The Flex Brush – Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Anyone with Hair #GiftGuide

If you have tangles in your hair, if you think your hair is impossible, hard to manage, or just makes you crazy, you will want to know about the Flex Brush. It sounds too good to be true, but it really works. I used it on my partner’s wild and curly hair, and it not only sailed right on through his tangles and knots, but didn’t hurt him in the process.

If you have a child who HATES hair brushing time, this will save both of you. Your sanity, their tears, and a whole lot of time. The detangling spray is also fantastic. For that extra added “easy glide”, it really makes things that much easier.  For one of the first times, I was able to run my fingers through his hair.

detangling brush

World-renowned celebrity hair stylist Angelo David Pisacreta, owner of the elite Angelo David Salon in New York City, and hair-tool veteran Jacob Guttman, founder and CEO of Creative Pro Hair Tools, introduce The Flex Brush—an all-purpose tool that safely detangles hair, massages the scalp and promotes health and hair growth. The brush’s versatility, combined with its flex technology, make it the most forgiving hair brush on the market.

 flex brush

The Flex Brush, designed for both wet and dry hair, bends to follow the contours of your head, massaging your scalp and stimulating the production of natural oils. The brush has vents that allow heat to pass through it, so blow drying won’t damage the brush. For ultimate detangling, pair it with FlexDetangle Spraya revolutionary leave-in conditioner that increases flexibility to minimize damage during styling and detangling. Here is what sets The FlexBrush apart from other brushes on the market:

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Stocking Stuffers for Teen and Tween Boys #GiftGuide

 Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for pre-teen and teenage boys? Since (lets just be real here) boys are pretty gross in general, a personal care kit won’t go astray.  There are several kits to choose from by Prep U that help that “smelly boy” syndrome.

boys deodorant

It’s a fact of life that boys eventually start to smell. No matter how cute or precious they are, they begin to mature, their hormones change and odor caused by sweat and dirt naturally begins to appear with varying degrees of intensity. The idea for Prep U came from a frustrated mom of two active, smelly sons who couldn’t find a suitable solution for her boys. The only products currently on the market were designed for babies or left her kids smelling like a couple of frat boys. She created Prep U, a line of personal care products that are the perfect antidote to smells of boyhood, offering parents natural, quality products they can trust and kids a line of products that celebrates their growing independence.

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Marketplace Africa – Eco Friendly Gifts That Give Back to the Community #GiftGuide

If you want to shop sustainably this year, support small business, or like to avoid big box stores, I’ve got a shop for you. If you just like unique and high quality products at a reasonable price- this is a shop you will love. Marketplace Africa has clothing, bath and body products (and I’m in love with some of these already), purses, bags,- really, gifts for everyone on your list. GREAT hostess gifting as well. Thoughtful gifts anyone would love to receive.

This online platform lets Africans can sell their one-of-a-kind handmade goods to the US, UK and entire global market.  Now customers seeking to purchase a unique gift this holiday season can feel good as they are buying directly from the source in Africa which in turn helps boost the economy. The site offers fabulous products in fashion, jewelry, handbags, body care, and select home décor items.
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Most important steps of taking care of your Brazilian hair extensions

Brazilian hair is one of the most popular types of hair extensions, especially in South America. It is usually collected from donors with strong, healthy, unprocessed hair, from small places in Brazil.

It´s of very high quality and therefore silky soft, pretty thick, low maintenance and very durable. It can last up to a year, if properly cared for.

Since this type of hair is of very high quality, it is also more expensive than other types of hair, so you would probably want to learn how to properly take care of it.

Here are some things you should be doing to make your Brazilian hair extensions last as long as you can, while maintaining its softness and brilliance.

  1. Proper installation

The first, and maybe the most important step, to making your hair extensions look amazing is to properly install them.

This will probably be done by your highly experienced stylist, but here are some things you should look out for:

  • your hair should be washed first, in order to clean any leftover product or oil residue and buildup, so the extensions would not stick to your hair. It would be best to let it dry naturally and comb it out with a wide-tooth
  • do not pierce or put needles through the wefts
  • do not split the wefts
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Who Can Benefit From Laser Resurfacing?

Undeniably, most people work hard towards keeping their skin soft, smooth, and young. Sunscreens, moisturizers, and other cosmetic products are the more popular utilities that we use. Skin care regimens that focus on exfoliating, cleansing, and hydrating the face and neck are greatly encouraged. As much as these skin care efforts help fight effects of being exposed to the elements and aging, at times they are just not enough. The texture, color, and quality of your skin can be compromised by our daily lifestyle habits such as drinking and smoking which take their toll over time.

 

Whether you have been dutifully taking care of your skin or not, being perpetually exposed to the sun’s rays, and other elements might cause your skin to develop wrinkles in addition to appearing dried out. Laser resurfacing treatments are an excellent option towards rejuvenating your skin, improving minor facial flaws, and restoring a youthful, healthy complexion.

 

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

 

Also referred to as laser vaporization, lasabration, or laser peel, it is a cosmetic procedure that helps to reduce the effects of sunlight exposure, aging, some facial skin conditions, and rejuvenate the skin. Additionally, laser skin treatments are convenient, practical, and safe while being relatively cost-friendly as compared to other skin treatment options. The latest laser resurfacing procedures offer your cosmetic surgeon an enhanced level of control which allows extreme precision, particularly when treating delicate and sensitive areas.

