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Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope

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Tune in every Tuesday to Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope for the weekly tea of what’s brewing in beauty. I’ll deliver the top beauty news and you (The Beauty Scholars) will tell me if you are going to glam it or slam it. So, save the date, let’s do lunch and spill some beauty tea! MUAH

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To Buy or Not To Buy A Hair Steamer

A few months ago I attended The Little Black Dress gala for the In Her Shoes Foundation and they held a silent auction to kick off the event. I noted many things I wanted to place a bid on but I only wanted to win one. The Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer was up for grabs and there was no way that I was going to let someone out bid me (in the name of charity…of course)! I stalked the list several times throughout the night to ensure that I would go home with the prize.

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At the end of the night, they called my name. I won; I won the bid on the Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer! I was so excited to try this steamer as it has been on my wish list for quite some time and I had heard so much about it at the Huetiful grand opening in Chicago.

So, it’s been a few months and I have tried it a few times to see if this steamer was all that it claimed to be. Now I have only used the steamer for my hair and not my face so this review will be on that and the Huetiful Straightening Hair Masque. So, with no further ado, I give you The Glam it, The Slam it and The Final Review.

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The Glam: When I used the Huetiful Hair Steamer with the Straightening Hair Masque, I had less shrinkage with my curls. I also noticed that my hair was easier to blow dry and it was softer than usual. The best thing is, that when I worked out, my hair did not get as curly from the sweat as it normally does. Now when I used it without the Straightening Hair Masque, I had the normal amount of shrinkage, my blow dry time was not as good and my hair was not as soft. It’s easy to assemble and there is an automatic shutoff so the steam won’t burn you.

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The Slam: The cover for the steamer does not extended that far up so I have to slouch in the chair to keep my head under the hood. The Straightening Hair Masque was not as effective without the hair steamer.

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My final grade for the Heutiful Hair and Facial Steamer is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…. MUAH! If the hood was easier to adjust and if you could experience the same outcome with your hair without the Straightening Hair Masque, then my final grade would be a 5. I have come to love my steamer and conditioner and I use it every week. This steamer and masque together, is just everything to my hair! If you are interested in purchasing the Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer and Straightening Hair Masque, you can head over to huetiful.com or the Huetiful Salon located in Chicago or Atlanta. But hurry because it is currently on sale for $116.95 from $129.95 and the conditioner is $18. Happy Steaming!

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The Miracle Brush for Naturalista’s

Since I have gone natural, I have come across so many natural hair products that curl, straighten and curl aging but I have never seen a brush that coils your curls. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this brush will twist, style or loc your hair in a matter of minutes!
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I came across this product at the African Festival of Arts a few months ago and I was surprised at what I witnessed! It’s called Nudred by The Nudred System and if I did not see it action with my own eyes, I would not have believed the results. Check out the details in The Glam it, The Slam it and My Final Grade!

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The Glam: If you are pressed for time with styling your hair then this is the product for you. You can get a quick twist, coil or loc touch up. This is also great for someone who just did the big chop or someone who needs help with styling. It’s easy to use and it saves time and money on making those trips to the beauty salon and sitting in the chair for a couple of hours. Plus you get a leave-in curl enhancing product with your purchase.

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The Slam: It seems to work best on shorter hair because the curls are really defined and they look great. Now, don’t get me wrong, medium to longer length hair can get a cute style too it’s just not as defined in my opinion.

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My final grade for the Nudred is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I love that you can style your natural hair in 5 minutes or less and get a cute look too! If you are interested in purchasing the Nudred, you can get it for $45 at nudred.com. Happy Styling!

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The Beauty Benefits of Water

Do you know the health and beauty benefits of water? Yes, water…it does a body good!

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1. Clear Skin – it keeps your skin hydrated from the inside out

2. Anti-aging – it plumps the skin

3. Weight loss – you eat less because you feel fuller

4. Shinny hair – Cleanses the hair and leaves a shine with a cold water rinse

5. Flushes out the toxins – gets rid of waste so you can digest your food better

6. Gives you energy – it’s a natural stimulant for the body and brain

7. Calms the nerves – the sound of water can help you relax, relate and release. Melt the stress away!

 

So pick up bottle and get to drinking! I’m on bottle number 4 today and I plan on getting water wasted! What about you?

Please note: In order to see results you must be consistent and drink 6-8 glasses a day. Cheers and happy drinking!

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Eden BodyWorks Product Review

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A few months ago I attended an event and I came across a new brand of products for me but they are probably not so new to you. I stumbled across the brand EDEN BodyWorks and today I am going to share my experience with one the products I purchased. But before I spill the tea with The Glam it or Slam it, let me give you the beauty 411 about the natural brand (just in case you are a newbie just like me) LOL!

