Hair Loss? What to Do

Do you get a bit of Hair envy when you see a colleague or friend with luscious full mane?

Well, you’re not Alone

We all can’t be blessed with great hair.

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For those of us that have a problem in this department, the good news is that there are measures we can take to fix this problem.

According to Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “The types of alopecia we’re seeing are different than what we were seeing 20 years ago because of the different types of processing that people are doing now, Whereas in the ’70s and the early ’80s the hairstyles were more natural, these days there’s a lot more crunched out styles in terms of perms and putting heat in the hair and keeping it straight, and a lot of tension.

So what can you do now after years of abusing your HAIR?

Dr. Kundu has 8 tips.
1. Eat enough protein.

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“The basic early advice is make sure you’re looking at your diet, make sure you’re getting enough iron, make sure you’re not anemic, make sure you have enough protein in your diet. Iron and protein are really important for hair health. We always try to make sure people get adequate protein for whatever they’re lifestyle is: If they’re sedentary, they don’t need as much. If they’re active, they need more.”
– Dr. Kundu

2. Get your vitamin levels checked and take supplements if need be.

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“Iron levels are important for hair health. Women often develop iron-deficiency anemia because they aren’t getting enough iron. Iron-deficiency anemia can also develop due to normal monthly menstrual blood loss. There are some generic vitamins that we recommend: Vitamin D, omega, fish oils, a generic multivitamin with iron. Biotin is great in terms of hair strength and preventing breakage.”
– Dr. Kundu

3. Invest in silicone.

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“There’s no magic product or ingredient, but if you want to add a little more protection you can use silicone -based products. Silicone basically coats the hair, which adds a little more protection once you do any kind of stress to the hair. Check a product’s list of ingredients and make sure silicone is high up on the list. Look for silicone or dimethicone, a silicone derivatives. Anti-frizz products usually have a silicone type of derivative. You can also try a leave-in conditioner, which also coats the hair.”
– Dr. Kundu

4. Be careful when styling at home.

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“The problem with people treating hair at home is no one else is looking. Often people will come in who have damage to their scalp that they didn’t notice was there. Specific practices that can be problematic include straightening, processing, hair coloring, and heat. If you do those things at home, try to modify your hair care habits. So, try not to put heat on more than once a week, reduce the frequency of flat iron use, blow dry at a lower setting. It’s about frequency and amount.”
– Dr. Kundu

5. Never flat iron wet hair.

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“Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage. Either air dry or blow dry out soft, with a low setting, and then put the flat iron on. You shouldn’t put a flat iron on wet hair.”
– Dr. Kundu

6. Do not leave products in for longer than advised.

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“Some people think products will be more effective if they leave them in longer than they should. They’ll be like, ‘Oh it’s tingling. That’s great. It must be working really well.’ That’s when damage can happen.”
– Dr. Kundu

7. If you feel pain while you’re at the salon, it’s time to find a new stylist.

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“Hair styling shouldn’t hurt. Any kind of scalp discomfort is abnormal. That’s a very basic thing. A lot of people will come in and say, “It burned after a couple minutes of leaving it on, and then they came and washed it off.” Any form of sensation can be a sign that the scalp is being damaged. If you suffer any kind of discomfort while you’re at the salon, stop seeing that stylist. If you experience any burning, stinging, tingling, any kind of pain on their scalp after the styling is done, or during the process of it, you shouldn’t go back.”
– Dr. Kundu

8. Opt for looser hairstyles.

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“Hair styling can cause problems in terms of alopecia. When braids or weaves are too tight, they hurt. Pain means it’s too tight, it’s pulling too hard. There’s too much tension. Try to keep ponytails and braids loose, not as tight, to reduce the amount of tension on the scalp.”

 

****ARTICLE Courtesy of HuffingtonPost********

National Lipstick Day: Must have Lipsticks

Hi Readers!!

Yesterday was National Lipstick Day. In celebration of that we’ve decided to compile a list of our TOP 5 Lipsticks thanks to the feedback of other Beauty bloggers. So here are the TOP 5 Lipsticks that every Beauty Loving Nigerian Woman should have.

