Tuesday, April 18, 2017

7 Powerful Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Anyone who has visited a dentist has likely been told to avoid certain foods that can be harmful to teeth. Most of us are aware, for example, that sugary foods cause cavities. However, many people don’t know that there are foods we should be eating that can directly benefit the health of our teeth and gums. Our teeth may be the hardest structures in our bodies, but in order to stay strong they need nourishment too!
Considering this, Dr. Jordan Taylor of Stone Creek Dental Care has compiled a list of the seven healthiest foods for teeth and gums:
  1. Milk and yogurt. Dairy products are rich in vitamin D and calcium, which are critical to tooth and bone health. Adding calcium to your diet strengthens your teeth and the enamel that protects them. Yogurt contains probiotics, which are “good” bacteria that block the growth of “bad” bacteria that cause plaque buildup, cavities and bad breath. Just be sure to reach for the plain kind — flavored yogurt is often high in sugar, and therefore not good for your teeth!
  2. Cheese. Who doesn’t want an excuse to add cheese to their diet? Like milk and yogurt, cheese contains high levels of calcium. It is also high in phosphate, which helps balance the pH levels in your mouth. Additionally, cheese reduces the amount of harmful acids in your mouth, which can cause cavities and even periodontal (gum) disease.
  3. Crunchy foods. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and celery act as a cleaning mechanism for your teeth, removing food debris and stimulating saliva production. While you can’t replace your toothbrush with an apple, you can help rinse away harmful bacteria by eating crunchy foods!
  4. Dark, leafy greens. If you haven’t jumped on the kale bandwagon yet, you may want to reconsider — dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach are high in calcium and other vitamins and minerals, including folic acid. Did you know that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing gum disease, and that gum disease can negatively affect a developing fetus? The folic acid in leafy greens has been shown to help prevent and treat this issue.
  5. Lean protein. Lean meat, chicken, fish and tofu contain phosphorous – an element that works synergistically with calcium. Calcium alone cannot strengthen teeth. Research has shown that along with Vitamin D, phosphorous plays an essential role in helping the body absorb and use calcium for stronger teeth and bones. Without it, your teeth are much more susceptible to cracking or chipping.
  6. Nuts. Nuts are a nutrient powerhouse, containing protein, vitamins and minerals essential for dental and overall health. Furthermore, much like the crunchy foods mentioned above, nuts stimulate saliva production that helps wash away harmful bacteria.
  7. Onions. You probably didn’t expect this one to make the list! Many people do not realize that onions have powerful antibacterial properties. If you eat raw onion, you may not have the best breath, but you’ll be fighting the damaging bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay. Onions also can help make your teeth stronger!
It’s crucial that we take control of our dental health by eating the right foods and providing our teeth with adequate nutrients. Although teeth are an incredible part of the human body, surprisingly they are not very good at repairing themselves. That is why we must pay close attention to our diet and hygiene habits in order to prevent damage in the first place. Consider adding these foods to your diet so you can have the healthiest, strongest teeth possible!

April's Hair & Beauty Highlights


 




I've been looking for a facemask that will work with my sensitive, oily to dry skin - and I really Like the Borghese Mud for the face and body.  It's not to harsh for my skin and I feel refreshed after using the mud mask. Borghese Fango Brillante Brightening Mud for Face and Bodyprovides an instantly-noticeable glow since it’s infused with Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract and Sweet Almond and Avocado Oils which work to minimize pores, even tone, correct imperfections and promote smooth and luminance skin.
 
I love the Jane Iredale Bronzer. It have it in the Peaches & Cream, and its great because I always have a hard time finding a bronzer that works with my skin tone.  The jane iredale Peaches & Cream Bronzer Refill contains four hues that can be mixed and matched for an all-over sun-kissed look.


The Mane Choice


The Mane Choice Soft As Can Be Revitalize & Refresh 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($13.99 at Target.com) is an advanced conditioner that can be used as a Co-Wash, Leave In, and Detangler which instantly adds shine, softness and manageability to your curls.

