70s vibe “riding strong” with shaggy cuts featuring cheek-sweeping fringe.

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French girl chic

The biggest trend in the salon and on the street is ‘French Girl Chic. Clients are moving away from beachy blonde lobs and opting for darker-hued, edgier cuts.”

The ubiquitous hairstyle of the last few seasons (and the most popular style on Pinterest) is being traded in for a sleek bob paired with blunt bangs. French girls have been rocking these looks for decades, and every now and then, they become popular again in the U.S.”

A bob with bangs is tres sophisto and allows you to enjoy a dose of instant glam.

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Geometric bowl cuts

Strong, structured looks will also dominate in 2018. 2018 will be the year of cutting it all off. Bowl haircuts and strong geometry will dominate styles, as we trend out of the retro-1990s looks that have been making the hair scene for the last few years.”

A geometric cut with an unusual shape is super sexy but it can be high maintenance, since you can’t simply toss it into a ponytail on lazy Sundays and when you don’t have time to deal with doing your hair. It also requires plenty of confidence with your overall style in order to pull it off, but you’ve so got this. Try it.

Modern, geometric haircuts wear like wigs,” which also contributes to the commitment factor and having to maintain the cut on the regular.

Androgynous mullets and shags

Androgynous mullets and shags

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Gender fluidity has become such a powerful, amazing cultural and societal construct in 2018. It will further assert itself in the hairstyles that come to prominence in the next year. SureThing suggests that “styles venturing into mullet territory will be hot for the androgynous set, moving away from Barber-inspired and even militaristic-looking cuts.”

These gender-less looks will have both the ’60s and international vibe, as well. “Think soldiers coming home to the ‘Summer of Love’ and deconstructed mod looks from swinging London.

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Unfussy and textured

Based on looks that graced fashion runways, unfussy and textured hair, both long and mid-length, will be a 2018 “go to” with follicles.

There will be a lot of plays on texture, no matter the length or color. Slicked back, tousled, or loose will definitely be a go to in 2018. Mid-length locks will be the hit this year — right below the shoulder, with long, choppy texturizing. This will allow the most styling versatility.”

Natural and tousled hair, featuring soft waves achieved by a wand iron, will result in an effortless look,” explained Dery. “We are seeing women embrace their natural texture and hair versus trying to change it. Mid-lengths that are messy and longer lengths with volume and flow are your best bets.

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The pageboy

Daring, shortcuts besides the aforementioned bob-with-bangs will be back for those who are willing to show off their features, rather than hiding behind a cascade of long hair. “For short haircuts, if the ladies are willing, [there will be] a real return to sturdy pageboy haircuts.

The pageboy calls attention to one’s eyes and jawline, as well as the curves of the neck. It’s a revealing ‘do but in all the right ways.

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Asymmetrical styles with many vivid colors” are also going to make a play for dominance in 2018. An asymmetrical cut is long on one side, shorter on the other and when paired with a bright shade, it’s really one of the most beautiful things you can do with your strands.

But know this — an asymmetrical cut is one that requires commitment and maintenance, so go into it with that in mind and ready to invest the necessary time to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Tapered Afro

This particular trend has been “creeping in all year,” but is about to become more prominent for those of you who have loads of natural texture. 2018 “will definitely belong to the TWA/Tapered Afro for those with kinky, curly tresses, [which] allows you to enjoy all the volume and glory of curly hair without too much of the hassle… and it’s so versatile!”

A Tapered Afro will never be boring, since, you can go with “an undercut with graphic design, lots of length on top or a shorter finish, marked edges, or a natural finish!” The options are endless and experimental, since “they definitely add a touch of fun and personality to your everyday look.” Go for it!

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More color

Color in general will be big, no matter the cut or the shape. “To incorporate the color with haircuts, it can be from short texture haircut all the way to have a beautiful long hair with layers, creating a perfect sexy Victoria’s Secret model look.

This includes multi-tones in highlights, such as neutral blondes mixing light brown with golden blonde flourishes. Medium brown paired with pale blonde, as well as a red base with blonde highlights, also make for a stunning end result.

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Long Layers

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If you view your hair as a curtain and vehemently nix going short, you can get some additional texture, volume, and playfulness with long layers, like Amanda Seyfried, will love too. The long layers and face-framing angles will prevent hair from falling flat or looking dated. Think of quintessential Amanda Seyfried long hair!