Number 5: The right Nude

When it comes finding the right shade of Nude for your Lipcolor, our Beauty Bloggers had different suggestions.

Blogger, Funmi Ogunja, absolutely loves Mac’s Velvet Teddy

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This is a darker Nude, great if you want a Nude that’s more natural.

Blogger, Beauty in Lagos, is a fan of pink tinted Nude lip color. Her favourites are MAC Crème Cup and MAC Angel

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Photocredit: Miranda’s Makeup & More

For a Nude that works for all, try MAC’s Fresh Brew

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Number 3: Sultry Red

We have been seeing alot of Bold lips on the Red Carpet and in Weddings. Feel like giving this look a Try?  Why not try the longlasting Lipcolors by Nigeria’s very own BMPRO

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PhotoCredit: BMPRO
PhotoCredit: BMPRO
PhotoCredit: BMPRO

A lip color we’re loving is BMPRO‘s longlasting lipwear “Chai“. Which can be seen on the Model Above.

Finally, A look that every Lipstick loving Lady in Nigeria should have for those nights she wants to step out of her comfort zone and go big is Sleek Cosmetic’s Lipstain Duke!

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PhotoCredit: BeautyinLagos
PhotoCredit: ThatIgboChick
PhotoCredit: ThatIgboChick

Natural Queens

Hey readers,

I came across these beautiful pictures of Former MBGN Queens Munachi Abii and Adaeze Igwe Yobo.

Both Queens are rocking their natural hair and they look GOOD!

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Thinking of rocking your own natural mini-fro? Here are some tips:

1) Pre Styling your natural hair involves Co-Washing or Using Conditioner to wash your hair. This makes it soft and manageable.

2) While wet apply a Curl definer, this maintains your natural curl pattern, while conditioning and keeping hair soft. An example of such product is the Kinky Curly Custard.

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3) Every once in a while awaken your curls with a Glycerin + Water spritz!

If you are a naturalista and would like to share your picture and hair care tips, please send an email to myHairmyBeauty@yahoo.com

 

All about Your SKIN

Here are 12 amazing SKIN Facts, courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

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The skin you’re in is amazing. It’s the ultimate multitasker, simultaneously protecting your organs, shedding cells and keeping you cool or warm. But how much do you really know about your skin, aside from the fact that you should protect it from the sun’s UV rays? We rounded up some fascinating facts about your body’s largest organ:

1. You have ALOT of Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, with a surface area of approximately 22 square feet. (The second-largest organ in the body is the liver.)

2. Not all the skin on your body is of the same thickness.
The eyelids, for instance, have the thinnest skin — at 0.05 millimeters — while the palms and soles of the feet have the thickest skin, at 1.5 millimeters.

3. Your skin is heavy.
About 16 percent of your overall body weight is from your skin alone.

4. Your skin isn’t made up of just one layer.

There are three layers of the skin: The epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. The subcutis is the innermost layer and is made up of fat and collagen cells. The dermis is the middle layer and is responsible for 90 percent of skin’s thickness. The epidermis is the outermost layer and serves as a protective barrier between the body and the environment.

5. You shed a shocking amount of skin cells every minute.
You lose 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells a minute!

6. Your skin helps your body maintain temperature control.

When you are over-heated blood vessels widen so that heat can be released easily through the skin. When your body is cold, the blood vessels in the skin constrict.

7. Your skin was a different color when you were born.
Healthy newborn baby skin is actually a deep red or purplish color and hands and feet are a blueish hue.

8. Acne is the most common skin condition

More than 85 percent of people will experience it at least once in their lives.

9. And acne even affects babies (well, kind of).
The acne is not a result of raging baby hormones. Instead, this acne is caused by the mother’s hormones that are still in the baby’s blood.

10. Scars are caused by damage to the second layer of skin, the dermis.
Scar collagen is different from collagen in normal skin. As such, even when skin cells die and are replaced, scar collagen is not shed. Scar tissue does not grow hair.

