Do You Know Where Your Hair Extensions Come From?

Hair extensions come in different lengths, textures and colours making them an a great way for ladies to change their appearance overnight. Some come pre-packed with colourful labels while others are available as bundles. They are available in weft form to use as weaves and in bulk form for other attachment methods such as fusion bonding or Brazilian knots and braids. Hair and beauty stores have shelves piled high with different options the consumer can choose from.

Have you ever wondered where your extensions come from?

With the large amount of stock retailers hold one has to wonder where all this hair comes from? While synthetic hair is pretty easy to source since it is factory made hair, human hair extensions which are the better quality of the two aren’t as straight forward. Who are all these people supposedly cutting their hair for us to use as hair extensions?

Well human hair extensions used to mainly come from China and India. Nowadays there are other sources from South American countries like Peru and Brazil.

Indian hair extensions

Indian hair extensions used to be sourced from temples where people would cut off their long ponytail and remit it to the temple so that their prayers will be answered. In the Hindu culture the length of a woman’s hair is a sign of her beauty. By donating their hair, these women are giving a sacrifice to the temple.

Men, women and children have their heads shaved so that they might practice the ritual of “washing away” their past and Hindu-templebeginning brand new. The temples do hold private auctions to fund many things in India such as education and health care. The ladies in India do not cut their hair to make money. They only cut their hair as part of religious routine and it is sold for their community benefit.

This act of remitting their hair gave these types of extensions the Remy name now commonly used to describe good quality human hair extensions. The people who remitted their hair usually came from local villages and communities where colouring and perming was rarely done to their hair. The hair was Virgin hair and the best quality you could buy as the cuticles were intact and undamaged. Indian hair is similar in texture to Caucasian hair.

Chinese hair extensions

Hair sourced from China is of a completely different texture to Indian hair. The Chinese have thicker and coarser strands of hair than Indians and Caucasians. Chinese wholesalers tend to source their hair from locals who are willing to sell their hair. So although the hair is paid for, the person selling the hair wouldn’t get paid a great deal of money. The emphasis on virgin untreated hair isn’t as high and as a result Chinese manufacturers tend to coat the hair in silicone to coat the hair strands that may or may not be virgin in order to seal the cuticle and reduce tangling. The coarser texture of Chinese hair made it an ideal choice for hair extensions targeted at Black people due to its close resemblance to relaxed Black hair. Because there isn’t enough demand for coarse hair, believe it or not even with the amount of weave Black women run through, the Chinese also import hair from other countries.

Peruvian and Brazilian hair extensions

Peruvian hair and “Brazilian” hair is really hair that has been sourced from countries in South America. Brazilian women don’t cut their hair to sell to anybody. The love long hair and hair extensions so much that they even have their own attachment method called Brazilian knots. Brazil is a big hub for processing hair from other South American countries and that’s where the term “Brazilian hair” comes from. Peruvian hair is also sold in Brazil and around the world after it has been processed in Brazil as Peruvian hair. Peru is also a big processing hub. They get their hair from indigenous Indians – like most South Americans from villages and women willing to sell their hair. Like Indian Remy hair this is usually good quality Virgin hair.

Malaysian Hair Extensions

Malaysian hair extensions are often sold from Chinese vendors and they are not from Malaysia. The truth is that Malaysians do not even have a venue for selling hair and the hair is usually from Chinese vendors who mislabel the hair so that it is sold quickly. The hair industry is not regulated so this is what happens when people buy hair from unscrupulous vendors in China.

Cambodian Hair Extensions

Cambodia is a very poor country and many women sell their hair to feed their families. There are small villages where ladies will have their heads shaved and sell it for food for their families. This is a way to feed their families and the hair is Virgin hair. Hair extensions are a way that the Cambodian people can earn money at least every six to eight months. The collectors for the hair will travel through the villages during these time periods to collect freshly shaved hair from the residents of the villages.

Many of the people who sell their hair to these Hair Extension manufacturers come from poor areas and actually use the money they get paid for their hair to feed themselves and their families. Some factories will even go as far as to feed these women so that they have a healthy head of hair that grows long and thick. These women line up and get ready to give the only natural resource they have which is their hair. In many cases these ladies will have their heads shaved and not just have their ponytails cut.

Some East Indian ladies do not even consent to having their hair cut off and sold as hair extensions. These unsuspecting women are usually conned out of their gorgeous locks of hair not even getting a profit for losing their beautiful natural locks of hair.

It is worth noting that contrary to what the packaging might say, there is no such thing as Chinese or Brazilian or even Peruvian Remy hair. The hair they sell wasn’t remitted at temples. They might sell Virgin hair that is unprocessed with intact cuticles, but it wasn’t remitted at a temple. The term Remy symbolised excellent quality virgin hair and is now being misused on product labels!

Some unscrupulous factories collect dead hair from salons and hair brushes for hair extensions, sort it, brush it, add silicone and then sell it on as Remy hair. China also now imports hair from other regions such as India re-label the hair as Brazilian hair to unsuspecting clients. Chinese hair extensions can be labelled anything from Russian to Brazilian and even Indian. The truth is that this hair is collected from salons and is sold as virgin Remy hair extensions.

