Americans Don't belong at the UNITED NATIONS because there is no place made for us there!

I'm just gonna jump right in here.

We don't have jobs there that make us relevant. The roles we played were typical, no offense at all security,custodians,server & visitors.We are working in a few different areas & not that any of those jobs are bad or less than but that but a bit dissappointing.

So let me back up & start over. I was fortunate to be invited to a women's Entrepreneurship day at the UN. I must say it was a phenomenal experience as well as eye opening.

As I walk around these days I am so awakened to everything.Being a black american woman has its pros along with its cons. If you like acting it can be great. If not sucks for you because it's almost like it required to get around in life here.I love the fact that I get to choose what role in going to play. Let me explain, as a black woman no one knows what to expect when you enter a room. I can be dressed professionally, hair, makeup, nails done & I am trusted more a little more immediately but I still have to be sure to speak with an educated tone then I'm deemed a safe one. Looking any other way makes us questionable!

So I went to the event as that person "a safe one"so I was more approachable.  I got to listen to woman after woman speak about business. Much to my surprise though quite a few of them had gone to Africa to find themselves & came back to the U.S. enlightened and ready to start a business. 

I had alot of self reflecting to do & realized I am amazing, fun, caring, smart,v ery ambitious & happy I'm already African so when I do go to Africa it will be to visit have fun & reflect!

Over all we are not very well represented in America as Americans. People who come here from other nations don't understand that come that we were & still are busy building it up. Working here to drive the economy but not being taught our own free enterprise system. Glad to say times are transitioning.Kudos now for those of us who got the message & are diligent in making there dreams come true here.

MJ

THESE ARE SOME KEY THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GOING NATURAL!

1. What type of curl do you have?

2. What type of style are you aiming for?

3. Is this a manageable look for you long term?

4. Do you feel better growing it out or doing a big chop?

5. What is your budget? 

6. The time allowance to find products that work for your hair?

7. Time allowance for styling hair?

8. Tools you will need,(scarves,combs,brushes,etc.)

9. Being open to protective styling.

10. Find a natural hairstylist.

 

Warmest Regards

       MJ

10 things to consider before using a mask of any kind!​​

MJis.love your look


1.DETERMINE your true skin type(normal to oily/normal to dry etc.)

2.What do you want the rest to be?(Smoother , less oil, remove black heads etc.

3. Use a Quality product.

4.Cheap is always better.

5. Expensive is not always better.

6. Consult with a person qualified (licensed or certified in cosmetology or aesthetics).

7. Affected areas only, focus there.

8.Masks should be followed up by a toner & moisturizer.(preferably in the same product line.

 9. Skin needs to have a balance also.

10. If the product of choice is right for your skin.

 Mjis..... Love your look!

 Things to Consider Before A haircut !

 1. What look do you want to achieve?

2. Is this the best season for that type if cut?

3. Does this cut work well with your hair texture?

4.What is the maintenance that comes with the cut?

5. Does the cut fit your face?

6.How long do you plan to keep the cut?

7.Can you afford the maintenance?

8.Does the look fit your current style?

9.Do you have to change your or add into you makeup, accessories & clothing to match it ?

Asking yourself & answering these questions would be highly beneficial in your decision making. 

It is always great to be prepared so you can enjoy the choice you made. 

 

Mjis...... Love your look!

Hair loss..... The practices of women abusing their tresses free

For many years I have observed the practices of women  abusing their tresses.  It starts at a very young age where mothers feel that their daughters hair has to be on fleek by way of tight ponytails and braids.  We have also abused the use of relaxers by improper application and timing therefore causing irreversible scalp damage, hair loss and thining.  Improper installation and maintenance of Hair extensions also play a major role in this epidemic of hair loss.  