I am a big fan on The Mane Choice hair products. I love all of them. But my favorite is the 3 in 1 Co-Wash. It is fantastic.  When I was my hair, I can feel my curls forming. There's not matting or tangling.  I love it. Below are a few of the great products that The Main Choice have available. To see more, check out their website at https://themanechoice.com/
Manetabolism Plus Vitamins is a daily complete dietary supplement formulated to grow hair longer, thicker, faster and healthier, while also acting as a multivitamin to aid in overall nutrition. Manetabolism Plus works to nourish hair follicles, prevent hair loss, remove scalp toxins and speed up hair growth. They also stimulate the circulation on the scalp and have the ability to rejuvenate dead, inactive and slow growing follicles. ($25.99, at TheManeChoice.com, select Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Rite Aid stores)
 
Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restore Mask Treatment is a healthy hair essential. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse it with high-quality vitamins and nutrients to transform your hair into its most optimal and healthiest state. Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands. ($17.99, at TheManeChoice.com, select Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Rite Aid stores)
 
Tropical Moringa Daily Restorative Spray is an intense daily hair hydration restoring essential. Formulated to re-hydrate, define and re-shape your tresses. The Moringa Tree is known as the “healing” tree. This advanced restorative spray is infused with Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil and essential vitamins to aid in hair growth and retention. The perfect balance of hydration and intense moisture. A must have to the ultimate curly, wavy, and kinky hair regimen. ($13.99, at TheManeChoice.com, select Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Rite Aid stores)
 
Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Moisturizer & Sealing Cream is a key product to maximizing healthy hair retention. This advanced moisturizer is also infused with Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil and essential vitamins. It deeply penetrates the hair shaft and infuses it with moisture and nutrients. Our advanced moisturizer has the ability to hydrate each strand and seal in moisture. Filled with vitamins and essential nutrients, this power packed product is perfect for enhancing shine, strength and manageability. ($14.99, at TheManeChoice.com, select Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Rite Aid stores)
 
Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Hair Mask is filled with some of the most rare and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine. This anti-breakage and repair hair mask has the ability to nourish, protect, repair and restore all layers of the hair shaft. Add this hair mask to your healthy hair regimen and watch as your hair transforms into a much stronger, shinier and healthier state. ($19.99, at TheManeChoice.com, select Target, Sally Beauty Supply and Rite Aid stores)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Believe in Yourself Project

Sam Sisakhti, the founder of UsTrendy (the world's largest Independent Fashion ecommerce site), started a foundation called the Believe in Yourself Project, one year ago. He recently launched a site for foundation: www.believeinyourse lf.org. Some of the objectives of charity is to combat the financial pressures that are felt on low income girls and their families to continuously stay in style and purchase new items each season along with promote positive body image .

One of the foundation’s activities is donating dresses to underprivileged girls. We have already provided dresses to girls to wear to school dances and similar events in various states. The girls will be registered in our system and receive dresses all throughout the school year for various special occasions.

To see photos from their recent events, go to http://believeinyourself.org/washington.php and http://believeinyourself.org/bangor.php. And we are doing more around the country. Believe in Yourself is part of a broader initiative.  They are currently in talks with various influential women who at one time or another have struggled with body image, encouraging them to serve as speakers and mentors to the girls within the program. They are also in the process of setting up mentoring programs around the country.





Monday, March 27, 2017

Natural hair model Patrice Hawthorne


"Patrice Hawthorne is the fourth Peaches of the dynamic duo “Peaches and Herb”. This opportunity allowed Miss Hawthorne to travel around the world performing many of their hit songs such as, "Shake your groove thing", "Reunited" and "I pledge my love". While on tour, Miss Hawthorne visited and performed in Mexico City, Korea, Jamaica, South Africa, West Indies and across the United States. Patrice Hawthorne has appeared on several national television shows such as Jenny Jones, BET, NBC10 and VH1.