“Women are going to be asking for longer layers for 2018. “The shortest layer starts at your chin. The layers will allow for great fullness and texture to long hair.”


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10 Protein Shakes for Weight Loss That Taste Good And Feels Good.

By Adetoun Adeyemo, January 17th, 2018

10 Protein Shakes for Weight Loss That Taste Good And Feels Good.

Are protein shakes right for you? What’s in them, and what should you look for if you’re trying to choose one?

Almost everyone can get enough protein from foods. Healthy adults should get about 45 to 56 grams of protein a day.

If you exercise regularly, you may need more calories and protein — from any source.

Protein shakes are used mainly by athletes who need nourishment right after their workouts, says Jose Antonio, chief executive officer and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

Protein shakes can range in their protein content, but all contain some carbohydrates and maybe a little fat. They come a variety flavors in powder form or in ready-to-drink packages, such as cans or foil packs.

Choosing a Protein Shake

Read the label.

Protein shakes vary in protein content. “If you’re a bodybuilder, you’re going to shift to the drinks that have a bit more protein. And I also recommend JUICE PLUS as the next best thing to fruits and vegetable. Try JUICE PLUS COMPLETE to to your Protein Shakes says, Editor,…


2 tbsp. whey protein
1 banana
1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 c. almond milk
1 c. ice
Directions: In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
Recipe courtesy of Delish.

Ingredients1 banana
½ cup strawberries
½ cup watercress
½ cup almond milk
½ cup ice
Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving.
Recipe courtesy of EasyHealthySmoothie.
¼ c. espresso
½ c. vanilla soy milk
1 tbsp. cashew butter
1 large banana
2 ice cubes
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Delish.


1 can coconut milk
1 banana
2/3 c. frozen pineapple
1/3 c. frozen mango
1 scoop protein powder
pineapple wedge, for garnish
Directions: Combine coconut milk, banana, pineapple, mango and protein powder in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Delish.


Ingredients1 scoop raw rice protein
½ banana
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flax seeds
1 handful raspberries
8-12 oz water (or for a thicker shake, use unsweetened coconut milk)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving.
Recipe courtesy of Jessica Geier, holistic health coach and President of Raw Generation Inc.caption


HIGH-PROTEIN SMOOTHIE WITH VANILLA BEAN Ingredients 1 cup low-fat milk 1 banana, sliced 1 tbsp almond butter ½ cup shelled frozen edamame 1 vanilla bean Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving. Recipe courtesy of Amy Gorin, R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey.


PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM SHAKE Ingredients 1 cup frozen sliced peaches 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup fresh orange juice 6 ounces peach-flavored 2% Greek yogurt ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving. Reprinted with permission from The Women’s Health Big Book of Smoothies & Soups by Lisa DeFazio, R.D.
GREEN PEAS PROTEIN BOMB Ingredients 1 cup green peas 1 banana ½ cup unsweetened almond milk ¼ cup ice Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving. Recipe courtesy of EasyHealthySmoothie.


PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE Ingredients 1 cup low-fat milk ¾ cup pumpkin puree 1 tbsp almond butter ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp honey 4 ice cubes Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Makes one 12-ounce serving. Recipe courtesy of Amy Gorin, R.D.N., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey.


SNICKERDOODLE SMOOTHIE Ingredients 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbsp agave nectar 2 tbsp flax meal ⅓ cup peanut butter ½ tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped 1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk 1 scoop protein powder of choice Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add more almond milk if you’d like a thinner consistency. Makes two 12-ounce servings. Recipe courtesy of Claire Thomas of Kitchy Kitchen.


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Numbers Don’t Lie! Gab’s Fortune Worth More Than Dwyane’s!

Numbers Don’t Lie! Gab’s Fortune Worth More Than Dwyane’s!gabby

She’s famously known as NBA star Dwyane Wade’s wife, however, Gabrielle Union has proven she’s a savvy businesswoman in her own right.

She is a 45-year-old that doesn’t look a day over 30 and it turns out that Gabrielle Union is running one of the highest-earning companies in the country.

The beautiful actress secretly launched a skincare company last year and has kept quiet about her successful stint as CEO.

Gabrielle admits she purposely avoided publicly announcing her business because she wanted to make sure the company could stand on its own two feet.