To tell the difference between Virgin hair and non virgin hair, put the hair in a ponytail and run your hands from the roots to the tip, then the other way. When running your hair from the roots to the tip, the hair should feel smooth, which means the cuticles are intact, and lying flat against the hair shaft. When you run your hand in the opposite direction you should feel some roughness as you are running your hand against the direction the cuticle lies in. If it feels smooth in both directions then the hair has most likely been coated in silicone to seal the cuticles and reduce tangling. The hair will have an acid like smell or a silicone type smell and will not last long. This is because frequent shampooing eventually washes the layer of silicone off. The hair will start to tangle making it unusable and the unsuspecting client then has to go out and buy some more hair.

Packaged hair is labelled and regularly sold here in the UK. Many hair extensions are labelled falsely so do be aware of the vendor you use and the hair quality that these extensions promise. Things are not as they seem in the hair extension business so make sure you get what you are paying for when you buy hair extensions. Shops who have a large stock of hair on display in packets definitely don’t sell the best quality hair. Most of this hair is derived from brushes and salons. It is definitely not Virgin hair. To buy Virgin hair look for a small retailer or hairdresser that sells hair in unpackaged bundles.

Top Five Shampoos for Women over 40 with thinning hair

When women reach their 40s the likelihood of them experiencing thinning hair increases greatly. This is because their bodies begin to produce less oestrogen as the body gradually prepares itself for the menopause. Oestrogen is responsible for extending the amount of time hair remains in its growth phase. As women enter their 40s the oestrogen produced by the body drops and this results in hair becoming finer.

You can certain shampoos to increase the thickness of your hair. These shampoos are great shampoos to boost scalp circulation and encourage hair growth, using them regularly will make a huge difference to your tresses. When selecting a shampoo for your thinning hair aim to look for ones with plant based active ingredients. Leverage the natural benefits of herbs and plants to achieve the results you want as plants and herbs are safer than medicated products, natural and have been used for centuries to heal our various ailments. Here’s our list of top 5 shampoos women in their 40s can incorporate into their hair care regimen to thicken up their hair.

1.     Top of the list is Crece Pelo Shampoo. Crece Pelo is a Dominican hair growth product and is a phytotherapeutic treatment. This means it uses the power of plants to nourish the hair follicles and scalp for thicker healthy hair. Crece Pelo contains the extracts of 15 different plants and actives and includes rosemary, nettle, arnica, burdock root extract and ginseng. Crece Pelo shampoo is our favourite because it includes a range of plant extracts and proteins to build up the hair strands making them stronger while healing scalp conditions and increasing scalp circulation.

2.     A close second is Plantur shampoo. Plantur is available in health stores like Boots and also available to buy via online retailers like Amazon. Plantur uses caffeine from plant sources to increase scalp circulation. An increase in scalp circulation means an increase in the amount of nutrients your hair follicles receive which in turn allows them to produce stronger and thicker hair.

3.     Bhringaraj shampoo. Bhringaraj is the Ayurvedic name for a plant called Eclipta Alba or False daisy. Like caffeine Eclipta alba aids scalp circulation. Eclipta alba is a very potent herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for hair growth. In fact Bhringaraj means “King of Hair” in Tamil. Bhringaraj can have a darkening effect on hair so if you have light coloured hair then an alternative shampoo would probably be best.

4.     Aveda Invanti Exfoliating shampoo – this exfoliating shampoo uses salicylic derived from wintergreen. Wintergreen is a shrub from the genus of plants called Gaultheria. This plant has been used for centuries too for it’s therapeutic effects. Salicylic acid is a great product for exfoliation and this shampoo is particularly great if you suffer from dandruff. Clearing the build up on your scalp will clear the way for your follicles to grow thicker hair.

5.     Termae Ginseng shampoo – ginseng is a great ingredient for increasing scalp circulation. If this is your main priority and you don’t suffer from any other scalp or hair issues then this Ginseng shampoo is exactly what you need to encourage your hair to grow faster.

It is always advisable to thoroughly check the list of ingredients before using a new shampoo to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

A Guide On What Not To Do If You Want To Grow Long Hair

Many women of different ethnic backgrounds and from different cultures find the idea of long, flowing, beautiful, and healthy hair appealing. While some are able to achieve this desire, others struggle and aren’t able to grow their hair beyond a certain point. The truth is that growing long, healthy hair is really not difficult to achieve. There is no need to spend money on expensive supplements and salon branded hair care products. In fact women who would like to grow long hair can achieve their hair length goals by applying a little bit of common sense, mix in a large dose of dedication and finish off with patience to get the long hair they want.

Most women often ask what they need to do in order to grow a healthy head of hair, when in fact what they need to know is what not to do when growing their hair long. Adhere to these simple steps and you should well and truly be on your way to achieving the length you crave.