The medical term for hair loss or thinning is alopecia.  Alopecia, however, does not refer to one specific hair loss issue because there are several.  Androgenetic alopecia is caused by genetics, alopecia areata can be caused by auto immune disease,cicatrical alopecia is caused by connective tissue disease, traction alopecia is caused by styling.  Other causes of hair loss and or thining can be caused by hormones(pregnancy ,post partum, birth control,menopause), illness or disease( thyroid(hypo or hyper), anemia (iron deficiency), diabetes(poor blood circulation), digestive disorder or poor nutrition ,environmental (exposure to toxins ), scalp disorders (eczema,psoriasis ,seborrhea dermatitis, dandruff,fungal/ bacterial infections,parasites,stress and anxiety.  

Here are a few examples of varying types of alopecia:

 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the above mentioned , it's very important to seek help to determine the necessary course of treatment if applicable .

You may want to search for hair loss practitioners or tricologist in your area for a consultation.

Yours truly,

Linda B.

Certified Hair Loss Practitioner

Email: signaturehairbylinda@gmail.com

I HATE THAT I HAVE A HAIR BLOG

 

I HATE THAT I HAVE a blog when I want to talk about something else. Yes, I want to give you some hair care advice that is down to earth and simple. Yes, I want you to remember you shouldn't try everything at home. Yes, I really want you to get and keep the concept that we are all different and so our hair will be. BUT I really want you to know how phenomenal you are!

There is a quote that says "Beautiful isn't something you become it's something you realize you are"! PLEASE know that. I have such a love hate relationship sometimes with his damn beauty industry because we keep getting it twisted and confused. Unfortunately I know how true it is that so many of us women suffer from self esteem issues. I hear it almost everyday and I wonder when will enough be enough?? We have allowed ourselves to come to such a bad place when we feel like we need to wake up flawless or alter our bodies to the point of no return. A good friend of mine said the other day "women are getting their bodies to look like something that only looks good with their in a pillow." Lol, she is so right we are enhancing to look like dolls and if I'm not mistaken only kids played with dolls. Boys not men play then get bored and want to pass their toys around for pure entertainment. Problem is your a person with feelings who just happens to have a bodacious booty, and tremendous tits. You're not a toy to be played with and thrown away, but that's exactly whats happening.

So I'm in this industry seeing all kinds of ish... and I'm tired.
Tired of hearing people not love themselves. Tired of not knowing how much more before you guys get it. True beauty is that glow, that vibrance,  that radiance that comes from inside. Its not age, maybe its time and circumstance?  When it comes though it comes like a light when a switch flips on and you wake up like that! Then again maybe its just the fullness of your life? What are you filled up with?


Please believe the hype We Are All Already BEAUTIFUL . You have to Believe it, Own it & just be free enough in your mind to know enhancing what you have is enough. Its that beauty from the inside out ish you should be chasing.


Thanks mom for being the best example of a beautiful woman.

Mjis..... Love your look!

 

Clean hair / Clean skin

 

 

 

Here are a FEW minor things that Play A MAJOR ROLE in Clean Skin

1. Shampoo & condition hair every 2-3 for oily hair & 1 x a week for textured hair. 

2. Cover your hair a night based on style. You want to have your hair stay in place.

3. THIS to me is MOST important.  Change your pillow cases every 3- days. I know that may seem obsessive but it gets dirty. Whatever is on or in your hair seeps onto your pillow therefore leaving behind dirt & bacteria. From there All of that rubs, sits, contaminates your skin, to then go into your pores to create possible pimples, rough dry itchy unclean skin.

4. Skin Care. A routine is necessary because if there to properly cleanse and protect the skin. Last but never least, the skinny on the benefits of skincare is BALANCE. For some odd reason some people don't get it, simply put BALANCE IS THE KEY TO LIFE. SO as for your hair it should be balanced it has a PHlevel it should remain consistent at. As far as your skin there too is a balance it needs to create the right balance, which will in turn give you clear, even, clean, sun protected skin. Must I also add here since these are my tips Artistry remains in the top with quality. It is also priced the BEST and works the way it should, certainly you can say this is my product of choice. I use it, my mother uses it as well for over 20 years and she looks amazing!!! Before anyone says a word yes my mom also has great genes BUT we currently live in a different environment in which your hair skin needs protection.

