Tags: memorial day, memorial day natural hair
Find a pool this weekend. That’s a direct order. If you’re worried about protecting your precious curls from the dangers of chlorine, here’s how to save your strands from breakage.
Saturate your hair before getting in the pool. Our strands expand and suck in whatever liquid we immerse them in at the time, so do quick rinse and a little co-washing before your dip.
Do use conditioner. This doesn’t completely keep all chlorine out, but it creates a small barrier and inhibits large amounts of chlorine from terrorizing your kinks.
Wash immediately. Don’t sip margaritas for five hours before washing your hair. Well, DO sip margaritas for five hours, just wash your hair before doing that. Read More…
Tags: naked stare
Death to thinking that you’re not the hottest thing this side of creation. Living in a world full of physical and emotional judgment, it can be difficult to love your body. Studies show that looking at yourself nude for long periods of time challenges your insecurities. As you stare at your beautiful imperfections, you become more comfortable with your lumps and humps. The challenge is to look at each of the parts of your body and speak positive affirmations about the things that bother you most.
We dare you to strip down and make peace with your glorious self in the buff!
Who’s ready? Remember, five full minutes. Go!
Note: This sick photo was shot by photographer Roderick Johns. Follow him on Instagram at @rodjphoto and check out his work here.
Tags: egyptian beauty
You, too, can be a queen of the Nile. Taking beauty cues from the Egyptians results in flawless skin. Listen to your gorgeous ancestors.
Clay Masks: Whether you’re sensitive or oily, you should always have this one handy. Bentonite clay is useful in tightening the skin, reducing pore size and ridding of pimples and blackheads. For those battling acne, you can mix the powder with a little apple cider vinegar. Not too much, though. It can be rather drying if you overdo it.
Honey: Known for its anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties, the Egyptians used honey to soothe and hydrate dry skin. Use it as a fab pre-shower face mask and rinse just before moisturizing and heading out for the day. Honey is also useful in relieving a dandruff-ridden scalp. Slather some on, wrap in saran wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Read More…
Tags: male baldness, receding hairline
Along with maturity and job stability, the late twenties gifts men something else – receding hairlines. The sudden hair loss can be quite annoying, but here are a few cures to keep you from getting that final cut.
Natural gurus can find comfort in supplements like saw palmetto, the extract of the fruit Serenoa repens. It’s rich in fatty acids and has been known to block DHT production – a major cause of hair loss. Zinc and Beta-sitosterol, a natural ingredient, have also been found to assist with hair loss, while also promoting a healthy prostate. Who doesn’t need that? Read More…
Tags: macbook accessories, pc accessories
These days, your computer is the ultimate accessory. Whether you’re a MAC or PC gal, there are tons of stylish options for toting around your creative genius. For the princess deep down inside, check out this pink, navy and white find from Etsy. Check out more options for a covers. Read More…
Tags: chrisette michele, curly box cut, natural hair
For you androgynous dolls, a box cut is killer. There’s something sexy about its boyish flare. The cut demands that the sides be kept low and the top soar to super high heights. Could you rock it? Here are a few tips.
Keep it Kinky: Those with an amazing zig-zag pattern will love this style. Your strong texture lends itself to maintaining the shape. You can twist, coil or braid your strands to create different versions of the look.
Sans the Shave: Do you absolutely have to shave your sides to rock this look? No. You can fake it by smoothing back a short to medium length style with pomade or mousse. Make sure to keep the volume in the front and you can imitate the look.
How High: Is your hair too soft to stick straight up? Use a little hairspray. Trust us, your hair will survive.
Come with us for more looks and more tips. Read More…
Tags: polka dots, red lipstick
Step into a sweet look. We spotted these cutesy finds for the girl who loves red and white. Wear one. Wear ‘em all.
Dress: River Island
Clutch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Chloe Upswept Retro
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Tags: The Best Man
We’re going there. The current frenzy surrounding the forthcoming sequel to one of the most beloved Black films of all time got us to thinking. Who’s been your best man? Who’s had you biting your lip, clawing for the sheets, squealing, screaming and losing your mind? You don’t have to name names, but we want you to reminisce on the one with that very special superpower. In the meantime, let’s have a little fun. Which sexy actor from The Best Man Holiday would you choose for a midnight romp?
Concealer is a cosmetic blessing. Though we typically use it to hide the sins of a long, sleepless night or a pesky scar, there are a few more ways to utilize your cover up.
Luckily, summer’s blazing sun affords us the opportunity to flaunt a bronze glow, so our skin tones are naturally more even. However, when applying concealer, here are a few tricks to making it look natural:
1. Choose Your Best Shade: Maybe a ghostly white hue just isn’t your thing. You don’t have to abide by the “two shades lighter than your skin tone” rule. For scars, a concealer that’s much closer to your own skin tone will give you better coverage. However, for contouring, choose a lighter shade. Consider your goals and go with a product that will give your those results.
2. Press, Pat, Swipe: Don’t smooth on your concealer upon first application. Instead, use your tool (preferably a small makeup brush) to gently press your concealer onto your face. This allows for better coverage.
3. Blend it Baby: Make sure to blend your concealer into the rest of your face. Your fingers can sometimes do the trick. Follow up with a foundation and pressed powder to set.
What else can you use concealer for? Read More…
In honor of our phenomenal creator’s birthday, we interviewed Myleik on her whirlwind year. Check out the ups and downs of our curlBOX queen. You’re sure to be inspired!
Did you exceed your expectations for yourself this year? How?
Myleik: Hmmm … The funny thing about this year is that I don’t think I really had any expectations of myself. I was really looking to find the center – a place that was more balanced than anything I’ve ever experienced. I’m one of those “go” girls. I love working and I’m constantly setting work goals and in many ways I managed to neglect some other parts of me that are important to being a “whole” person. So not putting any “expectations” on myself and really focusing on being a more balanced person was my goal. I think I’m going OK.
What’s one event that sticks out in your mind that really helped you in terms of growth?
Myleik: I had a bit of an emotional break down last year. I was in New York on my umpteenth work trip and out of nowhere it just seemed like everything was closing in on me. I was exhausted personally and professionally. I had spent countless hours staying up all night long, always making sure I was on, always being OK to anyone who would ask. I collapsed and decided to spend the next seven months in psychotherapy – what an amazing thing! I’ve always been ambitious and set these real, sort of “concrete” goals, but how often do we put that SAME energy into ourselves? Read More…