  1. Don’t expect to be able to permanently repair any damaged hair you currently have. Hair damage is permanent and irreversible. There are excellent conditioners and hair products that my repair the damaged hair, but their actions are only temporary and you will have to keep on using them to keep the damaged hair looking half decent. If you are truly committed to growing long hair, then the first thing to do is to cut off the damaged hair. If you can’t bear to chop it all off at once, do it in small increments so that you can still style your hair the way you like. There is nothing less desirable than a forced hair cut. It will only affect your confidence and make you resort to other unhealthy hair practices such as wearing hair extensions.
  1. Stay away from heat as much as possible. That means if you are a chronic user of heated hair appliances then stop! Regularly using hair straighteners, blow dryers and curlers will dehydrate your hair. If used incorrectly you can definitely burn your hair if the appliance is too hot. Save using heat on your hair for very special and rare occasions. Damage caused by heated hair appliances is cumulative and it is important to remember that any time you use heat there will be some form of damage. If you must use any of these items on your hair, then it is beneficial to find a good quality heat protectant to use on your hair that can protect it during the use of these appliances. Also, lowering the temperature of the appliance to as low a setting as possible will also help reduce the amount of harm you are doing to your hair.
  1. Stay away from harsh alkaline chemicals. Examples of harsh alkaline chemicals include commercial hair dyes, peroxide, perming and relaxing crèmes. All of these can severely damage your hair because they raise your cuticles which is a permanent process. Once your cuticles are raised, although a neutralising product is used after any of these processes to lower the pH level of your hair – which causes the cuticle to close, there will still be cracks in your cuticles which will allow much needed moisture to escape your hair shaft leaving you with dry and brittle hair. Yes you can use hair products to help you manage your hair, but the hair is still not 100% healthy.
  1. If you are the type of individual that loves to put accessories in your hair, this is an ok thing to do but you must remember that certain types of accessories can add stress to your hair and will eventually damage it as well. Stressor accessories are metal barrettes; rubber bands, velcro, and nothing with sharp or metal edges. Scrunchies are safe to use in your hair, they cause no damage at all and can be used as often as you would like.
  1. If you like to braid your hair just remember to always keep the braid loose. You wouldn’t want to braid your hair too tightly or style it too tightly in any shape or form. So tight ponytails and chignons are a definite no no.
  1. Try not to manipulate your hair too much when it is wet. Definitely don’t brush it when it is wet as it is in it’s most vulnerable state. Try not to rub your hair with a towel, instead gently pat and squeeze it with a towel to absorb as much excess liquid as you can.

If you can follow these important steps then you will grow a long, beautiful, luscious, and healthy head of hair in time depending on how quickly your hair grows. Don’t forget that products that cause damage to your hair, or treating your hair in an aggressive way will slow down the process and may even cause your hair to stagnate at a certain length.

The Connection Between Hair Extensions and Hair Loss

Hair extensions have been the first choice for ladies who would like long locks of beautiful hair. They have been considered fashionable for many years now. Ladies young and old have loved the idea of having extensions placed in their hair so that they appear to have long flowing gorgeous hair.

What is the truth about Hair Extensions? Are they safe?

The sad fact is that hair extensions can be responsible for causing hair loss. Hair extensions have been the easy short cut taken hair loss from wearing tight weavesby many, used to having or wanting a longer or thicker head of hair. Many ladies are finding out the hard way that using hair extensions makes their hair even thinner.

Hair extensions are usually applied to the hair with hot fusion bonding which is hot glue. They are also applied using cold fusion bonding with a keratin base polymer that adheres to the hair. There are other glueless attachment methods such as Brazilian knots, braids and lastly via the weave method where the hair is braided flat against the scalp (cornrows) and the hair wefts are sewn onto the cornrowed tracks.

Will Quality Hair Extensions Make a Difference?

You can purchase good quality hair extensions that are very expensive for this process but the fact remains that hair loss is connected to hair extensions. Trichologists have discovered that hair extensions will put serious tension on the actual hair follicles and thereby cause hair to fall out from the weight and tension of hair extensions. The hair extensions more or less pull out your hair from the follicle – ouch!

This form of tension results in a form of hair loss called traction alopecia. Traction Alopecia can become permanent when the hair follicle is no longer able to regenerate hair and is clogged up with scar tissue. The constant tension of using hair extension actually causes this type of hair loss, which can cause permanent damage to the follicles. When a hair follicle is damaged, it can no longer produce natural hair growth. The cycle continues as more follicles are damaged they do not produce new hair growth

Kim can definitely afford excellent quality extensions, but they still cause hair loss
Kim can definitely afford excellent quality extensions, but they still cause hair loss

and hair loss becomes permanent. If you doubt this fact then take a look at your favourite female celebrities who wear hair extensions on a regular basis.

Some stylists have reported that hair extensions have caused hair to fall right out into their hands as they are styling hair extensions. This form of tension is very serious to healthy hair growth. It does cause the opposite to the dismay of the client who is receiving the hair extensions and eventually results in the opposite aim of the client. Instead of having thicker longer hair, they end up with less or no hair at all.