 

 

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If your face is broken out should you wear foundation? 

Oh boy ... of course I started with that? I just don't get it. My humble apologies but I am not slow though. Of course you will wear makeup if you have bumps,but you should be working on clarifying it in the process. I know you don't want to go out with bumps or scarring showing on your face, and without coverage you are going to most likely feel awkward probably. Or you can grin and bear it,totally up to you. My deal is just that you should be seeking ways on how to fix it not just constantly covering it up. 

 If you are one of those people maybe you can enlighten me on why you do it? Someone told me, (as a side note) that there is just no fixing it & that now that she has started beating her face she wouldn't stop either way. Of course I held my composure before screaming. Here is the thing I Hate that thought process. It is exactly what I am trying to help women avoid thinking like.  SELF-ESTEEM is our biggest issue,and don't say its not because if it were not we would be ok with or without makeup,hair,etc. Im not saying that its not ok to like the enhancement but the lure of it is what I want to warn you of .I want to say there are levels to this ish..lol. What make up should do is enhance for day to day usage not reconstruct.  For obvious reasons the look you get used to is a huge difference. On a day to day you don't want to be addicted to the point that you don't like what you see when you look in mirror anymore. 

I do not want to generalize, Some people have breakouts without wearing makeup.Please just stop if you need help reach out and touch me. PLEASE STOP COVERING UP & heal the skin. If it matters to you or not.

2 major things that affect our hair & skin.........

There is so much information everywhere, it can sometimes be confusing on what to believe. Truth is sometimes I google things too & I expect the information to be correct. It's not always complete though and so here is where you have to do some research, not just search. Good thing is that I am old enough to know that google is a search engine and there is a huge difference between search and research. The bad thing is not everyone is old enough or even care to look further, its just too time consuming and whose got time? Well if you taking a moment to be nosey to see what I am saying here goes. Water has somehow become optional for people and how could that be? I hear people say all the time I just don't like the taste or I don't want to drink it. Have we become so smart that we can have computers in our hands called cell phones, but so dumb that we don't give our own bodies the very thing it needs to survive ? So I will be sure to be consistently annoying & say it daily. DRINK WATER TODAY AND EVERY DAY PEOPLE . Our bodies are made up of a range based on adult male or female anywhere between 50-75% water. 
   

So, when people say my hair is falling out, dry, brittle, lifeless, etc .Why is your lack of water intake not considered?  Same thing goes for skin, you will see more dryness, dullness uneven skin tone etc., in skin as well. Am I saying that water is the only issue? NO!  What I am saying though is that without the inclusion of it, things are going to be bad. 


Something to consider,  a friend gave me this analogy. When your body needs it's organs to function & water levels are not there, your body is going to pick the least important things it may need to run on. It will not say ok, "I will take water" from the heart it will pull from places like the skin and hair first. The value of those things are external but we can live without hair & dry skin. No-one wants to but they can! 


ANOTHER HUGE factor being over looked is birth control. Some how we seem to have gotten off track here too! Ladies BIRTH CONTROL is Medication and that is important to know because medication can play a huge factor in damaging your hair. It could do a multitude of things from thinking slowly or fast to making bald spots. Something else to consider as a side affect. If your doctor is a man and tells you that is not true. Please inform him that the next time he takes his BIRTH CONTROL to let you know what his side affects were. Haha!
Lets be intentional in what we put in our bodies & DRINK MORE WATER!!!

I'm still blogging.......

Hell yes! I'm still blogging,


There is no way I can let all this great overly opinionated conversation of mine go to waste. So anyway though all yall know I don't care much about the gossip in the entertainment industry BUTTTTT this stuff is ridiculous. Between people telling me they don't want to start getting their own hair styled is  because its too much money to then turn around and spend money on bad cheap bundle hair or butt injections I am stunned. I read the gossip and watch you mostly all follow blindly.