Though she spent most of her career on stage thrilling the audience, off stage, Patrice earned principal acting roles in commercials, testimonials, videos, films and print jobs as a model.  Patrice Hawthorne is the bandleader of her own band, “Patrice and The Show”. Patrice is extremely excited to debut her latest single "It's Gonna Be Alright" which is available on iTunes , Cd baby and Amazon Patrice Hawthorne's credentials are extensive and there is much more to come."


"How I got into modeling - As an entertainer you tend to take a lot of pictures.Thus, photographers would see my pictures, made suggestions that I do some modeling and some wanted me to take pictures for them. I also registered with a few talent agencies that will submit my picture for a photo shoot/ modeling  job and I would get hired. It's also a lot of fun to be able to create different characters in modeling. Sooo that's how I got into modeling. "

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WEN: Lose the Shampoo and Condition With Confidence


More and more people are ditching their daily shampoo and joining the ‘co-wash’ movement. No, this doesn't involve parties where women wash each other's hair. Co-washing is short for conditioner-only washing and, because of it, many women are finding themselves with healthier and stronger hair.

Shampoo vs. Cleansing Conditioner
Shampoos can contain harsh chemicals that strip moisture from hair and leave it feeling unhealthy and looking frizzy. Cleansing conditioners are a gentler way to care for hair, designed to keep in moisture and make locks manageable.

With more companies joining the expanding market of co-wash merchandise, it can be difficult to choose a brand. Chaz Dean's product, WEN Cleansing Conditioner, has been gaining popularity and positive reviews for years.

Here are a few reasons why you should ditch the shampoo and give WEN a try:

Convenience
WEN is a 5-in-1 product. It serves as a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. On top of the convenience of only needing one bottle of product on the shower shelf, the time required to maintain healthy hair is virtually cut in half. In this busy world, who doesn't relish a few extra minutes to enjoy that morning cup of coffee?

Sulfate free
Sulfates are in many shampoos and create the thick lather associated with hair washing. When present, these chemicals can further irritate scalps, as well as damage colored hair and dry out thick or curly locks. WEN, however, is a sulfate free cleansing conditioner that uses soothing ingredients instead of harsh additives.

Effective on all hair types

Chaz's unique formula is designed to bring out the best in every hair type. It is a cleansing conditioner whose ingredients are designed to work through wavy or thick hair. From follicle to tip, the formula will penetrate hair and produce a less frizzy, softer mane that is easy to style and manage. For those who have thin hair, it will increase volume as well as provide a glossy finish.

Cruelty free
WEN provides all these fabulous benefits without any animal testing; a boast few companies can make.



Ingredients
·         Glycerin
·         Chamomile Extract
·         Wild Cherry Bark
·         Rosemary Extract
·         Panthenol

The main ingredients in WEN are formulated to work together to provide the best result possible. Its components are designed to work with, not against, hair. Glycerin reduces the loss of moisture, helping to lock in the nourishment that other products would strip out.  The chamomile extract soothes and calms, giving hair a smoother appearance.  The wild cherry bark conditions hair for a healthy finish while the rosemary extract adds further soothing benefits. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B-5 and helps restore damaged hair and continue to build up its strength.

How to Use WEN
1: Wet hair thoroughly and apply WEN into your palms, rubbing them together. Use 10-16 pumps for short hair, 16-24 for medium length hair and 24-32 pumps for long hair. Longer or thicker hair may require more product per wash.

2: Evenly apply to the scalp and hair, adding a splash of water for a more consistent distribution. Massage thoroughly into hair and let it sit for about five to ten minutes.

3: Rinse hair well while massaging the scalp and running fingers through to the tips of hair to ensure that the product has been completely washed out. It is recommended to repeat these steps, using only half of the original number of pumps required, for the best results.  At the end of the shower, WEN can be applied to the tips of hair and left in for an extra conditioning boost. Chaz Dean has designed his product to be gentle enough for everyday use. And remember - WEN is sulfate free, so there won't be the lather typically seen from shampoos.