11. The way you sleep can affect your skin.

Sleeping with your face buried in your pillow can lead to wrinkles.

12. Babies’ skin is covered with a waxy substance called vernix.
Vernix is a film that protects the fetus’s skin in the womb. It usually washes off with the baby’s first bath.

For Full Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/skin-facts_n_5460610.html

Oily Skin: Moisturizer

Hello Beautiful Ladies (and Gents)

It’s been a while since we talked Skincare.

However I do share tips and Product review on my Instagram page, be sure to check it out! (@myHairmyBeautyNigeria)

So, back to Skincare.

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One of the biggest request/recommendations I get is about what PRODUCTS to use for Oily Skin.

Oh boy! is this a tricky one. Why? because most of the products I love and Swear by are not in Nigeria. But who knows, maybe someone out there is stocking them, (please contact me so I can feature you if you do!)

So let’s talk about Oily Skin.

Oily Skin is both Good and Bad. It is good because the Oils you produce keep you looking younger, it is bad because Oily Skin tends to break out alot!

Some people with Oily Skin, have resolved NOT to use Moisturizer, but THIS IS WRONG!! Instead of leaving your face moisturizer free, which tend to cause more breakouts, here are a list of my TESTED and TRUSTED moisturizers for Oily Skin.

Proactiv Perfecting Complexion Hydrator
Proactiv  Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

My no.1 go to for Oily Skin would have to be Proactiv’s Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. While the name might be a tongue twister, this product is no Joke. It contains brightening properties like Licorice extract, Kojic Acid, and  Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, it also contains Oil-loving acid; Salicylic Acid.

The gel-like cream comes on like a hydrator and then magically has a MATTE finish. This is perfect because it gives you that powder like finish that acts like a primer for makeup. While I love this moisturizer, I highly recommend it for morning use, because it tends to be very dry when used nightime.

To boost its brightening effect, I add my CUE Skincare 15% Vitamin C serum to this moisturizer as I apply it in the morning.

Ladies if you are super oily and PRONE to Acne, grab this, you will not regret it.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL

Before I discovered this gem in Proactiv, I was a big fan of Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel. Ladies (and Gents) I’m talking about the GEL moisturizer not LOTION. If you have Oily Skin, you should not be using a cream/lotion based moisturizer, you are just clogging up your pores. Gel based moisturizers are more water based, and hydrate your skin.

This is a great inexpensive everyday moisturizer, morning and night. If you’re in Nigeria be sure to find a clinique vendor, or checkout the clinique store in Ikeja Mall.

 

Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion
Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion

Last but NOT least, my favorite moisturizer for Oily Skin is Dermalogica’s Oil control Lotion. While this lotion is more on the pricey, it is definately WORTH it. This lotion is VERY lightweight, and has a matte finish, it almost feels like you’re applying Aloe vera gel to your face + powder. It is nice, not really scented (which is great for those with sensitive skin) and it is contains ingredients that calm, soothe and hydrant your skin.

***Honourable Mention*** Like I said, one problem I have with recommending these products is that it is difficult to get in Nigeria, but 1 product that is accessible and I recommend is: Clean and Clear Acne Control Moisturizer.

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Clean and Clear Acne control Moisturizer

Now you don’t have to have ACNE to enjoy the benefits of this moisturizer. It is lightweight, contains salicylic acid to absorb excess oil and prevent acne. It also has a light matte finish to it. When you are IN NEED of a moisturizer for your oily skin and can’t find the above mentioned moisturizer, this inexpensive moisturizer will do!

Nigerian Actress, Osas Ighodaro, has one of the best celebrity skins
Nigerian Actress, Osas Ighodaro, has one of the best celebrity skins

 

Is there a PRODUCT you swear by for your Oily Skin that’s NOT included here? Please Share! myHairmyBeauty@Yahoo.com

What’s Trending?

Is it me or is everyone going Goth when it comes to their lip colors, and by Goth we mean Sultry and Bold dark lips.

This is a trend we absolutely LOVE!