 I have been taking a moment though to check out what you guys do after the fake hair, butt, eyebrows, beauty marks etc. are on and discovered most of you ladies (like myself) love to go out and eat. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a café called Bklyn Blend with my friend to take pictures. Now here me out with this, I love great food. I also have a pretty well rounded palate. I used to be so upset when someone would tell me how good the food is somewhere then when I would go the food was average at best. I was wondering is it ,me am I too critical?? Yes, Yes I am and that's ok. Being a foodie I can be critical but also helpful to others. I am just critical enough to give the correct information. So when people say is the food good some place it is a matter of firstly what type of food does this place have ? We can then ask ok how is the service, what is the location, ambiance etc. Making certain you don't attempt to visit a café that serves basically healthy food on a 10pm dinner run is important & I think obvious. Anyway..

So back to Brooklyn Blend, did I already say AWESOME FOOD that is healthy. So the thing the I am loving the most these day are all the trendy food locations popping up. Problem is some of them look great but the food is whack.What makes a great location is food as well as service. There are some things that are not negotiable and service is one of them.  This place has it all, with an eclectic blend of flavorful food, great mix of people,comfortable seating ,topped of with amazing service....Sounds like all to me. I have officially deemed myself a food critic!  I live in long Island and will definitely be traveling tfoBklyn for brunch & blogging. I usually use Starbucks to work out of but there is nothing there I enjoy except the internet connection. As I find great locations to work out of & enjoy the food, be ready to be informed. Better yet WOKE!

 

Mjis..... Love your look!

Natural Hair Solutions

When I was younger, hair was an integral part of my getting ready process. My mom would sit me down and put my hair into medium sized sections, which grew smaller and more intricate as I got older for braided styles that would last for a school week. The joke when I was a child was that I'd complain about my mom combing my hair like a coconut tree, and that I'd never come home without bubbles and clips missing--as much as I loved my mother I was scared shitless of her. My mom's childhood experiences with her hair are a complete 180. Her mom didn't know how to do hair, which explains why she worked diligently to ensure that I didn't have a strand out of place. As early as I can remember my mom instilled the importance of keeping myself put together, no matter my size.

I got older and desired straight hair; I thought that black girls after 14 woke up with magically straight hair so imagine my surprise when I continued to wake up with my tightly coiled tresses. My grand aunt used to pass a hot comb through my hair every other Sunday after washing it but that wasn't enough for me; I saw getting my hair relaxed as a black girl rite of passage and when I turned 16 I wanted nothing more. My mom and I bonded through different activities but doing our hair together was an experience. Being in a space with black women being groomed is something that I now consider a safe space and self care: a group of women coming together and building community with trims, touch ups, sew ins, or a big chop. Though these experiences helped in how I identify myself I never saw an opportunity to learn about my hair, I'd pay the dresser and be on my way. I honestly never cared about my hair beyond a surface level until I went natural. 

A lot of girls will tell you that they chose to rock their natural hair because they ‘found themselves’ or wanted to stop adhering to Eurocentric beauty standards. I went natural cause I hated the salon over time. As an artist you're allowed a freedom to dress and wear your hair however you wish, depending on the weather I'm wearing a twist out or a hat over my twists. I'm a photographer with an affinity for fashion and beauty photography, which makes me want to photograph people, especially women, in a way that makes them more human: beyond consumption, desire, beyond lust. For a lot of us black women our hair is our identifier and can make or break our look. As I perused Tumblr and Instagram for hair inspiration I found myself wanting loose curls, donned by the racially ambiguous women through my computer screen. Colorism is just as important when talking about natural hair as it is with everything else in our community.

 In transitioning and finally being natural I learned the importance of caring for self on the inside out. As you grow in your hair you find the products, styles, and routines that work for YOU. Sometimes you'll take the YouTube gurus word like gospel on certain things, despite them stressing that they had their own experiences that led them to their practices. Before, I wanted long natural hair to silence my insecurities. I still want length but my current goal is to get shoulder length natural hair. You eventually grow into yourself as being natural puts you in a new spotlight: you're given front row seating to the stark contrast in how men approach us.  Being natural has also taught me that most men are silly; I’m called a queen or an empress when my hair is in a twist out and have had overtly sexual things said to me on the rare occurrence my hair is straight.  I’m not expecting men to have extensive knowledge about hair, but I am expecting you to not assume that I’m a different person depending on how I wear my hair.  Straight or natural I’ll still tell you where you can go with yourself but that’s neither here nor there, ha.