Eden Body Works is all about maintaining the hair and body’s original design by offering natural products to incorporate wellness and beauty. An 11-year-old girl named Jasmine Lawrence created the company. She was frustrated by the lack of natural products to repair her damaged hair and she wanted something that would leave it feeling healthy. And after much trail and error of mixing ingredients to find a complete product, by age 13, she crafted the perfect solution and found her “Eden” in EDEN BodyWorks in 2004.

Today, the products continue to use the same natural ingredients that Jasmine started with; they are made without petroleum, mineral oils and sulfates. The products continue to repair and strengthen all hair textures whether it’s relaxed or natural. These products are targeted to give you healthier, stronger hair.

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Now that we have uncovered the history behind the brand, let’s talk about which product (out of the five I purchased) I decided to review…don’t judge my overindulgence with my spending habits when it comes to beauty because I am sucker for products and I just can’t help it! I have a problem and I am not afraid to admit it and I don’t need an intervention…LBVS (Giggles)! But I digress…the product I decided to review is the Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo.

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Here’s The Glam: The Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo has a minty fresh smell and it invigorates my scalp. It helps my hair and scalp feel refreshed and renewed by removing all the buildup from the week. It’s gentle because it’s made without harsh chemicals so it does not leave my hair feeling dry. The tea tree detoxes my scalp to relieve it from dry patches or flakes. A little goes a long way and even though it is sulfate free…it offers a great lather.

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Here’s The Slam: hmmm…let me see, NOTHING!

My final grade for the Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo by EDEN BodyWorks is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I love this shampoo; it leaves my hair clean without that drying feeling! And most of all, I love the price…$8.99. If you are interested in purchasing this product, head over to edenbodyworks.com to locate a list of stores in your area or you can purchase it on their website. Happy Shampooing!

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Healthy Hair Tips From Dr. Oz

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So I am watching Dr. Oz and he is talking hair. He has hair expert – Celebrity Stylist Kyle White on the show who has 25 years of experience and here is what he says…

  1. When you chemically treat your hair and use heat, you are burning your hair. When you use a high heat to style your hair with a blow dryer or flat iron, Kyle says you should use Castor Oil because it’s a great heat protectant. It protects the hair from heat damage.
  1. Frequent washing of your hair is too drying and strips those natural oils, which in turn dry out your hair. Kyle says “Your scalps natural oils are Mother Nature’s natural conditioners.” Don’t wash your hair more than once a week; do scalp massages to circulate the blood flow.
  1. Harsh weather like the sun can damage the hair. One day of being out in the sun is the equivalent of 5 days of bleach. It’s essential to apply sunscreen for the hair. You can find sunscreen for the hair in drug stores.

These are easy inexpensive tips that can protect your hair and keep it healthy, which will in turn promote growth! I don’t know about you but I headed to the store to pick up these products ASAP!

 

This information is via The Dr. Oz Show on 5/14/14

 

I am a beauty maven who exudes splendor in all things beauty! My passion is to empower women to make the best choices in life to improve her lifestyle from head to toe as well as from the inside out. I am Co-founder of Boardroom Beauties – a women’s empowerment and lifestyle company. Follow me on twitter to get the latest beauty tips and tricks @abeautyscarlet. I’m available for hosting and speaking engagements, contact me for more information.

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eSalon.com A Custom Hair Color Just For Me

My date for tonight is eSalon.com hair color! This is my go to at home DIY custom made hair color just for me! As you can see, I am long overdue but I hide it very well . Do not judge my gray hair because when I am done…they will be very cute natural highlights! LBVS!Whose your beauty date for tonight?

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A Conversation With Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims at an event. I was so intrigued by his personality and story that I had to get an interview. Thankfully he was gracious enough and agreed to have a phone conversation with me!

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Before we start the conversation, here’s a little background information on how Larry Sims started his career. He started as a backup dancer but not just any dancer. He always had a passion for hair so he would style the artist’s hair and makeup backstage. One day someone noticed and passed his name on to Celebrity Hairstylist Ken Paves.

Later, Larry worked as an apprentice for Ken and occasionally filled in for him from time to time. One day, as luck would have it, Ken was not available and Larry was able to fill in to style none other than Victoria Beckham. Yes, that’s right…Larry is the one and only who cut and styled her famous bob hairstyle. The rest is history and needless to say, his client list has grown there.

Now that you have the quick version of his background, sit back and enjoy a conversation with Larry Sims!

BSS: What is your definition of beauty?

LS: Self-confidence, personal style, freedom of expression and being a trendsetter.

BSS: Who was your biggest influence?

LS: As a dancer my biggest influence were the people on the glam squads working on films and videos. Like: Christopher Maldonado – stylist for Aaliyah who passed away was my biggest influence. Oscar James is a huge influence and my mother with her own personal beauty style.

BSS: What advice would you give a cosmetology student who is interested in starting out in the beauty industry?