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Nigerian Beauty Blogger, ThatIgboChick, in Sleek cosmetic’s Duke
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Beauty Blogger and Makeup Artist, Start2FinishMUA
Television personality, Eku Edewor in LimeCrime
Television personality, Eku Edewor in LimeCrime

Thinking of rocking this trend but not sure where to start? Well you’re in Luck today! You can shop some of these fab Lip colors by going to http://www.myMakeupng.com

Shop these:

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MAC Lorde (deep violet color)
Wet n Wild VAMP it up
Wet n Wild VAMP it up

 

and if you’re a reader of myHairmyBeautyNigeria.com guess what? you’re in LUCK! You get  a permanent 15% discount on all  Makeup Products and Services by myMakeupNG,  all you need to do is send us an email (myHairmyBeauty@yahoo.com) for the SECRET CODE!!

 

Change it UP!

In a Hair Rot? why not try some of these Bold Hair do’s to switch things up and add spice to your look.

Style 1: Go BIG or Go Home

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Nigerian Stylist, Ezinne Chinkata

When in doubt of what to do with your hair next? Go BIG! Yes, every girl should have tried a BIG ‘fro at some point in their life. Have you?

Style 2: Plaited Beauty

Are you currently rocking long extensions right now? why not show your creative, playful side by rocking fishtail braids.

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Style 3: Crop it!

When you’re tired of the long weaves, why not just cut it all off at your chin! Yes Bobs are back with more edge and sass! Cut and style your edges to achieve this modern day version of the Bob.

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Style 4: The statement Updo

Say goodbye to the normal updo’s, if you really want to do something Dramatic with your look, why not make that updo really BIG and FIERCE? I dare you to not get compliments with this look.

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Would you change your RACE?

I came across this interesting article from Dailymail.

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Can you believe the above picture is of the SAME PERSON?

Yes it is.

Once fair-haired and blue-eyed Xiahn, who used to be excited with “K-pop” and Korean dramas, decided that he wanted to look like the locals during the term of his stay as an exchange student in the country.

According to Daily Mail, with ten surgeries and $3000 behind the young man, previously named Max, managed to achieve the desired result. He was scared that his vision could be affected, but it all turned out fine.

To make the transformation 100% credible, Xiahn started wearing dark eye contacts and dying his hair black.

Xiahn, who confesses to being fascinated by life in South Korea, stated his position on Facebook apparently appealing to the critics:

“Regardless of religion that the person is, whether or not you believe in past lives, you have only this life, you have to be who you wan to be.”

Below is a picture of Xiahn, before his surgery:

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This is currently what he looks like:

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Wow! The lengths that people go through for their idea of beauty.

Would you change your FACE for a RACE you prefer?

METgala2014, BEST of HAIR and BEAUTY

Hello readers, if you’re like us, you’ve been “ooing” and “ahhing” at the fabulous looks from the MET gala.

Since this is a Hair and Beauty Blog, we’ve decided to give you our list of favorite Hair and Beauty Looks! (Dark lips..anyone?)

nudesandBOLDIt was all about NUDES vs. VAMPY lips at the Gala. For the celebrities that went Nude, we really liked the following:

METNaomi brought all attention to her sultry eyes with this nude lip look. Love it!

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NUDELIPSLove this Chanel Iman look, who says you need Red Lips to look sexy and feminine? This is a must try for me!

Now on to my favorite looks of the night, DARK BOLD LIPS!

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This look was very Daring but definitely a sure fire way to stand out on the red carpet. Supermodel Joan Smalls came to rock with this dark blueish Lip color, would you rock this look?

met3I absolutely love this look on Beyoncé, maybe because I am a fan of Dark lips, but I thought this was very simple, chic and edgy all at once. I’m not to sure of the hair net thingy but the makeup? PERFECTION. What color do you think it is? Diva by Mac maybe?

METLIPSYASS! Even LaLa Anthony went with the Vamp look, Love it!!

MET5not a vamp look, but I like how Rita Ora made her lips the focal point by muting the rest of her makeup (and Hair).

So WHICH look is your favorite?