My experience with being natural is like coming full circle with how I see myself.  I used to hate my facial features and wanted nothing more than a looser curl pattern and fairer skin, now I’m in a space where the more I learn about myself the stronger I love me.  At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, transitioning to being natural is one of the best things I’ve done.  Never listen to anyone if they say natural hair isn’t for everyone; it’s literally the hair that grows out of your own head.  Do the proper research for your hair type, and find a stylist who can make you look and feel good. Extra points if she’s a black woman. 

 

Shante Carlan Photography

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Hairstylist: Ebony W (@shediidthat on Instagram)

MUA: Amber T (@ambertaylorartistry on Instagram)

Hairstylist: Ebony W (@shediidthat on Instagram)

MUA: Amber T (@ambertaylorartistry on Instagram)

Do You Always have to be in control?

If your bringing your own products to the salon you need to check a few things. 
Do you trust your stylist? Are you at a ghetto salon? Are you a good friend & giving her or him a hard time? Do you go in with all if your social media knowledge & force it down her throat? Does she attempt to make suggestions to you at all?
I'm going somewhere with this so hold on a minute.  Are you so sure about your own hair you could do it yourself ?


Great news .....you should If you know so much & all you need is a pair of hands, do the stylist a favor & get a friends hands to use. Leave the salon alone though. Nothing for nothing I get it that you can do your own hair but if you go to a salon, trust that stylist.  Please its so insulting for someone to tell you how to do your job. It means they think your not competent and if that's not what you think then show your trust. If your going somewhere that welcomes your advice & actually does whatever you say, then maybe they are not as experienced or have a license.


Anyway it all balls down to professionalism. If you want to be taken care of, but wont relinquish control try it. Pay the extra bucks , relinquish control and relax.  I realize also that sometimes you don't want to pay for that service but hay a woman has to do what a woman has to do. If you really need a quick fix & you don't have a budget at all visit your local beauty school. Their prices are cheaper because they are practicing. Usually under the care of a licensed instructor so you will be fine. 


If you really want to know a lot of people do it. It doesn't replace a regular salon home but in a quick pinch it may help.

So who does your hair? 

Mjis..... Love your look!

Hello, World!

HOLIDAY HAIR TIPS & RULES

"I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A WOMAN CAN HAVE NEXT TO TALENT OF COURSE IS HER HAIRDRESSER.”

Love this quote so much. It only makes so much sense. My friend said this past week as we walked past Christmas trees at the mall, “Ooh,  come on its not holiday time yet.”  I had to remind her of how fast time is passing by,  and once Halloween is over you’re two weeks away from the next holiday. Maybe not two weeks but you get the point. You have two weeks to prepare, then the next holiday is here. That said let’s begin.....let’s make your proper hair appointments. If you attend a salon regularly then you should be on the schedule already. If you don't have regular stylists listen up. Just think for a moment where you would like to go & get a consultation. Be creative, but honest.  Come with at least two ideas of a hair style you may like, and then be open for suggestions based on the condition of your hair.
It's always easy if you have a plan, then you can get what you really want & have time to prepare if you need something. For example someone may want a color, but a patch test before may be necessary. These things have a time requirements before hand, and running in the same day or week doesn't work. Allow yourself time to be pampered.

Are you the chick who comes in on the eve of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years with your head on fire and need a hair do, not now but right now? Lol, then you verbally abuse the stylist that says she can't fit you in. Is that you???? Well stop, don't be her this year, make time to make an appointment.
Guess what?  Just so you know, if you make an appointment and miss it don't expect to be able to get rescheduled anytime soon.   You now are viewed as not valuing our time or service. Even better some of us require deposits…yes deposits. Not because we want to be mean. In this profession all we have is a certain time to create income. There is no time to rebook & still make the income we need to. Oh, I know people quickly forget that stylists are people too. We love our clients so we need to stay on schedule in order to give the proper service you deserve , oh and we like to make money too!