Will My Natural Hair Grow Back After Traction Alopecia?

This completely depends on how long you’ve been abusing your hair follicles by putting tension on them. When a hair strand is pulled out of the follicle it is able to regenerate and replace the hair, all be it with a thinner strand of hair. When this process is repeated over and over the follicle gets full of scar tissue and is then unable to regrow the pulled out hair. If caught early, using Minoxidil can help regrow the hair. There are other herbal alternatives like Eclipta alba and other herbal formulations that can help, but again if the traction alopecia is caught early enough.

There are many ways to damage the hair but this one seems to be a very sad case indeed. The love for a long mane of hair can lead to permanent loss of your own natural hair. Are they really worth the risk of losing your natural hair over? This should be the question that many women ask as they decide on this type of enhancement. The connection between hair extensions and hair loss is a real condition and should be taken seriously.

It is not the way the hair is attached but the fact that the regular hair is weighted down with unnatural hair and the tightness of the attachment pulling your natural hair that causes permanent damage. So it does not matter how you have it applied. Hair is a very sensitive part of our bodies and it should be treated with the ultimate care if it is going to remain healthy.

What are the Warning Signs that My Extensions Are Doing Serious Damage?

Hair extensions are very beautiful but at what cost? The damage to the follicle does not happen over night. Instead it happens gradually over a period of time so it may not be noticed until it is too late. Regardless of how long it takes to occur, it happens and this should be taken into consideration before wearing hair extensions. There are some warning signals that help ladies to recognize if this is actually happening with hair extensions.

Headaches are a signal of the hair extensions becoming a problem. If you notice headaches throughout the day after you have had your extensions put in, then you should take notice and realize that your hair extensions are and could be causing damage. Have you had to take pain medicine while wearing extensions? Does your scalp burn or itch after you have had them attached? Do you get welts on your head? These are warning signals that hair extensions are too tight or heavy for your natural hair. If you heed the warnings and have them removed you can avoid permanent damage that will cause baldness.

Your body knows the difference and it will give off these warning signals clearly. Hair extensions may be the way you look great in the short term, but it also could mean that your hair won’t anymore if you carry on. The connection between hair loss and hair extensions is a real problem. No beauty treatment is worth permanent damage to your natural hair. Use conditioners and hair treatments that will promote healthy hair and have your hair trimmed for a healthy head of long hair. Using time honoured hair growth treatments actually work and it is worth the wait for a healthy head of hair that really is long and beautiful and truly all yours.

Save wearing extensions for very special occasions and even then stick to clip on extensions as they can be taken out after the event.

10 Celebrities Who Have Suffered Hair Loss from Wearing Hair Extensions

Hair extensions have gained popularity around the world, especially amongst celebrities. They rock different hairdos with extensions, one after another. While they appear glamorous and beautiful, constantly wearing hair extensions comes at a cost. Hair extensions/ weaves has damaged the hair of several celebrities, which has led to hair loss. It gets worse when the persisting use of these extensions causes permanent bald spots due to traction alopecia. Just as you may have heard of celebrities trying to look better by losing some weight, or the extreme lengths they go to look good in public, others are fighting hair loss. The following celebrities have suffered from hair loss due to wearing hair extensions.

Fergie

Fergie, in the music industry faced her own share of hair loss but managed to recover and save the situation. Due to tight hair extensions, her hair started thinning out. This did not exactly get to her and she would still get out and face the public. She is one of the few celebrities who did not try to cover up her situation. Luckily, for her, this appeared to be a short-lived situation. Over time, her hair was back to normal with a definite hairline.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell revolutionised the modelling industry, especially for women of colour. While wearing hair extensions made her look fierce (in the most complimentary way), and allowed her to model different looks and styles on the run, over use of the hair extensions came back to haunt her. Most of her adult life, Naomi has relied on extensions but she currently cannot rock them like she used to because it did not only lead to hair loss but she is also fighting baldness. These days her hairline is practically non-existent. She still looks fabulous in wigs but there is no telling if there is any hope for her natural hair.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes damaged her hair from constantly wearing extensions. Hair extensions caused Amanda’s hair to thin throughout her head, eventually making the extensions visible because her hair was so thin. She was photographed in New York out shopping for a hat after complaining on Twitter about the state extensions left her hair in. At some point she shaved her hair and starting wearing wigs. We hope her damaged isn’t permanent and that her hair can recover given a long break from extensions.

Kim Kardashian kim kardashian hair loss from hair extensions

Kim K is an international star with her beautiful looks, which is how she makes a living. While you may envy her lifestyle, you might have noticed a few balding spots and her thinning hair. The extreme pressure on hair and scalp has caused this from her constant use of weaves. I guess the pressure of constantly having to look beautiful in public is beginning to take it’s toll on her hair.

