Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Law'd Have Mercy... Mcdonald Jean-Louis

Thank you Essence for posting some yummy... whoops, I mean handsome photos of Haitian Model Mcdonald Jean-Louis! Quotes from Mcdonald -
  • "I absolutely love what I do," the athlete, author, model and student shares. "Being an inspiration to others is what inspires me. I love the feeling of having someone say, 'hey, you inspire me to be the best me!"
  • "I'm sapiosexual so a woman's mind is what's most sexiest to me," the 23-year-old admits.
  • "A beautiful mind will turn me on quicker than a beautiful body would!"
  • "I'm the perfect catch because I am a mature and focused man! Not only this but I'm also an old school gentleman. Plus I'm handsome, fit and I know how to be the leader a lady needs!" Hey, we won't argue with that!
  • "I'm a gym rat so I'm in the gym everyday," the Virgo shares. "I don't do anything special in the gym but what has worked for me is doing each exercise as intense as I can with minimum rest in between sets! I love the burn!"
  • "My hobbies are reading self help books and playing basketball," says Jean-Louis. "My favorite past time is being back on the islands of the Bahamas with my friends. Growing up there was so much fun, we'd build club houses in the bushes and stay there all day. We had everything in our clubhouses: light, stove, carpet and food' it was an actual house!"
  •  "The most embarrassing thing I've ever done for love has to be the one time I got caught stealing quarters out of my grandmother's room because I wanted to buy an ice-cream sandwich for my girlfriend." Aww, so sweet! Coolest thing I've ever done is Parasailing! Being so high in the air was pretty frightening and cool," the athlete told ESSENCE. "But the thrill I experienced definitely made it a once in a lifetime experience." The bravest thing ever I've done is leaving home at 15 years old and moving to another island to live with a complete stranger in hopes I would be in a better position to accomplish my dreams."
  • "The perfect date for me is an evening on the beach under the stars and moonlight," says Jean-Louis.
  • "I love the cool breeze and the sound of the waves going back forth as I express myself."
  • "I think a woman's sexiest qualities are: attitude, confidence and sense of humor! A woman with a great attitude, high confidence and good sense of humor is unstoppable in my eyesight."
  • "An intellectual woman turns me on! A woman that could stimulate me mentally."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Artificial Sweeteners - Yahoo News

There is a great article on Yahoo News today on Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain and Other Health Issues.  For me, weight loss has been a constant struggle.  I also have diabetes and high blood pressure, which are two illnesses that are no joke. Both can claim my life if not controlled. One thing I am constantly struggling with is sugar consumption. Sugar is not good for me, but I love it. I have turned to artificial sweeteners in the past. But now I am learning that they too, are not that good for you.

If you have weight-loss goals in mind but are craving sugar, you may be inclined to pick up a Diet Coke or a low-sugar dessert. But a new study confirms that opting for faux sweets does not do you any favors when it comes to staying slim or maintaining your health.
Researchers at the University of Manitoba’s George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation reviewed 37 studies, conducted for a decade or more, of over 400,000 people. All of the studies selected found that artificial or nonnutritive (zero calorie) sweeteners had negative impacts on the metabolism, gut bacteria, and appetite of the subjects. Furthermore, long-term consumption was linked to increased risk of weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues. It’s safe to assume that those are the opposite of what people are looking for when they pick up a sugar-free substitute.
“I think most people consuming artificial sweeteners assume these products will help them avoid weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease — and yet we are seeing the opposite association from multiple studies,” study author Meghan B. Azad tells Yahoo Beauty. “Not many studies have looked at the long-term effect of consuming artificial sweeteners. This is also surprising, given the large proportion of people consuming these products on a regular basis.”
Indeed, with 25 percent of children and 40 percent of adults in the U.S. consuming artificial sweeteners on a regular basis, plenty of unanswered questions still surround these substances. “This should inspire consumers to stop and think about whether they want to be consuming artificial sweeteners, especially on a regular basis, because we do not know if they are a truly harmless alternative to sugar,” says Azad. “People are generally consuming nonnutritive sweeteners believing they are a ‘healthy choice,’ but this may not be true.”   The researchers theorize that a contributing factor to the increased risk of weight gain may

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Natural Girls United supports Planned Parenthood 2017 Benefit




Natural Girls United  is happy to have been a sponsor and supporter of the 2017 Planned Parenthood's 13th annual Summer, Sex and Spirits Benefit. The event was also shared on Bust. My three dolls, along with donations from other companies, where sold during a silent auction to support  Planned Parenthood.

"Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) hosted its thirteenth annual benefit Summer, Sex & Spirits on Tuesday, June 27 at the Broad Street Ballroom! The event featured a VIP reception, silent auction, music and live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar. Summer, Sex & Spirits was produced entirely by PPNYC’s Activist Council Fundraising Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers. PPNYC provides health care and services to over 64,000 New Yorkers per year, and the benefit will help to provide resource to everyone and protect access to reproductive health and rights. The continued threats to PPNYC’s work and communities are real, and every act of resistance helps ensure that all people, no matter what, can access the health care they need." 

To learn more about Planned Parenthood, go to Planned Parenthood.

To learn more about Natural Girl United, go to Natural Girls United.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Black Sheep by Camryn Mina

Important film by 14 year old Camryn Mina Camryn Mina.


 

Monday, June 19, 2017

N.G.U. partnering with Miss Black USA

 
I am so happy to be working with the Miss Black USA organization. I will be donating 3 dolls - one of the dolls will go to the winner of Miss Black USA. The second doll will go to the winner of Miss Black Teen USA. And the third doll will be sold, and funds will be donated to their scholarship fund. To learn more, go to - https://www.missblackusa.org. To see my full article, go to https://goo.gl/a6jBDr.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Love your style!


Love this haircut! Great look and style from Yvoire de Rosen, at the The Most Marvelous Manes From The 2017 Natural Hair Academy Conference. To see more, click this link.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Free Miss Zee Natural Hair Coloring Page



Free Miss Z coloring page!! 
 
 To download the full file, go to - goo.gl/RNfX8L. To learn more about Miss Z, go to http://www.misszee.net.

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/