What are some of your favorite holiday style choices? Who would like some suggestions?

Mjis..... Love your look!

I HATE THAT I HAVE A HAIR BLOG

 

I HATE THAT I HAVE a blog when I want to talk about something else. Yes, I want to give you some hair care advice that is down to earth and simple. Yes, I want you to remember you shouldn't try everything at home. Yes, I really want you to get and keep the concept that we are all different and so our hair will be. BUT I really want you to know how phenomenal you are!

There is a quote that says "Beautiful isn't something you become it's something you realize you are"! PLEASE know that. I have such a love hate relationship sometimes with his damn beauty industry because we keep getting it twisted and confused. Unfortunately I know how true it is that so many of us women suffer from self esteem issues. I hear it almost everyday and I wonder when will enough be enough?? We have allowed ourselves to come to such a bad place when we feel like we need to wake up flawless or alter our bodies to the point of no return. A good friend of mine said the other day "women are getting their bodies to look like something that only looks good with their in a pillow." Lol, she is so right we are enhancing to look like dolls and if I'm not mistaken only kids played with dolls. Boys not men play then get bored and want to pass their toys around for pure entertainment. Problem is your a person with feelings who just happens to have a bodacious booty, and tremendous tits. You're not a toy to be played with and thrown away, but that's exactly whats happening.

So I'm in this industry seeing all kinds of ish... and I'm tired.
Tired of hearing people not love themselves. Tired of not knowing how much more before you guys get it. True beauty is that glow, that vibrance,  that radiance that comes from inside. Its not age, maybe its time and circumstance?  When it comes though it comes like a light when a switch flips on and you wake up like that! Then again maybe its just the fullness of your life? What are you filled up with?


Please believe the hype We Are All Already BEAUTIFUL . You have to Believe it, Own it & just be free enough in your mind to know enhancing what you have is enough. Its that beauty from the inside out ish you should be chasing.


Thanks mom for being the best example of a beautiful woman.

Mjis..... Love your look!

 

BEST WAYS TO COMPENSATE A BAD HAIR DAY

 

I'm finally all grown up now. Finally I am getting into my accessories. I would always see women who look so great with their earrings, scarves,glasses,etc.  I would say "OK,  I'm gonna get myself together and do that."  When I say that NEVER happened till right now... and I mean right now,  last week. I'm officially hooked, so now you may see me over the top and I don't care. I will no longer leave a store and say "next time." There NEVER is a next time. It's ridiculous that some people talk themselves into 1,000 dollar bags and shoes and I would have trouble with a pair of shades or something. Just as dumb as that was, its over. I am in a mid life swing or something. 
  
Since I am not super girly though, this also gives me more stuff to have to keep up with. Not too certain I like that part,  but oh well damn it im grown. What I mainly realized is that I have more style options for my hair in the morning. Let me get to my list though and I can tell you why.

GLASSES ROCK
I know I am a little slow to the movement but not just sun glasses or reading glasses. There is a cute movement happening with just style glasses. Love them, and for me they have always been a great way to accent your hairstyle. I would sit my shades mainly on my head to hold down the front when it wouldn't lay straight or help keep my side part to the side. Think about a bun or ponytail with the right fashion glasses. It could make the look more sophisticated or playful either way its up to you. Point is they help a plain hair day turn special.

EARRINGS

What a difference they can make.  Big ones can set the tone and bring out your face. Small ones can keep you low key and dainty. If your hair is not on fleek grab a pair, they draw focus to the ear not the head. 


HATS

Well that's plain simple...they cover totally, and depending on where your going, they are the hair for the day. Hands downs hats rule and are a must have in the accessory kit.