LS: Do your homework, be around people who are successful and stay humble, perfect your craft and do test shots. Be an apprentice for a stylist so you can learn more.

BSS: When someone is looking for a new hairstylist what are the top 3 tips they should look for?

LS:

–       Read yelp reviews

–       Ask for referrals

–       A great stylist will ask about your lifestyle and history of your hair

BSS: What is the hairstyle trend for 2014?

LS: Natural, textured hair, and hair that is not perfect. More of an editorial look like a messy bun.

BSS: When shopping for hair products, what ingredients should people look for and what should they stay away from?

LS: You don’t necessarily get better results with more expensive products. Stay away from products with additives. Get products with moisture, proteins and protect the hair from heat.

BSS: What is the best way to winterize your hair?

LS: When wearing hats make sure your hair is super moisturized and conditioned.  Avoid hats with wool as they can damage the hairline and break the hair. Use cashmere or silk scarves.

BSS: How can my readers maintain healthy hair at home?

LS: Keep your hair moisturized, do masking with deep moisturizing treatments and use heat protectants.

BSS: You have just launched the Go Pro Curls line, how do you see your brand expanding over the next 3 years?

LS: Go Pro Grow will be launching in 2014 and I want to expand my brand outside of hair. I want to be the Martha Stewart of beauty…candles, bedding, sheets and more.

BSS: Where can my readers find the Go Pro Curls line?

LS: We are in Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores. In 2014 we will be in Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS and online.

BSS: Is there any other information that you would like to share?

LS: TV projects are coming and the Go Pro Grow line is launching

BSS: Larry, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and sharing your story!

 

 

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Give it to me Straight

It’s been a little over a year since I have been wearing my hair natural. I have grown out my relaxer to be chemical free and healthy…WooHoo!

During this journey, I tried a lot of products to prevent hair breakage and maintain one texture of hair. You see, when you transition your hair, you can have curly, straight and wavy pieces which, can be very frustrating because you don’t know how to wear your hair. During this process, you can also experience a lot of breakage because the relaxed hair is damaged and growing out and the curly hair is stronger hair. When the curly hair grows more and more, it can make the relaxed hair snap and break.

During my transition, I tried new products from the Ojon Super Sleek line. It is a four-step process with the Super Sleek Smoothing Shampoo, Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner, Super Sleek Hair Straightening Treatment and the Super Sleek Restorative Blowout Protector. I was so excited because I have been using Ojon for a long time and the products have helped me maintain healthy hair throughout the years and I knew these products would not be any different!

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So, I purchased the products in Spring of 2013 and I have been testing it since then. Yes, it has taken me over 6 months to test this product line and I will let you know why in just a moment.

As I mentioned earlier, when you transition your hair you will have all types of textures going on from curly, wavy and straight and it is frustrating to say the least! I was not ready to wear my hair curly so the only alternative was to wear it straight and I needed product to help me achieve my style because by the 6th month, blow-drying was taking too long and I was burning my hair by applying too much heat. I needed help!

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Here’s the glam: The Super Sleek Shampoo, Conditioner and Restorative Blowout Protector helped me maintain my straight hair for the first 5 months. The shampoo is sulfate free so it prevents dryness and it is very moisturizing. The conditioner is moisturizing as well and was easy to comb through my hair. The blow-drying cream was awesome! It kept my hair straight, smooth and sleek. I loved my hair until the sixth month during the core summer months! My hair swelled and it did not stay as straight even with the blow-drying cream :-(. So, I implemented the fourth step with the Super Sleek Straightening Treatment and I was in hair heaven! My blow-drying time was cut in half and my hair felt like silk. I was so excited to read that the product last up to 30 shampoos…FTW!

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I was a little nervous because the straightening treatment is like a keratin treatment but without all the bad stuff and I have tried a keratin treatment before and it did not work. By the second try, my hair was falling out. It was a disaster to say the least.  But this was different I was convinced and I loved it until it was time for the third application.

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Here is the slam: Right before the third application, my hair started breaking off. I have a major breakage in the front and a section in the back 🙁 Whomp, Whomp! How do I know that it was the straightening treatment? Well, it is the only product I have been using, I have not tried anything new and my hair stylist who is also a hair instructor said products like this are not made multi-ethnic hair. Even though the product is free from formaldehyde, lye and cysteine…anything that is like a keratin treatment is not good.

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Needless to say, I did not have her do a third application and my results are inconclusive for the Super Sleek line by Ojon. Here’s what’s interesting…I found out that the straightening treatment was discontinued for thick/coarse hair but I did not find out why. I am still using the shampoo, conditioner and blow-dry protector because I don’t think it is harmful and it worked for the first five months.

On my last visit to the hair salon, I got my hair trimmed to camouflage the breakage and it has been not been breaking since then. I will certainly keep you posted. I guess in this case, I took one for the team!

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