Katie-price-traction-alopecia Katie Price

Katie is known for not only enhancing her body, she’s also known to be a chronic user of hair extensions. She even goes as far as to fly to Los Angeles to have them specially fitted. While she is probably happy with the cosmetic changes she’s made to her body, her hair extensions have let her down. Not only is she fighting rapid hair loss but facing baldness as well. Her natural hair is in a bad state but she loves her extensions. She wore wigs for some time but eventually returned to her beloved hair extensions.

Brandy Norwood

Hair extension related hair loss is not something that happens overnight. Who can forget when Brandy released her first album in 1998 then went on to star in Moesha. Her signature look in those days were braids which made her look cute and like the girl next door we all loved. These braids with extensions eventually caused her hairline severe damage. This form of hair loss from Brandys hair loss from tight braidstight braids and extensions is called traction alopecia and can become permanent. Her hairline disappeared and Brandy took to wearing lace wigs even while she appeared as a judge on Britain’s got talent. We hope she is giving her hairline a break and trying to grow it back.

Amy Winehouse

Amy blew us away with her outstanding voice. It is impossible to think of Amy without thinking of her Bee Hive. To achieve this look Amy constantly wore hair extensions. The incessant use of extensions eventually caused thinning, a very common issue with women who don’t take breaks between extension applications.

Britney Spears

Britney is probably one of the celebrities who had it really bad with hair loss from wearing extensions for too long. Her hair became so thin that it wasn’t hard for photographers to get pictures of her with her extension attachments clearly visible. She eventually shaved her head and relied on wigs for a while after which she went back to wearing extensions. Let’s hope she doesn’t make the same hair mistakes again.

Rihanna Fenty

Ri Ri has been noted to wear wigs on several occasions as well as cut her hair. Rihanna shaved off one side of her head after rocking short hair for a while. While her hair grew back she wore wigs for a while, before going back to wearing hair extensions. As a result of wearing her hair extensions over long periods without a break in between applications, hair thinning and hair loss was inevitable. If you look closely at her hairline you will notice thinning. People like Rihanna can avoid hair loss if they give their hair a break and allow the scalp and hair follicles to recover.

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca left Geordie shore after season 3 but she has made this list because of the obvious damage wearing hair extensions did to her hair. They not only damaged her hair line, they caused overall thinning and her extension attachments were often visible on camera.

Like the other celebrities mentioned, people like Rebecca wear extensions to make their hair look thicker. The problem starts when they get used to having this thicker hair so continuously wear extensions. The extensions cause thinning and in turn they wear even more extensions to make up for it. This carries on until the thinning turns into hair loss, which left untreated becomes permanent.

Whilst hair extensions have transformed celebrities from drab to fab, the long term impact has not been anything any of us would envy. Extensions put strain on your scalp and hair follicles and should be only worn occasionally. The best sort of extensions to wear are non permanent ones like clip ins. And even then they should only be worn on nights out and special occasions. It is best to make sure they are not clipped in too tight and always take them out afterwards.

Things That Make You Love and Hate Coloured Hair

Getting your hair coloured can leave you feeling wonderful, especially if it’s done correctly. There is nothing like the beautiful feeling of fresh coloured hair, especially if you have some fun colours with highlights or lowlights. There are however, downsides of getting your hair coloured as well. The most frustrating thing is when your roots start growing out and are obviously either darker or lighter than your colour, or even grey. Below is a list of pros and cons when it comes to getting your hair coloured.

Pros

  • Makes you feel wonderful, prettier, refreshed
  • Looks great, makes you feel more professional at work, gives you more self confidence
  • The colour does so much for your skin tone as well- it livens up your whole face!
  • If you’re wearing your hair up in a pony tail all the time, you can start to wear it down again (big plus!)
  • The colour fills in your roots and covers up your grey
  • Coloured hair makes you look younger
  • Professionally done coloured hair from the salon makes hair look healthier, and in some cases very natural
  • You can get the colour you always wanted to have- a brunette can be blonde and vice versa
  • People who want alternate colours like pink or purple can get it done professionally to avoid damaging their hair- stylists can do a lot of very fun things
  • Highlights and lowlights are very cool looking and it’s always nice to get lots of complements from friends and co-workers!
  • Blonde highlights provide hair with a lift-meaning that if your hair was looking dull or greasy, it will be healthier looking and feeling (hair with a blonde lift looks thicker)
  • You can often go to a salon and get your hair coloured and your nails and toes done all at the same time to avoid separate appointments and more time away from work or other obligations

Cons of coloured hair

  • It’s expensive! Sometimes, it can be ridiculously expensive- and many times you have to wait to get your colour done until you can afford it- plus you have to tip 20% (or you should!)
  • Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your roots show after getting your hair coloured. This is true especially when the roots start growing out a week or two after you get them done, and especially for people who have dark brown or black hair and the grey starts to show, or people who have blonde hair and the dark starts to show
  • Getting your hair coloured takes a couple of hours, and some people don’t have a lot of time to fit an appointment in their schedule
  • Scheduling with your stylist is sometimes next to impossible if they are very busy
  • Colouring or highlights/lowlights can be damaging to the hair and how to soften coloured hair
  • Sometimes the colour doesn’t turn out to be what you want and it can be difficult to change or ‘get right’
  • Sometimes you can get bad highlights that are ‘zebra stripes’ or extremely obvious
  • It’s hard to tell your stylist if you don’t like the way your hair turned out- and even harder to call him or her after you’ve gone home and you’ve sat and stewed about it