SCARVES OR WRAPS

Now this is not a personal favorite of mine, but still awesome. I will rock a scarf around my neck,  just not on my head yet. Oh wait I take that back.  I will wear that kinda gypsy look with my hair long. Ladies if you are going to wear a head scarf as a look, let it go with your attire and not be a bandanna unless its a workout . They have satin bandannas now, those are safe. Please coat your hair with some type of oil to cover your hair and prevent dryness under your scarf or wrap.

I know I said the best ways to assist a bad hair day, but truth is these accessories are great all the time just in general. If you were like me and never utilized these tools, welcome with me.  Are you a newbie too?

Mjis.... Love your look!

Product Reviews.......

So with all these pics on one blog I am going to split up product reviews. I have to set the record straight for this one right now.


Perfect for perms is great as a cream but a little heavy. It is great for putting together a ponytail or brilliant shine and moisture on an updo of some kind. Not to be confused ,not my first,second or third choice for a wrap style. If you're hair is to blow in the breeze with a blow curl, not this product.  Therapeutics anti-Itch classic!  This is a great feel, nice and tingly. It should be used very lightly as it gets applied.
 

Formulations Love this Spritz! Soft enough to curl and hard enough to make the curls stay. 
Edge Control is cool but it needs to stay on the edges. If you smooth it too far back it will make the hair seem a little spacey.  To be continued................

Mjis.... Love your look!

5 Things NOT to do to your hair before bed.

     This seems like some really basic stuff that even I have not always mastered . I know easier said than done but at least now you can't say you never heard it. So before marriage and kids I was faithful to wrapping my hair & wearing a satin scarf. So faithful that my hair was trained to wrap with my fingers. I know good for me, and here is the but...not anymore. The scarf well that went out of the window, trying to be cute some nights. That turned into a habit of me saying , well I am a stylist I can fix it in the morning. It also turned into me not having nice easy to manage hair the morning. Aside from that being dumb , it was much more time consuming. So I too feel victim to the I'm married so I need to be sexy at night thing. Now let me tell you what I NEVER did.
                                NO WET HAIR
Now I know this is based according to style, but naturalista's work with me a moment. If you do your twist out at night that's not for you. I mean just wet loose hair. The shaft should be closed down before you lay down. Run a warm dryer over your scalp for 30 seconds or something. Brush all the hair together try not to just leave it loose. Wet hair is fragile & can tangle or become knotted,weaken the ends, cause split ends etc.
                              LEAVE CONDITIONERS IN
Pointless & depending on the conditioner ( protein /keratin)) could be harmful. Once that hair shaft is filled its done receiving the product. Its like there is just no more room. In most cases its not like the longer the better. Unless its a LEAVE IN CONDITIONER DON'T LEAVE IT IN.
                           MAGNETIC ROLLERS
Those are the ones that are for salon use with the roller clips. Sleeping in those could be totally damaging. Even if your a face sleeper you move. The pins can clip or break off the hair from movement. They are not to be laid on. There are so many soft rollers that can be used or pin curl with your fingers and the bobby pin it.
                           HAIRSPRAY/SPRITZ
It is always better to have dry soft hair. Trying to keep a style in place with holding sprays over night will damage the hair . Movement through the night will too cause possible breakage.
                           RUBBER BANDS
PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE lets not just rip the hair right from your head altogether. I mean there are scrunches, loose bands for ponytails. Also be sure to keep them loose at night to relieve stress or tension from the scalp or edges especially. 

Those are some basics there are more to come but if there are questions,
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Fall Ready

 

I am not prepared! Its got me a little annoyed at myself honestly. Oh! pardon me I am just going to jump into this. I have been #hashtagging everything #mjisisfallready and I am not. Why I don't know. As a woman, wife, mommy etc. I need to remember to stay scheduled. I realize that I made a schedule that didn't include all of me yet. What was missing was the ever so valuable alone time with me. The time when I'm not doing a damn thing, just being. We are human beings not human doings. I constantly remind myself of that to keep me in check. I revamped the schedule though and I am all the way in it. How about you ??? Did you think about how your time is spent ? Do you include yourself doing nothing? Its a good way to think and most times you may wind up napping. The way the subconscious works is amazing, if you say I'm going to take a nap you may end up laying down with a million thoughts running through your mind. 