 

Areas that Laser Skin Resurfacing Improves

 

  • Scars from chickenpox or acne
  • Wrinkles and fine lines under or around your forehead, eyes, and mouth
  • Sun-damaged and aged skin
  • Non-responsive areas after a facelift
  • Warts
  • Liver spots
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose
  • Birthmarks

 

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

 

The technique uses high-frequency beams of light known as lasers. The cosmetic surgeon directs the short, concentrated beams in pulses at the affected area. They remove damaged, unwanted skin precisely layer by layer. During the procedure, the laser beam dissolves molecular bonds between the cells of the damaged skin one layer at a time until a smooth, and more uniform skin is realized. While the laser is removing your outer skin layer (epidermis), it is also simultaneously heating up your underlying layer (dermis). The action stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers (proteins responsible for your skin’s firmness and elasticity). Thus, the treated area heals to a new skin which is firmer and smoother. Laser resurfacing can also be called laser rejuvenation due to its anti-aging rewards.

 

The targeted approach employed by laser resurfacing implies that there will be little to none hypopigmentation issues (lightening of the skin) when undergoing treatment for acne or scar removal.
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Skin Is Too Thin for Rhinoplasty? These Techniques Are For You!

If you have thin skin and require rhinoplasty done on your nose, you are likely to have the same issues as having thick skin. A special set of skills is the only way to achieve above par results. When you have had several nose surgeries, your skin is thin and a revision rhinoplasty will work with the thinner soft tissue. People of northern Europe are likely to have thin skin.

 

When a patient requires an enlarged tip cartilage or a bump and has thin skin, a two-fold procedure will be done. This involves creating smoothing edges on the nasal bridge and tip at the end of the nose surgery, to reduce the visibility of imperfections once the swelling fades.

 

To camouflage minor irregularities, the surgeon places soft tissue at the nasal bridge or tip to thicken the skin. The soft tissue can be from the ear, or Alloderm which is an available collagen sheet obtained from cadavers, and approved by the FDA. Alloderm has been used for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and for over 20 years as a skin replacement for burn patients.

 

With the different rhinoplasty techniques available there are different forms of challenges that affect each surgery. When you decide to get a surgeon to work on your thin skin, ensure that you find one who has experience in this field or they are likely to make the situation worse than it already is.

 

There are advantages and disadvantages of having thin skin when it comes to rhinoplasty, which is the same case as patients with thick skin. An advantage is having less swelling when you are healing and it will heal fast, and also the incisions are likely not to form scars.

 

Challenges with thin skin

 

The underlying imperfections that are as a result of nasal framework or any other rhinoplasty surgery are going to be noticeable. This is not the case with thick skinned patients who can easily conceal their imperfections.

 

Thin skin tightens or at times shrinks after any surgical procedure is done on the skin. Shrinking skin makes it possible for deformities and distortions to occur because the pressure is placed on the skeletal framework.

 

Shaping a flawless and smooth underlying nasal framework is difficult because imperfections will form, and become easily visible.

 

Techniques to deal with Thin Skin Challenges

 

The first method is a 3D high definition telescope or camera that can help to visualize the bump and this will help to create smooth edges. Your surgeon can also do traditional cosmetic surgery which involves inspecting the bump from a distance without magnifying it.
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Chemical Peels: Selecting The Right Peel Strength

 

Chemical peels are a lot like your favorite pair of shoes: They come in a variety of styles and prices. Some are durable and long-lasting, while others provide a quick pick-me-up for a special occasion. Regardless of what it does, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Different strengths are used for different things.

 

There’s no doubt people love the quick results and smooth, blemish-free skin. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons report it was one of the top three non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed last year. From erasing sunspots to reducing wrinkles, these mini-miracles pack quite a punch at a very reasonable cost.

 

Peels are available in a wide range of formulas that can be customized to target specific problems. Before we dive into how strong of a peel you need, it’s important to talk about who is a good candidate for different levels of peeling. This largely comes down to your Fitzpatrick skin type.

 

Fitzpatrick Skin Types

 

A doctor at Harvard University invented the Fitzpatrick Scale in 1975. It’s still widely used today to gather important information about how the skin might react to certain procedures. It takes into account genetics and how the skin responds sun exposure. The factors are:

 

  • eye color;

 

  • hair color;

 

  • skin color;

 

  • reaction to the sun;

 

  • skin cancer risk;

 

  • hyperpigmentation risk;

 

  • and the tendency to scar.

 

At the lowest end of the spectrum are Type I people with blue eyes, blonde or red hair, pale skin and possibly freckles. They burn easily and don’t ever get a tan in the sun. The risk of skin cancer is very high for this group, but they usually have a lower risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring.

 

The scale advances as skin tone and hair color get darker. The ability to tan also goes up with each level. The risk for procedural side effects also increases beginning at type III, but isn’t considered elevated until type IV. The highest end of the scale is type VI, with black skin that doesn’t burn, dark eyes and black hair. This group has the highest risk of all for hyperpigmentation and scarring.

 

Higher Fitzpatrick skin types may be more limited in the strength of peel they can get. Hyperpigmentation causes spots of discoloration that can be difficult to reverse. Scars in this skin type can also be problematic.
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Serenity Skin Care and Body Wellness in Englewood, NJ

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift?

 

If your mom is anything like most moms, she can use a break. Some rest, relaxation, and perhaps someone taking care of HER for a change of pace. Who wouldn’t like a minute to herself? I can’t think of too many things I like more then a good massage, and I’m guessing your mom is not too different in that arena.

We recently headed over to Serenity Skin Care and Body Wellness in Englewood, NJ. It was located on a really cute “main street” type of road, with a bunch of cute shops and restaurants- it would be easy to make a day of this trip.  The atmosphere was calm and relaxing, and the people who greeted you as well as the therapists were all very relaxed, easy going, and pleasant.

serenity skincare

They offer quite a few services, from facials and massages to waxing and sugaring, to manicures and more. If you want to give it all to mom (or your spouse, mother of your children, your best friend, yourself- whomever), they also have packages available. Make an afternoon of it, and enjoy the time together.  You can read a list of available treatments here.
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