5 Awesome Things You Can Learn From Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce is without a doubt one of the biggest and most successful superstars of our time. A singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and businesswoman, she has been called a modern-day feminist. Beyonce’s songs are often centered around love, relationships, as well as empowerment and female sexuality. A dynamic entertainer, her performances are high-energy with strong choreography. Over 18 years in the business, she has sold over 100 Million records worldwide, won 20 Grammy awards, and recognized as the most powerful female artist of 2015 by Forbes Magazine.

In addition, to her impressive professional career, she’s married to hip hop mogul Jay Z (Sean Carter) and mommy to four year old Blue Ivy. She’s smart, successful, and in charge of her life and career. Here are 5 awesome things that you can learn from the Queen Bey herself, Beyonce:

Love Your Body

Beyonce is known for her voluptuous curves and flaunts them like no one else can. She’s proud to show her body and Destiny’s Child made the term “bootylicious” a household phrase. It’s all about being confident about your body and loving yourself completely. The more you love your body, the happier you will become. Beyonce has shared her love for food and that she has to work out in order to look the way she does. That is really true for us all. Release negative thoughts about your body and nourish it from the inside out with love.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For What You Want

Beyonce is not afraid to ask for what she wants, as we see with her popular song, “Bills, Bills, Bills.” When the song was released in 1999, there was a lot of negative criticism surrounding the lyrics. However, Beyonce explained that there is nothing wrong with letting a man take care of you sometimes. You shouldn’t be the only one doing things in your relationship; it is a partnership.

It’s Good to Keep Your Private Life Private

One of the most things we love most about Beyonce is that she has chosen to protect her private life, particularly her marriage with Jay Z. Everyone should not know every detail of your relationship – where you go and what you do. Or do they need to see your life chronicled out on social media. Beyonce chooses to share her life through pictures on Instagram. Know your limits and decide what you’re willing to share and other things that may come back to bite you later.

Be Independent

Beyonce’s songs center around independent women and female empowerment. She believes those things should be celebrated. Feminism is not a bad word; you should expect equal rights and equal treatment. Look deep inside yourself and take control of your own life. Being independent shows that you are secure with who you are and your choices. We see this in Beyonce through her career choices.

Always Be Classy

One thing we can say about Beyonce is that she conducts herself appropriately in the public eye. We never read or hear about her getting drunk at parties, disrespecting fans, or being crude at her shows. We’ve all seen her wear revealing clothes but she still carries herself with class. It’s always good to be sweet, kind, and soft-spoken. If you really want to impress, then follow Beyonce’s lead of being classy at all times.

No matter what you’re doing, confidence will take you a very long way. Beyonce’s work ethic is unmatched and is a testament to her success. You can accomplish your dreams and live life to the fullest. Beyonce is someone that all women can take notes from. Let’s channel a little bit of “Sasha Fierce” every day.

My favourite Beyonce Quote

Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are. – Beyonce

Boost Your Lace Wig Knowledge, and Confidence

Lace wigs are an excellent solution for women who have experienced hair loss for one reason or another. Although, they are also worn by women who simply want a new look without making drastic changes to their own hair. Unlike other types of wigs, lace wigs are unique.

Hair loss in women occurs for various reasons. Degrees of hair loss vary depending on the cause. Each of the following most common reasons for female hair loss would benefit from lace wigs:

Iron Deficiency: If a woman does not have adequate levels of iron in her system, she could lose hair. This is usually treated with an iron supplement or iron injections.

Alopecia: With this condition, a woman typically loses all of her hair, often the result of chemotherapy, which would be another situation in which lace wigs could provide a remedy to hair loss.

Low Oestrogen Levels: Prior to menopause and thereafter, when levels of the hormone Oestrogen are low, hair loss occurs.

Thyroid Disorders: Hair loss is also associated with hypothyroidism (under active Thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive Thyroid).

Hormonal Changes Post-Pregnancy: After delivering a baby, mothers experience a fluctuation in hormone levels, which can lead to between one and six months of hair loss.

Certain prescription medications can cause hair loss Prescription Medication: Certain types of medicine can cause hair loss, which should be discussed with a physician.

High Vitamin A Levels: Anytime Vitamin A levels are too high, slight hair loss can occur. This is typically corrected with proper diet and multivitamin intake.

Telogen Effluvium: The medical term is classified by a sudden onset of hair loss, which experts believe may pertain to stress or the effects after a surgical procedure.