I had to learn that since I do things in one hour breakdowns that when my phone rings maybe I look it to make sure its not the boys school but that's it.  If you start a phone conversation or decide to wash dishes the time I had blocked out to do that specific thing you missed it. For me it would be writing. Sometime I suffer with anxiety because I would constantly think of all the things I need to get done and not know where to start. Then I used proceed to waste a half an hour scrambling. I work on that constantly so I don't waste time. When I had my third baby it took some adjusting. So now that he is almost two I can get back to things that are regular to me. Sleep, spiritual time, hair, nails, working out,classes,etc. Those things that create balance that seem be the most out of balance need to take precedence over other people's stuff first. If you don't care for yourself you can not care for others. Join me on this fit challenge. Take away 2 things in your diet & add one kind of exercise that you can keep up with. #livingsmart when you do! 

So I grabbed some more accessories hats, scarves, glasses , extensions and all sorts of fall jewelry. So as the weather transitions so can we! What are some of your favorite style suggestions? Please share with me so I can be cute  too! One things is for sure....I have my light up lip gloss! #Artistry.

Mjis.... Love Your Look!

Hair loss..... The practices of women abusing their tresses. free

For many years I have observed the practices of women  abusing their tresses.  It starts at a very young age where mothers feel that their daughters hair has to be on fleek by way of tight ponytails and braids.  We have also abused the use of relaxers by improper application and timing therefore causing irreversible scalp damage, hair loss and thining.  Improper installation and maintenance of Hair extensions also play a major role in this epidemic of hair loss.  

The medical term for hair loss or thinning is alopecia.  Alopecia, however, does not refer to one specific hair loss issue because there are several.  Androgenetic alopecia is caused by genetics, alopecia areata can be caused by auto immune disease,cicatrical alopecia is caused by connective tissue disease, traction alopecia is caused by styling.  Other causes of hair loss and or thining can be caused by hormones(pregnancy ,post partum, birth control,menopause), illness or disease( thyroid(hypo or hyper), anemia (iron deficiency), diabetes(poor blood circulation), digestive disorder or poor nutrition ,environmental (exposure to toxins ), scalp disorders (eczema,psoriasis ,seborrhea dermatitis, dandruff,fungal/ bacterial infections,parasites,stress and anxiety.  

Here are a few examples of varying types of alopecia:

 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the above mentioned , it's very important to seek help to determine the necessary course of treatment if applicable .

You may want to search for hair loss practitioners or tricologist in your area for a consultation.

Yours truly,

Linda B.

Certified Hair Loss Practitioner

Email: signaturehairbylinda@gmail.com

Junk In.... Junk Out....


     COME ON REALLY???? People please do we really think McDonald's, Wendy's, or any other fast food is not affecting our hair. As an FYI, what you put in directly or indirectly correlates with what comes out! So really lets consider a few things. We can start with yes MORE WATER. Our bodies are made up of at least 60%water & need it to not only survive but to function properly. If it doesn't have it our bodies begin to direct the water to the most important places to keep the body running, like organs. Hair and skin would be considered least important so it would get nourished last or never. 


                 So with that said I will give you some things to stay away from that indirectly or directly take away from you. All Fast food, leaving makeup on overnight ,not protecting your skin from the sun, (skincare). Changing your pillow case weekly also adds in keeping the skin clean. That is also inclusive of fake eyelashes . Dirt and bacteria reside on the pillow cases and will allow breakouts to happen on the skin and bacteria to form on the lashes. Stress and medications of all kind(including birth control) are also a part of what can take away from our bodies..Stay healthy people. Join me in my 30 day lifestyle challenge. All you need to do is change 2 things in your diet & add in a workout. Yes walking counts too. Use the #livingsmart on you social media forums when you do! 

Mjis..... Love your look!