With loose flowing finger coils and glittering accessories, WNBA player Lisa Leslie proved she's a force to be reckoned with both on the court and on the red carpet. She attended The ESPYS on Wednesday in a tastefully ruffled gown that screams summer glam.
Fashion designer Angela Simmons knows how to pair seemingly mismatched items in inspiring ways. Take, for example, this outfit featuring steampunk sunglasses, a bodycon LBD, camouflage jacket, bright pink handbag, and navy running shoes. You'd think none of these pieces would go well together at all, but sometimes you've got to do a little mixing and matching to look like a boss.
Want to stay comfy while still looking like a million bucks? Take a page from model Chanel Iman's book! Despite its loose fit and simple design she's ravishing in this pretty metallic number.
They say wearing bright colours can lift your mood, as style expert and TV personality Marlo Hampton demonstrates in this cute two-piece. Wouldn't you be all smiles if you were sporting electric orange and pink on the beach too? ;-)
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Actress Faune A. Chambers looked sweeter than candy in a bright fuchsia gown and a gently swept up-do. She accessorized with muted colours, giving her outfit a classic elegance.
Take a close look at this photo and you'll notice Alicia Keys is not wearing any makeup. That's right, the 35-year-old singer elected to attend Sunday's event completely fresh-faced. Regardless of whether it was simply a personal choice or a deliberately political statement, I love her for being comfortable enough in her own skin to stand proudly before the cameras and demonstrate to the world that beauty is whatever you want it to be.
Gabrielle Union was spotted last week at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills sporting extra-dark shades, a cute cropped cardigan, and a nautical high waist a-line skirt. The Being Mary Jane star finished off the look with casual sneakers and accessorized it with a practical cross-body, perfect for grabbing a bite and running errands.
The other day a friend of mine opened up to me about one of her fears. She explained that although her hair is healthy now, she heard it will likely get thinner when she's older. It turns out a lot of people have this concern. Female pattern hair loss isn't uncommon and can occur for many reasons, including natural causes like pregnancy and aging as I covered in a previous post. To some people this may seem like a frivolous thing to worry about, but the state of your hair can actually indicate a lot about your overall health. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to grow stronger hair while taking care of your general wellbeing.
1. Seal with Castor Oil - Many naturalistas swear by the effects of castor oil because of its ability to lock in moisture. Moisture is necessary for both softening hair and strengthening it against breakage. Because it's a thicker oil, it's easier to apply when slightly warmed up. Just make sure you use it only when your hair and scalp are damp in order to maximize its benefits. Castor oil is also known to treat skin problems like acne and dryness. Some people also use it for constipation and menstrual cramps. (HomeRemediesWeb.com)
2. Use Gentle Tools - One of the easiest ways to promote thicker hair is to prevent breakage while detangling and styling. Using your fingers and gentle tools like wide tooth combs and ouchless hair elastics will minimize the amount of tugging and snagging that each strand endures. The less stress your hair is under, the more it will flourish.
3. Practice Protective Styling - Another method of avoiding breakage is to keep your hair tucked away in long-term styles, such as braids, cornrows, and twists. These hairstyles greatly reduce the amount of manipulation your hair undergoes by allowing you to rock the same look for several days or even weeks at a time. Not having to fix your hair each day gives your scalp and strands a much-needed rest, thereby encouraging growth.
4. Get Your Fluids - We're all aware of how crucial it is for mental and physical health to stay hydrated, but did you know drinking water is an easy way to maintain healthy skin and hair? That's because the cells in the hair follicles at your roots require water to function properly. Water also staves off dandruff, itchiness, and other scalp-related issues by keeping the skin moisturized. While you may think it's enough to regularly spritz your hair with a water-based solution, it doesn't hurt to moisturize from the inside out, too, by drinking fluids and eating juicy fruits and vegetables.
5. Eat a Balanced, Protein-Rich Diet - Hair is made of keratin, which is a form of protein. Your body needs to take in protein regularly to grow new hair, and contrary to popular belief, meat isn't your only option. Broccoli, asparagus, kale, almonds and soybeans are all high in protein. (MindBodyGreen.com) You can also opt for fortified foods like soy milk and yogurt that have added protein, or try protein bars or supplements.
How do you keep your hair healthy? Share with me in a comment below!
The theme at Monday's Met Gala inspired celebrities to don gowns both metallic and shimmering. Days later, the fashion world is still abuzz with chatter about how silvers and golds are poised to begin creeping onto runways (and eventually our closets) in the coming months. Want a head start on this shiny new trend? Take inspiration from singer Cassie's glimmering golden mermaid gown by Stello, which she wore to The Perfect Match premiere.
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Now that the weather is warming up you may feel inclined to show a little skin. For example, Brandy ushered in the spring season by wearing a sleeveless charcoal jumper. The best thing about jumpers, besides being super comfortable, is the fact that they can be dressed up or down with ease. Brandy went the fabulous route by completing her look with creamy pumps.
Ciara looked like a goddess as she strut past ABC Studios in a long a-line blouse and loose ivory pants. While this would otherwise be a comfy, casual outfit, she kicked it up a notch by accessorizing with an eye-catching metal choker and strappy golden heels.
Contrary to popular belief, fashion is extremely important to men. Like women they are not immune to the strong influence of media as it dictates contemporary trends in everything from clothing to hairstyles. Black men, blessed with the unique styling versatility of natural hair, have experienced a particularly amazing evolution of hairstyles in the last century. The video below beautifully summarizes the many ways in which American Black men's hair has transformed to reflect the times. Enjoy!
Which hairstyle is your fave? Share with me in a comment below!
Empire star Serayah McNeill brings attitude to her LBD by accessorizing it with a slouchy trucker jacket and platform boots. Too much black and denim for ya? Not to worry! A cute pair of pink sunglasses are an awesome way of creating contrast while lightening up the overall look.
Actress Nicole Ari Parker wore a cute lace number on the black carpet at Saturday's event. She creatively spiced things up by keeping her shoes toned down and instead wearing an eye-catching black wrist corsage.
Hi! I'm Ticia and I love natural hair. My fascination with kinks and coils put me on a healthy hair journey, and now I can't shut up about it. ;) Read more...
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