“I was worried people would just associate it with my famous family and I felt as though that would be a huge disservice to the company. The products we produce really are life-changing and they deserve to be recognized on their own merit,” Gabrielle explained.

The product she’s talking about is Avila Ageless Serum which has taken the world by storm.

The product is repeatedly selling out within minutes and Gabrielle says her number one struggle as CEO is sourcing enough products to be able to adequately service the demand.

“We’re forever selling out. Whether it’s in stores or online, whenever we re-stock our customers buy out all the products within minutes.”

How Did She Come Up With Such An Amazing Product?


It appears as though her products have done just that, with numerous celebrities jumping on board and singing Avila Ageless Serum‘s praises.

“I use Avila Ageless Serum myself and a few of my friends started asking me what was responsible for the huge change in my skin. Word started spreading that way and before I knew it, we had amassed a huge celebrity clientele.”

CELEBRITIES LOVE Avila Ageless Serum


“Lately I’ve been getting more compliments than ever about how young my skin looks. It’s still so smooth and wrinkle-free, it’s the main reason people can’t guess my real age. I owe it all to Avila Ageless Serum. I had noticed fine lines creeping in but thanks to Avila Ageless Serum I was able to erase them within weeks.” – Beyoncé 


“I put a lot of effort into my appearance and I’ve experimented with so many skincare products that I’ve lost count. But I can safely say nothing works as well as Avila Ageless Serum! Since I’ve started using Avila Ageless Serum I don’t even bother with any other skincare products. This does it all.” – Taraji P. Henson


“I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I have Avila Ageless Serum to thank for that. It has improved my skin in such a short amount of time that I can barely believe it when I look in the mirror. I love the condition of my skin now and I hate hiding it behind thick makeup. It’s not uncommon for me to rarely wear makeup these days.” – Jennifer Lawrence


“How terrible is getting old? I hate seeing the deep creases around my eyes and no matter how much concealer I slathered on my face, it only seemed to emphasize my wrinkles even more. Gabrielle invited me to try Avila Ageless Serum and wow – what a difference it has made. My wrinkles seem to have faded away already.” – Jennifer Lopez


“As a mother, I don’t have much time to dedicate to extensive skincare routines, that’s why I love Avila Ageless Serum so much. It takes just three minutes each day and my skin is so grateful for it. My skin has honestly never looked this beautiful and glowy!” – Chrissy Teigen

NOTE: In order to achieve the best results, you have to use the entire Avila Ageless Serum system for a minimum of 30 days. There are less than 150 free bottles of Avila Ageless Serum left, so act now in order to claim yours.


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Be Merry and Cheer To Your Skincare – Useful Tips To Follow In Winter

Be Merry and Cheer To Your Skincare – Useful Tips To Follow In Winter

By Editor, December 1st, 2017

We are now in December, and those temperatures are dropping letting us know that winter is upon us. Even though the weather can make the leaves fall it doesn’t mean your face has to fall with them.

I’m a Cosmetologist and a Blogger with an average budget to spend on skincare. I can’t afford the celebrity products, but I want to make the right purchases for my dollar to go the extra mile.

So I’m sharing with you my favorite Natural remedies for irritable skin, my favorite products that work, and the perfect foundation to for everyday use! I’m an everyday girl that wants my skin to look like an A-lister, and this is how I get it.


Adetoun Adeyemo.

Natural Remedies For Irritable Dry Skin

1. Coconut Oil Is No Secret

After spending this last summer traveling the Baltic on a cruise ship, I developed extremely dry skin, and it’s only gotten worse since returning to the U.S. The seasons were changing, and I desperately needed a quick pick me up when I ran out of products on the ship.

My husband was working as a singer, so he used coconut oil periodically to help soothe his vocal cords. After several days at sea, my face became really dry that I needed something quick to relieve the flakiness and that’s where Coconut Oil became my best friend.

Coconut Oil is commonly used for cooking, but it’s also filled with nutrients as well medium fatty acids. It contains something called Lauric acid; a common nutrient in breastmilk.

These two nourishing qualities are the perfect combo for moisturizing your face. If you have oily skin, I would recommend using just a dime size, but for me, there are no boundaries to how much I put on.