Conclusion
WEN Cleansing Conditioner has taken the hair care world by storm and continues to garner positive reviews from satisfied customers. The convenience of having all of the benefits of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner in one bottle has cut down on both the cost of maintaining a healthy head of hair and the time it takes to achieve a flattering finish. This cruelty-free product works for all hair types and earns its stellar reputation through its beautiful results.
For more information, visit WEN’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WENhaircare/


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Regrowing thining edges


I have been experience some thinning of my edges for a couple of years now.  It all started back when I had long locs (which I loved) that almost reach my waist. A combination of my always messing with my hair and the weight of my locs, caused my edges to get thin on the right side of my scalp. I was hoping that if I combed out my locs, that maybe my edges would start to grown back. But no such luck.

So now, I am hoping that I can find some products and tips to help with both re-growing my edges and thicking my hair. I found a few videos on youtube with women that where experiencing the same issues and what they did to help their hair grow.
 










I am going to be taking some steps to work on repairing my own hair. Here are a list of some of the common tips and products that where used by the 3 woman -

Tips:
Drink more water and eat healthier
Avoid anything that will add tension to your hair
Try to sleep on silk pillow cases
Massage scalp
Keep hair in protective styles

Products that I am considering trying:
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Fertilizing Temple Balm
Rosemary and or Lavendar Oil

Once I am able to purchase these items, I will mark my calendar for 3 months, so that I can come back and let you all know if I saw any progress in my edges growing back. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Beauty brands - Borghese Gloves & Jane Iredale Lipstick

I have always suffered from Eczema since I was a kid. My most effected area has always been my hands. It has been a constant source of discomfort and embarrassment. This past holiday season, with the weather changing and the air being so dry, my hands where and still are a mess!  I have thankfully received something today, that may help.

Borghese Spa Mani Brillante Brightening Gloves  - These specially- formulated gloves are infused with rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils which improve skin’s texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.

I tried the gloves on for a second, and I felt like I was placing my hands in hand spa treatment. I'm looking forward to trying my new spa gloves from Borghes, and hoping they will help to relieve my dry hands.

I also received some great lipstick shades from Jane Iredale. Jane Iredale's PureMoist® Lipstick - Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. The two shades are Ashley - creamy matte neutral terracotta; and Ann - creamy matte red wine.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Natural Girls United 2017


New hairstyles, diverse dolls and more...

I am excited to be staring a New Year with you all, and sharing in on the celebration of cultural beauty.  Natural Girls United continues to work hard to bring the best selection of ethnic dolls. With both style and grace, these dolls bring something new that no store brought doll can provide.


Currently on sale is a posable Arabian doll, with long braids. It is my goal to celebrate all cultures that are not represented in local toy stores. Check out Natural Girls United to see the 100 plus dolls for sale today!



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kiana's Hair Story

India Arie said it best. Hair or not, it doesn't define who you are as a person. I decided to start my hair journey over after being three years natural. Previously my hair was shoulder length and recovering from a blonde dye job. I dyed it jet black and shaved the sides off, leaving a little patch of hair.

Tired of that style, I walked into a Hair Cuttery and told the stylist to cut everything off. Now, I have completed my second big chop and it's back to the TWA (teeny weeny afro) lifestyle. Why did I cut my hair off after being shoulder length for so long? Well, my hair was very dry and brittle. I have dyed it multiple colors since my first big chop and that put a lot of stress on my natural tresses. My curl pattern remained the same but I had a few strands of heat damage.