Women that experience any degree of hair loss often feel frustrated and devastated, thereby turning to wig-wearing. Lace wigs provide a means of looking natural and have grown in popularity over the past several years. Women who have chosen to adorn themselves with lace wigs agree that their self-confidence levels have improved dramatically!

Unlike other types of wigs on the market, lace wigs are easy to apply, and they stay in place securely. Unfortunately, while this type of wig has become a popular choice, often worn by celebrities, many people have not been informed of the lace wig option.

While wearing a lace wig on a daily basis, the hair on the wig may start to get frizzy, matted, tangled, dulled or brittle. Care should be taken to store the wig properly between uses, and it should be washed on a regular basis using a mild shampoo. Using a deep conditioning treatment like Silicon Mix is also highly recommended. Hair products are formulated to keep the frizz at bay, smooth the hair, and add shine.

While other wig types are expensive, itchy, unnatural, and wig-like, lace wigs are stylishly different. These wigs appear 100% natural, can be cut or styled according to the woman’s personal preference, and feel comfortable. The majority of lace wigs fit within most budgets. No matter the reason for needing a wig, women should consider the multitude of options specific to lace wigs, which offer a matchless confidence boost and gorgeous look!

The Top Natural Hair Vloggers You Should Be Following

Many Black women in the UK and US proudly proclaim #TeamNatural these days and are loving their curls and coifs. It’s free-spirited and fun. The natural hair movement has made its way into the mainstream beauty industry but bloggers have been able to create a space for information, tips, reviews, and styling techniques. Whether you have just started your natural hair journey, or are already natural and want some inspiration, these are my four favourite natural hair vlogs and blogs I think you should be reading and watching:

CurlyProverbz

By far my favourite UK natural hair Vlogger. She’s been posting videos on Youtube since 2011 and covers everything from hair regimens, DIY oil recipes to product reviews. I love her cause she keeps it “real” so to speak and isn’t afraid to say when she dislikes a product. It makes her all the more trustworthy when she makes a recommendation.

Afrobella

Known as the “Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging”, Patrice Grell Yursik is a writer from Trinidad that created Afrobella.com. Her award-winning blog celebrates natural hair and she has been featured in Ebony, Essence, and Glamour magazines. You definitely want to visit her blog for all things natural.

My Natural Sistas

in 2011, three sisters formed MyNaturalSistas.com to celebrate women with natural hair and those thinking of going natural. Their popular blog is an amazing platform for discussions, as well as advice and support. Carmen, India, and Toni are the Sistahood for real.

Beautiful Brwn Baby Dol

Dr. Nina, a.k.a. BeautifulBrwnBabyDol, is a professor, speaker, and naturalista. Nina’s popular blog takes a look at the psychological issues of being natural. With over 250,000 subscribers, she’s been named as a Top 10 Natural Hair Blogger. With plenty of tips and tutorials, this doctor is one to take of at BeautifulBrwnBabyDol.com.

While there will always be new natural hair mavens to grace the blogs, these are three worth giving a read.

Best 5 Beauty Photography Tips to Make You Look Like A Model

Beauty photography is a completely different kettle of fish to fashion photography. Beauty photography focuses on making the subject being photographed look the very best they can. Although the most popular form of beauty photography is headshots, it doesn’t have to only be headshots.

Headshot If you’ve booked a photographer to do a beauty photo shoot, be prepared to take your time and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need to make you look your best. You want the photographer to capture every look you need. Here are some tips to get you ready.

  • Know what style or theme you want for the shoot. It is vital to communicate what the desired outcome of the shoot is to the photographer so that you are on the same page.

 

  • Beauty photography can be done in different kinds of ways. The three main types are traditional beauty, boudoir and Beauty photographyconceptual beauty. Traditional beauty is usually taken from the collarbone or the shoulders and focuses on the face. The aim is to capture the personality of the subject. The aim of boudoir shots is to capture a sexy shot and these are normally done for a husband or partner and nudity is implied. It doesn’t have to be a nude shoot and lingerie of your choice can be selected. Boudoir shots are intimate and should be treated with class. Finally conceptual beauty shots are taken with a specific intent behind them. It could be political, personal or religious in nature.

 

  • Remember we said beauty shots don’t have to be restricted to your head only? So even if you get a traditional beauty headshot, you can still get shots of the rest of your body. Just make sure you are dressed appropriately to maintain the style or theme of your shoot. Try and relax so you don’t appear stiff. Another thing to focus on is not facing the camera directly as this can give the shoulders a bulky appearance.

 

  • Beauty shots are normally done in studios with appropriate lighting. This is another reason why communicating the desired outcome to the photographer is important. They will be able to select and set up their lighting accordingly. Lighting will affect how harsh or soft the lighting needs to be for your shoot.

 

  • Always ensure you meet up with the photographer to discuss the concept of your shoot in advance. This will allow you to build a rapport with them, which will pay dividends on the day of your shoot. To get the best results you must feel comfortable. Ask if you can have music on during the shoot and if it isn’t a problem then bring your own music in a format they can use to get you in the right mood, this should make the experience more fun for you. At the end of the shoot discuss any post-production editing the photographer will do on your pictures. By all means ask if you can view the pictures on a full screen but NEVER ask for any of the pictures you don’t like to be deleted, it might be a decision you regret later.