2. Just Add Honey


Need a scrub to help with dry patches on your knees or feet? You can go all natural with sugar and honey scrub. You can even add a little milk or coconut oil to make it creamy and less dry.

Also, did you know that honey is great for preventing acne? Yes, really! It’s antibacterial which helps with acne prevention as well as anti-aging. You aren’t limited to just a scrub when it comes to honey.

You can also create a natural honey face mask.

Make sure to buy quality natural honey, anything else is filled with artificial sugars that could cause breakouts. Just add a little water and smooth it out upon your skin.

Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and feel the texture of your skin be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

3. Got Milk? Try A Milk Cleanser

For years I have settled for a dehydrated face after I use of my daily face wash. Have you experienced that?

Your skin feels so tight like a rubber band, completely zapped of its natural oils. I knew this feeling all too well until I discovered milk!

Allure recently released some of their favorite moisturizing cleaners that I like the best; its milk-based cleaner with a blend of five skin conditioners to balance out your skin and give it life!

4. Eat Clean For Clear Skin


Cleaning up your diet can do wonders for your skin! As Americans, we tend to gravitate towards the sugary and high in fat foods that damage our bodies and our face. These low-quality foods cause blemishes, oily skin, skin irritations and the list goes on and on.

Toss out the cookie jar! Large amounts of sugar can cause your insulin levels to spike, therefore, causing acne breakouts and skin rashes that no one wants.

Throw out the potato chips and substitute them with foods high in Omega 3’s such as fish oil, seeds like sunflowers, and egg yolks to name a few.

Well known Dermatologist Jessica Wu says, “I tell my patients that what they put in their mouths is as important as the products they apply on their skin,” (dermatologist and creator of Dr. Jessica Wu Skincare)

Must-Have Budget Friendly Skincare Products

1. Belief Moisturizing Eye Bomb Cream

This blue little bottle contains hydrating ingredients like herbs, comfrey leaf, and lastly an elasticity-boosting pennywort herb. It cultivates fresh and radiant looking skin with a light yet effective moisturizer that blends into the skin easily.

I noticed an immediate difference when I first applied it to my under eye bags. I struggle with everyday puffiness under my eyes, and I saw a quick change in just a few days after using this eye bomb.

Wear it under your makeup as part of your daily skin routine or try it before bed after you use your toner along with your nighttime moisturizer.

2. Argan Milk Hydrating Treatment

I told you I drink milk! Well, my skin does anyway. I love this moisturizing complex. It’s full of purified water and argan oil that nourishes and revitalizes the skin.

It’s milky smooth with a thin yet effective consistency. I apply this one my face before bed a few nights a week and rotate it with another moisturizer for even more effectiveness

Argan Oil Benefits

3. Seaberry Face Oil

This is my second moisturizing tool that I use in conjunction with the Argan Hydrating Treatment. I even apply some every now and then on my hands and knees. Just a couple drops will do, and the oil will go a long way.

I grew tired of the lotion consistency and wanted something that would instantly give my skin life and hydration.

I steered away from oils for the longest time out of fear of becoming too oily but little did I know it was the secret to my dryness.

I have been using this oil with a combination of the Hydrating Treatment, and I’ve seen a huge difference. Now if your skin is naturally oily use less than a dime size of this product.

Awaken Your Skin And Look Younger With These Two Christmas Gift Ideas For Yourself Or Someone You Love:

1. Glow Pro Micro needling Regeneration Kit

This fancy needling product is hot on the market right now. It’s the home solution to your micro needling needs saving you big bucks on the expensive $1000 sessions.

I saw this beautiful product at Nordstrom’s and immediately started asking the sales lady questions. Does it hurt? Users say that it feels like the intensity of a face scrub.

How does it work? Its tiny 450 microtip needles work with an LED light to lightly puncture the skin ever so slightly to stimulate your skin’s natural collagen.

It’s been featured as an Allure beauty product winner as well. It also allows your current skincare products to be 200 X more effective giving them a new canvas to work on.

2. Mia 2 Cleansing System

Young Woman Splashing Water on Face

One of the first things my mom taught me as a teenager was never to use my hands to wash my face. First of all our fingers contain some of the highest concentrations of oil glands on our body, and then we touch our face with them!

At a young age I’ve been using a face cloth to wash my makeup off, but sometimes that can even be tricky. I saw the bachelorette Ali Fedotosky using this Cleansing System in a video on Instagram, and I was immediately fixated on getting one of my own.