I tried different styles but everything seemed time consuming and let's face it... as a college student you don't have time to constantly do your hair. Studying and working were my main focus, not my hair. I finally got tired of it and told my friend to cut it. We tried to DIY a tapered cut (thanks YouTube) but failed miserably, so I had to go to a barbershop to it fixed. I liked the shaved sides look but as usual I got bored with it. The only thing left to do was cut it and well here ya go. I'm not so consumed with my hair being long anymore because I look good without it. I'm comfortable in my own skin and no one can take that away from me. Actually, short hair is the new "trend" amongst my age group. There's a weird feeling of satisfaction watching your hair go through different growth stages. As for hair products, I stick with natural oils (Coconut and Olive Oil) and Camille Rose Naturals. I recently discovered Camille Rose Naturals while on Youtube. I found similar hair bloggers with 4a hair (natural hair types) and it worked well for their hair. I tried their moisturizing butters, leave in conditioner, moisture milk, and a variety of other products and I LOVED IT . My hair was brought back to life and honestly you couldn't tell that it was dry or somewhat damaged. So during these next couple of months, I will definitely be using the Camille Rose Naturals line for my hair. I also plan on deep conditioning every Sunday and massaging my hair. Sadly, I won't be able to use my favorite clip ins from KRS Hair Group. That was my to go to style when I wanted to rock a few inches and strut my stuff. It's funny because a lot of people thought that was my hair... " OMG Kia na, your hair grew so much" or " Girl, your hair looks so good." I would laugh because I had clip ins in my hair, but I'll take a compliment any day. In my opinion, protective styles are a must when growing out your hair. I choose to wear wigs because you can switch up your hairstyle without ruining your real hair. Once my hair gets to a decent length, I'll go back to sew-ins. Protective styles for me are fun and I love the versatility that comes along with it.

I'm happy that I cut my hair off again because I feel free. It's nice to know that I don't need hair to feel beautiful or complete. Everyone in my family has cut their hair off at some point so that inspiredme to do it. My sister actually inspired me to cut all my hair off the first time. I thought it looked cute on her and I knew I could pull it off. It also came in handy because I needed products to use for my short hair and well she had them LOL! For anyone who's thinking about going natural or cutting their hair short, just do it . You'll feel better in the end and also be more confident. Hair is hair and it will grow back, with patience and time. Also, watch YouTube videos, follow hair bloggers on Instagram,or go on Pinterest for inspiration.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Link of the Day - Newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi



I love this story of newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi's wedding, that was shared on Natural Hair Bride.  She wore a unconventional wedding dress that was a perfect fit for her. And she wore her hair in a twist out. Congratulation's to the beautiful couple.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meet Eleanor

"Hello I'm Eleanor "L" Chisolm and I would like to share my hair journey with you. It all began when I got terminated from my job. I was then taken on a life journey about myself, about who L is, the good, bad, and the ugly.
Through this journey I discovered some things about me internally that needed to change and saw how those things attached itself to me some were even self inflected. As God began to deal with me, my health came into play also.
I suffered from acne really bad, even went to the dermatologist a number of times but still no improvement. This journey had me to change my diet and go from relax hair to natural. Well due to my personality I Had to have some color for a pop because my natural hair color is really dark.

Once I made those changes and began to live from the inside out. My skin cleared up and I began getting in shape. Now I hardly wear any make up due to loving my skin now and my hair, doing what it do! I'm loving my big hair don't care with my natural curls. My healthy hair had always been my signature I've been told and since I have gone natural I can't go anywhere without being stopped. My hair I found has been the main attraction until I begin to tell my story of how I became natural and what it did for me.
I hear women shy away from their natural hair when I speak with them and I always get, "You have that good hair." I would ask the question, "What is good hair?" Then I explain that "Good hair" is the natural you, your hair you must embrace because it's all you. Beautifully and wonderfully made.
We as women, women of color must stand up and embrace our natural beauty, we must deal with our brokenness on the inside, and not allow society to define their perception of beauty for us.​

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gorgeous New Dolls

New dolls available!


More dolls have been added to Natural Girls United! Kinky hair, curly hair, braids, twist, Afros and more.

With great fashion from handmade dresses, wedding gowns, jeans and fun dresses. To see more - go to www.naturalgirlsunited.com.