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Natural Ways To Tame Your Curls

December 4, 2012
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Here are some helpful ways to give your tight curls a slightly looser spring without all the health risks and hair-damage associated chemical treatments.

Model with Thick Curls

1. Add Panthenol to the mix

Panthenol is water-soluble, which means you can add it to your shampoo
and conditioner. I like to make my own de-tangling mix. I add water,
conditioner, and panthenol in a spray bottle. It helps to de-tangle my mane
and relax my out-of-control curls.

2. Coconut Mask

My mom uses fresh coconut milk and lemon juice in her hair to tame her
mane, so I have been doing this since I was a little girl. Get fresh
milk from one coconut, mix it with half a cup of freshly squeezed
lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens up into a
creamy whip. Apply this mask on your hair and let it sit for an hour
repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired
result is reached.

3. Easy Twist Bun

This is the easiest and fool-proof way to get loose curls. I like to
shower at night, and blow-drying is such a daunting task before bed!
So after your shower, simply twist your wet hair up into a bun. And
its magic by the time the sun rises. Wear until your hair is
completely dry or damp. Release your hair and finger-style your soft
waves. I sometime scrunch in a little Phomollient Styling Foam by
Aveda, to add a light control.

Au Natural: Tips For Rocking Your Natural Beauty

October 9, 2012
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My friends joke that I always say, “Today was a total waste of make-up”!

Some days I wonder why I bother with makeup at all when it is so much easier to be a natural beauty. Foundation, concealer, eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush, it is a lot sometimes!

Here are some quick tips to help embellish your bare face:

  1. FLAWLESS SKIN IS VITAL: Healthy skin is beautiful skin! The first step is to have  a good skin care regimen. My favorite skin care is from Aveda.
  2. BE NATURAL FROM INSIDE OUT: I recently started juicing and noticed my hair, skin and nauls are on point! They say, you are what you eat! So, if you inhale junk food it is time to change your diet to enhance your natural beauty. Opt for fresh fruits and veggies rather than sweets and salty chips. Drink lots of water and skip the sugary soda. You don’t have to go as sever as juicing, but eat as natural as possible. General rule of thumb is — if it comes in a box or was made in a factory, don’t do it!
  3. KEEP YOUR BROWS TIDY: Natural beauty doesn’t have to mean unibrows. Eyebrows frame the face and therefore can be a focal point when you don’t have anything else on your face.
  4. ALWAYS WASH BEFORE BED: Take it off and let your skin breath! Even though you’re not wearing makeup during the day, it is still important to wash away the dirt and pollution from the day before bed at night.

My First Photo Shoot at Cinta Aveda

August 27, 2012
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I loved working on the Creative Team at Cinta Aveda Institute.  For my first photo shoot, I was privileged to work with Emily Rosser, a Masters photography student from The Academy of Art.  She was given a budget to hire a stunning model from Ford Modeling Agency.  We shot at a fabulous location on Fillmore Street called, Le Labo.  Le Labo is an adorable perfumery that custom blends signature notes four your unique and personalized aroma. From the bare bones warehouse/lab-like set up inside, to the simplistic packaging of the scents and candles, to the zen-like spa vibe, this place made for a great day of shooting!

Emily was in charge of styling the model, while she left all artistic creativity to her hair and make-up up to me. I airbrushed all of the models make-up and gave her a beach wave in her hair. I wanted her to look done, yet effortlessly flawless.

I really feel like this great experience helped me grow artistically and professionally.  I realized that going on site is a lot of work, but when your are well equipped with an organized kit and have all the essentials, you are golden! I built a stellar rapport with the photographer and she calls me all the time with gigs. I also realized the power of networking. I had a stack of by business cards with me. The photographer took some to give to her fellow photog colleges and my phone is off the hook!  Thanks Cinta for this opportunity!  : )

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