It’s a sonic brush solution that takes off makeup six times better than the average routine. It a beautiful design that treats* dry skin patches as well as blemishes.

I hope that you can revisit your skincare routine this holiday season because heaven knows mom is going to want to take plenty of holiday pictures.

Find time to exercise, eat healthy foods, and invest in some quality products that will really make a difference in the long run.

Be sure to visit my fashion blog website: for all things fashion and beauty! I have got some affordable dresses for winter gatherings you don’t want to miss as well as all the pictures from Europe that inspired my wardrobe from this summer. Happy Holidays!

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How Safe And Effective Is Juice Plus?

Juice Plus Overview


Juice Plus is a brand of nutritional supplements that are made of around 30 vegetables and fruits into a dietary that help in supporting the wellness and health of a person. Remember fruits and vegetables are very good for us in our daily diet. However, most times it is too expensive and hard for us to keep this up. Therefore, Juice Plus found a gap to fill, such that it offers a unique dietary supplement that combines 30 different types of fruits and vegetables. Just to mention a few the product contains, garlic, apple, beet, broccoli, pineapple, and peach. It is proudly claimed to be “the next best thing to fruits and vegetables” but is this true?

How Juice Plus Works?

 The manufacturers of this product claim that it contains vitamins, minerals and other different antioxidant and plant compound. From these compounds, the company that sells Juice Plus further claims that it provides serious health benefits such as increase* in nutrient intake, support the immune system, improve* the health of your skin and gums. It reduces* blood levels of homocysteine, which is a risk marker for heart disease. In addition, because fruits and vegetables are a source rich in antioxidant, this help in preventing chronic inflammation, which could lead to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.


Juice Plus Ingredients

Juice Plus supplements contain all natural ingredients. It is made from whole vegetables and fruits, which are dried and mixed to give the supplement some of their minerals, vitamins and plant compounds. The fruits and vegetables used are:

  • Vineyard blend (berry)-Artichoke, blueberry, bilberry cranberry, concord grape, blackberry, blackcurrant, pomegranate, cocoa, Raspberry, and elderberry.
  • Garden blend (vegetable)- Carrot, kale, Broccoli, cabbage tomato, garlic, beet, rice bran, oat bran, spinach, and parsley.
  • Orchard Blend (fruit)- Cranberry, pineapple, peach, beet, orange, acerola cherry, date, papaya, prune, and Apple.

In addition, the supplement contains a few added ingredients like folic acid, enzymes, carotenoids, calcium, vitamin E, dried probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus) and soluble fiber (glucomannan). However, the right quantities of the ingredients in the Juice plus supplements are not listed. Therefore, its true nutritional composition is not available

Juice Plus Pros

  • Its customer service department is supportive in answering questions about the product and ordering
  • Claimed to improves* dental health
  • Claimed to reduced* stress and Chronic Inflammation
  • Improved* nutritional status

Juice Plus Cons

  • Does not help in weight loss*
  • There is lack of evidence of any real health benefits
  • Runs an auto-ship programme
  • There is no benefit over taking multivitamins
  • It is incredibly expensive
  • There is no money back guarantee
  • There is no scientific evidence that Juice Plus works

Juice Plus Dosage Instructions

The product comes in capsule or chewable form. For adults, they should take a dose of two capsules each day, most preferably during meal times. Children who are below 13 years are supposed to take one capsule per day. Juice Plus is usually in packages that provide you with a 4-month supply.

Juice Plus Side Effects

There’s no evidence that Juice Plus has gross side effects. However, it’s also worth noting that many of the researchers carried on Juice Plus have been widely criticized for being poorly designed and industry-funded.

Final Verdict

Putting into consideration of the high cost of Juice Plus supplement and the lack of scientific evidence of any real health benefits, most probably you need to think twice before buying this product. Just put in mind that if you need to lose* more weight, we recommend you to try a supplement that will offer you what you’re looking for at an affordable price and with ingredients, which have clinical support.

Below you’ll find the most effective diet products on the market. These products are classified on 5 key factors: Quality of Ingredients, Effectiveness In Addressing, Increases Metabolism, Helps Meet Weight Loss Goals, and Promotes Appetite Suppression. Ultimately, we determined the bottom-line value of each product.

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