The Worse Advice We’ve Ever Been Given By Female Celebrities

Celebrities are looked up to as role models, whether they want to be role models or not. It is taken for granted that because a lady is in the famous that she will always met out sensible advice. In some cases, advice may not be that good or can be weird, depending on the source of the advice. The source can be any famous or renowned female out there in the entertainment or media world.

Just because some female celebs are beautiful in every way doesn’t mean that we have to heed their beauty advice. If there is one subject, which every woman claims to be knowledgeable on, is none other than the subject of hair care, skin care, makeup, and the like. However, just because they think they may know all there is to know, doesn’t mean it is true. With all of this said, what is the worst advice we’ve ever heard from female celebrities, or certain female stars who really shouldn’t be giving out advice.

There are some female celebrities who have come out with some truly absurd tips on how they take care of their hair, skin or other beauty related matters. Though a lot of us would like to believe this advice that is meant to be helpful, one cannot help but doubt, how much of it is fact and how much of it is fiction?

Demi Moore –

She claims to use leeches to purify her blood and help her stay younger. While it is hard to argue that Demi looks fantastic for her age, can her youthful appearance be 100% attributed to only leeches? How much of it is due to leeches and how much of it is due to the skilful work of a world class cosmetic surgeon.

Gwyneth Paltrow –

Gwyneth has probably earned her reputation as the Queen for giving out terrible beauty advice. What is this not so great advice? One of her most recent beauty recommendations was for a new form of anti-aging treatment that involves the practice of placing a little barbed thread under the skin. This little barbed thread is supposed to be pulled upwards to create lift. This is likely a not so good practice to even try. It’s called a threading facelift. Paltrow’s vaginal steaming advice seems tame in comparison to this threading facelift routine.

Sandra Bullock –

Sandra claims to have learned how to shrink unsightly bags under her eyes while she was filming Miss Congeniality. She says that she learned about applying Preparation H cream under her eyes and this haemorrhoid cream works wonders on her eyes. Why would anyone want to put a cream designed for their anus under their eyes? Whatever happened to caffeine creams and roll ons? It is not only oil-based, it can really irritate sensitive skin. This isn’t something any woman should try to get more attractive eyes!

Alessandra Ambrosio –

According to Alessandra, you can rid yourself of split ends by burning them off using the flame of a candle. You’ll be surprised to hear that in Brazil, it is a popular way to get rid of split ends and has been since the 1960s. But what woman in her right mind would try this? The answer is no one, hopefully, and this is because it would be the worst idea ever. Just ask any highly professional hair stylist and they will tell you the same. If you are curious about how it is done, here is a video demonstration.

Some beauty care advice that female celebs do give can be useful and nice. However, on the flipside, some of it is downright weird, insane, and not anything you should try at home!

Pre shampoo conditioner recipe for Black hair

Black hair tends to be dryer than Caucasian or Asian hair and therefore will benefit from a pre and post shampoo conditioner. Pre shampoo conditioners are also called pre poos. Read any natural or curly hair blog (both hair types are usually dry) and you will find posts about elaborate pre poo routines. You will also have noticed a significant improvement to the condition of their hair after they started incorporating pre poo conditioners to their washday routines. So if you have dry hair then it is definitely worth paying close attention.

You can use oils such as coconut, olive oil or palm oil as pre poo conditioners. You can add these to a hair conditioner or use them on their own. There are also a variety of pre shampoo treatments available to buy in hair shops and on the internet, however they can be quite expensive. The most popular ready made pre shampoo conditioners available to purchase include Ojon Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment (and) (£35.99 for 250ml) and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (£11.50 for 40ml).

However at £11.50 and £35.99 for 40ml and 250ml respectively they don’t come cheap. If you have lots of hair then a 40ml jar of product will only be enough for three applications at best. If you do not want to splash out on a pre shampoo conditioner, you can make your own at home using easy to source ingredients from your kitchen.

It is easy to make your own pre poo conditioner Items required:

A whisk or blender

Ingredients list:

2 eggs

2oz od double cream (fresh cream is preferred over long life cream)

1 oz of castor oil (or Jamaican Black Castor oil if you prefer)

1 oz melted unsalted butter

1 oz purified water

Juice from half a grapefruit

Whisk or mix all the ingredients in a blender and refrigerate overnight, using as required. Your pre poo conditioner should be applied to your hair in sections, ensuring it is applied to the whole length of the hair. Work it into your hair with your fingers or co-washing hairmassage your scalp gently with a kneading motion for five to ten minutes to ensure the product is evenly distributed and penetrates. Leave the pre poo treatment on for a further half hour, or overnight if you wish.

Shampoo your hair as usual with a moisturizing shampoo and follow the shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioner. Pre pooing should be done as often as possible until the condition of your hair is sufficiently improved.